October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sports have played a major role in raising awareness for this horrible disease. The NFL started a Crucial Catch campaign in 2014, creating a partnership with the American Cancer Society to provide education and screenings to under-served communities. College football teams like the Oregon Ducks also created jerseys to wear for a nationally televised game. Everyone wins when we unite and support a cause.
As for me, I race through the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I joined my mother, two of my aunts and my younger sister at the race this year. This was the sixth consecutive year that I have attended the event in Hunt Valley, MD. Every year, I get the question that every participant, runner or walker, supporter or survivor, man or woman is asked: Who do you race for?
The simple answer to that question is I race in memory of my maternal grandmother Linda B. Lipp. I will dive into why I run, but after we take a journey; a 3.1-mile journey to be exact.
In the fall of 2014, Prince Frederick Hall, opened on North Hill next to Wicomico Hall. The dorm has often been compared to Oakland Hall on North Campus because it houses singles, doubles and four-person semi-suites. Also, Prince Frederick Hall has “green” features, such as energy-efficient windows. Prince Frederick is home to 462 students, many are freshmen enrolled in the new honors program Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES). Only one third of the residents are non-ACES students and are mostly upperclassmen.
On each floor, there are two lounges. One is a designated study spot and has many tables and white boards, while the other has more open space for socializing. The dorm also has a large 140 seat multipurpose-room and 75 seat seminar room on the main floor of the building.
Since the release of her debut album in 2006, Taylor Swift has been the universal shining star of country music, appealing to both country fans and people, like myself, who cringe at the sound of Blake Shelton or Miranda Lambert.
On Monday, however, she finally broke free of the grasps of Nashville, Tennessee and her country roots with the release of 1989, a true “pop” album that is unique both in Taylor’s discography and that of modern pop as a whole. And yet, the album is unmistakingly Taylor Swift, soaring high above contemporary pop stars in a record jam-packed with tracks that are simply awesome.
1989‘s first song, “Welcome to New York,” serves as the backbone of the entire album, embodying everything that this new era of Taylor Swift stands for: a wide-eyed country girl finally ready to take on the bright spotlight of the Big Apple with a strong and confident energy that has never been seen in Taylor before. The synth-based background, along with a vocal far less organic than anything ever heard from Taylor, creates a refreshing and exciting sound that maintains the phenomenal artistic talent of Taylor Swift and characterizes the rest of 1989.
Aside from a couple of tracks (“Shake it Off,” “This Love,” and “Clean”), the rest of the album consists of nine songs that carry a similar sound to “Welcome to New York,” yet are all incredibly and uniquely dynamic on their own. It is to no surprise that almost all of the album’s songs revolve around the topic of love because, well, what else has Taylor Swift ever written about. Even so, her lyrical style of romantic story-telling, whether it be about finding, experiencing, or losing love, seems as though it will never fail, as songs like “Out of the Woods” and “How You Get the Girl” give the same chills that one feels when listening to some of her most emotionally riveting old tracks, like “Holy Ground” or “Haunted.”
Personally, I have hated the album’s lead single, “Shake it Off,” since its late-summer release. And when I learned it came from Taylor, I was very disappointed with what I imagined would be an implication for the rest of her new record. I came into 1989 with drastically lower expectations than I had two years ago when first listening to Red, and on Monday I was pleasantly proven otherwise. Nearly every song could be released as a dominant single, and I can guarantee that mainstream radio will cycle through at least half the album for several months to come. This album is too different from anything ever done by Taylor before to be concretely labeled as her best record, but it is certainly in contention, and without a doubt among the best pop albums, if not the best, from the past couple of years.
While country fans may feel abandoned, Taylor fans, like myself, can find this as a personal evolution by the artist that, though no better or worse than Taylor had been before, is magnificently enjoyable and, like I said before, simply awesome.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Favorite Songs: “Welcome to New York,” “Out of the Woods,” “I Wish You Would,” and “How You Get the Girl”
Dear White People, a debut film for director and writer Justin Simien, pulls back the veil of America’s boxed concept of identity, especially in black culture. Through his four main characters, all of whom are black and attending Winchester University (a fictional Ivy League), Simien is able to show how hard it is to change an established stereotype.
The main protagonist, Samantha White (played by Tessa Thompson), tries to overcompensate for her racial status as a headstrong black activist, willing to stand up against racially insensitive students or even the president of the school. She uses her radio show, Dear White People, to highlight the issues relevant to practically every college campus/natural interaction a black person can have. But she isn’t simply just black.
The weekend has been “turnt” thanks to Drake celebrating his birthday! The internet has been dominated by all types of Drake updates and pictures in celebration of Drake’s birthday. Major artists and icons have publicly expressed gratitude towards Drake & how does he celebrate his birthday? By working! Drake releases 3 new records on his birthday weekend to get us even more excited about his upcoming album, ‘Views From the 6′. Check em out below!
In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month, University of Maryland’s Phunktions Hip Hop Dance Company are hosting an all day fitness fundraising event Sunday that includes a 5k run and a number of dance classes such as Yoga, Master Zumba and Abs & Arms.
These dancersare determined to expand the mission of their organization from solely dance and dance instruction classes to philanthropic work that will ultimately have a greater impact on the lives of people outside of the dance world.
Sophomore Anthropology major and Phunktions Marketing Executive Monique Watson says that with a combination of community service and exercise, this event is “something you won’t want to miss.”
Registration for Phunktions Phitness Day is online here!
Phunktions will also be giving out door prizes such as Breast Cancer Awareness accessories, gift cards, and Zumba gear.
P.S. Although the flyers advertise registration online, there is still limited opportunity to register the day of the event if you absolutely can not register beforehand!
Admission for the Zumba and Hip Hop master classes taught by Phunktions members (with a free water bottle) will be $15.
Whereas $20 will include the morning 5k run, a free t-shirt and more dance master classes throughout the day.
Rise Above Week came to a close Thursday night with the Symposium on Child Immigration Crisis event at McKeldin Library.
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.”
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.
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.
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 →
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