RUMOR CONTROL: Is the Dominican Republic Really Kicking Haitians Out of their Country?

by JESSIE KARANGU

The Dominican Republic is under worldwide scrutiny at the moment after government officials have threatened to round up and deport anyone who is undocumented. The immigrants had until Wednesday night to sign up for a national registry and attain the appropriate paperwork giving them permission to stay or else they would be kicked out. It is believed this program is specifically targeting Haitians, who make up the majority of the Dominican Republic’s migrant population.

How many people are being affected by this?

Over 520,000 foreign-born migrant workers and their families, of which 90 percent are Haitian, are being affected by this new program and are required to sign up for the national registry. So far, only 240,000 people have started their registration process according to the New York Times.

Why are human rights groups irate about what is happening?

Many believe this law has been enacted with racial intentions. For many years, there has been strong discord between Haiti and the DR. In 2013, the DR passed a law that took away the citizenship of any Dominicans of Haitian descent. Although it was eventually overturned, a majority of these Haitian-Dominicans who were born through undocumented parents do not have official paperwork that shows their Dominican citizenship. Some are afraid that they will also be forced out of the country along with undocumented immigrants despite having every right to stay put.

The Washington Post points out that the disagreement between the two cultures dates back to 1937 when the DR’s dictator “targeted Haitians along with Dominicans who looked dark enough to be Haitian” in a bloody massacre.

World observers say that this law has the same kind of emotion behind it. They are afraid that this may continue to spark up anti-Haitian sentiments in the country and ignite even more disharmony among both sides.

How does the DR plan to deport undocumented immigrants?

Reuters says that the Dominican army has over 2,000 soldiers “ready to help coordinate the removal of people who fail to meet legal requirements to remain in the country.” There will also be buses throughout the country which will transport the undocumented immigrants to the Haitian border.

Why is the DR doing this now?

The Dominican Republic believes they have suffered from the terrible economic and living conditions which face Haiti on a daily basis. Even before the 2010 earthquake which ravaged the country, Haiti was ruled by a dictator who did not adequately use the country’s resources to help its people according to many economists. This forced many Haitians to immigrate to the DR and added more people to the DR’s population than what some government officials and DR natives prefer.

What is the United States’ reaction to this?

Because the United States is facing their own problems with migrant workers entering their borders illegally, experts tell the New York Times to expect the Obama administration to stay quiet on this issue.

Word History: On Fleek

by JESSIE KARANGU 

It’s a saying that has captivated the hearts and minds of millions on social media, but what does it mean to be “on fleek”? Well, believe it or not, if you ever hear someone using these words to you it is most likely with a positive connotation.

Pronunciationawn-fleek

Definition (adjective) – the act of being perfect.

Used in a sentence – Girl, those eyebrows are on fleek.

Synonyms – On fleekity fleek, on point, perfect, awesome, flawless

Antonyms –  flawed, bad, ugly

Origin – A definition of the word was first inputed into Urban Dictionary back in 2003. The most recent usage of the word dates back to the summer of 2014 when a six-second clip on Vine from user “Peaches Monroe” went viral. In the clip, Monroe is seen showing off her eyebrows while telling viewers they are “on fleek.” The vine has been shared on Twitter over 100,000 times, on Facebook over 3,000 times and liked on Vine over 640,000 times. It has also been looped over 31 million times.

Peaches Monroe, whose real name is Kayla Newman, spoke with Newsweek about the trend she started and said, “I never heard of the word, and nobody else had heard of the word. I just said it, and I guess that’s what came out. That’s about it.” In the interview, Monroe says that she created other various vines but hadn’t looked into the camera much until the one which became her biggest hit of all time.

The phrase has since been used by various brands on Twitter and has also entered normal lexicon among the millenial generation. Even though the trend started one year ago, the phrase doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Courtesy: Know Your Meme

Social Media Showdown: Karrueche v. C. Breezy

by MIYA TREADWELL

Chris Brown and his on again, off again girlfriend Karrueche Tran are making headlines after a social media battle royal. This clash of words comes after an incident between the two outside of a LA nightclub on June 4th, where Chris forced his way into Karraueche’s car. According to media outlets, the situation continued to escalate outside of Karrueche’s home and later at Norm, a LA eatery.

Dating back to 2010, their relationship has had its share of break ups and make-ups. Yet it seemed to have come to a true end this past March when it was revealed that Brown fathered a daughter with another woman. Continue reading Social Media Showdown: Karrueche v. C. Breezy

Warriors Get It Done, NBA Finals tied 2-2

by DANTE EVANS

Games 1-3 of this year’s NBA Finals were close games with the 4th quarter or even overtime coming down to the final seconds but that was not the case in Game 4. The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 103-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, tying the series at two games apiece. Games 2 and 3 were centered on the supporting cast of LeBron James stepping up and being the difference makers in those two victories. That supporting cast did not show up to play on Thursday night, leaving James with no help on either side of the ball while also leaving the Quicken Loans Arena crowd in shock and disappointment.

