Monday, May 20, 2013
Baseball's Iron Man delivered the commencement address Sunday at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center.
Drawing on his experience with talent, attitude, and success in professional baseball, hall of famer Cal Ripken, Jr. delivered the University of Maryland commencement address Sunday at the Comcast Center in College Park. The "Iron Man"—best known for playing a record 2,632 consecutive games with the Baltimore Orioles—spoke to some 7,000 members of the class of 2013 along with their family, friends, and professors. Recalling his transformation from a headstrong rookie to American League MVP, Ripken urged each student to "thoroughly examine your attitude, to make it positive, and to go forth and make your mark on this world." Ripken, who was raised in Aberdeen, played shortstop and third base for Orioles from 1981 to 2001. He is one of just …
Friday, May 17, 2013
In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the Bowie State class of 2013 why education is important.
In a speech celebrating the history of Bowie State University and the struggles of African Americans forced to fight for their education, First Lady Michelle Obama told the class of 2013 on Friday that it was time to "feel hungry" again. “For generations, in many parts of this country it was illegal for black people to get an education,” Obama said, telling tales of students who were threatened, teachers who were beaten and schools that were burned when African American first sought education. “But despite the risks, students flocked to these schools in droves,” she said, speaking to a crowd of thousands at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center in College Park. Bowie State—Maryland’s oldest historically black university—was founded …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Thousands gathered in the Comcast Center Tuesday to hear from the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke to a packed house Tuesday at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center, touching on everything from shared religious values to eschewing violence to his desire for global demilitarization. The speech, part of the university's Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace series, drew a crowd of some 15,000. Many waited outside of the arena for hours in order to hear from Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism better known as the Dalai Lama. The wife of the late Egyptian president, Jehan Sadat, was in attendance Tuesday along with Gov. Martin O'Malley, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, and other dignitaries. An advocate for world peace, religious harmony, and scientific discovery, the …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The head monk of Tibetan Buddhism will deliver the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be in College Park tomorrow to deliver the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace in front of an estimated crowd of 15,000. The speech, “Peace Through Compassion: Connecting a Multi-Faith World,” will take place at the Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Dalai Lama will speak in English for about 45 minutes and answer questions submitted by the audience. The head monk of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is an advocate for world peace, religious harmony and scientific discovery. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and has traveled to more than 62 countries in six continents, according to his website. The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development lecture series …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Rebel, a thoroughbred chestnut colt, was born March 8.
Rebel, a thoroughbred chestnut colt, was born March 8 on the University of Maryland Campus Farm. He is the first foal to be delivered at the university since the horse breeding program shut down in the late 1980s.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Lindsey Rodkey gets her kicks by creating special hand-decorated shoes honoring her home team.
University of Maryland student Lindsey Rodkey gets her kicks by creating special hand-decorated shoes honoring her home team.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Thousands of fans joined in a flash mob at Saturday's 83-81 win by the men's basketball team.
If you didn't catch Saturday's dramatic 83-81 win over Duke by the Maryland men's basketball team, you may have missed quite the dance routine. During two timeouts—one in the first half, one in the second—the raucous home crowd broke into a flash mob of sorts, performing wild (if carefully choreographed) sequences of dance moves. Selections included "Here Comes the Boom" by Nelly, "All I Do is Win" by DJ Khaled, and—what else?—the outrageously viral "Harlem Shake" by Baauer. Read more on the backstory from The Washington Post.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
UMD police also found that Green had worked as a student aide for the department, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Stephen Rane, the 22-year-old University of Maryland student who was killed Tuesday when roommate Dayvon Maurice Green reportedly opened fire on his roommates, had previously expressed concerns about Green having a gun, The Baltimore Sun reports. The Sun quotes Drew Needham, a senior and former roommate of Rane, as saying that Rane felt "uncomfortable in the house" given Green's mental illness and ownership of a firearm. But Rane had not anticipated any violent behavior, Needham told the paper. The Sun also notes a surprising discovery by University of Maryland police: that Green had worked as a student aide for the department for a brief period last year. The role requires a background check but does not include access to weapons or …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Dayvon Maurice Green reportedly admitted himself to a mental health facility in 2009.
Dayvon Maurice Green, the 23-year-old University of Maryland student who allegedly shot two roommates Tuesday before killing himself, may have suffered from schizophrenia, according to The Washington Post and The Gazette. On Tuesday afternoon, police announced that Green had been afflicted with a mental illness for at least the past year. He had reportedly been prescribed medication to treat his disorder. The exact nature of Green's illness was not publicly disclosed, but the Post and Gazette cite sources close to the investigation as saying he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The Gazette also reports that Green suffered from bipolar disorder and that he had admitted himself to a mental health facility in 2009. Read more from The …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Prince George's County students taking advantage of value at consistent levels.
The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) was recently named as the 5th "Best Value in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger, trailing only the College of William and Mary, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maryland was ranked 5th for in-state students and 10th for out-of-state. The annual Kiplinger study bases its ranking on a combination of financial factors, including total cost-per-year and cost after need-based aid for in-state students, total cost-per-year and cost after need-based aid for out-of-state students and average debt at graduation. Kiplinger also factors in the schools' admission rates and four-year-graduation rates. Maryland's overall admit rate is 45 …