Hillary Clinton’s lead over Bernie Sanders grows, according to recent poll


After a difficult summer for her campaign, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton received some encouraging news earlier this week. According to a CNN/ORC poll released Sept. 21, Clinton’s lead over Senator Bernie Sanders has grown in recent weeks.

The poll, which surveyed 392 registered Democrats and independents who lean Democratic, gave the former First Lady and Secretary of State an 18-point lead over the independent Senator from Vermont. Of those surveyed, 42 percent said they would most likely support Clinton for the Democratic nomination, while 24 percent chose Sanders. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet decided if he’s running in 2016, finished in third place with 22 percent of the vote.

“Because of [Clinton’s] experience as a career politician, she has a solid chance of being at the top,” said Kamyar Dastani, a freshman finance major who identifies with the Republican Party. “Bernie has support in many of the smaller states, but he simply doesn’t have the widespread support of the whole country yet.”

Photo Courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons.
Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons.

Just two weeks ago, the same CNN/ORC poll had Clinton leading Sanders by a 10-point margin—with Clinton taking 37 percent of the vote and Sanders taking 27 percent. The five-point bump is the first time Clinton’s numbers have improved in the CNN/ORC poll since mid-April, when she was taking 69 percent of the vote.

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FOX’s Rosewood Review


Last night, FOX premiered its pilot episode of Rosewood, a comedy-drama focused on a private pathologist named Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut), who helps law enforcement solve crimes through his close to perfect autopsy skills.  Though its pilot was far from awful, Rosewood turned out to be what many viewers feared it would: a mundane show not even Morris Chestnut’s chocolatey goodness and a perfect time slot can save.

Pro: Chestnut’s body…obviously.


Con: Chestnut’s lack of commitment.

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Two weeks played; two wins under my belt. Week 2 was not as pretty as Week 1, but I still managed to put up 106 points. I am one of three 2-0 teams in our league, along with the Commissioner and my father. It is only two weeks in, but the season is already shaping up to be one of tight contests and heartbreaking losses. There is still a lot of season to go, but those sitting at 0-2 should look at this week’s winners and losers and make some roster changes. Continue reading FANTASY FOOTBALL WINNERS AND LOSERS: WEEK 2

GO:OD AM: Mac Miller’s Moment of Clarity

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It has been a long road for Malcolm McCormick, better known as Mac Miller. He shed his coveted independent status by signing a massive deal with Warner Brothers last fall, a move that caught most by surprise. He is no longer the wide-eyed child from his early mixtapes, rapping about the youthful freedoms of smoking and skipping class. He is no longer the apathetic, self-loathing, drug-fueled shell of himself we have seen on his most recent projects. He comes to us on his newest album GO:OD AM with razor-sharp focus and clarity, a head space that fans have not seen in him yet. Following over a yearlong silence, which is comparable to a decade in the short attention span of the digital age, he gives us a beautifully crafted and carefully planned update on his whereabouts.

It does not take long for him to tell us what he’s been up to. In his lullaby-like introduction “Doors,” he explains to fans

“[I] didn’t mean to cause you pain, I just needed to escape.”

It’s a simple explanation to a complex search for happiness, which he assures fans he has discovered. He raps, “They’re saying that I’m sober, I’m just in a better place,” using the album’s songs to take listeners on his journey through the process of finding clarity. Continue reading GO:OD AM: Mac Miller’s Moment of Clarity

Why the Pope is Coming to D.C. and What to Expect


Citizens of the United States are anticipating what to expect after the Pope arrived in Washington, D.C. late Tuesday afternoon. Many are getting excited and the man that has stood outside the Apostolic Nunciature (the Vatican Embassy) every day for at least 17 years calling the Catholic Church cowardly is probably ecstatic as well.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday from Cuba at 4 pm at Joint Base Andrews, amid a crowd of spectators.

On Wednesday the Bishop of Rome, as Pope Francis likes to call himself, will meet with President Obama in the morning. Next on the schedule is the Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall at approximately 11 a.m. This is where everyone who wants to see the Pope will most likely get a chance to catch a glimpse.

Courtesy of the Washington Post
Courtesy of the Washington Post

Next up is a midday prayer with the bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s Cathedral followed by the canonization of Junipero Serra, a priest who founded missions all across California in the 1700s. This canonization is under scrutiny by some who believe that Serra unfairly enforced Christianity on Native Americans living in the state during that time.

Thursday is the Pope’s last day in D.C. before he embarks to New York. He will start the day by giving an address to the Joint Meeting of the United States Congress meaning he will address both the House and the Senate. His last activity in this city is a visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. By 4 p.m., Pope Francis will depart from his point of arrival, Joint Base Andrews.

Alisa Zacharia, a member of the University of Maryland Catholic Student Union, is excited for the Pope’s visit.

“I’ve been waiting and preparing seven years for this. I got tickets to greet the Holy Father at Andrews Air Force base and witness the canonization mass on Wednesday,” she stated.

Bridget Pacheco, a Catholic student at the University of Maryland but not part of the Catholic Student Union, is also anticipating the visit by the Pope: “I am so excited! My little sister is going to see him.”

This will be Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States, unlike the past two Popes, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, who traveled to the US before rising to the papacy, according to the New York Times.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Washington National’s Stadium in 2008 Courtesy of Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Washington National’s Stadium in 2008.
Courtesy of Associated Press

This is mainly due to his cultural background. He is from a South American country (Argentina) with an Italian background, speaks Spanish but does not speak English very well. Pope Francis, after 78 years of avoiding the US, is most likely visiting due to the fact that this country has the fourth largest Roman Catholic population.

