The Coolest Jobs You Never Knew Existed at UMBC: Ferdinand Maisel, Music Coordinator/Dance Accompanist

Before the first note sounds, the dance studio—with its heavy black tape stripes lining the floor—s like an enormous blank page of sheet music. Then, Ferdinand Maisel leans into the keys of the black grand piano in the corner, and suddenly students in sweats and bare feet dot the staff with whole-note pliés and staccato jumps.

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The Coolest Jobs You Never Knew Existed at UMBC: Lindsey Loeper, Archivist, Special Collections

Lindsey Loeper ’04 acknowledges the futility of trying to keep pace with the hands of the watch and the rapidly turning pages of the calendar. No matter how quickly she and other members of the Special Collections team archive the stacks of UMBC documents they receive every day, there are always more coming. History never stops happening at a university that’s still building its story.

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The Coolest Job You Never Knew Existed at UMBC: Tony Baney, Glass Blower

Glass may be fragile. But the process of making it is not for the delicate of hand or heart. Tony Baney, a second-generation glass blower who works in UMBC’s glass shop, manages to keep his cool even while working with his hands ungloved amid Pyrex as hot as 1,500 degrees Celsius. On the floor near his feet, a cardboard box of broken shards bears the sign: “Tony FIX ME please!” A nearby radio blares “Beast of Burden” by the Rolling Stones.

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