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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Barking Dog given liquor license

University considers campus helmet policy Forum held to discuss scooter safety BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Staff writer

A University Senate committee held an open safety forum yesterday to discuss the possibility of implementing a campus-wide helmet policy after a string of highprofile accidents last semester thrust the issue into the spotlight. The forum — which is held by the Senate Campus Affairs Committee annually with a different safety theme every year — featured officials from the athletics department, the Department of Transportation Services and University Police to discuss the benefits and enforcement of such a policy with

students and community members. “[Scooter safety] seems to be the hot topic this year,” said Gene Ferrick, campus affairs committee chairman. “We figured this would be a good place to hear from members of the campus community.” Although there were fewer than 10 people in attendance — and only two participants actually spoke — officials were still able to address concerns and challenges they may face in carrying out such a policy. “At this stage, we’re just collecting comments and at our next meeting, we’re going to discuss further what goes on in the possi-

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Bar receives unanimous vote BY RACHEL ROUBEIN

University officials, senators and students discussed scooter safety at a university-wide forum yesterday. TONIA WANG/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK

bility of a policy,” Ferrick said at the meeting. “Like, if we did have a policy, what does that mean and how does someone enforce such a policy? Can we write tickets for someone who disobeys the rule?” Ferrick said the committee — which is still in the process of forming a policy recommendation

to the Senate Executive Committee — is considering mandating citations to enforce such a rule. Scooter safety became a university issue last semester when Terrapin football right tackle Pete DeSouza broke both his legs in

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Senior staff writer

HYATTSVILLE – There’s a new Dog on the block, and with a guaranteed county liquor license, officials said the days when Thirsty Turtle ruled Route 1 are over. The Barking Dog, a Bethesda-based bar and restaurant planning to take over Thirsty Turtle’s former venue, received unanimous approval for a liquor license at a Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners hearing yesterday. Commissioners said they were assured owner John McManus’s business plan — focusing on good food, live music and a community niche that provides much more than just alcohol — could survive the challenging 15,000-square-foot space with a controversial past. McManus told the liquor board that his potential establishment at 7416 Baltimore Ave. will be a far cry from Thirsty Turtle, whose license was revoked in November after allegations that the bar was serving underage patrons. “The difference is that place was never designed to be a restaurant — it was operated as a vomit factory,” McManus said. “We’d like to give the kids something to do besides drink. We’d like to serve good food seven nights a week.” McManus told the commissioners he has owned the Bethesda bar for 11 years and never had a liquor license violation, noting that he’s owned more than five different restaurants during his career. Shaihi Mwalimu, vice chairman for the county liquor board, said McManus’s experience, concept and desire to bring a restaurant atmosphere back to the building had him “totally convinced.” “As long as you continue to focus on the customer, the clients and the neighborhood, I think you will always succeed and give people in the

Student behind dancing robot speaks

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BY TYLER WEYANT For The Diamondback

By day, Kai Dambach is merely a sophomore communication and German major living on North Campus, but on gamedays he transforms into a dancing machine. But the golden robot, which has become a mainstay at Terrapin men’s basketball games this year, almost wasn’t even allowed into the arena. “I was worried about it making it through security, so I looked on [the athletics website],” Dambach said of his attempt to bring his robo-suit into the Duke basketball game earlier this month. “I called, and the person I talked to told me I probably shouldn’t bring it.” However, after going through two cans of primer, two cans of gold spray paint and loads of duct tape, “no” simply

Suspect in UMUC assault shot dead by Montgomery County Police

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Ice pick found on suspect also sighted in last week’s incident near campus BY ERIN EGAN


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Tutu — the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an activist who was heavily involved with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa — couched her argument around a South African proverb, “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.” The phrase means that an individual’s humanity — what separates mankind from animals — is determined by his or her interactions with and treatment of others, Tutu said. She explained how her experiences growing up in the apartheid-divided country

Emmanuel Okutuga, a man who was identified as a suspect in the Feb. 16 assault on a UMUC employee, was shot dead by Montgomery County Police on Saturday night. Police said Okutuga, 26, was engaged in an assault similar to the one that occurred last week outside of 4716 Pontiac Street, a building that houses University of Maryland University College offices. On Feb. 16, a UMUC employee told police a man punched him and fled with an ice pick in hand. This weekend’s incident involved a security guard at City Place Mall in Silver Spring, police officials said. When police arrived at the mall, Okutuga, a Bowie State University student, was “brandishing a sharp-edged object and making several threats,” Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said. The object was later identified as an ice pick. Although initial reports of an ice pick being used in the confrontation outside of the UMUC building were dismissed by University Police, spokesman Ken Leonard said yesterday there was an ice pick present at last week’s attack. It

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‘Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’ Naomi Tutu speaks with students about humanity and why it matters BY LAUREN KIRKWOOD Staff writer

Naomi Tutu speaks to students yesterday about their humanity and how to use it to benefit others. TONIA WANG/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK

SEE VIDEO ONLINE Watch what Naomi Tutu had to say to students about human rights at yesterday’s event.



South African human rights activist Naomi Tutu spoke to about 25 enthralled attendees yesterday in Stamp Student Union’s Pyon Su Room about the interconnectedness of humankind and the importance of not judging others based on appearance. Several audience members said Tutu’s personable style and her invigorating challenge to live by those principles made the lecture, “The Responsibility of Being Human,” more engaging than the typical speaker event.


