The main "bell tower" of Gilman Hall.
|College||Johns Hopkins University|
|Dates||Session 1: June 21 - July 10 | Session 2: July 12 - July 31|
|Years of Operation||Early 1990s?-1999 | 2001-present|
|Avg. Number of Students||380|
|Humanities||International Politics | Logic | Linguistics | Law and Politics in US History | Newton, Darwin, and Einstein ||
|Writing||Writing Your World|
|Math and Computer Science||Mathematical Logic | Fundamentals of Microeconomics | Macroeconomics and the Global Economy | Probability and Game Theory|
|Science||FPHS Biology | Neuroscience | Genetics | Investigations in Engineering | Astrophysics|
|High Holy Canon||American Pie | Stairway to Heaven | Forever Young|
|High Canon||Don't Stop Believing | Mr. Brightside | Bohemian Rhapsody | Sandstorm | Cha Cha Slide | Come On Eileen | Iris | Tunak Tunak Tun|
|Middle Canon||Wobble Baby | Cotton Eye Joe | Istanbul (Not Constantinople) | I'll Make a Man out of You | Time Warp | Stacey's Mom | Teach me How to Dougie | Bad Romance | Can't Hold Us | Sweet Caroline | Blister In the Sun|
|Lower Canon||Nightswimming | Every Time We Touch | Numa Numa | King of Africa | Satisfaction | Pokémon Theme Song|
|Baltimoreans||Empress and Emperor | Prince and Princess of the Blood | Games God and/or Goddess | Rave Monarch|
|See The Essential CTY for cross-site articles.|
The Baltimore site is located at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. Although it houses the main administration for CTY, it was not made into a site until relatively recently. It is stricter than other campuses as JHU is an open campus in the middle of Baltimore and CTY is terrified that students will be kidnapped or murdered. It has few persistent traditions as the administration tends to resist tradition. Baltimore is notorious among CTYers for passing down controversial new rules, though this is mostly because it houses CTY administration and has little to do with the site itself.
- 1 Site and Campus Overview
- 2 Off-Campus Locations
- 3 Student Life
- 4 Traditions
- 4.1 Nature of JHU Traditions
- 4.2 The Traditions Committee
- 4.3 The Book of Love
- 4.4 The De Amore Libri
- 4.5 The Tarot Cards
- 4.6 The Afterdance
- 4.7 Spirit Days
- 4.8 Chinese Take-out
- 4.9 Passionfruit
- 4.10 Emperors and Empresses
- 4.11 Prince/Princess of the Blood
- 4.12 Games God/Goddess/Deity
- 4.13 Demi-God/Goddess/Deity of Games
- 4.14 Rave King/Queen/Monarch
- 4.15 BLAMMO
- 4.16 19.2 Reformation
- 5 Other Programs
- 6 CTYers
- 7 External Links
Site and Campus Overview
The Homewood campus, where CTY is hosted, is 20 minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Airport and 10 minutes south of Penn Station.
The campus is small, and CTY only uses the northern half of it. This consists of the two AMR dorm buildings, a number of grassy areas, nearby classroom buildings (within a 10-minute walk), and other buildings and quads in the southern third that are used rarely (i.e. Talent Show, dances, opening and closing ceremonies, and Casino Night, though in recent years, those locations have been in closer locations). During Meet Market/other free time, students are to be in either the quad, the dorms, or the dining hall, though in recent years, this has become limited to the dorms and the Gentle Slope.
There are many trees, benches, scenic walkways, and squirrels that crave muffins.
Classes are held in a number of different buildings, as opposed to all sharing one or two buildings. However, most science classes are held in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy (this was changed in 2018 because the building is so far from the dorms), and most Humanities classes are held in Gilman Hall, which is across the Gentle Slope from AMR I. Many classes are located near the Glass Pavilion. As of 2019, a whole-site meeting is held every Sunday before night class.
A map of the campus can be found at http://webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/information_about_hopkins/visitor_information/how_to_get_here/homewood_campus/pdf/campus_map_0907.pdf
AMR I and AMR II
The girls' and boys' dorms are known as AMR I and AMR II, respectively. The two dorms are perpendicular and adjacent to each other on the northeastern corner of the campus (and of the Gentle Slope). They are both C-shaped and both contain a courtyard. Three sides are part of the building, while the fourth is a gate and turnstile. Both quads have tight security and are guarded at all times. To enter either dorm building, one must first pass through a guarded turnstile, which is activated by an RFID card. However, it is possible to enter either building (after going through the turnstile) without using a keycard by going through a roundabout pathway, although the keycard is still required to enter halls from the courtyard. A labyrinth of tunnels and hallways lies beneath the two buildings (and the rest of the campus), including a secret passageway between the two. More information about the buildings can be found at Baltimore/places.
All dorm rooms have one air conditioner (on rare occasions, it is dysfunctional), two desks (with built-in lamps), two windows, two chairs, two wastebaskets, two recycling bins, and no phone or sink. There are two beds with adjustable heights. It is advisable to bring a power strip as power outlets tend to be inconveniently placed. All dorms have either rugs or tiles.
Dorms are usually doubles, but sometimes people are lucky/unlucky enough to get a single or a triple. The singles may come with fireplaces, although it is not advisable that one tries to light a fire. RAs in corner dorms may have huge rooms.
The doors of halls are decorated by RAs. These may range from printed images to drawings to xkcd comics. Halls are physically separated by either stairwell passages or doorway frames.
Bathrooms vary in quality and size depending on location. They range in the number of stalls, sinks, and showers. A hall may share a bathroom with another hall, but this depends on the location of the two.
A storm in 18.2 caused parts of multiple ceilings in rooms within AMR I to collapse. Excessive amounts of empty alcohol bottles were found stashed in the ceiling of a room in AMR I during the same session.
Buildings A and B
In 2011, the girls were not in AMR I due to construction. Instead, they were housed in Buildings A and B right above the Fresh Foods Cafe and were living in suites. There was one bathroom per suite. Unfortunately, the bathrooms were filthy. There were many centipedes, especially in the bathroom at 310. They crawled out of nowhere and hid in the showers. They were disgusting and probably poisonous.
In 2013, McCoy Hall housed both boys and girls. Boys were on the 1st, 5th, and 6th floors while girls were on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The floor is divided up into east and west, and each side gets 3 halls.
Each suite consists of 3 rooms (with a few exceptions) (1 double, 2 single). Inside the suite, separate from the rooms is the "kitchen," where there are cupboards, a sink, a fridge, and a stove. You are allowed to use everything except for the stove. It is advised that when your hall goes to University Market or any other store that you buy a crap-load of junk food, soda, and cups, and store them in your kitchen as nighttime snacks are hard to find (vending machines empty out in a day or two). Every suite's layout is different, but the insides are more or less the same.
You need to walk a mile a day (no joke) from McCoy to the Fresh Foods Cafe, then to the Upper Quad (the Gentle Slope was barely used during 13.1), then to class, then to the FFC for lunch, back, from class to upper quad, to daily activities and back, then to weekly activities then back, then to the FFC and back, and then to class and back, and finally to McCoy.
The Fresh Food Cafe
All CTYers share the Fresh Food Cafe, also known as the FFC. The food is either excellent, bad, or occasionally edible, depending on one's point of view. It can get repetitive, especially for CTYers staying for six weeks. There is a sandwich bar and a salad bar.
During lunch, there is a cooked potato product (usually fries), grilled cheese, pasta, a few types of pizza, hamburgers, desserts, fruit, and a vegan dish. The macaroni and cheese is occasionally good. The fries and grilled cheese are always good, though greasy. Breakfast usually has fresh fruit, meat products, potato products, sausages, pancakes, cereal, bread and bagels, and pastries. The scrambled eggs are not real scrambled eggs, but rather egg powder mixed with milk. There's water ice (or Italian ice if that's what you want to call it) during all meals.
An assortment of drinks are available - various sodas, milk, soy milk, coffee, tea, hot water, and juice. There will occasionally be a chocolate sauce dispenser for making chocolate milk. The water from the soda machines can be sketchy and the juice machines may be out of order for extended periods of time.
Stuff for lactose-intolerant people is stored in a special fridge and a separate section for gluten-free people. Vegetarian and kosher meals are available. Although the dining hall is friendly to many dietary needs, be prepared to bring your own food and eat in the dorms, for the options are not the tastiest, nor are they diverse.
When you're done eating, you put your plate on a small conveyor belt beside the drink machines. It can get crowded quickly, so get in and out as fast as you can to avoid making a huge line.
Service is friendly: on one occasion, after hearing a CTYer say she was going to cry due to a lack of Lucky Charms, a staff member asked if she needed the dispenser to be refilled. There used to be one especially kind lunch lady named Montoya Jackson. She collects Trollies.
One issue with the cafeteria is that lines are often long, even though the lunch schedule is staggered and everyone has an hour for lunch. The long-line problem is compounded by the fact that the cafeteria is weirdly shaped and that it is shared with other programs on campus, usually Precollege, a medical program, and lacrosse camps. CTYers often avoid long lines by first taking food that is in short lines, then coming back for more, or having dessert first, but most endure the lines as they are.
In 13.1, food services were redesigned by a company called Bon Appetit. The food is still great, but fresher/healthier. The onion rings are addicting. Montoya is the best. It is recommended that you stay away from the omelets whenever possible.
In 14.1, the sweet potato fries were a hit. There was also a more-than-average variety of vegan food, although most of it was spicy and it all tasted the same. The fruit assortment was switched out every three days or so, leaving students with sweet but mushy (and every once in a while, moldy) fruit.
In 17.1 and 18.2, the FFC offered popcorn, fresh pretzels, and even had a cotton candy machine during Tuesday lunches. The mac 'n cheese was nauseating, especially the vegan kind (which tasted like grass and was a scary shade of orange) but the grilled cheese sandwiches were good (though greasy). The vegan hamburger patties verge on inedible, but the normal ones are fine. Since the hamburger buns aren't good, most people just take a patty. The brownies are amazing. Note that you can't taste the Oreo in the Oreo brownies, but they tend to be bigger and taste better than the regular ones. If you don't like your brownie to be able to glue your mouth shut, however, it is recommended that you steer clear from the FFC brownies.
In 19.1, it was discovered that braiding hair is not allowed in the cafeteria.
Meet Market is after 9:00 and lasts for 30-0 minutes (usually 45). It's social time on the Gentle Slope and supervised by RAs who are there to prevent and discourage "risque activities." People talk outside, throw Frisbees or footballs, or teach others to rave. Impromptu dances are occasionally held due to the presence of a giant speaker on wheels and an RA who can connect to their phone to it via Bluetooth. In the last two years, however, it's gotten stricter and everyone has to stay in the same part of the Gentle Slope (near AMR I).
During 11.1, while the girls were staying in buildings A & B, the grass above the Fresh Food Cafe was open during Meet Market. There was one RA on duty and both boys and girls were allowed in the area. This grass is much softer than on the Gentle Slope and there are darker spots in the area...
In 13.1 and 13.2, Meet Market was relocated to the Upper Quad. RA security became much more lax, to the joy of many couples.
In 18.1, the sprinklers were known to turn on during Meet Market, which would ruin the mood.
Note to Couples: RAs and SRAs set up a perimeter without loopholes. They will always be within eyesight of couples and have walkie talkies to prevent risque activities. Take this from experience: Make a lot of RA friends, they will be invaluable should you explore your romantic side during your session! - Kevin Lee
This is no longer 100% accurate but the staff are still strict about PDA rules. Be careful.
Each weekend and on some activity days, CTYers can go off-campus on a short walk with their hall or Activity group into the local town. These trips qualify as hall bonding. Halls of the day tend to go off-campus as their reward. In recent years, however, halls have only been allowed to go to the bookstore.
All of these locations can be found on Google Maps.
Current Off-Campus Locations
- Barnes and Noble: This is the university bookstore. There are regular activities to visit the bookstore, which is connected to a Starbucks. The bookstore is where all the JHU sweatshirts, CTY merchandise, and other attire are sold. The Starbucks inside is decent, but lines on weekends may be long during popular visiting times.
- Starbucks: Trips to the local Starbucks are allowed by the less strict RAs. However, as there is already a Starbucks in Barnes & Noble, this rarely happens.
- Insomnia Cookies: 24/7 cookies, but soon was unable to receive deliveries due to allergy concerns. RAs sometimes bring cookies back to their halls to eat, but it is only visited by halls with more laid-back RAs and who do not have students with nut allergies.
- CVS: classic convenience store, never has ramen in stock. A place for CTYers to buy things they may have forgotten to bring. It has a lot of junk food. The CVS is visited by halls with less strict RAs.
There are several grocery stores. RAs know where they are. On the first day, CTYers should go to Eddie's Market or University Store to buy junk food. Directions: Keep walking down past B&N, turn right at the first traffic light and look for the stores.
Former Off-Campus Locations
- Tamber's: An Indian food and diner food restaurant. This is far away but was an auction prize. Note: auctions did not take place 11.2. Nobody went there in 2018.
- Dominion Ice Cream: This has both regular ice cream and specialty ice cream (e.g. vegetable ice cream). Delicious. Students were not allowed to go after 9.2. Not open on Sundays.
- Paper Moon: An eclectic restaurant with lots of knickknacks decorating every wall. The best chocolate cakes (order The Dark Side of the Moon) and friendly service. Bring a camera; take lots of photos, and make sure you go to the bathroom to see the dolls on the toilet. Not accessible to students in 10-present.
- Cloud 9: A clothing shop; bans CTY students from going due to past "bad experiences."
- Inner Harbor: There are a number of stores and sites of interest here, including Barnes and Noble, Forever 21, Wet Seal, etc. and a number of malls and restaurants and other food vendors, and museums (including the National Aquarium in Baltimore). From 10.1 on, students were not allowed to go to the Inner Harbor because it was too dangerous.
- Niwana: This is right across the street from the campus, near the Beach. It has expensive Japanese and Korean food. It was an auction prize in the years of the auction.
- Subway: This is located across the street from the Barnes and Nobles, but again, starting from 10.1, no one ever went there.
- Chipotle: A burrito and taco restaurant. Expensive.
- The Baltimore Museum of Art: This museum is a short walk away from campus. Admission is free, and the exhibits are worth a look. However, in recent years, it has been rarely visited.
- The Rotunda: A tiny movie theater that plays two movies. Most of the stores are closed. The concessions are expensive.
- Coldstone: ice cream.
In 11.2, as a result of the Andrea Administration, off-campus trips were limited to going to the Movie Theatre, Barnes and Nobles, Coldstone, and the University Market. Previously, shopping trips to Hampden were permitted, but this year, early notice was required for that to happen. According to an RA, you had to give "at least 2 weeks of prior notice so that the office can approve the activity."
In 12.1, the only known off-campus trips were limited to Barnes & Noble, the museum, and the University Store, with the exception of one hall that went to Coldstone because they were "married" on Casino night. No shopping trips were allowed despite pestering from several CTYers.
In 13.1, trips to Chipotle, Barnes&Noble, and Coldstone were made, as well as a long walk to see Monsters University or Man of Steel.
1n 14.1, trips to Chipotle, Barnes&Noble, Coldstone and the University Market were made. The second Saturday also had the option to go to the Rotunda to see How to Train Your Dragon or Transformers.
In 15.1, trips to Cold Stone, Barnes&Noble, Chipotle, and University Market were made. The second Saturday also had the option to walk to the Rotunda to see Inside Out or Jurassic World.
In 16.1, trips to Chipotle, Barnes&Noble, Subway, University Market, Starbucks, Pizza Studio, Cold Stone, and the Homewood House were made, though these trips were rare. The reason provided was that legal ratios prohibited large groups from going out.
In 18.1 and 18.2, off-campus trips were banned by DRL Nick except for those to the bookstore. However, some halls still went to CVS and Insomnia Cookies.
While JHU follows the same basic feel of campus life at any CTY site, its environment varies among different years. In general, it is far stricter than other campuses. Part of this is due to it being an open campus in the city, but the majority is due to the vast numbers of administrators present at/around the site. The administration is known not only for its strictness but for suppressing traditions and its inability to handle situations fairly. Notably, in 18.2 the administration failed to appropriately deal with sexual harassment. Students were feeling so unsafe in their classroom that they left, and despite multiple students coming forward, the accused was not removed from camp activities.
Disregarding the administration and strictness, however, Baltimore has the same welcoming and quirky community as any other CTY site. In fact, the community overcompensates for the situation with the administration in a manner that results in a unique and heartwarming CTY experience. In many instances, RAs and students are brought closer together than at any other site, and students support each other throughout the entire CTY experience, forming a beautiful community.
Each weekday has two activity periods. Depending on the session, activities are organized differently. Often, many activities are available for one day, while other activities are available for one-week-blocks (this was abolished in 2016 then reinstated in 2018). Students are sometimes allowed to switch into or out of activities. Before the second week, lists are posted allowing students to write suggestions for next week, and many are taken into consideration with the exception of "shopping trip!" Cloud-watching is the most popular.
In the past, weekend activities have included Casino Night (which always occurs), Music Night, Movie/Red-Carpet Affair, the "Olympics," a Medieval Fair, and the Talent Show.
12.1 saw a Color War, which was confusing because around half of the CTY population did not have the necessary color of clothing. Color War reappeared in 13.1, along with Humans vs. Zombies (which sucked beyond all compare). Color War returned in 18.1, but due to rain, it did not occur in 18.2 and was replaced with a dance.
In 16.1, the weekend activities included the (loosely interpreted) Olympics, Casino Night, World's Fair, Block Party and Movie Night, which sucked. There was also Hall of the Day, which went to the bookstore for one activity period. SRA Cody started an activity called Hiding In Obvious Places, which you should sign up for.
18.1's weekend activities were Movie Day, The First Inaugural CTY Arts Festival, Casino Night, the Talent Show, and Color Wars. 18.2 got, in no particular order, a block party, Movie Day, Casino Night, the Talent Show, and likely a few others.
In 19.1, weekend activities included the usual Casino Night, Movie Night and Talent Show as well as Color Wars, the Amazing Race, and the brand new Self-Care Saturday.
While it's false that the RAs are strict, SRAs may be strict. However, depending on the year, they either don't come out much or are seen hanging around in random places.
Cell phones are not allowed outside of dorms, but most of the staff does not enforce this rule. It only matters if they are used in class or if they become so addicting that CTYers no longer pay attention to staff. RAs may force CTYers to get off their phones and socialize (one event went to the extent of bribing their hall with take-out on the last night), but this rarely occurs.
In 07.2, flashlights and sleepovers were banned, although with a bit of sneaking around and hiding you could manage to get into each others' rooms.
The ban against sleepovers has been removed as of 08.1.
In 13.1, sleepovers were once again banned due to fire hazards, but because of the new hall layout, this was easy to bypass. Neighboring dorm rooms could also tap messages with Morse Code through the wall. Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin, and Ibuprofen were all confiscated by RA's, but it's handy to stash a few in your pillow or wardrobe just in case. However, a vending machine provides such medication.
In 11.1, the only strict person on site was the site director, who was never seen.
In 11.2, Site Director and Counselor kicked out three people on the second day and put many more people on probation during the days after. Let it be known that this is WAR. User:Digiflex This year, Scheduled Presence was implemented. It involved RAs standing/sitting at set locations. No one was allowed outside when there wasn't Scheduled Presence without the accompaniment of a staff member. Going down to do your laundry during the weekends was not allowed unless there was Scheduled Presence. Neither was going past the turnstiles one minute before 7:30 to go to breakfast.
The Academic Counselor, Gabby Coranza, was a key issue. 2011 was Gabby's first year working for CTY and on the first day, she had already made herself unpopular. She tried to interfere with student life as she might have thought that a tight-knit community meant a closed and exclusive group. She asked prying questions, like whether two sisters involved others in their fights, often provoking outraged responses.
12.2 saw the return of the notorious Andrea Administration. Scheduled presence remained in place and tighter than ever. Visits to Coldstone were a rare privilege, and so were the opportunities to order out from Chipotle. For a couple of halls, visits to Niwana and PaperMoon Diner were no longer existent, as was ordering Chinese takeout due to the peanut allergy policy. However, other halls were given permission to go to any shops in the surrounding neighborhood, including Niwana, Coldstone, Chipotle, and Dominion Ice Cream. Students were no longer allowed to leave for and from breakfast, dinner, and lunch by themselves. Dinner and Breakfast shifts were implemented. Because of impending thunderstorms, a day of study hall was canceled and instead replaced two daily activities the following week.
In 13.1, strictness from previous sessions was lessened, although scheduling was tight since CTYers weren't allowed to go back to the dorms during the day because they were about a mile away due to construction. A few trips were made to Coldstone, Chipotle, and the bookstore.
14.1 had an abundance of strict RAs, and the contrast between having a strict and not-so-strict RA was huge. This included physically parting couples (and not-couples) during slow-dances, leaving room for Jesus and all of his apostles, as well as jeopardizing sleepover privileges as common consequences, and getting in trouble for minor swear words. Everything depended on your RA, but other attributes of strictness included making girls in crop tops and high-waisted shorts change, not letting students visit other (not-neighboring) halls during free time, and cutting back on weekend outings. RAs who were strict outnumbered those who were a bit more, well, understanding of teenagers, and thus, it was a terrible year for making friends out of your class/hall. Students would be reprimanded for having cell phones out during free time/activities, PDA of any sort (dances and not, ranging from holding hands and hugging to platonic cheek kissing to tongue kissing) were all banned. An RA had to be within about ten feet of you at all times.
The breakfast and dinner schedules are the worst act to be implemented at CTY as it inhibits the ability for interpersonal interactions and the blossoming of new friendships (which used to be a focal point for CTY, along with its primary focus of the pursuing of academic talent.) Dress code was strict, girls would be made to change if skirts/shorts were viewed to be 'too short', you would be made to change, crop tops (or anything showing midriff) were prohibited and there were RAs who had problems with spaghetti straps.
Activities were also banned should it be viewed as 'too hot' or if there were an impending storm (that would be obvious to anyone who looked that wouldn't come until at least after activities). Because of this, 40% of activities were banned and students had to stay in their halls - a nuisance, because, as mentioned before, cross-hall visits were not allowed.
16.1 had the best RAs and none were strict. However, site manager Lesa handed down tough regulations, making it difficult for them to give students freedom. PDA was reprimanded by the annoying first years, but RAs intervened. Swear words and "friendly but offensive banter" was common, and cell-phone use was unregulated. There was little cross-hall connection as sleepovers or movement into other halls was forbidden. A lot of people preferred rain days over activities, a testament to how boring some were. Kind RAs included Trent, Patty, Paul, Beth, Sarah, and Holy Emperor Jeff. The SRAs, Deans and Site Director were also nice, with the admin participating in activities such as Random Acts of Senseless Dabbing, led by Markus.
17.1 was full of chill and laid-back RAs, but rules like "you must always be in eyeshot or earshot of an RA/TA" meant students could not walk anywhere alone, even if it was a few paces ahead of the hall. That was the only annoying rule. Many RAs would allow you to join other halls for a bit as long as there was a RA there. No takeout was allowed, and the only restaurants/shops students were allowed to go to were Chipotle, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, and CVS. Also, there were a lot of newbies that year, which led to confusion about tradition, one being that during Stairway to Heaven, no one slow danced but instead created an outer circle because people thought Stairway to Heaven meant it was time to prepare for American Pie. The SRAs, Deans, and Site Director were all nice, but no one knew who the Dean and Site Director were as they pretty much never interacted with students. SRAs were chill and most used to be RAs, so they knew how to interact with teens (wow, gasp!).
18.1 had sleepovers and off-campus trips banned, to the frustration of all. The sleepover ban was lifted for the final night of the session, but many halls were able to get away with ISOs provided they were not so loud that their RA could no longer ignore it.
18.2 had a lot of problems. The Baltimore site has always had problems with the administration following the letter of the law regarding rules, but in 18.2 this was taken to a new level. Beyond the standard tightening of already strict regulations (sleepovers were not allowed except for the last night and students were not allowed to set foot off campus), the administration targeted students, in particular the Princess of the Blood, and failed to properly deal with bullying, unsafe classroom environments, and sexual harassment.
The standard rules and regulations were present and stronger than any other year: Sleepovers were banned every day except the last, although there were RAs that allowed sleepovers as long as their students were quiet. Off-campus trips to everywhere except for the bookstore were banned, however, it was common to see halls in the CVS when they won hall of the day. Most RAs did not follow every little rule to a t, but SRAs were strict. One SRA told a hall of girls that they couldn't play Cards Against Humanity, for example, but this rule was broken in the second week.
19.1 had strict rules on sleepovers, but some RAs stopped caring by the second week. The basic rules were to be asleep by 11:00 PM, only to have them on Saturday nights and no more than four to a room, which led to many ISOs. On the final night, students were not allowed to have sleepovers. This rule was not followed. Off-campus trips were allowed only to the bookstore and Starbucks once a weekend and for Hall of the Day. This was awarded for good behavior but was suspected to be an excuse for SRAs to tell halls what they were doing wrong. Cards Against Humanity wasn't allowed, but even the strictest of RAs gave up on that rule. BLAMMO, yet again, was banned at the site, because it "disrupted the other programs". RAs, TAs and teachers were not allowed to participate in any shape or form in spirit days. The SRAs, in general, were pretty relaxed, but the strictness of RAs varied. Halls were required to stay together at all times and stick to their RAs like glue at risk of being kidnapped or assaulted. One student was kicked out in the second week due to rumored violence.
Dances have specific themes (e.g. The 80's, Beach Party, Black-and-White, Rubik's cube, Summer Semi-Formal, Jungle Safari, Hollywood, etc.). However, this does not have a significant effect on the music played (one exception was the 80's Dance, in which a larger amount of older songs was played). Music played at the dances tends to be pop. The dances usually take place in the Glass Pavilion but are sometimes at the Gentle Slope. Students should bring a polo shirt (or anything more formal), as more than half the camp dresses up.
The last dance is formal. Here, the CTY Prince and Princess (CTYers) are announced, along with the CTY King and Queen (RAs). This tradition, however, may have been forgotten.
Rules about dances are enforced, but sometimes not strictly.
At 08.1 and 08.2, there was grinding at impromptu dances, but people would crowd around them to make them hard to detect. Several dances were in front of either AMR I or AMR II.
In 09.1, "Stairway to Heaven" was not played because almost all RAs were new and had not been former CTYers. Couples were monitored by RAs.
In 09.2, an Afterdance was started by a group of Lancaster squirrels.
In 10.1, Forever Young and Birdhouse In Your Soul were played in addition to American Pie and Stairway to Heaven at the last dance. Both American Pie and Stairway to Heaven were played at all 3 dances although Stairway to Heaven was played as the 3rd or 4th to last song at the first dance. The Afterdance was not continued from the previous year.
In 10.2, Forever Young, American Pie and Stairway to Heaven were played at all the dances, thus making Forever Young a new tradition for Baltimore. Afterdances were continued by Empress of Passionfruit Trinity (her name, not an affiliation with Lancaster's Trinity) and a fifth of the students attended. As such, the Empress and the JHU Traditions Committee (see below) formalized traditions such as BLAMMO, Love-Tape Day, and left the song Tunak-Tunak-Tun open for possible canonization in the coming year.
