Annual Stress Less Carnival brings dogs and mental health resources to students before finals

By Maristela Romero Mental health awareness groups lined McKeldin mall Wednesday with booths for the Stress Less Carnival hosted by Active Minds at Maryland to inform students on a variety of ways to relax before the upcoming finals week. The annual event offered painting, ring toss and stress ball-making among other activities to serve as avenues for students to practice self-care. “We have a lot … Continue reading Annual Stress Less Carnival brings dogs and mental health resources to students before finals

Turbans for Terps, a look into the Sikh faith

By Maristela Romero The University of Maryland’s Sikh Student Association offered turban wrapping sessions accompanied by brief chats on the Sikh religion at Hornbake Plaza on Thursday. The group also served samosas and roohafza, a rosy strawberry syrup mixed with milk. Sikhism has grown to become the fifth largest religion in the world since its founding in the late 15th century, yet the practice and … Continue reading Turbans for Terps, a look into the Sikh faith

Asian American Club holds first ‘olympic games’ to bring Asian ethnic student groups together

By Maristela Romero The recently established Asian American Club hosted its first Asian American Olympic games on March 29, inviting multiple ethnic student organizations to bond over friendly competition and Thai iced tea at Oakland Hall. A formal collaboration between multiple Asian student organizations is an uncommon occurrence, let alone a social event that brings together four of the most actively represented Asian ethnic groups … Continue reading Asian American Club holds first ‘olympic games’ to bring Asian ethnic student groups together

Students voice concerns about university leadership at Fire the Liars rally

By Maristela Romero Over 20 student-led organizations held a protest to demand President Wallace Loh to commit to his retirement and call for student power to elect the next president and Board of Regents members. The UMD Muslim Alliance for Social Change, UMD Pride Alliance, UMD Socialists and Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS), among many others, sponsored the rally to … Continue reading Students voice concerns about university leadership at Fire the Liars rally

Election countdown has campus civic engagement in full force

By Maristela Romero Civic engagement groups increased their presence across campus to provide information and resources for casting votes as a last hoorah before the midterm elections Tuesday. The Student Government Association (SGA) has particularly intensified their efforts through their coalition TerpsVote and by implementing a new initiative: handing out free envelopes and stamps at their office for students to mail in their absentee ballots. … Continue reading Election countdown has campus civic engagement in full force

“Justice for Jordan” rally demonstrates discontent among students with ‘accountability’ on McNair death

By Maristela Romero The University of Maryland Student Government Association organized a rally in support of Jordan McNair’s family and to protest the reinstatement of the university’s head football coach DJ Durkin Thursday afternoon. The rally continued despite the announcement of Durkin’s termination as head coach in a letter to the university community from President Wallace D. Loh Wednesday night Many students said that they … Continue reading “Justice for Jordan” rally demonstrates discontent among students with ‘accountability’ on McNair death

University public health researchers develop health literacy app for minority populations

By Maristela Romero Public health researchers from the University of Maryland are working on a new smartphone app to provide more accessible health information to African-American and Spanish-speaking communities. The four-year project received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine to bridge the health literacy gap within these minority populations. In 2018, the Pew Research Center conducted a … Continue reading University public health researchers develop health literacy app for minority populations

Kavanaugh confirmation evokes contrasting opinions among students

By Maristela Romero The controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination drew the attention of the country, including University of Maryland students who hold divided opinions about the scandal. Kavanaugh’s nomination process, from the alleged sexual assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and similar claims from two other women to his emotional response during his testimony, has been met with on-campus protests from some students and sympathy … Continue reading Kavanaugh confirmation evokes contrasting opinions among students

Undocumented students say university support programs are helpful but not easily accessible

By Maristela Romero The University of Maryland’s recent focus on inclusivity gave rise to the Year of Immigration theme, which hopes to bring marginalized groups like undocumented students to the forefront of the university’s consciousness. Undocumented students, called “UndocuTerps,” make up a substantial part of the student population and have limited opportunities compared to fellow students who are legal U.S. citizens. The university initiates community-building … Continue reading Undocumented students say university support programs are helpful but not easily accessible