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Fairness bill passes in Senate Bill would provide for transgender civil rights By Sarah Dean @thedbk Staff writer

TERPS FANS storm the court at Comcast Center yesterday after the Terps upset No. 5 Virginia in the program’s ACC home game. rebecca rainey/the diamondback

SAYING GOODBYE Fans bid farewell to ACC yesterday in finale against Virginia By Daniel Gallen and Aaron Kasinitz @danieljtgallen, @AaronKazreports Senior staff writers


he line stretched around the Comcast Center concou rse yesterd ay, w it h people of all ages wearing fan gear from different eras waiting for a glimpse, signature or photo of a cast of Terrapins men’s basketball legends. Former coach Gary Williams sat at a table with former stars Juan Dixon, Tom McMillen and Walt Williams. Fans hoped to relive memories from the Terps’ ACC history while introducing younger fans to those who had been part of the program before its upcoming move

to the Big Ten this summer. And with a 75-69 upset of No. 5 Virginia, the Terps provided a send-off worthy of the day’s pomp and circumstance. While the victory was significant on the court for the MARYLAND Terps, who are clinging to their UPSETS NO. 5 NCAA tournament hopes, it capped VIRGINIA IN 61 years of ACC tradition for the OVERTIME STORY ON P. 10 university community. “It’s bittersweet,” said Carmen Kaarid, a sophomore enrolled in letters and sciences. “[This university] was one of the founding ACC teams, and there’s a huge connection we’ve got with them.”

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terp thon participants raised $429,012.89 for the Children’s National Health System on Saturday from noon to midnight. james levin/the diamondback

Inside Terp Thon’s biggest year Dance marathon raises record amount

It was Feb. 6 in the basement of Jiménez Hall — four weeks before Terp Thon. Fifteen people sat in a small room on couches and around tables, some By Beena Raghavendran sporting gray sweatshirts with the @thedbk words “MORALE” splayed across Senior staff writer them in black lettering. Their job was “You all need to buy fanny packs easier said than done: pumping up the dancers for 12 hours and ensuring or get one somehow.”

those people never sit down. William Evans – whom everyone calls Rock — is a senior Spanish and biology major. As the morale committee chairman, he leads the dancers and embodies the spirit of Terp Thon — For The Kids. Behind the happiness and energy


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Two male university students were robbed near South Campus Commons 1 and 2 early Sunday morning, according to a university safety notice. Two suspects assaulted one of the students before taking property and leaving the area at about 1:15 a.m., according to the report. No weapons were used in the robbery. One of the suspects ran toward Susquehanna Hall and the other took off in an unknown direction, according to the report. University Police are investigating the incident and encourage anyone who was near Susquehanna Hall at that time to call police at 301-405-3555 or send an email to

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Marijuana bills discussed in city forum

College Park residents gathered at the city community center Thursday to discuss upcoming bills regarding marijuana legalization and the impacts these changes would have. The event, hosted by the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland, featured five panelists who discussed marijuana legalization, focusing on how current laws harm citizens and how reform would benefit the community. Mikayla Hellwich, the outreach coordinator for this university’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter, said the event was organized because of two bills that are going through the General Assembly: One would decriminalize marijuana

Transgender residents of this state are a step closer to legal protections after the state Senate passed the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 with a 32-15 vote Tuesday. The civil rights bill, which will move to the House of Delegates, would prohibit discrimination against state transgender residents in housing, employment, credit and public places, according to testimony from bill sponsor Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery). “This is really an important step forward for the state of Maryland,” said Luke Jensen, LGBT Equity Center director at this university. In his testimony, Madaleno said “alarming rates of discrimination exist against transgender individuals” in this state. According to a National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 71 percent of surveyed transgender state residents reported harassment at work, 17 percent reported being denied housing and 35 percent reported not being hired because of their gender identities. Transgender student Zachary Me l l e n , a se n i o r G e r m a n a n d


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Riley, a Miracle Child at Terp Thon on Saturday, displays apparel from LSU, her dream school. When she is older, she hopes to become a veterinarian. james levin/the diamondback Sarah Pontius (right) speaks with Janelle Tousha, younger sister to Miracle Child Noble, at Terp Thon in Ritchie Coliseum. The event raised a record amount of money. james levin/the diamondback

TERP THON From PAGE 1 of Terp Thon — the largest student-run philanthrophic event in the state, according to Executive Director Abby Dickes — is the story of many families and young patients for whom hospitals become second homes. But the wide scope of Terp Thon starts small in committee meetings, such as this Morale Committee meeting called AHOD (All Hands on Deck). Evans stood in the center of the room sporting a white sweater, making a list of items to go in survival packs for the dancers. “What do you think the dancers would need?” Evans asked the room. Answers bounced back at him as members called across the room: hair ties, gum, tampons, Advil, Band-Aids. Evans read off the final

list and promised to bring all the items to the next AHOD meeting so the members could start assembling fanny packs. Then he listed logistics for Color Wars, which were kicking off soon and would feature a separate video for each color team. “I want us to practice not being awkward for the dancers,” Evans said. “Last year, it would be like, ‘Hey, Rock, go get them motivated and stand up,’ I’d be like, ‘OMG, I’m so uncomfortable, I don’t think I can do it.’ “We’re not having any of that this year,” he said.

Dreams came true at Saturday’s fifth annual Terp Thon. Brooke Rosenberg, a 5-year-old leukemia survivor, serenaded the crowd with a rendition of Frozen hit “Let It Go” in a princess dress, while her father accompanied her on guitar. Dickes wore a gold crown. Evans, clad in a Morale shirt that read

“Spice Up Your Life,” galaxy print shorts, long socks and fairy wings, danced the Morale dance more than 20 times. When Terp Thon leaders tried to reserve Cole Field House, the event’s home for the previous four years, they found the space already had been reserved for March 8. Though the executive board was worried that attendance at Ritchie Coliseum, a smaller venue, would exceed capacity — and though it did get close at times — Terp Thon stayed within regulations for the 1,200 people on the floor and about 500 people allowed in the stands, Fire Marshal Michael Levy said. The climax of the night was the announcement of the total funds raised. Tracy Flack, assistant director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, was the only one who knew the total. Executive board members stood onstage together at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night,

year that we’re going to start having to turn people away, which is kind of exciting and makes it more competitive, so you’re getting the best people,” Dickes said. Terp Thon is structured like a corporation. At its head is a steering committee, made up of Dickes, External Director Hank Rich and Internal Director Dan Ornstein. Next in the hierarchy are 12 executive members who head Terp Thon’s 12 committees, along with a few committee leaders (“captains”). Internal committees comprise events, operations, finance, supply logistics, hospital relations and technology committees; external committees are Greek relations, recruitment, advertising, Morale, community relations Terp Thon boasts one of the and fundraising. Then there are all the inlargest volunteer bases of any student group on the campus: ternal and external members who participate in committees. 150 volunteers this year. “We’re kind of definitely The dancers — more than 1,000 going to be at that point next participated this year, Dickes ready to hold up their posters with the amount on them. “Your 2014 Terp Thon total is…” Flack said — “Oh my God, oh my God,” Dickes said. The number was revealed: $ 4 2 9,0 1 2 .8 9. I t wa s t h e highest total Terp Thon had raised and marked its millionth cumulative dollar since the first event in 2010, but it also broke the fundraising record for any dance marathon in its fifth year. There were tears onstage and cheers in the audience. Dan Ornstein, Terp Thon internal director and senior accounting major, mouthed, “Oh my God.” Dickes and Flack hugged tightly.

said — round out the event. The members’ commitment levels range from two to three hours a week for committee members to more than 15 hours weekly for an executive member. Dickes said she puts 40 or 50 hours of work a week into Terp Thon, including answering emails while walking to class. “It’s a full-time job on top of everything else,” she said. This year, Terp Thon received ab o ut $1 9,000 in funding from the Student Government Association. Most of Terp Thon’s donations come from sponsorships and nonmonetary donations, said Ethan Wergelis-Isaacson, a 2012 alumnus who was Terp Thon’s external director in 2012. Children’s National Health System has a budget to help any program that gives money back to it, he said, though See TERP THON, Page 3