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ROBOT from page 1

John McManus (left) addresses the Prince George's County liquor board about opening a new location for his Bethesda-based bar in College Park. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

LICENSE from page 1 community a reason to participate in what you’re doing there,” he said. In a 6-1 vote last week, the College Park City Council agreed the Barking Dog would be a welcome addition to the city. Public Services Director Bob Ryan spoke at the hearing on the evolving property lease agreement between McManus and the council — one that involves expensive ID scanners with a memory recognition program, $9 minimum for pitchers of beer, a 50-50 ratio of food-toalcohol sales, a ban on beer pong tournaments and no cover charge at the door. McManus said his vision for the space differs greatly from the previous tenant’s, as he hopes to host a wide array of events, from trivia nights to live music to dancing, in addition to establishing a reputa-

SHOOTING from page 1 was not used in the assault, and police are unsure whether the man identified as Okutuga had it with him the whole time or if he found it in the building around the time of the attack. Officer Christopher Jordan, who worked for Montgomery County Police for more than four years, confronted Okutuga at the mall Saturday and ordered him several times to put his weapon down. But the suspect refused,

tion for good food. “I think people need to step away and stop thinking of that place as the Thirsty Turtle,” Mcmanus said. “I think the city’s going to be very happy with what we do with the space, but it’s going to take some time, it’s going to take some effort and it’s going to take some money.” Although McManus is still negotiating with the landlord over the space — which he said he hopes to resolve this week — he intends to open the downstairs section in May and the upstairs in the fall. “The whole downstairs will be seated,” McManus said. “Other than a dance floor, there won’t be anywhere where you can stuff 150 people.” Some students — such as sophomore communication and marketing major Claudia Fess — said while a different environment could be good for the city, The Barking Dog needs to fill a

Baur said. Jordan shot Okutuga twice; although police declined to say where he was shot, they did say Okutuga was hit both times. He was pronounced dead at the scene at about 5:15 p.m. After hearing about this incident, University Police thought the physical description given by the UMUC employee Feb. 16 was similar to the description of Okutuga. The UMUC employee, whom police would not name, identified Okutuga from a photograph as the same man that

South African activist Naomi Tutu spoke at Stamp Student Union yesterday afternoon. TONIA WANG/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK

TUTU from page 1 helped her embrace this crucial tenet of South African culture. “When you raise somebody up, you raise yourself up,” Tutu said. “When you diminish and demean another, you diminish and demean yourself. When you oppress another, you oppress yourself.” However, the first experience that cemented this belief in her mind was rather nontraditional. She said she had a revelation while sitting in detention one day while attending school in England. Tutu said she realized the common punishment hurt the teacher and students because all had to sacrifice an otherwise free afternoon. The same principle of mutual harm, she said, can also be applied to the discriminatory policy of apartheid. She noted that the oppressive white minority suffered as much as the disenfranchised black majority because the whites were consumed by fear of revolt. “They were so afraid that they built higher and higher walls and surrounded their homes with guards and dogs,” she said. “It didn’t matter what they did to protect their privilege, they couldn’t escape the fear.” Student attendees said Tutu’s strategy of explaining the proverb in relatable terms before applying it to the broader context made her speech more enjoyable and helped them internalize her message. “I appreciated how she spoke about this and moved from an interpersonal conflict resolution way to a global con-

flict resolution method,” said Beverly Pratt, a sociology graduate student. “I feel as if it’s more of a lifestyle to achieve peace and justice.” Tutu also talked about the consequences of judging others based on preconceived notions, something she said everyone has a tendency to do. For example, she said many people fall back on the assumption that welfare recipients abuse the system even without hearing the story of an individual who’s desperately in need of the services provided. “In doing that, we cheated ourselves of an opportunity to come up with a [welfare] system that was both supportive and empowering and that would be there for people in need and help them find new ways of living,” Tutu said. Sociology graduate student Kendra Barber said Tutu’s emphasis on the importance of positive interactions with others was a welcome confirmation of the ideals she tries to convey to her students. “In the U.S., we’re all about the rugged individual, and it’s really hard to get students out of that mindset,” she said, referring to the tendency to put individual needs first. Tutu challenged the audience to live according to the proverb because, though difficult, it ultimately makes for a more satisfying life. “Think about what it means to recognize that we are connected, that our humanity is based on the humanity of all,” she said. “We can’t be fully human if we take away the humanity of others; we can’t be truly free if we do not struggle for the freedom of others.”

nightlife void, since three bars have shuttered within six months. “I think they need to make sure they’re filling the spot that Turtle left — a club atmosphere mixed with live music and a DJ,” she said. And as for the $9 pitchers? “I think people just won’t buy pitchers,” Fess said. “Considering it used to be $1 at Turtle, no one’s going to buy a $9 pitcher.” McManus said he was confident the venue’s other offerings will assuage the pitcher complaint, and many commissioners agreed. “At first I was kind of wary about the past problems,” said commissioner David Daesok Son. “But hearing your testimony today ... I think you clearly identified some of the issues.” “It seems like we’re well on the way to changing the operation of this particular location,” agreed Chairman Franklin Jackson.

