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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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(North Carolina State University, Courtesy: Twitter)
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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.

UMD’s 2015 Homecoming Juke Joint, A Night to Remember (PICTURES AND VIDEO)

By Lauryn Froneberger and Mya Green

For the past few weeks, some University of Maryland students have complained about the lack of social engagement on campus.

However, organizers of the Juke Joint Performance Showcase sought to change their minds. Students from every year, major, city, country (and continent) filled the Adele H. Stamp Grand Ballroom to show their pride in the greater Black community and enjoy the performances from fellow Terps.

In case you missed Tuesday night’s Juke Joint, check it out in the video playlist and pictures below.

Students Release Their Insecurities with the Black Student Union


With the stress of the school year reigning over students at the University of Maryland, things like personal insecurities and doubts begin to pile up. Not often do university clubs and organizations provide resources for students to find the good in themselves. In fact, many students are constantly overburdened by their personal conflicts that continue to weigh them down.

University of Maryland’s Jazmyn White, President of the Black Student Union says at times like this students need to love themselves more than anything. This prompting White to plan an event where students can write down their insecurities and doubts on sheets of paper, tie them to balloons and release them both figuratively and literally.

Continue reading Students Release Their Insecurities with the Black Student Union

The Late Skate Provides Students With A Unique Alternative


For the second year in a row, University of Maryland students Aziz Sani and Jeremie Lecuyer have decided to venture beyond throwing the “ultimate Friday night college party.” Instead, they are continuing their innovative approach to the average weekend’s festivities. For only $10 (with the price of skates included), students in the DMV area can enjoy a late night skating/pajama party.

The Late Skate will feature music played by the infamous DJ K-Meta and Mista Selecta. Continue reading The Late Skate Provides Students With A Unique Alternative


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In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month, University of Maryland’s Phunktions Hip Hop Dance Company are hosting an all day fitness fundraising event Sunday that includes a 5k run and a number of dance classes such as Yoga, Master Zumba and Abs & Arms.

These dancers are determined to expand the mission of their organization from solely dance and dance instruction classes to philanthropic work that will ultimately have a greater impact on the lives of people outside of the dance world.

Sophomore Anthropology major and Phunktions Marketing Executive Monique Watson says that with a combination of community service and exercise, this event is “something you won’t want to miss.”

Sophomore Anthropology major and Phunktions Marketing Executive Monique Watson Courtesy: Instagram
Sophomore Anthropology major and Phunktions Marketing Executive Monique Watson
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Registration for Phunktions Phitness Day is online here!

Phunktions will also be giving out door prizes such as Breast Cancer Awareness accessories, gift cards, and Zumba gear.

P.S. Although the flyers advertise registration online, there is still limited opportunity to register the day of the event if you absolutely can not register beforehand!

Admission for the Zumba and Hip Hop master classes taught by Phunktions members (with a free water bottle) will be $15.

Whereas $20 will include the morning 5k run, a free t-shirt and more dance master classes throughout the day.

The schedule for the event can be found below!

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Follow Phunktions on InstagramTwitter, Facebook and on their new website! 

In case you missed Homecoming Juke Joint… (Video and Pictures)


…..which you probably didn’t because it was one of the “livest” and most packed events of the semester!

Here are some of our favorite performances and pictures from the show!

UMD Phunktions Performance (Snippet)

One of our favorite singers (who I recently profiled) Ashley Lyles also performed…

Poet Kosi Dunn performed two poems. Here’s a snippet of one and the full version of another…

Here are some pictures from Monday night’s festivities:

Photos Courtesy of: Jessie Karangu and Lauryn Froneberger

Look out for a review from our very own Breana Bacon!

UMD Students Protest Michael Brown’s Death (Part 2 w/ Pictures and Audio)

Protesters who gathered at the White House on Saturday afternoon were determined to make an impact on the situation involving unarmed teenager Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Some were cynical that anything would happen but they still felt that it was important to be involved in the moment because “it could’ve been me.”

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Black Student Union executive board

Colin Byrd, a student at the University of Maryland, began the protest with an expressive, symbolic message which aimed to connect the dots between being a Black Terp and being an objector to the killings of unarmed black males.

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Byrd explained that a Terrapin, also known as a Diamondback terrapin, has a diamond pattern on top of it’s shell. He further explained that a diamond is hard on the outside, soft on the inside and that a terrapin is always willing to stick their necks out.

In the same way that a terrapin has the ability to stick out it’s neck, Byrd encouraged the group which surrounded him in a circle to also stick their necks out for what they believe in. Byrd also called for police to be required to wear body cameras.

“We have a moral obligation to not remain silent,” Byrd said.

Samira Jackson, vice president of the Black Student Union, said that increasing police brutality sparked the idea for this protest to occur.

“Police brutality doesn’t have a race, doesn’t see color,” Jackson said.

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Many protesters said that the situation in Ferguson served as the last trigger for them to want to bring about change.

“I think it’s the compilation of so many of these (incidents) happening. This isn’t the first time a black male has been shot for something that we don’t know the reason for exactly,” Black Student Union president Jazmyn White said.

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Alex Grillo holds a sign for the protest which states “Martial Law Can Happen Any Second!”

During the protest, many onlookers and bystanders watched the events and even walked around the White House premises alongside the student protesters.

Cyd Igot, a bystander who was in the area, said that this protest was important in order to keep the conversation going.

“Silence is really dangerous no matter what,” Igot said.

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Kosi Dunn and Damien Pinkett speak on why they’re at the protest and whether they’re afraid that this will become a social fad.

Courtney Humphrey and Betty Samson speak on being black in America and being cynical that a solution will be found

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Marley Dee, Cedrica and Dieami learned about this protest via Twitter.

Dee Nyguen speaks on holding police accountable for their actions and personal experiences involving discrimination by police.

In case you missed our video from the protest, here it is:

More pictures:

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