Hidden Gym

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   By Torianne Schiff

Feb 02 2022

          

When most people think about college, they probably imagine students in a dorm studying for midterms or partying. However, UB’s campus experience is a bit different than the traditional university. Being a commuter school means that most of our students have demanding lives outside of the classroom, which doesn’t allow much time for getting involved in extracurriculars. This leads to many of the University’s resources going under-utilized.

       One of those valuable resources was the Gym, which is now reserved exclusively for the Baltimore City Police Department training academy. One of UB’s best-kept secrets, nestled on the second floor of the academic center is a fully equipped and operational gym featuring a full-length basketball court and bleachers along with several rooms for weight lighting, aerobics, cycling, dance, and even handball.

       Unfortunately, not many students utilized this resource before the Lease was signed with the Police Academy. In a recent survey, 68% of students said they never used the UB gym, which makes sense why they wouldn’t miss it or be affected by the lease agreement. Still, as UB receives over 1.3 Million dollars each year in the 5 year Lease agreement, surely students should be compensated for the loss of access to one of our most valuable resources.

(something about online shift because of the pandemic)

While 80% of the students we polled said that they already knew the Police academy is training on our campus, 18% had no idea this was happening. Of those same respondents, 83% said they did not know that UB was receiving so much money and 54% did not know that the gym is now exclusively reserved for Police training.

       This lack of transparency and communication, unfortunately, seems to be a signature of UB’s decision-making processes, and the elephant in the room is the alleged debt that sucks away any profit the University receives. Students should not have to read a 31-page document to find out how many millions of dollars UB will be profiting from this Lease Agreement. More, the University should be cultivating conversation around and with the Police Academy and UB Community to make this a partnership that truly reflects our values.

       While the University may argue that the lease agreement is purely financial, I believe the board and administration would be remiss to ignore the political implications in partnering with the same Police force that was found to have violated the civil rights of Baltimore citizens on a regular basis. The University of Baltimore has an opportunity to transform the training that future Officers receive. Mention conflict resolution program & hopeful meeting with administrators.

Make sure to check back for the next part of our Hidden Gem series in which we help shed light and share valuable resources within the UB Community.

Bmore Community Fridge attempts to fight hunger in the city

Baltimore might soon have a community fridge system. 

New York City and Baltimore City soon might have something in common: both cities will have community fridges. 

In Baltimore, Bmore Community Fridge has announced plans to open a community fridge in hopes of expanding access to food not available in food pantries or government assistance programs but is struggling to find a space to host the fridge.

Bmore Community Fridge assured The Sting that they will remain in touch for follow-up information.

Community fridges are public refrigerators focused on providing underserved communities with healthy and nutritious food while reducing food waste. This not only furthers access to foods not available in food pantries or government assistance programs but also builds community, as neighbors and businesses can donate food as well.

In New York, individual volunteers and organizations, such as the nonprofit organization A New World In Our Hearts, have established refrigerators throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn with community members maintaining these spaces. Everyone works together to make sure that the fridges are kept clean and that food remains stocked. Some of the fridges even have social media pages that list what’s available daily.

The community fridge system, although novel in many American cities, is a familiar concept in other parts of the world. A volunteer-run organization called Foodsharing pioneered the idea and began setting up community fridges across Germany in 2014 after they had started peer to peer food saving and sharing in 2012. The concept became extremely popularized in Berlin and has made its way over to the United States with community fridges in cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Miami.

Kopper Boyd is a staff writer for The Sting.

MICA Mondays: Paulette

MICA Mondays is a project of the UB Post (University of Baltimore) showcasing the talent and work of students and alumni of the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) released every Monday during the fall and spring semesters.

Artist Details: Paulette – MICA 2020

http://www.instagram.com/monstertruckfairy/

http://www.pallasinspace.tumblr.com

http://www.pauletteandherhart.wixsite.com


Produced By: Nathaly Rivera

Edited by: Nathaly Rivera


MICA Mondays: Eric Simelton

Eric Simelton is a senior at MICA studying animation. His art, inspired by his love for anime (such as shows like Dragon Ball Z), draws on his passion for high octane fights and motion graphics. Simelton is currently working on his portfolio for graduation, and is looking to work in the animation industry.

MICA Mondays is a project of the UB Post (University of Baltimore) showcasing the talent and work of students and alumni of the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) released every Monday during the fall and spring semesters.

Artist Details: Eric Simelton – MICA 2020

http://www.instagram.com/ericddarius/

http://www.vimeo.com/ericsimelton


Produced by: Benjamin Kahn and Jeff Dominguez

Host: Benjamin Kahn

Edited by: Jeff Dominguez

MICA Mondays: RJ Sterling

RJ Sterling is a graduate student at MICA studying comic book artistry. His art, inspired by his love for storytelling, draws on experiences from himself and social conflicts within minority groups. Sterling currently teaches aspiring comic artists and has his own LLC, Hilarious Comics.

MICA Mondays is a project of the UB Post (University of Baltimore) showcasing the talent and work of students and alumni of the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) released every Monday during the fall and spring semesters.


Produced by: Benjamin Kahn and Jeff Dominguez

Host: Benjamin Kahn

Edited by: Jeff Dominguez

Four Items for Four Looks

Wanna change your look? 

Here’s four suggestions based on four personality types and items to help you get there. 

The Dad

Saturdays are for Costco runs. Your New Balance sneakers just arrived in the mail. Your response to, “I’m hungry,” is, “Hi, Hungry.” If these statements apply to you, consider the following. 

Starts at $9.25 on Amazon.
$18.99 from Costco
Starts at $21.25 on Amazon
Starts at $38.34 on Amazon

Eviscerate the other fathers at the neighborhood barbecue with this reasonably priced and stylish ensemble. You will earn the coveted title of “World’s Best Dad” when you step on the scene looking like you walked off the set of HBO’s Silicon Valley. 

The Dude-Bro 

Saturdays are for the boys. You watch stocks during class but you don’t really know what any of those funny numbers mean. You told that girl she’d look better if she smiled more, because she would. You probably already dress like this.

Starts at $6.06 on Amazon
Starts at $13.63 on Amazon
Starts at $15.48 on Amazon
Starts at $37.99 on Amazon

Nothing quite says, “Do you know who my father is? What’s your name and badge number?” like a pair of loafers. Cover your drinks ladies, it’s the Dude Bro. 

Mr. Street Smart

Saturdays are everyday. Bank account on E. Shows up to class toasted. 

$9 from Thread    
$35 from Thread 
$72 from Thread
$52 from Thread

If it looks like you could have paid $50 for your outfit, but you actually shelled out more than $100, you are Mr. Street Smart.

Heaven’s Gate Cultist

Saturdays are for Earth being recycled. You live an ascetic lifestyle. You respond to “I’m hungry,” with, “Hi Hungry, are you ready to graduate to the next level?”

Starts at $8.35 on Amazon
Starts at $11.09 on Amazon
Starts at $63.80 on Amazon
$10 on Etsy

Who knew that graduating to a higher plane of existence could be achieved on such a modest budget.

Benjamin Kahn is a staff writer at the UB Post. He writes a weekly column, KahnJunction.