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Our 102ND Year, No. 104

Council proposes launching farmers market commission

Group would seek to expand market’s new vendors BY CHAD SINCLAIR Staff writer

With the City Hall farmers market set to open next month for the second time, the College Park City Council proposed charging a commission to expand and strengthen its presence downtown. A formal vote is scheduled for next week and if approved, the five to eight person commission would be comprised of residents, students and business owners of the council’s choosing, council members said at last night’s meeting. Members would be tasked with increasing ven-

dors, advertising and customers at the market located in the City Hall parking lot — located across from Ledo Pizza on Knox Road — Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The market opened up last year on its own accord, sort of organically formed, and the city council and residents have been asking what are the next steps, and that’s where the idea of the commission came from,” College Park Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater said. While Miller Farms will remain the market’s

see MARKETS, page 3 The College Park City Council last night discussed organizing a team of eco-friendly experts to help the city on its continued quest for sustainability. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

Donut think City looks to work with twice

environmental experts

Alumna self-publishes zine about doughnuts BY REESE HIGGINS Senior staff writer

It's almost impossible not to inspire desire when on a mission to find the area's best fried, fatty delight of sugar-doused dough or the perfect hearty chocolate-

glazed cake confection. “Whenever I talk to somebody about this project, it’s almost like the word ‘doughnuts’ has this Pavlovian effect because by the end of the conversation — it’s happened

‘Green team’ to help College Park become EPA certified last night’s College Park City Council meeting, officials proposed that organizing a group of experts would propel the city to that benchmark by determining specific problem areas in the city’s green efforts. City Senior Planner Elisa Vitale said the city will accept nominations of residents and business leaders to join the team of experts. Once the team is established, it would survey residents and business owners and then examine environmental efforts the city can undertake,

BY NICK FOLEY Staff writer

see DOUGHNUT, page 2

City officials hope to unite environmental experts from the community to form a “green team,” the city’s next step to advance its status as a local leader in sustainability. In order to gain certification through the EPA’s Sustainable Maryland Certified Program — a voluntary program launched in June to encourage municipalities to become more environmentally friendly — College Park must score 150 points by carrying out green initiatives. At

see GREEN, page 2

Hungry for more With $4,000 grants in hand, students expand Food Recovery Network BY ALLISON GRAY Staff writer

Student volunteers are taking steps to expand their food recovery efforts into a nationwide initiative and run a greener operation after winning more than $4,000 in grants. More than a year and a half after its formation, the Food Recovery Network — whose members collect leftovers from the university’s dining halls and football and basketball

games to donate to three Washington homeless shelters — recently received a $750 grant from the Pitch Dingman competition that will enable them to apply for national non-profit status and a $3,300 grant they will use to purchase reusable meal trays. Members said the grant from the Green Fund, a philanthropic organization headed by university Provost Ann Wylie, allows them to stop purchasing 10-cent disposable

see FOOD, page 3


Looking past the controversial cartoon Community members work to dispel stereotypes of Speedy Gonzales with local high schoolers BY MADELEINE LIST For The Diamondback

Inspired by a famously controversial cartoon mouse, university faculty and students plan to host local high schoolers on the campus next month to discuss racial stereotypes in the media. In the coming weeks, Latino professor Ana Patricia Rodriguez and Salvadorian poet and


actor Quique Aviles will be working with two Latino studies classes to create a series of poems, videos and skits deconstructing the Speedy Gonzales cartoon. The show — which starred a tan mouse in a giant sombrero who spoke broken English and constantly stole and drank beer — was banned from Cartoon Network in 1999 due to its negative portrayal of Mexicans. At the end of April, the Latino Studies depart-



ment will invite students from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville to the campus to watch the performances and discuss the implications of the cartoon. Rodriguez and Aviles said they hope the event will not only educate the high schoolers on the history of negative Latino stereotypes and the presence of racial injustice today but also help them build connections with the university community.

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“Education should not just be in the classroom,” Rodriguez said. “We come to education with the idea that it’s individualistic. We need to become vehicles for the education of other people. We must take education beyond these walls.” Junior government and politics major Paola Henry, who attends one of the Latino studies

see STEREOTYPES, page 2



DOUGHNUTS from page 1

Amy Datsko, who was a graduate student at this university from 2006 to 2008, launched a series of zines in 2010. Her fifth zine called Donut Go There releases today. SU HONG/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK

STEREOTYPES from page 1 classes involved with the project, said it is important to expose the implications behind Speedy Gonzales because people do not always see them at first glance. “[This project] is taking a popular image in American culture, breaking it down and showing the stereotypes,” Henry said. “There are a lot of things in pop culture that we take at face value and don’t realize the effects that they have on people’s mindsets.”

GREEN from page 1 such as creating community gardens, implementing energy audits, monitoring the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint and promoting health and wellness, Vitale said. “They would potentially survey the city to see what initiatives residents are interested in,” Vitale said, adding that city officials should “try to come up with names of individuals who would be willing to participate in this team.” The team will corroborate residents’ feedback with its own environmental expertise in an effort to include residents in the initiatives, Vitale said.

These stereotypes are especially significant for the students of Northwestern, which has a high population of Latino students and a low graduation rate. “We want to show these students that college is literally right down the road and metaphorically in their realm of possibilities,” Rodriguez said. Sophomore government and politics major Andrew Mulinge also saw this project as a way to connect high schoolers’ education with their heritages. “Latino Studies is mostly left out [of curriculums],” Mulinge said. “It is especially essential at schools like Northwestern

“We figured that hitting that 150-point target was achievable,” she said. “[It’s] a communitydriven effort ... let our plans for how to get those points be informed by the community.” Mayor Andy Fellows said he hoped the green team would establish the city as a contender for being one of the most environmentally friendly areas in the state. “There’s a lot of ways that we can be sustainable as a city,” Fellows said. “I think our community, our residents have a lot of expertise.” Several students, including freshman business major Ruofei Yang, said that while he has noticed environmental efforts on the campus, such as biodegradable food containers dispensed in the dining halls, the city efforts

that are predominately Latino and black for students to be exposed to things that relate to their culture.” Aviles said using a character such as Speedy Gonzales allows students to promote learning and activism in an artistic and creative way. “[Students] can do something about what’s happening in the world … they can and should get involved,” Aviles said. “I believe that art is a great tool to do just that. It is a weapon that can be used to say things that need to be said about our times.”

“There’s a lot of ways that we can be sustainable as a city. I think our community, our residents have a lot of expertise.” ANDY FELLOWS COLLEGE PARK MAYOR

could use improvement. “I think this campus sets a good example for the city,” Yang said. “Outside this campus [there] should be more of an effort, more of an incentive.”

