Despite unprecedented snowfall, Hopkins quickly bounced back and continued on with business as usual, which, for Hopkins, includes service, speakers, and celebrations. February brings commemoration day (Happy birthday Johns Hopkins University!), a continuing response to the tragedy in Haiti, Recyclemania, and the beginning of the Foreign Affairs Symposium. Here’s hoping the end of February brings the end of winter weather.
One Friday afternoon in early February, it started snowing. Then, it didn’t stop. Baltimore was hit with two blizzards just days apart, shutting Hopkins down for an entire week. Yet thanks to hundreds of university staff (including librarians, IT professionals, food and housing employees, medical workers, maintenance crews, among others), the university was able to keep basic functions up and running. Many students bundled up and braved the elements for snowman building, sledding and rather intense snowball fights. Read the JHU Gazette article about the record snow-fall here.
For more pictures and thoughts from a snowed-in AdmissionsDaniel, check out his Snow Day entry.
LOVE HOPKINS: COMMEMORATION DAY 2010
The Johns Hopkins University opened on February 22, 1876 with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. On February 22, 2010, Hopkins celebrated its 134th anniversary with “Love Hopkins” buttons, birthday cake and a walk down memory lane with reflections from Mr. Johns Hopkins himself (or, the closest we could find). A special exhibit of historical photographs and old Glee Club songs were another part of the festivities, which would not be complete without free Commemoration Day t-shirts for students donned in Hopkins attire. Click here for more information on Commemoration Day.
HOPKINS AND HAITI
JHU Haiti Aid, a coalition of student groups, organized “Saturday for Haiti,” with numerous events to support earthquake relief. Events included a pancake breakfast, a yoga class, student performances with food tasting, and several others. For an entire listing, take a look at this release with more information.
You can track Johns Hopkins’ ongoing work in Haiti here.
For earlier response efforts, see the following JHU Gazette articles:
– Crutches for Haiti
– Johns Hopkins disaster team’s first group deploys to Haiti
–To Haiti and back
Recyclemania is a nationwide recycling competition pitting hundreds of universities against one another. For the next eight weeks, all bottles, cans, paper and electronics recycled will be measured. Last year JHU took first place in three Recyclemania categories against participating Maryland schools. This year we want to beat our friends at the Ivy League Plus schools! Results are updated weekly. Check-out the Recyclemania Web site for further details.
RE-ENGAGING THE WORLD
The 2010 Foreign Affairs Symposium “Re-Engaging the World: The New Global Community” kicked off February 2 with Nicholas Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and op-ed columnist for The New York Times. February’s speakers also included Professor John Yoo, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, and a panel discussing President Obama’s first year. All details about this year’s FAS line-up can be found here.
For more political action on the Homewood campus, be sure to read its only weekly-published political newspaper, JHU Politik.