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From Baltimore to UMD: Can students trust cops?

by BREANA BACON

In light of the recent deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of law enforcement officers around the country, many people have taken to protests and activism, namely by teens and young adults. Specifically at the University of Maryland, the civil unrest and brutality of police officers has caused an sense uneasiness in some students toward authorities on campus.

UMD students expressed outrage about the immoral acts of police and issues of racial profiling and violence within the past year, following the deaths of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland and countless others. Through education on the history of police brutality against people of color and reading news articles and discussing the harsh realities of racism and violence in the police force, some students have developed interesting perspectives on those called to protect and serve.

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Scandal Review: The Lawn Chair

by BREANA BACON

Good afternoon, Gladiators.

As usual, I woke up thankful for the brain of Shonda Rhimes, but today, I am especially grateful for her and her brain. Why? Because last night, we not only got a spectacular episode of Scandal, we were notified that although certain issues of black culture are touchy and some would like us to “forgive and forget,” we have not forgotten and we never will.

This was, in my opinion, the best episode of the season. No matter if you’ve been watching Scandal all four seasons or for the last four episodes, this one was an episode we could all relate to and follow. Gladiator or not, anyone could have watched last night’s installment and been moved to tears. I know I was.

I appreciate when people such as Shonda Rhimes use their influence to speak on significant social issues as she did last night. So, Shonda, if you’re reading, thank you. Thank you so much.

Let’s get down to business.

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Profile: Journalism Professor Anne Farris Rosen

Anne Farris Rosen
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by DAISY-NELLY NJI

With constant coverage of Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown, racial issues have once again become the “hot button topic” being discussed by the media.

It is at times like these that journalists have a duty to their readers or viewers to be “truth finders” and cover these issues responsibly while getting all the facts.

At the University of Maryland, professor Anne Farris Rosen, 58, teaches journalism students how to cover issues relating to race in her class, “News Coverage of Racial Issues” at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Continue reading Profile: Journalism Professor Anne Farris Rosen

Rapper Goes Viral with Ferguson Speech

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by DAN SCHWALB

Social media was abuzz this past weekend with a powerful video from rapper Prince AE. The St. Louis native is filmed making a speech addressing the conflicts in Ferguson. AE claims that society can only change when we examine our thoughts and cultural beliefs, which we’ve been fed from outside influences.

“We have been brain washed with conditioned thoughts,” says the rapper.

“Thoughts that we have died over, killed over, fought over. But we gotta question them.”

EA tells viewers to open a history book, because history shows us that man has struggled with the same issues since our beginnings. Race, violence, war, politics; none of these things have been the solution to our problems.

After giving some spiritual advice on how to discover what truly matters, EA finished by saying, “man-kind has the opportunity to transform into kind-men.”

Since posting the video up on Facebook, over 16 million people have viewed the video, says EA. Popular website WorldStarHipHop.com also posted the video on their front page. The video can be seen here: