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On Monday, perseverance saved senior Kathryn Ledwell’s life. Seconds after she crossed the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, two homemade bombs crafted from pressure cookers exploded yards from the line itself, killing three and injuring more than a hundred.
Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) will join the Panhellenic Council next academic year as the fifth sorority on campus, four years after University officials revoked the sorority’s charter at Hopkins following a series of disciplinary infractions.
Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum will be the next featured speaker in the lineup for the Foreign Affair Symposium's due to Liz Cheney’s cancellation for personal reasons.
Anticipating the first serious snowfall of the winter, the University cancelled most operations at all campuses in Baltimore and D.C. yesterday.
Nearly two dozen individuals suddenly fell ill at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex in North Baltimore on Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of the building, the closure of the facility’s cafeteria and an investigation into the cause of the illness.
Former Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy committed suicide at his Towson home on Monday, leaving behind a wife, a son and an impending investigation prompted by reports stating that he had secretly videotaped and photographed his patients during gynecological examinations.
I don’t always go to OccCiv but when I do, I look for ways to pacify my boredom. Recently, I discovered Tinder.
The official website of the Hopkins Student Government Association (SGA) was hacked last week by an unknown infiltrator, who replaced official content and documents with advertisements for a popular erectile dysfunction medication.
University officials have identified the woman who died after being found in the Baltimore Harbor Thursday morning as Elizabeth O’Hearn, an associate professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Hopkins School of Medicine. Marylisa Price, Director of Finance at the School of Medicine, confirmed that the deceased was the Hopkins doctor.
The past month has seen an increase in crime targeting Hopkins students in Charles Village, according to reports filed by Campus Safety & Security. These incidents, officials said, are unrelated to a concurrent uptick in gang activity in Baltimore.
Members of the Class of 2016 elected Alexander Koren to represent them as President of the Freshman Class Council, according to poll results released by the Committee for Student Elections (CSE) on Tuesday afternoon.
Smoke from a faulty air-conditioning unit on the Charles Street side of Charles Commons prompted an evacuation of the building shortly after 4 p.m. today, Sergeant C.H. Benjamin III of Campus Safety & Security said. The evacuation lasted approximately 45 minutes before the building was reopened.
Rebecca Grande, a Hopkins sophomore and member of the women’s track & field and cross-country teams, died on Sept. 30 at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with lymphoma in February.
Michael Eicher, the Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Development whose fundraising efforts have amassed over $3 billion for the university since his arrival in 2006, will leave Hopkins for Ohio State University this November.
Local and University security officials have increased their presence in Charles Village in recent weeks to mitigate potential conflict between the Hopkins student body and surrounding community in the absence of Student-Community Liaison Carrie Bennett.
Members of the U.S. Secret Service gathered in an undisclosed location in Laurel, MD this week for a two-day ethics training course conducted by professors and administrators from the Hopkins School of Education.
Undergraduates celebrated the legacy of philanthropy at Hopkins with Step Up, a week-long series of events, for the third consecutive year. The events began last Sunday and last through Friday.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected two Hopkins professors as fellows last week, adding them to the ranks of the now-fifty active and retired Hopkins faculty members who hold fellowships in the 230-year-old society. Dr. Jef D. Boeke, Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics and Oncology in the School of Medicine, and Dr. Robert Moffitt, the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, are among the 220 scholars, scientists, artists and activists who join the Academy in its Class of 2012, which includes the likes of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, musician Sir Paul McCartney and philanthropist Melinda Gates. In an e-mail to The News-Letter, Boeke described the honor with levity. "I'm honored to be in the company of the likes of Mel Brooks!" he wrote, Brooks being among this year's appointed fellows. The Academy is one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and stands at the forefront of independent policy research in the United States.Boeke and Moffitt, meanwhile, belong to the vanguard of research efforts at Hopkins. Supplementing Boeke's role as an educator at the School of Medicine is his leadership of the High Throughput Biology (HiT) Center, a division of the university's Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, where he directs a team of scientists in mapping the genetic structure of yeasts. He joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1986. Beyond the university, he has chaired the grant review panel regarding the study of molecular and cell biology of cancer for the American Cancer Society. Dr. Seth Blackshaw, who has collaborated with Boeke in the HiT Center for the last eight years, described his colleague as "brilliant." "He is a scientist who has an amazing amount of energy and an extraordinarily diverse range of interests," Blackshaw, who holds an associate professorship in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, said. "Working with him has taken me in directions that would have been impossible anywhere else. I'm delighted for him - this honor could not come to a more deserving person." In the Department of Economics at Homewood, Moffitt is an authority on poverty in inequity in the United States. He arrived at Hopkins in 1995 to claim the Krieger-Eisenhower Professorship in Economics; in his seventeen-year tenure, he has worked closely with undergraduates and graduates alike in addition to his personal research. Dr. James J. Heckman, a University of Chicago economist who received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in econometrics and microeconomics, told Moffit about his nomination.Moffitt described himself as "surprised and honored" when he first learned of his appointment last Wednesday. "I was actually notified by another professor [of economics], the one who nominated me for the fellowship two years ago. Later that afternoon, I received the official email, congratulating me," he said.Moffitt, however, points to teaching, and not exclusively research, as the centerpiece of his time at Johns Hopkins. "Hopkins is a lot like Brown, where I taught before coming here. Both have relatively small economics departments, which ensures direct interaction with students, both graduates and undergraduates," he said. "What makes Hopkins special is the breadth of its intellectual resources. I've found that my students are interested in public policy as well as economics, which makes for stimulating discourse." In addition to his position in the Department of Economics, Moffitt holds an adjunct position at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Together, Boeke and Moffitt will travel to Cambridge, MA on Oct. 6 for the Academy's induction ceremony. ?
