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February 29, 2024


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Treat Charles Village like it’s your home

The administration recently sent out an email to its Charles Village community contacts, detailing its committment to allay the neighborhood’s concerns regarding students living in off-campus housing. The concerns mostly had to do with the transition from the Student/Community Liason (the Shush Lady) to her successor, the Shush Lord.

Baltimore, take research in stride

Stark contrasts in the health of Baltimore residents are evident according to the work of Hopkins researchers. Debra Furr-Holden, an associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, states that one of the clearest examples is the 20-year disparity in life expectancy between Roland Park and Upton Druid Heights, two neighborhoods who also have near opposite racial makeups.

New life-saving drug should be approved

Most people have heard of staph infections, but not many realize how serious they can be. The staphylococcus bacteria that cause the infection can be commonly found on the human body and generally do not cause any serious problems. The infections can quickly turn fatal, however, if the bacteria enter the bloodstream. This causes bacteremia, otherwise known as blood poisoning. The bacteria can then travel through the blood to infect internal organs, bones, muscles and surgical implants.

Online courses and campus life can coexist

What in the world is a MOOC? It is not some slang word for cows or a creature straight out of the Lord of the Rings. Rather, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. These are classes taught by professors at various institutions that are offered to the public for free. As a result, often thousands of people enroll. For instance, in 2011, a Stanford professor offered a course that attracted a mind-blowing 160,000 students, shocking universities everywhere.

Haggling over Hagel: Assault on Obama nominee is misguided

President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, has come under fire. Long before his hearing, Hagel faced attacks on his credentials, views and character reminiscent of Robert Bork’s Supreme Court nomination. Of course, the most vicious of these attacks has been the labeling of Hagel as an anti-Semite. Where does this view stem from? In a 2008 interview, Hagel said:

Rethinking Russia’s renationalization plan

The controversial privatization measures in the 1990s under Boris Yeltsin were widely resented by average Russians. While these measures gave rise to a new class of fabulously wealthy oligarchs, the greater majority of Russian citizens faced a sharp and unprecedented decline in wealth and income.

Hopkins should educate students about suicide

The quintessential college experience is often described as a time of exploration and self-actualization. When asked what they would hope to experience during their formative college years, many individuals would be inclined to discuss forging friendships, cultivating meaningful memories and discovering a future profession.

Dialogue necessary to realize ideas

During an Intersession class last month, a group of students had the chance to study Baltimore and propose solutions to pressing issues in the community. The class, entitled “B’More: Studying Innovation and Change Through Charm City,” introduced students to recent developments in Baltimore and encouraged them to apply citywide innovation to Homewood. Some of the ideas proposed included a free hugs program, a bike share program and a “Mobile Maintenance” smartphone application.

Lifted ban broadens career choices

The Department of Defense (DOD) recently lifted a near 20-year ban on women serving in combat roles in the armed forces. For female cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) here at Hopkins, this change of policy means more jobs to choose from upon graduation.

Cameron’s course causes economic uncertainty

The European Union is teetering on survival as the member nations  decide the fates of their fellow debt-ridden countries. Another blow to the unsteady Union came from Prime Minister David Cameron’s government in the U.K.

Doping threatens the future of cycling

The Lance Armstrong saga seems to be finally drawing to a close. After months of equivocating, the former cyclist’s deception has finally been exposed. In a sport plagued by doping, Armstrong was simply the best — at doping. In a world of cheaters he was king.

Summit draws attention to problem

On Jan. 14 and 15, Hopkins hosted the Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America. The Summit’s 450 participants included New York Mayor and Hopkins alumnus Michael Bloomberg, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Hopkins President Ron Daniels. Each presented research findings and a set of policy recommendations to curb gun violence. The Summit’s final proposals include establishing a universal background check system, instituting federal restrictions of gun purchases for the mentally ill, banning the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines and providing funds to research organizations to better understand the causes of and solutions to gun violence.

Pussy Riot affair displays struggle for freedom

It has been a bit over three months since the world was formally introduced to the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot. Based on its bold band name alone, one might easily infer that this is a somewhat provocative, feminist group. When Pussy Riot made headlines across the globe, however, it was mostly labeled as an anti-Putin group. Ever since Vladimir Putin began his third term as president of Russia this past May, the country has seen some of the largest demonstrations against the government in its history. Russian citizens called for a more open and equal society, a movement that had become relatively quiet after the controversial arrest of the members of Pussy Riot.

U.S. should continue fight against nukes in Middle East

While U.S. foreign policy media attention has been focused on the recent conflict in Israel and the appointment of the next Secretary of State, it is only a matter of time before the eyes of the current administration refocus back onto Iran and its supposed nuclear program. Although major policy proposals in the U.S. government concerning Iran have remained virtually the same with camps split between sanctions and preemptive strikes, a past prescriptive plan has been resurrected by journalists and states with the intention of providing a peaceful method of promoting nuclear security.

Divesting stocks is the wrong strategy

Students for Environmental Action (SEA) organized a meeting yesterday to discuss Refuel Our Future, an initiative to petition the university to divest its endowment from fossil fuels and invest instead in green energy stocks and funds.

Lighting of the Quads electrifies

Given the low expectations that many within the undergraduate community had of the annual Lighting of the Quads because of last year’s technical difficulties getting the lights on, members of this board share in the awe and excitement of every student in attendance this past Tuesday. Beyond the more extensive lighting and the decision to illuminate the exteriors of Gilman Hall and the MSE Library Patio, the greater involvement of the audience in the countdown to the lighting and the surprise of a fireworks display has gone a long way to raise student morale as we enter final exams.