Greetings once again. The Hopkins Insider has returned with new and exciting content (ok, well at least the entry is new). From the various feedback we received, it seems you all enjoyed learning about the ten-person Admissions Committee. Check the end of this post for a thrilling trivia contest based on those profiles (ok, we all in Admissions think it is thrilling). Right now Shannon, Jameel, John, Erica, Amy, Stacy, Daniel, Rachel, Sherryl, and John are diligently trudging through the largest applicant pool in Johns Hopkins history. The final applicant number is not known yet but check back soon for a complete update on the totals. All that can be said is that we are approaching a number we did not expect, and though we are all quite tired, the quality of this year's applicant pool is providing all of us with the drive and energy to make it through one more month.
Last week was an exciting time to be at Hopkins, and not just because Lacrosse season started. By the way, our top-ranked Men's team defeated Albany 10-8 and tied the record for most consecutive home victories for a Division I Men's Lacrosse team at 37. The 7th ranked Women's team was also victorious, winning 12-8 over George Washington in their season opener. Next week, it is a big double-header as Princeton comes to Homewood field.
What made last week historically memorable though was Commemoration Day, Wednesday, February 22, 2006 marking the 130th anniversary of the founding of The Johns Hopkins University. The celebration of Commemoration Day was a revival of an old tradition at Hopkins, providing the past and present legacy of our fine institution a chance to come together and celebrate the university's distinguished history. Read more about Commemoration Day in this Gazette article. The renewed celebration of the founding of Johns Hopkins is part of a number of initiatives currently underway by the Committee on Traditions. The goal ultimately is to continue to foster the wonderful traditions of Hopkins lore, revive dormant and/or forgotten traditions, and possibly even add some new ones along the way.
In addition to Lacrosse and traditions, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions added to the fervor of the week when we launched the "Spot a Bag" Campaign. Starting on President's Day, visitors to the Homewood campus taking a campus tour will now be offered cool new yellow shoulder canvas bags with a distinct red Johns Hopkins logo. The bags, we hope, will be used by visitors during the day to collect brochures, campus maps, literatures, and maybe some purchases at the Bookstore. As well, students and their families get to take the bags home and help promote the Hopkins name in their hometowns -- hopefully someone will ask about the cool tote bag and the previous visitors can relay stories about their wonderful visit to Johns Hopkins and Baltimore (well, maybe we are a bit ambitious there).
Besides being a neat giveaway, the new bags are also part of an initiative "intended to alert faculty, staff and current students to visitors — and encourage them to make them feel welcome at Homewood." This "Spot a Bag" campaign will aid the current Hopkins population in recognizing visitors while motivating them to say Hello, answer questions, and share their unique perspective of our beautiful and lively campus. Find out more about this campaign in this Gazette article. And don't forget to plan your visit to campus to get one of the bags - see all of our visit options here.
Finally, as mentioned in the opening, the staff has gotten together and compiled a little trivia contest for all of the Hopkins Insider readers out there. The 10 questions are based on the Admissions Committee profiles of the past two months and are meant to be tricky. This is not straight-forward trivia - you will have to read those profiles carefully and do some crafty research.
Hopkins Insider Blog Trivia
Which member of the counseling is most likely to fit the following description...
(1) ...knows who Takahiro Omori is and why he is famous?
(2) ...pays the most for rental cars when on the road for recruitment trips?
(3) ...been visited by a stork, if the proverb holds true?
(4) ...visits with a rodent on a daily basis?
(5) ...can not be disturbed Wednesday nights at 9pm?
(6) ...frequents GNC to purchase 100 weigh chocolate protein shakes?
(7) ...the best person to ask about the factors that contribute to changes in the International Monetary Fund conditionality?
(8) ...showed disappointed because of the Alamo on December 28, 2005 but celebrated with Roses on January 1, 1998?
(9) ...enjoys the song "Starry Eyed Surprise" by Paul Oakenfold?
(10) ...recently had to visit the Department of Motor Vehicle and JHU ID Card office?
*Post your answers (guesses) in the Comments section of this entry.
*Each answer applies to one staff member - so you will have 10 different answers.
*You have until March 15th to post a ballot and the winner will be announced the week of March 20th.
*The winner(s) will have a Hopkins Insider blog dedicated to them and have any questions they have answered by members of the staff. (Sorry the prize is not a scholarship, but you should enter just for the fun of the contest.)