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Student charged in assault Man, 21, allegedly fought with another student By Fola Akinnibi Staff writer A university student was arrested Thursday i n con nection with a fight at t h e i nte rs e ction of Route 1 and Knox Road the prev ious Arasp Biparva morning. Arasp Biparva, 21, of Potomac left a bar around 2 a.m. Wednesday and allegedly got into a fight with another university student, according to the Prince George’s County Police blog. Officers found the victim unconscious at the scene with an apparent head injury, the blog stated. Biparva is a former business statistics teaching assistant at the university, according to his LinkedIn profile. He allegedly admitted his involvement and was subsequently charged with first- and second-degree assault. If found guilty, Biparva faces up to 25 years for first-degree assault and up to 10 years for second-degree assault. He was also cited for having an open alcoholic beverage in June. Wednesday’s incident is the first reported violent crime in the campus community since a Feb. 24 shooting on the 9100 block of Route 1. University Police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis said police have seen fewer crimes recently and attributes the downward trend to increased police presence, though he added there isn’t always an explanation for sudden increases and drops in crime. “There have been more officers out See assault, Page 3

Mental health services to receive $5 million


Funds will be given in $500k increments By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Savannah Doane-Malotte Senior staff writers

Business exceeds expectations in Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill’s opening week By Annika McGinnis Staff writer Despite competition f rom similar restaurants, students couldn’t seem to get enough of Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill during its opening week. The Chipotle-style Mediterranean restaurant opened Wednesday in Boston Market’s former spot in the College Park Shopping Center, offering made-toorder pita sandwiches, plates and kabobs to students who praised the food’s vegetarian options and fresh quality. Building inspections and contractor issues delayed the restaurant’s opening two weeks, said Claude Duval, assistant manager

garbanzo mediterranean grilL’S opening week saw busier dinner rushes than other franchise locations, with $3,000 in sales in each of the first two days. photo courtesy of beth hardy (above), charlie deboyace/the diamondback at the eatery. And there was concern that Roti Mediterranean Grill, a similar restaurant beneath The Varsity, could draw customers away from the store. However, business exceeded ex-

pectations during Garbanzo’s first week, media spokesperson Beth Hardy wrote in an email. Duval See GARBANZO, Page 2

The university’s mental health services will see $5 million of funding over the next 10 years to hire new staff members and better respond to increasing student demand. The health and counseling centers jointly requested the money, all of which the university granted and will deliver in increments of $500,000 per year for 10 years. Its primary purpose is to fund three new counseling psychologist positions in the counseling center and 1.5 psychiatrist positions in the mental health unit within the health center, said Linda Clement, student affairs vice president. “Demand has been ever-increasing and I don’t see any signs that that’s going to stop,” Clement said. “We feel just terrific about this, and we’re thrilled about what it means for services to students — that’s the primary goal here.” The money comes from a donation to the university that was not earmarked for any specific purpose, leaving the university’s vice presidents with the option to propose multiple projects. Clement asked Mental Health Director Marta Hopkinson and Counseling Center Director Sharon Kirkland-Gordon to prepare a proposal to secure money that has long been sought by the programs. University President Wallace Loh, who ultimately decided where the money would be allocated, said recent gun violence — especially February’s See funding, Page 3

Having faith in diversity First interfaith director promotes deeper connections By Fatimah Waseem Staff writer Crosses, crescents and menorahs were all rallying symbols throughout graduate student Margaret Wadsworth’s early life — she studied at a Catholic school in Cleveland and

a Jewish school in Israel, lived near Quakers in New Mexico and built interfaith programs by working with youth in Ontario. In a persona l pi lg ri mage that seeks to bring more than religious symbols together, Wadsworth last semester took up the university’s first official religious diversity coordinator position — a collaboration between the Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy office and the Memorial Chapel. Her

