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By Savannah Doane-Malotte Staff writer The university has not had to resort to its crisis plan since a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the campus in 2011, but officials are constantly working to make sure it can serve the campus at a moment’s notice. In response to student requests, University Police are in the process of giving the plan a clearer and more concise presentation, said University Police Lt. Robert Mueck. The department updates its Emergency Operations Plan every year, and does not intend to change its content this semester, but officials are looking into potential alterations that better spell out how students should react in crises, Mueck said. Because last week’s shooting that left two students dead and one injured occurred off the campus, Prince George’s County Police handled the situation and officials did not resort to consulting See crisis, Page 3

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of the university’s largest campaign to date on Feb. 9. “It simply shows there are lots of alumni and donors who love the university and they want to make a difference,” university President Wallace Loh said. “It shows that they care about how giving, very generous giving, can transform the university

The university’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the ACC to ensure a more than $52 million exit fee is paid in full proved unsuccessful Monday after a North Carolina judge denied the motion. After university President Wallace Loh announced in November the university would be leaving the ACC for the Big Ten in 2014, the ACC quickly filed a lawsuit to enforce the exit fee, which was instituted in September. Last month, the state filed a motion arguing that as a public institution, the university is an entity of the state, meaning it has sovereign immunity and cannot be sued in a North Carolina court. The ACC, whose headquarters are in North Carolina, said the university is not protected under sovereign immunity in contractual claims. The state’s attorneys have 30 days to appeal the ruling. The state is now “considering its options,” said David Paulson, a spokesman for state Attorney General Doug Gansler. Loh and Florida State President Eric Barron were the only two dissenting votes when the ACC voted to hike its exit fee from $20 million to more than $52 million in September, the same time at which the conference’s council of presidents unanimously voted to admit Notre Dame as its 15th member in all sports except football. Loh, who said he was not thinking of joining the Big Ten at the time, said he opposed the fee for “philosophical and legal reasons.” Loh declined to comment on the

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officials and donors celebrated raising $1 billion as part of the Great Expectations campaign, which is the university’s largest fundraising drive to date. Almost 130,000 donors contributed to the campaign, making the university one of about 30 institutions to raise more than $1 billion in a single drive. photo courtesy of mike morgan photography

MEETING EXPECTATIONS University celebrates completion of Great Expectations campaign after raising $1 billion By Jenny Hottle Senior staff writer

university president loh and officials are working on the crisis plan. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

The university recently celebrated raising more than $1 billion in its Great Expectations campaign, an accomplishment that proved difficult to achieve despite being lower than the goals set by many similar institutions. The fundraiser kicked off at the

$60 mil. project planned for S. Campus Dining Hall Renovations to ensure building is up to code By Teddy Amenabar Staff writer The almost 40-year-old South Campus Dining Hall will undergo $60 million worth of renovations by 2017 to meet newly established codes for disabilities access, fire safety, electrical wiring and sprinkler systems, Dining Services officials said. A consulting firm that inspected the building this month will issue a report with renovation recommendations in the next 30 days. After receiving the report, Dining Services can begin crafting its design plans for the project, a process that will likely take a couple of months, said Director Colleen Wright-Riva.

“everything needs to be replaced. we want to make our investment in what benefits the [students].” JOE MULLINEAUX

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The primary focus of the renovations is to ensure the four-floor building is up-to-date with new building codes, but the dining area where students eat may receive a few cosmetic repairs as well, said Joe Mullineaux, Dining Services senior associate director. The changes outside of the dining area — other than adding some sprinklers — will be less noticeable, he added. “Everything needs to be replaced,” Mullineaux said. “We want to make our investment in what benefits the [students].” Funds for any renovation of the building must come directly from the department’s revenue rather than from the university’s general fund, WrightRiva said. The department looked at a larger plan five years ago to strip the entire building’s contents. Only the structure would have been retained, but after officials realized the project would cost $118 million, it was nixed, Assistant Director Bart Hipple said. See diner, Page 3

onset of an economic downturn, causing officials to extend its deadline by a year to December 2012. However, university officials said becoming one of about 30 institutions across the country to raise more than $1 billion in a single drive was a “remarkable feat” for the university’s development, with nearly 130,000 donors contributing to the cause. Officials celebrated the conclusion

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‘He was there for everybody’ By Jenny Hottle Senior staff writer He was sarcastic, laughed a lot and sometimes made off-color jokes, but there was one thing everyone could agree on: Stephen Alex Rane was perfectly genuine and always sincere. It didn’t matter if Rane was talking with his best friends or chatting with classmates — he made it known that he cared. Rane, 22, died early Feb. 12 after his roommate, graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, killed him and injured undergraduate student Neal Oa before shooting and killing himself, police said. Green had suffered from a mental illness for at least a year, according to Prince George’s County Police. Last night, a group of about 50 people — including family members and friends from the university and Rane’s


stephen alex rane will be remembered for his sincerity and kindess, family and friends said. photo courtesy of turna mukherjee high school — gathered near the sundial on McKeldin Mall to share memories of Rane. They laughed as they recalled the Ted Leo and the Pharmacists sweatshirt he was practically sewn into and smiled as students mentioned how he could make anyone feel better. “I’ve been watching messages on his Facebook wall pop up — it’s all helped,” his sister, Alison Rane, said to the group

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last night. “But for us, there’s going to be more difficult times ahead. I just hope that if you think of him sometime in the future, you tell us.” Born on June 18, 1990, in Lafayette, Ind., Rane attended West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School before transferring to Centennial High School

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rane From PAGE 1 in Ellicott City his junior year. Though he was a transfer student, he befriended students almost instantly and was asked to give a speech at his graduation. At this university, he joined the Media, Self and Society College Park Scholars program and quickly made it clear to his professors he was not a typical freshman. The senior English and linguistics major didn’t balk from front row seats in lecture halls or from drawing attention to himself if he had something to contribute, which was often, said Kalyani Chadha, Media, Self and Society program director. “He wasn’t afraid to raise his hand,” said Chadha. “He was an extroverted kind of kid. But he never talked for the sake of talking — he said something because it was thoughtful,intelligent,to the point.” Intelligent and witty, Rane was often at the center of class discussions, said Joe Simcox, a senior German and linguistics major. “It was always so much fun talking to him, going to class with him,” Simcox said. “The best thing

CAMPAIGN From PAGE 1 and transform the lives of students.” Launched in 2006 under former university President Dan Mote, the six-year fundraiser’s goal was the largest ever for a public institution in the region and in the state. However, similar institutions have raised greater amounts in about the same time. Penn State’s Grand Destiny campaign, launched in 1996, raised $1.4 billion in seven years. Just three years in, Ohio State University was more than halfway toward meeting its But for Ohio State campaign goal of $2.5 billion. That campaign is expected to wrap up in June 2016. Those fundraisers were respectively managed and designed by Peter Weiler, who took the helm as the university relations vice president in 2012. Aside from Ohio State’s medical center, which greatly boosts fundraising power, this campus is similar to that of Weiler’s former employers. However, there are some other differences in alumni base that guide the university in setting its campaign goals, he said. “Where you saw a lot of the impact, that is from very large gifts and very specific leadership gifts,” Weiler said of the Ohio State campaign, adding this university sees far more gifts coming from the middle $250,000 to $500,000 range rather than getting a bulk of its funds from gifts of $1 million or more. “That means you need a lot more gifts in order to get [to the goal],” Weiler said, adding, “I think that’s very encouraging for what we might be able to do in the future.” A n o t h e r key d i f fe re n ce between this university and other public institutions, such as the University of Michigan

“we’d just hang out and we’d have deep conversations. I’m definitely going to miss that.” JOE SIMCOX

Senior German and linguistics major about him: He was such a unique person and so funny.” Rane, known by many for his catchphrase, “Stephen is great,” would often come up with creative ways to brighten up people’s days — whether it was dancing around a dorm room late at night or the time he snuck into another residence hall and anonymously placed candy on each person’s door on Valentine’s Day, signing them as the fourthfloor admirer. “He could always cheer you up, no matter how late it was,” said Megan Matthews,a senior microbiology major. “He took life the right way. He was there for everybody.” Rane had a way with words and wanted to learn as many languages as he could, said Jeanette Santori, Rane’s first girlfriend. He studied abroad in Ireland last year, Chadha said, adding he talked about wanting to return there. As a student who frequently

or the University of California Berkeley, is how long universities have been fundraising, said Brodie Remington, the former vice president for university relationships who helped develop Great Expectations. While this university only began fundraising at a major scale about 20 years ago, other universities have been doing it for several decades longer, Remington said. “Some of it is a cumulative kind of thing,” Remington said. “You gain experience, and you pay attention to your alumni. We’re new at it, and there’s a long way to go.” At its conclusion, Great Expectations includes more than $253 million in student scholarships and financial aid alone. Other parts of the campaign will help recruit new faculty, go toward research and innovation or creating new programs and upgrading buildings and other facility needs. The impact is enormous, Loh said. Because of the strong donor support, the university attracted more funds at the state level. With $5 in state support for every $1 in private donations going toward new buildings, Loh said, the university will be able to finance the building of the $40 million Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center — a building made up exclusively of classrooms. “We are really blessed with a general assembly and a governor who are very supportive of the university, and then alumni and donors who are supportive as well,” Loh said. The recent donations are doing more than just supporting programs and students, Weiler said. “It gives the university great confidence that people believe in what we’re doing, that we’re willing to give that kind of support,” Weiler said. “It’s an enormous bode of confidence to what we’re doing.” And though universities

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Stephen Alex Rane, a senior English and linguistics major, was killed Feb. 12. Friends and family gathered that evening and last night to share memories and stories, such as the time he snuck into a dorm’s fourth floor to leave anonymous Valentines on each door. Rane also loved travel and his job at GameStop on Route 1. photos by charlie deboyace/the diamondback made the dean’s list, he participated in numerous creative writing workshops, English chairman William Cohen wrote in an email to the English department. Outside of class, Rane interned at the university’s writing center as a sophomore and worked at the GameStop

in College Park. “Working with him was a blast, just because it didn’t feel like work,” said Simcox, an employee at the Route 1 video game shop. “We’d just hang out, and we’d have deep conversations. I’m definitely going to miss that.”

are almost constantly raising money, campaign directors stress the importance of taking breaks in between major fundraising drives to maintain those relationships. This university does not have specific plans for its next public fundraising campaign, but Weiler said the campaign staff will continue working to tell the stories of alumni who gave back to the university in order to “cast the net wider” to new potential donors. For Richard Novak, a 1962 alumnus and former Terrapins quarterback, contributing to the campaign meant giving back to the university that provided him with an athletic scholarship and the opportunity to pursue a career. “I contributed for several

reasons,” Novak wrote in an email, including “a desire to provide scholarship assistance to students in need, pride in the improved rankings of the school in external surveys [and] pleasure in aiding the financial efforts of the football and basketball programs.” And though the university is just beginning to put its acquired funds into action, Remington said the success of the campaign has given the university the opportunity to mature and become stronger for its future fundraising drives. “Like with every opportunity, if you get the right people in place to build on what has been done, we can achieve more,” he said.

Rane is survived by his mother, Karen Rane, and stepfather, Gerald Brust, both university employees; his father, Stanley Rane, and stepmother, Teresa Pena; sister Alison Rane and her husband, Maxime Paquin, and sister Noelia Rane. The university held a vigil for

lawsuit From PAGE 1 lawsuit, as the case is ongoing. The university is directing all calls for comment to the state attorney general’s office. In November, Loh said he was confident university officials would be able to negotiate a lower exit fee with the ACC. However, the possibility of paying the full fee was taken into consideration when considering the move, Loh said, noting the university will benefit financially from the conference switch either way. “We will sit down and have private conversations with the ACC about the exit fee, and whatever the eventual exit fee is, my statement still stands. We

him Feb. 12 in the Memorial Chapel. He was buried in Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer, Pa., on Feb. 16, following a memorial service at Mauger/Givnish Funeral Home in Malvern, Pa.

will be ensuring the financial health of athletics,” Loh said in November. The state is also suing the ACC for violating antitrust laws. “Our lawsuit calls the ACC’s ‘exit fee’ what it really is — an antitrust violation and an illegal penalty,” Gansler said in a January statement following the lawsuit’s announcement. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said he expects the university to uphold its obligations to the conference. “We continue to extend our best wishes to the University of Maryland,” Swofford said in a statement in November following the ACC’s lawsuit announcement.“However, there is the expectation that Maryland will fulfill its exit fee obligation.”



