For Homewood's Class of 2004, the whirlwind of college life began on Friday, Sept. 2, with two days of move-in accompanied by Baltimore weather so sticky it prompted one participant to liken it to "being in an aquarium." More than a thousand helping hands--courtesy of some 500-plus upperclassmen--eased the burden of unloading cars, whose movement was carefully choreographed because of ongoing construction. President William R. Brody and wife Wendy, always on hand to welcome arriving families, maneuvered along their route this year on scooters.
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, a crisp autumnlike day, 600 new students finished up their orientation period with a Freshman Day of Service intended to introduce them to their surroundings and let them know about nearby volunteer opportunities. Among the 27 destinations, almost all within walking distance of campus, were the Safe and Smart Center, Union Memorial Hospital, the Keswick Nursing Home, Boy Scouts headquarters, the Hampden Family Center and the Wyman Park Dell, where students mulched the playground and planted redwoods.
The day's program was co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, Hopkins' only co-ed service fraternity, and Circle K.
In the evening, the action moved to Shriver Hall for closing ceremonies, which included a performance by the a cappella group Octopedes and two rounds of movies.
Then, in a matter of hours, it was over: Classes began on Thursday.