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February 6, 2023

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SGA members drafted a survey to help them better understand student opinions on the JHPD and public safety.

SGA prepares Public Safety Survey

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Oct. 11 to discuss public safety and the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Haunted House Bill.


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Public health intervention starts with entangling issues of class and race, argue faculty and students.

Looking into Baltimore: Race and public health interventions in the opioid crisis

While the entire United States has been grappling with the opioid crisis since the 1990s, the epidemic has been hitting Baltimore City the hardest. Since 2017, Baltimore has had the highest opioid overdose fatality rate of any US city. A 2020 study reported 1028 opioid-related deaths in Baltimore City, and it continues to witness an upward trend in opioid-related deaths.  



COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN 
Students reflect on Hoptoberfest and the opportunity it presents to spend time away from classes and studying. 

Students welcome fall with Hoptoberfest activities

Fall was in the air last week on Homewood Campus as students participated in the annual Hoptoberfest tradition, organized by The HOP. The student-run event, which began Wednesday, Oct. 5, and culminated in a concert by rapper Desiigner on Saturday night, Oct. 8, featured seasonal activities like a pumpkin patch and an off-campus haunted house trip. 


COURTESY OF ADRIANA ORDUÑA
Three undergraduate students present their year-long research projects based on the American Prison Writing Archive.

Students present research based on the American Prison Writing Archive

The Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship hosted a panel discussion titled “Living in Prison: Insights from the American Prison Writing Archive” on Oct. 6. The event discussed the research of three Hopkins undergraduates based on the American Prison Writing Archive, a digital collection of over 3,300 essays by incarcerated people.


COURTESY OF EMILY YAO
The Alternative Protein Project hosted an ice cream social, where students tasted animal-free ice creams made with synthetic milk proteins.

The Alternative Protein Project aims to increase awareness for alternative protein

The Alternative Protein Project at Hopkins (Alt. Protein Project) is a chapter of the Good Food Institute (GFI), a global organization primarily driven by university students interested in alternatives to animal-based food products. At Hopkins, the student group strives to raise awareness and build a community through education, research and entrepreneurship.


COURTESY OF TOMISIN LONGE
Students in the sustainable design practicum course observe a coal pile in Curtis Bay.

Humans of Hopkins: Tomisin Longe

Tomisin Longe is a senior studying Anthropology and Psychology. In an interview with The News-Letter, they discussed their journey at Hopkins, including experiences in Professor Anand Pandian’s two-semester course “Development without Displacement: Sustainable Design Practicum.” 


Faculty members voice their positions on the JHPD

The University’s plans for the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) have sparked discourse among members of the Hopkins community — including faculty members. Following the recent developments with the JHPD, The News-Letter interviewed University faculty to discuss their views on JHPD’s impacts on the Hopkins community. 




COURTESY OF KAYLA RABEY
Jim Obergefell shared his story in the fight for marriage equality at the MSE Symposium event. 

Jim Obergefell kicks off MSE Symposium

The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted the first speaker, Jim Obergefell, in the first event of the 2022 “The Road Ahead” series on Sept. 28. Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. 



COURTESY OF HELEN LACEY
The newly-opened Imagine Center is one piece of the new approach Hopkins is taking to professional development.

Future Fest takes a new approach to professional development

Students and alums engaged in a series of more than 30 recruitment and networking events from Sept. 12 to Oct. 1. This annual occasion, known as Future Fest, builds connections between Hopkins students and representatives across various industries and graduate schools. 


COURTESY OF LILAC LIN
The Fred Scott Brigade gather in front of the newly dedicated Scott Tower.

Scott Tower dedication ceremony comes as part of the University's building renaming initiatives

The University hosted the official dedication of the Scott Tower on Sept. 24 to honor the legacy of Frederick Isadore Scott Jr., its first African American undergraduate. Coming as part of the Diverse Names and Narratives Project, which proposed the renaming of buildings after historically marginalized and underrepresented groups, the event honored Scott and his contributions as a trailblazer for diversity.





COURTESY OF HELEN LACEY
SGA discusses transportation, dining and event collaboration with PGA.

SGA meets with PGA to discuss cross-campus collaboration

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Sept. 20 to discuss collaboration between SGA and the Peabody General Assembly (PGA), student access to alumni connections and career opportunities, the Instagram Raffle Bill and the Well-being Fair Funding Bill. 



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