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In an email sent Tuesday afternoon, university President Wallace Loh announced the creation of the President’s Task Force on CyberseUniversity officials continue to curity, a 12-person team comprispiece together their response to the ing university employees, students Feb. 18 data security breach, con- and cybersecurity professionals that firming yesterday the approved has 90 days to develop a proposal for members chosen for a task force that future improvements. “T hey’re looking for needles will develop a course of action for the in this very large haystack,” said administration moving forward.
former provost and current geology professor A n n Wyl ie, the task force’s director. “There is no static place you can arrive at in which you have solved all these problems. That’s not possible. And so the only thing that you can do is to continually re-evaluate the security measures that you have in place.” Loh charged the task force with three priorities: find sensitive per-
sonal information in the databases and either purge or protect it, selfhack the system on a regular basis to discover weaknesses and strike a balance between databases operated by the university and those operated by its individual colleges. “Our university’s entire cybersecurity system is only as strong as its See BREACH, Page 10
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Athletic venues could sell alcohol By Morgan Eichensehr @meichensehr Staff writer Soon, Pepsi products might not be the only drinks quenching thirst at football and basketball games. The University Senate Executive Committee will hear a proposal March 12 for a bill proposing the sale of alcohol at athletic events. The Residence Hall Association, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Government already voiced their support of the bill, which was proposed Wednesday by Josh Ratner, SGA student affairs vice president and undergraduate senator in the University Senate. “It’s something that can create a lot of revenue, allow for a safer environment for students,” Ratner said. “And lots of schools sell alcohol already.” Because the ca mpus event alcohol policy doesn’t allow alcohol to be sold at sporting events, Ratner said spectators are more likely to drink heavily — or “pregame” — before they come to events, which can create an “uncontrolled and unsafe” environment. “I would like to see the sale of alcohol at all athletic events, making these beverages available to all attendees who are legally allowed to drink,” Ratner’s proposal reads.
zac brightbill and megan morse jans, playing Melchior and Wendla, kiss on stage during a pivotal pre-intermission scene in a dress rehearsal of Spring Awakening. james levin/the diamondback
A NEW AWAKENING By Beena Raghavendran @thebeenster Senior staff writer
Spring Awakening at CSPAC opens conversation about sex
his is an age when Hot 100 songs drip deep with innuendo, tabloids flash celebrity exploits and the words “hookup culture” have become synonymous with the generation in college. Sex is on everyone’s minds — now shoved into the spotlight even more with rock lyrics and the theatrics of the stage. Spring Awakening, which opens Friday night at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, merges dancing and acting while touching not only on sexual themes but also several others:
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questioning a modern society controlled by patriarchal figures. Rebellion. Morality and truth. The pleasure of sex and the elements our society chooses to keep secret. “There’s a lot of stuff in human nature t h at’s rea l ly h a rd to cont rol,” sa id Zac Brightbill, who plays Melchior, the lead in the musical, put on by the theatre, dance and performance studies school. “Pretty much the predominant one is sexual desires and
Filming the final months Students develop hospice documentary By Darcy Costello @dctello Senior staff writer Death and dying aren’t frequent topics of conversation for the average college student. But for Jon Ryan, Kai Keefe and Ruby Nitzberg, it’s all in a day’s work. The three university sophomores are creating a documentary that focuses on hospice care — telling the stories of patients, relatives, hospital workers and, most prominently, volunteers — in an effort to draw volunteers and awareness to hospice programs. Hospice care helps patients who have six months or less to live. Volunteers care for patients by talking with them, taking them on errands and providing them with spiritual guidance, among other services.
Ryan, Keefe and Nitzberg’s documentary focuses on vigil volunteers, who work to ease patients’ final days and hours. As patients’ lives change over time in hospice, so does the nature of the volunteers. For the majority of their time in hospice, patients are assigned patient care volunteers who often visit once or twice per week, depending on patients’ wishes. As their lives come to an end, though, patients are assigned vigil volunteers, people who sit by their bedsides, reading to them or administering aromatherapy. Also called “transitioning” volunteers, they assist the patients while they are “actively dying,”or transitioning into death, said Hannah Carr, volunteer coordinator at Hospice of the Chesapeake. “It’s sort of a hard concept to grasp,” Carr said. “It’s very deep work. The volunteers that are involved are dedicated and passion-
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the idea not only in religion but in society that monoga my is the way to go, a nd i f you’re not monoga mous, you’re looked down upon.” The junior communication and theatre major sat sideways on a plush chair in Stamp Student Union on Friday afternoon, one foot propped up on the chair’s arm, talking about sex. His brownish hair was lightly styled out of his face. “Specifically for males, [our natural instincts] are to spread your genes to everyone you can in a very anatomical way,” Brightbill said, laughing. “But we’re told that that’s wrong and even See AWAKENING, Page 2
Two state bills propose tax breaks for student loan debt By Jim Bach @thedbk Senior staff writer
jon ryan is one of three university students making a hospice care documentary. file photo/the diamondback ate; it really takes a special kind of person.” Carr, who developed the idea for t he docu menta r y, t hou g ht capturing the work and mission of hospice on film would be fascinating. She reached out to this university and other local schools and came in contact with the trio, See HOSPICE, Page 3
State lawmakers are taking aim at student loan debt with two key bills looking to lessen the burden for borrowers after college. In one bill, sponsored by Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery), taxpayers shouldering student loan debt after graduation would be able to claim a tax credit on their state filings of up to $2,500, mirroring a federal law for federal tax filings. Another bill, sponsored by Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery), would eliminate the requirement for taxpayers who had their student loan debts canceled or forgiven to report it as income in state filings and pay the added tax. Both bills look to address the
growing issue of student loan debt, which at the end of 2013 neared $1.1 trillion nationally — a $114 billion increase from 2012, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “It’s really an effort to help out the folks that are burdened with huge student debt rig ht now,” Reznik said. R ez n i k’s bi l l wou ld prov ide a n i ncome t a x cre d it of up to 50 percent — not to exceed $2,500, or 20 percent of the average annual tuition for state institutions — on the amount paid on a loan in a given tax year. It also would add a provision to the tax code that’s already available when filing taxes at the federal level. “There is no corresponding credit on the state income tax,” Reznik said. See LOANS, Page 3
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daniel smeriglio and jenay mcneil (left photo), as Moritz and Ilse, sing a duet during the second act of Spring Awakening. Vaughn Midder (center) plays Hanschen. Sydney Parker (top right) dances, and Midder and Jonathan Helwig (bottom right) kiss. james levin/the diamondback
dents to have the real facts about sex.”
