Weekly Roundup – October 5

Per the usual for 2020, this past week was not a slow week in terms of the news cycle. 

No matter how crazy the news cycle, I am always reminding our talented team of writers to take care of themselves and those around them that they love. What does that mean? Working to find balance, embracing the good moments, resting (as I write this at 12:30 in the morning, it’s a struggle that I have), and as my friend, Rabbi Dan Epstein, the chief rabbi of George Washington University Hillel said, “We all must learn that the world is no longer running on schedule and maybe it never did and we’re now just realizing that.” 

This doesn’t just apply to those who eagerly labor behind the “walls” of the newsroom of The Sting, but to our readers, who we think of throughout the entire process. 

Now, onto the news – 


Staff writer Tatiana Huang dispels the myth that an earlier hiring freeze impacted student workers. “Federal Work Study funds were allocated for a variety of positions including those at the media lab, library, and campus store,” writes Huang. “However, one of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic has been decreased federal funding to the university, and consequently, fewer jobs.” 

Between the Merrick School of Business and the Liberal Arts and Policy Building, there is something new: a rainbow alley. A campaign promise of SGA President Daniel Khoshkepazi, the alley was completed late last week after a few failed attempts in the rain. More in-depth coverage from The Sting can be expected later this week. 

Lastly, I will be speaking at the Online News Association annual conference via Zoom on Wednesday, October 14. . The panel titled, “College Newsrooms Serving Local Communities”, will feature student journalists and recent graduates from Auburn University, Boston University, and University of California at Berkeley. The panel will focus on diversity, college newsrooms filling the gaps in community reporting, and insights into how to improve more student journalists staying as journalist post-college. It’s a very exciting discussion that can be viewed here. My thoughts after the panel will be published here at The Sting. 


Hoodie (or sweater, if you prefer) season has arrived, writes Jeff Dominguez in The Color Theory, his biweekly fashion column. “We are closing in on a pretty shitty year,” writes Dominguez. “So wear your sweatshirts and stay comfy in your favorite fits for the season.” 

Tony Sheaffer reviews Tickets to My Downfall in his weekly column, Friday Groove. “ I enjoyed most of the songs, but felt that most of the songs with a collaboration could’ve done without the collaboration part,” writes Sheaffer. “Halsey’s appearance on “forget me too” made me press skip, but I could live with other guest appearances.” 


Tony Sheaffer, The Sting managing editor, takes his beloved Baltimore Orioles to bat in “The Bums of Baltimore?”, a column published last week. 

Sheaffer argues that if he were to bestow the title of “dem bums”, which was once how a New York City cabbie described the Brooklyn Dodgers to a World Telegram writer, upon any team, it’s “Easily, the Baltimore Orioles.” 


NPR published a compelling review of “Charm City Kings” highlighting bike culture in Baltimore. Angel Manuel Soto, the filmmaker, tells NPR that Baltimore bike culture is, “one of the most exhilarating and emotional spectacles of talent that I have ever seen, streetwise.”

Maryland’s coronavirus positivity rate has jumped back to 3%, as of Sunday. Community-based testing has also fallen, reports Jayne Miller of WBAL-TV.

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Washington Football Team on Sunday. 


President Donald Trump along with First Lady Melania Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday. Their diagnosis came after White House advisor Hope Hicks tested positive on Thursday. Numerous people within the orbit of the President have tested positive, such as Trump’s former counselor Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Governor and advisor Chris Christie (R ), Utah Senator Mike Lee, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, and North Carolina Senator Thom Thillis, all of whom are Republicans. Attorney General Bill Barr will self-quarantine for a few days out of precaution. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative

It has been speculated that the Rose Garden announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the replacement for the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the major spreading event. Barrett has tested negative. 

President Trump is being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 
Both former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife have tested negative after being exposed to President Trump last week for the debate in Cleveland.

Weekly Sting Roundup: Welcome Back!

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Welcome back UB!

Also, thanks for reading the first Weekly Roundup. At the top of Monday mornings, various members of The Sting editorial team will produce a weekly roundup of The Sting articles, breaking news, events, and other information.

Got something that should be in the Weekly Roundup? Let us know by shooting us an email here with “Weekly Roundup” in the subject line.

As a heads up, this week’s roundup is shorter than most because humans actually produce it. More importantly, these humans are students like you and need adjustment time too.

Hope everyone had a relaxing first day and best of luck in the semester ahead.



As you have probably noticed, the UB Post no longer exists. We are now The Sting and are open to reporters, editorial writers, and copy editors. Interested? Be sure to look here for more details and to apply.

It’s Welcome Week at UB from August 31 to September 11. Be sure to check here for info on virtual events and happenings during this time.

Looking for a job or internship? You still have time. Be sure to sign up for the virtual job and internship fair on September 2. The fair is broken into an afternoon and evening schedule.

Students are encouraged to meet their new elected campus leaders at the SGA Meet and Greet on September 8 from 5PM to 7PM.


Have some recycling in the city that needs to be picked up? It won’t be anytime soon. Baltimore City starting Monday is not picking up recycling as they prioritize trash pickup in the coming days and weeks.

All courts across Maryland will be open starting on Monday.

Baltimore City will soon have new cameras to issue tickets for speeding and running red lights. This places Baltimore City among other Maryland jurisdictions, like Prince George’s County, Baltimore County, and Howard County that use cameras to enforce traffic laws.

Baltimore County is literally making trash into treasure. They have an elaborate plan to convert trash into renewable energy. Read more in the Baltimore Sun.

Joanne’s Grill closed its doors over the summer. Unfortunately, UB’s declining enrollment played a small part. Read more about this in my article for the Baltimore Business Journal from back in July.


People across the country remain in shock that actor Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, 42, and Get on Up) has passed away at the age of 43 after four years of colon cancer. Here’s a moving tribute from a 7 year old boy.

With classes starting, be sure to take a look at one of the last KahnJunction column by Ben Kahn ’20 where he argues why you should still be getting dressed every day. But, he adds, the necktie can go away.