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the diamondback staff summer favorites

13 what are umd students 14-18 looking foward to? on-campus mobility: 19-23 biking, scooting and skating basics

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academic calendar FALL 2022 Aug. 29 — First day of classes Sept. 5 — Labor Day Nov. 23-27 — Thanksgiving break Dec. 12 — Last day of classes Dec. 13 — Reading Day Dec. 14-20 — Final exams

spring 2023 Jan. 25 — First day of classes March 19-26 — Spring break May 11 — Last day of classes May 12 — Reading Day May 13-19 — Final exams May 22 — Commencement (main ceremony) May 23 — Commencement (college/department ceremonies) May 24 — Commencement (college/department ceremonies)

winter 2023 Jan. 3 — Classes begin Jan. 16 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 23 — Classes end

summer 2023 May 30 — Sessions I and I-A begin June 16 — Session I-A ends June 19 — Juneteenth holiday June 20 — Session I-B begins July 4 — Independence Day holiday July 7 — Sessions I and I-B end July 10 — Sessions II and II-C begin July 28 — Session II-C ends July 31 — Session II-D begins Aug. 18 — Sessions II and II-D end


Football Schedule

Testudo hypes up the crowd before the UMD vs. Penn State football game on November 6, 2021. (joe ryan/the diamondback)

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Dino Tomlin leaps in the air during Maryland football’s entrance before the Terps versus Penn State game on Nov. 6, 2021. (joe ryan/the diamondback)

Football Schedule


2022 Maryland Football Schedule date




Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Nov. 5 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Nov. 26

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Michigan State



Purdue (family weekend)




3:30 p.m.


Northwestern (homecoming)






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Ohio State (military appreciation game)



Rutgers (senior day)




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to open in new College Park apartment complex this fall Aster, an apartment complex that opened in August, is located at 7150 Baltimore Ave. By Christine Zhu | @christinezhu142 | Staff writer

Trader Joe’s will be part of Aster, a new apartment complex opening in August. (photos via wikimedia commons and bozzuto) Prince George’s County’s first Trader Joe’s location is projected to open in College Park this fall. The 14,662-square-foot grocery store will be part of Aster, a new apartment complex south of the University of Maryland’s campus. Trader Joe’s brings a grocery option within walking distance of campus. Current grocery stores include a Target across from the campus, a Lidl farther north on Route 1 and a Whole Foods in Riverdale Park. Real estate company Bozzuto, along with partners Terrapin Development Company and Willard Retail, announced the Aster residential community with move-ins starting in August in a Monday press release. Leasing became available Monday. The complex is located at 7150 Baltimore Ave. with 61,000 square feet of

ground floor retail space, just south of the College Park Shopping Center and across the street from College Park Bicycles. Aster has 393 units and two buildings connected by a glass-walled skybridge. Aster joins Tempo and The Nine as another new apartment complex offering leases in College Park ahead of the upcoming academic year. Unlike many other apartment complexes in the city, Aster will not explicitly target University of Maryland students. The new luxury complex opens amid conversations between city officials and community members about housing affordability in College Park. One bedroom apartments start at $2,180 per month, according to Aster’s website. Other stores and amenities, such as Crunch Fitness, Roots Natural Kitchen and Bandit Taco, are projected to open in the fall or winter.


summer favorites

Diamondback Favorites:

What The Diamondback staff listened to, watched and read this Summer Songs:

“American Teenager” — Ethel Cain “Gospel For A New Century” — Yves Tumor “I Think He Knows” — Taylor Swift “Jodie” — SZA “N95” — Kendrick Lamar “Pepas” — Farruko “Potion” — Dua Lipa “south to west” — Gunna “Stick Season” — Noah Kahan “Running Up That Hill” — Kate Bush


Breaking Bad (Netflix) Disenchantment (Netflix) Only Murders in the Building (Hulu) Peaky Blinders (Netflix) Reservation Dogs (Hulu) The Bear (Hulu) The Boys (Amazon Prime) The Wilds (Amazon Prime) The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) Under the Banner of Heaven (Hulu)

FIRST LOOK FAIR Find your thing.

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summer favorites



Everything Everywhere All at Once Good Luck to You, Leo Grande La La Land Nope Not Okay Sing 2 Top Gun: Maverick Where the Crawdads Sing


Atomic Habits — James Clear Daisy Jones and The Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid Friday Black — Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo — Taylor Jenkins Reid The Burning Girls — C.J. Tudor

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mask mandate lifted


UMD lifts classroom mask mandate By Parker Leipzig | @leipzig_parker | Staff writer

A student removes her mask. UMD is lifting the mask mandate in classrooms for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester. (autumn hengen/the diamondback)

The University of Maryland will lift its classroom masking requirement in the fall 2022 semester, according to a Wednesday email from University Health Center Director Spyridon Marinopoulos. The decision comes just days before the start of this university’s fall semester. Marinopoulos cited Prince George’s County’s low COVID-19 transmission rates as the reason for the change. KN95 masks were mandated for all students in classroom settings in the spring 2022 semester. The university lifted the mask requirement for indoor spaces other than classrooms, public transportation and patient care areas in February of this year. While not required, Marinopoulos still recommended students wear KN95 masks indoors. Masking is still required for students in the University Health Center. The university has also requested students get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of returning to the campus for the fall semester. It will continue to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all on-campus staff, faculty and students.

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Which class time?

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social polls

What are your academic & personal goals? • Start saving money for when I move out • Make more friends • Survive • Find an internship • Start going to therapy • Perform better than I did last year academically and to become more involved


How do you avoid academic burnout? • I don’t • Setting time limits instead of trying to cram everything in. If I don’t get to it, then it’s okay • Know when to pull back, do something fun, take a nap, remember the purpose • Start doing homework early so that I can have time to relax and not stress at the last minute! • D&D • Hiking and spending time outside

• Read one book a week

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• Go out more instead of being in my room

• Working out • I cry • Try to talk online with friends every night to destress • Take breaks often

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Advice you would give to your freshman self: Your freshman friends are most likely not gonna be your college friends

Do not become roommates with someone you just met

Don’t feel intimidated by those around you, it’s easy to feel like everyone is steps ahead but chances are they feel the same as you do

Be mindful, study but don’t use academics as an excuse to neglect things/people/yourself

Keep going. You’re doing great

Don’t go home as often Your friends from home are also going through a giant change. It’s reasonable they don’t text often

Study in a group and teach each other. If you can teach it, you know it

Get a degree in something you actually enjoy doing, think about your childhood

Make use of the drop period

Wake up, no literally, wake up and get out of the dorm

Stack your classes earlier in the week so as the week goes by you can relax more


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What are you most excited for this year at UMD? • To see my friends again and be more independent while living in an apartment

What are you most anxious about this year at UMD? • Balancing relationships with school • Classes

• To see how my new rooming situation and my courses go

• Graduation

• Marching band and football games

• Monkeypox

• Finally having roommates

• Finances, forgetting my priorities


• Harder classes

• Trader Joe’s

• Getting an on-campus job

• Forming meaningful connections with others

• I don’t want Covid

• Finishing my degree

• Making new friends

• A new start

• In-person classes

• NextNOW Fest

• Being able to balance taking 18 credits with tutoring and

• Exploring college life

staying healthy

• Panera Bread

• Finding an internship • Balancing classes and clubs


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Biking basics


Biking basics

So, you’ve got a bike on campus. Maybe you’ve been riding before you could walk. Maybe this is the first bike you’ve owned in your life. Either way, here’s what you need to know about biking at the University of Maryland. By Auzinea Bacon | @auzinea | Staff writer

Where can I park? The university’s Department of Transportation Services offers uncovered and covered parking around the campus. Your best bet is to check out the online campus map and see what’s available. All the red dots represent bike racks scattered around the campus, such as outside of academic buildings and dorms. Bike racks can be found from South Campus, near Van Munching, to as far on North Campus as Xfinity Center. Don’t worry, they’re all free. Since Maryland weather can be unpredictable, take note of the covered bike parking spaces across the campus. There aren’t as many covered bike racks, but they’ve got a few around campus for safekeeping. You can find covered bike parking at the Mowatt and Union Lane garages and academic buildings, such as the chemistry and architecture buildings. If you live in a dorm, you may have access to one in your building. For example, Oakland and Prince Frederick halls have indoor bike rooms for students who live there.

