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 →
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.
Once again, I am indeed stressed thanks to the savior of network TV, Shonda Rhimes. I will be a fan of hers until the day I die, but she honestly has to stop with the infinite plot twists and stop-your-heart scenes. Really.
With that said, let us debrief.
First of all, we are shocked in the first two minutes by the shooting of the friend of the dead girl from the last episode. Obviously, her name and her small role is unimportant but, of course Mama Shonda decided to kill her off to set the tone for the night. I’m starting to think she doesn’t really like kids, though. In the first season, Amanda Tanner was killed while with child. Last season they offed Jerry Jr. Now two kids are killed in back to back episodes. Should I call CPS or no? Continue reading →
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 →
I have never left a panel in which I’ve asked more questions. But upon hearing Richard Wurman, founder of TED Talks, speak to a ballroom full of students, the probing thoughts he left in my mind continue to roam around as I type.
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.
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.
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.
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 →
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