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TWO STUDENTS DEAD, ONE INJURED, AFTER OFF-CAMPUS MURDER-SUICIDE “I’ve been here 30 years and I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude.” — Maj. Marc Limansky

Community gathers for vigil to remember those killed

Gunman had mental illness for at least a year, police say

By Jenny Hottle Senior staff writer

By Yasmeen Abutaleb Senior staff writer

Through the tears and hugs of condolence Tuesday night, Stephen Alex Rane’s friends remembered the senior English and linguistics major’s way with words and love for traveling and chocolate chip cookies, less than 24 hours after the 22-yearold was killed in a shooting at his off-campus home. “There are not many friends you stay friends with after high school, but he was one of them,” said Jeanette Santori, Rane’s first girlfriend. “He was so witty and always had something clever to say. He was hilarious in an intellectual way.” After two students died and a third student suffered

A graduate student shot two of his roommates, killing one, before taking his own life Tuesday morning at an off-campus home near the northern edge of the campus, police said. Dayvon Maurice Green, a 23-year-old NASA student ambassador, used a 9 mm handgun to shoot two of his 22-year-old roommates, both undergraduate students at the university, at their 8706 36th Ave. home. Stephen Alex Rane of Silver Spring was pronounced dead at the hospital Tuesday, and the other victim underwent surgery yesterday afternoon for non-life-threatening

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Officials shift priorities in wake of tragedy Plan to address safety, mental, emotional health By The Diamondback Staff Between extending hours at counseling centers and mobilizing on-campus safety plans, many university officials quickly changed their schedules after news broke of an off-campus murder-suicide that killed two students and injured one Tuesday morning.

julie parker, Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman (top), speaks at a news conference Tuesday about the murder-suicide that left two students dead and one injured. The university held a vigil (below) to remember the shooting’s victims. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

While university and city officials have discussed expanding University Police’s jurisdiction to include more off-campus areas — including the 8700 block of 36th Ave., where the incident occurred — university President Wallace Loh said he hopes the shooting expedites the College Park City Council’s decision to station more officers on and around the campus. Additionally, officials are discussing safety plans and expanding mental health services on the campus to help students cope. “If there’s a time to really move fast on expanding our police, it’s now,” Loh said. “We need, of course, city officials involved, and I hope this will galvanize that.” Immediately following the shooting, University Police began “marshaling all of our resources See priorities, Page 3

Students shaken after rash of crime Shooting follows string of armed robberies in area By The Diamondback Staff Tuesday afternoon, sounds of chatting students and scraping silverware at South Campus Dining Hall quickly fell into a hush as every ear perked at the now-familiar words streaming from a cafeteria TV. Each head turned to stare at the screen mounted to the dining hall’s ceiling, where a news broadcast headline declared two university students had died

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and one had been injured in an apparent murdersuicide about a block from the campus early that morning. Most students watched the details of the shooting unfold slowly, then watched the story reappear again and again on their phones and computers and out of the mouths of friends and professors. But many still struggled to understand how the morning’s events had come to play out just a half-mile from the security of North Campus’ high-rise dorms. Early Tuesday morning, graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green shot two of his roommates, both university undergraduates, at their 8706 36th Ave. home. Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring, was pronounced dead at the hospital Tuesday, said Julie Parker, Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman, and the second victim underwent surgery yesterday afternoon See students, Page 2









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students From PAGE 1 for non-life-threatening injuries. Doug Klein, who lives on the 8800 block of 36th Avenue, said he heard about four or five gunshots shortly before 1 a.m., but at first thought he may have imagined the noise. None of his roommates noticed anything, but about 15 minutes later, the sound of emergency responders’ sirens infiltrated the house. “We could see from our porch them bringing people i n a m b u l a n ce s. … At t h a t point, I realized it definitely wasn’t some random noise I heard,” he said. “We didn’t know it was students until this morning.” Walking back to his dorm with a friend at about 12:45 a.m., Kyle Forbes, a freshman business major, heard a loud bang in the distance.

“i was in shock; i didn’t think i had heard an actual shooting. you can never be safe walking alone at college park at night.” KYLE FORBES

Freshman business major

school, any community. “I’m now extremely worried fo r my sa fety,” sa i d Amal Figueroa, a sophomore enrolled in letters and sciences. “It’s not something to be calm about.” Figueroa plans to avoid walking around the city alone for the foreseeable future, she said. “At t h i s p o i n t , yo u j u s t don’t know, and pepper spray isn’t going to save you from a gun,” Figueroa said. As they sat over a breakfast of cereal and toast in the South Campus Dining Hall yesterday morning, Ida and Aden Daniel were stunned by the news of two student deaths. The twin government and politics majors took a minute to compose their thoughts after hearing the news, but as seniors living on the campus, they both feel their living arrangement is safer because it’s within the boundaries of the university. “Once you’re off campus, it’s just every man for himself. It’s just been steadily getting worse and worse,” Ida Daniel said. “I think that it’s really scary. Lately, there’s been a lot of crime, but it’s been robbery, robbery, robbery. Now, it’s a murder, so it’s really scary.” Klein was no less shocked watching the early morning’s events unfold from just a block away. However, he said the incident concerns him less than the threat of an armed robber targeting students at random. “I think the armed robberies in a way are almost more disconcerting, because those are random victims, whereas a murder is something that’s probably premeditated, and he knew the victims ahead of time and everything,” Klein said. “An armed robbery is something that could happen to me on my way home from classes.” Several students turned their attentions to the campus community and are reminding people of the importance of checking up on one another regularly. Support and communication can help prevent breakdowns that may escalate to violence, as well as help students get out of situations in which they may be in harm’s way. “It’s a matter of awareness,” said Zara Simpson, a senior engineering and materials science major. “The whole thing is crazy. We saw things at [Newtown, Conn.], and no one thought it could happen here.”

