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ByAlex Kirshner Staff writer Citizens across the country have been preparing for a series of steep federal spending cuts that will likely take effect tomorrow — including the state’s education and research officials, who are prepared for the blowback resulting from the across-the-board reductions. President Obama is set to meet with House and Senate leaders tomorrow when the cuts are slated to begin. But even if Washington’s leaders cannot come up with another way to temper the nation’s more than $16 trillion debt, university researchers said they are well suited to deal with sequestration’s effects. As part of a budget reduction deal in the summer of 2011, congressional lawmakers negotiated the sequester, which triggers a series of devastating cuts that go into effect tomorrow. It
Federal funding cuts higher education would suffer under sequester
Cuts to government spending under sequester between March 1 and Sept. 30
Amount by which sequester is projected to reduce federal spending over next decade will reduce spending by $1.2 trillion over the next decade. If the government does not craft another way to curb national spending, sequestration would cut $85 billion — or See sequester, Page 8
some students scalp basketball tickets to give their peers a chance to attend games at the last minute. Some are offered up to $100 for tickets to hotly contested games, such as the Duke game (above). Student tactics aren’t foolproof, however, said Matt Monroe, Ticket Services director. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
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Obama supported measure in State of Union By Jim Bach Senior staff writer Students may not be eyeing lowpaying work after they graduate, but raising the minimum wage may open up new, more viable job opportunities for them. In his State of the Union address two weeks ago, President Obama threw his political weight behind a proposal that would raise the federally mandated minimum wage for workers to $9 an
hour from its current $7.25 per hour benchmark. And while some economists say such a raise will help drive consumer spending and increase productivity, others say it will limit opportunities for young workers already struggling to find jobs. The current unemployment rate for workers aged 16 to 19 is a staggering 23.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. See wage, Page 2
Some students scalp basketball tickets to make extra money; use social media, word of mouth By Laura Blasey Senior staff writer EDITOR’S NOTE: The name of a student has been withheld to avoid university sanctions. The Comcast Center has nearly 18,000 seats, but that doesn’t mean every student fan gets a ticket. It’s the basic property of economics: So long as there are students desperately hoping to attend the men’s basketball game against Duke, there
will be people selling them tickets in a black-market manner. And as this university’s days in the ACC come to a close, tickets to games against old rivals, such as Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State, are becoming more valuable. Thanks to activity fees, students receive their tickets for free through a lottery system, and athletics department officials said they strive to keep it that way. The ticket policy explicitly states that students cannot transfer
tickets or sell them to others. Each ticket is printed with the student’s name, and students must present a valid, matching ID at the gate. Athletic staff members use bar code scanners at the door to ensure each ticket is scanned only once — any duplicates will be rejected. But some students are finding ways to get around the measures, and they’re making a quick buck in See scalping, Page 8
Collaboration offers food discounts City council approves $28k to help farmers market
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Dining in College Park just got a little cheaper, thanks to a free new discount card sponsored by the city business alliance. In late January, the College Park Neighborhood Business Alliance, a nonprofit collaboration between the city and local business owners, printed thousands of plastic cards that give holders exclusive access to discounts and specials at local restaurants and shops. Originally, about a dozen businesses agreed to participate, but that number has grown to 19 over
As the farmers market prepares to set up for its third year outside City Hall, city officials hope more than $28,000 in funding will help the market leverage its community appeal. The College Park City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to approve hiring KSM Marketing to promote the Sunday farmers market to potential area vendors. To show support, the College Park Management Authority has also donated $5,000 to help create the new farmers market master position, said Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater. The
krazi kebob is one of 19 businesses taking part in the College Park Neighborhood Business Alliance, which helps city patrons receive exclusive discounts on meals. It initially started with about a dozen businesses. file photo/the diamondback the past month: 13 restaurants, three service providers and three shops. A QR code on the back of the card links to the business alliance’s website, where a list of current deals is provided, said Michael Stiefvater, city Economic Development Coordinator.
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company will also use fliers and social media to advertise the market, which will open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning April 14. “We want to make it a really exciting event and something that everyone looks forward to every weekend,” Stiefvater said. “We like the market at its current form, but our hope is that it becomes even better.” Kelly Morris, KSM Marketing’s president, will take on the title of city farmers market master. She has already developed two other markets in the area, both in Washington: one in Ward 7 and the other in downtown.
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Students discuss internships and job opportunities at the annual Spring Career and Internship Fair. The three-day event, which began Tuesday, is one of the largest university fairs in the region. University Career Center officials predicted the fair would attract more than 5,000 students and alumni from across various majors and career interests.
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life. Having an established resume, even if it is padded with low-wage jobs, gives a job seeker a leg up over a graduate who only has a degree and no work experience, he said. “By making it that much harder for people to get hired in the first place, it is causing a lot of damage,” Murphy said. “There are going to be a lot of people who have never really had an official job before because the government in a sense is making it illegal.” Lustbader said he is hopeful that he won’t have to rely on lowpaying work, but he fears an increase in the minimum wage will make it harder to find that type of job if he needs to fall back on it. However, Hall said there is a benefit to having higher wages because starting wages and salaries impact earnings later in life. “If you’re graduating from college and you’re nervous about whether or not you can get a job, you’re going to be concerned about the potential for reduced employment,” Hall said. “You should be at least as worried about what it will mean to your income trajectory over your career to start at $7.25 an hour versus $9 an hour.” Minimum wage increases wouldn’t necessarily cause a company to slash workers from the payroll, Hall said. Instead, employers may raise prices or work toward greater productivity, he added. When there is more money in the economy, which is the case when minimum wage is increased, the businesses that employ these workers stand to gain as well. “The types of industries that one would imagine would be more likely to be harmfully impacted by this are exactly the same industries that you would expect to benefit from having more income in the pockets of lower income folks,” Hall said, pointing to fast food chains as an example.
