Community Roots hosted its third annual “Know Your Roots” event Nov. 12. Packed with dance performances, live music and poetry, it was definitely an occasion you did not want to miss.
The lineup showcased a variety of art from culturally driven clubs on campus: Afrochique, Avirah, the Maryland Latin Dance Club, Ethnobeat, Vagina Monologues and the Hip Hop Orchestra.
Senior studio arts major Frank Abbott, who live-painted a piece during the event, said he was inspired by the skin tones and cultures represented not only in the performances, but in audience members as well.
As dinner was served, those in attendance were encouraged by executive board members to introduce themselves to people they did not know, share cultural experiences and tweet selfies with new friends throughout the event under the hashtag #KYR15.
Community Roots, a club that started out tutoring at local schools, has transformed into a student activist organization that aims to help students make sense of their world by getting to the root of themselves and their communities.
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.
BigBelly Solar, a renewable energy waste-compacting trashcan company, will partner with Hyattsville’s Environment Committee, as a way to mitigate the city’s littering problem.
As large and enclosed solar-paneled containers with Wi-Fi, BigBelly trash cans compact garbage, convert the compiled trash into compost on site and then send a text message to sanitation workers when full for pick up.
While the trash compactors are already present in major cities such as Philadelphia, Miami and New York, Hyattsville will be the first city in Prince George’s County to install BigBellys.
In addition to commercial parts of Hyattsville, Environment Committee Chair Jim Groves said the committee wants to place the bins in parks to eliminate overflowing trashcans. According to Groves, trash blowing everywhere on windy days can create huge problems for the city’s playgrounds and green life.
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.
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.
Mark Strauss was 11 years old when World War II began for him in Lwow, Poland, now present-day Lviv, Ukraine.
In the first year of the war alone, 85,000 Jews in his town were murdered. The remaining 15,000 Jews – including Strauss and his parents – were forced to relocate to a guarded Jewish ghetto, where Strauss remained until he was eventually smuggled out.
“The way I survived– I was hidden by a Polish Catholic family,” Strauss said. “I was in a little tiny room for a year and a half, incarcerated. Incarcerated.”
The 85-year-old Holocaust survivor spoke to UMD students yesterday at the Ben and Ester Rosenbloom Center for Jewish Life about his experiences during the Nazi occupation of his home country from 1941 to 1945.
Terp Farm hosted its first public event at the Central Maryland Research Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland Oct. 9, inviting university students and others to partake in food, entertainment and tours of the Terp Farm facility.
Terp Farm is a collaboration between three University of Maryland entities. The Department of Dining Services, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Office of Sustainability created Terp Farm in 2014 with the intention of producing locally grown vegetables for consumption on the UMD campus.
A lively event, Green Tidings food truck stood at the center of the festival and served both lamb sandwiches and ratatouille subs. Behind the van truck was a pumpkin painting activity table for younger guests, and the festival also featured live music from local D.C. band Numbering Sundays, who performed covers of popular folk songs by the dining tent.
The 2015 UMD Block Show took place on Hornbake Plaza this past Saturday, bringing together the diverse ethnic community here at College Park. The Block Show happens each spring semester and is an opportunity for various dance clubs and Greek organizations to display their talents. More importantly, these clubs and organizations contain a majority of black and brown students, who are able to express themselves and their culture through the event.
The show was emceed by alumni Greeks and kicked off with performances from dance organizations such as Phunktions and Dynamics.