Scandal Recap

Scandal

“Scandal” had everyone tweeting and talking last night when Season 3 returned. For those of you who missed last night’s episode, don’t worry Pulsefeedz has you covered.

After murdering her husband, Sally Langston admitted that she has decided to run against President Grant in the next election. However, Sally told President Grant that she would not be stepping down as the current Vice President. This caused Fitz to go into an uproar and engage in a full on “drink in the middle of the day panic” where he quickly named California governor, Andrew Nichols, as his new running mate.

Meanwhile, Quinn was off portraying the role of the perfect girlfriend with Charlie and helped him kidnap a coroner’s kid. Harrison received a booty call from his past when Nazanin Boniadi from “Homeland” showed up, unannounced at O.P.A.

James revealed that he despises his husband and has since been leaking information regarding the Daniel Douglas Langston murder cover-up to the press.

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You’re probably wondering what Olivia Pope was doing? Olivia received a shocking threat from her father telling her to run and hide because he was destined to get back at Fitz, for kicking him out of B613. Olivia also named Jake as her new fake boyfriend, so the press would stop claiming her as Fitz’s mistress.

Watch “Scandal” Thursday nights at 10/9c on ABC.

– Dallas Jordan

Can You Really Leave Class If Your Professor Doesn’t Show Up After 15 Minutes?

It’s happened to everyone before. You show up to class on time but for some reason your professor is nowhere to be seen. You check your email to see if you missed anything before you stepped out of the door, you ask around to see if your classmates have any intel of the professor’s whereabouts and you even check your syllabus to see if you’re scheduled to meet for class that day.

And then, that one person who has never said a word in your class before mentions that it is school policy that students are allowed to leave class after 15 minutes if the professor is a no-show. It’s 10 minutes past the top of the hour and everyone is antsy because there’s five minutes left before you can potentially leave class early.

But wait. Has anyone ever checked to actually see if this policy is actually true?

After looking through the guidelines of the University of Maryland’s student  and faculty handbooks, there is nothing in written form which states that students are allowed to leave class after 15 minutes if the professor doesn’t show up.

The only information which is somewhat related to this issue is found in the faculty handbook:

Faculty are, therefore, expected to convene all classes for the entire stated time. For rare circumstances that preclude convening classes, the instructor should notify the department chair as far in advance as possible and, where possible, notify affected students. 

So technically, if we make inferences based of off the language written in the faculty handbook, if a teacher fails to notify students of their tardiness in advance then the student has every right to leave the class at their discretion without any penalty.

But is that honestly the smart thing to do? No.

You’ve already put a lot of effort into waking up from your uncomfortable dorm bed into the cold, frigid weather. Why not just sit patiently and wait for your professor to arrive?

Here are some tips if you are stuck in this situation:

  • If you truly have the urge to leave class because your professor hasn’t shown up yet, send a respectful email message letting them know that you showed up to class and that you look forward to meeting with them whenever your next class period is. Be human and understanding. Things happen, that’s life.
  • Despite the last bullet point, I highly suggest and recommend that you stay in class for as long as the allotted time is that you’re supposed to be there. Send a message to the professor asking them respectfully where they are and use that time to review various lessons/concepts with your fellow classmates.
  • By reviewing classwork with fellow classmates, you show your professor that you’re willing to make a sacrifice to get the highest grade possible. If the professor eventually shows up, it is also very likely that you will be awarded with extra credit, and who doesn’t like extra credit?
  • To avoid any confusion, ask your professor about what their faculty tardiness rules and regulations are in the beginning of the semester so that everyone involved is clear of what is expected.
  • For non-UMD students: Check your school’s respective student and faculty handbooks. Some schools such as Clemson do have written policy that allows students to leave after 15 mins. if they have a tardy professor.

In conclusion, at the University of Maryland, is it true that students can leave class after 15 minutes if their professor doesn’t arrive? No. 

Are students allowed to leave at anytime if their professor doesn’t show up? Technically yes, although this is not written anywhere.

Should students leave early if the professor is a no-show? It’s all subjective but my suggestion is no. If you’re being honest with yourself then you know there’s no benefit.

If you have information which disproves this information, please comment below and if necessary, we will make any corrections necessary.

– JMan

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Alec Baldwin Throws In The Towel

Alec Baldwin, New York Magazine

Alec Baldwin is no stranger to speaking his mind. The actor is constantly making headlines for his controversial words.

In a 5,284 word essay to New York Magazine, the actor said goodbye to public life and announced that he has decided to move to California. In the February issue, Baldwin wrote:

“I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible. This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”

Baldwin then decided to give the interviewer a recap of his wild year.

I find myself bitter, defensive, and more misanthropic than I care to admit. And I’m trying to understand what happened, how an altercation on the street, in which I was accused—wrongly—of using a gay slur, could have cascaded like this. There’s been a shift in my life. And it’s caused me to step back and say, ‘This is happening for a reason.'”

