Driving the dream

By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writer Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com When university alumnus Sam Blum takes the company car to the grocery store or the movie theater, he’s ready for the cameras to come out. And when he drives down the highway, other drivers honk, wave or laugh. Each week, it’s …

AFL-CIO archive donation largest in University of Maryland library history

Filling up six miles of shelving, the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive is the largest single donation to the university libraries ever. By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writer Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com In the days following a massive donation of historical labor materials to the university archives, the collection is creating …

Hornbake honors WMUC’s history with ‘Saving College Radio’ exhibit

By Laura Blasey and Jenny Hottle senior staff writers Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com It was a colorful display: dozens of handmade fliers in a rainbow of colors, arranged in an organized but chaotic fashion on the back wall of the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery. To some, it’s only paper. But to …

Firing, resignation removed half of Ellicott Hall’s RAs

By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writer Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com In the days leading up to the start of the fall semester, North Campus Resident Life officials had to scramble to hire new Ellicott Hall resident assistants after eight students resigned or were fired for violating their conditions of employment. New …

Highway Bliss

kids health magazine

Make fun the focus of your next road trip with these kid-friendly car accessories I put together this spread and interviewed a sales trainer at The Container Store for tips for traveling with kids. If you click on the image, you can see an enlarged version of the page.

Get to know one of America’s best-kept secrets: the National Wildlife Refuge System

Hunt & Fish

I contributed to a 12-page spread that highlighted 12 "hidden gems" across the National Wildlife Refuge System and helped compile a list of 32 other parks to visit. The project involved researching the refuges, talking to park managers and interviewing people who hunt and fish at those places. I like to say that I became …

Boston bombing sparks fear among univ. students, some with ties to race

By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writer Wednesday, April 16, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com Garrett Gleason had been following his mother’s progress in the Boston Marathon all Monday morning through text updates from the race’s website. His mom, Marilee Gleason, crossed the finish line about seven minutes before an explosion, followed by another, shattered windows …

MPower alliance with UMB results in innovative programs

By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writer Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com In hindsight, collaborating with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, made perfect sense to university President Wallace Loh. When engineers at this university learned of a Baltimore neurosurgeon’s struggle to operate on sensitive parts of the brain, they designed a tiny robot …