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SNL’s Seth Meyers to headline SEE’s comedy spring show in March BY BEENA RAGHAVENDRAN Staff writer


Comedian Seth Meyers, head writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live, will headline Student Entertainment Events’ Spring Comedy Show on March 14, according to SEE representatives. Meyers, in his 10th season with SNL, is currently the show’s longest-running cast member. He has been the show’s head writer and the anchor of “Weekend Update,” SNL’s popular satirical news segment, for five seasons. “I love doing college shows, just because students are really energetic and they’re ready for a good time,” Meyers said. “Life hasn’t beaten them down yet; they’re not jaded, broken people.” Meyers’ stand-up show will start at 8 p.m. in Stamp Student Union’s Grand Ballroom; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are limited to two per person, are $10 for students,

see MEYERS, page 2

Facilities Management officials plan to restore areas of McKeldin Mall that have deteriorated over the years. ALEXIS JENKINS/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK

McKeldin Mall may be renovated Land has not been renovated since 1990 TEDDY AMENABAR Staff writer

Seth Meyers (right) is currently Saturday Night Live’s longest-running cast member. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEVIOMEN.COM

To fulfill Facilities Management officials’ overarching goal of making every piece of land between buildings useful, the department proposed a slew of renovations to make McKeldin Mall a more aesthetically pleasing and practical hangout spot for students. Walking around McKeldin Mall, there are cracks on the steps and spots where landscape has deteriorated that need to be restored, according to Facilities Planning


see RENOVATIONS, page 3

Architecture firm gives update on City Hall renovation plans

City Council needs to vote before construction begins BY CHAD SINCLAIR Staff writer

An architecture firm unveiled additional plans last night for a $5 million renovation of the College Park City Hall aimed at better utilizing the building’s space and constructing a three-story addition to the structure situated across from Ledo Pizza along Knox Road. Since 2004, changes to City Hall have been in the works, and Proffitt & Assoc. architect Kevin Kneer presented the College Park City Council with an update yesterday about the plans to cen-

tralize the municipality’s departments, add more office space and increase the building’s sustainability. Although last night simply served as an update, the city council and county planning board will need to vote on the plans in order for construction to begin next year. “This is an ambitious project,” Kneer said. “It’s not just a couple million dollar plan.” The 9,000-square-foot renovation plan would eliminate the front portion of the building by removing the current front door, the main stairwell and bathrooms. The city council chambers would stay virtually the same under the renova-

The College Park City Council last night reviewed City Hall renovation plans, which would create new offices and more green space downtown. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

tion design. The three-story addition would include a 750square-foot conference room that would hold up

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Univ. study highlights new areas of job growth Researchers examine corporations’ savings BY JIM BACH Staff writer

Commons Shop expands self-serve food options used to close from 7 p.m. on Saturdays to 5 p.m. on Sundays, Commons Shop is now open from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day — to reach more customers who do not live on the campus, Mullineaux said. “The convenience store gets a lot of faculty and staff and commuter students who are walking by in the mornings, and we do a tremendous amount

U.S. non-financial corporations are currently sitting on more than half a trillion dollars in savings — money that could be reinvested into the U.S. economy to spur growth and create jobs, according to a study released from this university. The university’s Inforum research center — which conducts studies on business, economics and policy analysis — released its findings from a month-long study last week, which concludes that if U.S. corporations dipped into their savings, they could invest more than $508 billion into factories, facilities, computers and other capital investments to jumpstart

see SHOP, page 2

see STUDY, page 2

Replaced deli case now features paninis, hot dogs; waffles and milkshakes on the way BY ALLISON GRAY Staff writer

In coming weeks, Dining Services will be expanding the Commons Shop’s menu of selfserve foods — which replaced the shop’s deli case this semester — to include Belgian waffles and milkshakes. Because business behind the case was slowing

down in recent years, Dining Services Senior Associate Director Joe Mullineaux said the Commons Shop made the switch to offer make-yourown panini sandwiches and grab-and-go hot dogs, pizza, wings and potato wedges. As early as Friday, students will be able to make waffles as well, he said, and milkshakes will be available as soon as the necessary equipment arrives. The shop also expanded its hours. While doors



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Comedian Seth Meyers, left, a head writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live, will be the headlining act of Student Entertainment Events’ Spring Comedy Show on March 14, SEE announced yesterday. Beginning Friday at noon, students can buy tickets for $10 and the general public can buy tickets for $20. PHOTO COURTESY OF HOTOFFPRESS.WORDPRESS.COM

MEYERS from page 1

$20 for the general public and go on sale at noon Friday in Stamp’s Hoff Ticket Office. Meyers, who said his set will feature both jokes ripped from the headlines and personal stories, will be one of the most established comedians to ever perform at the campus’ spring show, according to SEE comedy director Eric Feldman. Previous spring performers included Gabriel Iglesias and Zach Gal-

STUDY from page 1 a slowly growing, post-recession economy. The research found that the countr y could add 2.4 million jobs by 2014 and decrease unemployment numbers by 1.5 percent if the billions of dollars are reinvested. As the countr y grapples with slow economic growth and mounting concerns over the European debt crisis affecting world economic markets, Jeffrey Werling, the executive director of Inforum, said companies have been reluctant to invest in the economy and instead have held onto savings. “People in the last couple years have talked about corporate money sitting on the sidelines,” said Werling. “Firms were worried about having enough money on hand to pay their bills.” To encourage these corporations to reinvest in the U.S. economy, the study also proposes giving tax amnesty to corporations that bring profits from foreign bank accounts back into domestic “infrastructure banks” — a process known as repatriation. The study says these banks would then fund public projects to help boost national growth, specifically with public infrastructure projects. The idea, however, is similar to others considered before, and it is still met with skepticism. In 2005, the United States implemented a tax holiday for corporations to bring their offshore profits back into the countr y, on the condition they used that money to create jobs. However, Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, a nonprofit tax research organization, said companies instead used the money to pay shareholders, which did not spur job growth as expected. “It’s a terrible idea; it’s not good for the economy and it’s terrible for the U.S. budget,” he said. “It sor t of provides the biggest rewards to those corporations that abuse the system.” Wamhoff added the study indicates companies already have enough money on-hand to invest in infrastructure

