Bigger and brighter were the themes for Homewood's second
annual Lighting of the Quads, held last Tuesday night.
Lampposts across the campus — on Levering Plaza, the
Beach and the Wyman, Keyser and freshman quads — now
twinkle in white holiday lights, courtesy of the Office of
Facilities Management staff. In addition this year, Gilman
Hall's columns are bedecked in holly.
To celebrate as the lights were turned on, more than 300
students, staff and faculty came together to drink hot
chocolate and cider, eat cookies and doughnuts, and listen
to holiday songs played by the JHU Pep Band and pop songs
sung by student a cappella groups the Mental Notes and
The festivities were conceived last year by the
undergraduate Student Council and this year coordinated and
publicized by the Class of 2008.
Paula Burger, dean of undergraduate education and the
university coordinator of the event, said that the new
tradition shows signs of taking hold.
"Each year we want to kick it up a notch: add decorations,
excitement and bring in even more people," Burger said. "I
would love to see 1,000 people from the Hopkins community
gathered in the quads next year for this wonderful