We hope that you’re all well and taking care of yourselves as the semester comes to an end. Needless to say, a lot has happened this fall. Spread out across the globe, we tackled Zoom classes with bad wifi in the midst of an unprecedented election and an ever-worsening pandemic.
As for The News-Letter, for the first time, we started off the fall without a print issue. In March, COVID-19 had forced us to abandon our weekly publishing schedule, and we sought to make the most of online-only production. We began publishing pieces every day to inform our community of administrative and local developments as quickly as possible. And over the summer, we covered historic protests against racial injustice at Hopkins and in the rest of Baltimore.
We hope that we have helped you make sense of this confusing and chaotic time. And we hope that, though we may not be with one another, we have helped connect you to life at Hopkins — to joyful happenings like childhood memories and new hobbies, to socially distanced events in Baltimore and to student groups that have adapted to a virtual world.
With the exception of breaking news, we will not be publishing new content until the start of the spring semester (as would be the case during a normal year) when we resume online-only production. Please join us in taking a much-deserved break.
We look forward to continuing to engage and entertain you in 2021 — the year The News-Letter turns 125. Until then, stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands and happy holidays!
Rudy Malcom & Katy Wilner, Editors-in-Chief
December 21, 2020
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