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Minor may Fraternity hazing photos surface Clement: Recent incidents are isolated not get approval BY BEN SLIVNICK Senior staff writer

Students threaten protest over Latino studies minor BY MARK MILIAN Staff writer

Senior Colleen Esper has all the credits she needs to graduate at the end of this semester with a major in sociology and a minor in U.S. Latina/o studies. But she may not receive her minor if the university doesn’t pass the proposal to officially add it in the next few weeks. “I’ve put in the work,” Esper said. “It’s not like I’m asking for a freebie. I earned my minor.” Esper is one of three seniors who have completed all the courses necessary to graduate with the proposed minor, which has been discussed since fall 2005, said Robb Hernandez, who was involved in writing the minor’s initial proposal.


Men identified in a Terp Weekly Edition report as Delta Tau Delta fraternity pledges hold butchered pigs’ feet in their mouths during a hazing ritual.

Vice President of Student Affairs Linda Clement yesterday called two hazing violations at the university this year isolated incidents and said the university’s current hazing policy needs no changes. “I don’t really believe that this is a widely recognized practice,” she said. “There are all sorts of stereotypes that exist in the world of the media and the movies, but in general, I really just don’t believe any of that sort of thing is going on here.” Her comments came just over a week after the university revoked the fraternity’s charter for hazing prac-

tices officials say have occurred since spring 2005. Earlier yesterday, the journalism school-sponsored TV show Terp Weekly Edition released new photos showing Delta Tau Delta members force-feeding shirtless pledges what appeared to be pigs’ feet. The Diamondback received the photos with the faces of the fraternity members already blurred, a decision made by members of the class that produces the show, said its advisor, Sue Koppen Katcef. Under university policy, officials don’t investigate hazing unless they are confronted with evidence of it — a policy Clement said is effective enough.

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Tuition reform packs little punch As session enters final weeks, bills lose steam BY MEGAN ECKSTEIN Senior staff writer

With just two weeks to go in the state’s legislative session, tuition reform bills seem to be a lost cause. Despite its sponsor’s recent efforts to promote it, a tuition cap bill — which would prevent the University System of Maryland from raising tuition more than 4 percent each year and would force lawmakers to gradually work toward meeting 100 percent of the state’s request for higher education funding — is not on the agenda for a House of Delegates hearing. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s) said lawmakers put tuition reform on the back burner this session ADAM FRIED–THE DIAMONDBACK

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Guard Kristi Toliver (left), forward Laura Harper and the Terps struggled early before putting away No. 16-seed Coppin State in their first-round NCAA Tournament game.

Making it to the big (hacky sack) dance Masked men Footbag tournament held Saturday draws diverse field of competitors BY ERICH WAGNER Staff writer


Senior education and Spanish major Adrienne Dukes performs her footbag routine Saturday in front of onlookers at the Shred for Savvy hacky sack tournament.

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The Terrapin men’s basketball team may have missed the NCAA Tournament, but March Madness still came to the Reckord Armory on Saturday afternoon. Alpha Phi Omega hosted Shred for Savvy, a footbag tournament benefiting a victim of biliary atresia, a rare condition found in infants. One-year-old Savannah Anselmo, a cousin of one of the fraternity’s members, suffers from the disease, and the tournament’s proceeds will help offset the cost of her medical bills. Competitors of all ages came

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from as far as Pennsylvania and New York to show off their hacky sack prowess in several events. Players choreographed footbag tricks to music in the freestyle routines. The open circle featured players passing the ball around and performing complex tricks. And there was a volleyball-like footbag game. Newer players were able to participate in a game where the goal was simply to juggle the footbag for as long as possible. Senior Spanish and education major Adrienne Dukes, a member of the fraternity who organized

County police are searching for two men who robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store on Knox Road early Saturday morning, according to police. According to a crime alert sent to students, University Police officers were notified by Prince George’s County Police that two men wearing blue masks and blue latex gloves robbed the store at about 4 a.m. A handgun was pulled out during the

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Pope converts prominent Muslim VATICAN CITY – Italy’s most prominent M u s l i m commentator, a journalist with iconoclastic views such as support for Israel, converted to Roman Catholicism Saturday night when the pope baptized him at an Easter vigil service. As a choir sang, Pope Benedict XVI poured holy water over Magdi Allam’s head and said a brief prayer in Latin. “We no longer stand alongside or in opposition to one another,” Benedict said in a homily reflecting on the meaning of baptism. “Thus, faith is a force for peace and reconciliation in the world: distances between people are overcome, in the Lord we have become close.” An Egyptian-born, nonpracticing Muslim who is married to a Catholic, Allam often writes on Muslim and Arab affairs and has infuriated some Muslims with his criticism of extremism and support for the Jewish state. The deputy editor of the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Allam, 55, told the Il Giornale newspaper in a December interview that his criticism of Palestinian suicide bombing generated threats on his life in 2003, prompting the Italian government to provide him with a sizable security detail.

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House votes to cut $7M from system budget BY MEGAN ECKSTEIN Senior staff writer

As lawmakers in Annapolis wrap up the legislative session, bill votes are coming fast and furious. Two major developments occurred over spring break: The Senate approved the first textbook legislation in state history, and the House of Delegates put forth budget cuts that put much-needed university renovations in jeopardy.

TEXTBOOKS The Senate passed a heavily amended version of its textbook bill, moving one step closer to relieving students from the burden of buying expensive and sometimes unnecessary books. Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s) originally wrote a comprehensive bill that would release textbook ISBNs and other information to students and non-university-sponsored bookstores earlier, restrict what books and editions professors can assign, regulate book bundles and more. But the bill underwent significant changes in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee to accommodate concerns from stakeholders, including a concern that the state did not have the power to regulate publishers’ actions. One of the biggest changes was striking a clause that would prevent state universities from profiting from book sales at university-sponsored stores. Right now, this university profits from book sales but uses the money to fund student groups and activities in the Stamp Student Union. “That’s what the university wanted more than anything else, to protect their profits,” Rosapepe said. “So we agreed to back down in exchange for their support for the rest of the bill,” which he said was key in ensuring the General Assembly would pass the bill. The bill originally aimed to strictly regulate what books professors can assign, but the amended version requires only that universities establish a system of informing teachers about book editions and prices and encouraging them to make student-friendly choices. Rosapepe said “the thrust of the bill is more competition,” adding that some of the university’s practices, such as taking new freshmen to the University Book Center during their orientation but not to the Maryland Book Exchange, will become illegal if the bill is passed. “This is the first time either house has passed a strong bill to reduce textbook

prices,” Rosapepe said. “This is a breakthrough.”

