There have been far fewer rubs to the toe of the Christ statue ever
since May 3 when the main entrance to Billings from Broadway was shuttered
so that the exteriors of Marburg, Billings and Wilmer could be restored.
There will be new slate roofs and copper trim, repaired cupolas and
metal rails, refaced or replaced stone, pointed up brick and a restored
dome. The work will take 15 long months. This is the first time these
buildings, which are on the National Register of Historic Places, have
undergone major renovations. It is still possible to visit the Christ
statue, although on a recent weekday morning, things were quiet. Security
officer Steve Kojak, who once affably greeted hundreds each day, seemed
lonely. “I’m taking care of the building, but I miss my
regulars,” he said stoically.
Centrex operators thought they’d heard it all—until, that
is, the weekend of May 15 when callers began inquiring about blue-eyed
cicadas. The red-eyed insects had just emerged from their 17-year larval
slumber, and word was out that Hopkins would pay up to $5,000 to the
lucky person who found a rare, blue-eyed cicada. “Can you imagine
picking those things up and looking into their eyes?” says Centrex
supervisor Pat Morrow. Rumor control, it seems, is a useful weapon in
the arsenal of a Hopkins telephone operator.
The first thing you did last month when you received your new JH
Institutions Faculty and Staff Directory was open it to your name.
The second thing you may very well have done was gasp when you discovered
your information was out of date. You’re not alone. The directory
was supposed to come out last fall; data for the A to Z listings were
extracted from JHED last summer. So if your info changed between then
and now, you were out of luck. But not to worry. This opus, with all
its 32,000 listings, is short-lived. Another is due out this
fall. Meanwhile, for the first time, you can update your own listing
by logging onto the new Printed Directory Manager at http://PrintedDirectory.johnshopkins.edu.
Use your JHED login ID and password, then edit. Just make sure to do
it before late summer, the cut-off for the next paper edition.