“I looked at my friend, and he said the sound was a firecracker, but I thought it was a gunshot,” he said. Forbes said they continued walking behind Fraternity Row and “tried to forget about it.” But half an hour after returning to his dorm room, he received the crime alert on his phone and realized what he had heard. “I was in shock; I didn’t think I had heard an actual shooting,” he said. “You can never be safe walking alone at College Park at night.” S e ve ra l o t h e r s t u d e n t s e c h o e d Fo r b e s ’ wa r i n e s s about safety in the city. A recent spate of gun-related incidents nationwide, most prominently the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children, six faculty, the shooter and his mother dead, were fresh in students’ minds when they began receiving multiple crime alerts of armed robberies on and off the campus the past two weeks. For many, yesterday’s shooting awoke fears that seemingly random acts of violence can find their way to any



a murder-suicide occurred just a block away from the campus Tuesday, in which a graduate student killed one roommate and injured another. The shooter had a bag full of weapons, including a semiautomatic handgun, machete and baseball bat, police said. graphic by ben fraternale

shooting From PAGE 1 injuries, said Julie Parker, Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman. Police declined to release the third student’s name. Green had a machete, a fully loaded semiautomatic handgun, multiple rounds of ammunition and a baseball bat in a long bag, detectives’ investigation revealed. Green, who did not leave a suicide note, suffered from a mental illness for at least a year and had been prescribed medication, family members told police. Parker said he purchased the 9 mm gun in Baltimore County legally last year while he was mentally ill. Officers declined to specify the condition he suffered from. Sometime before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Green set a fire in the basement of the house, along with several in the backyard, prompting his two roommates to go downstairs and see what was happening, Parker said. They then went outside to the front of the home and talked to Green about the fires before the

increased” in recent months. “It’s been such a distressing day for all of us, and my heart and thoughts go out to the families of the students who were involved,” University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan said. “We all feel a great sense of loss. It’s a really unspeakable tragedy, but I think the campus is taking all of the appropriate steps.” Before yesterday, police had received two calls from the home, Parker said. In October, police responded to a reported burglary only to find nothing had been taken, Parker said. The most recent call came on Jan. 30, which was a prank caller who referenced “something about hair on a couch,” before the call was disconnected, Parker said. Detectives are interviewing witnesses and canvassing the neighborhood to find out more information, Parker said. Additionally, police are encouraging anyone with more information to call Prince George’s County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411TIPS (8477). “This is of course an issue that is currently being debated nationwide, but for today, I would like to focus on our mourning and our thoughts for the victims,” Loh said. “Tomorrow may be the day to talk about broader issues.”

three individuals agreed to go back home had six residents, Parker into the house to douse the flames. said. One roommate moved out The surviving victim then noticed “within the last week or so,” she Green reaching into his waistband said; the three students in Tuesfor his handgun, prompting him to day’s incident were the only ones call a neighbor for help. in the house at the time. Green shot Rane, who was University officials were not pronounced dead at the hospital, aware of Green’s mental illness and shot the third student as he and he was not treated at any attempted to flee. He then went health care facilities on the to the back of the home and shot campus, the university said in himself, police said. a prepared statement. Loh noted “This is a horrific situation the number of on-campus psyand I just feel terrible about it,” chologists and mental health university President Wallace Loh professionals has “significantly said at a news conference yesterday. “This is a great tragedy for the Unive r s i t y o f Maryland, for the entire community, and our thoughts and our prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.” Until last at 8706 36th Ave., graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, 23, lit a fire in the home’s basement early Tuesday morning we e k , t h e before shooting two of his roommates, killing one, police said; Green then took his own life. charlie deboyace/the diamondback


campus in the past three weeks, prompting University Police to increase patrols for footpaths along the edges of the campus.Police have made arrests in three of the recent reported or attempted armed robberies, including charging a female student for filing a false report. However, the occurrence of a

shooting so close to the campus prompted police to reaffirm their preparedness if a similar incident were to happen on campus grounds. While University Police haven’t made concrete changes, officials are confident their current methods of planning and training can protect students in crisis, Limansky said. “It’s a sad, sad day,” he said, “but we continue to train and look for better ways to do things.” But the murder-suicide also highlights another pressing issue that has made national headlines: mental health disorders. Prince George’s County Police discovered that the shooter, graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, suffered from a mental illness for at least a year. “We do need a period of mourning and recovery, and I’m sure the campus will be reviewing all of the support structures it has in place and thinking about what we can do to try to avoid events like this in the future,” said Brit Kirwan, University System of Maryland chancellor.“It’s a reminder that we all have to do ev-

