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List of 20 news stories.

  • Granny? More Like Mommy: The Prevalence of Ageism in Beauty

    Winter Szarabajka ’27 Op/Ed Assistant Editor
    Throughout history, beauty has been defined extensively by characteristics such as a youthful appearance, perfect skin, and cleanliness.
  • Letter to the Editor: Heidi Dawidoff

    Heidi Dawidoff
    The Letter to the Editor excerpted below was written by Heidi Dawidoff, a retired Hopkins English teacher, in response to Mira Krichavsky’s story in the December 2023 issue of The Razor about the merger of the all-boys Hopkins Grammar School and all-girls Day Prospect Hill (DPH) (“Looking Back on a Thorny Path to Coeducation”).
  • There is no shortage of ignorance in comments under short-form videos.

    Short-Form Content, Social Media, and Sinophobia

    Rain Zeng ’26 Op/Ed Editor
    The past few decades have seen a spread of East Asian culture, with phenomena like the internationalization of Japanese anime and the global rise of Korean pop culture.
  • A glimpse of a Hopkins student’s desk and planner.

    We Think Hopkins Needs to Rethink How We Do Our Thinking

    Aerin O’Brien ’26 Op/Ed Assistant Editor
    Recently, I was watching an episode of “Grey's Anatomy” where the interns were learning how to triage patients in a mass casualty event.
  • Hanna procrastinates in the Lower Library.

    Confessions of a Procrastinator

    Hanna Jennings ’24 Managing Editor
    To my current teachers: you can stop reading now. During my four years at Hopkins, I’ve heard the warning what seems like a million times. When an important project or the infamous research paper is assigned, teachers and advisors co-conspire to make sure that you are not saving it all for the last minute.
  • NASA illustration of Artemis Program astronauts on the lunar South Pole.

    Redirecting Resources: Climate Change or the Milky Way?

    Edel Lee ’26 Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    Two months ago, India’s Chandrayaan-3 made history as the first spacecraft to land on the southern polar
    region of the Moon.
  • Cartoon by Hailey Willey ’25

    Hot Brothers and Two Lovers: The Summer I Turned Pretty

    Miriam Levin ’26 Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    What would you do if two of the hottest guys you knew were fighting over you? That’s the premise of the Prime Original TV series The Summer I Turned Pretty.
  • Cartoon by Hailey Willey

    Brennan Is Everything; Elicker’s Just Ken

    Teddy Witt ’24 Lead Op/Ed Editor
    If you live or spend a lot of time in New Haven, you’ve probably seen white and blue election signs go up in your neighbors’ yards — white for Liam Brennan, Hartford’s first inspector general, and blue for the incumbent Mayor Justin Elicker.
  • Cartoon by Hailey Willey ’25.

    Never Have I Ever... Felt More Represented On-Screen

    Asher Joseph ’25 Op/Ed Editor
    According to tennis legend John McEnroe, narrator of Mindy Kaling’s hit Netflix show “Never Have I Ever,” “Aunties are older Indian women who have no blood relation to you, but are allowed to have opinions about your life and all your shortcomings and you have to be nice to them because you’re Indian.”
  • Cringe: The cast of “Gen Z Hospital” poses for a selfie.

    Saturday Night Live: Is It Still Funny?

    Miri Levin ’26 Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    “Saturday Night Live,” often abbreviated to SNL, is one of the most famous late-night television programs on the air.
  • “Toxic Charity” by Robert Lupton

    Who Benefits from Community Service?

    Edel Lee ’26 Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    We are taught to praise volunteers for their sacrifice of time and effort. We know that we should volunteer. But is volunteering always helpful to communities in need? Or can community service end up only benefiting the volunteer?
  • Biden delivers a 2020 campaign speech in Columbia, South Carolina.

    Decidin’ on Biden: Is 81 Too Old to Run?

    Teddy Witt ’24 Lead Op/Ed Editor
    In 19 months, millions of Americans will vote for the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
  • Cartoon by Hailey Willey

    The Drag War Drags On

    Rain Zeng ’26 Assistant Op/Ed Editor
    Colorful costumes, exaggerated makeup, and queer creativity. These are elements of drag, a performance art with complex roots and a vital role in LGBTQ+ culture.
  • A group of girls recites the Boy Scout pledge.

    To Cook or To Camp? Scouting For Gender Roles

    Asher Joseph ’25 Op/Ed Editor
    Since the 1970s, young girls have sought acceptance into the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), arguing that the organization offers more extensive opportunities to develop skills otherwise absent from the programming of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • 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.
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