Newly elected RHA board excited for future of UMD resident life

By Suzi Marsh The University of Maryland’s Residence Hall Association’s May 23 executive board election has its new electees talking about their progressive goals for next semester and years to come. The incoming executive board and Senate were both announced at RHA’s last meeting of the semester. They include: Cana Curtis, freshman criminal justice and math major, will take the role of student groups and … Continue reading Newly elected RHA board excited for future of UMD resident life

Hyattsville’s sanctuary city status could have immediate impact on Latino community

By Joe Catapano An 8-2 vote established Hyattsville, Maryland, as the second sanctuary city in the state April 17 — a decision that could bring immediate changes to the Latino community and its participation in local activities. The legislation prohibits local police from inquiring  about a person’s immigration status, reporting a person’s status to federal authorities or using federal databases to determine whether a person … Continue reading Hyattsville’s sanctuary city status could have immediate impact on Latino community

Local officials call for regionwide sales tax to fund Metro

By Cam Hasbrouck The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a report April 26 calling for a new region wide sales tax to raise money for Metro maintenance and expansion, according to the Washington Post. The Metro, which is estimated to require at least $15.5 billion over the next 10 years, will face a $7.5 billion dollar shortfall in the next decade, per the Washington Post. In order to … Continue reading Local officials call for regionwide sales tax to fund Metro

UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

By Noah Fortson One week after the Science March drew thousands to the nation’s capital, marchers once again took to the streets Saturday to advocate for the preservation of U.S. laws, regulations and agreements pertaining to climate change. The 90 degree weather didn’t stop crowds from showing up for the Peoples Climate March — the latest rally voicing concerns over President Donald Trump’s policies on environmental … Continue reading UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

By James Mahoney President Donald Trump unveiled pieces of his tax plan Wednesday — a move long-awaited by both sides of the aisle in Congress and the American public. According to a one-page outline from the Trump administration, the tax reform will attempt to grow the economy, create jobs, simplify the country’s “burdensome” tax code and dramatically lower the business tax rate to one of … Continue reading Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

Maryland becomes first state to reimburse Planned Parenthood cuts

By Cam Hasbrouck The state of Maryland enacted a law earlier this month that would reimburse Planned Parenthood in the event that the federal government decides to cut funding to the organization, according to the Washington Post. The bill was one of 27 that the Maryland General Assembly sent to Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this month, fifteen of which became law without his signature, per … Continue reading Maryland becomes first state to reimburse Planned Parenthood cuts

Beltway Profile: Hyattsville City Councilmember Paula Perry

By Danielle Kiefer As someone who has lived in Hyattsville for over 40 years, councilmember Paula Perry has seen the city change over the years, both for better and worse. Both of Perry’s parents were raised in or near Hyattsville, so she has been around the city her whole life, raising two children here and now helping to take care of her grandchildren. After joining … Continue reading Beltway Profile: Hyattsville City Councilmember Paula Perry

At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

By Katrina Schmidt Two years and one day after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, hundreds of people gathered in the War Memorial Building across the street from City Hall to demand change in their city and nation. The first town hall in Baltimore since November’s election featured Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger. Organized by the … Continue reading At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

Thousands gather in nation’s capital in the name of science

By Cam Hasbrouck and Lauren Anikis. Thousands of protesters overwhelmed the rainy streets of Washington, D.C., last Saturday, Earth Day, to advocate for the necessity of evidence-based science in legislative policy. Among a sea of umbrellas and signs, people young and old gathered at the Washington Monument and marched toward the Capitol, echoing pro-science chants that could be heard blocks away. The march, which had been planned … Continue reading Thousands gather in nation’s capital in the name of science

The state of the district? It wants to be a state.

By Katrina Schmidt. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s March 30 State of the District Address sent a strong message to Congress and President Donald Trump — keep your hands off Washington, D.C. Fiscal, political and social independence for D.C. were at the heart of her address, in line with the 86 percent majority who voted in favor of D.C. statehood in a November referendum. Bowser’s administration has … Continue reading The state of the district? It wants to be a state.