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January 25, 1995
Officials of the University of Maryland College Park have devised what they call a temporary response to a federal appellate court's finding last fall that a UMCP blacks-only scholarship program is unconstitutional. By merging the race-based Benjamin Banneker program with the merit-based Francis Scott Key awards, university officials will abide by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision. Meantime, though, they have pledged to fight the ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court.We have suggested previously a Supreme Court hearing could give Maryland and other public schools guidance they need on what is and is not constitutional in affirmative action programs such as the Banneker scholarships.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2011
The University of Maryland, Baltimore could become a diminished player in the city's revitalization efforts if it is combined with the state's flagship campus in College Park, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a Friday hearing on the proposed merger. Rawlings-Blake led a procession of civic leaders, faculty members and students who spoke against the merger plan, which has been championed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller as a way to improve the flagship university's national reputation and research clout.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
The waffle fry wars have hit College Park, with hundreds of people signing a petition to get the Chick-fil-A restaurant booted from the University of Maryland's Stamp Student Union over the company president's anti-gay marriage activism. A petition on the website change.org says "It is clear that Chick-fil-A does not represent the values embraced by the University of Maryland community. Allowing such an organization to continue to operate in the [student union] runs counter to the spirit of equality that the university claims to champion.
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By Benjamin Snyder, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2011
The Junior Tennis Champions Center at College Park aims to offer the young athletes it trains a chance to become just that - champions. While by definition it's a regional training center, Patrick McEnroe, general manager of player development for the United States Tennis Association, calls it "national in its own scope" and says it's "one of the biggest and one of the best. " The Tennis Center at College Park is the site of the Citi Open, a WTA international women's professional tennis tournament that begins Saturday and runs through July 31. But for much of the year the facility's main focus is on buiding future professionals.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed seven additional charges against the teen who police say threatened to go on a shooting rampage at the University of Maryland, College Park last month. In addition to disturbing the administration of activities and classes at the college, Alexander G. Song 2nd, 19, has been accused of charges including making false statements, misusing university facilities and equipment, sending harassing email and disturbing the peace, according to a statement from campus police.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
A merger of the state's major research universities in College Park and Baltimore would remove significant barriers to medical and scientific collaboration, said elected officials and academic leaders Friday at a hearing on the proposed combination of the campuses. Former University of Maryland, College Park President C.D. "Dan" Mote Jr. spoke of missed opportunities over the years because of cultural differences and rivalry between the universities. "Without a merger, what we see in the historical record — a lack of major collaborations and a number of missed opportunities — is what we'll get in the future," Mote told the university system's Board of Regents.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
A gleaming new apartment building with restaurants and bars on the ground floor has replaced an old pizza place and tire shop. A new Whole Foods will sprout up just down the road. A four-star hotel and bike lanes are planned. The changes are part of a longer-term effort to transform U.S. 1 - the University of Maryland, College Park's main drag - from a jumbled mix of strip malls and fast-food joints. After a decade of slow progress, the building spree jump-starts a plan to remake the city of College Park into a "real" college town.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2011
The University of Maryland, College Park must retain more of the state's top students, recruit more aggressively in other countries and turn more of its research into business if it is to maintain its upward trajectory, President Wallace D. Loh said Thursday at his inauguration ceremony. Loh has been on the job six months and used his formal inauguration to unveil his chief priorities, developed through listening sessions with students, faculty members and community leaders. "If there is one promise I want to make to you today," he said, "it is this: We will stay the course in our rise to excellence.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Until a few weeks ago, University of Maryland junior Tali Alter was registered to vote in her home state of Illinois. But the 21-year-old psychology major was eager to cast a ballot in this state in favor of same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants. With a few keystrokes and a click of a mouse, Alter registered to vote online through a newly created university website. "It took me less than a minute to fill out," said Alter, a member of the College Park campus' student government.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
Colleen Wilson of Ellicott City became the first person to enroll in the University of Maryland, College Park's new meteorology degree program a year ago. Now she's embarking on research with some of the nation's top weather watchers. The program and the opportunity for Wilson came about because the new home for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction is a couple of miles down the road from the university's main campus. About 800 NOAA workers moved from an aged facility in Camp Springs to a sparkling metal-and-glass building at the university's budding research park.
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