Terp Weekly Edition – March 10, 2013
March 10, 2013
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Got Flu? Study
By: Melissa Lagarde
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.
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.
By: Teleathia Gardner
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
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
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York just released its latest Household Debt and Credit Report, which 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”!
By: Alex Miller
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.
Marijuana Legalization in Maryland
By: Judy Nam
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.
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
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
By: Alexis Davis
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.
A Cappella Nationals
By: Josh Birch
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