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September 20, 2020

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COURTESY OF MICHELLE LIMPE
Graduate students criticize the University’s COVID-19 guidelines for students, citing a lack of transparency and calling for revisions and clarifications.

TRU's petition highlights concerns of graduate students

Teachers and Researchers United (TRU), an unofficial graduate student union, began circulating a petition against the University’s coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines for students on Sept. 4. In the petition, TRU urges the administration to increase student involvement in the decision making process, particularly in matters that directly affect the student body.  



COURTESY OF ELI WASSERMAN
Students of the Peabody Institute have to adapt to new technologies and routines during this semester of online classes.

Peabody students adapt to virtual collaboration

Dean of the Peabody Institute Fred Bronstein announced in an email on July 31 that Peabody instruction would be entirely online for the fall semester. Two weeks into classes, Peabody students are still learning to adapt to this new era of remote performing arts. 



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The Statue of Liberty emerged as a symbol of immigration due to its proximity to Ellis Island, once the United States' busiest immigrant processing station.

Panelists break down U.S. immigration issues

The School of Medicine and the Urban Health Institute continued their joint five-topic event series, JustUs Dialogues, with a panel discussion titled “Immigration Matters: Building Humanity Within a Fractured Immigration Landscape” on Thursday, Sept. 10. 



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Students call for more direct communication from the Office of Financial Aid given the economic stress of the pandemic. 

Students call for greater communication from Financial Aid during pandemic

When University President Ronald J. Daniels announced that the semester would be entirely remote in his August 6 email, he noted that tuition would be reduced by 10 percent and that the Office of Financial Aid was allocating $15 million in additional assistance money. Heading into the fall semester, students who requested additional aid are ultimately pleased with their grants, but feel that they lacked support throughout the process. 


COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
This year's virtual Student Involvement Fair featured over 300 clubs and organizations.

Student Involvement Fair successfully goes virtual

Thousands of students participated in the University’s first-ever virtual Student Involvement Fair (SIF) from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5. Through the event, interested students talked to representatives from over 300 student organizations through Zoom and chat messages.


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The Life Design Lab aims to offer advice to freshmen to guide them on choosing the best-suited clubs and getting involved with University life. 

Life Design Lab hosts webinar to guide freshmen

The Life Design Lab held a webinar titled “Finding the Right Fit: Navigating your Interests and Co-Curricular Experience at Hopkins” on Sept. 2. Hope Burke, the assistant director of Life Design, hosted the event on Zoom to help students reflect on their goals for college and plan out what student organizations to join. 


COURTESY OF RUDY MALCOM
The sun sets over the Homewood Museum, the former home of slave-owners. 

Students demand more from University's antiracist measures

Two months ago, University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar sent an email to the Hopkins community on July 8 detailing the creation of a 2020 Task Force to review the 2016 Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion (Roadmap). On Sept. 3, the University sent out a follow-up email to the Hopkins community with an update on the Roadmap 2020 Task Force and Progress Report. 




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On Tuesday, SGA members discussed a new website with a compiled list of University resources for survivors of sexual assault and misconduct.

SGA holds its first virtual meeting of the year

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.



COURTESY OF ZACH WHEELER
The Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs features a wide range of guests, including political economist Giovanna Maria Dora Dore, pictured here with co-founders Franz Osilia and Megan Rutkai.

Student-run foreign affairs podcast continues to grow

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.



COURTESY OF RUDY MALCOM

Many students are returning to Baltimore to live in off-campus homes because they signed leases prior to Hopkins announcing online-only learning. 

Students return to Baltimore despite University urgings

By the time University announced its decision on August 6 to conduct the fall semester fully online, many students had already signed their leases and made plans to return to campus. While some scrambled to sublet their apartments and cancel their travel arrangements, others decided to return to Baltimore despite the University urging students to stay home.


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