UMD Students #OCCUPYSTAMP (PICTURES, VIDEO AND AUDIO)

by LAURYN FRONEBERGER

Student protests continued at the University of Maryland Tuesday afternoon but this time students are demanding more than the demilitarization of University of Maryland Police Department. The protests were also against the grand jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson for the death of Mike Brown.

Students decided to occupy the Adele H. Stamp Student Union (by not purchasing food from the Stamp food court for several hours) in order to raise awareness and fight for the following issues:

- Returning of military weapons given to UMPD by the Pentagon 1033 Program

- More racial diversity in the police force to prevent racial profiling

- An extensive review of the diversity training practices of UMPD as well as allowing students to provide recommendations to alter what students view as ineffective practices.

- Students also want to have a discussion with UMPD and President Wallace Loh in order to compromise in meeting these requests

Pictures and video of this event can be seen below:

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Later, students Kayla Tarrant and Muftau Shinaba shared their opinions about the #OCCUPYSTAMP Movement.

Students hope that both the University of Maryland campus community and campuses nationwide will recognize the issues minority students face in today’s world.

More coverage on the #OCCUPYSTAMP movement can be found here!

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State of Black Leadership Gives NAACP A Chance To Speak Out

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by JESSIE KARANGU

The NAACP delved into a drove of issues affecting the African-American community and beyond at last week’s State of Black Leadership panel discussion. From education to gender relations to respectability, no stone was left unturned at the annual event.

Panelists included the infamous Taurean Brown, also known as @TheBlackVoice on Twitter; Dr. Jason Nichols, a lecturer at UMD; Moriah Ray, a senior government and politics major; Krissah Thompson, a staff writer for the Washington Post; Curtis Valentine, a Prince George’s County Board of Education member and Ryan Swann, an alumnus of the University. Continue reading State of Black Leadership Gives NAACP A Chance To Speak Out

UMD Students Gather For Emergency Town Hall Meeting (Pictures and Interview)

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Students listen as Chief Mitchell speaks to the student population about new weaponry (Jessie Karangu/Pulsefeedz)

by JESSIE KARANGU

As students congregated Nyumburu Cultural Center, there was a sense of urgency and anger held by many in attendance towards the police, towards the university, towards Darren Wilson and to some extent towards themselves as a faction. Everyone’s discontentment spilled into the mic at Monday night’s emergency town hall meeting which was called into session to discuss the Ferguson grand jury decision as well as a protest which occurred earlier in the day.

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It was a packed house at Monday night’s town hall meeting discussing the demilitarization of UMPD (Jessie Karangu/Pulsefeedz)

The protests were held to stand against new weaponry which the University’s police department has invested in. According to the Baltimore Sun, the University has “a $65,000 armored truck, 16 “riot type” 12-gauge shotguns, 50 M16 rifles, and a handful of other items.” Many students expressed that they feel uncomfortable with the UM police department’s newest toys due to the way Ferguson’s police department has used similar type of weaponry to combat protesters in their respective city.

Moriah Ray, a student activist and member of UMD’s chapter of the NAACP, says that UMD’s increase in weaponry comes at a very weird time.  Continue reading UMD Students Gather For Emergency Town Hall Meeting (Pictures and Interview)

Ferguson Grand Jury Makes Decision

by ASHLEY MARTIN

Would the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer result in an indictment? After months of waiting, Missouri finally got an answer on Monday night.

There will be no indictment for Officer Wilson.

Over the past weeks, a St. Louis grand jury deliberated, leaving not only Ferguson but the rest of the county on the edge of their seats.  It’s no secret that after the August 9th shooting involving Wilson and 18-year-old Michael Brown, the Missouri town saw weeks of protests, some of which became violent. Many questioned how the tension post this announcement would affect those protests.

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The possible charges that the grand jury considered are:

- First degree murder

- Second degree murder

- Voluntary manslaughter

- Involuntary manslaughter

- No charge at all

Students Protest UMPD’s New Weapons (Pictures and Video)

by LAURYN FRONEBERGER

As protesters and citizens across the nation await the final verdict in the Michael Brown trial in Ferguson, students at the University of Maryland College Park also assembled in hopes of raising awareness about the new military weaponry given to the University of Maryland Police Department.

UMD sophomore students and protesters, Chris Bangert-Drowns and Nate Hansell also raised campus awareness through flyers distributed at the Main Administration building.

According to the flyer titled: “The Social Justice Coalition Against UMD Militarization,” The University of Maryland (along with Coppin State University and Morgan State University) are now a part of the Pentagon’s 1033 Program aiming too provide low cost military weapons to campus police officers.

Some of the weapons include:

  • 49 M-16 Assault Rifles
  • 16 12-gauge shotguns
  • 1 $65,000 armored truck
Flyers distributed during the protest. November 24,2014. (Lauryn Froneberger/Pulsefeedz)
Flyers distributed during the protest. November 24,2014. (Lauryn Froneberger/Pulsefeedz)

The protest began at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union at approximately 12 p.m. and was led by Freshman Julian Ivey and Sophomore Curtis Dickens who condemned the University of Maryland police’s use of these dangerous weapons.

