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University of Maryland Bans Hoverboards On Campus

by JESSIE KARANGU 

Hoverboards were a burning sensation during the 2015 holiday season. Literally.

This week, the University of Maryland decided to ban them from being used in all university residence halls and The Courtyards apartment complex in reaction to the dozens of fires and injuries caused by these machines. Continue reading University of Maryland Bans Hoverboards On Campus

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RUMOR CONTROL: Is Chipotle Really Selling Burritos For $1 Next Week?

by JESSIE KARANGU 

One of the United States’ biggest burrito and taco chains has been under fierce scrutiny over the past couple of months.

Chipotle received major backlash due to an unprecedented amount of sicknesses encountered by its consumers. An E. coli outbreak across a number of restaurants nationwide has caused federal investigations and lawsuits against the chain whose motto is “Food with Integrity.” Continue reading RUMOR CONTROL: Is Chipotle Really Selling Burritos For $1 Next Week?

Angela Merkel Named Time ‘Person of the Year’

by EMILY KALLMYER

Time Magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the “Person of the Year,” marking the first time in 29 years a woman has received the title, which was called “Man of the Year” up until 1999.

Merkel was selected in large part because of her strong guidance throughout the European debt crises and her role in the ongoing refugee crisis. But some have expressed disapproval over the decision.

Most notably, Donald Trump, a runner-up for the award, shared his view on Thursday on “Fox & Friends”.

“I think they absolutely picked the wrong person,” Trump said.

He disparaged the chancellor, naming her as “the person that’s really done tremendous damage to Germany.” Continue reading Angela Merkel Named Time ‘Person of the Year’

Students question local college’s procedures after San Bernardino shooting

by LINDSEY FEINGOLD

The San Bernardino shooting made national headlines Wednesday when two suspects opened fire at the Inland Regional Center, where county health officials had rented space for a holiday party, according to Vox.

14 people were killed and over 20 were injured at the center, but the horror did not stop there. A car chase occurred around 3 p.m., four hours after the initial shooting took place. Bombs were also left at the center and at the time, police did not know if there were other bombs placed at other locations.

While all of this was going on, many local schools were on lockdown, including the San Bernardino Community College and Loma Linda University. Yet, one college 8 miles away from where the shooting took place did not close for the day and classes were still on normal schedule.

The University of Redlands, a private school located in the city of Redlands, handled the situation by sending out an email as well as posting a message on Facebook, stating that the shooting did not pose a threat.

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D.C. Gamer Symphony Orchestra Set to Perform at Local High School

by TRISTAN MADDEN

Anybody wandering the halls of Rockville’s Whooton High School on a Monday night may hear the iconic theme song from Super Smash Bros. Melee echoing from the school’s music room, but the young men and women inside the room are not playing the beloved video game; they are using everything from cellos to trombones to recreate its music with a full orchestra.

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a group of more than fifty musicians and passionate video game players from around the D.C. area.

“We are the first community level group of musicians [in the D.C. region] to draw a repertoire exclusively from the realm of video game soundtracks,” said trumpet player Robert Garner.

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President Obama discusses terrorism in Oval Office address

by PABLO ROA

President Barack Obama addressed the American people from the Oval Office Sunday night to discuss the ongoing investigation of last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, and the general terrorism threat that the country faces on a daily basis.

The speech marked just the third time that Obama has used the Oval Office to address the American people during his presidency. Obama spoke from the Oval Office twice in 2010, first to discuss the B.P. oil spill and then to announce the end of the U.S.’ combat mission in Iraq.

“Tonight I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism and how we can keep our country safe,” Obama said.

The president began his address by discussing the tragedy in San Bernardino, where a man and his wife opened fire at the nonprofit Inland Regional Center, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others. Authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of terror.

“So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home,” Obama said. “But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West.”


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Dedication To Parren J. Mitchell Building Reopens Ongoing Byrd Stadium Controversy

by Tristan Madden

During the dedication of the Parren Mitchell Art-Sociology building at the University of Maryland on Dec. 3, a student interrupted the ceremony to criticize President Wallace Loh’s handling of the on-going controversy over the name of UMD’s football stadium.

The ceremony began with University of Maryland President Wallace Loh praising the life and career of the event’s honoree, the late Parren Mitchell, the first African American to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland and the first African American from Maryland to serve in Congress. Soon after Loh began speaking however, Colin Byrd interrupted Loh, shouting at him through a mega phone.

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Glitter Beards Flood Instagram as Latest Man Trend

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Hold on to those Movember manes for a little longer gentleman, because #glitterbeard is running rapid on social media.

First came the “beardstache,” then the “man bun” and now the glitter beard joins our elite list of hunky grooming trends gone viral. Coined by social media duo the Gay Beards, who decorate their beards with ornaments, flowers and paint, the glitter beard literally consists of just two things: facial fuzz and a whole lot of sparkle.

This week alone, the trend instantly became a popular Instagram and Twitter hashtag as plenty of men jumped on the bandwagon, posting merry photos of their bushy bristles.

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Maryland Football Hires D.J. Durkin to be Next Head Coach

by JUSTIN FITZGERALD

After nearly two months of speculation, the wait is over. D.J. Durkin has been hired to be the next head football coach, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson announced Wednesday.

“We began this search looking for a candidate with qualities that aligned with our vision for the football program, and throughout the process it became clear D.J. was the perfect fit. He has had success at some of the nation’s most preeminent football programs, is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country and is widely respected as one the top young coaches across the college football landscape,” Anderson said in a statement Wednesday. Continue reading Maryland Football Hires D.J. Durkin to be Next Head Coach

Study explains racial disparities in unintended pregnancies

by BREANA BACON

According to a press release from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, 51 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended and are disproportionately common among racial and ethnic minorities.

The study, made available on Nov. 23, examined why African American and Hispanic women have higher rates of unintended pregnancy than White women and found that much of the disparity stemmed from maternal age and marital status, among other factors. The study is said to support public health efforts targeted toward women that are younger, unmarried, who have less income than whites and are less educated.

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