News & Features

University continues its ban on new arts groups

September 27, 2018

The University’s Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) announced at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester that it would not be accepting new performing arts and local community service groups during that academic year. While new local ...

Student arts groups have difficulty finding performance space while Shriver is under construction.

Misti McKeehen plans to help students collaborate with Baltimoreans.

Hopkins hires new Executive Director of Center for Social Concern

September 20, 2018

Misti McKeehen joined the University as the new Executive Director of the Center for Social Concern (CSC) in May 2018. As the Executive Director of the CSC, McKeehen will work with all CSC programs, including campaigns such as the President’s Day of Service and HopServe 50. She will also help oversee the student-run community service groups on campus.

SGA finalizes questions for upcoming referendum

September 20, 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) finalized questions for its upcoming referendum at its weekly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Members also passed a bill to provide funding for Hoptoberfest and introduced the five new senators appointed to the senior Class Council.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease hits Hopkins

October 14, 2018

 The Student Health & Wellness Center (SHWC) has reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) over the past few weeks. HFMD is caused by a virus that can be spread through sneezing, coughing and close contact. On Sept. 7 SHWC posted a detailed description of the disease and preventative measures on their website. 

TRU members raised healthcare concerns to the Hopkins administration.

Hopkins raises cost and coverage of insurance

September 20, 2018

Over the summer, some students were surprised to see the premium for the University-provided insurance plan rise by 10.4 percent. The price of the 2018-19 plan increased to accommodate for greater coverage and reduced deductibles and out-of-pocket (OOP) costs. This follows a 4.5 percent price increase in 2017, which was due to increasing national healthcare costs. 

University gives librarian 10-day notice to leave U.S.

September 27, 2018

Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel, a former digital scholarship specialist at the Sheridan Libraries, returned to the United Kingdom on Sept. 4 after her temporary work visa expired. She had worked at the University for the past five years, and she intended to renew her visa this year. However, according to Mahoney-Steel, University officials failed to submit her application for renewal, fearing that it would be rejected under current immigration policy.

Hopkins informed Mahoney-Steel her documentation was not submitted.

SGA members call for end to JHU-ICE contract

September 16, 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) addressed the University’s relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at their weekly meeting in Charles Commons on Tuesday at 7 p.m. They also discussed updates to their bylaws and general goals for SGA during the following academic year.

Exhibition highlights political and social unrest of the 1960s

September 13, 2018

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the year 1968, curators and archivists at the Sheridan Libraries held an exhibition called the Spirit of ’68. The exhibit displayed photographs, posters, pamphlets, magazines, film footage and archival documents which captured the political, cultural and social unrest of the years surrounding 1968. The event took place in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE) and lasted from May 29 to Sept 7. 

Spirit of ‘68 showcased activist movements in Baltimore from 1968.


Community members gathered to celebrate black art on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Activists seek to establish a new black arts district

September 13, 2018

Baltimore currently has three state-designated arts and entertainment districts: in Station North, Highlandtown and around the Bromo Tower. However, many community leaders and residents have advocated for the creation of a fourth arts district around Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore that focuses on black art.  

Penn Station renovations focus on college students

September 13, 2018

City officials are planning to revitalize the area in front of Baltimore Penn Station. The planned development is led by the City government in conjunction with the Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP), a community development nonprofit. It will include the creation of a student transportation hub, art installations and new green spaces. The development will take place toward the end of 2018.

City officials are planning renovations to the area outside of Penn Station, as well as inside the station. 

The petition had 1,971 signatures from student, faculty and community members as of early Sept.

Hopkins community opposes JHU-ICE partnership

September 13, 2018

In recent months, the Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement‘s (ICE) mass deportation and detention of immigrants has sparked national controversy. Hopkins has been involved in a multi-million dollar contract with the agency since 2009. Many students, professors and alumni are criticizing the University’s partnership with the agency and are calling on the administration to sever ties.