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Senate budget friendlier to univ. Two state chambers will likely meet in middle on final budget for FY2014 By Jim Bach Senior staff writer
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Much to the delight of the higher education lobby, the state Senate approved a budget measure last week that keeps most of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed funding to the university system intact. O’Malley’s proposed budget invests in University System of Maryland programs, marking the first time in his more than six years in office higher education would not have to sustain further cuts. However, the Senate budget puts forth a relatively mild $600,000 transfer from the university system to the Maryland Higher Education Commission for staffing purposes,
which equates to a cut in system funding. Additionally, it prevents universities from spending $16.1 million of the proposed $24.3 million for enhancement funding until the system presents a report on how the funding will be allocated. It also restricts $6.7 million of the enhancement funding to initiatives for MPower the State, a strategic alliance between this university and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Before the end of the legislative session April 8, the Senate and state House of Delegates will have to reconcile their two conflicting budget plans. The House budget bill delivers $10 million worth of cuts to the university system. The two chambers of the General Assembly are likely to meet somewhere in the middle before a final figure is determined by the conference committee. “Obviously, a $600,000 transfer is much more preferable to a combined See senate, Page 2
University lecturer co-owns Amsterdam Falafelshop franchise, known for Washington’s best falafel
Students say piracy measures won’t deter illegal downloading
By Madeleine List Staff writer University professor Willie Schatz leads a double life. By day, he teaches students legal writing in College Park. But when class lets out, Schatz heads to Washington’s Adams Morgan neighborhood to check on the falafel restaurant he co-owns. Called Amsterdam Falafelshop, the little franchise is known for some of the city’s best falafel. A trip to Amsterdam — a “falafel mecca” — inspired Arianne Bennett and her husband Scott to open the restaurant, and Schatz and his wife invested in the shop in 2004. The group decided it was tired of the standard burger-and-pizza routine in the United States, so they set up shop in Adams Morgan, one of the trendiest and most diverse neighborhoods in Washington, and followed the business models of the top-it-yourself joints that seemed to dot every corner in Amsterdam.
Embracing another kind of career December graduate organizes women’s sex toy parties By Lauren Redding Senior staff writer University alumna Natalie Guadette isn’t afraid to talk dirty — in fact, it’s part of her job. Guadette, who graduated in December with a family science degree, now works full time as a consultant for Pure Romance, the popular Mary Kayesque company that brings sex-toy parties right to women’s living rooms and has more than 75,000 saleswomen worldwide. It’s an unusual line of work for a recent graduate: Guadette spends her evenings throwing parties for clients, lugging around a big hot pink suitcase
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amsterdam falafelSHOP is known to serve some of Washington’s best falafel. University lecturer Willie Schatz (top photo) co-owns the successful franchise, in which he and his wife invested in 2004. charlie deboyace/the diamondback “I thought it was a terrific idea,” Schatz said. “It would fill a niche that hadn’t been filled yet in the neighborhood.” Schatz thought a falafel shop would fit well in the up-and-coming neighborhood, where young 20-somethings were catching on to healthy eating trends. “More restaurants that weren’t
that’s filled with everything from body sprays and lip gloss to dildos, vibrators, butt plugs and strap-ons. For Guadette, though, Pure Romance is about much more than vibrating hardware: It’s about teaching women to have a healthy sense of sexuality. “Everyone’s always like, ‘Oh, you’re a sex-toy saleswoman,’” Guadette said. “And I’m like, ‘Absolutely not.’ Yes, that’s part of it, but it’s so much more than that — it’s about teaching women to be comfortable with their bodies and empowered sexually.” G u a d e t te b e c a m e a P u re Romance consultant in September, working part time while she finished her final semester and hosting about two parties a month. When she graduated, she accepted a yearlong position with City Year, a Teach for America-like program that places young guidance counselors in inner-city schools around the country. It doesn’t start until August and pays very little, but Guadette wasn’t worried: She had Pure Romance to hold her over and immediately transitioned to a fulltime consultant. She now hosts nine to 12 parties See ROMANCE, Page 3
paying attention to vegetarians have to now, because the trend is so strong,” he said. “The market is too big to ignore.” Schatz himself is a pescatarian — someone who supplements a vegetarian diet with fish but no other meat. He See FALAFEL, Page 2
Students on a tight budget look to cut costs wherever possible. It may mean living off Ramen noodles, getting crafty with old clothing items or skirting federal laws to avoid paying for music, movies and TV online. But major media companies have grown tired of their products being used without the proper compensation. That’s why the companies, along with large Internet service providers, launched a copyright surveillance system one month ago
today to educate and potentially penalize Internet users suspected of sharing or downloading unauthorized copyright material. Those users are given up to six strikes by ISPs. The Copyright Alert System works in three stages that experts say do little more than give users a slap on the wrist. And the difficulty in punishing these users, experts added, highlights the challenges of regulating Internet activity — especially from an industry that has sustained an estimated $58 billion per year in losses from piracy. Participating CAS members include See Downloads, Page 3
Univ. Police chief honored for service After starting in 1971, David Mitchell has watched field evolve By Fola Akinnibi Staff writer When University Police Chief David Mitchell started as a police officer in 1971, combating criminals on the Internet wasn’t in the job description. But things have changed since then, and Mitchell has seen the face of crime evolve over 40 years of service. And he received an award in February from the Johns Hopkins University Public Safety Leadership Association for his professional achievements. Mitchell began his career with Prince George’s County Police. As a 20-yearold rookie cop, he didn’t even have a portable radio to contact the station. “If I was on a call and I got in trouble, if I got attacked or something, I had to make it back to my car to call for help,” he said. “Technology has just grown by leaps and bounds since I was on the street.” Now, police can communicate with the community almost instantaneously, an important tool when crime happens
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university police chief david mitchell started out as a rookie cop in 1971 with Prince George’s County Police. He now serves as the University Police chief and received an award for his achievements. file photo/the diamondback both on the street and online. After paying his dues on patrol, Mitchell began moving up the ranks of Prince George’s County Police. He
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FALAFEL From PAGE 1 changed his eating habits in 1984 after suffering symptoms of multiple sclerosis — and he hasn’t had another episode since he gave up meat. He hopes that by offering customers food that is both nutritious and tasty, he can encourage others to make healthier choices. The shop, and its sister location in the Boston area, is a vegetarian paradise. Customers can buy a pita full of falafel and then choose from a buffet of 21 sauces and toppings, each freshly sliced, chopped and cooked that day. Chefs spend seven hours a day chopping vegetables and five hours a day grinding chickpeas, seven days a week — the key to great falafel, Bennett said. They went through 19,000 pounds of dried chickpeas in 2012. Taylor Robey, sophomore environmental science and policy major and vegetarian, is excited to try the falafel shop, as it can be hard to find restaurants that are vegetarian-friendly. “When you go to a restaurant, there’s normally only one or two vegetarian options,” Robey said. “The fact that there’s a restaurant with so many options, that’s amazing to me.” A regular size sandwich is $6.55, while a small is $5.55, and customers can choose as many toppings as they want at no extra cost, Schatz said.
His personal favorite topping is Turkish salad, a tomato-based salad with onions, other vegetables and spices. He encourages customers to keep coming back until they find a topping combination that is just right. “Just don’t go overboard or you’ll smother the taste of the falafel,” he added. Even though it is located in an area with many unique eating options, including a French place and an Ethiopian restaurant down the street, the falafel shop always gets plenty of traffic — more than 13,000 people every month, Schatz said. The falafel is so good that people come from all over the country just to try it. In 2008, the Los Angeles Times placed eating at the Amsterdam Falafelshop on its “Top 10 Things to Do in Washington” list, and once someone called the shop to ask for directions, as they had come to the city just for the falafel, Bennett said. Schatz visits the store on days he’s not teaching and spends about an hour mingling and chatting with customers and sampling the food. Though customers range across all ages, many are students, Schatz said, joking that he tells them they have to visit the shop or they’ll flunk his class. He said he was even considering giving a test at the end of the semester to make sure each student had gone. Co-owning a small business and teaching college students
much larger cuts featured in the House budget, which includes a $4 million general fund reducFrom PAGE 1 tion from the governor’s budget, $10 million cut and transfer,” said a $5.5 million transfer to MHEC Zach Cohen, University System of to offer more financial aid to state Maryland Student Council chair- students, a $500,000 transfer man. “You can kind of put your to MHEC for new positions, a money that it will be somewhere $500,000 reduction to the College probably closer to the middle of Park Academy and a $7 million restriction until the system submits those two numbers.” This is all in the context of a report on how enhancement
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Amsterdam FalafelShop CO-owner and English lecturer Willie Schatz sits in his all-vegetarian restaurant in Washington’s culturally diverse Adams Morgan neighborhood. Schatz, who teaches an undergraduate legal writing class at this university, and his wife invested in the popular Amsterdam-inspired eatery in 2004, becoming co-owners. charlie deboyace/the diamondback may seem unrelated, but they actually aren’t so different, he said. “I love the interaction with my students. I love helping them get their message across the way they intend to,” Schatz said. “And I love interacting with customers. It’s an extension of interacting with the students.” Bennett said Schatz’s career as a professor shows in his personality. “People become a professor because they have something they want to teach. Willie is a body of knowledge and an outlet for information,” she
said. “As a professor, he has an avenue to give that knowledge to people.” Students in his classes say he can be tough, but seeking perfection is an important trait for both a professor looking to inspire his students and a businessperson hoping to succeed, Bennett said. The failure rate for independent restaurants is so steep that in order to be successful, owners and managers must have very high standards. Nina Cooperman, a senior government and politics major, took legal writing with Schatz.
