UMD transgender community views online learning as a missed opportunity for inclusive education

By Michelle Levine The University of Maryland allows people to change their Zoom names to add personal pronouns after they enter meetings.  Transgender students and staff say it is not enough. Members of the LGBTQ community at the University of Maryland said Zoom classes have the potential to help normalize transgender issues, but the school hasn’t taken advantage of the situation. There have also been … Continue reading UMD transgender community views online learning as a missed opportunity for inclusive education

We Skate at UMD to become first dedicated space for female, LGBTQ skaters on campus

by Ceoli Jacoby Sophomore linguistics major Anna DiRienzo first stepped foot in a skatepark the summer before heading off to college at the University of Florida. Though she had the bowl to herself when she arrived, a more experienced skater was not far behind her.  “I was really intimidated,”  DiRienzo said. “I just got too shy and I had to leave.” In an alternate timeline, … Continue reading We Skate at UMD to become first dedicated space for female, LGBTQ skaters on campus

UMD gears up for possible hybrid-model orientation

By Gabrielle Lewis When the pandemic hit Maryland last year, the University of Maryland Office of Student Orientation and Transition had to jump into a fully online orientation process without much time to prepare — but for this summer, the staff is gearing up for a hybrid model to welcome incoming students to the school. This summer, new student orientation will mainly take place online … Continue reading UMD gears up for possible hybrid-model orientation

UMD dining halls open at 50% capacity

By Victoria Stavish The University of Maryland announced in a campus-wide email that students are allowed to dine in at on-campus dining halls at 50% capacity beginning April 5. The announcement, which also allows students to host a guest in their dorm room and eat with their peers in lounges, follows a decrease in on-campus COVID-19 cases since spring break. Between March 28 and April … Continue reading UMD dining halls open at 50% capacity

‘Drag Race’ queen Shea Couleé gives students Zoom makeup tutorial

By Hannah Ziegler “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” Season 5 winner Shea Couleé joined University of Maryland students for a drag makeup tutorial and Q&A session hosted by Student Entertainment Events (SEE) on Thursday. The hour-long tutorial covered a wide range of topics including makeup tips, zodiac signs, favorite “Drag Race” memories and Couleé’s family roots in Maryland.  “I spent a lot of time going … Continue reading ‘Drag Race’ queen Shea Couleé gives students Zoom makeup tutorial

UMD athletes play hard in empty stadiums but crave fans’ energy

By Barbara Ron Nearly a year into the pandemic University of Maryland athletes are just grateful they get to play. But that does not mean they did not miss their supporters during the months playing without spectators. COVID-19 brought about changes in sporting event attendance policies and players said they felt the absence of fans on game days. Student fans were not the only ones … Continue reading UMD athletes play hard in empty stadiums but crave fans’ energy

Students with disabilities face uncertainty amid class registration

By Logan Loewenstein Academic accommodations became available to students everywhere in the last year to enable them to complete school work and to protect public health, but many students require personalized arrangements without a global crisis.  Plans are uncertain for the upcoming fall semester for students with disabilities at the University of Maryland, and some fear their arrangement needs may be drowned out by classes … Continue reading Students with disabilities face uncertainty amid class registration

UMD students demand action following mass shootings

By Kara Thompson Atlanta. Boulder, Colorado. Virginia Beach, Virginia. Orange, California. Bryan, Texas.  Dozens of people have been killed in mass shootings in less than a month, and these five towns are just a few of the sites where lives were taken. Gun violence has been brought to the forefront of public concern once again after these recent mass shootings. People across the country have … Continue reading UMD students demand action following mass shootings

UMD international students face new obstacles amid pandemic

By Adama Turay Many students at the University of Maryland struggle through online classes. But some of them do it from halfway across the globe. For international students, the pandemic has increased financial and logistical challenges. Many have had to take classes in different countries and time zones. Others have remained on campus or have stayed with close friends or family. Priyatham Kattakinda, a doctorate … Continue reading UMD international students face new obstacles amid pandemic

Heartwarming and tear jerking, ‘Sound of Metal’ is a strong contender to win best picture at the Oscars

By Eva Sanchez Welcome to the first part of my movie review series of the Oscar best picture nominees. I am not a film major but do consider myself a pop culture fanatic, therefore a little bit of a movie geek. This series will go through all of the best picture nominees and will feature a small spoiler-free summary and review of each movie.  The … Continue reading Heartwarming and tear jerking, ‘Sound of Metal’ is a strong contender to win best picture at the Oscars