punched him and ran off with an ice pick last week. University Police had contact with Okutuga between incidents, Leonard said. On Thursday, University Police questioned Okutuga after he was seen waving his arms at motorists at Baltimore Avenue and Berwyn Road. He was not doing anything illegal, Leonard said, and Okutuga described his actions as “giving the peace sign to drivers driving by,” according to police. He was released. Despite being registered as a Bowie State student, Oku-

wasn’t an acceptable answer. “I put too much effort into this just to let it go,” he said. And after a security guard checked the body of the costume, he was allowed to enter a Comcast Center overflowing with students and television cameras, his biggest stage ever. He first created the costume, which is actually the character Bender from the TV show Futurama, for the Otakon anime convention in Baltimore in August. Dambach started thinking about his costume in May and persuaded his friend Arras Wiedorn, a student at Washington State University, to help him build it. “I knew that Arras had made great costumes before,” he said. “She helped a lot.” Starting in mid-June, Dambach and Wiedorn met a few times a week, debating topics such as whether the costume should be a full suit or in parts. They then got to work and finished in time for the convention, at which Dambach said the costume was a hit. After the convention, Dambach brought his creation to the campus in October, when it was the same blue-gray color as Bender. He initially used it for various Halloween parties and even wore it to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s mock political rally, the Rally to Restore Sanity

tuga had no fixed address, and several reports suggested he was homeless. Police could not verify that. “We have no fixed address, but that doesn’t make him homeless,” Baur said. “We did not provide those news sources with that information, but we couldn’t confirm an address for him.” Bowie State’s news website said Okutuga was a Takoma Park resident who transferred to the university in fall 2010 to study communication. Leonard added that Okutuga’s family hinted at underly-

and/or Fear, in Washington. On Jan. 28, the Friday before this month’s Duke game, he decided to spraypaint the entire costume gold. “I knew the game was going to be a gold out,” Dambach said, “and I knew I had a Bender costume, so I figured I would do it.” On the day of the Duke game, he began a ritual that has continued before every game since: About two hours before tipoff, Dambach changes into shorts and a Tshirt — if he wants the ability to move, that’s all he can wear under the bulky suit. Then he puts on the legs and boots. He waits to slip on the body, which also encompasses the arms and head, until he finds his seat. But even then, his work is not done. Each leg and arm of the suit is made out of dryer vents, which can make walking to Comcast a challenge. “I have to roll down the legs so I am actually able to walk and carry the body,” he said. Once Dambach has his seat, the body, arms, gloves and helmet go on, and the dancing begins. “I try to get right behind the backboard to mess with the away team. How many times do you see a dancing robot behind the backboard?” he said, noting it’s not easy, but he does it all for the team. “It can get really hot in the costume because whenever I breathe out, it hits off the inside of the helmet and bounces back into my face.” But the effort Dambach put into the character paid off

“Every time an officer uses his gun, we investigate to make sure it was under the right circumstances.” LUCILLE BAUR MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE SPOKESWOMAN

ing issues in Okutuga’s personal life.

immediately at the Duke game Feb. 2, where he won a dance contest on the big screen to rousing fan applause. Since then, people have been talking about the dancing basketball robot, even though few know the student beneath it. “I thought it was cool for the Duke game because it was a gold out,” said Joe Megill, a sophomore finance major. Dambach’s roommate, sophomore economics major Bryan Bailey, said he has heard students discussing the robot and is quick to tell people his connection to the character. “I think it’s fun,” Bailey said. “It’s all in good spirits.” And Dambach is dedicated to making sure the costume is in tip-top shape for each gameday — he makes improvements and repairs to details as tiny as the ping-pong ball antennae or mouth vent crafted from panty hose. Although the Terps’ NCAA Tournament hopes look dim, Dambach said he would likely bring Bender to nearby games if the team makes the tournament. He also plans to make appearances at other events throughout the semester, including Maryland Day. Most importantly, he said, he is looking for someone to take care of Bender while he studies abroad in Germany next spring. “If you have the same kind of build as me, let me know,” he said.

“I know the family was saying he was suffering from some mental issues, and it probably played a role in this case,” Leonard said. “It’s a sad situation either way.” Jordan, the officer who shot and killed Okutuga on Saturday, is on administrative leave until an investigation is completed, Baur said. “This is a standard investigation,” she said. Every time an officer uses his gun, we investigate to make sure it was under the right circumstances.”



Renowned playwright discusses work Kushner explains purpose of art, political undertones in performances BY DREW WALDO Staff writer

Acclaimed playwright Tony Kushner visited Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center yesterday to talk about his life, his work and the grand purpose for art during the arts and humanities college’s dean’s Lecture Series. English professor emeritus Jackson Br yer led the hourand-a-half discussion, asking Kushner to explain his beginnings as a writer and later the political nature of his works. Kushner took frequent digressions during the discussion to talk about issues ranging from climate change to politics. Kushner instructed aspiring undergraduate writers to study — “it’s your job” — while demanding artists challenge audiences. “The worst crime is not being reactionary ... or humiliated,” Kushner said. “The worst thing you could do is bore someone. It’s wasting life.” If one person sees a play and is bored for two hours, Kushner said, the playwright has wasted two hours of that person’s life. “At the end of a short run, you will have essentially murdered a toddler,” he said. Kushner, who is gay, is best known for his 1991 play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, an epic work dealing with AIDS in New York during the Reagan years. The Signature Theatre Company recently did a revival of the play in New York. “When I die, someone will write my obituar y, and it will be ‘the guy who wrote Angels is dead,’” Kushner said. Some students at the event said though they were unfamiliar with Kushner’s work, they found the talk engaging. Sophomore psychology major Neeraj Kumar said his interest in film brought him to see Kushner. “I’m really interested in

