NFL Week 11 Fantasy Winners and Losers

With another win in Week 11, I have officially clinched a playoff spot. I am currently sitting as the second-place team to a girl who has no real clue what she is doing. Unfortunately for her, she lost Ahmad Bradshaw. On the field, some bad player performances turned into their last. Here are the Week 11 winners and losers.

Quarterback

Courtesy: ESPN

 

Winner: Aaron Rodgers (GB) 44.3 points:

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the MVP for the 2014 season: Aaron Rodgers. He is simply the best player in the league this year and it’s not really that close. After throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles, Rodgers now has 28 touchdowns on the season, to only three interceptions. Rodgers has made Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb both deserving of new contracts. Obviously start Rodgers next week against the Minnesota Vikings, but be advised that Minnesota has given up the 10th fewest points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Continue reading NFL Week 11 Fantasy Winners and Losers

Sexual Assault Allegations of Bill Cosby Reinforces Stigma (Opinion)

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by NAOMI HARRIS

This past week, sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have reignited after nearly a decade of women coming forward and telling their stories. With recent changes to Maryland’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures along with increased reports of sexual offenses, the topic of sexual assault has not gone away. Instead in the case of Bill Cosby, the stigma of sexual assault is seen even clearer.

“A girlfriend took me to a lawyer, but he accused me of making the story up,” stated Barbara Bowman in her editorial piece to the public titled, “Billy Cosby Raped Me. Why Did It Take 13 Years For People to Believe My Story?”

Bowman, who was an 18-year-old actress at the time of the assaults, continues her story saying that four years later she was laughed at by a lawyer after requesting to discuss legal action.

It is hard enough for victims to report abuse but experiencing disbelief from others showcases the stigma we have in America when it comes to sexual assault allegations.

“While I am grateful for the new attention to Cosby’s crimes, I must ask my own questions,” Bowman said in the article, “Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it?”

Her questions raise a controversial point. What is necessary for someone’s story to be taken seriously? If the response to allegations is more traumatic than the actual act, then doesn’t that say something about how we treat sexual assault? Continue reading Sexual Assault Allegations of Bill Cosby Reinforces Stigma (Opinion)

How will Bill Cosby be remembered in wake of recent rape charges? (OPINION)

by AARON MEGAR

In recent weeks, rape and molestation allegations against one of America’s favorite comedians, Bill Cosby, have emerged once again after being at rest for nearly a decade.

The allegations, which suggest that Cosby drugged and raped over ten women beginning in the 1970s, were brought to the spotlight after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist in a stand-up act this past October in Philadelphia.

Videos of the act went viral, and in the weeks since, accounts by multiple women have been published in The Washington Post and on the website Hollywood Express, reaffirming stories that were published in Newsweek in February of this year. No criminal charges have been pressed against Cosby, and he has continuously denied all allegations, leaving the allegations unconfirmed and the truth vague.

Click here for Time Magazine‘s full timeline of Cosby’s rape charges.

For those who were previously unaware of these allegations, I’m sure you are as shocked, betrayed, and disgusted as I was. While it is likely that they will never be confirmed, the accusations will certainly tarnish Cosby’s reputation, especially for a man who is at the end of his career and fading from the spotlight that he held so prominently in the 80s and 90s when he starred as Cliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show.

Bill Cosby was a man that I watched endlessly as a little kid, listening to his stand-up acts because he was one of the few that could make people laugh without the use of obscenity or profanity. To hear that he is an alleged rapist, and to read the graphic descriptions given by multiple victims of when they were as young as 18 years old, has put me in a confused state of mind where I truly do not know what to believe. Upon being asked to write an article about the recent allegations, I began to think of other celebrities who have seen similar accusations and how these accusations, though unconfirmed, effected their reputations.

Specifically, I’ve decided to reflect on the accusations made against and the reputations of Kobe Bryant, OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, and Ben Roethlisberger, using their reputations today to determine how these recent accusations will effect Bill Cosby and his legacy. Continue reading How will Bill Cosby be remembered in wake of recent rape charges? (OPINION)

Quitting Is Never An Option (Opinion)

by GABRIELLA AKA

I was about 10 or 11 years old, when I finally understood what Euthanasia meant. I remember sitting in class that day when my biology teacher walked in and wrote the word on the chalkboard. He then turned around and asked the class “Who knows what this term means?” We all just stared at him, absolutely clueless.  When no one raised their hand, he went on to explain what it meant, then he said; “A doctor tells a cancer patient they cannot be cured, and they only have a few weeks before the Cancer takes their life. The patient asks the doctor to euthanize him/her. You are the Doctor, what would you do?” I knew my answer before he had even finished asking the question. “No”

This same question has surfaced, following the recent death of Brittany Maynard, who ended her life after finding out she had a terminal brain tumor, and only six months to live. Under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, she asked her doctor to give her a lethal dose of Bariturates, which she took on November 1.