BUDGET The House of Delegates voted last week to slice $7 million from the University System of Maryland’s budget. It also elected to spend funds administrators expected to be saved for next year. The moves could put a future tuition freeze and some university renovation projects on shaky ground. The House drafted a budget that would drain the newly created Higher Education Investment Fund — the only source of funding exclusively for the state’s public universities. The governor had planned to leave $15 million in HEIF to help hold down tuition next year, so the House’s decision removed the universities’ financial safety net, said university lobbyist Ross Stern. In addition, the House took away $13 million in HEIF funds that were set aside for several campus renovations, including the Physics Building, the Health and Human Performance Building and the labs in the Biology-Psychology Building. That money went to the system’s day-today budget, which covers expenses including salaries and academic programs, so that the General Assembly does not have to contribute the money from its own funds. By using money from HEIF, state legislators can avoid taking the combined $28 million from the general fund — the pool of money generated primarily by taxes and used to fund most state agencies and projects. Experts believe the lagging economy will bring in fewer tax dollars, so lawmakers are looking to spend as little from their general fund as possible. Earlier this month, the Senate cut the $7 million from its budget and used the $15 million from HEIF, but it steered clear of tampering with the renovation money. The Senate and the House each proposed cuts to the state budget put forth by the governor at the start of the legislative session. Near the end of the session, both legislative bodies come together and agree on one final budget. House leaders said they would still try to fund the renovations when they write the capital budget next week, which includes all major construction and renovation projects. But Stern said the system won’t rest easy until it is assured the projects will still be funded.


A Delta Tau Delta member appears to pour hot sauce into the mouth of a pledge (top). Shirtless members of Delta Tau Delta also lay on a dirty basement floor (bottom).

Clement says hazing is isolated FRATERNITY, from Page 1 In contrast, Interfraternity Council President Marty Bock yesterday promised the Greek community governing board would bring forth new anti-hazing initiatives next year. However, he echoed Clement’s assertion that the hazing incidents are not common. “Hearing once about an incident makes people want to believe it’s a widespread thing, but it’s not,” he said. A poll on The Diamondback’s website showed more than half of 253 respondents knew hazing was happening in some fraternities and sororities. Less than 3 percent said they were “shocked” that hazing goes on in the Greek community. Last month, the university also placed Zeta Beta Tau on probation for injuring a new member in an initiation ceremony, but Bock said other than these occurrences, hazing has not happened in the Greek community in recent years.

The Interfraternity Council, which consists of representatives from most fraternities on the campus, requires chapters to describe their new member activities and frequently checks in with new members to monitor their experiences, he said. The council also sponsors a presentation on the risks, dangers and illegality of hazing every semester, and the university maintains a policy of investigating hazing violations when prompted. But the two recent incidences involving Delta Tau Delta and Zeta Beta Tau have raised new questions about whether the policies are enough. As he looks ahead to the rest of his term, which will continue into next year, Bock said he hopes to watch individual chapters with a closer eye and also introduce more workshops for new members on hazing, hoping to eradicate it from the university completely.





SYDNEY, Australia – A painful breakup with his wife has prompted a man to put his entire life — his house, his car, his job, even his friends — up for sale online in an effort to start over. Ian Usher, a British immigrant to Australia, said Tuesday he would auction everything he owns and more on e-Bay starting June 22. “On the day it is all sold and settled, I intend to walk out of my front door with my wallet in one pocket and my passport in the other, nothing else at all,” Usher says on his website. Up for bid is Usher’s threebedroom house in the western city of Perth and everything inside it, his car, motorcycle, jet ski and parachuting gear. Usher says he is also selling a one-time introduction to his friends and a trial run at his job — a plan endorsed by his friends and his employer. In media interviews on Tuesday, Usher said he wants a fresh start after realizing that most things in his current life remind him of the relationship he had with his wife of five years, whom he broke up with more than a year ago. Usher said his life will be sold in one lot, and that bidders should expect to pay more than $390,000, which is the upper end of a realtor’s valuation of his house, which he has posted online.

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Univ. Senate could expedite approval MINOR, from Page 1 But Elizabeth Loizeaux, the arts and humanities associate dean who is reviewing the proposal, said she doesn’t expect the minor to go into effect until next fall. “This is a very, very careful process,” she said. “The time frame really just depends on how busy the faculty members are that are working on it.” The university administration announced last semester that, due to budget constraints, it would not approve any new majors unless the departments could come up

with the resources to run them on their own. But minors require fewer financial resources to manage and less time to pass than a major. “For a minor, it takes a relatively short amount of time to go through,” said James Harris, arts and humanities dean. “Normally we respond to large student interest, and I think in this case there is a large interest.” So much interest, in fact, that students and faculty say they’re ready to protest if the minor isn’t approved. “If it doesn’t happen this semester, there will be a riot,” said Eve-

lyn Lopez, a senior criminology and criminal justice major who hopes to graduate this summer with a U.S. Latina/o minor. “We have full support from the Latino professors. They’re going to be at the frontlines with us.” Espers estimates 250 students, professors and alumni will protest, and Ruth Zambrana, the interim director of the U.S. Latina/o Studies Initiative, said she would join the organized rally. “Latino students have to raise their voice and express their support,” Zambrana said. Zambrana said she is concerned that the university is not

behind the initiative because the university’s recently released strategic plan working document didn’t mention the minor. “We don’t have a firm commitment right now to even continue the minor,” Zambrana said. A lack of funding from the university, a need to hire full-time faculty to teach the courses and the ongoing question of what department will house the minor have proved to be significant obstacles, said Zambrana. “We need university support,” she said. “Support means dollars, and I think what’s clear to me is that this is not a priority for this

university.” Currently, the university’s limited number of Latino professors are being lent out from their respective departments to teach the classes, said Zambrana, the director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and a women’s studies professor. “With the limited number of Latino faculty here, we try our best,” she said. “It would be extremely unfair to ask the Latino faculty to teach this on overload.” If the proposal is approved by the arts and humanities college, it will go to the Campus Academic Affairs and then to the University Senate, said Phyllis Peres, associate provost for academic planning and programs. The senate could expedite the process if the college

decides it wants the minor to go into effect this semester, Peres said. “We certainly would like to accommodate students who are in the pipeline for the minor,” Peres said. Loizeaux said if the minor does not pass this semester, students who graduate won’t receive the official minor but can still show employers that they’ve taken credits in U.S. Latino studies by noting the classes on their resumé. “That’s completely ridiculous,” Lopez said. “What speaks more: highlighting something on my resumé or actually having the minor? That is not an adequate solution.”

