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Earlier this semester, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan emailed all students, instructing them to vacate University housing by March 15 due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Exceptions were granted to students who could not return home due to international travel restrictions, financial hardship or other extraordinary circumstances.
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder and executive chairman of Reddit, will speak at the virtual 2020 Commencement ceremony on May 21.
Incoming Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Treasurer Addy Perlman announced in an email to student leaders that student groups should expect cuts in their annual Student Activities Commission (SAC) fundings. The announcement was made in light of the University-wide austerity measures and was further discussed at the final weekly SGA meeting.
Earlier this month, sophomore Melanie Alfonzo founded Advocates for Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH). ARSH aims to foster greater reproductive advocacy and sexual health education at Hopkins and in Baltimore.
In an email sent to Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) affiliates on Monday, Dean Beverly Wendland announced that John Toscano will serve as the interim dean of KSAS starting July 1. Toscano, who is currently a chemistry professor and the vice dean for natural sciences, will hold this position until Wendland’s official successor is appointed.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Sunil Kumar announced in an email to the student body that the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS) and Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) will adopt a universal satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading system this semester.
One of The News-Letter editors wrote last week to express her disappointment at the current Democratic presidential candidates. What was the most diverse field of presidential candidates in a primary essentially winnowed down to a field of three, of which two were white men in their late seventies. Since then, Senator Elizabeth Warren, the last major standing female candidate, has suspended her campaign.
Former Maryland Senator and Professor of Public Policy Barbara Mikulski delivered a keynote address on the 2020 U.S. Census in Levering Hall’s Glass Pavilion on Monday. She was joined by panelists Mary Elizabeth Hughes, associate scientist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Austin Davis, 2020 Census manager for Baltimore City’s Department of Planning.
In an email to the student body on Wednesday, the Student Government Association (SGA) announced that it has opened its application period for new student organizations. Last September, SGA did not accept applications for new student groups, while the group’s Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) worked with the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) to examine student groups’ practices, missions, funding and other criteria.
Celebrity chef José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup opened Butterfly Tacos y Tortas in Levering Kitchens on Monday. Butterfly, a fast-casual taqueria, will be open to students and the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.
On Saturday, residents of Douglass Homes, a public housing complex near Hopkins Hospital, protested the University’s alleged interest in purchasing the complex and the potential introduction of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) into the community.
Former Ambassador Dennis Ross, an American diplomat who worked under five different presidential administrations, spoke about American foreign policy and the future of the Middle East in the Clipper Room of Shriver Hall on Wednesday. The event was sponsored by Hopkins Hillel, an organization for Jewish students on campus.
A panel of University faculty members spoke about the Hong Kong protests in Arellano Theater on Wednesday. Speakers included: Anne Applebaum, a Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute; Giovanna Dore, a lecturer in the East Asian Studies department; Ho-Fung Hung, a Sociology professor; and Andrew Mertha, the director of China Studies at the Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. The panel was sponsored by the International Studies Leadership Council and the Hopkins chapter of Global China Connection.
Impeachment is a blunt tool of national accountability on the President. It’s a sad day when we have no other recourse but to use this measure against a duly elected President.
Two weeks ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute unveiled plans for the construction of a building to house the Institute. The planned construction start date is fall 2020, with estimated completion by summer 2022.
Climate activists around the world took part in a mass strike on Friday. Refuel Our Future, an environmental activist group on campus, led about 20 Hopkins students to the climate strike in D.C. Speakers protested government inaction and demanded justice for communities of color impacted by pollution, leading thousands of demonstrators from John Marshall Park to the west lawn of the United States Capitol.