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U. Senate reviews grading appeals By Alex Kirshner Staff writer

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Students concerned about fickle grading could gain a speedier appeals process if the University Senate approves of time constraints and clarification requirements for appeal decisions. Under the university’s current grade appeals process, there are no timetable specifications for grade appeals decisions, or for the reviewing panels to explain the reasoning behind their decisions. That could soon change, as the University Senate Executive Committee on Friday

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But with Congress considering legislation to grant additional funding and protections to victims of sexual violence, it’s especially important to keep pushing for open and honest discussion of sexuality, said Jeannine Lynch, a junior psychology major and co-director of the show. “This show has a long history, but

A 20-year-old Hillcrest Heights man was shot and killed early Sunday morning after what appeared to be a gang-related fight, according to police. Prince George’s County Police received a call at about 4 a.m. of shots fired on Route 1, about a block from University Boulevard. At the scene, officers found 20-year-old David Esequel Avelar of Hillcrest Heights suffering from a gunshot wound, according to the county department’s blog. Avelar later died at a local hospital. Avelar was at a party at a Route 1 hotel when a fight broke out in the parking lot between his friends and a group attending another party in the same hotel. Avelar, who is not a student at this university, was shot during the fight. In a crime alert, police reported the shots came from two vehicles, a gray Dodge Charger and blue Honda Civic. The individual was brought to a local hospital in critical condition, said county police spokesman Cpl. Larry Johnson, but later died. By around 4:45 a.m., “substantial time” had passed to determine the suspects had left the area, said University Police spokesman Maj. Marc Limansky. Detectives are continuing their investigation, but the murder appears to be gang-related, according to the police blog.

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GRADING APPEALS The University Senate Executive Committee voted to support a proposal that would institute a time limit on grade appeals. If approved, the measure would implement a 10-day limit for students and professors to be notified of appellate decisions.

twenty female students performed The Vagina Monologues, which address female sexuality, Thursday through Saturday night. This year was the 15th year students performed the show, which cast members said they hoped gave the audience a message of female empowerment. photos courtesy of jeannine lynch

backed a proposal to define those time limits: The measure would create a 10-day limit for students and professors to be notified of the reasoning behind appellate decisions, and a five-day limit for issuing a decision to students and instructors after receiving the panel’s findings. Having secured the approval of the senate’s most powerful subcommittee, the bill will be reviewed by the Academic Procedures and Standards Committee before another executive committee review and possible senate vote to become university policy. Matthew Popkin, an undergraduate senator and executive committee representative, co-proposed the amendment See grading, Page 3

Flu cases increase on campus Got Flu? study pays students with symptoms to help By Savannah Doane-Malotte Staff writer Rather than petering out as spring steadily approaches, the number of flu cases during the past month noticeably increased on the campus. The Got Flu? study, which gives students who display flulike symptoms cash to participate in research, has spent a total of $27,240 in payments over the course of their study, with almost all of it given to about 300 participants since Jan. 22. Because the number of cases nationally has declined since the

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fighting the stigma University’s 15th Vagina Monologues addresses female sexuality, rape, assault morous, as well as some that tackled weighty issues of rape and assault. The women said they hoped audience members would come away from each story in the show with a message of female empowerment. The monologues are the same ones performers have been reciting since 1998, when author Eve Ensler crafted the show from interviews with more than 200 women across the globe.

By Sarah Sexton Staff writer For the 15th year, a cast of female students confronted the taboo of female sexuality on the campus while working to raise awareness of violence against women through this weekend’s run of The Vagina Monologues. The 20 performers delivered scenes that were poignant and hu-

virus’s peak in early January, such a high number of documented flu cases in a short period could indicate a local outbreak caused by students moving back to the campus after winter break, said Don Milton, principal investigator of the Got Flu? study. “When the flu was still active nationally, students were not back on campus yet,” he said. “Students returned during a cool dry spell when influenza thrives, people were living in close quarters, and there was plenty of flu nearby to easily come onto campus.” Although the campus saw a high volume of flu cases at the beginning of the semester, the recent extreme rise of the flu is even more significant because of its inconsistency with national flu trends. The flu reached its ultimate pandemic height from the week of Jan. 6 to the week of Jan. 20, and has fallen since then, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The university’s tight living spaces likely caused this easily transferable influenza strain to flourish, said Jing Yan, a bimolecular and chemical engineering See flu, Page 3

students performed the “Harlem Shake” on McKeldin Mall Sunday and filmed their own version of the video that has gone viral. Organizers hoped the video would help uplift the community. photo courtesy of audrey brunell

Shaking things up Students perform own version of ‘Harlem Shake’ to lighten mood after string of crime By Annika McGinnis Staff writer He seemed a little crazy — but then again, that was the point. Sunday afternoon, senior Adam Heilmann stood in front of the McKeldin

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Library Testudo wearing a red and black bicycle helmet. Groups of students walked by, chatting casually on their way to study dates. Then, the music dropped. Heilmann began dancing, moving his pelvis to the beat. Juniors Adil Abdelgawad and Chike

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Nwankwo strolled past, seemingly ignoring the dancing student and blaring music. But when they reached the side, they broke into laughter. “I can’t walk by with a straight face,” said Nwankwo, an accounting and finance major. As viral dancing videos to the “Harlem Shake,” a recently popularized song by Baauer, multiply across YouTube, a group of students decided to organize and film their own version of the song. Though the group initially planned to include just a few close friends, the Facebook event “exploded” and became more of a large-scale effort to present the university in a lighthearted manner — much-needed after the recent off-campus shooting and string of robberies, Heilmann said. “The goal was to have fun,” the physiology and neurobiology major said. “With all the recent crime going on at Maryland, we thought it’d be nice to get a bunch of people out here and act goofy and give College Park a different view.” Heilmann also wanted to better

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the diamondback | NEWS | MONDAY, FEBRuary 25, 2013

shooting From PAGE 1 An individual whose name is spelled David Esequiel Avelar in court records had been arrested more than a dozen times since 2010, including most recently on Feb. 9, when police charged him with driving without a valid ID and

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show From PAGE 1 I think that it is always relevant and always current,” Lynch said. “Someone comes to the show and hears all these stories and learns about these topics, and then when they see women’s issues in the media and in politics, they look at it in a different way because they saw this.” The U.S. Senate’s Feb. 12 vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act — which expired in 2011 — would grant funding to programs that help prevent domestic violence and provide services to victims, as well as extend the bill’s protections to more women. After prolonged negotiation, House Republican leaders are ready to move forward on reauthorizing the act as soon as this week, according to The Huffington Post. Though the story has reached millions of audience members in the past 15 years, many Americans could do with a little more appreciation of women, said audience member Katerina Klavon, a sophomore elementary education and theatre major. “ T h i s s h ow to u c h e s o n issues of oppression, but it also encourages women to embrace our vaginas and take pride in our womanhood,” Klavon said. “I’m very excited for how the show will move the people who see it.” T h e Va g i n a Mo n o l og u es premiered Thursday and performances ran through Saturday night in Stamp Student Union’s Colony Ballroom. N i n e t y p e rc e n t o f t i c k e t revenue went to the Health Center’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program, and the remaining 10 percent was donated to V-Day, a global activism movement to end violence against women. In celebration of the anniversary, Ensler called for a global event on Feb. 14 encouraging one billion women and men around the world to gather together and dance in a display of collective strength. “One Billion Rising is based on the statistic that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, which works out to about a billion people in our world today,” co-director Teresa Donaldson said. “So the idea of One Billion Rising is that the one billion and all of their supporters are going to rise and try to stop

“in evoking laughter, we also want to open a dialogue and present some of the more serious topics that people don’t really talk about.” TERESA DONALDSON Co-director of The Vagina Monologues

this violence because it is absolutely unacceptable.” Lynch and Donaldson incorporated the One Billion Rising movement into their p ro d u c t i o n w i t h a s p o t light monologue to close the performance. “The Vagina Monologues are meant to entertain and be funny,” said Donaldson, a junior family science and government and politics major. “And in evoking laughter, we also want to open a dialogue and present some of the more serious topics that people don’t really talk about.” Men and women in more than 190 countries gathered Feb. 14 to dance in protest of violence against women, according to the One Billion Rising website. The one billion statistic is taken from the 2008 UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign, initiated by the United Nations Secretary-General’s office. “It was absolutely incredible to be there on Valentine’s Day in D.C. dancing and listening to speakers with hundreds of other women and men and knowing these dance party protests were happening in countries all over the world,” said cast member Rebecca Krevat, a senior English and sociology major. Krevat attended the One Billion Rising event in Washington. The university may soon begin requiring all incoming students to participate in sexual assault response and prevention education, if the University Senate approves a proposal by Lauren Redding, a Diamondback editor. “Some of the things that sadly happen a lot on college campuses are things like date rape and acquaintance rape, and these seemingly gray areas that people may not acknowledge as rape or feel compelled to act against,” Donaldson said. “That’s a big part of why it’s so important we talk about this so people understand that kind of behavior is not OK.” newsumdbk@gmail.com

