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The UMBC Chess Team is Final-Four Bound, As Usual

0 Written by: | Monday, Jan 05, 2015 3:00pm

UMBC's Niclas “The Dark Knight” Huschenbeth (left) at the Pan-Am championships (UMBC)

UMBC’s Niclas “The Dark Knight” Huschenbeth (left) at the Pan-Am championships (UMBC)

The Ravens advanced in the AFC playoffs over the weekend, leaving football fans daydreaming about another Lombardi Trophy. The Terps’ basketball team has only one loss, meaning a March Madness run may soon be in their future. But amid all the well-marketed hype, let’s not forget the area’s other dynasty: the UMBC chess team. Read More →

Schools

Want to Be Rich? Don’t Go to Hopkins–And Other Weird Lessons From the DB College Rankings

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014 11:04am

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If you want further evidence that college rankings don’t make a whole lot of sense, check out the Daily Beast’s annual list of the country’s best colleges.

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Featured, Schools

It’s College Rankings Time Again

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 10:25am

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It’s the time of year that college administrators and admissions officials have been waiting for: the annual release of U.S. News’s college rankings. Even as the whole idea of rankings had been heavily criticized, and despite other magazines trying to steal the glory by developing their own lists, the U.S. News list remains a focus for students and administrators alike. Here’s how local schools measured up this year:

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Featured, Schools

Who’s Speaking at Local Graduations?

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 9:18am

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I love commencement season — not just because of the caps and gowns and excitement in the air, but also because it’s the time of year when local universities bring famous (or, well, semi-famous) folks to town to deliver the commencement address. While none of the speakers announced so far rivals Ira Glass (who spoke at Goucher in 2012), they make for an intriguing mix:

Johns Hopkins: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. Why this is cool: She’ll be just the fifth woman to serve as Johns Hopkins’ graduation speaker since 1974.

Stevenson: ABC News Anchor Byron Pitts, who you may recognize from his reporting appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. Or from Morgan State’s 2013 commencement speech. Why this is cool: He’s a native Baltimorean!

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Featured, Schools

UMBC Ranks Among the Ivies

4 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 9:36am

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What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, and Brown all have in common? Duh; they’re all Ivy League schools. But here’s a trickier question:  What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and UMBC all have in common?

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Culture, Lifeline, Mt. Vernon, Station North

Either George Bluth or His Brother Oscar Spotted in Mount Vernon

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 9:30am

Photo via Liam Flynn/Baltimore Sun

Photo via Liam Flynn/Baltimore Sun

No, Arrested Development fans, you were not dreaming when you thought you saw George Bluth (or Jeffrey Tambor, the actor who plays him) buying a sandwich at Eddie’s in Mount Vernon yesterday afternoon. Read More →

Featured, Schools

UMBC Is Totally Hogging the #1 Spot on US News College Rankings

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 10:00am

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Just how long can you be “up-and-coming” for? In the case of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the answer appears to be at least five years:  that’s how long the school has spent at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s list of schools “that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life.”

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Culture, Schools

What Schools’ Summer Reading Picks Reveal

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 9:30am

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Last year, I wrote that colleges’ summer reading picks for incoming freshmen could be seen as “a litmus test for how a school sees itself.” Intellectual? Cutting-edge? Not too difficult? There’s a book that fits that description! This year, Baltimore Fishbowl continues that tradition of overanalyzing freshman required reading from local universities:

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Maryland Schools Are Good at Partying, Not Partying, Being Pretty, and Being Ugly

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 9:16am

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The Princeton Review released its annual college rankings yesterday, and while the academic lists are more important, it’s those Biggest Party School rankings that everyone really likes to read. Below are a few Maryland-centric highlights from this year’s list:

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Maryland Cyber Challenge Seeks ‘Aspiring Cyber Warriors’

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 2:45pm

Courtesy Citybizlist –The Maryland Cyber Challenge is seeking a new generation of “aspiring cyber warriors” this fall at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Science Applications International Corporation, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) announced plans for the third annual competition on Monday. The competition aims to attract students and young professionals to Maryland’s growing role as the “nation’s epicenter for information security excellence,” according to the competition announcement.

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