Courtesy: NBC News

Continue reading Quitting Is Never An Option (Opinion)

UMD’s New Policy on Sexual Misconduct

by MICHAELA CHEATHAM

“She said yes at first” or “She didn’t say anything” are no longer acceptable forms of consent, according to the University of Maryland’s new sexual misconduct policy. This new policy has quite a few changes pertaining not only to consent, but also to what qualifies as sexual assault.

The university is looking to erase all blurred lines when it comes to the consent for sex. The Sexual Misconduct Policy makes it clear what is and is not consent.

“’Consent’ means a knowing, voluntary and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in a particular sexual activity or behavior. Lack of protest or resistance is not consent.”

I’d say that’s crystal clear.

Continue reading UMD’s New Policy on Sexual Misconduct

UMD Participates in America Recycles Day

by JESSICA MARQUEZ

November 15  signified another America Recycles Day, a day meant to bring awareness to reducing waste by converting it into reusable material. America Recycles Day was established “to educate…to motivate…to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.”

Interns at the Office of Sustainability at the University of Maryland held an America Recycles Day event on Friday at the Stamp courtyard.  Two interns for the Office of Sustainability, Melissa and Josh say they do outreach to students in hopes of better educating the student population. Melissa says they “try and get students to learn about recycling and understand it a little bit better…we’re taking pictures for social media we have recycling corn hole so each little like bean bag has an item and then you sort it, recycling or trash.”

Continue reading UMD Participates in America Recycles Day

Addressing Sexual Misconduct at the University of Maryland

by AMBER EBANKS

On November 13th, Attorney General Doug Gansler spoke on his new policy, “Doing More: Reducing Sexual Misconduct at Maryland’s Colleges and Universities” at Stamp Student Union. Gansler’s report focuses on what he considers the, “best practices that will help prevent campus sexual violence, address the serious needs of victims and raise public awareness.”

“1 in 5 women report sexual assault on college campuses, and 1 in 12 men do,” said Gansler. “Most of the cases, about 89% involve alcohol, and many of them, almost every one of them can be prevented.”

Continue reading Addressing Sexual Misconduct at the University of Maryland

UMD Community gets to know heritage with KNOW YOUR ROOTS event

by NICOLE EBANKS

It is often said that food brings people together, but Community Roots proved that cultural differences can prove to unite people as well.

On Thursday, Nov. 13,  UMD’s own Community Roots held their annual “Know Your Roots” event in the Colony Ballroom at Stamp. The night featured individuals from places such as the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. A flag representing these countries was set out on each table setting the tone for the night.

Hosts, Rex Jarrett and Andrew Mulinge speaks to the audience. (Nicole Ebanks/Pulsefeedz)

 

Continue reading UMD Community gets to know heritage with KNOW YOUR ROOTS event

Scandal Review: The Last Supper

by BREANA BACON

Hello Gladiators.

I am in a particularly foul mood as I write to you today.  Last night, I was handed the awful experience of having a Scandal-induced state of stuck. I try my best to immerse myself completely in the Shondaland trifecta on Thursday nights, but unfortunately, I was unable to focus for the first half of HTGAWM because I was still traumatized from the end of Scandal. Again, I took to Twitter, and begged, LITERALLY begged Shonda to take pity on her beloved Murder fans and not slay us all with the last five minutes of Scandal. I think Shonda may have blocked me.

Courtesy: photos.essence.com
Courtesy: photos.essence.com

Anyway, let’s snap out of it and talk about this, shall we?

Continue reading Scandal Review: The Last Supper

Concert For Valor Review

by AARON MEGAR

On Tuesday night, the nation’s capital held witness to three hours of American pride and awesome music as a crowd stretched from the Capitol building to the Washington Monument to see the Starbucks and HBO sponsored “Concert for Valor.” The crowd, which was estimated to be of at least 800,000 people, came for free to watch performances by Eminem, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, the Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, and Jessie J, all of who played in honor of our nation’s troops to celebrate this year’s Veterans Day.

As a Veterans Day tribute, the concert was a massive success, sharing the stories of different Afghanistan and Iraq War vets between each performance with introductions by celebrities varying from Tom Hanks to Oprah Winfrey. With “U.S.A.” chants erupting every ten minutes, the night could have not felt more patriotic, and the Capitol standing behind the massive, illuminated stage gave the crowd a sense of American pride that simply could not be matched anywhere else in the world. Continue reading Concert For Valor Review

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