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House proposes $10 mil ed. cuts Higher education officials hope Senate will suggest no cuts, limit reductions By Jim Bach Senior staff writer

this one’s FOR THE KIDS Fourth annual Terp Thon raises more than $306,000 for Children’s National Medical Center By Jenny Hottle Senior staff writer

“to know that there’s people out there who care long enough to do what you guys are doing really is awesome for the kids back at the hospital.”

Bike share program postponed DOTS unsure of launch date after cost increases By Sandra Müller Staff writer The launch of a new bike share program on the campus, originally scheduled for this semester, has been tentatively pushed back to the fall because of unexpected costs, DOTS officials said. If implemented in College Park, Capital Bikeshare, which now serves Washington, Arlington, Va. and Alexandria, Va., would allow members to pick up one of 64 bikes from eight stations on the campus and in the city


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Those initiatives include $24 million of enhancement funding that would go toward an expansion of science, technology, engineering and math programs; technology-driven course redesign; and increased support for MPower the State, a strategic alliance between this university and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This See budget, Page 2

Students propose tailgating on campus in committee meeting

Fou r days before Brooke Rosenberg’s second birthday, a blood test revealed the unthinkable — what seemed to be a rash and ear infection were acute myeloid leukemia. “You’re ready to celebrate a birthday, [then] to hear she has cancer, that kind of gets your mind thinking: Is this the last birthday we’re going to have CHRIS ROSENBERG with her?” said Chris Rosenberg, Father of Brooke Rosenberg, Brooke’s father. “It turns your who recovered from leukemia whole world upside down.” But thanks to her then-5year-old sister Caitlin, who donated bone marrow, Brooke, now 4, is healthy again. She’s one of 20 “Miracle Kids” who shared their stories Saturday afternoon with about 1,500 students participating in the university’s fourth annual Terp Thon. Dozens of students took over Cole Field House to dance for 12 hours straight, raising more than $306,000 for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. Terp Thon — one of more than 180 collegiate dance See THON, Page 2

While Gov. Martin O’Malley hopes to invest more in higher education, that task may be more difficult after the state’s House of Delegates proposed $10 million worth of cuts to the University System of Maryland. For the first time in his two terms in office, O’Malley proposed investing in, rather than making cuts to, higher education because the state is not projected to fi nish the year in debt. Although last year’s proposed House cuts went much deeper — it looked to slash nearly $20 million — system officials are still worried about how a $10 million cut would inhibit O’Malley’s proposals to bolster several higher education initiatives.


By Teddy Amenabar Staff writer

caitlin rosenberg (left) reads during Saturday’s fourth annual Terp Thon about donating bone marrow to her sister, Brooke (right). jenny hottle/for the diamondback

and then drop it off at any station. But due to costs not anticipated in the initial proposal, Department of Transportation Services officials are unsure whether the bikes will be on the campus by the start of the fall semester, said Beverly Malone, DOTS assistant director. The university and the city received a state grant of $375,000 last year to co-fund the project, part of a larger regional bike share program. The remaining $94,000 in costs was split between the university and the city. However, Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages the Capital Bikeshare programs, has proposed additional launch expenses of $60,000 to $100,000 that were not part of the initial contract, Malone said. “We have a significant increase in costs,” she said, adding that so far, it is unclear where the additional See BIKE, Page 3

City officials are weighing the merits of moving all student tailgating for football games onto the campus, along with several other proposals aimed at alleviating growing tensions between city residents and their student neighbors. The ideas developed during an open meeting Thursday of the Issue Reduction Task Force, a subcommittee of the city’s neighborhood stabilization work group composed of city officials, residents, students and members of local police forces.

After more than an hour of disagreement and discussion on noise-code violations, which grew heated among several members of the subcommittee, a student interjected with the idea of moving boisterous tailgates out of the neighborhoods altogether. Creating a game-day atmosphere on the campus could cut down on students partying in the morning and early afternoon in quiet neighborhoods, said Brendan Harman, a Greek life representative on the subcommittee. “I need your support to bring it back on campus,” he said to University Police See city, Page 3

A heartbreaking production Senior debuts film based on his own relationship By Rachel Barron For The Diamondback Rather than sit home and whine about a failed relationship his freshman year, Peter Garafalo decided to channel his frustration into something more constructive. Nearly three years and many long hours of writing, fi lming and editing later, the senior film studies major debuted his first feature-length film, Aesthetic, at the Hoff Theater in Stamp Student Union on Friday. The story follows the experiences of a freshman named Biv — played by 2012 alumnus Josh Allen — who struggles to fit in with his peers at college


peter garafalo (right), who debuted his first feature-length film Friday, poses with Dhanesh Mahtani, the composer for his movie, Aesthetic. The movie was based on Garafalo’s own experiences. photo courtesy of johannes markus until he fi nds a connection with a girl named Indigo, played by 2012 alumna Maria Navarro. However, in a cruel twist, Indigo is just a figment of Biv’s imagination. “It’s kind of taken from (500) Days of Summer and building people up to

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be more than they are, but taking that and running with it to the extreme,” Garafalo said. Garafalo said Biv’s character is based on his own experience with

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Thon From PAGE 1 marathons helping raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country — may be relatively new, but it has broken national fundraising records in its first four years, said Melanie Modula, the group’s executive director. In 2010, the event raised more than $56,000, becoming the most successful first-year dance marathon program in the country. Terp Thon also became the first program to reach six figures by its second year, gathering $140,000, doing so again in its third, when students raised $270,000. Other universities’ programs have since surpassed records set by Terp Thon, Modula said, but the friendly competition makes for an overall success for the children’s hospitals. “It’s definitely something that’s sweeping the nation,” Modula said of the dance marathon trend. “It’s fun to see that we’re setting the bar, but other people are crushing it, which is great. It’s all for a good cause, so the competition is good competition.” From noon to midnight, students played games and danced while dressed in neon T-shirts, tutus and glasses, upholding their pledge of standing on their feet for 12 hours for those who cannot — a concept Chris Rosenberg said sick children at the hospital appreciated. “When you’re in the hospital with your children, you’re kind of in solitude,” Rosenberg said. “There’s really not a whole lot of contact with the outside world. So to know that there’s people out there who care long enough to do what you guys are doing really is awesome for the kids back at the hospital.” In between dance routines, other children and families shared their experiences with the hospital and its doctors, which junior Harrison Edney said helped him understand the cause and the true impact of the fundraising. “You get a great feeling being here, seeing the kids,” said Edney, an economics major, who also par-

