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Here’s a primer

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Ana Benaroya

Life at Johns Hopkins University—and pretty much every academic institution—is full of acronyms and abbreviations. Here’s a primer:

The HOP - Don’t be fooled into thinking that the HOP is shortening the university’s name more than the usual Hopkins. HOP stands for Hopkins Organization for Programming, and they put on some of the biggest fun events at Hopkins, such as the Valentine’s Day make-your-own-stuffed-animal program and concerts in the Rec Center.

BroCo - Sometimes referred to as BLC or just Brody, Brody Learning Commons is the newest addition to the library. Yay, more study space. It’s sometimes called BroLoCo, but that’s reserved for special occasions.

MSE -The Milton S. Eisenhower Library, the main library on campus, need we say more?

CharMar - If you have a meal plan and some dinning dollars, then Charles Street Market is a good close place to grab some snacks. If you don’t have a meal plan, then these overpriced good are not worth it, no matter how close they are.

Uni Mini - By the end of your freshman year you will well-acquainted with University Market. Where else can you get mozzarella sticks 24/7?

JHOC - The Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club runs free outdoors trips though out the school year, but they fill up fast.

OP - If you want to guarantee a spot on an outdoor trip, pay Outdoor Pursuits $15. OP also offers a lot more trips—more things to choose from.

FFC - There’s no escaping the typical freshmen buffet-style dining. Hopefully with Aramark exiting and a new food service on the way in, there may actually be fresh food at the Fresh Food Café.

Commons - When someone says “meet me at Commons,” don’t go to Brody Learning Commons. They are referring to the sophomore housing complex Charles Commons, sometimes referred to as CC.

Upper/Lower Quads - Keyser/Wyman quads, respectively, are the main academic quads, but mostly they are nice places to lay on the grass.

Mc(insert your adjective here) - Mc plus any adjective means McCoy building. People have a wide range of feelings about McCoy so you may hear everything from McJoy to McAwful.

Lax - You will occasionally see these varsity athletes in your classes, if you’re an economics major or something, or if you head on down to PJ’s. Yay lacrosse.


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