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LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX Maybe what’s so enticing about sex isn’t just its thrill or its instant gratification, but that it helps you understand your body and how to be in control. Now, sex is relatively commonplace, but people would still rather not discuss it. Spring Awakening is the culminating event in Love Your Body Month, sponsored by the University Health Center. The health center will have sexual health, sexuality and assault prevention tables at Friday’s performance in the performing arts center’s lobby. Anna Stewart, a sexual health intern at the health center, said Spring Awakening echoes many messages Love Your Body Month promotes, including sexual health awareness and “being proud of your body.” “The sort of whole point is that students don’t get any education from their parents and the outside world,” she said. “We feel like part of Love Your Body Month is for us to be there and give the information to the stu-
THE SONG OF PURPLE SUMMER It was a sleepy Sunday at 10 a.m. after four days of snow and two days off from classes canceled rehearsals. It was an unfortunate break for the cast and crew, who were gearing up for an opening in less than two weeks. Dressed in sweatpants and toting backpacks for a long day of rehearsal, they lounged in the center’s lobby, lit by the brilliant sun through the windows. They would spend the day reviewing the material and getting accustomed to their final performance space: the center’s Kay Theatre. A crucial component of Spring Awakening: There are three directors — Brian MacDevitt, who primarily works on the acting side, and Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, who primarily work on the dance side. The three of them — who all teach in the theatre, dance and performance studies school — collaborated equally on the vision, in contrast to a traditional musical, in which a sole director controls most of the final concept. Initially, Pearson and Widrig — who own a dance company together — were skeptical of working on a musical when approached by MacDevitt.
“We had sort of a snobbish disdain with musicals,” Pearson said. “We were kind of horrified at first because what we do is so far from what happens in a Broadway musical,” Widrig said, emphasizing the pair’s dance background. But they agreed out of their faith in MacDevitt, a reputable lighting designer in experimental and popular theater — he’s a five-time Tony Award winner, including one for design in Book of Mormon. What emerged was a unique collaboration distinct from other iterations of the production: a group of dancers, called Elementals, embodying the spirit of the show. The Elementals dance onstage for most of the show, mirroring the characters’ sentiments. “We found this place that the two worlds could meet, and in the depiction of the Elementals, who are kind of like the heartbeat of nature and also the frustration of the kids, it has emerged as this entity that is just a kind of a reverberation of what we call ‘the German kids,’” MacDevitt said. His vision of the show’s central conflict — patriarchal repression versus nature and freedom — is represented in the set design by a “cold and sterile room” on the front of the stage. Behind it is what the team dubs “paradise,” with greenery reminiscent of mythology.
He spoke to the show’s openness — anyone can give notes or suggestions during any part of the process. “It just feels like, in some ways, it’s this kind of great, big, glorious runaway train, and we’re all taking this ride together.” He paused. “How many cliches can I say in one paragraph?” Then MacDevitt continued in all seriousness. “It’s bigger than any of us.” In the fall, Pearson and Widrig created a class for the Elementals that a few members of the cast also attended. It was there that the essence of the dances — a modern and intrinsic style — was created, taking a longer time than the usual onemonth rehearsal period for a musical. “I’m not often moved to tears by anything,” Widrig said. “But working on this, I was very emotional for me.” On that Sunday morning, after touring the backstage area and the set — including a haunting tree that towers through stage left — the cast warmed up without shoes as usual. They walked around and stretched to the tune of upbeat music, getting comfortable in the space. Pearson encouraged connection with the stage. Some of the poses were unusual stretches of body parts, including the pelvis (“Remember your favorite gynecologist!”
Pearson shouted). “T his is all one circle,” said Pearson, sporting a newsboy hat, a Dalmatian-print scarf and Crocs, after the warm-up. “It’s all one room in which everyone is participating together. We don’t want to have the sense that the audience is coming to watch us.” They ended the warm-up just as they began the day — a group of people in sweatpants, ready to work, hidden from the spring weather radiating outside the theater.
CHARACTER WORK Brightbill said he hopes audiences understand the importance of having the sex talk. “One of the worst things you can say to a kid when they come to you with a question is, ‘I’ll tell you when you’re older’ — because they’ll just go and find the answer in their own way, whether it’s trying it out or going on the Internet like I did and crashing a computer,” he said. He laughed. Is that really true? “Yeah,” he said. “But yeah, just being sensitive and loving and open about stuff they need to know.” Brightbill was clad in full Erasable Inc. gear. He’s been a member of the See AWAKENING, Page 3
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zac brightbill (bottom left) kneels in a graveyard during a rehearsal of Spring Awakening on Feb. 18.
AWAKENING From PAGE 1 improv comedy group since his freshman year but didn’t perform in Friday’s show during the rain. He can’t risk getting sick. He auditioned without really knowing much about Spring Awakening besides hearing the soundtrack in middle school or early high school, reading a show synopsis and responding to the immediate buzz in the theatre department upon hearing about auditions for the show. The directors asked auditioners to perform a rock song instead of a musical theater one; Brightbill auditioned with “Let It Be.” His interpretation of Melchior is curious and cautious. “He wants to know what the truth and reality is of the world we’re living in,” Brightbill said of his character. “What nature compels us to do and how the society and the church tries to tell us that what we are born instinctually to do is wrong. And how that’s ridiculous.”
THE “SEX MUSICAL” When Spring Awakening opened off-Broadway in summer 2006, it triggered murmurings of Broadway critics. Sure, there had been groundbreaking musicals before it, but this one continued to push expletives and nudity and everything your grandmother likely wouldn’t want to see on Broadway. The musical’s creators ad apte d a G er m a n pl ay written by Frank Wedekind in the late 1800s to capitalize on sex: the wonder, the questions, the uncertainty and the quiet passion. As the young actors experimented with and tried to understand sexuality, they broke into song as if performing a rock concert. In addition to sex, the show also significantly addressed topics of homosexuality, sexual and physical abuse and suicide. I remember watch i ng the 2007 Tony Awards as a 14-year-old the summer before starting high school. The screen flashed to young
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men in antiquated suits sitting together onstage in wooden chairs. They sang into microphones. They sang about the “bitch of living” on live TV and had to cover their mouths with their hands to keep from screaming “f-----” in a song. It was electrifying. Spr in g Awa ke nin g i s about a patriarchal German society. But it’s also quietly about “Generation Us” — the millennials who came of a ge i n t he p os t-9/1 1 era — about teen rebellion in a society that thinks of sex and sexual passions as taboo, about the difficulty that comes with questioning the status quo in times of tension. For the generation that entered its teens in the late 2000s, Spring Awakening is its musical. Spring Awakening opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. and runs this weekend and March 5-8 at CSPAC’s Kay Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and $30 for general public. For more information, visit claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. email@example.com
Misery In Every Mouthful. “The chickens hang there and look at you while they are bleeding. They try to hide their head from you by sticking it under the wing of the chicken next to them on the slaughter line. You can tell by them looking at you, they’re scared to death.”-Virgil Butler, former Tyson chicken slaughterhouse worker Millions of chickens are scalded alive each year. In tanks of boiling water “the chickens scream, kick, and their eyeballs pop out of their heads,” said Virgil Butler, who quit the chicken business and became a vegetarian. He said: “I could no longer look at a piece of meat anymore without seeing the sad face of the suffering animal who had lived in it when she was alive.”