Acknowledging his reputation as a hothead, Baldwin revisited an incident that occurred in November when a TMZ photographer:

“Ambushed me as I was putting my family in the car, and I chased him down the block and said, ‘C—sucking mother—er”.

After this incident Baldwin was accused of being a homophobe by Andrew Sullivan and Anderson Cooper. When asked if he was a homophobe, he clearly said:

“I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me.”

After his rant, Baldwin was fired from his talk show, “Up Late”.

As his 5,284 word essay continued, Baldwin accused MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow of causing his firing calling Maddow a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.

Maddow kindly sent Baldwin a tweet that said:

“I have never met Mr. Baldwin on camera or off camera. I wish him all the best.”

Mr. Baldwin hopes to start over in L.A.

This will be his first time moving since moving to the Big Apple in 1979. In the final words of his essay Baldwin explained the reason he want’s to move.

“I did not have a happy family life a few years ago. I was divorced from Kim Basinger and I was very alienated from my daughter Ireland Baldwin and I was out there cutting every ribbon and running around New York hosting events for different causes to supplant my loss, because I didn’t have a family to go home to. Now I don’t want to be Mr. Show Business anymore. I want the same thing everybody else wants. I want a happy home, and for the first time in my adult life, I have one,” he wrote. “I love my wife more than anything in the world and I love my child [Carmen, 6 months, with wife Hilaria] more than anything else in the world and I don’t want that to change in any way.”

– Dallas Jordan

UMD Data Breach Explainer/Social Media Reaction

On Wednesday night, The Diamondback broke a story which has jolted the entire UMD community.

What happened?

On Tuesday morning between 4 and 5 a.m., the social security numbers, university ID numbers, names and birth dates of over 309,000 students and staff was accessed by an unknown source.

The university’s systems first detected a problem around 8 a.m.

Why is this such a big issue?

Unlike credit cards, it’s very difficult to replace Social Security numbers. The Social Security Administration requires you to report identity theft with the FTC as well as through an Internet complaint form, which can take a long time to process. 

Every private business and government agency that you’ve ever dealt with, will have records of your old SSN and it’ll become a big hassle to deal with those entities if your new SSN number isn’t registered to your credit history OR if those businesses and agencies don’t have your new SSN to begin with.

What can I do?

Monitor all of your financial, credit card, health care, tax records. Make sure everything is normal. If it is not, then it’s very likely that you are a victim of identity fraud.

What is UMD doing to help students who may be affected?

The University will be offering a full year of credit monitoring. They have also set up a hot line (301-405-4440) and an email address (datasecurity@umd.edu) to help with any questions anyone has.

How do I find out if I was affected?

According to Reddit user xenonscreams:

So I called that hotline number (which redirected to the IT Help Desk haha) and the lady who answered said the investigative panel is working on compiling the names and that on the website at some point, there will be a tool where you will be able to enter your name and see if you are affected by the breach.

She did not know if every single person was affected for sure, but at least we’ll have definitive answers in the future.

Here’s the reaction from Twitter –

https://twitter.com/KRUMPisLIFE/status/436604585269284864

And the winner for best tweet goes to……

https://twitter.com/Thirst_D/status/436574270945492992

UPDATE – Brian Ross, VP of IT at UMD, has provided students with an update on the situation via email:

To help protect your identity, we are offering a free, one-year membership of Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert.  This product helps detect possible misuse of your personal information and provides you with superior identity protection support focused on immediate identification and resolution of identity theft.

Effective immediately, operators at Experian are standing by at 1-866-274-3891 (Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm EST and Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm EST) to answer general questions or concerns regarding this matter. Starting on Tuesday, February 25 at 9:00 am EST, you can call them directly to determine if your records were compromised and to register for your free year of credit protection.  You must activate this service by 11:59 pm EST on May 31, 2014.

Pharrell’s Grammy Hat For Sale

Pharrell Williams, 56th GRAMMY Awards

Music mogul Pharrell had people talking at this year’s Grammy Awards when he walked the red carpet wearing a large obnoxious hat.

Pharrell is now auctioning off his hat, but the price tag isn’t cheap.

The “Lucky” singer tweeted:

“I’m auctioning off my hat from the Grammys to benefit From One Hand to Another”

Then he joked:

“Hey @Arby’s, you want my hat? Now’s your chance…” 

So how much is the hat going for?

With free standard shipping, the current bid of the hat is $10,500 on eBay. There are currently 64 bids on the hat and you have until March 2nd to come up with the cash to bid on this high priced accessory.

The profits aren’t going into Pharrell’s pockets according to the eBay post:

“All proceeds benefit From One Hand to Another whose mission is to help change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential and empower them to nurture curiosity by learning through new technologies, arts, media and motivation!”

Just in case you aren’t aware:

“From One Hand to Another” is an organization established by Pharrell in 2008 “for the sole purpose of supporting the Pharrell Williams Resource Centers’ (PWRC) learning programs developed for every one of the underserved youth between the ages of 7 and 20 in at risk communities throughout the country,”

If you’re interested in the hat, head to eBay and BID!

