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The Campus Socialite has teamed up with TagWhat to bring you all the cool facts, crazy stories, and historic events associated with your campus. The 2nd annual Blitz & Beatz tour rolls into University of Maryland this week, so we figured, why not start there? You may not think so, but a whole lot of shit has gone down on University of Maryland and we’re gonna give you a little taste. Check out what’s Taggable at Maryland and see what’s Taggable at your college with the TagWhat App.

 

Graduate: Larry David, Writer on Seinfeld and Star of Curb Your Enthusiasm

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For those who have never seen an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, get to a TV now. For those who have never seen an episode of Seinfeld, go sit in the corner. Larry David has gone from being the man behind the curtain in the 90’s to being a comedic superstar in the 2000’s. Curb gets better and gains more fans with every season and with this past weekend’s 8th Season Finale, we can only hope there is more to come.

Larry earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in his time at University of Maryland: in History (1969), and then in Business (1970). Not sure how either of those things fit into a career in comedy, but hey, whatever works. Larry moved back to Manhattan soon after graduating and it’s unclear whether he has any ongoing connection to the University. Either way, I’m sure they’re more than happy to have produced him.

 

In The Spotlight: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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Nicholas Cage might be broke, crazy, and have the acting ability of the lead in the High School Play, but when it comes to action movies, he just really seems to shine. Admittedly, I haven’t seen National Treasure: Book of Secrets, but the first one was actually enjoyable, and parts of it were apparently filmed right on University of Maryland’s campus. The movie stars Jon Voight as well, a living legend in Hollywood, and scenes were shot outside Holzapfel Hall and inside McKeldin Library. At a university so historic, in a state so ingrained in early American history, it makes sense that the director would choose U of M for the movie. No official reports available, but i’ll bet at least one student caught Cage paying for JD shots in change at the local bar.

 

Civil Rights: Texas Western Miners Become First All-Black Basketball Team to Win an NCAA Championship

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Although Maryland’s own Basketball team had no involvement, University of Maryland played host to one of the most famous NCAA Championship games of all time: the 1966 defeat of the favored University of Kentucky Wildcats by the Texas Western Miners. This would have been just another finals match if Texas coach Don Haskins hadn’t been the first in history to start an all-black team, let alone win with one. His reasoning: I wanted to put the best 5 guys on the court. Seems silly in retrospect, but the decision caused a lot of controversy.

Civil Rights and Black-White equality was a relatively new concept and many hadn’t yet hopped on the bandwagon. Haskins and his players received death threats everywhere they went and a player was even jumped and beaten on the road. None the less, The Miners went on to beat the all-white Kentucky team 72-65. University of Maryland’s Basketball Arena, now The Comcast Center, will forever be ingrained in history for housing this monumental event.

 

Battle Scars: Maryland Plays Both Sides of The Civil War

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Like most Universities, University of Maryland didn’t start out giving out degrees in Accounting and Graphic Design. In the old days, University of Maryland was an agricultural school called Maryland Agricultural College. During the Civil War years, MAC went both ways, playing host to Union Troops and Confederate Troops. In April of 1864, 6,000 Union Soldiers camped out on the grounds en route to backing up General Ulysses Grant in Virgina. Later that summer, 400 Confederate troops stopped on through before raiding Washington. The College President at the time was a huge Confederate sympathizer (probably a big racist too) and he threw the troops a giant party that has been nicknamed “The Old South Ball.” SPOILER ALERT: The confederate army lost the war and now spend their time giving Northerners wrong directions to the post office/town hall/liquor store building.

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Campusfood.com Presents: The Best Eats on Campus – University of Maryland

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Okay, so I’ve been chatting up our college reps and some of my friends who are UMD students, and the general consensus is that food in College Park is atrocious, and that you’re better off just cooking for yourself. But alas, even the most motivated college students get lazy sometimes, and being able to order food is a necessity. So before Blitz & Beatz invades Maryland, let’s see what Campusfood.com has for us to eat.

 

Shanghai Cafe Chinese Restaurant

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When local food isn’t so good, the default go-to is Chinese. That’s where Shanghai comes in. They’ve got all the stuff that you usually see on a Chinese food menu, plus some extras that you don’t normally see at your everyday run-of-the-mill Chinese food eatery: Ho Fun and crispy orange eggplant, both of which we hear are must-haves. They even have authentic Chinese like stir-fry and noodles. But if you’re looking for quantity over quality, this probably isn’t for you – the portions are a little small.

