Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden has adopted a promise to unite America as his central message. This could not have been more evident at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) where not only was “uniting America” the theme of all four nights, but the speaker line-up featured an array of different ideologies, from Senator Bernie Sanders to former Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its first meeting of the school year on Sept. 1 via Zoom. Before the meeting, SGA discussed feedback from students, including mishandled belongings that were stored by the University over the summer, as well as coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity.
On September 1, Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland will enter stage three of the state’s Roadmap to Recovery Plan beginning on Friday at 5 p.m. Local leaders, however, are left to determine whether to move forward with lifting restrictions.
Last Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks blindsided the league and the entire sports world by deciding to sit out the scheduled Game Five of their first-round matchup against the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee did not emerge from their locker room until 4 p.m. in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., just a mere 40 miles from where the Bucks call home.
Last Thursday, I arrived in Baltimore for the first time since May. I was thrilled to move back into my apartment for the year, see a select number of people who would be accepted into my “quarantine pod” and enjoy a semester of Zoom university. It had been a long summer and an even longer five months of quarantine, so I was looking forward to a big change.
Eight days before classes even started, the University announced that a small cluster of off-campus students in Baltimore had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In the same email, administrators urged students to stay at home, as they did in their delayed decision to switch from hybrid learning to online-only.
As an international student, I have been disappointed by the Hopkins administration numerous times for how it treats its students, staff and faculty. That is why, when an online teaching format with reduced tuition was announced, I was genuinely happy. The tough decision is ultimately the safest way to resume school and reduce financial stress from the pandemic.
On August 25, I tendered my resignation from the Johns Hopkins Police Accountability Board (JHPAB). A day later, University officials sent a letter to the remaining Board members informing them that their tenure had been “paused” in keeping with University President Ronald J. Daniels’ June announcement regarding a similar “pause” to the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD).
When students Franz Osilia, Megan Rutkai and Zach Wheeler founded the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs (POFA), they had no experience in podcasting. Today, POFA has released over 40 episodes, covering geopolitical trends and crises from every continent.
Assistant Dean for Academic Advising Jessie Martin sent reminders to the student body regarding grading policy and online learning resources for the fall semester in an email on August 28.
I’m telling you right now. It’s going to happen. A message request on Facebook from someone you have mutual friends with but swear you’ve never seen before. A text out of the blue from a number with an unfamiliar area code. An email with a subject line like “URGENT: interview request.”
Researchers, essential workers, avid bakers, business owners — these all describe some of your new peers. We at The News-Letter thought it would be interesting to find out what some of you have been up to and how you are processing the onslaught of changes to your summer break and college experience!
Welcome to Hopkins! It feels like I was just in your shoes — or on your computer screens, I suppose — nervously reading The Cover-Letter. I had no clue what to expect from college, but I knew it would be different than anything I’d experienced before.
Let me begin with saying you can chill out a little bit, you don’t need to stress too much about struggling to make friends. You’ll find your people. Start saying yes to everything because it works so much better that way — every Carma’s invite and pong night and the chance to listen to music with new acquaintances in the AMR I study room.
I may be the 1,038th person to tell you, but Hopkins is officially online this semester. What a ride these past couple months have been. From filling out a housing form to buying new school supplies, many of you were probably ready to come to campus. For that experience to be taken away three weeks from the start of the semester must have been difficult, and I empathize.
There’s an aura of mysticism that comes with arriving at Hopkins as a first-year student. There’s a significant chance that your perspective as an incoming student is informed by collegiate ranking websites, media reports on our coronavirus tracking capabilities and general appreciation of how great our hospital is. Without being here, it is very easy to succumb to the stereotypes about our school and the people who go here.
Who are you? It’s a question, in one form or another, you’re going to become accustomed to answering on the daily. You’ll be talking to a peer in one of your classes, and they’ll ask, “What are you thinking of majoring in?” You’ll be attending a virtual trivia or movie night and someone will say, “Tell me about yourself.” Surely, your First-Year Mentor (FYM) may have asked you, “What’s a random fact about you?” I should know — it’s something I asked my mentees during our first meeting.
Hopkins is the No. 10-ranked undergraduate school in America by the U.S. News & World Report, and has a correspondingly eye-popping tuition — $54,160 for the 2020-2021 school year — to boot. With all those Benjamins melting from your pocket like SARS-CoV-2 in the sun, you could be forgiven for asking what, exactly, your money is buying.