erything we can to be evermore sensitive to individuals who are under some kind of stress and try to get help for them as quickly as we can.” The shift in priority has also spread to the University Senate, which may turn its attention to general safety at the body’s Campus Affairs Committee meeting Friday, members said. The committee is always charged with putting together a safety forum for the spring semester,typically choosing specific focuses such as pedestrian, bike and scooter safety. “It may be that we’re just going to have to really look at personal safety issues and how can students protect themselves on campus,”said Marcy Marinelli, committee chairwoman. “It’s horrible. It’s like the worst thing that you can imagine happening on a college campus.” Officials said they also recognize the need to help students cope emotionally with the jarring incident. Mental health service providers on the campus are encouraging people in need of emergency counseling to take advantage of offices’ flexibility

over the next few days.Students can meet with a member of the University Counseling Center without an appointment, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays until 4:30 p.m., said Director Sharon Kirkland-Gordon. The Help Center — a peer counseling service that offers a crisis intervention hotline and walk-in counseling — is expanding its hours this week.The center will open early at 9 a.m. rather than 2 p.m. “No matter what you are feeling, if you’re feeling sad, angry or scared, it’s all OK,” said Madison Higgins, the Help Center’s administrator. “Remember it’s important to reach out if you’re feeling overwhelmed in any way.” The health center, meanwhile, has been proposing increased funding to supplement its staff, including adding another psychiatric nurse practitioner. Demand is high for more staff members who can prescribe medicine to help students manage mental illness, said Marta Hopkinson, mental health director. The center is also trying to

improve its outreach methods for suicide prevention. That could mean adding more staff in that area, or, in a move reinforced by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, develop a program to serve students with Autism spectrum disorders. But right now, the university’s primary focus is mourning the loss of its students, Loh said, leading officials to cancel a celebration of the Lunar New Year that was scheduled for tonight at the president’s residence. Even though the annual event typically attracts 400-500 people, including regents and highprofile state officials, the university spent yesterday contacting people to inform them it was canceled “because it’s not appropriate,” Loh said. “I ask that the entire University family come together to deal with this great loss,”Loh wrote in an email to the university.“Ours is a university of great resolve. Together, we will emerge from our collective sadness.”

“The telephone call that woke me up early this morning will keep me awake for many nights,” Loh said. “This violent act haunts us all. Each of us is asking, ‘What do we need to change to prevent or minimize the chance of such violence occurring again?’ But tonight is a moment for solidarity.” In the silence, broken only by the clicking of a few camera shutters, friends and family members joined College Park City Council members and students to remember those involved in the shooting. “When you hear about events like this, it’s always ‘somebody else,’” said Suzette Santori, Jeanette Santori’s mother. “But it’s not somebody else.” “Our grief is so intense, it’s intolerable and endless,” Loh said. “But experience tells me it will yield with time. But tonight, though, we will ache. As a uni-

versity community, we will carry on, we will do the things we must and only then will our collective sadness lift.” Though last night was a time for reflection and remembering, the events bring to light a call to end violent crimes, said Graduate Student Government President David Colon-Cabrera and Student Government Association President Samantha Zwerling. “We must heal our wounds, facing the realization that those in higher education are not immune to the ills of society,” Colon-Cabrera said. “We must grasp the opportunity to realize what we are doing right and what we must improve on.” For some students who didn’t personally know the individuals involved, the event was eye-opening to the impact of violent acts. “It’s a reality — it’s not just a distant state or another country,”

said Joseph Silver, a 2012 alumnus who came with his Bible study group. “The recent violent things that have happened, like shootings, seem so distant, and just the fact that this was right here in the city, the reality hits home. It’s really shocking.” Others hoped the vigil, which lasted about 40 minutes, would highlight a need for increased accessibility to mental health services, which university officials are working to expand. Unrelated to the shootings, the university has recently hired more psychologists, Loh said. “It’s such a tragic thing that happened, and it’s awful that it happened, and I just hope that this definitely brings light to the issue of mental health and to make it available to everyone,” said Help Center counselor Ashlyn Sassaman, a sophomore art history and neurobiology major.

The events shocked and shattered preconceptions of safety and human behavior, Silver said, adding it may spur more people to reach out to friends in need. “It will make people more aware of those around them that are acting funny or that maybe seem like they’re depressed or maybe have violent tendencies,” Silver said. “I think it’ll just be eye-opening and help us become more aware of these kinds of things.” For now, friends said they’ll remember Stephen for his positive catchphrase, “Stephen is great,” which Jeanette Santori said expressed his bright personality. A “musically voracious” student, Rane was eager to learn new instruments such as saxophone and the tin whistle, said Jeanette Santori, a senior computer science major at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

“He always wanted to travel, and he wanted to learn like 20 different languages,” she said. He was like a son, Suzette Santori said. “I always kept chocolate chip cookies in the fridge for him,” she said. “He was very close to us.” Drew Needham, one of Rane’s roommates sophomore and junior year, said his friend was one of the most genuine people he’s ever met. “We blended really well, even though we were opposites,” the senior biology major said. At the end of the memorial service, Needham said there was so much more he wished he had said to his friend. “He’s one of the few people I’ve ever connected with this well,” he said. “I felt like I could tell him anything. He’s going to be missed.”