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TERP THON From PAGE 2 Flack said Terp Thon uses very little monetary assistance from Children’s National. (Terp Thon declined to disclose the exact number.) Terp Thon was founded in 2009 by Matthew Young, a 2010 university alumnus and member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. The organization began fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which is Sigma Chi’s national philanthropy, Dickes said. The event didn’t happen until 2010 — there was too much planning required for it to happen in just a year, Dickes said — but has raised more money each year. This university’s dance marathon just completed its fifth year, but there are dance marathons that have been growing in size for decades. The largest is Pennsylvania State University’s dance marathon dubbed simply “THON.” Since 1977, THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, has raised more than $101 million for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. In this year’s dance marathon alone, it raised more than $13 million. It’s also a larger organization; THON’s website says it has more than 3,400 committee members alone. D a n c e m a ra t h o n s a r e particularly attractive to members of Greek life because the fraternities and sororities are already organized and suited for philanthropy, Dickes said. About 60 percent of the Terp Thon’s total fundraising is conducted by Greek life; Greek life also constitutes about 60 percent of those in attendance, Dickes said. “We all love kids and we’re all still kids at heart,” said Lauren Mishan, a sophomore secondary education and government and politics major and president of sorority Sigma Delta Tau. Though Dickes is not in a sorority, she got involved in Terp Thon her freshman year. She eventually worked her way up the organization’s hierarchy, rising from advertising

MARIJUANA From PAGE 1 and impose a $100 fine for possession of less than 10 grams, and the other would legalize and regulate the drug, similar to recent laws passed in Colorado and Washington. “To some extent, I feel it is inevitable that we’re going to have a regulated marijuana policy soon,” said Hellwich, a senior horticulture major. “I want people to feel comfortable with these policies. I don’t want there to be a policy change because a majority of people vote for it unless everybody understands what the situation is.” Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, discussed this state’s unusually high spending on marijuana enforcement. He said the state has the fourth-highest

ADAM ZIEGEL (left) does the Morale dance. Terrapins football coach Randy Edsall (top right) and Joey Norris, a Miracle Child, do the Dougie. Brooke Rosenberg (bottom right) sings “Let It Go” as her father plays guitar. james levin/the diamondback

The Hsu family house sits on a quiet street in Bethesda, a few blocks from Suburban Hospital. A basketball hoop is in its driveway. Inside is warm, a bright kitchen with photo printouts stuck here and there. Paintings made by the family’s youngest son, Jaiwen Hsu, 15, line the back wall. A pink box of Georgetown Cupcakes, brought by Flack, sat open in the middle of the dining room table. Jaiwen eyed them. “He can eat all of them,” Flack said. “He had his 12th birthday at the hospital and he was really upset, having to celebrate there,” his mother Jeng Hsu said, “but they came, with Georgetown Cupcakes. This is

one of his favorites. It’s a huge surprise — just made everything so much nicer.” The Hsu family has many reasons to be happy — the biggest one is Jaiwen’s health and remission from cancer since 2011. On Oct. 8, 2010, with his diagnosis, Jaiwen’s life changed. Jaiwen, then a sixth grader at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School in Bethesda, had been complaining of knee pain for about a week. His mother scheduled an appointment with an orthopedist and told him to take a break from soccer to let his knee heal. On the day of the appointment, Jaiwen felt fine, but his mother said she’d take him to the appointment anyway. T h e re s u l t wa s h ea r t wrenching. Jaiwen had gotten an MRI, which revealed a malignant tumor in his femur. He would have to go to Children’s Hospital in Washington, which his mother said was the best place for treatment for him. His diagnosis was osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. “To be honest, I can’t really remember everything that

number of marijuana arrests in the country — police arrest 1 in 250 state residents for marijuana possession per year — and spends about $134 million a year regulating the drug. But state budget data wasn’t the main focus of the forum. Instead, speakers focused on the impact the war on drugs has had on households and communities. Keeping people in the workplace rather than in a prison cell would have a large economic impact on the community, Olson said. “People will be on better career paths because they don’t have to explain why they were in the criminal justice system,” he said. Toni Holness, this state’s public policy associate for the American Civil Liberties Union, talked about racial disparity in marijuana policy enforcement and how the legal system treats black men unfairly.

In Prince George’s County, black people make up 66 percent of the population but account for 85 percent of marijuana possession arrests, Holness said. She added that black men are disproportionately arrested for marijuana use throughout the state, even though studies show marijuana use is equal between black and white populations. “We feel very strongly that the racial disparity alone is enough to move to taxing and regulating of marijuana,” Holness said. Eric Sterl i ng, Cri m i na l Justice Policy Foundation president and member of the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission, talked about the drug’s medicinal benefits. He gave a brief history of the use of medicinal marijuana, dating back thousands of years. He also listed some ailments marijuana can treat, such as

committee captain her sophomore year to events chairwoman her junior year and is now executive director. “It’s 12 hours of bonding with your best friends and it’s a 12-hour dance party, so what’s not to have fun about it?” she said. “But then it’s definitely the kids that really keep everyone coming back.”

happened that day,” Jaiwen said. “All I remember is, it was at night. I was scared. I didn’t really know exactly what it meant to have cancer. Cancer was always something that happened to other people, and you felt bad for them, but it really never affected me personally.” “I remember that I left him and [Jaiwen’s sister Kaiwei Hsu] at the front of the hospital and I went to get the car,” Jeng said, then referencing Jaiwen. “And then Kaiwei told me that, I don’t know if you remember this, but you asked her if you were going to die, and she didn’t know how to answer.” The hardest part of the night was making phone calls, Jeng said: to her husband, who was out of town, and to her children, who were enrolled at this university. “That was a Friday, when everything changed,” Kaiwei said. Kaiwei, a freshman journalism major at this university, spoke in the journalism school’s library four years after she saw her youngest brother undergo a grueling year of chemotherapy, after she watched six inches of

his limb amputated, after she saw him receive a prosthetic implant, after his cancer brought her family closer than ever, after he emerged strong and two years in remission. She is a member of Terp Thon’s hospital relations committee after being inspired to thank Children’s National, the hospital that became her home for a year and that saved her brother’s life. Jaiwen and Jeng made one thing clear about the year in the hospital: It was tough. “He had a rough time,” Jeng said. “He was very angry, depressed. He was very moody, everything.” “Very hungry,” Jaiwen added. Jaiwen would rotate from spending a couple of weeks in the hospital to a couple weeks at home. He didn’t mingle much with the other kids, many of whom were much younger. He got close to one of the other patients, a girl, who later died. “I used to take everything for granted,” Jaiwen said. “I kind of now realize that this could really affect anyone, that there are other people suffering.”

Jaiwen is now a freshman at Walt Whitman High School. He likes science and is part of a business competition team. And he plans on becoming a Terp, just like his siblings and his parents. His brother, Jaimie Hsu, is a senior at this university. This year is Jaiwen’s third Terp Thon, but he has several shirts from Terp Thon. Jeng said they were all Jaiwen wore to school for a year — “That’s not true!” Jaiwen said. At this year’s Terp Thon, Jaiwen received hugs and gifts from the Terrapins men’s soccer team, including a Crew scarf. Around the house are subtle reminders of the cancer. Paintings Jaiwen made in the hospital. Words that read, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” The family photo is from when the Hsus were the featured family at the hospital’s Children’s Ball in 2013. On the window is a piece of paper that reads: “Falling down is part of life Getting back up is living.”

panelists (left to right) Walter Olson, Rachelle Yeung, Maj. Neill Franklin and Eric Sterling discuss the impact of bills regarding marijuana legalization and how the drug could benefit community members at the College Park Community Center. stephanie natoli/for the diamondback epilepsy, insomnia, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, among others. T h is state has a pol icy known as medical amnesty, which ensures that patients using the drug with a doctor’s note advising its use cannot be charged by police if caught,


Hellwich said. Hellwich proposed a bill that is going through the University Senate, which would eliminate penalties for students living on campus if they have a legal doctor’s note allowing marijuana use. “T he idea is to protect

students because there’s a strict zero-tolerance policy, one strike you’re out kind of thing,” Hellwich said. “I don’t think someone that’s medicating should be thrown in jail or subject to university sanctions.”

