Published by the Students of Johns Hopkins since 1896
May 8, 2021

News & Features



ADITYA GANAPATHIRAJU/CC BY-SA 2.0
Amy Goodman discussed the influence that media holds in politics.

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman speaks at FAS event

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) hosted Amy Goodman on March 4 to discuss her ongoing work as an investigative journalist and host of Democracy Now!, an independent news program focused on social activism, critiquing corporate influence and analyzing American foreign policy. 



FILE PHOTO
Jill Carter introduced the Senate version of HB1284 on Jan. 21, yet the bill will not be included in the next senate hearing on March 5.

Maryland House of Delegates deliberates repealing JHPD law

The Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates held a session on Feb. 23 to discuss House Bill 336 (HB0336) and House Bill 1284 (HB1284). Both bills, if passed, will repeal past laws related to the establishment and maintenance of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD). HB0336 would also prohibit all private universities in Maryland from establishing their own police forces.




FILE PHOTO
There are 125 rooms, of the 343 spaces available for quarantine and isolation housing, at the Inn at the Colonnade.

Room service, cable and counseling: Life in quarantine at Hopkins

Throughout the hybrid spring semester, Hopkins has established isolation and quarantine housing for students who test positive for COVID-19 or come into close contact with someone who tested positive. There are currently 343 rooms reserved for this purpose at AMR III, the McCoy Hall, the Inn at the Colonnade and an additional Hopkins-owned property. 


COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
SGA's new contact tracing resolution calls on the University to reexamine how it tracks COVID-19 in the student body.

SGA encourages more student contact tracing

The Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed a contact tracing resolution and discussed University programming for the hybrid semester during its weekly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.



FILE PHOTO
Students assess the mental health resources the University has offered since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Students continue to be concerned about mental health

For years, students have called on the University to improve mental health resources at Hopkins. In light of the pandemic, for some, it has been a year of renewed struggles. For others, the pandemic has created entirely new mental health issues.





FILE PHOTO
Because Hopkins is a private school, it is not legally bound by the First Amendment. 

FIRE calls on Hopkins to better protect students' free speech

This month, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) targeted Hopkins as its Speech Code of the Month. FIRE is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting university students’ free speech rights on campus. Every month, the organization selects a specific policy that it believes violates the First Amendment and encourages the respective university to make reforms.


FILE PHOTO
There had been 520 students already admitted as part of the ED I cycle.

Hopkins admits 304 ED II applicants

“It’s definitely a nice Valentine’s gift because I’m used to rejection on Valentine's Day,” said Jackson Morris, who was recently admitted to the Class of 2025. 


FILE PHOTO
The Hopkins Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, which was established in 1916, is the oldest program of its kind in the nation.

U.S. Army officers explore role of the military

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute hosted a student forum titled “Closing the Civilian-Military Divide” on Feb. 10. During the event, panelists discussed misconceptions about the U.S. military with Hopkins students. 



COURTESY OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SYMPOSIUM
Because this year’s symposium will be entirely virtual, the group hopes that events will be more accessible to students and community members.

Foreign Affairs Symposium announces virtual 2021 lineup

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) announced today that the theme of its 2021 symposium will be “Where Do We Go From Here?” The lineup features activist Angela Davis, Yemeni human rights defender Radhya Al-Mutawakel, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, rapper Noname and experts on the Uyghur Crisis.



COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
The Committee to Establish Principles on Naming plans to create its guidelines by the end of the semester. 

University begins deliberation to establish renaming guidelines

The University announced it would form the Committee to Establish Principles on Naming last July as part of its Diversity and Inclusion initiative. The committee is charged with developing guidelines for the process of renaming and de-naming titles affiliated with Hopkins buildings, scholarships and programs, including names that may be tied to racism or inequality.


News-Letter Special Editions