Author Archives: Jim Stimpert

House and Homewood, part II, by Faith Terry

Because I believe the issue of student apathy has been part of our history since the university’s founding, I didn’t think my final project would be complete without discussing the full evolution of student housing and its interaction with student … Continue reading

House and Homewood, part I, by Faith Terry

After beginning my freshman fellowship experience last semester, I found myself with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding student housing. The information I had found during the first half of my project seemed to span a variety of time periods, … Continue reading

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, Professor of Greek

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, Johns Hopkins’ first professor of Greek, was born in 1831 in Charleston, South Carolina, and was orphaned at a young age. Gildersleeve proved to be a precocious child who displayed a hunger for classical learning. His determination … Continue reading

Introducing Our Freshman Fellows: Faith Terry

For the past 5 months, I’ve been discovering what it means to be a student here at Hopkins. From the importance of academics and the shared sense of competition, to locating the steam tunnel entrances and avoiding the lines at … Continue reading

Commencement through the Years

The Johns Hopkins University conferred its first degrees in 1878, two years after our founding (four PhDs). The first undergraduate degrees were conferred in 1879 (three BAs). However, until 1884, there were no Commencement exercises, and it was not until 1886 that … Continue reading

Hopkins’ Spring Fair, A History

As Spring Fair gets under way, here’s a look back at the origins of the annual event. The first Spring Fair took place April 21-23, 1972, an entirely student-run festival. From the earliest days, it has been organized and run by the undergraduate … Continue reading

Coeducation at Johns Hopkins, pt. 2 of 2

As of 1907, female graduate students were officially admitted to Johns Hopkins. Women wishing to attend the School of Arts and Sciences, however, were still refused admittance, and usually were referred to the Woman’s College of Baltimore (now Goucher). Women were … Continue reading

Coeducation at Johns Hopkins, pt. 1

The history of coeducation at Johns Hopkins is a long and – by today’s standards – a not entirely complimentary story. When our founding president, Daniel Coit Gilman, and the original trustees were planning this university in 1875 and 1876, the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Johns!

On May 13, 2015, it was my privilege to speak at the annual birthday celebration held for our founder at Clifton, his country estate. Clifton was given to the University in Johns Hopkins’ will, but the trustees sold it to … Continue reading

Cavalcade of America

Prior to the advent of television, radio was king of broadcast media. Families of at least modest means in the 1930s would gather around their radio set listening to news programs and entertainment. While music and sports were popular, dramatic … Continue reading