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who volunteered to work on the project without pay. “In terms of my future career, I’ve learned a lot about filmmaking,” said Ryan, a communication and film studies major. “And in terms of life stuff, I’ve learned even more. It felt good doing it. The story we’re telling is important, and it means a lot to people.” During the winter semester, the group recorded more than 20 hours of interviews, speaking to people from Hospice of the Chesapeake, which helps patients in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, and Gilchrest Hospice Care of Howard County. One interview that stood out to Nitzberg and Ryan was with a patient who got engaged weeks before the interview. “She held out her ring to
LOANS From PAGE 1 “It’s one way to lessen the burden and the hardship of having to pay back student loans at the state level.” In addition to $48,000 in implementation payments, the bill would cost the state $363.3 million in lost revenue as a result of taxpayers claiming the credit, according to an analysis by the state’s Department of Legislative Services. In the years after, the amount the state would lose in revenue is predicted to increase steadily. The other bill looks to alter the state’s provisions on income tax in relation to forgiven student loans. When a lender forgives or cancels a student loan, the amount that was left to be paid must be reported as income, which is subject to taxation.
us and was like, ‘I just got engaged!’ and then told us this really beautiful story,” Nitzberg said. The patient had told her vigil volunteer that she had always wanted to get engaged. Upon the volunteer’s encouragement, the patient called her significant other and told him he needed to propose, Nitzberg said. The next day, he did. T he t r io ta l ked to t he woman for about an hour, they said, far longer than the five- to 10-minute interview they had expected. When they were getting ready to leave, the volunteer ran after them to thank them. I don’t really get all that emotional, but realizing we were making a difference really choked all of us up,” Ryan said. “It’s a really cool thing when something you love makes a difference in another person’s life. The volunteer was like, ‘It’s going to be close, but she’ll
be talking about this until the end.’ That was a time for all of us where you stop and go, ‘This is right.’” The woman died about a week later. The students plan to complete their documentary in early March but said they still have hours of editing ahead of them. The hospice plans to show the documentary to future volunteers and people in the community, Carr said, in the hopes of inspiring people to volunteer and make a difference. “It was reassuring talking to people and seeing how good they were taking care of people,” said Nitzberg, who had secondhand experience with hospice care as a child when her grandmother’s cousin was in hospice. “They’re selfless and so caring. It’s just great to see that seven or eight years down the line.”
But if an individual was unable to pay off the student loan debt in the first place, Luedkte said in a committee hearing earlier this month, he or she is “clearly not going to be able to pay the tax bill that follows from it.” In 2013, this bill unanimously passed the House of Delegates, but it never reached the Senate f loor. This year’s bill adds a provision that says the student loan must be discharged as a result of permanent disability or death. The language in last year’s bill was too broad, making it difficult to pass through the General Assembly, said Robin McKinney, director of the Maryland CASH Campaign, an advocacy group aimed at helping residents achieve fi nancial security. People who defau lt on student loans are already
in obvious fi nancial straits, McK in ney said. Without this bill, she said, “We’re also creating a tax burden for them on top of it.” This bill is expected to cost the state $500,000 a year in lost revenue for people claiming this deduction in addition to the implementation costs. For Reznik, the problem of student loan debt can be felt throughout the economy as it spreads to other sectors such as the housing market, with fewer students able to save money to be first-time home buyers. “It i s hold i n g up a lot of other th i ngs,” Rezn i k said. “It’s holding up the economy. It’s holding up the job market. It’s holding up everything because this massive burden is sitting on the shoulders of 20-somethings in the country.”
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A healthy proposal for sick leave policy
hile staff and faculty can designate a maximum of 15 days per year of sick leave, the University System of Maryland recently proposed amendments to make its policy more flexible — and for good reasons. The policy, which would eliminate the 15-day standard and the six-month minimum for prior notice of anticipated leave, allows employees to be paid during prolonged sick leaves. Eliminating the 15-day maximum is both essential and politically practical for this university’s faculty. Middle-aged Americans, who make up a substantial portion of this university’s staff and faculty,
are considered part of the “sandwich generation” — individuals who have to divide their family responsibilities between taking care of their children and their parents. A January 2013 Pew Research Center poll found 47 percent of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent aged 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a child 18 or older. Additionally, about 15 percent of middle-aged adults are providing financial support to an aging parent and a child. Those who were supporting parents financially were less likely than individuals who were not to claim they felt they “live comfortably” financially. While changes to sick leave flex-
The university system proposal to eliminate a 15-day maximum sick leave makes logical sense for faculty. ibility won’t necessarily eliminate all the financial burdens staff and faculty might experience, they are definitely a step forward. Employees who have children or ill parents will be able to use their sick leave when it’s most necessary rather than feel pressured to allocate their 15 days of leave each year. Why does extending sick leave seem medically necessary? The In-
stitute for Women’s Policy Research found that during the spread of the H1N1 virus, sick workers were estimated to have infected 7 million coworkers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, germs can be spread from respiratory syncytial virus up to four weeks after infection. The 15-day standard just doesn’t always cut it. Political bickering over sick leave doesn’t seem quite probable. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees of Maryland, a state employee union will likely favor the bill, as it allows employees to manage a flexible schedule when family-related issues arise. If students or parents are con-
cerned more tuition dollars would be spent toward sick leave, then that issue can simply be addressed during the negotiation process. A requirement such as needing documentation for sick leave lasting more than 30 days, for example, may be a reasonable adjustment to the policy to satisfy unions as well as parents and students wary of where their dimes are going. Ultimately, the heart of this policy — granting prolonged sick leave and eliminating a six-month advanced notice requirement for anticipated leave — is something students, staff and faculty should get behind. It’s up to the university to decide if additional amendments or adjustments are necessary.