Tuition fight persists Footbag tournament draws diverse crowd despite grim outlook TOURNAMENT, from Page 1

TUITION, from Page 1 because the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education — known as the Bohanan Commission, after the chairman Del. John Bohanan (DSt. Mary’s) — is expected to release its findings at the end of this year or early next year. Rosapepe jokingly conceded this when he testified at a Maryland Senate hearing for the bill, known as the Tuition Cap and College Opportunity Act of 2008, last week, assuring lawmakers he wasn’t wasting their time. “It’s a bill you’ve heard before, the bill is expensive, and the bill can be easily referred to the study commission on higher-ed funding,” he said. “But, I put in the bill once again this year with many of you as co-sponsors because it’s extremely important.” Another major tuition bill, called the Maryland Truth in Tuition Act, which would force universities to set tuition rates four years in advance, was hardly considered before the House handed it over to the Bohanan Commission. Even though he said he knows his bill won’t be seriously considered this year, Rosapepe said it was important to make the lawmakers hear this bill, which he also introduced last year, once again. “I don’t give up on these things. We’ve got to keep these things in front of the legislature … many major reforms take years to accomplish, but at some point the state’s going to have to deal with this.” Student leaders are continuing to lobby for the bill despite its bleak outlook, said Jonathan Sachs, the president of the university’s chapter of College Democrats. “With the Bohanan Commission report coming out next year, it could be the single most important year for higher education,” Sachs said. “We need to get testimony on the books to show what students want.” Sachs, along with Matt Stern, a senior government and politics

major, and Isaac Meyer from Towson University, lauded the bill, joking that they cared enough to sacrifice their spring break to work for it. Sachs said he is particularly passionate about the bill because he wants to see higher education prioritized on the same level as K-12 education. “Everyone [in politics] kind of runs on education. That’s what they say, but what really confuses me is the psyche that the funding stops at high school,” he said. Rosapepe used the same argument at the hearing, saying that his bill would give the same financial protection to the university system that community colleges and K-12 education already enjoy. “University System of Maryland and Morgan State University are basically the only parts of our education system that do not have stable funding from the state,” Rosapepe said, adding that his bill aims to “create a mandated funding formula for the University System of Maryland and Morgan State University.” Lawmakers have toyed with the idea of mandated funding many times in recent years. In last year’s emergency legislative session to balance the budget, the General Assembly created the Higher Education Investment Fund to help put away millions of dollars to be spent solely on state universities. And in 2002, the General Assembly passed a bill that Rosapepe described as being very similar to his bill, but then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) vetoed the bill. Sachs said Rosapepe’s bill is a good attempt to move in the right direction for higher education funding, even if the General Assembly has been sluggish. “There absolutely needs to be a cap so tuition is predictable,” Sachs said. “The ideal is mandated funding, but a lot of people are incrementalists” and are leery about making such an impactful decision.

the tournament, said she was pleased with the turnout. “This is the first footbag tournament that I’ve put on, and I’m really excited about it,” she said. In addition to organizing the event, Dukes also plays footbag and competes in various footbag tournaments. Alpha Phi Omega raised about $450 for Anselmo’s treatment by asking for donations at the tournament. Players wearing T-shirts, gym shorts and special sneakers suited to “shredding” — slang for playing footbag — prepared for the event by putting on knee and ankle braces, stretching extensively and even jumping rope to warm up. During the routines competition, players displayed their talents to a vast array of music, from Fall Out Boy to the Aladdin soundtrack. One player, 41-year-old Ted Fritsch of Ellenville, N.Y., said his routine is the longest-running routine in footbagging. “I’ve been doing my Rush routine since 1991,” Fritsch said, donning a tie-dye Rush T-shirt. “I guess I still do it because I’ve never quite gotten it right.” “Flash” Gordon Bevier, 28, of State College, Penn., is currently ranked third in the world and second in the United States in footbag. Bevier said he got his start nine years ago after picking the sport up with people at concerts. “When I went to my first tournament in Harrisburg, I was hooked immediately,” he said. Penn State student David Clavens, 19, started playing five years ago at his soccer coach’s suggestion. “He suggested it to get better at juggling the soccer ball, but I ended up liking footbag better because you


Ted Fritsch of Ellenville, N.Y. performs his solo routine Saturday. Fritsch was one of several participants who traveled from other states for the tournament. can be more creative with making tricks,” Clavens said. He finished fourth at the 2007 World Championships. The oldest player attending

was Jack Lentz, 54, of Erie, Penn. Lentz started playing hacky sack in 1985 and has since competed in many tournaments. Fritsch said he

anticipates that Lentz will be inducted into the Footbag Hall of Fame this year.

Police still seek bank robbery suspect ROBBERY, from Page 1 incident and both suspects fled west on Knox Road after the robbery, according to the alert. Employees of the 7-Eleven declined to comment because police are still investigating the incident.

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Police are still on the lookout for a man, possibly a student, who several weeks ago attempted to rob the Chevy Chase Bank just around the corner from the 7Eleven. Maj. Kevin Davis, District 1 commander of Prince George’s County Police, said in an e-mail that police have no additional leads in the case. Davis added

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Jeremy Turret

“Nothing is complete, and thus nothing is exempt from criticism.” - James Luther Adams

