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UMD Participates in America Recycles Day


November 15  signified another America Recycles Day, a day meant to bring awareness to reducing waste by converting it into reusable material. America Recycles Day was established “to educate…to motivate…to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.”

Interns at the Office of Sustainability at the University of Maryland held an America Recycles Day event on Friday at the Stamp courtyard.  Two interns for the Office of Sustainability, Melissa and Josh say they do outreach to students in hopes of better educating the student population. Melissa says they “try and get students to learn about recycling and understand it a little bit better…we’re taking pictures for social media we have recycling corn hole so each little like bean bag has an item and then you sort it, recycling or trash.”

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43 Mexican students abducted, possibly massacred


On September 26,  while traveling to Iguala, Mexico, forty-three students went missing. Most of them were studying to become teachers in a college in the countryside of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. The students were traveling to Iguala to protest at one of the mayor’s events which would feature a speech given by his wife. Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, were informed of the students’ plan and ordered their abduction from Iguala police chief, Felipe Flores Velasquez.

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Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca and wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda.

“Concerned that the students would disrupt a speech his politically ambitious wife was giving in the town’s central plaza, Mr. Abarca ordered the police to “teach them a lesson,” Mexican news media reports said, citing documents in the investigation.”

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Fall Is Here!


Fall is finally here! Here are 5 best things that Fall has to offer:

1. All pumpkin everything!

I mean think about it. It’s the season where you’ll see pictures of your friends all over social media at a pumpkin patch.

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Starbucks, along with many other coffee places, offer Pumpkin Spice lattes during the fall.

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Bath & Body Works comes out with its pumpkin lotion and fragrances as well.

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2. Caramel Apples come out!

Boy, those caramel apples taste good. However, they don’t seem to come out much during the spring, summer, or winter. What you will mostly find during all these other seasons are “do-it” yourself kits.

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3. Hoodie and Scarf season!

The good thing about a hoodie is that it doesn’t take much effort to get dressed in the morning while scarves offer a nice touch to any outfit.

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4. Football season

Who hasn’t kept up with the Sunday or Monday Night Football? It’s a time where people gather around their TV and watch their favorite team win or lose.

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5. The changes…

Lets not forget that fall brings a lot of change. Leafs on the trees change to orange, the temperature drops during the night and Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 2.

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60 Students Receive $120,000 at Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala


The Montgomery County Executive Gala was held on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. Guests received a pleasant surprise when Claudia Canales, Event Chair and proud Salvadorian-American, announced that they had surpassed its goal of 50 scholarships by 10.

Each scholarship recipient received $2,000. This scholarship was open to any Hispanic students who are enrolled in a higher education institution in Maryland.

Out of 60 students, 12 were from the University of Maryland, College Park. Continue reading 60 Students Receive $120,000 at Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala

#WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft


Ray Rice and Janay Rice have been at the center of controversy ever since TMZ Sports released an elevator video on September 8, 2014. The video explicitly shows Ray Rice hitting Janay and then dragging her out of the elevator as she’s unconscious.

The video has raised tremendous conversation on social media. Two of the biggest trends have been #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft on Twitter. Victims of domestic violence have turned to Twitter and shared their stories.





At first glance, you may read these tweets and think to yourself, really, she/ he could have just left? I mean it’s simple right? In reality it’s much more complex than it looks. You have to consider that everyone is different.





It’s important to remember that domestic violence is not only physical violence.  It also includes sexual, emotional, and physiological.

Women are not the only ones who are victims of domestic violence, men are too.

If you feel like you are in a domestic violence relationship, seek help through a friend, family member, doctor, or even school. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available at 1-800-799-7233 or at

Explore outside of College Park

By Jessica Marquez

The semester has officially started for the University of Maryland students. The College Park area is filled with many different restaurants like Chipotle, Potbelly, and Five Guys. Let’s not forget about Terrapin’s Turf and all the weekly specials that they have to offer.

While walking around campus may be fun for the first couple of weeks, you may find the urge to adventure out and discover what there is outside of the College Park area.

The DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area offers a variety of places with good food, good sites, and sometimes good entertainment.

Let’s start off at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.


The United States capitol is located seven stops away from the College Park metro station if you get off at Union Station. Union station offers a big selection of restaurants within its vicinity. So if you’re craving Johnny Rockets, Bojangles’, Häagen-Dazs, or a salad from Chop’t, Union Station has something for you.

To the left side of the capitol, if you’re facing the National Mall, is the United States Botanic Garden.

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The Botanic Garden has been around since 1820. Admission to this garden is completely free. Staff members also offer 45-minute tours throughout the day. For temporary exhibits or special topics, check out the United States Botanic Garden online website

Across the National Mall and on Pennsylvania Avenue…


The White House! The nearest metro stations are Farragut West and McPherson Square. If you want to protest, take pictures, or wait outside and hope to see President Obama, the White House is a pretty good place to be.

Now, if you’re looking to catch a fun and enjoyable baseball game, Navy Yard Metro station is your stop.


While in season, Nats Nation is live! For games and tickets check

Moving north from Navy Yard and into Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland…


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The downtown Silver Spring area offers a diversity of restaurants, shops, and events. Entertainment is a big part of Silver Spring. The Fillmore, Majestic Movie Theater, and Discovery Communications are all in the same area. The best part yet is that downtown Silver Spring is UM-Shuttle accessible.

Now let’s take it to Crystal City, Virginia.

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Crystal City…wow! It’s a growing area located about 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the Pentagon. Ronald Reagan National Airport is a close walk as well.

If you are considering a flight into the UMD area, Ronald Reagan Airport is your best choice since it is metro accessible and a couple minutes closer than BWI.

The DMV is a place to grow, learn, and discover. There are many opportunities for students, parents, staff, and friends. Just get out there and explore!