- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS

University chief backs tuition rise

Maryland lawmakers are poised to maintain a tuition freeze at state universities for the fourth straight year.

But the head of the University System of Maryland said that’s not necessarily good news for students.

The system is worse off financially than when the Board of Regents proposed a 4 percent tuition increase, Chancellor William Kirwan said. It doesn’t make sense for lawmakers to “erode the quality” of universities by depriving them of extra revenue that would come from raising tuition, he said.

The House of Delegates budget committee kept money for the tuition freeze intact, but committee members are recommending $21 million in other university system cuts.

The university system should be able to absorb those cuts without passing them on to students, some lawmakers say.

WESTMINSTER

Hearing delayed in hit-and-run

An extradition hearing in New York for a man accused in a hit-and-run that killed a McDaniel College student has been delayed until Wednesday.

The hearing for Shawron Bibbs, 29, was postponed after a local warrant for him was found, police in Hempstead, N.Y., said.

Mr. Bibbs was driving a pickup that hit a car carrying five McDaniel College students on Feb. 6, Westminster police said. Sophomore Thomas Rouleau, 19, of Gilboa, N.Y., died at the scene.

Charges against Mr. Bibbs include felony negligent manslaughter by auto, felony theft and felony unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

VIRGINIA

NORFOLK

Norfolk State gets $3.5 million gift

An anonymous donor has bequeathed $3.5 million to Norfolk State University - the largest gift in the school’s history.

The university said it must use $3 million of the donation to provide financial assistance to students. The remaining $500,000 must be spent on faculty support, research and equipment.

The university announced the donation Friday.

Norfolk State is a historically black college founded in 1935. Nearly 90 percent of its 6,300 students receive financial aid.

NORFOLK

Ex-governor wins Virginian of Year

Former Gov. Gerald Baliles was honored Friday night as Virginian of the Year, an annual award given by the Virginia Press Association.

Mr. Baliles received the award at the press group’s annual convention in Norfolk.

Born in Patrick County, Mr. Baliles served as a member of the House of Delegates and attorney general before he was governor from 1986 to 1990. He pushed through more spending on transportation and education during his term.

He later joined a law firm and is now director of the Miller Center for Public Affairs, a public policy think tank at the University of Virginia.

The annual award is usually given to a Virginia native who has achieved prominence in a career such as show business, sports or politics.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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