News & Features

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease hits Hopkins

October 14, 2018

 The Student Health & Wellness Center (SHWC) has reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) over the past few weeks. HFMD is caused by a virus that can be spread through sneezing, coughing and close contact. On Sept. 7 SHWC posted ...

TRU members raised healthcare concerns to the Hopkins administration.

Hopkins raises cost and coverage of insurance

September 20, 2018

Over the summer, some students were surprised to see the premium for the University-provided insurance plan rise by 10.4 percent. The price of the 2018-19 plan increased to accommodate for greater coverage and reduced deductibles and out-of-pocket (OOP) costs. This follows a 4.5 percent price increase in 2017, which was due to increasing national healthcare costs. 

University gives librarian 10-day notice to leave U.S.

September 27, 2018

Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel, a former digital scholarship specialist at the Sheridan Libraries, returned to the United Kingdom on Sept. 4 after her temporary work visa expired. She had worked at the University for the past five years, and she intended to renew her visa this year. However, according to Mahoney-Steel, University officials failed to submit her application for renewal, fearing that it would be rejected under current immigration policy.

Hopkins informed Mahoney-Steel her documentation was not submitted.

SGA members call for end to JHU-ICE contract

September 16, 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) addressed the University’s relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at their weekly meeting in Charles Commons on Tuesday at 7 p.m. They also discussed updates to their bylaws and general goals for SGA during the following academic year.

Exhibition highlights political and social unrest of the 1960s

September 13, 2018

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the year 1968, curators and archivists at the Sheridan Libraries held an exhibition called the Spirit of ’68. The exhibit displayed photographs, posters, pamphlets, magazines, film footage and archival documents which captured the political, cultural and social unrest of the years surrounding 1968. The event took place in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE) and lasted from May 29 to Sept 7. 

Spirit of ‘68 showcased activist movements in Baltimore from 1968.


Community members gathered to celebrate black art on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Activists seek to establish a new black arts district

September 13, 2018

Baltimore currently has three state-designated arts and entertainment districts: in Station North, Highlandtown and around the Bromo Tower. However, many community leaders and residents have advocated for the creation of a fourth arts district around Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore that focuses on black art.  

Penn Station renovations focus on college students

September 13, 2018

City officials are planning to revitalize the area in front of Baltimore Penn Station. The planned development is led by the City government in conjunction with the Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP), a community development nonprofit. It will include the creation of a student transportation hub, art installations and new green spaces. The development will take place toward the end of 2018.

City officials are planning renovations to the area outside of Penn Station, as well as inside the station. 

The petition had 1,971 signatures from student, faculty and community members as of early Sept.

Hopkins community opposes JHU-ICE partnership

September 13, 2018

In recent months, the Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement‘s (ICE) mass deportation and detention of immigrants has sparked national controversy. Hopkins has been involved in a multi-million dollar contract with the agency since 2009. Many students, professors and alumni are criticizing the University’s partnership with the agency and are calling on the administration to sever ties.

Students attended the opening of a more centralized APTT room in Brody.

A Place to Talk opens a new location in Brody

September 6, 2018

A Place to Talk (APTT), an on-campus peer listening service, unveiled their newest campus location on Tuesday. Their new room will be in Brody 4010. By opening a new location in Brody, APTT hopes to increase their access to the student body. 

SGA passes petition with 910 votes for referendum

September 6, 2018

At their weekly meeting on Tuesday, the Student Government Association (SGA) approved a petition calling for a referendum after getting 910 signatures. Nine-hundred signatures were required in order for SGA to be allowed to hold the referendum. 

Terri Massie-Burrell is the new director of Student Disability Services.

Hopkins hires Director of Student Disability Services

September 6, 2018

Terri Massie-Burrell joined the University as the new director of Student Disability Services (SDS) in August. Her appointment followed the firing of former SDS Director Brent Mosser in March, along with student demands calling for better resources and accommodations for students with disabilities. 

Reflecting on one year of Baltimore Ceasefire

September 6, 2018

Baltimore Ceasefire 365 celebrated its first anniversary this August. The anti-violence organization was created to encourage Baltimore citizens to decrease gun violence in the City through the hosting and promotion of Ceasefire weekends four times a year. During this past Ceasefire weekend, the City went 41 hours without a shooting.

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 Members of the Baltimore community advocate for an end to gun violence. 

Education Secretary DeVos  proposed an overhaul of misconduct policies.

Sexual misconduct policy draft sparks controversy

September 6, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called for an overhaul of sexual misconduct policies on college campuses. The New York Times obtained a draft of these proposed rules on Aug. 29. No official proposal has been made yet.