Group helps high schoolers plan debts, cost of life goals Baby Got Bank part of social impact challenge By Jenny Hottle Senior staff writer The day before spring break, when many students from this university were making last-minute vacation plans or anticipating the week off, one group was playing M.A.S.H. in a local high school classroom. In the game, which supposedly predicts one’s future, students wrote


out possibilities for the houses, cars and vacations they aspire to, among other life goals. Using the results, students from the Entrepreneurship and Innovation honors program helped high school seniors calculate how much their future lives could cost them. Taking those numbers and plugging them into a balance sheet — making sure to include interest — students were astounded by how easily they could fall into debt, a common and “major problem” in the United States today, said Nick Henninger, a sopho-

position marks the university’s first major emphasis on religious diversity and creating a new position to help address a changing interfaith environment. “We have to get to know everybody, what groups are out there, and how you can work with them,” Wadsworth said, “That has been the premise of this first year.” Wadsworth, a first-year graduate student studying environmental anthropology, has been facilitating


religious diversity and spiritual diversity programming through the campus community’s web of interfaith connections — including the Memorial Chapel, chaplaincies and other religious and spiritual groups. Many of them have organized events ranging from food-for-thought discussions at interfaith dinners to raking sodden leaves on McKeldin Mall. See interfaith, Page 2

University President Wallace Loh committed additional funding to the health and counseling centers to pay for additional staff members. Below is a breakdown of how the money will be spent:


million dollars will be given to the health and counseling centers for additional staff


new counseling psychologist positions will be filled in the counseling center


psychiatrist positions will be filled in the health center’s mental health unit

more economics and history major. Henninger and a group of 30 other students from the honors program recognized a lack of financial literacy among high school and college students. So when they were challenged to take on a social impact project through their entrepreneurship class, they formed Baby Got Bank and set out to inform high schoolers of their campaign. Baby Got Bank is one of several groups on the campus vying to win the Do Good Challenge, a sevenweek initiative challenging students to engage in community interaction and generate an impact on a social issue or cause. The top 11 finalists — including Baby Got Bank and two



Ben hsieh, a Baby Got Bank group member, talks to students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in March. The group aims to teach high schoolers about financial literacy through games and lessons. photo courtesy of melinda pandiangan

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GARBANZO From PAGE 1 said the restaurant cleared $3,000 in sales both of its fi rst two days and was $15 beyond its projected revenue for opening day. On Monday and Tuesday, the restaurant held “practice parties,” where invited members of the public could come and try the food for free. If they had been actual sales, the restaurant would have sold more than $4,000 both days, Duval said. “Most restaurants from 2 to 5 are pretty slow, pretty empty, but with the college students having classes, we’ve been steady throughout the whole day,” he said. “Dinner here has been busier than any other [Garbanzo] location.” Akid Hossain, a 2012 alumnus, ate at Garbanzo on Thursday evening and said the restaurant added diversity to the food options in the shopping center. “We had Boston Market, which was American, and then we have Jason’s Deli, and then there’s Chipotle, which is kind of Americanized Mexican, so this is a bit more variety than what they have here,” Hossain said. The Colorado-based chain wants to bring the “fresh, authentic” food that owner Alon Mor ate growing up in Israel to the United States, Duval said. About 90 percent of the food is made from scratch, including all the restaurant’s sauces and meat marinades. Some food is imported from Israel, including the dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) and pickles. “A lot of ou r recipes a re fam ily kind of recipes and developed by people from the Mediterranean,” Duval said. “Our recipes are exclusive to us — like some of the spices we use, we don’t even know the exact amounts of what’s in it because it’s so exclusive.” The first Garbanzo opened in 2008, and there are 15 in Colo-

interfaith From PAGE 1 With the gears of interfaith collaboration already turning, much of her work th is semester has involved hopping between meetings and events organized by students from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds, allowing Wadsworth to become the “common thread” in developing a network of connections and bringing people together. “The full impact of this position has yet to be experienced, since the position is so new,” said Denise McHugh, a Memorial Chapel coordinator. “This position offers the opportunity for students representing different religious and spiritual backgrounds to come together to learn from each other.” As part of this vision, Wadsworth said campus interfaith coordinators must consider new ways to draw more people into discussions vital to cooperation, communication and understanding, especially for students who label themselves as spiritual rather than religious. For Wadsworth, this may