Bottle-filling stations to replace all water fountains By Madeleine List Staff writer

Wallace Loh, university president, said officials must go beyond the current crisis preparedness plan, which University Police review annually, to ensure the campus’ safety, and work to prevent tragedies such as shootings and bomb threats. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

CRISIS From PAGE 1 their hazard plan. However, the murder-suicide’s timing — after a string of recent gun violence across the country, including a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — has prompted heightened concern and an influx of questions from the student body. “After Newtown, we want to include information about how students and staff should respond to an active shooter,” Mueck said. “Our officials are trained in this, but there have been a lot of requests to address what students should expect in those situations.” The university is also considering updating its alert system to better inform students and staff in the event of an emergency, said Brian Ullmann, the university’s marketing and communications assistant vice president. “The alert system is designed to alert students of a threat, and when there is no longer a threat, that alert system isn’t used just for communicating,” he said. “But it is something we’re looking at, and we’re working with police to make sure that the communication is clear.” Enhanced alerts may help students take more appropriate action, especially if they are alone, said freshman English major Cara Reilly. “Students need to know what they should do when emergencies happen because staff don’t have the capacity to inform everyone during a state of crisis,” she said. Though reviewing and improving the plan is important when disaster strikes, university President Wallace Loh said he believes those actions alone cannot prevent future

crises. Some events are out of officials’ hands — Facilities Management can buffer its infrastructure, but a natural disaster may still strike, such as when a tornado devastated parts of the campus and killed two students in 2001. But officials can work toward a safer and healthier campus, and prevent some future acts of violence, by focusing on mental health education and reform, Loh said. Loh said he doesn’t know if anyone has a solution to the larger issue at play in the cases of both graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, who shot his two roommates before killing himself last week, and former student Alexander Song, who threatened a shooting rampage on the campus in spring 2012. “Educating the public at large, including students, of behavioral traits — that’s hard to do,” Loh said. University Police and officials spanning multiple departments are ensuring the efficiency of the Emergency Operations Plan after last week’s shooting left the entire campus community questioning their safety at the university. The plan covers emergency response procedures for possible crisis scenarios, from tornadoes and outbreaks of disease to power failures, major fires and active shooters. By updating the plan regularly, the university ensures officials can act as efficiently as possible when threats and hazards leave the campus community at its most vulnerable, Mueck said. “You can’t control the incidents that happen, but you can control how you structure response to an incident,” he said. “If you don’t have a plan, the response will not be as robust as it could be.” Though different emergencies require different responses, Mueck said, the main principles

are the same in each plan: prioritize what actions are necessary to save lives, stabilize the incident, protect property and keep the environment safe. These foundations not only help staff make preparations, he said, but they can provide much-needed clarity during urgent or tragic situations. These preparations also outline the role each department on the campus would play if security were threatened, Mueck said. Along with University Police,Department of Resident Life and Facilities Management carry a bulk of the responsibility. Resident Life must communicate with residents to convey information about the incident and ensure students’ safety, said Mike Glowacki, Resident Life assistant director. The department is also trained to evacuate buildings and summon first responders when necessary. Facilities Management would fix any interior damage to buildings and dorms and clean any debris, Mueck said. Also spelled out in the plan are the roles of the Department of Transportation Services, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, Student Affairs, Residential Facilities department, Dining Services and the University Health Center. Top university officials, including vice presidents and directors, generally receive training to respond in crises through exercises held by University Police, and other departments such as Resident Life host their own trainings for their staff. “Making sure we have these processes in place ensures that we will have well-trained staff that can make good decisions at the scene,” Glowacki said. “You can’t plan for everything.”

This university already has smart students, but it will soon boast smart water fountains, too. Over the next year, Facilities Management will replace water fountains on the campus with environmentally friendly filling stations as part of the Sustainability Council’s Terps Love the Tap project. The new fountains will include a traditional water fountain head, a filtered filling station for reusable bottles and “green counters” that track how many plastic bottles have been saved over the course of the fountain’s use. The council can use the data collected to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and track progress as it looks to curb disposable water bottle consumption. The idea for the project stemmed from a proposal by the Student Government Association’s student sustainability committee to drastically reduce bottled water consumption on the campus, said Matthew Popkin, who serves on the Sustainability Council’s filling station work group. The initiative to upgrade the fountains is the culmination of a two-anda-half-year effort, said Popkin, who is also the SGA’s speaker of the legislature. “My hope is that by install-

South Campus Dining Hall will undergo a $60 million renovation by 2017 to bring disability access, electrical wiring, sprinklers and fire safety up to code. file photo/the diamondback

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ing the new infrastructure, we will reduce the consumption of bottled water and start a discussion about the consumption of bottled water in the future,” he said. Similar fountains in Stamp Student Union have been successful, officials said, leading them to purchase more with a $71,482 grant from the University Sustainability Fund, a pool of money collected from student fees for green projects. At least 60 new units have been ordered, and officials plan to place them near the main entrances of high-traffic buildings, said Aynsley Toews, a sustainability office project manager. The council hopes to educate students through Terps Love the Tap, Toews said. Each filling station will feature signs with facts about the environmental impacts of bottled water and the health benefits of staying hydrated. The filling station work group — composed of students and university officials from Dining Services, the Department of Resident Life and other departments — is also planning a marketing campaign, complete with tabling at events, photographing highprofile students using reusable bottles and distributing maps of filling station locations. Karina French, an undergraduate Sustainability Council representative, said the fountains’ added ease will encourage students to purchase reusable water bottles rather

“We couldn’t afford that,” Wright-Riva said.“Neither department thought that was the best use of student money.” Instead, officials have been working on a “case-by-case basis” to resolve issues within the building, Mullineaux said. Until Dining Services is able to save the $60 million for the allinclusive project, the department will continue to take the piecemeal approach, Wright-Riva said. “We will be correcting things as they occur,” she said. The department has already

repaired overused machinery, including a freight elevator, Wright-Riva added. Since Dining Services is not the only tenant in the building — several student groups and The Diamondback use it — any renovation project is more complex, Wright-Riva said. The project will likely cost roughly four times more than renovations made to 251 North, the all-you-can-eat dining hall in Denton Community.Because South Campus Dining Hall is much larger and serves multiple purposes, the project will take more planning and resources before officials can actually begin moving forward. ”I would anticipate student focus groups, I would anticipate hiring a

than disposable plastic ones. The education campaign is a key part of motivating students to avoid bottled water, she said. “I feel very strongly that bottled water is an unsustainable product for social reasons, waste reasons, water access reasons,” French said. “Investment in the public water system is really the way to go.” The most obvious problem with bottled water is plastic bottles can easily make their way into landfills instead of recycling bins — but that’s just the start, French said. The production of a plastic bottle requires more water than the bottle being made can actually hold, she said. And, French said, private bottling companies can act unjustly for profit, in some cases depriving local communities of their natural water resources. “The idea of privatized water is unsustainable,” she said. “Water is an essential need in life that we should be investing in at a public level.” And despite popular belief, municipal water is just as safe as bottled water, so Terps are free to love the tap. The filling stations only include filters for the purpose of taste, French said. “I think that it will help start a conversation and allow us to point to positive and attractive alternatives to students when we ask them to stop using bottled water,” she said. “I see it as a stepping stone.”

food service consultant and architects to actually finish the planning once we get through the facilities aspect,” Wright-Riva said. The renovations will help attract prospective students, Maryland Images tour guides said. “It’s always a good sign to potential students to see our campus improving — especially when it’s done,” said Dan Zawacki, a senior English major. “We just … took prospective students to 251 North and they absolutely loved it there.” Although the project is meant to benefit students, some said the $60 million price tag is too high and the department should instead explore other ways to spend that money. “The South Campus Diner is in a good enough condition that it doesn’t need to be renovated at this point,” said Lindsay Hamilton, a junior secondary education major. “There are other things that they can do.” Yet other students, such as Alex Peltzer, said renovations to improve the building’s safety should be a priority. “I guess if it takes that much, then they should, but that seems like a lot,” the sophomore computer science major said. “It’s worth it if it makes everything safer.”






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Always playing it safe “Drug overdose is now second only to motor vehicle crashes among the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths” in the united states. “Students who are aware that a medical amnesty policy is in effect are 2.5 times more likely than students who expect to face disciplinary actions to call for help when witnessing the signs of alcohol poisoning.” -Senate Student Conduct Committee Report The first time I walked across McKeldin Mall at the heart of our campus as a newly hired professor, a reporter asked me if I worked here, and when I affirmed that I did, stuck a microphone in my face: “What do you think about the death of Len Bias? Who’s responsible?” I did not know then, and I do not

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claim to know now, exactly what happened in the early hours of June 19, 1986. However, some think the graceful Terrapin star (who had the sweetest shot in college basketball) had been unconscious for a few minutes, maybe more, before EMS was called at 6:32 a.m. Bias was taken to Leland Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:50 a.m. To settle what actually happened in that case is not my concern here. My concern is that no student should ever be hesitant to call 911 if a fellow student appears to be having a medical emergency because of an overdose of alcohol or any drug, whether legally or illegally obtained. I was, therefore, pleased to see the University Senate did the right thing Thursday when it overwhelmingly voted to expand the Good Samaritan policy to include drugs. No student should have to worry about calling for help when a fellow student is in trouble, whatever the circumstance. As chairwoman of the University Senate, I could not vote on the matter, so I welcome the opportunity to say this is an important advancement in helping to ensure student safety. The policy on which the senate voted is reasonable and nuanced, one with exclusions that do not promote reck-

lessness but remind all campus citizens that “state law provides that the ‘act of seeking medical assistance for another person who is experiencing a medical emergency after ingesting alcohol or drugs may be used as a mitigating factor in a criminal prosecution.’” I urge all campus citizens to read the January 2013 Student Conduct Committee report — which uses the statistics I quoted at the beginning of this column — to be mindful of one another’s health and well-being, to remember that we are a community in which compassion and proactive kindness, not fear, should always prevail. This report does not recommend irresponsible use of drugs or alcohol, and neither do I. Adopting it will not promote that either. What it recommends is that we foster an environment in which safety, and members of the community taking care of one another, always comes first. Always. No exceptions. The Student Conduct Committee report quoted above can be found at Martha Nell Smith is the University Senate chairwoman and an English professor at this university. She can be reached at


laughing with me? DREW FARRELL I started doing stand-up a year ago, which, according to Jerry Seinfeld’s theory that your comedian age is how long you’ve been performing, makes me a baby (an estimation I cannot disagree with because my appearances on stage still mainly result in me crying, soiling myself or asking for my mother). But I do it because I love it. I get up there because it’s where I want to be. Still, out of respect for the 99.99 percent of the field that is funnier than me, I don’t quite feel comfortable calling myself a comedian yet — more like a comedy nerd. I am definitely a comedy nerd. My idols — Conan O’Brien and Marc Maron, to name a couple — are all funny people. My five favorite films include four comedies and Jaws. My Internet history, between deletions, is a steady stream of stand-ups such as Patrice O’Neal or Nikki Glaser, clips of television shows such as Saturday Night Live or Louie or updates from online funnies such as DailyGrace or @MarylandMudflap and other people who are more than just a pair of nice tweets. Despite the variety of my comedy intake, I can say without equivocation that my favorite funny medium is an hour of stand-up comedy. And one of my favorite hours of standup comedy is Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me. For those unfamiliar with Birbiglia, he is a pudgy, awkward comedian who is hilariously witty and a hit among college kids. The hour itself is a clever long-form monologue about the hardships of simultaneously dealing with a sleeping disorder, a failing relationship and a flailing comedy career. What truly makes it so enjoyable, though, is how Birbiglia, by weaving honesty with self-deprecation, finds a way

