Community Voice

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Graduate Programs at UMD start the conversation to create diveristy

By Tomi Adeboyejo Gabriella Estevez felt empowered as she left Stamp Student Union on Thursday. On Feb. 9, Estevez was one of several students who attended the “Purpose, Pipelines, and Presence Intentionality in Graduate Education Diversity,” presented by the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion.

UMD Dining — No return on investment

By James Marrow University of Maryland students returned from summer vacation this year to the campus’s new dining plan. The plan is an all-you-can-eat, Anytime Dining system that is similar to most universities in the Big Ten. In the Anytime Dining system, there is a ‘base plan’ that will include North and South Campus dining … Continue reading

Black Political Science Association resurfaces with major changes

By Simret Aklilu UMD’s Black Political Science Association (BPSA), formerly known as the Black Political Student Association, is making a comeback in the 2016-2017 school year after a short-lived hiatus, said junior Government and Politics major and current president of the BPSA, Breonna Massey. In the past, BPSA has provided a safe environment for minorities to … Continue reading

Taking a Knee for Justice: Sports, Protest and Politics

By Alexis Ojeda-Brown The year is 1968, at the Mexico City Olympics and runners John Carlos and Tommie Smith both win bronze and gold medals for the United States, respectively, in the 200m race. During the medal ceremony, as the anthem plays, both athletes hold their fists up in the air in silence until the … Continue reading

It’s Not “Just Hair.”

By Alexis Ojeda-Brown This whole movement for natural hair may seem a little extreme to some, especially to those who aren’t Black women. Hair is just hair, right? It’s ridiculous that how your hair naturally grows out of your head affects how society looks at you. There is no way that wearing your hair naturally … Continue reading

#UMDMelanin: 15 Days. 16 Women. 15 Locations.

Guest Column by SYDNEY PARKER (taken from One of the main reasons I am proud to be a student at the University of Maryland, College Park is because of the large Black student body. Coming here from a predominately white high school opened my eyes up to the diversity within blackness that the world tries … Continue reading

NAACP hosts 10th State of Black Leadership panel

By TOYIN AKINWANDE The University of Maryland’s NAACP student chapter  brought local leaders to Hoff Theater on February 11 to discuss issues the African American student body is facing and consider possible solutions. Among the topics discussed were recent private emails sent from members of an on-campus fraternity containing racist comments that were leaked to social … Continue reading

Cam “Crybaby” Newton? I don’t think so.

By ALEXIS OJEDA-BROWN The Carolina Panthers were overwhelmed by the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl 50, losing 24-10. And while this super bowl was supposedly Peyton Manning’s last game of his career, the biggest topic of discussion seemed to be focused on Panther’s quarterback, Cam Newton—and no, it wasn’t about his signature Dab. Having been called a … Continue reading

Formation: the new anthem of Black History Month and #BlackLivesMatter

By SIMRET AKLILU “Unapologetically black” is perhaps the only phrase that could describe Beyoncé’s new hit single Formation. The video, which came out less than 24 hours on Tidal and YouTube before the singers much anticipated Super Bowl performance, was perhaps the most controversial because it addresses issues that have plagued the black community for decades. The … Continue reading

A Conversation with Alicia Garza: Black Lives Matter

By Dymond Green A Conversation with Alicia Garza from dymond green on Vimeo.