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October 20, 2021

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The Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs features a wide range of guests, including political economist Giovanna Maria Dora Dore, pictured here with co-founders Franz Osilia and Megan Rutkai.

Student-run foreign affairs podcast continues to grow

When students Franz Osilia, Megan Rutkai and Zach Wheeler founded the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs (POFA), they had no experience in podcasting. Today, POFA has released over 40 episodes, covering geopolitical trends and crises from every continent.


Many students are returning to Baltimore to live in off-campus homes because they signed leases prior to Hopkins announcing online-only learning. 

Students return to Baltimore despite University urgings

By the time University announced its decision on August 6 to conduct the fall semester fully online, many students had already signed their leases and made plans to return to campus. While some scrambled to sublet their apartments and cancel their travel arrangements, others decided to return to Baltimore despite the University urging students to stay home.

Hopkins affiliates who are on campus are required to use the Prodensity app to complete daily COVID-19 health checks. 

University and students aim to ensure community's health

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan and Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being Kevin Shollenberger announced in an email on August 26 that they will be distributing Wellness Kits to students residing in Charles Village. The Wellness Kits will be available at the Barnes & Noble on St. Paul Street from August 31 to Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

On August 31, the University will launch a virtual dashboard with specific information about Hopkins-related COVID-19 cases.

Small cluster of students test positive for COVID-19

In an email to undergraduate students and their families on August 23, University leaders disclosed that a small cluster of students living in off-campus housing in Charles Village had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning to Baltimore. 

Students who previously resided in on-campus housing have reported that their belongings that were left in their dorms last spring are either missing, stolen, broken or are a challenge to pick up without car access.

Students report professional movers mishandled their belongings

Last March, as the University shut down due to coronavirus (COVID-19), many students left campus housing with most of their belongings still in their dorms. To temporarily house healthcare workers responding to the pandemic, the University announced that it hired outside “professional movers” to pack student belongings in select dorms.

Held in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the march aimed to center the experiences of East Baltimore residents.

Coalition calls for end to private police force

The Coalition Against Policing by Hopkins (CAPH), consisting of about a dozen student and community groups, marched in East Baltimore on August 15 to demand the termination of the University’s plans to implement a private police force. 

Baltimore gas explosion leaves two dead, seven injured

A gas explosion on the 4200 block of Labyrinth Road, Northwest Baltimore, left two people dead and at least seven injured on Monday, August 10. The Baltimore City Fire Department called the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) at 9:54 a.m. to respond to the scene of the explosion.


An unusually deserted John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The journey home: the plight of the international student

Every country is battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in a different way, each at varying stages of protecting its citizens and eliminating the virus. With international students accounting for approximately 19 percent of the University’s student body, The News-Letter reached out to a few of them to hear about their journeys home during the pandemic and the current state of COVID-19 in their countries. From scrambling to book flights home, to weighing their options for the fall semester, international students have had to make many hard decisions in the past few months. 

Baltimore restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity.

Mayor Young eases indoor dining restrictions in Baltimore

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced that restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity beginning on Friday, August 7. This follows Young’s previous orders from July 24 to suspend all indoor dining services after a recent spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maryland. 

The University announced that all classes would be held remotely for the fall semester due to a spike in coronavirus cases nationwide.

Hopkins announces online-only fall plans and tuition reduction

University President Ronald J. Daniels announced in an email to the Hopkins community that all undergraduate classes will be offered online for the entire fall semester. Ongoing on-campus research will resume in accordance to Phase 1 guidelines. Additionally, the University will also reduce tuition by ten percent, and most incoming freshman will not be able to live on campus.

The International Studies Leadership Council hosted Thiru Vignarajah for a discussion on how to counter racial injustice in Baltimore City.

Former mayoral candidate discusses ending the racial divide in Baltimore

The International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) hosted the second event in its Summer Series on Race, “Racial Divides in Baltimore,” on July 16. Thiru Vignarajah, the former deputy attorney general of Maryland and candidate in Baltimore’s recent mayoral election, spoke at the event. Vignarajah, a Baltimore native, discussed policing, education, public transportation reform and marijuana legalization as ways to mitigate the impact of systemic racism in Baltimore City.

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