“He’s a disciplined professor [who] definitely provides rigorous coursework for those interested in pursuing law,” she said. “When I found out he owned a falafel shop, I was kind of surprised, but when I actually saw the shop, I was even more surprised, because it looked like a really nice place.” Schatz said he would like to see Amsterdam Falafelshop open a franchise in College Park because he thinks it would be popular with students, but he added it could be a difficult move because business is so seasonal. In the
meantime, the shop has sold 11 franchises, with one set to open in the spring at the Market House in Annapolis, he said. Bennett said she is extremely happy with the popularity of the restaurant and hopes it continues to grow as people become more aware of what they’re eating. “It’s a very unique restaurant. If someone hasn’t come here, they should,” she said. “It will open their eyes to what kind of eating is available to them.”
funding will be allocated. O’Malley’s budget, which was in large part approved by the Senate, pours about $1.1 billion into the system, a 7.5 percent increase from last year. Administrators and student leaders have been praising that budget since O’Malley first proposed it in January. But such a large funding measure was bound to be difficult for university lobbyists.
“Going into this, we knew we had a challenge, because the governor had put forth a very substantial budget for the system and we’ve been through a difficult fiscal time in Maryland,” system chancellor Brit Kirwan said in an interview with The Diamondback last month. “The General Assembly is not used to seeing these kind of increases, so we knew that this was not going to
be an easy thing to accomplish.” The $24.3 million for enhancement funding featured in O’Malley’s budget would go toward an expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs; technology-driven course redesign; and increased support for MPower the State. In the next stage of the budget process, the conference committee, composed of members from
both chambers of the assembly, will make recommendations based on both versions of the budget, which will then be brought to the floor for a vote. “I’m very hopeful that we can drive down the $10 million cut substantially as the process plays out over the next several weeks,” Kirwan said.
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Student group strives to promote sustainable dorm lifestyle Green Squad raises environmental awareness By Madeleine List Staff writer It’s easy to forget about the environment when you live in a dorm. You don’t pay the bills for water a nd electricity, a nd using disposable dishes seems so much easier than having to find a sink and wash reusable ones. Your actions seem like they don’t matter. But they do matter, and the Denton Com mu n ity Green Squad is striving to promote environmental awareness and encourage a sustainable lifestyle. “A lot of people, their mentality is ‘Oh, I’m just one single person living on this earth, what can I do
DOWNLOADS From PAGE 1 five of the nation’s biggest ISPs: AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Comcast. Many students said the system’s potential punishments will likely do little to change their online behavior. However, the feeling of being monitored may prevent users, especially youngerandmorecasualpirates,from downloading illegally, said Jessica Bonczewski, a senior environmental science and technology major. But as a regular downloader of movies and music herself, she added, the act will not force her to click away from consuming such content online. “I do not think that anything will change with the Internet… unless the consequences for doing those activities becomes much more severe, such as significant fines, jail time, etc.,” Bonczweksi said. “There needs to be serious consequences in place in order to make bad activities slow and stop.” The system’s first step is education, in which ISPs will send alleged violators warnings listing when and how they illegally downloaded or shared content. After that, users must acknowledge that they received previous messages. The third and final stage includes a more serious message, urging users to contact the ISP or face consequences, including slower Internet speeds. Although CAS does not apply to public access Wi-Fi, critics said the program could deter public hot spots from providing free connection and sacrifice user privacy. Neurobiology and physiolog y major Dan ia Shafei said even sending warning messages th rough pop-ups cou ld g ive hackers more ground to create con f u sion, especi a l ly when pop-ups can initially be ignored
to make a difference?’” said squad leader and senior biology major Benjamin Moy. “Sustainability is very hard to put upon people. You either are sustainable or you aren’t. It’s a lifestyle.” Moy and the other three vice presidents of Sustainability from the Denton Community, who modeled their efforts on the 3-year-old Ellicott Community Green Squad, came together last fall. Moy represented Oakland Hall, while sophomore dance and psychology major Chelsea Brown represented D enton H a l l . Sophomore Darby Fallon and freshman fire protection engineering major Josh Sackstein represented Elkton and Easton halls, respectively. With the help of graduate advisor Allison Ray, the four are working to raise awareness about sustainability and recruit
or marked off as yet another advertisement. “I don’t download movies, so I don’t have much to worry about,” she said, adding the system would tackle the root of the program if it targeted users who watched or shared movies online. These supposed loopholes, “the lack of direct consequences,” and the system’s general educational purpose will likely do little to alter people’s habits, sophomore psychology major Lisa Gabrielle said. Sophomore Emily Cheung agreed, adding that, while the act means well, casual pirates caught in a culture of illegal downloading would likely be undeterred. “There is really a culture a rou nd i l lega l mu sic a nd mov ie dow n load i ng,” she said. “Unless you can change the culture and the social norms surrounding music piracy and such, it will be very hard to change people’s behaviors.” At the end of the day, six strikes, it seems, do not do much, said Anne Bowden of the university’s Office of Legal Affairs. “The CAS is not a law,” she said. “It is a voluntary collaboration among Internet service providers, motion picture and recording industry associations.” Targeting illegal online streaming of movies, students said, would tackle the real problem, especially as free music streaming services like Spotify slowly kill the need for downloading. According to the NPD Group, 40 percent of people who downloaded through peer-to-peer services in 2011 stopped piracy in 2012, likely because of the birth of online streaming options. SystemslikeCAS,then,maynot kill piracy — but the rise of online streaming options just might. firstname.lastname@example.org
members who are interested in reducing their carbon footprints. “Green Squad is all about inciting the whole community of a building into caring about the environment and changing behaviors so that we can work towards having a more sustainable campus,” said Sree Sinha, sophomore psychology major and last year’s co-vice president of sustainability for Ellicott Hall. As the newest squad, the Denton Green Squad hopes to provide Denton Community residents with the same sustainable resources the Ellicott Community enjoyed. The group is still in its early stages, Ray said, with only 10 members, but the Denton Community is a great place to start because most of the residents are freshmen and sophomores who are new to campus and looking to get involved. Weishin Chen, a sophomore
computer science major and Denton Community resident, said he got involved with the Green Squad after he learned about how much waste misses the recycling bin and ends up hurting the planet. He said he believes the Green Squad is a great way for students to start the conversation about sustainability. “It’s a way for people to get together and share their ideas and influence other people to do the same thing and to be green,” he said. The squad already hosted a few events this year, including a showing of the documentary Bag It, a film about the damage done to the planet and its inhabitants by plastic bags and bottles. They also organized a Do One Thing pledge event where students vowed to change one aspect of their life-
styles for the sake of the environment. The events have been successful so far, and the group hopes to hold even more. They’re always coming up with new initiatives and ways to make their residence hall events greener, Brown said, which they share at the squad’s weekly meetings. One currently in the works is asking students to bring reusable cups and plates to events that involve food and drinks. The squad plans to do more volunteer work, help out with campus events like RecycleMania and organize field trips to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other sustainability group offices in the future. They are currently working on planning a sustainability fair, which will take place in the Denton Quad on April 4. The fair will feature tables from green groups, such as the Rooftop Community
Garden, VegTerps and Buddhism Philosophy, as well as sustainable food and music. Brown is optimistic about the squad’s future. Sustainability is something that applies to everyone, she said, no matter their interests, and the group welcomes anyone who would like to participate. “You can still incorporate sustainability into your life without it having to be your major,” she said. Making a lifestyle change isn’t easy, Moy said, so it’s best to start small, like using reusable bags at the grocery store. “Ultimately, it’s up to the person,” he said. “If they don’t commit to a change, then they won’t become sustainable. Start by changing little bits of what you do every day.” email@example.com
university police chief david mitchell received an award from the Johns Hopkins Public Safety Leadership Association last month for his professional achievements. He got his start as a police officer for Prince George’s County Police in 1971 and said he has seen the nature of his job change as he fights more crime over the Internet. file photo/the diamondback
MITCHELL From PAGE 1 before leading Prince George’s County Police’s conflict management team, which deals with hostage situations. He later served as County Police Chief, state police superintendent and Delaware’s secretary of safety and homeland security. However, Mitchell said he couldn’t stay away from Maryland for too long, and he quickly snatched up the opportunity to return to familiar territory as University Police chief in 2010. “I missed Maryland for sure,” he said. “And to have the opportunity to serve at my alma mater is particularly gratifying and exciting.”
Overseeing university police officers is unlike any of the jobs Mitchell has held in the past, he said. Instead of dealing with a large area, like the 486 square miles that encompass Prince George’s County, he oversees about 2.5 square miles, meaning his officers take much more time tending to student’s needs. “The patience that our officers have here is second to none,” he said. “We spend a lot more time on calls here than your average police department, we train our troops that way.” M itchel l’s ca l m demea nor contributes to the overall ease of University Police, according to spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis. “He always has the steady hand and it rubs off on the rest of us,”
Davis said. “If your leader is calm, it puts everybody at ease.” He’s learned to embrace partnerships with the University Senate, Facilities Management, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Government and Greek life, among others, which have led to safety initiatives such as the bonfires that take place after basketball games against Duke to prevent rioting. Training the next generation of law enforcement is also high on Mitchell’s to-do list at the university — he teaches a class in the criminal justice department, an experience just as rewarding as his work in the police department, he said. “The mean of my first exam was an 81,” Mitchell joked. “I
don’t think it’s too tough.” In a l l h is yea rs of serv ice, M itchel l sa id t he one t h i n g t h at s t aye d c o n s t a nt i s h i s commitment to service and his approach to keeping the community safe. “The No. 1 thing we can do to help people is to be seen. On foot is really great — it doesn’t necessarily drive down crime, but it drives down fear,” he said. As happy as he is with his position as chief, he still misses patrolling the streets. He keeps a radio in his office so he can hear the calls. “I miss working the streets,” he said. “It’s something that really never leaves you, that’s for sure.” firstname.lastname@example.org
romance From PAGE 1 a month; February was especially busy because students wanted to host parties for Valentine’s Day. The average party order totals about $500, and 40 percent goes straight to consultants’ pockets, Guadette said. Her monthly income depends on the number of parties and size of each order, but she said she has more than enough money to pay for all her expenses and save some for when she starts City Year. “When I first started, I was like, ‘OK, cool, it’s a cute little company, I’m gonna have some fun and make a little extra money,’” she said. “But the more you get into it and meet other consultants, the bigger you see the company is. It’s so much more meaningful than I ever really knew.” And in an economy in which so many graduating students are struggling to fi nd jobs, Guadette said Pure Romance has it figured out: The customers come to them, many not even realizing they’re hearing a sales pitch. To them, it’s just a party. It works like this: A consultant books a party with a hostess
who then invites about a dozen friends. The consultant brings all her products, letting the partygoers check them out for themselves. When the guests place their fi nal orders, the consultant gets her cut, but the hostess also gets free products, depending on how much her friends buy. When a consultant leaves a party, she’s usually met a future hostess who enjoyed the event and wants to host her own — and the party cycle starts all over again, Gaudette said. Senior sociology and women’s studies major Patricia Tuon had a Pure Romance party with Guadette in September for her 21st birthday. It was uncomfortable at first, Tuon said, but the girls quickly got into it, and the party was a success. “I’m the outspoken one in my group of friends, and I’m the person they come to for sexual hea lth i n formation, so they weren’t surprised I had it,” she said. “It was kind of awkward at fi rst, but I always talk about sex stuff with them, so they’re used to me being up-front.” And since the guests placed such a large order, Tuon said she got about $100 in free products — exactly the
birthday present she was hoping for. Guadette said this is typically how a party goes — the guests might be nervous at fi rst, but she works hard to create a comfortable environment where they can ask questions and relax. After becoming a consultant, Guadette recruited senior economics major Brianna Buckley, a member of her sorority, to also become a consultant. T hat’s another part of Pure Romance’s business model — each consultant gets a small piece of her recruit’s pie, giving the women incentive to grow their “teams” and bring in more saleswomen. Buckley, like Guadette, was just looking for some extra money; she needed cash to pay for her spring break trip to the Bahamas. Seeing all the fun Guadette was having — and all the money she was making — Buckley decided to sign up. That part was easy; the hard part was calling her parents to tell them about her new part-time job. “I was worried about what other people would think and about what my parents would think,” Buckley said. It didn’t exactly help that when Buckley called her mom with the news, her mom was using a built-in phone in her new vehicle
— meaning Buckley had no idea she was on speakerphone. Once the initial shock wore off, Buckley said her parents did some research and are now on board with Pure Romance. “They’re supportive because they understand it’s about much more than selling sex toys,” she said. “It’s about empowering women, and I think that’s something everyone can get behind.” With her spring break trip now over, Buckley said she’ll continue her Pure Romance gig until she hopefully gets a job with a bank. “I mean, this isn’t exactly something you can put on a professional resume,” she said of Pure Romance, laughing. For Guadette, though, Pure Romance will stay a part of her life — even after she begins City Year in August. “I never saw myself as an entrepreneur, but this really is my own business,” she said. “I have to market myself and do all the work. It’s more than just the products we sell — being a consultant itself is incredibly empowering. I could totally see myself doing this fulltime for a long time.”
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It’s a bird? It’s a plane? Actually, if you visit Washington this coming weekend, it’s probably one of the thousands of beautiful, unique kites flying above the National Mall as part of the Blossom Kite Festival. The festival, which takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is part of the greater National Cherry Blossom Festival, a Washington tradition for decades. And what better way to enjoy the spring season than to spend the day outside enjoying the event’s namesake flowers and maybe even flying a kite yourself? Transportation:
To get to the Blossom Kite Festival and most other Cherry Blossom Festival events, take the 104 Metro bus from Stamp Student Union to the College Park Metro station and board a Green line train toward Branch Avenue. Transfer to either the Blue or Orange line at L’Enfant Plaza; both will get you to the Smithsonian station. A one-way trip costs $2.75 during off-peak hours and will take a little more than 30 minutes. For more of Catherine Sheffo’s blog post, check out the student blogs on diamondbackonline.com.
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Thank you for sharing In the battle against online piracy, those working to protect copyrighted material may have just gotten a leg up. The Copyright Alert System is a six-strike program, working with AT&T, Cablevision, Time Warner, Verizon and Comcast to deter those who subscribe to their Internet services from illegally downloading material online. It’s the private sector’s attempt to instate some of the measures turned down when last year’s federal Stop Online Piracy Act legislation failed. And after nearly two years of delays and adjustments, Internet service providers began implementing the system last month. What this basically means is that anyone who illegally downloads films, TV shows or music — or even shares things peer-to-peer (aka through torrent file-sharing sites) — will receive a strongly worded message from the ISP as well as subsequent messages if the activity continues. Then, after the sixth warning, ISPs could slow down your connection speed or temporarily redirect you to an alternate page. But there will be no threat of terminating your Internet service. So clearly, people will have a lot of incentive to stop the piracy, right? What’s truly absurd about these measures is that the messages themselves could be in the form of pop-up windows or emails — in essence, things people can easily overlook, delete or completely ignore. Additionally, it’s not like people who are pirating online material don’t know that what they are doing is wrong; why would a
“warning” do anything to deter them from continuing? Illegal downloading costs the U.S. economy $58 billion a year. If CAS had the ability to significantly reduce piracy, sure, that would be great. But the government and private companies seem to be caught in a balancing act between coming down hard on online pirates and protecting personal privacy. The federal government’s
Rather than trying to crack down on everyone illegally pirating online content, the government and private companies need to find a more realistic solution. attempts haven’t worked so far, and the outlook for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act legislation doesn’t look bright. This new attempt by private companies has a slight chance of being effective for a small number of people, but it ultimately looks like it might fall on its face. So what does this mean for students? Today’s Diamondback article, “Students say piracy measures won’t deter illegal downloading,” references various undergraduates who are hardly concerned with the new measures to be instated. And that seems to be the general opinion with regards to any attempts to stop piracy — though that apathy can turn to rage when personal privacy is threatened by the government.
