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August 1, 2021

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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. 



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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.


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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.




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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. 


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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.




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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.



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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. 



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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. 


Students discuss what it means to be Black and Latinx at Hopkins

The University’s current freshman class is the most diverse class in University history, with 14% of students identifying as African American or Black and 17% identifying as Hispanic or Latinx. However, many students, such as junior Laura Rodriguez, have expressed that they still do not feel welcome at Hopkins. Rodriguez explained that life for Black and Latinx students is inherently different.


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Laboratories will begin to allow 44 square feet per person, a decrease from the current density restrictions of 150 square feet per person. 

New COVID-19 guidelines to increase lab capacity

In an email to the student body on Thursday, Vice Provost for Research Denis Wirtz announced that current density restrictions in laboratories will be relaxed starting on April 1. According to his email, lab spaces will now operate under the same capacity limits as classrooms.


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According to the chair of the CSE, fewer than 20 students not in SGA attended the debate. 

SGA Exec. Board candidates commit to supporting students of color

The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) hosted the debate for the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board elections on Thursday. The four candidates on the SMART ticket and one independent candidate, Karen He, answered questions submitted by students and attendees. According to CSE Chair Ananta Srivastava, around 17 students not part of SGA attended the debate. 


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