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Phi Beta Sigma Hosts Panel to Discuss Police Brutality

by KATIE BEMB

The Epsilon Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosted a police conduct panel at Adele H. Stamp Student Union to discuss police brutality and how to stay safe on campus Oct. 12.

Senior civil and environmental engineering major Kye Hodge, the fraternity president, contacted panelists as well as moderated the discussion, which also included audience questions and commentary.

Panelists included Magistrate Judge Charles Bernard Day, Major Kenneth Calvert and University of Maryland student activist and sociology major Colin Byrd.

Courtesy LinkedIn: Charles Bernard Day serves as a US Magistrate Judge. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and a former member of Phi Beta Sigma.
Courtesy of LinkedIn: Charles Bernard Day serves as a US Magistrate Judge. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and a former member of Phi Beta Sigma.
Courtesy LinkedIn
Courtesy of LinkedIn: Major Kenneth Calvert serves as Assistant Chief of Police at University of Maryland Police Department.
Courtesy BMore news: Colin Byrd is a student activist at UMD.
Courtesy of BMore news: Colin Byrd is a student activist at UMD.

Day, Calvert and Byrd discussed citizens’ rights, laws about filming arrest, the act of taking phones into police custody for evidence and how officers handle recently heightened sensitivity towards police brutality given its now racially-charged reputation.

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American Crime Recap: Episode Two

by BIBI AJAYI

American Crime “Episode Two” gets extremely gritty as the episode delves deeper into the backgrounds of the characters. I must admit, I wasn’t necessary hooked in episode one, but episode two has a completely different focus. The pace of this episode is drastically slower than the first episode, perhaps to shed light on the importance of the characters and their backgrounds.

“Episode Two” focuses on how each character processes the events leading up to Matt’s death. We get a glimpse into the emotional turmoil that has rocked each character as they try to hold their lives together. Aubrey, for instance, is released from jail only to realize she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. She resorts to calling her father in hopes that he will give her money to survive.

Most of the scenes with Aubrey in this episode show her wandering around or in a fit of anger over her situation, perhaps to mirror her addict nature and the constant air of hopelessness that follows her everywhere she goes. Although the scenes with Aubrey are without dialogue, the quietness is the most haunting part of her scenes, watching her as she struggles to find her place in the world.

Courtesy: tvequals
Courtesy: tvequals

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ABC’s Powerful Drama ‘American Crime’

by BIBI AJAYI

American Crime is a new cable drama on ABC, created by John Ridley, the mastermind behind the film 12 Years a Slave. The series follows the aftermath of a horrendous crime that devastates a small community, leaving everyone affected. The show follows the lives of families in the community and their connection to the crime. It touches on topics of race, ethics,  and morality and I can only imagine how else the writers are going to explore these themes throughout the season.

Let’s break it down:

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