January 18, 2013
As a University of Maryland law student in the late 1990s, Terry F. Hickey looked for ways to reach troubled teens before they ended up in the juvenile justice system. In 1997, he took a course that had been created to determine whether lawyers and law students, who typically work with children after they get in trouble, could help youths improve their neighborhoods. Hickey and a group of high school students in Park Heights began mapping vacant houses in their community and presenting findings to city leaders.
December 30, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $500,000 for activists to offer West Baltimore children holistic services from "cradle to college to career," under the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. The Promise Neighborhoods grant, one of 17 awarded in 2012, will be used toward further development of a strategy to combat poverty in the Upton and Druid Heights neighborhoods through a collaboration of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, faith-based organizations, such as Union Baptist Church, public schools and the city's B'More for Healthy Babies, among other partners.
November 12, 2012
Mount St. Mary's will discontinue three of its Division I athletics teams in 2013 in an effort to reduce its athletics budget while expanding its existing programs. Men's soccer, along with men's and women's golf, will cease after the 2012-13 academic year. As many as 30 Mount student-athletes will be affected by the elimination of the three sports, as well as one full-time and three part-time coaching positions. The decision will save the university more than $400,000 annually. "This is a decision we didn't want to make, but the budget realities require it to protect and reinvest in our remaining Division I programs," university President Thomas H. Powell said.
July 24, 2012
The staff cuts Coppin State University President Reginald Avery announced last week drew protests from union members represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, along with faculty and students concerned about the direction the school is headed. Mr. Avery insists the layoffs and contract non-renewals were necessary to balance the budget and protect academic programs, but it remains to be seen whether his ambitious efforts to boost student retention and graduation rates will bear fruit.
July 23, 2012
The NCAA this morning announced stiff penalties on the Penn State football program, acting with unprecedented swiftness in response to a report detailing the repeated failure of officials there to act appropriately in response to long-time assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's serial child sexual abuse. The football team, already reeling from the scandal and the firing and subsequent death of legendary coach Joe Paterno, faces a four-year ban on post-season appearances, a $60 million fine and the vacating of all its victories from 1998-2011, the time period when officials knew about Mr. Sandusky's crimes but failed to stop them.
June 27, 2012
Recent Loyola grad Deemer Class has experienced plenty of enjoyment and opportunity through lacrosse. A three-year starter and captain at midfield, he scored 22 goals and added 30 assists this spring to earn first-team All-Metro honors while leading the No. 2 Dons to a berth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game. The Hunt Valley resident received a full scholarship to play lacrosse at Duke beginning next spring. Next up for Class is something he dreamed about when he was younger - playing in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.