What if my bike needs a repair? There are six bike repair stations across the campus, including the Mowatt Lane Garage and Washington Quad. According to DOTS’ website, the stations have tools for basic bike maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes. You can also get free repairs at the RecWell Bike Shop, located in the Jones-Hill House. If you want a repair with support from a student mechanic, you can go to the shop and get help on a service. On a first-come, first-serve basis, you can work with a mechanic in real-time. There are also independent repair opportunities if you’re comfortable working on your bike alone. You can go to the independent repair stand if a mechanic says it’s available. If you just need to borrow a tool, you can check with a mechanic.

Are there biking safety expectations? It’s a good idea to wear a helmet when riding your bike. DOTS’ BikeUMD initiative recommends a helmet for anyone riding a bike. However, Maryland state law doesn’t require anyone older than 16 to wear a helmet while biking.

Where can I pump up my tires? No worries, there are a couple of air pumps scattered throughout the campus. The pumps at A.V. Williams and the Iribe Center are available 24/7. At McKeldin Library, you need to have a student UID to use the bike pump. You can also go to the DOTS office in Regents Drive Garage, the Maryland Adventure Program desk or the RecWell Bike Shop to pump your tires.

Don’t forget to register your bike If you ride a bike around campus, you’re required to register your bike through the Bike Index, according to the DOTS website. It’s free, and as long as you have a UID, you can register your bike. This comes with some benefits, too: • If you ever need your locks cut, you can have it done for free. • If your bike goes missing, you’ll have a registration number to help track it down. • If your bike is relocated by DOTS, or is at risk of being relocated, you’ll be notified. • You’ll automatically get updates on campus bike events, amenities, policy changes and safety issues.

Scooting basics


Scooting basics

Ever since fall 2019 when the University of Maryland made a partnership with Veo, scooters have become much more common on the campus. If you want to ride the trend and start using these small electric vehicles, here’s what you should know. By James Cirrone | @JamesCirrone | Former staff writer

Rent or buy?

What kind of lock should I get?

It depends on how you plan to use your scooter. If you’re going to use it every once in a while to get from your dorm all the way on North Campus down to visit a friend on South Campus, then it’s more cost-effective to find a nearby scooter and pick it up. Veo scooters are all over the campus and College Park, and they cost $1 to unlock and 25 cents per minute after that. That might seem cheap, but it’s not if you ride them frequently. If you’re planning to ride a scooter every day, it might make more sense to invest in buying one. There are scooters out there such as the GoTrax G ​​ XL V2 Electric Scooter that costs $349 new and potentially under $300 used. But Sri Kanipakala, a junior computer science major, who owns a more expensive scooter, warned that getting a discount scooter might not be a good idea. “They tend to not be as reliable, so they’re gonna keep breaking down, battery life won’t be as good,” Kanipakala said. “I would recommend getting kind of in the mid tier of scooters around like, $500 I would say would be a really healthy investment.” Bird launched a monthly scooter rental service in 2019 that was popular in the College Park area. It cost $29.99 per month, but Bird has since paused that program. Right now, there isn’t an option similar to what Bird was offering in 2019.

It’s also a good idea to lock up your scooter to protect against theft. Kanipakala, who owns a Ninebot ES4 scooter, uses a coil lock to secure his scooter to the bike racks. On the campus, he’s had no problems with anyone trying to cut his lock. But for people who commute from off-campus, he recommends getting a U-lock, which is much stronger than a coil lock. Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas from the University of Maryland Police Department said cable and chain locks are easily defeated by a pair of cutters. She recommended a U-lock for scooters used both on and off the campus.

