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

Think B1G and Say OM (Pictures)


On Tuesday October 14th, the University of Maryland attempted to set a world record for the largest human yoga chain.

Unfortunately, the number of participants (537) fell short of the record (700) but that didn’t stop many Terps from having a good time. Here are some pictures from the event.

Group of students in pose after the Yoga World Record event, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.
Group of students in pose after the Yoga World Record event, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.
Students relax after the Yoga World Record event, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.
Students relax after the Yoga World Record event, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.
Participants in the Yoga World Record event hit their warrior pose, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.
Participants in the Yoga World Record event hit their warrior pose, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.
One student practices his scorpion pose before the start of Yoga World Record event, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.
One student practices his scorpion pose before the start of Yoga World Record event, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Cole Field House.

H7 Causes Hysteria At North Campus Diner


With just a couple of tweets as well as word-of-mouth, DnT Brand’s annual Halloween party once again took the University of Maryland’s campus by storm on Monday night.

Students try to enter a room inside of North Campus Diner as organizers prepare to sell tickets.
Students try to enter a room inside of North Campus Diner as organizers prepare to sell tickets.

A multitude of students waited anxiously at North Campus Diner as members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. walked in alongside Duane Wallace and Thomas Dawson of DnT Brand with tickets to one of the year’s most anticipated events.

The group of students packed an extremely constricted space and caused so much commotion that campus officials forced organizers to move their ticket sales elsewhere. Continue reading

Picture Slideshow From UMD’s Homecoming Step Show

Last Thursday night, the University of Maryland’s National Pan-Hellenic Council held a step show in celebration of homecoming.

Participating groups included: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Below is a picture slideshow from the events which transpired.

UMD College Democrats Host Panel on Women in Politics

The panelists ready themselves for discussion as a member of College Democrats introduce the women chosen to speak.


As of this year, women hold 18.5 percent of seats out of 535 in the House and 20 percent of the 100 seats in the Senate.

So why are the numbers so low?

Last Tuesday, a panel hosted by College Democrats convened to discuss why women hardly run for office, why it’s essential to have a more equal ratio and why women face discouragement. Continue reading

Man Shot at College Park McDonalds

A woman was shot by a security guard at McDonalds in College Park, located at 8301 Baltimore Ave, according to University of Maryland Police.

A fight broke out between a group of male individuals and the security guard. The guard used pepper spray to end the fight and fired one shot which hit the female unintentionally.

The victim was transported to a hospital but is not suffering any life-threatening injuries. If you know any individuals involved you’re urged to call police at 301-772-4908.

Ferguson, Missouri: Two Months Later

Courtesy: Ferguson October


Two months after the shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson’s story is still unfolding – so where does the community stand now?

Today, 66 days after the tragic shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown sent shock waves throughout the nation, the teenager’s community in Ferguson, Missouri continues to rally in support of his family and against the local police force responsible for his death.

The incident occurred August 9th, when Brown was apprehended by Officer Darren Wilson for “walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic,” according to CNN and police chief Thomas Jackson. After what has been described as a violent struggle between the teenager and the officer, Wilson withdrew his gun and fatally shot Brown, an action that has yet to be ruled upon in terms of its legal justification.

Courtesy: Ferguson October

Members of the Ferguson community, as well as thousands of other U.S citizens, are still expressing their outrage regarding Brown’s murder and their opinions on racism within the police force.

Dozens of protests have been sparked and subsequently shut down, as supporters have gathered on the site of the shooting, outside the police station, in front of local businesses, and in the middle of the streets; leading to multiple arrests and even a tear-gas incident. These protests, two months later, have yet to cease.

In fact, it seems the rallies had only just begun, as this past Friday marked the first day of “Ferguson October,” the four-day series of civil disobedience and resistance to demand Wilson’s arrest.

Hundreds of protestors congregated on the steps of the Ferguson police station for four hours on Monday – even in the face of torrential downpour – in order to represent how long Brown’s body had been left in the street after he was shot. Throughout the 4 days of protesting, which were comprised of demonstrations at the police station, at local universities, shopping centers, and City Hall, over 50 protestors were arrested, according to the Associated Press.

Clearly, the small Missouri town is not one that concedes easily. Brown’s mother and father, Lesley and Michael, Sr., have issued statements calling for both peace and justice, maintaining that the latter would only be present in the form of Darren Wilson’s arrest. Whether or not the family will obtain the justice they and the rest of their community are fighting for is to be determined, as the entire nation awaits the decision of the case’s grand jury with bated breath.

(Lauryn Froneberger/Pulsefeedz)

Homecoming Juke Joint Review – And My Personal Favorites



This year’s Homecoming Juke Joint got off to a quick start, with students and alumni flooding in the doors starting at 7:15. The Grand Ballroom of Stamp was quickly packed with only standing room available when neo-soul band Marlee in the Mixx began its set.

Monday’s Juke Joint was hosted by the class of 2014 alum duo Morgan JL of Philly’s Good Girl, and the ‘tatted and employed’ Wendell “DJ” Alston, who were the perfect pair to get the crowd hype and ready to enjoy the talent of UMD.

Hosts of the event pose for the camera (Jessie Karangu/Pulsefeedz)
Hosts of the event pose for the camera (Jessie Karangu/Pulsefeedz)

Several resident dance teams like Dynamics, Phunktions and Prima Dolls performed, along with The Echelon Fashion Society. But the real point of the event was to showcase some of the hidden, or not so hidden artists on campus. The crowd was wowed by favorites Ashley Lyles and O-Slice, but many new faces got an opportunity to expand their fan base as well. Continue reading


NFL Week 6 Fantasy Winners and Losers


All good things must come to end, like my four-game winning streak. I lost to a girl who doesn’t know much about fantasy football, but has a pretty decent team. My team was bad this week, but she turned in a good effort. So congratulations Lauren, you are on my list of winners this week. I am still in first place and the highest scoring team in the league, so this loss won’t kill me. As for the players, here are the winners and losers:


Courtesy: Baltimore Sun

Winners: Joe Flacco and Tom Brady

The Ravens and the Patriots are both firing on all cylinders after very impressive Week 6 performances. Joe Flacco was the highest scoring QB this week with 53.3 points. Flacco went 21-29 for 306 yards and FIVE touchdown passes.

  • All five TD passes came within the first 17 minutes of the game, making it the fastest to five passing touchdowns since the AFL-NFL merger according to ESPN.
  • All five of Flacco’s TD passes went to wide receivers, with Torrey Smith catching two.

The Ravens host the Falcons in Week 7. The Falcons were torched for 381 passing yards against the Bears.

Tom Brady does what Tom Brady does best; shut up the critics. Two weeks removed from the massacre at the hands of Kansas City, Brady has thrown for 653 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brady seems to be back in elite form.

Brady is not surrounded by the talent of his earlier days, but you wouldn’t know that by the way he is playing. Brady is playing on a bum ankle ahead of Thursday night’s clash with the New York Jets. Any New England resident should feel comfortable with Brady playing though, because if there is something Massachusetts athletes know how to do, it’s excelling with ankle problems. Continue reading

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