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At Hopkins, every undergraduate student has the experience of sitting through five hours of Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) sessions during their freshman year. For the last four years, the University has mandated that students attend this training in order to better equip them to prevent forms of gender violence including sexual assault.
Provost Sunil Kumar informed the Hopkins community in an email sent on Friday, Dec. 14 that the University is drafting a policy regarding personal relationships, particularly between students and professors. The Draft Personal Relationships Policy defines personal relationships as dating, romantic and sexual relationships. The University is currently soliciting feedback on the draft.
Every day at 7 a.m. my phone lights up with a “mindfulness reminder” from the Calm app. The daily message, which serves as a reminder to complete a meditation, is usually a cliché — for example, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Despite the triviality of the notification, it reminds me to log onto the Calm app and complete one of its many guided meditations.
Nurses at the Hopkins Hospital expressed their intent to form a union with assistance from National Nurses United (NNU) in March 2018. They claimed that they received subpar benefits and were underpaid and overworked.
The 21st Century Cities Initiative (21CC), a University program which aims to improve equity in urban areas, hosted a workshop featuring Ira Katznelson, a writer and professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University.
Given the national attention surrounding the animal rights abuses committed by winter apparel company Canada Goose, Compassion, Awareness, and Responsible Eating (CARE) hosted an event on Friday to raise awareness about ethical consumption.
Since the summer, students, faculty, staff and community members have protested the University’s long-standing contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). On Sept. 21, members of the Hopkins community presented a petition to the administration calling for an end to all JHU-ICE contracts. The petition garnered over 1,900 signatures.
The Hopkins Hindu Students Council (HSC) hosted their annual Diwali Dhamaka celebration in the Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 8. Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, takes place each fall and is one of the most popular celebrations in the Hindu religion.
The JHU Muslim Student Association (JHUMA) is hosting Islamic Awareness Week 2018 from Oct. 8 to Oct. 12. The organization planned events that they hoped would educate the student body about aspects of Islam, including activities such as trying on a hijab and a free dinner at the FFC which would feature foods from the Islamic community. The group will also hold public Friday prayers, Jummah, on Keyser Quad on Oct. 12.
The University commemorated Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday with a pow wow and a keynote lecture by Victoria O’Keefe, assistant professor in the Center for American Indian Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Indigenous Students at Hopkins (ISH) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) collaborated in organizing these events and shared the common goal of expanding student knowledge about Native American history and culture.
The sixth annual Hoptoberfest hosted its kick-off event on Monday, with other planned festivities taking place through Friday. The organization planned activities for students, including their yearly Pumpkin Patch, beer tasting and a concert featuring the Plain White T’s.
The University is mourning the death of Evelyn Feeney, who passed away on Sept. 30. She was a senior Film and Media Studies major in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
The Office of Alumni Relations, Reunion & Homecoming hosted its annual Young Alumni Weekend (YAW) from Sept. 28 to 30. The event, which included various festivities, attracted young alumni from across the country and allowed recent graduates from the University a chance to come back and visit the Homewood Campus.
The Student Government Association (SGA) discussed electing a student to participate on the Board of Trustees at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. SGA also addressed its collaboration with other student organizations to advocate for graduate students’ rights and promote mental health on campus.
Internationally recognized architect Renzo Piano will design the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute building for the Homewood Campus. University President Ronald J. Daniels, Piano and Piano’s business partner Mark Carroll spoke at an event in Mason Hall on Monday night. The event was open to Hopkins affiliates and community members, and it focused on Piano’s plans for the upcoming building.
The Student Health & Wellness Center (SHWC) has reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) over the past few weeks. HFMD is caused by a virus that can be spread through sneezing, coughing and close contact. On Sept. 7 SHWC posted a detailed description of the disease and preventative measures on their website.
The University recently hired Farouk Dey to serve as the vice provost for integrative learning and life design, a new position created to guide students as they develop their career paths. Dey began his job on Aug. 27. He hopes to connect undergraduate and graduate students with meaningful work experience.
In recent months, the Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement‘s (ICE) mass deportation and detention of immigrants has sparked national controversy. Hopkins has been involved in a multi-million dollar contract with the agency since 2009. Many students, professors and alumni are criticizing the University’s partnership with the agency and are calling on the administration to sever ties.
Following a four-month investigation by the Office of the Dean of Student Life, the University has issued a two-year suspension to the Alpha Delta Phi (WAWA) fraternity. Though the fraternity could have applied for automatic re-recognition after the suspension lifted, Alpha Delta Phi chose instead to revoke their recognition at the University and with their national office.
The Hopkins community is mourning the death of William Hartmann, a rising sophomore in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, who passed away on May 25. Hartmann, who was from Bethesda, Md., studied physics and aimed to eventually earn a PhD.