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Hopkins freshmen get to know their new city

The Baltimore Sun
August 23, 2015

He'd heard the negative stereotypes about Baltimore — about its crime rate, about its disparities in wealth, about its spike in violence this year — so when Dominic Yared of Lexington, Mass., thought about moving to the city to start his freshman year at the Johns Hopkins University this fall, he wasn't sure what to expect.

On Sunday, as he relaxed with new friends beside a bocce ball court in Little Italy, he seemed much more at ease with the idea.

"This is a beautiful city. I love the sense of history," Yared, 18, said as he squinted in the sunlight near the celebrated playing area at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church. "The problems seem to have been grossly exaggerated."

Yared, a probable mechanical engineering major, was one of about 1,300 members of the Hopkins class of 2019 who were taking part in Baltimore Day, an effort by the university to familiarize its newest enrollees with the city that will be their new home away from home.

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