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Hopkins students figure out how to balance their love lives with their homework.

Navigating romance and relationships at Hopkins

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many Hopkins students are reflecting on their love lives and relationships (or lack thereof). Hopkins Professor of Sociology Andrew Cherlin remarked last year on recent trends that have pushed marriage — and serious relationships — further down the timeline, as college students choose to focus on personal fulfillment and their academics instead. Six students spoke with The News-Letter about the feasibility and desirability of relationships at Hopkins and got candid about dating, hook-ups and their Valentine’s Day plans.


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Dr. Dzirasa spoke about the importance of prioritizing mental health.

Public Health class hosts Commissioner of Health

The University hosted Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa on Tuesday, Feb. 11 as a special guest lecturer in Professor Philip Leaf’s Public Health and Well-Being in Baltimore class. Dzirasa discussed the role of the Baltimore City Health Department in addressing public health crises as well as some of her plans for future health projects.


SGA passes amendments intended to decrease student apathy

At the Student Government Association (SGA)’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, Senior Class Senator Chase McAdams introduced the Senators and Student Organizations Pairing Act. In accordance with the bill, SGA’s Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) will pair each one of eight student groups with a senator. 




Hillel explores Judaism and politics of Zionism

Juniors Michael Leff and Kim Robins co-facilitated the discussion event “Political Zionism and Anti-Semitism” at Hopkins Hillel on Monday night. The event, the first in a planned series of events on statehood and Zionism, was sponsored by the Tikvah Fund.


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Students appreciated learning about the recent historical context of Latin.

Visiting professor talks Aztec use of Latin language

Andrew Laird, the John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities at Brown University, gave a presentation titled “Aztec Latin: Renaissance Education and Native Traditions in 16th-Century Mexico” on Thursday, Feb. 6. The talk was the 34th Annual James W. Poultney Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Classics Department.  



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Some professors raised questions about how TAC will affect diversity.

Will the new tenure process hurt academic freedom?

For years, the task of managing the tenure process at Hopkins has been the responsibility of each individual campus. However, on Jan. 10, the Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the proposal to create a Tenure Advisory Committee (TAC) to oversee tenure cases across all tenure-granting schools within the university.


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J Street U and HopDems members reacted to Trump’s peace plan.

Do students support Trump’s Israel-Palestine peace plan?

The Hopkins chapter of J Street U co-hosted a discussion on U.S. President Donald Trump’s Israel/Palestine peace plan with Hopkins College Democrats (HopDems) on Wednesday night. J Street U is a grassroots organizing branch of J Street, an organization focused on achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 


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University seeks input from students on changes to finals schedules.

Hopkins to standardize the academic calendar

In an email to the student body on Friday, the University announced that it would be implementing changes to the academic calendar in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 and seeking student input on proposed finals schedules.


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SGA opens applications for new student groups

In an email to the student body on Wednesday, the Student Government Association (SGA) announced that it has opened its application period for new student organizations. Last September, SGA did not accept applications for new student groups, while the group’s Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) worked with the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) to examine student groups’ practices, missions, funding and other criteria. 


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CUE2 proposed a list of changes to the undergraduate curriculum on Feb. 5.

CUE2 suggests changes to undergraduate curriculum

The Second Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2) released a set of recommendations intended to revitalize the undergraduate experience at Hopkins on Wednesday. President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar convened CUE2 in April 2017 as part of the University’s “Ten by Twenty” plan. 


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Despite months of protest from students and community members, the University is in the process of creating a private police force. 

University nominates JHPD Accountability Board

University officials have submitted their list of 13 nominees for the Johns Hopkins University Police Accountability Board to the Maryland Senate. If confirmed, these nominees will be responsible for assessing the policies of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD), presenting community feedback and ensuring transparency. 


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SGA members discussed proposed changes to the academic calendar.

SGA recognizes Multicultural Leadership Council as governing board

This Tuesday, the Student Government Association (SGA) discussed the University’s plan to restructure the academic calendar, giving their feedback to Vice Dean for Engineering Michael Falk. They also discussed and passed the Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC) Recognition Governing Board Bill and Green Jobs Panel Funding Bill.



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Foreign Affairs Symposium announces 2020 lineup

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) announced on Monday that the theme of its spring 2020 lineup is “Anthem.” The lineup includes pro-democracy Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law; Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez; Syrian refugee and advocate Muzoon Almellehan; and African American political activist and author Angela Davis. 


The Baltimore branch of Sunrise Movement promoted the Green New Deal with a launch party.

Youth climate group advocates for Green New Deal

The Baltimore branch of the youth-led climate advocacy group the Sunrise Movement held a “Launch Party” on Homewood Campus to promote the Green New Deal. The event, which took place on Jan. 29, was one of over 2500 Sunrise launch parties held nationwide.


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