We have all grown up in a generation of Napster and LimeWire, Project Free TV and a plethora of other sources for free, illegal music, TV and movies. It seems to be sewn into our psyche that illegal online sharing and downloading is just not a big deal, which is unfortunate for the industries affected by users’ abilities to find ways around paying for content. So this editorial board could preach to students that online piracy is bad and is costing everyone tons of money. But in all honesty, we know that won’t really do anything. Sure, it would be nice if we all paid for everything we did and watched online, but in a culture where this isn’t the norm — and as college students who don’t have enough money to purchase the resources we have become accustomed to enjoying for free — this seems highly implausible. There is a definite distinction in our society between stealing things from a store and stealing things from behind your computer screen. Maybe it can all be attributed to the anonymity of the Internet, but there’s no point analyzing how to staunch this perspective when it’s so widespread. What we as a society have to do now is figure out how to make what’s now illegal legal by somehow allowing the producers of the content the benefit of making money off their work. It all comes down to whether we can find a way to have more open streaming of this content. This is where politicians and private companies should focus their efforts, rather than legislation that gets rejected and empty threats companies try to instate, because those measures simply aren’t going to work.
unpaid internships CAROLINE CARLSON Last summer, I worked for 10 hours every weekday. I commuted into Washington to intern at a market research firm from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., then worked a parttime job at a local Starbucks for four hours in the evening. Even though my friends told me I was crazy to do an unpaid internship while holding a paid job, I realized that was basically my only option to gain work experience and earn some cash on the side. Did it suck having to commute everywhere? Yeah. And did I highly enjoy screwing up customers’ coffee orders every night? Not really. My experience in the unpaid labor pool, however, opened up new doors for me — including a paid internship in the fall and some high-profile references in the market research world. For the past year, Intern Justice, an organization that fights “unpaid intern exploitation,” has been filing lawsuits against companies that hire student workers for no pay. Some say unpaid internships should be illegal under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which provides specific criteria to determine whether individuals working at a for-profit firm should actually receive pay. As much as anyone would prefer a paid internship over an unpaid one, college students shouldn’t stray away from applying for unpaid internships nor think they are somehow “better” than unpaid labor. First, my unpaid internship experience gave me opportunities and valuable experience I could use to promote myself for a paid internship or job in the future. I can tell you now: If all of the company’s internships were paid, I probably wouldn’t have gotten any position. After all, what company would pay me if I literally had no experience in the field and so many other applicants did?
Working unpaid positions now can be seen as an investment in the future — you’re sacrificing some income today for a higher chance of getting more income in the future. Forcing private firms to pay all of their interns may seem like a step toward equality, but it can actually hurt those looking to get their feet in the door. A company is obviously going to have an intern cap if all of its internships are paid, which could hurt individuals who have little experience and are less likely to get paid work. Even if unpaid internships replace paid labor, the free exchange of labor provides people with more opportunities for paid jobs in the future. Some argue that unpaid internships hurt individuals who want to work away from home and need to pay for housing. But this is the time when financial planning comes in. Everyone’s financial situation isn’t the same, which is why you might have to work another job on the side, like I did. As college students seriously looking for employment, we need to actually act like adults and realize we have to make sacrifices to get what we want. Some cite how Fox Searchlight Pictures and the Hearst Corporation exploit unpaid interns by making them work long hours with no wages. But doesn’t the intern have the right to apply to work for another company if he or she is so unhappy? The beauty of having businesses determine for themselves whether or not they’ll have paid internships is that we get choices. Companies offer different types of work experience at either paid or unpaid rates. The truth is, I loved my unpaid internship. I loved learning things that I would never have learned in the classroom. If organizations such as Intern Justice continue to sue companies who offer unpaid internships, people like me might never be able to get solid work experience that will lead to successful, paid jobs after graduation. Caroline Carlson is a sophomore government and politics and information systems major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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We don’t know how good we have it NEAL FREYMAN Over spring break, I was in Southern California with Rak Shalom, my a cappella group here on the campus. We were “on tour,” as we like to call our annual spring vacations, singing at various venues up and down the coast when the beach was an intolerable prospect on account of our thirddegree sunburns. Singing requires a plentiful amount of water, especially if one is singing so frequently over an extended period of time. Before and after every one of our gigs, I found myself in a familiar position by the water fountain, bending down at the waist in the hopes of catching a few droplets of water at the crest of its parabola. The water in California was bad — or at least, it wasn’t the sugary nectar I was used to in New England or Maryland. The first few moments of taste were fine, but soon I would scrunch my face up into one of those contorted expressions that recalls taking a toolarge chunk of lemon in one’s mouth. I wasn’t used to this. I had grown up with delicious tap water my whole life. My hometown in Massachusetts even
provided its residents with fluoride in the water, making sure our thirsts were quenched while reducing the number of hours we had to spend at the dentist’s office. In retrospect, my West Coast issues with water are comically trivial. While I sip sugary syrup with a handful of large ice cubes in my South Campus Commons apartment and complain about the slight hint of bitterness in the Californian product, nearly 800 million people around the world are worrying about whether they will have access to clean water on a daily basis. That’s about one in 10 people who don’t have access to sanitary water for drinking or bathing. The truth is, there isn’t much water to go around here on Earth. We learn in fifth grade geography class that the oceans compose about three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, which is true, but almost none of it is useful for humans because of the high salt content. Fresh water makes up about 2.5 percent of the Earth’s total water source, and 70 percent of that is stored as ice or permanent snow in the high latitudes. Developed countries like ours utilize modern sanitation technologies to take advantage of the limited water supply, but developing nations are not as successful.
The consequences are dire. Everyone understands how critical clean water is to humans’ health, whether you drink it or bathe in it. The fourth-leading cause of death globally is diarrhea, which stems largely from a lack of access to unsafe and therefore unusable water. Unfortunately, the situation is very likely to intensify. Contradictory though it seems, regions where water is the scarcest also display the highest rates of population growth — places like India and sub-Saharan Africa. More people are competing for a depleting amount of water. The first and most concrete way for an individual to combat the impending water crisis — this competition is what leads some experts to call the global condition of water a crisis — is to stop wasting it. We do it all the time, by leaving the sink on while brushing our teeth or taking two extra minutes in the shower because it feels oh-so-good. It’s all very wasteful. Be conscious of your own “water footprint,” because, though water seems plentiful now, it may not be in the future. And next time you’re in California, be sure to enjoy the water. It is, after all, water. Neal Freyman is a senior history major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
e would like to raise an important issue for our campus: the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. The issue of cyclists safely traveling around a campus full of students walking on the sidewalks is one that affects nearly all campuses, but our March 11 experience made this a personal cause. One of us is a student and the other an almost-retired faculty member. We want to make this an opportunity to heal and to raise an important issue for the campus. We would like to keep this personal, but not a blame game, so names are not used. Our names have been changed to make it easier to read our story, and we hope the lessons are used for the long-term benefit of all. Collin, while riding his bike home after class like always, decided to try to avoid the people walking on the sidewalk. He decided to stray from the sidewalk and use the road instead, as he wouldn’t have to worry about someone suddenly stepping in his path. He came to a car stopped at a stop sign waiting for people to cross. As there were no cars in the other lane, he thought he could pass by the car and just get on with it, not thinking that there was a reason the car was stopped. In his own words, he admitted, “My idiotic assumption led me to hitting an old woman who was crossing the street.” Avis Cohen, who was crossing the street in front of the stopped car, was remarkably only bruised but not broken, having strong bones for a woman of her age (71). But she could have been killed, as she hit both her head and hip hard.
The accident left a deep impression on both of them, as you might expect. The accident raises an important issue: There are no designated travel areas for cyclists. People on bikes should be treated as having vehicles that can cause serious harm to pedestrians should they collide, rather than as an afterthought. Bicycles are wonderful, fuel-free vehicles that do not contribute to global warming; they are simply fueled by the cyclists. Cars and mopeds, which use substantial amounts of non-renewable resources, get to use the whole road, while pedestrians and cycles are expected to share the sidewalks. For a university trying to be an example of a green campus, this institution has largely ignored one of its greenest vehicles. An exclusive path of travel is typically always established in cities trying to become green. Currently, cyclists at this university have to rely on often untested judgment and quick reflexes (which not all of us share) to avoid getting into accidents because their path of travel is always shared by either vehicles or pedestrians. If cyclists were given their own lane, people in cars, pedestrians on the sidewalk and cyclists themselves could all worry less about being in an accident that could have easily been prevented. Let us all turn this (almost) tragedy into an opportunity. Let’s use it to change the culture of our campus and make it a greener and friendlier environment for all: cyclists, pedestrians, old, young and everyone in between. In the meantime, slow down, obey the laws and may we all live a healthy and happy life together at this fine university. Collin is a student at this university and Avis Cohen is an ADVANCE professor in the biology department and Institute for Systems Research. They can be reached at email@example.com.