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Life and death here are several issues in our society that seem to divide us along lines so stark that no constructive meeting of minds is possible — abortion, for example. Another subject that has receded somewhat from public discourse is the topic of capital punishment. At a recent event held in the Stamp Student Union, Amnesty International and the College Democrats hosted an event featuring Vicki Schieber, treasurer of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, an organization that seeks to abolish capital punishment. The event was supposed to have included phone communication with current Maryland death row inmates, but because of technical problems, this turned out not to be possible. Mrs. Schieber’s story was heartrending. She spoke of the murder of her daughter, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1998. She was attacked and killed by a serial rapist whom the police had failed to detect, and who evaded capture and trial until 2002. After her killer was found guilty, the Philadelphia prosecutors approached Mrs. Schieber and her family for a victim’s statement in support of a death sentence. The family refused to participate, and the killer received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. In addition to the family’s moral objection to the taking of a life, she also cited the lengthy and painful toll taken on victims by the capital punishment appeals process as a reason to oppose the death penalty. To hear the details of this murder and the stand Mrs. Schieber and her family took against the death penalty was quite startling — it forced me to honestly consider my position on the issue. After the initial emotional impact of her story, further consideration reaffirmed my belief in the necessity of capital punishment. The fact that Mrs. Schieber and her family had the moral certitude not to demand death for their daughter’s killer is a testament to their courage, but it was not clear to me why this should be a factor in a sentencing. If, for example, a family were to demand death for a murderer, their wishes should not affect the judge’s decision. The punishment chosen must fit the crime, and this must ideally not be swayed by the parties involved. When I was a high school student in Texas, I vividly remember the case of Karla Faye Tucker, a woman who had been on death row for more than a decade for the brutal murder of two people with an ax. While in prison, she became a born-again Christian and expressed remorse for her actions. Consequently, there was a large protest against her execution. But then-Governor George Bush denied the request for clemency, and Tucker was killed by lethal injection. At the time, I thought it an act of simple vengeance; I thought capital punishment an expression of our primal desire for vengeance. Now, it seems far less simple than “an eye for an eye,” although it is easy to caricature it as such. The decision to pursue the death penalty for the most heinous of crimes is an expression of a society’s moral strength. If a community is able to say that there are some acts so evil and damaging that there can be no sufficient penitence for them, that community is one that believes in and cherishes its own laws. This does not mean that criminals who reform or express remorse do not deserve individual compassion and understanding — they are, of course, still human. It is simply that they cannot be granted redemption by society. It might seem like a contradiction, but it is that same rationale by which we justify the deaths brought on by wars. Murder is always illegal, but we allow our young people to go off and fight and kill in defense of our society because we believe strongly in its basic principles. This does not preclude us from treating our enemies as humans. It is all too human to be affected by the personal stories of others, and these should certainly form a part of our judgment. But we should be cautious not to let such experiences obscure the existence of basic moral principles.


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he University Senate, while its operations are This is, of course, an end the whole university community perhaps less overt and public than those of the would support, but it is a problem of immense complexity. Student Government Association, is one of the It requires concerted and specific actions which must university’s most important advising bodies on come from the community. If the strategic plan succeeds, matters of policy. The fact that it includes seats the face of our community will change a great deal in the for both faculty members and students gives it the role of next 10 years, and the senate ought to take an active role a constant check against steamrolling policy changes from in trying to direct that change. Happily, one member of the senate has caught on to the the administration. lack of intellectual heft behind the new One would expect, then, that the senproposals for the CORE general educaate would have a great deal to say about tion program. History professor Gay a document setting the substance and tenor of the university’s growth during The University Senate Gullickson identified the contradictory of the CORE proposals — that the next decade. Provost Nariman Farought to have been far nature they seek to subvert the very idea of a vardin presented the salient points of the more active in its general education by making the prostrategic plan to the senate the week gram infinitely inclusive. This sort of before spring break, presumably in the probing of the criticism must be applauded and will hope of receiving constructive feedback. strategic plan. hopefully inspire a more coherent The senate found little to remark upon. Only eight people volunteered comments on or criticisms vision in future drafts of the strategic plan. The second draft of the strategic plan is scheduled to be of the plan. The senate is a relatively large body: One faculty senator is elected to represent 17 faculty members, and released at the end of this month. Considering the few each student senator represents about 1,000 undergradu- comments made in the senate will most likely affect this ates. It is clear that eight comments represents a lack of draft, it is regrettable there was not more active particiengagement in the strategic plan by the senate as a whole. pation. This also makes it more urgent that the university There is one very simple question that could be asked community participates in submitting comments online about almost any of the plan’s provisions: how the goals it regarding provisions of the plan. The university has puts forth are to be achieved. Many parts of the plan advo- extended an open invitation to a town hall meeting to discate desirable changes, but only cursory solutions are cuss the plan this Wednesday at 4 p.m. in room 0200 of suggested: for example, in the area of increasing the uni- Skinner Hall. The future of our university just may versity’s engagement with the surrounding community. depend on it.

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university can say good riddance to Delta Tau Delta. I am just sad that a very important part of my life is disappearing.

I am one of more than 1,100 university alumni who was also a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. I read with much sadness about the fraternity’s demise and reflected back a bit about what the fraternity meant to me. I joined Delta Tau Delta in the fall of 1965 when I was totally lost as a commuter student on a campus of more than 30,000, having just left a high school with a senior class of 78 students. I drove to school, went to class and went home. When I was approached to join the fraternity, I was thrilled to have found a place that would allow me to become a part of the university on a full-time basis, and shortly after joining, I moved into No. 3 Fraternity Row. 1965 was a transitional year at the university. Mandatory ROTC had just ended, and the war buildup in Vietnam meant that all of us faced the real possibility of being drafted and forced to go to war in a place we neither had heard of nor cared about. During the next four years, the university rebelled against the war and the stereotypes of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Hair grew longer, attitudes turned to the left and beliefs in such things as racial and gender equality sprouted and began to grow. We marched on Route 1 against the war and struck against the administration in protest of just about everything we felt was wrong. Throughout all of this turmoil, there was one safe-haven, that was Delta Tau Delta. Beyond just partying and studying, we did such things as washing an airplane for charity, collecting canned food for needy folks at Thanksgiving and supporting our university through sports and involvement in student government. We were not pure by any means, but Delta Tau Delta was a home away from home. We also faced hazing. Brought to us by a Midwest chapter of the fraternity, I went through the demeaning practice and was thrilled that by the time I left the university it had gone from hell week to help week. Looking back from a point 40 years removed, it is now easy to say how stupid the practice is, but it is clear hazing just won’t go away. I would love to shake the leaders of the fraternity to say “How stupid can you be?” but it’s too late. I can understand how the majority of the


The torture resolution I was extremely disappointed to learn that President George W. Bush has vetoed the House Intelligence anti-torture resolution 2082, which would prevent intelligence agents of our country from using highly questionable interrogation techniques involving waterboarding, sexual humiliation and dogs to obtain intelligence. It goes without saying that moral questions and sadism are involved, but also as a practical matter, torture is more often the source of misinformation, extorted confessions and irreparable injury than it is a sign of good intelligence practice. The U. S. Congress should investigate all of the reports of torture, and those responsible for allowing and performing torture should face the consequences of their actions. Most soldiers are aware that “waterboarding” was banned under the Geneva Convention. The president has said the U.S. “does not torture.” He and everyone down the chain of command should stand by his statement. What goes around comes around. Someday, any of us who travels outside of this country might be considered a suspicious person by a foreign state. Though we may not have any involvement in the military, we are complicit in actions committed in the name of our government. We may be blamed for this humiliating and dangerous treatment which is as ineffectual as it is degrading. We must demand that waterboarding and other such practices cease to be used by the United States, or we may see our turn come. ANN BAYLISS GRADUATE STUDENT FRENCH AND ITALIAN

