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Right after New Year’s, I picked up a pen to start journaling for the first time in months. Writing with a pen seems like a trivial act. But to me the sensations of holding a pen felt strange after becoming so used to typing articles and essays and accomplishing tasks instantly on my laptop.
The Judicial Proceedings Committee of the Maryland General Assembly held a hearing for Senate Bill 276, sponsored by Senator Jill P. Carter on Jan. 21. The bill, if passed, would repeal laws that approved the establishment and maintenance of a private police department at Hopkins. The bill was introduced at the beginning of the Maryland General Assembly on Jan. 13.
Community partners can now submit proposals to the JHU Innovation Fund for Community Safety through the fund's website until 5 p.m. on Feb. 25.
University President Ronald J. Daniels and other administrators announced in an email to University affiliates today that Hopkins will open for increased in-person activities for Homewood undergraduates in the spring semester.
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) has opened an investigation into comments made by Rasha Anayah, a teaching assistant (TA) and graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, following reports that several of her tweets targeted Zionist and Jewish students.
The University shared a draft plan for Phase Two of its reopening in an email to Hopkins affiliates on Dec. 18. The plan is intended to go into effect when the spring semester begins on Jan. 25 and will replace the Phase One plans implemented during the fall semester.
In an interview with The News-Letter on Wednesday, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed progress on the University’s Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, the future of the private police force, plans for the spring and safety measures being implemented in anticipation of resuming in-person activities.
On the first day of Thanksgiving break, a few of my friends and I met up to have dinner. While a dinner may not sound like anything special, the long months of quarantining at home made the simple meal with friends feel like a luxury.
University President Ronald J. Daniels will be teaching a three-credit political science course in the spring semester titled “The University in Democracy.” The course will examine the role of universities — including Hopkins — in promoting civic engagement within their communities. As of publication, the course has four open seats.
This summer, on June 12 — which coincided with Philippines Independence Day — Netflix released a much-awaited special by Filipino American comedian Jo Koy. My family and I, fans of comedy, were so excited to watch it. I had watched some of Koy’s previous shows and always loved his performances.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order to tighten COVID-19 restrictions on Nov. 17, which will go into effect on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m., in response to the rising number of cases and deaths related to the pandemic. The Maryland Department of Health also declared an emergency order to prevent outbreaks at hospitals and nursing homes.
University leaders hosted town halls on Nov. 4 and Nov. 9 to discuss plans for the spring semester. Vice Provost and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Jon Links emphasized that everything that the University has shared regarding the spring is tentative, just as it was for the fall, before the University decided to move everything completely online.
Science and love are thought of as two concepts that exist virtually separate from one another. While science uses facts and data to conduct experiments for the purpose of explaining the paradigms of the world, love is a feeling that is unpredictable and unique to each person experiencing it. Never mind the scientists who try to attribute love solely to a series of biochemical reactions in our brains — we know that that isn’t all there is to love. The 36 questions, however, are an idea that brings both science and love together.
Democrat Brandon Scott, president of the Baltimore City Council, was elected to be the city’s 52nd mayor on Nov. 3. Succeeding Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Scott, at age 36, will become Baltimore’s youngest-ever mayor. He will be officially sworn into office on Dec. 20.
The Berman Institute of Bioethics hosted Ruha Benjamin as the first speaker in its speaker series “Epidemic/Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21” on Oct. 30. The Department of Sociology and the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine co-sponsored the event, entitled “Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing and Public Bioethics.”
University President Ronald J. Daniels reported on Oct. 15 that the University ended the FY20 fiscal year with a surplus of $75 million due to mitigation efforts. These efforts, which include salary and hiring freezes, will be kept in place until the end of the school year.
The Student Government Association (SGA) unveiled a new resource for disseminating voting information at its weekly meeting on Oct. 13.
Once the University decided that the fall semester would be entirely online, student service clubs had to rethink how they could continue helping their community partners. While the virtual format made it easier for some organizations to continue conducting their meetings and tasks over Zoom, others have not been as successful and have even had to put a pause on their club’s activities.
First-Year Mentors (FYMs) are being paid for the first time this year. The University made this decision in the spring after FYMs were accepted into the program.
The Life Design Lab held Future Festival, a virtual career and networking fair, for students from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25 and Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. The week-long event, which attempted to emulate a music festival, showcased networking opportunities, professional development workshops and speakers from different professional backgrounds. The event utilized Zoom for seminars and networking events and Brazen, an event management software, for career fair booths.