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Usually it’s the Supreme Court justices who get to ask the tough questions. But every so often, prominent public figures come to Georgetown, and undergraduates glean the rare opportunity to ask questions in return.

Last Wednesday, those who attended Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s lecture received an index card where they could write one question for Sotomayor to answer during the standard post-lecture question-and-answer session — a Gaston Hall standard that usually fosters a candid discussion and enriches university programming. In Wednesday’s case, however, the questions were screened and posed by a university official, rather than the student or event attendee who originally wanted an answer.

Police: 6 UMD students robbed inside dorm

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) - Six University of Maryland students were robbed at gunpoint inside a dorm at the College Park campus, according to police.
The incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday in a room at Montgomery Hall.

According to police, the six students were inside a residence hall room when someone knocked on the door. When a student opened the door, police said a man asked if the student knew someone. The suspect then forced his way into the room and showed a gun, police said. Another man also went into the room and police said both stole property from the victims, then fled. 

No injuries have been reported.

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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