What safety precautions do I need to take? Scooters cannot ride on sidewalks or in crosswalks, according to the Department of Transportation Services. It’s recommended that you use bike lanes when they’re available, but if not, you can ride a scooter on the road. Because the speed limit on the campus is 20 miles per hour, scooters can be driven safely on this university’s roads. And just like when riding a bike, DOTS recommends wearing a helmet when operating a scooter.

Where can I charge my scooter? Students who live on campus aren’t allowed to bring scooters into dorms for charging — but Kanipakala says there are workarounds. For instance, you could buy a scooter with a removable battery. That would prevent you from having to sneak your scooter around your dorm. But if your scooter doesn’t have a removable battery, Kanipakala said it’s common for students to charge their scooter while they’re getting a meal at the 251 North dining hall, where there are plenty of outlets. “People just connect the charging port to those outlets and then tie it to the bike rack which is really close,” Kanipakala said.

Do I need to register my scooter with DOTS? Yes! Just like if you had a bike, you are required to register your scooter — but no worries, because registering won’t cost you a dime. And you get the same benefits as someone with a registered bike.

Where can I park my scooter? There are tons of places on the campus to park your scooter. There’s designated parking throughout campus to park Veo scooters. However, if you have a personal scooter, you can lock it up on any of the bike racks on campus.

A Veoride scooter outside Van Munching Hall on April 10, 2022. (joe ryan/the diamondback)

A collection of purchasable scooters, including the GoTrax GXL V2 (left), Ninebost ES4 (middle), and Evercross scooter (right), outside Oakland Hall on April 10, 2022. (joe ryan/the diamondback)


Skating Guide

Skating Guide

All skaters — roller, regular, penny or long — have a place on the University of Maryland campus. If you’re thinking about whether or not to bring your skates or your board to campus, or whether to get started with any skate sport at all, here’s what you should know. Aside from electric skateboard/hoverboard being prohibited in dorms, this university can be a skateboard-friendly environment whether you choose a motorized or regular skateboard. By Parker Leipzig | @leipzig_parker | Staff writer

Can I skate to class? Skating to class is doable, but it’s best to plan your route beforehand. The university’s campus has many hills that may make going to class difficult or even a safety hazard. Safety gear can make a new skater more comfortable with the hilly terrain, but local skater and senior computer science major Atem Benanzea-Fontem said falling is also part of the process as a beginner. Knowing how to fall safely and not on your arms can reduce the chance of a serious injury. Students can usually bring their skateboards into classrooms with them rather than secure them outside like bikers and e-scooter-users do. But electric skateboards and hoverboards are prohibited in dorms.

Where are good places to skate on campus? For beginners, any of the flatground parking lots on campus can be great for practicing how ride a board correctly. Benanzea-Fontem recommends the space around Pyon-Chen dorm and outside the new dining hall, the parking lot by the public health school, the Leonardtown basketball court, the Shoemaker Building and the Memorial Chapel parking lot.

I’m thinking about taking up skateboarding. What kind of board should I get? First time skaters should likely start off using a traditional skateboard, as opposed to the larger shaped longboard or the smaller penny board, and getting softer wheels for the board can help users ride over cracks on pavement more easily. A skate shop to get everything you might need to start practicing the sport is Crushed Skate Shop in Washington, D.C. Located at 1342 U St. NW, the store sells skateboards and mending products like griptape and other hardware, in addition to extra accessories such as skater-friendly footwear and apparel.

What do I do if I’m having a problem with my board?

Bethesda Scooters and Boards, located at 7900 Woodmont Ave. in Bethesda, is a repair shop that Benanzea-Fontem recommends. The Vigilante Coffee shop at 8200 Baltimore Ave. in College Park also has a limited number of skateboards and parts. The campus bike shop does not help with traditional skateboard repairs.

Skating Guide


A student skateboards outside the School of Public Health building on April 3, 2022. (autumn hengen/the diamondback)


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