In 11.2, Forever Young, American Pie and Stairway to Heaven were played at all dances. However, there was a surprising lack of canon compared to last year's dance. The only canon played at the dances were Forever Young, American Pie, Stairway to Heaven, and Everytime We Touch. Much dance music was played, like Cali Swag District's Teach Me How to Dougie, Jerk, and L.M.F.A.O's Party Rock Anthem. Due to the abnormal amount of couples, RAs were assigned couples to watch, but there was grinding, kissing, and other activities happening regardless. Note to couples: Anything more than a kiss should be done in the corner of the movie theater downstairs from the Glass Pavilion or the broom closet next to the bathrooms.
In 12.2, Forever Young, American Pie, Stairway to Heaven were played at all dances. Everytime We Touch was also played. It should be noted there are additions to the JHU canon - Wobble Baby is played at every dance and is enjoyed by CTYers.
In 13.1, Forever Young, American Pie, and Stairway to Heaven were played at all the dances along with Wobble Baby, Low, Cupid Shuffle, and Everytime We Touch and I'll Make a Man Out of You at the last two. Students were DJs at the second and third dances.
In 13.2, Forever Young, American Pie, and Stairway to Heaven were played at all the dances, along with Wobble Baby, Cupid Shuffle, and Tunak Tunak Tun. So was King of Africa, opening it up as a potential canon song.
In 14.1, Forever Young, American Pie, and Stairway to Heaven were all played. Wobble Baby, Low, Cotton Eye Joe and Fancy were played at every dance as well. The RAs were strict, monitoring couples and walking around the masses of people during the dances, prying couples apart. Some RAs even went as far as to stop the traditional slow dance method of girls' hands on guys' shoulders and guys' hands on girls' waist and made the guys put their hands much higher.
In 15.2, Corey was notorious for walking through the couples and groups of dancers in order to prevent PDA. According to the skit at the start of the session, PDA could make others feel uncomfortable or queasy. Corey and another RA demonstrated this in a skit at the start of the session. Lots of canon was played, as well as the famous Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up, a popular American song.
In 16.1, 17.1, and 17.2, Forever Young, American Pie, and Stairway to Heaven were all played.
In 18.1, Sandstorm, Tunak Tunak Tun, Wobble, Everytime We Touch, Fireflies, Mr. Brightside, Forever Young, Stairway to Heaven, and American Pie were played at every dance.
In 18.2, several students at the last dance changed the words of "Good Riddance" by Green Day from "It's something unpredictable but in the end is right" to "It's something predictable but in the end is wrong" and screamed "Consent first" rather than "Right foot first" in American Pie due to events occurring at the time. Mr. Brightside, Forever Young, Stairway to Heaven, and American Pie were all played. Iris was played at all but the first dance. For the actual canon played, everything was played according to the Book of Love. (High holy played every dance, most of the high canon, a fair amount of middle and low canon.) Many forevermore RAs played additional canon that they felt was special. RA Alexis (Carlisle Empress 14.1) was the DJ for the last dance and was told by another RA to remove some of the canon on the playlist as there was "too much."
In 19.1, Tunak Tunak Tun, Everytime We Touch, Low, Wobble Baby, Cupid Shuffle, Forever Young, Stairway to Heaven, and American Pie were played at the dances. Cotton Eye Joe was played at the first dance, but none of the others. The fill-in empress took it upon herself to revive the rave circle by teaching at an activity and handing out glowsticks, so there were twelve ravers at the last dance who could do at least two-beat. Sandstorm was played at the last two dances for ravers. Slow dancing was allowed and RAs tended to not care as much about PDA rules. A few students messed up American Pie at the second dance by running in too early, but it ended up fine. There was no Afterdance, but the Traditions Committee revived the chant through the tunnel. It rained at the first and last dance, and because of the "you get struck by lightning if you go outside during a storm" rule, many halls were late to the dances.
In 07.2, sleepovers were banned. This was due to a conflict in rules - CTY administration did not allow sleepovers without transportation of mattresses, while JHU housing did not allow transportation of mattresses due to its classification as a fire hazard. However, in 08.1 and 08.2, this was resolved - CTYers could sleep over on weekends if they moved their sheets/blankets, but not their mattresses.
Depending on the RA, it is possible to have discreet sleepovers on illegal nights. Sleepovers on the last night of 08.2 were banned, angering nevermores.
In 09.1, RAs were told that site admin would be patrolling the hallways between 12:00 and 3:00 AM, but this never happened. As a result of this deception, sleepovers happened without disturbances.
In 11.1, sleepovers were allowed. On the last night, it wasn't, but RAs looked the other way.
In 11.2, sleepovers were allowed on weekends. However, illegal sleepovers during the week were easy to have in the girls dorms where there were suites. Inter-suite sleepovers happened nearly every night without notice by the RAs.
In 13.1, sleepovers were deemed illegal, but this rule was not strictly upheld on the weekends.
In 13.2, campers were told they could have sleepovers on the weekends if they traded roommates with other people in the hall. This was done many times, but illegal sleepovers on weeknights were also carried out without problems as the RAs checked to see if your was room was dark by the lights-out time by looking at the door cracks instead of entering the room and accounting for all of the people who were supposed to be in it.
In 16.1, sleepovers were allowed on the weekends.
In 18.1, sleepovers were banned for the session until the ban was lifted for the last night of the session although limited to four people per room.
In 18.2, sleepovers were allowed on the last night but banned for the rest of the session. Many RAs, however, allowed sleepovers each weekend and as well as during the week. There was an instance where a group of girls were caught having a sleepover at 1:00 am by patrolling RAs but were let off for doing 20 jumping jacks in the hall instead.
19.1 had strict rules on sleepovers, but some RAs gave up on caring by the second week. The basic rules were to be asleep by 11:00 PM, only to have them on Saturday nights and no more than four to a room, which led to many ISOs. On the final night, students were not allowed to have sleepovers. This rule was not followed.
The following article is obsolete. However, it may become useful if sleepovers become banned again (and also on the last Thursday). How to Survive an Illegal Sleepover
Nature of JHU Traditions
The Baltimore campus does not easily maintain tradition. As Hopkins' open campus is in a larger city than most other CTY sites, increased strictness is expected. However, the majority of difficulty arises from the administrators inspecting and coordinating the site. The combination of unyielding restrictions and lack of administration desire to maintain traditions results in roadblocks.
Anyone looking to further traditions at Baltimore is welcome and appreciated. Given the difficulties, it is best for Baltimoreans to seek help from previous royalty or traditions leaders who have dealt with the administration and regulations in the past.
The following is a list of Baltimoreans who are open to questions:
- If you've been involved in Baltimore traditions in the past and want to help out future generations, feel free to add your name! -
- Amelia Orwant - 5 sessions at Baltimore over 4 years. 18.2 Princess, 19.2 Empress
The Traditions Committee
In 10.2, a student, Rachel, and her friends, along with the Empress of the Passionfruit Trinity, established the Traditions Committee. The purpose of this Committee was, and is, to a) preserve what little tradition JHU has, b) expose the staggering number of first-time CTYers to such traditions, and c) to discuss matters such as adopting new traditions, etc. Although student-run, two RAs attended all meetings for supervision and administrative help. The Traditions Committee is led by the reigning Emperor/Empress of Passionfruit. It is advised that anyone going to JHU join this committee in 11.2 (to be led by Karl Heinlein, Empress Trinity's successor) and anyone going to 11.1 fight to have the committee established in that session as well.
A Traditions Committee was not set up 11.1 due to the large number of squirrels. While no RAs would endorse it, most veteran admins (ie, Admin Patrick) support and endorse the Traditions Committee.
No Traditions Committee was in place during 11.2, but Karl, along with many others, created a tight-knit community that formed 3 successful rounds of Blammo, 2 afterdances, and a Passionfruit. Next year's JHU Session 2 Emperor AND God is Ryan Muggleton (there is debate whether or not he will be able to fulfill this role).
During 12.1, several nevermores decided that the lack of tradition had to be stopped. Zoe, head of the nevermores, elected an Emperor and Empress to bring tradition to 13.1.
During the Passionfruit of 12.2, Joe C, the "self-appointed" God of BLAMMO, crowned Indie Page Goddess of BLAMMO. Molly, a flying squirrel from LOS and CAR, crowned Amanda S. Empress of the Passionfruit. While all artifacts are still in 11.2 Emperor/God, Karl's possession, there is much determination to restore tradition to JHU. Plans are underway to bring back Love Tape day, Goth Day, and finalize a list of Canon.
[Update] The lost artifacts have been recovered by the Goddess of BLAMMO. All hail. Spoon.
The Traditions Committee was governed and regulated by Cody, the Dean of Residential Life, in 16.1. The committee didn't do much other than complain and had an abundance of squirrels.
Though the traditions committee has not been student-run in a while, in 18.2, it failed to meet. As Cody was no longer the DRL, there was no official traditions meeting. Instead, the Empress, Lynne, discussed tradition with SRA Cindy.
During 19.1, the traditions committee met once. They revived one tradition: the tunnel chant. They also finalized a Spirit Day schedule.
In 19.2, the "traditions committee," still run by the DRL, met to discuss, among other topics, the placement of spirit days and the broad concept of CTY tradition. The administration was polite towards students' desires and the discussion was nice, but nothing was resolved. A lot of the discussion points introduced from the administration centered around the cultural danger or potential exclusivity of traditions rather than the logistics or continuation of traditions. A small number of students attended, and many were squirrels or flying squirrels, but a lot of traditions information was presented by Empress Amelia.
The Book of Love
The Book of Love is a book filled with all the Baltimore traditions that is passed down from Empress to Empress and Emperor to Emperor. Originally it was just the Empress, but a second copy was made. The first copy was made by Empress Amanda Sin and has been passed down to this day. In 2017, the Emperor's copy was lost in the mail, and a new copy was made by 18.2 monarch Lynne Kim. The Empress' copy has been the same since its creation. Each Empress has added their own entry to the book and it details the history of tradition at Baltimore as well as what CTY has meant to each monarch.
The De Amore Libri
This book was created in 19.1 and is similar to The Book of Love that is used in session two. The title "De Amore Libri" is "Book of Love" in Latin (courtesy of our unreliable Lord and Savior, Google Translate). Empress Claire wrote the book in order to help the next Empress, who, going against tradition, was a squirrel. It is a complete guide on everything one needs to know to be Empress and details JHU traditions. The book is intended to be handed down from Empress to Empress and will help to continue and grow traditions.
The Tarot Cards
The Tarot Cards are handed down from Empress to Empress at the Passionfruit each year at Baltimore session 2. It is traditional for the Empress to read students' fortunes at Casino Night.
18.2 Empress Lynne Kim and Princess of the Blood Amelia Orwant decided that this was a good tradition to bring in from the many other sites which participate. After each dance, while going through the tunnel from the Glass Pavilion towards the dorms, students chant the following as loud as they can:
CTY has a nice butt CTY we love you Give us your souls Give us your souls CTY we love you
There was a lot of participation.
By 19.2, with the efforts of Empress Amelia and Princess Lena as well as their entire hall and a few other motivated students, participation grew. A lot of the difficulty was not with a general desire to participate but with understanding. Many students didn't understand the importance of the chant and, even if they wanted to join, many didn't know the words. Future royalty should teach the chant at social time and during traditions activities. It's important to get a critical mass of people chanting to encourage others to join in. Try to get as many people lined up along the side chanting with a few trusted allies marching with the crowd.
Clothing Swap Day
In 07.1, Drag Day was nonexistent. Five or six kids participated (one of them on the wrong day).
In 07.2, students were forbidden from participating in drag day.
In 08.1, students organized a drag day. However, RAs were forbidden from participating, and the administration did not organize it. It was impromptu and organized by students. Many students participated in this spectacular event. Fake 'marriages' happened throughout the day and many hearts were broken as "boys" dumped "girls" and other confusions happened.
In 08.2, it was less concerted and organized.
In 09.1, Drag Day happened with a small (less than half the camp) turnout and was held on Second Wednesday. RAs were still forbidden to "encourage OR discourage it." About 1 in every 10 kids dragged. Paul's hall was forbidden from participating "because it might be insulting." Most other halls were not expressly forbidden.
In 09.2, Drag Day was not endorsed by the administration but was allowed to happen, with a turnout of about one-third of the students.
In 10.2, Drag Day was neither endorsed nor prohibited by the administration, although it had a single restriction on attire: no bra-stuffing for males. The turnout was about one-third of the student body. It occurred on the second Wednesday.
In 11.1, Drag Day occurred on the second Monday, and most of the student body participated. Students spread the word a week in advance and the exchange of clothing happened up until that Monday. RAs pretended not to know about the event and neither endorsed nor discouraged it. Boys were seen in skirts and dresses, some in heels and a bra, though the exchange of underclothes has been forbidden in the past years. Many more girls participated than boys and some were mistaken for actual boys (which they were delighted about). This was the birthday of "swag walks" and "bro food."
In 11.2, Drag Day proceeded as per the norm and occurred on the second Tuesday. RAs pretended to know nothing about it but the instructional staff did say some things, especially the LAWP class as they were about to discuss gay rights. There was a lot more participation compared to 10.2. A couple of Lax Bros were surprised by the sight of nevermore Jaime in a halter-neck Mexican dress, nevermore Kyle in jeggings and a tight T-shirt, and jaw-dropping looks by many other courageous men.
In 12.1, a few returning CTYers participated, but many squirrel-y CTYers must have forgotten and moved it to another day (for them), which was confusing. It was an impromptu drag day created via texting after hours.
In 12.2, Drag Day had the lowest turnout since 09.2.
In 13.1, many were discouraged from participating in Drag Day because SRAs felt it was disrespectful, but this was ignored.
In 14.1, all students had to go through a hall meeting regarding rules and regulations about Drag Day, and there was a general air of the event being discouraged. Most students participated, except RAs took away from the well-known purpose of entertainment, making guys change if they had bras showing or if what they were wearing was deemed inappropriate.
In 16.1, Drag Day was implemented, but there was a notice beforehand that the purpose was not to entertain but to show solidarity and thus any jokes made would have consequences.
In 17.1, Drag Day was celebrated by most of the camp as a part of spirit week. It was created to appreciate the LGBTQ+ community. Anyone who wore anything offensive and/or discriminating was forced to change, but the RAs didn't enforce that rule as no one was forced to change. Overall a fun day where shy boys were skirts and headbands :)
In 18.1, Gender Bender day was celebrated on the Second Thursday. Love Tape Day was also celebrated during the second week.
In 18.2, the day was celebrated with much debate over what to call it. The administration tried to enforce the name "Cross-Dress Day" despite many students and RAs voicing worries about the implications of a binary gender system associated with that name. The majority of students and RAs called this spirit day "drag day" or "gender bender day." It was also pointed out that "drag day" might have problems since what CTY was doing was not drag, or that "gender bender day" might imply the clothes were part of the gender. Overall, RAs and students agreed that "Cross-Dress Day" would be an offensive name while either of the other two names had smaller issues in interpretation. However, the administration persisted in calling it "Cross-Dress Day" and even used the problematic phrase "opposite gender" multiple times in hall meeting announcements.
In 19.1, Gender Bender Day was on the last Wednesday. Crops tops and midriffs were not allowed on guys, and RAs stated that the day was for solidarity for the student in the 90s and was not a joke. Approximately 40% of the students participated. The LAX Bros tried to start a fight with a few male Engineering students and complained to the Head of Site. Their complaint was ignored.
19.2 Swap Day went well. RAs incorporated a description of the spirit day written by students in the hall meeting script. Students were warned to take the day seriously as a show of solidarity. Participation was less than previous years, but still significant, especially amongst the royalty members' friends.
Goth Day, alternatively known as Goth/Emo/Punk Day at Baltimore, is celebrated the same as at any other campus. However, it is not tradition to write "Forevermore '09" as it is at Carlisle.
Love Tape Day
Love Tape Day at Baltimore has had varying levels of participation depending on the year. RAs in the past provided tape to the many squirrels at Baltimore, but many no longer do or are allowed to.
In 17.2, masking tape was provided to all students by their RAs
In 18.2, it was announced that RAs would be handing out masking tape, but not all did. Many people heard all staff were banned from participating. The Princess of the Blood and the Empress also brought extra duct tape to hand out.
In 19.1, students were under the impression that RAs would be supplying them with tape. They did not have said tape, but the Empress brought extra to share - almost seventy mini rolls that she made herself. In the end, between the tape from the Empress and some people bringing their own, many students participated and it was a success.
Towel Day at Baltimore is held on the final Thursday of camp. It is tradition to blast or sing It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M. on this day and to carry around a towel as an homage to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which preaches that a towel is the most useful thing to bring on intergalactic travels, even to the end of the universe (here, the final day of CTY).
It is a tradition for the older halls to order Chinese take-out food on Friday and Saturday nights. Some RAs allow ordering Chipotle, in which case he/she will have to pick it up with a few students.
In 12.1, despite the abundance of take-out menus around campus, no hall succeeded in ordering Chinese due to precautionary measures against "severe peanut allergies". This was protested, although some halls such as Peter's hall ordered in Japanese food.
In 13.1, Chinese take-out/Chipotle/pizza was popular on the last night of camp because everyone was too busy packing and getting ready for the last dance to be bothered to go to Fresh Foods.
In 16.1 and 16.2, this tradition was nonexistent.
As of 18.2, ordering takeout is not allowed at Baltimore. In protest, RAs ordered pizza and Insomnia Cookies for their halls under the guise of ordering it for the staff or themselves. One RA bribed their hall to be more social with the promise of chicken wings on the last night. (This did in fact occur and the Buffalo Wild Wings were eaten in a room whose door did not open into the main hallway.) Since students were not allowed off campus in 2018, Insomnia Cookies were acquired in a number of creative ways with help from the staff (including "going on a slight detour" to the shop while on a trip to the bookstore). In addition to RAs and instructors buying some for their halls, during official trips to the bookstore for Hall of the Day and buying/returning textbooks, students were brought to Insomnia Cookies.
In 19.1, this tradition was still banned.
Still banned 19.2, however sneaking Insomnia Cookies became a budding new JHU tradition among a few halls.
Passionfruit doesn't happen consistently--it always occurs, but the various sub-traditions associated with it change depending on the RAs running it. However, it always involves passionfruit juice.
Nevermores/RAs from other sites may bring in traditions for a certain session (e.g. election of an Emperor/Empress or writing out "CTY <insert year here>" with empty cups after Passionfruit). Students who have not attended Passionfruit before may or may not end their speeches with "I love CTY and I love the Passionfruit", even though they should.
In 13.1, Passionfruit was held indoors due to rain.