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more than once — the person’s like, ‘Man, I gotta get a doughnut now,’” Amy Datsko said. “After this, you’re really gonna want one.” Datsko — who was in this university’s librar y science graduate program from 2006 to 2008 — will release her fifth zine titled Donut Go There, which concerns all things doughnut. There is a release party for the zine — which is a homemade, self-published mini-magazine — tonight at the Velvet Lounge in Washington, featuring a doughnut buffet and live music. “It’s crazy because I think ever ybody actually likes doughnuts,” Datsko said. Today, Datsko works as a librarian at a non-profit in Washington and lives in Takoma Park. She started publishing zines in 2010, and her first was Gifted — a tiny zine dedicated to the art of gift-giving. Zines seem like the medium that would suit Datsko. Echoing the aesthetics of the typical zine, she is quirky, kind, generous (all her zines are free) and physically small. Before publishing her ink and paper creations, Datsko ran an online blog, and when that venture became too troublesome to maintain, the do-ityourself world of zines seemed like a logical next step. “The thing with the blog that would always happen — I would write something then have a moment of self-consciousness after posting it: ‘God, that was so dumb,’ and I would delete it and then eventually I just deleted a whole blog,” Datsko said. “The thing with the zine started because


I wanted to have some kind of project, but then I just wanted to make it, not be able to delete it, send it to my friends and then that’s it. Just forget about it, do another one.” The zines that followed were Gifted, Library Life and America’s Funniest Zine (about America’s Funniest Home Videos). Her most recent zine is Neighbors, which she collaborated with her friend Jerry Herbilla on. “I just think of something,” Datsko said, “and I obsess about it for a few months and then I make the zine.” Datsko describes Donut Go There with an unofficial subtitle: “The First Dozen Doughnuts Of My Thirties.” She turned 30 in September, and the zine is a document of “the doughnut experience.” The publication includes descriptions of 12 doughnuts and a write-up about its shop of origin if applicable (some of the catalogued doughnuts were made by friends). Emily Hilliard is one of two friends who make up the Washington-based baking company Tarts by Tarts, which will partially cater the doughnut buffet at tonight’s release party. “I’m really excited to see [the zine] because I think Amy has a poignant and hilarious perspective on things, which makes her writing really good,” Hilliard said. “And who doesn’t want doughnuts?” Also included in the zine are doughnut recipes from Tarts by Tarts and an interview with a blogger who posts about his daily doughnut habits (“Keithaccino’s Daily Donut”). “It does a good job of gathering stories and drawing from a number of different people. And there’s her narrative, which guides through it,”

said Roman Kuebler, Datsko’s boyfriend and a singer-guitarist in the pop-rock group JAABS, which will perform at the Velvet Lounge tonight. Working on the zine, Datsko said she learned several things, including the difficulty of food writing and the importance of moderation. “The lesson I guess I learned — you can’t really eat a doughnut every day — or at least I can’t,” she said. “It’s probably not good for your health to eat a doughnut every day.” On a day dubbed “Doughnut Saturday,” Datsko ate doughnuts at four different shops. The last doughnut of the day was in an Ocean City gas station that boasted about having the town’s best doughnuts. When it came time to down her fourth fried item of the day, Datsko said she just couldn’t eat any more. She only took a single bite. The clear winner in Datsko’s culinar y mission is Carlson’s Donuts, which sells the pastr y at two locations in Glen Burnie and at a Thai restaurant in Annapolis. “The best tasting doughnut was at Carlson’s,” said Kuebler, who traveled with Datsko on half of the doughnut trips. “But they all had their own personality — it was cool to try them all.” Datsko urges her readers to search for those unique characteristics found outside a chain store. “Like I said, the lesson I learned is that if you’re gonna get a doughnut, buy it from somebody who makes it and who really cares about doughnuts,” Datsko said. “You can tell at Carlson’s — they really care about their products. … Dunkin’ Donuts has how many kinds? It’s crazy.”

CORRECTION Due to an editing error, yesterday’s article “Student fee review moves forward,” incorrectly described members of the University Senate’s Student Affairs Committee’s options to proceed with the student fee review legislation. The members could have submitted something to the full body, not the Senate Executive Committee, and rescheduled another meeting before the end of this month.



FOOD from page 1

More than 70 attendees stopped by informational booths at a camp fair at the Stamp Student Union. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

University expands summer childcare fair for graduate students, employees

Family Care Resources invites 30 groups to Stamp Student Union BY LAURA BLASEY Staff writer

Graduate student Brian Coyle hopes to find a variety of affordable entertainment options for this summer while he works on the campus. As a father of two, he would like to send his children to an arts camp, a sports camp and maybe a few others. After Carol Ann Rudolph, the university’s Family Care Resources Director, received multiple requests asking for summer camp information, she decided to organize a single location where parents could get all of the information. Last year, she brought in local summer camp representatives to speak to graduate students and employees searching for a place to send

MARKETS from page 1 largest vendor — selling mainly fruits, vegetables and baked goods — Stiefvater said the city has talked to other vendors to add some more variety and local flavor. Several have been identified including ones that sell honey, hand lotion, pesto and pasta sauce, fresh herbs and tea popsicles. “There is an opportunity to work with other vendors to improve the overall market, and we are looking for ways to solidify it and bring it together,” District 3 Councilman Robert Day said. “If it gets to the point where it’s too big for the parking lot, that’s a good thing, but until we get to that point, we will keep pushing.” The City Hall market is one of two farmers’ markets in the city. The other is open Saturdays in the parking lot of the Ellen Linson Swimming Pool, located approximately two miles from the campus. Stiefvater said the commission would focus solely on expanding the City Hall market and would not look to integrate the Linson location, which has been up and running for the more than 30 years. “Establishing a committee will be an important first step,

their children this summer while they work or study. The event expanded this year — although Rudolph was unsure by how many booths — as 30 organizations set up tables of information yesterday as more than 70 attendees walked around the room in Stamp Student Union’s Atrium. “I had done this type of event in the past at other locations, and I wanted to duplicate the effort here because I saw there was a demand for it,” she said. “I wanted to make it easier for grad students to make a plan for their kids.” Providing these options for students and employees is of the utmost importance, especially for graduate students, Rudolph said in a Jan. 31 presentation to the Graduate Student Government.

