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November 30, 2023

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Some students used the virtual fair to find clubs they could not find in person.

University holds first hybrid SIF

Leadership Engagement and Experiential Development (LEED) held a hybrid Student Involvement Fair (SIF) on Feb. 4, the first with in-person booths since the start of the pandemic. Club booths were also available virtually on Hopkins Groups for those who did not to attend in person.

Hopkins began spring classes in-person following a virtual Intersession. 

Faculty, students discuss spring COVID-19 guidelines

Over winter break, the University made multiple updates to its COVID-19 policies, including upgrading its masking requirements, implementing twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reducing isolation periods to five days for those asymptomatic on the fifth day. Recently, the University announced that affiliates must also test negative for COVID-19 in order to leave isolation on the fifth day. 

Around one-fifth of the student body voted in this year’s SGA elections.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discusses present and future challenges to Africana studies

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, spoke on the past, present and future of Africana studies on Jan. 27 as part of the Center for Africana Studies’ ongoing lecture series “The Challenges of Africana Studies 50+ Years On.” The conversation was moderated by Minkah Makalani, associate professor of history and director of the Center. 

Students living on campus who tested positive during move-in were sent to quarantine at an external location. 

Students and volunteers navigate move-in during Omicron

The University welcomed the majority of students back on campus during Move-In Weekend from Jan. 21 – 23. Due to a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases largely caused by the spread of the Omicron variant, the University moved Intersession online, with some exceptions granted for those engaged in research and select in-person programs.

The fraternity is suspended through the spring of 2025. 

Investigation of alleged drugging at Sigma Phi Epsilon leads to suspension on different violations

After an investigation launched in the wake of an alleged intentional drugging incident, the University announced the suspension of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity through the spring of 2025 in an email to affiliates on Jan. 27. According to the email, the group’s suspension did not result from the finding of a violation of the University’s policy regarding intentional drugging, but from other violations revealed in the Office of Student Conduct’s investigation. 

The donation will allow for the creation of three endowed faculty positions as well as new graduate research and postdoctoral fellowships.

Physics department to expand faculty, research with $50 million alum donation

The Department of Physics & Astronomy received a $50 million donation from investor and Hopkins alum William H. “Bill” Miller III last month. This donation follows Miller’s 2018 gift of $75 million to the University’s philosophy department. According to an email sent to Hopkins affiliates by University President Ronald J. Daniels, this donation prompted two anonymous donations totaling an additional $25 million. 

Trans rights advocates push for progress on demands

As part of the campaign Stop Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Transphobia, trans students and allies have been demanding changes to certain University policies. Advocates held two protests for this cause last semester, one on Oct. 15 and the other on Nov. 18. In interviews with The News-Letter, advocates expanded on their goals for the upcoming semester.