News & Features

New OIE vice provosts share plans for the year

September 5, 2019

University Provost Sunil Kumar sent out a University-wide email detailing two leadership changes to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) on Aug. 7. In the email, Provost Kumar announced that Joy Gaslevic would become interim vice provost for institutional equity for the University. Formerly deputy Title IX coordinator, Linda Boyd was promoted to interim assistant vice provost for institutional equity and Title IX coordinator, filling Gaslevic’s previous roles. 

University hires director of sustainability

September 17, 2019

The University hired Julian Goresko as its new director of sustainability at the end of last year with the intent of making Hopkins more eco-friendly. The Office of Sustainability is responsible for optimizing all nine divisions of the University’s food, water and energy consumption, along with its infrastructure, transportation and waste management.

Two Hopkins seniors get Astronaut Scholarships

September 17, 2019

This summer, two Hopkins seniors — Vinay Ayyappan and Kathy Le — received the Astronaut Scholarship for their potential in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Ayyappan also received the scholarship last year.

Univ. showcases humanities research opportunities

September 5, 2019

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences held an event on Tuesday celebrating the humanities at Hopkins, jointly conducted by faculty and students. The event, called Humanities in the HUT, delved into different research and creative writing opportunities offered at Hopkins, and concluded with a showing of student-made films. 

Garland will not house student services this year

September 5, 2019

Many students have observed that Garland Hall has been quiet this semester. Given the Sit-In protests that culminated in the arrests of three community members and four students on May 8, the apparent calm has raised questions from students about the future of the sit-in, as well as Garland Hall and the student services it formerly housed.


Garland Hall currently houses administrative offices, like those of the President and the Provost.

Will the referendum enhance SGA’s effectiveness?

September 5, 2019

The 2018-19 Student Government Association (SGA) referendum, with 2,738 total voters on eight key issues, reached more students than any SGA ballot since 2012, according to AJ Tsang, who served as the group’s executive president last spring. The referendum is intended to expand SGA’s influence over the University’s decisions.

The Student Government Association held a referendum covering a varied range of topics

From left to right, University administrators Baker, Shollenberger and Shanahan share visions for the future.

University endeavors to improve student wellness

September 5, 2019

This summer, the University made leadership changes intended to improve student well-being. Alanna Shanahan became vice provost for student affairs on August 12, succeeding Kevin Shollenberger, now the University’s first vice provost for student health and well-being. Formerly senior associate director of athletics, Jennifer Baker was promoted to Shanahan’s previous role as director of athletics and recreation.

Baltimore police arrest students at Garland Hall

May 8, 2019

Baltimore Police officers arrested seven people — including four students — who were part of a month-long sit-in at Garland Hall on Wednesday morning. Students and community members have been holding a sit-in at Garland Hall to protest the creation of a private police force and the University’s contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement since April 3. 


The University summoned police early Wednesday morning to break up the month long sit-in at Garland Hall. Officers arrested four students and three community members.

Mayor Catherine Pugh resigns amid corruption investigation

May 4, 2019

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned on Thursday, May 2 in light of controversy over sales of her children’s book series, becoming the second Baltimore mayor this decade to step down amid a criminal investigation. She apologized for the damage she has done to the legitimacy of her office and the face of the city in a statement her attorney Steven Silverman delivered at a news conference.

Mayor Catherine Pugh stepped down amid scandal over sales of her children’s book series.

What is the past, present and future of Sharia law?

May 4, 2019

Sharia is a term that often evokes confusion, debate or even outright fear.  “Sharia Today,” Rumee Ahmed, an associate professor of Islamic Law at the University of British Columbia, led a discussion called “Sharia Today,” on Thursday, April 25. It was an event that sought to promote dialogue on the nature of Sharia in the modern era.

State Comptroller Franchot talks private police force at roundtable discussion

May 2, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a policy roundtable with State Comptroller Peter Franchot, who serves as Maryland’s chief financial officer, at Shriver Hall on Wednesday. At the event, Hopkins students from groups including the Black Student Union (BSU); Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC); and SGA’s Policy, Research and Development Commission (PRDC) shared their perspectives on sexual violence, gun violence and mental health on campus and in the Baltimore community. 

The Student Government Association invited Peter Franchot to campus

A bust of Woodrow Wilson sits in Mason Hall.

Should the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship be renamed?

May 7, 2019

Two and a half years ago, Nathan Connolly, a professor in the History Department, submitted a motion calling on Hopkins administrators to rename the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in light of the former U.S. president’s racist legacy. Connolly — along with the Homewood Faculty Assembly, which voted to support his motion — is still waiting for an answer.