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List of 20 news stories.

  • Rioters storm the National Congress of Brazil

    Insurrection and the Internet: Social Media’s Danger to Democracy

    Chloe Wang '26
    For many international viewers, the recent Brazilian riots came as a shock. For those living in Brazil, however, this violence was not surprising.
  • Sophia Neilson ‘23 studies for her Statistics midterm.

    Managing the Need to Succeed: Exams Before Break

    Miriam Levin ’26
    Making students take dreaded midterm exams right after the break is not beneficial for anyone. Choosing whether to prioritize grades or rest is a struggle in the first place; adding in midterms and a long break harms students and their mental health. If midterms were before winter break, students would avoid stress, burnout, breaking the handbook, and wasting time.
  • A teenager opens the TikTok app on their phone.

    Trends in Media: Shorter Content Reflects Growing Democracy

    Melody Cui '23
    In 2018, when TikTok first became the hottest new platform, it was unique for its full embrace of short-form videos. Although earlier apps and Vine made way for shorter content through lip-sync covers and six-second loops respectively, TikTok was the first to provide a place for everything from dances to satirical skits. But while short-form videos are a relatively new development, they are also part of a greater shift in media content towards becoming more accessible and democratic, one that comes with potentially detrimental effects on society’s patience for global humanitarian issues.
  • Eighteenth birthday word cloud.

    What Does “Adulthood” Really Mean?

    Sophia Neilson ’23
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines adulthood as “the state or condition of being fully grown or mature,” but what does that really mean?
  • Ye, fully-masked, speaking at an InfoWars interview.

    All Falls Down: Antisemitism and the Downfall of Kanye West

    Zoe Somner ’23
    In a matter of weeks, Ye’s net worth dropped from $2 billion to an estimated $400 million.
  • Governor DeSantis speaking in Tampa, Florida.

    Florida Man Poses Threat to American Democracy

    Riley Foushee ’23
    After the midterm elections, people across the political spectrum wondered: Is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis the new face of the Republican Party? For the sake of the country, let’s hope not.
  • Workers build a sign in Doha, Qatar.

    Soccer and Human Rights: The World Cup in Qatar

    Teddy Witt ’24
    At its best, the FIFA World Cup represents the coming together of nations and cultures to celebrate the world’s most popular sport.
  • Hopkins College Counselor Erika Chapin meets with a student.

    To ED or Not to ED: That Is the Question

    Sophia Neilson ’23
    Nearly 200 U.S. colleges and universities offer an early decision (ED) application for early acceptance into their schools, and the number of ED applicants seems to be climbing. 
  • 188 Years of Misogyny: Abortion and the Poor Law Amendment Act

    Zoe Sommer '23
    Just over two months ago, West Virginia delegate Chris Pritt addressed the state House and argued that child support requirements should be ended. His reasoning: child support requirements encourage abortion.
  • Bar charts show an increase in nightly homework for both 10th and 11th graders.

    New Schedule Forces Necessary But Uncomfortable Changes

    Anika Madan '24
    After two years of our Covid-modified schedule, Hopkins now returns to Maroon and Grey weeks with shorter classes that meet more often over a two-week rotation.
  • Results from DivBo's Curriculum Committee survey of Hopkins students' thoughts on classroom inclusivity.

    Letter to the Editor: Curriculum Survey Results Stress Need for Reform

    Rhea Ahuja ’23
    This past April, the Hopkins Curriculum Committee, a subcommittee of the Diversity Board dedicated to making the curriculum more representative of all of the different identities within the student body and ensuring that students are exposed to different religious and cultural ideas, collaborated with Next Generation Politics to send a survey to the Hopkins student body.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs the Parental Rights in Education Bill.

    Fascism in Florida? The “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

    Eli Ratner ‘24
    On March 28, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill.
  • Customers refuel in Washington, D.C. on April 11.

    Oil Companies are Thriving While Americans Suffer

    Teddy Witt ‘24
    Gas prices are continuing to hit record highs this spring.
  • A poster featured at a reproductive-rights protest.

    Reproductive Rights Threatened by the Supreme Court

    Sophia Neilson ’23
    With the impending decision regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade, women across the country are feeling a mix of emotions: Fear, outrage, and disbelief are only a few of the negative feelings plaguing our nation.
  • The graph shows the math score distribution by race or ethnicity and highlights the race gap in SAT mathematics

    The Real College Board: Inequalities in Standardized Testing

    Zoe Sommer ’23
    On May 13, students across the country breathed a sigh of relief as AP (Advanced Placement) exams officially ended.
  • The movie poster for the film Jules et Jim.

    Society Lacks Reform 50 Years Later: Feminism in Jules et Jim

    Anjali Subramanian ’22 Managing Editor
    I recently watched the 1962 French New Wave film Jules et Jim. The movie follows the friendship between two men, Jules and Jim, and the woman who enters their lives, Catherine. Immediately, Catherine’s commanding presence, free-will, and bravado captured me. But even more so, I was drawn to her overt disregard of gender norms and her challenge to traditional femininity.
  • Stores stock up on excessive amounts of candy and
decorations on February 14 annually.

    Valentine’s Day: A Holiday of Capital

    Abby Regan ’22 Lead Op/Ed Editor
    I am a hopeless romantic and I love those candy conversation hearts, so you’d think I’d love Valentine’s Day.
  • Kids are engaged in a Montessori school day.

    The Montessori Solution

    Zach Williamson ’22 Editor-in-Chief
    In the past few weeks, as I’ve begun to lose sight of myself in the sea of college essays, I’ve been reflecting on my educational past as I look to its future.
  • Cartoon by Ayelet Kaminski ’22.

    Zuckerberg Shifts Us Into the Metaverse

    Anika Madan ’24 Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    In October, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Meta (formerly known as Facebook), delivered a speech describing the reasoning behind the corporation’s name change.
  • Protests against new abortion laws underway in Texas.

    Hypocritical Texas Abortion Laws Target Women’s Rights

    Abby Regan ’22 Lead Op-Ed Editor
    A recently-passed law in Texas bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, or when the first signs of cardiac activity can be detected.
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Melody Cui

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Riley Foushee

Evie Doolittle
Aanya Panyadahundi
Sam Cherry
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