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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.

All clear given at UMD after suspicious package

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The all-clear has been given after a suspicious package was reported at a shuttle bus facility near parking lots at the University of Maryland, according to police.

The package was reported at 8537 Paint Branch Drive. Officials say the package was reported close to Lot 11b and Lot 4b at the university.

The parking lot was closed while officials investigated the suspicious package. 

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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Seven UMD students displaced after tree falls on house

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Seven University of Maryland students were displaced after a large tree fell on their house in College Park Thursday night.

According to a spokesperson for Prince George's County fire, the tree fell at around 8:30 p.m. in the 7500 block of Princeton Avenue. The tree fell on the roof of the house and did extensive damage.

The house is considered uninhabitable and the seven displaced students are staying with friends.

Neighbors told fire officials the tree is one of the oldest and largest in College Park.

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