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James Wang, a senior majoring in Computer Science (CS) at Hopkins, is the lead developer at Semester.ly, a course scheduling platform popular at the University. In an interview with The News-Letter, he discussed his thoughts on coding, advice for those interested in a career in computer science and his appreciation of teamwork in coding projects.
The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) and the SNF Agora Institute Debate Initiative cohosted the Debate on Climate Change Response with Amali Tower and Patrick Brown on March 16. This event was the third of six events in this year’s “Paradigm Shift” symposium series.
The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) announced the results of the 2023–2024 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and class council elections on the evening of March 15, three hours after voting closed. Out of the five executive board positions, only vice president was uncontested.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on March 14 to present adjustments in the Student Activities Commission (SAC) Guidelines, a counter proposal for the Phi Delt Crab Fest and amendments in the constitution for caucuses. SGA also discussed the Gift of Life, Blue Hatchlings, Copa America and Fiji Islander presentations.
The South Asian Students at Hopkins (SASH), Bangladeshi American Student Association (BASA) and Pakistani Student Association (PSA) co-hosted a mela (Sanskrit for “fair”) to celebrate the cultures of South Asian students on March 11.
Andrew Petrisin, supply chain advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), gave a talk titled “Supply Chains and Emerging Economic Issues” on March 10. He examined significant supply chain-related problems that the U.S. is currently facing and how the federal government aims to solve them. This event concluded the 2023 Speakers Series “Emerging Threats in the New World Order” hosted by the Aronson Center for International Studies and the International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC).
The candidates for the 2023–24 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board engaged in a debate on March 9. They discussed administrative issues at the University and their plans to address existing problems.
The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute (AGHI) hosted the 2023 Richard A. Macksey Lecture featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, on March 9. His talk was titled “Who’s Heritage? Preservation, Possession, and Peoples.” This annual lecture honors the late Professor Richard A. Macksey, co-founder of the Humanities Center that is now the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on March 7 to discuss the Roast Off Funding Bill, Portrait for Student Memorial Funding Bill, Hopkins Got Talent Funding Bill, Black Caucus Tabling Funding Bill and the SGA Accessibility Standards Bill. They also presented on the Multimedia Art Showcase Report, Crab Fest presentation and Hopthon tabling.
Candidates for the 2023–24 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board elections include a single ticket and five independent candidates. The SGA Executive Board debate will be held on March 9, and voting will be open from March 14 to 15.
Sir Andrew Motion is a professor of the arts at Hopkins’ Writing Seminars program and an English poet. Motion was the United Kingdom’s Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is the co-founder of the Poetry Archive. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. In an interview with The News-Letter, Motion discussed his life path as a poet in the U.K. as laureate to his current position at Hopkins, as well as his understanding of the meaning of poetry.
The Economic Policy Issues Colloquium (EPIC) hosted a discussion titled “Africa’s Energy Transition — Tensions, Viewpoints and Realities” on March 3. The event featured Lily Odarno, the director of Clean Air Task Force’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa.
The Aronson Center for International Studies and the International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) hosted Ilaria Mazzocco to discuss China as an emerging global power on March 3. The lecture was part of the ISLC’s 2023 Speakers Series, “Emerging Threats in the New World Order.”
Founded in the 1980s, the Jail Tutorial Project (JTP) connects Hopkins tutors with various organizations in Baltimore to provide educational support to veterans, children and incarcerated men and women in the city.
Arguably known as the central landmark of the Homewood campus, Gilman Hall is often regarded as the first major academic building on Homewood campus. Construction commenced on Gilman Hall in 1913, and the $509,063 project — equivalent to $10 –11 million dollars in 2023 — was completed in 1915. Offices moved in the summer of that year.
Faculty members from the Center for Africana Studies (CAS) plan to submit a proposal to the University requesting the departmentalization of Africana Studies. If accepted, the new department will have the ability to hire faculty members independently and support doctoral degrees in Africana Studies.
Members of the University’s student-led Marshal L. Salant Investment Team spoke about the real-world experiences they gained as part of the team.
At its weekly general body meeting on Feb. 28, the Student Government Association (SGA) heard presentations about the University’s new Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team (BHCST) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s upcoming climate survey. They also discussed the forthcoming Student Resources List as well as the Health, Safety and Sustainability (HSS) Committee’s recent Meat the Future Movie Night. SGA received funding requests for the Puerto Rican Student Association’s (PRSA) Roast Off event and the Menstrual Hygiene Gap event.
Elly Ren is a 2021 Hopkins alum currently working as the program coordinator at the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC). In an interview with The News-Letter, she discussed her interests in sustainability and renewable energy, touching on her experiences of foraging at Hopkins and advocating for better food systems.
Ada Ferrer gave a talk in a Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Lecture on Feb. 23. At the event, titled “Writing Between Personal and International History: Cuba: An American History,” Ferrer recounted her journey as a writer and a historian.