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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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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University offers new online class on state Open Meetings Act

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.

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Students host charity run in memory of sorority sister Kayla Libby

In January, Kayla Libby was excitedly preparing for a trip to help build the Pimentera Elementary School in Honduras when she suddenly fell ill and was forced to stay behind.

About a week after her fellow Students Helping Honduras member returned from the trip, Libby — a sophomore public health major — passed away unexpectedly Jan. 21 at Marlborough Hospital in Massachusetts.

Three months later, members of SSH and Libby’s sorority sisters in Alpha Omicron Pi came together Sunday afternoon for a 5K HonduRUN to honor Libby’s memory and raise $3,000 for the cause she was so passionate about in life.

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Students and the City: Help out a fellow Terp

Zach Lederer

Amid finals, papers, projects and stress galore, there is perhaps no better time to take a step back and reflect on what really matters — such as helping out your fellow Terps.

By now, everyone knows about Zach Lederer, the freshman who made headlines earlier this year for his fight against cancer. This Sunday, the first annual Zaching Against Cancer 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament will take place at the Armory starting at 10 a.m. The registration cost for each team is $21, with all proceeds going to cancer patients in the area through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

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Campus Complainer: SGA candidates really need a moon bounce

Just a thought, guys.

Ah, election season. One of my favorite times of year. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and mud is being slung through the air. We’re not talking the presidental election, people, it’s time for Student Government Association elections.

Why do I love them? Well (this is going to floor you), I actually hate them. I can’t stand the endless bombardment from candidates during the election cycle. The fliers, the emails, pitches during class — all of it.

I don’t care about your inconsequential platform you’re running on. I’d guess that neither does 70 percent of the student population. So, please stop shoving your platform down my throat. In fact, I’d rather you put an actual wooden platform through a woodchipper and sprinkle the wood chips on my tuna sandwiches (and I love my tuna sandwiches) than have to listen to a candidate drone on about how they’re going to increase the number of Inuits at our school.

Diversity as a platform? Really? It’s important in the grand scheme of things, but if you’re trying to get students to vote, that’s a surefire way to put them to sleep and to spread the apathy. You want to pull people out to vote and get your point across? Two words: moon bounce.

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Students and the City: Electric Circus at Fur Nightclub

I’ll be the first to admit: Half the time my peers or promoters are handing out fliers on the campus, I ignore them. This is one flier I’m glad I grabbed.

On Thursday, College Electro will be presenting Electric Circus at Fur Nightclub, sponsored by Route One Apparel. Fur has events all the time, but this is one you definitely don’t want to miss. Music will be blasting throughout the live sets of Meerical, DJ Dovgi, DJ Rew!nd, DJ Tannenbaum, and DJ Ev0lution.

All-night drink specials include beers, rails and shooters for $3 each. However, if you’re not 21, don’t worry. The entire event is 18 and up.

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