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Is student input shaping design of student center?

September 26, 2019

Last spring, University President Ronald J. Daniels announced plans to construct a student center in the Mattin Center’s current location. Although many students were hopeful that such a building would encourage students to prioritize non-academic ...

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SCAC hopes that the new student center will be a place all students can make use of.

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Student protestors participating in last week’s Global Climate Strike in Washington, DC.

How young people will fight climate change

September 26, 2019

I was on the Charm City Circulator on my way to Inner Harbor on Friday, Sept. 19, when I overheard a conversation about the climate strikes that happened that day. A passenger on the bus said something along the lines of, “Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in climate change and all that and something needs to be done about it. But I just don’t understand what striking from school is going to do, I don’t think it’s effective.” Valid. 


We must stand in solidarity with Hong Kong

September 26, 2019

As long as the erosion of human rights in Hong Kong continue, the region’s already 16-week long summer of discontent will go on well into the fall. Approaching October 1 — the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China — Hong Kong authorities face mounting pressure from Beijing to utilize stronger state force to quell unrest. Last Tuesday, Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong testified at a U.S. Congressional hearing, noting that the “stakes have never been higher.’’ As crackdowns on the city’s autonomy and civil liberties continue, Hopkins students must stand in solidarity with the students of Hong Kong.

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The 2019 Hong Kong protests have been ongoing since June 9.

Psych prof discusses social media and politics

September 29, 2019

Molly Crockett, an assistant professor of psychology at Yale University, spoke about her ongoing research surrounding the role social media plays in people’s experiences with moral outrage. The event was hosted on Monday by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute, an academic and public forum that seeks to strengthen democracy through informed discourse and civic engagement.


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AJR Russell-Wood founded the Program in Latin American Studies.

How did Latin American studies at Hopkins start?

September 26, 2019

The Portuguese Program’s Fall 2019 Speaker Series hosted its first lecture, “Professor AJR Russell-Wood and the Study of History,” on Monday in Hodson Hall. Dr. Franklin Knight, who taught at the University for more than 45 years, gave a talk about the life and work of his colleague, AJR Russell-Wood.


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Student groups, like fraternity Sigma Chi, volunteered in Baltimore.

Students participate in President’s Day of Service

September 26, 2019

The Center for Social Concern (CSC) organized the 11th annual President’s Day of Service (PDOS) last Saturday. The CSC serves as the University’s hub of civic engagement and service for all Hopkins students, housing over 50 student organizations that offer a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from tutoring children to volunteering with local nonprofits.


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Professor Calder studies capitalism and Islam

October 8, 2019

Broadly, Ryan Calder, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, researches the relationship between religion and capitalism.  “For much of the history of human civilization, for the many people who considered themselves religious — their religious beliefs have affected the way they act in markets,” he said. “Some sociologists, very famous ones, believed in the 19th and 20th centuries that as economies modernize, religion should play less and less of a role in economic activity.” 


 
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Hopkins students walked out of classrooms and took to the streets last Friday to demonstrate their support for green energy and divestment. 

Hopkins community rallies for sustainability

November 11, 2019

Climate activists around the world took part in a mass strike on Friday. Refuel Our Future, an environmental activist group on campus, led about 20 Hopkins students to the climate strike in D.C. Speakers protested government inaction and demanded justice for communities of color impacted by pollution, leading thousands of demonstrators from John Marshall Park to the west lawn of the United States Capitol.


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While abroad in China, Kelvin questions the nature of his dual heritage.

Figuring out both sides of ‘Chinese-American’

September 25, 2019

“Do you feel more Chinese or American?” We were studying abroad in China, enjoying the best that Shanghai bar life has to offer, when one of my classmates asked me this. She asked the question to a fellow Chinese American student, who sat tall next to me. His answer? “American, through and through.”


The ways we perpetuate academic elitism

September 25, 2019

I. I sat as the youngest between seven cousins and countless relatives, eating our own version of a belated Thanksgiving. Between mouthfuls of dumplings and rice cakes, I saw my aunt’s eyes crinkling into a smile.

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Jin says that our hard work matters more than the prestige of our schools.

Trump proposes a ban on flavored e-cigarettes

September 26, 2019

The Trump administration’s proposal to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products has once again put the issue of tobacco use back in the spotlight. The announcement followed reports of a vaping-related illness that has affected more than 400 people around the country.