Playwright Tony Kushner (left) speaks with English professor emeritus Jackson Bryer in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center about the purpose of creating art. The discussion was part of the arts and humanities dean’s lecture series. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

hearing what inspired [writers],” Kumar said. He paid special attention to Kushner’s asides on Anton Chekhov and Shakespeare. Since finishing Angels in America, Kushner has won a Tony, Obie, Emmy and Pulitzer. Kushner said his first exposure to theater came from his mother, who he said began acting after the family moved to Lake Charles, La., from New York City, where Kushner was born. Though he tried acting, Kushner said he learned as a child it was not his talent. After practicing his lines in front of family for a production of The Wizard of Oz, he said his grandmother’s first reaction was “I couldn’t understand a word you said.” Throughout the discussion, Kushner spoke with a benevolent nature, which often belied the ferocity of his politics. He imagined a near-future scenario where Sesame Street characters petition Congress to save PBS, ending with Sarah Palin skinning Big Bird. Early in the talk, he likened

climate-change nonbelievers to Holocaust deniers. Though Kushner is outspoken in his speech and his work, he reproached artists who would set out to restructure society. “Art has enormous power, but I don’t think it’s a direct power,” Kushner said, likening art to the subconscious. “Art tells you these unbearable things. ... Then you can leave, and if you want to think about it, [you can]. It’s not the power of persuasion.” The discussion frequently led into what Br yer termed American society’s lacking “spirit of inquir y.” Though Kushner bemoaned the state of the United States’ public schools, he seemed optimistic about the demand Americans have for culture. “The best piece of news in recent days is the number of people watching Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are dropping,” Kushner said, adding the nation is realizing “this kind of gobbledygook is insufficient to describe reality.” Still, what Kushner said first attracted him to write

“The worst crime is not being reactionary ... or humiliated. The worst thing you could do is bore someone. It’s wasting life.” TONY KUSHNER PLAYWRIGHT

was the “double-ness” readers find in literature. Kushner referred to literature’s two lives as a literal stor y, and as something to interpret. “There are many reasons we go to see plays,” Kushner said. Silver Spring resident Alexander Bondarev, 35, felt Kushner gave the audience a “thesis” for the theater. “Theater is not there to entertain, it’s to make you work,” Bondarev said. “Work with your ugliness.”

FORUM from page 1 October after the scooter he was driving was hit by a car. Fewer than two months later, cornerback Dexter McDougle and defensive end Isaiah Ross were involved in another on-campus scooter crash on Regents Drive. Last month, coach Randy Edsall announced all football players were banned from owning motorized scooters. But at yesterday’s meeting, department spokesman Darryl Conway said discussions of enforcing a helmet policy among athletes began more than five years ago when scooters were first introduced on the campus. “This is something we started talking about back in 2005, when we first got scooters, not something we just started talking about in November when the accidents happened,” he said. “We recommend that the students wear helmets, but there’s nothing we can do right now to mandate that they do.” Forum officials agreed and said a helmet policy had been in the works long before the accidents occurred last semester. “The campus has been taking safety steps toward scooters prior to the injuries,” Ferrick

“We recommend that the students wear helmets, but there’s nothing we can do right now to mandate that they do.” DARRYL CONWAY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN

said. “I know the police were already working to get scooters off the sidewalks and onto the roads. [The discussion] is in part proactive, but it’s also reactive to the injuries that occurred.” Ferrick said the committee will find other ways to reach out to the university community and get feedback on the issue, since yesterday’s turnout was a “disappointment.” “I was wondering if there were any scooter riders that would show up here because they’d be the ones that have to wear the helmets,” he said after the meeting. “[The turnout] is far less than I expected. We have to try something else.”


BUDDING BUSINESS The university has partnered with a local company whose mission is to build up local businesses that support sustainable growth and communities, fostering ties between the campus and budding sustainabilityminded entrepreneurs. University alumnus Dave Feldman founded The Bethesda Green Business Incubator in 2009 to advise and support local green businesses as they emerge, and this fall he looked to the university for help. Read the full story on our website.

DOG EAT TURTLE The former location of Thirsty Turtle won’t be vacant for much longer. The Barking Dog, a Bethesdabased establishment, is on track to be the latest bar in the infamous venue. When students caught wind of the new Route 1 watering hole, news spread across the campus like wildfire. And now that the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners approved owner John McManus’ petition for a liquor license, students can expect a new dog in the house by this fall. Read the full post on our blog, Campus Drive.



he 2011 TERRAPIN YEARBOOK, in association with Carl Wolf Studios, will be taking graduation portraits the week of February 21-25, 2011. Although it is TOO LATE for these pictures to be included in the 2011 TERRAPIN, many of you called to request this portrait session. There is absolutely NO cost or obligation on your part. Several poses will be taken, both with and without cap and gown, if you prefer. You will then have an opportunity to purchase portraits at a reasonable charge. You may make an appointment by calling 1-800-687-9327, 8 am-5 pm until Friday, February 18th, or schedule your appointment on the net! Visit our site at using Maryland’s school code: 87101. Beginning Monday, Feb. 21st, appointments can be made by calling the Terrapin office at (301) 314-8349 between 11 am7 pm. DATES: February 21-25, 2011 One Week Only!!

