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

UMD restricts university-related travel for the next 60 days, transitions to virtual learning, extends spring break

By Emily Riley On Wednesday evening, the University of Maryland released an update to COVID-19 precautions, extending spring break by an additional week and holding virtual classes until April 10 at the earliest. The university suspended all study abroad programs for spring 2020 as of March 14. This comes after a March 9 announcement canceling all university-related travel for 60 days, discouraging large social events and … Continue reading UMD restricts university-related travel for the next 60 days, transitions to virtual learning, extends spring break

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

UMD suspends study abroad programs in Italy for foreseeable future

By Emily Riley On Feb. 28, the University of Maryland announced that study abroad programs in Italy would be suspended in response to the Center for Disease Control’s report that the condition of the coronavirus in Italy rose to a Warning Level Three, advising that people avoid any nonessential travel to the country. As of March 3, the university also suspended all 2020 spring break … Continue reading UMD suspends study abroad programs in Italy for foreseeable future

New School of Public Policy construction causes commuting inconveniences for students

By Kassidy McDonald In October 2019, the University of Maryland broke ground on construction of the new School of Public Policy, a 70,000-square-foot project, which will be completed in 2022.  The new building will accommodate the growing number of public policy students at this university and become an important resource to faculty, staff and students. According to the School of Public Policy’s website, undergraduate students … Continue reading New School of Public Policy construction causes commuting inconveniences for students

UMD students expect more transparency from next university president Daryll Pines

By Spencer Friedman Students at the University of Maryland are seeking more trust and transparency from their next president.  Twenty-six UMD students were randomly selected to share their opinions about Darryll Pines, who is currently the dean of A. James Clark School of Engineering and will succeed Wallace Loh as president of the university starting July 1. They were asked about their expectations for Pines … Continue reading UMD students expect more transparency from next university president Daryll Pines

MICA presents the Women of Color Artists Panel as part of Black History Month

by Julia Rosier The Office of Multicultural Involvement Community Advocacy (MICA) hosted the Women of Color Artists Panel Wednesday night as part of their Black History Month program. The event gave women of color in the art world the opportunity to discuss the ways in which they enact change through their art.  The panel, which took place in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching … Continue reading MICA presents the Women of Color Artists Panel as part of Black History Month

Raskin calls out Trump for misconduct at University of Maryland event

By Dan Qiu Rep. Jamie Raskin spoke to University of Maryland students at a conference on Monday night  in which he heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s business relations with foreign governments and his disrespect of Congress. “The original sin of the president is not to divest himself from the 500 businesses he owned and [that he] continues to do business with foreign governments,” Raskin said. … Continue reading Raskin calls out Trump for misconduct at University of Maryland event

In-state and out-of-state tuition gap widens

By Celia Richardson Tuition at the University of Maryland, College Park, has increased dramatically over the past decade, more so for out-of-state students than for in-state students, university statistics show. According to university records, from 2018 to 2019, in-state tuition increased by two percent, or $170, whereas out-of-state tuition increased by five percent, or $1,584. Tuition increases vary depending on the year, but out-of-state increases … Continue reading In-state and out-of-state tuition gap widens