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Many students have observed that Garland Hall has been quiet this semester. Given the Sit-In protests that culminated in the arrests of three community members and four students on May 8, the apparent calm has raised questions from students about the future of the sit-in, as well as Garland Hall and the student services it formerly housed.
New students arrived on campus last week and participated in Orientation Week (O-Week) programming, which incorporated several changes this year.
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.
Eight students chained themselves to the stairwells in Garland Hall around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.
Two and a half years ago, Nathan Connolly, a professor in the History Department, submitted a motion calling on Hopkins administrators to rename the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in light of the former U.S. president’s racist legacy. Connolly — along with the Homewood Faculty Assembly, which voted to support his motion — is still waiting for an answer.
Homewood Campus held its annual Spring Fair this weekend. The event was open to the entire Baltimore community. It kicked off the evening of Thursday, April 25 with fireworks and included a concert headlined by electronic dance music group Cash Cash, other musical performances, vendors, dances, games and a beer garden.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents raided Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s house and offices at City Hall on Thursday. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called on her to resign in a public statement hours later, following the lead of the City Council and the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), a regional organization comprised of University President Ronald J. Daniels and other business and civic leaders.
University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar announced in a schoolwide email on Monday that under an agreement with Baltimore-based renewable energy company Constellation, around two-thirds of the electricity at all national Hopkins campuses will come from solar power.
When Clifton Guidry III, a black Peabody Institute alum, experienced a seizure during orchestra rehearsal as a student, he was met with suspicion.
This past week, Hopkins students celebrated Earth Week by hosting events such as a sustainability town hall and a fashion show called Planet Runway. Although many of these events were interactive and designed to be fun, they all called for participants to take action against climate change.
The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) held their penultimate event of the semester on Tuesday, featuring a panel on Law and Social Movements with speakers from a number of social justice and legal defense organizations.
University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar released the second progress report on the Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion on Friday. University officials drafted the Roadmap, a document outlining plans to make Hopkins more diverse, following the Black Student Union’s (BSU) 2015 protests and list of demands.
Catherine Axe joined the University as its first executive director for Student Disability Services (SDS) on March 11. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger and Vice Provost for Institutional Equity Kimberly Hewitt announced the creation of the new position in a schoolwide email sent in July 2018.
TEDxJHU held its annual conference at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on Saturday. United by the theme of “Connecting the Dots,” six speakers shared their stories of overcoming adversity and challenging the status quo to effect positive change in the world.
For over a week, members of the Hopkins and Baltimore community have participated in a sit-in at Garland Hall to protest the proposed private police force and the University’s contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The protest is organized by Students Against Private Police (SAPP) and the Hopkins Coalition Against ICE.
Members of the Hopkins and Baltimore community gathered at the Harriet Tubman Grove for the second Rally and March to Demilitarize Hopkins on Wednesday, April 11. The protest was organized by Students Against Private Police (SAPP), the Hopkins Coalition Against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and organizers of West Wednesdays. Protestors demands include an end to University contracts with ICE, stopping the private police force initiative and justice for Tyrone West. Demonstrators later marched to Garland Hall, where protestors have held a sit-in for the past week.
Nurses from the Hopkins Hospital and members of National Nurses United (NNU), a union of registered nurses, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in June 2018. The nurses accused the Hospital of engaging in tactics designed to prevent the nurses from unionizing.
Over 200 members of the Hopkins and Baltimore community protested the creation of a Hopkins private police force, as well as the University’s contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Wednesday in Wyman Park Dell. Shortly after the rally, demonstrators marched to University President Ronald J. Daniels’ house. They then continued on to Garland Hall, where members of Students Against Private Police (SAPP) and the Hopkins Coalition against ICE were holding a 24-hour sit-in that had begun earlier that afternoon.
This fall, the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) informed dozens of student groups that they had deficits in their accounts going back several years, sometimes upward of a decade.