Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Many Montgomery County students take advantage of value at consistent levels.
The University of Maryland, College Park, recently was named as the fifth "Best Value in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger, trailing only the College of William and Mary, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maryland was ranked fifth for in-state students and 10th for out-of-state students. The annual Kiplinger study bases its ranking on a combination of financial factors, including total cost per year and cost after need-based aid for in-state students, total cost per year and cost after need-based aid for out-of-state students and average debt at graduation. Kiplinger also factors in the schools' admission rates and four-year-graduation rates. The overall admission rate …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Baseball's 'Iron Man' will speak to nearly 7,000 graduates at the May 19 ceremony.
Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. will deliver the 2013 commencement address for the University of Maryland, College Park, administrators announced Tuesday. The "Iron Man"—best known for playing a record 2,632 consecutive games with the Baltimore Orioles—will speak to nearly 7,000 graduates plus family and friends at the May 19 ceremony. “I hope that my life experience allows me to impart some wisdom and give [graduates] a message that will serve them as they start their careers," Ripken said in a statement. "While I never attended college, opting to pursue my baseball career after high school, I have great respect for higher education and the great value it brings to young people," he added. Ripken, who was raised in Aberdeen, MD, played …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Baseball's 'Iron Man' will speak to nearly 7,000 graduates at the May 19 ceremony.
Baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr. will deliver the 2013 commencement address for the University of Maryland, administrators announced Tuesday. The "Iron Man"—best known for playing a record 2,632 consecutive games with the Baltimore Orioles—will speak to nearly 7,000 graduates plus family and friends at the May 19 ceremony. “I hope that my life experience allows me to impart some wisdom and give [graduates] a message that will serve them as they start their careers," Ripken said in a statement. "While I never attended college, opting to pursue my baseball career after high school, I have great respect for higher education and the great value it brings to young people," he added. Ripken, who was raised in Aberdeen, MD, played shortstop and …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Local grocery store manager and an economics professor weigh in on topic.
As reported by Germantown Patch on Tuesday, a Maryland lawmaker is introducing legislation seeking to raise the state's minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour to $10.00 per hour by 2015. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, was passed by Congress, a number of business leaders, including Papa John's CEO John Schnatter expressed concerns over the negative financial effect the law would have on business. Curt Grimm, professor at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park, said that he expects there to be a "big outcry from the business community—they have to protect their own interests" but is not sure it will rise to the level of resistance to Obamacare. …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The hangout will take place on Feb. 6.
University of Maryland football coach Randy Edsall will host a Google Hangout on national signing day, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m., according to a WBOC story. The chat will be moderated by UMD quarterback C.J. Brown. Fans can submit questions to Edsall in advance or during the chat. Questions can be sent via Twitter by using #MarylandFootball, Facebook (Maryland Football and Maryland Terrapins) and email (MarylandFootball@umd.edu). To be a part of the hangout, fans must log into their Google+ account and visiting the Randy Edsell Google+ page. The chat will be posted later on the Maryland football YouTube channel as well.
Monday, December 17, 2012
In Montgomery and Prince George's counties, many organizations honored the victims with vigils, flags at half staff and more.
There has been an outpouring of support for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. A candlelight vigil will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in Ijamsville, MD, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce announced in a news release. Noelle Tate, a mother of 5- and 1-year-old girls, organized the memorial to show respect and support for the Newtown, CT, victims and their families. “I’ve been deeply affected by the tragic events that took place on Friday," Tate said in a statement. "As a mother, I weep at the thought of those children being brutally murdered while innocently going about their school day. I grieve for the parents whose pain will never subside." Havre de Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rockville …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Loh will ask the 22-member commission to submit a report on the eliminated teams.
University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh will reevaluate the seven varsity sports teams that were eliminated over the summer due to troubles in the athletic department, according to a Washington Post story. Loh formed a 22-member commission to look at the viability of the teams. The commission will submit a report by June 20, 2013. According to the Washington Post story: The commission will review the athletic department’s finances and recommend which of sports should be reinstated, and on what timeline. Given the revenue anticipated from the Big Ten move, which becomes official on July 1, 2014, Loh asked the commission for a plan to ensure the department’s “financial health for at least the next two decades.”
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Nationwide, more than 800 higher-learning institutions restrict tobacco use, including many nearby.
Add George Washington University to the list of metro-area campuses--including Montgomery College and the University of Maryland--to snuff out smoking on campus as part of a nationwide movement, despite an outcry by some students. The GW campus was the scene of a smoke-in protest earlier this month after school officials decided to bar smoking from the DC campus, The Washington Post reported. Some GW students and faculty are blasting the decision, but school officials are unfazed. "No matter how much science we have to back up what we're saying, there will always be individuals who see this as a restriction on their freedom," GW anti-smoking advocate Julien Guttman told The Post. The school's efforts are the latest in a growing national …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Maryland will become part of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.
Joining the Big Ten Conference was not only an athletic decision, but also an academic one, according to University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. By becoming part of the Big Ten, the university will be part of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of universities that share academic resources and research. The financial gains from joining the Big Ten will be used to earmark substantial funds for students in need, not just student athletes, according to Loh. This marks a new financial paradigm for intercollegiate athletics where the athletics help support university, Loh said. "That's paramount in these tight times," he said. The money will also make sure Maryland is competitive not only in the Big Ten, but …
Will you miss seeing the Terps in the ACC?
The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents on Monday approved a move to the Big Ten Conference, ending nearly 60 years of affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, multiple sources reported. Rutgers is expected to announce Tuesday that it will join the Terps in the Big Ten, the New York Daily News reported. Maryland’s move is the latest in a flurry of conference realignment that has drastically altered the landscape of college athletics in recent years, often disrupting traditional regional rivalries as schools chase increasingly lucrative television contracts. Maryland’s move, which could carry a $50 million exit penalty from the ACC, is considered to be a financial strategy that will bring the school a share of the Big Ten’s …