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…

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…

Excerpt From UMD Disorientation Guide – Coming Wednesday at First Look Fair

Did you generally get the impression there was something missing from your new student orientation? Well your intuition served you well because there is a lot more to campus and campus-life than meets the eye. This is an excerpt from the upcoming 2014-15 UMD! Look for them at UMD’s First Look Fair tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday Sept. 17th-18th on McKeldin Mall.





If you want to make sure you and your friends get copies. Please consider making a donation to our online fundraiser so we can keep printing! Indiegogo/UMD_Disorientation.

Follow ACT_UMD on twitter or RadicalRushUMD on facebook for more information on where to find a physical copy and when the online version is released. #disorient2K14

“Please help me be a real zine!” – UMD 2014-15 Disorientation Guide

Urgent Request from University of Maryland student writers at Radical Rush!


Friends, comrades, fellow students, radicals, and dreamers,

UMD Radical Rush needs to publish the next installment of the UMD Disorientation Guide but their zine can not haz life without your help!  They’ve been working hard on making the zine as badazz as possible but in their pursuit of student power punk perfection, they forgot to raise the money to print enough of these babies out! Each zine is like a miniature riot in your hands, and every view, share, and download turns up student empowerment and counter-culture at the University of Maryland… because turn down for what? Please consider making a donation or share on a social media page of your choosing – even one dollar goes a long way and shares are just as powerful!

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Excerpt from the 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide – COMING SEPT 17!!!

The following is an excerpt from an article in the 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide on the nature of the relationship between Students and the University…


The Student Worker – Challenging the Concept of the Student Consumer 

In a wave of recession-era austerity measures, many states across the country dramatically reduced funding for education resulting in a disturbing increase in the privatization of our education system. Under this model, education becomes a commodity, just another thing to be bought and sold, where students are nothing more than consumers. The thing sold? Education? Universities offer students the promise of a livable future, luring young hopefuls with the institution’s credibility and bourgeois amenities before saddling students, their parents, and our country with crushing debt; a financial burden that weakens the economy and causes significant social strife.

Thinking of students as debtors makes invisible the ways students are actually workers. We are told that our education comes handed down to us by our professors, but we know better. We teach each other and ourselves, often learning as much on our own time than in lecture. Perhaps most important – through research, thesis papers, and schoolwork – students develop a body of academic knowledge that feeds the institution and raises the university’s credibility and standing.

For example, what do you call what you do at school? Work, right? It’s called “Schoolwork” or “Homework” because it IS work. Alongside professors, adjunct faculty, TA’s, and janitors, students ARE the university. Portraying students as consumers rather than the engine that powers the university legitimizes student apathy and complacency. Many of us are also workers in the traditional sense too, using our wages to pay for living expenses, tuition, and books, often to the very university that employs us.


Students propel human knowledge forward!!! That’s some important shit that many like to ignore.

Furthermore, education is not merely an investment in one’s own self-interest, but also a public good. After graduation, students are going to go on to add value to the whole economy and help their communities in ways they might not have been capable of before. Students are ambassadors for the future workforce and voting population. Just like the research we produce, our educated selves are sold on the labor market. Universities serve as sites of production for the skills our future employers need to continue functioning. Our educations are a commodity we make and sell, and yet only the university and their corporate partners truly profit.


What does it mean when students are paying exorbitant prices to produce their own education, the fabric of the institution, and the public good of education? It means we are getting ripped off. We should be getting paid! It means society is getting ripped off. Students should be paid for the work they do! While such ideals may be at home in a more enlightened future, lets at the very least demand an end to tuition hikes and the commodification of an educated society.



Yeah, the radical femme on the right is pissed and they’re going to get even more pissed if we have another tuition hike. Get ready for our zine which will drop September 17th at the University of Maryland College Park, First Look Fair!!! In the meantime, check out our old disorientation guide here -> 2013-14 UMD Disorientation Guide

Hey, Step Back with the Riot Shaming

Very important point and perspective on the St Louis protests and riot following the latest police killing of an unarmed black teen in America.

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As you may have heard, a young black man named Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri was shot many times and killed by a police officer on August 9 of this year. A bit of a caveat before my rant: I’m angry and it comes out a bit here. Sorry not sorry.

Processing my anger in the wake of Michael Brown’s murder.

On August 11, 1965, the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles exploded after a confrontation with police grew to a critical mass. The neighborhood SMOLDERED FOR SIX DAYS. Almost a thousand buildings were looted and burned to the ground. The unrest marked an important turn in the struggle against an overtly racist America. That was forty-nine years ago today.

Listen: police in this country attack poor people of color. IT’S HAPPENING. Like, it’s still happening. Every day. All across the country. It’s been happening. The…

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Sister, Cis-ter: A Sibling’s Syllabus for Trans Understanding

Bluestockings Magazine


My sister and I sat on her bed in Baton Rouge a week and a half ago having a relationship-changing conversation. No, I wasn’t coming out to her; I did that last year.

She said something that socked me in the gut, something that I as a trans activist, and hell, as a sibling had completely overlooked, “There’s a huge difference between lending your brother women’s clothes and accepting that you have a sister.”

She’s been nothing less than fantastic about changing my pronouns from he/him/brother, which she’d been saying since our mother’s ultrasound, to both they/them/sibling and she/her/sister in the course of a year, so I assumed that she knew everything she needed to know about my transition. The biggest part of my assumption was that she, mathematically, knew more about everything than I did.

She’s nine years older than I am, queer-identified, and poly, so she…

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STUDENT DEMONSTRATION FRIDAY April 25! – University of Maryland College Park


STUDENT DEMONSTRATION FRIDAY April 25! - University of Maryland College Park

Rally for a Debt Free Future  – Friday April 25th at UMD College Park Administration Bldg.

Students will be gathering tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Administration Building (across the mall from McKeldin Library) to demand President Loh’s public support of a 3-year tuition freeze and the disclosure of the contract between Capital One Financial Corporation and the University of Maryland.

This action is being held in concert with various chapters of the Student Labor Action Project “SLAP” across the country. Some are pressuring their local Department of Education, some are confronting State officials, while others are challenging their campus administrations like we here at UMD.

University System of Maryland (USM) tuition for the coming academic year has been increased by the Maryland General Assembly by 3%. This 3% tuition hike is equivalent to an extra $275 for in-state tuition and an extra $850 for out-of-state tuition. However, these numbers hide the more insidious part; the fact that 3% annual tuition hikes have become a norm at this school, and a baseline at most public universities across the nation. Given 3% tuition hikes every year, an incoming freshman can expect to pay an EXTRA $850 in in-state tuition by their senior year! A freshman paying out-of-state tuition can expect to pay $2628 EXTRA by their senior year. In comparison, inflation in the US over the past few years has averaged at about 1.5%. It is obvious that budgets are being balanced disproportionately on the backs of students, and we cannot allow this to happen. A tuition freeze is the best short-term solution to this exploitative practice, and we want President Loh to publicly support us in our campaign.