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UMD closed Fri-Sun due to storm, spring move-in affected


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland, College Park will be closed from Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 24 due to expected snowfall from the upcoming blizzard.

The closure will affect student move-in for the spring semester, which the university says will occur as weather conditions allow. Because of the expected weather conditions, students will now be allowed to move into the residence halls on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

However, the university has suspended all move-in activities for Saturday and is asking students not to move into their residence hall that day. The heaviest snowfall is expected to between late Friday night and Saturday. 

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UMD votes to change name of Byrd Stadium


 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland voted to change the name of Byrd Stadium to Maryland Stadium on Friday. 

In a packed room Friday morning, by a vote of 12 to 5, the Board of Regents made history with the vote to change the name. 

Citing a tenure associated with racial segregation, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh voiced his support to rename the school's football stadium currently named after former university president Harry Clifton “Curley” Byrd.

University of Maryland student found dead in apartment


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A University of Maryland student was found dead Monday afternoon inside an on-campus apartment.

As first reported by student newspaper The Diamondback, university police found George Peter Ross Korzeniewski dead on the floor of an apartment at around 4:42 p.m. Korzeniewski had been missing since November 28.

There is reportedly no evidence of foul play and a cause of death will not be determined until after a medical examination. Korzeniewski's death is being classified as a death investigation. 

According to The Diamondback, Korzeniewski was a junior economics major.

UMD dedicates new Frederick Douglass Statue


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A monumental day for the University of Maryland: the school dedicated its new Frederick Douglass Statue and Frederick Douglass Square on campus.

Student protests came with that dedication ceremony. In fact, the new Frederick Douglass statue actually inspired it, according to student protesters.

"There comes a time when people get tired of trampled over by the iron feet of oppression," Colin Byrd shouted over a bullhorn surprising a few dedication ceremony attendees.

Byrd, a University of Maryland student and Black Student Union leader, rallied with fellow students calling for changes including pay to student athletes and freedom of speech for otherwise censored student athletes. The students protesting also renewed the calls to rename the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium.

Maryland to increase security for sporting events


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland Terrapins fans should expect a longer line for security at basketball games this season.

The University of Maryland announced Monday night that all future athletic events at the university will have increased security measures. This includes the men's basketball game Tuesday night against Georgetown and the football game Saturday against Indiana. 

Fans are allowed to bring small bags up to 8-inches by 11-inches by 12-inches large in the arena, the university said. All other items, including backpacks, will not be allowed.

The university is advising fans to leave early for games to avoid longer security lines. 

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Former UMD student admits to punch causing death of fellow student


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former University of Maryland student admitted to punching a fellow student outside a bar, knocking him to the ground and causing injuries that later lead to his death, the Prince George's County State's Attorney's office announced.

Arasp Biparva pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter Friday after he punched Jack Godfrey once in the head outside the Cornerstone Bar in College Park in March 2013.

After the punch, Godfrey fell backwards and hit his head on the road, knocking him unconscious and causing serious injuries to his brain and skull, prosecutors say.

After seemingly recovering from his injuries, Godfrey suddenly died on November 7, 2014. An autopsy found that Godfrey died from a seizure, head injuries and aseptic meningitis, all stemming from the punch to his head by Biparva.

UMD reports record expulsions for sexual misconduct


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- In the first year after creating an Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct, the University of Maryland has expelled more students for sexual assault than ever before, University President Wallace Loh told student journalists at the Diamondback.

Three Students were expelled and a dozen more cases resulted in sanctions ranging from reflecting on conduct in writing to serving suspensions to being removed from university housing.

Offenses included rape, harassment, stalking, sexual intimidation and retaliation.

From July 2014 to June of 2015, 112 complaints were made. Forty-eight resulted in investigations, some of which are still ongoing.

Student McLaine Rich filed a complaint in March 2015 alleging she was raped in October of 2014. Her alleged attacker was expelled after he was found "responsible" for a second alleged attack on another student.