“When childcare affects someone around you, it can often affect you,” she said. “We know it spills over, which is why it is important for the university to take care of this.” Terp Quest, a day camp organized by Campus Recreation Ser vices, was one of 20 on-campus summer programs represented at the fair, and others included Gymkana, the Center for Young Children and the Entomology Department’s Insect Camp. The other 10 consisted of various daytime activities in the area. “It’s really great for the staff and students to have that piece of mind,” said Terp Quest Director Mar y Mires. “They don’t have to worr y about their kids, and we take it seriously.” GSG President Anna Bed-

ford worked the event last year but said it is catered more for faculty and staff. “We’re trying to support what they’re doing, but I don’t think it serves as many grad students as faculty and staff,” she said. “It’s a great resource, but what we’re looking for is more childcare.” For Joanne Briscoe, the Director of Student Services in the College of Information Studies, the event was helpful. She said she recently moved here and needed to find places for her 11-year-old to go. “My family and I just relocated here in October,” Briscoe said. “It’s great, especially with relocating and not knowing where to start, to have this here I can go to.”

trays, eliminating the group’s only operating cost. “Right now we use aluminum trays, which tend to be kind of wasteful because we use a lot of them and we can’t really guarantee that the shelters are washing them out and recycling them,” said co-President Mia Zavalij, a junior environmental science and policy major. “These reusable trays are sturdier and just better for the environment. They’re cost effective.” The Food Recovery Network — with student volunteers from 11 groups including MaryPIRG, Terp Roots & Shoots and Alpha Phi Omega — became a state nonprofit in October. Members now travel every weekday and after basketball and football games to donate leftover food to Washington shelters. Zavalij said they are working to expand into a national collegiate network. Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and Brown University have already started their own chapters of the network with the four-document start-up kit provided by this university’s chapter. University of California, Berkley, whose campus already has a food recover y program, also plans to join the network, said Ben Simon, a senior government and politics major and former columnist for The Diamondback. “There’s definitely something to strength in numbers that we hope to achieve by banding together as a national union of chapters at different colleges,” he added. Sophomore individual studies major Cam Pascual, the public relations director, said she is pleased the group’s online presence has grown as well. “I think social media plays a pretty important role in that [expansion] and will play an even more important role once we get our national website up,” Pascual said, noting that in the future the organization will also elect a

national board. Between 75 and 90 percent of the approximately 3,000 colleges in the United States do not have a food recovery program and on average, each college will waste 10,000 meals a year, Simon said. That food, he added, can become a valuable resource for shelters that face evertightening budgets. “Funding from the government and from donors have gone way down, so we’re filling a very important gap for them,” Simon said. Currently, this university donates 30,000 meals each year, he said, but could donate 60,000 by collecting and storing meals from smaller cafes and restaurants on the campus, several of which have non-standard closing times. Members said they hope to secure funds to purchase a refrigerator. However, Simon said several of the chain restaurants on the campus, such as the ones in Stamp Student Union, are hindered by corporate policies that prohibit them from donating leftover food. He said corporations fear liability, despite the fact that the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, passed in 1996, is meant to minimize accountability for those donating food out of good will. The National Restaurant Association also endorses food recovery, Simon said. “We’re working our way up that corporate ladder and spreading information,” he said. This past weekend, eight volunteers spent an hour and a half collecting and donating 360 meals after the Terrapins men’s basketball game against Virginia, It took eight volunteers and an hour and a half of their time. “I’ve honestly never been a part of any service or social justice activity that is so immediately rewarding,” Simon said. “Volunteering is really fun, hands-on, social; you meet people and you get to see the impact you’re making right away.”

“The last week of last year, we still had people coming out and saying that they had no idea it was there.” BRAD MILLER MILLER FARMS SALES MANAGER

but then we will need to work with them to help grow it,” District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich said. “There are a lot of potential strategies that would work here.” The lack of advertising was a major issue last year, a problem Stiefvater said the commission will tackle. Miller Farms sales manager Brad Miller estimated 70 percent of the market’s customer base last year came from students, but said it would fare better if more residents and students knew of its existence. “There is room for improvement because the last week of last year, we still had people coming out and saying that they had no idea it was there,” Miller said. Senior journalism major Ali Daniello said outreach is a necessary component for its success.

District 3 Councilman Robert Day said the city’s farmers’ market should grow in its second season. CHARLIE DEBOYCE/THE DIAMONDBACK

“I don’t think enough students know about it,” Daniello said. “I think they need to target students who live off campus, students who don’t have a meal plan, and I think they should really focus on capturing grad student’s attention.” As the market grows, Day said

there may be an opportunity to invite student vendors to sell their items as a way to increase interaction between students and city residents. This idea has the potential to increase the number of students who visit the market on a weekly basis, Daniello said.

“If students could participate by selling things like hand-made jewelry, that could be cool” Daniello said. “And it might have the ability to bring the city and school together.” The next step: finding the best individuals for the commission, Stiefvater said.

“It takes a passionate group to really lead it, at least that’s the commission’s task,” he said. “I hope we can identify those people, get them into leadership positions, get them in the same room and grow the market.”

Former police captain speaks to students on ‘failed’ war on drugs Students for a Sensible Drug Policy hosts Leigh Maddox, member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition BY JAKE FEWSTER For The Diamondback

Her best friend was raped and murdered by a drug gang while she was at college. Ten years later, retired Maryland State Police Captain Leigh Maddox would lose yet another close friend during a drug sting operation. Maddox — now a special assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore County and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition — spoke to nearly 30 students in Stamp Student Union Monday about the drug war’s deadly consequences. “A big part of why I come out and speak is because I am really concerned about the violence and I am really concerned about the reputation that the drug war

has given to police officers,” Maddox said. The audience sat in captivated silence as Maddox described her “Damascus moment,” when she came to decide the country’s drug policies were failing and needed reform. It all started, she said, when the police failed to investigate her friend’s initial disappearance and wrote her off as a runaway, driving Maddox to bang on the door of the state police barracks and demand a job because they “needed help.” Police later discovered her friend’s body right across the street from her dorm. The incident compelled Maddox to join law enforcement with hopes of making a difference, a hope she said was tested after her friend Ed Toatley — “the best undercover narcotics agent bar none ... in the state of Mary-

land, perhaps on the whole East Coast” — was shot in the head. Maddox said as she entered the hospital room to pay her last respects, she put her hand on his still warm chest and had an out-of-body experience, imagining people standing all around the room. “They were all laughing at me and saying, ‘What is this of your justice?’” she said. “‘You’ve been studying about the law and about how great America is, what is this of your justice? How many good people have to die in the name of a war that can never be won? How many good people like Ed Toatley have to die before you people wake up and see that the policies have failed?’” Maddox also displayed photos of beheaded bodies laying in fields and a pile of severed heads on the marble floor of a public

“What we’re doing to our people is a travesty and what we’re doing to the people south of the boarder is unforgivable.” LEIGH MADDOX SPECIAL ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY

place — all the results of drug violence in Mexico, which suffers about 50 murders per day, Maddox said. She added the United States

represents only 5 percent of the world population but incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s inmates. More than half a million prisoners are currently serving time for drug offenses, according to These figures came as a shock to those hearing them for the first time. “The amount of people in jail is staggering,” junior communication and criminology and criminal justice major Jenna Verrecchio said. “That’s crazy.” Maddox said drug legalization is the only option to end the drug war. “[Decriminalization] is not enough, and a lot of you may be here because you view drug policy as an individual infringement on your individual rights,” Maddox said. “You can think about it like that all you want, but it’s

really a human rights issue, and what we’re doing to our people is a travesty and what we’re doing to the people south of the border is unforgivable.” For freshman Japanese major Tyler Kutner, the issue struck especially close to home. Kutner is a medical marijuana patient who, under the current state law, has no protection other than a doctor’s note if he is caught with the drug. He is mostly concerned with what would happen to his college career under the same circumstances. “If I were caught with any amount of marijuana in my dorm room, they wouldn’t recognize it as medical,” he said. “I would still lose my on-campus housing. I can’t afford to have that happen.”
















Staff editorial

Guest column

A (fee)ding frenzy


or the last four months, the University Senate Student Affairs Committee versity Health Center and Nyumburu Cultural Center to suggest fee increases withhas been reviewing the process by which university departments propose out vetting them through students. Once the proposed fees reach the review commitmandatory student fees. Student Government Association President Kaiyi tee, students have little chance at actually changing them, given the faculty majority. Xie and Graduate Student Government President Anna Bedford brought The result? Students pay more money in fees almost every year. Xie and Bedford therefore proposed instituting a student advisory board that will the issue to the University Senate, complete with several recommendations to make the process more transparent and ensure student involvement is integrated analyze each unit’s proposed fee before it reaches the review committee. Additionally, they hoped to increase the review committee’s accountability early on in fee discussions. by mandating detailed minutes of each meeting are taken. Bedford and Xie’s proposal was carefully crafted and There are currently no records of the committee’s meetings showed great potential for making a convoluted process — aside from for-against vote tallies and other useless informore student friendly. These student leaders essentially gave The University Senate mation — so students have no way to go back and see how the committee thoughtful recommendations on a silver platExecutive Committee exactly their money is being spent. ter. What did the committee do with those? It ignored them None of these proposals were accepted. Instead, the Student and instead passed watered-down recommendations that do should reject proposals Affairs Committee passed the following “recommendations:” nothing to solve the root problem. Why did the committee do made by the Student Affairs Departments must meet with the review committee to discuss that? Its meeting ran out of time. requests, meet with students before making those requests The number of issues in that last paragraph is astounding. Committee to revamp the fee and justify how revenue generated from the fees will be used. As Let’s start first with the recommendations the Student Affairs Committee approved. It was charged with examining student fee review process. Xie pointed out, these recommendations are useless. They have no teeth and will do nothing to solve the problem. Even if the prothe Committee for the Review of Student Fees — a separate body that reviews all fee requests from on-campus units, ranging from the athletics posals were useful, they lack any mechanism to guarantee accountability. Xie is already mobilizing to overturn the vote by submitting a minority report to the department to Stamp Student Union to the libraries. This review committee arguably affects students more than any other; last year, based on the decisions made by this Senate Executive Committee, which will consider the report and vote on whether or group of people, every full-time undergraduate student paid nearly $850 a semester. not to accept the recommendations. This editorial board urges the executive committee to take action and stand with the students. If the measly recommendations passed That’s a lot of money and a lot of responsibility. Although the review committee is comfortable charging students hundreds of dol- Monday are approved in the full Senate — where students are once again in the lars a semester, it isn’t too keen on giving them a voice in the decision-making minority — the issue will be dropped. Furthermore, the senate needs to seriously consider the efficiency of its schedule process. First of all, students don’t hold the majority on the committee, which features six students and seven faculty members — an oddity all on its own, considering fac- if subcommittees don’t even have enough meetings a year to properly examine an ulty members aren’t the ones being charged the fees. Furthermore, although the issue that affects students so greatly. The Student Affairs Committee has simply committee has a policy on including student input in the process, it rarely enforces it. swept this issue under the rug; if other senators don’t step up to stop it, the entire senAccording to Xie and Bedford, this allows departments such as athletics, the Uni- ate will fail the students it pretends to serve.

Our View

Editorial cartoon: Kevin Brooks

Pregnant? Scared? Vote Democrat


henever I post a Diamondback column to my Facebook profile, a unique thumbnail always accompanies my poetic words. The photo, with an orange background filled with blue writing, asks the questions, “Pregnant? Scared?” It’s more than ironic, but not surprising that these questions accompany my Diamondback columns. Think about it — have you ever been too intoxicated to know if that guy you met at Looney’s Pub used a condom? Ever had to trek to CVS for Plan B after your boyfriend’s condom broke? When you have both male and female college students and add the vicious combination of raging hormones, alcohol and casual sex, there are often unwanted consequences. So with the GOP opening a new front in our nation’s culture wars, it’s time for college students to shake away our typical apathetic attitude towards anything that reeks of politics. Because whether you’re a girl


MATT ARNSTINE who likes sleeping around or a straight guy who hates wearing condoms because “you can’t feel anything,” you really should start paying attention to what Republican leaders are saying about contraception. Many of my guy friends couldn’t imagine a world without contraception for women. Contraception has always been available, and everyone just assumes pregnancy won’t occur. While most people fear sexually transmitted diseases, the ultimate fear is an unwanted pregnancy. I’m sure you’ve heard one of your friends say, “I’m socially liberal but fiscally conservative.” That’s basically code for, “I don’t hold bigoted social views, but I’m still going to vote

Republican come election time.” However, if you vote Republican, you aren’t just voting to slash income tax rates: You’re giving a nod to the party’s socially conservative views on issues such as abortion, marriage equality and contraception. Some may say this is an issue regarding religious liberty. They’re wrong. If it was an issue of religious liberty, the proposed health care legislation conservatives overwhelmingly supported wouldn’t have included an exemption allowing an employer to ban contraception due to a “moral objection.” What if a female CEO “morally objected” to her company’s health insurance plan providing Viagra to her male employees? You don’t see the overwhelmingly male-dominated U.S. Senate debating Viagra coverage. Due to the fact that most Americans obtain health care coverage through their employer, allowing someone’s boss to decide what medications and treatments his or her employees can receive under their

health insurance coverage is a dangerous, slippery slope. Americans have differing views on health care issues, but we’ve always had scientists, doctors and other professionals decide what should and shouldn’t be provided under our health insurance. We shouldn’t allow a religion’s moral objection to a medical treatment impact people who disagree with religious leaders. If we do, we’re prioritizing one religion’s view of health care over a pluralistic view that respects and allows for all to make their own choices. Hopefully, the upcoming election will be a strong repudiation of the Republican Party. Because if not, socially conservative elected officials will assume — rightly or wrongly — that their policy prescriptions have the support of the American people. What a scary proposition that would be. Matt Arnstine is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at

Same-sex relationships: A straight perspective


he debate regarding homosexual issues has increased in the past few years. Many states are now determining whether to legalize same-sex marriage or not. In the past, I have tried not to speak on the topic, because it doesn’t directly affect me as a straight person. However, I find my patience has worn. Growing up in a relatively small town, my run-ins with gay individuals were scarce. Since coming to this diverse campus, I have met many homosexual people, some of whom I now call close friends. Throughout the debates over legalizing same-sex marriage and offering equal rights to gay people, I have stood firm in believing the government, and people in general, have no right to deny any two people love and happiness. Love is one of life’s purest gifts, and to disrupt that in any way. It’s wrong. I used to think my support of friends who are fighting to gain equal rights was enough until I read an unner ving guest column pub-

lished in The Diamondback, “Marriage is a gift from God.” Now before I go any further, I am sure the author is a nice guy who was just tr ying to get his opinion across. I believe in Jesus and I believe in God. I was raised in a Christian household, but I don’t understand how people can emphasize sections of the Bible to argue God is opposed to same-sex marriage. To rely on an old book to completely relate to modern life is downright stupid. I don’t care what people call it, but the bottom line is that how the country has been treating homosexuals throughout histor y is hateful and ignorant, and it blatantly disregards the basic human rights promised to everyone. I have never quite understood how one side has opposed gay marriage from the start out of sheer ignorance. Pointing to the Bible to show marriage is between a man and a woman is a pretty weak argument considering society — even the most religious elements — go against segments of the Bible ever y-

JOSH BIRCH day; yet these religious fanatics don’t throw temper tantrums about that. Standing behind one’s religion is fine. What isn’t fine is using some sections of the book while selectively disregarding other sections — just to prove a point. Then there is the argument gay people create an unsafe environment for children. Perhaps those against same-sex partners raising kids are truly concerned about safety, or maybe they just think homosexual people are less than human and unfit to love. Last time I checked, a good home consists of loving parents who create a positive and stable household for their children to grow up in. Being homosexual doesn’t lessen the likelihood of such an environment being created, and anything to the

contrary is as a pathetic attempt of an argument as the rest. Some people opposed to gay marriage aren’t bad, nor would I call them hateful. Others write “queer,” “faggot” and other demeaning terms because of their own insecurities and ignorance. Regardless of reason, denying human beings the right to marr y the person they love is wrong, whether you are a staunch religious person or not. In a world with so much hate already, why promote more? Perhaps we, as a nation, can’t fight all of the worlds’ terrorists at once or convince other countries to stop hating our countr y, but we as Americans can create a nation that is accepting of ever yone regardless of race, religion and yes — sexual orientation. My hope is to see homosexuals enjoying the same rights as I have as a straight person — sooner rather than later. Josh Birch is a senior communication and history major. He can be reached at

A system that’s in ‘sync’


n response to the March 1 staff editorial, “(Sync)ing standards,” I would like to address a number of concerns about the proposed installation of the RoomSync Facebook application that would help prospective freshmen in the process of finding potential roommates. For years, the Department of Resident Life has received numerous complaints from parents and students about the roommate selection questionnaire. Specifically, the Department of Resident Life and the Residence Hall Association were told the overarching problems students have with the current system are the relatively small number of questions currently provided and the ambiguity and lack of depth that exist in those five questions. After considering a variety of options — including reworking the current system or offering a more in-depth questionnaire of its own — the Department of Resident Life determined the best, most cost-effective option available would be enlisting a third-party matching system, RoomSync. It is important to note should RoomSync be implemented, the current system would still be in place: Students would still be required to answer the five questions, regardless of whether or not they choose to utilize the application. The purpose of the RoomSync application is not to act as a “best friend factor y,” but rather to ensure students are able to find roommates who share similar lifestyles in areas, including sleep and study habits. There is no guarantee roommates found through RoomSync will become close friends; rather, this system would simply help to set up a harmonious atmosphere in which students have the ability to find roommates who share fitting lifestyles, such as similar bedtimes and preferred music volume. It also goes further than simply finding possible roommates — it corroborates all of your interests and offers a range of potential intramural teammates, study buddies, band mates, club members and friends. The Department of Resident Life and the RHA took into consideration the notion that Facebook profiles could be “a mirage” depicting fictional, idealized information about an individual. However, research — similar to data highlighted in The Diamondback’s article from Aug. 4 (“Figuring out Facebook friends: University researchers explore how profiles relate to personality”) — has shown Facebook profiles give predominately accurate depictions of an individual’s personality. Of course, we all have Facebook friends who are “trolls,” and with this in mind, the department said it will make clear to all potential users prior to using the system that to fully benefit from the RoomSync application, students should ensure profile information is up to date and accurate. The RHA is the voice of students on the campus. From our research and work with the Department of Resident Life in our Resident Life Advisor y Team, we have found a large number of our constituents have voiced concerns over the existing roommate matching system. In response to these concerns, we believe the RoomSync application is an easy, effective way for students to find options for compatible roommates. It utilizes social media that would keep the roommate selection process user-friendly, fun and up-to-date with current technology. College is a transformative part of a person’s life, and one of the most significant factors that contributes to the fulfillment of the freshman experience is the relationship he or she shares with a roommate. If RoomSync is able to make living conditions more comfortable and harmonious, as evidenced by its success at 30 other colleges and universities, then it should undoubtedly be put into place as a way to make the transition into college life all the more “in sync.”

Meenu Singh is the public relations and outreach officer for the Residence Hall Association. She can be reached at

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orn today, you can be both easygoing and rather pugnacious at times, and like many of your Pisces brethren you may appear to be one thing on the surface while, underneath, you are being ruled by currents that can only be guessed at even by those who know you best. Amiable and gregarious in situations you feel you can control, you can become rather sullen and difficult if you feel yourself losing that control for any reason. Ultimately, control itself is likely to prove the central issue of your life.


You can be highly ambitious, and when you feel that those ambitions are threatened, either directly by a competitor or indirectly by circumstances, you will quickly circle the wagons and prepare yourself for a fight — though you’re not one to strike any blows yourself, if you can help it. Also born on this date are: Jenna Fischer, actress; Rachel Weisz, actress; Ivan Lendl, tennis player; Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, evangelist; Daniel J. Travanti, actor; Willard Scott, TV weatherman; Maurice Ravel, composer; Piet Mondriaan, painter; Luther Burbank, botanist. 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.

yet. The time will come, however. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Trying to tell fortunes today is only going to result in disappointment — and someone you know well may actually get angry! GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You may be unusually reactive today, making decisions based on emotion rather than rational thought. Avoid anything permanent. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — An episode from your past is likely to prove significant once again, as you deal with similar issues — but for a very different reason. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — A sense that things are not holding together as they should may overtake you today — but you can dispel any real fears with ease. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You can take a look back today, but you must resist the temptation to immerse yourself too deeply in the images you see as a result.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You may feel as though you are not being completely understood, but you may not be expressing yourself as clearly as possible. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — You’re almost ready to unveil something that has been a labor of love for some time. You must expect criticism along with the praise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You may think you want to go backward, but it is the wrong choice for you at this time. Forward is the only direction for you right now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Others may know more about a certain episode from your past than you think — so why waste any more energy trying so hard to hide it? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You’ll want to keep as detailed a record of the day’s events as possible — though written descriptions are more comprehensive than photos. COPYRIGHT 2012 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.


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ALL THE CRAP YOU CARE ABOUT: CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE HIPPER THAN ALEX TREBEK Monday night, venerable Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek completely flubbed the pronunciation of everyone’s favorite closeted never-nude, Tobias Fünke of Arrested Development fame. Instead of saying “FEWN-kay,” Trebek barfed up a few letters in some weird semblance of order and no one batted an eyelid. But our eyelids are batted, Trebek. You really blue this one.

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DARKER SHADES OF WHITE Brooklyn’s White Rabbits continues to inject its rock with an eerie vibe BY ADAM OFFITZER Staff writer

Even when songs by White Rabbits are upbeat, there’s something sinister about them. In the music video for “Heavy Metal,” the band’s first single off its new album, Milk Famous, a man and two women are seen doing relatively normal things — brushing their teeth, painting fingernails and hopping on a bed — in remarkably creepy fashion. The video perfectly matches the song, which is as groovy as it is unsettling. The dark side of White Rabbits, which plays at the

Black Cat tonight, isn’t too surprising. This is a band, after all, that called its last album It’s Frightening. Guitarist Alex Even is quick to point out, however, that the dark image White Rabbits has developed is not as present on Milk Famous, which came out yesterday. “I think that that tag applies less to this record,” he said. “There’s certainly darker moments on it, but I don’t think it dominates the record as maybe the previous few records that we’ve put out.” Still, Even doesn’t deny that his band tends to create music with unner ving

undertones. He’s not entirely sure why, however. “I don’t know. Life can be dark sometimes, man. It’s not all about the laughs,” Even said — with a laugh. Perhaps one major factor is a band that has greatly impacted White Rabbits — the similarly sinister Spoon. It’s Frightening was produced by Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, and Milk Famous was produced by Mike McCarthy, who produced five of Spoon’s seven albums. “I think it’s clear that they’ve had an influence,” Even said. “Not only musically, but, at a point in our band’s career when we didn’t really have any allies and

no reason for anybody to get behind us, Britt really took us under his wing and sort of helped to show us the way we could develop. “And he’s still doing that now,” he added. Like Spoon, White Rabbits has developed a reputation for an intense concer t experience. Even said the band has been preparing its current set for the past month, putting in a tremendous amount of ef for t. As for the album itself, Even said the band made sure to establish a few guiding principles when creating it. “[Most important was]

the idea that it would be an album, but not in any sort of overtly thematic way where all the songs are tied together and it represents this one monolithic idea,” he said. “Instead, I think we were interested in the kind of album where … there are just 10 songs thrown on there, and it makes sense because it’s the same band playing them.” Even described the sound of the new album as more lush than It’s Frightening. While “lush” certainly sounds calmer, the frenetic drumming, looping guitars and eerie background noises are all still there. Just seeing the name of

the album’s seventh track is enough to prove White Rabbits isn’t aiming to shed its “dark” label anytime soon. Just like the band’s last album, the song is titled “It’s Frightening.” “It seemed like that title just works with the lyrical theme of the tune and with the music as well,” Even said. “And just being reflective, thinking about your past — what you’re running from, what you’re running to.” White Rabbits will be at the Black Cat tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show is sold out.



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Retrievers with two goals apiece, and midfielder Phil Poe won 15 of 19 faceoffs. Midfielder Curtis Holmes, meantime, was forced to settle for his worst performance as a Terp. He went just 4-for-17 at the X, a far cry for a player who won less than half of his draws in a game for the first time Saturday against Duke. “Their guy did a great job timing the whistle,” coach John Tillman said. “His stick is very narrow and he does a good job. And once he gets it, it was hard for Curtis to get the ball out of there.” Holmes’ struggles started early, as he lost all five of his faceoffs in the first quarter. Still, the Terps managed to dominate possession early, outshooting the Retrievers in the opening period, 12-2. They capitalized on seven UMBC turnovers and jumped to a 3-0 lead with eight minutes left in the opening period. Linkous put UMBC on the scoreboard in the final minutes of the first quarter, and the Retrievers took that momentum into the second. UMBC continued to dominate on faceoffs and gained a clear advantage in possession. It nearly flipped the shot advantage in the second quarter, getting seven more attempts than the Terps. Linkous’ second score just

past the midpoint of the period brought UMBC within a goal. The Terps, however, responded handily. They took control for the rest of the quarter, notching two straight goals. But the second half would be all UMBC. After both teams exchanged goals in the third quarter, the Retrievers crushed their instate rival in the final period. They tallied five goals within the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter to take an 8-6 lead. That was enough to secure their first win over the state’s flagship university since 2009. With UMBC holding the ball for long stretches in the game’s most crucial moments, the Terps struggled to get open shots. Although they managed 12 attempts in a stretch that included two extra-man opportunities in the fourth quarter, few posed a threat on goal. “They sort of slowed the tempo down,” long pole Jesse Bernhardt said. “And we like to play fast-paced, you know, get the ball and go the other way, so I think they did a good job of playing to one of our weaknesses.” But the Terps still had their chances. Mere seconds after midfielder John Haus got the Terps within a goal with a minute and a half left, attackman Owen Blye launched a rocket at pointblank range. Retrievers goalie Adam Cohen stopped it for one of his eight saves.


Midfielder John Haus, right, scored the Terps’ final goal of their 8-7 loss last night to UMBC. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

The Terps called a timeout moments later, but it would be for naught. The team’s perfect record had been blemished.

A squad that entered the game with a losing record and few expectations handed out that smudge.

STOGLIN from page 8 losing three of their past four games. “It’s a teaching moment for all of our guys,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “Usually, the guys that make first team, their team wins. Maybe if we would’ve been 8-8 [in the ACC], Terrell would’ve been first team. It’s a chance for me to tell him that there’s more to

basketball than scoring.” Said Stoglin: “I think it’s obvious now that winning is pretty important. I learned that, and it’s something that I can take and get better at.” TERPS NOTE: Throughout the second half and overtime of Sunday’s game against Virginia, forward Ashton Pankey rode the Terps’ bench still wearing his full warm-up attire. The redshirt freshman had a blank stare for most of the game as he watched his team-

“We could’ve done a much better job as a team,” Terps attackman Joe Cummings said. “I think this is a lesson

mates battle back from a 12point deficit to force the extra period. Pankey played just seven minutes Sunday and didn’t appear on the court after halftime. Before the team traveled to Atlanta for the ACC Tournament, Turgeon declined to delve into details regarding Pankey’s limited playing time when asked at a press conference yesterday. “I don’t know if it will continue,” Turgeon said. “We’ll

learned going forward, as much as it hurts.”

see how practice goes the next couple days. That was just a coach’s decision not to play him. [It was] just a culmination of a lot of stuff.” Pankey hasn’t scored in his last three outings, missing all 11 of his field goals and all four of his free throws. Against North Carolina, the forward fouled out after eight minutes in the second half, without registering a point or a rebound.

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Pitcher Michael Boyden finished with nine strikeouts in a win against Delaware yesterday. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

DELAWARE from page 8

Blue Hens right fielder Nick Ferdinand grounded to third baseman K.J. Hockaday. Giacchino strayed too far off second, and Hockaday quickly found second baseman Kyle Convissar, who tagged Giacchino out as he dived short of the bag. A batter later, Delaware first baseman Alex Maruri hit a slow roller to shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez. Rodriguez charged and barehanded the ball, throwing to first base while falling toward third to get the out. “It was a do-or-die play, and I just happened to make the play and luckily get our team back in the dugout,” Rodriguez said. That wasn’t all. In the seventh, left fielder Matt Bosse made a diving catch on a sinking line drive with two outs to prevent the tying run from scoring. “We flashed the leather a little bit today,” coach Erik Bakich said, “and we certainly needed it because that, plus our pitching, provided the difference in the game.” The Terps’ offense, largely held back by Delaware’s pitching staff, had a handful of opportunities to break the game open. It came down, however, to one run in the bottom of the second. First baseman Michael Montville doubled with one out before advanc-

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their lives. “We’re just making sure we’re staying focused on the mat, in the classroom, socially, everything,” said Boley, who won first place in the 197-pound weight class. “The more positive vibes you could put around everybody, the better practices we have, the better mindset we have, and everything will go smooth and just roll easy.” ASPER’S LOSS

Even as some Terps records were broken, one of the team’s wrestlers blemished his own last weekend. Junior Josh Asper (165) recorded his first loss for the season in the finals

ing to third on a wild pitch, and Hockaday’s groundout to second moved Montville home. The Terps were later able to add insurance in the eighth on a sac fly by Rodriguez. Still, they also stranded multiple runners on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, and left 10 runners on base for the game. The Terps travel today to Annapolis to take on Navy (5-5) in the final game before their ACC slate begins this weekend at Wake Forest. The offense yesterday was enough to get the job done against Delaware, but as the team moves forward, Bakich knows its opportunities will get fewer and fewer. “Today wasn’t our best performance offensively,” Bakich said. “We stranded a lot of runners. We had some noncompetitive at-bats with runners in scoring position with strikeouts and pop outs and that happens. That’s baseball. We just need to find a better way to get runs in because a good team will capitalize on those mistakes.” TERPS NOTE: First baseman Tim Kiene, the team’s leading hitter, sat out today’s game and will also sit out tomorrow after being hit with a line drive in batting practice on Sunday. Bakich said Kiene is improving, though, and the team will try to get him ready for the weekend.

Saturday; he had been 23-0 heading into the tournament and 24-0 heading into the championship match. Wrestling second-seeded Peter Yates of Virginia Tech, the top-seeded Asper donned his white away singlet as he took the mat in Chapel Hill. The first period went back and forth, with Yates earning four points for two takedowns, and Asper earning two himself for a takedown and another for an escape. With a 4-3 score heading into the second period, Asper quickly earned another point for an escape. The rest of the second period, and all of the third period, remained deadlocked in a 4-4 tie. Midway through overtime, a sudden-death fourth period lasting one minute, Yates took

Schultz will also be in uniform to work out with the second team, but keeping Brown healthy will be an obvious point of emphasis for all Terps this spring. Even the ones on defense. “Just practices and stuff, you don’t want to get tripped up and [have] something stupid happen,” defensive end Joe Vellano said. DEFENSE SHAPING UP With their third defensive coordinator in three seasons, the Terps have grown accustomed to learning new systems. They’ll get another chance Saturday, when the Terps put first-year defensive coordinator Brian Stewart’s 3-4 scheme into practice for the first time. “Our guys won’t have a problem picking it up,” Edsall said. “It’s a simplistic defense because, again, to me, if you’re going to get guys to play fast and play aggressive, you don’t want them thinking.” The Terps are coming off a forgettable season defensively, as injuries depleted a group that would finish the season among the FBS’s worst. With Stewart’s attackingstyle defense and the returning experience from last season — the team returns 13 defensive players who started games last year — the Terps are looking to put that performance behind them. “We got a good vibe on the team right now. Everybody’s excited to get back out there

Asper down, earning two more points and the gold medal. “He didn’t take it well,” McCoy said of Asper’s loss. “It’s one of those things where you never take it well, but now the pressure’s off. Now, he can just go out and wrestle.” McCoy said he hopes Asper’s loss in the ACC Championships will better prepare him for his bouts in St. Louis. “You’re afraid you’re going to wrestle poorly trying to defend your undefeated record, but now it’s happened and he can just get rid of it and go out and wrestle the way that he’s capable of doing,” McCoy said. “Anytime something bad happens to you, you have to take the good out of it. This could be the best thing that could happen to him to propel him to that national championship.”

Coach Randy Edsall said quarterback C.J. Brown, second from left, is “not going to get touched at all this spring” due to the Terps’ limited depth at the position. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

and get back to work,” said Vellano, who will switch from tackle to end in Stewart’s defense. “A lot of playmakers on the field at once. A lot of pressure. Our front seven’s had a lot of game experience.” Edsall emphasized the importance of outside linebackers Alex Twine and Darin Drakeford in the team’s new defense. NEW-LOOK LINE Largely overlooked during the Terps’ tumultuous offseason were the blows the team’s offensive line suffered. Between the graduation of starting guard Andrew

FUNNY FICKER The Terps have several loyal fans willing to travel all over the country with them just to watch them wrestle. Among the most loyal, though, is famous heckler Robin Ficker. Wherever he goes, Ficker, 69, sits in the front row at every match wearing a Testudo flag on his back (and usually fleece shorts with either a rubber duck or a floral design) shouting in support of the Terps. The Boyds resident has no ties to the university, but his youngest son, Flynn, wrestled down the road at DeMatha Catholic High School. On Saturday, Ficker could be heard from anywhere in Carmichael Arena, and he even got in a few verbal tiffs with other spectators. Virginia and

Gonnella and the transfers of starting tackles Max Garcia and R.J. Dill, the Terps have plenty of experience to replace this season. “What we’re going to end up doing in the offensive line, we’ll play the five best, whoever they may be,” Edsall said. With injuries to Justin Gilbert, who projects as the team’s left tackle, and probable starting center Bennett Fulper, the Terps will enter Saturday’s practice with guard Josh Cary as the lone returning starter on the offensive line. Nick Klemm, De’Onte Arnett, Sal Conaboy and Ryan Doyle round out the line for the start of spring practice.

Virginia Tech fans could be heard yelling at Ficker to quiet down as they watched the matches from the stands. “I’ll be quiet when we have the trophy on the Terps’ bus,” Ficker shouted back. After several years as a passionate and well-known Washington Bullets fan — at one point, Charles Barkley flew him to Phoenix to heckle Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals — Ficker has found himself a home with the Terps wrestlers. He’s created nicknames and chants dedicated to several of the starters. Among his best: “[Jimmy] Sheptock will put you in a headlock,” or “Josh Asper: Live up to our ‘Asper’ations.” Ficker affectionately calls Boley “Roley Poley Boley”

STILL A PROCESS Throughout his rocky 2-10 debut season, Edsall regularly preached about the transition process in taking over a new program. He continued that tradition yesterday. “My thing is, when you go through change and you go through a transition, being in this as long as I have, it doesn’t happen overnight,” Edsall said. “It’s not basketball. We can’t change it with one guy. It takes more than just one guy in terms of a football program. We’re on the right track.”

(followed by, “You may think he’s three men, but he’s really only one guy,” or, “They gave Boley a speeding ticket, and he wasn’t even in his car!”) And although crowds from the visiting team may not enjoy chants such as, “You take his title, I’ll take his girlfriend,” McCoy and the Terps welcome Ficker’s support. “All the fans, no matter whether they’re vocal or they sit there quiet, it’s just great to have them out here supporting us,” McCoy said. “Guys like Robin Ficker bring energy into the room, but those that don’t, you still know they’re right there. As long as we hear people cheering for us and supporting us, that’s the most important thing.”




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Boyden stars in 2-0 win Pitcher gives up 1 hit vs. Blue Hens BY DANIEL GALLEN Staff writer

Long pole Jesse Bernhardt walks off the UMBC Stadium field last night as UMBC players celebrate an 8-7 Retrievers win.

gled to gain possession and watched as their three-goal lead evaporated into a twogoal deficit in the final period. “Tonight, we hung tough,” UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said after the game. “Our guys were just determined. You could see it in their eyes. They were determined to do whatever it took to win this one.” UMBC (2-2) beat the Terps at their own game. The Retrievers used a balanced attack — six players notched a goal — and a decisive advantage at the faceoff X to steal their third home win over the Terps in 17 tries. UMBC’s Scott Jones and Zach Linkous led the

The calling card of this Terrapins baseball team, nearly a dozen games into its season, has been its pitching. Entering yesterday’s game with Delaware, the No. 25 Terps’ ERA was a slim 0.95, and the team was holding opponents to a paltry .180 batting average. Even when the Terps put one of their back-end starters on the mound for a midweek matchup with the Blue Hens, that success didn’t change. Michael Boyden, who had recorded 5.2 innings of work over three appearances this season, struck out nine Delaware batters in five strong innings, allowing only one hit and two walks as the Terps recorded a 2-0 victory over the Blue Hens. “I feel good,” Boyden said. “I just went out there today and wanted to pound the zone, let the defense work, just give our team a chance to win. Our defense has been playing so well this year that all you got to do is throw the ball over the plate and let them make plays.” Boyden (2-0), who had only three strikeouts entering the game, combined with three other pitchers for the shutout. Relievers Charlie Haslup, Korey Wacker and Jimmy Reed scattered a combined three hits over the final four innings and struck out five Blue Hens (5-7). Reed earned his fourth save of the year. But as Boyden said, the win wasn’t just about the pitching. Terps (10-1) pitchers have raved about the defense all year, and that prowess was on display yesterday. In the sixth inning, Haslup allowed a leadoff single to Delaware center fielder Joe Giacchino, who then stole second. After Haslup got a strikeout,

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A bump on the road Retrievers come back to deal in-state rival first loss of season, 8-7, at UMBC Stadium BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU Staff writer

LANSDOWNE – After starting the year with three wins over quality opponents, the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team had become one of the nation’s early-season surprises. Retooling after the departure of half its starters from last season’s national runner-up, the squad had used a balanced attack to earn a top-five national ranking. Last night, the No. 4 Terps were on the wrong side of that surprise. They suffered their first loss of the season, falling to unranked UMBC, 8-7, before a crowd of 1,410 at UMBC Stadium. After racing to a fast start, the Terps (3-1) strug-

Coach John Tillman and the Terps were 3-0 entering last night’s game against UMBC, with wins over talented Duke and Georgetown teams. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK



Terps looking to keep Brown safe

Stoglin: All-conference snub is ‘motivation to get better’

After forgettable fall, spring practice starts Saturday BY CONOR WALSH Senior staff writer

After spending his first season with the Terrapins football team flip-flopping between two quarterbacks, coach Randy Edsall now faces a far different challenge as the team readies for the start of spring practice Saturday: protecting the only one he has left. With Danny O’Brien released from his scholarship

last month, C.J. Brown is Edsall’s undisputed No. 1 under center for the spring, as incoming freshman quarterbacks Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe won’t arrive in College Park until August. Brown proved last season he can take a hit, gaining nearly as many yards on the ground (574) as he did through the air (842) in 10 appearances. He likely won’t see any such

physicality until the Terps take the field against William & Mary on Sept. 1, though. “We’re going to just go ‘full go’ and let everybody hit C.J. all spring,” Edsall joked in his press conference yesterday. “He’s not going to get touched at all this spring. You know what he can do, he’s a tough kid, he can take hits. He’s proven that.” Senior transfer Ricky

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With seven wrestlers headed to St. Louis, McCoy expects bigger things BY ERIN EGAN Senior staff writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Terrapins wrestling team set a record Saturday at the ACC Championships inside Carmichael Arena with its 24th ACC title — seven more than North Carolina — but perhaps of greater importance were the Terps’ seven wrestlers who advanced to the championship round of the tournament. All seven have qualified for

the NCAA Championships in St. Louis beginning March 15, marking the first time since 1990 that the Terps have seven wrestlers in the final round of the ACC Championships. Last year, they had six in the finals. “I think we’re a top-five team out at nationals because we’ve got seven guys in the finals,” 157-pound Kyle John said. “I think we’re going to tear it up out there. This is definitely what we wanted.” Seven finalists is not a

record for the Terps, though; they had nine of a possible 10 wrestlers in the NCAA Championships in 1960 and 1972 and eight in 1957 and 1967. Seedings and at-large qualifiers will be announced Wednesday night. Until the Terps fly to St. Louis, 197pound Christian Boley said he and his teammates will try to stay concentrated in practice and in every other facet of

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Pankey remains mired on bench during cold spell BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer

Terrell Stoglin isn’t shy about stating how he feels: His play this season for the Terrapins men’s basketball team deserved first-team all-conference recognition. Yet when the ACC officially released its first-team selections yesterday, the Terps leading scorer’s name was absent — and he wasn’t even the nexthighest vote getter. “It was very disappointing,” Stoglin said. “But at the same time, I just want to use that as motivation to get better.” The sophomore led the ACC with a 21.2 points per game scoring average, but was relegated to second-team All-ACC behind North Carolina forwards Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and John Henson, Virginia forward Mike Scott and Duke guard Austin Rivers. Rivers, the lone guard on the team, had fewer points and rebounds and shot worse from behind the 3-point arc than Stoglin. But the freshman was arguably the best player for the

Guard Terrell Stoglin, left, led the ACC in scoring this season with 21.2 points per game. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

Blue Devils, who finished in the top 10 in the country and second in the final ACC regularseason standings.

The Terps, meanwhile, fell to eighth in the conference after

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