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garbanzo mediterranean grill exceeded sales expectations in its first week of business, drawing in more than $3,000 in each of the first two days. At the restaurant, which opened in Boston Market’s former spot in the College Park Shopping Center on Wednesday, customers can create a custom pita, wrap, plate or kabob, choosing from chicken, steak shwarma, mushrooms, falafel or hummus with a variety of freshly prepared toppings and sauces. photos courtesy of beth hardy rado. The chain plans to have about 30 restaurants around the nation by the end of the year. One opened three weeks ago in Columbia, and locations will open in Annapolis and Crofton in the summer, Duval said. Duval said this university is a perfect location because it’s a diverse school with a student body that will appreciate ethnic food. “Students seem to love it,” he said. “College Park is so great because of the international business program. There’s so much diversity on that campus; it really helps opening an ethnic place like Mediterranean food.” At Ga rba nzo, customers can choose a kabob or a buildyour-own pita, laffa (a wrap) or plate. Protein options range from falafel, chicken shwarma, chicken or steak falarma (a mixture of chicken or steak and falafel) to portobello mushroom or hummus. Then, customers can add their choice of toppings, including rice, vegetables and babaganoush, as well as feta cheese and olives for an extra

charge. A variety of sauces are available, including tahini, tzatziki, Mediterranean garlic sauce and red chili sauce. Duval, a self-described “meat and potatoes” guy, said he loved the kabobs. He said plates have been especially popular with customers so far because the different foods are separated, and “it comes with pretty much everything on the line.” The stuffed pita and laffa have also been popular, Hardy wrote, because customers can easily eat them on the way to class or work. He added the eatery sold out of chicken in two days. Other than the chicken, steak and chicken soup, the entire menu is vegetarian, Duval said. Hossa i n sa id because he prefers more variety in meats than in vegetables, he likes Mediterranean eatery Moby Dick in Stamp Student Union more than Garbanzo. “On my plate, there’s only one meat, and everything else is vegetarian,” Hossain said, adding that Garbanzo is a good choice

mean expanding programs’ traditional focus on interfaith dialogues and service projects to events that address controversial issues such as sexuality, gender orientation and conflict in the Middle East — especially as some students grow “weary of what might feel like more contrived discussions.” “If there’s a superficiality to these discussions, then what are you accomplishing?” Wadsworth said. Rev. Holly Ulmer agreed. The chaplain of United Campus Ministry — which represents t he P resby ter i a n Chu rch, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ — said she would like to see more topics addressing religious stereotypes and the “perceived clash” between religion and science on the campus. “We live in a culture of facts and visible proofs,” Ulmer said. “Coming to terms with religion and spirituality in an intellectual environment can be challenging.” Wadsworth must also grapple with the giant that is interfaith programming, with religion and spirituality permeating decisions from global ideas such as

“we live in a culture of facts and visible proofs ... coming to terms with religion and spirituality in an intellectual environment can be challeneging.” MARGARET WADSWORTH

Religious diversity coordinator social justice to simple day-today choices such as what meat to eat, how to greet others and what to wear. This academic year, Ulmer said, interfaith programs have included a panel in October, a positive discussion on sexual orientation in December and a multifaith family roundtable earlier this week. Organizers hope to bring together more communities through a diversity town hall on April 8 and a project to plant flowers in the chapel’s garden on May 4. “We have to continue to create a space to be heard and be proactive even in the face of similarities and differences,” Wadsworth said.

for vegans and vegetarians. “[Moby Dick] has more variety when it comes to the meats, but when it comes to vegetables and toppings and other stuff, they have more variety here.” Competitor Roti Mediterranean Grill also serves made-toorder pita sandwiches and plates with many of the same ingredients as Garbanzo. Though Duval said Garbanzo “blows [Roti] out of the water” with more variety and better food, senior physics major Nasif Ahmed said he prefers Roti. “Maybe it’s the rice,” Ahmed said, adding he hadn’t tried everything at Garbanzo yet. A Roti manager, who asked to remain anonymous, said Roti hasn’t experienced any slowdown in business since Garbanzo opened. Though the restaurant could “definitely stand to be busier,” she said the two restaurants operate in different areas of College Park, so they aren’t competing for the same customers. Roti would more likely appeal to students

living in apartment complexes such as the University View and The Varsity, whereas Garbanzo would draw in more students living on South Campus, Ahmed said. Still, students eating at the restaurant said part of Garbanzo’s appeal was the “top-notch” customer service. “They’re so nice,” said Vicki Pung, a senior biology major. “They came up to us and asked ‘Can we get you anything?’ … And they came up and joked with us.” Employee Erica Ha rk i ns said she used to work at KFC and Noodles & Company, but she loves working at Garbanzo because of the “family-oriented” atmosphere, opportunities for promotion and the 65 percent discount workers enjoy. Harkins said she gets an adrenaline rush every day she comes to work. “Garbanzo was a different type of company,” Harkins sa id. “Every th i ng is made fresh here, every morning, every day, all day … They have

their own menu; they have their own words like falarma and shwarma; it’s so catchy. They’re great. I can’t even imagine if I didn’t work here what I would be doing right now.” Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Catering is available, and though the eatery doesn’t del iver, it m ig ht con sider adding delivery in the future. However, customers can order what they want online and pick it up in the store, Duval said. Duval said he encourages everyone to stop in and give Garbanzo a try. “We will let you sample anything on the line you want,” he said. “Every day, no matter how many times you’ve been in here, we’re going to offer you a falafel sample, … We get them to try it. I mean, there’s no reason not to try it if someone’s giving it to you for free.”