ticipated in Terp Thon in 2012. About 88 percent of children with cancer are treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, though the dance marathon proceeds go toward a variety of hospital units, research and other areas of need. Even the smaller donations, such as new flat-screen televisions for clinic waiting rooms, can make a difference, said Dr. Sally Evans, the Washington hospital’s chief of pediatric rehabilitation medicine. “It seems to me my patients are a little happier having something to do,” said Evans, who treated or knew many children who shared their stories at the event. For Alexander and Tess Theodorakos, 9-year-old twins who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, simple donations such as new toys made the hospital more cheerful. “The money doesn’t always go to the really expensive medical equipment stuff,” Alexander said. “It also goes toward the toys for therapy. Like for example, there were beanbag frogs that were missing eyes and somebody drawed their eyes on with a Sharpie. And with the money raised, they were able to replace the frogs, and these beanbag frogs actually had eyes.” Cerebral palsy is permanent, and doctors and researchers have yet to find a cure for the motor condition that causes physical disability. “But we can treat the symptoms,” said Danica Theodorakos, the twins’ mother. And through the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, which benefit from the dance marathons, her children have had success with therapy and surgeries. “Dr. Evans wants them to be just like everybody else,” Theodorakos said. “She really cares. And that’s the kind of doctors they have at Children’s Miracle Hospitals.” Several students, including Modula, said they joined Terp Thon because they had heard about Penn State’s 46-hour-long THON, the oldest and longest dance marathon in the country. Her older brother, who participated in THON as a morale dancer, inspired Modula. While she didn’t


Hillary Rines (top) stands with Chase, one of the Miracle Children who came out to Saturday’s Terp Thon. A student (bottom) signs a board labeled, “For The Kids.” jenny hottle/for the diamondback want to go to the same school as him, she wanted to be active in fundraising — so she joined Terp Thon immediately when she found out about the similar organization. “The scale of what has happened in four years is almost unbelievable at times,” said Modula, who was part of the inaugural Terp Thon in 2010. “To see the growth in fundraising and attendance — and just the scale of the event itself and the aesthetics of how far it’s come along — is incredible.” For Caitlin Rosenberg, now eight, who said she hadn’t known

what bone marrow was but would do anything to save her sister, Terp Thon and similar events provide motivation and the enthusiasm children need to recover. “I remember when I woke up [from the bone marrow transplant], I did not even want a Popsicle — I just wanted to see Brooke,” Caitlin told the neon-colored crowd, remembering when her younger sister waited for her with a new American Girl doll in hand as a thank-you present. “Thanks for dancing for kids like us.”

posed. The hope, higher education officials said, is the Senate will not propose reductions to the system, which would widen the differences between the two chambers and result in fewer cuts. “We are working hard to get the Senate not to cut the budget at all,” Kirwan said. “I’m very hopeful that we can drive down the $10 million cut substantially as the process plays out over the next several weeks.” The Senate’s cuts amounted to $5.3 million last year, compared to the House’s $20 million. The legislature ultimately settled on the Senate’s cuts. Because the Senate’s cuts tend to be less severe, Kirwan is hopeful senators will preserve more of O’Malley’s proposed funding. “Historically, the Senate has treated higher education better than the House,” Kirwan said. The system may not be staring down the end of the same devastating cuts as last year, when failed budget negotiations initially triggered across-the-board reductions. If O’Malley hadn’t called a special session to restore those funds, the system would have seen its budget slashed by $50 million. Kirwan, however, is still wary of the possibility of $10 million in cuts, even though that’s small in comparison to the potential of last year’s cuts. “I don’t want to try to put a positive spin on this at all at this moment,” Kirwan said. “I don’t want anybody to think this isn’t so bad because it does have consequences and we’re going to just keep pushing to get the budget restored.”

funding would provide a longterm economic boost to the state, system Chancellor Brit Kirwan said, but it’s also where the cuts would come down the hardest. “Obviously we’re disappointed with any cut,” Kirwan said. “This would be harmful not just to the system, but to the very initiatives that we had planned that were intended to advance the state.” The cuts stem from several different areas. The House has suggested reducing the system’s portion of the state’s general fund by $4 million and cutting $500,000 worth of funding to the College Park Academy, a charter school in the works. The deepest cuts would come from a $5.5 million transfer from the system to the Maryland Higher Education Commission to provide needbased financial aid that would be given to students attending any university in the state, not just the 12 in the system. Under state law, both the House of Delegates and Senate have the authority to make cuts to the governor’s proposed budget, but the chambers cannot make additions. The Senate is next in line to make amendments to the budget. The university system plans to ramp up lobbying efforts to avoid reductions. “We’ll be working to make sure that we can get a number that is less than 10 million,” said Zach Cohen, University System of Maryland Student Council chairman. After the Senate makes its suggestions, the two chambers will likely meet in the middle before a final budget is pro-

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film From PAGE 1 heartbreak. As a freshman, he poured everything into a relationship because he, like Biv, desperately wanted that romantic connection. However, Garafalo said he found out the hard way the relationship was not as serious as he thought. “I was like, ‘Oh wow, so all of that fantasizing about us falling in love and being together was never coming from her at all,’” he said. Garafalo started writing his script in the summer of 2010, and he was ready to start shooting by fall of the next year. With a budget of less than $2,000 and a cast and crew of six people, Garafalo had to wear multiple hats on the set — director, cocinematographer and editor. However, Garafalo said he was quickly overwhelmed by the daunting process and almost completely lost interest in the film until his composer, Dhanesh Mahtani, began creating music for the film. “It’s a lot of fun composing creepy music at 3 a.m.,” Mahtani said.

bike From PAGE 1 funds will come from. W h i l e D O T S s a i d t h e c i ty i s l o o k i n g i n to p o s s i b l e f u n d i n g options, City Planner Jonathan Brown said he could not give any information on budgetary matters. Another hurdle to overcome, Malone said, is an increase in operation expenses. “The state grant was only meant to get the project started,” she said. Alta Bicycle Share has changed its pricing system for the bikes and docks, Malone said. To avoid a higher annual membership fee, the university will have to consider building only three bike share stations on the campus instead of a planned four, Malone said.


There were other bumps in the road. Initially, Garafalo could not afford high-definition cameras and shot the early scenes in standard definition. However, he later managed to borrow HD cameras from friends. The earlier work did not go to waste, though — Garafalo used the lower-quality footage for scenes set in Biv’s depressing reality and the HD footage for scenes set in his dreamworld. “The minute we cut to this dreamworld, it really does look like a dreamworld,” Garafalo said. “The fantasy world is in this beautiful HD, DSLR, dreamlike-quality footage, which really works to the story’s benefit.” Garafalo also went through three recasts for the movie because actors kept dropping out of the project. “Time after time, the actors said they couldn’t commit to it,” he said. Allen succeeded in getting Navarro onboard as Indigo after the previous lead actress backed out of the film. Navarro said because she was already friends with Allen, she was able to act naturally in scenes with him. “I don’t think I would have been able to do it that way if we weren’t such good friends,” Navarro said.

The helpfulness of a bike share program would depend on that annual fee, said Hector Escobar, who is pursuing a doctorate in aerospace engineering. If officials would have to charge students more, “they better just use the funds for something else,” Escobar said. Nana Asare, a graduate electrical engineering student, said he would consider using the service if he needed transportation on short notice. However, he agreed the university should consider investing elsewhere if the program isn’t affordable. “They should instead put the money into the bike shop to get more bikes for rental,” Asare said. Monica Hernandez, an official from Washington’s District Department of Transportation, said the costs of maintaining bike sharing

“the minute we cut to this dreamworld, it really does look like a dreamworld. the fantasy world is in this beautiful hd, dslr, dreamlike-quality footage.” PETER GARAFALO

Senior film studies major It took the crew a year to shoot all the scenes, and Garafalo spent another year editing the movie alone in his room. Garafalo said he was still tweaking the finer details of the film the night before its debut on Friday, when about 100 students, family members and friends gathered to show their support. For the next step, Garafalo plans to post Aesthetic on the Internet for the world to see, and said he does not care about making any money off of the film. Moreover, he said he plans to go back to producing shorter films rather than feature-length productions. “I’m going to stay away from feature-length films until I think I’m ready for another one,” he said.

in College Park are higher than in Washington because the system is smaller and the locations of the stations would be farther from the main operation. D OTS will consid e r alte rnative contractors for the bike share p ro j e c t to avo i d h i g h e r c o s ts, Malone said. But in that case, she added, city residents would lose the advantage of Capital Bikeshare’s large infrastructure in the region. The system so far includes more than 175 stations with more than 1,670 bikes, according to Capital Bikeshare’s website. Despite the obstacles, the university is eager to implement the system on the campus, Malone said. “It is the best scenario for those who otherwise commute in a car,” she said.

city From PAGE 1 Chief David M itchell. “It’s a win-win situation. I think it will get more student involvement.” Task force members pointed to Prince George’s County Police’s success keeping students’ celebrations on Route 1 under control following a Feb. 16 win over Duke. But despite support from the group, Mitchell said controlling events on the campus during football season can be difficult. “There’s a whole lot of beer and a lot of parking lots,” Mitchell said, adding the community should come together to find a solution for tailgating for each season’s six home football games. Cooperation between the students, city and university could help police pull off organized tailgating, he added. “I think just about anything is possible,” Mitchell said. Noise complaints are not confined to game days, though — the city council should still consider increasing fines, said Stephanie Stullich, District 3 councilwoman. “If they get fined, they’re less likely to do it,” Stullich said. Under current regulations, if two or more residents file a written complaint for a specific noise disturbance, the city’s Noise Control Board will hold a hearing.While officials can fine a house up to $500 for surpassing the city’s noise level, and can fine $1,000 for a second offense in less than six months, the Noise Control Board also has the authority to throw a complaint out. However,Josh Ratner,the city council’s student liaison, said he doesn’t think amping up code enforcement would have the desired effect. “It doesn’t make sense to me to automatically fine them $250 for something that from the start was subjective. Even though there was a process, it is still subjective,” Ratner said. Instead, the Issue Reduction Task Force may suggest the city council create a peer regulation system, possibly through Greek life organizations. Student Government Association Greek Life Representative Greg Wa-

terworth agreed raising fines wouldn’t deliver a strong message. “If you fine a house, it gets the point across, but I don’t know if you fine by $2,000, that’s going to get the point across any more or any less,” Waterworth said. Though Stullich supported focusing on city code enforcement, she said the system in place may not be dealing with all residential complaints. However, students’ proposals would not have a strong impact, she said. “It just seems like you don’t want the kind of change that’s going to change the [problem],” she said, nearly yelling. A first draft of the subcommittee’s suggestions, which it will submit to the city council by the end of the semester, is already two pages long. Proposals range from increasing university-sponsored student entertainment to considering an alcohol ban on the campus. All plans look to address the growth of student renters in residential areas such as Old Town. City Councilman Patrick Wojahn said he believes every idea should be sent to the council for a vote, though Samantha Zwerling, SGA president, said she was hesitant to sign off on contentious recommendations. “Then I want my name to be off of this,” Zwerling said. “Some of these things, I’m not going to say this is my recommendation, because it’s not.” Because students outnumber the residents of Old Town on the current task force, Stullich said eliminating any proposals that may solve the problem would be unfair. “What is helpful is to know the different viewpoints that different groups have on an idea,” Wojahn added. But both Zwerling and Ratner said students cannot sit on the city council, so they have a limited number of ways to voice their opinions to the city. “It’s just very important for us to have our voices heard, and that’s why we are so vocal,” Ratner said during the meeting. “So, we want to make sure that the council members understand that students care about these issues and have opinions. At the end of the day, we are all [the city’s] constituents.”


CAVALIERS From PAGE 8 Instead of sticking down low, he drifted up top to grab a steal. The split-second decision left Cavaliers center Mike Tobey wide open for a game-tying layup, sending the Terps to their first overtime of the season. A few Virginia buckets later and the Terps were grappling with yet another letdown in a campaign riddled with them. How could they let a 17-point first-half lead devolve into their seventh ACC road loss of the season? “The last play when they were up two, we just didn’t make a very smart play,” Turgeon said moments after the Terps finished the regular season with a sub-.500 ACC record for the third straight year. “We played really smart the whole night; we just didn’t play smart right then. Everyone did it right except one ,and they scored.” Of course, Len’s late miscue was hardly the only reason the Terps (20-11, 8-10 ACC) dropped their seventh conference road game. After entering halftime with a 13-point edge, they failed to execute on both ends of the floor against a Virginia (21-10, 11-7) squad that entered last night’s contest riding a 16-game home winning streak. The Terps shot 25 percent from the field over the final 25

SEAWOLVES From PAGE 8 torrid start to the third quarter gave them an 11-2 lead that would all but put Stony Brook away for good. “I think we came out fast,” long pole Jesse Bernhardt said. “And after the half, we put some goals up right away.” Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa played a big role in that effort. He won all five faceoffs in the first quarter and combined with

minutes. They were outrebounded, 28-20, against an undersized Cavaliers frontcourt during that stretch. And they let a scrappy team get within striking distance early in the second half, prompting a raucous Senior Night crowd of 11,794 to stand throughout the game’s key sequences. “We were very fortunate to get the win,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “I’m no dummy on that one.” Unlike many road letdowns this season, the Terps turned up the pressure early last night. After entering the first media timeout in a 6-6 tie, Turgeon’s squad pieced together a 19-2 run that gave them a 25-8 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half. The Cavaliers, flummoxed by the Terps’ fullcourt press, endured a scoreless stretch of almost seven minutes during the rally. “I feel like we came out and competed,” said forward Dez Wells, who finished with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. “We gave a really good effort, so I can’t ask for anything more from my team.” Though the effort may have been there in the second half, baskets were difficult to muster. The Terps managed just eight points over the frame’s first eight minutes, allowing the Cavaliers to cut the deficit to six points. And with the orange-clad crowd roaring, the Terps failed to notch a game-seizing rally.

Curtis Holmes to win the first four faceoffs in the third quarter. “I just want to get my offense the ball so we can bang some goals in early,” Raffa said. “It’s definitely a big momentum swing.” Once the faceoff specialists earned possessions, the Terps found offensive contributions from across the board. Nine different Terps found the back of the net yesterday, and no player scored more than two goals. The balance is nothing new. The nation’s best scoring offense now boasts 11 different

A Joe Harris 3-pointer knotted the score at 52 with 1:37 left in regulation, and Len’s defensive breakdown ultimately nullified a Wells runner that had secured a two-point lead moments earlier. The Terps did their best to overcome rough odds in overtime, but they couldn’t make enough stops down the stretch to secure the win. Tobey and fellow big man Akil Mitchell scored all seven Virginia points in the extra period, and a Mitchell free throw with eight seconds left clinched the final 61-58 tally. Though Wells did manage a wide-open 3-pointer, the shot clanked off the iron as time expired. The inexperienced Terps, who earned the No. 7 seed in the ACC tournament a n d w i l l fa ce No. 1 0 - se e d Wake Forest on Thursday, were left mulling over yet another learning experience. But that hardly meant they were dejected. They emerged focused and confident against one of the country’s top home teams. And for the most part, they were resilient in a hostile environment. For a team that plays seven underclassmen, Turgeon said, those are noteworthy strides. “I feel a lot better about my team than I did five hours ago,” the second-year coach said. “We did a lot of things well tonight.”

players who have notched at least 5 points this season. “We have a very unselfish group, a group that really buys into sharing the ball,” coach John Tillman said. “They are willing to make the extra pass and that’s been a lot of fun with a group like that.” The Terps even saw production from their second unit yesterday. Joe LoCascio tallied two goals, Landon Carr added one score and freshman Bradlee Lord notched a pair of assists. When those three midfielders

Coach Mark Turgeon said the Terps struggled to stick to the game plan at times during their 61-58 loss at Virginia. The Terps will try to rebound when they face Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC tournament on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C. christian jenkins/the diamondback

came into the game, there seemed to be little drop-off in production from the senior-laden starters. “That second midfield has gotten better and better,” Tillman said. “We’re excited to see what those guys can do down the road.” After the Terps opened up their 11-2 lead, they dug deeper into the bench. Midway through the fourth quarter, Kyle Bernlohr even replaced All-ACC goaltender Niko Amato. And soon, the Seawolves found a rhythm and outscored

the Terps 3-1 in the final period. But by then, it didn’t matter. The Terps’ energetic performance gave them enough of a cushion that their fifth straight win was never in doubt. That’s been the status quo for this bunch all year long. The Terps have jumped out to leads of at least three goals in the first quarter of each game and have never trailed more than seven minutes into a contest this season. The Terps have been dominant thus far and are one of only five undefeated teams left in the

nation. If they can continue to guard against complacency, they could stay that way for a while. Of course, the Terps say they aren’t letting thoughts of an undefeated season derail their focus. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t pondered the possibility. “We just got to take it one game at a time,” Cooper said. “But obviously, when you haven’t lost a game, something like that can creep into your mind.”






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tal Protection Agency has conducted studies, and there’s still a lot of ambiguity in those results. One could always find a reason to postpone fracking. But rather than delaying something that could greatly benefit the state’s economy and help create more jobs, this state should proceed with caution. Many states,


Legislators were wise to reject another fracking ban and should continue efforts to bring environmentally safe practices to the state. such as New York, Ohio, Colorado and even Texas, are beginning to craft guidelines for safe drilling. Even if we wait, other states will continue to take the lead in fracking practices. Taking the initiative now would help ensure safe drilling practices remain the national precedent, bolstering the state’s economy in the process. This state has already proven itself a leader in many areas — in November, it became the first to uphold same-sex marriage on the ballot and passed the state DREAM Act. That momentum should be channeled into creating safe fracking policies with severe punishment for those who violate them. As

the most prominent concerns stem from the chemicals used in the process, perhaps the state should start by requiring drillers to disclose the compounds they will use before they begin drilling, placing a cap on the number of chemicals that can be used and prohibiting or limiting the chemicals that are known to be the most harmful. Gov. Martin O’Malley set aside $1.5 million in his proposed budget for 2014 to study the effects of fracking. The state should still forge ahead and use that money, but not as part of an indefinite moratorium on the potentially lucrative practice. Fracking can begin slowly, and as it is better understood, more drilling can occur. And this state can take lessons from conscientious industry leaders and other states to decide which practices and laws are most effective and what needs to be banned or strictly enforced. We are lucky to live in a state where money isn’t what comes first. Many of our state leaders take the time to ensure residents’ needs are the top priority. However, there is a middle ground between being overly cautious and forging ahead with new practices and methods without taking a step back to look at their risks. We’ll never know what progress could be made with fracking if we spend too much time evaluating — after all, there’s a large chance the risk, if taken carefully, will be well worth it.

Thanks for the filibuster, Rand TOMMY CREEGAN Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) filibuster in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday was simply epic. In case you missed it, Paul took the Senate floor at 11:47 a.m. on March 6, announced he would be filibustering and held the floor for 12 hours and 52 minutes. It was a bipartisan effort as Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined a small group of Republican senators to assist Paul by offering questions, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reading tweets. The filibuster was timed to interfere with John Brennan’s CIA director nomination hearings. Paul said he would be willing to let the hearings proceed once executive branch leaders clarified whether they believe they have the authority to issue a lethal drone strike on noncombatant American citizens on U.S. soil. This is not a new topic, as the administration has run into that question in the past. Paul is one in a group of senators pressing the military on its secret drone policy. In a letter to Paul released Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed the possibility of a drone strike on an American citizen on home soil but said the president could conceivably do just that, and it would be constitutional. That statement should be an imme-

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any states have been quick to allow use of the controversial hydraulic fracturing method — now commonly known as “fracking” — to drill for previously untapped gas resources. But many lawmakers and environmentalists in this state want to take a step back and ban fracking until studies can be conducted. A bill that would have banned fracking — which uses highly pressurized water and chemicals to break shale rock formations and release natural gas — for 18 months while researchers studied its environmental impacts failed in the state Senate last week, and it was withdrawn from a House of Delegates committee. Supporters of a temporary — or permanent — ban hope to rally enough support to introduce another bill. However, this editorial board believes the state should instead use this opportunity to become a national leader in safe and environmentally friendly fracking practices. Environmentalists worry about fracking’s impacts on water quality and neighborhoods surrounding drilling locations but forget the method’s benefits. The country’s carbon dioxide emission levels are at their lowest levels in almost two decades, in part because a more abundant, cheap supply of natural gas reduces the need for coal. Additionally, all of fracking’s environmental impacts can’t possibly be understood in just 18 months. The Environmen-

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diate red flag. As American citizens, we have due process rights and protection against cruel and unusual punishment. But this issue goes beyond constitutional terminology: It is a human rights issue. The fact that this question was not answered with a “no” — that the executive branch granted itself this authority — should concern everyone. Throughout the filibuster, Paul said all he wanted was for the Obama administration to step up and admit it does not have this authority. Drone violence is bad enough. The government claims drones have stellar accuracy, yet the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered that U.S. policy allows follow-up targeting at funerals for successful strikes, and permits attacking those who attempt to assist already shot targets. These strikes have killed innocent civilians, including children in Pakistan and Yemen. The footage released by WikiLeaks of Reuters journalists being killed by an American helicopter exemplifies the dangers of this policy. The Obama administration has ordered a drone strike on a U.S. citizen before: Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen at the end of September. Samir Khan, another American citizen, was also killed in the strike. The next month, al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old U.S.-born son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was mistakenly killed by a drone. In response to that death, then-White House press

secretary Robert Gibbs suggested Abdulrahman should have had a “far more responsible father.” It is even more startling to realize that many states are adopting laws regulating the use of surveillance drones. This state’s House of Delegates has hearings regarding restrictions on the use of drones by law enforcement agencies scheduled for March 19. Also unsettling: The Department of Homeland Security, which ordered 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition over the past year, just requested about 20 million more rounds. What could the Department of Homeland Security possibly need that ammunition for? Many Democrats remained silent on Paul’s filibuster, but I know we can all imagine how the public response would be playing out if this had occurred under President George W. Bush’s administration. But this issue transcends party. There should not have even been a question as to whether the executive branch can issue a drone strike on noncombatant Americans on home soil, and Holder’s statement is unacceptable. In this instance, Paul was being sincere in doing his job representing the people. Rand Paul gave us all a crucial reminder that we cannot take liberty for granted. Tommy Creegan is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at


The path to success Things to know if you want to pursue your dream as an entrepreneur