ifianakis — “before he got big,” Feldman said. “He’s a steal for the spring because he’s big enough to play homecoming,” he said. Unlike the homecoming comedy show, which featured Aziz Ansari and took place in October in Cole Field House, Feldman said SEE is holding its spring show in the 800-seat Grand Ballroom because of high rental costs in venues such as Cole and Ritchie Coliseum. SEE’s goal is to have multiple shows throughout the year, not just two big comedy shows, he said. Should the Grand Ballroom

“People in the last couple years have talked about corporate money sitting on the sidelines. Firms were worried about having enough money on hand to pay their bills.”

sell out, SEE has an “expanded viewing option” for Meyers’ performance, said Lance Billington, SEE’s public relations director. Students who don’t get a ticket will be able to go to the 550capacity Hoff Theater for a live video feed of Meyers’ show, free of charge. Feldman said that out of a list of five comedians in a SEE student sur vey last year, Seth Meyers ranked nearly as high as Ansari, who is known largely for his role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Ansari’s fall appearance was the “largest homecoming

SHOP from page 1 of business,” he said. “We want to be able to give them more options.” Mullineaux said sales have been up since adding the selfserve section and if the Belgian waffle maker does well, he will likely expand the option to the North Campus 24 Shop. Mullineaux said he decided to expand the concept of hot foods and self service after he noticed that sales were growing and similar offerings were a big sell in local convenience stores. The Commons Shop will also be adding more variety to its spe-

show ever,” Billington said. He added that he thinks hosting Meyers this spring is keeping up SEE’s track

“Seth Meyers is someone we’ve all grown up with.” COLLEEN WILSON SOPHOMORE JOURNALISM MAJOR

record of bringing big-name comedians to campus, and he said the entire booking

cialty toppings for the hot dogs and nachos, including diced onions, sweet relish and jalapeño peppers. Mullineaux said because pre-sliced deli meats and specialty cheeses sold well last year, the shop has has kept stocking them. Some Commons Shop employees said they have already found the new foods to be a convenient option. “Since I work here, it’s easy to make for my lunch break,” said Raquel Amaya, who works in the store. “You just put it on the grill, and it’s done in three minutes.” But some students, such as junior supply chain manage-

process “fell into place” without any glitches. Many students are excited to see a familiar face at the show next month. Colleen Wilson, a sophomore journalism major, said because Meyers has been on SNL for so long, he’s well-known to college audiences. “Seth Meyers is someone we’ve all grown up with,” Wilson said. “I’ve seen him for at least the last five years.” Christina Neidlinger, a sophomore individual studies major, said she is impressed with SEE’s willingness to bring celebrities that stu-

ment major Alex Feng, said they were disappointed the selfservice station was replacing the deli case. “I like that they have a better cheese section, but I’m kind of bummed the panini guy isn’t here anymore,” Feng said as he purchased an order of wings. However, Mullineaux said bringing in foods that he said are not found on many college campuses will appeal to students. “We have actually not found a single place that does rollyour-own paninis,” he said. “This might be the first place because we haven’t found any other location.”

dents want to see. “They’re paying attention and working hard to get them to come,” Neidlinger said. “They’re getting people who we want to hear.” Meyers said that for him, comedy has always come naturally. “I sort of grew up loving comedy; my parents introduced me to it at a young age,” Meyers said. “It’s great to laugh, and to be able to laugh is something that I never take for granted. I can’t believe it’s a thing I get to do for a living, because it’s never boring.”

CORRECTION Due to a reporting error, Monday’s article “Same-sex marriage passes in state House,” incorrectly stated how many states have passed similar legislation. Seven states have legalized same-sex marriage.


banks and other job creating engines, and they would not need a tax holiday to bring profits back to U.S. shores. “In the repor t they just admitted corporations have all that money in the U.S.,” he said, “so why do we have to have this tax break for them to bring their foreign profits to the United States?” However, according to Kenneth Kies of the Federal Policy Group, a tax consulting firm located in Washington, a tax holiday on repatriated profits could bring hundreds of billions of dollars back into the U.S. economy — regardless of whether it’s spent on shareholders. “About $700 billion would come back to the U.S. in a relatively shor t timeframe,” he said. “The potential benefits to the economy are ver y real ... I’d be perfectly happy if $700 billion came here to shareholders.” Despite the debate surrounding the research, Werling said the study’s findings come at a significant time when the U.S. unemployment rate sits at 8.3 percent. By tapping into these reser ves, that number could be reduced. “Not surprisingly, aggregate demand in the U.S. economy is not as high as it could be and a lot of people are out of work,” Werling said. “Hopefully, we’ll see [these reser ves] being unleashed in the next year.”


FOR EDITORS OF STUDENT PUBLICATIONS Maryland Media, Inc., the independent publishing board for student publications on campus, is accepting applications for editorships for the 2012-2013 school year. The following positions are open:

Eclipse editor-in-chief Diamondback editor-in-chief Mitzpeh editor-in-chief Application forms may be picked up in the Diamondback business office, room 3136 South Campus Dining Hall. Applicants will be notified of an interview time and date. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday, February 24, 2012.



SSDP emphasizes humanizing the war on drugs at meeting Event informs members on ways to fight opponents of legalization BY JAKE FEWSTER For The Diamondback

Hoping to invigorate a stronger push for drug legalization, members of this university’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy met Monday night to make sense of what they consider an ever-failing international war on drugs. Fifteen students gathered in the Margaret Brent Room at Stamp Student Union for the “Understanding the Drug War” event, where SSDP Vice President Mikayla Hellwich discussed the adverse effects of the war on drugs on national and international communities. Hellwich emphasized the importance of personalizing the issue when discussing it with opponents of drug legalization. “We know the reasons why drugs should be legal,” Hellwich said. “But sometimes it’s hard to explain it to someone who is wholeheartedly against the idea.” According to Hellwich, the current demand for marijuana and ecstasy is up by 37 percent while demand for drugs

such as Ritalin and Adderall is up by 60 percent. The demand for cocaine and heroin are both down, she added. Hellwich noted that Mexico is the largest foreign supplier of marijuana and the second largest source of heroin for the United States. Afghanistan supplies 92 percent of the world’s opium supply, which is used to make heroin. “We could suggest that a major reason [the U.S.] is in Afghanistan is because of the drug war crusade,” she said. “Most terrorists are in a mountainous region of Pakistan called Waziristan, not in Afghanistan.” Hellwich also argued that gang violence, both in the United States and abroad, is directly tied to the drug war, noting violence stemming from drug trafficking has resulted in 48,000 deaths in Mexico alone over the past five years. She said drug legalization could take away billions of dollars from gangs involved in the drug trade and eliminate government spending on imprisoning nonviolent drug offenders.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Vice President Mikayla Hellwich talks to members about drug legalization and the war on drugs at a meeting Monday in Stamp Student Union. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

While the statistics came as no surprise to some members, several noted how important it was to share these facts with those uninformed on the issue. “I always hear a few new statistics, but this is really more for people who don’t know about it,” SSDP Treasurer Nicholas Rosenberg said. Moreover, Hellwich made a case for legalizing prostitu-

tion, as gangs often also engage in sex trafficking. If prostitution were legalized, she argued, sexual slavery would diminish. “By providing safe sex and drug markets, we can practically eliminate gang violence, reduce the spread of STDs, provide better quality drugs to drug users — therefore reducing overdose risks — provide better treatment programs to

drug abusers and boost the economy by providing jobs and improving disenfranchised communities torn apart by black markets,” she said. Members also debated issues ranging from what age restrictions there should be if drugs were legalized and government intervention on businesses that sell drugs. Nyssa Br yant, a university alumnus and former vice

president of SSDP who still attends meetings occasionally, said members only gained more knowledge and insight regarding the drug legalization issue through this discussion. “There was a lot of diversity of opinion, I think, which is really useful in educating everyone,” Bryant said.

Legal advice given to graduate students during sessions Weekly Tuesday luncheons increase graduate students’ access to lawyers, issues in U.S. law, officials say BY LAURA BLASEY Staff writer

As the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office director, Carla Rappaport cannot quite meet with this university’s nearly 10,500 graduate students individually. So she started a weekly lecture to provide them with the tools to handle various legal issues. Two years ago, she began organizing the Tuesday “Lunch With a Lawyer” event, bringing in local experts on legal topics — such as immi-

gration, identity theft and taxes — which are not covered by the Legal Aid Office on its own. Nearly 40 percent of this university’s graduate students are also international students, and Rappaport said it is important to give them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with U.S. laws. “A little bit of legal knowledge goes a long way,” Rappaport said. “We encourage students to know their rights because it’s very significant to be legally educated.” According to Mark Hsen, a

graduate student and employee at the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office, a majority of the students attending the luncheons are international students. “This gives them a better sense of their rights,” Hsen said. “It makes them more comfortable talking to an attorney, and they know where to get the help.” About 20 graduate students, all of whom were international students, attended yesterday’s event hosted by local immigration lawyers Todd Pilcher

and Christine Sarapu, who stressed the importance of maintaining student visas and discussed options for students who wished to stay in the U.S. after graduation. “The vast majority of international students don’t get in trouble, but it happens,” Pilcher said to the audience. “And you have to be a great deal more mature than your American friends.” Students were encouraged to bring their own questions dealing with immigration, which ranged from how par-

ticipating in an Occupy Wall Street demonstration would affect citizenship status to when to renew a student visa. If an international student without U.S. citizenship is convicted of a misdemeanor, he or she can be deported to his or her home country. “A workshop like this facilitates discussion and causes students to think about issues they may not have thought about before and have the means to confront them,” Sarapu said. “I wish I had had this while I was in school.”

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Architect Kevin Kneer updated the College Park City Council last night on a $5 million plan to renovate City Hall, which is located along Knox Road across from Ledo Pizza, next year. CHELSEA DIRECTOR/THE DIAMONDBACK

EXPANSION from page 1 to 105 people; include a full bathroom, shower and locker room facilities; and have a green roof that absorbs rain water and lowers the exterior building temperature. Another design feature would include LEED Silver Certification for the building. Under LEED certification requirements, a minimum 50 points must be achieved from various categories that weigh the environmental impact of facilities. “We as a city should set the [energy efficiency] model for what we see in the area,” District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn said. “Silver is the basic, but try to shoot for

