Tag: st. mary’s
Inequality is on the rise in the United States, as you might have heard; CEOs now make 354 times (!) as much as the average worker in the U.S.. At some companies the ratio is much worse — at JC Penny, the former CEO made 1,795 (!!!) times as much as his department store workers. It hasn’t always been this way; in 1950, CEOs made only 20 times as much as their workers.
When faced with numbers like that, it’s easy to just throw up your hands and assume rampant inequality must be inevitable. But that’s why this new proposal by students and faculty at St. Mary’s College is so inspiring: They want to cap the salary of the school’s highest-paid employee to ten times that of its lowest-paid employee.
Last month, the popular trendcasters at Kiplinger called out the Top 100 Values in Public College Education and five Maryland schools made the cut: University of Maryland, College Park, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Salisbury University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Towson U.
Then, earlier this month, Kiplinger ranked the 10 Best Public Colleges with the Highest Graduation Rates, and one Maryland school made the grade: St. Mary’s College. So why all the press?
Athletics and academics don’t have to be mutually exclusive. To prove the point, each year the NCSA releases its Collegiate Power Rankings, a list that evaluates universities’ combined sports and smarts. And this year, six schools from Maryland rank in the top 100. Can you guess which ones?
Every list has its own spin, from US News’ complicated overall rankings to sillier “best cafeteria” lists. Kiplinger’s particular specialty is assessing various public colleges and universities in terms of value — that is, good schools for not-too-much money. And with five colleges ranking in the 100-long list, Maryland’s not a shabby state to pay your taxes in, if you’re hoping for quality tuition at in-state prices.
Kiplinger’s declared the University of Maryland, College Park the eighth-best value in the nation. Other schools making the cut included Towson University (#76), Salisbury University (#71), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (#42) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (#84). (All those rankings are for in-state students; for everyone else, the rankings were 10, 81, 53, 35, and 63, respectively.)
And though Maryland has a lot to be proud of in this list, we’re still facing heavy competition from our neighbors to the south. Virginia had two schools in the top five (UVA and William and Mary), and seven schools in the top 100. The top-value college in the U.S.? The University of North Carolina. Hard to argue with that.
When mold was discovered in two residence halls at St. Mary’s College, administrators scrambled to shuffle students around so they could get in there and clean the icky stuff away. Doubles were converted to triples, four-person townhouses became five-person townhouses, and, as a last resort, the school booked hotel rooms for some of the 350 students who had to be relocated.
But although a free stint in a hotel room sounds pretty great, it turned out to be more trouble than it was worth — mainly because students had a hard time getting to school. So school officials came up with an ingenious plan for how to get the students back on the water-side campus… they rented a cruise ship, and docked it near the college’s pier on St. Mary’s River. Around 240 students will call the Sea Voyager home for the rest of the semester. Hopefully it will kind of be like Breaker High.*
*a Canadian teen comedy-drama series that ran from 1997 to 1998, set at a high school located on a cruise ship, allowing the episodes to be set in a variety of exotic locations, although the series was, in fact, filmed entirely in Burnaby, British Columbia. The show dealt with teen issues such as dating, finances, and friendship, although the series tended to steer away from the “tougher” situations outlined in other teen dramas at the time. Starring a teen Ryan Gosling as Sean Stanley Hanlon – “The wannabe ladies’ man.”