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University could see steeper budget cuts If approved, new proposal would slash $1.8 million from university’s budget BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Senior staff writer

In the midst of a proposed tuition hike and shrinking university funds, the state’s top higher education officials voiced strong opposition to a $4 million system-wide office cut proposed Wednesday, arguing state universities are barely scraping by as is. Under the proposal by the Department of Legislative Services — the staffing agency for the state’s General Assembly — each of the University System of Maryland’s 12 schools would have to make up the cost. If approved, this univer-

sity would suffer a $1.8 million cut, which university President Wallace Loh said it cannot afford. “These cuts will absolutely affect this university, and that is why we plan to fight them,” Loh said. “I cannot tell you where those cuts will occur; it certainly would mean we will not hire some faculty members; it may mean we will cut any number of things to balance the budget.” To balance the state’s $1 billion deficit, the department has proposed slashing budgets to all state service centers — such as janitorial services or advising. But Loh said since

the system’s office does not provide any of the 12 universities a service — it allocates funds and governs the system — it should not be included in this budget cut. “The system office is simply an organization that works with the campuses to advance higher education in the state,” Loh said. “If you buy that argument, which is the argument that we are making, then the system office should be exempt from this cut.” This isn’t the only proposed reduction to the system’s budget. The DLS also proposed

BUDGETARY MEASURES With the state facing a $1 billion deficit, state officials have proposed several costcutting measures: Total possible cuts to the University System of Maryland: $15.6 million

Our 102ND Year, No. 96

State Senate passes samesex marriage O’Malley expected to sign bill

Total possible cuts to this university: $6.8 million

BY JIM BACH Staff writer

3 percent tuition hike for instate undergraduates

This state is one step closer to joining seven others and Washington in legalizing same-sex marriage after the state Senate passed the legislation in a 25-22 vote yesterday. After narrowly passing the House of Delegates in a heated debate last Friday, the bill moved to the Senate, where it was expected to pass. Although its future seemed uncertain after several senators proposed amending the bill — which would have delayed the decision — each amendment was ultimately rejected in the hours preceding the vote. The body passed the measure after two hours of debate, during which several senators said the legislation was a matter of equality. “What we’re doing here today is we’re modifying the definition of marriage in a civil way,” said Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Carroll and Howard), the only Republican to vote in favor of the bill. Kittleman called same-sex marriage the “civil rights issue of this generation,” noting that 45 years ago the state repealed laws prohibiting interracial unions. The bill will make its way to the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley, who pledged to sign it into law as quickly as possible if passed. Opponents said they plan to petition the measure and hope to put it on the November ballot, when voters will be able to decide whether it should be

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Athletes on at-risk Terps teams mull careers elsewhere One men’s track and field, one men’s tennis player set to leave

The origins of their service

BY REBECCA LURYE

Students learn leadership skills from participation in the Civil Air Patrol BY REBECCA LURYE Staff writer

As early as age 12, several university students were canvassing deep forests, ski slopes and wooded suburbs on U.S. Air Force missions, searching for everything from downed aircrafts to lost Alzheimer’s patients and Boy Scouts. Today, more than half a dozen of them have chosen to

continue training as Air Force ROTC cadets at this university, with several saying they continue to carry the leadership skills and experiences they gained through the state’s Civil Air Patrol program. CAP, now in its 70th year as the official auxiliary of the Air Force, trains cadets between the ages of 12 and 21 in its three missions — leadership, search-and-rescue, and aero-

space education. The young cadets often respond to 2 a.m. calls on school nights and complete missions while carr ying a day’s worth of food, water and supplies. While adults can remain a part of the auxiliar y, CAP is primarily a youth activity, and it is unique from Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts in that even its youngest members can receive pilot training,

although most carr y out missions on foot. “You’re so young and you’re searching for people at 3 a.m., but you’re qualified to do it,” said sophomore Arabic major Emily Greiner, who is now an Air Force ROTC cadet. “Sometimes you’d come in to school, and it’s like, ‘I don’t have my homework because I was out

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Ke’Chic Boutique shutters its doors in city after 18 months Property manager attributes closing to store’s infrequent operating hours BY NICK FOLEY Staff writer

While College Park is moreso known for its array of bars and restaurants than for its selection of fashion boutiques, students looking for trendy clothes now have fewer options after Ke’Chic Boutique shuttered its doors

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last month. The store opened on Route 1 in July 2010 and then relocated further south in May to the corner of Lehigh Road and Yale Avenue. It closed in early January because its operating hours weren’t frequent enough to stay afloat,

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While some student-athletes from teams facing elimination have rallied support for raising money to save their teams, others with a grimmer future at this university have had to explore alternatives. The athletics department extended the deadline for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams nearly two weeks ago, greatly increasing the likelihood those athletes will be able to continue competing at this university, but Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said potential fundraising extensions will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Members of some of the university’s smaller programs — including men’s tennis, women’s water polo and acrobatics and tumbling— have faced numerous challenges in securing donations to meet their June 30 deadline to raise eight years’ worth of funding for their teams, leading many athletes to begin to consider potential transfer options. For some members of the acrobatics and tumbling team, a discontinuation of their program would mean they could no longer afford attending this university. Team members receive more money as they continue competing, coach Laura Chiriaco said, but the athletics department is only honoring athletes’ scholarships at their current levels. “Unfortunately for some of our athletes … that were kind of planning and counting on having their scholarships increased later on, [they] are having to apply to other schools as a backup because they’re not sure they’ll be able to stay at Maryland on their current scholarship amount,” Chiriaco said. Members of the acrobatics and tumbling team aren’t the only ones unsure of their future at this university. Two athletes from other teams have already planned to transfer to other programs, and others are considering similar moves, coaches and team members said. Men’s track and field team member Sean O’Leary said one of his teammates has decided to transfer to ensure he has a program to return to after competing in the Olympic trials this summer. Men’s tennis player Andy Magee said one of his teammates is transferring, while several others are exploring

Ke’Chic Boutique, located at the corner of Lehigh Road and Yale Avenue, closed last month. CHELSEA DIRECTOR/THE DIAMONDBACK

