Symposium on the Child Immigration Convenes at the University of Maryland


Rise Above Week came to a close Thursday night with the Symposium on Child Immigration Crisis event at McKeldin Library.

The Symposium on Child Immigration panel (Jasmine Pelaez/Pulsefeedz)

The symposium was lead by a distinguised panel of speakers, each with their own personal experience dealing with the issue of child immigration. These speakers included:

  • José Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • Kathryn M. Doan, executive director of Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition
  • Abel Núñez, executive director of CARECEN
  • Ana Sol Gutiérrez, Maryland House of Delegates member

The event was centered on highlighting the growing concern of child immigration, in which Doan noted that “a lot of the kids are coming to Maryland.”

Executive director of the Capital Area Immigration Rights Coalition, Kathryn M. Doan.

Doan gave an insightful outline of just what the CAIR Coalition does for child immigrants, of whom she prefers to call “refugees.”

Doan stated that a refugee in this country has limited options. Due to their lack of citizenship, they are left without council, and that is when CAIR steps in.

“These are children without choice,” Doan stated, “We have obligations as a civilized society to help.”

The following speakers spoke on the theme of humanitarian acts for the children that often turn to immigration, not for economic prosperity, but due to the overwhelming amount of violence in such countries.

Ninety-eight percent of cocaine passes through Honduras, Nunez noted, which more often than not creates the environment for gang activity.

“We need to rise above the anti-immigration sentiment,” he expressed.


How Much Sexy is TOO Sexy?


The Caribbean Student Association at the University of Maryland set out to explore and explain the answers to this question at their General Body Meeting on Thursday, October 23rd at the Nyumburu Cultural Center.

Caribbean Student Association representatives (left to right) Arielle Wharton, Justine Dawes, Shervaughnnie Hutchinson, Darien Ellis, and T'Keyah Newell
Caribbean Student Association representatives (left to right) Arielle Wharton, Justine Dawes, Shervaughnnie Hutchinson, Darien Ellis, and T’Keyah Newell (Lauryn Froneberger/Pulsefeedz)

If you didn’t know, the Caribbean Student Association, or CSA for short, is a student organization designed to unite, socialize, and educate the Caribbean student population at UMD. CSA prides itself on enhancing and celebrating Caribbean culture, politics and history at the University of Maryland through programming and community service. Continue reading

New Video Released of College Park McDonalds Shooting (Viewer Discretion is Advised)

In an exclusive obtained by Pulsefeedz, the scuffle which had many students talking at the University of Maryland’s campus can now be seen on video for the first time. UMD journalism student Lacey Herbert received this footage via group message and shared it with us.

As we reported early Sunday morning, a woman was accidentally shot by a security guard at the College Park McDonalds on the 8300 block of Baltimore Ave. after the guard engaged in a scuffle with three male individuals.

According to WUSA, 22-year-old Clarence Kirksey-Walcott, of Lanham, 21-year-old Thair Walker of Bowie, and 22-year-old Dion Conley of Silver Spring were all charged in the incident. Kirksey-Walcott was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct while Walker and Conley were only charged with disorderly conduct.

After one of the men got into an altercation with the security guard, the guard attempted to protect himself by firing a gunshot which can be heard at the :34 mark in the video.

The woman who was shot is okay and did not experience any life-threatening injuries.


NFL Week 7 Fantasy Winners and Losers


Another week of football played, another 100-point week for my team. I am now 5-2 heading into Week 8. This is when things will start getting hard due to bye weeks for key players. Add in injuries and players rising above expectations, or falling well short of them and many teams may be in scramble mode to fix their team. Fix your team by picking up these Week 7 winners and drop the losers: Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: Meningitis Confirmed at the University of Maryland


Dr. David McBride, director of the University Health Center at the University of Maryland, has confirmed to WNEW that there are multiple confirmed and suspected cases of meningitis at the university. Here is the statement released to WNEW:

“There are confirmed and suspected cases of viral meningitis and viral syndromes on campus, and they are being tracked carefully by the University Health Center in partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department. We have reached out to the organizations that are primarily affected with information about the condition and what to do in the event that they are feeling unwell.”

The Diamondback is reporting that meningitis has had an effect on UMD’s Greek life community.

Junior David Antos said his fraternity’s president brought home informational fliers about meningitis from the Interfraternity Council president’s meeting and encouraged members to look them over Wednesday.

“I’ve heard through the grapevine how it’s been going around Greek Life, so it’s made me more cautious of how I conduct myself,” said Antos, an environmental science major and Sigma Nu fraternity member.

Symptoms of meningitis (Courtesy:

According to WebMD, meningitis is “a relatively rare infection that affects the delicate membranes — called meninges (men-in’-jeez) — that cover the brain and spinal cord.”

Viral meningitis is less serious than bacterial meningitis. It is unlikely you will get brain damage with viral meningitis and recovery is almost always possible once it is treated.

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms include:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache that isn’t easily confused with other types of headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting or nausea with headache
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking up
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Lack of interest in drinking and eating
  • Skin rash in some cases, such as in meningococcal meningitis

To prevent contracting meningitis, wash your hands as thoroughly as possible, avoid touching places like doorknobs and remote controls which many people touch, and avoid kissing or sharing cups.

Ottawa Shooting: What Happened?


Cpl. Nathan Crillo (Courtesy: NDYN)

A soldier was killed at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday after a lone gunman opened fire and injured three others.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the victim, was guarding the memorial when the shooting began. He was shot in the back, according to Peter Henderson, a journalist who was at the scene when shooting took place.

The gunman, Michael Zehaf Bibeau, continued shooting inside of Canada’s Parliament building minutes later.

“I heard rapid fire — gunshots going very loud — and I figure maybe 20-plus shots within 10 seconds,” said Kevin Lamoureux, Canadian Deputy House Leader.

He was one level below the gunshots. Lamoureux said he heard more gunshots minutes later, believing they were toward the gunman.

Many officials believe Bibeau, who was eventually killed, was a terrorist. Bibeau converted to Islam and had a history of drug abuse, according to CNN.

Bibeau’s passport was confiscated from Canadian officials when they learned he planned to fight overseas, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN.

Police investigations continue as they try to find out more about the gunman and his possible motives. Neighboring countries and allies are supporting Canada during this serious time.

UMD Community Rises Above “-Isms”


This week, campus has been buzzing about different events hoping to change the atmosphere relating to discrimination and the use of slight or often subtle insults toward a marginalized person or group that maintains exclusion, called microaggressions.

The second-annual “Rise Above -Isms” campaign kicked off this week. The campaign was started by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion last year and includes panel discussions and activities to create awareness about the necessity to eliminate assumptions and biases occurring throughout the UMD community.

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Signs advertising this week’s Rise Above events are seen all throughout campus. (Breana Bacon/Pulsefeedz)

There was a lot of anticipation leading up to this week’s events, with many students advertising the campaign early with videos and tweets, encouraging their fellow students to attend.   Continue reading


TED founder Richard Wurman’s alternative outlook on life, work, and our modern society.


On Tuesday night, the University of Maryland was visited by Richard Wurman, founder of “TED Talks,” who spoke in the Stamp Grand Ballroom to an audience of students, professors, administrators, and many others excited to hear what the brilliant visionary had to say.

In an hour, Wurman spoke about many topics, varying from education to innovation to intelligence, all of which he had a novel and often abstract opinion for. Continue reading

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The Letter Which Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wants You To Read

West Africa is facing one of the most devastating tragedies to ever strike human civilization as we know it today. Ebola has taken a toll on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea which is horrendous and extremely sad.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been dealing with this incident hands on and she is now asking for the help of anyone and everyone who can bring aid to her growing but destabilized nation.

Read this heartfelt, sincere letter which she directed towards the rest of the world outside of West Africa.

Dear World,

In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments.

There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright.

Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed.

The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster.

But one thing is clear. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world. The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now finally, the world has woken up. The community of nations has realized they cannot simply pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away.

This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise. I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild.

History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selflessness for the benefit of those most in need.

From governments to international organisations, financial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defence.

The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”

Yours sincerely,
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Source: RYOT News

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