“Which Side are You on?” Dr. Cara Snyder asks students during her lecture on equality and sports

By Hannah Davidson Dr. Cara Snyder discussed politics, equality, gender, and futebol, during her open lecture titled “Which Team Do You Play For?: Visibility and Queering in Brazilian Soccer,” on Dec. 5.  Snyder’s speech focused specifically on transgender men in Brazil and the ways in which they seek representation and equality through soccer, which she referred to as futebol. Snyder began her lecture by discussing … Continue reading “Which Side are You on?” Dr. Cara Snyder asks students during her lecture on equality and sports

Rugby is on the rise, here’s why

By Hannah Davidson Over the past two years, both interest and enrollment in rugby has increased nationwide, according to University of Maryland rugby coaches.  At this university, the club rugby team has seen a large amount of growth within the past two years. This university offers both men’s and women’s teams. More than anything else, rugby players at the university believe the main reason for … Continue reading Rugby is on the rise, here’s why

Maryland professionals convene at Stamp to discuss electronic smoking device safety

By Jonathan Tercasio Maryland Professionals Convene at Stamp to Discuss Electronic Smoking Devices Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot met with professionals from various fields to hold the first ever e-facts Task Force meeting Dec. in the Colony Ballroom at Stamp, in which panelists discussed the health effects of Electronic Smoking Devices (ESD).  The goal of the Task Force, according to Franchot, is to establish the facts … Continue reading Maryland professionals convene at Stamp to discuss electronic smoking device safety

Pakistani activists talk transgender rights and the long road to equality 

By Sarah Elbeshbishi Pakistani transgender and khwaja sira (a traditional “third gender” in Pakistani culture) youth activists had a round-table discussion with University of Maryland students, alumni and faulty members at the LGBT Equity Center on Oct. 25.  The activists shared what it’s like to be transgender in Pakistan and what their work aims to accomplish.  “The two major goals revolves around education and economic … Continue reading Pakistani activists talk transgender rights and the long road to equality 

"Deconstructing Islamophobia" panel educates audience on issues faced by Muslims

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the university’s Hate Bias Response Program, the Muslim Alliance for Social Change and the Muslim Student’s Association hosted a discussion entitled Deconstructing Islamophobia. The talk’s panelists discussed the implications of Islamophobia abroad and on campus before providing audience members with some tools to combat this form of bigotry.  The talk, held in ESJ, consisted of an opening exercise , a series … Continue reading "Deconstructing Islamophobia" panel educates audience on issues faced by Muslims

"Thriving Thursdays" gives students access to mental health resources for success

By Sarah Elbeshbishi With finals just around the corner, self-care has been a hot topic issue, but for some groups on campus it’s something they focus on year round.  Every Thursday the University Health Center sets up tables at different places on campus where students can have discussions about wellness and get information about resources they can access, which is known as Thriving Thursdays.  “We … Continue reading "Thriving Thursdays" gives students access to mental health resources for success

Student group brings rape culture discussion to the bar with "Real Talk" event

By Grace Mottley Twelve empty cups form a line on the bar, waiting to be filled with alcohol. They stand at attention, filled only with ice, until the bartender begins adding liquor and mixers, handing them out two at a time. Women take selfies and boomerangs of themselves clinking together their free drinks. To anyone who randomly walked into the bar, the scene would seem … Continue reading Student group brings rape culture discussion to the bar with "Real Talk" event

Campus groups rally together around sexual assault survivors

Photo: Chisom Ojukwu discusses the SGA’s Survivor’s Living Guide at an event held by Preventing Sexual Assault (PSA.) SGA used the event as a space to advertise to survivors and ask for submissions for their guide. Photo by Grace Mottley. By Grace Mottley With a lack of institutional funding for both the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct and the Counseling Center, survivors of sexual … Continue reading Campus groups rally together around sexual assault survivors

Multiple laptops stolen from off-campus Starbucks

by Anna Hovey Four laptops were stolen from the Starbucks on Baltimore Avenue on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 16th. Police obtained the getaway car’s license plate number and the serial numbers of the laptops, but no arrests have been made in connection to the robbery at this time. Senior neurobiology and physiology double major Olivia Westrich was at Starbucks studying with friends when her … Continue reading Multiple laptops stolen from off-campus Starbucks

Students create a March for Our Lives chapter at UMD

By Sarah Elbeshbishi Students at the University of Maryland created a March for Our Lives chapter to campus to advocate for gun reform through lobbying in Annapolis and increasing voter registration among students.  According to chapter president Celeste Iroha and vice president Gideon Epstein, they brought March to Our Lives to campus due to being personally affected by gun violence and realizing there was nothing … Continue reading Students create a March for Our Lives chapter at UMD