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As an international student, I had always heard about the hype around Trader Joe’s, but only recently have I had the opportunity to dive in. This year, I switched my weekly shopping location from the Giant Food on W 41st Street to the Trader Joe’s on Kenilworth Drive in Towson. Though I do have to pay for a rideshare service, as it’s outside of the limits of the Blue Jay Shuttle, my total bill is still much lower than what I used to pay at Giant Food. More importantly, the quality of food is better, and the options are so much more exciting, too.
In light of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling against consideration of racial background in the college admissions process, the University sent a broadcast email to the Hopkins community on June 29. The broadcast denounced the ruling and affirmed the University’s continued commitment to diversity.
The Brazilian Students Organization (BRASA) hosted Dr. Filipe Campante, a Bloomberg distinguished professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Carey Business School, on April 26 for a discussion on the political and economic implications of the October 2022 presidential election in Brazil.
The administration sent a broadcast email to the student body announcing a draft of the University’s second strategic framework, Ten for One, on April 14. The framework outlines 10 goals that the University hopes to achieve by 2030. The goals focus on building an inclusive, University-wide community on-campus; promoting excellence in students, faculty and staff; continuing to lead in research endeavours with real world impacts; and contributing to neighboring Baltimore communities.
Following the announcement of the suspension of in-person classes on March 10, 2020, the University announced that students were required to leave campus by March 15, 2020, due to increasing worries around the spread of COVID-19. At first, the administration expected students to return to campus on April 12, 2020, but remote classes were soon extended to the end of the year. The following fall semester, the University moved courses to an entirely virtual modality.
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.
Picture the AMR II communal kitchen: there’s three-day old leftovers in the fridge (not ours), a dirty pot in the sink (also not ours), freshmen flitting in and out to warm up ramen (couldn’t be us) and, finally, seven girls sitting at the table. We all just wanted to try Shirlene’s pasta.
The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) announced that the theme of its 2023 spring speaker series will be “Paradigm Shift” on Feb. 4. The lineup features activist Heather Booth, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Professor Narges Bajoghli, climate change experts Amali Tower and Patrick Brown, former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey A. Rosen. There will also be a panel on workers’ rights featuring President of Amazon Labor Union Chris Smalls and employees participating in various unions.
The Johns Hopkins Entertainers Club (JHU Entertainers) delights audiences with the act of fire-spinning. With approximately 50 members, the group practices on campus twice a week and performs in major events throughout the school year.
The University is mourning the death of Saeeda Osei Frimpong, who passed away on Jan. 11. Frimpong was a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She was a member of the African Students Association, the American Red Cross Corps and the Black Student Union.
In an interview with The News-Letter on Dec. 12, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed the function of higher education in American democracy, the importance of accountability in the University’s decision making and the creation of democratic spaces on campus.
The University announced plans to hire 13 new faculty members in three areas of study as part of the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program (FGJFEP) on Nov. 16.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Nov. 8 to confirm a Senior Class Senator, nominate members for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) Curriculum Committee and discuss the Culture Fest Funding Bill and Garden Party Funding Bill.
Victoria Harms is currently the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Visiting Professor in the Department of History and has recently been offered a five-year appointment as a senior lecturer at the University. In an interview with The News-Letter, Harms discussed her specialization in Cold War history with a focus on Europe, why she decided to include the Baltimore community within her courses and her students' impact on her.
A lawsuit filed in January of 2022 accused several top-ranking universities of colluding to limit the amount of financial aid awarded to students. Section 568 of the “Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994” detailed an antitrust exemption that permitted qualifying universities to agree on a common financial aid formula. Universities were limited by the requirement to practice need-blind admissions. This antitrust exemption expired on Sept. 30, allowing the case to proceed.
The Program in International Studies hosted Vali Nasr to talk about the future of Iran’s nuclear deal on Oct. 25. Nasr is the Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
According to the 2022–2023 U.S. News & World Report, Hopkins ranked the ninth best value school based on its reduced cost with an average level of financial aid and its academic quality. The University’s financial aid program for undergraduate students is need-based and takes into account the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College Board’s College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, recent family tax returns and special circumstances.
With the end of the first week of classes, the Class of 2026 reflected on their experiences living away from home, adjusting to academic life on a university campus and participating in the Hopkins orientation and pre-orientation activities.
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