Architecture moves toward expanded, digital curriculum By 2015, new plan to expand electives, computer-based course options

ture profession in recent years. Administrators also plan to adopt more blended learning courses, which combine computer-based learning activities with traditional in-person discussions. By Jeremy Snow “There have been radical For The Diamondback and fundamental changes to To keep up with drastic how computerized technoltechnological changes in the ogy is used in architecture architecture field, faculty that we needed to adapt to,” members plan to overhaul the architecture professor Michael architecture school’s 40-year- Ambrose said. The new curriculum will also old curriculum and integrate more online and blended learn- feature an expanded variety of elective courses that would ing courses. By 2015, faculty members allow students to customize hope to have a new series of their tracks depending on what courses that address the new interests them, whether it is tradigital technology for designing ditional architecture, industrial and building structures that design or even fashion design. “It will be a modular curhas emerged in the architec-

funding From PAGE 1 off-campus shooting in which g ra d u a te s t u d e n t Day vo n Maurice Green, who suffered from mental illness for at least a year, shot two of his roommates, killing one before taking his own life — prompted him to award the health and counseling centers the money. “It’s not just that students need help,” Loh said. “We know elsewhere in the country if people don’t get mental health treatment, bad things can happen — not all the time, but there are enough violent acts committed by people who need mental health services. When you compare that with the need for more student aid, at least in my mind, the whole issue of student safety comes up ahead of financial need at this time.” Loh added the $500,000 per year will have a more significant impact on hiring new psychologists than if it were spread across 37,000 students for financial aid, another proposal raised in discussions about the donation. The funds are available beginning July 1, Clement said, meaning the centers will not receive new staff members before that date. The university has already begun its search for a new counseling psychologist and will now be able to extend offers to more people than it had originally planned, she added. The health center staff includes four psychotherapists, two staff psychiatrists and the equivalent of 7.5 full-time psychiatrists and clinical social

challenge From PAGE 1 other Entrepreneurship and Innovation groups — will present updates on their impact Wednesday in front of the competition’s committee. During the challenge, the group developed a presentation addressing several main aspects of financial reality, such as realizing how much things cost, how to earn enough to maintain his or her aspirations and looking into savings and spending, said Nicole Lach, a freshman civil engineering major. The project targets high school juniors and seniors, many of whom are just earning their first paychecks in addition to preparing for college, Lach said. “[Seniors] are the ones who really need this lesson,” said Lach, who took a financial literacy-related course her freshman and junior years of high school. “Too early and you’ll forget it. While I actually got to learn it freshman year — unlike other students — I didn’t retain the information.” Senior year of high school is an ideal time for learning about personal finance, said Jay Smith, Entrepreneurship and Innovation director. “It’s when you’re getting into the real world, maybe having your first boyfriend or girlfriend rela-

riculum, where you can build your own pathway. … Students will be able to get a variety of content from different paths and routes of design,” architecture professor Brian Kelly said. “We don’t just want to push people through to become architects, but instead make a curriculum with adaptable interests and needs to accommodate students’ change in career goals. We have failed people if we cannot get them a meaningful career.” Niki Green, a freshman and former architecture major, said she also hopes the new curriculum will allow underclassmen to get more hands-on experience and instruction in “true architecture.” “First you take an intro class

to architecture for your freshman year,” Green said. “I wish there was a way we could start doing more building and architecture earlier on.” With the current curriculum, Kelly said faculty members are finding it challenging to include general education classes and requirements with architecture students’ already heavy workloads. He said they also have difficulty finding ways to easily transfer credits to graduate schools or other colleges or majors. Plans for the overhaul are still in their infancy, and faculty members are going through a year of analyzing the best ways to change the curriculum to fit students’ needs. Kelly expects it will take another year to actually

design the courses and the new program. Whatever changes are made, Kelly said the difficulty and rigor of the courses will stay roughly the same. Because most students do not learn about architecture or visual design before college, faculty members have to ensure all students who complete the program are capable of making safe, well-designed buildings and completing the tests and internships needed to get a professional architecture license, he said. Caroline Jean Buffum, a senior architecture major said, she thinks the changes will greatly help architecture students improve their craft, and allowing them to custom-

