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The Office of Residential Life and the Office of Student Financial Services announced a new compensation plan for Residential Advisors (RA) in response to concerns that RAs are not paid equitably. The plan, which was announced on Thursday, will take effect in the 2019-2020 school year. RAs will be considered student employees and receive a yearly $5,100 stipend. In addition, their housing will now be considered non-taxable income, and therefore it will not affect financial aid.
A year long investigation by the Tampa Bay Times found that one in 10 patients died at the All Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. last year, which was taken over by the Hopkins Hospital six years earlier.
Myth: People with mental illnesses tend to be violent
The University hosted the second of a three-part series on policing and security on Friday, Nov. 9 on the East Baltimore campus. The discussion, titled “Constitutional Policing and Police Accountability,” consisted of a moderated discussion between a panel of experts and an audience Q&A session.
Eleven people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. In the wake of the shooting, Hopkins and Baltimore community members gathered to grieve for the Jewish community and those affected by the violence.
Brazil elected its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, on Sunday. Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for statements that many consider to be homophobic, racist and misogynistic. He defeated the Workers’ Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, who was backed by Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. da Silva dropped out of the race following his 12-year sentence on corruption charges.
During junior and senior year, most students choose to live in the neighborhoods surrounding Homewood Campus. Due to the fact that students are likely to only rent out a property for one to two years, this can sometimes lead to friction between long-time residents of those areas and the members of the student body.
In spring of last year, University administration submitted a bill to the Maryland legislature which would allow them to create a private police force. However, following protests and a petition signed by over 2,300 people, the bill failed to pass.
The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the International Studies Program hosted a talk titled “American Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump” on Thursday, Oct. 11. SAIS professors Hal Brands and Francis J. Gavin addressed the state of foreign policy today. Sydney Van Morgan, head of the Hopkins Program in International Studies, moderated the discussion.
University President Ronald J. Daniels and School of Medicine Dean Paul B. Rothman announced plans to name a new building in honor of Henrietta Lacks, the source of the immortal HeLa cell line, on Saturday. The new multidisciplinary building will be located on the East Baltimore Campus and is expected to be completed in 2022.
The Office of Women and Gender Resources hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium (WLS) in Charles Commons on Saturday. The event featured keynote speaker Lisa Ryu, associate director of the Federal Reserve.
The Career Center hosted its annual Fall Career Fair in the Recreation Center last Thursday, Sept. 27. The Fair offered undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral students a chance to network with over 115 different employers.
The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report was released in an email to the student body on Sept. 28. The University is required to prepare and disclose this report each year in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires universities receiving federal financial aid to maintain and disclose crime statistics.
The Station North Tool Library (SNTL) hosted a lecture entitled “Baltimore’s History of Redlining and Vacancies,” which explored the centuries-old ties between racism and vacant housing, on Sept. 20. Eli Pousson, a historian and the director of preservation and outreach at Baltimore Heritage Inc., a nonprofit that works to protect and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods, gave the talk.
Students, faculty and community members organized a protest and “playdate” on Friday, demanding that Hopkins end its multi-million-dollar contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Over the summer, some students were surprised to see the premium for the University-provided insurance plan rise by 10.4 percent. The price of the 2018-19 plan increased to accommodate for greater coverage and reduced deductibles and out-of-pocket (OOP) costs. This follows a 4.5 percent price increase in 2017, which was due to increasing national healthcare costs.
City officials are planning to revitalize the area in front of Baltimore Penn Station. The planned development is led by the City government in conjunction with the Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP), a community development nonprofit. It will include the creation of a student transportation hub, art installations and new green spaces. The development will take place toward the end of 2018.
MOMENTS IN HISTORY
The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) arrested a carjacking suspect on Homewood Campus this afternoon at 2:02 p.m. The suspect, who was involved in a carjacking incident in the Southeast District of Baltimore a month ago, fled a vehicle and entered Homewood on foot. According to BPD Chief Spokesman T.J. Smith, the suspect was unarmed.
The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) released the recounted results for the 2018-19 Student Government Association (SGA) Class Council elections on Tuesday night. The original results were released on Friday, but due to a change in the voting system which left ten seats open, the CSE decided to conduct a recount.