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February 28, 2024

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Hopkins community mourns the loss of Amir Modaressanavi

The University is mourning the loss of Amir Modaressanavi, who passed away on Sunday, July 16. He was a junior studying Computer Science at the Whiting School of Engineering. Modaressanavi was a member of the Table Tennis Club, Tennis Club, Students for Environmental Action, Economics Club and the Johns Hopkins Film Society.




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Futurism at JHU releases regular podcasts on Spotify.

Futurism at JHU is looking for big ideas

Futurism at JHU runs a podcast discussing billion-dollar ideas in science and technology. Since the launch of the podcast in the fall of 2021, Futurism has recorded 24 episodes on topics from artificial intelligence and neural networks to digital healthcare and, most recently, ChatGPT. 


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Students savored local food in outdoor seatings.

Students make do with downsized Spring Fair in rainy weather

The University held its 52nd Annual Spring Fair from April 27 to April 30. This year’s Spring Fair, following the precedent set by the previous two years, was planned by the Office of Leadership Engagement and Experiential Development (LEED) in collaboration with Hopkins Student Organization for Programming (HOP).




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Roche spoke on horror as a genre of interest, highlighting the fantastical dimensions it allows film to explore. 

Humans of Hopkins: Jimmy Joe Roche

Jimmy Joe Roche is an interdisciplinary artist whose portfolio includes music, film, sculpture and performance. In an interview with The News-Letter, he discussed his upbringing, his journey into the art world and a partnership with another artist that he has found valuable.






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The first SGA meeting of the 111th senate clarified several bylaws and presented the updated 2023–2024 Rules Bill. 

SGA holds committee chair elections for 111th senate

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on April 18 to discuss SGA Committee reports and elections, spring 2023 bylaws updates and the 2023–2024 Rules Bill. This was the first meeting of the 111th senate.



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Johns Hopkins Hospital shortly after its construction in the late 19th century.

Johns Hopkins Hospital: Past and present

Johns Hopkins, a wealthy Baltimore merchant and businessman, hoped to build a hospital that would “compare favorably with any other institution of like character in this country and Europe.” 


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Students discussed struggling to feel part of their organizations due to the shift online during the pandemic. 

Students reflect three years after University shutdown

Following the announcement of the suspension of in-person classes on March 10, 2020, the University announced that students were required to leave campus by March 15, 2020 due to increasing worries around the spread of COVID-19. The following fall semester, the University moved courses to an entirely virtual modality. 


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Budinger highlighted the accessibility of working with the Special Collections.

Humans of Hopkins: Katherine Budinger

Katherine Budinger, a sophomore majoring in Writing Seminars and English, is currently conducting a research project connecting Dante Alighieri's narrative poem The Divine Comedy with tarot card meaning and symbolism. In an interview with The News-Letter, she discussed her interest in humanities research, working with the Sheridan Special Collections and the connections she found between Dante and astrology. 



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The strategic framework solicited opinions from the Hopkins community to ensure the inclusion of diverse experiences. 

University releases draft of Ten for One Strategic Framework

The administration sent a broadcast email releasing a draft of the University’s second strategic framework, Ten for One, on April 14. The framework outlines 10 goals that the University hopes to achieve by 2030. The goals focus on building an inclusive, University-wide community on-campus; promoting excellence in students, faculty and staff; continuing to lead in research endeavours with real world impacts; and contributing to neighboring Baltimore communities.