University president wallace loh said he hopes Tuesday’s shooting galvanizes officials to station more University Police officers around and off the campus. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

priorities From PAGE 1 to address this tragedy,” University Police spokesman Maj. Marc Limansky said. The shooting followed a rash of armed robberies on and off the

VIGIL From PAGE 1 non-life-threating injuries early yesterday morning in an apparent murder-suicide, members of the campus community began mobilizing to give students, faculty and staff a space to reflect on the tragedy and bolster each others’ spirits. At about 7 p.m., people began to filter into the Memorial Chapel, filling nearly half the seats to listen to university leaders’ words, students’ music and prayers of comfort. Graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green reportedly carried out the shooting, killing Rane and injuring another 22-year-old undergraduate student, Prince George’s County Police said at a news conference yesterday. It was a phone call university President Wallace Loh never wanted to get, he said at the service.







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Emerge from collective sadness

Aftermath all the way in Missouri


We have to ask not only what led to this hroughout most of our lives, we have undoubtedly encountered the shocking, chilling moment, but what we can do now to help and what news that another violent incident has oc- we can do in the future to be there for each other. Yesterday’s news conference revealed the curred somewhere around us. Whether it was a large-scale shooting, like the D.C. sniper attacks shooter had suffered from a mental illness for or the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary at least a year. While it’s imperative we focus on School shootings, or a stand-alone murder, these the victims and their family and friends, aiding and consoling in whatever way we can, it’s also tragedies have colored every one of our lives. crucial we take a look at how We’ve all likely been to prevent something like personally affected by an OUR VIEW this from happening again. instance of violence or loss Yes, we have to focus in our lives, in some way. In on taking care of our own fact, we, as a university commental health. Each one of munity, have encountered us has that responsibility, both potential violence and but we also have to band actual murders, with Alextogether and care for each ander Song’s threats last year other by looking after our and Justin DeSha-Overcash’s friends’ mental health. We death in 2011 being the most all chose this university for recent and prevalent in our minds. There have been suicides and countless our own reasons. We, as members of this comother acts of violence, from sexual assault to munity, are the most integral resources to one robbery. Situated in the middle of College Park, another’s mental and emotional stability and our university has been through a lot, and we sanity. It shouldn’t take a tragedy like this to force us to realize the importance of caring for have held our resolve through it all. But now, with what police are calling a our friends’ health more deeply than what we murder-suicide that left two students dead and can see on the surface. We must recognize we one injured, it’s different. The enormity of this need to be here for each other — we have to event seems to far surpass anything else we have bind together, because we are truly all we have. This event unquestionably affects all of us been forced to handle as a community. “I’ve been here 30 years and I’ve never seen differently, and we have to be sensitive to each anything of this magnitude,” University Police individual reaction. The death of students cuts spokesman Maj. Marc Limansky said. And based deep into our collective psyche; we have to be on student reactions, for many, this situation strong for those who cannot be. Provide a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. We must rely on feels literally unbelievable. Whether you have spent one semester or four each other to get through this. And if you need help, don’t hesitate to seek it. years here, this is our home, and something so tragic taking place right in our backyard — with As Madison Higgins, the Help Center’s adminsome of our own as victims — can nearly shatter istrator said: “No matter what you are feeling, if you’re feeling sad, angry or scared, it’s all OK. our sense of comfort and calm. It begs the question: Do we feel safe on our Remember it’s important to reach out if you’re campus? Student reaction has been mixed thus feeling overwhelmed in any way.” This editorial board encourages you to go far, with some terrified in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy, while others took it at face value home and hug your mom, your significant other, your friends or whomever you cherish. as something the police had no ability to stop. This will put a cloud over our campus. In the Do what you can to be uplifting and helpful. coming days, we’ll all hear many questions asked It makes a difference. We all must strive to fulfill university Presiand unverified rumors. This editorial board recognizes there is no single coping mechanism for dent Wallace Loh’s request that the university the entire community. What we do know is that “come together to deal with this great loss. Ours ultimately, we need to recognize there are two is a university of great resolve. Together, we will emerge from our collective sadness.” fewer members of our university family.

Our sense of home has been shaken, and our College Park community must band together to stay strong.

Show a friend you truly care NOAH ROBINSON Today is filled with a lot of grief. Two people are dead. They had families, friends, hopes and dreams. All of that is gone now, and it’s hard to believe. How could someone murder another and shoot himself? Why did this happen? What could have been done to prevent it? Could this happen to me? Questions like these are flying through all of our heads, and it’s hard to process them all. Some people cope by talking about these questions, while others busy themselves to avoid ruminating over the tragedy. Others use prayer, alcohol, video games, drugs or whatever works for them to deal with their feelings. When we’re overwhelmed or don’t know how to process an event, we all have different ways of handling our resulting emotions. But some of us are better at handling these feelings than others. Some of us can get over this tragedy relatively quickly, while others may never get past the grief. Some media reporting on suicides can spur other suicides; this is called suicide contagion. While there are differing theories behind the phenomenon, it’s clear there are people out there who need help to cope with this type of event in their lives. What drove this shooter to shoot his roommates and kill himself? What was he going through? Yesterday, another shooting was added to the long list of tragedies that have recently struck our nation. They keep happening, and we keep reacting. But what can we do to prevent these tragedies from occurring?

