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The U.S. government classifies most colleges and universities as nonprofits because of their “educational purposes,” exempting them from federal income taxes. This means that, despite operating four campuses in Baltimore, Hopkins is not legally required to pay the city any property taxes.
“The message I took from this whole process was this: They know he’s guilty, but they’re letting him off the hook because they don’t want to ruin his life. What about the fact that he almost ruined mine?”
This past weekend, my roommates and I were craving a walk farther than our tri-weekly pilgrimage to Shriver Hall, our COVID-19 testing site of choice. At the suggestion of one of our friends, we decided to head to Lake Roland.
In an email to the student body on Thursday, Vice Provost for Research Denis Wirtz announced that current density restrictions in laboratories will be relaxed starting on April 1. According to his email, lab spaces will now operate under the same capacity limits as classrooms.
“The main message from me to the students is: You’re in a community that cares for each other. I hope everybody is conscious of the community. This is only one year where you have to be in your home all the time.”
In the early weeks of March 2020, when the first whisperings of a potential campus closure made their way around Hopkins, I was 1) shocked (what is the coronavirus?) and 2) excited.
The University resumed in-person classes and lifted the ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings on Thursday, Feb. 11. The ban, which followed a COVID-19 cluster caused by a party at the North Charles Social Club (WAWA), began on Wednesday, Feb. 3 and had been extended twice since the University’s initial communication of the outbreak.
The University updated its previous announcement about the recent COVID-19 outbreak on campus in an email on Thursday, Feb. 4. According to the email, 58 students have now tested positive for the virus — a drastic increase from the 38 known cases recorded on Wednesday. Last week, only seven students tested positive.
Antisemitic graffiti was found etched into the walls of a dormitory elevator at the Peabody Institute, according to an email sent on Jan. 26 by University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar.
University leaders held a town hall to discuss plans for the spring semester on Sunday, Jan. 10. Associate Vice Provost for Education Janet Schreck facilitated the explanation of the finalized plan.
The Hopkins community is mourning the death of Bradlee LaMontagne, who passed away on Dec. 10. He was a junior studying Biology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, as well as a PILOT leader, NextOneUp tutor in Baltimore, First-Year Mentor and 2020 captain of the Hopkins wrestling team.
Emergence Baltimore, a non-profit that promotes local stores, is working to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on Baltimore’s small businesses. The News-Letter sat down with Emergence Baltimore’s President Kevin Carter and Social Media Lead Ali Rachidi to hear about its programs.
TEDxJHU hosted its salon 2020 event, “Business as (Un)usual,” on Dec. 11. Four students — seniors Anjali Kashyap, John Min, Isabel Rios-Pulgar and senior Serena Wang — gave talks on topics ranging from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the immigrant experience over the course of the night. The event was organized independently from TED Talks.
In an interview with The News-Letter on Wednesday, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed progress on the University’s Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, the future of the private police force, plans for the spring and safety measures being implemented in anticipation of resuming in-person activities.
The Second Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2) released its final report on Nov. 20. The report made a wide array of recommendations to improve the undergraduate experience at Hopkins, including replacing the distribution requirements to obtain a degree. CUE2 was formed in 2017 to promote interdisciplinary learning and mental health on campus.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the state is making $70 million in investments toward COVID-19 relief funding in a press conference on Nov. 12.
“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.”
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.
Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in universities that receive federal funds. In May the Department of Education issued changes to Title IX regulations, giving accused students more rights.
When the University announced that the fall semester would be entirely online, students lives were impacted in almost every way. Freshmen experienced a virtual orientation, students browsed extra-curricular activities in a virtual Student Involvement Fair and clubs and organizations adapted to online-only operations. Likewise, peer services have adjusted their operations to serve students remotely.