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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.
The University announced last month that the deadline for submitting proof of flu vaccination would be extended to Dec. 3. Prior to the extension, affiliates had until Nov. 19 to upload proof of their vaccination to the Hopkins Vaccine Management System (VMS). This is the second year the University has mandated flu vaccinations. This year, nationwide nursing shortages have made flu vaccinations more difficult to obtain around the country.
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.
“I like reading a lot. I started reading when I was younger, and for a while I kind of stopped a little bit because of exams. But now I’ve picked it up again, and I’m broadening my horizons from young-adult fantasy to contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers. I’ve been talking to a lot of people about that; some people recommended me horror, but I don’t think I’m ready for horror. It’s a little bit too real for me.”
TEDxJHU hosted its 2021 Fall Salon Event in Shriver Hall on Nov. 18. The Salon also featured the nonprofit organization Teach for America and an a cappella showcase from the Octopodes.
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.
Members of Hopkins leadership held a town hall discussing University finances on Nov. 16. The town hall, moderated by Professor of Epidemiology and Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Stephen Gange, centered around the University’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) financial report.
The Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU) at Hopkins held its annual Q&A event with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) on Thursday. The event came shortly after the Not My Campus protest, which called for change in the University’s handling of instances of sexual violence on campus.
Students with disabilities affecting their mobility reported challenges in navigating campus and receiving accommodations in interviews with The News-Letter.
In spite of the pandemic, student-run businesses at Hopkins have continued to grow and thrive. In interviews with The News-Letter, two students and one team of students described the process of creating their own businesses and what they’ve gained from their ventures.
The University is mourning the loss of Nafiz Zaman, who passed away on Monday. Zaman was a junior studying Economics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting Tuesday to discuss two bills regarding gender pronoun awareness from the Women and Gender Minorities’ Caucus (WGMC) as well as a bill to fund an SGA table at the Lighting of the Quads (LOTQ).
The First-Generation, Limited-Income (FLI) Network celebrated National First-Generation College Student Day, or FLI Day, on Nov. 8. The event, which took place on Keyser Quad, featured a tabling event with the Life Design Lab, a winter swag giveaway and a display about a collaboration with the organization Art with a Heart for a new art installation at the Center for Student Success.