 

Krazi Kebob

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Everyone I’ve talked to has called this place the Indian equivalent of Chipotle or Subway. The staff is awesomely nice and the food is delicious, but watch where you park because the police are always looking to ticket people who forget to put a quarter in the meters outside. Naan wraps? Just a straight-up amazing idea. There’s a bunch of different sauces and toppings for your wrap. They don’t actually have kebobs though, and it’s not really as “krazi” as the name would suggest. But for $10 you can get about 2 lbs of delicious food, which is well worth it.

 

Wasabi Bistro Japanese Food & Bubble Tea

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Okay, so every college needs at least one bubble tea place, and in College Park it’s Wasabi. But it’s also a sushi bar, plus all the other food you normally associate with a Japanese restaurant. My friends swear by the simplicity of the chicken teriyaki meal, but other people have said that some of their experimental stuff is good, like sushi pizza: a scallion pancake topped with spicy shrimp, tuna, imitation crab meat, salmon, avocado, and lettuce, with a spicy mayo and eel sauce drizzle. Crazy stuff.

 

California Tortilla

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College Park’s alternative to Chipotle, if you’re looking for some tex-mex. I’ve heard mixed reviews on California Tortilla (aka “Cali Tort”), but it’s open late on weekends for the post-bar crowd, and that by itself makes it worthy of this list. That, plus the large collection of hot sauces they have in stock at all times, ranging from mild to insanely hot. Their menu is loaded with all sorts of interesting items, but we hear that Blackened Chicken Caesar and Carnitas burritos are the best. Also, they have seasonal fish tacos, which is a bonus.

 

The Jerk Pit

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I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews about this place, but this list could use a good Jamaican spot. If you’re super impatient and don’t wanna wait a really long time for food, then you probably shouldn’t here. This is authentic Jamaican, meaning that there are real relaxed Jamaicans making and serving the food, and if you know anything about their culture, then you know they don’t rush for anything. But regardless, if you want some jerk chicken, rice, and beans, check this place out. Watch out for the lady behind the register, I hear she’s got a bad attitude.

 

Urban Bar-B-Que Company

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This BBQ place is a little bit further from college park, but guess what? They deliver after 5:30 PM, so problem solved…as long as you’re looking for dinner. My good friend recommended the Soul Rolls: A BBQ eggroll with brisket, sweet onions and three cheeses. It comes with a serving of “Redneck Fondue” to dip, whatever that is. But I hear that everything here is pretty good: pulled pork, chicken, brisket, ribs, whatever. They’ve got lots of sauces to choose from, and their side portions are huge.

 

Hanami Japanese Restaurant

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Every college town has at least two competing sushi bars, and this is the second. Hanami isn’t the same kind of place as its rival though: this small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant has a laundry list of different, unique kinds of sushi, and at least one person has told me that it’s the freshest fish in the area. But as always there are downsides: The place is small and gets PACKED, so there’s always a chance that service is slow. Some others say that the food is pricey and the portions too small, but still others say the exact opposite. Guess you’ll have to make up your own mind.

 

Ratsie’s Pizza, Subs & Wings

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Every school has its drunk pizzeria, and in College Park that place is Ratsie’s. The pizza is a mess, the subs leave much to be desired, and you’ll probably regret eating it the next morning, but it’s open until 2 AM six days a week, and the one thing I hear is okay are the calzones. Plus they have beer. The food is cheap and you get a lot of it for the price, so that counts for something.

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College Park PD: Drunk Girl Gets Arrested Outside Cornerstone (Video)

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Mad props to our good friend Andrew Fisher who sent us this video. Apparently this girl got a little too shwilly on her 21st birthday, and well, it just didn’t end well. Needless to say, this whole incident happened right outside one of our favorite places in the country: Cornerstone at the University of Maryland. Hey! I think I know that security guard! Anyway, it’s not just the arrest that makes this video amazing, but the girl’s subsequent escape from handcuffs and re-arrest. Add in some slight police brutality and lots of drunk college students standing around making funny comments, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a hilarious viral video. If you’ve got a video that you think tops this one, send it over to us and we’ll get it on the blog. Check it out after the jump!