to turn these sad stories into something relatable and funny. There’s a point in Sleepwalk With Me when Birbiglia jokes that comedians must be delusional to willingly experience as much failure and selfevaluation as they do. While I don’t feel delusional (the more I get on stage, the more I realize how much I suck), it does cause me to think about who I am. All day long I do personal inventory on what makes me tick, because at the next set I get, I want to be more genuinely and comfortably myself. In short, I’ve found who I am is self-deprecating, and I used to hate that. Now, because of Birbiglia, I don’t. Some say self-deprecation is inherently evil, that it’s a sign of deeper anxiety or depression and constantly selling yourself short is a terrible habit. I disagree. Like performing comedy, there’s a right way and a wrong way to tear yourself apart. The key, it seems, is finding the right dosage of humiliation, or basically just the ability to laugh at your flaws and perpetually try to stay humble. That Birbiglia can laugh so openly at his plight makes me think the “tears of a clown” idea is just a myth — much like the one claiming you have to be a depressed, long-haired dude from Seattle with a black T-shirt and guitar to make a good rock record these days. The notion that you have to be sad to create any lasting form of art (or moment of self-deprecation) is ridiculous. Like most people, I’ve gone through ebbs and flows of happiness and sadness. When I was happiest, I believed everyone was naturally happy. When I was saddest, I believed the opposite. Now, because of Birbiglia, I believe we have a choice to make: We can be delusional or self-deprecating. I hope we pick the latter, because a world that can’t make fun of itself is a scary proposition. But what do I know? I’m just a baby. Drew Farrell is a senior English m a j o r. H e c a n b e re a c h e d a t


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Current girlfriend or ex? NOAH ROBINSON I just found out my ex-girlfriend, whom I dated throughout high school, is transferring to this university next year. I’m not sure what to do — I have a new girlfriend, but my feelings for her pale in comparison to my feelings for my ex. My ex and I broke up because we were going to different schools; besides that, the relationship was perfect. What should I do when she gets here? Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult, and it sounds like you and your ex wanted to enter your new environments without attachments. Your relationship was healthy and positive, but circumstances ended up causing it to fail. Now that she’s coming back, you are feeling conflicted as to whether you should dump your current girlfriend and get back together with your ex. Ever since you found out your ex was coming back, you’ve been comparing your current relationship to the one you had with her. It’s hard to make that kind of comparison, because you’ve prob-

ably dated both women for different lengths of time. You’re also more mature now, which means you may be more hesitant to fall for someone new. That doesn’t mean the current relationship has less potential than your previous one. You also want to be cautious. We still have the rest of this semester to go, and you have no idea what may happen with your current girlfriend. You should play it cool and give it some time. Re-evaluate once you finish this year, and make sure you check to see whether your ex wants to get back together with you. Otherwise, you may end up alone. My best friend broke up with this guy a year ago, and he has been hitting on me ever since. I’m not sure what to do, because I definitely have feelings for him. I’m just scared to act on them, as I know my friend would stop talking to me. Should I just forget about the guy? Just like the previous reader, you too are in an unfortunate situation of coincidence. In your case, you’re feeling conflicted between your feelings for this guy and your best friend. Your decision needs to be based on the current relationship your friend

has with this guy. How does your friend feel about this guy? Why does she feel that way? You’re worried that your action — getting with this guy — is going to elicit a negative reaction by your best friend. You need to figure out why this would anger your friend. Put yourself in her shoes, and try to understand why she would be mad if you dated her ex. There are so many factors that could affect how she feels — whether she was dumped, how much they’ve communicated since the breakup, her current feelings for him and so on. After you consider all of this, if you still want to date her ex, then go ahead. As long as you’re aware of the possible consequences for doing it and can accept all of them, you should do it. Although she’s your best friend, you need to decide whether to sacrifice your happiness for hers. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into, though, and triplecheck that this guy is worth it. Noah Robinson is a junior psychology major. He can be reached at To submit a n a n o n y m o u s q u e s t i o n , go t o /HumpDayDBK.

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few weeks ago, my seminar class received a visit from a member of MaryPIRG, the student lobbying organization. The young lady who came to visit was very cordial and eager to share information about the group. She gave a short speech about its mission and proceeded to inform my class on the organization’s current lobbying focus. Her message focused on the proposed offshore wind energy legislation facing the state General Assembly. The organization is petitioning members of the legislature to convince them to support the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act. The proposal would construct offshore wind turbines to create more sustainable energy. Whether good or bad, it’s up to the readers to decide. So what is my issue then? Lobbying? Not quite. I perfectly respect the right of labor unions, concerned citizens, students and even corporations to lobby. Each side has a right to advocate their point of view in the public sphere. Reform has restricted gifts politicians can receive, which is a good thing. The speaker who visited my class pressured us to sign, but I cannot fault her for that — it is her job. I was shocked, though, to hear the organization has received a glut of university funding in the past. But then I was infuriated when MaryPIRG’s representative told my class that if we really wanted to not pollute, we would sign her petition. That’s poor logic, and it’s insulting to someone concerned about the environment. My issue truly lies in the foundation of MaryPIRG’s funding. Students once helped fund this organization. I believe organizations that form legally, including Democrats, Republicans, inde-

pendents, socialists and all others, deserve a share of the student activity fee. They should be given funding to run the organizations and, yes, even advocate their beliefs. The difference herein is MaryPIRG would use the student activities fee to fund staff salaries and its lobbying operations of the state government. It pretends to act nonpartisan, but really, it advocates its own agenda that very rarely relates to university matters. I agree with and admire some of its actions, I won’t deny that. However, I must conclude it does not deserve our money to lobby the government on certain issues. It deserves the same basic funding as other organizations, not special funding for their own use. The Student Government Association voted last week to reject a bill that would increase the university’s student activities fee on MaryPIRG’s behalf. But the SGA is scheduled to vote next week on increasing the student activities fees for all student groups, which include MaryPIRG. But do we need the fee raised? And how do we handle the many student groups dependent upon the fee? One idea would be to allow any group appeal for funding for lobbying. That way everyone who wanted to lobby could, and we could all be happy, right? Wrong. I would start a lobbying group and so would others, and then our pool of money would shrink, leaving very little money left. So instead of raising the activity fee, why don’t we just limit the amount of money we send to a lobbying organization that does not lobby all students’ interests? Let us prevent the tyranny of the many from silencing the voices of the minority. Matt Dragonette is a sophomore accounting major. He can be reached at



