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Holocaust survivor speaks to UMD students


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.

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Terps After Dark: How UMD is Providing Weekend Alternatives to Improve Community Relations


Terps After Dark is a new programming initiative designed by the University of Maryland to keep new freshmen on campus with “engaging programming on weekends and holidays during the first six weeks of school,” according to the University of Maryland website.

The campus-sponsored tailgates, which took place from Aug. 28 through Oct.10, were especially successful in the College Park, Maryland and Old Town College Park community, according to senior government and politics major Cole Holocker, the Student Liaison for the College Park City Council.

“We can see that it’s working and I’m proud of our students, that they’re being respectful of our community,” Holocker said. “I’m proud that they generated this idea in conjunction with other community partners.”

Though the program aims to provide students an alternative to drinking, it is partly paid for by the revenue generated from the one-year pilot alcohol sales at athletic events. Those programs were held each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If alcohol is no longer sold at the university after this year, Terps After Dark will have to find a new source of funding.

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Anything Interesting Happening In The DMV Anytime Soon?


If you’re anything like me, then you’re always looking for something new and exciting to do. Let me help you out! Below, I’ve compiled a list of upcoming events in the D.C. Metropolitan Area.

  1. Concerts

The months of April and May are prime time for music festivals and concerts! Check out Live Nation for upcoming concerts in the area.

For Tickets: Live Nation

2.  Dare Theory Scavenger Hunt 

Baltimore, MD

May 2nd, 2015

The Dare Theory is a fun scavenger hunt that takes place in a few major cities: Baltimore, D.C., Ocean City, and Philadelphia. The urban scavenger hunt takes participants from all over the city, where they will have to do a number of interactive dares to move on to the next station. You can create a team of 2-6 people to give competitors the best chance of completing all 50 dares. Whether you’re doing the scavenger hunt for fun or competitively, you’re bound to have a good time.

For Tickets: Dare Theory

3.  DC Funk Festival 

Washington, DC

May 2, 2015

This free event aims to bring the community together through the arts. This festival is taking place on U Street, one of DC’s liveliest corridors. Watch U Street come alive with great music, live performances, food, and vendors. Festival goers can enjoy performances by local artists like Black Alley, Elikeh, The Funk Ark, Crocodiles, Baby Bry-Bry, Backbeat Underground, and Congo Sanchez. There are so many different things going on at this festival that you’re bound to find something interesting.

4.   NoMa Summer Screen

Washington, DC

Wednesdays, May 27 – August 19

Enjoy a number of outdoor movies in DC’s business improvement district. This event is held in a large grassy area, so feel free to bring blankets, chairs, or whatever will make your viewing enjoyable. Outdoor movies are great for family fun and even date night! Before each screening there will be live DJs, special guests, barbecue, and so much more. This year’s theme will be “Dance, Dance, Dance” so each screening will be a dance related flick.

UMD Community gets to know heritage with KNOW YOUR ROOTS event


It is often said that food brings people together, but Community Roots proved that cultural differences can prove to unite people as well.

On Thursday, Nov. 13,  UMD’s own Community Roots held their annual “Know Your Roots” event in the Colony Ballroom at Stamp. The night featured individuals from places such as the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. A flag representing these countries was set out on each table setting the tone for the night.

Hosts, Rex Jarrett and Andrew Mulinge speaks to the audience. (Nicole Ebanks/Pulsefeedz)


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