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CADETS from page 1 searching for lost people.’” Greiner said when she first joined the patrol at 13 years old and began logging her flight hours, she was so short she needed to sit on boat cushion seats so she could reach the plane’s rudders. “Some people don’t want to learn how to fly, which I just think is weird,” she said. “It’s like the coolest thing ever.” However, CAP members said the missions also exposed them to the harsh reality that they may not always bring home survivors. Wayne Mowery, a senior Arabic major who joined CAP at age 14, said he was called out of class in 2006 to serve a week-long mission where he coordinated flight teams to search for a downed aircraft. The lost pilot was a fellow member of the CAP — 72-year-old David Weiss of Bethesda. Mowery said when he arrived at the search’s home base, he was struck by the sight of Weiss’ family and paintings bearing messages of “Please bring my grandpa home,” which a granddaughter had hung around the base. Mower y said he’d al-

ways imagined downed pilots standing by their crashed planes and a fire, waiting to be rescued. In reality, as with the mission to find Weiss, the outcome is often tragic. “But it is a good feeling knowing something went wrong but you did what you could to fix it, especially at that age,” Mowery said. Cadets said they also had missions that required no search or urgency on their par t. Senior Persian studies major Shaharazad Purvis said she once worked security around a site in 2008 after a state medical helicopter carrying five people crashed en route to Andrews Air Force Base. As a seasoned cadet, Purvis was also often responsible for planning highly complicated search routes for the ground teams to follow. “Missions can be boring sometimes,” Purvis said. “You can sit there and wait for an hour or two waiting to be tasked.” Most of the cadets’ time is devoted to the organization’s other two pillars — leadership and education — which they carr y out with training, drills, volunteer work and traveling to other states and countries for CAP programs.

MARRIAGE from page 1 implemented. “There is not a sense across this nation that our definition of traditional marriage should change,” Sen. Ed Reilly (R-Anne Arundel) said. “Sixty-one million people have voted on this issue in the ballot box, and it has failed on those voting attempts.” Spencer Brennan, social chair for this university’s Pride Alliance, said the bill’s passage marks a victory for the LGBTQA community. “I am officially thrilled,” he said. “It’s a nice feeling to know that the state is going to treat me like an equal citizen under the law.” Many senators said allowing same-sex couples to get married — and enjoy the state and federal benefits they have not been eligible for — provides all families

They also lobby state legislators in the face of a shrinking budget, College Park squadron commander Maj. Charles Davis said. “Definitely since we are not the most high-prioritized entity for the Air Force, we feel the cuts,” he said. “We never get as much as we want, but we are functioning.” Maj. Thomas Sadiq, this university’s Air Force ROTC unit admissions officer, said those who participated in leadership programs such as CAP are often noticeably more prepared and confident in their abilities as cadets. “Over and over again, they show, having been through a program like Civil Air Patrol, that they have an idea of ‘I can do this, I can do this,’ and they get it done,” he said. Davis said former CAP members add valuable experience to the College Park squadron by helping encourage cadets who aren’t achieving as quickly as others. “[Purvis] was able to help out to help people get inspired and try to make rank,” he said. “It seemed to be just the antidote to our problem at the time.” Air Force ROTC cadets meet in Cole Field House. Several cadets were formerly members of the Civil Air Patrol, an organization, now in its 70th year, that trains youth between the ages of 12 and 21 for Air Force leadership and search missions. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

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histor y? There’s no doubt about it.” Others who voted against the measure said they were unwilling to compromise their religious beliefs. “In voting against this bill, I’m not discriminating against anyone,” Sen. Bryan Simonaire (RAnne Arundel) said. “My religious beliefs, you don’t change those, and I’m not changing those today.” But some students, such as junior neurobiology and physiology major Justin Gagliani, said the measure is an important step in providing all state residents with equal rights. “I feel like not allowing some people to get married, in a way, it makes them second-class citizens,” he said. “I don’t understand why they can’t get married. If that’s who they love, that’s who they love.”

with the same opportunities. Before the vote, Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery), an LGBTQA lawmaker, delivered an emotional testimony in which he spoke of his own personal desire to marry his partner. “Family is essential to the human condition,” he said. “We all cherish our families, and for many of us in this state, at the heart of that family is a relationship with someone that we love dearly that happens to be of the same gender.” However, many lawmakers said they wanted to protect the traditional definition of marriage. Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert and Prince George’s) said he felt “torn on both sides,” and ultimately voted against the measure. “I believe that marriage is between a husband and a wife,” he said. “Am I on the wrong side of

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THE SECRET LIFE OF THE DOTS TWEETER For most adults, spending the workday on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook is a workplace faux pas. Unless, of course, it’s their job. For Department of Transportation Services administrative assistant Valerie Goubeau, who has been the elusive personality behind the DOTS Twitter account since 2010, tweeting is all in a day’s work. As part of her administrative position, she responds

to feedback from students and tweets important information and reminders. “We need creative people to run it, and she’s definitely a creative lady,” DOTS Director David Allen said. Since 2009, DOTS has been tweeting information about parking and bus routes, as well as changes to traffic patterns and fun facts about campus transportation, all in 140 characters or less. To read more, visit The Diamondback’s online news blog, Campus Drive.

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BOUTIQUE from page 1 according to proper ty manager Devin Hinton, who said the business appeared closed each time he visited. “They were never open,” Hinton said. “I think the proprietor had another job doing something else. … Truly, I think you have to be open 9 [a.m.] to 5 [p.m.] or have regular business hours.” The owner of Ke’Chic Boutique could not be reached for comment. But an erratic schedule may not have been the store’s sole downfall, according to City Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater, who said the store’s discreet presence — tucked away from the crowded swath of businesses lining Route 1 — wasn’t commanding enough to attract customers. “I don’t know if there were crowds often,” Stiefvater said. “It looks more

like an office building than a retail space when you walk by, so maybe people couldn’t see it visually.” Several students, such as sophomore finance and government and politics major Allison Wynant, said they had never heard of the clothing store, and they don’t consider the city a desirable locale for clothes shopping. “I mostly shop online,” Wynant said. “It’s kind of a hard market to get people shopping out in College Park.” Other city officials, such as District 2 Councilman Bob Catlin, said the cost associated with a spot near downtown College Park could have been too high for a clothing store to handle. “The rents are so high on Route 1,” Catlin said. “Places like clothing stores just can’t pay anything near that kind of rent. … [Restaurants] can afford to pay higher rents.” Briana Abedi — assistant manager for the clothing shop On Cloud 9, located at

4513 College Ave. — said she did not know the boutique had permanently shut its doors, and also that students’ tight budgets sometimes keep them away from clothing stores. “That’s unfortunate,” Abedi said. “I didn’t even realize that they closed.” Cluckster’s manager George Lincoln said the city presents a difficult business climate because college students lack steady incomes. “You have to understand that college kids are getting money from their parents,” Lincoln said. “They’re more worried about getting their education and having a good time.” Some students, such as freshman anthropology major Emily Bokelman, said they aren’t financially stable enough to shop while in school. “Honestly, I don’t have money to be shopping much anyway, so I do most of that back home,” she said. foley@umdbk.com

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Oakland Hall is the first university dorm to be certified LEED gold, the second-highest green standing a building can receive. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

