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October 16, 2021

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Hopkins students enjoyed gathering in large groups for outdoor activities after a virtual Hoptoberfest last year.

Students celebrate fall season at Hoptoberfest

Hoptoberfest, the annual festival put on by the Hoptoberfest student organization which marks the start of fall, was held in person Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 8. Following the virtual festival held last year, this year’s festival brought back on-campus activities including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, group yoga, mug decoration, movie night and a concert by Zella Day. 





COURTESY OF MARVIS GUTIERREZ
Alcindor shared that learning about the lynching of Emmett Till as a teen pushed her toward journalism. 

Yamiche Alcindor uses journalism to stir "good trouble"

Is it the media’s job to ensure that the public believes in facts? Not according to Yamiche Alcindor. Alcindor, a White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, moderator of Washington Week and political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, spoke at Hopkins on Wednesday, Oct. 7 about her career covering social justice and politics as a part of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium’s 2021 speaker series “Rebuilding Our Future.” 


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Uerberschär noted that the election results demonstrate Germany is still divided across east and west lines. 

Heinrich Böll Foundation co-president breaks down unprecedented German election results

The Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought, the Department of History and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures hosted Ellen Ueberschär for a talk titled “Health Check for Democracies: A View from Germany after the Elections'' on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Ueberschär is the co-president of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the political foundation that is associated with Germany’s Green Party. 



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SGA members discussed what items were the most suitable to be given out for free given their budget.

SGA members plan for its upcoming events

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Oct. 5 to discuss its upcoming dinner with University President Ronald J. Daniels and an October tabling event as part of outreach. 


COURTESY OF DAIVIK CHAWLA
Junior Class Senator Chinat Yu insists the Hopkins Marriage Pact can be used for friendships despite the sexual nature of questions on the survey itself. 

The Hopkins Marriage Pact has students asking questions

A matchmaking service recently launched on campus to mixed reviews. The Hopkins Marriage Pact claims to promote new connections between students, primarily platonic. However, students are still seeking clarity after promotional materials and the survey itself seem to emphasize sexual relationships.




COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN
International students demand more support and explanation from the university regarding its updated vaccine mandate.

International students demand support from University in face of changed vaccine policy

The University updated its vaccination and COVID-19 policies in August in preparation for an in-person semester. With these changes, international students who had received vaccines not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were required to register for an additional two shots from either Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.



COURTESY OF ELLY REN
Students appreciated the clothing exchange as an alternative to participating in fast fashion.

Refuel Our Future hosts event to spread awareness of divestment

Last Friday, the student group Refuel Our Future hosted a clothing exchange on the Beach in order to promote support for fossil fuel divestment by the University. Divestment is the practice of reducing or eliminating financial investments in certain sectors or businesses.


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Steinberg worked in the Clinton administration and later in the State Department under Obama.

Hopkins taps Clinton advisor for new SAIS dean

Former deputy secretary of state to Hillary Clinton James Steinberg will become dean of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nov. 1. He currently serves as the university professor of social science, international affairs and law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.





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Members of Knotty By Nature are reviving their interactive events to promote their mission across Baltimore

The Knotty by Nature club embraces diversity and inclusivity

In the spring of 2018, Knotty by Nature (KBN) was founded by then-sophomores Jendyi Dickerson and Zainab Jimoh. The founders took initiative after realizing there were no organizations on campus that catered specifically to the hair struggles of Black women.


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