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s a follower of the issue of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, I have chosen to craft a response to the Students for Life column appearing March 14, as I believe it to be misleading and inappropriate. Students for Life argues that the the state’s house bill 1146 is bad for Crisis Pregnancy Centers. I found, however, that this bill would only require CPCs to tell clients that “the information provided by the center is not intended to be medical advice or to establish a doctor-patient relationship,” and that “the center is not required to provide factually accurate information to clients.” The bill also states that the client should consult with a licensed doctor before proceeding with action regarding her pregnancy. To me, this bill sounds like an important change, since most CPCs do not employ doctors. When anything physically goes wrong with my body and I need help, the ultimate assistance I seek is not that of a friend, my church or even a relative: It’s the guidance of a licensed medical practitioner. A law requiring CPCs to be honest with clients would be beneficial in avoiding damaging lawsuits. The only argument that I can think of for CPCs to want their clients to believe that they employ doctors is if they are attempting to further their agenda by lying to their clients. Students for Life claims that the bill is based off of an NARAL Pro-Choice investigation. While NARAL did carr y out reliable studies, an organization with an agenda is always likely to find data that favors its cause. Fortunately for the reader, other unbiased organizations have conducted similar studies. The U. S. Congress, for example, conducted a study in July 2006 of all CPCs that receive federal funding. Congressional investigators found that “the vast majority of federally funded pregnancy centers … provided information about the risks of abortion that was false or misleading. In many cases, this information was grossly inaccurate or distorted. A pregnant teenager who relied on the information from these federally funded centers would make her decision about whether to give birth or terminate her pregnancy based on erroneous facts and misinformation.” In essence, these CPCs provide false information about links between abortion and breast cancer, infertility and mental effects– and not just some CPCs, but most of them. The only information that should be provided to pregnant women, especially from non-medical professionals, is that which has been proven accurate. The Guttmacher Institute, an internationally accepted and trusted sexual health think tank, works to collect and present data about sexual health with no bias whatsoever. They have found that “[A] preponderance of evidence from well-designed and well-executed studies indicates that abortion is safe over the long term and carries little or no risk of fertilityrelated problems, cancer or psychological illnesses.” This doesn't mean that either side is correct, but it does mean that the anti-abortion funded Elliot Institute (cited by Students for Life) as well as Crisis Pregnancy Centers across the country are providing factually inaccurate information about abortions, and that is unacceptable. There are countless studies and examples I could provide of deceptive or immoral practices by Crisis Pregnancy Centers, but I won't because most of them come from biased organizations like NARAL. I believe that unbiased studies from Guttmacher and congress are the most reliable. The bills in question do not hurt CPCs or pregnant women. CPCs are still permitted to give out assistance to mothers in need; they are only required to note that they are not doctors. The bills protect pregnant women from lies and political agendas associated with the issue of abortion. This is not an argument about the legality of abortion, or what is moral or immoral about abortion; it is the assertion that the common practices of most Crisis Pregnancy Centers are empirically and indisputably dishonest, unscrupulous and unacceptable.


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Once upon a time, Ethan Hawke cheated on his wife Uma Thurman with their nanny. But Hawke had the balls to call Thurman “a big fat beast” in a song during his performance at the 24-Hour Plays in New York City last week. That’s what you call class.


John Darnielle is one strange, wonderful man — who else could harp on the wonders of YouTube, Tang, Mr. Rogers, Jedi mind tricks and a yellow Volkswagen bug (as a metaphor for a previous lover sleeping with someone else; somehow, it made sense at the time) all during one set? At the Black Cat in Washington Saturday night, Darnielle name-dropped and more, delivering nearly 20 songs and two encores with his band The Mountain Goats and fully living up to the title of “America’s best non-hiphop lyricist,” as The New Yorker dubbed him in 2005. Doors for the show were at 9 p.m., but by 7:30 p.m., an awkward mess of under-21year-olds — accompanied by their uncomfortable, sorethumb parents — had formed a healthy line that curled around the first floor of the Black Cat. Saturday night’s hipster outfit of choice? The “Juno,” with countless girls wearing ill-fitting plaid skirts and minidresses over baggy blue jeans. Thanks a lot, Ellen Page. After a lackluster set by opening act The Moaners — which prompted The Diamondback’s photo editor Adam Fried to remark, “I don’t even think they could be less interested” — The Mountain Goats finally took the stage a little before 11 p.m. Darnielle, along with bandmates Peter Hughes on bass and Jon Wurster on drums, came out in suits — classy — and immediately burst into “Michael Myers Resplendent,” a track off of the band’s latest album, Heretic Pride. With barely a pause, The Mountain Goats then began playing the album’s title track; after nearly 30 seconds of poor sound quality, however, Darnielle wasn’t

feeling it. “Let’s just start over; it’s early yet, right?” Darnielle asked the crowd, before restarting the song. His ease with the audience — evident in this interaction and other stream-of-consciousness soliloquies that resulted in quotes like “My rhythm section ate all other indie-rock rhythm sections for breakfast and said it tasted good” — only helped make good songs great. With his halting, stuttering style of speech and random-yet-brilliant asides, Darnielle is reminiscent to the late, great Mitch Hedberg, but with a musical bent. At one point, Darnielle espoused on the “Darnielle/Vanderslice ticket,” mentioning how he and fellow indie rocker John Vanderslice (a musician and co-producer of Heretic Pride; appearing this Friday at the 9:30 Club with Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks) “don’t know jack” about being politicians, which makes them the perfect candidates. To cheers and applause, Darnielle then launched into “Wild Sage,” and indulged the audience in a sing-along: “And when somebody asks if I’m OK/ I don’t know what to say/ And along the highway/ From cast-off innumerable seeds/ Wild sage growing in the weeds.” Songs veered between measured frenzy and slow, melodic, anecdotal forays into memory (Darnielle has said all songs written before and including those on the 2002 album Tallahassee are fictional, while the songs on the albums released since then, We Shall All Be Healed, The Sunset Tree, Get Lonely and Heretic Pride, are autobiographical). All were engaging; none were dull. During the more than 90minute set, Darnielle had time to describe the origins of emo (the genre didn’t