Oakland Hall earns LEED gold rating for sustainability Building first LEED gold dorm on the campus BY TEDDY AMENABAR Staff writer

Oakland Hall has officially won the gold for the greenest dorm on the campus. Earlier this month, Oakland Hall became the first university dorm to be certified with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold rating — the second-highest LEED standard a green building can receive. Constructed using recyclable materials and featuring state-of-the-art sustainable technology, the building had first received the LEED silver rating when it made its debut in the fall. “We just think it’s really great that it’s been able to happen,” Resident Life Assistant Director Donna Metz said. “I know that everyone that worked on the building worked really hard to make it happen and did an incredible job.” And while Oakland Hall is only the second universityowned building to be certified LEED gold — Knight Hall, the home of the journalism college, was the first — more green construction is slated for the coming years as outlined in the Facilities Master Plan, a framework

for future development and landscaping for the university. Capital Projects Director Bill Olen noted Oakland Hall was the first new dorm constructed in 25 years, and the designers of all future constructed university buildings will strive to obtain a LEED silver rating. Oakland Hall boasts an innovative green design, with water-conserving toilets and shower heads and energy-efficient lighting installed throughout the building. Solar reflective surfaces were installed on the roof to lower air conditioning use. Rameez Munawar, president of this university’s chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council — the nonprofit organization that created the LEED certification — said while Oakland Hall’s construction is a step in the right direction toward a greener campus, officials should speed up the process. “I think that just overall there are so many benefits to designing sustainably that it seems a no-brainer at this point,” Munawar said. “I kind of wish that it was moving at a faster rate.” While several Oakland Hall

residents said they were happy to learn about the LEED gold rating, some said they are not always aware they live in such a green building. “Personally I can’t really tell the fact that it’s sustainable,” sophomore aerospace engineering major Younese Mekonnen said, but added, “For someone that’s very environmentally aware, I could see Oakland being the perfect dorm.” And other students said they hoped sustainability would remain a priority for university officials. “We’re supposed to be known as one of the most sustainable campuses, so that’s a really big step for us to get our buildings as sustainable as our actions,” junior environmental engineering major Emily Winafeld said. “That’s a great accomplishment.” And looking toward the future construction of Prince Frederick Hall — which is slated to open in fall 2014 — Metz said officials will strive to replicate Oakland Hall’s sustainable design. “We’ll go for gold there too,” she said. amenabar@umdbk.com

similar options. Men’s tennis coach Kyle Spencer could not be reached for comment yesterday. But the men’s track and field team is more optimistic about its future, as it has raised about $561,000 so far. Coach Andrew Valmon said because of the team’s fundraising efforts, it should be given a more feasible deadline. “I do think it is a case-bycase situation because everyone has their own story to tell, their own limitations and strengths, and one of the things we’re going to lead with is we’re coming to the table with cash,” he said. And while Valmon said he hopes to see his team continue competing at this university for several more years, he understands if student-athletes decide to leave for other programs. “Ultimately, their welfare is the most important thing and that they have options, whether it be at Maryland or another school,” he said. However, younger programs — such as water polo, which has been at this university for eight years — have faced several obstacles in raising money. Water polo coach Carl Salyer said his team has had to capitalize on every fundraising opportunity, including selling merchandise while on the road and planning a comedy show for next month. “Right now, the dollars are coming in a little bit slow for us, and part of the problem is we’re just an eight-year sport, so we’re trying to do a lot of things outside the box,” he said. Chiriaco, who was a member of the first acrobatics and tumbling team when the program was founded in 2003, said the team has a small alumni base to reach out to. “That’s been really challenging for us, to find people who are connected to the program and are in the financial situation to be able to give those large dona-

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tions,” she said. Anderson met with several coaches last week, but Chiriaco said she has yet to discuss extending her team’s deadline. “Of course we would want an extension and want more time and want anything possible that would help us reach our goal,” Chiriaco said. “But I feel like I understand the case-by-case basis.” Senior Associate Athletic Director Cher yl Harrison said the department is reaching out to local gyms and clubs to help younger programs. While no members of the

water polo team have transferred yet, Salyer said he’s already promised to help student-athletes find a program if this university’s team cannot continue to compete. He added that the swimming and diving team’s extended deadline has given him hope, even though no other changes have been made. “The administration has been supportive and wants to work with us and wants to try to set us up for success to be saved,” Salyer said. “I’m not going to begrudge anybody anything.”

versity would see a $5 million reduction in its budget. To compensate for shrinking state funds, Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed raising tuition by 3 percent for the sec-

ond consecutive year. The tuition hike would provide the university with $6 to $7 million of added revenue, Loh said. But if state lawmakers approve both system-wide cuts, which would total $15.6 million, the university will not see any additional revenue. University lobbyist Ross Stern said during a time of tuition hikes and salary freezes, the university will have a difficult time coping with further cuts. “We have tight budgets, we don’t have a lot of money here and sustaining these cuts will hurt, so we’re going to fight hard against them,” he said. Although there have been a slew of statewide cuts in recent years to balance the state’s deficit, Loh said higher education should be considered different. “What we’re saying is ‘yeah, we have to make cuts, but do not cut higher education because higher education is so essential to the future of the state of Maryland,’” he said. “It’s essential for creating the next generation of citizens and leaders who contribute to the economy. … It’s a good investment.”

