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By Jennifer Brennan and Jennifer Brennan,Contributing Writer | April 1, 1995
The devious ones slip a few Agatha Christies among the 1974 National Geographics and make plans to retrieve them for half-price on Sunday. The less discriminate ones gather them up by the armful -- heaping, tilting columns of books by Shakespeare and Bronte and Tom Clancy.They are the nearly 4,000 dealers, families, lovers of literature and long-time bookworms expected for the 37th annual Smith College Book Sale at the Towson Armory, 307 Washington Ave.Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. (all books half-price)
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Mary Elizabeth Dyer Corrin, a code-breaker during World War II and former teacher at two Towson-area elementary schools, died June 30 of lung cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community. She was 92. The daughter of Navy Vice Adm. George C. Dyer, Mrs. Corrin was born in Manila in the Philippines; by the time she graduated from high school, she told her family later, she had attended 22 different schools. While her family was stationed in Hawaii, Mrs. Corrin traveled by boat and train to attend Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in math.
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By JACQUES KELLY | May 17, 2003
I REMEMBER asking an old Baltimore Transit Co. bus driver for a transfer one spring afternoon. I was on a circuitous route home from Loyola High School and wanted nothing better than a delay from homework. So I wandered into what was then a very new Village of Cross Keys and discovered my first, but alas, not last, Smith College Book Sale. And now, some 30-odd years later, I'm still addicted to this wonderful literary rummage sale. I guess what I like so much about this event - today and tomorrow at the Timonium Fairgrounds' 4-H Building - is that it is one of those comforting Baltimore annual traditions that has changed very little in tone.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Rhoda Dorsey, the first female president of Goucher College, the longest-serving executive at the formerly all-women's school and its leader when it made the wrenching decision to enroll male students, died in her Cockeysville apartment Saturday, the school said. She was 86. "This is a sad moment for all of us," Sanford J. Ungar, Goucher's president, said in an email to faculty and staff. He expanded on the thought Sunday. "I have no doubt that she saved the college with the decision to go coed," Ungar said.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun Staff Writer | March 25, 1994
This is the weekend addicted readers turn to Towson.The occasion is the annual Smith College Club's used book sale, an event that is part literary land rush and part title-finding frenzy.With more than 50,000 books and records spread out on tables in the Towson Armory, this year's offering is one of the all-volunteer organization's most ambitious. By the time the sale is over, this pandemonium of print will net the Northampton, Mass., school's scholarship fund about $30,000. It will also delight a lot of readers and collectors.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 20, 1999
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Hunched over their oscilloscopes and diode circuits on the third floor of McConnell Hall at Smith College on a wet, gray morning, all 12 students in Professor Nalini Easwar's electronics class say they hope to pursue careers in physics or engineering.Nothing all that unusual there -- Smith, a women's college, has long had a contingent of hard-science majors. Moreover, many male-dominated professions have filled so rapidly with women over the past two decades that today nearly equal numbers of men and women are graduating from the nation's schools of law and medicine.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2008
When the doors open Friday for the annual Smith College Club of Baltimore book sale at the Timonium Fairgrounds, stand clear of the bibliophiles. They may mow you down as they sprint through the exhibition hall for bargains in the military section, or the mysteries or beach reads to be found among the sale's 50,000 carefully sorted volumes. "I love that moment," says Joan Griffith, co-chair and 25-year veteran of the sale. That's when she and other volunteers can finally exult in their year-round work on the scholarship fundraiser.
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By KRISTI FUNDERBURK and KRISTI FUNDERBURK,SUN REPORTER | March 31, 2006
Eight clear boxes hold the items on the auction block. The assortment includes the first 24 issues of Star Trek magazine, nine Nancy Drew mysteries in old dust covers, and a personal account of the Holocaust in text and drawings. Also held under lock and key is a collection of science fiction books on space travel and rockets, some dating back to the 1940s. "Maybe no one will want it," says Joan Griffith, "but I'm betting someone will." Griffith has helped organize the annual Smith College Club used-book sale in Baltimore County for more than two decades, and when it comes to reading, she has an idea of what people want.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2005
The annual Smith College Club used-book sale has been called Baltimore's best red tag sale for bibliophiles - the literary equivalent of the famed wedding dress dash at Boston's Filene's Basement. But with offerings that include inscribed or signed books by such celebrity authors as Anne Rice, Bill Bryson and Tom Clancy, this year's sale, which starts today, may also be the closest the state fairgrounds in Timonium gets to being compared with Sotheby's. Also among the 50,000 titles piled on 140 tables in the Exhibition Hall are: a book coauthored by Pam Shriver inscribed to another local tennis pro, Andrea Leand; a coffee-table book of photography with what may have been Marilyn Monroe's last photo shoot; and signed works by Laura Lippman, Jonathan Kellerman and Sebastian Junger.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2001
It was 3:30 a.m. when Barry S. Alpert awoke in Silver Spring and began preparations for the difficult day ahead. He packed his car and then drove to Capitol Hill to pick up his assistant, Robert Herzog. Then he turned around and headed north again, reviewing strategy. They arrived by 7 a.m., with three hours to spare. And for all that, Alpert was 18th in line when the doors opened at 10 a.m. at the Towson Armory, where the 43rd annual Smith College Book Sale returned yesterday after a one-year stint in Parkville.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
Mixed news for Maryland's LGBT high schoolers looking to attend one of the nation's most LGBT-friendly colleges: They'll have to head out of state. As part of its annual rankings book, Princeton Review rated the 20 most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities, and no Maryland schools made the cut. On the flipside, no Maryland schools appeared on Princeton Review's "LGBT-Unfriendly" list (though Catholic University in neighboring D.C. did). So it's not as if the state's public and private institutions aren't accepting of LGBT students.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 14, 2013
Among the annual events that should be marked on every book lover's calendar is the Smith College Club of Baltimore book sale , which starts Friday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. I've been going to the sales for years, and have never failed to make some interesting purchases. (The harder part is convincing my wife, a Kindle devotee, to let me bring more books into the house, which already has reading material on almost every flat surface -- except the stove. If I can find some fire-proof volumes, that will be covered too.)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2012
Rebecca Groves "Becky" Smith, a former educator and social worker who had been a trustee at what is now McDaniel College for more than three decades, died Thursday of heart failure at William Hill Manor in Easton. She was 95. The former Rebecca Groves, the daughter of a farmer and a homemaker, was born and raised in Kennedyville. After graduating from Chestertown High School in 1933, she earned a bachelor's degree in history and English and certification in secondary education in 1937 from what was then Western Maryland College.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
Alice Pinkham Davies, who helped thousands of clients with their business careers as the co-owner of a resume writing service, died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 85 and lived in Towson. Born Alice Arnold Pinkham in Washington, she was a descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, settlers of Massachusetts who arrived aboard the Mayflower. Her father was a Harvard-educated National Cash Register executive and her mother a homemaker. Raised in Milton, Mass., she was a 1944 graduate of Milton High School and spent a year at the Brimmer and May School in Boston.
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By Jacques Kelly | April 4, 2010
The volunteers who run next weekend's annual Smith College Book Sale are determined, patient and love the volumes they offer. They spend a year soliciting, then organizing, the donated books and entire libraries, then stage an annual springtime sales event that serious readers consider their own secret. "We're praying for cold and rain," said Mary Anderson, president of the Smith College Club of Baltimore. "Bad weather brings us our best crowds." For 52 years, Baltimore Smith College Club volunteers have been gathering and selling a yearly haul of about 50,000 used books.
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By Cassandra L. Fortin | May 18, 2008
As Harford County seniors completed their Advanced Placement exams, valedictorians and salutatorians were selected at most of the county high schools. After four years of hard work and dedication, these academic leaders from most of the county high schools shared their future plans, advice, and reflections. *Lauren Carter School: Joppatowne. College attending: University of Maryland, College Park School of Journalism. What do you want to do when you grow up? Journalism. What is the secret of your success?
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1997
By the time you read this, the early birds, collectors and dealers already will be waiting outside the Towson Armory with their duffel bags, shopping bags and lists. Some will have been there since sunup, just to get first crack at the treasures inside.The doors won't open until 10 a.m., but when they do, the first minutes of the annual Smith College Book Sale will be like the storming of Filene's Basement -- a mad, fevered rush."They don't care who's in their way," says Fran Saybolt, 58, Smith class of 1960.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1999
The Smith College Club volunteers know what it takes to sell their annual haul of 50,000 used books: pale yellow cotton aprons, sweat shirts and very sensible shoes. Its annual three-day literary stampede kicks off today when the doors burst open at the Towson Armory and scores of first-edition hungry readers storm the tables.This isn't a book sale for people who want to hang out and sip cafe mocha. This is the stock exchange floor of frenzied book buying, where the money you'd normally spend on one hardcover book buys three, maybe four titles, a little worn, occasionally stuffed with post cards from Bar Harbor, letters or newspaper clippings left behind by the previous owner, generally somebody who lived not too far from the Roland Park Water Tower, has a Tuxedo telephone number and went to a school where the study of Latin and French was required.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | April 24, 2008
Former Loyola High defensive lineman Brady Smith has been dismissed from the Boston College football team after his arraignment on charges that he gained access to a residence hall and assaulted a female student early Saturday morning. Smith, 20, was being held on $50,000 cash bail, but his attorney, Philip Tracy, said the Finksburg native has been released. Boston College issued a three-sentence statement yesterday announcing that football coach Jeff Jagodzinski had "permanently" dismissed Smith, a junior who started 12 games last season.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2008
When the doors open Friday for the annual Smith College Club of Baltimore book sale at the Timonium Fairgrounds, stand clear of the bibliophiles. They may mow you down as they sprint through the exhibition hall for bargains in the military section, or the mysteries or beach reads to be found among the sale's 50,000 carefully sorted volumes. "I love that moment," says Joan Griffith, co-chair and 25-year veteran of the sale. That's when she and other volunteers can finally exult in their year-round work on the scholarship fundraiser.
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