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Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

by KATIE BEMB

On Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016, a global climate implementation summit to be held on May 5 and 6 at the University of Maryland and downtown Washington D.C.

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Courtesy of the UN News Centre: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016.

According to UMD Right Now, Climate Action 2016 will focus on six key areas to “establish a sustained path towards global climate implementation.” These areas include:

  • City and sub-national implementation
  • Implementing resilience/adaptation
  • Energy
  • Climate-smart land use
  • Transport
  • Analysis and tools to support decision-making

This climate implementation summit will be structured as a follow-up of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) that is wrapping up right now in Paris. Continue reading Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

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Trump May Transcend the Truth But He Doesn’t Transcend Stupidity (Opinion)

by KATIE BEMB

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has had a lot to say lately and a good chunk of it isn’t making any sense.

Trump recently stated if he is elected president, he wants mosques under surveillance in light of recent terrorist attacks by ISIS.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe a few weeks ago, Trump stated: “You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on in the mosques.”

In addition, Trump plans to force out Syrian refugees that have settled in the U.S., according to a speech he gave to voters during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. Continue reading Trump May Transcend the Truth But He Doesn’t Transcend Stupidity (Opinion)

How to stay safe while studying abroad

by KATIE BEMB

After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France where at least 128 civilians were killed, some students may wonder about safety concerns while studying abroad.

According to their website, the Education Abroad office at the University of Maryland has set as its mission the empowerment of UMD students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become mindful and engaged global citizens. With this in mind, executive director of Education Abroad Dr. Moira Rogers has shared with PulseFeedz her list of precautionary tips to follow while studying abroad: Continue reading How to stay safe while studying abroad

Witch hunt for Carson? Questions arise about Carson’s past (Opinion)

by KATIE BEMB

Over the last few days, one presidential candidate in particular has received extensive media attention: Ben Carson.

Carson’s campaign manager has mentioned that it seems that some journalists are on a witch hunt for Carson, digging into his past and looking for anything they can find to discredit him.

On Friday, Politico published an article detailing Carson’s supposed “fabrication” of information concerning the alleged scholarship that he was offered to West Point Military Academy. In Carson’s autobiography, Gifted Hands, he briefly mentions that a general involved with his high school ROTC program offered him a scholarship to West Point. Continue reading Witch hunt for Carson? Questions arise about Carson’s past (Opinion)

Syrian refugee crisis: What is America’s responsibility? (Opinon)

by KATIE BEMB

The United States of America has been facing a moral dilemma over the past three years as Syrian refugees have fled their war-ravaged nation in search of sanctuary. Millions of refugees have flooded Europe, and now the question is: what is our responsibility in all of this? We aren’t the only nation struggling to answer this question. This is a global issue with the potential to be a game changer in foreign relations.

Many insist that the United States has a moral obligation to assist other countries in hosting Syrian refugees. The jarring photos taken of Syrian refugees have stirred hearts and inspired humanitarian efforts worldwide to take on this cause.

Continue reading Syrian refugee crisis: What is America’s responsibility? (Opinon)

Phi Beta Sigma Hosts Panel to Discuss Police Brutality

by KATIE BEMB

The Epsilon Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosted a police conduct panel at Adele H. Stamp Student Union to discuss police brutality and how to stay safe on campus Oct. 12.

Senior civil and environmental engineering major Kye Hodge, the fraternity president, contacted panelists as well as moderated the discussion, which also included audience questions and commentary.

Panelists included Magistrate Judge Charles Bernard Day, Major Kenneth Calvert and University of Maryland student activist and sociology major Colin Byrd.

Courtesy LinkedIn: Charles Bernard Day serves as a US Magistrate Judge. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and a former member of Phi Beta Sigma.
Courtesy of LinkedIn: Charles Bernard Day serves as a US Magistrate Judge. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and a former member of Phi Beta Sigma.
Courtesy LinkedIn
Courtesy of LinkedIn: Major Kenneth Calvert serves as Assistant Chief of Police at University of Maryland Police Department.
Courtesy BMore news: Colin Byrd is a student activist at UMD.
Courtesy of BMore news: Colin Byrd is a student activist at UMD.

