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August 1, 2021

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COURTESY OF RUDY MALCOM
Beginning Jan. 14, all undergraduates in Baltimore will be required to be tested twice a week.

University releases draft plan for hybrid spring reopening

The University shared a draft plan for Phase Two of its reopening in an email to Hopkins affiliates on Dec. 18. The plan is intended to go into effect when the spring semester begins on Jan. 25 and will replace the Phase One plans implemented during the fall semester. 


Hopkins community remembers Bradlee LaMontagne

The Hopkins community is mourning the death of Bradlee LaMontagne, who passed away on Dec. 10. He was a junior studying Biology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, as well as a PILOT leader, NextOneUp tutor in Baltimore, First-Year Mentor and 2020 captain of the Hopkins wrestling team. 


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Four students gave talks at TEDxJHU’s annual salon event. 

Seniors share stories of navigating struggles at TEDxJHU

TEDxJHU hosted its salon 2020 event, “Business as (Un)usual,” on Dec. 11. Four students — seniors Anjali Kashyap, John Min, Isabel Rios-Pulgar and senior Serena Wang — gave talks on topics ranging from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the immigrant experience over the course of the night. The event was organized independently from TED Talks. 



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Emergence Baltimore initiatives are supporting local businesses in Baltimore as holiday shopping commences. 

Hopkins alum works to support Baltimore businesses

Emergence Baltimore, a non-profit that promotes local stores, is working to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on Baltimore’s small businesses. The News-Letter sat down with Emergence Baltimore’s President Kevin Carter and Social Media Lead Ali Rachidi to hear about its programs. 




COURTESY OF KENNA LOWE
Daniels stated that the 10% tuition reduction will remain for the spring if the University reopens online-only.

Daniels speaks to student concerns in a time of uncertainty

In an interview with The News-Letter on Wednesday, University President Ronald J. Daniels discussed progress on the University’s Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, the future of the private police force, plans for the spring and safety measures being implemented in anticipation of resuming in-person activities. 





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Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police sparked nationwide protests against racial injustice this summer.

George Floyd's family reflects on his death and legacy

Peabody Student Affairs hosted members of George Floyd’s family — including his uncle Selwyn Jones and aunt Angela Harrelson — on Dec. 3 to discuss his death, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The event was moderated by Nyle Fort, a youth pastor and Master of Divinity candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. 



COURTESY OF RUDY MALCOM
SLI leaders described the procedures they have in place for limited in-person student group gatherings this spring.

University expects most spring events will remain virtual

Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) hosted a webinar for registered student organizations (RSO) on Friday, Dec. 4. The event outlined procedures that the University plans to implement regarding in-person gatherings for student clubs in the spring semester. 




COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
Panelists discussed Sino-American relations on technological developments such as TokTok and WeChat.

Sino-American relations are unlikely to change under Biden, according to SAIS panelists

Global China Connection (GCC) held a seminar discussing the ongoing U.S.-China technology competition on Dec. 1. The seminar featured Nathaniel Ahrens, a fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute, Terry Thompson, a cybersecurity expert and SAIS lecturer, and Rui Ma, the host of the Tech Buzz China podcast. The event was moderated by Robert Barbera, an Economics professor at Hopkins.


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