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here are a couple of key things most Terps fans can agree to love: athletics and alcohol. The University Senate Executive Committee is set to address a proposal Wednesday asking permission to combine the two and sell alcohol at athletic events. Here are five good reasons to enact this change for the university community. First and foremost, it already has garnered widespread support from student organizations: The Residence Hall Association, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Government all have come out in support of the measure. But that’s not exactly surprising, as college culture typically dictates a love for drinking for any occasion. Still, the executive committee (and hopefully the senate as a whole) should consider how much students are willing to advocate for this change. Then there’s the main reason any university official would consider selling alcohol at games: the money. As we’ve heard so many times, this university opted to leave the ACC for the Big Ten athletic conference to make money — and a lot of it. The athletic department is in desperate need of additional revenue to continue running as it has — a point proven drastically when it cut eight athletic teams in summer 2012 because of monetary woes. Selling alcohol at athletic venues undoubtedly will bring in more money than Pepsi and overpriced nachos. Plus,


it adds a big incentive for students to attend games and stay for the duration — another factor in the Big Ten move. Increasing game attendance would help stop commentators such as alumnus Scott Van Pelt from berating this university’s student body. Recently, attending football games has, for many fans, consisted of tailgating for hours and leaving after halftime — if students enter Byrd Stadium in the first place. OUR VIEW

The University Senate should consider these five concrete reasons to allow alcohol sales at sporting events. Selling alcohol in the stadium would help people keep their buzz long enough to stay for the entire game or at least make the environment welcoming for those who feel more comfortable at events at which they know they can purchase more alcohol. Additionally, selling alcohol might prevent binge drinking. If fans choose to consume as much alcohol as they can to get drunk before the games, they might leave early after the alcohol begins to betray them. But how many cash-strapped college students are going to get blasted on beers at stadium prices? As proof, in the year after West Virginia University began selling alcohol

at sporting events, its police reported a 35 percent drop in game-day arrests, according to the blog Freakonomics. It’s not as though refraining from selling alcohol at games will stop students from drinking, as administrators might think. Students are going to drink before games even if they can drink during the event. But it make sense for the university to help make it as safe as possible. As selling alcohol at games has been a contentious issue, looking at how other schools have decided to tackle this matter is important, too. Few Big Ten schools sell booze at sporting events — but that could be because their games bring in enough money as is. But for the ones that do, proof is abundant that alcohol sales bring the schools lots of revenue. For example, the University of Iowa sold $111,000 worth of alcohol at its football venue, Kinnick Stadium, during the 2010 season. While this might not be a whammy in the grand scheme of football, it’s money that could very well pay off debts, improve facilities or maybe even help keep a floundering team together. This university will switch conferences in July after 61 years in the ACC — it’s clearly willing to take drastic action to try to make money through athletics. Now it should be willing to try more easily implemented changes to make some money, especially if it could mean avoiding cutting teams ever again. The senate should allow alcohol sales at athletic events.


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her real name, most think that’s the next step, as she has revealed her porn name and photo. Do these choices make these girls unintelligent? Or are the consequences after their first indiscretions simply a product of the media insisting life as they knew it is now over? Does that force them to dive headfirst into new, less-than-glamorous lives? I don’t think that’s fair. I got to know Martinson this year. I expected to think she was crazy, or at least one of those stereotypical sorority girls, but that’s not the case. She’s a normal, sweet person. And that’s not just my opinion. Upon meeting her, my friends and roommates were all surprised to find out she was the “deranged sorority girl” — they couldn’t believe she had been so normal. I don’t know the woman from Duke, but watching her coverage progress through articles and columns, it seems she is succumbing to the pressure the country is putting on her when people send her threats and derogatory comments. Revealing her identity slowly but surely is making her what most seem to think is unemployable. I don’t agree with all the decisions these women have made. And they are merely two of many college women who experience these same things. But we all have made bad decisions — should they really have to suffer their entire lives for their bad decisions being broadcast from a national stage? A poster in my apartment hallway encapsulates society’s view on situations like these. It’s a picture of a drunk man, passed out, with his face painted. The caption says, “Your future employers have Google too.” In today’s world, dumb college decisions can affect the rest of our lives — and that’s not right. We need to rethink the way we evaluate people collectively, and maybe we shouldn’t put so much value on instances in which people simply make mistakes.

Porn and profanity have caused some major drama in the national media over the past year or so. One of the most recent scandals is Duke University’s freshman porn star, who was outed by a drunken classmate. Several news and opinion pieces about her have come out in the past few weeks, with people debating whether she’s empowered by her porn experience or simply stupid for getting involved. That, coupled with 2013’s angry sorority email from a then-Delta Gamma sister at this university, which introduced a few especially profane phrases to the national scene, and college women have been getting a bad rap in the news. But is this really fair? We are all in college, and everyone makes stupid mistakes. This isn’t something new — even when our parents went to college, they undoubtedly did things they might not look back on too fondly. But the difference is that now, social media makes everything much more accessible. Incidents such as Rebecca Martinson’s email in which she said things like “c--- punt,” which led to her being known as the “deranged sorority girl,” most likely were merely passed along by word-of-mouth in past generations. And before our generation, porn wasn’t nearly as widely circulated, so “Belle Knox,” (the woman from Duke) might not have ever been exposed for her side job as a sex worker. Yet these women’s decisions, which many categorize as mistakes, are so widely publicized that the girls seem to have no chance at a “normal” life. It seems Martinson has embraced this idea, as she has continued to write controversial, sexual pieces for BroBible and Vice. And Knox has made the decision Maria Romas is a senior English to write about her secret porn life m a j o r. S h e c a n b e re a c h e d a t — and though she has not revealed

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e a r u n i ve r s i t y P r e s i d e n t Wallace Loh, The American Studies Association, the Association for Asian American Studies and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association have all declared their support for the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli academic institutions. These are tremendous victories for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israeli apartheid and the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. The members of these associations have shown their integrity and courage by calling out Israel’s human rights violations against the Palestinian people, including Israel’s chronic restriction of academic freedom imposed upon Palestinian students and academics. Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians’ academic freedom include harsh limitations on movement into and out of the Gaza Strip, which prevents tens of thousands of Palestinian students and academics from attending universities and conferences in the West Bank or abroad; the bombings of universities and elementary schools in Gaza; aggressive raids on students and faculty of universities in the West Bank; severe restrictions of movement within the West Bank caused by checkpoints, roadblocks and the illegal segregation wall; and discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel. That discrimination came through inequitable school funding, preferentially providing financial aid to Jewish

students over non-Jewish students, denial of free speech and racist renting practices toward Palestinian students and a notable lack of Arab scholars in Israel’s state-funded institutions of higher education (of which only 2 percent of senior staff members are Arab). The list continues. It must be clear that the boycott is of institutions, not individuals. Israeli scholars have every right to research as they wish, but under the boycott they may not officially represent their universities or use their research to maintain the systematic oppression of the Palestinian people. The ASA, AAAS and NAISA did not vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions because of the “national identity” of Israeli scholars but because those institutions are complicit in equipping the Israeli state with the technology and false narratives necessary to sustain Israel’s ongoing violence against Palestinians. For example, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology works closely with Israeli arms companies to produce surveillance equipment, drones and missiles used by the Israeli military in the West Bank and Gaza. In the words of the NAISA: “We strongly protest the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and the legal structures of the Israeli state that systematically discriminate against Palestinians and other Indigenous peoples.” And again, in the words of the ASA: “The [boycott] resolution is in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom

and it aspires to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians. The ASA’s endorsement of the academic boycott emerges from the context of US military and other support for Israel; Israel’s violation of international law and UN resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian scholars and students; the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights; and finally, the support of such a resolution by a majority of ASA members.” Academic freedom is not infringed upon by the boycott — it is demanded. Therefore, we call upon President Loh, Provost Mary Ann Rankin and the united university community to stand in solidarity with the members of the ASA, AAAS and NAISA in calling for the academic freedom of all people regardless of race, religion or ethnicity and to hold Israeli universities accountable for their role in supporting the occupation and oppression of Palestine. Signed, Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Maryland; Political Latinos/as United for Movement and Action in Society; Black Male Initiative; Organization of Arab Students; International Socialist Organization, University of Maryland Shane James is a freshman history and secondary education major. He can be reached at


would have saved me from the vicious jungle that is subleasing in College Park. I would have had a better housing priority number if I had lived on the campus. I wouldn’t have had to go on Route 1 at night half as often as I did or depend on buses to get to class every day. I would have had a chance to make friends on my floor outside the three hostile strangers with whom I was bunked. And on top of that, I would have been able to do freshman things, such as going to a dining hall for dinner with friends, hanging out after classes with friends or doing anything spontaneous with friends. For a shy person, spending my first semester off the campus was the worst possible scenario. Other issues in Freshmen Connection besides housing don’t appear on the surface. Taking classes at night means smaller class sizes and more professor attention, and the small pool of students means a weary but familiar community grows over the semester. Missing out on club meetings is definitely crippling, but it’s possible to catch up in the spring. The actual issues are only visible in the semesters after enrollment in the program. Some vital first-semester classes for certain majors are not available in Freshmen Connection, and it’s far too easy not to realize this until you’re already a semester behind. Still, with a fair bit of independent research and a guaranteed bed on the campus, Freshmen Connection is beginning to look like a viable option. If those beds are in short supply, however, or if there is a lottery, or if any language other than “guaranteed” is used, think of other schools. The first semester at college is formative, and this university is a huge sea to get lost in.

