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Maryland residents craft homemade face masks to combat PPE shortage

By Ceoli Jacoby Since Governor Larry Hogan issued a state-wide stay-at-home order on Monday, March 30, Marylanders have been stuck inside looking for new hobbies to pass the time.  Maryland residents Megan Lanier and Heather Harget are no exception. But they found a way to turn their cabin fever into community service: organizing groups of stitchers to make and donate cloth face masks. Lanier, a … Continue reading Maryland residents craft homemade face masks to combat PPE shortage

Study abroad students adjust to life in U.S. quarantine

By: Madison Peek As people all over the country grapple with their new life in the wake of the coronavirus, University of Maryland students who had to return from their study abroad trips are trying to adjust to life at home in the United States. On March 14, the university suspended all spring semester study abroad programs due to the spread of the coronavirus, two … Continue reading Study abroad students adjust to life in U.S. quarantine

How a student, a future educator, and a professor are managing remote learning

By James Cirrone The first week of online learning has wrapped up, and according to teachers and students, has had both its successes and shortcomings.  Matt Phillips, a freshman economics and computer science major, had mostly negative feelings about the move online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. He said Zoom is easy to use, but that the platform is prone to inappropriate distractions. … Continue reading How a student, a future educator, and a professor are managing remote learning

UMD’s bands try to find a new way to plan for fall semester

By: Julia Rosier The University of Maryland’s marching bands, the Pep Band and the Mighty Sound of Maryland, have been compromised due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. With the cancellation of the spring semester and the NCAA Championship and Big Ten tournaments, its members are left disappointed, but hopeful for the fall semester. The Mighty Sound of Maryland, directed by Andrea Brown, consists of … Continue reading UMD’s bands try to find a new way to plan for fall semester

Undergraduate students continue spring semester on pass/fail basis

By Eunice Sung Following an announcement that the University of Maryland community is transitioning to an exclusively online environment for the remainder of the spring semester, undergraduate students received an email March 26 saying that all courses in spring 2020 will now, by default, be “graded pass/fail unless the student elects to receive an earned grade for the course.” Students will have until May 12 … Continue reading Undergraduate students continue spring semester on pass/fail basis

Imposter syndrome: the danger of feeling inadequacy

By Eunice Sung Failure. Fraud. Luck. Those struggling with imposter syndrome commonly use these words to describe themselves and their accomplishments, according to the American Psychological Association [APA]. “For the longest time I [thought], ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t deserve to be at [the University of] Maryland. I don’t really fit in here. Nobody really likes me,’” said Stephanie George, the graduate assistant of the … Continue reading Imposter syndrome: the danger of feeling inadequacy

TerpTax provides free financial assistance to students and local community

By Brendan Miller A UMD volunteer organization uses financial expertise to help students and members of the community with their taxes.  The student-led group, TerpTax, meets every Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to offer free tax assistance to those in need. The group meets at Van Munching Hall in room 3522, with priority given to those who make an appointment before … Continue reading TerpTax provides free financial assistance to students and local community

The LGBT Equity Center fulfills promise for inclusive IT Systems after six years

By Ceoli Jacoby Shige Sakurai has long fought on behalf of transgender and nonbinary individuals.  As the Director of Leadership Initiatives and Associate Director of the LGBT Equity Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, Sakurai founded Lavender Leadership Honor Society–the first known collegiate honor society focusing on leadership for LGBTQ+ social justice– in 2015. Sakurai also created a study abroad program at this … Continue reading The LGBT Equity Center fulfills promise for inclusive IT Systems after six years

“Speaking of Books” discussion series covers the portrayal of whiteface

By Kyle Heflinger A discussion held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Tuesday focused on a method of portrayal that can take many different forms: whiteface. Dr. Faedra Chatard Carpenter, the director of graduate studies at the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, was the speaker for the event. “[Whiteface] is not a direct reversal, or even a reaction to … Continue reading “Speaking of Books” discussion series covers the portrayal of whiteface

Remembering filicide victims, one name at a time

By Eunice Sung The sound of hushed voices bounced against the walls of the Garden Chapel as members of the University of Maryland community gathered to honor the lives of disabled people who were killed by family members or caregivers.  March 1 is the National Disability Community Day of Mourning and every year, communities gather to remember disabled victims of filicide, according to the Autistic … Continue reading Remembering filicide victims, one name at a time