News & Features


Private police bill clears final legislative hurdle

April 4, 2019

The Maryland General Assembly gave a bill that would allow the University to create its own private police force their final approval on Monday. Following this, University President Ronald J. Daniels and Dean of Medical Faculty Paul B. Rothman released a statement commenting on the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 793, titled the Community Safety and Strengthening Act. The Maryland House of Delegates voted 94-42 in favor of the bill, while the Senate voted 42-2 in favor. 

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The police bills passed in the Maryland State Legislature.

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Students staged a 24-hour sit-in in Garland Hall and marched on President Daniels' house.

Protestors rally against police force, ICE contracts

April 4, 2019

Over 200 members of the Hopkins and Baltimore community protested the creation of a Hopkins private police force, as well as the University’s contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Wednesday in Wyman Park Dell. Shortly after the rally, demonstrators marched to University President Ronald J. Daniels’ house. They then continued on to Garland Hall, where members of Students Against Private Police (SAPP) and the Hopkins Coalition against ICE were holding a 24-hour sit-in that had begun earlier that afternoon.


Students bonded at the Lunchbox Moment over shared experiences regarding their cultures.

Lunchbox Moment showcases Asian American experiences

April 7, 2019

Students hosted the second “Lunchbox Moment” event on Monday night at the Charles Commons Salons. The event, whose title refers to the common experience of shame shared by Asian Americans when they bring cultural food to school, was organized by 10 Asian American students to create a space for both Asians and Asian Americans to discuss interracial dating, a racialized food system, navigating between Asian and Asian American identities, and inequaity within Asian American communities. 


European Horizons hosts talk on effects of Brexit

April 4, 2019

European Horizons, an organization that is part of an international, student-run think tank, hosted a discussion called “The Brexit Mess” on Thursday. The group, which started on campus in 2016, organizes discussions and brings in speakers with the aim of broadening student engagement with issues in Europe. The group attempted to sort through issues with Brexit and to reflect on Great Britain’s current status with regards to the European Union. 


SGA passes bill to fund Senior Week festivities

April 4, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) debated a request from Students Against Private Police (SAPP) about promoting a student protest at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Charles Commons. They also discussed a bill to fund Senior Week and an amendment to the SGA Health Accommodations bill.


Stanford sociology professor discusses causes of income inequality

April 4, 2019

David Grusky, a professor of sociology at Stanford University, led a discussion about current research on socieoeconomic inequality in the U.S. and moderated a workshop on social policy and inequality on Thursday, March 28. Grusky also serves as the director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.


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Eid Suleman gave attendees a firsthand account of his experiences.

Palestinian activist discusses life under military occupation

April 4, 2019

Eid Suleman, a Palestinian activist, discussed his experiences of life under Israeli occupation in Umm al-Khair, a city in Area C, the part of the West Bank that is under Israeli military and civil control. Suleman addressed the relationship between the Palestinian residents of Area C, the Israeli Civil Administration and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Suleman fights against home demolitions by conducting international speaking tours and creating multimedia artwork. J Street U, a student group advocating for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hosted the event.


Boots Riley connects U.S. capitalism to poverty

April 4, 2019

Filmmaker and activist Boots Riley spoke at the Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) in Shriver Hall on Tuesday. Riley, who directed the 2018 film Sorry to Bother You, discussed the intersectionality between poverty, capitalism and racism — stressing the importance of social justice.

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Boots Riley, the director of Sorry to Bother You, spoke at FAS.

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Robert Kelleman, the founder of Baltimore History and Culture led the tour.

Walking tour participants explore history of slavery

April 4, 2019

Baltimore History and Culture and Underground Railroad Tours co-hosted a walking tour titled, “Slavery, The Underground Railroad and Emancipation in Baltimore,” on Saturday, March 30 at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park.


Speaker addresses rising anti-Semitism in the 21st century

April 4, 2019

Hopkins American Student Partnership for Israel (HAPI) hosted an event called, “Benjamin Anthony: Antisemitism in the 21st Century,” on Tuesday in the The Smokler Center for Jewish Life. Anthony, a reservist in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), discussed personal experiences with anti-Semitism in his youth in England and his views on the state of Israel, of which he is now a citizen. Anthony is also the founder and director of Our Soldiers Speak, a nonprofit organization devoted to sending Israeli soldiers to speak to foreign audiences.

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The Hopkins American Student Partnership for Israel invited Benjamin Anthony to campus.

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Lee and Chen are working to bring free menstrual health products to Homewood campus.

Students demand more accessible menstrual products

March 28, 2019

While menstruation is a normal and regular bodily process, restrooms on the Homewood Campus do not provide menstrual products — a necessity for around half the population. To address this, juniors Chanel Lee and Bridget Chen founded the student group Wings to bring free and accessible menstrual products to campus.


J-Cards are accessible on students’ cell phones

March 28, 2019

The University announced on Thursday that it will offer students the option to add their campus identification cards, J-Cards, to their Apple Wallet. Students can now use their iPhones or Androids in any instance where they would traditionally use their J-Card.


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The Voices of Color event focused on mental health and wellness.

Hopkins hosts dialogue on mental health for women of color

March 28, 2019

The Office of Women and Gender Resources, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Alumni Relations co-hosted the second annual “Voices of Color: A Dialogue with Hopkins Women” event on Wednesday. While last year’s participants engaged in a general discussion between women, alumni and students of color, this year’s theme focused specifically on mental health.