Expect traffic delays, huge crowds, but a Pope that is just as nervous as the US is for his arrival.

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Black Women Breaking Barriers: Viola Davis Wins An Emmy


Even if you were not tuned into the Emmys last Sunday, I’m sure you have seen multiple headlines and tweets about the historic moment when Viola Davis won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She is the first black actress to win an award in this category.

Davis, who was in utter shock as her name was called, was given a standing ovation by fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson. Henson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday to address Davis’s win along with her thoughts on being one of the only two African American women nominated.

“God, just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again. You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.”

Davis delivered a phenomenal speech which brought audience members to tears.

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there nohow. I can’t seem to get over that line. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

After her speech, social media flooded with positive messages of people supporting and commending Davis. According to Leigh Cuen of Vocativ.com, “posts using hashtags including #blackexcellence and #blackgirlmagic skyrocketed, with the latter garnering over 7,000 mentions in tweets about the Emmys.”

Alongside Davis, other notable women of color who won Emmys include Uzo Aduba from the hit show Orange is the New Black and American Crime‘s Regina King.

Fashion Panel Gives Students Career Advice


Six panelists working in the fashion industry described the realities of their jobs and advised students on how to get their foot in the door during Careers in Fashion at the University Career Center yesterday.

The panel included two University of Maryland College Park students who interned at companies like Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and Bochic Jewelry.

Kate Juhl, program director for the UMD College of Arts and Humanities and University Career Center, moderated questions such as how students can market themselves and get jobs in fashion.

Christopher Schafer speaks to students next to Meg Ely and Nikki Billie Jean. Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities
Christopher Schafer speaks to students as he sits next to Meg Ely and Nikki Billie Jean.
Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities.

While many people see New York City and Los Angeles as the fashion hubs of the United States, the panelists stressed focusing on other cities to start their careers.

Washington D.C. and Baltimore, which are both near the university, are “two different animals for fashion,” said Christopher Schafer, founder of Christopher Schafer Clothier.

Students listen closely as the panelists talk about their careers and give advice. Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities
Students listen closely as the panelists talk about their careers and give advice.
Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities

The panelists stressed that social media and websites like LinkedIn are crucial to connect with employers as well as clients. All Things Ankara‘s Nikki Billie Jean advised that students keep their accounts as professional as possible. Panelists also advised students to have more than one resume in order to cover all their skills and qualities.

A student speaks to Madeline Albro after the panel ends. Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities
A student speaks to Madeline Albro after the panel ends.
Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities

The panelists even talked about what to do after landing a job.

“You should also be able to answer questions like ‘what’s your competition doing?’ so that you can create ideas to give your company a leg up,”  said Madeline Albro, senior product line manager at Under Armour.

Oru Wonodi, a sophomore business and Spanish double major, said she came to the event after catching wind of it through fashion organization MasTERPiece!

One thing she said she learned was that while she develops her own brand, she can still design other types of clothing like wedding dresses for extra income.

Wonodi is also a fashion designer; she is the founder of NOVA Prints and Apparel, which she hopes will be nationally recognized by her senior year.

Models wear off NOVA Prints and Apparel clothing. Courtesy of Oru Wonodi
Models wear NOVA Prints and Apparel clothing.
Courtesy of Oru Wonodi

Upcoming fashion events on campus include a networking session and a book signing.

Does UMD #StandWithAhmed?


Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed entered one of his classes in a Texas high school last week with a homemade clock that was created from a pencil case. Instead of being praised for his handiwork, Mohamed was arrested because his teacher mistook the clock for a bomb.

Courtesy: www.techinsider.io
Courtesy: http://www.techinsider.io

This story spread rapidly on social media, due to allegations of prejudice. Many people were outraged at the belief that Mohamed was profiled because he is Muslim.

On Twitter, the hashtags #IStandWithAhmed and #NotABomb trended with pictures of watches and clocks. There was sharp criticism on racial, ethnic and religious profiling.

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Fantasy Football Winners and Losers: Week 1


At last, fantasy football has completed Week 1 of the NFL regular season. It has been a long offseason of scandals, retirements, draft picks, free agency, rule changes and just about anything else you could imagine. Now it is back to what matters: football.

Just like last season, I am here to help guide fantasy novices and experts alike in making smart, informed decisions on how to win your league. It is only the first week of the season and certain players and teams have already played themselves out of Super Bowl contention. I cannot guarantee that reading my recaps will guarantee a championship, but it would be exceptionally difficult to win without these articles. Without further delay, here are the 2015 Week 1 winners and losers. Continue reading Fantasy Football Winners and Losers: Week 1

Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember


They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be real: it’s Autumn. Not just because of football or bold lip colors, but also because Cookie and the gang are back to fight once again over that multi-million dollar empire.


Yes, FOX’s Empire is that loud uncle at the barbeque who likes to make everyone uncomfortable by drinking way too many Heineken beers, while forcing them to engage in weirdo 90s dance moves such as “the bump.” Cringe-worthy, but extremely fulfilling nonetheless. So to celebrate its second season premiere September 23rd, a recap of all the melodramatic moments that pretty much killed us dead last season is in session. Continue reading Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember