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

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

Commentary: Is the tragedy in Las Vegas the final straw in the gun control debate?

By Sean Mahoney Earlier this week the United States underwent one of the biggest national tragedies in the history of our country. 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Paddock sat 32 stories above the crowd of a Jason Aldean performance at a country music festival and opened fire, killing 60 and injuring over 500 people. As the country mourns those who lost their lives, the event brings … Continue reading Commentary: Is the tragedy in Las Vegas the final straw in the gun control debate?

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

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen discusses partisanship, foreign policy at UMD’s Sadat Forum

By Jaqueline Zegler On Sept. 28 the University of Maryland held the 20th annual Sadat Forum, moderated by Professor Shibley Telhami.  This year’s guest was Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) who was invited to speak on the partisan divide in America and how it has changed since the election of President Donald Trump. Topics ranged from how Trump has deepened the divide to what the … Continue reading Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen discusses partisanship, foreign policy at UMD’s Sadat Forum

Meet the Candidates: Previewing Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial election

By Jason Fontelieu In such a divided political climate, each election is proving to be significant, whether it be at the local, state or national level. In 2014, Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor of Maryland, a traditionally Democratic state. As the 2018 gubernatorial race draws nearer, the early focus seems to be on the Democrats running for the nomination next to Hogan’s name on … Continue reading Meet the Candidates: Previewing Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial election