BDS bill rejected after lengthy debate

By Vanessa Reis  On Wednesday, April 25, the Student Government Association (SGA) shot down a proposed bill which, if passed, would have resulted in the university no longer investing in a list of companies that have been accused of contributing to human rights violations against Palestinians. After five hours of debate, the bill was rejected in a 25-9 vote. More than 100 students took the … Continue reading BDS bill rejected after lengthy debate

BDS bill dies in committee after nearly 3 hours of student debate

By Angela Roberts After three hours of deliberation, over 1,000 students and faculty members watched as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) bill failed in committee at the Student Government Association meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The bill, sponsored by freshman representative Tobi Olagunju and neighboring representative Ashli Taylor, called for UMD to divest from companies with connections to Israel. Because the bill had … Continue reading BDS bill dies in committee after nearly 3 hours of student debate

Students celebrate annual Israel Fest, others protest

By Danielle Kiefer Students celebrated Israel’s 69th year of independence at the Jewish Student Union’s annual Israel Fest on McKeldin Mall May 2. Israel Fest, co-sponsored by organizations including Maryland Hillel, is held every year to celebrate and educate students on Israeli culture. The event typically offers camel rides and free food including falafel and Aroma coffee, an Israeli-based espresso bar. This year’s festivities included a … Continue reading Students celebrate annual Israel Fest, others protest