Hall of Fame:JHU
- 1 2000s
- 2 2010s
- 3 2020s
The Tree Incident
The rope hanging out of the tree in the aftermath.
Session 2 had at least two days where people could switch around activities, called "Monday Fun Day" in week two and "Tuesday Choose Day" in week 3. At the second one, an Aerobie disc got stuck in a tree. More than 50 people were involved in trying to get it down, including several RAs and SRA Ben Vaughn.
The main attempt involved the SRA standing on a chair with a pole fashioned out of many meter sticks connected with masking tape on a lacrosse stick. The SRA tried for more than 10 minutes to remove the Aerobie, to no avail.
There was also a long rope someone managed to get into the tree. It was used by a large line/crowd of people to pull/bend the tree (by about 20 degrees) closer to the pole, which was on the verge of falling apart. Eventually, the pole fell apart and the SRA gave up.
All the while, people were throwing things (frisbees, shoes, balls) at the tree to shake the Aerobie off, with many of the projectiles landing into the crowd behind SRA Ben. One person threw a plastic ball up into the tree, trying to dislodge the Aerobie, but the ball became stuck as well, until the end of the session. The Aerobie and the plastic ball were stuck until (at least) the end of the session, but the rope was removed.
Session 09.2 saw a lot of rain. So much, in fact, that the Gentle Slope never dried once during the entire session. Each time a rainstorm ended and the Gentle Slope began to dry, another rainstorm would come. It became a slippery, muddy, mess of... well, mud. While most kids avoided the "Gentle Swamp," a group of CTYers made a sport out of traveling across the dreaded Swamp: the first person who could slide across the mud on two feet without falling wins. This sport, dubbed "Swamp Sliding," has never been practiced since, primarily due to lack of sufficient rain.
Lady RaRa and the RARAs
Bradley, a popular RA at JHU.10, performed in the CTY Talent Show as Lady RaRa (Lady Gaga with RaRa referring to both RA and the "rah-rah" chant in the song Bad Romance) with a group of female RAs. Together, they danced to Bad Romance, and at a certain point during both performances, RA Eric came out on stage with a mic and "sang" the French part of the song. In all reality, his "singing" was more of "screaming-into-the-microphone." (To those who do not know, Eric has an incomprehensible French accent and is known for being one of the less fun-loving RAs. Thus, this spectacle was hilarious.)
The Not-So-Gentle Slope
During the 10.1 and 10.2 Talent Shows, the RAs showcased a video they had made titled, "The Not-So-Gentle Slope" (in reference to the quad outside of the dorms, the Gentle Slope.) The video was a mystery/whodunit centered around the "murder" of Administrator "Big P" Patrick via a Frisbee to the head. RA Craig, with his assistant RA Bonnie, spends the rest of the three-part movie tracking down various "shady" RAs (such as RAs Erica, Bradley, and Patrick "Little P") in search of clues to Admin Patrick's demise. Finally, Craig puts all the pieces together and reveals the true culprit: His own assistant, Bonnie. As she is dragged off by the CTY police, Bonnie confesses and divulges her reason for killing "Big P": He kept eating all of the cookies with the Oreo pieces baked in them from the cafeteria, leaving her none.
Deleted but not forgotten.
Hot and Cold
The Macroeconomics B class was initially signed up to perform Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold" at the talent show with their TA, Gabe, who was accompanying on a mandolin. Unfortunately, a limited number were informed of the talent show final run-through Sunday morning. Gabe and half the class missed the meeting, resulting in their act being cancelled. Undeterred, the class gathered on the Gentle Slope during social time on Tuesday of the third week with mandolin man Gabe and proceeded to serenade whoever happened to be standing nearby. Their RAs sat close by on the grass and enjoyed the show. Macroeconomics B's singing talents and their TA's mandolin-playing were a sight and sound to behold.
Young Chan took Logic in 11.2 with the Triumvirate, Arlex, and Kevin the Sex Man, among others.
- The illegitimate son of Kim Jong-Il
- Kim Jong-Il himself
- Young Chan the Hungriest Man
- "That smell"
- "Goose me!"
- "What I doing?"
- "I feel insulted"
- "Kill your sperms!"
- "He was eaten... by... Hawaiians."
- "You can be from the future where gays are allowed!"
- "You are my hostage"
- "When's lunch?"
Famous actions include:
- Duct-taping the hand of Henry Hobbs
- Sharpening his Blammo spoon
- Threatening Arlex with rape with said spoon
- Asking Arlex to paint her body in nail polish
- Leaving a wake of odor wherever he went
- Being adept at Aristotilian logic
- Scooting back in his chair
- Orbiting people at random
- Carrying Daniel the Monkey on his back
- Eating everything in sight
- Picking his scabs
- And asking other people to pick his scabs
- Mapping out the class in terms of "nations"
- Coining the nicknames "Arlex," "Mett," and "Muggo"
- Sticking his Blammo spoon to his face
- Tickling and massaging anonymously
- Walking at an angle
- Playing the foreigner card
- Planning parties with lights turning on and off quickly.
- "If you lived in North Korea, you'd be a lot skinnier."
- "Are you sleeping, reading, or staring at someone?"
- "Are you conferencing in Kim Jong-Il with that duck tape on your glasses?"