[LEED] Gold, if possible.” Additional features which Frederick-based Protfitt & Assoc. said the firm will explore include solar roof paneling, maximizing parking spaces and adding additional green space to the property. Details of the exterior façade were not drawn up in the proposed plan — an issue several members said concerned them. “In terms of exterior design, we want to stay sensitive to the historic Old Town College Park district,” District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich said. “There is a question of what that means, but we want you to stay aware of it.” Furthermore, Wojahn said, updating the exterior design from the current aesthetic look is vital to approval of a success-

ful plan. “I’m hoping to get away from the brutalism architecture from the 1960s that a lot of the municipal buildings were built in,” Wojahn said. “We need to give it a little character and make it not look so imposing.” Tuesday’s detailed project is an expansion of plans laid out by city officials in May 2011 that highlighted the need for more efficient utilization of city hall. Differences between the two plans include a more detailed site plan for renovation and construction, interior office floor plan layouts, a LEED certification initiative and itemized budgetary expenditures. In 2004, the state granted $175,000 for City Hall renovation, and in 2006, it was granted an additional $400,000 with the

stipulation that the funds be allocated no later than June 2013. The city council greenlighted the project in May 2011 when it awarded Protfitt & Assoc. the architectural and engineering contracts. The architecture firm estimated that construction would take between 12-14 months and has targeted the summer 2014 for completion. College Park City Manager Joe Nagro said he hopes the addition can be built, all city officials can move in and then construction on the building’s restoration can begin. “If not it will be a real logistical nightmare,” Nagro said. “We’re also going to have to look and see where we can get the dollars.”

Director Brenda Testa. The spot — which Testa called one of “the most iconic spaces” on the campus — has not undergone a major renovation since 1990, and Testa said plans include making the stairs in front of McKeldin Library more accommodating for students to hold events, increasing bike parking near the library and repatching some spots where land has been rundown. Since the Board of Regents — the University System of Maryland’s 17-member governing body — passed the Master Plan earlier this month, Facilities Management officials are honing in on specific spots to renovate, according to Facilities Management Director Carlo Colella. Facilities Management officials will present this project — which does not yet have an estimated cost — to the Facilities Advisory Committee for input March 1, and officials will seek financial support for the project later that month, he said. “We are developing a scope of work that will update and enhance portions of the site around McKeldin,” Colella said. The project’s first phase — which would take about six to nine months to complete — would focus on repairing the main staircase in front of the main entrance to McKeldin Library to make it easier for events to take place and freshen up the area near the library. Because the plans are in a preliminary stage, officials did not have specific details on how exactly they are going to fix the issues they have pinpointed. “It’s an area that when we have had large campus gatherings that are outside. At times, the capability of putting staging there is limited,” Testa said. Officials said they would also like to add more parking spaces for bikes around McKeldin Library in phase one of the landscape redesign. “The bike parking that we have is inadequate,” Testa said. “One of the concepts that we’ve

Since many graduate students maintain busy class schedules on top of assistant teaching undergraduate classes, Rappaport said it was important to provide an educational event they could build into their lunch hour. “The idea was that we could reach to people with similar questions and have these workshops as an outreach program for those who weren’t coming in on their own,” Rappaport said.

“We are developing a scope of work that will update and enhance portions of the site around McKeldin.” CARLO COLELLA FACILITIES MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR

talked about is expanding the amount of bicycle parking potentially on the north and south side [of McKeldin Library].” Several students said the idea of allowing more bikers to park on the mall is important to them. “I’m interested in the fact that they would build more places for bikes to go and to obviously make this campus more biker friendly,” said senior music major Anita Strassberger, who frequently rides a bike around the campus. After plans for the first phase have been completed, officials will determine what goes into the second phase. Colella said the department will most likely focus on fixing the sidewalks near McKeldin Library that go to Jimenez Hall and Chincoteague Hall. Additionally, officials hope to accompany the restoration project with some environmentally friendly initiatives, such as adding devices to help capture rain water to go into the mall’s irrigation system, Testa said. “With all of our landscape areas, we are looking to develop those ways that are sustainable,” Colella said. Some students said they would like to see areas around the mall revamped. “I think [McKeldin Library] is one of the most important buildings on our campus,” junior geography and history Neal Freyman said, adding “any improved landscape is just fine with me.”
















Staff editorial

Guest column

Level the playing field

Problems of political apathy


ast week, university President Wallace Loh and Athletic Director provide other teams with the same amount of time — that’s a no brainer.” It is a no brainer, and administrators should have no problem granting the Kevin Anderson announced they would instate a new set of fundraising benchmarks to give the men’s and women’s swimming same opportunity to the other programs facing elimination — so why and diving teams a fighting chance at saving their programs. The haven’t they? “We’re going to handle each team on an individual basis,” Anderson told duo were wise to back off the June 30 fundraising deadline for those teams; the new benchmarks allow both sides to get what they want — a balanced The Diamondback in a subsequent article. “By far, the swimming and diving community has rallied and raised the most money so athletics budget for administrators and a more realisfar and other teams have been struggling, so we’ll tic chance at survival for the athletics programs. While make some determinations to go from there.” Anderthis editorial board commended Anderson and Loh for their fairness last week, we’re now scratching our If the athletics department is son also noted the swimming and diving teams have presented a formal business plan, and only one other heads over why they aren’t yet offering similar relief going to extend some teams’ team — men’s track — has formally requested to other programs. After announcing plans to cut eight varsity athletics deadlines, it should offer the fundraising benchmarks. The issue is somewhat complicated because men’s teams last November, officials offered the affected same opportunities to all track is tied to the acrobatics and tumbling sqaud to squads an opportunity to save themselves through priensure compliance with Title IX, so it’s likely any vate fundraising efforts. Teams would be given until other teams struggling to fundraising benchmarks would need to be set with June 30 to raise enough money to sustain the programs both teams’ goals in mind. It is also true that the for eight years — a figure administrators chose because maintain their programs. swimming and diving teams are seemingly the only it would provide continuity and ensure the programs group prepared to actually raise enough money to are able to maintain a high level of competitiveness. But after an intense campaign that brought state legislators into the fray, stave off elimination. That’s no reason to only consider benchmarks on a case-by-case basis. A the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams convinced Anderson and Loh to implement a new set of benchmarks. Instead of raising the entire team’s likelihood to meet fundraising criteria shouldn’t impact how high the sum — $11.57 million in the case of the swimming and diving teams — by bar is set, nor should Anderson and Loh play kingmakers among the June 30, supporters were given until April 1 to raise $1.4 million and until impacted teams. Last week, this editorial board wrote of the “Dar winian eleJune 30 to reach $2.8 million. An additional $5.79 million is needed by Dec. ment of fairness in [the] hands-off approach” to the teams facing elimina30, with the final installment due Dec. 30, 2013. The benchmarks increase tion — but now it seems the opposite is true. One member of the men’s cross countr y team said he thinks other prothe likelihood the teams will sur vive, but in such a way that keeps the athgrams are more likely to receive an extension “now that swimming has sort letics department on the path to a balanced budget. At the time, Anderson and Loh said they would be open to giving other of paved the way.” All of the programs should be given fundraising benchteams a similar deal should representatives ask for the opportunity. “If we marks similar to those granted the swimming and diving teams. Like Loh are giving one team extra time,” Loh said to The Diamondback, “we should said, it’s a no brainer.

Our View

Editorial cartoon: Kevin Brooks

Edsall vs. Turgeon: A comparative perspective


here has been much discussion about the planned athletics department cuts that were made official last semester. The news came in the midst of a pathetic rookie campaign for football coach Randy Edsall and at the beginning of the Mark Turgeon era in men’s basketball. But what hasn’t been discussed much is the comparison between the two coaches. Let’s begin with the similarities: Both took over after the departure of two long-time coaches, Ralph Friedgen and Gary Williams. Students and alumni alike knew the transition from the old system to the new would be rocky. Both Edsall and Turgeon had to deal with players who were, for the most part, recruited by their predecessors. Likewise, both coaches had the challenge to convince and convert their players to trust the new system and put their full effort behind it. Some aspects of the systems worked, and some were a disaster, but in a competitive conference and facing criticism, each

JOSH BIRCH coach stood his own and should be commended for doing so. It is safe to say that neither rookie coach has done as well as he had wanted. The football team was the laughingstock of the conference, and the basketball team has struggled with depth issues and injuries throughout the entire season. Both coaches will soon focus on building strong teams for next year. Both have shown determination in hitting the road to recruit some of the top prospects in the nation to play at this university. This new breath of recruiting success is a welcome sight after several years of mediocre recruit classes. But with the similarities come many differences between the two coaches. Start out with the obvious one — Turgeon has had much

more success in his first year than Edsall. He took a team with about as much depth as a baby pool and has led them to challenge some of the toughest conference opponents. Edsall, on the other hand, was at the helm of one of the worst football seasons in Mar yland histor y, capped off with one of the largest blown leads in school histor y against North Carolina State in November. Since the tumultuous season ended, several coaches and players have bolted. But what strikes me as the biggest difference between the two coaches is how they handle their teams, the media and the fans. To coach at this university, one must be able to juggle and handle all three groups well. Turgeon has done that. He has players who believe in him and who play as hard as they can from beginning to end. He has a working relationship with the media and has the fans’ support. Turgeon had big shoes to fill, and I believe he has done so admirably. But then there is Edsall. Not only

does he run his team like a dictator, he also has managed to rub each of the three aforementioned groups the wrong way during his first year (an impressive feat). During a casual conversation with a graduating player in December, I was told some veteran players didn’t like Edsall and weren’t buying into his coaching method — something seemingly confirmed by the play on the field. When coaches and players bolt from a program in the fashion they have during this offseason, you must begin to ask yourself why. You can coach in any manner you want, but you better produce on the field and create an atmosphere players want to play in. Edsall has failed in all of these regards. To Coach Turgeon, keep up the good work. To Coach Edsall, learn from your mistakes and improve, or you may be the next person cut from the athletics department. Josh Birch is a senior communication and history major. He can be reached at

Calling all youth: Set the world on fire


he Book of Ephesians says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground” (6:13). I admire Matthew Rice because he lived this verse last week when he wrote a guest column, “Alternate path to love.” As I read the column, however, I knew people would write off his views for many reasons. Most reasons would make me, in turn, write off the commenter, but one seemed particularly off base because it assaulted his class standing. “Are you a freshman? Get used to it,” is the phrase that most frequently makes me want to throw one of those giant Diner cupcakes at a wall (which takes a lot of frustration considering my love for those things). After reading Rice’s column, I immediately thought it was beautifully written. I agreed with all of his points because I do in

fact dream of wedding dresses instead of mini-skirts, etc. Then I thought about the people who will tell him he only holds his opinions because he’s a freshman. To which I reply: ... And? It is true some of our views change over time. Cheerios aren’t actually the best snacks in the world, I no longer think wearing ballet slippers everywhere is a good idea and I realize picking friends based on the quality of foodstuffs in their lunch bag is rarely a good idea. But holding on to your true values and standing firm in your beliefs is not a stance that needs to change. With Lent beginning today, I’d like to propose a 40-day sacrifice for all Catholics (and all others who celebrate) who wish to live, as Rice does, as one of Eric Liddell’s “muscular Christians” and give up compromising any of your beliefs. Don’t accept orders such as being told to “get used to” the broken college environ-

LAURA FROST ment. You know what’s right. Don’t take anything less. This goes for all people. Don’t let others tell you being young means your opinions will change with time. Do take the opportunity to verify and solidify whatever beliefs you have by informing yourself and openly listening to or researching the other side of things, but don’t bow to pressure alone in picking your beliefs. I’m not sure which is worse, the idea that being young somehow makes your opinions invalid or the idea that whether you agree with something or not, you should merely “get used to it.” We weren’t put here to float through life, taking what

comes to us and molding ourselves into whatever is popular at the moment. The world can convince you surviving is all you need to do — maybe all you can do. Don’t listen. We were put here not just to survive, but to live. We were put here to strive for something better — not just for ourselves but for future generations. If I am blessed enough to be a mother one day, I want my children to be able to live in a world where you can abstain from the hookup culture of college and abstain from sex and contraception without being seen as intolerant, ignorant or wrong. That kind of a world isn’t going to come from just hope — it’s going to come from fighting for it. I think a world that accepts all views is worth a fight. And I think all people, including freshmen, are worthy soldiers. Laura Frost is a junior government and politics and journalism major. She can be reached at


fter my most recent experience with political activism, I came to a realization that frightened me beyond belief — while standing at a Youth for Ron Paul table, a student said to me: “I don’t care about politics.” It was then that I realized my fear of apathy toward politics is more than just a hypothesis about my generation — it is true. We have become increasingly apathetic at a time when political activism is most needed. My mother often told me about her days at this university. The student body used to march on McKeldin Mall in protest of the Vietnam War, and they would picket outside of the Main Administration building for their rights. Now, most students don’t even know where the Main Administration building is. The majority of them couldn’t say what countries we are currently at war with or that the National Defense Authorization Act and Patriot Act eliminate the rights included in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. I’m not sure when apathy became a cool thing, but it is unsettling. Living apathetically in this day and age is dangerous. This country is becoming more and more hated globally. The world is falling into financial chaos. U.S. debt is rapidly growing. And yet people don’t care to be bothered. I know I sound condescending, but I’m not trying to. I was apathetic, just like most people my age, until I decided to think about politics. All it takes is taking an interest in the issues. In 2008, I decided to start trying to learn more about politics, and it didn’t take long to get interested. Once I heard Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) stand and blast his opponents on why our foreign policy is wrong and why the drug war needs to be ended, I was amazed. Hearing someone stand up for the Constitution — a document I admire so greatly — was refreshing. I showed many of my friends Paul videos, and they became supporters. From there, they quickly became more interested in politics in general. There is a reason people stand outside in the freezing cold merely trying to get pedestrians to sign a petition to bring Paul to the campus. But it isn’t just Paul. I have found myself debating with President Barack Obama supporters and the occasional former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney supporter. At the end of the discussion I say, “Well, at least you are informed and have opinions.” Because in our society, where each citizen has an equal say in who leads us, each person needs to be informed. They need to earn that power. Young people need to wake up because things are changing. People had to fight to make this country what it is today. Only onethird of Americans supported the revolution, while one-third supported England and the last third didn’t care. As Mark Twain said, “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” Americans need to get it together before the country that people gave their lives to defend slowly deteriorates. You don’t have to be a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian — or belong to any political party for that matter. Just watch a few videos, go to a few websites and become informed. Because as Thomas Jefferson said, “Freedom is lost gradually from an uninterested, uninformed, and uninvolved people.” Brian Rothman is a sophomore marketing major. He can be reached at

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You may go through one or two pronounced phases in your life in which your trust of others is severely shaken for some reason or another, and when this happens, it is best to keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself for a time. These periods are not likely to last long, however, and your recovery should be complete. Also born on this date are: Drew Barrymore, actress; Michael Chang, tennis player; Lea Salonga, actress and singer; Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter; Julius “Dr. J” Erving, basketball player; Edward M. Kennedy, U.S. senator; John Mills, actor; Robert Young, actor; Frederic Chopin, composer; George Washington, U.S. military leader and president. 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.

proach a quickly developing problem at home. Think outside the box. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You may be wondering what the best way to do a certain thing might be, but the most important thing is that you do it, one way or another. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You may be overwhelmed by what seems a technical complication today, but in truth you know what to do without any help from another. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You can have others laughing at even the most stubborn difficulties today, simply by sharing your own unique point of view. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It’s one step at a time during the first part of the day, but once you build up a good head of steam you can multitask quite successfully. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You must be willing to throw all of your available resources at a problem in order to overcome it. Don’t be too conservative.

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Trials of a blues man Blues musician Otis Taylor, at 63 years old, hits the road with renewed vigor BY WARREN ZHANG Staff writer

At the end of 2010, when he was deep into work on his latest record, Contraband, Otis Taylor found out he had a cyst on his liver and spine. It’s a pain that, ultimately, is heard on the album. “During some of the original singing, I was in excruciating pain,” Taylor said. “I wasn’t taking painkillers. I should have. Why didn’t I think of that? That was really stupid.” Before receiving an operation, Taylor recorded seven songs. He decided he would spend more time working on the album following the scarring treatment. But it didn’t work out quite that way. “I stopped [working on the album] for a while,” he said. “I couldn’t lift a guitar right after the operation. The recording was done, but I couldn’t mix for a while.” But finally, after two years of work, Contraband was released last week. Taylor will perform at Blues Alley Jazz in

Washington tonight and at Ramshead Tavern in Annapolis tomorrow. Though the tour is ostensibly to promote Contraband, Taylor doesn’t come to a show with a set list of songs to perform. “It’s a real dilemma, what songs to do when you tour,” he said. “People have their favorite songs, you know. I have songs that I think I’ll do, but then I change my mind a lot.” Taylor describes his approach to live performances as more intuitive; he changes the flow and direction of the music based on his audience’s response to the work. “The performance is organic for me; I’m not Vegas,” Taylor said. “It has to do with the crowd. If it’s a club, I might start with the less aggressive stuff first, so I can draw people in.” His songs tend to cover a wide range of topics. Contraband, for instance, runs the gamut from a piece on Jim Crow to a ballad about a forlorn lover.

“I’m not afraid about writing certain topics that aren’t commercial,” he said. “I guess you just write about love, and you’re more commercial. I just don’t care, I guess. You know, lynching is not a popular subject.” Taylor wanted to relay a shout-out, so here it is: His tour manager, Joe Kessler, is a university alumnus. It bears mentioning that Taylor did not mention this in the initial inter view — it was important enough to him that he called back to make the request. Maybe that’s a good way to sum up Taylor — an impassioned and compassionate artist. A man who knows what he’s doing, even if he hasn’t got it all set in stone. Otis Taylor will perform at Blues Alley Jazz tonight. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Doors open slightly before 10 p.m. for the 10 p.m. show, line will form at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.

William Fitzsimmons’ latest album, Gold in the Shadow, is another set of quiet, guitar-based folk tunes with affected, whispery vocals. PHOTO COURTESY OF VIENNAJAZZ.ORG

The bearded troubador William Fitzsimmons brings his quiet brand of folk to Washington tomorrow BY ERIC BRICKER For The Diamondback

Otis Taylor will come to Blue Alley Jazz in Washington tonight to support his latest album, Contraband, which took two years to record and mix. PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYERISCHERHOF.DE

When William Fitzsimmons takes the stage in Washington tomorrow night, he won’t be relying on pyrotechnics or a flashy light show. Instead, the folk singer promises to deliver a show that’s simple, emotional and, he hopes, “kind of unique.” “My one big goal is to — and I’ve never found a way to say this without sounding super cheesy — I want someone to have a special experience,” Fitzsimmons said. “A visceral, emotional experience.” “It’s really just songs and performers,” he added. Fitzsimmons said he is excited to be making his Washington debut tomorrow at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on a tour that also stops at barbecue joints and chapels. “I hate normal venues,” he said. “It’s fun to play the big shows, but sometimes the small ones have an intimacy

Another thing that sets his live show apart? His beard, which is decidedly more ZZ Top than sensitive songwriter. “It’s nothing über-cool,” he said, laughing. “It’s a family thing. My dad and my uncles and stuff, they all just carry around these really nice, manly, full beards.” So one day, Fitzsimmons just threw the razor away. “It really, really helped early on with touring,” he said of his distinctively hirsute look. “If I was opening up for someone, I’d walk out and there was this air of curiosity. People would wonder if I was a guitar tech or something. And then I’d start singing.” William Fitzsimmons and special guest Denison Witmer perform at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Thursday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. All seating is general admission.

that’s really addictive.” The singer-songwriter, whose work has been featured on television shows ranging from MTV’s Teen Wolf to ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, has made a career out of simple acoustic songs, sung in what Fitzsimmons jokingly refers to as his “weak, whispering folk voice.” But he says he doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as just another somber songwriter. “You need to, no matter what, avoid making a caricature of yourself,” he said. “There’s a sort of expectation you have of yourself, you know? Acoustic guitar; can’t get too loud.” On his latest album, Gold in the Shadow, Fitzsimmons tried to push himself creatively to shake the fear that he “was holding back a little bit on some things.” “I want to be thought of as someone who makes honest music, but different music,” he said.


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arring the miraculous, this Terrapins men’s basketball team will not be invited to the Big Dance this year. I know it. You know it. Coach Mark Turgeon knows it. We all know it. We also all know how quickly a season can deteriorate for a team when it starts going to hell. If you don’t, just ask Randy Edsall. So while many teams crumble in the face of adversity, these Terps can at least take solace in the fact that they still have some fight left in them. Just take a look at the final two minutes of last night’s 7570 win over Miami. With the Terps trailing by five points, it seemed the game, like so many others this year, was going to slip away. But a series of clutch plays — Ashton Pankey’s recovery of a late loose ball, James Padgett’s Superman-like offensive rebound and putback, Nick Faust’s strip of Miami guard Durand Scott — sparked a comeback that handed the team its best win of the season and, against all sensibility, at least another fleck of hope. “We finished practice yesterday, and we had a great practice,” Turgeon said, “and I said, ‘You know what? Everybody around here thinks we’re just going to roll over and quit, and you guys showed me today that we’re not.’” It was a far cr y from the debacle fans saw just a few months ago inside Byrd Stadium, where the Terps football team disintegrated after some early-season struggles

and lost its final eight games of the season, often in ugly fashion. I’m not saying the men’s basketball team’s season is going to go down as a rousing success. It won’t. But the Terps aren’t going to go quietly, either — and that’s something to respect. The recipe for the start of a late-season collapse, after all, was in place when the Terps took the floor last night. They were coming off a downright hideous loss to Virginia on Saturday, one of the worst in recent memory. Their offensive attack was still struggling to find a rhythm in the absence of guard Pe’Shon Howard, who is out with a torn ACL. The Terps were playing a Miami team with a spot squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble, a Miami team they’d lost to in double overtime earlier this month, a Miami team Turgeon sees as a potential Sweet 16 squad. Yet they overcame it all last night, battling from the opening tip to secure a hard-fought, team-boosting win. “That’s the kind of win right there that will carry over, hopefully, for the rest of the year, and into the future, because we’re a young team, and we’ve got to learn how to win,” Turgeon said. “And when you win a game like that, you’re learning how to win.” It wasn’t The Terrell Stoglin Show for the Terps last night, as has been the case in the majority of the team’s wins this season. Sure, he posted a game-high 20 points, but when it came down to crunch time, the Hurricanes took him out. That’s when Padgett, Mosley and Faust stepped up and snatched a win that effectively washed Satur-

