A Hopkins wonderland
Father Winter blew into town last Thursday, blanketing the
Baltimore region with up to seven inches of snow and
prompting a rare university closing, the first in several
years. With classes canceled, overjoyed Homewood students
broke out makeshift sleds, flung snowballs with wild
abandon and got in touch with their creative sides. Not
just an ordinary snowman will do, thought one
undergraduate; how about a snow Godzilla? It was a brief
respite from exams and work, as the university was back on
normal schedule the next day.
Nanjing Center set for
On a cold, clear day in China last month, representatives
of two universities and two cultures assembled on a flat
stretch of dirt and rubble to celebrate one future and the
physical form it's about to take.
As traditional Chinese music played and
balloons were released into the air, top administrators
from Johns Hopkins and Nanjing universities capped off a
groundbreaking ceremony for a just announced $18 million
construction project for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for
Chinese and American Studies, which opened in 1986.
Preliminary plans call for building an up to
106,000-square-foot addition to the center and upgrading
the existing facilities. Once completed, the structure will
more than double the center's size, transforming "a
compound" into a more conventional academic campus.
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