About two years ago, I sent in a guest column to The Diamondback regarding the Freshmen Connection program. As a spring-admitted freshman, I had opted into the program, which allowed me to live off the campus and take classes in the evenings. In my column, I emphasized that despite some issues I encountered, I would still recommend the program. After two years of reflection, my mind was changing. I felt as though Freshmen Connection had interrupted something vital in the model college experience. My friends were more pen pals, and I spent most evenings alone. While my expectations were never high and my own introversion shared the blame, I could have had a better first year at any other school where I had been accepted. But when I heard Prince Frederick Hall will free up beds on the campus for Freshmen Connection students, my mind changed again. The Department of Resident Life said that with the addition of the new dorm, which blossomed between the South Campus Dining Hall and Van Munching Hall over the past almost two years, there will be more space on the campus for Freshmen Connection students. Assuming this comes to fruition, I can’t help but once again recommend the Freshmen Connection program to spring accepted students. Separation from other students was the worst part of the program, and being able to live among regularly enrolled students would resolve almost every Emma Atlas is a junior government and problem I had. politics and journalism major. She can For one, living on the campus be reached at

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PAYING IT FORWARD Students perform random acts of kindness as a part of Feed The Deed movement By Leo Traub @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback Riding around the campus with a couple of friends one cold Tuesday, watching fellow university students run to classes, sophomore hearing and speech sciences major Dalya Lerner stuck her head out the window of her friend’s car and called to a woman hurrying on the side of the road. “Do you need a ride?” she asked. Lerner and the woman had never met before; as far as either was concerned, the other was just another face in a university of thousands. But as the woman, who said she was a student, explained to Lerner and her friends, she had been sprinting to Comcast Center, where her car was parked and in danger of being towed. In her desperation, she gratefully accepted the ride. Lerner’s motivation to perform her act of kindness for a stranger was an initiative called Feed The Deed, a goodwill movement that has been sweeping college campuses in North America over the past month. Started in early February by Josh Stern, a University of Ottawa medical student, Feed The Deed encourages people to perform acts of kindness for someone else, whether strangers or friends. The “feeder” of the deed then posts a video or photo on Facebook and nominates a short list of friends to carry out similar acts of kindness. “What this is doing is it’s inspiring people to get out and do these acts of kindness that

they wouldn’t normally do in their daily lives, and hopefully by doing that, we can encourage them to bring this to a part of their daily lives,” Stern said. Lerner, along with a couple of friends, spent an hour and a half of her day offering free rides to people on the campus after being nominated on Facebook by a friend from Canada. “Before I was even nominated, I was telling people here about Feed The Deed, and no one had heard of it,” she said. “Now a lot of people have done it, but when I did it, not a lot of people knew what it was yet.” Stern started Feed The Deed to combat the negative effects of Neknominations, a dangerous global drinking game thought to have started in Australia, according to CNN. Neknominations prompt people to record themselves bingedrinking alcohol and post the video online, along with their choices for other nominees who are told to do the same. But the drinking game can be fatal: It has been linked to at least five deaths of men younger than 30, CNN and other news sources reported. “I saw Neknomination was really coming into my circle of friends in Toronto and Ottawa,” Stern said. “There’s no positive that can come from that.” After a few weeks of watching the risky game spread around the world, Stern said, he found a unique Neknomination video posted on YouTube by a South African man. Instead of drinking alcohol, the man in the video

gave food to a homeless person on the street. Emboldened by the video, Stern filmed himself doing his own good deed of delivering free sandwiches to homeless people. He posted the video on Facebook on Feb. 3, called the project Feed The Deed and nominated a few of his friends. Stern’s friends were onboard almost instantly. Within 10 minutes, he was contacted by his friend Russell Citron, founder of the nonprofit organization Kindness Counts, who wanted to collaborate with Stern on Feed The Deed. The two decided to trademark Feed The Deed to prevent anyone else from using it for financial gain. “I don’t want anyone making money off of Feed The Deed,” Stern said. “It’s all about charity — it’s all about promoting kindness to the world — so that’s just to ensure that we have the say in the matter and we know it’s going to a good cause.” With the help of social media and Kindness Counts, Stern’s project quickly spread beyond his friend group. Over the next few weeks, he said, he saw about 10,000 Feed The Deed videos and posts from 20 countries. As the movement expanded, Feed The Deed participants became increasingly creative with their kindness. Nominees have given gloves or hot drinks to strangers walking in the snow, promoted or donated to charities and baked cookies or written notes for loved ones. Some even decided to give blood for the first time, Stern said. “Kindness can be anything you interpret it to be,” he said. “If you want to do those personal acts in giving back to someone that inspires you or helping out those less fortunate.” When senior kinesiology major Fran Berley was nominated, she decided to combine her Feed The Deed with her social justice work. She was helping raise money to provide children in Africa with lifesaving surgeries, and she knew a teacher

feed the deed took place when sophomore Dalya Lerner (left) and her friends offered free rides, including one to a woman who signed her name as Vanessa Frontz (right). photo courtesy of dalya lerner selling water bottles for the same cause. Berley, a group fitness instructor, bought 10 water bottles to give to students in her step class. “[They were] very appreciative but confused,” Berley said. “I think people don’t really know how to handle kindness sometimes. They were like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ and I explained to them on the mic just what the project is for and about Feed The Deed.” A few days later, Berley found herself on the receiving end of a Feed The Deed. She’d had little time to make dinner for herself, so a friend who was nominated for Feed The Deed dropped off food at her apartment while she was sleeping. “It was just very overwhelming,” Berley said. “It was very different to receive it; I got this different perspective. It was like, that is so nice and so shocking and so unnecessary.”


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Business symposium spotlights Do Good Challenge participant projects Twelve groups seek challenge winnings By Nate Rabner @thedbk For The Diamondback Student entrepreneurs participating in the Do Good Challenge presented fundraisers, education programs and social networking startups Friday in hopes of gaining funding and awareness of their causes. The budding businesspeople set up tables in Stamp Student Union’s Grand Ballroom at the Social Enterprise Symposium to compete for funding and standing in the eight-week challenge, sponsored by the business school’s Center for Social Value Creation and the public policy school’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. But they were also there to spread their ideas and learn from one another. “We’re sort of hoping to get the word out because we’re so new, and just sort of make people more aware of things

transgender From PAGE 1 journalism major, said he has never felt discriminated against, though he knows it happens to others. “As a trans person living in Maryland, even if I’m not currently looking for a full-time job or for housing, it would be really nice to know that that’s not something that people can look at and just reject me about,” he said. Opponents raised concerns about sex offenders taking advantage of the legislation and entering opposite-sex bathrooms, according to The Washington Post. But five local governments — Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Montgomery County and Hyattsville — already have transgender anti-discrimination laws, Jensen said. “All of the problems that people say would happen have not happened and are not happening,” he said. “It’s about providing basic protections for people, and we know that they’re needed.” Although the university also has an anti-discrimination policy, Jensen said FAMA would provide uniformity. “It’s kind of sad to think that

that are being done that they could potentially get involved with,” said Maddie Lawhorn, a freshman bioengineering major and member of the venture Gift to Uplift. Her organization’s table featured a decorated shoe box with a storybook, a coloring book and a stuffed animal inside — Gift to Uplift’s prototype for the boxes they plan to deliver to children with serious illnesses. Five of the 12 groups at the symposium presented their projects on stage to an audience of about 200 at the end of the day. Brooks Gabel, the founder and executive director of, talked about how his experience coming out as gay inspired him to create a social network for people going through the same process. A group of volunteers demonstrated Terps Against Hunger’s plan for feeding malnourished people by packaging 140 servings of a rice-based complete meal in four minutes. Glow for the Girls, an annual 5k run that raises money to fight human trafficking, turned off the chandeliers and asked the


LGBT Equity Center director someone could be protected on campus, and then the moment they step off, they’re not,” he said. “We have a large student population that lives on campus and that’s great, but we have even more that don’t, so being protected where you live and at school are important considerations.” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown testified in support of the bill Wednesday before the House Health and Government Operations Committee, saying that “no Marylander should face discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.” Mellen said he hopes the bill “actually passes this time,” as it passed the House but was recommitted to a Senate committee and failed to pass in 2011. “At this point, living in a state that has marriage equality, but is still dragging its feet on banning discrimination, that’s just kind of strange to me,” he said.

audience to light the room with green glow sticks instead. “It was very cool just to see how many Terps and people in the Maryland community were interested in having real impacts, doing real good,” said Robert Cobb, a senior individual studies major and Diamondback columnist who helped present Learning Spaces’ online education initiative. “[The event] also lets people who are interested in some of the same areas meet each other and build a network, build a community of people who are interested in solving the same issues, so you can magnify your impact.” Audience members voted to award Glow for the Girls a ticket to the Do Good Challenge semifinal round in April. The field of teams, which includes 28 longterm ventures and 24 projects, will be narrowed to one venture and one project in late April. The winning teams will each receive $5,000 to further their efforts. This was the first year Do Good Challenge teams presented at the symposium, which was created and hosted by the CSVC

pat o’shea, chief of university research, speaks to a crowd of about 200 at the Social Enterprise Syposium on March 7. rebecca rainey/the diamondback and also included keynote speeches and breakout sessions on topics from entrepreneurship to education reform and business journalism. Kim Glinka, CSVC marketing and sustainability assistant director, said the annual symposium has become popular over its sixyear existence and was a good venue for the challenge teams seeking support — as well as a valuable experience for the do-gooders. “No matter what discipline you study, there’s something new and fresh to learn at symposium every year,” Glinka said. Nick Henninger, a sophomore economics major and cofounder and president of Com-

munity Pipeline, presented his team’s plan to enable university groups such as Geography Club, Theta Tau engineering fraternity and Ballroom at Maryland to teach after-school lessons at Paint Branch Elementary School and College Park Academy. He viewed the symposium as a chance to get Community Pipeline’s message out and support local service culture. “We’ve had so many people today come up and they said, ‘Oh, I heard about that because I’m in such and such club,’” he said. “Just creating that kind of groundswell of talking about this to say, ‘University of Maryland, we can hold ourselves to a higher standard, we can do this — let’s all get together and

do a little bit and together it’ll be a massive change.’” Mira Azarm, a graphic design lecturer, said programs such as the Do Good Challenge show that this university has become a hub for social change since she graduated in 2001. “The fact that students are working on projects that actually are trying to create social change is really amazing and something that I wish I had seen as a student,” she said. “Just the fact that socia l change is something that people know about and talk about is a huge shift, because it was not even remotely on my radar as a student.”

Alumnus leaves county school position for nonprofit Arbogast helped found College Park Academy By Holly Cuozzo @emperorcuozzco Staff writer T he chief academic officer for Prince George’s Cou nty P ubl ic Schools resigned in February after four years of overseeing county schools and fostering connections with this university. Duane Arbogast, who earned his doctorate in educationa l pol icy a nd leadership from this university, resigned from his county position to serve as the educational services vice president with the Children’s Guild in Baltimore, a 60-year-old nonprofit organization that provides mental health services, foster care and educational programs to children and teens. “What I found was that in a large public school system, it was very, very d i f f icu lt to be n i mble, and there were structures

to the large public school system that cannot necessarily adapt easily and quickly to the needs of students,” Arbogast said. “So when I have the opportunity to work with a much smaller organization that was much more nimble, that was a good fit for me. … I wouldn’t have thought of that if I hadn’t had the experiences in Prince George’s.” The university alumnus maintained his affiliation with the education college by advising doctoral students and teaching courses during his tenure as chief academic officer. He also help ed establ i sh Col lege Pa rk A c a d e my, a c o u nt y charter school, last year. “It is important for PGCPS to have a person at the sup e r i n t e n d e n t ’s c a b i n e t level who is ded icated to promoting and facilitating university partnerships,” said Margaret McLaughlin, education college associate dean and professor. Both university and county officials stated they were uncertain what will happen with the vacancy in the PGCPS administration. The county has yet to fill the vacancy

left by Arbogast, although Shawn Joseph, who served as Montgomery County School System director of school performance and superintendent of the Seaford School District in Delaware, is expected to join the team today as deputy superintendent for teaching and learning, said Max Pugh, Prince George’s County Public Schools acting communications officer. “The Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning is not a replacement of the Chief Academic Officer,” Pugh wrote in an email. “The organizational structure will continue to be analyzed for the most effective and efficient operation, which may or may not include a Chief Academic Officer position.” As deputy superintendent, Joseph will manage curriculum instruction, special education, testing, student services and performance management, Pugh wrote. Joseph also will assume a portion of Arbogast’s previous responsibilities. University officials said Arbogast was an invaluable contact, and he said he placed heavy emphasis on his relationship with this institution.

“Regardless of whether they reorganize or whether they hire a new person, they have a different kind of role. … There needs to be an overall point person for the university,” said Donna Wiseman, education college dean. “We will probably still work with him in some capacity not related to Prince George’s County.” Prince George’s County will continue to work toward urban reform along with the rest of the nation, Arbogast said. T his effort includes ch a nges i n a rea s such a s pr i ncipa l m a n agement, school budgets’ priorities, teacher evaluations, school str uctu res a nd student programming. “In a large organization, people come and go and the work still continues, so I think it would be inappropriate to speculate on what someone leaving or someone coming means to change the work because the work doesn’t change,” Arbogast said. “The core work in Prince George’s moves forward regardless. … The work is so much bigger than any one person.”

used the time as a chance to recall some of his most poignant memories. “Everything about [Len Bias]; Lenny was awesome,” Wagner said. “It’s one of those things that you remember where you were the day that he passed away.” Bias, who died in 1986 and has his number hanging in Comcast’s rafters, still had a presence for the final game in a league in which he turned in some memorable performances. Former Terps guard and NBA All-Star Steve Francis appeared in the second half wearing a Bias Boston Celtics jersey and a hat emblazoned with the Maryland flag. And when fans stormed the court, Francis was among them, congratulating Dixon and forward Jake Layman while linking together generations of different Terps players. “It means everything,” guard Dez Wells said after the game. “We just want to go out there and play hard, not just for ourselves but for everybody that’s played here and everybody that will play here in the future. We’re willing to go out here and show everybody that Maryland Terrapins aren’t dead yet. We’re not out of the fight yet.” The Terps still have the ACC tournament left later this week

in Greensboro, N.C., and they won’t play their first Big Ten matchup until the end of this year or beginning of 2015. But that didn’t stop 14-year-old Andrew Fitzgerald of Belcamp from looking forward to the new conference. Clad in a 2002 national championship jacket and a Maryland flag bow tie, Fitzgerald attended his first Terps game a few years ago and thinks Comcast is one of the best environments for watching a game. He said that though the teams will be unfamiliar and the league will be different next year, that won’t stop fans from coming to games. Yet while Terps fans may be excited for what lies ahead, they had a chance to remember the program’s history in a conference they helped form more than six decades ago. Fitzgerald and the others lined up around Comcast Center’s concourse were waiting for a chance to meet four iconic Terps figures, each of whom carved memories while competing in the ACC. “It was very special for us,” Wells said. “Sixty-one years is a long time in the ACC. It’s been a lot. It’s been a long time coming, and for us to end it this way is really special.”