The 41st annual Spring Fair was held this past weekend at Hopkins, continuing the yearly springtime custom of food and festivity at Homewood. Hopkins's Spring Fair is the largest student-run university celebration in the country, and this year's festival was the best attended and most profitable in its history, Spring Fair leaders said. "It was, in a word, fantastic," junior Michelle Kirk, Executive Co-Chairman for Spring Fair 2012, said in the aftermath of the weekend, which drew record crowds from Hopkins and the wider local community. In spite of unprecedented attendance, the activities kept in line with past tradition: food vendors gathered on the Freshman Quad, local craftsmen sold their products on Keyser Quad and hundreds flocked to the Beer Garden in the President's Garden where student groups served those of age as a fundraising effort. Spring Fair this year, however, saw a higher number of food and craft vendors, a larger "children's section" in front of Gilman Hall and the return of carnival rides, back after a hiatus due to Brody Learning Commons construction. The keynote concert, headlined by Passion Pit, sold out for the first time since Spring Fair staffers incorporated See SPRING FAIR, page A4 SPRING FAIR, from A1 the Friday night music event in the mid-1990s. All of the weekend's events were organized, hosted and sponsored by undergraduates. This year's Spring Fair staff - spearheaded by co-chairmen Kirk and senior Drew Rosenberg - was comprised of 46 Hopkins students working in tandem with administrators, the Student Government Association (SGA), the Johns Hopkins Organization for Programming (the HOP), student radio station WJHU, the City of Baltimore and various security agencies. "We couldn't have done this alone. We start with a budget of essentially zero every year, and we extend our reach wherever we can for help - doing our best to keep it a student-run event, of course," Rosenberg said. The weekend began on Thursday night with a fireworks display over Levering Quad, followed by a beer party on the Levering Patio sponsored by PJ's Pub. Food trucks arrived the Freshman Quad by 8 a.m. the next morning; come noon, crowds had gathered in anticipation fair fare, including Spring Fair staples like fried Oreo cookies and jumbo turkey legs, from vendors from the Baltimore area. The Beer Garden, held annually in the President's Garden, drew masses from its opening at noon on Friday until taps closed at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Various campus philanthropic organizations manned the taps, which offered sixteen varieties of beer, including more refined brews of local microbreweries. "It's a great endeavor," Kirk said. "A beer ticket is sold, people use that ticket at the stalls operated by student groups to buy a beer, and the proceeds from that ticket go to that student group." This year, profits from beer ticket sales topped $30,000, Spring Fair treasurer Morgan Byce said. However, in spite of the success of the Beer Garden, Kirk and Rosenberg dispelled the notion that the weekend-long celebration is simply three days devoted to intoxication. Kirk cited the accomplishments of Greek life philanthropy events outside of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, such as Pike Bike and Pi a Pi Phi. Kirk also asserted the staunch security at venues where alcohol flowed freely. While Hopkins security officials patrolled the Beach for bottles and cans, employees of Security, Athletic Facilities & Events (S.A.F.E.) Management, a local contract security firm hired by Spring Fair staff, guarded the gates of the Beer Garden to inspect identification. Rosenberg stated that Spring Fair staff is not liable for any alcohol-related infractions or incidents, but expressed relief that this year saw few of either. "We like to keep our bases covered, which is why we're tight on security," he said. "I've had three years of experience, and this was a pretty smooth year," Kirk added. Apart from the rain, which started late Saturday night and cut short many of Sunday's events, the weekend's greatest damper was not on campus, across the street, Kirk said. "Spring Fair endorses the First Amendment, and encourages activists to use the marketplace we provide as a forum," she said. "The pro-life and pro-choice debate is a consistently hot topic, and we support the discourse as long as it doesn't detract from the rest of the weekend. That wasn't the case this year." She alluded to the pro-life assembly that gathered on the Charles Street median across from the Beach on Friday afternoon, using posters containing graphic images of aborted fetuses to distract passersby. Within an hour, a handful of students arrived outside of Charles Street Market with homemade signs, objecting the protest halfway across the street. "Fortunately, it dispelled pretty quickly," Kirk said. "In all, there weren't too many speed bumps this weekend - I was in bed by nine on Sunday night."
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted its semi-annual Cultural Block Party last Friday, Apr. 13, engaging student cultural organizations for an afternoon of food, festivity, and, adhering to OMA's general credo, the cultural edification of the broader university community.