“We don’t just want to push people through to become architects, but instead make a curriculum with adaptable interests and needs.” BRIAN KELLY

Architecture professor

ize their tracks will give them a head start in mastering the necessary skills. “In both upper-level classes and in real-life work, you must know how to argue your points. You can’t just expect to sit and listen,” she said. “You need to know how to discuss things with people you work with.”


“at least in my mind, the whole issue of student safety comes up ahead of financial need at this time.”

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University president workers. Meanwhile, the counseling center has 10 full-time and four part-time psychologists and counselors, four doctoral psychology interns and externs, and practicum students. Although students and officials have requested more funding for years, those efforts were ramped up after several mass shootings across the country — most notably December’s shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children, six adults and the gunman dead — reignited national gun control and mental health discussions. Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook’s gunman, suffered from mental illness, as did James Holmes, who opened fire on a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people and injuring 58. Many lawmakers, school officials and citizens have since spoken about the need for increased mental health services nationwide, while emphasizing that need extends far beyond a few rare instances of violence. “There has been an increase in demand not only on our campus, but on campuses nationwide,” Kirkland-Gordon said. The Student Government Association, Active Minds and Get Help UMD — through which students share their stories and struggles with getting help on the campus — have been pushing for increased funding

for mental health services along with other student groups and initiatives. Those efforts helped administrators secure all the money they requested, Hopkinson said. “This shows the responsiveness of the university administration to this extremely important issue,” SGA President Samantha Zwerling said. “They are responding to students’ suffering and making sure that those students have access to the help they need.” The additional funding is the largest infusion of new

tionship and paying for things,” Smith said. “To be able to learn those basic skills of finance will help you avoid a lot of problems and create a better future.” Smith decided to make competing in the Do Good Challenge part of his program’s curriculum this semester. He arranged to set aside classroom time so students could work on their projects, though he said most spent additional hours outside of class brainstorming and developing more ideas. “Watching the students form their own groups and subgroups for the project and all of that was an interesting experience,” he said, adding this year’s setup is much different from the usual three- to four-person teams formed for class projects. Having access to a large group of student ideas has propelled Baby Got Bank’s vision of teaching students into a reality, Henninger said. “I love that you can turn something that’s an idea or dream into a reality when you’re surrounded by the right people and the right tools,” Henninger said. “This project is a great example of it. If you can speak well of yourself and inject what you want to happen with the right people, you can achieve your goals.” The two other Entrepreneurship and Innovation groups still

in the competition’s running are RISE, a sophomore team that works to uplift the spirits of people in local homeless shelters and area food kitchens, and freshman group Botany in a Bottle, which hopes to encourage ecological awareness by turning water bottles into planters to grow herbs. “The experiential piece of learning is huge,” Smith said. “We want to encourage that as much as possible. Entrepreneurship doesn’t necessarily happen in the classroom. You have to get into the real world.” At an English class at Eleanor Ro oseve l t H i g h Sc h o o l i n Greenbelt, Baby Got Bank members caught their first real glimpse of a need to address financial literacy. “Not everyone in the room could properly fill out a check,” Henninger said. On his way to the school, f re s h m a n b u s i n e ss m a jo r Paul Finamore was nervous to present a topic he worried would seem boring to high schoolers, despite the group’s Mack Daddy inspired name. “A lot of our pop culture is very consumerist — songs are about spending money, acquiring material things,” said Naya Frazier, a freshman international business major. “There’s nothing about saving for your future, investing that money.”

LINDA CLEMENT, the university’s administrative affairs vice president, spearheaded an effort to dedicate $5 million over the next 10 years to mental health services on the campus. The first $500,000 in funding will be available this summer. file photo/the diamondback resources in student affairs in at least a dozen years, Clement said. The health and counseling centers especially, she said, haven’t received new resources in years. “It’s a great first step to change in other things, such as making students more aware of places on campus that can help them,” said Jen Robinson, Active Minds president. “It could even potentially save lives.” But demand for these services won’t slow down anytime soon, Clement said, meaning there is always more the uni-

versity can do to continue improving its services. “I don’t see this need going away,” she said. “Parents very much want students to seek help, and they want it to be on campus, so I don’t think we’re ever going to be in a position where we do everything we want to do or see everyone we want to see. Our eyes are always out to supplement support in those areas.”