Courtesy: ph.celebrity.yahoo.com
Courtesy: ph.celebrity.yahoo.com

Continue reading Warriors Get It Done, NBA Finals tied 2-2

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 RECAP

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Cue the countdown and prepare for hibernation. Though it has been a year since Netflix released a new season of Orange is the New Black, life will once again have meaning when fans finally view more prison drama for the hit show’s third season. But before that, it only seems fair to review the lives of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters through a reminiscent stroll down the dark halls of Litchfield Penitentiary. Continue reading Orange is the New Black: Season 2 RECAP

LeBron Leads The Cavs To A 2-1 Series Lead, NBA Finals Game 3 Recap!

by LIAM BEATUS and DANTE EVANS

Every quarter is its own story. In the third quarter, the Cavaliers dominated the Warriors the entire way through, outscoring their opponents 28-18, and at one moment in the game leading by 20 points. But in the beginning of the fourth, the Cavaliers were about to let the game slip away, turning the ball over left and right. At the end of the game, the Cavaliers squeaked by 96-91. The Cavs never trailed the entire game.

Quicken Loans Arena packed in 20,562 fans in order to try to see their team get its first home win in franchise history. The city of Cleveland earned its first Finals win Sunday night when the Cavaliers beat the Warriors on the road in Game 2. LeBron continued his incredible run, scoring 40 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing eight assists. He was a machine. Continue reading LeBron Leads The Cavs To A 2-1 Series Lead, NBA Finals Game 3 Recap!

You play like a girl! Changing Women’s Basketball Rules Diminishes Notions of Equality

by BREANA BACON

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved the game of basketball. My father played in high school then became a coach after college, my younger brother was the star player on our street and my mother was the biggest Laker fan in the world. It seemed natural to me to love basketball because everyone around me loved it. The kids in my neighborhood would gather in my driveway a few times a week to play pickup and I’d play too, just because everyone else was doing it. Granted, I was never too skilled but that never stopped me from putting up a couple shots.

One thing I loved most about playing was that the guys on my block never told me I couldn’t play because I was a girl and they didn’t take it easy on me because of that either.  I grew up playing scrappy streetball with boys twice my size and about a billion times my level of talent. I got knocked around, trash talked to and I can’t count the number of my shots that were blocked into my neighbor’s driveway.

To me, there was no difference between men’s and women’s basketball. Of course, I knew there were different leagues for men and women, but other than that, I believed there was no difference. Now, at 20 years old, I still believe there should be no difference, which is why I was outraged at the changes to the playing rules of NCAA Women’s basketball.

Continue reading You play like a girl! Changing Women’s Basketball Rules Diminishes Notions of Equality

NBA Finals Game 2 Recap!

by JESSIE KARANGU 

Before Sunday, the city of Cleveland had never enjoyed a win from the Cavs during the NBA Finals. Now, hours before hosting their first Finals game since 2007, hope still prevails for a team that has experienced so much turmoil not only this season, but throughout their 45-year history.

Their game two win didn’t come easy: they were a couple of mistakes and a missed dunk away from being down 0-2. The momentum shifter for Sunday’s game occurred towards the end of the 3rd quarter. Maurice Speights attempted a dunk off of a fastbreak but someway, somehow, the ball went in and out of the basket. Continue reading NBA Finals Game 2 Recap!

Apple Teams Up With Drake to Enter Streaming Music Business

by JESSIE KARANGU 

Apple’s new foray into music alongside artists such as Drake has been making headlines (pun intended) for months but it all became official today at Apple’s annual developer conference in California.

A new streaming service, a 24/7 global radio station, a social media network tailored for music artists and Siri integration were all key elements of the big announcement. The service, which will give users access to over 30 million songs, is expected to cost $9.99 with a family plan of up to 6 people costing $14.99 but when it launches on June 30th, a three month free trial will be provided.

Aubrey Graham, otherwise known as Drake, is expected to be heavily involved in this project in multiple ways. While his role is not exactly clear yet, it is expected that the artist will release his next album via Apple Connect, a social media network where artists can interact with fans while providing a behind the scenes look into their artistry. VentureBeat is also reporting that Graham will be a guest DJ on Apple’s new radio service together with Pharrell, Q-Tip, will.i.am and Dr. Dre. Continue reading Apple Teams Up With Drake to Enter Streaming Music Business

Are UMD Students Getting Their Money’s Worth?

by ELI ZIMMERMAN

While the University of Maryland is still ranked as one of the best value public schools in the country, imposed tuition hikes have bolstered students to question the price of higher education throughout the country.

University of Maryland students’ tuition was increased this year due to state budget cuts that were implemented by the state Department of Budget and Management, according to an email University President Wallace Loh sent out to the campus community in January. Loh recently announced additional tuition hikes for students who are enrolled in the business, computer science and engineering programs.

The $152 increase – $279 for out-of-state students – will be allotted to make up 26 percent of the budget cut, while savings from furloughs and suspension of construction projects will make up the remaining 74 percent. Students and teachers alike are bereft at the actions the University is taking to make up the lost funding, especially with the introduction of the renovation project planned for Cole Field House, a university recreation center on campus. Continue reading Are UMD Students Getting Their Money’s Worth?

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