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The Department of Physics & Astronomy received a $50 million donation from investor and Hopkins alum William H. “Bill” Miller III last month. This donation follows Miller’s 2018 gift of $75 million to the University’s philosophy department. According to an email sent to Hopkins affiliates by University President Ronald J. Daniels, this donation prompted two anonymous donations totaling an additional $25 million.
In an email to the Hopkins community on Jan. 14, the University announced several modifications to COVID-19 policies for the spring semester in response to the omicron variant.
In an email to the Hopkins community on Dec. 31, the University announced modifications to its COVID-19 policies for the spring 2022 semester due to the omicron variant.
In light of increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases rise around the country, the University announced on Dec. 22 that most Intersession classes have moved online and the majority of students will not be able to return to on-campus residence halls before Jan. 18. According to the University, in-person research and work will not be impacted by this change.
Yesterday, the University announced that Hopkins affiliates who work or study at its U.S. campuses will be required to get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 booster shot by Feb. 1 Affiliates will need to upload documentation of their booster shot in the University’s Vaccine Management System. In interviews with The News-Letter, students expressed support for the mandate, and shared concerns about rising cases associated with the omicron variant.
University affiliates announced a surge in COVID-19 cases among graduate students in the past week in an email to the Hopkins community on Dec. 17.
As part of the campaign Stop Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Transphobia, trans students and allies have been demanding changes to certain University policies. Advocates held two protests for this cause last semester, one on Oct. 15 and the other on Nov. 18. In interviews with The News-Letter, advocates expanded on their goals for the upcoming semester.
The University announced on plans to create an on-campus ice rink on Dec. 2. The ice rink, which will be available from Jan. 14 to Feb. 27, will be free for all participants.
In an interview with The News-Letter on Dec. 1, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed democracy and governance at the University, the future of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) and expectations for future COVID-19 policies on campus.
The Tutorial Project has been serving the Baltimore community for 63 years by offering free after-school tutoring to elementary school students. The project is back in person this semester, but with one crucial difference: The program no longer has a bus service to transport students from their schools to the Homewood Campus.
Members of the Sustainability Leadership Council held a town hall with Provost Sunil Kumar and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller on Dec. 2 to discuss the drafting of the University's sustainability plan, which will establish goals and initiatives through 2030. The initial vision of the plan is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, setting guidelines for building, and other priorities.
To celebrate this year’s World AIDS Day, the Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Sigma Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted an awareness event on Dec. 1.
Installed earlier this fall, the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibition is on display in Q-level of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Library. Hostile Terrain 94 was launched by anthropologist Jason De León and aims to create a visual representation of the struggles that immigration policies regarding the U.S.-Mexico border pose to migrants.
Is this the fourth semester affected by COVID-19 or the first “post-COVID-19” semester? As the Fall 2021 semester comes to a close, students and faculty alike report feeling burned out as the University attempts to strike a balance between restoring a semblance of campus normalcy with taking appropriate public health measures in the face of an ongoing pandemic.
Earlier this semester, the University announced the official launch of the Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team (BHCST). In an email to the student body on Nov. 9, administration stated that the initiative will begin with a pilot program on Homewood Campus and gradually expand to the entirety of the University.
Though just over two miles apart, the Homewood and Mt. Vernon campuses feel vastly different. Students at the Peabody Institute describe feeling like an afterthought of the University, with unreliable transportation and limited student facilities. In interviews with The News-Letter, students detailed their experiences this past semester.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Nov. 30 to conduct a Q&A session with administrators from various departments within the University. Members presented on the issues of health and well-being as well as diversity and inclusion and then brought up questions to administrators.
Dorm living is a hallmark component of the college experience many look forward to, but students who moved on campus this fall are seeing its downsides. In interviews with The News-Letter, residents of on-campus housing expressed concerns about the detection of Legionella bacteria, sightings of rodents and bugs, water pipes bursting and cleanliness concerns.
The Parents And Communities as Experts (PACE) study seeks to understand how caregivers and community members view the return to in-person school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team hopes to use the results to develop a public health campaign to support families.
University policy requires weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for vaccinated affiliates and twice-weekly asymptomatic testing for unvaccinated affiliates. While positivity rates have remained low throughout this semester, some students reported challenges with maintaining compliance in interviews with The News-Letter.