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Meanwhile, SEE notes, “Because of increasing production costs and feedre there any economics majors working at SEE? Last March, Student Entertainment Events put out a survey to gauge student interest in back from previous concerns regarding larger venue sizes for our events, potential comedians. Seth Meyers and Aziz Ansari topped the list, we explored opportunities with Stamp A/V personnel to provide an and after learning Meyers wasn’t available on the scheduled date, expanded viewing option. Should this event sell out, we now have the capaSEE booked Ansari for the fall Homecoming Comedy Show. In October, Ansari bility to use the Hoff Theater as overflow space with a live video feed from entertained more than 8,000 in a sold-out performance at Cole Field House: the Grand Ballroom, which will be free of charge.” Don’t worry, SEE, this show is going to sell out. Even More than 3,000 tickets — which cost $9.99 or $15 for though you’ve eschewed online sales to instead make stustudents — were sold the day tickets went on sale. dents wait in line at noon on a Friday — when many have According to a blog post by SEE Comedy Director Eric classes — this show is going to sell out. Which means Feldman, the Ansari appearance sold more first-day tickReally, SEE? You really some students will choose to “watch” the show in the 550ets than any event SEE had ever put on. booked Seth Meyers in a seat Hoff, but many others probably won’t even bother. So when SEE learned Meyers was actually available Which is a shame, because, as Feldman told The Diafor the spring comedy show, you’d think it would book venue that seats fewer than mondback, “[Meyers is] a steal for the spring because him in Cole Field House, right? 1,000? You successfully he’s big enough to play homecoming.” Wrong. Despite the over whelming success of the Nobody knows how much students would have paid to Ansari show, SEE booked Meyers for a venue with snagged a good act many see Miller or Ansari last fall, because both shows sold out. about 12 percent of the capacity of a show held in Cole Now SEE won’t know how much students would pay to Field House — the Grand Ballroom in Stamp Student want, but few can see. see Meyers because this show will almost certainly sell Union, which can accommodate fewer than 1,000 occupants. In other words, about 2.5 percent of the student population at out. Maybe it’s time to raise your prices — $5 or $10 might be a good start, and this university will have an opportunity to see Meyers, who, after a decade ticket costs would still be artificially low. On a related note, Meyers is also appearing at the University of Florida next on the cast of Saturday Night Live, is arguably more well-known than Ansari. SEE claims it can’t afford to host Meyers in a larger venue because it costs too month. ACCENT, a group similar to this university’s SEE, is reportedly paying $50,000 to put on the show at a venue that seats up to 12,000. much. Has it thought about raising ticket prices? SEE claims high costs are the reason for not holding the show at Cole Field Given the sorry state of most students’ bank accounts, it’s understandable — even commendable — that SEE wants to keep prices low. But when $5 tickets for House, but have its leaders done the math? Selling 1,000 tickets at $10 apiece a Mac Miller concert sell out in less than a minute, and a comedy show sells only raises $10,000. But 8,000 tickets at $15 each would net $120,000 — more more tickets in one day than SEE has ever seen, there’s some sort of supply and than twice the reported cost at Florida. Securing big-name talent that students want — such as Ansari, Miller and demand problem. More specifically, SEE could set ticket prices much higher and sell just as many tickets, which means it’s leaving money on the table — Meyers — is a real feather in SEE’s cap. But what’s the point of bringing a celebrity to the campus when so few students can attend? money that could be spent securing a larger venue.

Although he is a staunch defender of individual liberties with a badass military record, college students have no idea who he is. Perhaps this is because he barely has any presence on Facebook. Perhaps this is because he has only posted nine tweets and never campaigned on a college campus. If anything, youth interest in politics starts in the grassroots. College students who enter the polling booth are underestimated. Candidates are only going to alter their opinions if constantly attracting their attentions. Although this may be an overstatement, college students are the future of America, and avoiding them in senate, congressional and other primaries will cause them to make uneducated votes. So, I say to candidates who are running for state primaries in April: Make that connection with the youth. If you don’t, you’ll really regret it once the general elections come knocking. Caroline Carlson is a freshman government and politics and marketing major. She can be reached at carlson@umdbk.com.

James Morris is a sophomore elementary education major. He can be reached at jmorris8@terpmail.umd.edu.

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t probably wouldn’t be hard to argue that memes are the lowest form of humor. Even the term’s origin, a Greek word meaning something imitated, suggests a certain redundancy. (For the slowpokes among us, a meme, as I will define it for the purpose of this piece, is a silly picture that allows one to change the captions in order to convey a common theme, such as success or awkwardness.) One need not spend long searching the Internet to find countless crude permutations of an originally funny concept. The University of Mar yland Memes page on Facebook is no exception, but despite all the anemic throwaway jokes, I think it’s a force for good in this world. Memes couldn’t be any easier to make. You just type words corresponding to a stock photo that, through repeated use, has already come to symbolize a humorous theme. The simple, formulaic structure of meme creation can make anyone a comedian. However, as this university’s

JAKE DEVIRGILIIS memes are intended for a specific community, you don’t even need to think of words. They’re already there. Whereas a meme meant for the whole Internet might require some independent thought, anything for the university’s page requires only a basic knowledge of what it’s like to be a student here. Zero thinking and zero creativity are required — just plug in something you know about the university, i.e. “One does not simply … log on to umd-secure.” It’s hard to get a real sense of community on the Internet, but these memes are starting to accomplish it. Students now have a forum to discuss that which we all agree on. Why are you taking the bus from Stamp Student Union to the math

building? Why is the university notifying you that your password will expire in months? Who needs creativity when we can all talk about the infinite friendliness of that guy who works at Moby Dick’s? Now, this type of communitybased page allows for a surplus of esoteric jokes, but who cares? The attention-deficit nature of the web makes ignoring stupid posts just as easy as leaving snide remarks and then promptly forgetting about them. And honestly, I don’t care about all the terrible memes. The best ones do exactly what they’re intended to do: make us laugh, about some ubiquitous element of this university. But what I said earlier — that memes allow even the least creative among us to make something comical — proves these innocent little jokes do something else, too. They confirm a suspicion I’ve long held about the world: There’s no need to be funny — ever ything hilarious is already out there. It just takes a cer-

tain type of person to realize it. The best stand-up comedy, the funniest sketches, the most memorable characters — they’re always great because of their relationship to reality. Whether satirizing the worst behavior humans are capable of or commiserating over the unattainable cool we attribute to celebrities, I have found, in some way, I always agree with the best comedy. (This explains the genius of Louis C.K. and Bill Cosby.) Look around. The world is an absurd place. Don’t stress too hard about being funny, just point out some of the madness that’s not going away. This is what memes enable ever yone to do— hence why I love them. The world we live in may be bizarre, but it’s the shared experience of life’s idiosyncrasies that connects us, making this absurdity feel like reality. Jake DeVirgiliis is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at devirgiliis@umdbk.com.

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don’t think anything can bore me more than state politics. News about the presidential primaries and other revelations in national politics are easy to come across. Turn on C-SPAN or CNN, and you can keep up with what’s going on in the White House. If you ask any average-minded student on the campus who the country’s president and vice president are, then (hopefully) they’ll know the right answer. (If they don’t, then we have an entirely different problem on our hands.) Try to ask them who our senators, representatives or state delegates are? Well, that’s a different story. Our parents and members of the generation before us blame this lack of knowledge on local politics as something that’s our own fault. The seemingly prevalent mantra still exists: Young people aren’t knowledgeable about who’s running for Senate (or any other) primaries because they’d rather watch MTV than learn about politicians. They’d rather attend a Lady Gaga concert than learn about who’s running for the state General