TIME: 11am-7pm

PLACE: 3101 South Campus Dining Hall (TERRAPIN YEARBOOK Office)

PHONE: 1-800-687-9327 or School code: 87101 Or, call the Terrapin Office from 11am-7pm at 301-314-8349















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or many students, one of the most frustrating and reviled aspects of stored in databases removed from the campus and would no longer be this university is not dining hall food or Route 1 traffic. It’s e-mail. owned and protected by the university. Those privacy concerns may seem minor, particularly considering how For years, the e-mail ser vice used by the university has frustrated many students already use Gmail for their personal e-mail accounts. But for students with its slow delivery time and outdated design. But after months of work by a committee made up of faculty and students, students and teaching assistants who may be corresponding about confithe Mirapoint student e-mail system could become a thing of the past come dential information such as grades, privacy is imperative. Moreover, it may fall semester. However, a new concern has emerged, not out of disdain for be required by law. Some pieces of federal law require certain types of research to be stored exclusively in the United States, the existing system, but about what system should something Google could not guarantee. replace it. Some have suggested that student accounts That said, Gmail has become one of the most popube moved to the more reliable system used by faculty Although switching the lar e-mail systems in the world, growing exponentially and staff, while others have advocated for student accounts to be operated by Microsoft. But for students, university’s e-mail server from in recent years and seeking to surpass popular platforms like Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail. And given the the most popular alternative is a system many of them Mirapoint to Gmail may pose responses of students, nearly 500 of whom have writalready use: Gmail. Operated by Google, Gmail would allow students to several potential problems, the ten to the Student E-mail Committee weighing the options, Gmail remains the favorite. access their accounts through the popular eoption’s overwhelming As the committee continues to gauge student opinmail system, increasing reliability and dependability. popularity means the switch ion in the coming weeks, the members should be sure But despite strong feedback in favor of a Google-based to educate students about the options before them. system from students, who were polled last semester, should be made. Concerns about Google’s privacy policies are legitiserious concerns remain. Indeed, Google has come under particular scrutiny in recent years for mate, and while they may rarely cause trouble, their potential to do so should what some perceive to be lax privacy policies. Google’s rapid growth and not be ignored or swept under the rug. But if students continue to support popularity have earned it a reputation as a top company but also a reputation the Gmail option after learning about these issues, the decision to switch to a Gmail-based system should be easy. verging on Big Brother. For too long students have grappled with a difficult and frustrating e-mail And while some concerns with Google’s practices may be overblown, hesitation about switching to Gmail are valid. After all, Google’s own contract service that seems to be anything but a service. With e-mail continuing to be stipulates that student e-mails could be subject to data mining in order for a major form of communication in academia, a system that works with ease is Google to sell students’ information to outside companies for customizing imperative. And while security concerns should be weighed, ultimately what purposes. Also, Google has refused to delete user information if the univer- will best ser ve students — and what is most popular — should be the obvisity were to ever switch its e-mail platform again. Such data could also be ous choice.

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The Maryland Food Co-op: Try some falafel


f you’ve ever waited in line for 30 minutes to buy mass-produced Chinese food or paid $5 for a cup of fruit at the Union Shop, take a moment to acknowledge how awesome the Maryland Food Co-op is. It’s that colorful, lively store blaring dance-worthy music you bypass to get to Subway on the first floor of Stamp Student Union. Their motto is “food is for people, not for profit.” It’s cheap, delicious, homemade, healthy and, yes, some meat is available there. The bagels are about 20 times better and cheaper than the ones available at the North Campus Snack ‘n’ Shop (better known as the Incon), and the falafel deserves an entire paragraph to itself. So here it goes: The falafel is freshly made, often warm, inexpensive, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and by far, and I mean by far, the best in College Park. And this is coming from

BETHANY WYNN College Park’s most monumental fatass — I’ve tried falafel from Ollie’s Grill, Moby Dick, the Union Shop and Plato’s Diner. Let me know if falafel is ser ved anywhere else in College Park because I’m going to need to try it. If you don’t know what falafel is, shame on you, and I’m not going to tell you because you’ll shun it before trying it. Meat eaters seem to have some sort of deep-seated fear of vegetarians, as if we’re going to pelt them with tofu. But the point is: Let go of your misconceptions. As a lifelong vegetarian raised by one of those goddamn hippies, I eat tofu once a month, if that. I

haven’t dropped dead from lack of protein (or whatever you guys are afraid of), and I’ve got plenty of meat (pun intended?) on my bones. My vegetarianism and runner’s high addiction are the only ways to combat my raging vodka-cranberry intake. Thank God for the Co-op, with its myriad options and stereotype-shattering meals. I don’t care if you eat a giant steak directly in front of me or host a daily bacon fry-up after smoking a joint (here’s looking at you, kid in my apartment building). If giving up animal abuse and environmental degradation is too much for you, I understand. Just kidding, I still don’t care, I just want you to try the Co-op. The Co-op and their staff deser ve some recognition. They’re plugging along in the basement of Stamp, wearing fearsome outfits and basically hosting a constant dance party you can join whenever you want to buy an organic banana. They have a

variety of hot meals, ready-made meals, snacks, coffee, vegetarianfriendly groceries and an epic sandwich line. Vegetarians and vegans aren’t all weirdos, but if the thought of entering the place and leaving with something vegan hurts your masculine sensibilities, hop into the fast-moving sandwich line and slap some meat on your sandwich. Be warned, though: They only take cash. All the better to avoid the customer being ripped off by big creditcard companies. Too heavy? Suck it up. There’s nothing more manly than overcoming your fear of the unknown, grabbing a $5 bill and downing some falafel. Your wallet, your body, the environment and some dude wearing jorts and one dangly earring will thank you. Bethany Wynn is a senior sociology major. She can be reached at