In 16.1, Cody revealed to the Traditions Committee that the "Passionfruit juice" was a combination of various punches. In the Main Office during 16.2, however, only one type of punch was seen.
In 18.1 and 18.2, the passionfruit juice was pretty much tasteless warm red Kool-Aid. The blue cooler that contained the juice was too large to fit in a sink, so RAs had to fill it with water from a shower in an AMR 1 storage room (hence the warm temperature).
In 19.1, Passionfruit was held at 5:30 on the quad outside of AMR 1. The juice was SRA Emily's fruit punch recipe. It was cold and held in two coolers. Nobody sat down because the grass was wet, but there were many excellent toasts. The tradition is for Nevermores and Nomores to make toasts, but other students also toasted. Many people cried. Every toast ended with "I love CTY and I love the Passionfruit". Some students, after drinking too much fruit punch, discovered it made your mouth dry.
19.2 Passionfruit was organized with wonderful help and support from the administration. They organized announcements and provided supervision and passionfruit juice without trying to interfere in proceedings, a perfect precedent for future administration. Speeches went well, with new royalty positions and appointments introduced seamlessly except for the fact that a couple of appointees were neither present nor awake. Most speakers could not remember "I love CTY and I love the Passionfruit," but many optimistic speakers mumbled something about "CTY the passionfruit." The tradition of spelling out "CTY 19.2" with passionfruit juice cups was upheld and the smashing went, well...smashingly.
Emperors and Empresses
Much like at other sites, the Empresses and Emperors help run spirit days, Passionfruit, as well as advocate for canon and other traditions. At the Baltimore site, they fight to bring back lost traditions and to maintain those that are already there. At Baltimore, there is, in theory, always one Empress and one Emperor. Though the titles themselves are gendered, the positions are not; A student of any gender can be Empress or Emperor. During 09.2, Trinity King was appointed as both Empress of Passionfruit and Goddess of BLAMMO.
During 10.2, Chris Yi was appointed as Emperor of Passionfruit and Karl Heinlein was appointed as God of BLAMMO. Chris announced he would not be attending 11.2, so Karl was elected to both positions.
During 11.2, there was a scarcity of elders. Those who did have seniority did not attend the next year. Ryan Muggleton was appointed to both positions. Ryan, after consulting the other two members of The Triumvirate, Ryan Dixon and Matthew Ribel, decided to resign due to their prior obligation to attend Carlisle the next year. Karl is in possession of the Emperor's Hat, the Emperor's New Shoes, the Duct Tape Tie, the Holy Triton, and the Tome of Blammo. (The second and third articles mentioned in the previous sentence were donated courtesy of the Ryans' Hollander Haberdashery.) A search committee is out to find a replacement. Please contact Karl Heinlein on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
During 12.2, Joe Chartouni was the "self-appointed" BLAMMO God and was also Emperor of the Passionfruit. BLAMMO was reinstated around Second Sunday. 30-45 people attended Passionfruit, which was conducted in a makeshift Carlislean manner, with the inner circle of Nevermores and Nomores leading the ceremony. However, Molly, a flying squirrel from LOS and CAR, was given the chance to lead Passionfruit instead. Having taken up the powers of the Passionfruit, she decided to crown Amanda Sin as the new Empress of Passionfruit.
In 13.1, previous Emperors Mina and Brian crowned Nazli and Aliza Empresses for 14.1.
In 13.2, previous Empress Amanda Sin crowned Michael Todd as both Emperor and BLAMMO god.
In 15.1, Empress Josie and Emperor David had a lot of trouble finding a student who wasn't a squirrel, wasn't a nomore or nevermore, and was planning to return, so the new Emperor/Empress will be crowned by the people, for the people, in 16.1.
In 15.2, the Emperor/God Milo crowned Tea as the Empress of Passionfruit, and he also crowned a God of BLAMMO.
In 16.1, BLAMMO was outlawed by the Site Manager. In response to this, Cat Brown, the 16.2 Goddess of BLAMMO, decided not to crown a successor. She instead chose Tea, the Empress of the Passionfruit, to crown two successors. Tea crowned Jessica Shannon and Neal Krishna as Empress and Emperor. To equally divide her artifacts, Tea copied down the entire Book of Love and gave that copy to Neal.
Neal was a flying squirrel, having spent his first two years at Saratoga, 3 sessions. He double-sessioned at JHU the year he was appointed Emperor (his 3rd year). He was unable to return to JHU 17.1 or 17.2, instead having to go to Lancaster and Carlisle, respectively. He still possesses the Book of Love. Jess was also unable to return to JHU.
That same year, Joshua Kim was appointed BLAMMO God, yet he again could not return to CTY 17.1 due to an unforeseen age restriction. He was Neal's roommate during 15.2 at Saratoga (or 15.1). Neal was also appointed Frisbee God at JHU 17.2, being on a varsity team in his hometown in Massachusetts, and having played on the 14.2, 15.1, and 15.2 SAR staff games. There was no staff game at JHU in either 16.1 or 16.2. He hopes to pass the Book of Love down to a trusted friend when they are old enough.
To keep the traditions going, Jess mailed the book to Shelby, whom she and Tea had dormed with in 16.2. Shelby went to JHU.
At Passionfruit 17.2, Shelby, the only royal, appointed Lynne Kim as Emperor and Kathlyn Archibald-Drew as Empress. Because she only had one Book of Love, it was given to Kathlyn. Lynne and Neal were in the same Logic class at 15.2 SAR, so Neal promised to send her the Book of Love through the mail. But it got lost in the mail. May it rest in peace. After the session ended, Kathlyn appointed Amelia Orwant as her Princess of the Blood. Unfortunately, Kathlyn was unable to come back to CTY 18.2, but Lynne and Amelia returned.
At the end of Passionfruit 18.1, a royal court was crowned by three CTYers-turned-RAs. May the following four continue to fight the good fight and keep the spirit of CTY alive: Harper (Emperor), Bella (Empress), Ben (Poetry Goddess), and Aleni (Non-Denominational Spiritual Figure). Bella, Ben, and Aleni did not return.
During the 18.2 Passionfruit, Empress/Emperor, Lynne Kim, appointed Amelia Orwant and Brian Jung as Empress and Emperor, respectively. Brian, however, did not return to Baltimore for 19.2.
In 19.1, only Emperor Harper Goldstein returned. Claire Edmonds filled the role of Empress by confirmation of Empress Amelia (19.2). At Passionfruit, Harper appointed Eric Arujo as Emperor and Claire appointed Taylor Sweet as Empress.
In 19.2, Amelia returned as Empress along with three monarchy members. Amanda Chen was BLAMMO Goddess, the first attempt to reinstate the game since 16.1. Amelia also appointed Sebastian Altomare and Lena Parnassa as Prince and Princess of the Blood, respectively. The larger royalty group was appointed without care for nevermore status in the hopes that they could bring back lost traditions, especially given past difficulty with the administration. During the 19.2 Passionfruit, Amelia made created a few reforms to the monarchy (see 19.2 reforms,) and appointed Natalie Faillace as Empress and Victoria Lam as Games Goddess. Izzy Palladino and Jay both as Rave Monarchs. She also appointed Sean Zheng as a Prince of the Blood.
Prince/Princess of the Blood
The Prince, Princess, or Monarch of the Blood is appointed by an Emperor or Empress at any time to help with advocating for traditions and spreading CTY culture throughout the campus. How much responsibility the Monarch of the Blood chooses to take on is up to them. In recent years, Monarchs of the Blood have expanded the cast of royalty at Baltimore in the hopes of creating a more vibrant culture of CTY tradition at the site. Each Empress and Emperor appoints one Monarch of the Blood, but this is not strictly adhered to. The Monarch of the Blood does not have to be a nevermore or nomore, and is the only Baltimore royalty position for which this is true. For a couple of years, Baltimore lost the tradition of their Monarch of the Blood, but the title was carried down through the Book of Love and reinstated when Empress Kathlyn appointed Princess Amelia for 18.2.
As of Amelia's 19.2 reforms, multiple Monarchs of the Blood may be appointed by the Empress/Emperor.
In 13.2, Amanda Sin was Princess of the Blood, and later became 14.2 Empress of the Passionfruit as well as began the Book of Love, a tradition that has endured to this day.
In 14.2, no Monarch of the Blood is known.
In 15.2, Tea was the Princess of the Blood and later became 16.2 Empress of the Passionfruit.
In 16.2, there was no Monarch of the Blood.
In 17.2, there was no Monarch of the Blood.
In 18.2, Amelia Orwant was Princess of the Blood and later became 19.2 Empress of the Passionfruit.
In 19.2, Lena Parnassa was Princess of the Blood and Sebastian Altomare was Prince of the Blood.
Games God/Goddess/Deity is a position created in 19.2 by Empress Amelia Orwant. As BLAMMO has been banned for years, and the 19.2 attempt to reinstate it wasn't workable, Baltimore royalty have decided to turn to a new site-wide game, as well as other bonding activities.
