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In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the state and an increase of cases within the Hopkins community, University leaders reaffirmed on Nov. 19 that, as of now, in-person, on-campus activities will resume in the spring. Online options for students and faculty will still be available for those unable to return to campus.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order to tighten COVID-19 restrictions on Nov. 17, which will go into effect on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m., in response to the rising number of cases and deaths related to the pandemic. The Maryland Department of Health also declared an emergency order to prevent outbreaks at hospitals and nursing homes.
The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted comedian Jordan Klepper for its fourth and final event of the semester. Klepper is a stand-up comedian, currently known as The Daily Show correspondent who attends President Donald Trump’s rallies for his “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse” segment.
The University announced plans to demolish several rowhomes on 29th Street and Maryland Avenue in a Charles Village Civic Association (CVCA) meeting two weeks ago.
In October 2017, then-freshman Maggie Linhart attended a small social event at the Delta Phi (St. Elmo’s) fraternity house. She sat down at the wooden bar at the back of the basement and was served a mixed drink.
The University released the final designs for the student center on Nov. 2. The facility is scheduled to open in fall 2024 and will serve as a non-academic space for students and student organizations, featuring auditoriums, digital labs, dining options and areas for relaxation.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was elected as the nation’s 46th president on Saturday after a long period of waiting for votes to be counted in several key states. The race culminated after Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes, was called for Biden.
Earlier this week, a wheel dozer and a metal wire mesh fence along with several portable toilets appeared on the Freshman Quad, the patch of grass in front of the Alumni Memorial Residence dorm buildings. Here the University is building a temporary 9,000-square-foot structure — essentially, a large party tent used for outdoor weddings — to prepare for the hybrid reopening in the spring semester.
“I didn’t choose to go vote at home in Pennsylvania. I requested my absentee ballot in August and wanted to vote early and get it out of the way without having to go home... About two weeks ago, though, I got an email that said my ballot was considered undeliverable by the USPS.”
University President Ronald J. Daniels and other administrators announced in an email to University affiliates on Monday that Hopkins will offer in-person classes, research activities and housing in the spring semester.
At the end of September, the University announced the creation of the Innovation Fund for Community Safety, a $6 million grant to be rolled out over four years to various nonprofits in order to improve wellness and safety in the Baltimore community. The University held a listening session on Oct. 26 with community and nonprofit leaders to gain a deeper understanding of how the grant application and selection process should be structured.
Christopher Celenza has been designated as the next James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS). According to a University-wide email sent on Oct. 22 by University President Ronald J. Daniels, Celenza will begin his tenure on Jan. 4, 2021.
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) screened a video lecture honoring Henrietta Lacks and the impact of her cells titled “Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture: 100 years of Henrietta Lacks” on Saturday, Oct. 24. The event addressed the widespread reach and complexity of Lacks and her cells, both biomedically and ethically, and aimed to provide insight into the past, present and future of clinical research conduct.
The United States is entering a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases surging across the country. The seven-day moving average of new cases is at its third peak since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 83,000 new cases were added Friday and Saturday, marking the two highest numbers of new cases added in a single day.
University President Ronald J. Daniels reported on Oct. 15 that the University ended the FY20 fiscal year with a surplus of $75 million due to mitigation efforts. These efforts, which include salary and hiring freezes, will be kept in place until the end of the school year.
The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted Yusef Salaam during its third speaker event in the “Living Through History” series on Oct. 20.
Baltimore Women United, along with a number of other women’s rights and progressive organizations, hosted the 2020 Baltimore Women’s March on Saturday, Oct. 17. The event, which coincided with nearly 400 other Women’s Marches across the country, used the slogan “March. Dissent. Vote.”
As COVID-19 made its way from Wuhan, China to the United States, East Asians were strongly associated with the pandemic in the popular consciousness.
Broken glasses, missing electronics, mislabeled boxes and radio silence — several students reported that the University failed to responsibly pack, store and return their items from this past spring semester. At least two months since the first reported incident, Hopkins still has yet to communicate substantially with affected students.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Indigenous Students at Hopkins (ISH) hosted Dennis E. Seymour to deliver a virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day talk on Oct. 12. Seymour is a former dean emeritus of the Community College of Baltimore County School of Business, Criminal Justice and Law.