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Making group projects less terrible ROBERT COBB 2 a.m., the night before the presentation. We cut in to a messy corner of a dorm lounge where two bleary-eyed students sit peering at their laptops. You: Should we go through the slides one more time? Me: Let’s finish the works cited page first, and then *yawn* maybe… Yo u : R i g h t , O K . D i d [ t h i rd student, not pictured] ever send those links? Me: I don’t think so. No. Let’s just find them ourselves. You: I’m too tired to be angry right now. I’ll deal with it on the peer evaluation. Fade out. We’ve all been there. After the initial meetings and team agreement, when we promised to attend meetings, respond promptly to emails and do the work early, we are up far past bedtime the night before, mentally and emotionally drained, and the slides still need work. Why does that happen with such regularity? Why can’t a team actually meet early, get work done, feel good about it and get to bed on time? Everyone expects group projects will be a terrible experience, but team assignments can be the most positive and meaningful work we do. Professors assign them because they know working together forces us to engage more deeply with the material and practice communication and leadership skills relevant to any higher
pursuit of learning. If you look at the work done outside of school or in the upper echelons of academia, it is all done in teams. We know we will have group projects. So what do we do to make them less painful? Don’t be a dick. It’s easy to slack off. You can win by staying on top of your part of the project and doing work on time. If you’ve done your part, you will feel better about yourself. If you aim for excellence on your project, you will learn more and open up worlds for yourself. Communicate. If you email your group every day, you will succeed. Even if it is just to say, “I saw your email,” constant communication helps everyone stay on the same page, so the hard workers don’t feel like they are shouting into the void. Even if it is to say, “I was busy today; I couldn’t do anything for the project,” it helps keep everyone else aware of the project and the expectations you set for the work you would do. Teammates probably understand what you are going through; if you are honest about your workload and ability to contribute, they will probably respect that. Know what the project is about. From the start, figure out what your project is supposed to be. If you can’t explain what you are working on after reading the syllabus and project description, ask questions! If you are bothering the professor and the teaching assistant with questions about the project all the time, that’s good! It’s their job to help you understand what you are doing, and it will likely be a refreshing change of
pace for them to have students who want to do an excellent job on their project rather than just pass. Take concrete steps to be positive toward your teammates. A simple “Thanks for doing the research on that; those were critical insights” goes a long way. Even better is meeting outside of group time to get to know each other socially — it isn’t necessary for a project to be successful, but a night of board games (or whatever you crazy kids do on the weekends) can make a dramatic difference in the team’s commitment to one another and willingness to bear down and get the work done. Deal with conflict appropriately. If you don’t know what that entails, ask someone who does. Passive aggression is easy and calling people out is hard, but don’t wait until crunch time to call people out on their tardiness or lack of effort. They might be going through a hard time, but if they aren’t responding to emails, they should know that it isn’t acceptable. This also helps you be honest on peer evaluations. Also, be honest on peer evaluations! If the professor wants you to do them independently, don’t do them as a group. They are effective motivators if used properly. For one reason or another, we all seem to care about our grades. Don’t let people who slack off get credit for work they didn’t do. That’s unethical on top of undermining the incentive system that is designed to help everyone succeed. Robert Cobb is a senior computer engineering major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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ADAM OFFITZER “What’s your favorite thing about Maryland?” A friend considering this university for graduate school asked me this classic question the other day, and I gave my classic answer: the campus. It’s not a fake answer, either — I genuinely believe our campus is a beautiful, amazing perk of attending this university that we all take for granted. When I’m walking on McKeldin Mall, across Chapel Field or through the Byrd Stadium walkway, I’m reminded how special our campus is and how lucky I am to be here. But that’s the problem — I haven’t been doing much walking around the campus this year. After years of living in Queen Anne’s Hall, located at the university’s epicenter, I’ve become an offcampus foreigner as a senior. No longer a true member of the campus community, I now belong to College Park Woods, a hidden, foreign world beyond the familiar boundaries of Courtyards, tucked away behind Metzerott Road. And when you have a 50-minute walk to the mall and questionable biking skills, you need a car. Having a car in college has been a fascinating double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s great. Within College Park, I get to go wherever I want, whenever I want in a short span of time. Eating at Wendy’s, once an impossible task as a lowly car-less walker, has become a latenight routine (love that $5 Double Stack combo). Going to the movies, once a hassle and a bus ride away, has become a convenient luxury (don’t love that $9 popcorn combo). Going to Baltimore is now an option. The possibilities are endless. On the other hand, having a car and living so far removed from the campus hubs of Stamp Student Union, Cole Field House and McKeldin Library also takes away from some of the beauty of the college
experience. Driving to school every day feels like a chore, as if I’m going to work. Most days I park in Lot 1, head to my classes (mostly in Knight and Tydings halls), then head right back to face the terror of backing out of Lot 1 safely and drive home. There’s none of the sense of adventure or exploration that comes with living on the campus and walking everywhere, or even hopping on a bus. Living on the campus can feel like living in a city, while living off-campus feels like the dreary reality of living as an adult in a suburb. Some of this is my own fault. I could (and should) bring gym clothes with me to class every day, head over to Reckord Armory to play basketball, grab a bite to eat at Stamp then cross back over the mall to The Diamondback for work, giving myself an entire afternoon on the campus. Sometimes I do. But then again, it’s too nice to have a home base — a room to go back to, a couch to relax on, friends to catch up with. It’s almost impossible not to drive back home at least once a day. So I’ve been using my car a lot and feeling more and more like an adult in the process — buying gas, shopping for groceries and receiving multiple ridiculous parking tickets (I’m warning you — never drive to Washington). It’s a brutal transition, but I guess that’s what college is for. Monday night, I walked from my house to Comcast Center for the Syracuse game. It was cold, and it wasn’t exactly a scenic route across the campus — mostly just the rushhour traffic across Metzerott — but it was nice to be free of my car, free of parking and speed cameras and turn signals. As the weather gets nicer, I’ll be making the trek to the campus more often. So for all you walkers out there, take note: Having a car is definitely a luxury and provides plenty of freedom, but appreciate the beauty of walking, and appreciate the beauty of our campus while you still have the chance. Adam Offitzer is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CATCHING THEM ALL Twitch Plays Pokémon has grown from a unique social experiment to a full-fledged viral phenomenon, complete with its own history and mythology the subreddit r/twitchplayspokemon, to document the stream and attempt to coordinate their efforts. “So far, it’s been really interesting to follow, if only because people are so superhyped about it,” said Alex Ryan, a fifth-year mechanical engineering major and founder of the UMD Pokémon League, who started watching TPP in the first few days after it launched. “I mean, if there were thousands of people playing it but no one really talking about it, then it would not be nearly as interesting as it is. That said, I feel like some of the mythology of it is getting a little out of hand.” The players decided early on that the Helix Fossil — a preserved Omanyte — was their lord and savior, and “PRAISE HELIX” became a popular phrase to d u m p re peatedly into the chat. Players also created nicknames for the Pokémon in their party, mostly derived from the random strings of letters players collectively chose as the party members’ in-game monikers. (For example, AATTVVV is All Terrain Venomoth.) The team members have personalities, too. The Pidgeot dubbed Bird Jesus is revered for
By Nate Rabner @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback Twitch Plays Pokémon, a social experiment on video game streaming site Twitch, has evolved into a society. An anonymous Australian programmer launched the TPP stream Feb. 12, according to an interview published Feb. 16 on BADatVIDEOGAMES.net. The stream is a hacked version of Pokémon Red Version, the hit 1998 Game Boy title, which allows anyone with a Twitch account to input commands (left, right, up, down, “B,” “A,” select, start) via the stream’s chat window. A computer relays the commands to the game’s protagonist, Red, as quickly as players can type them in. The creator is quoted in the interview: “I thought it would get a small but dedicated following with many other people showing a short passing interest.” Instead, the viewing and playing audience ballooned to tens of thousands at any given time, peaking at about 120,000 on Feb. 18. As of one point Monday night, more than 603,000 players had submitted more than 9 million commands to the stream, and Red was spinning drunkenly around Cinnabar Island as players mashed the virtual buttons 13.92 times per second. With no guiding authority and limited ability to communicate on the TPP page itself, players created forums and resources, including
keeping the party in a fight after players accidentally ditched two of their more powerful Pokémon, a Charmeleon called Abby and a Rattata named Jay Leno, on day four. Recalling the loss of Abby and Jay Leno, who were accidentally released from the party via an in-game computer, Ryan said the crises involving team members have become historic events in the TPP community. “People had come up with personas for those characters. … They
were core members of the team, and then they got lost in a freak PC accident, which still, even saying that right now is funny,” he said. “That was a big deal early on, and people just still won’t stop talking about it. … Really just the major standout moments are when they screw up and basically accidentally kill off party members.” The Pokémon sacrificed to the PC live on in the sketches and GIFs of the subreddit, as well as in a Google Site that includes a stream timeline, profiles of current and former party members and links to stat-tracking sites and a roadmap with objectives. Sidney Carr, who studies computer science and mathematics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, works with a team to keep the Google Site up to d a te . He wrote in an email Friday that the document had seen more than 194,000 unique visitors since it went online shortly after the stream launched. “I made the document because I realized that thousands of people in a mob needed one place where they could quickly get the up-todate information that they needed to move forward,” Carr wrote. “It
AS OF ONE POINT MONDAY NIGHT, MORE THAN 603,000 PLAYERS HAD SUBMITTED MORE THAN 9 MILLION COMMANDS TO THE STREAM, AND RED WAS SPINNING DRUNKENLY AROUND CINNABAR ISLAND AS PLAYERS MASHED THE VIRTUAL BUTTONS 13.92 TIMES PER SECOND. is unrealistic to expect that every player is always watching the stream, so when people come back to it, they need to know what has been accomplished, and what the current objective is. Moreover, I thought it would be a good place to give people access to other TPPrelated resources. … Centralized information is a huge asset for any type of project.” Jack Kersch, a sophomore electrical engineering major, said he has been using Carr’s Google Site to stay in the TPP loop. “If I’m just sitting around doing work or watching TV, I’ll just have [the stream] open on the other side of the screen,” Kersch said. “The rest of the time it’s just like I either check the Google [Site] … or, like, a couple of times I’ve been bored in class and pulled it up on my phone.” See POKémon, Page 8
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pokémon From PAGE 6 “I was watching when they first fought Giovanni. … I’d been waiting all day for it to happen, and then they finally got to it,” he said. “I got so excited — and then they used Dig right after they fought him, so then they had to go back in, and that took another two hours, and just, like, ‘I can’t believe we just did that.’” The players accidentally used their Raticate, BigDig, to dig them away from objectives on several occasions. “We used Dig a lot,” Kersch said. “I’m happy they finally moved the Raticate to a box so it can’t happen anymore.” To give players a way to progress through technical puzzle sections, the creator instituted democracy and anarchy modes. Players can type “democracy” or “anarchy” into the chat box to vote for a mode; when democracy is in effect, the computer tallies up command inputs and executes the most popular option every 20 seconds. In anarchy, it follows every command. “I see why people don’t like it when it switches to democracy, ’cause things just start to really slow down,” Ryan said. “A lot of people thought that [the creator] kind of ruined something about it, but I thought it was a fine mechanic to experiment with. … I mean, prior to that, they were stuck in the friggin’ Rocket maze … for literally, like, 24 hours. It was absurd.”
Despite heartbreaks and setbacks, Red had beaten six of the eight gym leaders as of Monday night. Ahead lay Misty, Giovanni again, then Victory Road, the Elite Four and Champion and Mewtwo. Kersch said he is hopeful players will eventually complete the game. “There’s the potential for it to happen, but … just as easily something terrible could happen — they could just release all their high-level Pokémon; then there’s no point,” he said. “Either it’s going to keep increasing … in viewership and it’s going to do fine, or … people are going to get bored and it’s going to die off, and then the people who are still there are probably going to do a good job and it’ll finish.” Ryan said he hopes the spirit of TPP will surface again after Red finishes his quest. “In terms of the cultural experiment, it’s really fascinating. I don’t know if there’s ever gonna be something like this again,” he said. “This is like a new genre of, like, gaming experience. “Pokémon was, like, the perfect game for this because … it’s very difficult to permanently screw up the game, so this was a good thing to kind of test it on. I don’t really know if this kind of thing is ever going be that big again unless they do it with something else equally interesting, but I think it was just kind of the right game at the right place at the right time.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tag readers up campus security Univ Police caught six stolen vehicles this year with devices By Teddy Amenabar @TeddyAmen Senior staff writer University Police patrol the campus to make sure students feel safe, but other, less visible measures are also in place to keep campus security steps ahead of threats. Each ca mpus entra nce is equipped with a license plate reader, which scans and records the license plate numbers of vehicles entering the campus. University Police can use the information to do everything from identifying stolen vehicles to catching crime suspects and registered sex offenders and monitoring individuals on the national terrorism watch list, said University Police Chief David Mitchell. There are five tag readers, each costing the university $12,000 to $15,000, and all
ALCOHOL From PAGE 1 “This will reduce incidences of unsafe drinking, attract more fans to athletic events and generate additional revenue for the University.” The proposal recommends that some of the revenue gained from alcohol sales be allocated to mental health funding, student tailgate funding and student scholarship efforts, such as the
of the dev ices were pu rchased through grants the depa r t ment appl ied for, Mitchell said. “Tag readers are simply reading and capturing information that you’d be able to stand there and capture,” he said. All of the information is stored by the department’s security operation center for 30 days before being sent to the state, Mitchell said. In essence, the tag readers provide a “temporary file” that aids officers if needed. “We don’t keep the information very long,” he sa id . “T h i s i s not rea l ly ‘Big Brother’ keeping a long track record.” The tag readers most often help fi nd stolen vehicles, according to University Police officials, but they can help with other cases as well, such as harassment or stalking
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Keep Me Maryland program. Ratner said his goal was to gain support from different student groups, such as the RHA, SGA and GSG, so he could submit the proposal and show it already had “widespread support” on the campus. Last Friday, the GSG was the first student legislative organization to vote in support of the alcohol sales bill. The RHA voted in favor of the same proposal Tuesday, and the SGA did so yesterday.
The issue was debated in the RHA Senate, with student representatives voicing concerns about implementation and underage purchasing. Ratner said those concerns would be addressed in the senate by the Athletic Council, which will work on the proposal. “The university is very capable of fulfilling this effort,” RHA President Omer Kaufman said. “It’s a question of whether this will improve safety. And in my view, it will.”