Staff writer Sandra Müller contributed to this report.

there, and there have been all of these arrests,” he said. “I wouldn’t say there is any sort of cycle to it.” University Police recently closed seven burglary and theft cases, making arrests in all of them. Police arrested Marion Joelane Ferrell, 20, of Lanham and charged him with theft and burglary for allegedly entering an unlocked apartment during winter break. University student Tyler Dolan, 22, allegedly stole an Apple laptop from an unsecured office on Feb.27/ He has been charged with burglary and theft. Another student, Meaghan Gallagher, 20, allegedly entered a vehicle in Lot 11b and stole a backpack on March 5. She has been charged with theft. On March 8, Rafael Forero, 20, of Hyattsville and an unidentified minor allegedly attempted to steal a laptop from an unattended backpack across the street from Stamp Student Union. An officer spotted the two and chased them. After a struggle, police arrested the suspects and charged them with theft, assault and resisting arrest. University student Kedrick King, 22, allegedly tried to take an unattended backpack from the bus stop near Lot HH on March 13. He admitted to stealing the backpack when an officer stopped him, and police charged him with theft. On March 27, an unidentified juvenile was arrested for attempting to steal another unattended backpack from the Cole Field House Metrobus stop. The minor was charged with theft and barred from the campus.

MORE ONLINE The group’s goal is to take the idea of a consumerist society and flip it around, Frazier said. “We’re trying to make financial literacy cool for kids, accessible and relevant,” Frazier said. “In the long run, it’s not cool having outdated, fancy clothes. It’s about having savings so you can do something with your life.” And as it turned out, Finamore said, students enthusiastically participated in the group’s activities and enjoyed planning for their futures. “I was amazed to see that they really were engaged,” Henninger said. “They had a lot of questions, and they did pay attention. It showed us how much they realized they need to learn about personal finance.” Regardless of the Do Good Challenge results, group members plan to pass on their idea to future groups within the honors program to continue the project, Finamore said. “The great thing about this project is we’re trying to create a database of resources that will be around forever,” Frazier said. “After we’ve compiled these resources, people can still access them.”

A new type of March Madness The college basketball postseason tournament that we all have come to know as “March Madness” started last weekend. Brackets were busted left and right as people across the nation saw at least one of their Final Four teams lose in the early rounds of the tournament. But what if you filled out your bracket – as everyone does – based on criteria other than who has the best team or who is better at basketball? Well, I did just that. I ventured into the unknown to find out which team would win this year’s NCAA tournament in four different categories: (1) Which team’s ‘mascot’ would win in a fight, (2) which team has the best uniform colors, (3) which school has the coolest single alum, and (4) which team has the best-sounding name on its The Miami Hurricanes won student blogger Dan Servidio’s actual roster. Each bracket will produce March Madness mascot bracket. For more of his picks, visit The Diamondback’s website. file photo/the diamondback a winner solely based on each of these criteria – no matter how much basketball talent is on the actual Division I team. It’s genius, I know. Try it yourself. For more, check out The Diamondback’s student blogs at

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raffic around the Beltway is notoriously unbearable for the commuters who endure its congestion and decaying roads. Curing these infrastructural ills would likely do wonders for the state’s economy and drivers’ peace of mind — if only it weren’t for the dent it would leave in taxpayers’ wallets. Whether voters view traffic or taxes with more disdain will now be put to the test, as Friday the state Senate approved a bill to increase the gas tax that awaits Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature. Under the proposed transportation plan, taxpayers could expect to pay between 13 to 20 additional cents by 2016 on top of the current 23.5-cent gas tax. Though the current plan would address the mounting, desperate need for infrastructure improvements across the state, the plan further burdens working-class families and already strained taxpayers. The funding for the project would go toward road repairs and mass transit projects, such as the Purple Line and Red Line light rail project in Baltimore, which, come 2017, would otherwise be left unfunded and uncompleted. More than half of the $4.4 billion generated from the taxes would go toward these light rail projects. Though this may excite carless commuters hoping for an easier path to and from Bethesda, when only 8 percent of state residents use public transportation, it’s unclear exactly how this project would affect the remaining nearly 90 percent of state residents who drive — outside of dramatically increasing the price of gas. State officials need to draw up a detailed, realistic plan for the Purple Line before residents are taxed for a project that’s been in flux for decades. If the

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transit project stalls in the future, the state needs to take pause before it relies on the default route of continuously taxing drivers. Give the hike in toll fees implemented earlier this year, lawmakers don’t seem to realize the limits to the financial burdens average residents can assume.


