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When I found out that hip-hop artists Aminé and Tobi Lou would be performing on the Beach for the third Johns Hopkins Annual Music Festival (JAM), I honestly didn’t know who they were. By no means is that an insult to their stardom. If you ask anyone who’s done karaoke with me, they’ll tell you I have really basic taste in music.
In recent months, the Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement‘s (ICE) mass deportation and detention of immigrants has sparked national controversy. Hopkins has been involved in a multi-million dollar contract with the agency since 2009. Many students, professors and alumni are criticizing the University’s partnership with the agency and are calling on the administration to sever ties.
City officials are planning to revitalize the area in front of Baltimore Penn Station. The planned development is led by the City government in conjunction with the Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP), a community development nonprofit. It will include the creation of a student transportation hub, art installations and new green spaces. The development will take place toward the end of 2018.
Baltimore currently has three state-designated arts and entertainment districts: in Station North, Highlandtown and around the Bromo Tower. However, many community leaders and residents have advocated for the creation of a fourth arts district around Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore that focuses on black art.
FastForward U Homewood will host the grand opening of its innovation hub on Friday, Sept. 14. The space is dedicated to furthering student entrepreneurship across all nine Hopkins campuses.
The Student Government Association (SGA) organized the first annual Student Activism Fair during Orientation Week. The Fair, targeted toward incoming freshmen, represented over 20 student activist groups.
Over 1,300 new students arrived on campus last week to participate in the University’s annual Orientation Week for first years. “O-Week” aims to help incoming first years adjust to life at Hopkins.
A Place to Talk (APTT), an on-campus peer listening service, unveiled their newest campus location on Tuesday. Their new room will be in Brody 4010. By opening a new location in Brody, APTT hopes to increase their access to the student body.
Since April, the student group Advocates for Disability Awareness (ADA) has demanded improvements to Student Disability Services (SDS) on campus. In July, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger and Vice Provost for Institutional Equity Kimberly Hewitt announced in a campus-wide email that the University would take measures to address these demands.
Following a four-month investigation by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the University has issued a two-year suspension to the Alpha Delta Phi (WAWA) fraternity. Though the fraternity could have applied for automatic re-recognition after the suspension lifted, Alpha Delta Phi chose instead to revoke their recognition at the University and with their national office.
Around 100 Baltimore activists traveled to Washington, D.C. to join thousands of counter-protestors at Sunday’s Unite the Right 2 rally, the follow-up to last year’s deadly white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Va.
The Baltimore Fire Department evacuated Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday afternoon after a sample of tuberculosis was accidentally released on the covered bridge between the two buildings.
The University announced on Thursday, April 26 that it revoked the honorary degree awarded to actor and comedian Bill Cosby in 2004. Hopkins made the decision the same day that Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to 10 years in prison for each count. Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) announced that its U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) will be closing on May 11 due to insufficient funding.
As a growing number of states have moved to legalize marijuana in recent years, cannabis use has been increasingly destigmatized.
In an interview with The News-Letter on Thursday, April 26, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed his views on the proposed campus police force; the University’s response to sexual violence; resources for low-income students; and mental health.
“We need a change,” former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a July 2015 press conference, where she announced the dismissal of then Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. She had fired him in response to an increase in homicides following the death of Freddie Gray.
The University has begun developing plans to renovate the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE) to replace original heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems. MSE has been using these systems since they were installed when the building was constructed in 1964.
Hopkins alumni Greg Asbed and Laura Germino received the 2018 Anne Smedinghoff Award at the final event of this year’s Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) on Tuesday. Asbed and Germino are internationally recognized for their human rights work, and last year Asbed received a MacArthur “Genius” grant.