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December 12, 2012
Paying for the mistakes and lies of the staff at Stratford University is something you can look forward to if you or your child applies to Stratford. I have been enrolled at the university since it was under the name of Baltimore International College, and since Stratford took over, it has been a mess. I was dropped from a class and now I am being told it messed up my financial aid and the refund I was due. I always do my financial aid package early but the person in charge of attendance, a woman who was not only handling attendance but was school counselor has been fired.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
A historic YMCA in Mount Vernon, once home to confessed Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers and a hotel run by the former Baltimore International College, is to become a 197-room Hotel Indigo, one of the new owners said. Focus Development LLC principal Shaffin Jetha, whose firm is partnering with Kinsley Equities on the deal, declined to specify the sales price of the 1907 building at 24 W. Franklin Street, but said the total cost of the project, including $14 million planned for renovations, is about $21 million.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2011
Virginia's Stratford University has received preliminary approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to take over operations of embattled Baltimore International College on Jan. 1. The approval from MHEC was one condition of a legal settlement reached in September that forestalled the culinary college's loss of accreditation. Now, the takeover must be approved by the agency that accredits Stratford and by the banks that hold bonds backing Baltimore International's operations.
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April 1, 2014
I feel bad for Sojourner-Douglass College students who may see the value of their diplomas go up in smoke ( "With Sojourner-Douglass' accreditation in jeopardy, students in limbo," March 30). Until I became involved with Baltimore International College's similar accreditation problems, I had no idea of the power the Middle States Commission on Higher Education enjoys. More than two years ago the culinary arts and hospitality management school was about to lose its accreditation as well, and since I lived in the neighborhood, the thought of an enormous, empty building was alarming.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
The regular Friday night Gathering, Baltimore's traveling food truck rally, is scheduled to return to Stratford University in Little Italy on Oct. 18. This Gathering introduces a new wrinkle, or option, that event producers might keep as a semi-permanent thing if it goes well. On Friday -- in addition to the regular dining option, which consists of finding a truck that's selling something you want to eat and buying it from them -- there will be a VIP option. UPDATE: The VIP option has been postpotned until Nov. 1, when the Gathering comes to McHenry Row. The Oct. 18 Gathering at Stratford University is still on, but without the VIP option.   
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
The fifth annual Ecoball is scheduled for March 22. The event is the major fundraiser for Baltimore Green Works, which produces Ecofest and the Sustainability Speaker Series. The Ecoball will again include a cooking competition, inspired by "Top Chef," in which students from Stratford University's culinary program will use locally grown and sourced ingredients to prepare appetizers, entrees and desserts. The evening also includes a silent auction and dancing. Guests are encouraged to re-use or reinvent their gala attire by shopping consignment shops or creating their own evening wear.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
The Gathering, Baltimore's traveling food truck rally, is meeting tonight at Stratford University in Little Italy. The event runs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A new all-you-can-eat VIP option, which the event's organizers had planned to introduce at this rally, will now debut on Nov. 1, when the Gathering returns to McHenry Row. For more information about The Gathering , and a link to buy all-you-can-drink tickets, go...
NEWS
April 1, 2014
I feel bad for Sojourner-Douglass College students who may see the value of their diplomas go up in smoke ( "With Sojourner-Douglass' accreditation in jeopardy, students in limbo," March 30). Until I became involved with Baltimore International College's similar accreditation problems, I had no idea of the power the Middle States Commission on Higher Education enjoys. More than two years ago the culinary arts and hospitality management school was about to lose its accreditation as well, and since I lived in the neighborhood, the thought of an enormous, empty building was alarming.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Not everybody loves those food-truck rallies. Residents in Little Italy received a sarcasm-laced flier in their mailboxes, from parties unknown, protesting the Friday night event in their neighborhood. The letter is written as if from (fictional) greedy and thoughtless promoters of the event. "Please support us, instead of your local residents. " the letter concludes, "Sincerely, non-property owners/non-renters, non-residents. " Since the first Baltimore food-truck rally was held in Harbor East in July 2011, the Friday night events have moved to a more-or-less weekly schedule, rotating among three main venues -- Keswick Avenue and 36th Street in Hampden, McHenry Row in Locust Point and the parking lot of the Stratford University campus in Little Italy, where the first of three September Gatherings is scheduled for Friday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013
Heather Spiker-MacPherson, 32, has always dreamed of being a chef. On Friday, the culinary student at Stratford University and staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves will be able to put her skills to the test at a "Top-Chef"-style competition at Baltimore Green Works' EcoBall. The annual EcoBall, held at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, will feature live music, food and drinks, as well as the cooking competition featuring Stratford University students (for more information, go to baltimoregreenworks.com/ecoball)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
The Gathering, Baltimore's traveling food truck rally, is meeting tonight at Stratford University in Little Italy. The event runs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A new all-you-can-eat VIP option, which the event's organizers had planned to introduce at this rally, will now debut on Nov. 1, when the Gathering returns to McHenry Row. For more information about The Gathering , and a link to buy all-you-can-drink tickets, go...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
The regular Friday night Gathering, Baltimore's traveling food truck rally, is scheduled to return to Stratford University in Little Italy on Oct. 18. This Gathering introduces a new wrinkle, or option, that event producers might keep as a semi-permanent thing if it goes well. On Friday -- in addition to the regular dining option, which consists of finding a truck that's selling something you want to eat and buying it from them -- there will be a VIP option. UPDATE: The VIP option has been postpotned until Nov. 1, when the Gathering comes to McHenry Row. The Oct. 18 Gathering at Stratford University is still on, but without the VIP option.   