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ACC From PAGE 1 An announced sellout crowd of 17,950 packed Comcast to watch the Terps’ final ACC game, and many students in attendance lined up hours before the noon tipoff. Some arrived by the student entrance as early as 6:45 a.m. hoping to sit in their favorite seats. Freshman electrical engineering major Peter Kruse showed up at 7 a.m. with face paint in hand. “I wanted to say I was there

waiting for the game, the very last ACC game,” said Kruse, an Ellicott City native who grew up as a Terps fan. K ruse and his friends painted their hair red, yellow and black before arriving at Comcast. While waiting, they painted each other’s faces the same colors. “Just the atmosphere in general is awesome,” freshman aerospace engineering major Tyler Degraw said as his friends painted lines across his face in the school colors. “I’d say it’s a big game because it’s the ACC farewell, but it’s

moving into the Big Ten too.” Farther back in line, Kaarid sat under a blanket in a chair with a Harry Potter book. Bagels and coffee cups littered the ground around her. Other students tossed Frisbees and footballs outside the Terrapin Trail Garage. Waiting for the fans inside Comcast were free ACC commemorative posters for all and free T-shirts for students. A large piece of paper covered a section of the wall outside section 205, where fans were encouraged to write their favorite ACC moments in marker.

Tahj Holden, a forward on the 2002 national championship team, mingled with the crowd and checked out the sign. After a few moments, Holden walked up to the paper, grabbed a marker and wrote, “Beating UVA at the last game at Cole Field House!” with a slight smile on his face. University alumnus Frank Wagner went straight to the autograph line at 10:30 a.m. when do ors op ened , a nd a f ter 45 m i nutes, he was still waiting for his chance to meet some of the program’s greats. But the 1980 graduate


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Terps hang on late at Stony Brook to stay undefeated After being subbed out with lead, Raffa returns down stretch to help seal fifth straight victory to open season By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Senior staff writer The Terrapins men’s lacrosse team held a six-goal lead at halftime Saturday at Stony Brook when coach John T illman decided to change his lineup. Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa, who has been dealing with a series of injuries since the preseason, was noticeably limping toward the end of the half. So with the game relatively in hand, Tillman replaced Raffa with sophomore Jon Garino Jr. at the faceoff X to start the third quarter. Garino struggled to get into the flow of the game, though. During a stretch of nearly 20 minutes, he lost five of six faceoffs to opposing specialist Kyle Rowe, prompting a Seawolves comeback that brought them within three goals of the Terps with 10:49

remaining in the contest. Tillman immediately called a timeout after the Seawolves’ sixth goal and returned Raffa to the faceoff X despite the apparent injury. The junior restored order, winning the ensuing faceoff and three of his final four to prevent a collapse on the road as the Terps escaped with an 11-8 victory in Stony Brook, N.Y., and their undefeated record intact. “I’m disappointed the fourth quarter went as poorly as it did early,” Tillman said. “But I’m proud of our guys. When things got tight, they could have started pointing the fingers, and they could have panicked. We got a timeout, we took a deep breath, we reorganized. Guys got their bearings again, and we went out and were just able to grind it out.” Tillman said Raffa was in good enough shape to start the third quarter but that it was important to

give Garino — whose one faceoff win came on a Seawolves violation — a chance to show his capabilities. “If we’re going to give Jon an opportunity, it’s better to throw him in at 8-2 right off of halftime, allowing him to mentally get prepared, get a few reps, get warm versus throwing him just randomly in the third quarter,” Tillman said. “I think this is the time when, if you’re going to try your guys, you’d rather do it now than in a close game and then all of a sudden expect a guy to act like it’s old hat when he’s never really had an opportunity in a close contest.” Behind a first-half hat trick from midfielder Mike Chanenchuk and two goals from attackman Tim Rotanz — who made his debut after missing the first four games with a lower body injury — the Terps (5-0) carried an 8-2 lead into halftime. But without Raffa in the lineup to start the half, the Sea-


CENTER SHAQUILLE CLEARE played a season-high 26 minutes yesterday. He scored five points and grabbed five rebounds in the Terps’ win over No. 5 Virginia. rebecca rainey/the diamondback

CHAMPIONSHIP From PAGE 10 find consistency during the regular season. But this season, the Terps failed to mount a run in the ACC championships. Though 184-pound Jimmy Sheptock captured an individual title, the Terps posted 37.5 team points, finishing in fifth place. “Definitely disappointed,” McCoy said. “Not how we wanted to finish the season. We didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities that we had in the some of the matches that we lost. In a close small team event, there’s very little room for error.” Sheptock qualified for the NCAA championships in Oklahoma City in 10 days, along with 133-pound Tyler Goodwin, 197-pound Christian Boley and 285-pound Spencer Myers. The 141-pound Shyheim Brown, meanwhile, is in consideration for an at-large bid. Goodwin and Myers both lost in the tournament finals, while Boley fell to Duke’s Conner Hartmann in the consolation finals.

BROWN From PAGE 10 Terps’ slogan for the 2013 season. “[The bracelet] was kind of my connection to the guys and supporting them back home,” Brown said Saturday in his first meeting with the media since he was reinstated in January. Brown is back with the Terps after his semester-long absence, and the changes he’s made are obvious to his coach. “It was sad, but it was something that needed to happen,” coach Randy Edsall said. “I’m not sure it would have made him the man that he is today if that didn’t happen, and I think that’s one of the things that college athletics is all about. He needed to have something that was very dear and special

the trend in their 75-69 upset, and coach Mark Turgeon was at the center of it all. After forward Jake Layman hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining to give the Terps a 64-61 lead, Turgeon ordered the Terps to foul to prevent Virginia from having the opportunity to hit a game-tying 3-pointer. It backfired, as guard Dez Wells tipped the miss on the second shot out of bounds, and Gill put the perfectly placed pass through the hoop with 0.5 seconds remaining. “I don’t ever foul,” Turgeon said. “But it’s been the strangest year I’ve ever been a part of, and I did it backwards. I said, ‘Well, I’m going to do things backwards today because we haven’t won any close games.’

Despite reeling off a four-match winning streak to end the season, the Terps’ early-season struggles resurfaced on the big stage. Besides the four wrestlers whose seasons will continue, the team had little success. The 125-pound Paul O’Neill, 149-pound Frank Goodwin, 157-pound Danny Orem, 165-pound Josh Snook and 174-pound Ty Snook all fell in the first round. Through his team’s injuries and disappointing losses that plagued a good portion of this season, Sheptock has remained productive. His 26-0 record heading into the tournament buoyed the Terps all season long, and he led the team with six pins and five technical falls. “He’s going down in history as one the best wrestlers to ever come through the ACC,” McCoy said. “Never lost to an ACC opponent. Won three ACC Championships. Should be top-ranked at the NCAA tournament.” Sheptock’s 3-1 finals victory over Pittsburgh’s Max Thomusseit puts him in position to receive the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. A n d wh i l e Tyl e r G o o dw i n ’s

to him taken away to realize what a privilege it is to have the opportunity that he had.” Brown spent his time away f ro m t h e tea m wa tc h i n g the Terps every week while keeping in touch with teammates through social media and talking to his coaches on the phone. He said the most painful moment of watching the Terps came when he was watching a game and running back Brandon Ross missed a gap in the defense because he hesitated. “I loved watching,” Brown said. “But it hurt so bad.” The Baltimore native also worked out to lose weight. He missed spring practice in 2013 after having shoulder surgery, and he said he weighed 218 pounds at the time of his suspension. He said Saturday he is down to 205 pounds and hopes to reach of 210 pounds before play.

wolves (2-3) started to produce extra possessions with faceoff victories. Garino lost two of three faceoffs in the third quarter, but the Terps avoided any serious damage in the period because of stingy defense, four of goalkeeper Niko Amato’s nine saves and a timely goal from midfielder Bryan Cole with 9:47 left in the period. They maintained a six-goal advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Garino’s faceoff losses started to take a toll on the Terps during the final 15 minutes of play. Stony Brook midfielders Challen Rogers and Cody Vassallo and attackman Matt Schultz all scored for the Seawolves after faceoff wins in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to trim the Terps’ lead to 9-6. “They were really pushing the tempo,” Chanenchuk said. “They scored a few good goals and went on a run there, but I think we kept our