A raise in the minimum wage increases the cost of labor, one school of economic thought suggests, forcing businesses to lay off workers to save money and maximize profit. Younger workers will feel the brunt of those effects,said Robert Murphy, an economist and president of Consulting by RPM, because they tend to be more expendable if employers need to cut costs. “Teenagers tend to be unproductive, so if you’re going to make it illegal to hire somebody below a certain floor of the wage, you’re pricing a bunch of unproductive people out of the market,” Murphy said. But raising the minimum wage would put more money into the pockets of low-wage individuals who are more inclined to spend that money, said Doug Hall, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network at the Economic Policy Institute. That would put money back into the economy in a time of recovery, he added. “You actually get a modest … but still positive economic impact from transferring money basically into the hands of lower income folks who are the very people who are most likely to spend that money completely, to spend it locally and to spend it immediately,” Hall said. Students, however, are still worried about the potential job cuts that could come from this. “I think it’s definitely risky at a time like this,” said Matt Lustbader, a junior government and politics major. “$9 is a lot, and I just think it’s going to cause a lot of unemployment at a time when we want to create jobs.” By shutting younger workers out of the market, Murphy said there are implications down the road when these same people seek jobs later in firstname.lastname@example.org
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n early February, the members of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Emerson College took to social media to help a fellow member fund a surgery to transform his life, flipping many national perceptions of Greek life on their heads. As the members in the promotional YouTube video say themselves, the fundraising campaign is focused on telling a story: Transgender fraternity member Donnie Collins is seeking a female-to-male breast reduction surgery, and because his university insurance policy will not cover the costs, his fellow members took it upon themselves to share Collins’ plight with the world and raise the $8,000 he needs to live as his true self. The national reaction gained momentum this week when major media outlets picked up the story, and the members have already raised more than $17,000 for Collins’ cause. The members are helping rewrite the script for their friend’s life, as well as the national narrative when it comes to Greek life. With this uplifting story, non-Greek observers have gained a glimpse as to how a fraternity or sorority of loving individuals can achieve something great and contribute to the community. For at least a moment, the negative stereotypes frequently associated with Greek life — alcohol poisoning, hazing, rape and homophobia — were debunked. A dedicated Greek community can achieve much more than the
Old School debauchery many among us might have assumed. Thankfully for this campus, local Greek life is showing signs of reshaping its identity in this altruistic mold as well, in a trend that benefits all of us. This year, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association have continued their concerted efforts to
Fraternities and sororities are doing a commendable job in improving their image, though the transformation isn’t finished just yet. improve relations with the rest of the campus. Of particular relevance to Collins’ story, this fall, the IFC began a program focused on social justice within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This editorial board offers its support for the IFC and PHA’s efforts to improve the enrichment and image of its chapters, and hopes they will continue to foster tolerance and civic engagement initiatives. The subtle progress has extended to various dimensions of Greek life. Twenty of the 22 council fraternities have adopted streets in Old Town College Park, resolving to keep their streets clean and improve relations
with their older resident neighbors. Dirty streets and noise complaints were some of the chief concerns that led to the Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup established this fall to help improve relations between students and long-term residents. The adoption of city streets is a nice development, though time will tell if it will be a sufficient contribution in the effort toward broader conciliation. We hope these efforts prove more substantive than public relations fluff or superficial changes, and we remain optimistic. It helps to see 11 chapters launching composting initiatives to strengthen the sustainability of their houses, and the recent changes in the recruitment process don’t hurt either. Sororities eschewed extravagance during this semester’s rush events, prohibiting girls from dressing up in lavish clothing when they visited each house. This move seems obvious when you consider the emotional stress many girls likely went through to look their best in past recruitments. And the emphasis on values over physical appearances seems to have paid off in one big way already: Greek life membership on the campus increased from 13 to 16 percent since last year. Greek life deserves credit where credit is due and the rest of the university should take note. Let’s hope these trends continue and foster further civic engagement in the future.
Go, transfer away If you can find fulfillment elsewhere, quit waiting and switch universities NADAV KARASOV Pack your bags and leave this place. Just do it. Fill out that application and transfer to any other university in the world. Leave now, and if it suits your fancy, never come back. No, this isn’t about you, Mr. and Mrs. “I love College Park.” You’ll happily don your state flag shorts and Natty Boh T-shirts long past the day you bring your children to visit your alma mater. You take pride in your university — congratulations. You love this place and there isn’t any other place you’d rather be right now. But in case you haven’t noticed, not everyone can say the same. This is for all those freshmen who thought things would get better after their first semester, and now, a day away from March, your college outlooks continue to dim. Those first few nights living on a dorm floor sprinkled with peculiar personalities and potential best friends didn’t lead to the year you’d planned, and now you constantly question how things will get any better. This is for all those sophomores who’ve ignored the longing for a better life and decided it’s better to passively hope you’ll wake up to a better tomorrow. It can be exhausting to pretend you like your school, especially when it appears everyone around you is maniacally obsessed with this campus. It’s possible your classes will finally start inspiring you, and it’s possible your social scene will dramatically improve in the next couple of years. I just hope you don’t kid yourself. No university — even those consistently ranking highest on those infuriating Huffington Post or Princeton Review lists of happiest schools — is
perfect for every student. Extenuating circumstances could have prevented you from reaching your full potential here. Staying may only deepen the rut you find yourself in. Personally, I look back at a few tumultuous moments in my college career and can’t help wonder what might have been if I’d made the leap and gone elsewhere. Transferring carried alluring possibilities, while life in College Park felt suffocating. I’m happy the frustration never metastasized further and that I’ll graduate from this university. Confronting the difficulties in your life head-on — e.g., changing your major, switching apartments or finding a fulfilling club — certainly helps. Yet I have profound respect for the students courageous enough to admit they need a change. Transferring schools isn’t admitting defeat — it’s a bold accomplishment that could transform your life. Even if it means you must take a semester off before you get your life in order, that’s fine. Interning full-time for a company you’ve long respected or working a job near your home could offer clarity as to what you’ve been missing thus far in college. If the solution doesn’t involve more time in College Park, don’t hesitate. Never let inertia lead you to tolerate an intolerable situation. If the sight of tour groups walking across McKeldin Mall has ever triggered a compulsive desire to jump in front of the guide and shout at the kids, “Don’t do it! Never come here! Folly, you fools!” and maybe throw some dirt in their eyes and flee the scene, it’s probably time to leave. This isn’t about our university or its shortcomings — it’s about you. Your transfer application deadlines may start March 1; don’t wait another day before salvaging your future. Nadav Karasov is a junior economics major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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hope you don’t mind, but we have been advocating for your tuition to increase. As your student representative on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and your chair of the USM Student Council, this does not come easily. But we must advocate in the practical world. We must recognize we are not the only ones investing in our education. For the current fiscal year, tuition makes up a little more than a quarter of this university’s funding. This means that local, state, federal and private funding pays for nearly three-quarters of the academic and research activities going on at this university. In fact, the state appropriated $10,766 this year to the university for each full-time equivalent student, more than in-state undergraduate tuition. To help pay for our recent four-year tuition freeze, faculty and staff have seen furloughs, cost-of-living increase delays and no merit pay. In other words, we are not paying our way alone — we have partners supporting us and our futures, from our college professors to our members of Congress. During the past five years or so, we also have seen unparalleled state support. Since the beginning of the 2008 recession, most states have cut funding to higher education, resulting in annual double-digit tuition increases in many states. In this state, we are lucky
to have lawmakers who decided to take a different path. Since 2008, our state has seen the lowest percent increase in tuition and fees in the entire country because Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration and our legislators made us a priority. They increased higher education funding by enough each year, despite significant fiscal challenges, to ensure tuition would not increase by more than 3 percent. But make no mistake: we do not support the governor’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal for the university system simply because of recent success. We support it because we must avoid the generational selfishness that has plagued other age groups’ politics. From our ever-increasing national debt to climate change, an important pattern emerges: When we fail to make hard decisions and up-front investments in our societal systems, we pay in the long run. To support O’Malley’s proposal is to not only support our state’s investment in higher education, but our own as well. As current students and citizens, we have an obligation to help pay for improvements that must be started years in advance of reaping full rewards. We must help pay for widespread course redesigning that will take full advantage of advances in both technology and cognitive science to dramatically improve teaching and learning. We must help pay for
targeted science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrollment so our degrees will one day be more efficiently linked to workforce needs. We understand many of you are struggling to pay for school. We know we are far from having state universities that are financially accessible to everyone and that the university system is able to meet just 57 percent of financial aid need, well below its peer systems in other states. But the governor’s proposed budget should provide some much-needed improvement: It allocates an additional $16.5 million of campus-based financial aid over last year’s budget. As long as our budgets make significant increases in campusbased financial aid, small tuition increases could actually help close the financial need gap. For all the reasons mentioned above, we support the modest 3 percent increase in undergraduate tuition proposed by O’Malley for fiscal year 2014. Our collective investment now will pay huge dividends for future students. Steven Hershkowitz is the student member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zachary Cohen is chair of the USM Student Council and can be reached email@example.com.
The technological boom of the last decade has seemingly reduced faceto-face contact’s appeal. No longer do we have to approach a guy or girl in person to get to know him or her — it can all be done online. No longer do we have to compliment someone we think is cute in person — it’s sufficient just to ‘like’ his or her pictures. The ability to meet others, chat or flirt has become easier, especially with the popularity of romance applications such as Tinder and OkCupid. For those of you who’ve never heard of these dating apps, Tinder allows you to upload five pictures of yourself and write a brief bio. The app then scans users within a certain geographic area based on friends in common or shared interests from your Facebook page. From there, users will start popping up on your screen one by one. You have two options when you see a picture: like or pass. If you like a person and that person reciprocates the like, Tinder will allow you both to chat. If one of you doesn’t show interest, the chat option remains disabled and the search continues. OkCupid is similar but more in-depth, in that the app attempts to match compatible partners based on more detailed information than just a picture and your Facebook account. These apps are intriguing and a great way to meet people, but it can become a little boring when the same people keep circulating or when you begin to feel very shallow just judging someone based on looks. But hey, how
is that any different than when you approach a person at a bar? You most likely based that decision solely on the person’s looks. College Park is raving about these apps, and some of my friends are addicted. It’s an easy way to meet people, flirt or talk to someone new. Some have even ended up on dates, and others have actually formed real relationships from these apps. Clearly, these apps do hold some potential. But there are consequences to avoiding the ordeal of approaching someone in person. If you’re familiar with the MTV show Catfish or Manti Te’o’s recent scandal, you know what I’m talking about. The person on the other end of the computer or phone isn’t always who they say they are. By the time you meet in person and figure it all out, it might be too late if you’ve already developed deep feelings for this person. In other words, you could get “catfished.” It’s easier to talk to a person online than face a potentially awkward face-toface interaction, and you’re more likely to chat with a girl or guy who’s “out of your league” online than talk in person. But remember, a real relationship needs to be formed in person. These apps should only be used to a certain extent. You shouldn’t be talking for so long online that you begin to develop deep feelings or love without having ever met in person. If weeks go by without a face-to-face meeting, end it there. Watch out for someone misrepresenting his or herself and, of course, the 40-year-old creepers. Download the apps, meet new people — but be smart, be safe and be careful. And don’t get “catfished!” AndrewDoisaseniorbiochemistrymajor.He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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orn today, you know how to do things that others don’t, and yet you are certainly not the kind to lord it over others or flaunt your abilities merely for the sake of garnering praise and admiration. Indeed, you understand that to be a show-off is to be, also, something of a “glory hog,” and that is no way to win friends and influence people! You will use your talents in a productive, creative, and often cutting-edge way that shows others what is possible -- and you will also do much to instruct others in how to excel and be the best that they can be. Always confident and capable when you are doing what you do best, you may slip into something of a funk when you do not have the opportunity to keep the wheels well-oiled. Indeed, when you’re not doing what you were “meant” to do, the resulting routine can be rather dull to you. Also born on this date are: Bernadette Peters, actress; Cindy Wilson, singer; Mercedes Ruehl, actress; Gilbert Gottfried, actor and comic; Mario Andretti, auto racer; Linus Pauling, chemist; Zero Mostel, actor; Tommy Tune, actor, dancer, choreographer, director. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. FRIDAY, MARCH 1 PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- What is most important today
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INTERVIEW | ERIC HUTCHINSON
MARYLAND MAN Local native Eric Hutchinson headlines SEE’s Winter Concert
By Beena Raghavendran Staff writer Eric Hutchinson has all the makings of a hometow n Ter p: He’s f rom Takoma Park. He went to Montgomery Blair High School. Both his parents attended this university. But his show tonight at Ritchie Coliseum as Student Entertainment Events’ Winter Concert headliner will be his first at this university. “It’s fun to be coming back home and getting to play songs for the Terps,” he said. T he singer-songwriter — who attended Emerson College in Boston — is known for his sunny, poppy sounds, including his song “Rock a nd Rol l.” He released h is fou r th album in April. Hutchinson was ranked highly in results from a SEE student survey dating back to November, according to SEE concerts director Kiera Zitelman. His fee also fell within SEE’s price range, and he was available in late February, making him a good fit for the show. The winter concert is taking the place of the usual fall concert at the end of first semester, Zitelman wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon. This year, schedules of potential artists for the fall concert fell through, according to a statement Zitelman wrote on SEE’s blog, so she decided to delay the concert for a semester. Previous artists who have performed fall concerts include Matisyahu in 2010 and Ra Ra Riot in 2011. Zitelman said pushing the concert back has allowed her to pick the best musician for the campus. About 500 seats have been sold for this concert, she added. Hutchinson’s family loved music. He re-
members his mom drilling him, asking which Beatle sang which song. In what was a natural progression, Hutchinson found an old guitar and taught himself to play. He said music is his way of processing life, and he likes to explore different layers beyond the cliches within popular songs. “Most love songs are always about, ‘I love you,’ or, ‘I hate you,’” he said. “It’s very black or white, and to me, I like to find that gray area.” Freshman government and politics major Maxine Rich has a ticket for Hutchinson’s concert. She enjoys his music, and she said she thinks it’s always best to get the most wellknown artists possible for shows. “Artists aren’t bending over backwards to come to our university,” she said. Opening for Hutchinson is Dale and the ZDubs, a local band Zitelman said approached her in the fall for a campus concert. Two band members — Eric Abrams and Justin Masters — are 2011 alumni and played in SEE’s Battle of the Bands last year, Zitelman said. Hutchinson said he loves college shows because they mix fans with new listeners, creating a great atmosphere. “It’s about having fun, getting every person in there to forget about everything else in their life and just enjoy some music for a while,” he said. Eric Hutchinson headlines SEE’s Winter Concert featuring Dale and the ZDubs at 8 p.m. at Ritchie Coliseum; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Stamp Student Union ticket office, the Ritchie Coliseum Will Call window and umdtickets. com, all until 8 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
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discounts From PAGE 1 one-hour parking reimbursement at Ovo Simply Veggie and $5 off an order of at least $25 at Ledo Restaurant. At The Barking Dog, patrons who present the discount card get 20 percent off food purchases until 3 p.m. and 10 percent off all purchases from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Deals can be used an unlimited number of times through the end of the year. Other participating restaurants include Hanami Japanese Restaurant, Pho D’Lite, ChiDogO’s and The Jerk Pit. Cardholders can also get discounts at Big Planet Comics, A Cut Above Hair Salon, Stripe 3 Adidas and other shops. In recent years, College Park gained a surge of new, diverse restaurants, including the city’s first vegan/vegetarian eatery, as well as Mediterranean, Indian/ Pakistani/Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. Though Stiefvater said the proportion between locally owned
market From PAGE 1 “My goals are to establish and build the market into one that the community can be proud of,” Morris said. “I’m meeting with the city next week and we’ll be developing those ideas and their goals and ways we can implement them.” Some of Morris’ proposed plans include bringing in a nutritionist and hosting chef demonstrations to make the installation a “community gathering place” on Sundays.
businesses and chain stores is still roughly 50-50, he hopes the card will help support the smaller businesses, many of which have been in the city for decades and are active in the community. “Of course we’ll always have a lot of chain options due to the fact we’re near a major university, but we have seen a lot of independent restaurants opening up,” Stiefvater said. “It creates a unique and interesting place to be.” Stiefvater is hoping the promotion will increase patronage and attract more businesses to the area. Cards can be picked up at participating businesses, City Hall or at the city’s farmers market in April. Several independent business owners said they’ve seen a slight increase in sales since the card’s release. At Berwyn Road eatery Fishnet, owner Ferhat Yalcin ran out of his 100 cards in about two weeks, and he said people using the cards have contributed to a slight increase in sales. But the increased patronage
isn’t coming from new student customers — many said they weren’t aware the cards even existed. Although 1,500 of the 5,000 cards printed have been given out, several restaurant owners said their share of the cards went to regular customers and long-term city residents. Krazi Kebob employees have given out about 80 percent of their allotted cards so far, mostly to regular customers, said Michael Willieme, a student employee at the restaurant. He added the restaurant’s owner, Nomie Hamid, hadn’t expected the card to bring in too many more customers, but he’d anticipated a slightly larger response than there’s been. “No one really seems to be using it,” Willieme said. “We’ve had maybe like five or six people come in with the card.” Willieme said he worried the business alliance wasn’t doing enough to increase student awareness about the program, adding that officials might be able to pique student interest through social media. At Fishnet, Yalcin said he too
KSM was the only company to apply for the position by the city’s deadline, but committee members were impressed by the success Morris has seen in the past. “[Morris] is a very energetic entrepreneur,” said farmers market committee member Robert Boone, a city resident. “By that, I mean she gets paid by what she does and the results she produces.” A viable farmers market in the city could build a strong economy with “local food locally produced,” according to Boone, which would be great for College
Park in the long run. “It builds an economic base in the community, and you don’t know how important this is,” Boone said. Two other candidates applied late for the position and requested three to seven times more money than KSM Marketing. The market committee, made up of four to six members, has found successful setups in the area have a market master in charge of obtaining more vendors and developing competition, Stiefvater said. “There are a lot of things to be excited about, but we know
At berwyn eatery fishnet, patrons can get a free side with an order of at least $12 using a College Park Neighborhood Business Alliance card. The offer also gets cardholders discounts at Azteca Restaurant and Cantina, Krazi Kebob and other spots. file photo/the diamondback thought the cards weren’t getting enough exposure to bring in students. The business alliance has tried to reach out to students, passing out most of its cards so far to students and promoting the program at an event in Stamp Student Union. Despite their efforts, though, many students seemed
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that we can add a lot more,” said College Park Mayor Andy Fellows. “This is one of them — farmers markets are great.” Josh Ratner, the College Park City Council’s student liaison, agreed hiring a marketing firm for the growing city farmers market was “definitely a good start” to enhancing the city’s appeal. “The city needs to rebrand itself,” Ratner said. “A big part of encouraging development is getting people to live here.” firstname.lastname@example.org
new vendors, a nutritionist, educational sessions and chef demonstrations could be coming to the College Park farmers market thanks to a new marketing contract. file photo/the diamondback
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Terrapin Turf still a work in progress Updated models join DOTS fleet Installing water pipe remains a holdup for bar By Annika McGinnis Staff writer It’s been more than nine months of frustration for Terrapin Turf coowner Salomeh Afshar. Her bar, set to replace the former Santa Fe Cafe on Knox Road, was supposed to open in May 2012. Tentative opening date after opening date came and went as Afshar, along with her co-owners Mohammad and Yasmine Afshar, struggled with obtaining the proper county permits to bring their building up to code. And now — though Afshar said in mid-January the bar would likely open within four weeks — the doors are still shut tight. It’s as maddening for students impatiently awaiting the bar’s unveiling as it is for the Afshars themselves. “At this point, the way students are about anticipating us, we’re more than dying to be open,” Salomeh Afshar said. “We’ve been super frustrated, because we started the process a year ago.” Most of the delay came from in-
scalping From PAGE 1 the process. Using social media and word of mouth, students who fail to get tickets through the lottery system are able to connect with others who have tickets but don’t plan on attending games. The day before the Duke game, Neil Ray, a sophomore enrolled in letters and sciences, decided to try to sell his ticket because he was feeling sick. “I wasn’t looking forward to waking up early in the morning for the Duke game and standing in line and all that,” Ray said. Another student offered him $100 for his ticket, Ray said, but the deal fell through when they couldn’t agree on a price. Ultimately, Ray kept his ticket and started feeling better by game time, but he said he saw many other students using Facebook to find or sell tickets. “I don’t want to label it as wrong,” Ray said. “But maybe people have reasons like me, or some people might have acted quickly to make some cash.” Some students alter the name on the ticket using Adobe Pho-
sequester From PAGE 1 2.4 percent — of all federal spending between March 1 and Sept. 30. Higher education would lose about 8.2 percent of federal funding, according to a fall report from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. However, Congress has another round of budget negotiations to grapple with before March 27, when several federal programs are projected to run out of money. If national leaders do not craft a way to fund those programs, the country would be left with a partial government shutdown. “The one thing that I think everybody agrees on, regardless of party, is that this is absolutely the worst way to go about it,” said Don Kettl, public policy school dean.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PREPARED FOR CUTS While select government agencies are immune to cuts, federal research isn’t one of them. The National Institutes of Health will face cuts, along with university research. Even if Congress does not avert the sequester, university research will still thrive, said Daniel Lathrop, the computer, mathematical and natural sciences college’s associate dean for research. “Our research enterprise is vibrant. We are doing much better than many of our peers,” Lathrop said. “I think we will weather this with some difficulty