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013
Heather Spiker-MacPherson, 32, has always dreamed of being a chef. On Friday, the culinary student at Stratford University and staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves will be able to put her skills to the test at a "Top-Chef"-style competition at Baltimore Green Works' EcoBall. The annual EcoBall, held at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, will feature live music, food and drinks, as well as the cooking competition featuring Stratford University students (for more information, go to baltimoregreenworks.com/ecoball)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
The fifth annual Ecoball is scheduled for March 22. The event is the major fundraiser for Baltimore Green Works, which produces Ecofest and the Sustainability Speaker Series. The Ecoball will again include a cooking competition, inspired by "Top Chef," in which students from Stratford University's culinary program will use locally grown and sourced ingredients to prepare appetizers, entrees and desserts. The evening also includes a silent auction and dancing. Guests are encouraged to re-use or reinvent their gala attire by shopping consignment shops or creating their own evening wear.
NEWS
December 12, 2012
Paying for the mistakes and lies of the staff at Stratford University is something you can look forward to if you or your child applies to Stratford. I have been enrolled at the university since it was under the name of Baltimore International College, and since Stratford took over, it has been a mess. I was dropped from a class and now I am being told it messed up my financial aid and the refund I was due. I always do my financial aid package early but the person in charge of attendance, a woman who was not only handling attendance but was school counselor has been fired.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
The defunct Baltimore International College is selling its former headquarters at 17 Commerce Street, according to a statement Monday from the real estate firm handling the sale. Real estate leasing and sales firm Cushman & Wakefield is marketing the building “as a redevelopment opportunity for multifamily, hotel, office or retail use,” the statement said. “Originally home to the Baltimore Grain Trading Exchange, the 80,555 square foot Commerce Exchange Building was built in 1906 after the Great Baltimore Fire and completely renovated in 1985,” Cushman & Wakefield said.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has dismissed a $5 million lawsuit filed against the former president of Baltimore International College by the board of the defunct culinary school. The suit, a counterclaim, alleged that Roger Chylinski, who founded the college and served as its president from 1980 to 2010, misused more than $200,000 for personal meals, antiques and unapproved salary. But Judge John Phillip Miller issued a dismissal May 7 without a hearing or written explanation.
NEWS
Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2011
Baltimore International College has reached a legal settlement that will allow it to remain accredited until the end of the year, when officials expect the downtown culinary college to be taken over by Virginia-based Stratford University. Baltimore International College has reached a legal settlement that will allow it to remain accredited until the end of the year, when officials expect the downtown culinary school to be taken over by Virginia-based Stratford University. The settlement ended a court battle between Baltimore International and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which planned to strip the college of its accreditation at the end of August — a move that could have forced the school to close.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Not everybody loves those food-truck rallies. Residents in Little Italy received a sarcasm-laced flier in their mailboxes, from parties unknown, protesting the Friday night event in their neighborhood. The letter is written as if from (fictional) greedy and thoughtless promoters of the event. "Please support us, instead of your local residents. " the letter concludes, "Sincerely, non-property owners/non-renters, non-residents. " Since the first Baltimore food-truck rally was held in Harbor East in July 2011, the Friday night events have moved to a more-or-less weekly schedule, rotating among three main venues -- Keswick Avenue and 36th Street in Hampden, McHenry Row in Locust Point and the parking lot of the Stratford University campus in Little Italy, where the first of three September Gatherings is scheduled for Friday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
More than 30 Baltimore chefs have been lined up for the 3rd annual Farm to Chef culinary competition. The event, produced by the American Institute of Wine & Food Baltimore chapter, partners chefs with local farms to create recipes for the 300 guests. Formerly known as The Farmer and the Chef, the event is moving this year to the American Visionary Art Museum, where it will take place on Monday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Farm to Chef is a benefit for Days of Taste, an AIWF program that brings together farmers, chefs and community volunteers to introduce school children to the basic tenets of taste and to teach them how food travels from farm to table.
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