One might think that winning a rare Fulbright Scholarship in
Great Britain would be the highlight of a young life. But after
a youth marked by upheaval and the isolation of being a stranger
in a foreign country, graduating senior Tang Ho views the grant
more as the next step in what has become, for him, a more
important journey toward wisdom and self-expression.
Tang spent his first 13 years being raised in
Taiwan by his teacher-father. Though his father was demanding and
strict, the two were close, he says, and he knew he was the
center of his father's world. But his father's health had never
been good, and after he was injured in a fall, he believed he
could no longer care for his son.
A retiring Ross Jones tells it like it
There's a scene in the classic movie adaptation of H.G. Wells'
The Time Machine where Rod Taylor's character stares out his
basement window as he maneuvers forward in time. In his direct
line of view is a mannequin in the display window of a women's
clothing store. Staring back and forth from the mannequin to the
time machine's date meter, he watches the evolution of fashion as
conservative long gowns from the turn of the century ultimately
give way to the tight skirts of the late 1950s.
Then, as he moves further ahead in time, he
watches the house around him slowly disintegrate, world wars come
and go, and the city around him transform into a futuristic
metropolis. All the while, the character remains fixed to the
same point strapped inside his invention.
Ross Jones, Hopkins vice president and
secretary, can relate. He may not have access to a time machine,
but like the character in the movie, Jones has stayed in
virtually the same position as time marches on. Since his early
days as assistant to former Hopkins president Milton S.
Eisenhower, Jones has seen 15 buildings erected on the Homewood
campus alone, worked with six university presidents and observed
a homogeneous, all-male student body evolve into the diverse
cultural mix of men and women it is today.
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