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vehicle registration. His past charges included driving while impaired by alcohol and controlled dangerous substances and driving with a suspended license. The shooting comes almost two weeks after an off-campus murder-suicide. On Feb. 12, graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green shot two of his roommates, killing one, at their

house on 36th Avenue before turning the gun on himself. University of MarylandEastern Shore is also grappling with the recent loss of a student. On Feb. 17, over the school’s homecoming weekend, 21-year-old Edmond A. St. Clair was stabbed to death during a fight on the campus. Officials at both universities have taken steps to increase se-

curity following the crimes, according to The Baltimore Sun. At UMES, police officers extended their shifts, and at this university, officers bolstered patrols off the campus, both in response to the Feb. 12 shooting and a string of reported robberies on and off the campus. newsumdbk@gmail.com


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Student riders already have several Shuttle-UM options for traveling farther off-campus than the Orange bus can take them. But on a new DOTS route this semester — and likely for a limited time only — students can get to Baltimore for free on weekends. Weekday service will continue. file photo/the diamondback

Baltimore bus opens to students DOTS may cancel route’s weekend service next semester By Sarah Sexton Staff writer Students can get a free ride from the campus to Baltimore on a bus route that is open to them this spring for the first time, but the service likely will not continue on weekends after this semester. The Residence Hall Association passed a bill in November to approve allowing students to ride buses that were already being driven to Baltimore every day as part of a contract with the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The buses service UMB’s routes for the day and then return to College Park. “So many students want to get to Baltimore,” said Margaret Doyle, the RHA Transportation Advisory Committee’s chairwoman. “They want to go to Orioles games or the Inner Harbor, concerts or visit friends or family. We figured since the bus was already running, we might as well put students on it and make everyone happy.” Funded by UMB, the bus picks up in Lot 4J, near the Comcast Center, at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and arrives at UMB’s Pearl Street Garage, about 20 minutes walking from the Inner Harbor, at about 4:50 p.m. The bus departs from the garage at 12:10 a.m.

The bus also runs on weekdays, picking up in Lot 4J at 5:15 a.m. and departing the Pearl Street garage at 11:50 p.m. to return to this campus. Several students said they were not aware of the new bus route, and DOTS Director David Allen said only one student has used the service so far this semester. Allen said DOTS did not publicize the route because officials were uncertain about its longevity, as it is contingent upon UMB continuing its current contract. “It’s very likely that the University of Maryland, Baltimore will discontinue its weekend bus services, so they wouldn’t need us to send buses on Saturdays and Sundays,” Allen said. “We know most students want to go to Baltimore on weekends, but if UMB ends its weekend bus services, we can’t offer the route to students anymore.” Allen said DOTS has not made plans to replace the bus service to Baltimore if the current route is canceled. The bus will continue running during the week, though the 5:15 a.m. pick up time is likely to deter students from using it, Doyle said. Students who use the bus will arrive at the Pearl Street Garage on the UMB campus, where “there’s a Charm City Circulator bus stop within walking distance that can take you all around the city,” Allen said. The garage is also within walking distance of Camden Yards, Doyle said. Although the weekend service may only be available for this semester,

several students said they would be likely to use it this spring. One student said he might take the bus and walk to Camden Yards to watch Saturday or Sunday night Orioles games. “Once the baseball season starts, I’d like to go see our Orioles,” said Francis Becknell, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. “The timing of the bus might work out really nicely to go see a game.” Another student who travels to Baltimore regularly on the weekends said she would like to take advantage of the opportunity to get to Baltimore without having to drive herself. “I go down to Baltimore nearly every weekend to visit my boyfriend and all of his friends,” Emily Selsky, a senior communication major, said. “I would definitely consider taking the bus because sitting in traffic on [I-95] is never fun, and it would save me money on gas.” Although the bus route will likely be discontinued after this semester, RHA’s public relations and outreach officer, Meenu Singh, said she hopes students will take advantage of the service that has been made available. “Students who live in Baltimore can visit their families,” Singh said. “I’ve heard a lot of people say they want some way to get to Baltimore easily, so I want students to know this bus is an option.”

graduate student involved in the Got Flu? research. “Each year, new strain of the virus will appear due to the change of genomic sequence,” she said. “The mutation of influenza this year appears to be more infectious. The dorms and classrooms, where the ventilation is not great in the winter, and constant interaction make it hard to avoid the spread of the flu virus.” The Health Center has also observed an influx of flu-infected students pouring in for medical care over the past few weeks, University Health Center Director Sacared Bodison said. The high concentration of flu patients has stretched the staff schedule, leading many to work longer hours, she added. “We’re finally having a flu season — this amount of infected students is more like a normal season,” Bodison said. “By contrast of previous years, which had very little flu cases, this seems like a huge jump.” The Got Flu? study, however, has seen the silver lining in the outbreak of flu on the campus — researchers have been able to report more accurate findings for the causes of the sickness. Milton attributes this not only to the increase in flu cases, but also to the fact that more people are aware of their research. “This has definitely helped us by allowing us to recruit a lot more cases of flu,” he said. “Word has really gotten out that we’re doing this. People are excited to say that they got sick, and that they got paid for it.” Professors and students involved in the study said they hope the research will prevent a large outbreak from happening again. Influenza and other respiratory agents can be transmit-

From PAGE 1 with Katherine Pedro Beardsley, an associate BSOS dean. The proposal has two prime components: time and clarity. “Typically, a student who submits an appeal, regardless of whether it has merit, has been frustrated by a professor or class,” Popkin said. “If the appeal is dismissed, it should be clear as to why and when such a decision was made.” However, faculty senator William Walters said the tight time limits would be a headache to those processing the appeals, who already have plenty of business to tackle. “This five-day stuff should not be in these regulations,” he said. “They are a burden beyond administrative capacities.” Walters said requiring a “prompt” response is sufficient, perhaps to be accompanied by a two-week guideline that could be laid out in the bill’s text. In 2010, the university amended its appeal policy — called the Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading — in a way Popkin said made the policy stronger across the board but should have included better time and explanation specifications. The plan suggested in the official proposal, then, was “not a radical change but more of an update,” he said. Though Senate Chairwoman Martha Nell Smith found the proposal partially unclear, she said the time limits

“This five-day stuff should not be in these regulations. They are a burden beyond administrative capacities.” WILLIAM WALTERS Faculty senator

were a sensible idea to take under consideration. “If what’s wanted is timeliness and a sort of order to things [and] getting the results out, that makes sense to me,” she said. The policy in place — which Popkin and Beardsley seek to amend, not replace — was first passed in 1990 before its update in 2010 and deals with any grades assigned “on some basis other than performance in the course,” according to the written policy. The proposed amendment, whether it passes or not, will have no effect on the policy beyond outlining timetables and explanatory requirements. Popkin said the proposed changes promote simplicity and efficiency. “This should not be a complex or costly change,” he said, “but one seeking to provide more clarity to a process that is undertaken in unusual circumstances.” Not everyone on the executive committee thought such specific time constraints were necessary. “‘Promptly’ seems to me to be what we want. It doesn’t matter if it’s four days or six days,” Gay Gullickson, a faculty senator on the executive committee, said in the meeting. The background information accompanying the proposal also included some misinformation about the differences between the university’s

past and present graduate and undergraduate appeals policies, Smith said. “There are some mischaracterizations of things as they are in the proposal,” Smith said. Senate Director Reka Montfort will not officially charge the APAS Committee with a review of the proposal, she said, until the background information is smoothed over. Still, the policy suggestions will soon move ahead for review, as Popkin said he sent along a revised copy over the weekend. “I don’t think we’re philosophically opposed to putting in the time constraints,” Montfort said. Smith said she hasn’t noticed pervasive problems with unpredictable grading or the appeals process under the current policy. “When I’ve had to deal — in any way, shape or form, either on a panel or as a professor myself — with somebody about grading, it’s always worked out,” she said. Given the intensely private nature of grade appeals, Popkin said it was impossible to gauge demand for the proposed specifications, but that it shouldn’t matter. “There shouldn’t have to be a demonstrated problem to make sure that we have clear guidelines,” he said. newsumdbk@gmail.com

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Student participants in Got Flu? since Jan. 22