Young Chan was nominated for CTY Prince by the Triumvirate against Arlex's will, under the campaign slogan of "Young Charlex." He did in fact win - to Arlex's extreme disappointment - but was already en route back to his native food-filled Korean home when the announcements were made. Arlex, as CTY Princess, was happy to not have to dance with the Hungriest Man. Never forget. <3
RA Chris Little's hall, comprised of the Logic and Macroeconomics boys, devised the most successful scandal in Casino Night history. Operation Little's 12 was planned one week prior to Second Saturday. Twomores Matthew Ribel, Ryan Dixon, and Ryan Muggleton masterminded the heist. Hallmates were designated as runners, pilferers, counters, and Ponzi schemists (the macro kids). Matt and Ryan D. were the designated extortionists. By the end of the night, half of the money in circulation had gone through the hands of Little's 12. Due to the enormous triumph, SRA Molly, without evidence, accused the students of stealing. All results were voided and no prizes were handed out.
The First Royalty
12.1 featured the first royalty at JHU session 1 as a result of nevermores being angry over the new rule system and lack of tradition. Nevermore Zoe crowned Mina and Brian Emperors for 2013.1.
The Wrath of Lorenzo
12.1 featured one of the most infamous characters, Lorenzo Bartolini. He was known to invade dance circles, buy extravagant gifts at stores (such as a cane he broke within a week), and is known as one of the funniest students to ever attend CTY JHU. He also coined the phrase "Coloñe."
The Watermelon War
Some students acquired a watermelon and placed it in RA Mario's room underneath his pillow. After finding it, RA Mario took the watermelon and wrote "THIS IS WAR" across the watermelon to show his students the prank war had begun. RA Mario hid the watermelon in RA Jordyn and Cory's hall, and it made its way back into Mario's hall after lights out. It was then decorated with toothpicks and a drawing of a skull and crossbones and rolled into other hallways. Eventually, the watermelon made an appearance in one of the girls' halls.
Take a spoon, take a stand: BLAMMO protests
Coined by Noah from Markus's hall, who started the BLAMMO protests, with Ho Ching from Peter's hall and Leaf from Markus' hall being co-founders of this movement. Spoons were supplied by supposed BLAMMO goddess (Cat Brown) who has no clue what to do with these spoons.
The Pepper Spray Incident
Camper Diya Tekriwal stumbled across a bottle of pepper spray in a room (not her own) in the girls dorms. Bringing the pepper spray back to her room where other girls were getting ready before the last dance, she gave it to Rachel Budd who then convinced the other girls she should spray it to see what would happen. The pepper spray was sprayed on the floor (there is still a stain somewhere in a double in AMR I) and it was then that the girls realized this was some heavy duty pepper spray. Long story short, the entire building was evacuated because no one could stop coughing. The girls swore they would not tell anyone that Rachel had sprayed the pepper spray, but their lie was in vain: you can't drop pepper spray and have it spray. It's impossible.
Two CTYers created a meme account on Instagram, @ctymemes. They created CTY-related memes during night class and reposted many memes made by other CTYers. The account hit the entire Baltimore site and others across the world. It grew to over 700 followers in four days and had 1,200 by the end of the session, beating the CTY Easton account. The two admins were known for walking around with "monkey noodles" and chanting various phrases. In their frequent Instagram stories, they promised a big reward to anyone who could figure out who ran the account. The big reward was given to two separate people. One was a piñata shaped like Squidward that was moldy and full of mayo packets and the other was a piñata shaped like Mike Wazoski that was full of mustard packets. The two owners also sold shoutouts at Casino Night, in addition to large amounts of food and candy. On the last Monday of the session, the owners of the account led a meme-making daily activity.
Hair Dye Incident
A hall of CTYers dyed one person’s hair blue in the bathroom at Willard, getting the sink and one shower curtain blue. The following night, an announcement went out to all halls about not damaging the property and that hair dye is absolutely not allowed, and the site directors went to each hall group to have a Very Serious talk with them. Later in the session, Ronie dyed her hair in the bathroom. She was not caught.
In 22.2, four CTYers dyed their hair in the bathroom as well. They happened to also be from Willard and had the same RA as the group in 22.1. However, they were never caught.
Most John-Hopkinses know that our admin tends to fluctuate between kind of OK to beyond abysmal. Not in 22.1! Although we still get chaperoned by RAs between meals and classes, admin were fully accommodating of traditions, even stating they would only observer Passionfruit and let the students have complete control over how the ceremony panned out. They would also be adequate in supplying supplies for traditions, such as thick glow sticks. Adnin was also completely handled by RAs and occasionally SRAs with no site directors or higher ups getting involved. The RAs themselves were very accepting of tradition with a number of alumni among them. The RAs would frequently not only spread awareness of traditions, but even ask about traditions and their histories themselves, with one particular RA requesting Empress switch to write up tradition summaries in there RA group chat. The SRA himself was an alumnus, and one of the most accommodating faculty members of CTY culture. When he first introduced himself to the Librarian, he stated that traditions were important for the students to enjoy and that the staff wanted to support it as much as they could.
Overall, despite some short-comings among monarchs, JHU had what was probably the best student-faculty relationships in it's history and the best of '22 at any site. This will hopefully continue into the future as admin rethink their values for their students and acknowledge the CTY community.