And we got to come up with the rebound and we didn’t.” Turgeon also switched up his normal strategy at the end of regulation, as he was “trying something different because [he’s] been status quo all year.” It led to some botched possessions, such as when Layman was forced into a rushed 3-pointer because he didn’t know how much time was left and when Virginia closed a gap that had stretched to as many as eight points early in the second half. But Turgeon deserves to be commended for his willingness to change things up on one of the biggest stages the Terps have played on this season. With program legends lining the court and hordes of alumni returning to Comcast Center for one last ACC game — not to mention a nationally televised noon tipoff — most of the college basketball world was

composure and hampered it well.” Tillman said the timeout he called after Vassallo’s goal with just less than 11 minutes left in the contest was crucial in calming his team down. Raffa limped back onto the field after the stoppage and his ensuing faceoff win gave the Terps their first quality possession of the quarter. Schultz added his second goal of the game with 8:24 remaining to bring the Seawolves within two, but Cole and Chanenchuk — who finished with four goals — answered to put the game out of reach down the stretch. Raffa’s return to the faceoff X helped the Terps halt Stony Brook’s late run, regain control of the game and avoid their first loss of the season. “It says a lot about the type of athlete and competitor he is,” Tillman said. “He lives for the challenge.”

focused on College Park. So he eschewed convention he’d stuck to all season and reaped the benefits. Guard Seth Allen’s broken foot prevented Turgeon from playing him alongside fellow guard Roddy Peters earlier in the season. But in the first half, guard Dez Wells picked up his second foul, and Peters came off the bench to play 10 minutes. He missed the only shot he took — a wide-open 3-pointer from the left wing — but turned the ball over only once while recording an assist and a steal. Center Shaquille Cleare struggled recently, but he too gave Turgeon important minutes while forward Charles Mitchell battled foul trouble during the game. Cleare scored five points and made three of his four free throws while grabbing five boards and blocking one shot in a season-high 26 minutes. He

also tipped out a crucial offensive rebound late in the game. And once the game reached overtime, Allen took over. He scored the Terps’ first five points before Wells drove to the hoop and Layman hit four free throws to ice the game. “All the stuff we’ve been through, it’s made us tougher,” Turgeon said. “It’s made us a lot tougher; it’s going to help us in the future.” The Terps’ season might not last much longer with the ACC tournament later this week and a probable second straight bid in the NIT waiting next week. But for one day, Turgeon and the Terps did things differently. And the fans were rewarded with a change of pace, too, as instead of leaving early and glumly walking across the campus, they flooded gleefully onto the court.

vitamin D deficiency returned three weeks ago, the fourth-seeded wrestler was able to advance deep into the tournament. After a 6-5 win in the first round, he pulled off a major upset of top-seeded Shelton Mack in the semifinals. Boley, who won individual ACC titles the past two seasons, was on the other side of a semifinal upset. The top-seeded senior dropped a 3-1 overtime contest to Virginia’s Zach Nye. “It was a terrible time to have a bad day,” McCoy said. “He should’ve been a three-time ACC champion. He’s beaten everyone in the weight class before.” In the end, Sheptock was the only Terp standing on the podium Saturday, holding championship hardware, as his team prepared for the long trek back to College Park. “We put 10 guys out on the mat, and we expected 10 guys to go out there and perform at a high level,” McCoy said. “They wrestled as well as they did on the day. … It wasn’t meant to be.”

184-POUND JIMMY SHEPTOCK captured an individual title and continued his undefeated season at the ACC championships in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday, but the Terps finished in fifth place. file photo/the diamondback


Terrapins football running back In his first few practices, including two with pads, Brown said he felt like he was floating because he wasn’t used to playing with less weight. And while he may have felt sluggish, his coaches and teammates told him he still looked fast. “The biggest thing with Wes is he’s just got to get his feet back going underneath him,” Edsall said. “The time away made him grow as a young man, and you can see that growth and the maturation in him. Now it’s just a matter of him coming out here and continuing to keep working to get better.”

Brown also worked part time as a custodian at Good Counsel, his alma mater. Some nights he watched the Falcons play on the field where he starred as a four-star recruit before cleaning up the trash from the bleachers. Current Good Counsel players would recognize him, but Brown would try to remind them he was just like them. “No disrespect, but it was a good job because it helped me humble myself and appreciate things, the little things like that, like people who actually do those jobs for us who we don’t

even appreciate or say ‘thank you’ for doing,” Brown said. As Edsall does with all incoming players, Brown is at the bottom of the Terps’ spring depth chart behind fellow running backs Ross, Albert Reid, Jacquille Veii and Joe Riddle. In 2012, Brown appeared in eight games and ranked second on the team with 382 rushing yards. In the Terps’ 20-18 loss to N.C. State that fall, he rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a touchdown for one of the top Terps performances on the ground that season. Still, he’s going to have to work for a higher spot on the depth chart. “He’s walking in the door,” offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said. “He’s at the bottom of the depth chart. He’s going to have to fight his way to earn whatever time he gets,

and I would think that’s what every player expects, and those are the standards that are set here within our program.” Overall, Brown and his coaches are excited for his return. His speaking engagements with youth football teams made him less shy, and he expressed gratitude to athletic department members such as Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, who checked on him during his suspension. And with the past summer and fall behind him, Brown can focus on the thing he missed so much during his absence: playing football with the Terps. “Every time I come out here, everything feels new,” Brown said. “A fresh breeze. Come out, just feel like a new Wes every day I come out here.”

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HEELS From PAGE 10 ACC Freshman of the Year, led North Carolina (24-8, 10-6) with 22 points, while guard Allisha Gray had 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Tar Heels shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, while the Terps’ free-throw shooting proved detrimental to their comeback. “Obviously, we didn’t take advantage of shooting the ball well from the free-throw line,” Frese said. On the opening possession, guard Lexie Brown led a Terps fast break after a steal, but DeShields stole possession back before her layup attempt and launched the ball toward forward Stephanie Mavunga at the other end, who finished the open layup for the first basket. The play set the early tone, as the Terps were 0-of-5 from the field with four turnovers in the opening five minutes, and the Tar Heels’ stingy defense proved tough to break. Trailing 9-3 with 14:48 remaining, the Terps went on a 7-0 run. Brown’s and-1 free throw gave them the lead, but DeShields drained a 3-pointer five seconds later. During the firsthalf stoppages, Frese called the team’s frustrated guards to the sideline and put her hands on their


Terps displayed sharp ball movement to get into the paint, but they still trailed 37-26 at halftime. The Terps’ effective offense carried into the first four minutes after the break, cutting the deficit to three. But the Tar Heels scored the next nine points, increasing their lead to 48-36. Thomas’ jumper with 11:19 left in the second half made it 52-45, moving her to the top spot of the team’s all-time scoring list. “[It’s] just a huge honor,” Thomas said. “But we didn’t come up with the win tonight, so [it’s] something I’m not really thinking about.” Guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough missed a go-ahead long jumper with 38 seconds left, and DeVaughn scrambled for the rebound and called timeout to retain possession. Though they had clear chances to tie or win the game, a sputtering start proved critical in the devastating loss. As a disappointed Terps team exited the Greensboro Coliseum GUARD SHATORI WALKER-KIMBROUGH fails to finish over Tar Heels defenders in Friday night’s ACC tournament loss. alik mcintosh/the diamondback court for the final time as an ACC member, Those final minutes in the opening half they turned their attention toward avoiding shoulders, trying to calm them down. “I thought Carolina was really amped up,” Frese ended at a fast pace. After a Mavunga layup, a similar fate during the NCAA tournament said. “And for us, just to kind of get our poise under guard Latifah Coleman jumped in front of in two weeks. control, stay confident with what we were doing Thomas’ inbound pass, resulting in another “If this doesn’t motivate you, then for us, it North Carolina basket. and really just to settle down.” will be a very quick ending,” Frese said. “But I With the Tar Heels on a 15-4 run, Brown passed know the kind of competitors we have in the Despite the frustration, the Terps stuck around. Thomas, who struggled in the first 16 minutes, hit into the key to Thomas, who quickly flung the ball locker room, and we’ll use the week to get better.” a jumper just inside the arc to close their deficit to to center Alicia DeVaughn for an open layup. It was a rare moment in the first half in which the 22-20 with 3:51 remaining in the half.

