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.


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While Landy thinks athletes deserve payment, Melick argues that paying football and basketball players is inequitable.

Opposing Viewpoints: The problem with paying college athletes

October 25, 2018

As college football and basketball make more money for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and universities, more people think the athletes playing in these sports should be compensated. While this seems like a nice, logical and fair idea, the execution could send everyone involved down a rabbit hole that they may never be able to fully climb out of.


Opposing Viewpoints: College athletes should be paid

October 25, 2018

In college football, University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — the Heisman Trophy frontrunner who has his eyes set on delivering the school its second straight national championship — won’t make anything. No contract, commercials, shoe deals. Nada. The same goes for Duke University’s Zion Williamson, a generational basketball talent whose talents will fill Cameron Indoor Stadium night after night this upcoming season. You won’t see them starring in shoe commercials, jerseys with their names being sold on store racks or their names and likenesses being used in video games.

 
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While Landy thinks athletes deserve payment, Melick argues that paying football and basketball players is inequitable.

Elitism, not racism, is the real problem in admissions

October 18, 2018

When I was applying to college, my dad told me 山外有山,天外有天 which translates to “there will always be a taller mountain, there is always something higher than the sky.” In other words, there’s always something better out there.

COURTESY OF ROLLIN HU
Hu, pictured top right, visits John Harvard’s statue with his parents.

Hopkins housing system fosters loneliness

October 18, 2018

I agree: We should continue badgering the administration for the construction of a new student center. But while we’re at it, let’s also address the University’s isolation-inducing housing system. 

COURTESY OF JEANNE LEE

Lee argues that the University's current housing system is not conducive for maintaining long-term relationships.

Letter to the Editor 10/11/2018

October 10, 2018

If the values of “diversity” and “community engagement” are to be more than mere slogans — and if Hopkins is serious about its expressed commitment to equality — ending its contracts with ICE is non-negotiable. 


The University must stand behind indigenous students

October 11, 2018

The celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day on campus makes us hope that Hopkins is becoming a more diverse and inclusive university. But we can’t expect indigenous students to carry that burden alone. We have to remember that the University must also take action. 

Indigenous Peoples Day Editorial

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Students, please vote. You too, STEM majors.

October 15, 2018

When I was 17, I set up an ironing board on the side of Market Street in downtown San Francisco. I wore a brand new shirt with straight-out-of-the-box creases, which read: “Ask me to help you register to vote.” Panicked about the possible re-election of George W. Bush (remember him?), I had convinced four friends to spend the day with me trying to register distracted shoppers.


Brett Kavanaugh has won. All Americans have lost.

October 11, 2018

Yes, this is a piece by a college student lamenting the state of politics in this country. I’m not going to waste space here talking about what happened. We’re in America. Pretty much all Americans who’ve logged onto Facebook or seen a news headline know the facts, or, at least some version of the truth. Those in charge of our country these days seem to be always arguing about what actually happened in any given situation.

COURTESY OF EDA INCEKARA

Protesters rallied at D.C. on Saturday in opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

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Opposing Viewpoints: It's your duty to vote in Maryland

October 8, 2018

Baltimore is a college town, with nine universities in the city limits attracting around 55,000 students. Many of these students, particularly those at Hopkins, are reluctant to make a home in the city. They are wary of exploring its neighborhoods, rarely patronize the city’s cafes, steer clear of getting involved in local political issues and are generally comfortable living in the Hopkins bubble for four years.


Opposing Viewpoints: This year, vote in your battleground homestates

October 8, 2018

As November approaches, the call to vote is heard louder and louder. There is no question as to whether you should vote, but the decision of where to register to vote may not be as clear.  If you are from Maryland, the choice has been made for you. However, those of us who hail from other states have to decide between having a voice in the places where we reside for most of the year and the places that built us.

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Forget Mattin. Garland Hall should be our student center.

September 26, 2018

Students have been talking about getting a student center on campus since at least 2001, and every couple of years, there’s a renewed push to get one. We are in the middle of one of those pushes now as a confluence of University groups and reports —  the Student Government Association’s Referendum, the Second Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2), and the Task Force on Student Mental Health and Well-being Final Report — have called for the construction of a student center. 

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Garland Hall currently houses administrative offices, like those of the President and the Provost.

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We need a security committee for every campus

October 1, 2018

In an email to students last Thursday, new Vice President for Security Melissa Hyatt welcomed student feedback on Hopkins security. She included a new email address and announced the creation of a new Student Advisory Committee for Security, whose role is to “address a variety of subjects” and “provide diverse perspectives” pertaining to security at Hopkins. The Committee is actively seeking applications.