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Maryland Men’s Basketball Coach Gary Williams Retires After 22 Seasons at Alma Mater

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Head Basketball Coach Gary Williams, the most important figure at the University of Maryland over the past 22 years, has officially retired.  Coach Williams, a Maryland alum, won the National Title in 2002 and has had the Terps competitive for nearly every season under his reign.  While walking around campus, the only thing more popular than coach Williams is Cornerstone Bar.

Read the full story at Sports Illustrated.

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The Lighter Side of WikiLeaks

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News programs have been rife with debate following the November 28th WikiLeaks release of over 250,000 US embassy cables. These uncensored documents give the world a behind-the-scenes glance at the entire spectrum of State Department operations, from debates on Iranian missile development to divulging a secret diplomatic spy ring. Yet things aren’t always so heavy in embassy offices, and luckily the WikiLeaks also include some hilarious tidbits from ambassadors’ gossip. Here are some highlights from the conversations we were never supposed to hear.

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Mullet Hall Of Fame

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In order to be a successful college student, one must strike an appropriate balance between preparing for their career and partying their face off. Our collegiate lifestyle is the perfect metaphor for the ultimate hairstyle – the mullet. It is time that we recognize the role models who showed us exactly how to balance our business in the front with the party in the back.

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5 Mash-Ups To Be Thankful For

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Happy Thanksgiving to every one of you Campus Socialites! This week’s festivities are all about having heaps of fun (and food) while you kick back with your brood. From crafting culinary masterpieces out of leftovers to humoring Uncle Vinny’s sordid stories of his service in Vietnam, the coming days are ripe with opportunities to give new meaning to the holiday features that are fondest and most familiar to you. In keeping with this vein of rediscovery, I plucked five of the freshest mash-up and cover jams off the music blogosphere like they were the feathers on your turkey’s tail.

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Five Fashion Statements That Say “I’m Insecure”

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Ladies put a lot of time, money, and effort into composing their wardrobes. Unfortunately, collegiate clothing connoisseurs aren’t always coming up roses. Though it’s unreasonable to expect anyone to be a regular Rachel Zoe, there are certain styles that simply beg for the wrong kind of attention. Take heed to these fashion faux pas, lest you be gawked wearing your insecurity on your sleeve!

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Men’s College Lacrosse Final Four Match-ups Set

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By: Scott Roth

After a wild weekend of quarterfinals games that included number one ranked Virginia edging out Stony Brook (8) by just one goal, Duke (5) ousting UNC (4) by 8 goals, and Maryland (3) being upset in a tight battle with Notre Dame, four have teams will move on to Baltimore.

With favorites such as Syracuse (2) and Maryland (3) out of the contest, it looks like Virginia’s (1) road to a championship is looking closer. After the death of Virginia’s women’s lacrosse player Yeardly Love, the men’s team will do their best attempt to do what the women’s team could not do this year- bring back a championship. UVA’s women’s team was no match to North Carolina’s surging offense in the quarterfinals and the emotional women’s squad season came to an end. 

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Take Aim at Your Favorite School with The Man Registry

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Back when I was in college, all arguments were settled in one of two ways: when away from the apartment a spirited game of rock, paper, scissors determined your fate and when a roof was over your head, a “closest to the bullseye” dart throwing competition would resolve all conflicts.  Needless to say, alcohol was usually involved in these disputes and some errant darts were tossed causing both painfully hilarious bloopers and some minor property damage that was easily covered up by a trippy Grateful Dead tapestry that left our landlord none the wiser.  I can’t begin to recount the many disagreements that I was able to put to rest with some pinpoint, Drew Brees-esque accuracy and, thanks to the bar room target game discovered by our friends overseas in Lancashire, England, I often found myself the recipient of the prized last slice of pizza, the first spot on the beer pong table, and the man sitting shotgun for the four hour drive to Canada.  With darts serving as the main squasher of all beef when it comes to college tomfoolery, why would you settle for anything less than a fantastically ballerific dartboard?  Look no further than The Man Registry to get your hands on an official NCAA Team Dartboard Set guaranteed to pay tribute to your university of choice while feeding your appetite for competition.

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