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orn today, you are perhaps more creative than you are insightful -- but the way you put your creativity to work often leads others to think that you know things that, in fact, you don’t. This is nothing to fret about; you put far more stock in the things you do than the things you know, and you are never afraid to ask another for help when your own knowledge or understanding isn’t enough to see you through a dicey situation. You have a great deal of vivacity and verve. You are noticed when you enter a room, and you can change the dynamics with nothing more than a glance. You capture the attention of others with ease. You aren’t likely to follow your own course until relatively late in life; until then, you may choose to follow in the footsteps of others -- those whom you admire, and wish to be like. Ultimately, it won’t be enough for you to do what others have done before you; you will want to branch out and tackle something new. Also born on this date are: Keira Knightley, actress; Kenny Chesney, singer; Jennifer Grey, actress; Curtis Sliwa, Guardian Angel founder; Martin Short, actor and comic. 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. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 ARIES (March 21-April 19) -You are willing to do more today than you are asked, but take care that you don’t neglect a personal
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REVIEW | COMEDOWN MACHINE
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The Strokes were supposed to be the future of rock. They aren’t. By Dean Essner Senior staff writer Let’s get it out of the way: It’s easy to condemn Comedown Machine, the fifth album by The Strokes, right off the bat. First single “One Way Trigger” is a miserable A-ha homage. Second single “All The Time” feels phoned-in and ancient, like a hardly-relevant relic from the Room On Fire sessions. Initial wafts of the production on opening track “Tap Out” suggest rock ‘n’ roll at its most mechanistic, like the band cut the record in a studio made of pure chrome, fretboards, microphones and even the band members themselves waxed to squeaky clean levels of purification. Forget the New York grime of Is This It; Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr., Nikolai Fraiture, Fabrizio Moretti and Nick Valensi have all become androids. Sadly, for the most part, this as-
sessment holds up. “50/50,” similar to “Metabolism” off of 2011’s Angles, is all canned, contrived anger thanks to a hideous vocal turn from Casablancas. In fact, more than any Strokes record so far, Comedown Machine serves as a cold reminder of how incapable he is as a singer, frontman swagger aside. On Is This It and Room On Fire, his minimalist pipes nicely complemented the simplicity of the musical arrangements. Here, they serve as a counterpoint to all attempts at experimentation, his trademark smoke-cloud howl sounding frustratingly out of place and outdated. Only on “Slow Animals,” a fine amalgamation of the two Strokes eras — homespun garage rock and glitzy, claustrophobic dance pop — does he successfully divert from his vocal formula. His falsetto isn’t perfect; it quivers and wavers with each note beyond his range. But here,
JULIAN CASABLANCAS of The Strokes seemed poised to become one of the biggest rock stars in the world after the 2001 debut of Is This It. Things didn’t quite work out that way, and recent years have been characterized by long delays between undistinguished albums and disinterest from Casablancas. photo courtesy of fanpop.com the valiant effort pays off. Sonically, Comedown Machine flirts with too many disparate ideas. There’s the sullen, night-drive synths of “Chances,” which sounds as if it could be a lazier, stuffier version of a Chromatics song. There’s the Candy-O guitars on “Happy Ending.” Hell, Casablancas even creates a cosmic fusion of Justin Timberlake and Jeff Lynne on the bizarre, oddly
affecting closer “Call It Fate, Call It Karma.” Yet the experimentation clings more to the side of hodgepodge than anything. Overall, Comedown Machine may not be a total throwaway record, but coming only two years after the mediocre Angles, its presence is essentially futile. One can attribute the sparseness of the band’s releases throughout the
years to a lack of consistent inspiration. Its masterful debut, Is This It, was crafted on the principle that rock ‘n’ roll can be life-affirming — when done correctly. That’s a worthy rallying cry. Yet a decade later, The Strokes sound too restless to remember, ultimately making Comedown Machine a hollow attempt at escaping the past. firstname.lastname@example.org
CONCERT REVIEW | SIGUR RÓS
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Iceland’s Sigur Rós impressed with a visually stunning Virginia concert on Sunday By Zachary Berman Senior staff writer Icelandic orchestral postrock giant Sigur Rós doesn’t sing in English, but its music needs no translation. Whether singer and guitarist Jón Þór Birgisson (aka Jónsi) is singing in Icelandic or the nonsense “Hopelandic” phonemes, the message is always clear in the melody: Life can be beautiful, haunting and uplifting all at once. On Sunday, at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., Sigur Rós opened its U.S. tour on the same note, only reimagined through the more aggressive tones and atmospherics the band has promised for its upcoming seventh studio record, Kveikur, which they announced Friday. In the live environment, the full breadth of the band’s mission comes to fruition.
Aurally, visually and tactilely (the rumble from Jónsi’s bowed guitar feedback is revelatory), Sigur Rós interacts with crowds in a way most other bands don’t bother to, attempting to connect with the audience by removing focus from the band itself. Yes, Sigur Rós is onstage throughout the set, but the experience is less about how Jónsi harnesses his angelic vocal range and more about how those sounds move the audience. F i t t i n g l y, t h e c o n c e r t bega n as ma ny Sig u r Rós shows have before, with a massive, semi-translucent white curtain shrouding the stage. As the music began, the cu rta i n was sudden ly alight in abstract video projections, shifting color palettes and the occasional band member’s silhouette. The first song was a new
one, packed with rolling tribal drums constantly increasing in intensity — again, promising aggression. Moments after the song ended, Jónsi’s strafing silhouette began to grow, looming further and further over the audience until the band dropped into the opening notes of dark fanfavorite “Ný batterí.” At the song’s emotional peak, the curtain finally fell amidst an overload of strobing lights and mammoth percussion. This opening one-two punch set the tone for the rest of the show. Beyond cont i nu i ng t he band’s penchant for great live performances, Sigur Rós also did an exceptional job in choosing its set list. Incredibly, the band pulled liberally from its back catalog and meshed those songs with strains of the new record, placing such classics as “Un-
SIGUR RÓs frontman jÓNSI led the band through an impressive set list that mixed past favorites with hints of future directions the band might pursue, all highlighted by spectacular visuals that blended well with the band’s ambient post-rock. photo courtesy of rollingstone.com titled 6 (E-Bow)” from () right alongside new tracks such as “Brennisteinn,” the first single off of Kveikur. “Brennisteinn” closed the set in a hail of growling synthetic bass, gamelan percussion and appropriately wailing horns, led as always by Jónsi’s impassioned cries. The song acted as a pronouncement of the band’s continuing legacy and ingenuity — an evolution beyond the summery woodland timbres of 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and the wandering ambience of 2012’s Valtari. Despite the departure of longtime keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson, Sigur Rós’ live sound has not suffered at all. Primary members Georg Holm (bass) and Orri Páll Dýrason (drums and samples) still show all the elegant restraint they’ve become known for on the constantly building peaks
of songs such as “Varúð.” The band is further supported by an eight-person group of multi-instrumentalists, featuring a threepiece string section, threepiece horn section and two other members playing everything from synthesizer to guitar to glockenspiel. A l to ge t h e r, t h e g ro u p sou nded b ot h absolutely massive and delicate, generating a powerful dynamic flow. By the time the band reached its requisite encore of quintessential tune “Untitled 8” (aka “Popplagið”), it seemed unstoppable, with Jónsi and company knocking down equipment and dropping instruments onto the ground, letting the feedback from the final climax reverberate out as they left the stage. The show wasn’t entirely perfect — a snafu with the onstage monitors caused an
awkward delay in the intro to Ágætis byrjun’s “Olsen Olsen,” and Jónsi appeared to be fighting through a cold all night, causing him to miss a few vocal cues — but the band’s deliberate pace and plotting seemed to absolve it of the unavoidable errors. In the silent moments following “Olsen Olsen,” one fan took it upon himself to scream out his adoration for Sigur Rós’s sound, a sentiment that was met with the roaring approval of the delighted arena crowd. And what did the band do in response? In true Sigur Rós fashion, they quietly stepped back and began to play again. Sigur Rós has never been anything more than its music and the emotions it inspires, and honestly, no one would have it any other way. email@example.com
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SPARTANS From PAGE 8 stop Thomas, who has scored at least 26 points in her past four games, to have a chance at winning. But the 6-foot-2 junior slashed and gashed the collapsing defense from the start. Thomas scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the first half, and the Terps entered intermission with a 34-23 lead. “Alyssa Thomas won the game in the first half. The game was over,” Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant said. “The game was over in the first half when she took control.” The hot shooting continued in the second half, too. Thomas, a career 25.6 percent three-point shooter, stepped out to showcase her range with a career-high-tying two 3-pointers. She only missed two shots in the second half, and the Terps led by as many as 29 down the stretch. “Definitely just feeling confidence,” Thomas said. “They were stepping back. Everything was going in for me, so I started shooting threes.” Michigan State, a half-court team that planned to slow the game down to counter the Terps’ (26-7) transition offense, tried to establish itself from the opening tip. The Spartans (25-9) ran the shot clock down and guard Kiana Johnson missed a jumper at the buzzer.
PITCHING From PAGE 8 reliability is limited to just Kirkpatrick and Jimmy Reed, a senior who earned the win in the first game of the series on Friday. That makes Stinnett’s latest stumble difficult for a young staff to overcome. “This is his first year of really being a full-time pitcher,” said the first-year coach, whose team will host George Mason this evening. “His stuff is very good, but he’s got to get better at harnessing it a little bit and working in the zone. It’s tough because you have a guy with a great arm and good stuff like that.” But the pitcher who replaced Stinnett — right-hander Brandon Casas — became the bright spot on an otherwise dismal day for the Terps (14-9, 3-6 ACC). Despite allowing four consecutive runs — three of them inherited — the freshman settled in and tossed five consecutive scoreless innings. “We’re starting to figure our bullpen out a little more as far as guys we can depend on,” Szefc said. “He’s a young guy, and he’s done a pretty good job
The teams traded baskets early, and it appeared the Terps would be in for a fight after Spartans forward Annalise Pickrel drained a 3-pointer to cut an early Terps lead to 10-9 with 14:09 remaining in the first half. Michigan State would never be that close again. The Terps went on a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 11. When a Thomas layup made it 28-15, she was outscoring the entire Spartans team. The teams exchanged buckets to open the second half, and the Spartans cut the lead to nine. But the Terps were too much, and the game would never be close the rest of the way. The Spartans’ offense struggled, and their leading scorer, guard Klarissa Bell, attempted just two shots and was held scoreless. Pickrel and forward Becca Mills led the team with 12 points each, but Michigan State shot 36.7 percent in the second half and 18.8 percent from three-point range for the game. All facets of the Terps’ game were clicking. Center Alicia DeVaughn posted double-digit rebounds for the third time in four games with 10, and forward Tianna Hawkins notched her 17th double-double on the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Even guard Katie Rutan grabbed eight. And Thomas was hardly the only Terp to connect from the outside last night. The Terps shot 53.8 percent
“You can’t walk guys, and that’s our biggest Achilles’ heel right now.” JOHN SZEFC
Terrapins baseball coach this year. As we get better at not allowing inherited runners to score, that’s when we’ll start to make strides out of our bullpen.” Whether it’s in the bullpen or the rotation, however, one thing is certain: The Terps must do a better job of preventing runs. In the three-game series against Wake Forest, the pitching staff walked 14 Demon Deacons and hit five players. And through 203.2 innings pitched this season, the Terps have walked 112 opponents — an average of nearly five walks a game. “You can’t walk guys, and that’s our biggest Achilles’ heel right now,” Szefc said. “We have to throw more strikes. Unless you do the little things offensively, throw strikes and give opposing teams three outs an inning as opposed to four and cut your freebies down, you’re going to lose, and that’s what we’ve done.” email@example.com
from three-point range, including 5-of-7 in the second half. Rutan was 3-of-7 for the game, and guard Chloe Pavlech hit 2-of-3 on her way to scoring eight points. “They really focus on our inside game and Alyssa driving, so that opened up opportunities for me and Chloe, especially,” Rutan said. “I guess [Thomas] wants to take some, too.” The Terps’ victory set up a date with No. 1-seed Connecticut in Bridgeport, Conn., on Saturday at noon with a return trip to the Elite Eight on the line. The Huskies, who defeated the Terps, 63-48, on Dec. 3, ousted No. 8-seed Vanderbilt last night, 77-44. It’s yet another challenge facing the Terps, who have overcome a welldocumented assortment of injuries throughout the season. Frese, though, is looking to see what Thomas will do next. She’s averaging 28.8 points in the postseason, and each basket has been more crucial than the last. Thomas’ place among the sport’s elite, Frese reasons, should be cemented. “We’re talking about it as a staff, just how dominating she’s been here in postseason play,” Frese said. “I think obviously it speak volumes to Alyssa. The bigger the game, the bigger the stage and the moment, just how she rises to the occasion.”
MENTALITY From PAGE 8 Terps defenders pressed up on North Carolina attackmen Joey Sankey and Jimmy Bitter on multiple occasions, allowing the quick duo to cut past them into the middle of the field and find easy scoring opportunities. The Tar Heels gained confidence with each goal, building a 5-2 lead after the first 15 minutes of play. Their enthusiasm didn’t fade the rest of the way, either. And after North Carolina fended off the Terps’ comeback attempt to secure a statement victory, Breschi wasn’t going to underplay the importance of his team’s mentality while facing the country’s top-ranked squad. “With all the crazy scores going on,we just said, ‘Look, keep your nose to the ground and keep plugging away,’” Breschi said. “Just to see their elation on the sidelines and the smile on their face makes coaching all worthwhile.” But there wasn’t much elation on the opposite end of the field. The Terps experienced uncharacteristic offensive struggles, and urging
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Midfielder Taylor Cummings has a team-high 49 draw controls this year. file photo/the diamondback
former role, securing a teamhigh 49 draw controls through just 11 games this season. “She’s stepped up,” said Reese, whose No. 1 Terps will face Towson in an intrastate matchup tonight. “Kari took the draw for years, and Taylor has come in and made an impact for us. She’s super competitive.” If Cummings possessed any rookie jitters, she quickly cast them aside. The freshman wasted little time making an impact for the Terps, tallying five draw controls in the team’s season-opening win at Richmond. And amassing draw controls hasn’t been the only way
Guard Seth Allen was one of the Terps’ top contributors off the bench, averaging 10.8 points per game in the team’s five postseason contests. Coach Mark Turgeon said he would alternate lineups tonight. file photo/the diamondback
really gets us going,” Howard said. “So it’ll definitely be a big aspect of our team that’s not going to be there.” Allen’s absence will likely force Turgeon to adjust his game plan a bit tonight against an Alabama team that boasts just one regular taller than 6-foot-8. A small lineup, after all, would’ve seemingly matched up well against the slow-paced, defenseoriented Crimson Tide. But Turgeon said yesterday that Allen’s injury could make leaning on a four- or five-guard group — something he did during critical stretches in the Terps’ first two NIT wins — nearly impossible. He expects to mix and match lineups tonight, to alternate between guards and big men with more regularity. “It depends on the flow of the game,” Turgeon said. “Good thing we’ve got nine [other] good players.” Each of those Terps should be well-rested come tipoff tonight. After slogging through six games in 12 days, Turgeon decided to give his players Friday and Saturday off from practice. The break helped more mentally than physically, players said. It gave them a much-needed opportunity to relax. Turgeon hopes the respite helps continue a recent stretch the sec-
ond-year coach calls a “period of tremendous growth.” After all, they’re coming off a deep ACC tournament run and wins over two regular-season conference champions. A win over a formidable Crimson Tide squad would mark another significant stride for a unit that struggled with consistency throughout conference play. But the odds will be against Turgeon’s inexperienced collection. The Terps (24-12) are just 3-7 in true road games this season, with wins over three teams — Northwestern, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest — whose seasons ended in their respective conference tournaments. The Crimson Tide (23-12), meanwhile, is 18-3 at home and hasn’t lost a game in Coleman Coliseum since Dec. 30. Add in Allen’s injury, and pundits could argue the Terps have a shellacking in store. Yet the Terps seem unfazed. They’ve beaten the odds plenty of times this year. They upended the Blue Devils twice this season and made a miracle run to the ACC tournament semifinals. Alabama, players reason, boasts nothing they haven’t seen before. “I mean, it’s the postseason,” forward Dez Wells said. “Everyone’s hurt. Everyone’s going through something. We’re ready. You’ve just got to play through stuff. It hurts to be a champion.”
