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St. Mary's College vows no tuition increases

After several Maryland schools announced last week that they will impose mid-year tuition increases to offset shortfalls in state budget funding, St. Mary’s College of Maryland said  Wednesday it will not follow suit.

Officials at the liberal arts college said it isn’t considering such a move. “Finding the resources necessary to absorb this budget cut will not be easy,” said St. Mary’s President Tuajuanda Jordan, “but we will get it done without harm to our mission and without placing an unexpected burden on our students.”

The decision is in line with school officials’ vote in December to refrain from raising tuition costs this fall. Officials said that it will cost in-state residents $11,500 to attend St. Mary’s this fall – a figure that’s lower than that of 2010.

Last week, four schools within the University System of Maryland – including flagship University of Maryland College Park – voted to increase tuition for the upcoming spring semester. 

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Harford County man sues fraternity for hazing

A Harford County man is suing the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, alleging he was hazed when he joined the fraternity's Coppin State University chapter in 2013.

Johnny Powell II of Havre de Grace alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Prince George's County Circuit Court that officers with Coppin's Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity chapter "punched, hit, slapped, caned and paddled" him numerous times during the spring 2013 pledging process, causing him to end up in the hospital.

Powell was a Stevenson University student at the time and pledged Coppin's chapter as a first step toward establishing a chapter at his university, according to his lawsuit.

He is seeking $4 million in damages and is represented by attorney Jimmy Bell, who also represents former Bowie State University student Kevin Hayes, who sued Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in December with similar allegations. Hayes is seeking $3 million in damages.

Powell names the Philadelphia-based fraternity and several current and former officers...

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O'Malley to join Johns Hopkins staff when term ends

Outgoing Governor Martin O'Malley will become a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins' Carey Business School beginning Feb. 2, school officials said.

The two-term governor, whose tenure in office ends next week, will focus on government, business and urban issues, JHU officials said. O'Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, won't be teaching courses on his own, but participating in classes that cover topics such as leadership, infrastructure, entrepreneurship and ethics, school officials said.

His first day will be Feb. 2.

"Gov. O'Malley has devoted his career to bringing data-driven decision-making to tackling our city and state's most complex challenges," said JHU President Ronald J. Daniels in a prepared statement. "His insights and experience will be of enormous benefit to our students and faculty."

JHU officials said that O'Malley will work with other faculty members and students in the government management studies.

"I am honored to join Johns Hopkins University, a world-class...

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Tuition increased at University System of Maryland schools

Several Maryland colleges, including the state's flagship University of Maryland, College Park and Towson University, are imposing a rare midyear tuition increase as the institutions grapple with state aid being slashed.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted Friday to allow state colleges to raise tuition by 2 percent, and the College Park campus was given approval to impose a surcharge. In addition to hiring freezes that have been imposed across the system, schools also can furlough employees, eliminate jobs or postpone maintenance projects to save money.

As the state tackles an 18-month deficit that once stood at nearly $1.2 billion, state agencies and programs have been feeling the pinch. The university system saw its state funding cut by more than $40 million as part of recent budget cuts.

So far, only four universities — Maryland's College Park campus, Towson, Frostburg State University and Salisbury University — have decided to raise tuition to...

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Sojourner-Douglass sued for failing to pay rent on Arundel campus

Sojourner-Douglass College is being sued by the owner of its Edgewater campus property for failure to pay rent, according to school officials and the plaintiff's attorney.

The lawsuit, filed last month in Anne Arundel County District Court, is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Baltimore-based school, which has satellite campuses in Maryland and in the Bahamas.

Sojourner-Douglass President Charles W. Simmons said the school is working to get caught up on rent payments to Annapolis-based developer SDC 214 LLC. The company's attorney said Sojourner-Douglass is behind two monthly payments of about $29,000 a month.

Simmons said financial shortfalls mean some Sojourner-Douglass staff members did not receive paychecks for the most recent pay period, which ended last Friday. He said some senior staff were initially asked not to cash checks for the previous period — which ended the day after Christmas — but those checks have since been honored.

Simmons said the latest problems came...

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Head of Roland Park Country School to retire

Jean Waller Brune, the head of the Roland Park Country School, will retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year, the school for girls announced Wednesday.

Brune was credited with instituting an international boarding program, creating a one-to-one laptop program, and leading during a time when the school added new buildings.

With 24 years at Roland Park, she is one of the longest serving heads of a private school in the area. She spent 24 years working at the Gilman School, a boys school across the street, before moving to head Roland Park Country.

In a statement, the school said it would conduct a national search for a new head.


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