Assembly. Although that may be true, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s somehow our fault if we don’t keep up with what’s going on in our backyards. It’s mainly the candidates’ job to get in touch with us. Yet so far, they’ve done a lackluster job. Let’s face it, candidates in local politics have been out of touch with American youth for a while now. Why is this a problem? The youth vote made up 18 percent of the national electorate in the 2008 elections, according to the Pew Research Center. However, sadly, according to a Tufts University study, only 8 percent of local party chairs believed youth were an important demographic for the “long term success of their party.” Regardless of whether or you agree with President Barack Obama’s politics, one thing cannot be denied — he ran a hell of a campaign. His 2008 run wasn’t just monumental for Americans; it was monumental among American youth. Droves of young people backed Obama in chants of hope and change. Tweets and Facebook messages from his cam-

CAROLINE CARLSON paign spread across the nation like wildfire. YouTube videos marketing his bid for the presidency were replayed constantly. He even sponsored a Dave Matthews concert during the Democratic primaries to convince Hillary Clinton supporters to back him. And who did the Republicans run? A so-called “conservative” candidate who looked like death and demonstrated no knowledge of social media. The answer to how local candidates can energize and gain youth support lies simply in the marketing strategy. If you care about the youth vote, then make a dent in the places where the youth reside — social networking sites, MTV, music concerts and college campuses. Take exhibit A: State Republican Senate candidate Robert Broadus.

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his week, local news has been dominated by the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which narrowly passed through the General Assembly this week and was approved by the state senate yesterday. The proposed bill has been intensely polarizing, as the issue of same-sex marriage usually is. Students on the campus have been voicing their opinions on the topic and appear to be overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. We have seen countless opinion articles and editorial cartoons in The Diamondback contributing to this perception. The consistent trend throughout most of these articles indicates that those who oppose same-sex marriage are homophobic, hateful and possibly members of the Ku Klux Klan, which was explicitly implied in Nathan Tucker’s editorial cartoon Tuesday. For those who did not see the cartoon, it depicted people opposing the same-sex marriage bill, dressed in KKK sheets while carrying signs labeled “Ignorance & Hate.” Same-sex marriage supporters were labeled “Intelligence and Rationality.” While I am not personally offended by the drawing, I do find it troubling and ironic that one would categorize an entire group of people this way, especially in support of a movement that strives to be peaceful and loving. I am here to clarify the point of view of those who do not support the bill so we can avoid such egregious stereotypes. One of the most popular targets for same-sex marriage supporters has been the Catholic church, which has firmly maintained its stance on the issue despite increasing pressure from the public. Many people have complained the church is simply a hierarchy of celibate men who are out of touch in today’s modern world — but the church’s views on gay marriage have far deeper roots than that. Catholics believe sex and marriage are connected and that they are both gifts from God. Specifically, they have two purposes. The first is unity: Men and women were created in God’s image, to complement one another. They are created to do this perfectly, both spiritually and biologically, for the purpose of becoming one. The second is procreation, which is necessary to form a family. For this reason, Catholics consider sexual behavior sacred and not to be abused. The LGBTQA lifestyle does not comply with this complementarity: Therefore, such acts are sinful. Many people question this belief, arguing because there are people who are naturally attracted to the same sex, it must not be sinful. The Catholic church views such tendencies as temptations to sin, which are like other sexual urges that cause us to sin, such as masturbation and fornication. This temptation is not inherently sinful, but acting upon it goes against God’s will and is considered a sin. However, the church also teaches that God is merciful, and all sins can be forgiven. Furthermore, it is not our duty as human beings to be the judge of others; we are expected to accept and love all other people unconditionally, as every person retains human dignity from natural conception to natural death. This is why the Catholic church openly accepts all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. Finally, Catholics believe marriage is not a human invention, but a gift from God. He established marriage as a sacrament that can unite only a man and a woman. It is neither our right, nor our ability to redefine it. It is not an issue of “marriage equality” as many have claimed, but one of moral consciousness. So before you label a group of people as hateful, please consider and understand their viewpoint. The failure to do so will only exacerbate the tensions and hate.

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WAR IS HELL(ISH) Act of Valor, which stars active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, straddles the line between action flick and recruitment tool — and isn’t the better for it. ages to draw in — the terrorist conspiracy involves the Russians, Chechens, Columbian There’s a short segment that FARC rebels and Mexican precedes the opening of the ac- drug cartels, not to mention tion film Act of Valor — which Muslim jihadists. The acting is fairly wooden stars real-world Navy SEALs — in which the co-directors, Mike — an inevitability when casting McCoy (Hot Wheels: Fearless at non-professional actors, althe 500) and Scott Waugh though having SEALs (Sleeper Cell), both ex-stunt- playing SEALs does an irmen making their feature-film lend directorial debuts, talk about refutable and their motivations for making i n v a l u a b l e sense of the film. A couple of things stand out verisimiliabout the segment. The first is tude to their shared respect for the the promen and women in uniform ceeding. they’ve worked with; they T h e r e ’ s clearly have an earnest desire not much to commemorate the undeni- talent required; ably heroic SEALs. solThe second, more ominous, The noteworthy facet of the seg- diers aren’t ment is their discussion of the asked to do except film’s development. The Navy much approached them to make the punctuate exposifilm, which was apparently orig- tion dumps and impeneinally intended to be a training trable tangles of militar y jarfilm, only to evolve into an ac- gon with the occasional patriottion flick with a fictional narra- ic-war-movie cliche, which Act tive, which reveals the film’s du- of Valor indulges in with all the bious agenda. It’s a recruitment restraint and subtlety of an old Why We tool, deFight propasigned to VERDICT: ganda reel. make war ( F e w look as, w e l l , Incompetently directed and of question- movies have included so “cool” as possible. able motivation, Act of Valor is an unfit- m a n y women and The film follows a ting tribute to the Navy SEALs it portrays. children in danger so team of shamelessSEALs on a globe-hopping action plot so ly). The directing is about as asgeneric and standard-issue it seems like it should be lying sured as you would expect from around in the back of an Army two stuntmen helming their surplus store. In short: The ter- first feature. A scene of the solrorists hate us and want to kill diers skydiving at night would us, and the SEALs are going to be neat if it weren’t so poorly lit. It looks like silhouettes moving stop them. So far, so bland. The only interesting nugget against shadows, which is typiis just how many bad-guy- cal of the film’s technically imstandbys the narrative man- precise approach. (The editor BY ROBERT GIFFORD Senior staff writer

deserves some kind of award for making Michael Bay’s setpieces look coherent by comparison.) As a thriller, Act of Valor is a non-starter, but that’s only half its reason for existence in the first place. It’s half war film, half ad for war, designed to make combat look as Call of Dutyesque as possible, including n o shor tage of “epic” slowm o tion a n d firstperson killshots that seem more suited to an Xbox game than a serious film. It’s a movie that makes violence look as appealing — and appealingly intense, for the desensitized Halo generation — as possible, at least when it’s Americans who are doing the killing. In the film, violence as executed by Americans is precise, technological and clean — in short, cool. Only when executed by foreign enemies does it become ugly, clumsy and horrifying. I’m sure that, in some arenas, the film is highly realistic. I have no doubt the equipment, the tactics and the gallantry of the servicemen have all been accurately represented. But the film is dishonest in another, more important, realm. It forgets that war is painful, gruesome and hellish. And in doing so, it does a disservice to those who have actually had to experience it. Navy SEALs on a raid in Act of Valor.

