Plenty of Hopkins students vouch for the use of a planner or organizer. I know I do. Between assignment deadlines, exam dates, and club meetings — it’s the only way I can keep track of everything I need to do. But another huge part of my calendar are events on campus. As a member of the Hopkins Organization for Programming (HOP), our university’s social programming board, I’m a huge proponent of student life and student activities. You hear about the big ones — Lighting of the Quads, SOHOP, Spring Fair — but what about the ones that happen day-to-day? There’s always stuff going on and around campus!
SEPTEMBER 12 – The Big Blue Jay Tailgate
Beta Theta Pi and the Student Government Association (SGA) brought out the cornhole sets, free t-shirts, and massive amounts of pulled pork to tailgate our football game against Susquehanna. Nothing better.
OCTOBER 13 – Dr. Mohammed Dajani
Co-hosted by the Hopkins American Partnership for Israel (HAPI), Hopkins J Street U, and the Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS), Dr. Mohammed Dajani, Weston Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy came to campus to speak. Dajani is “a Palestinian scholar, peace activist, and founder of the modern Islamic movement Wasatia”. This is just one of many events on campus put on to spark discussion amongst our student body on important issues around the world.
NOVEMBER 13 – The 8th Annual Hip Hop Showcase & Benefit
SLAM, a hip hop dance group on campus and some college and professional teams danced to benefit the Baltimore Dance Crews Project, a local Baltimore non-profit that offers free dance lessons to the children of Baltimore, encouraging the art of hip hop dance!
DECEMBER 2 – Festival of Lights
JiGL (Jews in Greek Life) and SASH (South Asian Students at Hopkins) co-hosted a fun celebration in downtown Baltimore for two winter festivals of light: Hanukkah and Diwali. The student groups rented out Ryleigh’s Oyster House for a night full of a whole lot of dancing (especially on my end), food, and loads of fun. Proof that we do go out on Wednesday nights.
FEBRUARY 9 – Mardi Gras
For Fat Tuesday, the HOP put on a celebration in the Glass Pav. We had Cajun food, the JHU Jazz Band playing some smooth tunes, and even some circus performances from the Johns Hopkins Entertainers Club (JHEC)!
MARCH 31 – Spring Garden Party
The Sophomore Class Council put on this awesome event at Gertrude’s, a restaurant inside of the BMA, which is literally right next to campus. All of the Class of 2018 was invited to taste free food from Gertrude’s — which is amazing — and have a good time in some great weather. Also, props to the graphic designer — this is a dope Facebook cover photo.
APRIL 18 – Eat Your Heart Out
Eat Your Heart Out is an all-you-can-eat dessert night that benefits the Alpha Phi Foundation, happening next week! Carma’s baked goods, Greek life pie-eating competitions, and philanthropy — what more can you ask for.