Transit infrastructure needs more funding, but relying too heavily on higher gas taxes could disproportionately hurt this state’s workingclass residents. The highly regressive tax proposed in the Senate starkly contrasts to the transportation bill Virginia recently passed. That neighboring state will generate $3.5 billion in revenue for infrastructure projects by modifying its gas tax to a less onerous wholesale tax and garnering additional funding through other means — in part by diverting funding from schools and other government services. Though taking funding from other services may seem unpalatable, primarily punishing drivers — particularly those who live hundreds of miles from any Metro stop — isn’t any more tenable. The Tax Foundation recently ranked this state the 10th least tax-friendly state in the country — a ranking that could spike given these potential increases. The more than 30 individual tax increases O’Malley has approved since 2007 are adding up, costing taxpayers

$2.3 billion annually in that time. Big projects such as the Purple Line could reshape the state’s infrastructure and invigorate the economy, yet we need to make sure these tax increases are distributed in an equitable manner. That isn’t to say the bill isn’t without merits — this state’s infrastructure is in desperate need of funding. More than half of its major roads are in need of repair, and according to the American Society of Engineers, federal, state and local governments would need to spend an additional $79 billion each year just to repair unsafe roads. Everyone bears the cost of these infrastructure flaws — roads in need of repair cost drivers an estimated $1.6 billion in vehicle repairs and operating costs. As is the case for the rest of the U.S., improving infrastructure is an imperative for this state. Nevertheless, this doesn’t offer legislators carte blanche to increase taxes. Lawmakers cannot lose sight of taxpayers’ realities. Mark Merson wrote to The Baltimore Sun, “If you buy 20 gallons of gas a week, the new increase will cost $244.40. That’s a lot to my family. That’s a couple of weeks worth of groceries … People in my family have had to take pay cuts and had their hours cut. Yet the governor continues to put the squeeze on the working man.” Improving roads and expanding mass-transit systems would benefit the entire state — not just drivers — and taxpayers from all income brackets should bear their weight. This state can ill afford another 20 years without modifying its gas tax, but straining family budgets has its limits. Lawmakers should tax accordingly.

Intrusive thoughts Absurd thinking tends to resonate in our minds, which isn’t a bad thing MARIA ROMAS To this day, whenever I hear someone say the words “the game,” I immediately cringe and think, “Crap, I just lost the game.” This stupid little line has plagued me since middle school — when it was so popular — and no matter how much I try to keep the thought out of my head, it just keeps coming back. This is an incredibly tame example of an intrusive thought: one of those inappropriate feelings or urges that comes through our minds, and we just can’t understand where it came from. We all have them, and they can take many forms (though we may not always realize why or how), and can be completely irrational. It’s like when you’re driving and think, “What would happen if I turned the wheel and ran into that tree?” or when you randomly consider pushing someone you have no actual interest in harming, or hooking up with someone you find unattractive. They aren’t suicidal thoughts or realistic physical urges — they just run through your head, making you wonder what’s wrong with your brain. These aren’t reasonable, thoughtout beliefs; most of the time, they are just a fleeting annoyance, and we are able to dismiss them. But some randomly resonate more than others. Researchers at Harvard University did a study on these thoughts. They asked participants not to think of a white bear — to think of anything else but a white bear. Subjects found the


problem was that if they were trying not to think of the bear, their minds wanted to check and see how they were doing on not thinking about it. Then, they would be thinking about the white bear again. In fact, the very act of trying to forget an intrusive thought proves we don’t want to act on these urges. Harping on intrusive thoughts can often be attributed to mental disorders or health issues. People with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder don’t let these thoughts go, and it can severely affect their states of mind. But often, if we avoid thinking of these issues, it can make us more balanced, relaxed people. Sometimes, we have intrusive thoughts simply because they are the most inappropriate things our mind can imagine. Sometimes it’s because there is no way we would ever act in a certain manner — our minds imagine what would happen, then we obsess about it because of its sheer absurdity. Bottom line: These thoughts are normal. There is a very low chance you will actually act on any of these inappropriate urges, and the very point of having them may just be as an outlet for our minds — so our brains can imagine ridiculous scenarios without taking the insane route of physically going through with them. Intrusive thoughts can make amusing anecdotes, too. Just make sure not to take them too seriously, and understand that our minds are just a little strange most of the time. We must learn to accept it, and we will be better for it. Maria Romas is a junior English major. She can be reached at


