How UMD Stayed Prepared For the Flu Epidemic

by AMBER EBANKS

In response to the Avian Flu Virus, officials at the University of Maryland implemented several resources on campus for students. The virus has the potential to spread very quickly and could “significantly interrupt normal university functions,” according to a pamphlet published by the university in February.

In case of a flu epidemic, the university planned to maintain a reduced level of campus operations meaning that the school would be run through remote or online interaction. This includes online classes and on-campus wages being delivered through direct deposit. Once university officials believe the Avian Flu has been controlled on campus the university would begin its recovery process. Continue reading How UMD Stayed Prepared For the Flu Epidemic

American Crime Recap: Episode Three

by BIBI AJAYI

Just when you think you know where a story is taking you American Crime has a way of twisting that story and taking it to place you never imagined! “Episode Three” of American Crime re-explores the theme of family dynamics as familiar and distant relatives confront the main characters.

“Episode Three” opens in the Gutierrez household with a morning show playing in the background, a sad attempt to fill the uncomfortable silence. Alonzo calls out for Jenny but is greeted with the same silence. Perhaps Jenny is still upset over the way her father handled Tony’s case. Alonzo leaves the house and is ambushed by reporters. We aren’t sure how Alonzo reacts to the reporters, but we later learn that he gives them an interview. Alonzo has a few choice words for Matt’s suspected killer, “He’s illegal. Those are the ones. Always make the rest of us look bad.” Like most of the characters in Modesto, Alonzo has no remorse for telling what he believes is his truth. Continue reading American Crime Recap: Episode Three

Vh1 Premieres the Walk of Shame Shuttle

by LAURYN FRONEBERGER

Just when you thought reality shows on VH1 could not get any crazier, a new series called Walk of Shame Shuttle debuted Wednesday night. The idea behind the show was introduced by former University of Michigan student, Kellyann Wargo.

Courtesy: Twitter
Courtesy: Twitter

Continue reading Vh1 Premieres the Walk of Shame Shuttle

Empire Finale: What DIDN’T Happen?

by MYA GREEN

Alright friends, before we get started we must all collectively pick our jaws up off the floor; I know they’ve been there since Wednesday night’s crazy finale of our favorite show. Okay, crazy is understatement.

It was insane, outrageous, and flat out nuts!

I had to go back and re-watch both episodes just for you all (partly because my mom kept asking me questions and because SO MUCH happened). Now, before we start chatting, even though we all know Empire went out with a bang, how big was the bang?

The first hour of the finale had 15.577 million viewers.

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BUT WAIT – the second hour of the finale had a whopping 17.5 million viewers!

Now with that’s said let’s recap! Continue reading Empire Finale: What DIDN’T Happen?

March Madness: A Business Cycle

by ASHLEY MARTIN 

Madness has returned to the sports world.

The NCAA Tournament is a phenomenon to basketball fans everywhere. They anticipate the chance to pull out their alumni sports gear, purchase game tickets and most importantly predict who will win it all.

“Bracket Mania” is arguably the main ingredient to March Madness. Every year college hoops fans fill out a bracket of how they believe the tournament will play out. They show their friends, argue with their coworkers about it and hold friendly office pools to keep it interesting. Continue reading March Madness: A Business Cycle

A&E Kickstarts Second Season of Married At First Sight

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Most people consider the vow to spend the rest of your life with another human being to be a tremendous leap of faith. But on A&E’s show Married at First Sight, daring individuals take that traditional walk down the aisle to an entirely new level.

A whirlwind of laughs, cries and definite pre-wedding jitters, Married at First Sight’s two-hour season premiere yesterday featured a new set of six romantic hopefuls who agree to wed complete strangers who they meet right at the altar.

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After receiving ZERO information on their future spouse, the three newlywed couples stay together for six weeks before deciding if they want to continue their marriage or get a divorce.

Of course, the premise of the show is just begging to be taken on by a bunch of fame hungry rejects from The Bachelor. But instead, A&E manages to give us an in-depth look at heartfelt optimists looking to truly fall in love and stay there, even if it means skipping a couple steps. Continue reading A&E Kickstarts Second Season of Married At First Sight

“To Pimp A Butterfly” and how it elevates Kendrick Lamar into Rap-Divinity (REVIEW)

by AARON MEGAR

Kendrick Lamar, a rapper who needs no introduction, followed in the footsteps of Drake on Sunday night after dropping his third studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly, a week before its previously announced March 23 release date. And while it may have come as a shock to those who woke up and found Lamar’s album available on iTunes Monday morning, it should come as no surprise at all that To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the best rap records to have come out since 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. Once again it proves that Kendrick Lamar stands atop the entire rap game with few others by his side.

Whereas good kid, m.A.A.d. city told the plight of a young K-Dot in Compton, To Pimp A Butterfly tells the plight of the black American in an album deeply embedded with passionate comments on race and its role in America. But amidst the 16-song record that could very well be deemed as “conscious rap,” the album is wildly entertaining, lyrically savvy, and it manages to be extremely multidimensional while at the same time maintaining a cohesive and well-flowing sound and vibe from start to finish. Continue reading “To Pimp A Butterfly” and how it elevates Kendrick Lamar into Rap-Divinity (REVIEW)

UMD Students React to Racist Email (Video)

by LAURYN FRONEBERGER

After discovering an email sent out by a University of Maryland student with a number of racial slurs and misogynistic remarks, students across campus were quick to express their disgust.

I sat down with a few students who shared that the email personally offended them. Check out their opinions in the video below:

Aside from these students, I also interviewed senior Andrew Mayton, co-president of the Asian American Student Union, who discussed his involvement with the anti-racism and anti-rape chalkings found on McKeldin Mall.

Sophomore Kalyn Cai, the vice president of Advocacy for the Asian American Student Union, also spoke on her initial reactions to the email.

“I think it’s hard to believe when stuff like that happens right at your university. I think a lot of the times people like to assume that that kind of thing happens far away. It’s easy to be like ‘Oh, well I’m sure stuff like that happens in like Oklahoma’ but It’s a lot harder to take a look at the people around you and the kind of institution that you attend and realize that these things go on a lot more often than you think. “

For more student reactions and updates on the university’s response to the email, follow us on Twitter.

UMD Students May Miss Terrapins NCAA Tournament Games On TV

by DANTE EVANS and JESSIE KARANGU

After a season of dominating Big Ten rankings, the University of Maryland’s basketball team will be a part of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. The team is preparing for their first game in The Big Dance versus Valparaiso University on Friday. If the Terrapins win, they’ll advance to a third round game being played on Sunday.

The Terps obviously cannot take their raucous student section with them. But the real tragedy is that students at the University of Maryland may not be able to watch their favorite team play on television.

The networks airing the tournament include CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. Students living on campus have Comcast’s basic cable plan which includes all of those channels except truTV. Friday afternoon’s game airs at 4:50 p.m. on TNT but if UMD advances to play on Sunday and schedule makers place their game on truTV, this could pose as a problem for those who don’t have access to the network. Continue reading UMD Students May Miss Terrapins NCAA Tournament Games On TV

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