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The second Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium event of the year, titled “Affirmative Action Debate,” took place Wednesday, Nov. 15. The event, organized in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute, brought together four speakers to debate the question of whether race-based affirmative action is still necessary despite the recent Supreme Court ruling against it.
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The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting this Nov. 14.
The Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE), a staple of the Homewood Campus, has a rich and complex history. During the 1940s, the University faced a lack of space as Gilman Hall and other buildings on campus could not accommodate the growing number of texts in their archives. In 1947, former librarian Homer Halvorson noted that Hopkins would need to begin planning a new facility.
On Monday, Nov. 13, Hopkins students celebrated World Kindness Day at the Breezeway with flowers and notes with positive affirmations. This is an annual event hosted by A Place To Talk (APTT) to spread kindness on campus during the stressful midterm season.
Brigadier General Adam Flasch and Whiting School of Engineering Dean Ed Schlesinger spoke during a keynote event at the Homewood Campus for Veteran’s Day on Friday, Nov. 10. This event was the last of a series of events and celebrations that the Johns Hopkins Medicine Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG) hosted from Nov. 7–10 to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
The Economic Policy Issues Colloquium (E.P.I.C.), a student-run economics forum, hosted an event on Friday, Nov. 10 titled “Impact of Unemployment on Life Expectancy and Mortality during COVID.” Economics professor Francesco Bianchi gave a presentation on his work studying the long-term impact on mortality and life expectancy rates resulting from pandemic unemployment.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Nov. 7. During the meeting, the Chief of Police of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD)and the Vice President for Public Safety Dr. Branville Bard presented the JHPD Draft Policies. He was joined by Assistant Vice President for JHU Public Safety Jarron Jackson and Senior Director for Policy, Training & Accreditation Phil Kasten. After the presentation, the three of them answered questions from SGA members on recent criminal activities and future preventative measures.
Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment (SHARE) is an organization that strives to enhance sustainability in the medical industry. SHARE not only redistributes unopened and unused surgical supplies from the Johns Hopkins Hospital to countries in need but also helps its members better understand those supplies and the medical scene through various shadowing programs.
Harvey McGuinness is a student enrolled in the International Studies B.A./M.A. Program. He is currently a fourth-year undergraduate at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and a first-year graduate student at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In an interview with The News-Letter, he shared his passion for exploring the information ecosystem, the intersection between policy and mathematics, as well as his work in forming a disability training program in his home state, New Mexico.
The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute (AGHI) hosted its first New Faculty Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 2 with Jenann Ismael, the William H. Miller III Professor of Philosophy at Hopkins. Previously a philosophy professor at Columbia University and an affiliate of Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, Ismael gave a talk titled “Time and Visual Imagination: From Physics to Philosophy.”
This year’s el Día de los Muertos celebration at Hopkins cut across venues and days over the course of Nov. 1 and 2. The events were organized by Multicultural Affairs and the Mexican American Student Association (MASA) and included a two-day long community ofrenda and an el Día de los Muertos Celebration on Nov. 2.
In response to the ongoing war in Gaza, Anthropology Department Professor and Graduate Studies Director Clara Han and Anthropology Department Associate Professor and Chair Naveeda Khan wrote the “Open Letter from JHU Faculty in Solidarity with Gaza.” As of Friday, Nov. 3, 29 professors have signed the letter.
Following last week’s vigil, Johns Hopkins University Dissenters and Speak Out Now organized a walkout on Monday, Oct. 30 in solidarity with Palestine. The walkout voiced demands to the University administration and included speeches from Hopkins community members.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Oct. 31.
Christina Fahmy is a junior studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Spanish. In an interview with The News-Letter, she describes her journey into creating sustainable fashion, as well as where she looks to for inspiration.
Design, Build, Fly (DBF) at Hopkins designs remote-controlled airplanes to participate in the annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design Build Fly (AIAA DBF) competition. The club’s goal is to promote a collaborative environment where students work in teams to build a plane that aligns with the mission guidelines set out by AIAA.
The Office of the Provost will implement a new plan to alter the University’s distribution requirements for the incoming Class of 2028. The previous distribution requirements will be replaced by Foundational Abilities (FA) requirements, which encompass the six categories of languages and writing, scientific and quantitative thinking, creative expression, citizenship within global diversity, ethical reflection and impactful projects.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute and the International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) co-hosted “The Politics of War Powers” on Oct. 24. The panel discussion featured Visiting Fellow Rebecca Brocato and author Tess Bridgeman. The speakers discussed the use of Article 1 of the Constitution and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) as legal basis for the War on Terror.
Johns Hopkins University Dissenters organized “Candlelight Vigil for a Free Palestine” on Oct. 23. Students gathered at the beach to mourn the Palestinian lives lost in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.