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orn today, you harbor an innate sensitivity that is very much a part of everything you do, informs every action you take, and dictates how you will relate to all those around you -- friends, loved ones, co-workers, fans and critics. You feel things deeply, and you have an abiding sense of fairness; you will go out of your way to avoid doing anything that even remotely seems to be unkind or thoughtless. Still, you are able to manage your affairs in a progressive, productive fashion, and you’re able to use your sensitivity to your advantage, while others with your makeup might simply become overly passive, even sheepish. What you accomplish in the professional arena is likely to bring you a great deal of confidence in your private life: The better you are doing on the job, the better you are doing in your personal affairs. You know how to combine business and pleasure in ways that others cannot match. Also born on this date are: Gloria Vanderbilt, designer; Sandy Duncan, actress; Patty Hearst, heiress; Cindy Crawford, model; Robert Altman, filmmaker; Sidney Poitier, actor; Ansel Adams, photographer. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -What others need, you can surely provide, but before you do, you will want to be sure that their motives mesh with your own principles. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -You’ll have to work harder today to balance your own budget -- especially after an unplanned expense requires attention. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You can prove a great deal about yourself, and when all is said and done you can bet that someone in authority will be on your side. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You can enjoy what you do today even though you may not be able to do it precisely the way you had planned. Be flexible! CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You can combine business and pleasure in an unorthodox manner today -and one that is likely to be adopted by others very soon. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You must make no assumptions about those on the other side of the fence today. You have much to learn -and today your schooling begins.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -You’ve been waiting for someone from your past to reach out and make contact once more. Today, how that unfolds may surprise you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Others may be making an assumption about you that actually works to your advantage. Soon you’ll score big gains -- by revealing the truth. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -You are proficient at many things, an expert at some, but truly inspired by only one endeavor -- and today it will reap unique rewards. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You’re not likely to express yourself in a routine manner today; what you say and how you say it will separate you from the amateurs. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may think that others are trying to play tricks on you, but the truth is that you have put yourself in a strange position. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You’ll be responsible for doing something that others are not capable of doing today. You’ll be recognized for an invaluable contribution.


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Mississippi took a bold step into the 19th century this week by officially ratifying the 13th Amendment, which banned slavery. The state ratified the amendment in 1995 (still a bit late, but, you know, they had a lot going on) but, thanks to a clerical error, never made it official until Lincoln reminded legislators that they should really get on that. This really puts that time you forgot to write that paper into perspective, huh?



Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have ruled video gaming for more than a decade, but a change may be coming as PC gaming reasserts its dominance over the market By Warren Zhang Senior staff writer Sony’s rumored announcement today of their next PlayStation gaming system comes at a time when video gaming is at something of a crossroads. The appetite for new major home consoles has waned somewhat (see the atrocious returns for Nintendo’s Wii U), while computer and mobile gaming have seen stellar growth. Back in the day, playing a game on the computer was messy compared to the relatively streamlined experience of a console. When you bought a PlayStation 2, you bought a machine that could run

blockbuster games until the next generation came out, typically half a decade after launch. Conversely, a computer that could keep up with the latest PC games would require more frequent upgrades and diligent driver updating. These ideals are less true now than before. A well-equipped PC can keep up with most releases for a long while before needing upgrades, graphics card manufacturers are much better about releasing and pushing driver updates and games released on the dated consoles can outright suck compared to their PC iterations. None of this looks to change with Sony’s PlayStation 4. It may have been true that the PlayStation 3, X box 360 and

earlier consoles possessed specialized hardware that leapt ahead of PCs at the time. However, the leaked specifications of both the next PlayStation and X box are composed almost entirely of off-the-shelf components, stuff you could find in a Best Buy. The other reason most people buy into consoles is to play titles exclusive to the platform, which are becoming increasingly rare as the cost of video game development increases. Sony still has a few aces up its sleeve, but Microsoft? Pretty much just Halo and Gears of War. So without particularly great hardware and fewer worthwhile exclusive games, what’s the point of buying a new console? After all, if a modestly priced desktop or laptop could do the job, would it not be more practical just to buy a gaming

computer instead? The walled-off paradigm established by consoles to streamline that experience is outdated. If I find a bug on a computer game, some enterprising user on the Internet has probably already fi gured out some way to tinker a configuration file into submission. On the consoles, I’d have to wait for the developer to notice the bug, write a fi x for the bug and then go through certification for that patch before it gets pushed to the player. A computer game player can find exotic modifications to extend the life of a game (e.g. Just Cause 2’s outstanding multiplayer mod), while console games explicitly prohibit modifying code. While there are still a few reasons to grab a Wii U or the next PlaySta-

tion and Xbox machines — consoles are still where it’s at if you really dig motion controls — console gaming is dead to me. My PlayStation 3 now sees more use as a Blu-ray player than anything else, while games like Hotline Miami and Bastion have kept my laptop busy. I’ll keep an eye out to see if Sony pulls off any unexpected magic tricks today, but I’ll most likely pass on the next console generation.

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EAGLES From PAGE 8 for just the second time this season. “This is definitely a big letdown,” guard Nick Faust said as he fought back tears. “We thought we had a solid practice yesterday, but it just wasn’t enough for today.” The slow-footed display overshadowed a stellar showing from guard Logan Aronhalt, who hit 7-of-12 three-point attempts en route to his Terps-career-high of 26 points. But Aronhalt got little help from the rest of Turgeon’s 10-man rotation. No other Terp finished in double figures, and projected NBA lottery pick Alex Len turned in yet another dud of a game. He had four points on 1-of-5 shooting and turned the ball over three times. That disappearance proved vital in the game’s critical stages. With a horde of Boston College defenders swarming Aronhalt whenever he touched the ball, the Terps struggled to find a groove offensively. After a Dez Wells free throw captured a 50-49 lead late in the second half, the Terps didn’t score for more than three and

a half minutes. The Eagles went on a 12-0 run in that span, effectively securing just their third win in 11 games. “I’m really disappointed in our effort,” Turgeon said. “If we had just played with a little bit more heart and a little bit more desire, it could’ve been a different game.” Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net early, shooting a combined 2-of-15 from the field before the first media timeout. They traded the rare bucket until an Aronhalt trey gave the Terps a 16-9 lead midway through the half. Boston College evened the score with a 7-0 run, and there was some more back and forth before Aronhalt erupted in the half’s waning minutes. After a Patrick Heckmann layup knotted the game at 24, the Albany transfer hit three straight 3-pointers over a 50-second span to give the Terps a nine-point edge. Aronhalt had 15 points — just two shy of his then-Terps high — when Turgeon’s squad entered the break with a 33-26 lead. No other Terp had more than four and no Eagle had more than seven. “We’re so explosive offensively from so many positions,” Aronhalt said. “I think it


just happened to be my night, and unfortunately we couldn’t really get anything from anybody else scoring-wise.” Boston College emerged from halftime on a 9-2 rally that evened the game at 35. After another Aronhalt 3-pointer, the Terps went more than seven minutes without hitting a field goal. Still, they managed enough free throws over the drought to hang close and a Jake Layman 3-pointer with 7:45 left captured a 45-44 Terps’ lead. But then the Terps’ (18-8, 6-7 ACC) immaturity began to show. They struggled with their ball-screen defense, allowing Eagles (12-14, 4-9) guard Olivier Hanlan — who finished with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting — to hit wide-open baskets down the stretch. The miscues hurt. Last night’s loss temporarily moved the Terps out of the NCAA Tournament picture, and likely left a fivegame winning streak to close the regular season as one of the team’s only options to experience March Madness. “I don’t know what happened,” Turgeon said. “This was hard to watch.”

FRESHMEN From PAGE 8 Bradlee Lord has earned playing time on a midfield ripe with talent. In Lord’s first career game, he notched a goal in the second quarter against Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 12. “The leadership on our team is so good. The seniors, juniors and sophomores really help guide the way,” Lord said. “The transition [to college lacrosse] has been pretty smooth.” Not every young player has been able to crack the rotation, though. So for a majority of the team’s freshmen — a group filled with high school standouts and nationally ranked prospects — the only opportunity to prove their worth is on the practice field. That dynamic creates a competitive atmosphere in practice, Cooper said. And that’s vital to a Terps team that needs to

prepare to play seven ranked teams in its 11 remaining regular-season contests. “All the freshmen come out to play really hard in practice every day,” Cooper said. “They give us a great look on the scout team.” The intensity at practice has been amped even a bit higher this week. While the Terps stress focusing on one game at a time, midfielder John Haus said the team values Saturday’s matchup more than most. After all, the Greyhounds beat the Terps in the national championship nine months ago. So this week, roles have been reversed. The returning players are motivating the freshmen. They’re telling the freshmen how it feels to fall one win short of the title. They’re reminding them that Loyola was the team celebrating last spring, not the Terps. And the freshman, Lord said, are intent on making sure that doesn’t happen again. “We talk about it a lot in practice, how it felt to see last year’s seniors go out that way,” Lord said. “As a freshman, it’s important for us to help. Not just on the field, but also off the field, just giving the seniors that edge.”

NOTEBOOK From PAGE 8 just locked in about our defense.” Franklin was the only Cavalier to score in double figures, and the team shot 26 percent for the game after a quick start. But once Frese regrouped her Terps, it was a different story. “This team responds,” Frese said. “They take the challenge and went on their own run.”

PFIRMAN RETURNS With just more than eight minutes remaining in the first half Sunday, forward Tierney Pfirman entered the game to an ovation from Terps fans who had made the trek to Charlottesville, Va. It was the first time she had appeared in a game in exactly one month. P f i r m a n d i s l o c a te d h e r kneecap in practice before the Terps traveled to Georgia Tech on Jan. 19 and hadn’t played in the seven games since. While Pfirman’s final line was zero points on 0-of-2 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one turnover and two fouls in seven minutes, it was a welcome return for the freshman. “From seeing the injury happen to where she is now, I’m really happy to see her back out there,” forward Alyssa Thomas said. “I know she’s excited to be back out there. First game jitters, just a little rust, but next game, I expect her to almost be back to herself.” At the time of her injury, Pfirman was averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17 games, including 12 consecutive starts. She was coming off a 16-point, eightrebound performance against N.C. State when she got hurt, and had scored in double figures in four of her previous six games. “It’s a great boost,” forward Tianna Hawkins said. “She’s been excited about getting back and to finally see her out on the floor, it was very exciting.”

DOWN A PEG Despite losing to Duke on Feb. 11, the Terps dropped just one spot in Monday’s AP poll. They checked in at No. 8 in a tie with Kentucky, which moved up from the No. 9 spot with a win over South Carolina. The newest edition of the polls again features four ACC teams: No. 5 Duke, the Terps, No. 16 North Carolina and No. 19 Florida State. Overall, the Terps have played seven games against current top-25 teams this season and have two of their final four regular-season games against ranked opponents (Duke, Florida State). The strength of the Terps’ schedule hasn’t been lost on the computers either, as the Terps rank No. 8 in RPI — the highest of any ACC team.

