Western Maryland at 125


Let's hear it for the Green Terrors, the Western Maryland College football team that is going to play a really-away game in Moscow (the one in Russia) on March 18, against a team called the Bears before a much bigger crowd than even at homecoming in Westminster. And it will be televised.

This follows the path pioneered by the Johns Hopkins University baseball team, but it is believed to be a historic event, the first football game in Russia by an American college team. Western Maryland is NCAA Division III, Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest Division -- honest amateurs. Nonetheless, the Green Terrors are favored on experience and knowledge of the game. The betting is on good will ensuing.

It's a fitting prominence to commemorate Western Maryland College's 125th anniversary. The liberal arts college of some 1,200 undergraduates, with postgraduate professional training programs in education and education for the deaf, is vigorously growing in the seventh year of the presidency of Robert H. Chambers. Notable is the recent $10 million expansion of the Hoover Library, doubling its capacity and adding state-of-the art electronics.

Fund-raising has reached new highs, but the endowment is comparatively low and recruitment has been hit by recession. So far, Western Maryland has come through without the layoffs and program curtailments reported elsewhere. This is a school where education of students comes first. The president, vice president for academic affairs, dean of planning and research and dean of graduate studies all teach. It is also a major economic and cultural center for Carroll County and the adjoining fringe of Pennsylvania, with its concerts, lectures, book review lunches and summer theater well attended by the community.

Western Maryland may not be the most famous college in America. But it offers excellent, undergraduate-centered liberal

arts education. And in two months it is going to be a household name all over the Commonwealth of Independent States (formerly the Soviet you-know-what). And when it is famous there, it will become better known beyond the Middle Atlantic states in this country. Swarthmore, eat your heart out.

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