Flu-associated hospitalizations in this state ted in three ways: contact, large droplet spray and aerosol transmission. It is still unclear which transmission path is the leading one, Yan said. The study’s purpose is to determine if influenza is transmitted primarily through one of these routes, as well as to study the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical interventions. “If we could figure out the leading path of transmission, then we will be able to protect the infection in a more effective way,” Yan said. “We hope our students on campus could stay healthy. As a student, I knew the pain to go to class or take an exam when you are sick.” Some students, such as Alicia Arbaiza, a freshman business major who began to develop flulike symptoms last week, agreed determining the origins of the illness would help the student body stay healthy. “It is definitely important for researchers to discover how to prevent the flu from spreading,” she said. “I had to miss classes when I was sick, and if that could be prevented through their research, then I support that.” Officials have observed that the number of flu incidents has begun to progressively decrease as the weather has grown warmer and the flu season is finally coming to an end. “I think we’re starting to plateau now,” Bodison said. “It’s typical of a strong flu to last longer, but I believe that it will definitely taper off now.” newsumdbk@gmail.com

The “Harlem Shake” made its way to McKeldin Mall for the second time on Sunday. Juniors Chris Cervenka (top left) and Chike Nwankwo (right) helped plan the flash mob event. zainab mudallal/for the diamondback

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From PAGE 1 September’s “Gangnam Style” flash mob, which drew hundreds of students to McKeldin Mall but suffered because of a lack of adequate speakers. This time, Abdelgawad and Nwankwo, who started a company called A.C.E. Beats that sponsors events at The Barking Dog, brought a large speaker set that blared the music across the mall. And junior economics major Chris Cervenka DJed the dance with a microphone. Route One Apparel, a studentfounded clothing company, helped advertise the event and gave discounts on many of its items at Cornerstone Grill and Loft on Sunday afternoon. Although more than 600 students said they were attending on Facebook, only about 40 showed up to dance. Still, Heilmann said he had no expectations — his goal was just that some people would come and have fun. And that they did. At about 3 p.m., a group of students in front of McKeldin Library throbbed wildly to the music, dressed in everything from tight, lime-green full-body suits and robber masks to horse-head costumes, Hawaiian leis and karate uniforms. Two dogs trotted past in Terps fan gear, and six members of the university’s cheerleading team performed tricks. In the 50degree weather, several students were dressed in summer clothing — one male student wore nothing but a pair of red swim trunks. Junior Guido Pelaez flailed his

arms in the front, pumping his organic chemistry textbook up to the sky. “My sense was that I’m cramming the orgo material,” the food science major said, jokingly. The organized flash mob wasn’t the first of its kind, and several students worried the craze over the video — which several schools across the country have mimicked — had already died down. Last week, McKeldin Library organized its own version. And during the men’s basketball game against Duke, students performed the dance live. Junior journalism major Sung-Min Kim said although there were significantly fewer people attending than the amount who came to the “Gangnam Style” flash mob, he thought students would still enjoy the video. “Honestly, people enjoyed that things still happened for ‘Gangnam Style’ even if it didn’t work out to what they wanted it to,” Kim said. “Whatever they do, people are going to enjoy it.” Seniors Indraja Karnik and Gleda Kuperman said they came to show a sense of school spirit despite the sobering events over the past few weeks. The two danced toward the front of the group, enjoying their last semester of college by crazily waving around light sabers. When asked why they came, Karnik laughed. “Why not? It’s a Sunday afternoon,” she said. The two said to them, the dance was “freedom.” “It means nothing, but it’s a chance to let loose completely,” Karnik said. “I think it’s a way to show that the student body as a whole is still free and happy.” newsumdbk@gmail.com


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Double major jeopardy

t’s not uncommon for students to double major at this university. While some may choose majors that are closely related and have a lot of overlap in classes, others capitalize on the opportunity to study multiple subjects that could be as different from each other as physics and English. But the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, composed of college officials from across the country, wants to try to limit this opportunity. In an open letter the commission released last month, it recommended that schools consider limiting students’ workload to improve their focus and keep them on the fast track to graduation. The foundation of that argument comes from the assumption that most students aren’t able to handle more than one major in four years. University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, a member of the commission, said: “The idea that students would just linger on in college, complete one degree and just hang around while they try another one is a luxury we probably can’t afford as a nation right now.” This editorial board, however, believes there are a few problems with this reasoning. First, no one should be able to limit students’ studying options unless the student has proven he or she cannot handle the workload. We’re supposed to have the freedom to lead our lives in whichever direction we choose. Sure, there are advisers and (hopefully) a number of adult influences in our lives who can guide us, but ultimately, we are responsible for our own education.

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Despite the obscenely high cost of higher education, a lot of us are paying our own way, further asserting we should have a direct say in what we choose to study. Additionally, is it really a big deal for students to take a little longer than four years to complete their education? Assuming they can’t find a way to complete their studies of choice in the usual allotted time, which in itself is a bit flawed, shouldn’t universities simply be happy to have a student pay tuition for an extra semester or year?

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Students should be allowed the opportunity to control their own majors and decide their workloads. There has not been any evidence to show students who take five years to graduate are any less likely to graduate — it just takes them a bit longer. As for the workload of a double major or double degree, that should be between the student and his or her studies. Of course, an administrator in a certain program must have the jurisdiction to decide whether a student is under too much strain, but the student should be thoroughly involved in the conversation, not standing by while officials make decisions about his or her college career. And members of the commission seem to have missed the distinction between a double major and double degree — the difference can be monumental. For instance, Kirwan said: “I think it’s an issue that has some nuance to

it, in the sense that I don’t think it can be taken in a totally literal way and say, ‘No student can double major.’ That would be too extreme. Students come to college with many Advanced Placement credits and then are perfectly capable of graduating with two degrees in a three- or four-year period, and I don’t think anyone finds any issue with that.” A double degree can be more difficult to finish in just four years (though it has been done before), but a double major is somewhat easily attainable. To graduate with two majors, students must complete 120 credits, with only 18 credits shared between the two majors. If they want a double degree, however, students must complete 150 credits — a much steeper commitment. But as Kirwan himself states, it is highly probable a student can graduate on time with two degrees. At this university, we have the system down to a science, as students have to submit a four-year plan detailing which courses they plan to take and when, and students who go more than 130 credits or 10 semesters without a complete degree must get permission to continue for each subsequent semester. This editorial board thinks university President Wallace Loh’s statement embodies exactly the stance administrators of individual universities should have. He said: “This just strikes me as big brother, big government stepping in saying, ‘Well, now that’s a bad thing and you must only major in one subject.’ I thought we lived in a free country.” We just hope members of the commission realize that, and don’t take this valuable opportunity away from students.

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Overcoming consumerism ANAND GUPTA When I go to basketball games and see a bunch of devoted 20-something-year-olds cheering on the team like they were born to do so, I see opportunity being flushed down the drain. As students at a reputable institution, we have all the opportunities we need to blossom as individuals who can go out and create value in the world. How do we do that? Our society works in a very specific way. Capitalism ensures those who have producer mentalities — namely, entrepreneurs, or those who build things and create value by selling those things — are better off than those who do not — namely, consumers who buy the things entrepreneurs sell. While this is a highly simplified version of the complexity of our society, it is fair to say this captures the essence of how things work. Some disclaimers are essential before going any further: First, I don’t mean to pick on the athletic department at this university. Second, I acknowledge sports are a big part of this school — part of the experience of being a Terp is about going to Byrd Stadium, Comcast Center or any other sports venue on the campus and having fun. Third, I understand not everyone is an entrepreneur, or even inclined to be an entrepreneur. Finally, I admit entrepreneurship is not the only path to success or achievement in our capitalist society. To put into perspective what I’m talking about: I went to a HarvardYale football game in New Haven, Conn., a year and a half ago. Now, even though that rivalry is historic — even more so than the rivalry between this university and Duke — most people weren’t religiously supporting one team or the other. Sure, they were there to be entertained, but the most important reason that seemed to draw everyone to New Haven was the networking opportunity the game presented. Alumni from everywhere had flocked into the Connecticut town because it was a

once-a-year opportunity for them to connect with other like-minded people, not because they were particularly attached to the sporting outcome. In fact, this mindset was observable even at the student level. Through the residential college system, students from Harvard were matched with their counterparts at Yale, who hosted them in their dorm suites. My friend at Davenport College, a part of Yale, couldn’t have been bothered about his team’s 45-7 thrashing at the hands of Harvard; apart from the light jokes exchanged, the highlight of his evening was the relationships he built with the Harvard students who were his guests. And, indeed, what makes these students go out and create such formidable, real-world value is partly that they are always on the lookout for opportunity. In College Park, things seem to be different. I have overheard many, many students claiming how loyally they support the teams as if this were an achievement to be proud of. One tool in my economics class was proud to have been one of the first to buy the latest athletics merchandise, and said he had attended every single basketball game this season. Because he has focused all of his energy on this one thing, he is not considering any other productive use of his time. Seriously, if you are in such a position and have any inclination to change your lifestyle, consider this: We can all have an entrepreneurial mindset in whatever work we do, regardless of whether we actually own a business. The entrepreneurial or producer mindset is typically about seeking out opportunity, learning and creating value. Consumer mentality, on the other hand, is about, “What more can I consume to make me happy?” Make the most of what you have at this school, aside from attending games. Make use of your professors by connecting with them, network with other students, expand your reading lists and go into Washington to attend the events that actually shape policy in the U.S. and the world. And hey, have fun as well. Anand Gupta is a junior environmental science and policy major. He can be reached at anandgupta92@gmail.com.

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Addressing an imperative black issue TOMMY CREEGAN President Obama took office in 2009 in a historic fashion. For the first time in this country’s history, a black American was president, representing a huge victory in the struggle for equality and civil rights that black Americans have been fighting for so long. While black Americans were justifiably elated and optimistic for more progress in racial equality, Obama remains silent on one of the most crippling social phenomena related to racial equality: the prison-industrial complex and a legal system that puts black citizens at a disadvantage by targeting young black males for incarceration. It is a little-known fact that companies are privately contracted by the government for correctional and detention services. The Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group are two of the country’s largest private prison companies. This setup not only makes increased incarceration rates lucrative for these companies, but their drive for profit at the expense of “criminals” is funded by taxpayer dollars. Even Maryland Correctional Enterprises, under the state’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, makes profits off the system by using cheap labor to produce desks for students and

other furniture products. Incarceration rates began to rise sharply with the start of President Nixon’s “War on Drugs.” Between 1970 and 2009, the prison population has increased 722 percent, according to the Justice Policy Institute, an incarceration think tank. There are now more than 2.2 million Americans incarcerated, according to Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, a prison reform nonprofit, and 47.4 percent of federal prisoners are labeled drug offenders, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. And 81.8 percent of drug arrests in 2011 were for possession, not for sale or manufacture, according to the FBI. Going after those who possess a drug does nothing to “win” the “war on drugs.” The U.S. has a higher incarceration rate than any other nation. Our drug policy has helped make it so. Unfortunately, the consequence of private prisons and the war on drugs is targeting underprivileged neighborhoods and black Americans. Using Bureau of Justice statistics, the Prison Policy Initiative calculated the incarceration numbers per 100,000 people by race: for whites, 380 of 100,000 are incarcerated; for Latinos, 966; for black Americans, 2,207. This is interesting, considering that 70 percent of drug users are white, 14 percent are black and 13 percent are Latino. A 2011 Human Rights Watch report found black males are incarcerated at

a rate six times higher than whites and 2.6 times that of Latinos. According to a recent study by a University of Washington sociologist, on any given day in 2008, young black males without a high school diploma were more likely to be found in prison than working. Becoming a productive member of society after being convicted of a crime is obviously difficult. Most prominently, it is automatically harder to get a job. How are we to promote growth as a nation while low-income neighborhoods and a specific demographic of Americans are targeted victims of policies often designed to increase incarceration rates? Known for marijuana habits in his youth, Obama can be quoted: “The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws … we need to rethink how we’re operating in the drug war,” he said in January 2004. He has done basically the opposite of this as president, and has continued these very efforts he called a failure. Mass incarceration of a population completely shuts off the growth of incarcerated individuals. Obama should stand up for what he should know is an injustice against black Americans, with whom he identifies. Tommy Creegan is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at creegant@terpmail.umd.edu.

Just recently, something happened in this country for the first time that marks the beginning of a generationdefining paradigm. The total amount of student debt in delinquency, which means it has been unpaid for 90 days, exceeds the total amount of credit card debt in delinquency, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It’s no secret that a college degree is almost a necessity for someone who is looking to secure a sufficient wage during the early years of his or her adult lifetime. Years when individuals typically spend their time saving and looking to make the first big moves of their lives have now become a time to fill a hole they spent four years digging. With these facts becoming realities for our generation, the cost of and attitudes about a college education should become a central focus of students, teachers and legislators. As with most situations like this, there is no one solution to the problem, but a breakdown of what is really going on is a good start, beginning with Sallie Mae. The name at first may seem as though it belongs in the ranks with Betty Crocker or Aunt Jemima, but unfortunately, Sallie isn’t serving up anything as sweet as those maternalsounding food brands. Sallie Mae is a formerly government-owned agency that works to distribute loans to unqualified, high-risk, young adults, among others. There is a catch, though — you’re stuck with her for life. Unlike any other debt, which upon declaring bankruptcy would be dissolved, you are stuck with student debt. As we saw in 2008, though, things can turn sour very quickly and getting the job of our dreams may not be as feasible as we once thought. Freecreditreport.com hit a home run with that catchy jingle they slapped on their commercials, but what a credit score means is still a mystery to most.

For those who don’t know, a credit score is a three-digit number that describes how responsible you are to the rest of the world. You get good credit by getting bills, like a car payment, a mortgage or a student loan, and paying them on time. Usually, people wait until they are older to get the first two, when they know they can pay them back, as they should. For some reason, we are often encouraged to take on student loans just as grand, without any idea as to how we will pay them off. Your credit score is something that will follow you for quite some time, and a bad score will keep you from getting a mortgage or car loan — all at the expense of that one loan you had to get. It wasn’t always like this, and we should consider doing what we can to change it while we can. For starters, it seems negligent that there is no mention of anything along the lines of personal finance — or any concepts associated with it — during our secondary education in most states. We expect students to make one of the first big decisions of their lives — a financial one — without any concept of the subject. With a better understanding of these concepts, students will hopefully be more apt to make decisions to improve their future financial standings like attending community college for two years first, or attending an in-state college to avoid the potential lifetime burden. With this, Sallie Mae and universities would no longer have the monopolistic power they have over us now to raise prices of tuition, because as it stands, we are subject to their system for the most part because we participate. The demand to travel out of the state or live on the campus at any cost has led to a fierce competition among universities to spend more to compete for students. It’s our generation’s problem, and it’s our generation’s job to think about our education — and its cost. Will Dyess is a junior economics major. He can be reached at dyess00@gmail.com.


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Every weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students gather in one of the most quiet, pleasant and serene places on the campus: The South Campus Dining Hall’s Gazebo Room By Beena Raghavendran Staff writer The conveyor belt in the Gazebo Room whines as if it has an ache in its side that just won’t go away. It echoes in the back half of the room and hums in the front. When a tray gets put on the belt, the noise intensifies, squeaking and vibrating. And then, every few minutes, the sound suddenly stops. Silence. Then it starts its groan again. No one seems to mind. The 30-odd inhabitants of the Gazebo Room move in shifts, filtering in and out, usually announcing their departure by plopping their trays on the conveyor belt. They all know it’s their secret, the room with the Monet paintings and the bicycle

perched on the wall and that enormous white gazebo smack-dab in the middle of everything. The name itself — “The Gazebo Room” — sounds funny and looks out of place on its sign at the edge of the main purchasing area in the South Campus Dining Hall. Gazebos aren’t supposed to go in rooms. Then again, college dining halls aren’t supposed to be places of solace. At 12:49 p.m. on Feb. 19, gray ra i n splashed on the w i ndows. Nicole Kloorfain, a freshman enrolled in letters and sciences, and her friends took up tables on the room’s left side. She’s a daily. She and her friends sit together almost every day in the Gazebo Room, laughing and chatting together. She remembers when a friend fell out

of a chair while eating. Friendship draws them back to the room. “It’s like the hidden secret of South Campus,” Kloorfain said. It was originally a faculty and staff dining room and is now configured to seat students, too, said Bart Hipple, Dining Services spokesman. The gazebo is 15 years old and acts as the room’s “anchor,” he said. Now, it’s only open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The daily cast of characters fluctuates. Some stumble into the room by chance and steal a moment to take it all in. Others know it as a regular spot. The rest are somewhere in between. Erica Williams, a sophomore economics major, is a finder. Roped in by a friend while in the stir-fry line, she

FEATURE | REMEMBERING SYLVIA PLATH

american colossus A half-century after her death, Sylvia Plath’s work remains powerful and tragic By Kelsey Hughes Staff writer Sylvia Plath, who died 50 years ago this month, remains as well-known for her deeply personal and honest works as for the tragic suicide that ended her life at the age of 30. “Her legacy is one of a powerful young poet who had already done masterful work and had great potential and left us too early,” said English professor Martha Nell Smith. But Smith, whose work focuses on American women’s poetry — specifically 19th century poet Emily Dickinson — said people should look beyond

Plath’s biography. “I would encourage everyone to get beyond the tragic life and actually look at her words, and think about those,” she said. Plath had published a collection of poetry, The Colossus, and a critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, before she committed suicide on Feb. 11, 1963, leaving behind two young children. Rather than considering her work, many remember her for her troubled marriage to poet Ted Hughes and the tormented view of herself that Plath showed through her intensely confessional writing.

Lindsay Bernal, an English professor and the academic coordinator for the MFA program in creative writing at this university, said Plath left behind a great legacy, especially in Ariel, a collection of Plath’s poetry published two years after her death and posthumously edited by Hughes. “I’m not sure what contemporary poetry would be like without that book,” Bernal said. “Plath paved the way for female poets, particularly, allowing ambivalence and anger and sorrow and joy and love to enter poems about motherhood and marriage.” Smith said she enjoys studying Ariel because of the controversy sur-

meandered into the Gazebo Room, unaware. She sat with two friends she met freshman year. Everyone at the table had the last name Williams, though none of them were related. Williams started to find the beauty in the room that day, calling it one of the “finer things about the diner.” T he room’s in habitants are a curious group. They obey dining hall rules and generally sit far away from one another with large personal space bubbles. A single person can take up an entire table. Space is copious, and they like it that way. People sit alone in the room for various reasons. Chandini Narang does it four days a week because she can and she wants to — when she’s alone, she doesn’t have to worry about entertaining others. She’s a

lone ranger. “It’s just a time for relaxation and reflection,” said Narang, a freshman biology and English major. She said the Gazebo Room is one of the only places on the campus where sitting alone isn’t met with judgment. In the Gazebo Room, solitude is welcome. In the Gazebo Room, it’s OK to be alone. By 1:45 p.m., just 10 people were left eating there. The room was done for the day. So the diners stack their trays on the conveyor belt, the lone rangers and the dailies and the finders, and head across the stairs to reality. The gazebo still stays white and shiny, the conveyor belt whirring on into forever. diversionsdbk@gmail.com

rounding its structure. Hughes had Bernal, who said Plath is one of rearranged and dropped some of the the writers who inspired her to take poems from the collection before it up poetry, also wishes discussions was published to make it appear like about Plath could be more focused Plath’s suicide note. on her work. Smith and Bernal agree that “If she hadn’t died so tragically Pl at h h a d on ly got ten — if her story hadn’t been started when she died, so perfect for Hollyand that her writing wood — we would would have conhave much more tinued to improve substantive, inhad she lived. telligent literary “Now there’s criticism about a sense of loss,” Plath the poet,” Smith said, Bern a l sa id. “A “whereas I think if lot of the criticism she would have lived, out there limits its there would have been a focus to her autobiograsense of great potential.” photo courtesy of guardian.co.uk phy, overlooking Plath’s Bernal lamented the loss of poten- formal rigor and innovation. When I tial fiction works by the promising teach a poem by Plath, I am tempted 30-year-old. to black out the author’s name so that “Had Plath not passed away so we can look at the poem as a poem, young, we would have more poems by to have a discussion not framed by her to explore,” she said. “We’d have her suicide.” more prose by her, too. Plath wanted most of all to write fiction.” diversionsdbk@gmail.com

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GREYHOUNDs From PAGE 8 10 Terps tallied at least one point. “It was just a really fun game. I thought it was a team win; everybody brought something to the table,” Amato said. “It wasn’t anyone doing more than any other player. It was just a team victory today.” The Terps downplayed the rematch, but there was no doubt the Terps were amped during the cold and dreary nationally televised contest. After all, the Terps were sporting their Black Ops uniforms. Both teams played physically from the onset and the Terps seemed tense on offense early. After attackman Mike Sawyer gave the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game, though, the Terps found their offensive rhythm. Loyola was without suspended defensive star Josh Hawkins, and the Terps took advantage of matchups. In the final nine minutes of the first quarter, five different Terps scored during a 5-0 run. “We just kind of pick up on matchups we see on film; it’s not just a specific person or a specific short stick,” Haus said. “The coaches just kind of put in

TIGERS From PAGE 8 Terps registered a season-low eight giveaways. “I’m doing my best to run all the plays Coach wants us to run,” said Faust, who started playing significant minutes at point guard in a Jan. 13 loss at Miami. “I am trying to do whatever I can so we don’t get a turnover.” Mitchell and Cleare went to work down low, combining for 18 points and 13 boards. The freshmen’s workhorse effort allowed

a good plan and we followed it and it worked for us very well in the first half.” Despite the early four-goal deficit, the defending champs weren’t going down without a fight. Loyola ended up taking more shots, winning the faceoff battle, 14-11, and forcing the Terps into penalties, earning all four of the game’s man-up opportunities. The Terps struggled to add to their lead and didn’t outscore Loyola in any quarter after the first. “You win one quarter, you’re not going to win a whole lot of games,” coach John Tillman said. “And the same thing with faceoffs. After doing very well in the championship game last year, we didn’t do well this year.” Yet the Terps found a way to stay in front. Haus carried an offense that lacked firepower after the first frame and the defense kept the Greyhounds from mounting a serious comeback. Bernhardt and Michael Ehrhardt, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Week, led that effort. The two constantly intercepted passes, bodying up Loyola attackmen and disrupting their offensive possessions. Bernhardt’s 10 ground balls were at least four more than any other player, and he jumpstarted several Terps fast breaks.

the Terps to outscore Clemson in the paint, 42-28, and helped them overcome another off night from center Alex Len. Though the 7-foot-1 Ukrainian finished with a solid nine points and eight rebounds, coach Mark Turgeon said he seemed fatigued, and that he was a nonfactor much of the game. Second-leading scorer Dez Wells also struggled, failing to pick up the offensive slack and tying his season low with four points on 1-of-6 shooting. “They probably have more depth than most teams in terms

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Midfielder John Haus scored a career-high four goals Saturday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback “That’s Jesse,” T illman said. “He does so much for us; it’s not just ground balls. It’s matching up on guys; it’s getting guys organized.” Even when Loyola could maneuver past the Terps’ close defense, though, Amato stopped a majority of their shots on goal, making it nearly impossible for Loyola to stage a rally. The Terps’ lead never dipped below two goals. Loyola had run out of time when attackman Billy Gribbin scored on a pass from attackman Owen Blye to push the Terps’ advantage to 12-8 with just more than three minutes remaining. “It’s really frustrating,” Loyola long pole Scott Ratliff said. “That’s what a good team does, is they kill a run.”

of just being able to roll that many guys through,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “Certainly Alex Len is different from everybody else because he’s so big and so long. But the other guys are all big and strong and capable.” The Tigers jumped to an early 9-4 lead, prompting Turgeon to install a full-court press during the first media timeout. The adjustment seemed to fluster the conference’s worst scoring offense, and the Terps pieced together a 24-10 run that helped secure a 32-22 lead with 5:54 left in the half.

The Terps killed enough runs Saturday to knock off the nation’s top-ranked team. So today, every national poll will likely give the Terps the No. 1 ranking. Of course, the Terps aren’t content, considering they’ve fallen short in each of the past two national championship games and have a grueling schedule left to navigate. But Saturday, they could celebrate. They got their revenge. They beat the champions. “It’s only one game. It’s still February, so there’s work we can do,” Tillman said. “Yet to play an awesome team like Loyola in a great environment and to get a win, I’m really proud of the kids.” sportsdbk@gmail.com

“We were flat, the building was flat,” Turgeon said. “The press worked. It worked today and it got us the lead, got us energy.” Clemson clawed back with a 10-2 rally of its own, and the Terps entered the break with a three-point edge. And after the program honored former coach Lefty Driesell at halftime, the Terps turned up the pressure. They continued to nag the Tigers with a full-court press, nabbing steals and racing down the court for monstrous dunks. It was the ultimate departure from Tuesday’s second-half meltdown at Boston College,

GRIZZLIES From PAGE 8 first leg of Sunday’s doubleheader, led by five scoreless innings from starter Brady Kirkpatrick. The junior allowed only three hits and struck out five. Even more promising, lefthander Alex Robinson came back from a shaky start last weekend against No. 10 LSU, when he was pulled in the fourth inning after surrendering four earned runs and four walks. The freshman was locked in for Sunday’s second game, throwing seven strong innings, allowing only two earned runs and striking out nine. “He threw a lot of strikes and he made big pitches when he had to, and he kept us in the game,” coach John Szefc said. “He built on his first start, and it was a good building block. It