Senior secrets: Pretty much useless


erhaps it was the senior happy hour at Cornerstone Grill and Loft to celebrate 100 days until graduation, or maybe it was just the fact that the Calvert Cotillion was eerily similar to prom. It may even be the unseasonably warm weather or my acute case of senioritis, but I recently came to the stunning, if not inevitable, realization that for me this is all about to end. Now before you stop reading out of disgust at my premature nostalgia over Terrapin football games, caffeine-fueled study marathons and late-night shenanigans in the Omicron Delta Kappa fountain, take a second and think about ever ything the university community loses with each graduating class. What I am realizing now is that I have gotten really good at school and navigating the bureaucracy of this institution. Barring academic catastrophe, I will be graduating in May, and my time at this university and the livable community of Prince George’s County will be over. And with graduation, so much of the

knowledge I have accumulated over my four years here will immediately become useless. Not my academic knowledge — which may never have been useful anyway — not my limited number of skills and certainly not the things I have learned about myself and the world, but all the things I have learned about school in general and this university in particular. For me, this is concerning because I will never again use a lot of the knowledge I have of this university. But for the people who have played a much larger role here, whether as part of the Student Government Association, University Senate, Residence Hall Association, Campus Recreation Ser vices, The Diamondback or any number of other organizations, groups or activities, there is a wealth of knowledge that is about to become worthless. The collective knowledge that we as community lose with the departure of each graduating class is mind-boggling. With the exception of a very small number of people who may remain involved with the university in some

ROB RIKER form after graduation, most graduating seniors are about to step into a world where everything we know about how to get things done and who to talk to is wrong. It doesn’t matter that I have finally mastered the tricks of class registration or know SGA election rules. That is not going to help me get my mail forwarded to the cardboard box I will be calling home or operate in this real world everyone keeps talking about. Living in this collegiate bubble has made me really good at operating within that bubble, but now all this knowledge will just be taking up brain space that could have been used to retain an even greater collection of Taylor Swift lyrics. For those who know the inner workings of the university, this immense loss of knowledge is per-

haps unparalleled. In the job world, no company can expect most employees to be gone in four years, and even if they do leave, they leave with a lot of skills that remain applicable to their field. Perhaps moving to a very different place could have a similar effect that would require you to learn everything anew. And while I hope many of the relationships I have built will survive, the dynamics are about to change. So what does this cost us as a community? Yes, for each graduating class, another class comes to take its place, bringing with it unique perspectives and life experiences. But we lose the experience — dare I say wisdom — of the older generation. It seems that if we really want to walk the walk in terms of sustainability, we cannot afford to waste so much accumulated knowledge. And the only solution is to bring us back next year. Rob Riker is a senior government and politics and history major. He can be reached at


or those of you keeping track, this is the second response to Greg Nasif’s Feb. 11 column, “University Police: Not our parents,” concerning the state of the university community and University Police. The first response, from Michael Kossin on Feb. 14, generated an extremely heated debate in the comments section of The Diamondback’s website. I usually don’t read Diamondback articles online, but I must say that the amount of comments on Kossin’s article is something to behold. It seems that ever yone has their own opinion and feelings on the situation, and they all want their voices to be heard. While I love engaging in discussion, I believe there is a better recipient of these comments. I have been a proud member of this university for three years now. I am proud of our academic standings; I am proud of our athletics; I am proud of our social life. But the one thing that always stood out to me about our community is that we are extremely vocal about our feelings toward certain issues. Among such events as the Duke game last year, the closing of Thirsty Turtle last semester and the Duke game this year, our student community has had a lot to talk about. However, it seems that most of the arguing is with one another, not with those who we actually need to speak to about these issues. The comments following Kossin’s article are proof of this. There is nothing wrong with discussing the role of police in the comments section of a Diamondback article, but there must be a better and more publicly noticeable way. On this subject, I offer two suggestions, one long-term and one short-term. I am working with a group of other students in the communication department on a College Park Civic Communication project. Our goal is to hold an event to promote better communication between the Prince George’s County Police, University Police, College Park residents and university students. At this event, we want to hold an open discussion between students and police to find a way to work out our issues, if you want to call them that. Stay tuned for more information on this event, and if you have any suggestions of what should be said or happen at this meeting, please e-mail me. Your feedback is more than appreciated. For now, I urge all those who have opinions on this subject to contact the police themselves. Write, call, e-mail — it doesn’t matter. If even half people who commented on Nasif’s and Kossin’s columns contacted the police, it would send a ver y clear message: “We need to talk.” We need to be proactive about this. We need to show the community that we are willing to fix these issues for the good of ever yone in College Park. We are known as one of the most vocal student bodies in the countr y for a reason. Let’s prove that we are.

