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October 16, 2021

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Hundreds attended a vigil at Diversity Plaza in New York on March 17 to mourn the victims of the Atlanta shootings.

Hopkins community reflects on anti-Asian hate at roundtable discussion

A panelist of professors and students held a roundtable discussion on violence against Asian Americans titled “Anti-Asian Violence and Anti-Racist Coalition Building” on March 25. The event was sparked by a gunman opening fire at three Asian American-owned spas and murdering eight people, six of whom were Asian women on March 15. 


Students discuss what it means to be Black and Latinx at Hopkins

The University’s current freshman class is the most diverse class in University history, with 14% of students identifying as African American or Black and 17% identifying as Hispanic or Latinx. However, many students, such as junior Laura Rodriguez, have expressed that they still do not feel welcome at Hopkins. Rodriguez explained that life for Black and Latinx students is inherently different.


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Laboratories will begin to allow 44 square feet per person, a decrease from the current density restrictions of 150 square feet per person. 

New COVID-19 guidelines to increase lab capacity

In an email to the student body on Thursday, Vice Provost for Research Denis Wirtz announced that current density restrictions in laboratories will be relaxed starting on April 1. According to his email, lab spaces will now operate under the same capacity limits as classrooms.


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According to the chair of the CSE, fewer than 20 students not in SGA attended the debate. 

SGA Exec. Board candidates commit to supporting students of color

The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) hosted the debate for the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board elections on Thursday. The four candidates on the SMART ticket and one independent candidate, Karen He, answered questions submitted by students and attendees. According to CSE Chair Ananta Srivastava, around 17 students not part of SGA attended the debate. 




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Noname noted her opposition to the University’s planned private police force.

Rapper Noname explores race, politics and music at FAS event

The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) hosted the rapper Fatimah Warner, best known as Noname, on March 18 to discuss her social activism and music. The event, the third of the symposium’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” speaker series, was hosted by FAS Co-Directors Ryan Ebrahimy and Margaret Hanson and moderated by Associate Professor of History Sasha Turner.




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University officials have released statements in support of the APIDA community at Hopkins.

APIDA community calls for more University support following Atlanta shooting

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans have been subject to physical and verbal attacks. The recent rise in hate crimes has raised further alarm in Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) communities nationwide. On Tuesday, eight people, six of whom were Asian, were shot in spas near Atlanta. 


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TRU is now legally eligible to become an official union. 

TRU "awards" the University for mistreating graduate workers at protest

Teachers and Researchers United (TRU), an unofficial graduate student union, held a socially distanced protest in the form of a satirical awards show on March 10 at the Beach to mark the one-year anniversary of the University’s COVID-19 shutdown. At the protest, called the “Covies,” TRU accused the University’s leadership of failing to protect and support graduate students.







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Less than 10% of Maryland’s population has been fully vaccinated. 

Baltimore will not follow Hogan's eased COVID-19 restrictions

Mayor Brandon Scott announced that Baltimore City’s existing COVID-19 restrictions will remain in place, despite Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s plans to begin reopening the state. Scott’s executive order went into effect at 6 a.m. on March 12, seven hours before Hogan’s did. 


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The Freshman Quad tent, adorned with class banners, is seldom used by students.

Students call for more group study and dining spaces

As part of the second phase of its reopening plan, Hopkins opened several on-campus spaces to be used for small in-person gatherings and study spaces in early February. Despite initial delays due to a COVID-19 spike and snowstorms, the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Library, Brody Learning Center, Hutzler Reading Room (HUT), large tent in the Freshman Quad and smaller temporary outdoor structures around campus have opened with limited hours. 


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Rahman aims to become a pediatrician.

Hopkins Luce Scholar will continue public health pursuits in Asia

Senior Nihaal Rahman was one of 18 students to be named a Luce Scholar last month. Founded in 1974, the prestigious scholarship is awarded annually by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide students with professional training to elevate their understanding of Asia. Each scholar is assigned to work with an organization somewhere in Asia based on their interests. This year’s program will last from August 2021 to July 2022. 


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