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

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

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

“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

The Holodomor: millions of deaths commemorated with wheat

By: James Cirrone Larysa Kurylas, a Ukrainian-American designer and architect, designed the Holodomor Memorial in Washington D.C. and came to the University of Maryland School of Architecture Monday to give a dynamic presentation about her sculpture. She was joined by several of her colleagues who helped pull the project together.  “Holodomor” in Ukrainian roughly translates to “kill by hunger.” Josef Stalin carried out the Holodomor … Continue reading The Holodomor: millions of deaths commemorated with wheat

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

The subtle impact of xenophobia on the Asian community amid virus outbreak

by Eunice Sung “My friend, she was so afraid. She’s even afraid to cough…she’s afraid to cough because she’s worried about people [looking] at her differently,” said Ziyu Wang, a junior international Chinese student majoring in computer science. Xenophobia, the fear of something that seems strange or foreign, has been spreading along with the Coronavirus, more specifically COVID-19, and putting Asians and Asian Americans in … Continue reading The subtle impact of xenophobia on the Asian community amid virus outbreak