Why We Need to Talk Seriously About Those Ayesha Curry Tweets! (Opinion)

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Ayesha Curry, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry’s wife, was dunked in scalding hot water Saturday night after tweeting controversial comments regarding women’s fashion and clothing as it pertains to male attention.

While flipping through lifestyle magazines, the 26-year-old wife and mother of two was inspired to say that when it comes to style she would take “classy over trendy any day,” opting to dress more modestly in public and save the “good stuff” for her husband.

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Of course Twitter, being the “clap back” community that it is, immediately voiced its displeasure, placing Curry’s tweets under an ever-broadening canopy of political correctness and shouting feminism in the process. Continue reading Why We Need to Talk Seriously About Those Ayesha Curry Tweets! (Opinion)

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’

Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

by KATIE BEMB

On Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016, a global climate implementation summit to be held on May 5 and 6 at the University of Maryland and downtown Washington D.C.

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Courtesy of the UN News Centre: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016.

According to UMD Right Now, Climate Action 2016 will focus on six key areas to “establish a sustained path towards global climate implementation.” These areas include:

  • City and sub-national implementation
  • Implementing resilience/adaptation
  • Energy
  • Climate-smart land use
  • Transport
  • Analysis and tools to support decision-making

This climate implementation summit will be structured as a follow-up of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) that is wrapping up right now in Paris. Continue reading Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

Diamond Stone Is Still Adjusting To The College Game, And That’s OK

by JUSTIN FITZGERALD

“At center, a 6-foot-11 freshman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, number 33, DIAMOND STONE.”

This was an introduction Maryland basketball fans thought they would hear every game this year, as Stone was thought to be the dominant big man who rounded out the starting lineup of a national championship contender. His offensive game garnered high praise from coaches and scouts alike, and he was named to the preseason watch list for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award for the nation’s top center. Continue reading Diamond Stone Is Still Adjusting To The College Game, And That’s OK

All Quiet on the Western Front: A Christmas Miracle

by Tristan Madden

Do you know why they call the youths that came of age during World War I the “Lost Generation?”

It is not, as most claim, because those that lived through the war had been turned cynical and bitter from the wanton destruction and brutality of the war; it’s because barely anyone survived at all. In the Battle of the Somme alone, 1.1 million French, British, and German soldiers were killed.

They are called the lost generation because they were, quite literally, lost. Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front: A Christmas Miracle

Why you shouldn’t wait 10 years to think about investing

by EMILY KALLMYER

Our generation is scared of investing. Most of us remember the Great Recession, which led to the loss of 2.6 million American jobs in 2008 alone.

It was the most jobs lost in more than six decades. The stock market had the biggest single-day drop in history. Investors panicked, withdrawing a staggering $151.4 billion from stock market mutual funds.

Those numbers may be hard to comprehend. But they were very real for the people – and families – affected.

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Protestors during the Great Recession in 2008. Source: http://www.brittanica.com

By most measures, it was the worst stock market crash since the Great Depression. So it’s no wonder that our generation is hesitant to invest.

In fact, only 28% of people between the ages of 21 and 36 think that long-term investing is important to success, according to a UBS Investor Watch survey.

Continue reading Why you shouldn’t wait 10 years to think about investing

UMD Students Share Benefits and Burdens of Growing up Bilingual

BY AMBER EBANKS

One University of Maryland student calls her bilingual experience at the university “powerful” and “motivating.”

Junior sociology and Spanish major Lauren Paniati decided to double major in the language because of her love for it. Paniati believes being bilingual has not thwarted her time here. “I think it has helped tremendously,” she said. “It’s like discovering or opening up a whole new world. It helps to gain perspective, helps with job opportunities, allows you to understand a culture in a different way and relate to others and it’s fun.”

At the University of Maryland, many bilingual students can continue learning their native language within the language department or participate in the Global Communities Living and Learning program. Students that are part of the program have the option to live in Dorchester Hall, which according to its website, is known as “one of the most diverse, active and community-oriented residence halls on campus.”

According to  a 2004 study conducted by psychologists Ellen Bialystok and Michelle Martin-Rhee, “Bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function — a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks.”

Continue reading UMD Students Share Benefits and Burdens of Growing up Bilingual

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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Celebrity Photoshoots Inspire Conversation

by DEEPA RAMUDAMU

Kylie Jenner proved once again that photos are powerful conversation starters concerning taboo topics after Interview magazine published its latest photo shoot with the socialite December 1.

The controversy never ends for the 18-year-old, who was photographed in tight-fitting bodysuits and helmet-like hair while sitting in a gilded wheelchair.

Many took to Twitter to voice their support or displeasure, including Ophelia Brown, a high school student with complex regional pain syndrome. Her tweet to Jenner went viral, garnering over 29,000 retweets.

 

Continue reading Celebrity Photoshoots Inspire Conversation

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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