– Dallas Jordan

Babies Everywhere

What makes a new year brighter than the joy of welcoming a new baby into the world? Hollywood has been welcoming a bundle of them lately. Let’s find out which of your favorite stars are cuddling up with their bundle of joy.

Mike Wayans, Vanessa Simmons

Mike Wayans and Vanessa Simmons welcomed their first baby into the world last Thursday. Ava Marie Jean Wayans arrived Thursday night.

Ava Marie is the first grandchild for Mike’s father, “In Living Color” alum Damon Wayans Sr. and Vanessa’s dad, rap icon Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of Run D.M.C.

Mark Webber, Teresa Palmer

“Warm Bodies” star Teresa Palmer and husband Mark Webber welcomed their first child together.

The pair welcomed a baby boy into the world together on Monday. Palmer took to Instagram today to share the great news, the actress posted a photo with the caption: “Thank you God for blessing us with the most divine gift of our baby son”

Teresa Palmer Instagram

The happy couple tied the knot February 6th in an intimate ceremony. Congratulations!

Danielle Jonas, Baby Alena Rose, Instagram

Kevin and Danielle Jonas have also welcomed a baby into their lives in recent weeks.

The dynamic duo welcomed baby Alana Rose on Sunday, February 2nd. Danielle took to Instagram posting this picture of her little girl with the caption:

“So excited to have her home. I can’t believe Kevin and I have a family #soinlove.”

Baby Alena Rose Jonas, Instagram

And finally……..Simon Cowell!

Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman, Eric

Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman shared photos with them holding their baby boy.

The music mogul shared dozens of photos with his fans on Sunday. He captioned the above photo: “Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old.”

Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman, Eric

“Now you can see how very handsome little Eric is.”

The pair welcomed their baby boy into the world on Valentines Day. The couple named their son after Cowell’s father, Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, who passed away in 1999.

Baby Eric weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces.

Frostburg State Student Killed In House Fire

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A two-alarm fire at a home being rented out by four students attending Frostburg State University has killed one person and injured two others.

The fire happened around 5 a.m. early Friday morning. Here are some more details from WBALTV.com:

Officials said nearly 75 firefighters from Allegany and Garrett counties were called to the home owned by Judy Knieriem. She told officials the two-story single-family home had been converted into college rentals for students at Frostburg State University.

There’s no word yet on how the fire started, but firefighters said the second floor partially collapsed into the first floor, rendering it a complete loss.

The loss of life has shocked the community at Frostburg State University, who have spilled out their emotions via Twitter throughout the day using hashtags such as #RIPJunior (Nickname of the deceased student).

Others in the FSU community and beyond have also expressed their thoughts:

https://twitter.com/yasdnilwebb/status/434411872037904384

There are currently two GoFundMe fundraisers which have been established to help out the other roommates who’ve literally lost everything in this fire.

The first one was established by two students attending Salisbury University. Here’s the link HERE.

The other one was started by students at Frostburg State University. Here’s the link HERE.

The Best President Loh Tweets (Pre-Valentine’s Day Snowstorm 2014)

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BEST #UMDSNOW TWITPICS!

UMBC STUDENTS PETITION ADMINISTRATION FOR NEW POLICY

BEST #UMDSNOW TWITPICS!

UMBC STUDENTS PETITION ADMINISTRATION FOR NEW POLICY

If you took a poll asking students at the University of Maryland about President Loh’s job performance around 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, I guarantee his approval rating would be near 100 percent.

This is around the time students learned that school would be closed the next day via a tweet he sent out on his account.

The announcement was universally praised by students because of the fact that President Loh took the warnings of a major snowstorm seriously and didn’t keep students waiting to figure out if classes were still in session.

President Loh set a precedent for how university presidents and school officials nationwide should respond to warnings of major inclement weather (something which many UMBC students envy). Loh’s swiftness truly helped UMD students prepare adequately for the 12+ inches of snow which would follow the next day.

Here are some of the best tweets from UMD students praising President Loh over the past couple of days as students celebrate a 4-day Valentine’s Day weekend.

https://twitter.com/lexy_mai/status/433702733317963778

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Finally, my lame attempt at humor:

BEST #UMDSNOW TWITPICS!

UMBC STUDENTS PETITION ADMINISTRATION FOR NEW POLICY

BEST #UMDSNOW TWITPICS!

UMBC STUDENTS PETITION ADMINISTRATION FOR NEW POLICY

– JMan

Best #UMDSnow Twitpics From Pre-Valentine’s Day Snowstorm 2014

Students at the University of Maryland celebrated their snow day together through social media by using the hashtag #UMDSnow. From snowmen to selfies with Testudos to snowball fights on McKeldin Mall, here are some of the best Twitpics from Twitter.

https://twitter.com/AngelaPerantoni/status/434160224094535680

https://twitter.com/wyssa_brownie/status/434036661547462657

– JMan