“A Bold Peace” screening sheds light on Costa Rican history

By Vanessa Reis Students who gathered in South Campus Commons last Monday night to watch the screening of “A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization” learned about the journey that led Costa Ricans to be some of the happiest people on the planet. It’s true: Costa Rica ranks No. 1 in the Happy Planet Index, a site that measures how well nations are doing … Continue reading “A Bold Peace” screening sheds light on Costa Rican history

State of the County panel uncovers university issues

By Jalen Wade According to a panel of Prince George’s County delegates, the University of Maryland is disconnected from its outer community. On Monday, April 29, a group of county representatives came to speak at the university’s State of the County panel in Francis Scott Key Hall. The event was sponsored by the African American studies department as well as Professor Jonathan England’s course in … Continue reading State of the County panel uncovers university issues

Ambassador tells UMD of hopes for stability, higher education in Afghanistan

By Shruti Bhatt Afghanistan Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, spoke to UMD faculty and students about the importance of using higher education as a way to rebuild Afghanistan after decades of instability. Dr. Mohib has served as Afghanistan Ambassador since September of 2015. He is also the non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. His main focus redefining Afghanistan … Continue reading Ambassador tells UMD of hopes for stability, higher education in Afghanistan

Circle of Sisterhood founder tells of the worldwide struggle for women’s education

By Nicole Weinstein The founder of Circle of Sisterhood, a foundation that advocates for girls’ education, spoke about the importance of educating women around the world at the Stamp Student Union on Sept. 27. Founder Ginny Carroll presented to a group of about 200 sorority women in the Grand Ballroom to raise awareness for her foundation. Carroll explained how the foundation fights to remove barriers … Continue reading Circle of Sisterhood founder tells of the worldwide struggle for women’s education

President Loh shares university budget cut concerns in presidential briefing

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh delivered his presidential briefing discussing how the State’s budget cuts would affect this university at a University Senate meeting on Wednesday. Loh said that Gov. Larry Hogan implemented a $3.5 million cut in January, and the Department of Legislative Services demanded another cut of $3.5 million, a total of $7 million. In addition to the State’s budget cut for the … Continue reading President Loh shares university budget cut concerns in presidential briefing

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author speaks on motivating young readers

Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series and University of Maryland alumnus, visited campus on Thursday to speak about his books and join a panel on issues surrounding literacy and motivating readers. The panel, titled “Inspired Learning: Motivating Readers with Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney,” also featured faculty experts on literacy from the UMD College … Continue reading “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author speaks on motivating young readers