Minority communities remain hesitant to trust COVID-19 vaccine

By Steven Mehling  The Food and Drug Administration approved COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for public distribution, but as doses will be distributed, minority communities hit hardest by the pandemic are hesitant to commit to receiving the vaccine.  According to The COVID Tracking Project, Black people have been dying at 1.8 times the rateContinue reading “Minority communities remain hesitant to trust COVID-19 vaccine”

Performing arts faculty share strategies to prevent ‘Zoom fatigue’

By Ian Zhao “Zoom fatigue” is a phenomenon which both university faculty and students suffer from as classes transitioned online during the coronavirus pandemic. It refers to “the tiredness, worry or burnout associated with overusing virtual platforms of communication” such as Zoom, Skype and FaceTime, according to mental health attorney Carolyn Reinach Wolf.  Performing artsContinue reading “Performing arts faculty share strategies to prevent ‘Zoom fatigue’”

Jalen Smith becomes latest Terp to join NBA

By Joshua Casazza Former Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball forward Jalen Smith was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round, with the 10th overall pick of the 2020 NBA draft. “I couldn’t be happier for Jalen and his family tonight. Jalen entered our program with a plan and put in the work to turnContinue reading “Jalen Smith becomes latest Terp to join NBA”

How families plan on celebrating the 2020 holiday season amid COVID-19

By Ian Zhao Christmas means many things to Katie Rees: the smell of sweet potato casserole, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being loved and surrounded by family are amongst her favorites. Every Christmas morning for the past decade, Rees has woken up to presents, the sense of happiness and reassurance that atContinue reading “How families plan on celebrating the 2020 holiday season amid COVID-19”

MaryPIRG unanimously votes for new campaigns for spring semester

By Winter Hawk The University of Maryland’s MaryPIRG chapter voted on Dec. 7 for campaign initiatives the organization will work on in the upcoming spring semester. The campaigns will focus on environmental, public health and student affordability issues. MaryPIRG is a student-led advocacy and volunteer organization that facilitates student involvement in service initiatives. Campaigns forContinue reading “MaryPIRG unanimously votes for new campaigns for spring semester”

Student carbon neutrality bill proposal prepares for Maryland General Assembly

By Winter Hawk The MaryPIRG Student Climate Action Coalition, run by student-led advocacy and volunteer organization MaryPIRG, sent a bill proposal earlier this month to the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services to combat climate change at public universities in the state. The coalition is a University of Maryland MaryPIRG campaign that includes studentsContinue reading “Student carbon neutrality bill proposal prepares for Maryland General Assembly”

UMD students learn from home heading into finals season

By Matthew Wynn Students have been adapting to their new learning environments at home since the news came out Nov. 5 that University of Maryland students living in dorms would not be allowed to come back to campus if they went home for Thanksgiving.   Martin Blurton-Jones, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said “I would sayContinue reading “UMD students learn from home heading into finals season”

Does pass/fail stand a chance this semester?

By Steven Mehling *This story was originally written on Nov. 28, 2020* With the fall semester coming to an end in just four short weeks, students at the University of Maryland have pushed for the provost to adopt the pass/fail grading system. After having heard out the students’ requests for this system to be enacted,Continue reading “Does pass/fail stand a chance this semester?”

Voters express concerns, frustration over mail-in voting process

By Ian Zhao Voters at the Xfinity Center polling station on Election Day expressed concerns about counting mail-in ballots.  Some voters came to the polling station to avoid the possible complications of mail-in voting, while others said they have full confidence in the process.  Alex Spadacenta, a senior elementary education major who lives out ofContinue reading “Voters express concerns, frustration over mail-in voting process”