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May 8, 2021

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Daniels ruled out renaming the University after it was discovered in December that Johns Hopkins was an enslaver.

University publishes a draft resolution for renaming principles

The Committee to Establish Principles on Naming released a draft report for feedback on April 6. The report contains guidelines under consideration for renaming, de-naming and the future naming of campus facilities, scholarships and programs whose titles may be tied to racism or inequality. 

Organizers chose the theme “Kaleidoscope” to capture the diversity of the city’s voices.

Baltimore locals encourage students to find their purpose at TEDxJHU event

TEDxJHU held its annual conference on April 16. The event, titled “Kaleidoscope,” featured environmentalist Carmera Thomas-Wilhite, songwriter Anthony Parker, Baltimore City Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa and National Public Radio (NPR) hosts Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick. Each speaker’s TED-style Talk was pre-recorded and livestreamed at the event. 

Hopkins will retroactively restore employer retirement contributions to July 2020.

Hopkins announces the end of austerity measures

Hopkins suspended employer retirement contributions a year ago as part of its austerity measures to offset financial challenges due to COVID-19. On April 2, the University announced the full restoration of these benefits, as well as $10 million in research funding for faculty and $5 million for PhD students. 

Panelists at this week’s FAS symposium event discussed the ongoing Uyghur crisis.

Uyghur crisis experts call for action at FAS event

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) held an event titled “The Global Response to the Uyghur Crisis” on Tuesday, April 6. The evening’s panel, part of the symposium’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” speaker series, featured Nury Turkel, board chairman for the Uyghur Human Rights Project; Rushan Abbas, executive director of Campaign for Uyghurs; and Louisa Greve, director of global advocacy for the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Many students expressed that one day off at a time is not enough to relax while also staying on top of coursework. 

Students argue spring break days don't cure burnout

In response to the pandemic, the University altered its spring break schedule to minimize traveling off campus. Instead of granting students an entire week off, the University scheduled five days without classes interspersed throughout the semester. So far, students have had two of their five spring break days and, although they have found ways to enjoy their days off, the move has raised concerns about mental health.

Students will be required to be vaccinated to be on campus in the fall.

University announces mostly in-person fall semester

Hopkins announced plans on Friday to largely return to normal this fall. Most classes will be held in person, and COVID-19 vaccines will be required for students. On-campus housing will be open at near-full capacity, and residency requirements will be reinstated for freshmen and sophomores. Administrators will determine face covering requirements based on public health conditions closer to the fall. 

A Place to Talk members Carter Brady and Rebecca Reed sit for their first in-person shift of the year. 

A Place to Talk returns to in-person sessions

A Place to Talk (APTT), a peer listening group, held its first in-person session since the beginning of the pandemic on April 4. The club will host in-person listening hours every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in addition to typical virtual hours on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Streets Market will close in two years as developers break ground on a mixed-use building.

New grocery store and 200-bedroom apartment to come to Charles Village

In two months, a new grocery store will open at the now-vacant building that Eddie’s Market occupied for nearly six decades before closing last December. MCB Real Estate and WorkShop Development, both Baltimore-based real estate firms, announced plans to bring a branch of Streets Market, a Washington, D.C.-based grocer, to Charles Village last month.

Less than 12% of the eligible student body voted for next year’s Executive Board.

SGA elections show low voter turnout

The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) announced the results of the 2021-22 Student Government Association (SGA) executive board and class council elections on March 29. Three out of four members of the SMART ticket and one independent candidate won seats in the executive board elections, in which only one position was contested. 

Hundreds attended a vigil at Diversity Plaza in New York on March 17 to mourn the victims of the Atlanta shootings.

Hopkins community reflects on anti-Asian hate at roundtable discussion

A panelist of professors and students held a roundtable discussion on violence against Asian Americans titled “Anti-Asian Violence and Anti-Racist Coalition Building” on March 25. The event was sparked by a gunman opening fire at three Asian American-owned spas and murdering eight people, six of whom were Asian women on March 15. 

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