Campus Overload: University of Maryland

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 03/02/2011

7 sorority sisters charged with hazing

Prince George's County police have charged seven University of Maryland, College Park, sorority sisters with assaulting and hazing a pledge during initiation in October. The student told police that she was assaulted by current or former members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority on at least three occasions, according to charging documents.

By Jenna Johnson  |  07:46 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 02/02/2011

U-Md. hopes to beat Duke -- and then celebrate peacefully

Last year some University of Maryland basketball fans celebrated a win over Duke by clashing with police officers wearing riot gear, setting fires and destroying property.This year university officials hope students will channel their energy and excitement into more positive actions, like a poster competition, pep rally and post-game bonfire organized by student government leaders.

By Jenna Johnson  |  02:44 PM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 01/18/2011

College smoking policies vary

Towson University is entering its second semester of having a strict, campus-wide smoking ban. At the request of a few readers, I am compiling a list of campus smoking policies.

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:29 AM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Feed the Turtle: U-Md. students start competitive eating club

College students have organized clubs for everything. Everything. And here's the latest example: A group of University of Maryland students have started a competitive eating club.

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:52 AM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 11/04/2010

Thirsty Turtle loses its liquor license in College Park

Wednesday night the Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners voted 4-to-0 to revoke the bar's liquor license. The bar could stop selling alcohol as soon as Nov. 23, unless the decision is appealed, The Diamondback student newspaper reported.

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:24 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 11/03/2010

'Keep Me Maryland' emergency fundraising continues

For the next month, Maryland students can donate extra dining credits to the "Keep Me Maryland!" fund, which helps students having trouble staying in school because of financial problems. When students tried a similar fundraiser in March and raised more than $22,000.

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:41 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Writing your way into college

This time of year that high school seniors, whether in English classes or at the dinner table, are intensely focused on one thing: their college essays. For many, the already-stressful process of applying to college is compounded by all the unknowns associated with this one component of the application.

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Alcohol-related hospital trips double at U-Md.

The semester has only just begun at the University of Maryland, College Park, but already 19 students have been transported to the hospital for alcohol-related reasons.

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:26 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Dear Frosh: I wish I dated with confidence

Sara Goldman, a writer living in England who graduated from the University of Maryland, wishes she had known more about dating her first year of college. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:49 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 08/02/2010

U-Md. police: License and Red Bull, please?

Two University of Maryland police officers pulled over a Red-Bull-branded Mini Cooper on Thursday evening, issued a warning to the driver for not correctly wearing her seat belt and walked away with at least four cases of free Red Bull,...

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:50 PM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 05/19/2010

Sexiles, coed dorm rooms & housing trends

It seems like college housing departments are talking a lot about sex lately: "Gender-neutral" dorms are all the rage, the number of single-sex dorms is dwindling and sexiles everywhere continue to suffer. Some Google News headlines that caught my eye:...

By Jenna Johnson  |  01:10 PM ET, 05/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/10/2010

Are students' parking tickets public records?

There is ongoing debate about what student information universities can share with parents, authorities, journalists and others. Universities have the power to call your parents if you get caught drinking in the dorms or if they are concerned about your...

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:22 AM ET, 05/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/16/2010

Another NCAA bracket: Player graduation rates

Here's yet another factor that might help you fill out your NCAA bracket: Athlete graduation rates for the 65 teams headed to the basketball tournament. Each year the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central...

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 03/04/2010

Campus protests: University of Maryland

About four dozen University of Maryland students skipped class this afternoon (or walked out at noon) to gather in a hallway of the Arts and Sociology building for an "open occupation." The event was part of a planned national protest...

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:01 PM ET, 03/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 01/28/2010

Thursday News Overload

OMG iPad The student newspaper at Apple-crazed Abilene Christian University in Texas announced they plan to be the first student media to publish on the iPad, The Optimist reports. They have 60 days to figure out how to do that....

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:23 AM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 01/27/2010

Wednesday News Overload

The Ivy Shore? Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino (you know, the guy who is always fist-pumping) tells US Magazine he wants to go to law school at Yale or Harvard, Ivy Gate reports. Greek life Howard University has suspended two of...

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:51 AM ET, 01/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 01/25/2010

Monday News Overload

Stressed students Counseling centers at four-year colleges and universities saw a 16 percent increase in the number of students seeking help during the 2008-9 school year, but they haven't seen increases in suicide rates. More and more students are just...

By Jenna Johnson  |  07:25 AM ET, 01/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Thursday News Overload

The big story: Haiti College students across the country continue to raise money and awareness for the victims of the Haiti earthquake and relief efforts. Several universities have sent teams of medical workers to the island. At George Washington University,...

By Jenna Johnson  |  04:19 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)