Terp Weekly Edition – March 10, 2013

March 10, 2013

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Got Flu? Study

By: Melissa Lagarde

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Photo Courtesy of lilesnet.com

 

Students at the University of Maryland who are experiencing flu like symptoms may be able to earn cash for participating in a study about the virus.

For more information, check out the GotFlu Trailer or www.GotFul.org

Do you think the flu was worse than average this year, or blown out of proportion by the media? New York Times, Flu Season ‘Worse Than Average,’ Officials Say … Tweet us @LeslieSpacek or @twe368  #GotFlu to tell us what you think.

 

Double Majors

By: Teleathia Gardner

Charlie DeBoyace, Courtesy of The Diamondback

 

Last week, the Diamondback published an article about university officials questioning whether to allow students to double-major. In height of that debate, TWE’s Teleathia Gardner decided to question students around campus about what they think the easiest major is. Julia Weaver, shares her thoughts with TWE.

To read the full Diamondback article: Some university officials questioning allowing students to double-major

 

Spring Career & Internship Fair

By: Hye Chung

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EQR, Environmental Quality Resources, explaining their internship opportunities to UMD student.

 

According to the Pew Research Center millennials who are born between 1980 and 2000, now have the highest generational unemployment in the United States.  A daunting statistic for the seniors graduating this spring.   But the college helps to students an edge with its annual career fair that occupied much of Stamp Student Union last week.

 

The Cost of Higher Education

By: Megan Gygax

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University of Maryland bookstore employee Justin Smith stacks and rearranges textbooks for students to purchase. Maryland Legislators will decide this year whether or not to pass two bills that would eliminate the six percent sales tax from textbook purchases for students.

 

Maryland lawmakers are trying to find ways to cut the cost of higher education to make it easier on students. This year Maryland State Legislators have proposed two bills that would eliminate sales tax on students’ textbooks. One of the bills would eliminate taxes year round and the other would eliminate them the first two weeks before each semester.

 

Given the current state of student loan debt, are text books too expensive?  Tweet us @LeslieSpacek or @twe368 to let us know how you feel, #studentdebtcrisis.

 

Not sure what to think?…Brush up on the issue below:

 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York just released its latest Household Debt and Credit Reportwhich states that outstanding student loan debt now stands at $966 billion, up $10 billion from the previous quarter. According to the report, student loans are now the “largest consumer liability after mortgages” and total student debt has nearly tripled since 2004.

Forbes reported that “Tuition has consistently increased faster than inflation and household income, to the point that it is now four times more expensive to attend college than it was a generation ago. The result is that the average college senior carries $25,000 in student loans at graduations.”

The Student Debt Crisis:  Rising student debt, paired with rising tuition costs has led some industry experts to coin the student debt crisis as the  “Student Loan Bubble” or “Higher Education Bubble”  - predicting that student loan defaults (much like the “Housing Bubble” when sub-prime mortgage defaults led to the housing crisis) will be the cause of our nation’s next big recession. 

But, as is the case with all speculative economic predictions, there are many detractors of this theory, as well. Check out this article from TIME: Stop Calling Student Loans a “Bubble”! 

Have more questions? Tweet us @LeslieSpacek or @twe368

 

Gun Regulation

By: Alex Miller

Mike Caltabiano of Silverspring, Md., takes aim at the shooting range.

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Recently proposed Maryland gun legislation bans AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons. But even with this ban, many more dangerous weapons will be legal to possess. Host Alex Miller spoke to experts to find out if these bans will really help at all.

According to a new Washington Post poll, 85% of Marylanders support Govenor O’Malley’s reforms to reduce gun violence. These reforms include requiring individuals to get a license – and fingerprinting- before purchasing a handgun.

Are you for or against increased gun control?  Shoot us a Tweet @LeslieSpacek or @twe368  #GUNControl to tell us what you think!

 

Marijuana Legalization in Maryland

By: Judy Nam

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Opposing Student Views for Maryland’s Legislation on Marijuana.

 

A group of Maryland lawmakers are trying to get the conversation started on legalizing recreational and medicinal marijuana use this legislative session. Governor Martin O’Malley vowed to veto any such legislation if it came to his desk. TWE’s Judy Nam talked to students at the University of Maryland who also don’t see eye to eye on whether or not they think marijuana should be legalized.

What are your thoughts on legalizing marijuana in Maryland? We’d love to hear from both sides of the argument! Tweet your opinions to @LeslieSpacek or @twe368  #MarijuanaMD

To read more on Del. Curt Anderson’s proposed bill — HB 1453

 

University Replacing Water Fountains on Campus with Bottle Filling Stations

By: Britt Sena

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These are the bottling filling stations that are already located in the STAMP Student Union. Students and faculty seem to make great use of these new stations.

 

Britt Sena reports on how the University of Maryland is replacing many water fountains on campus with bottle filling stations. This is all in an attempt to both educate students about the dangerous affects of water bottles and to urge students to reuse bottles. Most students are all for this change, but some students do question it.

For healthy living tips and how to increase your sustainability and decrease your carbon footprint while @UMD checkout out www.sustainability.umd.edu

Have tips to share?  Tweet them to us @LeslieSpacek  #Greenliving #RecycleUMD

Terp Weather

By: Alexis Davis

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Courtesy of Terp Weather
 

College Park has endured unpredictable and sometimes severe weather this school year.  TWE’s Alexis Davis talks with Jordan Tessler, the junior geography major who founded TerpWeather. It’s nice to have a local weatherman keeping College Park students informed.

Check out www.terpweather.com

 

A Cappella Nationals

By: Josh Birch

Josh Birch, Show 2, News Reader

Tanya Dastyar (front) sings her solo with the University of Maryland Faux Paz during their Fall 2012 concert. Photo, courtesy of Mark Sweet.
 

A Cappella music isn’t all fun and games. Groups across the nation compete in an annual competition called the International Championships of A Cappella. For the past three years, the University of Maryland Faux Paz has placed in the top two groups in their quarterfinal round, qualifying them to compete in the national semi-finals. Last year, Faux Paz placed 3rd at semi-finals and earned the title of best co-ed group in the South. This year, Faux Paz will compete at semi-finals in Nashville, TN on March 23.

Haven’t had enough of the Faux Paz? Check out this feature video from former Faux Paz singer and current UMD Master’s student, Josh Birch:  Faux Paz Feature Video

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