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October 4, 2022

Opinion

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Khudairi and Wang call for students to form pods and communicate openly with their friends about COVID-19 risks.

Let your friends in but keep COVID-19 out

As we emerge from the isolated gloom of winter into the bright spring days, there is hope in the air. The weather is finally warm, trees are blooming and the COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone 16 and over. The February cluster of student cases is a distant memory, and it’s finally time to hug our friends again. 




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Tie examines the global impacts of Japan’s decision to dump treated wastewater into the ocean.

Fukushima dumping radioactive wastewater in the Pacific is an easy, but wrong, solution

The 10th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, where an unexpected earthquake generated a tsunami that destroyed the nuclear power plant’s backup generators, fell on March 11. The loss of power and consequent failure of the cooling system resulted in the elevation of residual heat. In an attempt to cool things down, seawater was continuously pumped to the reactor, but ultimately the core still partially melted down. Since then, the disposal of this radioactive seawater has presented a challenge.


This Earth Day, do your part to promote sustainability at Hopkins and beyond

Today, we celebrate the 51st annual Earth Day. Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the U.S. has made some progress in the fight against climate change. The country rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement in one of Biden’s first executive orders. With the new administration’s recently unveiled $2 trillion infrastructure plan promoting cleaner energy sources and racial equity, there is reason to be optimistic.


Calling on the GRO: Support minority-owned businesses

As an alum, Baltimore resident and friend to current graduate students at Hopkins, let me begin with this: The adaptability and creativity that the Graduate Representative Organization (GRO) has shown through the COVID-19 pandemic is truly laudable. From virtual cooking classes and coffee hours to giveaways and virtual esports tournaments, the GRO has really stepped up to support and accommodate students during this tumultuous year.





To support the APIDA community, we must combat misinformation

“You may wish that you weren’t Asian, but remember that your ancestors likely went through similar or even worse incidents.” This was a sentence on the anti-Asian racism resources page of Harvard University’s Counseling and Mental Health Services website. Shortly after the Atlanta shootings in March, it was taken down, and an apology was posted.




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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.



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