John Darnielle led The Mountain Goats Saturday night, playing a mix of sing-along classics and new songs from the band’s latest album, Heretic Pride. BELOW: Drummer Jon Wurster, left, and bassist Peter Hughes back up Darnielle. always mean “you were sad, or spent all your money on hair-care products”) before burning through “Autoclave;” getting all deep with “Elijah” and “Blueberry Frost” (the latter’s lyrics, “When you said your name out loud/ Something broke inside me/ Nothing new to take ahold of/ No new world to hide me,” are beautiful in their cavalier honesty); and descending into a chaotic sprawl of sound with “In the Craters on the Moon.” A sped-up version of “Dilaudid” was another highlight; The Mountain Goats shed the song’s original folk version and leaned heavy on the rock as Darnielle sang, “All the chickens come on home to roost/ Plump bodies blotting out the sky/ You know it breaks my heart in half, in half/ When I see them trying to fly/ ’Cuz you just can’t do things your body wasn’t meant to.” But the most enjoyable moments of the set came at its final moments, during

The Mountain Goats’ two encores. Despite constant yells for “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton,” a tongue-in-cheek song with the lyrics “Hail! Hail!/ Hail Satan!,” the band instead performed “Lovecraft in Brooklyn,” “So Desperate” and “This Year,” the last of which drew cheers for its chorus of “I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me” (check YouTube for the absurd-but-fitting music video). And the second encore — brought on by 10 minutes of

solid cheering by a sold-out crowd not quite ready to leave — featured “Palmcorder Yajna” and “California Song.” The second, from the band’s 1995 album Sweden, drew the largest fan reaction of the night; as Darnielle sang the song’s closing line, “You really got a hold on me,” with his arms outstretched toward the crowd, the place went batshit. Ditto, Darnielle — you’ve got a healthy chunk of our hearts, too.



Defense big in Terp’s win

Terps pull away after half NCAA, from Page 12

UNC, from Page 12 held the Tar Heels scoreless for the next 20:13. The Tar Heels (6-2, 0-2) tried to maintain offensive patience but the Terps’ variety of defensive looks kept North Carolina from generating quality scoring opportunities and forced numerous turnovers in the goal area. “We were so prepared for this team,” senior defender Joe Cinosky said. “[Junior defender Kevin Slafkosky] had a great game plan. We had three or four defenses we wanted to throw at them to mix them up and knock them off their game plan. Obviously, it worked and we got the win.” The Tar Heels finally got their offense working late, scoring three unanswered goals in 3:03 to cut the lead to four with 5:19 remaining in the game. Momentum seemed to be with the Tar Heels when they won the ensuing face-off, but seconds later they failed to complete a short pass resulting in a turnover. The Terps took advantage to ice the game when junior midfielder Dan Groot broke away from a double team behind the goal and scored before the goalie could get back into position with 4:10 left. Cottle said he was pleased his young team maintained their poise after North Carolina cut into the lead late in the game. “After that we settled ourselves down and played a little bit smarter,” Cottle said. It was enough for the win, one that should give a young Terp team confidence as it heads into a stretch with the Cavaliers, No. 8 Navy and No. 6 Johns Hopkins on consecutive weekends. But Cottle said he’d rather focus on the accomplishment and not look too far ahead just yet. “We got a win in a tough place to play against a very good team,” Cottle said. “Now we play another great team next week, but we’re just going to enjoy this one right now.”


Guard Kristi Toliver (center), center Jade Perry and the Terps will need to play better than they did Sunday to beat No. 8-seed Nebraska on Tuesday.

points during the run, and combined with senior guard Rashida Suber for 45 of the Eagles’ 66 points for the game. The Terps looked tentative for a lot of the rest of the half, and looked far from their best as the players walked dejectedly into the locker room with a 40-35 halftime lead. “We weren’t pleased with how many open looks they were getting,” Frese said. The Eagles kept pace early in the second half, before constant fouls and cold shooting began to catch up with them and the Terps slowly pulled away. The Terps were able to get the ball inside with more consistency in the second half and

did a better job defending Oakley, who was limited to three points after the break. When Coleman rejected Oakley’s layup attempt — with arguably the most ferocious block of the season — with less than eight minutes remaining, the Terps erupted, mobbing Coleman and finally showing the swagger of a top seed. It was the Terps only block of the game and one of their first signs of life all afternoon. “I don’t think we were ever worried about being in danger,” Coleman said. “We’re going to get our opponent’s best game. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing; it’s the NCAA tournament.” The Terps were able to clear the bench at the end of the game, and the starters could

smile on the sideline as time ran out, but the 14-point win was not the statement the Terps were hoping to make in the first round. ACC Player of the Year Crystal Langhorne led the Terps with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and junior guard Kristi Toliver finished with 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds despite dealing with a stomach illness. The Terps will play No. 8seed Nebraska on Tuesday in the second round, knowing they will need a more complete effort to move on. “It’s the start of a new season,” Toliver said. “It’s one and done and everybody knows that.”

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Flawless Flynn too much for Terps NIT, from Page 12 said. “We certainly could have used some more offense from other people beside Boom (Osby) and James (Gist).” Defensively, the Terps struggled to stop the aggressive Orange, one of the few teams the Terps have faced all season that could match their quickness in the open court. And a large part of that was because of Flynn, who

zoomed around the court despite a lingering back injury from Tuesday night’s first-round game. On one play, he streaked down the middle of the court, leapt and bounced a pass between his legs to teammate Donte Green for a dunk. On another, he used a crossover and reverse layup to swoop past Vasquez in transition. Throughout the night, he appeared tireless and nearly flawless, making eight of 11 shot attempts

Reese misses game after birth STANFORD, from Page 12 outscored Stanford 8-5 in the second half. Dobbie’s final goal with 6:05 remaining iced the game, as the Terps had a 13-6 lead.

“She was awesome,” Kasper said. “We were in a lull and having problems. We were forcing the ball a lot and not being smart with the ball. Dana took it into her hands and did what she does best.

and only turning the ball over twice. “He was tremendous,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said of his freshman star. “He looked as good as he’s played all year. He broke the game open, hit a couple big shots and then made a couple big, big pass plays when he got in the lane.” Williams had a different perspective on the point guard. “I wish we played him

Tuesday night,” he joked. But it may not have made any difference. All season, the Terps struggled to execute down the stretch. And it seems fitting that the season would end with what seemed like a repeat performance. “That was a microcosm of our season,” Williams said. “We played some great halves, but we couldn’t finish games.”

She took great shots and was amazing on the draw. She really helped us out there.” The Terps were without Reese for the fifth time this season; she missed the game after recently giving birth to her third child. The Terps are now 4-1 without their head coach, but Reese said this will be the last game missed due to the pregnancy. Reese was able to watch the game online and was impressed with how the Terps handled the game.

“Overall, it was a great trip for the girls,” she said. “They got to travel out to California and play against great competition — a top-10 team — and came out with a great win. It was a good trip; we saw some good things from the game.” The win extended the Terps’ winning streak to six games. The Terps’ next game comes at home Wednesday against Towson.

Baseball can’t lock up conference series win BASEBALL, from Page 12 and a 19-1 win Sunday. “[North Carolina] is a very good team, but you make them better offensively when you’re pitching behind in the count like we were,” coach Terry Rupp said. “We gotta put the ball in the zone and make them hit the baseball, because we got guys who can field behind them.” The Tar Heels’ talent, both at the plate and on the mound, was on full display Saturday and Sunday. A lineup anchored by AllAmericans Dustin Ackley and Tim Federowicz forced Rupp to use eight different pitchers, including backup catcher Mike Moss, on Sat-

don’t know what urday, then crushed their coaches do. Terp starter Jensen They must have Pupa on Sunday. BASEBALL something really The final offensive numbers for the North Carolina. . . . . . 19 good going with TERRAPINS . . . . . . . . . 1 their pitching last two games in coach, because they the series for the Tar Heels: a combined 33 really hit their spots all weekend.” runs on 38 hits. The one bright spot for the A five-run North Carolina fourth inning on Sunday Terps came Friday, when made the score 7-0 and put sophomore starter Scott tossed eight the game out of reach for the Swinson Terps, who were stymied by innings, allowing only two freshman pitcher Matt Har- runs, to lead the Terps to a 4vey, who was a third-round 2 victory. “I was kind of scared pick by the Dodgers in last going out there, to be honest. summer’s MLB draft. “He mixed it up well, kept I know they have a bunch of us off balance and kept the great hitters,” Swinson said. ball low,” senior center “I was able to hit my spots and throw four fielder Nick Jowers said of today Harvey, who pitched six pitches.” Junior third baseman Mike innings of one-run ball. “I

Murphy hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his fourth homer in three games, to put the Terps up 3-0. After the game, Murphy said the Terps would have to come through with the series victory to validate Friday night’s win, something they failed to do the week before. “It’s big if we win tomorrow, or the next one,” Murphy said. “We’ve done this before, so we gotta take the series now.” But the Terps couldn’t mount a challenge, and they’ll have to wait until next weekend’s matchup with Clemson for the next shot at winning their first ACC series of the season.

Softball swept by Tar Heels Terps start ACC schedule 0-3 BY JEFF NEWMAN Staff writer

Things didn’t start or end well for the Terrapin softball team during its weekend series at No. 22 North Carolina. The Terps lost all three games to the Tar Heels (27-6-1, 5-1 ACC) and fell to 22-7 on the season. The Terps entered the weekend as the only team in the ACC that had not played a conference game, and the 0-3 start was certainly not what it wanted. “We have to let it go. It’s not the end of the season — we’re just beginning the conference season,” coach Laura Watten said. “We’ve got to continue to focus on the positives and the success level that was already reached. We can’t look back; we gotta keep looking forward. I’m not concerned with the losses because the conference is pretty even, and North Carolina is actually the toughest team in the conference. We started out with the best team.” The Tar Heels jumped on the Terps early in their game Friday, as Cassie Palmer hit a leadoff home run off junior pitcher Sarah Dooley (9-6) to give North Carolina a 1-0 lead before an out had been recorded. Palmer extended the lead in the second inning when she singled home Dani Manko from second; Manko was pinch running for Alyssa Francona. Dooley settled down and allowed only one hit after the second frame, but it wasn’t enough, as the Terps could only muster a single run the entire game. Their best chance came in the sixth inning when, down by two, senior first baseman Sarde Stewart singled home junior second baseman Breanna Shaw to make the score 2-1. But with two on and no outs, Tar Heel pitcher Danielle Spaulding (8-1) struck out senior catcher Brittany Bessho, induced junior third baseman Devon Williams into a fielder’s choice and struck out sophomore shortstop Alex

Schultz to end the threat. The Terps had one more shot in the seventh inning, but Spaulding retired the side to end the game and preserve the 2-1 victory for the Tar Heels. It didn’t get better for the Terps on Saturday, as they dropped two more, 5-1 and 3-2. Junior pitcher Meredith Nelles (9-1) and Dooley both took losses on the day. In the first game, Nelles allowed four runs in 3 and 2/3 innings before freshman Kerry Hickey came in for relief. Like the day before, Terp hitters provided a single run in support: a Stewart home run which came in the fourth inning, her team-leading fourth of the season. The Terps struck first in the second game Saturday when Stewart singled and senior outfielder Jenny Belak scored on an error. They would score again in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 advantage, but they would also strand three runners on base, which came back to haunt them in the sixth when North Carolina scored two. The Tar Heels held on to win the game 3-2 and sweep the weekend series 3-0. The only Terps to record RBIs during the weekend were Stewart, who drove in two, and Belak, who drove in one and also collected five hits Saturday, driving her batting average up to a teamhigh .385. Belak has hit .538 during the last seven games and also scored a run Saturday to move into fifth place on the school’s alltime career list with 99. “I know that, physically and skill-wise, we have it,” Stewart said. “We can do it. We do it in practice. I just think there’s a lack of focus in the box and in game situations.” The Terps seemed to be a far cry from the team that earlier in the season won a programrecord 16 games straight. Albeit against lesser competition, the Terps displayed extraordinary pitching and clutch offense and always seemed to make the right play. Still, Watten was not happy with the inconsistent play of her team during the streak, citing the need to so often come through with late-inning hits to win games as something that needed rectifying. Watten’s fears have come to fruition, as offensive inconsistency has led to a 3-6 mark during the last nine games. “I told them that we gotta regroup and get focused on what and who we are and really establish that from here on out,” Watten said. “We know what we can do and what our level of play is. I was just trying to keep their heads up because they were all games we absolutely could have won. It’s the first conference game, so it’s not the end of the world. We’ve got a lot of teams to play, and we’ve already earned a lot of respect.” “I feel like we were waiting for something to happen instead of attacking and making it happen,” Stewart said. “We expect it of each other since that’s what we’ve been doing instead of taking the initiative individually. ... Everybody has a job to do, and I feel like, if everyone did their job, we’d be successful every game. It takes the entire team to win.”