stalling a sprinkler system to bring the building up to code. But Afshar said the sprinklers were finished a month ago, and now they’re just waiting on installing the proper water pipeline needed for the sprinklers. “Basically you have to bring in a wider pipe for the sprinkler system,” Afshar s a i d . “ We ’ v e already paid the Terrapin Turf remains weeks away from opening, as co-owner Salomeh Afshar said the bar is still in the people, and we’re process of installing the proper water pipeline needed for the sprinklers. christian jenkins/the diamondback just waiting for happen,” Afshar said about the tor, said though the bar’s opening something else on that.” Afshar said she anticipates string of projected openings. was taking longer than anticipated, the next step in installing the “[It’ll open] probably in the next the delays were nothing unusual. water pipeline will take place month, but I don’t really have a “They had an older building date for you.” in the next week. that needed a lot of repairs to Afshar said she wouldn’t have an bring it up to code. It’s a pretty Then, in another week, she plans to have the final kitchen inspec- official date until her final inspec- large space, too,” Stiefvater said. tion. Finally, she’ll begin training tion of kitchen furniture, which she “[The delays are] not that far out employees. She said she’s already said wouldn’t happen for at least of the ordinary.” another week. hired almost her entire staff. Stiefvater said he thinks the “The sprinkler system is done. bar will open before the end of But because of the continual delays over the past year, Afshar Everything is entirely done,” Afshar the school year. said she can’t give any projected said. “We have been ready to open “Hopefully it’ll open sooner for quite some time now, but we than later,” he said. “They still have opening date. “‘Oh, here’s another date’ and had delays we didn’t expect.” some work to do.” Michael Stiefvater, the city’s that didn’t happen, and ‘here’s another date’ and that didn’t economic development coordina- email@example.com
toshop. Others cross their fingers and hope the Terp Hosts who take tickets won’t look too closely at the names in the pre-game chaos. For the Duke game, some reserved a ticket for the women’s Duke game and changed“women’s”to“men’s.” For $90, Matt, a freshman enrolled in letters and sciences, was able to purchase a ticket to the game and borrow that student’s ID so the names matched, he said. “I knew that this was going to be the last time we might play Duke, and I did not win the lottery,” Matt said.“I think it’s awesome that it’s a bigenoughcampusandabigenough student section that you’ll find someone who will sell you a ticket.” While it might seem easy, student tactics aren’t foolproof, said Matt Monroe, Ticket Services director. Some students do successfully slip through the cracks when the staff gets overwhelmed, but others get locked out of the game. “I have 12 [Photoshopped] tickets that were confiscated at the Duke game sitting on my desk,” Monroe said. “We caught a significant amount of students doing that at the Duke game that were denied access.” Using another student’s ticket or ID to get into a game also vio-
lates the Code of Student Conduct. Photoshopping a ticket counts as forging a document and “knowingly providing false information.” Students who are caught may be referred to the disciplinary board, face probation, be banned from future games and more, depending on the seriousness of the incident, said Student Conduct Director Andrea Goodwin. Compared to past years, the number of cases is down, Goodwin added, but the office still sees students accused of ticket fraud. Though there’s nothing really to stop students from selling their tickets, Monroe said, the athletics staff tries to be proactive about catching forged tickets at the door. The tickets’ font is unique to the athletic department, so students aren’t easily able to replicate it. “[Photoshopped tickets] are pretty easy to spot,” Monroe said. “Our staff members are instructed to look for those because at the premium games, we see that happening.” Officials are considering allowing students to transfer tickets, Monroe said. Nothing is set in stone yet, but a free transfer system could appear as early as next fall. A free transfer system would
make the ticket-swapping process easier for students, such as sophomore psychology major Niké Alade, who wasn’t selected in the Duke game lottery. When Alade and her friends weren’t able to find reasonable ticket prices, they decided to just watch the game on TV. “[Students] were selling them really high. One guy said he was selling for 80 bucks, and I just said ‘no thank you,’” Alade said. With some tickets going unused, Alade said it was frustrating to know her only option was to buy one, and sheknewshewouldn’tevenbeguaranteed entrance. She said she’s had similar issues at other games and is tired of students opting to sell tickets instead of attending the game. “I understand you want to make a quick buck, but there are other ways to make money,” Alade said. “If you’re not going to go, you should just release your ticket so someone else who really wants to can go. Other people will also just scan and leave — it’s unfair to those who really want to go and can’t get a ticket. It should be free for all students. You shouldn’t have to pay to go if you want.”
if it’s not resolved this week.” The university will not immediately feel the impacts of the cuts, as they will hit federal agencies, such as NIH, before directly affecting individual states. “If the cuts do hit, things will be slowtorolldowntothecampuslevel, in as much as we’re not on the first line of difficulties,” Lathrop said. Yet there would be long-term consequences to adjust to if the cuts are permanent, research Vice President Patrick O’Shea wrote in a recent internal memo to faculty. “Because the majority of our research funding comes from federal sources, sequestration would have a significant impact on our research enterprise here at UMD, and at all research universities,” O’Shea wrote. If funds drop, it would only impact the number of future grants to researchers, not current grants — those already awarded wouldn’t be pulled back. Students and faculty are currently working on projects in quantum physics, cybersecurity, neuroscience and life sciences, and “that’s just four snippets,” Lathrop said. “It’s not like you wake up March 1 and our research enterprise is fundamentally gone, because they’ve already dispersed the money,” Lathrop said. Sequestration mandates that most areas face an equal percentage of required spending cuts, but the impact on education and research programs largely depends on how
they’ve individually prepared, said Tony McCann, an adjunct lecturer who has been a senior official in budget negotiations in both Congress and the executive branch. “It’s very idiosyncratic with each individual grantee and each individual program,” he said. “They probably, at least the more sophisticated of them, have been expecting this thing to come for a while, so they’ve been slowing down hiring, spending and they’ve put themselves in a circumstance [where] they give themselves a little bit of headroom.”
a 2.5 percent increase in the state education department’s funding. That means education spending would account for about one-fifth of the total budget. “[The governor] understands that the investments we make in early education all the way to higher ed are connected and are linked,” Winfield said. “This is all part of preparing Maryland to have a strong workforce in the future.” The sequester’s impact on state education can be mitigated, McCann said, because the state already spends more on education than what it receives in appropriations.And one key higher education item that won’t be cut is the Pell Grant program, which provides federal aid to thousands of college students each year. While certain areas are protected, the cuts could still devastate the state economy, O’Malley said yesterday, according to his office.And 650 children could lose the opportunity to take part in the Head Start program, whichprovideseducationandhealth services to low-income families. “Too many moms and dads in our state will lose jobs, too many children will lose access to programs like Head Start, and too many of our most vulnerable Marylanders will lose assistance from the safety net we’ve worked so hard to protect,” O’Malley said. Although it’s difficult to prioritize certain spending areas over others, the government should be careful not to lessen educational
IMPACT ON STATE EDUCATION For Gov. Martin O’Malley, state educators and students, the cuts could pose a problem on a much broader scale. Sequestration could harm the educational gains the state has made, not only at this university but in primary schooling, too, said spokeswoman Takirra Winfield. O’Malley, however, has watched the political theater in Washington over the last several months and is still committed to keeping tuition rates low, Winfield said. His recent budget proposal calls for increasing the state’s Rainy Day Fund and cash reserves to about $1 billion on hand to guard against sequestration’s potential damages. “The governor was prepared. We’ve been monitoring the situation in Washington for a long time now, and I don’t expect [rate increases]” because of the state’s preparation, she said. In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, O’Malley also calls for
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museum curators can shop for university property that has been retired. The Flxibles that aren’t purchased will go to the junkyard. The new Gillig buses offer passengers more room and feature clean diesel engines, as well as a no-stair design to make getting on and off the bus easier for everyone. At a price of $360,000, the new buses are designed to last 12 years, Malone said. Students said they understand DOTS might feel nostalgic about leaving behind the Flxibles, but it’s time to let history be history and embrace the new technology. “It’s sad that the classic buses are retiring, but people will always get accustomed to what’s new,” said junior biology major Jigisha Srivastav. “DOTS has to keep up with technological changes and the demands of riders.” Although they lack the Flxible’s historical appeal, the new Gillig buses will serve the campus better in the long run, said Lorena Diaz, a sophomore government and politics major. “The buses are normally crowded, and now there will be more room,” said Diaz. “They’re more fuel-efficient, too, so you can tell that the school is working toward becoming a greener campus.” More Gillig buses also means a more cohesive fleet, as DOTS has purchased buses from that manufacturer since Flxible’s closure. But to those who have memories with the classic shuttles, saying goodbye won’t be easy. “It will be a sad day when we have to get rid of the last Flxible bus,” Davitaia said.
This semester, Shuttle-UM is gaining 11 new buses — but the fleet of shuttles is also losing a piece of history as DOTS officials phase out old ones. Students might enjoy the new bus smell, but the change has left some long-time DOTS employees feeling nostalgic. While the new buses will be manufactured by Gillig, the old buses came from a motorcycle sidecar and transit bus manufacturer called Flxible. University bus drivers loved the buses for their sleek design, easy handling and low maintenance needs, and at one time, the university’s entire Shuttle-UM fleet consisted of Flxibles. But the golden age of the Flxible bus came and went, and the company declared bankruptcy in 1996. The 11 buses phased out are some of the last of the Flxible fleet. A single Flxible still circulates throughout the campus. “Flxible has a very special place in my heart because it was the bus that I trained on when I first started working as a student driver for Shuttle-UM,” said David Davitaia, DOTS senior associate director. “There is no question that Gillig buses are technologically more advanced, greener and more passenger friendly, but my generation of bus drivers will all miss Flxibles.” DOTS took the buses off the road because after many years of serving the campus, they required too much maintenance for daily use, said Beverly Malone, DOTS assistant director. The buses are headed for the showrooms at Terrapin Trader, an outlet where collectors and firstname.lastname@example.org
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quality, Kettl said. “On the one hand, it would be folly to think that anything can and should be held off the table,” he said. “But on the other hand,there are lots of reasons for thinking that we need to be very,very careful about making cuts that undermine our ability to be competitive in the long haul.”
benign cuts. This state is especially vulnerable to the impending defense cuts and employee furloughs because of its proximity to Washington, O’Malley said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation. “There’s a real risk for areas, especially the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, where there are large concentrations of federal employees and federal dollars,” Kettl said. “There’s likely to be a domino effect.” As government employees are paid less and have less to spend, Kettl said, employees could be laid off, sales could go down and states could lose revenue from both sales and income taxes. “Nobody knows for sure what the story is, but the downstream impact on the economy could be quite substantial,especially in places like Maryland where there’s already a substantialfederalpresence,”hesaid. The measure was supposed to necessitate compromise, but it has instead resulted in another round of debates, Kettl said. Though a deal is unlikely, he said, the possibility does exist. “It’s hard to argue which [cut] is the most mindless, but the most important thing here, of course, is this was never supposed to happen,” Kettl said.“One of the things people have gone broke on is betting against last-minute details. The odds, however, are slim.”
Even if Congressional leaders can avert the sequester, there are plenty of budget battles ahead — including the partial government shutdown that could come at the end of next month, which could be problematic for the country’s budget woes down the line. “There is another opportunity for either a crisis or a more comprehensive solution,” McCann said. “If I were a betting man, I suppose I would bet that it’s going to be another problem.” And the sequester was never supposed to become an actual possibility for the country — the proposed cuts were supposed to be so devastating that lawmakers would effectively have no choice but to work out an alternate deal. “The totally unthinkable has become not only thinkable, but the foundation for the next round of debates,” Kettl said. But some said the cuts will not be that harmful. Washington Post columnist George Will called sequestration a “manufactured crisis” in a column last week and said Obama was stoking “synthetic hysteria” over relatively email@example.com
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DUKES From PAGE 12 because we want our guys to be comfortable out there and have no fear.” In his first collegiate start, Drossner went four innings, allowed three earned runs and issued only one walk. Most importantly, the Richboro, Pa., native went out and threw strikes, which is all John Szefc can ask for from his youngster. “I thought he kept us in the game when it was close at the beginning,” the first-year coach said. “It is something for him to build on and next time we want to see him go out and improve.” Drossner was pulled after the fourth inning and Szefc’s relievers carried the Terps (5-3) the rest of the way against the Dukes (2-6). Bobby Ruse, Cam Hatch, Robert Galligan, Jared Price and Jake Stinnett combined to pitch the final five innings, allowing only one
HOWARD From PAGE 11 and looking for her shot and really being that third scoring piece that we’re looking for,” Thomas said Feb. 19, two days after Howard scored 12 points at Virginia. “We really need that going in to the postseason and I really feel like she’s coming into her own.” Ranked the top post player and No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2012 by ESPN, Howard has taken a different path to the court than her fellow freshmen. While injuries decimated the Terps’ backcourt and forced Pavlech (fourth game) and Pfirman (sixth game) into the starting lineup early, Howard sat behind an established frontcourt. Frese said sitting on the
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earned run on three hits. “The key to that game was the bullpen,” Szefc said. “Ruse came in and threw strikes. We had two lefties come in and make their first appearances of the season, and they did a good job.” The offense did its job, too. After spending much of the early part of the season shifting between second and third in the batting order, Hagel has settled nicely into the two-hole. And with leadoff man Charlie White on base so often — he has a .600 on-base percentage through eight games —the senior has a plethora of opportunities when he steps to the plate. “He steals all the time and when he gets to second base, that’s an RBI opportunity for me,” Hagel said. “It gives me the opportunity to put bunts down or hit, and overall he’s been really helpful.” Szefc agrees — so much so that he’s even compared the redshirt sophomore to former MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra.
