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October 16, 2021

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COURTESY OF RUDY MALCOM
SLI leaders described the procedures they have in place for limited in-person student group gatherings this spring.

University expects most spring events will remain virtual

Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) hosted a webinar for registered student organizations (RSO) on Friday, Dec. 4. The event outlined procedures that the University plans to implement regarding in-person gatherings for student clubs in the spring semester. 




COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
Panelists discussed Sino-American relations on technological developments such as TokTok and WeChat.

Sino-American relations are unlikely to change under Biden, according to SAIS panelists

Global China Connection (GCC) held a seminar discussing the ongoing U.S.-China technology competition on Dec. 1. The seminar featured Nathaniel Ahrens, a fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute, Terry Thompson, a cybersecurity expert and SAIS lecturer, and Rui Ma, the host of the Tech Buzz China podcast. The event was moderated by Robert Barbera, an Economics professor at Hopkins.


COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
Senior Class Senator Julia Zeng and Junior Class Senator Megan Chien presented possible improvements to SGA’s public input periods.

SGA changes funding policies for student groups

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, where the senators proposed changes to Student Activities Commission (SAC) Funding Policies and discussed changes to its meetings’ public input periods. 


COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
The report contains recommendations for improving the undergraduate experience at Hopkins.

CUE2 finalizes recommendations for undergraduate learning

The Second Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2) released its final report on Nov. 20. The report made a wide array of recommendations to improve the undergraduate experience at Hopkins, including replacing the distribution requirements to obtain a degree. CUE2 was formed in 2017 to promote interdisciplinary learning and mental health on campus. 


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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.


COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
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. 


COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
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.




COURTESY OF LEELA GEBO 
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. 



COURTESY OF MICHELLE LIMPE
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. 



COURTESY OF MICHELLE LIMPE
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.  




COURTESY OF CINDY CHO
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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