Indian Student Association celebrates Diwali Dhamaka

By Casey Gannon The Indian Student Association at the University of Maryland held its first ever Diwali Dhamaka event on Friday, Nov. 8. Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, which celebrates the victory of good over evil.  Students filled the entirety of the Stamp Colony Ballroom for the event. The event included a Bollywood DJ, traditional Indian food, and performances from five Indian performing … Continue reading Indian Student Association celebrates Diwali Dhamaka

Gym anxiety limits some students from achieving their fitness goals

By Shauneen Miranda  Some University of Maryland students struggle with gym anxiety — a sense of discomfort in fitness spaces based on fear of body judgement, their perceived lack of knowledge on how to exercise, and feelings of being watched and judged.  “Gym anxiety can manifest in several different forms, depending on the individual,” said Tami Lee, the assistant director of this university’s Recreation and … Continue reading Gym anxiety limits some students from achieving their fitness goals

Student Affairs indaba shares an affinity for fellowship

By Brenda Wintrode Over a dozen university staff members gathered in Stamp’s Jimenez Room last Tuesday to discuss their experiences and interest in starting fellowship groups known as affinity spaces on campus with colleagues of similar identities. The Division of Student Affairs Diversity Initiative (SADI) hosted “Indaba: Affinity Spaces and Collective Convening,” facilitated by Assistant Director of the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life Michael … Continue reading Student Affairs indaba shares an affinity for fellowship

Climate change tops the university senate’s priority list

By James Cirrone The university senate held its monthly meeting last Tuesday, and the university’s policies for tackling climate change dominated the conversation. At the start of the meeting, Senate Chair Pamela Lanford informed her colleagues that President Wallace Loh would not be delivering his state of affairs address that day, since he was in a conference at the White House. Lanford jokingly “offered condolences” … Continue reading Climate change tops the university senate’s priority list

#FearlessFirst sheds light on the first-generation student experience

Resourceful, persistent and gritty: these are the three qualities that come to mind when Christal Dimas discusses first-generation students at the University of Maryland. Dimas, a coordinator for retention at the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Scholarships, sought to highlight these strengths at the Academic Achievement Program’s #FearlessFirst celebration Friday. Tables set up outside the Adele H. Stamp Student Union offered hot chocolate and #FearlessFirst … Continue reading #FearlessFirst sheds light on the first-generation student experience

JSU hosts Dead Sea spa with goals of education and relaxation

By Sarah Natchipolsky The Jewish Student Union hosted a Dead Sea Spa night using beauty products made with salt and mud from the landmark body of water on Thursday evening. The Dead Sea is a lake bordered by Israel and Jordan, famous for its extremely high salinity. The mud is rich in minerals and the salt and mud are known for their benefits for the … Continue reading JSU hosts Dead Sea spa with goals of education and relaxation

Graduate school enters U21 innovation challenge

By Brenda Wintrode For the first time, the graduate school will offer both master’s and doctorate students a chance to enter into a global innovation competition against 26 other international research institutions, according to Robyn Kotzker, the assistant director of the Office of Funding Opportunities. The competition, called the “U21/PwC Innovation Challenge,” a collaboration between the network of research universities known as Universitas 21 and … Continue reading Graduate school enters U21 innovation challenge

Lone female professor in cell biology, molecular genetics to retire in Spring 2020

By Dylan Spilko The only female principal lecturer in the cell biology and molecular genetics department at the University of Maryland is expected to retire at the end of the spring 2020 semester.  Patricia “Patty” Shields has been a lecturer at the university since 2001. She has taught  principles of molecular & cellular biology for over 20 years to undergraduates students. Shields teaches with a … Continue reading Lone female professor in cell biology, molecular genetics to retire in Spring 2020

New disability studies major will be available next semester

By Emily Riley Students will have the opportunity to pursue a minor in Disability Studies starting in Spring 2020. Peter Leone, a faculty member and leader of implementing the minor, says will be beneficial for every student.  But the minor, said Leone, isn’t something that was thrown together. It’s been in the works for over four years, and was even denied once before being approved … Continue reading New disability studies major will be available next semester

“Hack Your Brain” event reveals smart study habits

By James Cirrone What are you expected to do as a college student? Eat, sleep, and study. Most of us have the first two down pat, but it turns out we don’t quite know how to hit the books effectively.  On Oct. 29, Dr. Scott Roberts told the 20 or so students who attended his presentation in Edward St. John’s Teaching and Learning Transformation Center … Continue reading “Hack Your Brain” event reveals smart study habits