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Some games will include a character, location or reference from other games or forms of entertainment as fan service, and Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is all about fan service. Published and developed by Capcom (Dead Rising 2) for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the game brings together 18 of each company’s characters (36 in total) to duke it out. When Marvel villain Doctor Doom teams up with Resident Evil antagonist Albert Wesker to build a team of villains to conquer both Marvel and Capcom’s worlds, the heroes of each come together to try to stop them. As the battle wages, a third force arrives that could bring the end of both worlds altogether. Despite more than a decade between Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes and this new release, the fundamentals of the game remain the same. Players pick teams of three characters in a super-powered tag-team fight. The roster contains an interesting variety of characters. There are mainstream choices, such as Spider-Man and Street Fighter’s Chun-Li, but also some more obscure picks including Okami protagonist Amaterasu and the demonic Marvel villain Dormammu. Returning favorites include Captain America, Wolverine, Ryu (Street Fighter) and Morrigan (Darkstalkers), while some new additions include Phoenix (XMen), Marvel’s Deadpool and Dante (Devil May Cry), among others. This diversity of characters leads to a wide variety of play styles to choose from. Hulk and Ryu fight short range, while Iron Man and Mega Man’s Zero specialize in projectiles. Even characters

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SEMINOLES from page 8 normal playing rotation. Aside from losing freshman forward Ashton Pankey, who played just three minutes in the team’s opener before being ruled out to undergo leg surgery, the Terps’ rotation hasn’t had to adjust to any unforeseen events. “Knock on wood,” forward Jordan Williams said. “It’s good because when you play the same rotation, you get used to the feeling of who’s going to come in at what times, and we kind of have a flow going.” The Seminoles, meanwhile, are still tinkering with just how to replace Singleton, who led the team in points, rebounds and minutes before breaking his right foot against Virginia on Feb. 12. “We’re still trying to make adjustments,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said in his weekly teleconference Monday. “Our players have worked very hard to move forward. … This is who we are, and hopefully that’s enough.” “Singleton was a huge part of their flow and their rotation and such a great player,” Jordan Williams said. “For them to lose him kind of got them out of sync a little bit.” Even without Singleton, the Seminoles’ first test after his injury wasn’t much of one — they beat conference cellar dweller Wake Forest, 84-66, on Saturday. And Terp coach Gary Williams, who acknowledged Singleton as one of the ACC’s best players, said his absence doesn’t pose as big a problem as it might for other teams because of the Seminoles’ smothering style of play. “The defensive mentality of the team doesn’t change; you’re just taking a guy away that is a great defensive player,” Williams said. “You don’t have to change your defense now that he’s not there. If you lose a guy who’s scoring 20 points per game, and you’re playing through him, then you have to go back and change your offense quite a bit.” The loss of Singleton likely won’t affect the NCAA Tournament prospects of the Seminoles, who are considered a near lock for the field of 68. But it could have important ramifications for the Terps, who will take any advantage they can get as they look to scrape together a worthy postseason portfolio. And even after tonight, the Terps may not have to wait long to benefit from another future NCAA Tournament team missing a key contributor. When the Terps face No. 19 North Carolina on Sunday, the Tar Heels will be without former starting point guard Larry Drew II, whose decision to leave the team has left coach Roy Williams with a thin backcourt. But focusing on other teams’ problems, the Terps know, won’t help them with their own. “It’s crunch time now,” Jordan Williams said. “We can’t look too far ahead. If we look too far ahead, we forget where we are.”

After building it, Bakich hopes they’ll come Coach, team will debut student section at today’s home opener against Navy BY JEREMY SCHNEIDER Staff writer

Even in his days as an assistant at Vanderbilt, Erik Bakich had a plan to build his own team, regardless of wherever he ultimately landed. But when it came to selling prospective fans on the Terrapin baseball program he inherited two years ago, he decided to take a page from another Terp coach’s book. Bakich knows fielding a winning team — something the Terps (1-3) haven’t done in years — is the ultimate ingredient to building a following. But in the lead-up to today’s home opener against Navy, Bakich took the advice of Terrapin men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski. “You need a strong following. You need a group of guys,” Bakich said. “Like when The Crew started for soccer. They had a group of loyal followers, and now it’s grown into what The Crew is today. That’s what we’re doing right now. That’s what Sasho had to do, too. I’ve talked to him about it. He had to go door-to-door, frat-to-frat. That’s what it takes, and that’s what you have to do.” And that’s just what Bakich has done. Every Monday, he’s visited university fraternities to make sales pitches for his Terp team, which is coming off an encouraging opening weekend at No. 6 Texas. Bakich hopes to start a grassroots movement similar to what Cirovski’s program fostered and eventually turned into a dedicated legion of fans who show up for games regardless of opponent — something that hasn’t yet happened at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. But with a set of bleacher seats near the opposing bullpen along right field now specifically designated for students, Bakich has laid the groundwork for a more student-friendly experience. “Now, the opposing pitcher and

Coach Erik Bakich and the Terps face Navy in their home opener today. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

catcher, when they get loose, they’ve got to warm up directly in front of our new student section,” Bakich said. “It’s going to be rowdy, and it’s going to be hostile, and that’s what we want. That’s what we need.” And while the section has been constructed and readied for today’s home opener against the Midshipmen (0-3), it still needs a name. The university’s Sports Marketing Club is holding a contest to name the student section, with the winner receiving $300 in Under Armour apparel. According to club cofounder and co-president Brian Manassa, a sophomore letters and sciences major, the section will be christened with a sign of the winning name when the Terps open their home ACC schedule against Boston College on March 18. “The students are our best target to really improve the atten-

dance immediately in the short term,” Bakich said. “And building the student section was a huge reason for that. That was just something that we had to do. We’re really trying to get the students involved, and we’ve got a great response from the students.” In addition to the student section in right field, a new left-field lounge area has been erected and furnished with a grill that accepts Terp Bucks. Bakich hopes that even if students don’t stay for whole games, they’ll come by for a few innings for a taste of his team and stadium fare. If nothing else, Bakich is confident it will add a distinctive scent and ambiance synonymous with baseball. “It just sort of just brings new energy to the program,” shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez said. “We go out there and we see new changes

every day, from the foul poles to the stands, it motivates us to play well for Coach Bakich and do our best.” Building a fan base for a nonrevenue sport like baseball or soccer only takes time, and Bakich knows the best attraction for fans is a winning team — something he is confident he has this year. When students realize the same, Bakich said, they’ll finally have a place of their own to watch. “All the little details that go into making our program reach that next level have been achieved up to this point,” Bakich said. “Now, do we still have some more things that we want to do? Obviously. [But] in the short term, everything that we wanted to get accomplished before the start of this season [is done].”