Ivey and Dickens gathered a group of roughly 20-30 students who traveled from the Stamp to Mckeldin Mall and the Main Administration building, where they eventually approached David Mitchell, the Chief of UMPD, reading a list of demands. The list of demands of UMPD were read by Ivey, Dickens and senior Tiara Ettison in the main lobby of the Administration building.

Here is the audio recording:

Later, Protester Chris Brangert-Drowns shares his thoughts on the protest.

Both the University of Maryland Police Department and University President Wallace Loh have declined to comment on the protest.

Stay tuned to our Twitter pages for more information about the future of the protests:

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Black Friday Tips

by MICHAELA CHEATHAM

Black Friday starts earlier and earlier each year. At some stores it begins as soon as the Thanksgiving plates are cleared. Lines at stores start forming at ungodly hours before the sun rises. Not my kinda fun. But there are people who live for this. If you aren’t one of those people but still want to experience the wonderful sales of Black Friday, you’re gonna want some tips…

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1. Have a game plan.

With many stores and only so much energy to expend, you will need to have a list of the things you want to accomplish. You should know what stores you want to go to and how to get to them, what you want to buy, and how much you want spend. This means taking the time to look-up the deals your favorite store will be having. Knowing what you want will help you avoid pointless crowds, although those are everywhere. Continue reading Black Friday Tips

Students Release Their Insecurities with the Black Student Union

by LAURYN FRONEBERGER

With the stress of the school year reigning over students at the University of Maryland, things like personal insecurities and doubts begin to pile up. Not often do university clubs and organizations provide resources for students to find the good in themselves. In fact, many students are constantly overburdened by their personal conflicts that continue to weigh them down.

University of Maryland’s Jazmyn White, President of the Black Student Union says at times like this students need to love themselves more than anything. This prompting White to plan an event where students can write down their insecurities and doubts on sheets of paper, tie them to balloons and release them both figuratively and literally.

Continue reading Students Release Their Insecurities with the Black Student Union

Beyonce Releases 7/11 Video

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by NAOMI HARRIS

As of this morning, two new songs from Beyonce Platinum Edition were released. And what better way to start of your Friday morning than a new dance anthem from the Queen? Beyonce not only dropped 7/11 and Ring Off but what appears to be a homemade collage of videos for 7/11 has been added to her YouTube Channel.

Beyonce has not only continually surprised her fans since her unexpected album Beyonce last year around this time but it appears Mrs. Carter plans on taking things solely on her own. Each time Beyonce does not let her fans down as she shocks the world with something else. Continue reading Beyonce Releases 7/11 Video

My First Play at CSPAC

by JASMINE PELAEZ

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I’d never been to any sort of show at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. I figured I’d go at some point in time during my four years here and my chance came this semester. My Engl289X class required that we attend a showing of Callidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America. The course itself centers on contemporary literature drawing on themes of oppression and memory. That is why it didn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the show we would become required to watch tied into both these themes. Though, what did come as a surprise is how much thought and emotion this play would provoke.

Callidescope shows the audience periods in American history that reverberated the oppression of not only African Americans but of Muslims, children and those who spoke against the majority. It was moving. It was jarring. It was real.

A specific scene that captured the attention of audience members intertwined child abuse, racism and infidelity all in one. A struggling African-American family looks to their patriarch as the source of income and stability. He has just been let go from his recent job and upon reading the newspaper, he notices a job advertisement. The job is strictly for woman but he convinces himself to dress as a woman.

The house in this production belongs to a white middle class family. As the play uncoils, the wife knows of her husband’s pattern of seducing the maid, the father has an obvious drinking problem and the child is left to witness it all.

Callidescope sheds light on historical violence and prejudice. There are scenes from Paul Robeson’s testimony before the House of Un-American Activities Committee and an incredibly powerful performance of James Baldwin’s speech at the West Indian Student Centre in London that close the show and ultimately sent audience members to their feet with roaring applause because it hit to the core of how culture and surrounding influences one’s identity.

“When you try to stand up and look the world in the face like you had a right to be here…without knowing that this is the result of if, you have attacked the entire power structure of the western world.” -James Baldwin.

Scandal Review: Winter Finale – Where The Sun Don’t Shine

by BREANA BACON

I will spare you all the formal greeting this week because if you’re anything like me, I’m sure that your stress levels have met entirely new heights. I am completely mind blown, befuddled, flabbergasted, and just outright dismayed at last night’s season finale. I tried my absolute best to spend my last hours before Scandal doing things that I would enjoy because I knew at 9:00 and one second, Shonda was going to slay my entire existence.

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As usual, I was right and once again, Shonda has snatched our souls out of our chests and there is NOTHING we can do about it. I tweeted her about it, she didn’t care. I still believe she blocked me.

Let us at least attempt to remain calm while we debrief, okay?

First off, the calmness of Liv when they searched B-613 headquarters and found her mother and brought her in. Her ability to hold a straight face. UNBELIEVABLE. I would like to just add that there are so many people on this show that have lost their minds when it comes to Liv and that becomes especially clear when her mother is taken into custody and has the NERVE to say “My daughter is here, Olivia Pope is here. Handle them, Livy. EXCUSE ME, WHAT? You try to murder her boyfriend, you killed her best friend’s girlfriend AND you tried to kill her father– but you want her to handle them for you? In the words of my girl Tamar:

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