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.
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.
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.
Just when America thought child actor/former blockbuster starlet/ art freak basket case Shia LaBeouf’s decision-making could not get any more peculiar, he decided to stream himself watching the bulk of his filmography for three days straight, a performance art project named #ALLMYMOVIES.
Yes, for 36 consecutive hours, we can all watch LaBeouf watch himself… in a frigid New York City movie theater…with buttered popcorn and Coca Cola…for no apparent reason.
Remember that ‘90s Jim Carey movie The Truman Show, in which Carey played this super nice, super normal guy unaware that every single second of his life has been filmed and broadcast to the entire world since before he was even born? This is pretty similar. Except that film was awesome and this is…different.
Since 2012, over 60 University of Maryland startups have passed through the Startup Shell. The “coworking space” offers resources and a location for students to turn their ideas into reality.
One of these companies, Javazen, puts a spin on traditional coffee, offering an organic alternative from superfoods to provide more balanced energy. The startup will expand to about 1,000 stores by early next year.
The Internet was rattled after Snapchat released their newest policy changes causing rumors to circulate that its changes now allow for the company to use people’s content as they see fit. But recently, Snapchat released a statement on their Tumblr page to clarify any confusion about the policy update.
It was once said that a good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. In Jordan Greenwald’s case, he yearned for his work and then some.
Greenwald is the founder of a streetwear cultural company known as Meta Cartel. The company launched after Greenwald took keen interest to the street art he witnessed across Spain during a study abroad trip which he describes as a ‘visceral experience.’
“I was taken back by how something can be in a different country, completely out of context for someone like myself yet it really just permeates your soul,” Greenwald recalled. “It didn’t matter the culture or the language barriers, I was getting the message (of the art).”
When he came back to the United States, he decided to get a lawyer and start a business which would use art to convey messages. Greenwald is aiming to build a lifestyle brand with deep beliefs. He believes that by capturing the mind of a millennial aesthetically, he’ll be able to draw them into seeing the cultural point of view which Meta Cartel represents – progressivism.
“I want to put in that heavy and impactful message not because everyone will get it but because I feel like if we’re in a position to spread ideas and really operate like a brand and not just a company that wants to make money,” said Greenwald.
Meta Cartel’s belief in progressivism includes such positions as supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and combating institutionalized racism, gay rights and the legalization of marijuana. Greenwald doesn’t pretend to have the solution to some of these problems but says that through his brand, he wants to help keep the conversation going.
The triangle on the hat symbolizes higher thinking while the designs underneath the brim are 18th century Spanish illustrations discovered in history books, a hat tip to Greenwald’s original inspiration for starting his company.
After the hats are designed stateside, they’re sewn in a Vietnamese factory where Greenwald says the best quality hats are created.
Thousands of Vietnamese factory workers protested earlier this year and went on strike after a new law was passed barring employees who resign from collecting a lump-sum of health insurance money.
When asked about the worker’s rights issues in Vietnam and whether they affect his company, Greenwald says that to his knowledge there have been no complaints or worries. He has not been on the ground to visit but plans to do so in the future.
Maya Dawit worked for the Digman Center, where Meta Cartel’s headquarters are housed, as a video editor when she met Greenwald. Dawit has always been set on not working the typical 9 to 5 job and says that working with Meta Cartel is helping her achieve those goals.
“It’s really refreshing when you meet someone who is running a business but is running it in a way where you’re in an environment where you are comfortable,” Dawit said. “You don’t feel like you are working for a business you feel like you’re helping out a friend.”
The company has been able to channel the messages they’re trying to breakthrough to their audience through art work. Meta Cartel has commissioned artists from New York and other areas including the DMV in a quest to give creative forces a voice. Their most well known work so far is a Martin Luther King Jr. mural displayed on campus during Art Attack.
Greenwald advises incoming fans of his brand to “live an elevated lifestyle, be you but respect other people and try to have an open mind.”
A University of Maryland indecent exposure alert at the start of the semester inspired some College Park citizens to change their safety habits.
Since the alert, there have been two voyeur incidents in women’s restrooms on campus and an indecent touching report. College Park resident Danielle Gisselbeck has not changed her walking paths, but she has questioned her safety in the College Park community. Despite this, Gisselbeck does not avoid Route 1 at night.
The Cornerstone Grill and Loft is under scrutiny after being accused of maintaining a discriminatory dress code by the University of Maryland’s student government President late Thursday night.
Patrick Ronk, who was recently re-elected for a second term, said in a Facebook status that he noticed a sign condemning the sports bar’s patrons from wearing “do-rags, basketball jerseys, sagging pants, or ‘urban wear’ of any kind.” When Ronk approached a security guard inquiring about the sign, he was allegedly told “you’re not black, dude. You don’t have to worry about this.”
No photographic or video evidence to validate Ronk’s claims have been released. Ronk tells Pulsefeedz that taking pictures or video didn’t really cross his mind.
“I didn’t plan this as a stunt at all. This was a totally spur of the moment thing.”
The College Park City Council decided to take steps to revoke the entertainment license of College Park’s Backyard Sports Grill when it met for a council work session on Oct. 6.
On July 31st, a fight allegedly broke out at the restaurant on Baltimore Avenue, leaving four people injured, according to council member Robert Day. The Backyard Sports Grill was hosting an event that night and did not hire an off-duty Prince George’s County police officer to supervise the event, which was a violation of its entertainment license.
The restaurant’s owners, Dana Lee and Kristi Lee, subsequently appeared before the College Park City Council on Sept. 15 and promised to make changes to their practices. But according to council member Robert Day, another fight broke out when the restaurant hosted another event on the weekend of Sept. 18.
During the council work session on Oct. 6, the council resolved to push for revocation of the restaurant’s entertainment license when the July 31 incident is brought before the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners Nov. 4.