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The trope of the broke, hungry college student is so prominent it borders on cliche. Sure, most Hopkins students suffer through a few nights of ramen noodles and have a weak spot for free cookies. Some middle-class students supplement their diet with care packages from Mom and Dad or regular trips to honeygrow.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14, to discuss a potential partnership with Real Food Hopkins, a sustainability bill initiative and a survey polling students’ thoughts on the University’s mandate to obtain COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In an email to the Hopkins community on Sept. 2, the University reported an antisemitic incident which occurred on August 27. A University affiliate was walking with his son when a person in a passing vehicle shouted an antisemitic slur. This is the latest in a series of incidents in the Hopkins community targeting Jewish students that includes the discovery of graffiti in the form of swastikas in a dormitory elevator.
In an email sent to the Hopkins community on Sept. 3, University leadership informed the community of an assault against an Asian American student that occurred on Sept. 2. The victim was pushed to the ground and was, along with her companion, subjected to violent anti-Asian language. According to the email, the perpetrator was detained but not arrested and appeared to be having a behavioral health crisis.
Many students on the Homewood Campus are reporting difficulties with wifi connection and outages since the start of the fall semester, particularly in Brody Learning Commons and dorm buildings.
The women’s soccer team defended their undefeated record in an away game against the Catholic University of America Cardinals last weekend.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7 to revisit an email written by Junior Class Senator Peter Huang concerning the requirement for international students’ to receive COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration despite having already received vaccines approved by the World Health Organization.
After nearly a year and a half of online semesters, students and faculty returned to campus on August 30. Courses were delivered online, in-person or a hybrid of both.
The Ralph O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being is scheduled for completion by Oct. 4 and will open at full capacity by mid-October. The University announced plans to expand the Recreation (Rec) Center in 2020.
The University held Orientation Week for incoming first-years, international students and transfer students between August 22 and August 29. In contrast with last year’s virtual Orientation Week, this year’s event consisted of both virtual and in-person programs.
The University announced in an email to the student body on August 27 that all fully vaccinated undergraduate students living both on and off-campus will need to be tested once a week. Previously, fully vaccinated students living off-campus were not required to be tested. Those with approved exemptions to the vaccine regulations will still need to be tested twice a week. Additionally, pregnancy will no longer be an accepted exception to the vaccine mandate.
New students attending Orientation Week watched as supporters representing People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held a protest on Thursday, August 26. The protesters gathered in front of the Beach at 12 p.m. in opposition to research conducted by Shreesh Mysore, an assistant professor affiliated with the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.
In a reversal from previously declared policy, the University announced in an email on August 19 that it will only accept COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which currently includes the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines.
In a reversal from previous fall semester masking guidelines, the University announced earlier today that it will reimpose the indoor masking mandate and reinstate social distancing requirements for indoor dining. According to the email, the policies will take effect August 5 for all affiliates, regardless of vaccination status.
Earlier this year, the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) began an investigation into Rasha Anayah, a graduate student and teaching assistant (TA) for Applied Chemical Equilibrium and Reactivity with Lab, after reports surfaced that several of her tweets targeted Zionist and Jewish students.
The University announced in an email on July 27 that it has appointed Branville Bard, Jr. as vice president for public safety. Bard will assume the position on August 30 and will be responsible for overseeing public safety operations for the University and its medical campuses and facilities, excluding the Applied Physics Laboratory.
One year after pausing efforts to create the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD), the University announced the nine winners of its $6 million Innovation Fund for Community Safety. According to the University, the purpose of the fund is to bolster community initiatives aimed at reducing violent crime. These programs will take place near University campuses in Mount Vernon, Charles Village and East Baltimore.
University administrators announced updates to its fall health guidelines in an email broadcast yesterday. In line with changes to the citywide mask mandate, individuals who upload proof of vaccination will no longer be required to wear masks indoors or outdoors and may also eat and drink without social distancing. Testing for vaccinated individuals will be required only once a week.
Lou Forster, the chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, announced a five-year extension of University President Ronald J. Daniels’ term in an email to University affiliates on Monday. This extension, which lasts until 2029, will make Daniels the second longest-serving president in the University’s history at the end of his term.
The University announced in December the discovery of evidence suggesting that Johns Hopkins, long regarded as a staunch abolitionist, owned enslaved people. Research conducted by Professor of History Martha S. Jones under Hopkins Retrospective, a program launched in 2013 to investigate the history of the University, contended that, according to census documents, Hopkins had enslaved one person in 1840 and four people in 1850.