University housekeepers rally for better wages, working conditions

For as long as some housekeepers at the University of Maryland College Park can remember, they have been eating lunch next to mops, brooms, dust pans, and cleaning sprays in tight janitor closets. That's among the working conditions at issue as the $11.50-an-hour housekeepers hold a rally as they are about to open contract negotiations.

University of Maryland College Park, Baltimore campuses approve partnership

The University of Maryland’s College Park and Baltimore campuses will be collaborating to “MPower the State” through a new strategic partnership, the Board of Regents voted unanimously on Thursday.

The university system has been exploring ways to work more closely after the General Assembly passed a bill last year directing both campuses to look into the possibility of a merger.

Franchot criticizes new College Park president’s home

Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized the University of Maryland’s College Park Foundation’s use of $7.2 million to rebuild the university president’s palatial on-campus residence, as he cast the sole vote opposing the demolition of the current home at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting.

MarylandReporter.com introduces new editors

MarylandReporter.com has hired a new associate editor and two contributing editors who bring years of award-winning journalism experience to the news website. Associate editor Megan Poinski has six years of experience covering state-level government, and is a nationally recognized investigative reporter. She is also working toward her master’s degree in information management at the University of Maryland College Park. Poinski started with MarylandReporter.com July 1. “The associate editor’s job description asked for a lot, “ said Editor and Publisher Len Lazarick.

Mandel at 90: Being governor today is harder

Being governor today is a lot more difficult than it was when he had the job in the 1970s, as Marvin Mandel tells it.

But the government, at both federal and state levels, has also grown too large and taxes are too high. Those were some of the observations Mandel offered in a 90-minute interview two days after his 90th birthday last month, in the Annapolis law office where he said he still works five days a week.