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 …

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 …

Public invited to speak on Big Ten move at first open forum

“One of the saddest days was when we had to give up those athletic programs. I’ve been around the university and have watched the minor sports teams. Those kids work just as hard.”   By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writer Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Originally published on diamondbackonline.com Students, alumni and coaches had their first opportunity …

Group helps high schoolers plan debts, cost of life goals

By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writerWednesday, April 3, 2013 Originally published on diamondbackonline.com The day before spring break, when many students from this university were making last-minute vacation plans or anticipating the week off, one group was playing M.A.S.H. in a local high school classroom. In the game, which supposedly predicts one’s future, students wrote …

Rocky Horror

The Satanic Mechanics perform The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Stamp Student Union at least twice a semester. These photos were from an assignment for my multimedia journalism class.

USM Board of Regents violated open meetings laws in Big Ten vote

By Jenny Hottle, senior staff writer Monday, March 4, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com Nearly four months after the university announced its move from the ACC to the Big Ten, a state board found the Board of Regents violated open meetings laws when it met twice in November to discuss the move. The Maryland Open …

Great Expectations campaign raises $1 billion

Launched in 2006 under former university President Dan Mote, the six-year fundraiser’s goal was the largest ever for a public institution in the region and in the state. By Jenny Hottle, Senior staff writer Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 Originally posted on diamondbackonline.com The university recently celebrated raising more than $1 billion in its Great Expectations …