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


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)

Why is Ben Carson Trailing Donald Trump in the polls again?


After a summer dominated by Donald Trump, Ben Carson came out of nowhere towards the end of October and, according to several national polls, took the lead from the seemingly unstoppable real estate mogul in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Unfortunately for Carson, his collapse may be even quicker than his unexpected rise to political fame.

Carson’s campaign has been hampered by a variety of P.R.-related issues in recent weeks, and the retired neurosurgeon has run into several problems — most of which were self-imposed — that could ultimately bring down his presidential campaign. Namely, Carson has received criticism for his lack of knowledge on increasingly important foreign policy issues. Many have also questioned the authenticity of his life story. Continue reading Why is Ben Carson Trailing Donald Trump in the polls again?

President Obama to Deliver Last State of the Union in January


During his two terms in office, President Barack Obama has addressed the nation six times with his annual State of the Union address. On Jan. 12, he will deliver his final speech as Commander in Chief.

Paul Ryan (R-WI), the newly elected Speaker of the House, officially invited Obama to deliver the address Monday. While Obama is constitutionally obligated to address the nation each year, it is up to the Speaker to invite the president to deliver the speech before a joint session of Congress each year. Continue reading President Obama to Deliver Last State of the Union in January

Multiple People Dead in Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic


Two individuals and a police officer were killed in a shooting that occurred Friday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, according to The New York Times.

The shooting was in Colorado Springs and injured 9 other people. It started at about 1:30 p.m. ET and lasted around six hours in a standoff with police.

People in the nearby buildings were on lockdown for hours, including in a shopping center close by. Police told them to take shelter wherever they were located during the shooting.

The suspect is in custody has been identified as 59-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. His motives are unclear at this time and it is unknown if the clinic was his intended target.

Police are now investigating several objects that the suspect brought into the clinic to see if they are explosives. His car is also being examined.

The police officer killed was identified as Garrett Swasey, who worked on the University of Colorado police force for the past six years.

This event has come soon after a controversy from Planned Parenthood that involved videos of officials from the organization discussing the use of fetal organs for research.

The controversy has led to a bill in Congress that will defund Planned Parenthood for at least the next year. This bill, according to the text, can be cited as the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.” It passed The U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 241 representatives supporting the bill on September 18 of this year. If the bill passes the Senate vote and is signed by the president, it becomes law.

At the moment, police do not know of any connection between the controversy and the shooting.

Click here to see graphics by The New York Times involving the shooting.

Multiple Tragedies Occurred the Day of the Paris Attacks


On the night of Friday, Nov. 13, multiple coordinated attacks occurred in Paris. There were hostages at a concert, suicide bombers near the local soccer stadium and mass shootings at restaurants. However, the Paris attacks overshadowed many other events that occurred on that Friday, and the day before, as well.

In Baghdad there was a funeral bombing the same day of the Paris attacks. It killed at least 18 people and injured 41 others. The funeral was for a pro-government Shi’ite Muslim Fighter, part of the Hashid Shaabi group that helps to fight against the Islamic State, who claimed the attack as one of their own.

Continue reading Multiple Tragedies Occurred the Day of the Paris Attacks

How to stay safe while studying abroad


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

5 takeaways from the second Democratic debate


With the presidential election less than a year away, the race for the nomination is heating up on both sides of the aisle.

Republican candidates met on the debate stage last week for their fourth debate of the primary season. Last night, the three remaining Democratic candidates met at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for their second debate.

The race for the Democratic nomination has dwindled to three candidates since the last debate, as Senators Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee dropped out earlier this month. Now the battle for the nomination is between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, with all three meeting on the stage last night.

Without further ado, here are five takeaways from the second Democratic debate:

 1) Debate in the Shadow of Tragedy

Early in the day on Saturday, the last thing on the minds of many Americans was a presidential debate. The tragic events of Friday evening in Paris dominated the news worldwide on Saturday and captivated the hearts and minds of people around the planet.

While the debate went on as scheduled in spite of the attacks, the tragedy had a major impact on the structure and dynamic of the debate.  The candidates, moderators and spectators held a moment of silence for the victims prior to the debate. Candidates also offered their condolences in their opening statements.

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Census Bureau Counts UMD Students in Poverty Estimates


The poverty rate in College Park is high, but that may be because the United States Census Bureau included University of Maryland students in its poverty estimates of the town.

According to data collected from 2009 to 2013, 30.1 percent of College Park residents live under the poverty level, which accounts for about 9,154 out of 30,413 people.

During that same period, the average number of people living under the poverty level in Maryland was 9.8 percent.  Under 2014 guidelines, the poverty level for a family of four is an income of $23,850.

Randall Toussaint, College Park’s economic development coordinator, attributed the city’s high poverty level  to the Census Bureau’s method of collecting that data. The Census Bureau surveyed both College Park residents and on-campus UMD students to assess the poverty rate, Toussaint said.

Students often report being unemployed or income-less which heavily inflates the number, he added.

Contrary to Toussaint’s statements however, Census Bureau officials have said only students living off-campus are counted.

By the Census Bureau’s standards, any individual who has been living or plans to live in a community for more than two months qualifies as a resident of that community, which includes off-campus student planning to spend their semester in College Park, even if their stay is temporary.

However, the survey does not ask off-campus students if they are financially independent.  Survey forms ask students questions from their level of income to how much government aid they receive, but do not ask if students are dependent on a parent or guardian.

The Census Bureau also applies this methodology to all towns with large student populations.


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Meet the Mayor: Patrick Wojahn


The city of College Park made history last week, electing its first ever openly-gay mayor after he’d served several years on the city council.

Patrick Wojahn won 1,267 of the 2,222 votes cast, beating fellow councilmember and mayor pro tem Denise Mitchell.

Wojahn’s election to the mayoral office came after years of being invested in a career in politics.

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#BlackOnCampus Hashtag Takes Twitter By Storm

By Mya Green

Student demonstrations at the University of Missouri sent a shockwave on social media, sparking other college students all over the country to follow suit. Over the past couple of days, students have taken to social media to share pictures and tweets showing their support for the students in Missouri.

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On Wednesday, a hashtag created by black college students giving them an opportunity to share their stories of racial prejudice or bias and shed light on microagressions at their universities.

The hashtag started a conversation, which brought issues like discrimination, underrepresentation, and racism to the forefront.

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According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number of African Americans on Twitter nearly doubled from 13 percent to 25 percent, while the percentage of Caucasian Americans only grew from 5 percent to 9 percent. Even though African Americans only make up around 13 percent of the population, they account for 22 percent of Twitter users.

People who opposed the hashtag created a counter hashtag called #ConservativeOnCampus where white students voiced their opinions based on personal experience.

Nonetheless, the #BlackonCampus hashtag  garnered over 60,000 tweets in one day. While tensions rise on campuses across the country, Twitter continues to be a place where black students feel comfortable expressing their frustrations and sharing personal anecdotes.