Presenting the 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide! (color-print version)

Now presenting . . . (drum roll ….wait, drum roll! not “drum circle”) THE 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide!

This year’s Guide is the product of the work of dozens of students, workers, activists, artists, writers, poets, collaborators, comrades, and friends – from the University of Maryland and beyond – organized by RadicalRush and students in Co-op Housing University of Maryland, with support of dozens more mentors, housemates, friends, and family.

An extended online version with more articles and original content is coming soon! THANKS SO MUCH to all the people that made this possible and to every contributor who sent content, ideas, love, and support to make this zine great!

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Click on the image above or click here to read our zine! 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide (Color – Print Version) #disorient2K14

Shout-out to all of our amazing people who made donations: Abishek Gopal, Avid Antonelli, Charles Imwold, Cici Bisogno, Corey Rennolds, Tim Dawson, and our anonymous contributors as well! Immortals will appear in the upcoming extended version online guide! 😀
If you would like to contribute to help us print hard-copy zines for incoming students at the First Look Fair or make future disorientation guides possible, please click on our link and make a donation. We have neat personalized prizes for donators too! Have a radical year! – UMD Radical Rush and Disorientation Guide

Help The UMD 2015-16 Disorientation Guide Become a Reality


Please support our project to publish and print the 2015-16 UMD Disorientation Guide. This zine holds the keys to information about our campus and our communities that university-directed orientations don’t want students to see. Help students get the information that really counts by making a small contribution or sharing our fundraising link with friends. All $$$ collected will go to printing costs for the guide which will be handed out free!

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UMD Radical Rush: A Look Into College Park’s Student Activism

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The Writer's Bloc

These pamphlets are the product of a collaboration between many individuals and organizations. Collectively, the group is known as the UMD Radical Rush, and they assemble each summer to publish the Disorientation Guide. (Photo courtesy of UMD Radical Rush) These pamphlets are the product of a collaboration between many individuals and organizations. Collectively, the group is known as the UMD Radical Rush, and they assemble each summer to publish the Disorientation Guide. (Photo courtesy of UMD Radical Rush, Shelby LaVigna)

If you’re new to this university, Disorientation Guide may not ring a bell.

Maybe you’ve been spending too much time in Terpzone, or in line at Chipotle, and have yet to discover where the cool kids go to play.

Or, maybe you’ve noticed these pamphlets tucked into the bookshelves at the Maryland Food Co-Op. Maybe you were handed one at the First Look Fair in October, or stumbled upon the guide when the guy you met at that open mic night shared it on Facebook.

In fact, these guides have a rich history, both at this university and others. In the wake of massive unrest on campuses…

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Die-In At Xfinity Center Sparks Some Angry Reaction (Video)

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Originally posted on Pulsefeedz:
by JESSIE KARANGU A group of about 20 students drew angry reactions as they protested and participated in a die-in before Wednesday night’s basketball match-up between the Maryland Terrapins and Virginia Cavaliers. (Jessie Karangu/Pulsefeedz) The students say they felt compelled to protest after a grand jury in New York decided not to…

Disabled Inclusion on the March: Say Solidarity and Give Me Solidarity

A disabled trans woman’s perspective on marches and collective liberation following Ferguson protests and a summer of protest and civil disobedience.

When I’m using my crutches to get around during a march like last night’s Ferguson Solidarity rally, people marching next to me sometimes think that it’s appropriate tell me what an inspiration I am for walking all this way for “the cause,” or “justice,” or something along those lines. I never have enough time, breath, or energy to stop and explain to them that I’m not okay with that, especially in terms of protesting. I’m not out there to inspire you to fight harder, this issue is much bigger than me. I am not your mascot. Being told that I’m an inspiration is being objectified. I am sore, tired, and I need to watch where I’m going so that I can keep up and hopefully not get hurt. There is so much more at stake here than how awful you must think it is to be in my body. I’m there because there are Mike Browns whose names you don’t know as well because they were people with physical and/or mental disabilities. Unless we organize and fight police brutality and legal injustice with an understanding of how disability, age, race, class, and gender affect each of us, we will be nowhere. Don’t say solidarity and give me pity, say solidarity and give me solidarity. – Tyler Vile

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In Midst of Ferguson Verdict, Protesters Stage a Sit-in at Stamp

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Originally posted on The Writer's Bloc:
Sgt. Rosie Hoaas observes the protest, which lasted nearly three hours. (Trey Sherman/Bloc Reporter) It’s Tuesday and classes are scarce. With the Thanksgiving holiday forthcoming, students are already making their way home to see loved ones and prepare for holiday festivities. The Stamp Student Union, however, was anything…

UMD AASU Presents – FUEL The Legacy: The Life and Activism of Yuri Kochiyama

The Asian American Student Union is proud to present FUEL The Legacy!

The conference will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 9am to 4pm in the Atrium in the Stamp Student Union. This year’s theme is commemorating the life and activism of Yuri Kochiyama. FUEL aims to educate and develop leadership among UMD’s Asian American Pacific Islander community. We will have open discussions about the problems of pervasive racism and patriarchy. We will also highlight the achievements of Black and Asian solidarity, of intersectional feminism, and of effective campaigning and organizing.


FUEL Legacy Flyer for Fall 2014

The official FUEL the Legacy web site is now live! Visit to register!
View the program line-up, speaker bios, and events here! FUEL Legacy 2014
Check out the Facebook event for any updates:
If you have any questions, please contact AASU’s co-Vice Presidents of Advocacy:
Andrew Mayton:
Kalyn Cai: