UMD celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week

by Maxine Friedman The University of Maryland Counseling Center held a week of programming, consisting of both online and in-person events, from Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9 for Mental Health Awareness Week.  In an effort to help combat the stress and anxiety that has come with the ongoing pandemic as well as the heightening racial tensions in the country, the counseling center worked … Continue reading UMD celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week

Following Social Justice Alliance launch, UMD community says there is more to accomplish

By Caleigh Bartash First Lt. Richard Collins III, a 23-year-old Black Bowie State University student, was days away from graduating when he was murdered by a white student on the University of Maryland’s campus in May 2017. When UMD Associate English Professor Zita Nunes returned to campus after that summer, she felt the response was not robust enough. Nunes decided to work with graduate students … Continue reading Following Social Justice Alliance launch, UMD community says there is more to accomplish

PG Change Makers Coalition Fights for Local Change in Prince George’s County

by Kiersten Hacker After the killing of George Floyd by police on May 25, protests spread across the nation. The Black Lives Matter movement gained strength as demonstrations, caravans, virtual events, and many other actions took place to bring awareness to the issues of police reform and systemic racism. While protests occurred on the national level gaining widespread attention, many organizations and communities began organizing … Continue reading PG Change Makers Coalition Fights for Local Change in Prince George’s County

STOPCovid UMD study seeks to discover how COVID-19 is spread

By Maxine Friedman A team of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health is conducting a study titled StopCOVID UMD that focuses on preventing the spread of COVID-19. The team, which operates out of UMD’s Public Health Aerobiology, Virology, and Exhaled Biomarker Laboratory, is working to answer questions such as: How much airborne virus does an infected person exhale? How much virus … Continue reading STOPCovid UMD study seeks to discover how COVID-19 is spread

Long-awaited Hollywood Gateway Park opens

by: Jordyn Taylor After 13 years of planning, Hollywood Gateway Park opened to the public. The two-story pavilion is located on the southeast corner of Baltimore Avenue and Edgewood Road. According to Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, the new park is intended to educate the public about how climate and weather affect people’s lives . Made up of two levels, the park has a green roof, … Continue reading Long-awaited Hollywood Gateway Park opens

Black Terps Matter unites local college community with Black Film Night

By Caleigh Bartash The University of Maryland’s anti-racist coalition, Black Terps Matter, brought diverse film representation and the Washington-area college community together in College Park Saturday evening with its first Black Film Night. While snacking on theater-style candy and chips, attendees from UMD and other local universities sat down on socially distanced blankets from thrift store Value Village for a showing of the 1978 musical … Continue reading Black Terps Matter unites local college community with Black Film Night

Olivia’s Law is now in effect — but Paregol’s friends and family have been left to pick up the pieces

By Ceoli Jacoby A slew of new laws in states and localities across the country took effect on Oct. 1, the start of fiscal year 2021. Among them was Olivia’s Law, which now requires all public institutions of higher education in the state to develop and submit an outbreak response plan annually to the Maryland Department of Health — and to implement that plan in … Continue reading Olivia’s Law is now in effect — but Paregol’s friends and family have been left to pick up the pieces

Professors, researcher talk gentrification’s lasting impacts on Black communities during webinar

by Brittany N. Gaddy The Colvin Institute of Real Estate held a webinar Wednesday for the University of Maryland community about gentrification and the deracination of the Black community in Harlem, New York and Washington as a part of the institute’s fall lecture series. Willow Lung-Amam, an associate professor of the urban studies and planning program and the director of community development for the National … Continue reading Professors, researcher talk gentrification’s lasting impacts on Black communities during webinar

Performing arts students petition for Black theatre and dance history courses

by Celia Richardson Students, staff and faculty members from the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies discussed potential plans to integrate Black history education into the curriculum during a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30. “I was delighted by the activism, the commitment and the preparation,” TDPS Director Maura Keefe, said. “I left feeling very optimistic for the future.” The town hall … Continue reading Performing arts students petition for Black theatre and dance history courses

UMD’s Xfinity Center chosen as an advanced polling location

By Julia Rosier The University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center Pavilion has been chosen to operate as an advanced polling center for this year’s election. The University of Maryland Athletics Department organized and created the “VoTERP” initiative, a student-athlete campaign that provides resources about voting.  “It kind of all sort of dovetailed into how can we, as a community partner with Prince George’s County, how can … Continue reading UMD’s Xfinity Center chosen as an advanced polling location