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December 6, 2023

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Students held up flyers demanding freedom for Palestine as the fireworks set off at the end of the 2023 Lighting of the Quads.

Silent demonstration in support of Palestinians at the Lighting of the Quads

The 19th annual Lighting of the Quads, organized by the Parents Fund and the Office of Leadership Engagement and Experiential Development, took place Tuesday evening on Dec. 6. This year, students gathered in the back of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library during the lighting of the fireworks in a silent demonstration supporting Palestinians in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The Hopkins Justice Collective organized the demonstration. 

When AMR I first opened in 1923, it was a male-only dormitory that housed undergraduates, graduates and faculty.

Alumni Memorial Residences: Past and present

The Alumni Memorial Residence (AMR) includes three residence halls bordering the Freshman Quad located by N. Charles Street. Today, the buildings together house the majority of the first-year class, with an approximate capacity for 700. Not as well known, however, is that the establishment of the AMRs marks important periods in the University's history.

Hwang and her team created models that quantify the social component of xenophobia to determine the most effective policy intervention.

Faculty presents research on structural analysis of xenophobia at E.P.I.C. event

The Economic Policy Issues Colloquium (E.P.I.C.) held an event titled “Structural Analysis of Xenophobia” on Friday, Dec. 1. To an audience of undergraduate and graduate students, Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics Yujung Hwang presented her study on the development of Sinophobia in America over the pandemic and its lasting effects.

The MSE Symposium event featured a debate on the pros and cons of race-based college admissions. 

MSE Symposium partners with SNF Agora Institute to host debate on affirmative action

The second Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium event of the year, titled “Affirmative Action Debate,” took place Wednesday, Nov. 15. The event, organized in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute, brought together four speakers to debate the question of whether race-based affirmative action is still necessary despite the recent Supreme Court ruling against it. 

The MSE Library was built in 1964 to make room for the increasing volume of books and artifacts.

Milton S. Eisenhower Library: Past and present

The Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE), a staple of the Homewood Campus, has a rich and complex history. During the 1940s, the University faced a lack of space as Gilman Hall and other buildings on campus could not accommodate the growing number of texts in their archives. In 1947, former librarian Homer Halvorson noted that Hopkins would need to begin planning a new facility.

APTT was founded in 1983 and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

A Place To Talk provides peer-led mental health support

APTT is a peer listening group that aims to create a space for students to freely drop by and talk about anything, from serious concerns to daily happenings. The core mission of the organization is to provide mental health support for the undergraduate student body.

Hopkins hosts weeklong events to honor veterans on campus with keynote speeches from Brigadier General Adam Flasch and Whiting School of Engineering Dean Ed Schlesinger.

Veterans Employee Resource Group hosts its second annual Veteran’s Day commemoration

Brigadier General Adam Flasch and Whiting School of Engineering Dean Ed Schlesinger spoke during a keynote event at the Homewood Campus for Veteran’s Day on Friday, Nov. 10. This event was the last of a series of events and celebrations that the Johns Hopkins Medicine Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG) hosted from Nov. 7–10 to honor those who have served in the armed forces.

In addition to sorting and shipping medical supplies, SHARE strives to build a learning community among members through shadowing programs, exhibitions and social events.

SHARE supports areas in need through medical supply redistribution

Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment (SHARE) is an organization that strives to enhance sustainability in the medical industry. SHARE not only redistributes unopened and unused surgical supplies from the Johns Hopkins Hospital to countries in need but also helps its members better understand those supplies and the medical scene through various shadowing programs.

Bianchi’s research suggests that the impacts of pandemic unemployment have disproportionately impacted African Americans.

Francesco Bianchi presents research on long-term impacts of COVID-19 unemployment in E.P.I.C. event

The Economic Policy Issues Colloquium (E.P.I.C.), a student-run economics forum, hosted an event on Friday, Nov. 10 titled “Impact of Unemployment on Life Expectancy and Mortality during COVID.” Economics professor Francesco Bianchi gave a presentation on his work studying the long-term impact on mortality and life expectancy rates resulting from pandemic unemployment.

McGuinness describes how his interdisciplinary interests played a role in shaping his unique academic journey.

Humans of Hopkins: Harvey McGuinness

Harvey McGuinness is a student enrolled in the International Studies B.A./M.A. Program. He is currently a fourth-year undergraduate at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and a first-year graduate student at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In an interview with The News-Letter, he shared his passion for exploring the information ecosystem, the intersection between policy and mathematics, as well as his work in forming a disability training program in his home state, New Mexico.

SGA raised concerns about the upsurge of armed robberies lately and questioned the JHPD's response to them.

SGA discusses the development of JHPD draft policies

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Nov. 7. During the meeting, the Chief of Police of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD)and the Vice President for Public Safety Dr. Branville Bard presented the JHPD Draft Policies.

Jenann Ismael, a professor of philosophy, presents alternate interpretations of time in a new faculty lecture.

Ismael illustrates time and visual imagination through physics and philosophy

The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute (AGHI) hosted its first New Faculty Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 2 with Jenann Ismael, the William H. Miller III Professor of Philosophy at Hopkins. Previously a philosophy professor at Columbia University and an affiliate of Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, Ismael gave a talk titled “Time and Visual Imagination: From Physics to Philosophy.”

The Open Letter from JHU Faculty in Solidarity with Gaza calls on elected representatives in Baltimore and federal government officials to push for a ceasefire. 

Hopkins faculty write open letter in solidarity with Gaza

In response to the ongoing war in Gaza, Anthropology Department Professor and Graduate Studies Director Clara Han and Anthropology Department Associate Professor and Chair Naveeda Khan wrote the “Open Letter from JHU Faculty in Solidarity with Gaza.” As of Friday, Nov. 3, 29 professors have signed the letter.

Students expressed mixed feelings about the proposed changes in distribution requirements in both KSAS and WSE.

Hopkins proposes changes to distribution requirements beginning next year

The Office of the Provost will implement a new plan to alter the University’s distribution requirements for the incoming Class of 2028. The previous distribution requirements will be replaced by Foundational Abilities (FA) requirements, which encompass the six categories of languages and writing, scientific and quantitative thinking, creative expression, citizenship within global diversity, ethical reflection and impactful projects.