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?

End of May Movies

by VERNA GIBSON

May 15

Mad Max: Fury Road

This post-apocalyptic film focuses on Mad Max Rockatanksy, a former highway patrolman, who agrees to protect a woman named Furiosa and five captives she has rescued, as they cross the desert. This film is the fourth in the Mad Max series and spent 25  years in the developmental stage before receiving the funding to be filmed. After issues with Mel Gibson, who played Rockatansky in the previous three films, in 2011 filming started with Tom Hardy assuming the titular role. Hardy told Esquire magazine that he will star in three more Mad Max movies after Fury Road. The first Mad Max movie was released in 1979.

Pitch Perfect 2

This sequel follows the Bellas as they enter an international acapella competition that has never been won by an American team. The film, which stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, brought back the majority of the main characters and added a new recruit, played by Hailee Steinfield. Pitch Perfect 2 is being lauded for being one of the few female centered blockbusters of the summer as well as recognized as an expected success. This time around the film is directed by Elizabeth Banks.

Good Kill

A man who works as a drone operator begins to feel conflicted about his job as he tries to reconcile the attacks he perpetrates from afar. The main character,Tom Egan, played by Ethan Hawke struggles to learn how to deal with the gravity of his missions and living his life with his family. The film shows the effect of drones on military personnel and how war is changing.

May 22

Tomorrowland

A young girl, played by Britt Robertson, who most recently starred in The Longest Ride, discovers a pin that allows her to enter a new world. Robertson along with George Clooney, learn that her destiny is to save Tommorowland.

Chocolate City

Many have called this the Black version of Magic Mike. A struggling college student, played by Robert Ri’chard, is recruited to work for a strip club after trying out at an amateur night. His new found success causes problems with the other strippers at the club. This movie is filled with familiar faces such as Micheal Jai White, Tyson Beckford, Ginuwine, and Darrin Dewitt Henson.

May 29

San Andreas

After a massive earthquake splits California, a helicopter pilot played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson travels across the state to rescue his daughter and seemingly every other female he comes in contact with. The film get its name from the San Andreas fault, which splits causing destruction throughout the West.

Aloha

Bradley Cooper stars as a military contractor who is reassigned to Hawaii to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite, after having  a meltdown, is and forced to deal with his past. He goes back to face his ex, Rachel McAdams, and finds a new love interest, his Air Force liaison played by Emma Stone. The film also stars Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.

SU Students Celebrate Gullfest

by DALLAS JORDAN

Salisbury University hosted it’s annual Gullfest concert on Sunday, featuring headliners Jessie J., MKTO and Mac Miller.

Kicking off the concert was pop-musical duo MKTO, the artists featured vocals from Tony Oller and rapping from Malcolm Kelly. They sang a variety of songs from their debut album such as their major hits “Classic” and “American Dream,” they also sang new songs from their upcoming album.

“I really enjoyed listening to MKTO,” said junior, Brittany Daniels, “I didn’t really know too much of their music before the concert, but now I want to go download their entire album.”

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My Advice for Next Year’s Freshman (PERSONAL)

by AARON MEGAR

As I come to the end of my freshman year of college, I’ve begun to reflect on my first two semesters, thinking about where I once was and where I am today. My dorm room is the same; empty beer cans and piles of clothes lining the floor. But everything outside of that room has changed drastically. In the past seven months, I’ve gained and lost more acquaintances than I could possibly name, formed more habits and routines than I’ve ever had in my life, and most importantly, I have come to learn that the University of Maryland is, at least for seven months per year, my new world. My new ecosystem, my new society, and my new home. This, I believe, is the single most important mindset that one has to have when they come to college; this is your life right now, so you must embrace it entirely and not waste time thinking about home.

High school seniors dream about college, especially if they’re going to a school like UMD, where we clearly know how to have fun. There are few things I have ever been more anxious and excited for than driving down to this school on that hot day in late August and beginning my life as a freshman Terp. UMD is what one would call my “dream school,” and as much as I missed my life at home, I knew Maryland was going to be really sick.

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Courtesy: univesity-of-maryland-college-park-maryland.runnerspace.com

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Hits Big! (Review)

by BIBI AJAYI

Marvel nerd or not, one can’t help but to appreciate the gloriousness that is Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. First off, I have to give props to the movie’s director, Joss Whedon, who also directed The Avengers. Due to the success of The Avengers in 2012, some viewers would be a bit hesitant about the quality of the sequel (let’s be real, sequels are never as good as the original), but Avengers: Age of Ultron is a whole different Marvel beast.

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Courtesy: ketr.org

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NFL Draft: How did the Redskins and Ravens do?

by DANTE EVANS

1st Round (26th Overall) Ravens: WR Breshard Perriman, UCF. The leading receiver for the UCF Knights is a key asset to a Baltimore Ravens team that lost their top wide receiver in Torrey Smith and top tight end Owen Daniels. Perriman lead the Knights with over 1,044 receiving yards last season. The 6’2 wideout will give the Ravens a bigger target than what they had with Smith and the 4.24 40-yard dash speed of Perriman will cause havoc down the field against corners, giving him the capability to be a deep-ball threat. Joe Flacco is going to need a reliable receiver to throw the ball to, and despite Perriman’s history of dropping catches, he will be one of the go-to targets for Flacco throughout the season.

