“No Justice, No Peace”: protesters march in Columbia, Maryland in honor of George Floyd

By Ceoli Jacoby The death of Minnesota resident George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department has rocked the United States to its core and once again galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement. Residents of Columbia, Maryland joined in the outrage Tuesday as thousands marched from The Mall in Columbia to the Columbia Lakefront as part of an event organized by HoCo For … Continue reading “No Justice, No Peace”: protesters march in Columbia, Maryland in honor of George Floyd

Two UMD students create “Love is Blind” spinoff for students

By Emily Riley Two University of Maryland students are bringing Netflix’s hit reality television show to close to home.  “Love is Blind,” the original show, pushed contestants to explore deeper relationships by placing them in separate pods. This gave them the chance to talk with each other and decide whether or not to continue the relationship, without ever seeing what the other person looked like. … Continue reading Two UMD students create “Love is Blind” spinoff for students

Ramadan in Quarantine: UMD’s Muslim Students “trying to find the good in the situation”

By Ceoli Jacoby By the end of April, COVID-19 had already disrupted the high holidays of many religious UMD students. Christian students observed Easter without in-person Sunday services. Jewish students celebrated Passover with seders over Zoom. This month, Muslim students are adapting their Ramadan traditions to a world in isolation. Ramadan is the ninth and most sacred month of the Islamic year. Muslims believe that … Continue reading Ramadan in Quarantine: UMD’s Muslim Students “trying to find the good in the situation”

UMD RecWell provides online resources for students to stay active and connected during pandemic

By Eunice Sung The closure of all gyms and recreation centers across the state on March 16 due to COVID-19 meant University of Maryland community members were no longer able to physically access the Recreation and Wellness center. But the center’s staff had been preparing online resources for students well before then, according to Mary Kate Crawford, the associate director for programs at the center.  … Continue reading UMD RecWell provides online resources for students to stay active and connected during pandemic

Forward Maryland wins SGA elections via COVID-forced online voting

By Emily Riley The 2020 presidential election may be months away, but UMD’s own student government elections have already wrapped up from home. After the SGA election commission delayed releasing the results to investigate campaign violations by both parties, neither Forward Maryland nor ImpactUMD was disqualified and the former, featuring SGA President Dan Alpert and Vice President Nabila Prasetiawan, was declared the winner.  From April … Continue reading Forward Maryland wins SGA elections via COVID-forced online voting

Working students struggle during COVID-19 epidemic

By Emily Riley Katie Manganelli is a cashier at a Whole Foods in Belmont, Massachusetts, just 10 minutes outside of Boston. But when she, along with thousands of other University of Maryland students, was sent home due to the spread of COVID-19, she didn’t return to work.  “My mom didn’t really say anything about me going back to work because I didn’t ask, I knew … Continue reading Working students struggle during COVID-19 epidemic

UMD Student Crisis Fund: community gives back to students in time of crisis

by Eunice Sung Since March 25, the University of Maryland community has donated over $208,000 to help a flood of struggling students who applied to receive help from the Student Crisis Fund amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the coordinator for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Sarah Williamson. The UMD Student Crisis Fund was first established in 2001 to keep students … Continue reading UMD Student Crisis Fund: community gives back to students in time of crisis

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 cancels residence hall move-outs for foreseeable future, promises prorated credit and refunds

Emily Riley The University of Maryland announced Thursday that student fees such as parking, student facilities and room and board among others will be refunded on a prorated basis.  Students will be contacted directly about their specific refunds, according to the university’s statement. Refunds due to the impact of COVID-19 on the semester have been a concern for many students and families, especially since the … Continue reading UMD cancels residence hall move-outs for foreseeable future, promises prorated credit and refunds

“A complete shock:” Inside a study abroad student’s coronavirus experience

By Ceoli Jacoby The tension was palpable in the Dorn household on Wednesday, March 11. In a primetime Oval Office address that evening, President Donald Trump announced his plans to suspend “all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days” in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Immediately, Erin Dorn was overcome with concern. Her daughter Katie Dorn, … Continue reading “A complete shock:” Inside a study abroad student’s coronavirus experience