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January 27, 2022

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Trans rights advocates push for progress on demands

As part of the campaign Stop Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Transphobia, trans students and allies have been demanding changes to certain University policies. Advocates held two protests for this cause last semester, one on Oct. 15 and the other on Nov. 18. In interviews with The News-Letter, advocates expanded on their goals for the upcoming semester. 







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Some students expressed hope that the BHCST will be useful in responding to mental health crises. 

Students assess the launch of the Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team

Earlier this semester, the University announced the official launch of the Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team (BHCST). In an email to the student body on Nov. 9, administration stated that the initiative will begin with a pilot program on Homewood Campus and gradually expand to the entirety of the University.





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The men's and women's tennis teams will practice indoors as usual at the beginning of the spring semester.

Ice rink to open on tennis courts

The University announced on plans to create an on-campus ice rink on Dec. 2. The ice rink, which will be available from Jan. 14 to Feb. 27, will be free for all participants. 


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Students and faculty share challenges balancing their workload with the resumption of on-campus activities.

It's not just you: This was a hard semester

Is this the fourth semester affected by COVID-19 or the first “post-COVID-19” semester? Students and faculty alike report feeling burned out as the University attempts to strike a balance between restoring a semblance of campus normalcy with taking appropriate public health measures in the face of an ongoing pandemic. 


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The event brought together members of administration and outside consultants to discuss the draft of the plan. 

Town hall held to discuss University's vision for sustainability plan

Members of the Sustainability Leadership Council held a town hall with Provost Sunil Kumar and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller on Dec. 2 to discuss the drafting of the University's sustainability plan, which will establish goals and initiatives through 2030. The initial vision of the plan is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, setting guidelines for building, and other priorities. 


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Speakers discussed how to prevent HIV contraction. 

Students raise awareness about safe sex on World AIDS Day

To celebrate this year’s World AIDS Day, the Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Sigma Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted an awareness event on Dec. 1. 


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The Hostile Terrain 94 display uses toe tags to underline the human cost of America's immigration policies. 

Hostile Terrain 94 delivers harsh critique of America's immigration policies

Installed earlier this fall, the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibition is on display in Q-level of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Library. Hostile Terrain 94 was launched by anthropologist Jason De León and aims to create a visual representation of the struggles that immigration policies regarding the U.S.-Mexico border pose to migrants. 


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The University extended its initial deadline for flu vaccination to Dec. 3. 

Students share experiences obtaining flu vaccination amid nationwide nursing shortages

The University announced last month that the deadline for submitting proof of flu vaccination would be extended to Dec. 3. Prior to the extension, affiliates had until Nov. 19 to upload proof of their vaccination to the Hopkins Vaccine Management System (VMS). This is the second year the University has mandated flu vaccinations. This year, nationwide nursing shortages have made flu vaccinations more difficult to obtain around the country. 


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Some SGA members proposed making diversity and inclusion training mandatory for professors.

SGA discusses diversity and inclusion on campus with administrators

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Nov. 30 to conduct a Q&A session with administrators from various departments within the University. Members presented on the issues of health and well-being as well as diversity and inclusion and then brought up questions to administrators.


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Meet Rozanne, Class of 2025, who is a Public Health major from Malaysia.

Humans of Hopkins: Rozanne

“I like reading a lot. I started reading when I was younger, and for a while I kind of stopped a little bit because of exams. But now I’ve picked it up again, and I’m broadening my horizons from young-adult fantasy to contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers. I’ve been talking to a lot of people about that; some people recommended me horror, but I don’t think I’m ready for horror. It’s a little bit too real for me.”



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