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player, often operating as a tertiary scoring option after star forwards Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins and even guard Laurin Mincy. But the talents that once put her on an early trajectory to greatness are there, just as they’ve always been; she’s had a string of double-digit scoring outings off the bench the past month. “It’s always difficult for someone who has started for three years to adjust to a role like that, but it’s something you have to get in your mind that things aren’t going to change right now or other players are playing phenomenal,” Kizer said. “I’m still contributing, I’m still rebounding, I’m still doing everything that I need to do, so if Coach decides to put me back in the starting lineup, that’s one thing, but if not, just keep rolling. We’re doing great.” It’s been a career full of ups and downs for Kizer, who, along with senior guards Anjale Barrett and Kim Rodgers, will step onto the Comcast Center court for the last time in her regularseason career tonight. If she finds herself looking back at how her career developed and where it still might go, Kizer knows exactly what she wants her legacy to be with the Terps. “I want to make sure they remember me for the good things, definitely. The energy plays, just my passion for the game, my passion for my teammates and just being a good team player,” Kizer said. “Just playing hard, rebounding, scoring — anything that they needed me to do, I think that I’ve done it.”

I’ve matured in.” “When Lynetta is inside Comfrom page 8 cast and in a practice or game setting, she is one of the hardest her freshman season, and since workers. She’s locked in. She’s then, she’s hardly let up. She right there,” Frese said. “What’s never missed a game in her first gotten her into trouble over the three seasons, notching 28 dou- course of time is when she leaves ble-doubles while starting 96 of Comcast and what she chooses to do with her free time.” 102 games in that span. Her biggest misstep came at “I thought she would be an impact player inside in Coach the start of her senior season. expected opening-day Frese’s system,” said longtime An ESPN women’s basketball ana- starter, Kizer had been named lyst Debbie Antonelli, who said to the Wooden Award preseashe’s watched more than half of son top-30 list, the Naismith Kizer’s games. “And she has Award preseason list and the preseason All-ACC team. But been all of that.” Outside of the comfortable Frese suspended her starting confines of Comcast Center, center right before the Terps’ Kizer’s career is equally deco- first exhibition for a violation of rated. She’s won gold medals team rules, and the center with Team USA at the 2007 USA missed both preseason contests Basketball Youth Development and the team’s first three nonFestival, the 2008 FIBA U18 conference games. “This suspension this year has World Championship and the really forced her to grow up,” 2011 World University Games. The only place Kizer can’t Frese said. “She’s never had three seem to win is outside of the gym, games — really, five games, with where off-court issues have the exhibition games — taken dogged her throughout her colle- away from her. In terms of the giate career. While she never seriousness of it, it forced her to missed a game in her first three understand this discipline is real seasons, Kizer was removed from and that this is starting to catch up the starting lineup once in her with me. To her credit, she took rookie year, and then again for a the suspension and has been phefive-game stretch late in a sopho- nomenal through it.” Now 24 games removed from more season that ended outside the NCAA Tournament for the her suspension, Kizer still hasn’t rejoined the starting lineup, cedTerps’ first time in seven years. “It’s just making poor deci- ing all of the starts at center to sions. Everybody’s going to do sophomore Alicia DeVaughn. it, everybody goes through it. Kizer plays more minutes than It’s who you decide to be around her one-time backup, but she’s and who you decide to spend also had to adapt to a bench role your time around,” said Kizer, she’s rarely experienced as a who declined to delve into the Terp — her 12-point and 5.8specifics of the incidents. rebound per-game averages both “That’s something that college rank below her career marks. Still, she’s serving — and kids go through and they learn. I think it’s definitely an area that thriving — as a valuable role

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COACHES from page 8 championship when we were in it. But this league is special. It’s about basketball, great tradition. I’m just looking forward to coaching in it.” Before Turgeon, the last of the four to make the switch last spring, ever got to College Park, Gregory was already feeling like a veteran. “I’m a first-year coach, and I was on the job two, three days, and I was already 10th in seniority,” Gregory said at this year’s ACC media day. “I’m like, ‘I’m the old guy around.’” Two-thirds of the coaching positions in the ACC have changed hands since March 2009. Only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (32 years), Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton (10), North Carolina’s Roy Williams (nine) and Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg (nine) have been around since the league expanded to 12 teams in 2005. Many coaches have pointed to that turnover as a reason for the ACC’s struggles this year. Clemson coach Brad Brownell, who was hired in April 2010, said during the league’s media day in October that a return to the ACC’s

glory days is inevitable. “In two or three years, all of those programs are going to be solid and the same good ones, guys who have been here, are going to have great programs,” Brownell said. “So I think our league is getting back to where it maybe was.” Turgeon and Gregory are both looking forward to that day. Gregory, in fact, mentioned it even after the Terps’ 61-50 win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 15. “I think you saw kind of a preview of what Maryland and Georgia Tech games are going to be like in the future,” Gregory said. “Mark and I come from a lot of the same school of thought in terms of defense, rebounding, and so forth. It’s hard to score out there.” On Saturday, the Terps and Yellow Jackets will meet again in a game that hardly matters nationally. But the two men barking plays from the bench hope they can stick around for the day when it will. “To make it in this business, you have to know how to coach,” Turgeon said when he took the Terps job. “There’s just too many good coaches these days. There’s going to be some great coaches in our league.” ceckard@umdbk.com

LECLAIR from page 8 and who the people that have made an impact in my life are,” Bakich said. “Because I explained to the players why I got into coaching and so I think that’s a big deal, that they know. I think it helps them understand the coach and me better.” The Terps said Bakich has told them about his relationship with LeClair, who coached East Carolina from 1997 to 2002, and the impact the coach had on his life — information he said he hopes will provide perspective and insight. “You always hear throughout your career that you need good role models and stuff,” shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez said. “But Coach Bakich is one of our role models, so if this guy is his role model, then we definitely listen and take in what he has to say.” Bakich won’t be the only player from LeClair’s coaching tree in Greenville this weekend. Like Bakich, Pirates assistant Nick Schnabel transferred to East Carolina in 1999. Schnabel doesn’t wear No. 23 anymore, however, but he has a good reason: East Carolina now awards it annually to a player who exhibits LeClair’s traits. “I think it keeps Coach LeClair’s legacy going, and that’s something that’s very important,” Schnabel said. “But anytime you put that number on, in my previous coaching positions, it’s special. Not a day goes by where I [don’t] think about Coach LeClair and what he meant to me and obviously this program.” One of the key lessons he learned from LeClair, Bakich said, was that opponents are nameless and faceless. The No. 3 team in the nation needs to be treated the same as any unranked team. While no squad at the tournament carries the prestige that No. 19 UCLA did