WILL DYESS This university has a reputable list of successful entrepreneurs who have gone on to reshape the business landscape to their preferences. Many of you have likely seen the bus stop advertisements boasting about companies such as Google, Under Armour and SiriusXM Radio, all of which were started in full, or in part, by alumni of this university. One can safely assume that many among our current student body will go on to pursue similar entrepreneurial success. About a year and a half ago, I decided to try my hand in entrepreneurship — a decision that yielded many interesting experiences and invaluable lessons. You may ask: Why would someone even consider being an entrepreneur when getting a job you know will be there the next day seems like a safer, less stressful alternative? For starters, a recent study shows entrepreneurs on average make 50 percent more than their employed counterparts in the same industry and education level. Those with a vivid imagination will find the process all the more fulfilling than a desk job. Quite literally, using your imagination is your job — entrepreneurs come up with something that doesn’t exist yet and make it real. Next on the list of things to remember is that most small businesses fail — four out of five will do so, as the adage goes in the business world. This isn’t to discourage you, but rather to remind you of this fact of life. This was best expressed to me by a seasoned entrepreneur who offered the truthful advice, “Don’t

fall in love with the game.” It’s best you enter into your affairs knowing the odds are against you so you won’t get too upset if things don’t work out. It has happened to me plenty, but that doesn’t mean you should quit. It just means you should move onto plan B, C, etc. If you want it, you will get it. Knowing all that, it’s time for you to get up and be all you can be. First, however, you need that great idea. These things can be innate; if you have ever started a sentence with “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” or “I wish that…” then you might be on to something. If you’re asking yourself these questions, it obviously means you’re dissatisfied with something, and others could easily be as well. If you don’t have moments like this, don’t worry — just keep reading newspapers. Pick up any paper you like and turn to the business section. The stories will tell you how people are making money, and they may make the idea-generating process flow more smoothly. Once you’ve got an idea, share it with a few of your closest friends and see what they think. A few books later — The Art of War, Guerrilla Marketing, and The Art of the Start — and you’ll be a regular CEO. At that point, find a partner. Everybody needs a good one — someone to keep you on track and in check. Your network is going to get you through to the end, but luckily for us, we’re in a prime spot to build one here on the campus. All it takes is one really good connection and you could have all your problems solved. If your idea is really expensive, someone with deep pockets could help you out if you do enough legwork. There is a lot of money to be made out there; keep calm and get it. Will Dyess is a junior economics major. He can be reached at

Society’s dangerous reliance on fear MARC PRIESTER I’m sick and tired of being scared of monsters that are not there. Not literal monsters, but the fear that the last few months have struck us with, illuminating a truth that can no longer be avoided — America is addicted to fear. And that is a fact more horrifying than any “beast” lurking in the darkness. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting reinvigorated that fear. Our response was the usual. We’ve seen this before after events such as the shootings of Columbine, Virginia Tech and Aurora, Colo. For the College Park community, these distant phenomena became all too real with February’s tragic murder-suicide, in which two students were killed. I will never condone those unspeakable horrors, but I won’t allow fear to navigate the ship of my being, either. So how do we rise from the ashes? We can’t allow fear to become our master. We are never more vulnerable than in the wake of tremendous sadness. Our anger, grief and confusion make us susceptible to others who want to use our emotions to exercise some arbitrary, egotistical political agenda. And both sides of the political spectrum love shoving fear down our throats. Liberals spout that it is imperative to implement gun control measures to prevent future slaughters, and conservatives shout back for more guns and “protection.” Hell, you can initiate a decade-long, trillion-dollar war binge that leaves the Middle East engulfed in flames. All that’s required is a scared constituency and the know-how to manipulate people into fulfilling a perverse desire. But what are we left with: enduring emotional distress and a contentious attitude toward the world. The natural state becomes “us vs. them,” and peace of mind is maliciously robbed

from us while we wallow in an agony only fear can raise. In our eyes, everyone becomes suspicious. Everyone becomes a villain out of some irrational, primordial instinct of self-preservation. Strangers, classmates, friends and possibly family members are thought of only in terms of, “What is the worst consequence this person can cause?” Ergo, the distorted logic is conceived — trust dies and fear gladly occupies that vacancy. How can we call this life? What sort of world are we endorsing when everything gravitates around the volatile precipice of fear? Only a severely eroded quality of life in which we can hardly call ourselves free and where the freedom to reside in a harmonious state of being is sacrificed in the name of “security.” Everything becomes bleaker while the world is falsely labeled as a cesspool of violence and hatred, rather than being touted as the beautiful place it is more often than not. Maybe worse than what fear can make you do is what it can turn you into. A wiser man than I once told me, “In fear lies arrogance.” Those compelled by trepidation will refuse to grasp the harsh reality that certain aspects of life are simply beyond the human volition of rule. They will revert to a pompous belief that they can control the uncontrollable and know the unknown. It’s a facade of strength and fortitude, when in reality the haughty fool is really nothing more than a child, cowering in the corner on the inside out of sheer fright. Our only means of remedying the misfortunes of our national anxiety is recognizing that fear, at the core of our culture, coerces us to respond to heartbreak in an unreasonable, sometimes downright dangerous manner. When we remove the fear component, it’s easier for rationality to emerge and hopefully lead to comprehensive resolutions. Because fear does not solve fear — it drives it and will continue to plague us while we tremble in apprehension of a monster that is not there. Marc Priester is a sophomore economics and government and politics major. He can be reached at



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orn today, you tend to rise to the occasion when things get tough and others seem to be struggling, and you have a knack for knowing just what you need to do in order to make things better quickly for those around you. You are confident that you will know what to do in almost any crisis situation -- not because you are so well-rounded, knowledgeable or skilled, but because you have faith in your instincts and trust that they will see you through. Also, you have a certain fearlessness that keeps you from panicking in dangerous or dire situations. You don’t need to dwell on things; you experience, react and move on. Quick to deal with life’s various episodes, you’re not the kind to get stuck for any reason, and you prefer to move quickly from one opportunity to the next. Some may consider this behavior “rootless,” but you consider it fun, exciting and rewarding. Also born on this date are: Thora Birch, actress; LeToya Luckett, singer; Bobby McFerrin, musician and vocalist; Sam Donaldson, news anchor; Rupert Murdoch, media mogul; Lawrence Welk, bandleader. 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. TUESDAY, MARCH 12 PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -You’re likely to need someone close to you more than he or she needs

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Director of the original version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tries his hand at a gritty American action movie, but his pretensions of artistry are defeated by a predictable script By Dean Essner Staff writer Niels Arden Oplev’s (the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Dead Man Down is all beer and nachos, fit to be watched in a drunken late-night haze but hardly worthy of your time otherwise. It’s excessively loud and vapid, full of gangster-movie caricatures that hardly divert from the wellblazed path of mediocrity and obviousness that has been laid out before them. Oplev’s story is standard for a revenge film. Proverbial killing machine Victor (Colin Farrell, Seven Psychopaths) has his sights set on avenging the murder of his wife and daughter by going after the man who orchestrated it all: mob boss Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard, Movie 43). Hoyt also happens to be Victor’s own boss. Along the way, he develops a romance with Beatrice (Noomi Rapace, Prometheus), who was badly injured in a car accident and is also looking to get even with someone. The only aspect of Dead Man Down that has any spark and believability is the romance between Victor and Beatrice. At parts, especially early on, their time on screen together

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rebounded. We really did a great job taking care of the basketball and came out with a sense of urgency. I thought the second half, obviously, it was a different team.” Forward Alyssa Thomas — less than 24 hours removed from notching the first triple-double in ACC tournament history in the Terps’ quarterfinal win over No. 10-seed Wake Forest — came close to recording another with a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. But while she went 14-of-15 from the free-throw line, her usual shots — floaters in the lane, pull-up jump shots, driving layups — weren’t reaching the bottom of the net as she shot just 33 percent from the field. Those issues permeated the rest of the Terps (24-7), too. In all, the Terps missed nine layups, easy points rolling in then out of the net. After shooting 41.9 percent in the first half, they made just 29 percent of their shots from the floor in the second. The defense of Tar Heels center Waltiea Rolle and forward Xylina McDaniel frustrated forward Tianna Hawkins (14 points, 10 rebounds) and center Alicia DeVaughn (three points, four rebounds) the entire afternoon. “It was very physical down low. It was just that I know on my end, we’ve got to focus and make baskets,” Hawkins said. “There’s no reason why you should miss so many layups under the basket.” Early on, North Carolina (28-5) had no answer for the Terps’ outside shooting. Guard Katie Rutan (12 points) shot 3-of-6 from three-point range in the first half, while center Malina Howard scored eight points off the bench, including a 3-pointer of her own. The Terps would lead by as many as 16 in the first — thanks to a 22-7 run near the end of the half — while the Tar Heels shot 31.3 percent, including an 0-of-8 field from McDaniel (three points, 12 rebounds), the ACC Rookie of the Year. Though Rolle (19 points, 11 rebounds) beat the halftime buzzer with a layup, the Terps were still firmly in control of the game. In the intermission, though, things changed. North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell, while declining to divulge specifics, said she gave her team a halftime speech about pride and identity, trying to rally the Tar Heels to their 15th ACC championship appearance in 20 years.

finished second with 90.5, and the two-time defending champions came in well behind with 48.5 points. The third-place finish is the worst in McCoy’s five seasons with the team. “I’m very disappointed,” McCoy said. “We don’t want to finish third in our conference. We expect to be the conference champions every year. Our guys wrestled hard and made some mistakes, but the two teams that finished ahead of us were just better than us this year.” Asper cruised to his second career ACC title in the last home appearance of his illustrious career. He pinned Duke’s Trey Adamson in 6:08 in the semifinals and defeated No. 2-seed Jon Fausey of Virginia, 4-2, in the finals. “It’s a weight off the shoulders that I got it done here at home,” Asper said. “It is a little bittersweet because it’s the last time I’ll wrestle here at Maryland, but I couldn’t ask to go out a better way.” Sheptock secured his championship in similar fashion. He earned a major decision over No. 4-seed Alex Utley of North Carolina in the semifinals and won, 7-3, over No. 3-seed Stephen Doty of Virginia in the finals. Boley defeated No. 4-seed Conner Hartmann of Duke, 3-1, in his opening match and earned a 7-2 decision over No. 3-seed Mike Salopek of Virginia in the finals. The junior capped off his victory with a standing backflip as the Terps faithful went wild. “I don’t get into celebrations too often, but today I was just feeling myself,” Boley said. “I just let it fly.” In perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day, top-seeded Geoffrey Alexander lost two consecutive matches — one to No. 5-seed Brandon Gambucci of Duke and one to No. 6-seed Sam Speno of N.C. State — to

Center Alicia DeVaughn and forward Tianna Hawkins had trouble penetrating the Tar Heels’ physical interior defense throughout the Terps’ 72-65 loss on Saturday. The pair combined for just 17 points and 14 rebounds in the game. charlie deboyace/the diamondback The Tar Heels responded with an 18-6 run to open the half and cut a 14point deficit to two points with 12:47 remaining. When guard Latifah Coleman drained a 3-pointer with 6:03 left, it was the first time the teams were tied since the score was 5-5. Forty seconds later, Coleman drove the lane and converted a layup to give North Carolina a 54-53 lead. It was the Tar Heels’ first lead since 16:05 in the first half, and they would never trail again. “They had my back,” Hatchell said. “They bought into what we were trying to do.” In all, North Carolina outscored the Terps, 48-27, in the second half, dashing the Terps’ dreams of repeating as tourna-

ment champions. Coleman scored a careerhigh 17 points — all in the second half — and 15 of those points came in the final 6:04. The Terps, after an overtime escape against Wake Forest the night before, had no answer for the Tar Heels’ depth. The Terps will begin the NCAA tournament — likely as No. 2 or No. 3 seed — two weeks from Saturday’s loss. But after the game, exhausted disappointment dominated the atmosphere around the team. “It happened,” Hawkins said. “So we just got to get back into film and into practice and just work on the things that need to be worked on, so when it comes at the end of the month to play, we’ll be ready.”

