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The “Orioles Nun”: Baseball’s Holiest Fan?

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Photo via WMAR

If there ever were a contest for #1 Orioles fan, it would be a tough one: There’s Elaine from Seinfeld, Joan Jett, Wild Bill... but trumping them all in terms of devotion is Sister Paulette Doyas, aka the Orioles Nun.

It’s College Rankings Time Again

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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:

Hospitals and Universities Pledge to Revitalize Baltimore

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Photo via Twitter/@MayorSRB

Have you heard the phrase “meds and eds”? It refers to the idea that hospitals and universities are the institutions with the money and power to revitalize struggling cities. Baltimore has a wealth of both.

The Baltimore City Anchor Plan is a formalization of Baltimore’s plans for meds and eds-based development. The eight hospitals and universities that signed on to the plan this week promised to prioritize four areas: public safety, local hiring, local purchasing, and quality of life in the city.

Who’s Speaking at Local Graduations?

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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!

Get a Hands-On Taste of History with Johns Hopkins’ Adopt-an-Object Program

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Museum director Betsy Bryan shows off the Egyptian wand to its adoptive parents, an AP History class from Notre Dame Prep.
Museum director Betsy Bryan shows off the Egyptian wand to its adoptive parents, an AP History class from Notre Dame Prep. Photo courtesy the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.

This spring, a group of high school students from Notre Dame Prep found themselves in possession of a 3700-year old Egyptian magic wand. No, this isn’t the plot of a supernatural young adult thriller; it’s Adopt an Object, the inventive new fundraising strategy dreamed up by the ambitious team at Johns Hopkins’ newly re-opened Archaeological Museum. Ever wanted your very own Grecian urn? Here’s your chance.

Which Local Universities’ Grads Make the Most Money?

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It’s not who you might expect. PayScale, a website that aggregates economic data to help people understand whether they’re under- (or over-) paid just released its 2012-13 data ranking various universities for their salary potential. A quick data point:  Princeton grads have an average starting salary of $58,300 and an average mid-career salary of $137,000. And because money isn’t everything, PayScale also asks alumni whether their job “makes the world a better place”; 49 percent of Princeton grads think that it does. (The site surveyed students with a bachelor’s degree from the institution, not MD/MA/PhD grads, in case you’re wondering). The lowest-earning school on the list is the online division of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (because who goes to art school online!?), where fresh grads average $34,200 and those with a decade or more under their belt make $42,300, on average. Curious about how some local schools measure up? We’ve got the answers below:

Two Notre Dame Grads, Baltimore County Residents Get Fulbrights

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For the first time in the school’s history, Notre Dame (ours, not that not-so-good-at-lacrosse school in Indiana, natch) will send two graduates abroad on Fulbright fellowships this fall. Read on, and prepare to be impressed.

Brianna January of Essex was awarded a fellowship to teach English in Mexico. Some might use that as an excuse to goof off for the summer, but January’s taking the opposite tack; next week she leaves for Guatemala, where she’ll be conducting research under the auspices of a Davis Project for Peace Scholarship.

(In case you’re not familiar with it — and I wasn’t! — the Project for Peace is a new-ish fund established by rich lady/philanthropist Kathryn Davis, who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2007 by deciding to fund a bunch of $10,000 “projects for peace” designed and implemented by undergraduate students. Last year, January received her first Project for Peace scholarship, for an inter-generational arts project in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Lima. Notre Dame has received at least one scholarship every year since the program was founded.)

Lauren McCusker, resident of Sparrows Point, will head to South Korea in early July on her Fulbright. McCusker also has experience working internationally, albeit on different continents than January:  she was a member of the university’s School Sisters program last year, for which she taught English in Mako, Hungary.

You might want to write these names down, Baltimore — we have a feeling they might be up to great things in the future.

The Baltimore-Area Commencement Speech Rundown

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Dr. Shirley Jackson, who will five the commencement speech at Morgan State.

I’m sure there are people out there who remember their commencement speakers forever. I’m not one of them. I vaguely remember a woman speaking in broad terms about leadership, or friendship, or maybe even both. Some of this year’s graduates are going to find that half-hour speech the most riveting part of graduation — probably those lucky kids at Goucher, who’ll get to listen to a born storyteller — while many will spend that time daydreaming about their post-graduation plans. Here’s a run-down of the rest of 2012’s commencement speakers and their relative snooze-scores:

Updates in the Yeardley Love Murder Trial

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You probably remember, but a quick overview of the facts:  The UVA lacrosse player and Notre Dame Prep grad was found dead in her Charlottesville apartment; her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, admitted that he kicked in her door and shook her so hard that her head repeatedly hit a wall. But (according to Huguely’s lawyers), that’s not what killed her; instead, it was an irregular heartbeat from a combination of Adderall and drinking. Huguely’s lawyers won a pre-trial victory this week when the judge agreed to let them have access to all of Love’s medical records. The judge also banned cameras from the courtroom. Expect a lot more depressing news to emerge once the trial begins in February.

Meanwhile, Love’s family has set up a charity in honor of Yeardley. The One Love Foundation offers scholarships and other programs to “keep Yeardley’s spirit alive in others by promoting strength of character and service.” Next week, Notre Dame hosts a book reading with bestselling memoirist Kelly Corrigan (author of Lift and The Middle Place), with proceeds benefitting the foundation. And don’t forget about today’s Domestic Violence Symposium, which we told you about earlier this week.

Baltimore College Rankings: Everyone’s Best at Something

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Yesterday, we told you about how the US News & World Report college rankings singled out UMBC as its number one “up and coming” school in the country. But that doesn’t mean that other area schools aren’t special, too. And while “the list” is most well-known for its overall rankings, its gotten more and more specific over recent years — to the point where they list the top 100 schools for legal writing, for example. Below, a round-up of Baltimore area schools and their own particular strengths, as determined by the magazine’s rankings:

  • Johns Hopkins has the #1 biomedical engineering program and the #5 environmental health program for undergrads.
  • The Hopkins public health program is the best in the country
  • The Hopkins med school is #3 overall for research, #1 for internal medicine, #2 for AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, and geriatrics.
  • What about the humanities, you ask? Hopkins has highly-ranked grad programs in US colonial history, European history, literary criticism and theory, political theory, behavioral neuroscience, and non-profit management.
  • MICA is #4 overall for fine arts schools. The departments that rank particularly high:  painting/drawing; graphic design; sculpture.
  • Stevenson joins UMBC near the top of the “up-and-coming” list, ranking #2 overall!
  • Towson‘s strongest grad programs are in audiology, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology

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