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Life with Lo: Holiday Tag

By Lauryn Froneberger

This week Life with Lo is back with a holiday themed tag video. I’ll be answering a series of questions about what this time of year means to me and my family as well as talking about my favorite Christmas songs and movies!

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Tune in for a great holiday treat. Happy Holidays to you and your families! Xo, Lo

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Diamond Stone Is Still Adjusting To The College Game, And That’s OK

by JUSTIN FITZGERALD

“At center, a 6-foot-11 freshman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, number 33, DIAMOND STONE.”

This was an introduction Maryland basketball fans thought they would hear every game this year, as Stone was thought to be the dominant big man who rounded out the starting lineup of a national championship contender. His offensive game garnered high praise from coaches and scouts alike, and he was named to the preseason watch list for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award for the nation’s top center. Continue reading Diamond Stone Is Still Adjusting To The College Game, And That’s OK

Maryland Football Hires D.J. Durkin to be Next Head Coach

by JUSTIN FITZGERALD

After nearly two months of speculation, the wait is over. D.J. Durkin has been hired to be the next head football coach, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson announced Wednesday.

“We began this search looking for a candidate with qualities that aligned with our vision for the football program, and throughout the process it became clear D.J. was the perfect fit. He has had success at some of the nation’s most preeminent football programs, is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country and is widely respected as one the top young coaches across the college football landscape,” Anderson said in a statement Wednesday. Continue reading Maryland Football Hires D.J. Durkin to be Next Head Coach

UMD Alumnus Receives Medal of Honor

Eight seconds. That’s how long it took for U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg’s life to change forever.

On the morning of Aug. 8, 2012, he led a security detail tasked with escorting 28 American and Afghan personnel to a routine security meeting.

As the group approached their destination on foot, Groberg spotted an individual walking backwards in their direction. The man abruptly turned toward them, prompting Groberg to rush toward him and shove him away.

As he did so, Groberg realized the man had a suicide bomb hidden under his vest. The soldier grabbed him by the vest and continued to push him farther from the formation, with the help of Sgt. Andrew Mahoney.

The bomb detonated, and Groberg blacked out.

Moments later, a second bomb prematurely detonated nearby.

The eight-second attack left Groberg with the loss of about half of his left calf muscle, a mild traumatic head injury and a blown eardrum. Four of his fellow soldiers were killed.

But his actions during those few seconds saved many more lives. And on Thursday, Groberg received the highest military distinction in the United States, the Medal of Honor.

“For all the valor we celebrate and all the courage that inspires us, these actions were demanded amidst some of the most dreadful moments of war,” President Obama said during the White House ceremony. “That’s precisely why we honor heroes like Flo, because on his very worst day, he managed to summon his very best.”

But the blast was only the beginning of his fight. Groberg, a UMD alumnus, underwent 33 surgeries at Walter Reed Hospital during his three-year recovery period.

“A day after Veteran’s Day, we honor this American veteran, whose story, like so many of our vets and wounded warriors, speaks not only of gallantry on the battlefield, but resilience here at home,” Obama said.

A senate spending bill passed Tuesday will bring the Veterans Administration’s budget for medical services up to $51 billion, which will serve to cover care for veterans like Groberg.

The bill passed 93-0, a sign of the bipartisan effort to protect the rights of veterans who risk their lives to protect this country.

Groberg dedicated his award to the four veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“I’m so blessed and honored for the medal, but it doesn’t belong to me,” he told reporters in a news conference on Wednesday. “It belongs to them.”

Groberg will deliver the winter commencement speech at the University of Maryland on Dec. 19.

“Today and every day, we as a nation and as a University must do all we can to support [student veterans’] education and success,” university President Wallace Loh said via an email sent to the university community. “…When our veterans return home, our service begins.”

Groberg is the 10th living recipient of the Medal of Honor earned for actions in Afghanistan and the first from Maryland.

Povich Center Hosts Symposium to Discuss Changes in Sports Writing

by JUSTIN FITZGERALD

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism hosted its 10th annual symposium Nov. 10. The symposium has a different theme every year, usually centered around hot-button interests in sports both locally and nationally.

This year’s theme was Sportswriting Then & Now: With a Look at the Past & Future. The discussion featured six panelists – USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, Washington Post sports writer Chelsea Janes, Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins, former Washington Post columnists and “Pardon the Interruption” hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap.

TV star Maury Povich and former Washington Post sports editor George Solomon moderated the discussion, which mainly discussed the changing climate of sports media. An open question-and-answer session concluded the event. Continue reading Povich Center Hosts Symposium to Discuss Changes in Sports Writing

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.

Landmark Apartments: Do They Miss the Mark?

by MYA GREEN

College Park is undergoing a serious face lift.

While many adjust to increased development, the demand for off-campus housing is increasing due to new on-campus housing policies at the University of Maryland.

The Edward St. John Learning Center construction site on campus.
The Edward St. John Learning Center construction site on campus.

Continue reading Landmark Apartments: Do They Miss the Mark?

Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team beats Princeton in the midst of threats

by LIAM BEATUS

Just two days after Barack Obama attended Princeton’s victory over Green Bay, the Tigers squared off against the Terps at College Park on Monday evening. The Princeton Tigers were the last undefeated team in women’s college hoops and ranked an 8 seed in this year’s tournament. Maryland, the number one seed in the Spokane bracket, hosted the first two rounds of their bracket. Following a victory against New Mexico St., Maryland’s next challenge was the undefeated Tigers. Continue reading Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team beats Princeton in the midst of threats

Snow Takes Over The University of Maryland

by LINDSEY FEINGOLD

On Wednesday night, as the snow started to fall, President Loh announced through his Twitter that the University of Maryland would be closed on March 5.

Yet, there was a second snow day on Friday, which caused the university to cancel Accepted Student’s Day, an event where high school students admitted to the university engage in various activities to learn about the school.

Lindsey Feingold/Pulsefeedz The view outside of Cumberland Hall on March 5

Students across the campus were ecstatic about the news. Last snow day, which occurred on February 17, there was a campus wide snowball fight that encompassed over 3,000 people. These two snow days, students took a different approach to their freedom.

Allie Hosmer, a sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in Dietetics, exclaimed about the snow day on Thursday, “I love it! I got out of a test today so that’s nice to have the extra day to study.”

Hosmer is a resident of Southern Maryland, and is no novice to the weather that occurs around these parts. She stated about the snowfall: “We get some snow some years and other years, not really.” Continue reading Snow Takes Over The University of Maryland

Maryland’s Women’s Basketball Team Deserves More Attention On Campus

by LIAM BEATUS

The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team is the fifth best team in the country. They have a 23-2 record on the season and have won 17 straight games. Consider this, Maryland has been on ESPN2 for three out of the team’s last five games, yet their student section is half empty. They receive more national attention than they do within a campus radius.

Maryland has won all 14 games that they have played against the Big Ten. Only three of these wins were within a single digit margin. On average they score 21.4 more points than their opponents, sixth best margin in the country. The two games they lost were against Washington State in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at Notre Dame who was the best team in the country at the time.

Continue reading Maryland’s Women’s Basketball Team Deserves More Attention On Campus