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We only see the people in the news whom we have failed to help. There are others out there who found a reason to live, who learned to release their aggression in healthier ways. They had friends who helped them get through the tough times. The Newtown, Conn., shooter and yesterday’s gunman both had friends. And I’m not blaming these friends, as the ultimate responsibility lies with the shooters. But could these friends tell something was wrong? Could an expression of concern have helped to prevent a possible tragedy? Right now, we could all name a friend who we know is dealing with something difficult. It could be a death in the family, stress from school, past abuse, sexuality issues or a whole array of other things. Have you talked to your friend? Have you expressed your concern? The likelihood that your friend will resort to violence or suicide is low, but what if we, as a society, eliminated that chance altogether? Could you help to do it? Now, it’s not possible to prevent every case of a friend turning violent or suicidal, nor is it a friend’s responsibility to know how to prevent these things. But I challenge you: Find a friend who’s going through something and ask what’s wrong. Listen to your friend’s problems. Offer a resource, such as the Counseling Center or the Help Center. Show that you care. If we all do this, maybe we can prevent the shootings that seem like an inevitable part of our futures. Noah Robinson is a junior psychology major. He can be reached at

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ven far away in the “show-me” State of Missouri, I am a Terp to my very core. Born in Washington, D.C., I was raised in Olney with a full and abiding love for all things red, black and gold. From a young age, College Park felt like home; and yesterday, my home was torn apart by half a dozen rounds of ammunition and illuminated by fire, muzzle flash and sirens. I chose to attend the University of Missouri to escape the life and surroundings I have known and loved for 18 years and experience a new culture, way of life and political attitude. At Mizzou, where guns can be legally brought onto the campus so long as they are left in a vehicle, I do occasionally feel on edge. And with the gun violence epidemic infecting the country like never before, I wondered if or when it might strike my new Midwestern home. Still 1,000 miles away, yesterday’s atrocity may as well have happened next door. A shooting where my twin brother, cousin and countless friends go to school, at my parents’ alma mater and my proverbial home for nearly two decades, hurts just as much. No, this was not a mass shooting; it was an isolated act of hate perpetrated by a local individual with a mental illness. But it is still gun violence, and when discussing gun violence, thoughts arise about what can be done to prevent such tragedies, and speculation surfaces regarding whether an attack is impending. Fear muddies the waters of sensibility, and extremist ideas creep into our minds, then vocabulary. And while we sit, discussing and pontificating potential steps, terror strikes. In College Park. Real, shocking terror. And putting a ribbon on an Under Armour football helmet

or basketball uniform doesn’t change anything — doesn’t bring society closer to a reality without crime and malice. Constructing legislation that will remove guns from the hands of criminals, but not responsible owners, is an impossibility. But common sense measures, such as barring semi-automatic weapons — like those found near the body of suspect Dayvon Maurice Green — and automatic weapons, limiting magazine capacity and challenging the standard of handgun permits in the state of Maryland, and nationwide, can help. Mandating intensive mental health screenings on those who wish to purchase a firearm may have stopped Green, whose family told The Baltimore Sun he had been suffering from a mental illness for “at least a year,” from getting his hands on a weapon. Coming to terms with the idea that guns are embedded into the American identity is a tough pill to swallow. Yet that gun culture is merely in place to procure “a well regulated militia,” as the Second Amendment reads, not to justify the possession of high-caliber killing machines used to slaughter and maim children in Connecticut, teens in Chicago and college students in Prince George’s County. And as the university and College Park community bow their heads in this time of mourning and sorrow, and day-to-day life on this university’s upbeat campus slows under the heavy burden of grief, the day must go on, commitments must be kept and routines must be followed. For what else can we do when tragedy finally hits our doorstep and we have done nothing to prevent more? Jacob Bogage is a freshman journalism major at the University of Missouri and a staff writer for the student newspaper, The Maneater. He can be reached at


Mental health screening is necessary


his is not a discussion about gun regulation. Anyone keeping up with national headlines in the past year is acutely and uncomfortably aware that gun violence has invaded peaceful Florida neighborhoods, packed movie theaters, bright elementary schools and many places of work, study and worship. As someone who lives in the greater Baltimore area, I hear about violent gun crimes weekly. And yesterday, students of this university, who were already on edge about armed robberies around and on the campus, got another text message alert — this one referring to the murder-suicide of two fellow students, and the attempted murder of another. Today, College Park does not feel safe. Shootings at this university occur infrequently, but the recent tragedy created another wave of anxiety, fear and panic in the community. It has highlighted our student body’s vulnerability to violence. At a prestigious learning institution like ours, students’ and parents’ main concerns should be our academics, not our safety. I hate guns. But right now, I don’t want to talk about guns, or who has guns, or who shouldn’t be able to get guns. This university brags about blue safety lights on the campus, our police force and our vehicle checkpoints that deter criminals from accessing our campus. But it doesn’t brag about the University Health Center’s inability to keep up with the amount of stressed and mentally exhausted students who want counselors. (It takes about two weeks to even get a preliminary appointment with mental health services, and then another week to a month for an actual visit.) College students, often prone to mental disorders, may become a threat to other students, and themselves, if they cannot easily access

