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The University’s graduate student union Teachers and Researchers United (TRU-UE) hosted a picket protest in front of Homewood Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Members protested for a better contract with the University, with provisions including better compensation and the establishment of a closed union shop.
The Student Government Association (SGA) convened for its fourth meeting of the semester on Feb. 13. They began with a three minute moderated caucus to consider whether they had sufficient turnout to begin voting, as only 26 of 47 members were present. Since turnout was over 50%, it was decided that a quorum was present. SGA then initiated voting producers on the position of chief advisor, which was discussed in the last meeting. Through paper ballot voting, the motion was rejected by a vote of 13 against, 10 for and one abstaining.
The SNF Agora Institute held a community workshop titled “Promoting Inclusive Democracy Amidst Global and Local Challenges” on Feb. 6. The event featured Desirée Cormier Smith, the first Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice for the U.S. Department of State, and Hamse Warfa, a SNF Agora Visiting Fellow and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of State. Both speakers were appointed in 2022 and continue to work in the Biden administration.
The University launched its inaugural Hopkins Semester in D.C. (HSDC) program in the Spring 2024 semester. Enrolled students have the opportunity to take classes at the University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), located at the new Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue (the Hopkins Bloomberg Center) in the nation’s capital.
The U.S. is a truly exceptional country. After all, the U.S. has the largest economy in the world, the strongest military and is sometimes considered the first modern democracy. There is a dark side to American Exceptionalism, though: The U.S. is one of the worst countries for new parents, as maternity laws and daycare available are painfully far behind the rest of the developed world. This needs to change.
Saad Ansari is a senior graduating in December 2023 and majoring in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) and Computer Science. In an interview with The News-Letter, Ansari described his upbringing in three different countries, his business and work in developing algorithms to detect cancer and his plans to work as a quant trader next fall.
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.
Picture this: a middle-aged, conservative coal miner from central Kentucky. You would be right to predict with near certainty that he would vote reliably Republican. And yet, in the same state represented by such “popular” politicians as Mitch McConnell, the incumbent Democratic governor Andy Beshear was just reelected by a comfortable margin. He managed to do well across the state, including many rural counties that are usually ruby red. Mind you, this was the same state that voted for Donald Trump by an astounding 26% margin. So considering Beshear’s impressive victory, Democrats should be teed-up for a blue wave in 2024. Right?
In 2010, Jimmy McMillan founded the Rent Is Too Damn High Party and ran for governor of New York. The party’s platform was simple: a single-issue attack on rent prices in the bustling city. While the party (unfortunately) never achieved electoral success, its focus is still relevant to this day.
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.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt once called the U.S. the “Arsenal of Democracy,” under the specter of World War II and the Great Depression. However, it is painfully clear that we are not living up to that lofty goal.
The 2023 HoptoberFest began on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Keyser Quad with an event-filled kickoff. Following the kickoff, a variety of other events were hosted throughout the weekend, including a Show Day on Oct. 12, Friday Frights on Oct. 13, and a concert on Oct. 14.
The Aronson Center Speaker Series ended on Friday, Oct. 6 with Jennifer Luff, a professor from the Department of Political Science. Luff spoke on her past experiences and areas of study and introduced two new courses that she will begin teaching next semester.
So what now? On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Kevin McCarthy was removed as Speaker of the House of Representatives in a 216-210 vote, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats in voting to vacate the office. He is the first Speaker to have been voted out of office during a legislative session. Now, the House must enter a new, likely protracted, voting process to determine who the replacement Speaker will be.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute is introducing two new programs of study to Hopkins through the Center for Economy and Society (CES): a minor in Civic Life and a major in Moral and Political Economy (MPE).
And so, fall begins. The scorching summer temperatures have subsided, jeans and sweatshirts have become the daily fashion and Nolan’s is serving pumpkin spice coffee — it’s no Starbucks, but still.
The Aronson Center for International Studies kicked off its fall Aronson Center Speaker Series on Sept. 22 featuring new faculty member Glory Liu. During the event, Liu spoke about her academic background as well as her position as assistant director for the newly created Center for Economy and Society (CES).
Hopkins fell from seventh to ninth in this year’s U.S. News & World Report Best National University Rankings, published on Monday, Sept. 18. Currently tied with Brown University and Northwestern University at ninth place, Hopkins was previously tied with the University of Pennsylvania for seventh place. Prior to last year, Hopkins was ranked ninth for two consecutive years.
The Johns Hopkins Dragon Boat Club is a competitive club for the crew-like, 22-person sport of dragon boating. The club won its first division race at the Catholic Charities Dragon Boat Festival in Inner Harbor on Sept. 9, coming fourth out of sixteen overall.