The benefits of a site-wide game align with the central objective of traditions: to bring the community together by creating an engaging and welcoming environment. A site-wide game is a way to get to know people and create the feel of a unified Baltimore community. Students can meet others and enjoy the gentle competition that nerd campers love. Student-run individual games allow for friendliness that site-run hall-wars can't. Pitting hall against hall doesn't encourage students to step outside of their preexisting groups. Having an opt-in game that facilitates communication beyond the immediate hall and class groups holds a unique place in the CTY experience. While the much-beloved BLAMMO fulfilled those goals and more, it has become impossible to run at JHU. After the initial shutdown, based on stated reasons of potential violence or exclusion, the 19.2 BLAMMO Goddess and Empress (Amanda Chen and Amelia Orwant,) provided the JHU administration with an updated set of rules that dealt with every problem indicated. The updated game was rejected with no explanation. The consequential "Underground BLAMMO," that formed also failed as it required the unified support of RAs. By the end of 19.2, BLAMMO was dead. While the Baltimore community laments the loss of the treasured tradition, the site will strive to create new traditions to fill the void of BLAMMO in the form of new games to create a close Baltimore community. The bulk of this goal will fall to the Games Goddess.
The duties of a Baltimore Games God are:
- To create a site-wide game run for and by the JHU student population. The game should not be based off BLAMMO and should not resemble BLAMMO. The game should not depend on the help of administration as they cannot be counted on. If a successful game is found, it is encouraged that the game be passed down through the Games Gods and become a recurring element of canonical JHU tradition.
- To facilitate Acting Improv, the activity so popular at Lancaster. At JHU, similar activities have been run by staff members, but future Games Gods can hopefully take on a leadership role. The specifics of the activity is left to the discretion of the Deity.
- To teach gimp to CTYers through a gimp activity, and any other means deemed useful. It would also be ideal if future Games Gods could create an artifact from gimp. This could be anything from a simple gimp chain to more ambitious gimp crowns or objects and could be passed down from Deity to Deity and added onto each year.
- Spread the joyful spirit of CTY games however the Deity sees fit! This could be bringing foursquare equipment and encouraging use, running various games activities, or creating inclusive games with friends.
There can be up to two Games Deities at a time, and they can appoint Demi-Deities.
The First Games Goddess, Victoria Lam was appointed in 19.2 for the coming year by Empress Amelia.
20.2 Games Goddess: Victoria Lam
Demi-God/Goddess/Deity of Games
Much like the Prince of the Blood is to the Emperor, the Demi-Deity is a helping force appointed by the God(s). The Games Gods may appoint as many Demi-Deities as they see fit. The duties are to help with the enactment of games, especially organizational tasks for site-wide games. An effective Demi-Deity should aim to enthusiastically participate in and help create games.
As raving has been wavering at JHU in recent years, Empress Amelia established the position of Rave Monarch with the hopes of narrowing down the duties. In the past, interested students or, in recent years, Empress Amelia and, by 19.2, Princess Lena, taught raving out of a passion for the tradition. The goal of this new position is to both make clear the importance of raving as a tradition and keep constant the rave participation from year to year.
Rave Monarch duties are:
- To run a "Learn To Rave" activity, making knowledge and ideas accessible to new and interested CTYers. It's good planning to run this activity later in the session, so squirrels have an opportunity to see what raving is at dances and social time before signing up. Note: Do NOT assume JHU will provide materials. Requests for glowsticks have often been denied by the administration or fulfilled with unusable products.
- To BRING Glowsticking supplies. Again, this is the responsibility of the Rave Monarch, not Baltimore staff. It is recommended to bring at least 50 pairs of glow sticks and shoelaces.
- To facilitate rave circles at dances Bring supplies, ensure the songs will be played, and form the CTYers into a large circle as the music begins. It's good practice to ask whoever's DJ-ing when the rave songs will be played. For the first dance especially, even if no one else is in the rave circle, still make one! As the weeks go on, CTYers will learn and their confidence will grow. Setting the precedent of a (cool) rave circle happening no matter what is critical for people to feel comfortable joining.
- To teach/show raving at social time. The amount and level of this is left to the discretion of the Monarchs.
There can be up to three Rave monarchs at a time.
BLAMMO was brought to Baltimore in 2009 by two flying squirrels from Lancaster. They dueled for the title of God of BLAMMO: It was a fearsome battle between Sam, who wielded a trident of plastic spoons taped together, and his opponent with a sword created in a similar fashion. Sam won and became the first Baltimore God of BLAMMO.
BLAMMO was banned at Baltimore in 16.2, and the 19.2 attempts to reinstate it were rejected by the administration. BLAMMO appears to be dead at JHU.
JHU is working toward a new and unrelated site-wide game. The search is facilitated by the new Games Goddess position created by Empress Amelia at the end of 19.2.
In an effort to rehabilitate traditions at JHU, the 19.2 Empress, Amelia Orwant, initiated a number of reforms:
It was determined that traditional monarchy rules had to come second to creating a full royalty team. As of the 19.2 reforms, the rules for royal appointments were altered so that positions could now be given to anyone deemed fit, regardless of age or time left at CTY. Previously, any high royalty positions (such as Emperor or BLAMMO God) were exclusively open to students who would reign in their nevermore year. Empress Amelia also created new royal positions to expand the monarchy, with the hope that traditions can be better generated and preserved. The large group is ideal for JHU given recurring difficulties with the administration. The larger Monarchy is meant to be able to more effectively advocate for the community and for traditions. In the 19.2 reforms, the position of Games God (and the corresponding Demi-Deity), and Rave Monarch were added to the JHU pantheon. (For more information, see the similarly titled sections of the Baltimore page.) Additionally, restrictions on the quantity of Demi-Deities, Prince/Princess' of the Blood were removed. Previously only two could be appointed at maximum; this alteration was intended to allow freedom to expand the monarchy. It is recommended that there be no more than six Deities and Princes combined. There must be no more than two each of Emperors of the Passionfruit, Games Gods, and Rave Monarchs.
This is an 18.2 reform, but 19.2 will be the first repeat year at JHU. Empress Lynne sold T shirts and Hoodies for Nevermores following the example of many other CTY sites in 18.2. A New design will be sold by Empress Amelia in 19.2. Any nevermore or nomore who wished to have a shirt as a memento of their final year of CTY was welcome to purchase any items. The monarchy hopes this will create a stronger sense of community at the Baltimore site.
This tradition began in 18.2 with Amelia as Princess handing out a few hundred traditions calendars. These calendars established which days corresponded to which spirit days or traditions throughout the session. The updated 19.2 calendars did the same and included important royalty contact information on the back. In addition to the individual calendars, Empress Amelia brought larger traditions calendars in 19.2 to put up on dorm bulletin boards which included more detailed explanations of the spirit days. The explanations are important both to spread information and to serve as a potential safeguard against administration misinformation like in the case of 18.2.
- CTY Traditions: Run by all Monarchy. This activity explains in detail Spirit Days, Passionfruit, the system of Monarchy, and any other relevant traditions. Traditional Canon/Dances are discussed and practiced!
- Learn to Rave: Run by Empress Amelia in 19.2. (For future CTYers, the Rave Monarch and/or anyone who can glowstick/spin poi should feel free to initiate the activity.) Glowsticks should be provided. For anyone hoping to run this activity, it's recommended that you order/bring glowsticks and supplies yourself. While, in theory, you can make a request for activity supplies from the JHU SRAs, they often don't buy enough or the correct type of materials and have sometimes refused the request.
19.2 saw an attempt to bring back BLAMMO at JHU after the ban in 2016. While other sites have had success bringing back the treasured game, JHU, as the strictest CTY site, has had no such luck. Empress Amelia and BLAMMO Goddess Amanda, with the support of the Monarch team and many kind JHU RAs, attempted to start BLAMMO back up using new safe and vigilant rules. The changes made were based on the successful Lancaster 2018 BLAMMO rules, which added requirements that students to talk to their target before BLAMMO-ing them, created more effective layers of supervision and rule enforcement, and added more BLAMMO-safe spaces. Amanda and Amelia presented the rules to the administration, noting that Lancaster had accepted the same alterations and allowed the game to go forward. This was sent to a regional director, who rejected the rule changes and decided to maintain the BLAMMO ban. No comment was made as to why. While there were a few attempts at resistance and underground BLAMMO was formed, it ultimately could not proceed at the site.
It is believed that 19.2 marked a true end to the game known as BLAMMO. However, site-wide icebreakers can take many forms and a new game, unaffiliated with BLAMMO, will be developed for 20.2 and beyond by the JHU Games God(s). The game is intentionally left vague as of post-19.2 writing. To reduce administrative roadblocks, the game is to be set up from the ground level and Amelia and Amanda have left the development up to others, remaining thoroughly uninvolved and unaffiliated. Empress Amelia created the Games God position in part to help develop and monitor the JHU site-wide game situation. It is the responsibility of future Games Gods to give their best shot at creating and maintaining a new site-wide game tradition. If the game is shut down, it is the goal of the Games Gods to attempt a new game. The goal is not to thwart the administration but to find a fun, peaceful, and safe game that can continue as JHU tradition. The reason it must be invented anew once banned is that it is much harder for the administration to officially go back on a ban than to allow a new, untested game to continue as long as it is safe and there are no complaints. Future Games Gods are encouraged to remember that the game should not push administrative limits or get out of hand. Everyone wants a site-wide game, and this looks like the best path to get one and keep it.
Help for Future Monarchs
Given the work the 19.2 monarchy has put in and the forward momentum of these changes, the hope is that they will be maintained and fought for in the years to come. It will not be easy, given the nature of the site, but communication will make it easiest. All materials (BLAMMO rules and slip templates should the game resurface, traditions calendars, etc), information, and social media accounts can be passed on to the next generation of royalty. For those seeking this information please contact Empress Amelia or follow the relevant instructions in the Book of Love.
