Latest from Susan Svrluga

For some students in need, campus is a safe — but lonely — place to live during the pandemic

Even on campuses where most classes are virtual this fall, a few students live in dorms because they don't have another place to go.
  • Dec 29, 2020

How one very old Census record spurred a reckoning at Johns Hopkins University

When researchers found an 1850 document that listed four men enslaved by the university's founder, an effort was launched that changed his legacy.
  • Dec 25, 2020

For college freshmen, pandemic results in a first-year experience unlike any other

Many students wonder about the value of a year turned upside down by the pandemic.
  • Dec 17, 2020

Descendants of enslaved Blacks explore Virginia history

At James Monroe's Highland, the estate now owned by the College of William & Mary, descendants of people the former president enslaved help shape the way the past is understood.
  • Dec 13, 2020

Lessons from the pandemic fall: Infections are rare in classrooms, not off campus

Viral testing, contact tracing, quarantine housing are the go-to tools for colleges to operate.
  • Dec 9, 2020

Johns Hopkins, benefactor of namesake hospital and university, was an enslaver

University reveals 19th-century merchant claimed four people as property in 1850 census.
  • Dec 9, 2020

Missing Maryland man found dead in reservoir

Police had been searching for the 96-year-old Norbeck man.
  • Dec 5, 2020

Man fatally shot near mall in Columbia, Md.

Police are searching for a suspect who left the scene.
  • Dec 5, 2020

In a tumultuous year, this class of Rhodes Scholars is shaped by the coronavirus

The pandemic shaped both Rhodes Scholars' interests and the ways winners were chosen for the venerable award, which went virtual for the first time in its 117-year history.
  • Nov 27, 2020

College students hit the road after an eerie pandemic semester. Will the virus go home with them?

The University of Wisconsin at Madison, in a hard-hit state, is a case study of the challenges colleges are facing before the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Nov 22, 2020