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Courtesy: http://www.cbssports.com

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Update on Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake

by LINDSEY FEINGOLD

On April 25, a shattering earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicenter located near Kathmandu Valley. The magnitude was recorded as being 7.8 in the United States, although other countries reported it to be 7.9. It was one of the most destructive earthquakes in Nepal’s history.

As of Saturday, “the death toll is 7,250 and the number of people injured by the earthquake is 14,122,” CNN quoted from the National Emergency Operation Center. Continue reading Update on Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake

Art Attack XXXII Concert Review (OPINION)

by AARON MEGAR

If this year’s Art Attack said anything of the beautiful campus and people at the University of Maryland, it’s that Terps know how to turn up. No matter the artist or the song, Xfinity Center’s audience on Friday night was about as fired up as they had been after beating Wisconsin basketball back in February.

The crowd was in it from the start, immediately jumping into a unique set from Battle of the Bands winner, The Orthobox. The one man show was all but orthodox, beat-boxing in a way that incorporated dubstep, pop music, and hip-hop beats. Regardless of his unusual genre, everyone on the floor was down to dance to whatever odd noises and sounds came out of the man’s mouth. This was only evidence of what was to come, however, as the crowd would continue to grow in size, volume, and energy throughout the night.

And then came Logic. In his homecoming show, the up-and-coming Maryland native was entertaining, confident, and lively, making for an awesome performance. The young rapper certainly felt at home, rapping through his discography as his local fans were able to rap along with him. At one point, he even brought Testudo on-stage, which was was sure to bring the crowd to another level.

The set had two distinctive highlights. The first song, “Alright,” is one where Logic sounds more like a Big Sean or Drake than the mixtape rapper that he was no more than a year ago. On-stage, it felt like I wasn’t at a Logic concert, but instead at the show of a more established rapper. This was his strongest moment on Friday night, but it was “Under Pressure” that was the most entertaining. This is where Logic really went in, aggressively spitting into the mic as the crowd bumped with him, beat by beat through what is my personal favorite Logic song. He exhibits his phenomenal flow on “Under Pressure,” and it made for a great live act.

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(Aaron Megar/Pulsefeedz)

The Chainsmokers were my favorite performers at Art Attack. To be fair, I will lose myself at any EDM show and The Chainsmokers are no exception, but from an objective standpoint, I can still say that the Xfinity Center was no more live for anything else than it was for their top-track, “Kanye.” The Chainsmokers’ mix moved from genre to genre, playing some of the New York duo’s original music, like “Kanye” and “Selfie,” while also mixing in whatever else sounded good. And it all sounded good.

By the end of their show, all the jumping and arm-moving and singing had left the crowd about three-times as tired as they were before the set had began, but I think I can speak for everyone else at Art Attack when I say that the raging was definitely worth it.

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Coming into the night, I had only low expectations for Jessie J. Did I wish it was Juicy J? Yes. And do I like the song “Bang Bang”? No, not at all. But what the young artist was able to do on-stage truly did surprise me. She was more energetic than anybody else had been that night, including the fans. She hopped and danced around the stage and was solidly entertaining. And I also forgot that she wrote “Domino,” so that helped her too. Not to say that I had a “great time” watching Jessie J, but I can’t imagine any other pop star would do much better (besides Miley Cyrus).

Maybe it would have been in SEE’s best interest to end the show with The Chainsmokers, seeing that the end of their set drained both the energy and size of the crowd. But either way, I have to give it to Jessie J for getting me to dance to songs as poppy as hers are.

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Courtesy: telegraph.co.uk

All in all, Art Attack XXXII was better than I had expected, and the crowd was one of the best that I’ve ever seen. A school concert is special because it brings the school together, allows everybody to have fun around one common thing – music. Were Logic, The Chainsmokers, and Jessie J the three acts that I could have asked for? No, the furthest thing from it. But together they put on an exciting and spirited show in front of a great group of people known as #TerpNation.

2015 UMD Block Show Enriches The Community

by MIYA TREADWELL

The 2015 UMD Block Show took place on Hornbake Plaza this past Saturday, bringing together the diverse ethnic community here at College Park. The Block Show happens each spring semester and is an opportunity for various dance clubs and Greek organizations to display their talents. More importantly, these clubs and organizations contain a majority of black and brown students, who are able to express themselves and their culture through the event.

The show was emceed by alumni Greeks and kicked off with performances from dance organizations such as Phunktions and Dynamics.

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Phunktions Dance Company performing at UMD Block Show (Miya Treadwell/Pulsefeedz)

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