GUARD DEZ WELLS scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and overtime in yesterday’s ACC finale against No. 5 Virginia at a sold-out Comcast Center. rebecca rainey/the diamondback

CAVALIERS From PAGE 10 finish with a game-high 20. Wells poured in 16 of his 18 points in the second half and overtime. And forward Jake Layman buried four late free throws to help end the Cavaliers’ 13-game winning streak. It was the Terps’ first win over a top-25 team in a season mostly marked by disappointing losses. And on a night with significant historical implications, Allen ended the final ACC game at Comcast by celebrating with a mob of win-starved fans. “Somebody tried to pick me up,” Allen said with a smile. “It was just a whole bunch of people giving high-fives and stuff. It’s great. It just shows everybody who was there, man, it was fun.” From autograph signings to free giveaways, the program had several nods to its 61 years in the ACC yesterday as famous alumni lined the court. Former coach Gary Williams sat courtside, and late in the second half, he was joined by former Terps guard and NBA All-Star Steve Francis, who wore a Boston Celtics Len Bias jersey. “We always play for Maryland, but today, we played for former players, former coaches, all our fans,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “There was probably a lot of Maryland fans who hadn’t watched all year that watched today just because it was the last ACC game we were playing. Really proud of my group.” It wasn’t a smooth run to the marquee triumph, though. The Terps (17-14, 9-9 ACC) appeared poised to hold off Virginia (25-6, 16-2) when guard Joe Harris committed an offensive foul with less than five seconds to play, and Layman hit two free throws to put the Terps up 64-61. But Turgeon asked his team to foul while holding the three-point lead, and the common tactic backfired. “I don’t ever foul,” Turgeon said. “But it’s been the strangest year I’ve ever been a part of, and I did it backwards.” Virginia guard Malcolm


Terrapins men’s basketball guard Brogdon made his first free throw, and after he intentionally missed the second, Wells tipped the ball out of bounds while reaching for the rebound. The Cavaliers ran a lob on the ensuing inbounds play, and Gill finished to tie the score at 64 and send the game into overtime. The Terps, who lost games in the final seconds against then-No. 8 Duke and thenNo. 4 Syracuse in the past month, gathered together before overtime to try to regroup. “People were sad, almost in tears at that point,” Layman said. But Turgeon told the Terps to move past the blown lead and urged them to play their best “five minutes of basketball.” The players leaned on each other, too, spurring conversations like the one Allen and Wells had. Allen sliced into the lane for two layups to open scoring in overtime and give the Terps a four-point lead before Wells hit a jumper of his own when the Cavaliers got close. The Terps defense stiffened and held onto the late lead until a pair of late Virginia air balls sealed the victory. As the crowd stormed the court, Allen knew he and Wells followed through on their words to each other and rebounded from a near collapse to earn a victory in the final ACC game at Comcast. “We’ve been in the ACC for a long time,” Allen said. “To go out like that, with a court storming against the top team in the league, you couldn’t ask for a better game than that.”


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Allen’s overtime, Wells’ second half help lift Terps to season’s marquee victory in ACC finale

In doing something different, Turgeon finally gets big win in close game

By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer

DANIEL GALLEN The clock ticked down late in regulation yesterday as the Terrapins men’s basketball team clung to a lead against Virginia, and fans started flowing from the student section and crowding around the edges of the court. For a fan base starved of things to celebrate this season, an upset of the No. 5 Cavaliers in the Terps’ final regularseason ACC game at a sold-out Comcast Center would be the pinnacle of a season marred by disappointment. But as Virginia forward Anthony Gill flew above the Terps on an inbounds play to send the game to overtime with a finish off a lob pass, another defeat seemed imminent. Virginia would surely join the likes of Syracuse, Duke, George Washington and Connecticut, who had handed the Terps heartbreaking losses this season. And those fans hoping to celebrate the Terps’ first victory over a top-five team at home in more than a year turned, shocked and deflated, and started climbing back up the concrete stairs to their seats. But as the Terps dominated the Cavaliers in overtime, something was different. There wasn’t a bad lapse, a cold stretch or one play that ultimately swung things the wrong way as had done so many times before. The Terps bucked

Seth Allen was devastated when he looked at Dez Wells just after the end of regulation in the Terrapins men’s basketball team’s ACC finale yesterday afternoon. Moments earlier, Virginia forward Anthony Gill sent the game into overtime with a finish off a lob pass with less than one second remaining, momentarily snatching a historic victory from the Terps. But the Terps still had five minutes to play in their last regular-season ACC game before an announced sellout crowd of 17,950 at Comcast Center. So Allen had a brief conversation with his backcourt partner while walking to the bench. “I looked at Dez, and I told him that we’re not going to lose,” Allen said. “He looked at me, and he was like, ‘We got to take over.’” Several minutes after Allen and Wells exchanged words, they welcomed a deluge of Terps fans with smiles on their faces and celebration on their minds. Behind the two guards, the Terps outlasted Virginia in overtime to earn a 75-69 victory and send the crowd onto the court and the program into the new era with a thrilling win. Allen scored the Terps’ first five points in overtime to GUARD SETH ALLEN (4) celebrates a call late, and guard Dez Wells (32) reacts as fans storm the court See cavaliers, Page 9 after the Terps’ 75-69 overtime win against No. 5 Virginia yesterday. rebecca rainey/the diamondback

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Humbled Brown returns from suspension Terps fall Coaches see more growth, maturity in running back after semester-long absence short in 5th place By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer

were dropped. In early August, the university suspended Brown for a year with the opportunity to return after one semester. So while Brown watched the Terps’ While sitting out the Terrapins up-and-down 7-6 campaign between football team’s season this fall because of a university suspension, Wes Brown working as a high school custodian, speaking to youth football teams and felt as though he’d lost everything. The running back was arrested and trying to get back in football shape, he charged with second-degree assault, never took off the red bracelet marked theft of less than $1,000 and unlawful with the words “Hold the rope,” the interception of oral communications in early July before the charges later See BROWN, Page 8 RUNNING BACK WES BROWN rushed for 382 yards during his freshman year in 2012. file photo/the diamondback

Thomas, who won ACC Player of the Year last week for the third time, had 24 points and 11 rebounds, passing former Terps forward Crystal Langhorne as the top scorer in program history, but it wasn’t enough to earn the team a semifinal berth in its final ACC tournament. “Sad for it to be over,” coach Brenda Frese said. “Definitely wanted to be able to go further.” Guard Diamond DeShields, the See HEELS, Page 9


Sluggish start dooms Terps vs North Carolina Desperate comeback bid falls short in 73-70 loss in ACC tournament quarterfinal Friday the Terps a late lead over North Carolina. But as she made her move, the ball slipped off her right hand and fell between her legs. The ensuing GREENSBORO, N.C. — The clock at scramble resulted in a jump ball that Greensboro Coliseum ticked down gave the Tar Heels possession. Two free throws put the Tar Heels to 23 seconds, and Alyssa Thomas received the ball behind the three- up three with 16 seconds left, and point line, faced her defender and Thomas had an open 3-pointer at the top of the perimeter for another crossed over to her right. With the score 71-70, the Terrapins opportunity to keep the No. 3-seed women’s basketball forward tried to Terps’ ACC championship hopes get to the basket for a layup to give alive. But her shot bounced off the

front rim, sealing the slim 73-70 defeat to No. 6-seed North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals Friday night. “We definitely had opportunities,” Thomas said. “But we just didn’t capitalize.” The Terps (24-6, 12-4 ACC) shot 59.1 percent from the free-throw line and had 19 turnovers, but they still managed a 13-5 run to cut the deficit to one with 1:35 left. Their three opportunities to tie or take the lead, however, came up short.

By Joshua Needelman @JoshNeedelman Staff writer In 2008, coach Kerry McCoy inherited a Terrapins wrestling team with high expectations. Pat Santoro had just led the Terps to their 21st ACC Championship the previous season, ending a 34-year drought. McCoy’s Terps struggled to meet his standards during his first regular season as coach, though, when injuries and inconsistency led to a 10-8-1 finish. Heading into the conference tournament in Blacksburg, Va., that season, the Terps appeared unlikely to repeat. But behind three individual titles, they stunned the conference and won the tournament. McCoy pointed out the similarities between this season’s 9-8 squad and his 2008-09 team before going back to Virginia Tech for the ACC tournament Saturday. His current team, like the first group of Terps he coached, struggled to


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