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we were able to bounce back. We stayed mentally strong.” Some of the wins were not the prettiest, and an 8-0 loss to unheralded Wright State — a legitimate blemish on what would have been a spotless weekend — likely prevented the Terps from more votes. Still, positives from the Classic abound. Stellar pitching and a well-rounded offensive machine churned out four wins even without much help from outfielder Vangie Galindo. A lifetime .333 hitter, Galindo went 3-for-16 over the weekend, and when her bat heats up, the offense will, as well. While the talent is in place to take today’s doubleheader, the precedent for a disappointing loss is there, too. The Terps realize they must take both games to justify any gripe of being overlooked. “We like to play to lower teams’ levels instead of attacking them and killing them,” Galindo said. “We have to go out and attack like every single team is the number one team.”

over the edge. “I just wanted to go after it, and I managed to jump over everybody else and grab it and put it in,” Padgett said of the lategame rebound and field goal, which he added to with a free throw after a Hurricanes foul. Said Turgeon: “I’ve been all over my post guys and they’re all such nice guys. … Between the lines, you’ve got to be tougher. I thought James played with great toughness.” After Miami guard DeQuan Jones hit one of two free throws to put the Hurricanes (16-10, 7-6) up five, Turgeon called a 30-second timeout with 1:47 left in the game. His play call out of the timeout fell apart, leaving Terps forward Sean Mosley at the top of the key without much help. The senior, though, stepped up and knocked down a 3-pointer. On the following possession, forward Ashton Pankey blocked Jones on a putback attempt to give the team a chance to tie or take the lead. Pankey missed the game-tying attempt on the other end, but Padgett (career-high 16 points), out of nowhere, was there to follow it up. His free throw gave the Terps a 67-66 lead with 44 seconds remaining. “It was just a huge momentum change for us,” Mosley said. “We knew after that we just had to defend, get rebounds and step up to the free-throw line and hit shots.” Faust made the defensive play of the game when he stripped Scott as he attempted a crossover move with 30 seconds left. The Hurricanes turned the ball over on the next possession, throwing a pass out of bounds, and the Terps capitalized on the mistakes by hitting their last nine free throws to take the win. “I think it pulls us together,” Mosley said. “Knowing that we did this as a team makes this feel so much better.” The win avenged the Terps’ loss in Coral Gables, Fla., earlier this month, when they overcame a 16-point deficit only to fall in double overtime. “Last time we had them down to the wire and we let it slip away,” Faust said. “But this time we got it done. It was a great win.” The Terps started quickly last night, building a 13-3 lead powered by Padgett and Mosley. The two combined to hit their first five shots, and Stoglin also sank an early 3-pointer. But Miami guard Malcolm Grant drew two early fouls on Faust and then went on an 8-0 run by himself. Overall, the Hurricanes used a 14-1 run to take a 2623 lead as the Terps’ offense faded. Padgett hit all four of his firsthalf shots to lead the team with nine points at the break. Mosley and Stoglin had eight apiece as the Terps faced a 35-31 deficit. They never backed away, though, and stuck within striking distance the entire second half. They won the rebounding battle, 22-10, in the final 20 minutes, overpowering a bigger Miami frontline. Afterward, the on-floor excitement was palpable as Turgeon sprinted off the court into the locker room, which he said was filled with hugs for the first time this season. The Terps called last night’s victory their best of the season. “It was real wild,” Stoglin said. “Everybody was going crazy in the locker room.” “We had a hugger,” Turgeon said. “We haven’t had a hugger all year.”

Center Alex Len finishes one of his two second-half dunks for the Terps last night. Len had eight points and four rebounds in the 75-70 win. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

day’s bitter taste from the Terps’ mouths. “I think this is the start,” Mosley said. “I don’t want to jinx us or anything, but I think coming into this game after losing that double-overtime [game] to Miami at their

place, I think it was huge for us to come out and play together as a team. “We had nothing to lose.” Now, Mosley, to be sure, was clearly riding high after such an emotional win, but his sentiment remains.

This may not have been the start of some epic run to the NCAA Tournament. It was, however, an obvious sign that if this team’s going down, it’s going down swingin’.


After big weekend, Terps return home for small-time opponent BY JASON BENSCHER Staff writer

Over the weekend, the Terrapins softball team set out to prove its doubters — namely, ACC coaches — wrong. After taking down two ranked teams en route to a 4-1 FAU Kick-Off Classic record to start the season, the Terps know they’re on the way. Without success today in a doubleheader against Oakland, though, they also know that progress will be reversed, and then some. Anything less than two dominating wins against the Golden Grizzlies could be seen as a regression after the team beat No. 11 Michigan and No. 22 Kentucky in one weekend. Coach Laura Watten has stressed a common mantra, saying the team would take this season a game at a time as it builds off last weekend’s accomplishments.

Kendra Knight was named ACC Pitcher of the Week yesterday. The Terps play Oakland today. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Heard loud and clear Late putback, steal help seal winning rally BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer

With his team facing a two-point deficit and time quickly slipping away, forward James Padgett rose up against a wall of Miami defenders and willed himself to an offensive rebound, then an emphatic putback. On the next possession, guard Nick Faust knocked the ball from the steady hand of Miami guard Durand Scott, then found it before the desperate team playing for an NCAA Tournament berth could get another chance. On a night that begun by honoring Johnny Rhodes, the ACC’s career steals leader, it was perhaps fitting that the Terrapins men’s basketball team walked off Comcast Center last night having stolen a victory from the Hurricanes, scoring 14 of the game’s last 18 points in a dramatic 75-70 win. Guard Terrell Stoglin had a game-high 20, while Faust had eight points, eight rebounds and four assists to go along with his late steal. But Padgett’s play pushed the Terps (16-11, 6-7 ACC)

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Guards Nick Faust, left, and Terrell Stoglin, right, celebrate with forward James Padgett after his rebound and putback gave the Terps a lead they would not relinquish in their win last night against Miami. A 14-2 Terps run in the final minutes powered the team to victory. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

The Terps might not be going to the Big Dance, columnist Conor Walsh writes, but it matters not.



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