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August 1, 2021

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The Mattin Center has been the center of the University’s arts scene since 2001.

Farewell to Mattin: 20-year-old arts center will be demolished by fall

The Mattin Center will soon be leveled to make room for the construction of the new student center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2024. Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the same firm designing the Barack Obama Presidential Center, the four buildings that make up Mattin have served the arts community on the Homewood Campus since 2001.

Students call on the University to cancel its plans for the private police force as acts of police brutality continue nationwide. 

Black students call for University support amid police violence

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted “Addressing Hate During COVID-19” on April 23 to discuss nationwide calls for racial justice. The event was sparked by the conviction of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd last summer, and followed the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on April 11.

Some students reported that the shuttle was late or didn’t arrive at all.

Students report issues with Blue Jay Shuttles to M&T Bank Stadium

Starting April 10, the University has offered Blue Jay Shuttle rides between Homewood Campus and the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the M&T Bank Stadium. Rides are booked through the TransLoc app, with shuttles departing daily from the Milton S. Eisenhower Library between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

SGA plans to change its meeting time back to 7 p.m. ET next semester. 

Newly elected SGA holds first meeting

The new Student Government Association (SGA) administration held its first weekly meeting on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss standard SGA procedures and its organizational structure.

Students participate in socially distanced arts and crafts in the Freshman Quad Annex. 

University hosts hybrid Spring Fair

Spring Fair 2021, which included virtual, hybrid and in-person events, was held Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25. In addition to pandemic-related changes, University administrators, rather than students, planned Spring Fair this year. They organized the weekend with input from the student body via groups such as the Hopkins Organization for Programming (HOP) and Hoptoberfest.

The institute will be based in the Whiting School of Engineering and will focus on research and education.

University announces Sustainable Energy Institute

The University announced the creation of the Ralph S. O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI) on April 22 to commemorate Earth Day. ROSEI is meant to serve as the University’s center for research and education focused on creating clean, renewable and sustainable energy technologies.

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. 

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