“Everyone would like to hit behind a guy like [Charlie],” he said. “For now, that’s a good spot for him and he can benefit from it. Especially with the experience he has, being a senior, we like to see him put in work in that spot.” The offense might have driven in 45 runs over the past five games, but it’s the team’s hurlers that have been the key in the Terps’ five-game winning streak. The staff has not allowed more than two runs in an inning since they surrendered eight runs to LSU in a 14-3 loss in their third game of the season on Feb. 17. And even with a rookie on the hill last night in Drossner, it was no different. For Szefc, that’s the key to victory. “Ninety percent of the time you let up a big inning, it’s going to lead to a loss,” Szefc said. “We have been consistent in not giving up that big inning.”
bench has slowed down Howard’s development, but after Pfirman’s injury, the opportunity opened up for Howard. The confidence and chemistry has grown, and Howard can feel it on the court. “When I get the ball, I’m not looking to pass right away,” Howard said. “I’m weighing all my options: If someone else is open, if I have a good chance at a shot or there’s someone with a better shot. … At first I wasn’t as comfortable, so I was just quick to do the first thing to get the ball out of my hands.” Howard’s shooting touch ranges all the way out to the three-point line, and she hasn’t been afraid to stretch defenses with her ability to take outside jump shots. She’s made 36.4 percent of her three-point attempts this
season and is shooting 51.9 percent overall. She’s another weapon for Frese to call on, especially if the frontcourt of Hawkins and center Alicia DeVaughn gets into foul trouble. Howard went through a six-game stretch early in ACC play when she played 15 minutes or less and was shut out three times, but she’s come back strong in February. She’s tallied double figures in five of her last eight games entering tonight’s matchup with the Seminoles. And for a team with a limited roster due to injuries, each of those games is bigger than the last. “I’ve had to slow down a lot and take the game slowly,” Howard said. “And it’s finally slowing down for me.”
JACKETS From PAGE 12 them have it. Coach says we don’t listen, and I agree with him.” It didn’t help that the Yellow Jackets delivered what coach Brian Gregory called their “best 40 minutes” all season. Georgia Tech attacked the paint much of the game, allowing them to hit 20 of 27 free throws. And the Terps (19-9, 7-8 ACC) simply had no answer for big men Robert Carter Jr. and Daniel Miller, who combined for 35 points on 9-of-15 shooting. All in all, the Yellow Jackets (15-12, 5-10) made the most of an off-kilter Terps defense. They connected on 51 percent of their shot attempts, a notable showing for a unit that entered last night’s contest ranked a distant last in the ACC in fieldgoal percentage. “You can’t go on the road and give up 51 percent and expect to win,” Turgeon said. “Give them credit. They made a lot of shots they hadn’t been making.” That defensive letdown helped hand the Terps perhaps their most significant loss of the season. With just one ACC road win and three regular-season games remaining, the Terps will likely need an ACC tournament championship to secure an NCAA tournament berth. “I just think for us to be a good team, we have to win on the road,” guard Seth Allen
NOTEBOOK From PAGE 11 back to the short stick as a reserve. Brian’s versatility allows Tillman to use him as a defender or midfielder off the bench and leave defenders Michael Ehrhardt and Casey Ikeda in the starting lineup. “It’s a new challenge; it’s an adjustment,” Brian said earlier this season. “But I grew up with a short stick, so it’s moving back to how I’ve played before. I like it.” The Cooper brothers’ willingness to switch positions has been crucial to the team’s early success. With Kevin filling an open void at attack, the Terps are able to keep plenty of capable scorers on the field, and Brian has been crucial in stabilizing a defense unit that allows fewer than 10 goals per game. “ W h e n yo u t h i n k o f a Maryland lacrosse player, I think of Brian and Kevin,” T i l l m a n sa i d . “ T h ey l ove Maryland, they play hard for each other and they play
said. “That’s really all I’m thinking about.” The teams traded blows early and a Chris Bolden layup tied the game at eight less than five minutes into regulation. The Terps then held a narrow lead until Georgia Tech guard Brandon Reed exploded for eight straight points to give the Yellow Jackets a 22-17 edge midway through the half. Turgeon called a timeout, but it was to little avail. Georgia Tech’s hot shooting continued and a Robert Carter 3-pointer with 3:36 left in the half gave the Yellow Jackets a 10-point lead. But the Terps managed to regain some momentum. They pieced together a 9-0 run that forced Yellow Jackets coach Brian Gregory to call for time in the half’s waning minutes. Georgia Tech responded, hitting two straight shots to enter the break with a 38-33 lead. The Yellow Jackets emerged from the break firing, too. They opened up another 10-point lead less than two minutes into the second half, and they never looked back. Desperate to stay in the NCAA tournament discussion, the Terps attacked the paint and cut the deficit down to 49-42 with about 15 minutes remaining, but Georgia Tech responded with a bucket that brought the lead back to nine. Turgeon’s squad wouldn’t face a singledigit deficit again until the final few minutes of the game.
The Yellow Jackets seemed to have an answer for every Terps layup or jumper. Carter bullied the Terps’ big men down low, and center Daniel Miller connected on 10 second-half free throw attempts to finish the night 12-of-12. Guard Dez Wells — whom Turgeon called the Terps’ “toughest guy” yesterday — tried to will his team to a muchneeded road victory. He scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the second half, but the Terps never got within eight down the stretch. When center Alex Len fouled out with 59.7 seconds remaining, fans started filing for the exits. “We tried a bunch of stuff just to try and get back in the game,” Turgeon said. “None of it really worked.” A n d i t wo n ’t ge t m u c h easier. The Terps won’t return to College Park before heading to Winston-Salem, N.C., for a Saturday matchup with Wake Forest. After that, they face a tough North Carolina team at home and an upstart Virginia squad on the road. But Cleare isn’t ready to start looking toward the NIT just yet. He just wants the Terps to start listening to Turgeon. “ C o a c h T u rg e o n , h e ’s busting it for us right now,” Cleare said. “It’s a hard loss, but we’ve just got to get focused for Saturday’s game.”
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players have notched at least one hat trick in the season’s first three games, and eight different players average at least one goal per game. Attackman Billy Gribbin said their success comes from the players’ trust in Moran’s gameplan. “We just try to play within the system and let the game come to us,” Gribbin said,“and buy into what coach Moran is telling us all week.”
COACH MORAN Three games into the season, the Terps offense is producing at a much higher rate than they were a year ago. The Terps scored a combined 27 goals in games against Mount St. Mary’s, Hartford and Loyola last season. Their first three games have come against those same opponents this year, and they’ve notched 51 goals. T illman and his players give much of the credit for the 24-goal increase to offensive coordinator Ryan Moran. “We have a great coach in coach Moran that gets our guys organized, gets our guys prepared. He creates the right environment for our guys to be successful,” Tillman said. “He does an amazing job each week.” Moran, a Terps midfielder from 1999 to 2003, has been on staff since 2008 and became the program’s first associate head coach in September. The most impressive part of Moran’s offense has been its balance. Four different Terps
BERNHARDT’S BACK It didn’t take Loyola coach C h a rl e y To o m e y l o n g to mention Terps long pole Jesse Bernhardt in a postgame news conference on Saturday. “Truly, my hat’s off to Maryland,” the eighth-year coach said in his opening statement following the No. 4 Greyhounds’ 12-10 loss to the Terps. “Jesse Bernhardt was terrific today off the ground; he gave them a lot of extra possessions.” It’s not surprising that Bernhardt was on Toomey’s mind. After all, the senior did cause three turnovers and gather a game-high 10 ground balls in the contest. But the Terps are used to that. Bernhardt’s gritty play is why the Tewaaraton Foundation named him — along with teammates midfielder John Haus and goalkeeper Niko Amato — to its award watch list and why he was a preseason All-American. More importantly, though, Bernhardt’s presence is a big reason why the Terps are the top-ranked team in the nation. “Sometimes when he makes plays you’re just like, ‘I can’t imagine what next year is going to be like without him,’” Tillman said. “He does so much for us.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cooper brothers’ position switch spreads out depth Moran helps boost offense; Bernhardt returns By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer
Center Malina Howard took on a larger role after forward Tierney Pfirman injured her knee. Howard has averaged 10.3 points over the past eight games. file photo/the diamondback
waiting her turn
Freshman Howard gets chance in spotlight leading up to Terps’ game at Florida State tonight By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer As the Terrapins women’s basketball team’s injury toll mounted through the season, many players found new roles they might not have expected back in October. Guard Katie Rutan, slated to be the first player off the bench, has started 13 games this season. Freshman guard Chloe Pavlech has started 24 straight games at point guard. Forward Alyssa Thomas, a versatile, do-it-all player, has literally done it all at times this year. So when forward Tierney Pfirman — a freshman who had made 12 straight starts and was third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per game — went down with a dislocated kneecap
in mid-January, it was center Malina Howard’s turn to step into a new role. While the freshman from Twinsburg, Ohio, hasn’t started a game this season, she’s quietly emerged as the No. 9 Terps’ top scoring option off the bench entering tonight’s matchup at No. 24 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. “It’s been great to be able to see Malina playing at an all-time high,” coach Brenda Frese said. “That’s what this team needs to have.” The 6-foot-4 Howard is averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 61.7 percent shooting over the past eight games. Her points per game are third on the team in that span behind Thomas and Hawkins, who are averaging 19.9 and 17.1, respectively. Entering the season, it appeared as
It’s not easy for John Tillman to properly disperse playing time. The Terrapins men’s lacrosse team is brimming with quality depth, leaving logjams at nearly every position. So the third-year coach has called on Kevin and Brian Cooper to help spread that depth out. The brothers have both successfully transitioned into new roles this season, helping solidify the No. 1 Terps’ chemistry during a 3-0 start. Kevin spent most of his first three years in College Park as a midfielder, but the return of Jake Bernhardt — who redshirted last season due to a shoulder injury — left the team with little space at the position. Tillman wanted to keep Kevin on the field as much as possible this year and felt the
Crofton native’s size and experience could translate well to attack. Tillman made the change and it seems to be working. The senior has started all three games on attack and has recorded hat tricks in two of the team’s three games. He also ranks second on the team with 12 points. “He seems to be sort of a natural fit there,” T illman said. “He’s a great decision maker and he’s a senior, so having that leadership down there is something that we think is very valuable.” But for Brian, change is nothing new. The junior moved from midfield to close defense last year, starting all 18 games while playing with the long stick for the first time in his career. This year, though, Brian has moved See NOTEBOOK, Page 9
if the big question on offense for the Terps would be defining the team’s fourth and fifth scorers, as they returned four starters from last year’s Elite Eight squad. But guard Brene Moseley suffered a torn ACL in a preseason scrimmage and guard Laurin Mincy suffered the same injury Nov. 28 at then-No. 19 Nebraska, leaving Thomas and Hawkins as the lone established scoring options left. Rutan, Pfirman and Howard have traded off the complementary role behind the stardom of Thomas and Hawkins at times this season, and with Pfirman coming off an injury, it’s Howard’s turn. “She’s really becoming confident See HOWARD, Page 9
Attackman kevin cooper (left) and his brother, Brian (right), have each moved to new positions this season. Kevin moved from midfield to attack, and Brian moved from defense back to the midfield. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
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Lost in translation
Frustrations mount as Terps struggle in loss at Georgia Tech
Drossner solid in win over Dukes Terps beat JMU, 10-5, in rookie’s first start
By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer
ATLANTA — Shaquille Cleare grew frustrated during timeouts at McCamish Pavilion last night. The Terrapins men’s basketball center saw blank expressions on his teammates’ faces and knew they weren’t all listening to coach Mark Turgeon’s directions. When Turgeon would ask players if they understood, Cleare said, they nodded their heads. But something was being lost in translation. The message wasn’t being heard. That was evident throughout the Terps’ 78-68 loss to a struggling Georgia Tech squad last night. The effort was there, but the focus was nowhere to be found. The Terps drifted away from their insideout principles and failed to find open teammates during the game’s critical stretches. The Yellow Jackets simply played smarter, Turgeon said, and that’s why the Terps suffered their second glaring road defeat in eight days. “I think we need to play more as a team,” Cleare said moments after the Terps dipped below .500 in ACC play. “If someone’s going, we have to let See Jackets, Page 9
By Daniel Popper Staff writer The Terrapins baseball team is going to need to give its young pitchers consistent run support if it’s going to succeed this season. And with freshman starter Jake Drossner on the mound last night, it did just that. The Terps scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning — three of them coming on a bases-loaded triple off the bat of first baseman LaMonte Wade — breaking the contest wide open as they cruised to a 10-5 victory over James Madison at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. “In a midweek game, you try and use a lot of different arms and get some guys experience,” said right fielder Jordan Hagel, who batted 2-for-3 with an RBI. “We need those extra runs Center Shaquille Cleare (No. 44) said the Terps seemed unfocused during their 78-68 loss at Georgia Tech last night. photo courtesy of danny karnik/georgia tech athletics
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