Chelsea Gray — an ACC Player of the Year candidate who was lost for the season with a dislocated kneecap a week ago — Jones almost notched a triple-double. She scored a career-high 15 points, dished a careerhigh nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds. T ight defense from Thomas and Pavlech forced Jones into a 5-of-19 shooting night, but the 5-foot-8 Irving, Texas, native was a dynamic playmaker. The Blue Devils grabbed 15 offensive rebounds — the Terps had just 16 on the defensive glass — so many of Jones’ misses turned into new Duke possessions. “To have a freshman point guard come into this environment with a terrific crowd, it was great to see,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “I think to do what she did is unheard of, really.” One game after the best shooting performance of her career, Thomas was limited to just 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, six rebounds and six assists. Facing consistent double teams and with

limited space to drive to the basket, Thomas, like the rest of the Terps, settled. “You’re not going to score 30 points every game, so they just really were physical and heating us up,” Thomas said. “It made it difficult for us to get easy looks.” With the Duke lead at 17 in the second half, Thomas scored six straight points and guard Katie Rutan — who scored five points after posting 14 in the teams’ first matchup — sank a 3-pointer to cut the lead to eight with 7:45 left. But Duke responded with a 14-6 spurt that ended any hopes of a comeback win. The loss ended a threegame win streak for the Terps in which every victory came by at least 25 points and dropped them into a tie for second place with No. 16 North Carolina. Two games remain in the regular season, starting Thursday at No. 19 Florida State, giving the Terps the chance to rebound after being bullied by the Blue Devils. “We just got to fight,” Hawkins said. “If they’re going to be physical with us, we got to be physical back.” sportsdbk@gmail.com

when a struggling Eagles group outhustled Turgeon’s players the full 20 minutes. The Terps went on a 9-3 run Saturday that forced Brownell to call a timeout with his team facing a nine-point deficit early in the second half. But Clemson struggled to respond, and the Terps cruised to their sixth ACC home win of the season. “I kept wanting to win by more,” Turgeon said. “It was nice, it was nice to have a double-digit lead and be in control.” It was a much-needed victory for a young team coming off an up-and-down week. After delivering their best effort of the

season in a resounding upset of the Blue Devils, the Terps fell flat at Boston College three days later. The 69-58 loss pushed the Terps outside the NCAA tournament bubble and left players and coaches clamoring for answers. But there was no soul searching Saturday. There was only relief. The Terps’ roller-coaster season — momentarily — reached some stable ground. “It was great for us,” Faust said. “Losing to B.C., we didn’t want another loss. We’ve just got to do whatever we can now to get the win.”

was good to see.” O n o f f e n s e , t h e Te r p s abused Oakland’s pitching staff, compiling a .336 average in four games. They also hassled the Golden Grizzlies on the base paths. Oakland catchers Drew Bechtel and Nolan Jacoby couldn’t find an answer to the Terps’ unrelenting aggression, letting the squad rack up 26 stolen bases in the four games — 10 of them coming from speedy leadoff man Charlie White. “As long as the situation pertains to running, we’re going to keep running,” Szefc said. “And if an opposing staff and catchers are going to let us run, we are going to run as much as possible.” White did more than just steal bases, though. The center fielder was absolutely lethal with the bat in his hands, hitting 10-for15 at the plate and scoring six

runs, knocking in five RBIs and drawing five walks. “I’m just being consistent with my bunting and hitting line drives,” White said. White led the Terps’ offense to a consistent series-long performance, but it was Martir who played the hero in the end, giving the Terps their first sweep of the young season and putting their record above .500 for the first time this season. As a freshman, Martir is still trying to find his place on a squad scattered with new faces. And while securing the win for his team was important, gaining the trust of his new teammates hits closer to home. “It lets them know that they can trust me at big times,” Martir said. “It lets them know that I can come up big for them when they need it.”

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Win over Clemson stabilizes Terps Faust scores 18 as Len, Wells struggle in 72-59 victory against Tigers By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer

Guard Nick Faust scored a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the Terps’ 72-59 win over Clemson. It was the first time he had scored in double digits since a Jan. 22 win over Boston College. christian jenkins/the diamondback

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The Terrapins men’s basketball team arrived at Comcast Center on Saturday seeking stability. The Terps needed to find some steady ground after a roller-coaster couple of weeks, which featured a rousing win over then-No. 2 Duke sandwiched between two numbing losses. They were hungry to start a much-needed winning streak, to maintain a razor-thin shot at an NCAA tournament berth. So the Terps approached Saturday’s

matchup against Clemson with a business-like mindset. They cut down on turnovers, returned to their inside-out principles and cruised to a convincing 72-59 win over the reeling Tigers before a crowd of 15,373. “We can’t have these ups and downs with the postseason coming soon. We have to win consistently,” forward Charles Mitchell said moments after the Terps evened their ACC record. “Playing hard and getting a ‘W’ was a big boost for us.” The Terps (19-8, 7-7 ACC) weathered disappointing outings from their

top two scorers to hand the ACC’s second-ranked defense its worst showing in more than two weeks. Guard Nick Faust notched his best stat line of the season, and Mitchell and center Shaquille Cleare bullied a sizable Tigers (13-13, 5-9) frontcourt. Faust, who hadn’t scored in double digits since a Jan. 22 win over Boston College, finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The converted floor general also tallied three assists with no turnovers on a day the See TIGERS, Page 7

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Terps take four games from Golden Grizzlies By Daniel Popper Staff writer Freshman catcher Kevin Martir walked up to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning in the Terrapins baseball team’s final game of a four-game series against Oakland. The game was tied at three with one out in the inning, and left fielder Anthony Papio represented the winning run at second base. Martir was pinch hitting for his senior counterpart, Jack Cleary, who had tied the game at three in the eighth inning on an RBI single. And the rookie delivered in a big way. Sitting on an off-speed pitch, Martir drove a breaking ball from Oakland pitcher Kyle Bobolts back up the middle, scoring Papio from second and clinching the Terps’ 4-3 victory and a series sweep. The bench cleared in typical walk-off fashion, mobbing the freshman in celebration. “I swung and missed at the first [offspeed pitch], so I knew he was going to come with another one,” said Martir, who batted 7-for-10 with three RBIs in three games this weekend. “I just stayed back, kept my hands in and drove the ball.” The walk-off win put the finishing touches on a Terps (4-3) sweep. They won two games Friday — 15-4 and 8-4 — and two on Sunday — 8-0 and 4-3 — outscoring the Golden Grizzlies (0-4), 35-11, in the series. Despite the offensive outburst, the Terps’ pitching led the way. The Terps’ staff threw a four-hit shutout in the See GRIZZLIES, Page 7

Goalkeeper Niko Amato (top) saved 13 of the 23 shots Loyola took in the Terps’ 12-10 victory on Saturday in Baltimore. The team celebrates two of its goals (left, right) and the win (center). charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Terps respond to all Loyola’s challenges, capture 12-10 victory in rematch of national championship By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer

BALTIMORE — With his team trailing 4-1 late in the first quarter Saturday, Loyola midfielder Kevin Ryan planted his right foot into the artificial turf at Ridley Athletic Complex and attacked a seam in the Terrapins men’s lacrosse defense. Ryan, searching to provide his team with a much-needed boost, then rifled a shot 10 feet from the goal. But Niko Amato was waiting for it. The Terps’

All-American goalkeeper stepped in front of the net, stopping the ball with the shaft of his stick. The junior then snagged the ball out of the air and flung a pass upfield to long pole Jesse Bernhardt, who hit attackman Jay Carlson running past the Loyola defense. With less than three seconds remaining in the quarter, midfielder Landon Carr found the back of the net to give the Terps a 5-1 edge. Such was the story of the Terps’ 12-10 victory on Saturday. Each time the No.1 Greyhounds seemed poised to make a big play or go on a sig-

nificant run, the No. 2 Terps were there to recapture momentum. That allowed the Terps to maintain their early lead and avenge last season’s national championship loss in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 6,000. They needed a group effort to do it. Amato stopped 13 of 23 shots, Bernhardt gathered a game-high 10 ground balls and midfielder John Haus tied his career high with four goals. Overall, See GREYHOUNDS, Page 7

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Duke thwarts Terps in 75-59 win Team Tyler game marks team’s first loss at Comcast Center this year By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

Guard Chloe Pavlech and the Terps were bottled up by Duke in a 75-59 loss yesterday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

With the Terrapins women’s basketball team trailing by 14 and time running down on a comeback attempt, guard Chloe Pavlech drove through the Duke defense, found a seam and lofted a layup. But Blue Devils center Elizabeth Williams closed quickly, swatted the ball into the seats and knocked Pavlech down. It was a role reversal from the last time the two teams met at Comcast Center, when forward Alyssa Thomas made a game-sealing block to lead the Terps to victory last season. And along with the play on the court being reversed, the result on the scoreboard was, too. The No. 8 Terps fell to the No. 5 Blue Devils for the second time in 14 days,

