Two UMD favorites, Jim Henson and Chick-fil-A, duke it out over gay rights

Just outside the Stamp Student Union, students can often be seen eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich and milling around the famous Jim Henson statue.

But while these two Stamp institutions co-exist harmoniously on the campus, a battle is brewing between the national companies.

In a statement released on Facebook last Friday, The Jim Henson Company — created by University of Maryland graduate and puppeteer Jim Henson — announced it does not wish to partner with Chick-fil-A on any future endeavors.

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UMD dropout wins more than $1 million in World Series of Poker

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The original post incorrectly stated how much Merson won. The post has been updated. 

I sent a routine request last Friday, a Facebook message asking for an interview with a former Terp.

Laurel native Greg Merson dropped out of this university when he was 19 but just more than a week ago, he raked in more than $1 million by besting a field of 474 to win the six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

He agreed on Saturday to talk about his accomplishment. But not yet, the 24-year-old wrote. He was still sort of busy.

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The best Twitter reactions from the Kevin Anderson-Stanford hullabaloo

  1. When The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson was leaving for the same position at Stanford, fans took to Twitter to air their grievances.  After Anderson confirmed the rumors to be untrue later Monday afternoon, even more fans took to Twitter to air their grievances.

    While some were excited for his alleged departure, others were upset with his short tenure at the university. “Kevin Anderson” was trending in the D.C.-Metropolitan area, but attempts to popularize #GaryForAD — a cry to bring back the beloved, long-time basketball coach Gary Williams — didn’t quite catch on.

    So, The Diamondback took to Twitter to see how people responded to the drama. After original reports of Anderson leaving, here’s what some had to say:

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Armed with NIH grant, UMD researchers work to cure malaria

A team of university and industry researchers are one step closer to curing malaria with a $3 million grant in hand from the National Institute of Health.

The three-year business grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, a division of NIH, funds an existing partnership between the university’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and the biotechnology company Sanaria, in genetically modifying mosquitos. Entemology professor David O’Brochta has been working on the project for a few years, and his team of university and Sanaria researchers hope the grant will allow them to finalize their Sporozite vaccine.

Although the official award of the grant came in January, the funding have just started coming in, said Stephen Hoffman, CEO of Sanaria. Hoffman said he hopes to finalize a vaccine within three to four years.

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Hey, Aroy Thai, why haven’t you opened yet? WE WANT THAI FOOD

Aroy Thai was set to be the newest addition to the city’s growing number of dining options.

The College Avenue restaurant opened at least two weeks ago, but all signs — apart from the one fixed to the storefront — indicate it did not stay that way.

The display cases next to the register are filled with soda; the hours are taped to the door and mock-ups of dishes are on display in the window. Everything seems ready, but its doors have remained locked and calls to the establishment have gone unanswered.

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UMD student, Internet Casanova featured on Tosh.0

Alex MacRae knows a lot about picking up women.

He may not lead with the winning line, “I study engineering at the University of Maryland,” but he does know that many things adults say can be taken the wrong way if they are not conveyed with “energy and fun.”

MacRae, who gained YouTube fame in 2007 after he made an informative web video on impressing the ladies for, had a chance at redemption June 26 on Tosh.0, but not before viewers had a chance to hear a bit more of his good advice.

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Keeping up with the Konspiracies: UFO on the Capitol Beltway

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Last night, some otherworldly things happened on the beltway just outside of our beloved College Park. Twitter exploded after a flatbed truck was seen hauling a UFO-like figure down I-495, escorted by police.

The government (psshh) was quick to cover up the incident, saying that the UFO was actually a Northrop Grumman X-47B aircraft, one that does not need to be operated by a human. Can we be sure to trust the word of a few military spokesman though? I’ve come up with a few of my own solutions.

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