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Trump May Transcend the Truth But He Doesn’t Transcend Stupidity (Opinion)


Presidential candidate Donald Trump has had a lot to say lately and a good chunk of it isn’t making any sense.

Trump recently stated if he is elected president, he wants mosques under surveillance in light of recent terrorist attacks by ISIS.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe a few weeks ago, Trump stated: “You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on in the mosques.”

In addition, Trump plans to force out Syrian refugees that have settled in the U.S., according to a speech he gave to voters during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. Continue reading Trump May Transcend the Truth But He Doesn’t Transcend Stupidity (Opinion)

UMD Students gather for #OccupyFratRow Movement


Just four months after UMD students assembled in Stamp Student Union to voice their demands to demilitarize the College Park Police Department, many returned Friday afternoon to protest on Frat Row in response to the racist and sexist email sent by a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

The protest kicked off with various demands from representatives of several student organizations. Many protesters at the event believe there wasn’t enough disciplinary action served to the individual and group involved in the email which included the now infamous line, ‘f**k consent.’ Members of The Vagina Monologues performed a skit in response to that line and sexual assault.

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Member from The Vagina Monologues performs part of a skit embracing sexuality and condemning sexual assault. (Jasmine Pelaez/Pulsefeedz)

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American Crime Recap: Episode Two


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.

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Courtesy: tvequals

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Povich Symposium discusses racism in sports


Half a century after the legislative desegregation of the nation, how far has the athletic world really come in relation to racism?

Panelists and guests  gathered in the Samuel IV Riggs Alumni Center on Tuesday night to discuss this controversial topic at the Ninth Annual Povich Symposium. Although racism was the core of the panel discussion, issues such as perception of professional and collegiate sports, the “N-word” and it’s usage, as well as social media, were also open for debate.

Hosted by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the symposium was moderated by Povich Sports Director George Solomon in the absence of Maury Povich who was ill. Panelists included UMD alumnus Scott Van Pelt of ESPN’s SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption host Michael Wilbon, 12-year WNBA veteran and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson, Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture Damion Thomas and ESPN’s Around the Horn panelist and visiting professor at Merrill College Kevin Blackistone. Continue reading Povich Symposium discusses racism in sports