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September 29, 2022

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Junior Class Senator Chinat Yu insists the Hopkins Marriage Pact can be used for friendships despite the sexual nature of questions on the survey itself. 

The Hopkins Marriage Pact has students asking questions

A matchmaking service recently launched on campus to mixed reviews. The Hopkins Marriage Pact claims to promote new connections between students, primarily platonic. However, students are still seeking clarity after promotional materials and the survey itself seem to emphasize sexual relationships.




COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN
International students demand more support and explanation from the university regarding its updated vaccine mandate.

International students demand support from University in face of changed vaccine policy

The University updated its vaccination and COVID-19 policies in August in preparation for an in-person semester. With these changes, international students who had received vaccines not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were required to register for an additional two shots from either Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.



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Students appreciated the clothing exchange as an alternative to participating in fast fashion.

Refuel Our Future hosts event to spread awareness of divestment

Last Friday, the student group Refuel Our Future hosted a clothing exchange on the Beach in order to promote support for fossil fuel divestment by the University. Divestment is the practice of reducing or eliminating financial investments in certain sectors or businesses.


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Steinberg worked in the Clinton administration and later in the State Department under Obama.

Hopkins taps Clinton advisor for new SAIS dean

Former deputy secretary of state to Hillary Clinton James Steinberg will become dean of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nov. 1. He currently serves as the university professor of social science, international affairs and law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.





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Members of Knotty By Nature are reviving their interactive events to promote their mission across Baltimore

The Knotty by Nature club embraces diversity and inclusivity

In the spring of 2018, Knotty by Nature (KBN) was founded by then-sophomores Jendyi Dickerson and Zainab Jimoh. The founders took initiative after realizing there were no organizations on campus that catered specifically to the hair struggles of Black women.



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Students will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines while dining indoors. 

SGA discusses mental health and resumption of Community Talks

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21 to discuss a presentation by The Flock, feedback for a program called “Community Talks,” final edits to its Mental Health Day survey and vote confirmation on a letter to the University’s Committee to Establish Principles on Naming. 


COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN
Student groups hosts in-person events on campus and off-campus to build camaraderie.

Student groups return to in-person activities

Many student groups are returning to in-person activity for the first time since March 2020. In-person events are allowed to resume without special approval if attendance will be under 50 people, but events with over 50 people in attendance must request said approval.





COURTESY OF ISHAN KALBURGE
With construction of the new student center underway, students can no longer access campus through the Mattin Center. 

Students report challenges amid construction of new student center

Demolition of the Mattin Center has begun, making room for the construction of the new student center, which is expected to be completed by fall 2024. The Mattin Center had been home to the University’s arts scene since 2001, hosting Swirnow Theater, the Digital Media Center, music and dance spaces, art studios and more. The resources that were once housed in Mattin Center have been scattered across Homewood Campus. 


Students react in the wake of anti-Asian hate crime

In an email sent to the Hopkins community on Sept. 3, University leadership informed the community of an assault against an Asian American student that occurred on Sept. 2. The victim was pushed to the ground and was, along with her companion, subjected to violent anti-Asian language. According to the email, the perpetrator was detained but not arrested and appeared to be having a behavioral health crisis. 


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