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Rookies making early impression Freshman class of 14 play crucial roles in games, on practice field By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer Jo h n T i l l m a n l ove s t h e makeup of the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team this season, and it’s not just because he can lean on the leadership and experience of 20 upperclassmen. Those veterans did lead the team to comfortable wins over Mount St. Mary’s, 23-6, and Hartford, 16-4, to start the season, and they should be crucial again in Saturday’s national championship rematch with No. 1 Loyola. But the third-year coach said the No. 2 Terps can’t create a winning environment with experience alone. They’ll need help from the squad’s 14 freshmen to do that. “When you have young guys, those guys are hungry and super eager. There’s value to that,”

Tillman said. “If the youth can be planted with the older guys, it can be a potentially really good season for us.” It hasn’t been easy for the Terps to combine the young players with the veterans on game days. The squad returned the nucleus from a group that reached the title game a year ago, leaving little playing time to go around for a freshman class Inside Lacrosse ranked No. 6 in the nation. Still, the few rookies who earned their way onto the field haven’t taken long to contribute. Junior defenseman Brian Cooper said freshman defender Matt Dunn has been critical to a defense that’s allowed just 10 goals in two games. Rookie Andrew Walsh has won six of seven faceoffs, and freshman See FRESHMEN, Page 7



Letting the air out

Disappointing loss at Boston College could burst Terps’ NCAA Tournament bubble hopes By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — An irate Mark Turgeon took a seat on the Terrapins men’s basketball team’s bench with less than three minutes remaining in a 69-58 loss at Boston College last night. The second-year coach grabbed assistants Dalonte Hill and Scott Spinelli each on the knee, unleashed a monstrous yell and pounded both feet against the hardwood. Turgeon’s fit coincided with the swish of a made Eagles jumper. It was that kind of game for the Terps. Three days after students celebrated a rousing win over No. 2 Duke into the night on Route 1, a youthful group delivered on every Terps fan’s worst nightmare. It bungled away another road win down the stretch, possibly ending NCAA Tournament bubble talk with five games still remaining on the regular-season slate. For the second time in three games, the Terps seemed to lack urgency. They were late on loose balls, slow on screens and weak crashing the boards. It seemed they were playing in quicksand, Turgeon said after the Terps’ fifth ACC road loss this season. They were a step slow the full 40 minutes. And the Terps’ shot selection didn’t help. They forced contested attempts early in the shot clock and shot a paltry 35.7 percent from the field. They also were outrebounded See EAGLES, Page 7

Center Alex Len struggled at Boston College, scoring just four points on 1-of-5 shooting before fouling out. The Terps followed up Saturday’s win over then-No. 2 Duke with a disappointing 69-58 loss against the Eagles. photo courtesy of graham beck/the heights


Terps start slow, finish strong at UVA Forward Pfirman returns from knee injury; Terps drop one spot in polls Pitcher Jimmy Reed threw five innings of one-run ball in Friday’s loss at LSU. file photo/the diamondback

Ace in the hole Now atop pitching rotation, Reed has clear role with Terps By Daniel Popper Staff writer Entering last season, Jimmy Reed was just another pitcher for the Terrapins baseball team. The southpaw owned a career 7.94 ERA in 37 appearances, most of them coming in middle relief. This year, though, is different. Reed is no longer just another arm on the pitching staff — he’s its unquestioned ace. He proved it in the Terps’ season opener at No. 10 LSU on Friday. Pitching under the lights of Alex Box Stadium and against one of the most prolific programs in all of college baseball, the senior held his own, allowing only one run in five innings and striking out three in an eventual 1-0 loss. “I wish I could have gone a couple more innings,” Reed said. “But five innings is great for a first start. I felt good and I had a lot of fun.” Reed took an unusual path from the bullpen to the top of the rotation. After spending the majority of 2012 as the squad’s closer and notching the secondmost saves in a season in school history with eight, then-coach Erik Bakich put Reed in the starting rotation April 6 against No. 17 N.C. State. In his first collegiate start, Reed threw eight shutout innings and allowed only two hits, fanning a career-high eight Wolfpack batters. A week later, he pitched nine innings against Duke, surrendering only two runs and striking out six without issuing a single walk. He earned his third

consecutive start of at least eight innings against Clemson on April 20, allowing two earned runs in 8.1 innings. While he had two shaky starts as April turned to May, giving up seven runs to both Virginia Tech and Florida State, he returned to form against Virginia in his final start of the season on May 18, surrendering one earned run on three hits and striking out six. Despite his success in the rotation, his role remained unsecured. Even after a string of quality performances on the mound, Reed found himself back in the bullpen near the end of the season, entering the Terps’ May 7 win at Florida State as the team’s closer. Now, his spot in the rotation is no longer up in the air. Though the New York Yankees drafted him in the 21st round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Reed decided to return to College Park for his senior season, and coach John Szefc expects him to perform at a high level atop the rotation. “He’s one of the most seasoned guys that we have in the league,” Szefc said. “That’s what he expects himself to do, and that’s what we expect him to do as a front-of-the-rotation guy.” He did it Friday. And with job security no longer an issue, Reed plans to continue doing it throughout his final season with the Terps. “There’s a great deal of confidence gained knowing what your role is coming into a season,” Reed said. “Definitely.”

By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer Brenda Frese had to call a timeout Sunday evening. She had no choice. Her Terrapins women’s basketball team was off to a sluggish start against Virginia, a team it had beaten by 24 points more than two months earlier. Cavaliers guard Ataira Franklin had just hit a 3-pointer to cut the Terps’ lead to two with 7:10 remaining in the half, capping off a 10-2 run. Frese knew her team was underachieving, and something had to change.

Whatever Frese did, it worked. From the timeout until the nine-minute mark of the second half — a span of a little more than 18 minutes — the No. 8 Terps were dominant. They outscored the Cavaliers, 35-7, stifling Virginia into 16 consecutive missed field goals during one stretch, and they cruised to a 73-44 victory at John Paul Jones Arena. “I felt like we needed to lock in a little bit more in terms of our effort,” Frese said. “I thought we were even on the boards at that point. ... Really talking about rebounding as well as our defense.

They were able to get too much penetration in the first half.” The Cavaliers shot 3-of-19 in the second half, and scored more points from the free throw line (12) than the field (seven). After guard Katie Rutan gave the Terps a 30-point lead with a 3-pointer with nine minutes left, Virginia would only get as close as 26 points down the rest of the way. “We had a couple dips, but we talked to each other and talked about what we need,” center Alicia DeVaughn said. “We See NOTEBOOK, Page 7

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The Diamondback, February 20, 2013

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