Shuttle-UM struggles in wake of COVID-19

by Joel Lev-Tov With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, ridership of the University of Maryland shuttles has fallen to historic lows and its deficit has climbed to millions of dollars, forcing the university to make hard decisions. According to a statement from the Department of Transportation Services, Shuttle-UM ridership is down 92% this fall compared to fall 2019.  “This semester is … Continue reading Shuttle-UM struggles in wake of COVID-19

Here’s how three friends came together through football during a pandemic

by Anthony Fama The COVID-19 pandemic has filled many students’ lives with isolation, but for these three students at the University of Maryland, football is a safe haven from all the stress. It all started with an idea among three friends — Trey Hammond, Jakob Fong and Jim Joyce, who are all juniors at the university. They all came together and sat on a couch … Continue reading Here’s how three friends came together through football during a pandemic

Walking the political tightrope: Two UMD students discuss the common fear of sharing their political views in 2020

By Maxine Friedman 2020 has presented itself with many different obstacles. From COVID-19 to nationwide civil unrest to an anxiety-ridden year of election anticipation, Americans haven’t been able to catch a break — especially college students. As if having to take courses online and socially distance from friends wasn’t enough, two UMD students say that it’s been stressful to discuss their own political views and … Continue reading Walking the political tightrope: Two UMD students discuss the common fear of sharing their political views in 2020

Proposed visa rule continues to worry faculty, students

by Joel Lev-Tov The Trump administration proposed a fixed term for international student visas on Sept. 25, a move that has continued to draw criticism from Maryland politicians, school administrators and students.  The proposed rule change would affect international students on F-1 and J-1 visas, including those at the University of Maryland. Currently, those visas allow international students to stay in the country as long … Continue reading Proposed visa rule continues to worry faculty, students

UMD remote freshmen face spring housing uncertainty

By Kiersten Hacker After the difficult college decision process, freshmen students at UMD were faced with another tough decision: whether to move on campus or stay at home. With COVID-19 restrictions and the majority of classes being held online, students assessed their options of learning from home or joining the campus community to get as close to the “traditional” college experience they could get during … Continue reading UMD remote freshmen face spring housing uncertainty

The Hall CP rises to popularity amid pandemic

by Courtney Cohn The Hall CP, a restaurant, bar and event space in College Park, opened in January of this year and has skyrocketed in popularity since then, despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The restaurant is located within walking distance for many students living on the University of Maryland campus. The Hall is also open seven days a week, with varying … Continue reading The Hall CP rises to popularity amid pandemic

Amid COVID-19, UMD and PGCPS find ways to provide meals to students

by Courtney Cohn Food insecurity and childhood hunger in Prince George’s County continue to be exacerbated by COVID-19.  Fortunately, students, families and staff are able to receive meals from their local schools, many of which have resorted to virtual learning amid the pandemic, and on campus at the University of Maryland.  The university’s Campus Pantry is especially important in a time when many students are … Continue reading Amid COVID-19, UMD and PGCPS find ways to provide meals to students

Baking is an art, a passion and a way to love others at Shortcake Bakery

by Rachel Logan For Cheryl Harrington, there’s no meal like a home-cooked meal. That’s why she made 100 of them on Nov. 11, and another 50 the next day, for those who had not had a hearty lunch in a long time. “I usually make meatloaf, mashed potatoes and a mixed veggie, because everyone likes meatloaf. I think everyone in America has had a good … Continue reading Baking is an art, a passion and a way to love others at Shortcake Bakery

Producing in a Pandemic: How COVID-19 influenced Unity for the Outcast’s upcoming album

By Ceoli Jacoby When COVID-19 first took hold this spring, many artists worried that the pandemic would devastate their careers. For larger creators like BTS and Future, the opposite was true: they were able to push out successful albums, riding the wave of quarantine-fueled boredom and benefiting from an increasingly captive audience. But for the majority of lesser-known performers who rely on touring for the … Continue reading Producing in a Pandemic: How COVID-19 influenced Unity for the Outcast’s upcoming album

Thanksgiving: pandemic edition

By Jordyn Taylor  Thanksgiving usually means reuniting with family, seeing old friends, dinner tables with an endless amount of people, traveling and holiday cheer, but this year was unlike any other. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Thanksgiving was not spent the way many are used to as people had to stay socially distant and adhere to COVID-19 regulations. On Nov. 17, the U.S. Centers … Continue reading Thanksgiving: pandemic edition