Instructor teaches children graffiti style art

Although graffiti often is seen as a problem, Sykesville art instructor Vivian Davis sees it as an alternative style of artistic expression. Davis taught students how to paint in the rugged, urban style this past week in her garage. (Carr. Co. Times)

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College In Md. Ranks In Top 20 List Of U.S. Party Schools

The Princeton Review released its annual college rankings on Monday, including a list of the Top 20 party schools in the nation for 2013. (AP)

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New principal, new building for Ellicott City's Linwood Center

Every morning when Catherine Perini gets into her blue Ford Focus hatchback, she's always in a rush — not because she's running late, but because she cannot wait to get to work. Perini is the new principal at the Linwood Center in Ellicott City, a nonprofit based out a historic mansion off Martha Bush Drive that has provided special education services for children with autism since 1955. (Balt. Sun)

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August 5 // City's summer school program sees results

The Building Educated Leaders for Life summer program is showing promising results for Baltimore's most challenging student population, according to the data and the officials who run it. For the past three years, BELL has tailored its nationally acclaimed extended-learning model to a summer program for city middle-schoolers who were recommended to be held back a grade. This year, 480 students whose families enrolled them attended the programs. (Balt. Sun)

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Congress reaches student loan deal that lowers rates for borrowers

With the start of classes just weeks away, Maryland financial aid directors sighed with relief that Congress has finally reached an agreement on student loan interest rates that will lower costs for borrowers this academic year. "We have been getting calls from students," said Zhanna Goltser, director of financial aid at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. "It's great that it will save money for students who are borrowing now." "Now" is the key word. Under a new formula created by lawmakers, the rate on certain federal loans could go up significantly in a few years. (Balt. Sun)

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New Athletic Director Arrives At Towson University

One day after he was hired, Towson University's new athletic director arrived on campus. Tim Leonard, currently the senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Southern Methodist University, appeared at a news conference Friday morning. "Everything we do will be based on integrity, because you cannot have sustained success in anything you do, without integrity," Leonard said at the news conference. (WBAL)

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Does the Grand Prix encourage playing hooky?

Organizers of the Grand Prix of Baltimore — the auto race that hits downtown streets Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 — are big supporters of local students. To show their appreciation for hardworking youngsters, they’re offering discounted Friday tickets to “active students.” All-day admission will be only $5 with a valid student ID. Sounds awesome. The only problem is, “active students” have school that day. (Daily Record)

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Sylvan Learning sheds brick-and-mortar centers, wants to be No. 1 in education services

Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. is looking to expand its franchise network and create hundreds of new learning centers over the next few years. Sylvan will focus on growing in Virginia, California, New York, Texas and Florida — areas with a low concentration of learning centers. The Baltimore-based tutoring company is relying on a new digital learning platform that allows franchise owners to be more mobile. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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