Opinion

The opinions presented below are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of The News-Letter. If you are a member of the Hopkins community looking to submit a piece or a letter to the editor, please email opinions@jhunewsletter.com.


Editorial: Why we shouldn’t forget Henrietta Lacks

March 2, 2017

The cells of Henrietta Lacks, a black woman who died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, have led to countless medical advances both at Hopkins and around the world.  The story of her life and her HeLa cells are the subject of a 2010 book by Rebecca ...


The new sexual assault module is a disgrace

March 2, 2017

The University’s new required “Think About It” online course about sexual assault, alcohol and sex on campus is one of the most inept, incompetent and downright insulting programs I have come across. I am honestly flabbergasted as to how this program was accepted and sent out to students after years of intelligent conversations about sexual assault.


“Model minority” myth shrouds discrimination

March 2, 2017

Sometimes I imagine what it would be like for me to be a model. I can only imagine, because the market for Asian male models is rather small, and I’m not the best looking out of all of them. But fortunately enough, society has deemed me a model minority, and that’s the closest I’ll ever get to actually being a model.

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Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American man, was murdered in Michigan in 1982.

Editorial: FAS lineup reflects current political climate on campus

February 23, 2017

The Foreign Affairs Symposium’s (FAS) speaker series theme this semester is “Undercurrent,” which the promotional poster describes as “an underlying feeling or influence, especially one that is contrary to the prevailing atmosphere.”


Editorial: Black history should be honored throughout the entire year

February 23, 2017

As February draws to a close, so too does the nation’s observance of Black History Month. The Hopkins community has been engaged in a month of educational and celebratory programs to honor the contributions of black Americans. But why end on Feb. 28?


The National Endowment for the Arts should be protected

February 23, 2017

As the days go on, it seems more and more likely that the Trump administration will eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in order to divert the money elsewhere. Regardless of whether or not this actually happens, the fact that the Office of the President would put forth such an idea is extraordinarily alarming.

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Lelchuk is producing the Barnstormers’ Spring Awakening, in part, to protest Trump.

75 years later, the legacy of Japanese internment persists

February 23, 2017

On Feb. 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, enacting the removal and incarceration of over 120,000 people of Japanese descent on the West Coast. This past Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the annual Day of Remembrance for the internment of Japanese Americans.

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Ome’s grandfather, age six, and his family were interned in Tule Lake, Calif.

Editorial: Democratic Party should listen to its younger members

February 16, 2017

Donna Brazile, the interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), came to Hopkins last Friday as part of a “listening tour” to connect with students. She spoke about the future of the Democratic Party in a meeting closed to the general campus community and open only to leaders of ten left-leaning groups on campus.


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It is difficult to reach a consensus, so try to be open minded.

Look for neutrality, not consensus, in discussions with peers

February 16, 2017

Many of us are familiar with the phrase “agree to disagree.” Some of us may consider this phrase to be symbolic of an informed conclusion after a well-reasoned discussion. After all, we live in a world where to recognize diversity, including diversity of thought, is considered valuable.


The Democrats are on their way out

February 16, 2017

This weekend, I watched a talk from Larry Holmes (not the boxer but the first secretary of the Workers World Party) about the current role of the Democratic Party. After the election, Holmes made the point that if the Democrats truly wanted to stop Trump, as they claim to in their rhetoric, they could do so easily.

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Keith Ellison is running for DNC chair as a representative of the leftists in the party.

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The Maryland State House will hold hearings for the legislation.

Former research animals deserve safe homes

February 16, 2017

This month the Maryland General Assembly will be considering the Humane Adoption of Companion Animals Used in Research Act (SB 420, HB 528). This piece of legislation calls for research institutions in Maryland, including Hopkins and many others, to take reasonable steps in allowing for the adoption of research dogs and cats following their time spent as research animals.


Editorial: Promising Atrium app needs more professional oversight

February 9, 2017

A team of Hopkins students has created the mobile app Atrium as part of the Hopkins community’s mission to improve mental health on campus. The app is designed to provide free, anonymous peer support and counseling from a licensed therapist, and it is currently in pilot testing with Hopkins students.


Editorial: Why we need more spots in Computer Science classes

February 9, 2017

The Computer Science department is currently facing a shortage of teaching power, with waitlists for certain classes exceeding 50 people.  Many students, including CS majors and minors, struggle to get into the classes that they need in order to graduate.


Hollywood needs to be more open to female directors

February 9, 2017

Think of a movie that revolves around the needs, desires and misadventures of at least one female character. No it cannot be a movie where a man spends an agonizing 120 minutes trying to get “the girl.” And no it cannot be a movie directed by a man. This is harder than it seems, right?

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The all-female Ghostbusters film was still directed by a man.

First-time protesters: Think and learn from the past

February 9, 2017

The Women’s March on Washington was fraught with problems from the very start. It was originally called the Million Women March, but black feminists pointed out that the Million Woman March had already occurred in Philadelphia in 1997. The organizers changed it to the Women’s March on Washington, which was then accused of co-opting the name of the historically important 1963 march.


Editorial: Follow Daniels’ example, reject Trump’s ban

February 2, 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. This ban came only a week after Trump took office, taking many immigrants, travelers, students and American citizens by surprise.