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

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.

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