Fifth Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice explores role of pollution in inequality

By Vanessa Reis The university’s school of public health held its fifth annual Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities at Stamp Student Union Saturday. A number of panels discussed the usage of litigation as a tool for environmental and social change. One panel in particular discussed the impacts of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies and how to combat these policies through litigation. “What we’re … Continue reading Fifth Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice explores role of pollution in inequality

Current director of LASC Britta Anderson hugs a former director at the end of the center's 30th anniversary celebration

LASC celebrates 30 years at UMD despite minor tension with administration

By Sahana Jayaraman The University of Maryland has no Latin American Studies major — a fact that may a come as a surprise, given that Latinx students made up 8.2 percent of the campus population, according to a breakdown of students enrolled between Winter 2017 and Spring 2018. What the university does have, however, is a certificate program for Latin American studies, established through the … Continue reading LASC celebrates 30 years at UMD despite minor tension with administration

UMD Holi festival is as much about identity as it is celebration

By Sahana Jayaraman There were dance circles and breakdancing; someone did the worm, many jumped into the ODK fountain and everyone smeared brightly-colored powder across one another. It was, after all, a celebration of Holi—albeit at the University of Maryland. Holi originates in India, where it is celebrated across the nation during early spring. Thousands of people stream into the streets to dance to a … Continue reading UMD Holi festival is as much about identity as it is celebration

Maryland Mauj offers Indian-Americans rare opportunity to connect

By Sahana Jayaraman For a community that lacks traditional spaces to connect, dance competitions have taken on new meaning. Indian-Americans attending the University of Maryland have no cultural center to call their own. At best, they have a sparse greek life presence and a few scattered clubs acting as spaces for congregation. What they do have is bhangra, and the Maryland Mauj. Bhangra is an … Continue reading Maryland Mauj offers Indian-Americans rare opportunity to connect

Police officers and local youth team up for friendly basketball game

    By Sean Mahoney There has been tension between police officers and citizens recently. Police relations with citizens have become a focal point in the College Park community. The College Park Dream Team addresses these concerns. The CP Dream Team includes officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department, College Park Police Department, and Maryland Park Police Department among other departments. The team focuses … Continue reading Police officers and local youth team up for friendly basketball game

DC Blues Society hosts ninth annual College Park Blues Festival

Young and old alike danced the evening away at the ninth annual College Park Blues Festival in Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday. Three blues bands and one duo took the stage at the the event hosted by the D.C. Blues Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting blues music through performance and education. Felix McClairen, president of the D.C. Blues Society, said the society … Continue reading DC Blues Society hosts ninth annual College Park Blues Festival

Voter registration drive aims to prepare students for Election Day

Photos by Jillian Atelsek Only 66 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the presidential election of 2012, according to electionproject.org. Two on-campus groups at the University of Maryland are working hard to bring those numbers up. MaryPIRG, the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, and LCSL, the center for Leadership and Community Service-Learning, teamed up last week to put on a special event for students. … Continue reading Voter registration drive aims to prepare students for Election Day

Quakers host first meeting of semester to gauge student interest

The sound of crickets was faintly heard over the profound silence that filled every inch of the room. Six people, including me, sat in pure silence, with our eyes closed, patiently waiting for someone to speak or for the allotted worship time to be over. This is what a typical weekly Quaker worship meeting is like at an Adelphi Friend Meeting. This week was different, however; the … Continue reading Quakers host first meeting of semester to gauge student interest