Category Archives: Trending/Weird

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?

Life with Lo E6 “How I’m Determined to Conquer 2016”

By Lauryn Froneberger
This week’s Life with Lo is all about bringing in the new year. I’ll share some advice for getting off to a great start by setting goals for yourself, staying motivated and leaving behind friends that may slow you down. I’ll also explain why I hate New Year’s Resolutions and the whole #newyearnewme craze. Check it out below!

Life with Lo: Holiday Tag

By Lauryn Froneberger

This week Life with Lo is back with a holiday themed tag video. I’ll be answering a series of questions about what this time of year means to me and my family as well as talking about my favorite Christmas songs and movies!

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Tune in for a great holiday treat. Happy Holidays to you and your families! Xo, Lo

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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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Continue reading Glitter Beards Flood Instagram as Latest Man Trend

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.

Continue reading Study explains racial disparities in unintended pregnancies

Street Art on Physics Building Brings UMD a Nasally Surprise

by EMILY KALLMYER

“Guess what it is,” they said.

“I don’t know, a boat?”

They flipped over the massive structure composed of wires, wood and paper mache.

It was a nearly 6-foot-tall nose.

Yes, you read that right. A nose.

And they were planning to hang it on an academic building, they explained.

For three weeks, the artists plotted and strategically organized the nasal exhibition.

And in the early hours of the morning on November 18, while the rest of the campus was asleep, the team of students put it up.

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The structure was only hung on the physics building for a few hours before it was taken down, but the street art was prominently featured for any passers-by who happened to look up.

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While the anonymous artists wouldn’t share their exact message, or even if there was a message, they did say that they wanted people to notice the seemingly random art.

They simply hoped the display would be “a delightful oddity for those who look up from their phones and at the world around them,” one contributor said.

If you didn’t get the chance to pass under the enormous nostrils on your way to class (or if you did and didn’t notice), here’s your chance to marvel at the exhibit. Enjoy.

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College Park City Council works to promote inclusion

by AMBER EBANKS

The city of College Park recently established a committee to address the growth of diverse communities.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the estimated population in 2010 for College Park was 30,413. This number grew in 2014 to 32,256. Since 2010, the ethnic breakdown in one of Maryland’s biggest college towns has also changed.

Though Caucasians still make up the largest ethnic group in College Park, the African American, Hispanic and Latino populations have also increased. Continue reading College Park City Council works to promote inclusion

Scott Van Pelt: SportsCenter at UMD is “highlight of my professional life”

by JESSIE KARANGU 

Scott Van Pelt has hosted hundreds of shows and events over the course of 22 years at the Golf Channel and ESPN. But none of them will ever mean as much to him as Tuesday night’s edition of SportsCenter broadcasted live from the Xfinity Center in front of some of the Maryland Terrapins’ most dedicated fans.

“That’s why I’ve said privately and to my friends that Tuesday night was the highlight of my professional life. I’ve done really neat things and I’ve met really cool people and I’ve been really blessed beyond measure to get to do the things that I’ve gotten to do but if I never did another show again after that I’d be fine. There’s no words to describe what it meant to me to be home. I can’t stop thinking about how thankful I am that I got to,” said the critically-acclaimed SportsCenter host.

I was blessed with the opportunity to speak with him late Thursday afternoon. Van Pelt took us behind the scenes of how the show’s production came together, his moment with Greivis Vasquez which thousands of fans witnessed inside the arena, his thoughts on the movement to rename Byrd Stadium and the one person who made an extraordinary impact on him while he was in school.

Stay tuned for a written story on the Povich Center’s website. Thank you so much to everyone at ESPN and Mr. Van Pelt for making this happen.  Continue reading Scott Van Pelt: SportsCenter at UMD is “highlight of my professional life”

Life With Lo Episode 3 “Affirmation Posts”

By Lauryn Froneberger

A fact of the world: Gabrielle Union is a goddess.

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And if there is anything we love more than the accomplished actress, it is her character Mary Jane Paul, who on BET’s Being Mary Jane never fails to use sticky note quotes as a way to motivate, uplift and enlighten her spirit.

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This week, Simone and I channel the same energy and self-reflect. Who do we really want to be?