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November 28, 2020

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The panelists noted that local governments play an overlooked but crucial role in the political landscape.

Panelists explore how grassroots groups shape politics

IDEAL, a nonpartisan, student-run political organization, held a virtual panel on the role of grassroots organizations in the 2020 elections on Nov. 19. The webinar featured Monica Trejo, Arizona state director for Care in Action, and Melissa Walker, director of Giving Circles.


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Although the University continues to plan for in-person spring classes, some students doubt a hybrid semester will actually happen.

University addresses potential impact of COVID-19 spike on spring plans

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the state and an increase of cases within the Hopkins community, University leaders reaffirmed on Nov. 19 that, as of now, in-person, on-campus activities will resume in the spring. Online options for students and faculty will still be available for those unable to return to campus. 


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JASA hosted Political Science Professor Erin Aeran Chung at its first speaker event.

Political Science professor calls for immigration reform in Japan and South Korea

The Japanese American Student Association (JASA) held its first-ever speaker event on Thursday, Nov. 19. The event, titled “Ethnic Citizenship Regimes and Co-Ethnic Immigration in Japan and Korea,” featured Erin Aeran Chung, a Political Science professor at Hopkins. Chung is the Charles D. Miller chair in East Asian Politics and author of the recently published book Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies.




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Students living in Baltimore weigh and mitigate the risk of travel to see their families for Thanksgiving.  

Students navigate Thanksgiving amid a pandemic

As COVID-19 cases spike across the country, Hopkins students must strike a balance between adhering to safety precautions and spending time with loved ones. Students who have spent the semester in off-campus housing in Baltimore are coming up with ways to celebrate Thanksgiving safely. 



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With Thanksgiving approaching, Hogan has enforced stricter measures to mitigate the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Governor Hogan tightens restrictions as COVID-19 cases reach record highs

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order to tighten COVID-19 restrictions on Nov. 17, which will go into effect on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m., in response to the rising number of cases and deaths related to the pandemic. The Maryland Department of Health also declared an emergency order to prevent outbreaks at hospitals and nursing homes. 



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While many students have expressed concerns about the University’s plans for re-opening, they do appreciate the University’s efforts to be more transparent.

University leaders address concerns about spring semester

University leaders hosted town halls on Nov. 4 and Nov. 9 to discuss plans for the spring semester. Vice Provost and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Jon Links emphasized that everything that the University has shared regarding the spring is tentative, just as it was for the fall, before the University decided to move everything completely online.  




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Jordan Klepper discussed how politics has shaped comedy in the past few years. 

The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper closes out MSE Symposium

The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted comedian Jordan Klepper for its fourth and final event of the semester. Klepper is a stand-up comedian, currently known as The Daily Show correspondent who attends President Donald Trump’s rallies for his “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse” segment.




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The University predicts that the student center will be finished by fall 2024.

Hopkins selects design concept for future student center

The University released the final designs for the student center on Nov. 2. The facility is scheduled to open in fall 2024 and will serve as a non-academic space for students and student organizations, featuring auditoriums, digital labs, dining options and areas for relaxation. 


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Harris makes history as the first woman of color elected to be vice president.

Students react to Biden-Harris victory

Former Vice President Joe Biden was elected as the nation’s 46th president on Saturday after a long period of waiting for votes to be counted in several key states. The race culminated after Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes, was called for Biden. 


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Universities can still ask for disciplinary history from applicants, though the Common App removed the question.

Common App removed the disciplinary history question, but will Hopkins?

The Common Application (Common App), the most widely used tool used to submit college applications, announced last month that it will no longer ask applicants about their high school disciplinary history beginning during next year’s application cycle. Students applying to universities through Common App have had to answer such questions since 2006.  


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Hopkins is building a temporary structure in anticipation of increased demand for outdoor spaces in the spring.

Large social distancing tent to be pitched in Freshman Quad

Earlier this week, a wheel dozer and a metal wire mesh fence along with several portable toilets appeared on the Freshman Quad, the patch of grass in front of the Alumni Memorial Residence dorm buildings. Here the University is building a temporary 9,000-square-foot structure — essentially, a large party tent used for outdoor weddings — to prepare for the hybrid reopening in the spring semester.


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