Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Local students compete in a non-magical version of a sport made popular by the 'Harry Potter' book series.
Wednesday, March 13
By Ben Oldach, Capital News Service The University of Maryland, along with hundreds of other colleges across the world, has adopted a sport that comes straight from a storybook: Quidditch. Quidditch was played by hundreds of witches and wizards in the magical world created by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. But the sport has been played by non-magical students -- on the ground, not in the air -- since 2005, when the magical game was adapted to the real world by students at Middlebury College in Vermont who were looking for an alternative to bocce ball. “Muggle Quidditch,” as it is known, quickly spread across the world and has found a home at the University of Maryland. The Maryland team is ranked second in the world …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The fire appears to be accidental in nature, according to officials.
A car fire in the Regents Drive garage on campus temporarily closed the facility Monday morning, according to UMD officials. The fire, which was on the second level of the garage, was reported at around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. Prince George's County fire fighters responded and found the car fairly isolated and locked, according to Prince George's County Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady. Fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze in 15 to 20 minutes, said Brady. No injuries were reported, and Brady said the fire appears to have been accidental in nature, caused by some type of electrical or mechanical malfunction. Portions of the garage have been reopened, but part of the facility will remain closed while fire fighters …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The incident occurred off campus, according to University of Maryland Police.
Update, Feb. 11: Police now say that the victim of the alleged robbery made up the entire incident. Original article: A Univeristy of Maryland student was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning off campus in the area of Paint Branch Parkway and Rhode Island Avenue, University of Maryland Police reported. UMPD learned of an incident after it was reported to the Prince George's County Police around midnight. According to a police report, the victim was walking westbound on Paint Branch Parkway from the Metro station with her headphones on and looking at her phone when a man approached her. He demanded she empty her pockets, police said, brandishing a black handgun. The victim complied and told police the man then reached into her pockets …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Food Recovery Network, founded by UMD student Ben Simon, donates leftover college dining hall food to the hungry.
Tired of seeing uneaten food from his UMD dining hall go to waste when so many in the area were going hungry, Ben Simon decided something needed to be done. So, he and a friend founded The Food Recovery Network. Active on 13 college campuses nationwide, the program helps to come up with ways to distribute uneaten dining hall food, reported MSNBC. The program, Simon told MSNBC, gives students a way to give back, helps universities improve their bottom line by reducing food waste, and helps feed hungry people in the area. According to MSNBC, although The Food Recovery Network began as a project at UMD, after learning that 75 percent of colleges and universities did not have food recovery programs, Simon, with the help of UMD, worked to …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Joe Miller and Branden Roth will both serve as full season interns in the baseball team's marketing department.
Two University of Maryland graduates have recently joined the staff of the Bowie Baysox baseball team and will be serving as full season interns in the team’s front office. UMD grad Joe Miller of Owings will be serving as the Baysox mascot coordinator and marketing intern, according to a press release. He’ll be responsible for booking Louie the mascot’s appearances and assisting the marketing department. Fellow graduate Branden Roth, a Germantown native, will join Miller in the marketing department where he will work in the newly created position of video production intern. In this position he will produce team-related graphics and video board games. He’ll also direct video game production, according to the release.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
American Idol kicked off its latest season Wednesday night on FOX.
Could a University of Maryland grad become the next American Idol? Kriss Mincey hopes so. The local singer is currently competing on Season 12 of American Idol. "I'm originally from Baltimore, MD, by way of Aberdeen, MD," Mincey said in an introductory video. (Watch the video included with this post.) "Nothing gives me more joy than being on stage," she said. Kriss is Los Angeles-bound after getting past a panel of judges in New York. As of Thursday afternoon, her Facebook page had just under 800 fans. Check out more of her music on YouTube and Tumblr. TELL US: Do you know Kriss Mincey? Leave a comment.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Students lost all of their belongings and their homes in the blaze.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
One hundred years ago this week in College Park, a huge fire swept through what was then the Maryland Agricultural College, destroying the administration building and barracks, but also giving birth to the modern University of Maryland, reports CBSBaltimore. Though the cause of the blaze is still unknown, what is now known as the Great Fire of 1912 began in the administration building and quickly spread due to high winds, UMd. Archivist Ann Turkos told CBSBaltimore. Low water pressure from a damaged water tower and rifle ammunition in the student barracks made the flames difficult to extinguish, and students lost nearly all of their belongings and their home, Turkos said. The college had to find students new lodgings in the town. Click …
It is unclear when Louisville will officially make the move, reports WBAL.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced Wednesday that its chancellors and presidents voted unanimously to approve Louisville as the replacement for UMd., reports WBAL. Maryland recently announced that it would be leaving the ACC for the Big 10 for athletic and academic reasons. This announcement comes on the heels of the lawsuit filed by the ACC on Monday to ensure that UMd. pays the $50M exit fee when it leaves the ACC for the Big 10 in two years. Read the full story here on WBAL.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
University of Maryland could cut at least eight teams to help balance Athletic Department budget.
With at least eight teams potentially on the chopping block at the University of Maryland because of budget problems, the Twitter-verse is a buzz. From Ravens' rookie star and Terp alum Torrey Smith, to Emmy winning sports anchor Brett Haber, everyone has something to say. Of course, athletes are also making the case for their teams. At least two of the eight teams have started online petitions to argue for their team to remain intact at the university:
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Cataracs, Pietasters, Human Rights and more, rock the Terp Fest at UMD.
The University of Maryland's Terpstock was just like Woodstock, except that instead of being held in a giant puddle of mud in upstate New York in '69, it took place on Saturday in the Coloney Ballroom at the Stamp Student Union. The Cataracs, Pietasters, Human Rights, and H.R. from Bad Brains rocked the house. Don't believe us? Just look at the photos. You can view more of Chris's photos on his personal blog or on Flickr.