“I know you want to win, and you know I want to win, but I just want it a little bit more, and I just take it from you.” CHRISTIAN BOLEY Terrapins wrestler

finish in fifth place out of six wrestlers at 133 pounds. The sophomore — ranked No. 12 in the country — was the clear favorite to take home the ACC title, but dug himself early holes in both matches that he was unable to overcome. “He had a bad day,” McCoy said. “I’ve talked to our guys about how when bad stuff happens, we have got to be able to shake it off. And that’s an area we really need to start focusing on with [Alexander] because when bad stuff happens to him, he doesn’t react well to it, and that’s what happened today.” With their individual titles, No. 5 Asper, No. 7 Sheptock and No. 14 Boley all earned automatic qualifying bids to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 21. Frank Goodwin — who finished fourth at 141 pounds — and Alexander also earned automatic bids for their finishes. With that ultimate goal finally in sight, the ACC Championships and the struggles of this season are now a thing of the past for the Terps. No Terp has won a national title since Gobel Kline was crowned champion in 1969, but Boley plans to end that drought. After taking home the crown on Saturday, he wants to finish what he started. “All the hard work is done,” Boley said. “I have the skills. I have the athleticism. I have the speed. I’m in good shape. I just have to believe in what I’m doing and I need to go out there and just take it. That’s how you win. I know you want to win, and you know I want to win, but I just want it a little bit more, and I just take it from you.”




The women’s basketball forward notched her second career triple-double and the first in ACC tournament history, totaling 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Wake Forest on Friday.




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Terps lose focus late in OT loss at Virginia Team blows 17-point lead to fall, 61-58 By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer

Midfielder Landon Carr scored a goal in the Terps’ 13-7 win over Stony Brook. file photo/the diamondback

Balanced attack keys Terps’ win

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Terrapins men’s basketball team has struggled to listen to coach Mark Turgeon during timeouts at times this season. The young bunch has a hard time focusing in moments of exhaustion, of listening to each direction’s finer points when battling on the hardwood. That lack of attentiveness, Turgeon says, has come to define an up-anddown Terps campaign. So perhaps it was fitting that inattention proved

Forward Dez Wells and the Terps had a chance to win the game in regulation, but defensive mistakes allowed Virginia to secure the victory. The sophomore totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds. christian jenkins/the diamondback


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Nine players score for team in 13-7 victory

The Terrapins men’s lacrosse team could have overlooked Stony Brook yesterday. After a pair of emotional road wins over top-20 opponents in the past three weeks, the Terps likely weren’t budding with excitement over hosting the unranked Seawolves in College Park. But the No. 1 Terps — as they’ve done all year — avoided complacency. The defense put relentless pressure on Stony Brook from the opening faceoff, and nine different Terps scored on offense as they rolled to a 13-7 victory in front of an crowd of 2,381 at Byrd Stadium. Yet again the Terps’ (5-0) effort was the difference. They gathered 25 more ground balls than the Seawolves (4-3) and won the faceoff battle, 20-4. Clearly, the Terps’ season-long seven-day layoff — courtesy of the weather forecasts that postponed Wednesday’s scheduled game against UMBC — didn’t play a factor yesterday. And it didn’t matter that the team was playing an unheralded opponent, either. The Terps’ nine seniors simply weren’t going to allow a letdown. “It’s tougher getting up for a game like this,” senior attackman Kevin Cooper said. “But we have a lot of older guys, a lot of seniors that play a lot of minutes. We were able to set the example.” The Terps’ energy was especially apparent within the first few minutes. Stony Brook coach Jim Nagle was forced to take a timeout less than five minutes into the game because his team had already stumbled to a three-goal deficit. By the end of the opening 15 minutes, the Terps had a 4-0 lead thanks to goals from four different players. They experienced similar success coming out of the locker room after halftime. The Terps started the second half on another 4-0 run in a span of a little less than three minutes. Their

critical during a key stretch of last night’s heartbreaking 61-58 overtime loss at Virginia. With the Terps nursing a two-point lead with 6.9 seconds left in regulation, the Cavaliers called a timeout to draw up a final play. After the break expired, Turgeon noticed four Virginia players lining up for the inbounds pass and called a timeout of his own. He wanted to change his defensive scheme. But when the whistle blew, center Alex Len lost track of the game plan.

Forward Alyssa Thomas nearly notched her third career triple-double Saturday, but she shot just 33 percent in the game as the Terps lost, 72-65, to North Carolina in the ACC semifinals. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Terps fail to defend ACC crown as North Carolina shuts them down in second half of 72-65 semifinal loss By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Entering halftime Saturday, the Terrapins women’s basketball team looked like the same team it was six weeks ago against North Carolina at Comcast Center. With a 14-point lead, another blowout win over the conference rival didn’t seem out of the question.

But in the second half, the Terps more closely resembled the squad that fell against the Tar Heels on Jan. 3. The shots didn’t fall, the nation’s secondbest rebounding team didn’t own the glass in its typical fashion and the sharpness was absent. North Carolina took advantage. The No. 3-seed Tar Heels came back from the second-largest halftime deficit in ACC tournament history to defeat the No. 2-seed Terps, 72-65, in the conference

semifinals before 8,754 at the Greensboro Coliseum and advance to the championship against No. 1-seed Duke. The Blue Devils routed North Carolina, 92-73, yesterday to claim the title. “It was definitely a tale of two different halves,” coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we came out with tremendous energy. We defended. We See HEELS, Page 7


Terps claim three individual titles, fall short as team Asper, Sheptock, Boley win as last year’s champs finish third in overall By Daniel Popper Staff writer

Josh Asper (left), Christian Boley (center) and Jimmy Sheptock (right) each won individual ACC championships Saturday at Comcast Center. christian jeninks/the diamondback

The Terrapins wrestling team has endured its fair share of tribulation this season. It began the season ranked No. 15 in the nation, but a handful of disappointing losses dropped it out of the national spotlight. Despite the ups and downs of the 2012-13 campaign, though, one thing has not changed for the Terps. Team captains Josh Asper, Jimmy Sheptock and Christian Boley have continued to perform regardless of the situation. The trio has been the virtual backbone of coach Kerry McCoy’s program, keeping the Terps afloat when

no one else was able to step up. And, fittingly, they did it again on Saturday night at the ACC Wrestling Championships at Comcast Center. No other Terp even advanced to the finals in their respective weight classes, but 174-pound Asper, 184-pound Sheptock and 197-pound Boley, all earned conference titles to lead their team to a third-place finish. “We’re the three captains, and we’re the guys that need to get it done,” Asper said. “And if we don’t, we’re in trouble.” Virginia Tech took home the ACC team title with 95.5 points, Virginia See TOURNAMENT, Page 7

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