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In an interview with The News-Letter on Tuesday, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed the future Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD); the University’s response to sexual violence; the University’s fossil fuel holdings; and campus culture.
Unlike Macklemore, when I was in the third grade, I didn’t think that I was gay. During my childhood, I was instead a mouthpiece of heteronormativity. While in kindergarten, a friend declared that she would one day marry a woman. I argued to her that this was impossible. Even earlier, when a boy in my preschool class showed me his navy-blue fingernails, I insisted that his hands resembled a girl’s.
University President Ronald J. Daniels announced that he would be teaching a course during Intersession in an interview with The News-Letter on Wednesday. The class, titled “Do Democracies Need Universities?,” is built on the premise that universities support democratic societies by educating students, fostering civic discourse and promoting upward mobility.
Thousands of students across the nation walked out of their classrooms on Nov. 8, four days before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday over the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 individuals who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, also known as Dreamers, to apply for work permits and avoid deportation.
“Unfortunately, I cannot say that during my time at Hopkins I have felt supported as a [First-Generation, Limited-Income (FLI)] student by the University as a whole. Over time, the University has started to recognize the struggles that FLI students face, but it has been a slow process to correct these issues.”
The Student Government Association (SGA) proposed topics for discussion with University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar at their weekly meeting on Tuesday.
Elijah Cummings, a prominent Democrat from Baltimore, died at age 68 on Thursday, Oct. 17. The son of sharecroppers was serving his 13th term in the House of Representatives and chaired the Committee on Oversight and Reform, acting as a central figure in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Hal Turner was appointed as the University’s inaugural director of JHUnions & Programming this August. In this role, Turner oversees student groups such as the Hopkins Organization for Programming (HOP), the JHUnions Programming Board, Hoptoberfest, the Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference (JHUMUNC) and Spring Fair.
The University is mourning the death of Timothy Yeh, who passed away on Oct. 13. He was a freshman from Diamond Bar, Calif. studying electrical engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering.
The Student Government Association (SGA) discussed a bill intended to invite national leaders to campus for a gun safety forum at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. Members also considered a resolution calling for the University to count and reduce the number of animals used in experiments in Hopkins funded facilities.
After almost 20 years at The Baltimore Sun, Andrew Green joined Hopkins as vice president for communications on Oct. 1.
Three weeks ago, the Student Government Association (SGA) informed students that it would not be accepting new student organization applications this semester. The announcement also mentioned that SGA’s Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) would be working with the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) to examine student groups’ practices, missions, funding and other criteria.
Witness Theater presented their Fall Showcase in the Mattin Center’s Swirnow Theater this weekend. Produced by junior Dominique Dickey and stage managed by sophomore Aparajita Kashyap, the show featured an evocative collection of three student-directed and -written one-act plays.
Climate activists around the world took part in a mass strike on Friday. Refuel Our Future, an environmental activist group on campus, led about 20 Hopkins students to the climate strike in D.C. Speakers protested government inaction and demanded justice for communities of color impacted by pollution, leading thousands of demonstrators from John Marshall Park to the west lawn of the United States Capitol.
The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) will move permanently to a larger and more accessible location in Shaffer Hall this October. Previously, the office was housed on the third floor of Garland Hall. Some students reported frequent elevator malfunctions, which they said made it difficult to access testing accommodations and other important services.
The 2018-19 Student Government Association (SGA) referendum, with 2,738 total voters on eight key issues, reached more students than any SGA ballot since 2012, according to AJ Tsang, who served as the group’s executive president last spring. The referendum is intended to expand SGA’s influence over the University’s decisions.
This summer, the University made leadership changes intended to improve student well-being. Alanna Shanahan became vice provost for student affairs on August 12, succeeding Kevin Shollenberger, now the University’s first vice provost for student health and well-being. Formerly senior associate director of athletics, Jennifer Baker was promoted to Shanahan’s previous role as director of athletics and recreation.
Whether you’re still wearing your lanyard (please take her off), vomiting illegal liquids into the communal bathroom sink, or facing newfound commitment issues with romantic partners and extracurriculars, this year is sure to bring a multitude of missteps and debacles. But fret not! How else will you mature from a collegiate fetus into a wise Blue Jay?
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned on Thursday, May 2 in light of controversy over sales of her children’s book series, becoming the second Baltimore mayor this decade to step down amid a criminal investigation. She apologized for the damage she has done to the legitimacy of her office and the face of the city in a statement her attorney Steven Silverman delivered at a news conference.
The Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a policy roundtable with State Comptroller Peter Franchot, who serves as Maryland’s chief financial officer, at Shriver Hall on Wednesday. At the event, Hopkins students from groups including the Black Student Union (BSU); Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC); and SGA’s Policy, Research and Development Commission (PRDC) shared their perspectives on sexual violence, gun violence and mental health on campus and in the Baltimore community.