treatment. The health center offers its assistance to students, but does not require it, and students who feel our cultural stigma against individuals with mental disorders may never call that number. They may not even be aware that they exhibit signs of a mental disorder, and even if they do, they might be uninformed of the limited services the university offers. Politicians and pundits regularly discuss gun control and access to mental health facilities, but we cannot afford to wait for the lengthy, tedious task of gun regulation and health care legislation to work its way down to our institution. To protect our students, we need to act. Amid budget cuts, the university needs to prioritize the safety of its students — not just from off-campus cell phone snatchers, but from ourselves. This university needs to stop spending money on iPads for our athletic teams and direct that money toward mandatory mental health screenings for incoming students. If every returning student completed a mental evaluation, the university would have the ability to spot potential illnesses and individually assist students in need. We need to provide educational initiatives that teach students how to prevent crime and how to break down the stigma against people with mental illnesses. Students who voluntarily schedule counseling appointments should not have to wait weeks to meet with a health professional. If our students’ mental health becomes a priority for this university, our GPAs and graduation rates will improve, the happiness of our student body will increase and our campus will only become safer. Kelsey Sutton is a sophomore English and journalism major. She can be reached at




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Tegan and Sara are only the latest band to alter their sound to expand beyond a niche audience and into the mainstream. Is aiming for popularity a sign of creative bankruptcy? CON | SELLING OUT IS A DISSERVICE TO FANS By Matthew Beinart For The Diamondback The Top 40 is a vast wasteland based on a flawed system that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. The songs and artists that float to the top of the charts are, for the most part, characterized by bland and boring recycled music that sticks to trends and rarely offers up anything resembling substance. Heartthrob, the latest album from veteran indie poppers Tegan and Sara, seems to have been so purposefully constructed for a mainstream audience that anything less than a Top-40 appearance would surely be deemed a failure. “Selling out” is a loaded statement. Tegan and Sara have been releasing records for nearly 13 years, and if it was ever their sole intent to sell millions of records, they surely would have made the effort to dumb down their music long ago. T h at sa id , Hea rtth rob, w it h its generic electronic instrumentation, nauseating club beats and lyrics as shallow as a kiddie pool in winter, represents the most dramatic change from a venerable indie act in quite some time — possibly ever.

The duo has entirely dropped its endearing power-pop charm for a sound so radio-ready that at first listen, a casual Tegan and Sara fan might not recognize it. Pop music has its bright spots, and the charts are peppered with a few hit singles actually deserving their popularity. But intentionally changing a band’s sound to adhere to whatever Top 40 formula is popular at the moment is a complete and utter disservice not only to an artist’s fan base but to the integrity of the music as well. Music is a medium with the ability to convey emotions through a wide range of sounds, allowing audiences to connect with a song both physically and emotionally. When a song is truly great, it stems from an authenticity that is hard to fake. Tegan and Sara have dropped the ball. Reaching for a new sound or a fresh approach is one thing, but to scrap an entire discography in order to embrace a genre that has already been beaten to a pulp — and to not even attempt to make it your own — is simply disheartening. Pop music can still be great. And sure, Heartthrob’s lead single, “Closer” is as catchy as they come, but that’s not the point. Leaving your fans in the dust only to set your sights on purely material goals is off-putting. Let’s hope this is just a phase.

PRO | FANS SHOULD BE HAPPY FOR SUCCESSFUL BANDS By Joe Antoshak For The Diamondback Pop quiz: What’s the best way for a band with indie credibility to alienate original fans? If you guessed “become successful on a mainstream level,” you’re absolutely right. In the case of Tegan and Sara, all it took was landing “Closer” in the alternative Top 40 in 2012 for some longtime followers to declare it the final step in the duo selling out. Avid music fans are some of the most temperamental people around. Nowadays bands like Tegan and Sara are forced to walk a razor-thin line between progressing musically and stepping too far from the sound that earned them support in the first place. All too often, they fall into a pattern of releasing the same album over and over again. Of course, popularity isn’t a su re-fire representation of musical prowess. However, some deserving bands really work for it. Tegan and Sara, for example, developed a reputation for steady releases of new material and consistently strong live performances. Shouldn’t fans be happy to see artists achieve some commercial success after years of dedication? After all, they’re the ones who bought the music to help make them big, right? There is a stigma to signing to a major record label, and yes, there

are certain bands that probably should never do so. But Tegan and Sara have always been rooted in a power-pop genre that is by no means foreign to the popular ear (think Dave Matthews Band). So of course their sound is becoming more refined — more mainstream — than it’s been in the past. They’re growing up. We tend to ignore how artists can change as people from one album to the next. They’re not the same individuals at 30 as they were at 20. So who’s to question that Tegan and Sara recorded a more conventional album in Heartthrob out of a maturing artistic preference rather than a desire to sell out? Who’s to say it’s not the sound they’ve always been searching for? This strange phenomena of fame hatred in the independent music scene boi ls dow n to a feeling of intellectual superiority. The ego gains a boost from knowing about a band before anyone else. Not only does a band feel like yours, but you appear almost

instantly more cultured than your peers for knowing who it is. But this isn’t a situation in which your favorite hardcore p u n k b a n d d e c i d e s to s t a r t putting out jazzy concept albums to secure a spot on the charts. Tegan and Sara have only had one song reach the charts, and it wasn’t because they were aiming to get it there. T he reality is the one great album or song you love from a band can never be adequately reproduced. Either you move forward with the new music or you gripe about it until you discover another sound that evokes a si m i la r feel i ng. Nosta lg ics can still pop in their favorite CDs and think about how much better music used to be if they so choose. As for Tegan and Sara, they’ve simply gotten better at what they do, and they’re most likely not going back. Change is natural, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

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success can be credited to goal scorers like Bernhardt, the team’s faceoff specialists also played a key role. Sophomore Charlie Raffa and senior Curtis Holmes combined to win the game’s first eight faceoffs, giving the offense plenty of chances. Bernhardt already boasted two goals and the Terps (1-0) held a 7-0 lead before the Mountaineers (0-1) had even secured their second possession of the game. “For us to get off to that fast start and to really get after it was really important,” coach John Tillman said. “We didn’t give them many chances.” And the offensive production continued. Senior Kevin Cooper — who started at attack after playing the majority of last season at midfield — tallied a hat trick of his own, while midfielder John Haus recorded two goals and three assists. Cooper’s position switch came with little adjustment period and the offense cruised all night. “I have good chemistry with all those guys,” Cooper said. “I have played two years with [attackman] Billy [Gribbin] and four years with [attackman] Owen [Blye]. It just comes natural.” The Terps’ defense wasn’t tested much, but held its own

doubled him, made it tough. I just kept telling him, he has to get to the boards.” L e n w i l l l i ke ly n e e d to f i g u re o u t a way to wo rk through double-teams if the Terps hope to have a chance against Duke this weekend. When the 7-footer struggled with the extra attention at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 26, the Terps were forced into ill-advised jumpers and ultimately fell, 84-64. “He has to be a little bit more physical,” Turgeon said Sunday. “It wasn’t his best day.”

GRAY From PAGE 8 after setting a school record with four such games last season. But after a relatively quiet first half in which she scored eight points on 2-of-6 shooting, Gray broke out after intermission.


Attackman Kevin Cooper notched a hat trick and had a game-high six points in the Terps’ 23-6 win yesterday. christian jenkins/the diamondback when it was. All-ACC goalkeeper Niko Amato lived up to his billing as one of the nation’s top net minders, saving eight of 13 shot attempts. Even with the Terps’ talent and high expectations, though, the 17-goal margin of victory was somewhat unexpected. “I’m shocked,” Tillman said. “I thought this was going to be a pretty tight game.”

The Terps outperformed the Mountaineers in every aspect of the game last night. The offense scored the most goals for a Terps team in nearly 18 years, the defense allowed just six scores and the Terps won the faceoff battle, 25-7. The dominance is a positive sign for the Terps, who will play much more difficult opponents during their quest

to reach a third straight national title game. Still, for one player, yesterday’s victory meant a bit more. “Jake is a guy that brings so much passion and intensity to the game,” Tillman said. “He is such a great guy. To see him score four goals today was just awesome.”

Gray was nearly flawless in her 17 minutes of play in the second half. She scored 20 points — 10 of which came from the free throw line — and shot 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Gray was Duke’s answer to Thomas when the Terps’ own star tried to put on one of the performances that made her the ACC Player of the

Year last season. But Gray wouldn’t let that happen. While the Terps’ winning streak ended at nine, the Blue Devils pushed theirs to six and captured their 36th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium against a conference foe. And while most would be satisfied with her final line against

the Terps — 28 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals — the ACC’s assists leader had her eyes other places. “It felt good,” Gray said. “I still had only three assists and three rebounds, so there is definitely plenty of space to improve.”

Arguably no Terp has disappointed fans more this season than Pe’Shon Howard. After missing 18 games last year with a broken bone in his left foot and a torn ACL, the point guard seemed poised for a breakout junior campaign. But Howard has endured a frustrating stretch since the start of conference play, coming off the bench in his past eight games after starting 14 of the first 15. He is shooting just 22.2 percent through 10 ACC contests and has struggled with turnovers, even in limited minutes. Still, Howard has made notable strides over the past two games. He logged a solid 17 minutes against Virginia, hitting his first 3-pointer since midJanuary and finishing with five points. Howard also played effective defense on Cavaliers guard Joe Harris, stifling the game’s leading scorer for stretches. That performance came just three days after Howard seemed to rediscover his confidence in a 60-55 win at Virginia Tech. He drove through the paint for his first points since a Jan. 26 loss at Duke, and dished out two assists with no turnovers in 10 minutes.

“It’s two games in a row that Pe’Shon has really played well,” Turgeon said Sunday. “It’s good to see him back and playing that way. He is going to help us down the stretch.”