from the Byrd Stadium crowd couldn’t even help them gain momentum after a sluggish start. The Terps hadn’t given up more than two goals in the first quarter of any game before Saturday, and the team may have been a bit tense while facing its first significant deficit of the season. “You can’t get it back all at once,” Terps coach John Tillman said. “Sometimes when it’s not going the way that you want, you get away from what you’ve been taught and what we emphasize.” One loss won’t change the Terps’ approach, though. They’re still ingrained with what Tillman refers to as “the process” of building a successful season. They have taken a look at the North Carolina game film just like they would after any other game. They’ll try to make improvements throughout the week in practice just like they would any other week. The only difference might be that the loss adds newfound motivation. “As important as this game was, it doesn’t make or break our whole season,” goaltender Niko Amato said. “I expect a more focused, competitive
that Cummings has helped the Terps. Her 15 forced turnovers lead the Terps, her 14 ground balls are tied for third on the team and her 28 goals scored are good for No. 2. In Saturday’s 18-8 win over James Madison, Cummings’ balanced skill-set was on full display. Not only did she lead the Terps with four draw controls and three ground balls; she also secured three points on two goals and one assist. The freshman’s poise and confidence has put her in the running for ACC Rookie of the Year — her 2.91 points per game average is No. 1 among ACC freshmen. Still, Cummings’ biggest contribution to the Terps has been her strength on the draw. After all, draw controls lead
group of Terps to come to practice.” Losing also provides the Terps — who slipped to No. 2 in the Inside Lacrosse national poll this week — with more teachable moments. Tillman and Amato both said they could learn from looking at the game film, and having shortcomings exposed on the field could mean greater improvements moving forward. The pressure of upholding an unblemished record no longer lingers and the pressure that comes with the No. 1 ranking is gone. In coming weeks, the Terps could strive to emulate the Tar Heels’ loose-yet-motivated mindset from Saturday. After all, those qualities seemed to define the Terps’ play earlier in the year. So they certainly could derive some positives from their first loss of the season. Still, the ultra-competitive Tillman had a firm answer Saturday when asked if he was a bit relieved that his team encountered a setback before the playoffs began. “Nah,” the third-year coach said. “I would rather have a win and have some teachable moments that way.” firstname.lastname@example.org
to possession, and possession leads to goals scored. Attaining possession also means keeping the ball out of the other team’s hands. And in the Terps’ last four games, the opposition has had a difficult time gaining possession — the Terps have held opponents to fewer than nine goals in each of their past four contests. “[James Madison] has some very strong dodgers,” Reese said Sunday. “We defended them really well.” They also outshot opponents by an astounding 114-46 clip during that stretch — a mark that would be nearly impossible to match without a player of Cummings’ stature manning the draw circle. The Terps will hope for the
freshman to maintain her dominance tonight when they head to Towson to take on the Tigers. R a t h e r t h a n re ly i n g o n one player like the Terps do, Towson has depended on three players to attain most of its draws, as Kelly Custer, Paige Duncan and Katie Leech have combined to tally 38 of the squad’s 67 draw controls. Don’t expect the threeheaded attack to rattle Cummings, though. She thrives under pressure. “She’s getting better each ga m e ,” m i d f i e l d e r K a t i e Schwarzmann said. “She’s getting better on draws and working hard. She’s really finding that extra spark.” email@example.com
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Allen out vs. Alabama after fracturing hand Freshman guard will miss rest of season as Terps look to advance to NIT semifinials By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer The Terrapins men’s basketball team has endured its share of setbacks this season, but injuries haven’t been one of them. While its women’s counterpart dealt with three ACL tears, coach Mark Turgeon’s squad cruised through regular season play without a single rotation player missing time due to injury. Guard Pe’Shon Howard was the only regular to miss a full game, and those absences — a Jan. 30 loss at Florida State and a Feb. 16 win over Duke — were the result of the flu and a suspension, respectively. But the Terps’ first significant injury could prove crippling for a young bunch eager to earn a spot in next week’s NIT semifinals in New York City. Guard Seth Allen fractured a bone in his shooting hand during
practice Sunday and will miss tonight’s quarterfinals matchup at topseeded Alabama. The freshman will visit a hand specialist later this week, and Turgeon doesn’t expect him to return again this season. “I feel bad for Seth. He’s really been playing well,” Turgeon said after practice yesterday. “It’s a big blow to us because of the way he’s been playing.” After shuffling in and out of the starting lineup much of the regular season, Allen has emerged as the No. 2-seed Terps’ top-scoring reserve. The Woodbridge, Va., native has reached double figures in four of the team’s five postseason contests, averaging 10.8 points per game during that stretch. He leads the Terps’ four freshmen with averages of 7.8 points and 2.3 assists. “He can score, and his athleticism See TIDE, Page 7
Forward Alyssa Thomas was unstoppable in the Terps’ 74-49 win over the Spartans, totaling 28 points and a career-high-tying two 3-pointers. charlie deboyace/the diamondback By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer Throughout the season, ESPN has marketed its women’s basketball coverage as “3 to See,” with nationally televised contests featuring Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne. Last night, Terrapins women’s
basketball forward Alyssa Thomas made the case that there might be another must-see star worthy of that campaign. For the second time in three days, Thomas carried her team through the NCAA Tournament. One game removed from a 29-point outburst against No. 13-seed Quinnipiac, Thomas dropped 28 points on No. 5-seed Michigan State, as the No.
4-seed Terps cruised into the Sweet 16 with a 74-49 victory. “Maybe at some point there’ll be ‘4 to See’ and people will start to talk about what Alyssa Thomas has done,” coach Brenda Frese said moments after she clinched her fifth Sweet 16 appearance in 11 years. The Spartans knew they needed to
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Inconsistency from pitching staff issue for Terps against Wake Forest hander Brady Kirkpatrick and carried a 2-0 lead into the top of the eighth. But the bullpen squandered that advantage, surrendering eight runs in the inning. Even with a furious five-run rally, the Terps couldn’t redeem themselves and ultimately fell, 8-7. The next day, it was the starting pitching that was suspect. Right-hander Jake Stinnett — a reliever for much of his career — couldn’t get through two full innings and allowed six Wake Forest runs in the eventual 7-4 defeat. Coach John Szefc said his rotation’s
By Nicholas Munson Staff writer The Terrapins baseball team’s two losses to Wake Forest over the weekend came with multiple disappointments. The Terps lost a chance to make up ground in the conference against a lower-tier ACC team. They failed to find the consistency they once had during a nine-game winning streak weeks ago. But most of all, the defeats highlighted questions surrounding the entire pitching staff. On Saturday, the Terps were buoyed by seven shutout innings from right-
Pitcher Brady Kirkpatrick pitched seven shutout innings Saturday in a loss to Wake Forest. file photo/the diamondback
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Cummings provides boost on draws Midfielder looks to continue success when Terps face Towson tonight By Joshua Needelman Staff writer The scene became routine over the past four years: Karri Ellen Johnson took her place in the draw circle, crouched down and prepared for battle. At the sound of the referee’s whistle, Johnson
slashed her stick against her opponent’s and rose for the airborne ball. But with Johnson having played her final season with the Terrapins women’s lacrosse team last year, coach Cathy Reese needed to find a replacement for the All-American in the middle. After all, Johnson led
the Terps in draw controls in three of her four seasons — including a stellar 78 her senior year, 26 more than her closest teammate. Luckily for Reese, midfielder Taylor Cummings has eased right into Johnson’s See CUMMINGS, Page 7
Coach John Tillman quickly dismissed the notion that his team would benefit from not having the pressure of a perfect record after the Terps’ loss to North Carolina. The team is now 6-1 this season. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
Tar Heels beat Terps with familiar recipe Team doesn’t play with normal enthusiastic, loose mentality in loss against North Carolina By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer North Carolina men’s lacrosse attackman Marcus Holman stepped into a small press room in the corner of Byrd Stadium on Saturday with a toothy grin on his face. He chuckled while walking past several media members and sat down in an empty chair to the left of his coach, Joe Breschi. But before Holman could speak, a joyful Breschi hooked his left arm around the Baltimore native’s neck. The coach leaned toward Holman’s head, cuffed his right fist and gave Holman what a third-grader might call a “noogie.” The playful jubilance wasn’t surprising. The No. 14 Tar Heels had just beaten the then-No. 1 Terrapins men’s lacrosse team, 10-8, in College Park. They earned a vital ACC victory over a top-ranked rival, and Holman
notched a pair of goals while playing in his home state. What was more telling, though, was that North Carolina played the game with the same mentality exhibited in that postgame press conference. The players stayed loose, cheering on their teammates and flying around the field with a sprightly enthusiasm. In a matchup with the nation’s last unbeaten team, the Tar Heels competed as if they had nothing to lose. “We just came in here, and we didn’t have any pressure. [The Terps] had all the pressure on their shoulders,” Holman said. “We were able to play loose and fast, and we’re going to continue to play that way.” The difference in the teams’ respective mindsets was most evident while North Carolina went on a 3-0 run to end the first quarter. Overanxious See MENTALITY, Page 7
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NIGHT AND DAY Hawkins goes from out-of-shape freshman to double-double machine in becoming Terps’ unheralded star
Forward Tianna Hawkins (left, far right) struggled to get in shape in her freshman season, but has since become a star for the Terps. Along with forward Alyssa Thomas (center), Hawkins hopes to lead the Terps to their second consecutive Elite Eight berth this weekend. charlie deboyace/the diamondback By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer Tianna Hawkins was growing frustrated again. Prep stardom had not translated to college, no matter how many hours she spent on the exercise bike or how many jumpers she hoisted outside of practice. She was struggling to shed weight after joining the Terrapins women’s basketball team out of shape. She couldn’t make it through one of the Terps’ typical workouts, and a performance coach even questioned Hawkins’ ability to mentally endure the season. It wore on the underclassman. She was impatient, tired of waiting for her breakthrough moment. So Hawkins vented to close friend and assistant coach Marlin Chinn.
“T, just be patient,” Chinn said. “Your time is coming. Your time is coming.” “What are you talking about?” Hawkins responded. “I’m doing everything it takes, and I don’t see anything changing.” Hawkins is now in a much different spot than she was during that exasperated conversation. As the No. 4-seed Terps prepare to face top-seeded Connecticut in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16, the 6-foot-3 senior isn’t just one of the best players in the ACC. She’s one of the country’s elite talents. After overhauling her body, Hawkins has emerged as one of the conference’s top scorers and is easily one of its best rebounders. She’s still a bit of an unknown commodity nationally, and forward Alyssa Thomas’ two ACC Player of the Year awards
ensure Hawkins isn’t the program’s top attraction. But the Clinton native has become a constant in College Park. She makes her living on the glass, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
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Continued from page 2 slogging through double-double nights away from the spotlight. “It’s like night and day,” Hawkins said earlier this month.