75-59, as four Duke players scored at least 15 points in the third annual Team Tyler game. The win clinched Duke’s fourth straight ACC regular season title and was the Terps’ first loss at home this season. Before the 15,583 in attendance — the seventh-largest crowd in ACC women’s basketball history — the game was an early back-and-forth affair, as the score was tied twice and the lead changed six times in the first six minutes. But Blue Devils forward Richa Jackson beat the shot clock to give Duke (26-1, 16-0 ACC) a 12-11 lead, setting off an 18-4 run that would ultimately put the game too far out of reach for the Terps (22-5, 13-3). “We didn’t help ourselves in that situation,” coach Brenda Frese said. “There’s still things we can control.” Just less than eight minutes later, the Duke lead had ballooned to 28-15. The

Terps shot 2-of-8 during that stretch, and with post players such as the 6-foot-3 Williams, 6-foot-3 forward Haley Peters and 6-foot-5 center Allison Vernerey, the usual passing lanes to forward Tianna Hawkins and center Alicia DeVaughn were clogged. Hawkins still finished with a teamhigh 16 points and nine rebounds, and DeVaughn added eight points and seven boards. Duke’s Williams and Peters combined for 31 points. “We became a jump-shooting team,” Frese said. “We took too many shots from the perimeter. I thought we settled.” While the Terps’ offense was stagnant, Duke got a boost from freshman guard Alexis Jones. Sliding into the point guard spot in place of the injured See DEVILS, Page 7


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University hosting multiple career fairs this week Career Center also holding ‘boutique’ fairs By Mara Bernstein For The Diamondback It’s that time of the year again — tomorrow will commence Day One of the university’s annual Spring Career and Internship Fair, and with more than 290 employers expected throughout the three-day event, it’s time to polish up those resumes, decide which tables you want to hit and get ready to put your best foot forward. The main fair will be held Tuesday through Thursday at Stamp Student Union from noon to 5 p.m. And for the green-minded students or aspiring teachers on the campus, the university’s Career Center is also sponsoring two smaller “boutique” fairs this year — the SEAGreen Fair and the Maryland Metropolitan Education Expo. The SEAGreen Fair, which will be held Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., aims to highlight careers and internships in environmentalism, sustainability and agriculture. The event is expected to host 33 different employers. These include the Maryland Environmental Service, which is looking for an environmental specialist, and Greenavise, LLC, a financing and consulting firm for alternative energy projects that is looking to hire people from any major. The Maryland Metropolitan Education Expo is a recruiting event that enables students looking to work in education to network with potential employers. The fair will be held Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m. and will host scheduled interviews from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. No matter which fair you

choose, it’s important to take the time to prepare. Career Center spokeswoman Michelle Lopez-Mullins advises students to visit the center’s website to plan out which organizations they want to visit and research them accordingly. “Knowing about the organizations you’re interested in beforehand can help you stand out when talking with recruiters face-to-face,” Lopez-Mullins said. “A polished, targeted resume is the perfect supplement to a good first impression.” Once you get to the fair, most of your conversations with potential employers will only last two or three minutes, but they will be considered formal interviews. Lopez-Mullins said students should prepare a minute-long “pitch” to show recruiters they know what they are talking about and explain why they would be the right fit for the internship or job the company offers. You should also go in with a short list of questions about the different types of training for the positions, opportunities the company may have for your major or what skills and experiences are necessary. However, avoid questions about salary or benefits, Lopez-Mullins said. Senior education major Liz Roseman, who plans to attend the expo, said she has been furiously preparing to impress potential employers. “I’ve been constantly updating my resume, changing the format, the wording, etc., and deciding how business professional my look needs to be that day,” she said. “Even if I have no intention of ever working for one of these employers, the interview experience I’ll get just by attending and talking to these people is crucial.” newsumdbk@gmail.com


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Have a summer internship? Follow this list to impress By Marissa Laliberte For The Diamondback It’s that time of the year when students are scrambling to find summer internships and get their applications polished and sent in on time. But once summer rolls around and you walk in on your first day as a new intern, what then? You put so much thought and effort into snagging the perfect internship, but do you know what to do once you get there? Below is a do’s and don’ts guide to getting the most out of your internship experience. DO: Ask for feedback. Internships are the perfect place to learn what your strengths are and where you can improve. While some supervisors are proactive about providing feedback, others may require prompting. “If you’re not getting feedback, ask for it,” said Kathryn Hopps, behavioral and social sciences intern-

ship coordinator. “Asking questions like, ‘How am I doing?’ and, ‘Is there anything I can do to improve my performance?’ is simple and cuts across all work places.” DO: Ask questions. Junior computer science major Cary Chou interned with the U.S. Department of Defense and successfully landed a job there. He said being inquisitive and unafraid to ask questions helped strengthen his relationship with his future employers. “I would always email my supervisors if anything came up or if I had any questions or needed clarification,” Chou said. “It made me feel more at ease and I’ll bet it made them feel more comfortable as well, knowing that we were on the same page.” DO: Show enthusiasm. Having the right attitude is the key to leaving a good impression. “Show up in every sense of the word,” said Briana Mulder, policy and intern manager for the Amer-

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Striving for the best preparation Career Center makes slew of changes to better prepare students for post-grad life By Alex McGuire For The Diamondback From revamping their Twitter posts to debuting a brand new Pinterest board for professional dress, the staff members at this university’s Career Center are looking to see how they can better reach students in the social media sphere. With every spare minute of the week filled up by racing to classes and internships, many students just don’t have the time to visit the

center’s office in Hornbake Library during regular business hours, so starting this semester, the center has delegated to student employees the task of overseeing the program’s Facebook page, YouTube account and Twitter handles. This allows students to receive job hunting advice from their own peers conveniently on their computers or smartphones. “It gives us a more personable feel,

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“We just say something and the behavior changes,” Mulder said. “We recognize it’s a little different from what students are used to. It’s a learning process.” DO: Stay in touch with your supervisors and the people you worked with. Once an internship has come to a close, staying in touch can help with networking for the future. Mulder, whose company runs an alumni group on Facebook, emphasized the importance of connecting not only with staff at the company but other interns who may have been stationed there. After all, most of you will likely be trying to enter the workforce at about the same time.

Hopps added interns should also make sure they fully understand dress code expectations in the workplace. “One student I know of interned with a company that had casual Fridays, but he didn’t ask what exactly that meant,” she said. “He showed up in khaki shorts and ended up being pulled aside and asked to change.” DON’T: Be afraid to make mistakes. While interns should always strive to put their best foot forward, employers likely will not hold newsumdbk@gmail.com grudges over honest mistakes.


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changes From PAGE 3 but also gives students the ability to hear what students or peers are doing at the center and what their opinions of things are,” Career Center spokeswoman Michelle Lopez-Mullins said. The newest additions to the center’s social media entourage are two “Dress for Success” Pinterest pinboards, which offer visual advice concerning professional and business casual clothes as well as which clothes not to wear on certain occasions. The page also has pinboards for career advice, upcoming events and inspirational quotes. “The basic idea of our Pinter-

est is not to gain followers but to have people use it for specific reasons,” Lopez-Mullins said. “We just want them to take something away from it.” In the past, there has not been enough time or manpower to focus on increasing the center’s social media presence, which 2012 alumnus Dustin Morsberger said he often found lacking as a student. “You basically had to visit the Career Center to do what you wanted,” Morsberger said. “The Facebook page wasn’t up to date a lot of the time.” However, that is something Lopez-Mullins said the staff is determined to change. “In the real world, you don’t have time to walk 20 minutes to

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NEW FEATURES AT THE CAREER CENTER THE STAFF MEMBERS AT THE UNIVERSITY’S CAREER CENTER ARE CHANGING SOME OF THE WAYS THEY REACH OUT TO STUDENTS. THESE INCLUDE:

How to make the most of your resume

• NEW MALE AND FEMALE “DRESS FOR SUCCESS” PINTEREST PINBOARDS

Employers spend less than a minute reading

• REVAMPED UPDATES TO THE CENTER’S FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND YOUTUBE ACCOUNTS

By Catherine Sheffo For The Diamondback

• THE RETURN OF THE MOTIVATIONAL “CAREER” THE TURTLE PASSPORT GAME RAFFLE THAT DEBUTED LAST YEAR the Career Center to see us, but if we can offer some of our services online, then that way, we can serve more students,” Lopez-Mullins said. “We’re trying to change our way of thinking from how many seats we’re filling to how many students we’re serving.” The center is also set to continue the popular motivational “CAREER” the Turtle Passport Game raffle that debuted last semester and is set to return in March. Game participants engage in different collaborative tasks with the center, such as resume building and mock interviews, and the students who participate in six or more services are entered into a random drawing of prizes, which range from a 25-day on-campus parking permit to an Xbox 360. “We’re making them do a lot of different things before they earn the chance at a prize,” Lopez-Mullins said. “So we’re kind of almost bribing them to care until they realize what services we have here.” Students already seem to be catching on to the changes. “I’ve always liked Twitter the best, so I definitely look at job-related stuff on there over Facebook or Tumblr,” senior communication major Olivia Didion said. “I’m glad to see the Career Center reaching out instead of waiting for everyone to ask for their help.” newsumdbk@gmail.com

The clock starts ticking when the resume hits the desk — one, two, three. A door slams open and the interviewer looks up. Four. Five. The phone rings and someone comes in with a memo. Six. In today’s fast-paced employment environment, interviewers spend an average of 30 seconds reading your resume, and when first impressions are this criti-

cal, every word counts. Moreover, most employers will not waste time going through a resume that does not seem to match what they are looking for, so it is crucial that you customize your resume to fit the specific position and company that receives it. The “skills” section is one portion of the resume where some applicants tend to go overboard. Rather than fill up the page with a laundry list of random abilities, experts said

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Do’s and don’ts of interviewing By Tyler Weyant For The Diamondback Whether you’re applying for your dream job or for an internship at your uncle’s paper mill, the interview tends to be the one thing that can cause night sweats and palpitations. But once the fateful day arrives, it’s only going to be you, your cranium and those pesky interview intangibles that will make you stand out from your competitors. Here, from a person who once mentioned in an interview how much he sweats when he goes to Florida, are some tips to make that dreaded meeting less dreadful and even — gasp — fun. DO: Dress up, for goodness’ sake. My mama always says, in a phrase she may have co-opted

from Oprah, “Dress for the job you want to have.” So if you want that internship with the big accounting firm, wearing cargo shorts and your button-down from Cornerstone Grill and Loft last night probably won’t do the trick. No one ever died from wearing a pleasant skirt or suit, as far as I know. Plus, the compliments from your roommates on how good you look will only make you feel super fly. DON’T: Curse. Chances are the person interviewing you will not be your contemporary, and thus won’t understand all the slang the kids use these days. Regardless of the interviewer’s age, it’s best to leave those words Patrick Star once called “sentence enhancers” to the fans at Comcast Center during the Duke game. DO: Relate to your interviewer. Yes, this can be tough if

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little-known details that can make a resume stand out over the comFrom PAGE 5 petition. Abdur-Ra’oof said the first thing he notices about a resume is its students need to highlight only the formatting, while Carlin Watkins, most pertinent skills at the top. a recruiter for life insurance and Finding out which skills are most financing company Northwestern important to your career field will Mutual, said she notices the name at the top first. take a bit of homework. “[Students] need to research the industry to see what skills are consistently sought,” said Becky Weir, a university Career Center assistant director. “If you don’t include relevant information, your judgment will be questioned.” Every job and industry is different, but a few highly sought-after skills in today’s workforce include: — Fluency in a second language. For many industries, having bilingual or multilingual employees is vital for working with some clients or in especially ethnically diverse locations. — The ability to effectively use social media, including Twitter and blogging outlets. — Electronic communication skills. These are quickly becoming essential in a variety of fields, from business to public relations. — Communication skills in general, whether through writing or public speaking. — Proficiency with data processing programs such as Excel. — Social and relational skills. However, it is not enough just to write out a list of skills; you have to prove you can and have applied them. Several experts said applicants should focus more on showcasing experiences that demonstrate their abilities and positive personality traits. For instance, a student can highlight a project that involved analyzing data using spreadsheets and other software or a team presentation for which the student took on a leadership role. “[Employers are] looking for individuals who have initiative, who are coachable, dependable and willing to work hard,” said Aziz Abdur-Ra’oof, student welfare and career development director. Besides the skills section, employers say there are a few other

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“I get so many resumes. I’m sifting through them, and if yours stands out in any way, that’s the first thing I notice,” she said. In the end, it is important for an applicant to remember that by the time an employer has read half of your resume, they have already formed their initial opinion of you

and your likelihood of getting the job. Therefore, it is important to make every element shine. “Think of your resume as halfway down,” Weir said. “If you don’t have something to make them keep reading, they won’t.” newsumdbk@gmail.com


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Resumes and interviews aren’t enough anymore — you should also try to create an online identity, experts say By Josh Logue For The Diamondback Social media is everywhere. You have to work pretty hard to ignore it, and there are plenty of reasons to embrace it. For one, it can help you get a job. More and more employers are turning to the Web when screening potential hires, so journalism professor and social media expert Ronald Yaros suggests three steps to marketing yourself on the virtual network. 1. Brand yourself Before you grab the social media reins and actively start your job hunt, you should try to create an online identity. “The important thing is to

define yourself and differentiate yourself from the competition out there,” Yaros said. How? If you’re a photographer, you can open an Instagram or Pinterest account. If you’re a writer or interested in a specific field, you can start a blog. Blogs allow you to show that you are or can be an authority in your field and develop your own unique voice in the social media sphere. “It takes a lot more dedication because it requires well-thoughtout, longer posts,” university Career Center spokeswoman Michelle Lopez-Mullins said. “It gives you another outlet to express yourself regarding just your professional life and what you know

about it and how you can give back to that company.” 2. Manage your Internet presence This is the one we’ve been hearing about for years — be thoughtful about the pictures or comments that you’re posting online for the whole world, or potential employers, to see. “Not just the dangers,” Yaros said. “But anything that might be contradictory.” Linking to a blog you haven’t updated in months, for instance, could turn a potential employer away. If you want to do some housekeeping on your Facebook page See online, Page 8

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getting hired. If you wouldn’t say it to your grandma, don’t say it during your interview. (Note: Some people, like me, have grandmothers who routinely skirt the boundaries of what is “appropriate.” In this case, don’t say things you would say in front of them. Just use your best judgment.) DO: Show up a bit early. Obviously you don’t want to be late, but showing up early, rather than just on time, shows you’re a go-getter and someone who can be relied upon to go the extra mile. DON’T: Overthink it. It’s stressful for anyone who has ever had an interview to sit and think about all the things that can go wrong. But you already go to a great university and are likely more prepared than you feel. Take a deep breath, be yourself, and, as a wise rapper once said, “Get jiggy wit it.” Actually, getting jiggy is also a don’t.

you don’t have much in common with the person across the table from you. But you’re going to make a much more impactful first impression if you’re having a casual conversation rather than a rigid question-and-answer session. Talk about current events, the weather or something less formal on your way to the office to lighten the mood. You want your interviewer to feel comfortable and impressed after you leave, not like they just pulled teeth to find out a little bit about you. DON’T: Get too comfortable. Of course you should be relatable and pleasant — but there is a limit. While there may not be much statistical data to the contrary, it’s safe to assume talking about drinking, flirting, gallivanting or any other topic that seems out of bounds will probably hinder your chances of newsumdbk@gmail.com


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online From PAGE 7 to be on the safe side, there are a few online services out there that can help. Reppler.com, for instance, will sift through your social media accounts and raise flags for things an employer might not like. Mullins said the site recently sent her an email because someone had posted a video on her Facebook wall with the word “beer” in the title. “It’s a judgment call for you whether you want to keep it there or not,” Mullins said. “But it alerts you and keeps you aware.” 3. “Blast” social media This is where LinkedIn enters the picture. Yaros surveys his classes every semester and only about 2 percent of his students have LinkedIn accounts. However, he said it pays off to open an account as a freshman or sophomore and start collecting recommendations from teachers and work samples. “By the time you graduate, your e-portfolio will be in pretty good shape,” he said. Along with serving as a sort of living resume, LinkedIn is a great tool for informational interviews

and employer research, said Erica Ely, Career Center internships program director. You can use it to find and talk to people in your field about what to expect or what a typical day looks like. In particular, many university alumni are excited to talk to current students, Ely said. Many companies and organizations also have LinkedIn pages, so

you can find employee statistics and “it’s really important, once you follow [university information about where people worked before and after they got a alumni on linkedin], not to be a silent follower.” job at a particular company. MICHELLE LOPEZ-MULLINS University Career Center spokeswoman Whatever social media you use, the key is interaction. These tools give you the opportunity to demon- interested in. questions they ask. Ask them “It’s really important once you questions.” strate how engaged, hardworking and knowledgeable you are to people follow them not to be a silent folalready working in a field you are lower,” Mullins said. “Answer the newsumdbk@gmail.com


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