EX-COMMIT SHINES Justin Anderson was supposed to be in College Park right now. The forward verbally committed to the Terps in March 2011, choosing the program that had recruited him since he was the nation’s top-ranked middle schooler half a decade earlier. But Anderson changed his mind when Gary Williams retired from coaching and landed at his longtime second choice, Virginia. Terps fans reminded Anderson of the spurning throughout the Cavaliers’ win at Comcast Center on Sunday. The yellow-clad student section booed Anderson whenever he touched the ball, and shouted chants of “Traitor!” and “We don’t need you!” when he stepped to the free-throw line. The heckling helped trigger the most impressive performance of Anderson’s young career. The Spotsylvania, Va., native netted 14 of his careerhigh 17 points in the first half and finished with a game-high nine rebounds. Injuries and illness forced Bennett to start Anderson at power forward, and the 6-foot6, 226-pound slasher proved too quick for the Terps’ big men. He also had little trouble crashing the glass inside, helping the undersized Cavaliers outrebound the Terps, 34-29 — the first time Turgeon’s squad lost the battle on the boards this season. “I’ve never seen him make so many shots ever in my life,” guard Nick Faust said. “He played a great game. He was hitting jump shots, attacking very strong.”

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Howard plays better; former commit shines By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer Scouting Alex Len has become an easy task in recent weeks. Nag the Terrapins men’s basketball center with doubleteams and he’ll struggle to contribute. So Virginia coach Tony Bennett decided to follow a familiar script when his Cavaliers faced the Ukrainian big man Sunday. He threw a litany of double-teams at Len whenever he was on the court, making it difficult for him to nab low-post entry passes. The frustrated sophomore spent most of the afternoon pacing outside the key in the Terps’ 80-69 loss. Len finished with nine points and seven rebounds, but the solid stat line doesn’t tell the whole story. Four of Len’s points came in the last 1:19 when the game was well out of reach, and coach Mark Turgeon was forced to deviate from his typical inside-out scheme nearly the entire first half. It was nothing new for Len, who has totaled 15 points and 13 boards over 80 minutes in three career games against Virginia. “I didn’t think he was very good the first half,” Turgeon said. “The physicality got to him a little bit. … They See NOTEBOOK, Page 7

The Terrapins men’s lacrosse team celebrates after scoring one if its 23 goals in a blowout victory over Mount St. Mary’s at Byrd Stadium yesterday. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt led the team with fourgoals. christian jenkins/the diamondback

Jake Bernhardt sparks offensive explosion as Terps cruise to 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer Jake Bernhardt wasn’t overly concerned with results last night. The Terrapins men’s lacrosse midfielder was content simply being on the field at Byrd Stadium yesterday after spending all of last season watch-

ing from the sidelines with a shoulder injury. He was elated just to suit up for the Terps, to finally have another chance to compete with his teammates. Still, the redshirt senior said he’ll take the results he produced. And why wouldn’t he? Bernhardt recorded his first career hat trick before halftime of the Terps’ 23-6 win


Career night from Gray big factor in Duke win Guard scores 28 as Blue Devils pull away from Terps

forward alyssa thomas and the Terps’ defense allowed Duke guard Chelsea Gray (right) to score 28 points Monday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

DURHAM, N.C. — When games hang in the balance, momentum teetering before swinging in one direction or the other, the Terrapins women’s basketball team can almost always call on forwards Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins to deliver. The duo had helped catalyze the Terps’ recent nine-game winning streak and placed both among the nation’s premier players. But Monday night at Duke, it was an opposing player who delivered, not Thomas or Hawkins. Blue Devils guard Chelsea Gray had a night to remember in her squad’s 71-56 win over the No. 7 Terps. The junior scored a career-high 28 points, notched her 1,000th career point in the first half and sparked a run that ultimately tilted the game in No. 5 Duke’s favor for good.

“She’s strong. She’s physical,” coach Brenda Frese said. “She definitely had her way with us.” The early part of the game featured a Duke lead that fluctuated constantly as the Terps mounted multiple runs to reel the Blue Devils back in. Eventually, guard Chloe Pavlech swished a 3-pointer, and the Terps had their first lead of the night at 44-42 with 10:51 remaining in the game. Then Gray took over. The 2012 All-American answered with a 3-pointer to take the lead back two minutes later. Then, she sank two of her career-high 13 free throws, stripped Terps guard Katie Rutan and finished a fastbreak layup. Suddenly, the score was 49-44, and the momentum was slipping away from the Terps. “She gave us a little psychological boost,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “It was great. It

wasn’t surprising, though. We’ve all seen this of Chelsea. She’s a great player, and it’s great to see her have those moments and take advantage of them.” Gray made four free throws after Frese was ejected for arguing with officials with 3:51 remaining in the second half, turning a nine-point game into a 13-point deficit that would be too much to overcome. The 5-foot-11 junior missed just once from the charity stripe the whole night, so as the Terps fouled to desperately extend the game, it was all for naught each time Gray toed the line. The Manteca, Calif., native entered the evening more known for her passing prowess than her scoring touch — this season, she had only two games with more than 20 points, compared with three games of 10-plus assists, See GRAY, Page 7

over Mount St. Mary’s. He finished with a game-high four goals, led the Terps’ offense to the program’s highest goal total since a 26-3 victory over Radford in 1995 and helped secure the team’s 20th consecutive seasonopening victory. “It was just awesome to be out here again and to put the jersey on,”

Bernhardt said. “I wasn’t out here to prove anything, I was just out there enjoying playing.” With Bernhardt leading the charge, the No. 2 Terps jumped to a fast start and notched eight goals in the game’s first 15 minutes. While much of that See MOUNTAINEERS, Page 7

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