Day, Calvert and Byrd discussed citizens’ rights, laws about filming arrest, the act of taking phones into police custody for evidence and how officers handle recently heightened sensitivity towards police brutality given its now racially-charged reputation.

Continue reading Phi Beta Sigma Hosts Panel to Discuss Police Brutality

Oregon Shooting: How Christians respond when tragedy strikes

by KATIE BEMB

On Thursday, October 1, nine people were murdered when a 26-year-old opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon before killing himself in a shootout with police. Another nine people were wounded.

The latest incident at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has fallen under the spotlight over the last week as some Americans nationwide question whether a number of these victims could be considered martyrs for their Christian faith.

“He had us get up one by one and asked us what our religions were,” stated survivor Anastasia Boylan in an interview with ABC News. “The shooter said (to a victim) that he would only feel the pain for a couple of seconds and that he would be with God soon, and then he shot him.”

After Boylan had been shot in the back near her spine, she laid on the ground and pretended to be dead. She could hear everything in her surroundings as nine of those around her were killed at the hands of the killer. During the ABC interview, Boylan mentions how the 26-year-old was laughing as he was shooting his victims.

“He sounded really deranged because he said that he had been waiting to do that for a very long time, and then he laughed,” remembered Boylan.

It’s been reported that the shooter left behind a two-page “manifesto” but investigators, including the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, have not confirmed or denied speculations that the shooter targeted Christians. Continue reading Oregon Shooting: How Christians respond when tragedy strikes

Planned Parenthood: The drama continues

by KATIE BEMB

Over the last couple of months, there has been much controversy surrounding government funding of Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that does research into and gives advice on contraception, family planning and reproductive problems.

About three months ago, a small group of anti-abortion activists called the Center for Medical Progress, began releasing videos. Republicans and conservatives say those videos show that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal tissue for profit and violating other federal prohibitions, such as federal law at 42 U.S. Code 289g-2, which strongly prohibits the sale or purchase of aborted fetal tissue, according to the Cornell University Law School.

Specifically, the law states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.”

Continue reading Planned Parenthood: The drama continues

Half the Sky UMD raises awareness on campus

by KATIE BEMB

In September of 2008, husband-wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn published a book about economic empowerment, education, forced prostitution, gender-based violence, maternal mortality, and sex trafficking. Since then, they have produced a documentary to accompany it, as well as a sequel novel and documentary.

Kristof and WuDunn’s mission to change minds and spread their message inspired the launch of a new group on campus in the spring of 2014 known as Half the Sky Movement. A group of graduate students along with the help of the Director of Public Health Initiatives, Elisabeth Maring, decided that they wanted to bring Half the Sky to College Park because they desired to spread awareness on the wide variety of topics that this book covers according to Molly Crothers, former president of Half the Sky UMD.

The club has since organized events and hosted screenings of documentaries Half the Sky and its sequel, A Path Appears. Each screening was followed by a discussion and presentations from organizations on campus and in DC to talk about some of their events and goals.

Courtesy Half the Sky Movement
One of the club’s main initiatives is the following: “When you give a girl an education, her life and everyone’s lives around her are changed for the better. Here are a few examples of the benefits: The woman will have fewer children later in life, and the family will have another income to help provide enough food and nutrition for their family.”

The current executive board includes Mahrukh Malik and Raye Weigel as co-presidents, Jacquie Neminski as vice-president, Nicole Grap as secretary, and Carly Brody as treasurer; all of whom have been involved with the organization since its founding.

“I’ve been involved since the first interest meeting with Dr. Maring.  In one of my Global Public Health Scholars’ classes, which was also taught by Dr. Maring, we were reading ‘Half the Sky,’” said Crothers. “The book and video clips really impacted how I looked at the world and the world’s issues so I wanted to become more involved with the Half the Sky movement.” Continue reading Half the Sky UMD raises awareness on campus