Annapolis government, residents disagree over Eastport, Downtown development

By Greta Easthom Jammed in traffic on the Eastport drawbridge, Carly Anonsen, a teacher in a neighboring town, wonders how long it will take to get to work today, as the influx of cars crawl across. At least there is no downtown parade today. The bridge provides the shortest route from the quaint community of Eastport into Annapolis and other cities. Eastport residents require access … Continue reading Annapolis government, residents disagree over Eastport, Downtown development

Patrick Wojahn reelected as mayor of College Park

By Maria Trovato On Nov. 7, the City of College Park, along with regions all across the nation, held mayoral and city council elections. Mayor Patrick Wojahn was reelected to serve a second term. This year’s mayoral race was one of the most contested elections in College Park History, with three other candidates running, including District 4 Councilwoman Mary Cook, District 4 resident Zari Malsawma, … Continue reading Patrick Wojahn reelected as mayor of College Park

Maryland denied federal funding to process untested rape kits

By Maria Trovato This month, the U.S. Justice Department announced $34 million in new grants to combat the massive backlog of unprocessed rape kits nationwide. But for the third year in a row, Maryland applied and failed to receive funding from this federal program and will not receive any of these grants. The state of Maryland is currently in major need for this type of … Continue reading Maryland denied federal funding to process untested rape kits

Commentary: Trump’s appearance at Value Voters’ Summit draws criticism

By Jason Fontelieu Concerns have arisen over President Donald Trump’s recent appearance at the Value Voters’ Summit, a conference held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15. The conference is run by the Family Research Council, a group labeled as an LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A post on the FRC website from 2016 … Continue reading Commentary: Trump’s appearance at Value Voters’ Summit draws criticism

UMD’s ‘Mighty Sound of Maryland’ marching band kneels for national anthem

By Max Marcilla Many football games across America have started with players, coaches and even owners kneeling — or linking arms — during the playing of the national anthem. That movement had never reached the football games at the University of Maryland, possibly because its football team stays in the locker room during the anthem. But before Maryland football’s 37-21 loss to Northwestern, that familiar … Continue reading UMD’s ‘Mighty Sound of Maryland’ marching band kneels for national anthem

Supreme Court begins first full term with Neil Gorsuch

The Supreme Court began a new session Oct. 2 — the first full term with President Donald Trump’s newly-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch. Following the death of Anton Scalia in 2016, the court had been operating with only eight justices, four liberal and four conservative, after the majority-Republican Senate refused to appoint President Barack Obama’s nomination, Merrick Garland. With Gorsuch on the court, conservatives have a … Continue reading Supreme Court begins first full term with Neil Gorsuch

John Lewis’s “Good Trouble” lecture encourages UMD to act against injustice

By Maria Trovato. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Andrew Aydin, political figures and co-authors of the graphic novel trilogy, March, gave a lecture Oct. 12 entitled “Good Trouble,” to a group of about 400 people in the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel.  Their speeches stressed the importance of youth organization, protest, and participation in democracy. As the former chairman of the Southern Nonviolent Coordinating … Continue reading John Lewis’s “Good Trouble” lecture encourages UMD to act against injustice

UMD’s Student Government Association hosts town hall on election reform

By Jaqueline Zegler. On October 2, the University of Maryland’s Student Government Association held an open town hall meeting in order to gain some feedback from students on SGA election reform. Christian Knapp, Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, opened the meeting with a few statistics on past elections and a brief overview of the SGA election laws.  In 2016, the only 6 … Continue reading UMD’s Student Government Association hosts town hall on election reform

ICE arrests local individuals in ‘Safe City’ operation

By Alexandra Marquez Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officials arrested 11 people in Montgomery County, 11 people in Prince George’s County and six people in other parts of Maryland on Sept. 28 as part of their operation “Safe City.” The operation included arrests of 498 people in sanctuary jurisdictions across the nation. In a statement, Tom Homan, the acting director of ICE said, “Sanctuary jurisdictions … Continue reading ICE arrests local individuals in ‘Safe City’ operation

New Maryland laws increase protections for victims of sexual abuse

By Maria Trovato On Oct. 1, dozens of laws went into effect for the state of Maryland. Among these, several new laws focus on redefining sexual crimes and mark incredible progress for advocates of sexual assault victims. One new law states that evidence of physical resistance by the victim is no longer required to prove that a sexual attack took place. This new legislation ensures … Continue reading New Maryland laws increase protections for victims of sexual abuse