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April 13, 2021

Opinion

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COURTESY OF RILEY DIFATTA
Difatta and the Check Your Bias campaign seek to raise awareness about targeted violence and terrorism.

Check your bias to curb misinformation and targeted violence

“Tell us about yourself.” I’ve rehearsed my answer over and over again: “I’m Riley, a junior at Johns Hopkins University. I’m studying Psychology and have minors in Integrated Marketing Communications and Leadership Studies.” But recently, my elevator pitch seems to be missing a critical piece of my identity — my race.





On bringing transformative justice to Hopkins

Last Saturday, the Northwestern University Community Not Cops (NUCNC) held a protest against the university’s police force. Within 10 minutes, 150 student protesters were threatened with chemical munition by the Evanston Police Department and met with riot shields and batons  by Northern Illinois Police Alarm System officers. 


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Wu argues that large lecture-based classes should remain online in the future.

Online classes should be here to stay after the pandemic

Since March 2020, we have taken most, if not all, of our classes online. For many, this has been an unpleasant experience. Professors fumbling with technology, pets and younger siblings distracting us, randomly getting disconnected from Zoom — the list goes on.



Letter to the Editor 03/09/21

I appreciate Julia Zeng’s thoughts but would like to respond to the misrepresentations in her piece. This isn’t just a matter of who is right and who is wrong; perceptions of SGA have a major effect on what we are able to do for our student body. 


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Zeng emphasizes the importance of finding reliable contacts in SGA, pictured here in 2020.

Why I quit SGA and why you should care

I originally ran for the Student Government Association (SGA) on a whim. It wasn’t even something on my mind in February 2020, but after talking to a graduating senator, it was all I could think about — what platform I would run on, who I would run on a ticket with, what changes I was truly excited about making to our institution and our SGA and so on.





Letter to the Editor 12/21/2020

Hopkins experimenter Shreesh Mysore seems to have difficulty deciding if his grotesque experiments on owls are actually worthwhile, and he may have committed a crime by having birds to experiment on at all. 


Student organizations with in-person privileges face unique responsibilities during COVID-19

It has now been over a month since Hopkins students received an email from the administration regarding a sudden spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus. In the following days, several dozen students fell ill with COVID-19, and all in-person activities were banned. That ban was lifted, but ever since the events of early February, all Hopkins students have been subject to harsher restrictions on their in-person activities, including a five-person cap on indoor gatherings of any kind. Only this week has Hopkins allowed outdoor gatherings of more than five people to resume.


We must stand in solidarity with our APIDA peers

In recent months, anti-Asian hate crimes have skyrocketed. Throughout the pandemic, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have faced verbal and physical assaults fueled by fear of the virus and former President Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric. Trump repeatedly called COVID-19 the “kung flu” and the “China virus.” Although he may be out of office, his presidency and the pandemic in particular have unmasked America’s racism and sinophobia. 


COURTESY OF SHOURYA ARASHANAPALLI

Legislators are voting on the private police. Students must show they care.

The Maryland General Assembly held a hearing this week on House Bill 336, which aims to prohibit private universities from establishing police departments. Titled “Private Institutions of Higher Education - Police Departments - Repeal and Prohibition,” the bill would repeal several previously-approved articles permitting Hopkins to implement a police force and would more generally amend articles concerning forces at other private universities in Maryland. 



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Felix argues that equitable vaccine distribution must be implemented worldwide.

Morally and practically, we need equitable vaccine distribution

The pandemic has led to a global reckoning, testing not only the strength of government institutions and leaders but also the very definition of human worth. In a race against mutations and transmission, world leaders are attempting to accomplish mass vaccinations, hoping that the scale of distribution will encompass the entire planet.


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