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May 30, 2024

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COURTESY OF MAYA BRITTO
Club leaders express frustration with LEED’s communication and event approval process.

New LEED director promises change amid student complaints

Though many students said LEED was doing well with duties like event forms and approval of events on CampusGroups, nearly a quarter of respondents said the office does not complete any of its duties well. The biggest complaint, shared by almost half of all respondents, was that LEED lacks effective communication.



COURTESY OF VICTORIA HARMS
The exhibit features a variety of materials, including News-Letter print pieces.

"Revolution in Our Lifetime" Exhibition highlights the history of The Black Panther Party in Baltimore

The exhibition "Revolution in Our Lifetime": The Black Panther Party and Political Organizing in Baltimore, 1968–1973, was unveiled at The Peale, Baltimore’s Community Museum, on Friday, April 12. The exhibit will be available until May 26. Curated by Hopkins and Morgan State University students, the exhibit features many primary sources, including never-before-seen material that provides insights into the Black Panther Party's Baltimore Chapter and political organizing during the period.


COURTESY OF NICK DAUM
Student gathered to participate in Earth Fest. Offerings included free plants, food and smoothies, which were blended by pedaling on a bike. 

Office of Sustainability hosts Earth Fest on Keyser Quad

The Office of Sustainability hosted the second annual Hopkins Earth Fest this past Friday, April 19 on Keyser Quad. Despite the rain, dozens of students gathered to celebrate. Stands for food, refreshments and other activities were located around the quad.



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After more than nine months of negotiations with University administration, TRU-UE signed a contract guaranteeing higher stipends, the right to peacefully protest and more.

TRU-UE overwhelmingly ratifies contract with the University

The Hopkins graduate student union, Teachers and Researchers United (TRU-UE), officially ratified their contract with the University on Thursday, April 18. The vote was nearly unanimous, with 99.5% of TRU-UE members agreeing to ratify the contract.



An investigation into the University's controversial real estate holdings

Historically, Hopkins has maintained a complex relationship with owning land and property in Baltimore. Behind the University’s impressive track record of properties are decades of redlining, gentrification and forced displacement. Baltimore has an enduring history of structural racism, uneven economic development, and displacement and disinvestment in Black neighborhoods — Hopkins has played a central role in all of the above practices.



COURTESY OF SAMUEL KOYFMAN
Koyfman’s passions for trading, music and languages have shaped his college journey. 

Humans of Hopkins: Samuel Koyfman

Samuel Koyfman is a senior studying Applied Math & Statistics and Computer Science. In an interview with The News-Letter, Koyfman described his interest in quantitative trading, music and languages, as well as his experience working as a Quantitative Trading Strategist on the One Delta Trading Strats team.


COURTESY OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
The building is used as a convening space for Johns Hopkins Club members, but it will be repurposed temporarily as a study space next year.

Johns Hopkins Club: Past and Present

The Johns Hopkins Club building, located behind Gilman Hall near Decker Garden, was founded in 1899. It was originally created to foster a more engaged social environment and tighter community for Johns Hopkins Club members, which include Hopkins faculty, alumni and graduate students.


COURTESY OF LEO QI
Students gathered to hear speeches from members of Epidemic Proportions during its 20th anniversary celebration.

Epidemic Proportions celebrates 20th anniversary with launch party

Epidemic Proportions, the University’s undergraduate public health journal, hosted their 20th anniversary celebration this Friday, April 5. The journal has highlighted student engagement and undergraduate voices in public health for the past two decades. The organization was founded in 2004 to give students a chance to share their experiences with public health through articles, including opinion pieces, editorials and features.


COURTESY OF PFEIFFER PARTNERS
The Hopkins Club and Hodson Hall will serve as the main alternative study spaces when renovations begin at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Dean of MSE provides updates on renovation project

On Wednesday, March 27, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Archives, and Museums Elisabeth M. Long hosted a virtual town hall discussion on the current status of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE) renovation project, providing notable updates on the planning process.



COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN MENDOZA
The organizers highlighted Posner’s dedication to research and stressed that his legacy should be carried on through the fellowship.

Push to rename Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in honor of Ethan Posner

On March 8, sophomore Biophysics student Ethan Posner passed away from a brief illness. In his freshman year, Posner was selected as a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a three-year undergraduate research funding program that provides up to $10,000. Some students, faculty and community members are pushing to rename the fellowship to the Ethan Posner Fellowship in honor of him. They are collecting the names and testimonies of people in support of the cause through an online form.


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The Institute for Planetary Health will work on issues pertaining to the Earth’s well-being, including pollution and climate change. 

Hopkins announces Institute for Planetary Health

On April 3, Tuesday, the University introduced the Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health (JHIPH) in a University-wide broadcast. The institute is one of the cross-university initiatives that Hopkins has been pursuing as part of the Ten for One Strategic Plan.


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