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May 20, 2024

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Young taught chemistry on the streaming platform Twitch to encourage interaction.

Humans of Hopkins: Jamie Young

Jamie Young is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. In an interview with The News-Letter, he discussed his path into academia and teaching, including his journey from being a researcher in the U.K. to being a lecturer in the U.S. and creating his own online teaching platform.


Expiration of anti-trust exemption raises questions on motives of elite institutions

A lawsuit filed in January of 2022 accused several top-ranking universities of colluding to limit the amount of financial aid awarded to students. Section 568 of the “Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994” detailed an antitrust exemption that permitted qualifying universities to agree on a common financial aid formula. Universities were limited by the requirement to practice need-blind admissions. This antitrust exemption expired on Sept. 30, allowing the case to proceed.



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Students expressed concerns about crimes near campus and the implementation of the JHPD. 

University implements new safety measures in response to uptick in crimes near campus

The administration detailed their plans to improve public safety measures in light of recent incidents around campus in an email to the student body on Oct. 29. The email stated that there have been six reported armed robberies on or around the Homewood Campus and one near the Peabody Institute from Oct. 6 to Oct. 27. Two of the robberies included abductions or attempted abductions.



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SGA members weighed the pros and cons of mandatory info sessions for all candidates.

SGA meets with CSE to prepare for spring elections

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Oct. 25 to discuss the Committee on Student Elections (CSE), the Wellbeing Fair Event, SGA’s Communications and Marketing Commission (CMC) and the Cotton Candy Machine Funding Bill.


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Odukoya discusses her experience with neuroscience research at Hopkins.  

Humans of Hopkins: Angel Odukoya

Angel Odukoya is a senior studying Neuroscience. In an interview with The News-Letter, she discussed her passion for neuroscience, her research experience and her advice for underclassmen. 


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Van Bavel and Packer highlighted the psychology behind identity politics.

Co-authors explore identity politics at SNF Agora event

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute hosted co-authors Jay Van Bavel and Dominic Packer on Oct. 21 to discuss their latest book, The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony.


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During his talk, Day performed a variety of little skits and quips.

SNL's Mikey Day invited to Hopkins as part of MSE Symposium

The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium invited Mikey Day as the second speaker of their 2022 “The Road Ahead” series on Oct. 19. Day is a writer and cast member of the late night variety show, Saturday Night Live (SNL). His talk focused on the  ins-and-outs of his career as an actor and his experiences of working on SNL.



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Candidate for lieutenant governor, Aruna Miller, emphasizes the need to make political information available to the public. 

Candidate for lieutenant governor highlights the importance of Asian American representation in politics

The Inter-Asian Council (IAC) hosted a talk with Aruna Miller, the democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Maryland, on Oct. 18 to discuss her struggles as an Asian American in politics.  Miller was the first Indian-American woman elected to the Maryland legislature. As the first, she faced an immense challenge trying to navigate an environment that was not made for her. 


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Some SGA members expressed concerns about the timeliness of the Public Safety Email.

SGA finalizes Public Safety Email

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Oct. 18 to discuss the Public Safety Email, plans for a Hopkins Got Talent event and an event report from SGA on the Quad.




University financial aid restricted by federal regulations

According to the 2022–2023 U.S. News & World Report, Hopkins ranked the ninth best value school based on its reduced cost with an average level of financial aid and its academic quality. The University’s financial aid program for undergraduate students is need-based and takes into account the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College Board’s College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, recent family tax returns and special circumstances. 


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SGA members drafted a survey to help them better understand student opinions on the JHPD and public safety.

SGA prepares Public Safety Survey

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Oct. 11 to discuss public safety and the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Haunted House Bill.


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Public health intervention starts with entangling issues of class and race, argue faculty and students.

Looking into Baltimore: Race and public health interventions in the opioid crisis

While the entire United States has been grappling with the opioid crisis since the 1990s, the epidemic has been hitting Baltimore City the hardest. Since 2017, Baltimore has had the highest opioid overdose fatality rate of any US city. A 2020 study reported 1028 opioid-related deaths in Baltimore City, and it continues to witness an upward trend in opioid-related deaths.  



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Students reflect on Hoptoberfest and the opportunity it presents to spend time away from classes and studying. 

Students welcome fall with Hoptoberfest activities

Fall was in the air last week on Homewood Campus as students participated in the annual Hoptoberfest tradition, organized by The HOP. The student-run event, which began Wednesday, Oct. 5, and culminated in a concert by rapper Desiigner on Saturday night, Oct. 8, featured seasonal activities like a pumpkin patch and an off-campus haunted house trip. 


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