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Final margin masks hardfought game BY GREG SCHIMMEL Senior staff writer

Men’s lacrosse starts tough stretch with win

Playing on the most important stage yesterday, the Terrapin women’s basketball team didn’t give a great opening night performance. The top-seeded Terps advanced with a dubious 80-66 NCAA tournament first-round win over No. 16seed Coppin State, but played far from their best when it counted the most. In a game they were widely expected to coast through, the Terps were definitely given a bit of a scare. “We didn’t want this to be our last game,” forward Marissa Coleman said. “That’s all we kept saying.” The Eagles had won 16 of their previous 17 games before yesterday, but they had far less firepower than should have been necessary to play competitively against the Terps. The Terps presented a serious mismatch for the MEAC champion Eagles at every position, and should have been able to score at will. At times they did, but at other times they fell into the same bad habits that have plagued them in several games this season, forcing shots and inexplicably turning the ball over 16 times against an undersized and athletically inferior Eagle defense. Defensively, the Terps as a whole looked disappointingly soft, giving the Eagles too many open looks. “It started with our defense,” coach Brenda Frese said. “We just lost some focus and intensity.” The Terps looked far from a team that considers itself poised to make a run at its second national championship in three seasons, especially in the first half. The Eagles gave the Terps some trouble early when they went on a 140 run to take a 20-15 lead with 11:10 remaining in the first half. The Terps were unable to score on seven consecutive possessions, and as the Eagles’ shooting heated up, looks of concern crept onto the faces of Terp players and coaches. “I’m not too sure what contributed to the slow start,” Coleman said. “I think we came out with some energy; then they went on their run and we fell off a little bit.” Eagles junior guard Shalamar

BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Terrapin men’s lacrosse team began a stretch on Saturday at No. 5 North Carolina that will have them play top-10 teams in four consecutive weekends. The good news for the No. 9 Terps is the schedule doesn’t seem quite so daunting anymore. The Terps used a smothering defense to build a big lead and held on to beat the Tar Heels 13-8. “You look at those four games on your schedule, and you wonder where you’re going to start and get your first win,” coach Dave Cottle said. “To do it in the first one is great.” It was the first ACC win of the season for the Terps, who were picked in the preseason to finish last among the conference’s four teams. They lost at No. 1 Duke on March 1 and will host No. 2 Virginia on Saturday. “It’s huge, especially this year because all the teams in the ACC are playing well,” redshirt junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds said. “We really needed this win, and it’s important to us.” The Terps (6-2, 1-1 ACC) clinched the game with an 9-2 run which started with senior midfielder Will Dalton’s goal with 8:33 left in the second quarter and ended with 9:29 left in the game on freshman attackman Brett Weiss’ second man-up goal of the game. The run turned a tie game into a 12-5 Terp lead. “There was a lot of transition going on early,” said Reynolds, who paced the Terps with three goals. “The offense realized we needed to take our time and possess the ball. That’s what we did from the second quarter on.” The defense aided the outburst by locking down the Tar Heel offense during that span. After North Carolina scored the first goal of the third quarter to cut the lead to two, the Terps ADAM FRIED–THE DIAMONDBACK

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Forward Laura Harper and the Terps pulled out a win yesterday after struggling against Coppin State in the first half.

Terps’ season ends with NIT loss No. 1-seeded Syracuse eliminates No. 5-seed men’s basketball BY ADI JOSEPH Senior staff writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Before tip-off Thursday night, Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn walked over and shook Terrapin men’s basketball coach Gary Williams’s hand. By the end of the evening, Williams and every other Terp knew Flynn a little too well. The freshman point guard

was all over the place, driving, dishing and shooting right in the faces of Terp defenders. He finished with 23 points and seven assists to lead the Orange to an 88-72 victory in the second round of the NIT. The Orange were too strong and too aggressive for the Terps Thursday night, even as seniors Bambale Osby and James Gist fought to keep their college careers alive.

The duo combined for 44 points, including a careerhigh 21 from Osby. But, as has been the story of the season, the Terps let a strong first-half effort slip away. “I thought we did a good job early, but Syracuse did a better job with more energy, with getting loose balls, second shots,” Williams said. “They gradually wore us down and got us in the second half.” Going into the locker room down just two,40-38, with Gist having already tallied 18 points and the Terps were still in a strong position to

pull off the road win. But the offense stalled almost completely in the second half. Gist scored only five points in the period. His teammates struggled as well, shooting just 38.7 percent as a team from the field in the second half, down from 59.3 percent in the first. Guard Greivis Vasquez had an unusually quiet night, scoring just eight points, his second-lowest total of the year. “Other guys have got to do things to pick it up,” Williams

Terps outscored their opponents by an average of 9.34.1 in the first half of games, and Saturday was no exception. The Terps raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first 4:38 of the game and finished the half with a 7-2 lead. Dobbie and senior attackers Casey Magor and Lauren Cohen each scored two goals during the half. “We always come out and start strong,” Kasper said. “We follow the plays and what the coaches say right off the bat. We start off strong then sometimes fade away. If we keep going strong we could have even bigger leads.” The Terps have had the luxury of big leads in every game this season, with the exception of close matches with Duke and Virginia. The

leads have led to problems closing out games, but that was not the case against Stanford — Dobbie would not allow a sloppy finish. From the center position, Dobbie guided the Terps, who lead the NCAA with 122 draws controlled this season, to a 12-1 draw advantage in the second half. “She did a great job at center circle and has all season,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “You can’t score unless you have possession of the ball and she did a really good job for us in that area.” While Dobbie guided the Terps to possessions off the draw, she also scored five of her seven goals in the second half as the Terps

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Freshman outfielder Bill Rice and the Terps couldn’t capitalize on Friday’s win, losing the last two games of their series against the Tar Heels.

North Carolina too much for baseball Terps fall to 2-7 in ACC with two losses BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

For the second weekend in a row, the Terrapin baseball team won a Friday-night game against an ACC opponent, meaning it had another chance to win a crucial conference series. But also for the second weekend in a row, this time

against No. 3 North Carolina, the Terps failed to win on either Saturday or Sunday, meaning another series loss and a 2-7 ACC record. Unlike at Wake Forest, where the Terps let two onerun games get away, they allowed North Carolina to cruise to a 14-1 win Saturday

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Women’s lacrosse trounces Stanford Dobbie leads Terps to West Coastwin with seven-goal performance BY BRIAN KAPUR Staff writer

A trip to California is an ideal spring-break getaway for many students, but for the Terrapin women’s lacrosse team, it was a successful business trip. The Terps made the best of their first trip to No. 10 Stanford, defeating the Cardinal 15-7 behind senior

midfielder Dana Dobbie’s seven goals. “The coaches let us hang out with our parents,” senior midfielder Kelly Kasper said. “The parents were there; they took us out to dinner. But when it came down to it, we were there for business, so we had a good time, but we focused on the important thing, as well.” Coming into the game, the

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