Category Archives: Naomi Harris

Shaping UMD’s Future Through Community Sessions

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Attendees of the first Community Visions session talk to one another about what Maryland can do to improve. (Photos by: Jasmine Pelaez)

by NAOMI HARRIS

In the Stamp Atrium, full of students, faculty and staff, the first session in addressing a strategic plan to improve UMD as a campus came to life.

Last February, President Loh announced the formation of a Flagship 2020 Commission to answer challenges of higher education. On Wednesday, members of the campus community joined together and stepped in to help this process. The plans these members will create aim to provide more appealing and competitive university by the year 2020. Continue reading Shaping UMD’s Future Through Community Sessions

Spring Break is Almost Here!

by NAOMI HARRIS

Within the next two days, the University will officially close campus as students either go home or to another destination for spring break. So what do college students do between through March 15th to March 22nd?

Courtesy: MTViggy.com
Courtesy: MTViggy.com

By the looks of Hollywood or MTV many might say Florida or Mexico for a week full of drinking, sex and unforgettable nights. But where did this perception of spring break truly start?

The 1960 movie Where the Boys Are kick-started the idea after it showed four college women going to Fort Lauderdale for some romance and good times, according to Time Magazine.

Courtesy: Wikipedia
Courtesy: Wikipedia

Continue reading Spring Break is Almost Here!

SEE Announces Art Attack 32… Well, NOT REALLY…

By NAOMI HARRIS

This past week Student Entertainment Events (SEE) announced the two performers set to perform for Art Attack 32. Or so we thought…

The catch is the performers are hidden within a Spotify playlist of artists.

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SEE released the playlist last Saturday via Twitter titled, “Countdown to AA32.” Each time the organization updates the list the number of potential performers decreases until they finally have the two artists left.

What started off as originally 102 potentials is now at 75. The anticipation for Art Attack continues to build after last year’s huge success with Big Sean and Wale. With over 10,000 students filling up The Xfinity Center this upcoming concert will hopefully bring in even more fans.

“This is a dense playlist,” said senior bioengineer, T.J Falohun, after scowling through the artists lined up.

The list ranges from artists like Missy Elliot, Beyoncé or Outkast to others like Dillon Francis, The 1975 or Macklemore. There are so many artists to think about but some of them seem more unrealistic than others, according to students.

“Beyoncé would be cool but I doubt they got her,” said psych sophomore Callie Levin.

Questions of who SEE really hired to perform began after they released the playlist. Could the University really afford artists like Beyoncé?

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The best way to investigate the playlist is through these questions.

“But any of these artists would be cool though there are some really random ones,” Levin added.

Regardless of who SEE chose for this year the huge response from last year is still talked about and students are waiting for another great set.

“I really liked it last year,” said sophomore kinesiology Alexandra Russell. “It’s just really cool seeing artists come to our school.”

When asked whom she would like to see Russell quickly scanned the list. “Childish Gambino or J. Cole would be cool.”

Others like Falohun who were unable to go last year are ready for this upcoming Art Attack.

“I’m looking forward to seeing someone who takes their performance seriously,” Falohun said. “I went two years ago and saw B.O.B and you could tell that he really took the venue as a serious type of an event.”

Stay tuned for updates as we countdown until Art Attack 32.

Campus Solutions Brings A New Perspective To UMD’s Campus!

by NAOMI HARRIS

There appears to be something new and local for UMD students to fill that void for a humorous take on news after Jon Stewart’s recent announcement of retirement.

Where’s that potential?

It resides in a team of students with their creator, Adam Goldberg, a public relations sophomore and creator of Campus Solutions.

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Campus Solutions is a comedy news team centered around University of Maryland and set to solve UMD’s biggest issues,” Goldberg explained.

Campus Solutions officially launched this week with their segment on sex in College Park, inspired by a report in The Diamondback. The members of Campus Solutions set out to explain the phenomenon. Continue reading Campus Solutions Brings A New Perspective To UMD’s Campus!

Mr. West Woke Up

by NAOMI HARRIS

There seems to be a new Kanye West, or maybe a side of him America just hasn’t seen yet. His recent interview with The Breakfast Club and his recent tweets are not only causing excitement, but also showing another personality of the controversial artist known as Yeezus.