UNIQUE INTRODUCTION There are stories of players being born with basketballs in their hands, with plastic hoops fitted above bedroom closets or childhoods spent with parents in gyms. More often than not, athletes start specializing in the game from a young age. They make the progression from the driveway to rec leagues, from high school to AAU, from college to the pros. Hawkins’ basketball career began in a grocery store. During a typical family shopping trip, a local rec coach — “Coach Steve” — spotted a 12-year-old Hawkins and her twin sister, Tierra, out with their mother, Latanya. The middle schoolers were tall and looked like basketball players. But they had never set foot on the hardwood. They were still athletes. The sisters had been swimmers and cheerleaders. They had dabbled in ice skating and later taken up volleyball and softball. For Tianna and Tierra to take to the basketball court, Coach Steve first had to convince their
mom. Basketball was much more individual and competitive than the other sports the twins had played, Latanya Hawkins reasoned. She preferred the camaraderie of the swim team, where all the parents cheered for all of the swimmers. Basketball seemed different. Some of the rec team members had been playing for four years, and games involved a lot of oneon-one competition. What if the Hawkins sisters struggled to catch up? “I just wanted it to be fun,” Latanya Hawkins said. “Once it stopped being fun, we didn’t have to do it anymore.” Eventually she relented, and her daughters took up yet another new sport. Coach Steve’s initial directions for Tianna were simple: “Run up and down the court. Then, when you get the ball, just keep your hands up.” Hawkins was soon hooked. As natural athletes, she and her sister advanced quickly through the ranks. It was similar to when they started ice skating, Latanya Hawkins said. The first day, they struggled. The second day, it clicked, and it wasn’t long before they were completing difficult jumps on the ice.
MOM’S SUPPORT One year after joining Coach
Forward Tianna Hawkins wasn’t ranked among the nation’s top recruits out of high school, but Terps coach Brenda Frese (far left) saw her as “a gifted player.” charlie deboyace/the diamondback Steve’s team, Tianna and Tierra were emerging as standouts. They were naturals, dominating much more experienced competition on the hardwood. High school gymnasiums and college arenas were clearly in their futures. H o p i n g to h e l p f o s te r her daughters’ newfound passion, Latanya Hawkins bought T ianna and T ierra
instructional videotapes for basketball-specific workouts and strategies. Once, Latanya Hawkins watched a video Magic Johnson made for beginning players. The Los Angeles Lakers star talked about spending extra time on free throws and other drills before and after practice. So the mother built a basketball court in the family’s
backyard, allowing Tianna and Tierra to work out whenever they wanted. “I really began to invest in helping them get better,” Latanya Hawkins said. The investment didn’t stop there. Tianna and Tierra enrolled at Upper Marlboro’s Riverdale Baptist School, a national basketball powerhouse that currently boasts an annual tuition of $10,872. The twins received financial aid covering 60 percent of their tuition, leaving Mom with 40 percent of the bill. At first, Latanya Hawkins just tightened her budget to pay for tuition, but when Tierra enrolled in a special program at the school that cost an extra $4,000 per year, the supportive parent started working week-
ends at Prince George’s Hospital Center.
DOUBTERS EMERGE When Tianna was a junior at Riverdale Baptist, the Hawkinses’ mailbox wasn’t filled with letters from major Division I programs. The family phone wasn’t ringing off the hook, and Latanya Hawkins didn’t have to worry too much about suitors flying in from around the country. After all, Tianna wasn’t in the ESPN HoopGurlz top 100. She wasn’t in Scout’s top 100. One service ranked her No. 133 in the class. Still, Terps coach Brenda Frese noticed Hawkins. The 2009 Gatorade State Player of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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“When you get to college, the window is smaller for being the best player. Everyone can match your physicality, your skill level and also your strengths.” Forward Tianna Hawkins has emerged as one of the ACC’s top scorers and rebounders as a senior. She was named to the All-ACC first team this year. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
Continued from page 3 Year was only about a 30-minute drive down Route 193. “I saw a gifted player who was really versatile and who could score the ball and could rebound,” Frese said. “She had a really good feel for the game.” The Terps’ staff started recruiting Hawkins, using the campus’s proximity to her Clinton home as a major selling point. Hawkins wanted to stay close to her mother, and the soft-spoken forward wanted to play in televised contests. “That was her main thing when she talked to other schools,” Latanya Hawkins said. “She wanted to know how many times they were on TV.” So the Terps, who Hawkins didn’t see win the 2006 national championship because she hadn’t yet started watching basketball as a fan, proved to be a logical choice. They played in a power conference against nationally ranked foes. The other schools actively recruiting Hawkins — George Washington and Delaware State — could make no such offer. Hawkins verbally committed to the Terps in late spring 2008. While at Comcast Center for a cousin’s graduation, she walked into the women’s basketball offices on the lower level and said she’d play for Frese. I t d i d n ’t ta ke l o n g fo r doubters to emerge. Hawkins wasn’t fast enough, they said. She wasn’t skilled enough to compete in the ACC. Some rival AAU coaches told her she’d be a better fit at George Washington. “I was really happy, and then I got real nervous,” Hawkins said. “My nerves were getting bad.” So the rising high school senior decommitted. Frese was shocked, Hawkins said. Why would a talented local star suddenly not want to play for the area’s premier program? Frese called Hawkins and told her she would thrive if she came to College Park. It was that simple. And Hawkins’ mom made a couple of phone calls of her own. “I had to put in a call to some of those coaches to leave my child alone,” Latanya Hawkins said. “I had to do it. I didn’t understand why everyone was advising her against Maryland when it definitely, out of all the
other schools, was a more prestigious program.”
THE LEAP Hawkins — a dominating post presence in high school, someone who could muscle her way down low as well as net a deep jumper — was a fixture on the exercise bike. The Terps’ grueling workouts were nothing Hawkins had experienced before, and she struggled through practices on a near-daily basis. She had to lose weight and improve her cardio, coaches said, so she spent extra time riding the bike. Hawkins often broke into tears during Chinn’s and fellow assistant coach David Adkins’ arduous training. Sometimes, she called her mom to get picked up from Comcast Center. The two would get dinner, and Latanya Hawkins would drop Tianna off at her dorm across the campus. “When you get to college, the window is smaller for being the best player,” Tianna Hawkins said. “Everyone can match your physicality, your skill level and
also your strengths. It was a huge adjustment.” Hawkins appeared in 34 games for the WNIT-bound Terps her freshman season, scoring 9.2 points and grabbing 7.5 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game. She started 18 of 32 games her sophomore year, but her numbers dipped across the board. Hawkins finally emerged as a top-tier talent last season. She started all 36 games as the Terps advanced to the Elite Eight. She was the Terps’ leading rebounder and third-leading scorer. She set the school record for rebounds in a game with 24 against Wake Forest on Jan. 19, 2012. The conference took notice, and she was named to the All-ACC second team. That success carried over into Hawkins’ senior campaign. She finished the regular season No. 1 in the ACC in scoring and No. 2 in rebounding. Entering last night’s NCAA tournament second-round matchup with No. 5-seed Michigan State, Hawkins was second on the No. 4-seed Terps in scoring and rebound-
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ing with 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures in all but three Terps games this season and even poured in a career-high 33 at Loyola in early November. With injuries to guards Brene Moseley and Laurin Mincy thinning the Terps’ backcourt, Hawkins’ scoring average jumped more than six points. While many expected the Terps to fold after early-season struggles and injuries, they remained in or around the top 10 all season long. Hawkins was named to the All-ACC first team and was in contention for numerous national awards. “She’s the first one to always take ownership and responsibility in her play,” Frese said. “If she lets this team down, she’s going to speak up. She always is the first one to speak, has a great smile and just brings so much to this team any time we’re on the floor or off the floor with
NEXT LEVEL Hawkins understands that her basketball career is the result of a random occurrence. After all, she never would’ve picked up the sport had Coach Steve not spotted her in a grocery store. But she hardly hopes to depend on happenstance once her basketball career expires. The criminology and criminal justice major interned with the Secret Service before last season and is planning to pursue a career in law enforcement, a path her grandfather — a police officer and U.S. Marshal — inspired. The internship solidified her interest in the field, and she said the connections she made there could prove helpful once her playing days end. “I call her a schemer,” center Essence Townsend said. “She’s always looking for ways to get
a job. I kept telling her for the longest time, ‘Stop looking for a job, because you’re going to go play basketball.’” Hawkins is a projected firstround pick in April’s WNBA Draft. The impatient player from the conversations with Chinn is gone, replaced by a mature soon-to-be professional. The player whose mother had to drive her across the campus is nowhere to be found. And the player who let doubters force her out of her commitment has become one of the nation’s most daunting forces. “She had to work her way to the top, and that’s what she did all four years, and now look where she can go in the next few months,” Townsend said. “I feel like a lot of people do underestimate her and she is under the radar, but people know her name. They just don’t want to realize it.” firstname.lastname@example.org