More Information The reforms of 19.2 were vast and, in some cases, different from previous precedent. If anyone would like to ask questions or appeal aspects of the changes, please contact Empress Amelia. All questions, comments, wonderings, awkward silences, and flirtatious glances will be accepted! In your reading, processing, and commenting, remember that reforms are not stagnant. The JHU community is changing and student-led efforts must match the community's needs. These changes will be made only when necessary and after extensive thought, but nonetheless, changes are expected and encouraged. There should not be so much change as to void the concept of "tradition," but enough to allow that treasured word to be a versatile one. For royalty members, squirrels, elders, and general community members alike, these rules are not set in stone. Baltimore CTY is what its campers make it.
CTY has shared the campus with various other programs.
Summer JHU Campus Tours can frequently be seen. Groups of people will walk around following a guide who explains the campus. There is no interaction beyond CTYers looking at the groups and vice versa. Some tour guides explain that JHU hosts summer camps.
LeadAmerica also shares the campus. In 07, they also shared the cafeteria and had an intrusive presence. In 08, they were on different parts of the campus, so the interaction level was low. They had bad table manners.
The Field Hockey Girls shared the cafeteria in 08.1. They would leave out their bags and sticks everywhere. They returned in 18.2, leaving impressive piles of stuff in the lobby of the FFC.
The Lacrosse Guys passed through the campus in a huge march in 07.2. In 08, they walked near CTYers and had a huge march, but had no further contact. They inhabited a modern building across the street from the campus, adjacent to the Barnes and Noble, the upper floor of which was used in 08.2 for Casino Night). In 09, they had several large migrations near the Gentle Slope. There was little contact between the CTYers and the Lacrosse Guys. In 12.2, they passed by in a huge march and some girls made it a daily thing to ask them for high fives as they went by.
Precollege and Discover Hopkins: JHU hosts a pre-college program. In 08.1, they occupied part of AMR II. They did activities on their own but often were near the Gentle Slope. They also shared the cafeteria. In 10.2, they were seen at various times in the dining hall and on the twisty pathways.
Hopkins Engineering Innovation: They share the cafeteria. Little is known about them.
Center Scholars share the cafeteria. They are part of the CTY program, mostly post-nevermores. All of them were former Baltimore CTYers. There was little interaction between most CTYers and them (with the exception of all Genomics classes), even though they don't bite. They are harder to distinguish from Precollege and Discover Hopkins and may show up for CTY dances.
Volleyball Girls: In 10.2, they took the place of the Lacrosse Guys.
Lead America made an appearance in 13.1. A leadership conference that loves taking group pictures, wearing suits, and looking attractive at all hours. They were often rude, leaving their dishes on the FFC tables, shaking their double ring binders at people, not moving when you said excuse me, and hooking up. One RA christened them "Prom Night Camp" thanks to their habit of wearing suits and fancy dresses when it was 30+ degrees Celsius out.
Lax Bros (STIX): Hide your food, hide your cafeteria tables, STIX is here. The LaxBros ate extreme amounts of pizza and pasta and everything (about 42 tons of food at each meal) and were known for being preppy and stereotypical. At the peak of the invasion, the lines for food were at least 30 people long, leaving CTYers with the options of spending forever in line and surviving on rice/carrots. One tried to pick up a CTYer by commenting "You're hot" and stumbling around in front of Fresh Foods. There was an incident in which both a CTY class and a group of Lax Bros made fun of each other while there was a man filming the STIX for unknown purposes. Lax Bros have also been known to dare each other to talk to CTYers, which ends in extreme awkwardness. There may or may not have been Lax Chicks too, but CTY meal times always coincided with the bros.
Envision: A career exploration-type camp. Envision participants wore fancy clothes even through the ninety-degree weather and created huge lines at Fresh Foods, often leaving halls no place to sit. It is inconclusive as to whether or not Envision people were college or high school students. However, it is believed that they were at JHU for an Advanced Medicine course and were high schoolers.
This is an alphabetical list of CTYers who have attended Baltimore. Please add the years you have attended the JHU site and refrain from adding future sessions you hope to go to.
- Addye Susnick 10.2
- Addison G. 20.2
- Aimee Johnston 17.2, 18.2
- AJ 09.1
- Alex Johnson (Arlex) 11.2
- Alicia Chang
- Allison Liao
- Amanda Chen 18.2, 19.2
- Amanda Sin 10.2, 11.2, 12.2, 13.2
- Amelia Orwant 16.1, 16.2, 17.2, 18.2, 19.2
- Amrita Chakladar 16.1
- Amy Xue 17.2
- Ananth Josyula 15.1
- Andres Diaz-Kirk 16.1, 17.1, 18.1
- Anouk 18.2, 19.2
- Anonymous nerd 10.1
- Anu 13.1
- Asia Chen 18.1
- Audrey 16.1
- Austine "Aussie" Zhang 19.2
- Barton Chen: User:Thebartonc or User:Mrbrightside43 18.2
- Barton "Kung Pow" Lian 09.1
- Benjamin Huh 17.2, 18.1
- Bill 07.2
- Bob Zhou 09.1
- Bradley Xu
- Brian Li 15.2, 16.1
- Carly Berglas 18.2
- Casey Hoffman 11.1
- Cat "Caillou/Edgy" Duan 19.2
- Celina Lui 19.2
- Chan Kat Shiu Joseph 17.2
- Charles Gorby 18.1
- Chen 11.1
- Christine 06.1
- Christopher Kang 16.1
- Cindy Jiang
- Claire Edmonds 19.1
- Danielle 10.1
- Danna Shen 11.2
- Danny P.
- Henry Hung (AKA David) 18.1
- David Fantarella 04.1
- Deanna Daly
- Derek Jang
- Doris Jiang 19.2
- Ducttape 08.2, 09.2
- Edison Gao 07.2, 08.2
- Eileen Tchao 10.2
- Ela Pemmaraju 12.2, 13.2
- Elliah 07.1
- Elliah H. 07.1 (might be the same person as above)
- Emily 2006
- Emily Dickson 10.1, 10.2
- Emily Wu 19.2
- Emma Z 09.2
- Erin Wang 11.2
- Eugenius 13.1
- Evelyn 13.1
- Gareth Chen 11.1
- Grace C. 12.2
- Grace Chen 16.1
- Grace Lee
- Grangerdanger 15.1
- Hannah Lee 15.2
- Hannah Gong
- Harry Brennan
- Harry Tsou 10.2
- Hedgehogman 09.1
- Henry Hung 18.2
- Helio Kuok
- Ho Ching Leung 16.2 (?)
- Indie Page 11.2, 12.2, 13.2, RA 18.2 and first 3 days of 18.2
- Ingrid Wong 10.2
- Izzy Lee 19.2
- Jake Wartenberg
- Jay An 15.2, 16.2
- Jess 14.2, 15.2, 16.2
- Jessica Jiang 12.1, 13.1
- Jessie Kanacharoen 14.2, 15.2
- Jon Kwok 08.2, 09.2, 10.2
- Justice Yoo 16.2, 17.2
- Kaley 13.1
- Kalika 12.2
- Katharine Vari 19.1
- Kathlyn Archibald-Drew 16.2,17.2
- Kim Towne 11.1
- Kavin Sanghavi: User:Swimsax61 or User: Kavin Sanghavi 11.1
- Kelvin Zhu
- Kevin Lee 10.2, 11.2
- Kevin Lin 11.1
- Kezzie Chung 19.2
- Krishna "Devon/Lil Brownie" Bhambhani 18.1, 19.2
- Lee 08.1, 09.1
- Lee 12.1
- Lena 06.1
- Liam Eye 19.2
- Lila Schabacker 19.2
- Linda Wang 13.2, 14.1
- Liza 2008
- Lucy 12.1, 13.1
- Mac Tan 10.2
- Maddie 08.2, 09.1
- Maddy Miller 18.2
- Martina Tan 12.1, 13.1, 14.2
- Mary Wan<3 2011
- Matt Ribel 10.2, 11.2
- Max Koren 2005
- Me'shiah Bell 18.2, 19.2
- Mila 13.1
- Milo Richards 14.2, 15.2
- Molly Srour 12.1
- Nathan Burke 15.2
- Neha "Nehoe" Arvinth 19.2
- Noah Fine 16.2 (?)
- Norman Xiong 13.2
- Oliver Grayson 15.1
- Owen G. 14.1, 15.1
- Rachel 11.1, 12.1
- Rajitha Narreddy
- Rita "Jesusita" Tsapatsis 19.2
- Rosalie Nathans 08.1
- Sabbie Zhang 19.2
- Sophia Risin 19.1
- Steven 14.2
- Sun Yu Gordon Chi 15.2
- Tim Pyon 19.2
- TKDAlex 10.1, 11.1
- Trinity Duffield-Pugsley 14.1
- Trinity King
- Valerie Wilson or User:VDubbsss 10.1
- Wade Burelbach 09.1
- Wendeth 06.1
- Wendy Lin 04.2
- Wes McClung 05.1, 06.1
- Whitney B. 06.1
- Wpnmaster 13.2
- Yohan Cho 16.1, 19.2
- Zoe Zmola 13.1