Hopkins Freshmen Move in Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 4
A sleepy summer on the Homewood campus and in Charles Village comes to a rousing end Saturday, Sept. 4, when 1,014 Hopkins freshmen arrive for Orientation Week to begin the university s 124th academic year.
By 8:30 a.m., a line of minivans and cars packed with new students, their families and their stuff will have snaked around Charles Street and University Parkway. Shuttles from Dulles and BWI airports to the Homewood campus will run every 15 minutes for the students from 44 states and 23 countries who have decided to fly into town.
As vans and cars make their way to the freshman dorms, more than 500 upperclass student volunteers will help unload and carry all the heavy stuff. Continuing their tradition, President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, will roll through the crowds on their in-line skates to greet parents and students. Faculty members will mingle over coffee and muffins with parents who have wisely allowed the college students to deal with the lifting and unloading.
Baltimore will meet the Class of 2003 Wednesday, Sept. 8, when the freshmen venture out for a service day. Assigned to groups by residence hall, the freshmen will work on community service projects. They will get a soccer field back to shape in Penn Lucy, working with a dance group at Keswick Multicare Center; clean, paint and make badly needed repairs at the destiny of Hope Community Youth Center; clean up parts of the Jones Falls and Stoney Run; make sandwiches for local food shelters or back- to school kits for local elementary schools; and host a lunch and bingo party for area elderly.
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