Column: I unplugged all my social media for three days, here is what happened

by Jermaine Rowley Center Section Editor Twitter, deleted. Instagram, deleted. Snapchat, Facebook, deleted. YouTube, deleted. To begin my three-day long social media unplug, I removed every platform I used from my phone. After removing the applications, I already began thinking about the upcoming weekend festivities I would not be able to post about as well as every single alternative activity I could do instead: watching … Continue reading Column: I unplugged all my social media for three days, here is what happened

The Farmers Market at Maryland brings green, healthy products to UMD campus

by Dena Gershkovich Staff Writer Several small tents pepper Tawes Plaza Garden. In the midst of the student rush, vendors stand beneath them, arranging their products. On sale: apples, with skins fading from red to green as seamlessly as tie-dye; a tunnel of herbs and flowers; handmade pendants, paintings and bracelets with colors bright as the day’s sky; homemade wine, lined up by bottle; chemical-free … Continue reading The Farmers Market at Maryland brings green, healthy products to UMD campus

Going Green: UMD’s latest sustainability efforts

by Dana Gray Staff Writer In honor of Earth Day on April 22, the University of Maryland’s Office of Sustainability hosted events all over campus, such as a farmers market and rain garden planting, to promote green living throughout the month. This university signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, joining a network of universities across the country that agreed to … Continue reading Going Green: UMD’s latest sustainability efforts

The Power of Religious Fasting

by Radiance Talley For Unwind Magazine Throughout the year, many people of faith around the world engage in periods of fasting (abstinence from food and drink) to quell their material desires, absolve their sins, and prioritize their spiritual health. Jewish people fast from one sundown to the next for Yom Kippur, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for a period of 30 days for Ramadan, … Continue reading The Power of Religious Fasting

Five smoothies you should be blending now

by Dena Gershkovich Staff Writer I don’t need to tell you that finding time to assemble healthy meals and snacks can be challenging. As college students, we live busy lives that leave little time for any snack prep, let alone healthy snack prep. But eating healthfully doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, (literally) whipping up a nutrient-rich snack that’s bursting with fruit and protein … Continue reading Five smoothies you should be blending now

Terrapin Trail Club offers outdoor activities and appreciation for nature

by Sarah Sopher For Unwind Magazine When many college students are sleeping in on the weekends, members of the Terrapin Trail Club often find themselves on a trail, in a cave, on a rock face or in a kayak. Founded in 1937, the Terrapin Trail Club is the oldest student club at the University of Maryland and offers trips in nearly all outdoor activities: hiking, … Continue reading Terrapin Trail Club offers outdoor activities and appreciation for nature

UMD health center offers free group meditation sessions

by Dana Gray Staff Writer This semester, University of Maryland students have the opportunity to experience meditation through free group classes provided by the University Health Center. Certified meditation counselor Edie Anderson guides students through meditation classes both in person and breathing exercises posted online. Her classes mostly focus on connecting the mind and body. “Meditation is five to 10 minutes every day of just … Continue reading UMD health center offers free group meditation sessions

Warm weather equals warm thoughts: The effect of sunshine on your mood

by Dana Gray Staff Writer While relaxing outside with friends when it’s warm out may be fun after months of frigid weather, warm weather also has a positive effect on people’s mental health and overall happiness, according to multiple psychological studies. The seasonal affective disorder is a mood disorder which causes people to exhibit depressive symptoms during a certain time each year, most commonly during … Continue reading Warm weather equals warm thoughts: The effect of sunshine on your mood

Healthy Eating as a College Student

by Dana Gray Staff Writer Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult to balance while being a college student and grocery shopping for yourself–all while on a budget. Some people associate healthy food with expensive prices, especially when they think of stores like Whole Foods. For others, their craving for unhealthy food while shopping leads them toward purchasing those unwholesome options. Students at the University … Continue reading Healthy Eating as a College Student

UMD feels the symptoms of this year’s flu season

by Zoe Rader Staff Writer Taylor Sirchio spent two weeks of her winter break laying in bed with an unrelenting cough, fever and sore throat. The freshman environmental science major said she didn’t do anything during the day but sleep with the company of her dog. Sirchio was among millions of unlucky victims suffering from this season’s deadly flu. The current flu season is the … Continue reading UMD feels the symptoms of this year’s flu season

Financially Frisky: How much UMD students spend on sex

by Maddie Burinsky and Kate De Blasis For Unwind Magazine It’s safe to say that University of Maryland students are having sex. According to Collegestats.org, the University of Maryland ranks 18th on the list of Top 20 Most Sexually Active Student Bodies. While this statistic may not surprise some people, the amount students from this university pay for their sex items, such as condoms and … Continue reading Financially Frisky: How much UMD students spend on sex

4 Tips for a Stress-Free Semester

by Dena Gershkovich Staff Writer If you find yourself stressing about how this semester is bound to bring stress, you’re not alone. Concerns related to anxiety are “unequivocally one of the most common presenting issues” at the University of Maryland’s Counseling Center, according to staff psychologist Dr. Erica Merson. Anxiety can manifest mentally and physiologically. Symptoms of stress can range from racing thoughts, sweaty palms … Continue reading 4 Tips for a Stress-Free Semester