This morning The Breakfast Club, a popular radio show based in New York, interviewed West. The hour long interview ranges from Amber Rose to working with Drake on a collaborative album.

Kanye sat down to talk to The Breakfast Club.
Kanye sat down to talk to The Breakfast Club.

But regardless of the conversation, Kanye remained content and perceptive.

Continue reading Mr. West Woke Up

Does UMD Self-Segregate?

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by NAOMI HARRIS

Do you think University of Maryland is self-segregated, racially? According to a post on Reddit, a user asked this question because they were told that the campus, though more diverse, still self-segregates.

The term self-segregation is pretty self-explanatory. People segregate in their own groups by choice. But usually the term places unnecessary emphasis on people of color participating more than the majority.

“Self-segregation in itself is a problematic term,” Mark Birmhall, the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion said. “It assumes people who are ‘segregating’ are equally empowered and that people have decided to just sit apart from each other.” Continue reading Does UMD Self-Segregate?

Ferguson Protesters Occupy D.C. (Pictures)

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by NAOMI HARRIS

No less than 24 hours after a jury in Ferguson released their decision to not indict Darren Wilson, cities across the country including our nation’s capitol erupted in loud protest. The protest in Washington, D.C. began in Mount Vernon and took to the streets as the crowd grew to over a 1,000 supporters. Here is a timeline of what happened.

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Protestors sit together and talk as they hold up their posters. “A Colorblind America? Not to the Parents of Michael Brown.” (Naomi Harris/Pulsefeedz)

7:00 p.m. – Protesters fill up Mount Vernon Square with posters, some homemade and others handed out by organizations. Posters read, “Black Lives Matter,” “Stand With the People of Ferguson,” and “Justice for Michael Brown.” The crowd listens intently as people speak on behalf of the protest and the importance of showing support for the events happening in Ferguson.

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A young boy holds up his sign as onlookers pause to glance over at the two protesters. (Naomi Harris/Pulsefeedz)

7:23 p.m. – The protest begins to move towards the streets with people chanting, “No justice? No peace. No racist police!” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Continue reading Ferguson Protesters Occupy D.C. (Pictures)

Beyonce Releases 7/11 Video

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by NAOMI HARRIS

As of this morning, two new songs from Beyonce Platinum Edition were released. And what better way to start of your Friday morning than a new dance anthem from the Queen? Beyonce not only dropped 7/11 and Ring Off but what appears to be a homemade collage of videos for 7/11 has been added to her YouTube Channel.

Beyonce has not only continually surprised her fans since her unexpected album Beyonce last year around this time but it appears Mrs. Carter plans on taking things solely on her own. Each time Beyonce does not let her fans down as she shocks the world with something else. Continue reading Beyonce Releases 7/11 Video

Sexual Assault Allegations of Bill Cosby Reinforces Stigma (Opinion)

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by NAOMI HARRIS

This past week, sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have reignited after nearly a decade of women coming forward and telling their stories. With recent changes to Maryland’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures along with increased reports of sexual offenses, the topic of sexual assault has not gone away. Instead in the case of Bill Cosby, the stigma of sexual assault is seen even clearer.

“A girlfriend took me to a lawyer, but he accused me of making the story up,” stated Barbara Bowman in her editorial piece to the public titled, “Billy Cosby Raped Me. Why Did It Take 13 Years For People to Believe My Story?”

Bowman, who was an 18-year-old actress at the time of the assaults, continues her story saying that four years later she was laughed at by a lawyer after requesting to discuss legal action.

It is hard enough for victims to report abuse but experiencing disbelief from others showcases the stigma we have in America when it comes to sexual assault allegations.

“While I am grateful for the new attention to Cosby’s crimes, I must ask my own questions,” Bowman said in the article, “Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it?”

Her questions raise a controversial point. What is necessary for someone’s story to be taken seriously? If the response to allegations is more traumatic than the actual act, then doesn’t that say something about how we treat sexual assault? Continue reading Sexual Assault Allegations of Bill Cosby Reinforces Stigma (Opinion)