HOYAS from page 8 to watch early in the season,” coach John Tillman said. “It’s always a really tough battle for 60 minutes, and we expect it to be the same this year.” Past trips to Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Facility have been notable for their physicality, if not their drama. The Terps have won all four games at the 2,500-seat complex and boast a 9-2 all-time advantage over the Hoyas, who have missed the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons. Still, the Terps (1-0) know better than to take their regional rival lightly. Tillman is, after all, still evaluating a roster that lost 17 seniors to graduation in May. Five of his top six defenseman departed after last season’s national runner-up finish, and just one close defender with significant experience started in the season opener against Hartford. Georgetown, on the other hand, boasts a veteran-laden midfield and defense. The Hoyas can also rely on a strong lefty-righty combo in junior attackmen Zac Guy and Travis Comeau. Guy, who picked up 19 ground-

balls in 2010, is set to return tonight after missing last season with an injury. Adding to the intrigue of the matchup is the fact it’s the Hoyas’ season opener. While Georgetown was able to scout the Terps’ new schemes and lineups last weekend, the Hoyas remain somewhat of a mystery. “We are shooting in the dark a little bit,” Tillman said. “So I think that’s a big, big advantage. They have a lot more players coming back. They have more experience than we do. So I think they have a big advantage over us right now. And in my opinion, we’re the underdog going in there.” Underdog or not, the Terps understand tonight’s game is about more than what unfolds on the field. It’s about a rivalry that may be expiring. Last month, Tillman joined Anderson and the rest of the athletics department’s coaches for a meeting to discuss the decision to stop scheduling Georgetown in all sports. Tillman sat and listened. Having been in College Park for less than two years, he didn’t feel it was his place to voice an opinion. “It just seemed like it was

When coach John Tillman and the Terps face Georgetown tonight at the Multi-Sport Facility, it could be the teams’ last meeting for a while. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

something that was bigger than me and bigger than our program,” he said. When Anderson officially announced the policy change, Tillman felt no outrage. One of his favorite games may soon be over — or put on hiatus indefinitely — but he feels no resentment. “They support us, so we’re going to support them back,” Tillman said. “We’re all one family here.”

last weekend, Bakich is wary nonetheless. “It’s going to be an excellent tournament,” Bakich said. “And I say opponents are nameless and faceless, but believe me, I’ll be rooting for East Carolina on all the days we don’t play them. Your alma mater is always part of you.” Bakich and Schnabel, teammates on East Carolina squads that earned two No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Regionals under LeClair, both carry the lessons learned from their time at East Carolina. Their respect for LeClair, who played at Western Carolina, goes beyond the number on the back of a jersey. “Coach LeClair meant so much to us players,” Schnabel said. “He was a true players’ coach. I think if you look across the country and see how many coaches are out there that played for Coach LeClair, it’s really incredible. So obviously Coach LeClair had a huge impact on both of us. Erik’s like a brother to me, and I know Coach LeClair meant so much to Erik as well.” “[Bakich] talked to us in the past, just about his old coach and how big of an impression he left on him,” pitcher Brett Harman said. “The guy was a great baseball guy and just a great person. I know Coach Bakich has a ton of respect for his old coach.” Bakich called the significance of the weekend “two-fold,” but just one feeling remains when he puts on his No. 23 Terps jersey: wanting to win. “We get to play great competition and get to promote awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” Bakich said. “I think Coach LeClair would be disappointed in me if I didn’t say that opponents are nameless and faceless and we’re going down there to take care of business.” dgallen@umdbk.com

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As for the players, they’re following Tillman’s lead, focused enough on the task at hand to not concern themselves with the 2013 schedule just yet. “It’s going to be a great game,” freshman long pole Goran Murray said. “We expect their best effort, and we’re going to compete as hard as we can.” letourneau@umdbk.com

DUKE from page 8 Maurer has made an immediate impact, leading the team with 11 goals and eight assists. As a team, the Terps are averaging an impressive 14 goals a game. But does this list include anything the Terps don’t have? Far from it. They’re averaging more than 18 goals a game, boast four players on the Tewaaraton watch list and have a top scorer in midfielder Katie Schwarzmann. The junior has notched a total of 12 goals — more than any Duke player has tallied in two more games. One of those four Terps in the running for the Tewaaraton, Iliana Sanza, was also recognized as the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. The junior defender, who has emerged as the leader of a young defense, has done nothing but succeed in that role thus far. In last week’s matchups against Delaware and then-No. 18 Penn State, Sanza had five groundballs, eight draw controls and a caused turnover. “It’s a new position and role for me, but it’s something I’ve accepted and I’m ready to step up in that role,” Sanza said. “Penn State was definitely stronger than [William & Mary and Delaware], but we always face these teams throughout the season, so we’re ready for anything.” If that’s true, the Blue Devils should be no problem. The Terps regularly schedule Duke near the start of the season, and they have had success in recent matchups. “We’ve had some great games so far, but that’s in the past,” Reese said. “Now we’re looking forward to this weekend and performing better than the last time we stepped on the field.” Coach Erik Bakich and the Terps will participate in this weekend’s Keith LeClair Classic hosted by East Carolina, starting tonight. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Sports MEN’S BASKETBALL

Football’s staff shuffle With a relatively new-look Terps football coaching staff, change in College Park is still underway. Read more at TerrapinTrail.com.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S LACROSSE

Turgeon, Gregory part of new ACC

Series with Hoyas now in jeopardy

Game tomorrow pits two first-year figures

Staff writer

Basketball impasse could curtail ‘Battle’ BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU

BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer

Two relatively unknown commodities will man opposing sidelines of Atlanta’s Philips Arena tomorrow. They both have the same task: resurrect a dormant program in a prestigious league middling in mediocrity. And they have company. Terrapins men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon and Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory are two of the four new coaches in the ACC this season, a dramatic makeover that marks the biggest in the league’s 58-year history. Tomorrow’s game pits two teams with little chance of appearing in the NCAA Tournament, but also two programs with prominent histories. The Terps won the national championship in 2002, while the Yellow Jackets lost the title game in 2004. Today, both are rebuilding. Georgia Tech (9-18, 2-11 ACC) has lost 14 of its past 16, while the Terps (16-11, 6-7) haven’t beaten a ranked opponent in two years. Now it’s up to Gregory and Turgeon to turn their programs around. Gregory came on board in March after the Yellow Jackets fired Paul Hewitt, who held the position for 11 years. Turgeon got his chance when longtime Terps coach Gary Williams retired in May after 22 seasons with the program. In his introductory press conference, Turgeon admitted he saw an opportunity to win in a conference with so many new faces. In the months before his arrival, the ACC also welcomed new coaches at Miami (Jim Larranaga) and N.C. State (Mark Gottfried). “I’m so excited about being in the ACC,” Turgeon said at the start of the year. “I was in a great league; the Big 12 is a great league, and we had great teams. Kansas won a national

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Lynetta Kizer’s been through a little bit of everything in her four years in College Park PHOTO BY JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

Mixed results BY JOSH VITALE Staff writer

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t’s hard to say what defines a player’s college career. It could be wins and losses on the court. It could be gaudy statistics that rank among the program’s all-time best. It could be off-court transgressions that ever so slightly diminish an otherwise stellar career. Lynetta Kizer doesn’t want to be defined by any of those things. When her at-times tumultuous Terrapins women’s basketball career comes to an end in the coming weeks, the mercurial senior wants to be remembered not for what she did — good and bad — but for who she was. “I’m just that player who was so passionate about playing basketball here,” Kizer said. “Somebody that brought it every day.”

For the bulk of her career, that’s exactly who she has been. Entering the No. 6 Terps’ (23-4, 10-4 ACC) Senior Night clash with North Carolina (19-8, 9-5) tonight, Kizer ranks ninth in program history in points scored and fifth in rebounds, averaging better than 12 points and seven rebounds per game in her career. “We really felt like she could be a go-to post player for us, a rebounder and a really special inside player for us,” coach Brenda Frese said. “She’s definitely, of all the great players that have been in this program, a tremendous scorer and rebounder, and she’s right up there with a lot of them.” A 6-foot-4 center from Potomac Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va., Kizer came to College Park as one of the top recruits in the nation in 2008. She was named ACC Rookie of the Year following

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WHO: Terrapins vs. North Carolina WHEN: Tonight, 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Comcast Center TV: Comcast SportsNet

Coach Mark Turgeon is one of four first-year coaches in the ACC. His Terps face Georgia Tech tomorrow.

Billy Gribbin may be new to the No. 7 Terrapins men’s lacrosse team, but even he understands the significance of tonight’s annual “Battle of the Beltway” at Georgetown. The Terps’ coaching staff made sure of that. “The coaches are stressing it to our team,” said the junior attackman, a transfer from Penn State. “It’s been talked about a lot. So the actual rivalry, I know a lot about it. I feel very fortunate to be able to play in it now.” That feeling may not last past tonight, however. In an effort to revive the Terps men’s basketball program’s rivalr y with Georgetown, Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has decided against scheduling games against the Hoyas in all sports until the stalemate is resolved. The policy change reflects Anderson’s mounting frustration in trying to schedule a home-and-home series with the crosstown hoops power. “We think that across the board, if we’re going to play people — particularly somebody in our own region — they should be able and willing to play us in everything,” Anderson told The Washington Post. “If we could sit down and talk about it, and have a good dialogue, we’re more than happy to pursue other avenues. But we want to play Georgetown in all sports.” Anderson added that renewing the men’s basketball matchup — the teams have met just three times in the past 30 years — would be good for both universities’ fans and bottom lines. That doesn’t change the reality that Anderson’s decision has threatened at least one rivalry that’s alive and well. The Terps have played Georgetown in men’s lacrosse every season since 2003. For the past eight years, they’ve faced the Hoyas within their first three games, making the “Battle of the Beltway” an annual early-season test before the teams get into the heart of their respective conference slates. “The Maryland-Georgetown rivalry, you know, it’s kind of one of the games

The Terps have faced Georgetown at least once each season since 2003, winning all but two meetings. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

BASEBALL

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

In memoriam

No. 2 Terps set for first ACC showdown of year

N.C. tournament honors man who mentored Bakich at ECU BY DANIEL GALLEN Staff writer

The number 23 has a legacy of greatness spanning the entire sports world. The athletes who’ve donned it — from basketball’s Michael Jordan to soccer’s David Beckham — have assured as much. So when modern players wear that number, it’s often as an homage to the all-time greats. When Terrapins baseball coach Erik Bakich puts on his No. 23 Terps jersey, he’s doing it for a different reason. Bakich — along with five other Division I coaches — wears that number to honor his college coach at East Carolina, Keith LeClair. LeClair suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease — and died in 2006 after a nearly five-year battle with the illness.

Today, the Terps return to where it all began for their third-year coach. In the ninth annual Keith LeClair Classic at East Carolina’s Greenville, N.C., campus, they’ll take on Western Carolina before facing Purdue tomorrow and East Carolina on Sunday in the tournament, which honors LeClair’s legacy by raising awareness for ALS. The tournament provides a stiff test for the Terps (2-1), with all three opponents entering the weekend undefeated. But more saliently, it also offers players the opportunity to see where Bakich came from, to learn about the man who shaped their coach into who he is today. “I think it’s important for them to know who my role models are and who my mentors are

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Team faces No. 5 Duke tomorrow BY NICHOLAS MUNSON Staff writer

Former East Carolina coach Keith LeClair died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2006. PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST CAROLINA ATHLETICS

The Terrapins women’s lacrosse team has dominated its first three games of the 2012 campaign, outscoring opponents, 56-18. Tomorrow’s test, the squad knows, won’t be as easy. The No. 2 Terps (3-0, 0-0 ACC) will arrive in Durham, N.C., to renew their rivalr y with No. 5 Duke (3-2, 0-0). And while the Terps enter their ACC opener spotless, the Blue Devils can’t say the same. They’ve dropped two games to ranked opponents — No. 10 Vanderbilt and No. 1 Northwestern. “The rivalry is the same for women’s lacrosse, primarily because Duke has been such a strong program in the past,”

coach Cathy Reese said of the Blue Devils, who have reached the Final Four five times. “I was a player when Duke added women’s lacrosse back in the late ’90s, so it’s been an exciting rivalry to watch develop over the years.” The Terps have history on their side, having won each of their past five games against the Blue Devils, including last year’s NCAA Tournament semifinal. Of course, Duke is ranked in the top five for a reason. It boasts three players — attacker Emma Hamm, goalie Mollie Mackler and midfielder Kat Thomas — on the Tewaaraton Trophy watch list. And freshman attacker Kerrin

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