To say that learning in today’s environment is unconventional would be an understatement at best. No matter the profession, the age or the purpose, an individual can always find ways to absorb himself in a studious setting. This idea is embodied in the university’s online class, “Maryland’s Open Meetings Act.”
Offered in conjunction by the state’s attorney general’s office and the university’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research since May 23, the course offers a detailed analysis of the Open Meetings Act. The OMA, enacted in 1977 to foster clarity in government, aims to educate citizens on the need for public bodies to keep certain information confidential.
For those who spent Spring Break on the couch, Fur Nightclub has just the right dosage of nightlife you have been craving.
Dada Life, a prominent Swedish duo in the world of electronic dance music, has been creating remixes as well as original house tracks since 2006. In 2010 they opened for Tiësto, the world’s most popular DJ after David Guetta, and in 2011 they performed at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The two most recently performed at Ultra Music Festival last week in Miami.
Let me start by saying McKeldin Library is great for a lot of reasons. It has coffee, computers, couches, books and pretty good Internet service. However, contrary to popular belief, the library is not a quiet place to study.
McKeldin is about as quiet as a dubstep rave — which might not be far from the truth considering it was turned into a “Club McKeldin” dance party late last year. I have hours of studying to do for my art theory class, so perhaps I should start working.
For the last week, Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video has been spamming my news feed and timeline. I’ll admit, I was intrigued at first. Kony was trending on Twitter and I decided to do some investigating. Of course, because it’s trending on Twitter, the first thing I did was click through and check out what everyone was tweeting about. That was a mistake.
I’m going off on a mini-tangent here for a second. Sit tight.
Doing a Twitter search is normally useless and this time was no different. When something first gains traction on the Internet and people begin tweeting about it, every tweet looks like this: “WUT IS #KONY?!?!?!?!” These people must then anxiously wait for one of their 102 followers (57 of them are porn-bots) to fill them in. You’re already at a computer, it’s called Google.
When I hopped on Google I found the infamous Kony video and I watched most of it and thought, “Well, that was a bummer.” Then I went back to watching basketball.
The next morning, I found my Facebook and Twitter feeds overrun by a full-fledged Kony invasion. One thousand sorority girls proclaimed “OMG WATCH THIS! MAKE KONY THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN THE WORLD!” Virtual philanthropy at its finest, folks. There’s nothing like the sense of self-satisfaction that comes from watching a video and clicking share. Ah, justice has been served. That’ll show that mean old warlord!
People will get all bent out of shape for mocking this whole trend, because, after all, how dare you disagree with the Internet? And I’m not saying this situation isn’t horrible and Joseph Kony doesn’t to deserve a Hostel-like death. I’m just saying you’re not actually doing anything besides clicking a button.
Furthermore, where is that anger and energy over problems that are in, say, America? You know, the country we live in?
If you’re really against mindless and violent indoctrination of children — which ultimately results in needless death, a crumbling social structure, a disregard for law and humanity — you can do something about it. It might shock you, but we have a problem with that here too. They’re called gangs. Gangs who have networks that blanket the country and plague inner cities. They’re a real bitch.
You really want to make a difference? Go volunteer in D.C. or Baltimore. You’ll actually be affecting people’s lives.
Retweeting a video made by a couple of sketchballs about a nut job who runs around a country full of people who don’t even know what a computer is isn’t doing much. You might be “raising awareness,” but most people are going to just resume Facebook stalking after they make a status.
If you donate money to the cause, good for you (Unless it’s to Invisible Children). If it inspires you to spend time in Africa helping these people, fantastic. You’re a better person than I am. But if you’re not, shut it and stop clogging my news feed.
Taylor Schwink is a senior journalism major and student blogger for The Diamondback.
State legislators seem to agree, as by a new House of Delegates bill written by State Delegates Susan C. Lee (D-Montgomery) and Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk (D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s). The bill “requires the Governor to annually proclaim the month of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month, in recognition of the need for increased awareness of the disease,” which would probably involve a very official and regal looking proclamation.
While I am still one year shy of turning 21, I can appreciate your need to have fun on the weekends. Whether it’s drinking your water weight in Natty Light or dragging your boyfriend to catch your tears through The Vow, we all need some extra cash.
The solution? Clipping coupons.
In fear of being featured on the TLC show Extreme Couponing and remaining forever single, I’ve devised a college-friendly way to avoid being labeled a “coupon clipper.”
I was recently milling around Stamp Student Union, fighting off the urge to a eat a Big Mac and looking for a spot to post up near an electrical outlet (damn you computer battery, tethering me down everywhere I go!). On my way to the Baltimore Room, I happened upon an awkward sight.
I spotted a coupled seated side-by-side, eating their lunches and talking. The guy had a fork in one hand and his other on her thigh. This conjured up some unpleasant memories from my time waiting tables: Recollections of all of the horrible couples that sit next to each other in a booth rather than across from one another — a move that clearly shows their love will never die.
Dreams came true for thousands of rave-goers last month when Electric Daisy Carnival announced it would be making a stop in New York on the way to its annual event in Las Vegas, immediately spurring the trending topic #EDCNYC.
The two-day festival — which takes place May 19 and 20 at MetLife Stadium —showcases house, trance and many other types of electronic music performed by numerous DJs. Not only is there music, but EDC is also literally part carnival. Equipped with Ferris wheels, games and merchandise venders, it’s almost like a two-day fantasy. On average the event attracts upward of 100,000 attendees. The festival as a whole won Best International Festival at the 2011 Ibiza DJ Awards.
Wait, wait, wait…
You mean to tell me The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, had a podcast with President Barack Obama?
That’s what I was thinking when I saw my friend Jeff’s text to me Thursday: “New B.S. report with some dude named barrack.”
His misspelling actually made me think that Simmons did a podcast with some other guy that has two R’s in his first name. Then he sent me a text saying “Barack***” and I knew it was true.
(You can listen to the full podcast here).
Running for president means you have to be on you’re A-game for all facets. If you make a move that will help you reach out to a certain demographic in a positive way, then the outcome can never be bad.
In my last post, I honed in on how Rick Santorum got his name on some hot wheels and how that was a smart move. Obama’s move is no different.
The election is eights months and four days away, so the president is starting to move into full blown “4 more years” mode. His podcast appearance was the first sign of that (besides, maybe, the State of the Union).
Obama made quite a splash to all of the sports junkies who frequent Grantland. Just by simply appearing on the B.S. report and, well, B.S.-ing with Simmons a little, Obama may have converted a few sporty undecided voters Thursday.
So what did Obama and Simmons talk about?
Basketball, college football playoffs, throwing out the first pitch, and The Wire (a television show that Simmons references all too often).
Obama said “B.S.” at one point (not in the context of the show’s title), and that probably will be critiqued by hardcore conservatives. I believe, though, that it more or less proves he’s human. A PG-13 slip every once in a while makes Obama seem like someone you’d want to have beer with.
Super Tuesday’s on Tuesday, because Lord knows they wouldn’t have it on Wednesday. Check back next week as I follow the kandidates some more.
Juan Cervantes is a junior history major and student blogger for The Diamondback.