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JHU President and His Wife Help Fund $1M Endowment for First-Generation Students

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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins is making another power play to support its undergraduate students, this time for those who are among the first in their families to attend college.

Morgan State Plots $149 Million Expansion

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Morgan State University is undergoing a major expansion of its campus in northeast Baltimore, on property it owns at Hillen Road and Argonne Drive. The new west campus will contain the long-awaited Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management, opening in 2015, and the Behavioral and Social Sciences Center, to open in 2017. Together, the two buildings cost around $149 million.

An undetermined amount of funding is being sought for a third building and parking garage on the site, according to Cynthia Wilder, a Morgan State planner. Morgan State, part of the state university system, owns more than 170 acres, of which 143 acres constitute the main campus for its approximately 8,000 students.

U of Maryland, Loyola Among Most Fit Colleges in the Nation

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With its organically grown food systems and very successful sports teams, Virginia Polytechnic Institute is the fittest college campus in America, according to The Active Times.

Stop Giving Your College Student Money

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Seriously:  tear up that checkbook; stop that money transfer. If your child freaks out, just tell her that it’s for her own good — after all, recent studies have found that parental support for college-age students is linked with a number of not-so-good things, including lower grades and increased binge drinking.

Dropping Off the Firstborn at College

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People have been very kind this week, asking me how I am doing, whether we have heard from Emily, how the drop off went.  Honestly, it is still a bit of a blur, and I hope that when the focus clears, we will have a little time under our belts, and things won’t seem so strange.

If you have been following our story this year, you know Emily is our firstborn.  Dropping her off at college last Friday was sort of like leaving a limb behind.  Emily has been an integral part of daily life for the last 18 ½ years, and enjoys a leading role in our family’s cast.  Although she has been away before, for exchange programs and camps, we all know it is different this time, and that our family life will never be the same.

Huguely’s Lawyers Back in Court Today, Sentencing Date August 30

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George Huguely

Lawyers for George Huguely, the former UVA lacrosse star who was convicted of the second degree murder in the death of Baltimore’s Yeardley Love, appeared in Charlottesville Circuit Court today to set the date for the sentencing of Huguely, a Chevy Chase, Md. resident.

Judge Edward Hogshire ruled that Huguely will be sentenced on August 30. The jury in the case recommended a 26-year sentence.

Last month, attorneys for Huguely indicated they intend to ask for a retrial in the case. They must file that motion by May 25.

A hearing on a request to have some of the evidence released to the media is set for Thursday afternoon.

Who Needs Real Friends When You Have Facebook Friends?

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It’s fun to be young. You can go on dates! hang out with friends! listen to music! Or… go on Twitter?

In a creepy new study released by Cisco Systems, 40 percent of college students claimed to consider the Internet more important than all the above activities. After all, the internet doesn’t talk back, or flirt with your ex-boyfriend. It offers seemingly infinite cute kitten videos. And g-chatting someone is a lot more low-stakes than actually having a face-to-face conversation. Why leave your room at all, really?

If you’ve spent any time with college-age kids recently, they probably spent at least 20 percent of the time obsessively checking their phones. At what point does this become internet addiction? And what about the whole interpersonal connection thing — are we witnessing the beginning of its slow decline? When looking at studies like this, it’s easy to catastrophize. After all, the internet can be used for good — for maintaining friendships from afar, for re-connecting with the past, for checking in with your mom by sending her funny cat videos. But when (as in this study) 33 percent of college students put internet access in the same category as food, air, and water… well, then it might be time to worry.

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