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In discussing the proposal, the GSG agreed alcohol sales could create a better culture and more responsible drinking atmosphere at games. “Every single body passed this resolution unanimously, and I think it’s something that the University Senate should seriously consider,” Ratner said. “I am excited to see where this goes moving forward.” Ratner said it meant a lot to him to see how much support the proposal gained from all three student groups, representing the whole student body. He hopes the proposal will make it
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Family stories lead students to start Autism Speaks U chapter By Erin Serpico @e_serpico Senior staff writer When Manpreet Chahil’s 12-year-old cousin was diagnosed with autism, her aunt and uncle had a difficult time finding people who understood their situation. “They feel, like, helpless, almost,” the junior biochemistry and psychology major said. When Chahil met Andrea Soto in their sophomore year at this university, they realized they had something in common: Soto’s brother has autism, and both women wanted to take a stand for their family members and others in the community. In the fall, the women started an Autism Speaks U chapter at this university to promote awareness and fundraise for research about the developmental disorder. “This year, we can raise awareness about the condition,” Chahil said. “Most
BREACH From PAGE 1 weakest link,” Loh wrote in the email. Last week’s cyberattack raised questions about the sophistication of this university’s d ig ita l secu rity infrastructure, with some students and alumni wondering how vital information such as Social Security numbers could be accessed and copied from such a large, established institution. “I don’t think any organization can ever be 100 percent secure if they’re connected to the Internet,” said Wylie, who will also serve as interim information technology vice president. “I don’t feel that we are negligent or inattentive to these issues. They’ve been front and center in IT for a long time. It’s just a continual process that we can never let down our guard.” To protect affected ind iv idua ls, the u n iversity i ncreased its one yea r of free credit monitoring to f ive ye a rs T u e sd ay. T he service will cost the university about $6 million if all 309,079 affected people sign up, said Brian Ullmann, the university’s marketing and communications assistant vice president. But on the fi rst day of registration, some students, faculty and affiliates who called the university hotline multiple times heard conflicting answers as to whether their information was compromised in the attack, according to an article published Tuesday by Capital News Service. Crystal Brown, university chief communications officer, said calls to Experian, the credit monitoring service
people don’t know what it is exactly.” Autism Speaks, an international autism research and advocacy organization founded in 2005, provides information to families with relatives diagnosed with the disorder. Autism Speaks U, launched in 2008, allows college chapters to lead autism advocacy on their campuses. This chapter’s main goals include raising awareness, fundraising for research, advocating policies and providing family services, said Soto, a junior biochemistry and computer science major. It will also act as a support group for family members and community members who want to convene and will allow them to meet other advocates, Soto said. “It’s so people are more conscious of how they treat people in general,” she said. The chapter’s adviser and 2013 university alumna, Katherine Leppert, works with
provider, exceeded expectations and led to technical difficulties. More than 40,000 calls were made within the first three hours, she wrote in an email. Because of the unexpectedly high volume of calls, Ullmann said Experian d id not have a su fficient number of on-call operators tasked with handling the data breach, which caused miscommunication. “[Some callers] automatically rolled to other operators who weren’t as trained on it, and then those operators gave out incorrect information because they hadn’t been properly trained,” Ullmann said. “That issue has been largely resolved.” Experian is the same credit service provider that handled the aftermath of a 2010 security breach at Ohio State University that affected about 760,000 people. But because that university waited nearly three months to inform its students, letters had already been sent out with instructions on applying for protection online. Letters will be mailed out as the definitive alert to those who were affected at this university, Ullmann said, but not for another two weeks or so. The university has only alerted about 127,000 of the more than 309,000 affected so far by way of email or automated call, he added. Experian is in the process of matching Social Security numbers with addresses to which they can mail the letters, Ullman said. “[It] is the only way that we can ensure contacting every single one of the 309,000 people,” Ullmann said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chahil in the Child Stress and Emotions Lab in the psychology department and was involved in Autism Speaks 5Ks and other advocacy events as an undergraduate at this university. Her history of advocating autism awareness led Chahil and Soto to reach out to her. The number of people affected by autism is increasing, Soto said. According to autismspeaks.org, in the United States, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder — partly due to increasing diagnoses in the medical community — and now affects 1 in 88 children. The organization will also push for more political decisions related to school inclusion, providing sufficient family services and funding. Because the disorder’s causes vary, politicians might want to put money towards research for an issue with a more defined cause, pushing autism aside, Soto said.
“Some of the statistics can be misrepresented in the media,” Leppert said. Some people might assume a statistic is referring to the most severe form of autism and aren’t fully aware of the spectrum aspect, she said. Autism is a developmental disorder, but is also referred to as a spectrum disorder, Soto said. Two people who have autism may have different levels of function, she said. “[Autism Speaks U] will definitely be addressing both ends and everything in the middle,” Soto said. While Soto and Chahil agree it will be easiest to recruit those with a connection to autism, the ultimate goal is to reach people who don’t have that connection, Soto said. “Mental health issues are frowned upon right now — that relates to neurological issues as well. People don’t know how to respond to it,” Chahil said. The on-campus organization is also creating partner-
The two founders of Autism Speaks U UMD, Andrea Soto and Manpreet Chahil, pose in front of an informational poster about the organization. photo courtesy of manpreet chahil ships across the university community with groups such as the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, the university’s autism research consortium and the university’s Best Buddies chapter. While the two juniors are in their “busiest time of the four years,” Chahil said, she believes there’s a strong enough foundation to bring the organization to life. They have seen community interest so far, she
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kimbrough From PAGE 14 three of their last four games, but Walker-Kimbrough’s scoring and playing time have taken a dip. Stellar performances from Terps starters have diminished Walker-Kimbrough’s role on offense entering tonight’s matchup at Boston College (12-16, 3-11). “It was definitely an adjustment,” Walker-Kimbrough said. “But I still can’t get relaxed. I still have to be ready.” The Aliquippa, Pa., native averaged 10.9 points in her first 23 games, shooting 50 percent from three-point range during that span. Her sharpshooting and quickness helped her become one of the team’s most efficient scorers and its top offensive option off the bench, especially when the Terps needed a scorer to help take the momentum. With the Terps trailing 8-4 early in the first half against Syracuse on Feb. 2, Walker-Kimbrough had 11 points and four rebounds in a surge that put the Terps ahead 31-20 with 6:05 remaining. During her 18 minutes on the court, she shot 7-of-9 from the field for 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. In the past four matchups, though, Walker-Kimbrough has averaged 3.8 points while playing 12.8 minutes per game. Her eight minutes on the court against Georgia Tech tied for
line From PAGE 16 offensive line, the Terps also return six players with starting experience. Entering spring practice, Silvano Altamirano and Evan Mulrooney are listed as co-starters at left guard, while left tackle Ryan Doyle, center Sal Conaboy, right guard Andrew Zeller and right tackle Michael Dunn round out the rest of the offensive line. Moise Larose, who started at left tackle after Madaras left the team in October, is listed as
cant part of the team’s offense off the bench, but the Terps have found success in different areas, such as when they had 60 points in the paint against Georgia Tech. With more success coming from inside, the Terps focused on pounding the post, and Frese chose to play forwards Tierney Pfirman and Malina Howard over Walker-Kimbrough. “Our players have understood it,” Frese said. “They’ve seen this take place in terms of what we need every night. It’s different.” Though Walker-Kimbrough’s role has dwindled lately, altering her playing style could prevent her from being the offensive threat she has been throughout the season. Boston College will look to contain a Terps frontcourt that dominated against Georgia Tech, Frese said, and an effective backcourt offense will be important to stretch the Eagles’ defense. As she showed earlier in the season, Walker-Kimbrough can bolster that backcourt. Though the Terps have had success despite her struggles, WalkerKimbrough remains intent on making GUARD SHATORI WALKER-KIMBROUGH could return to her early-season form when the Terps travel north to face Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. alik mcintosh/the diamondback an offensive impact. her shortest shift of the season, doesn’t come off the floor, putting record with eight three-point field “I definitely still want to be a but the downward trend is a result up triple-doubles and double-dou- goals that night. The pair has led a threat,” Walker-Kimbrough said. of other Terps’ recent play, coach bles, and then Katie going 8-for- starting unit that accounts for most “Our seniors are playing phenomenal Brenda Frese said, rather than Walk- 10 from the three-point line and of the Terps’ offense of late, while the right now, and I feel like if I pass up usually effective bench rotation has shots, then that makes the defense playing as well as she is.” er-Kimbrough’s performances. Thomas recorded her latest tri- scored fewer than 20 points in three shift over to the seniors.” “I think it’s actually a by-product of how Katie Rutan is playing, and ple-double Thursday against Florida of the past four games. Walker-Kimbrough is a signifi- firstname.lastname@example.org Alyssa Thomas,” Frese said. “Alyssa State, and Rutan tied a program
the second-string left tackle. But in the course of spring practice, through the summer and into the fall, that can all change completely. “When the freshmen come in in the fall, some are very, very talented, and if they show that they’re the best guy, then they’ll win that position,” Edsall said. “But it’s going to be very competitive.” In addition to Prince, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound product of District Heights, the Terps also added the 6-foot-8, 340pound Larry Mazyck from Iowa Western Community College,
Brendan Moore from Austin, Texas, local product Derwin Gray and Sean Christie from Medford, N.Y. W h e n t h e Te r p s m ove to the Big Ten, they’ll face teams like Wisconsin that have the reputation of boasting big and rugged offensive linemen. But Locksley said the looming move had no bearing on recruiting. “I’ve coached in the Big Ten, so I hear all the time about the bigger players in the Big Ten, and I don’t necessarily think it’s that much different in the size of the line or the size of
the players in the Big Ten and the ACC, having coached five, six seasons there at Illinois,” Locksley said. “So for us, it’s just good to be able to add the depth. And then we’ve increased our athleticism, so that depth is going to create competition.” The Terps added offensive line coach Greg Studrawa shortly before signing day after he spent the previous seven seasons with LSU. He was able to meet with all of the recruits before they signed to get to know them, and he knew exactly what he
was looking for. “With the linemen, you want to get big and strong and powerful,” Studrawa said. “Those are things, but also being flexible and being athletic.” The Terps are entering the third year of Locksley’s system, so the coaching staff knows what the team needs to thrive. After a year that occasionally featured some struggles up front, the Terps reacted to prevent the same issues in the fall in the Big Ten. Between returning starters and an influx of young talent, Edsall has plenty of
options to create the front five that gives the Terps the best chance to win. “Those are guys that we feel have the size, the athletic ability, the mentality that we want in our offensive line,” Edsall said on signing day earlier this month. “When you’re watching, they’re move well, they’re athletic. They’re tough, they can bend. That was something we wanted to address, and I thought we addressed it in a very big way with all those five guys.” email@example.com
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cold From PAGE 14 Saturday, the team turned the ball over 16 times, then a season high. Reese said the Terps were careless in the midfield, and they needed to do a better job protecting their sticks. The Terps had 16 turnovers Tuesday in the chilly conditions, but Reese wasn’t as concerned with those mistakes. “We were getting openings,” Reese said. “Some of them we were just dropping balls we don’t usually drop, which is why I don’t know if it was weather-related.” Reese planned on starting freshman goalkeeper Emily Kift in the second half, but because of
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NOTEBOOK From PAGE 14 of their first three regularseason contests against Mount St. Mary’s, UMBC and Syracuse and in their preseason scrimmages against Towson and Bucknell on Jan. 25. Against the Bison, the Terps scored seven unanswered goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation to escape with a narrow victory at Byrd Stadium. Hours later on the same field, the Terps scored 11 unanswered goals against the Tigers during a stretch lasting more than 40 minutes to earn a second win on the day. Both of those contests were unofficial scrimmages, though, and the question of whether the Terps’ relatively inexperienced offense could do the same kind of damage in games
that counted lingered. But the Terps scored eight straight goals against the Mountaineers during about a 26-minute period stretching over the second and third quarters in an eventual 16-3 victory Feb. 8, squelching any doubts. One week later against UMBC, the Terps achieved similar success, opening the game with six unanswered goals before a Retrievers goal with 7:55 remaining in the third quarter ended the run. It was the first time the Terps shut out an opponent in a half since 2008. The Terps also ended the game with six straight goals, eventually defeating its in-state rival, 14-3. Perhaps the Terps’ most impressive performance, though, came on Saturday when they blew out the Orange. The Terps scored
eight unanswered goals during a less than five-minute stretch in the second quarter. Syracuse responded with a goal with 5:42 left in the half, but the Terps came back with six more consecutive goals before the end of the third quarter to put the game out of reach. In total, the Terps went on a 14-1 run against the Orange in a 24-minute span. T illman attributed his team’s ability to score goals in spurts to the success of faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa, who won 19 of 26 faceoffs in the win over the Orange. “It’s kind of a unique thing,” Tillman said. “You see Charlie doing what he’s doing — I think it makes [the offensive players] relax the grip on the stick a little bit and kind of play with a little more flow.” firstname.lastname@example.org
the cold weather, she stuck with Abbey Clipp, who was already warm after starting the game. The redshirt junior stopped two of the three shots on goal in the first half as the Terps held a 4-1 lead, and she made three more saves in the second period. Reese said it was difficult to bring players into the game because they were wearing so many layers. However, she managed to bring 13 players off the bench once the Terps’ lead ballooned in the second half. Among the players entering late in the game was midfielder/defender Jen Mendez. The senior notched her first goal of the season with 15:53 remaining to initiate a running clock and scored again with just more than two minutes remaining to
double-digit hits against Florida. But in the sweep of Bryant this weekend, they relied on pitching, walks and situational hitting. Tuesday, however, the Terps had success early and often, tallying a season high in runs. The Dukes used six pitchers — the Terps scored against five of them — and for the fifth time in seven games, the Terps chased an opposing starter before the end of the fourth. Then, they tallied four runs against right-hander Michael Howerton in 0.2 innings. “When you’re doing stuff like that, good stuff is going to happen,” Szefc said. “The offense was big for us.” Three Terps, including White, had multiple hits. Entering the game, White was 2-for-20 with one walk and had been hit by three pitches, but against the Dukes, Szefc said White looked like the player from last year, when White batted .350 and got
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always staying in the game is essential to winning some ballgames down the road.” Schmit was another Terp who broke out of a mini-slump with a multi-hit game, going 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBIs. Designated hitter M ike Rescigno, a freshman who had just seven plate appearances entering Tuesday, had two doubles and two RBIs in a 4-for-5 performance. After they swept Bryant, which made the NCAA tournament last season, at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, the Terps could have easily had a letdown on the road at James Madison. Instead, the Terps offense used the game as a confidence booster, pounding the Dukes pitching staff. “We try to take every game exactly the same,” White said. “Every game’s equally important, so getting that win on the road in our first mid-week game was definitely a good thing to do.”
on base at a .449 clip. The Naperville, Ill., native, who broke the program career steals record in the first inning, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. After the Dukes took a 4-2 lead in the third, White hit a two-out, two-RBI double in the fourth. While White tied the game, shortstop Blake Schmit gave the Terps the lead for good in the fifth with a double to right center, helping the Terps achieve their first comeback win of the season. “We take pride in being able to come back and win ballgames,” Schmit said. “Coach always talks about how we need to be able to play catchup when we’re behind, and firstname.lastname@example.org
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Freshman looking for return to form Walker-Kimbrough averaging 3.8 points, 12.8 minutes in past four games By Paul Pierre-Louis @PaulPierreLouis Staff writer The Terrapins women’s basketball team appeared poised to go on a run when Shatori Walker-Kimbrough stepped onto the court four minutes into Sunday afternoon’s game with the Terps holding an 11-6 lead over Georgia Tech. The guard is the Terps’ second-leading scorer, often providing offensive boosts off the bench to help establish commanding leads. When she came off the floor with 11:53 remaining in the half, however, she was 0-of-1 with one rebound, and the Terps were up 18-12, far from a comfortable margin. Walker-Kimbrough played eight minutes in the 79-62 win and was held scoreless for the first time in 24 games. The Terps (22-5, 10-4 ACC) have won
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GUARD SHATORI WALKER-KIMBROUGH averaged 10.9 points per game and shot 47 percent from three-point range in the Terps’ first 23 games, but she tied her season low in minutes at Georgia Tech on Sunday. file photo/the diamondback
Freezing temps hamper start Terps performed better in second half, but Reese unsatisfied with early play By Ryan Baillargeon @RyanBaillargeon Staff writer The Terrapins women’s lacrosse team jumped out to big leads in three of its first four games, allowing coach Cathy Reese to give her freshmen experience while cruising to blowout wins. A below-freezing night in Hempstead, N.Y., however, did not provide ideal conditions for the No. 2 Terps to continue that trend. In a 14-3 win over Hofstra on Tuesday, the Terps (5-0) struggled to get the offense going early, scoring one goal in the first 20 minutes of play. “It’s not an excuse; it’s really cold here today, and it was something we needed to overcome,” Reese said. “We were dropping passes and just kind of a little bit out of rhythm for a lot of the first half.” Though they secured some
good looks at the goal in the first half, outshooting Hofstra 15-9, the Terps struggled to capitalize on early opportunities. The team, which entered the game netting 48 percent of its shots, shot 26.7 percent in the first half. After warming up at halftime, the Terps managed to beat Pride goalkeeper Kelsey Gregerson 10 times on 17 shots in the second period. The Terps’ offensive outburst in the second half helped the team tie its largest margin of victory this season. “I don’t know whether we were taking weak shots or making poor choices,” Reese said of her team’s first-half performance. “But we definitely did a much better job in the second half.” In a convincing victory at then-No. 7 Penn State on See cold, Page 13
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Freshmen dealing with some injuries Terps showcasing up-tempo offense; team pulling away late in victories By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Senior staff writer
said. “But in practice, he was a tough guy to handle. He was making great plays. He was dodging hard. So it’s not The Terrapins men’s lacrosse a matter of if; it’s more of a team’s top-rated freshman matter of when.” class hasn’t yet had the opportunity to showcase its full UP-TEMPO capabilities this season. Attackmen T im Rotanz The Terps racked up 55 total (lower body) and Colin Heacock shots in the win over Syracuse (upper body) have been limited at the Carrier Dome — 23 more through the first three games than the Orange compiled in by injuries suffered during the the contest. The 55 shots are the most preseason. Rotanz — Inside Lacrosse’s No. 3 overall recruit the Terps have had in a game for 2014 — has yet to see the since March 7, 2011, when they field, while Heacock — the tallied the same number in a No. 11 overall recruit — saw 12-8 win over Bellarmine. “Our big thing is trying to his first action in a 16-8 win at then-No. 1 Syracuse on Satur- play as fast as we can, but make day, finishing with one shot on good decisions while we’re playing fast,” Tillman said. goal and one turnover. Coach John Tillman said “You’ve got to put stress on the both players were cleared to defense. If you’re playing slow, play against the Orange, but you’re going to play into the after a tough week of practice hands of most of the defenses. for Rotanz, Tillman thought So we’ve got to make sure we’re the fatigue was too much to spinning the ball, we’re running play the freshman against such hard and then taking what the defense give you.” a potent opponent. However, Tillman was thoroughly impressed with what RUNNING AWAY he saw from Rotanz in his first week back on the training field. The Terps have put together “Getting in and doing the impressive scoring runs in each drills, lifting and all that — his legs were pretty sore,” Tillman See notebook, Page 13 MLC_1736_PartyStarters_UMD_AD.indd 1
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Bats break out in rout at Dukes Schmit, Rescigno go 4-for-5 in victory By Phillip Suitts @PhillipSuitts Staff writer
to be good on offense and the type of offense I want us to be, that [coach Randy Edsall] wants us to be, it starts up front,” offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said yesterday. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have the depth up front that you need, and so we went out and spent some time recruiting offensive linemen, and were able to at least create some depth there for us.” In addition to five new players joining the
When Charlie White came up to bat with runners on first and second at James Madison on Tuesday, the Terrapins baseball team had already scored four runs in the fifth inning and was up 8-4. So when the center fielder singled up the middle, he not only increased the lead but also gave the Terps five hits on the inning, more than they had in two of the games in their three-game sweep of Bryant over the weekend. The Terps displayed their offensive firepower against the Dukes as they exploded for a season-high 14 hits, including eight doubles, in a 13-6 win at James Madison. This came after the series against Bryant, in which the Terps had 12 hits and scored 13 runs. “It was just a good game for us offensively,” coach John Szefc said. “We just had a lot of guys on base. … That was a pretty good day out for us right there.” The Terps feasted on mediocre pitching in what Szefc described as a hitter’s ballpark. Six Terps had hits, seven had RBIs and 10 reached base. The only Terp who didn’t get on, pinch-hitter Krysthian Leal, hit a sacrifice fly in his only plate appearance. The Terps had displayed their offensive potential in the first three games of the season, twice tallying
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CENTER SAL CONABOY (center) is one of six offensive linemen with starting experience returning to the Terps. Between freshmen and returners, the coaching staff expects significant competition. file photo/the diamondback
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Terps enter spring practice this weekend with plenty of experience along offensive line, talent set to join in fall the line fell into disarray when left tackle Mike Madaras left the team and injuries hit some of the other starters. So when recruiting, the Terps made the offenEntering the offseason, the Terrapins football sive line a priority. And after reeling in five offencoaching staff identified its offensive line as an sive linemen, including five-star recruit Damian area that needed to be patched up and strength- Prince, the Terps addressed that need. And with a wealth of talented skill position players on the ened as it moved forward. The Terps struggled at times to protect quar- outside, the Terps’ focus entering spring practice, terback C.J. Brown in 2013, and after remaining which begins Saturday, is to shore up the line. “We’re well aware that the one area for us intact through the first eight weeks of the season, By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer
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