Lofty Asper-ations Tireless work ethic paves way for wrestler’s dominant stretch BY JOSH VITALE Staff writer

Josh Asper has stepped onto the mat 19 times for dual matches this season for the Terrapin wrestling team. In each of those bouts, Asper emerged victorious. It’s hardly a surprise. Since coming to College Park three years ago, Asper has experienced little but success. The 165-pound sophomore compiled a perfect 19-0 regular-season record in dual meets, finishing the season with a nearly flawless 29-2 record. Over his career, Asper is 97-18. “Solid. That’s the one word you can always use to talk about Josh,” coach Kerry McCoy said. “What you want from your stereotypical successful athlete, he gives it to us.” But his triumphs on the mat are just part of his stor y — it’s what he does off the mat





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Given his sterling success against some of the nation’s elite wrestlers, Asper has the confidence to know he can compete with anybody. “Sometimes I wrestle guys that might be just as good or better, but I outwork them or outhustle them,” Asper said. “I think maybe my trademark is hard work, grinding through matches and always thinking I have a chance to win. I think that’s what’s gotten me through the season.” Excluding a two-loss performance on one day in late December, Asper has been perfect this season. After falling to Oklahoma’s No. 2 Tyler Caldwell in overtime at the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29, Asper has won 12 straight matches, many of them decided in the dominant manner that almost has become an expectation for whenever he wrestles. Of his 29 victories this season, seven were pins, four were technical falls and nine were major decisions. But a regular season of this caliber hasn’t left Asper content with his performance. With the ACC Championships and NCAA Tournament looming, Asper has his sights set on a bigger prize. “My goal is to win the ACCs and place in the top three of the NCAA Tournament,” Asper said. “I don’t think I’ll be satisfied if I don’t accomplish some of the goals I set for the end of the year. The whole season is just preparation for the end of the year, and I’ve had a good year so far, but there’s a lot of work to do still. ... It’s definitely going to be a disappointment if I fall short.” Asper’s intention of becoming one of the nation’s top wrestlers is obvious, and the lofty goals for his career — three ACC Championships, three All-America honors and a national championship — show just how possible he feels that distinction is. A mentality that never allows him to believe anything less, Asper knows, will only help. “If I’m doing it, I’m going to tr y to be the best I can be at it,” Asper said. “I think that’s a good way that anyone should approach anything that they do. You shouldn’t put half the effort into it; it’s a waste of time if you don’t give it your all.”




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Maryland Terrapins

Florida State Seminoles

17-10 (6-6 ACC)

19-7 (9-3 ACC)

WHEN: Tonight, 9 p.m. WHERE: Comcast Center TV: WDCA-TV DATA: With forward Chris Singleton out with an injured right foot Saturday, seven Seminoles scored above their season points per game average to help Florida State top Wake Forest, 84-66.

TERPTRACKER 2010-11 TEAM STATS Average PPG Field Goal % 3-Point % Free Throw % Rebounds/G Assists/G Turnovers/G



77.3 47.7 33.7 63.3 40.8 17.1 14.3

70.3 43.1 32.5 66.9 40.2 12.4 16.2


Coach Gary Williams and the Terps will face a talented Florida State team missing its biggest star today.




20.1 19.0 24.9 29.0 31.8

T. Stoglin P. Howard S. Mosley D. Gregory J. Williams

10.6 1.2 3.2 5.2 1.5 3.3 8.5 3.9 2.0 8.9 5.9 0.7 17.4 11.5 0.6



29.9 27.3 24.2 15.3 20.1

D. Kitchen M. Snaer D. Dulkys O. White B. James

HURTING FOR A BREAKTHROUGH After earlier missed opportunities, Terps looking to take advantage of an absence BY CHRIS ECKARD


9.6 8.6 7.6 6.4 8.2

5.5 3.6 2.6 2.0 3.2 1.1 3.0 0.5 5.7 0.1


Senior staff writer

Chris Singleton is the subject of almost every question his coach answers, the name that dominates his team’s press releases, the vocal leader on his team’s defense and the face of Florida State men’s basketball.

But when the Seminoles suit up at Comcast Center tonight, Singleton will be in street clothes, recuperating from a broken foot. The reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year’s conspicuous absence from action against the Terps will be the latest on a lengthy list of notable players

who have missed conference play for one reason or another. To this point, the Terps have been fortunate to avoid the roster blows that have struck their league compatriots. What they haven’t been able to do, though, is completely capitalize on others’ shortcomings. Four of the Terps’ six conference

losses have come against teams missing important contributors. No. 1 Duke was without freshman phenom Kyrie Irving in both of the Blue Devils’ victories earlier this season, while Virginia Tech twice topped the Terps down four players in its

see SEMINOLES, page 7


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