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Different from an old-souled hipster DREW FARRELL For much of my life, people have tended to define me in three ways: My voice is a monotone laughfest and I am an old soul. (I’ll get to the third one later.) While the first characterization sounds vaguely like an insult, I have no problem denying the second because of what an “old soul” truly means. An old soul is typically wise beyond his years, emotionally stable, mature and, at the very least, interesting. But mostly, having an old soul relates to your unhappiness with your generation and wanting to see it change for the better. I’ve written at length about cynicism, so I won’t do it here; still, it’s hard to be an old soul and not believe everyone could do things a little differently. Even shallow things such as Facebook or tastes in music bug me. Facebook took off while I was in high school, and I think the constant flood of information from those same high school people has blurred the boundaries between high school and college. In other words, as an old soul, I think

most of our generation still has the mindset of a high school freshman, with popularity, looks and drama at the forefront of our minds. Back to music — I’m the guy who, if he plays his music at the party, makes people stop drunkenly dancing and singing and start demanding to hear a Taylor Swift song for the fourth time. So when I go out to the bars, and I see these people jamming to the same songs every week, I go a little crazy. No, I don’t expect R. J. Bentley’s to play music I want to listen to because I don’t think 19- and 20-year-olds would want to listen to Talking Heads or any decent bluegrass band. You’re probably wondering about the third thing people say to me: I am a hipster. This I cannot abide — not only because I don’t think I am a hipster, but because I think our generation’s idea of a hipster is grossly misinformed. According to our generation, hipsters are basically just contrarians. Though purposefully going against the grain is a big part of hipsterdom, this definition does not explain everything. A hipster is someone who spites himself to keep his or her public perception of obscurity intact. Just because I like to think that Swift wrote

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” about the relationship between her music and my ears, that does not make me a hipster. Our generation’s submission to Facebook, oversimplification of hipsters and love of popular music are inherently related because they are all easy. It is easy to post a picture of myself so that people from my past and present can “like” it and validate me. It is easy to take a complex idea such as another person with similarities and differences to me and simply brand him a hipster because he might wear different shoes than me. It is just as easy to listen to the music with the coolest beats and simplest lyrics all day long because that’s what everyone else does. Being a true old soul has made it easy for me to realize our generation’s social nature is coming apart at the seams because it thrives on the “us versus them” mentality we learned in high school. Though I feel like a 30-yearold trapped in a 22-year-old’s body, I don’t feel better than anyone else — just different. Drew Farrell is a senior English m a j o r. H e c a n b e re a c h e d a t

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e want good content. We have seen enough bad content to know it when we see it. We know it by how it makes us feel: angry, frustrated and bored. We bemoan the poor state of education, writing and the world. At the same time, we consume more content on a variety of topics now than ever before. Good content is linked to similar articles, making it almost impossible not to read more from any author, publisher or site. The Internet can make real changes in the world — you have felt the influence of big projects, such as Wikipedia and small, viral ones, such as the short documentary film Caine’s Arcade. Why, when we know content can be so good, is there so much bad content? Moreover, why is it so difficult to break into content-creation fields — journalism, music, photography, game design, etc. — without having a friend’s couch to sleep on, or parents to help with rent? Why, when we love art, can’t brilliant artists get by? While it is obviously more complex than this, my answer is economics. Let’s break it down. Take a moment to think about the money you spend in a month. You pay rent, you buy groceries, and you pay tuition. You donate, you pay taxes, and you see shows. Some months you buy something larger: a car, a TV or a computer. During that time, you have many conversations, watch many shows, listen to a huge amount of music and spend an incredible amount of your day reading. What do you pay for? What do you enjoy? I don’t have the figures, but common sense says those two groups are hugely disproportionate. It costs practically nothing to create and distribute content. However, good content mostly comes from those who have dedicated their lives to their

craft. If we don’t pay them anything for their work, they will not last. We are relegating brilliant kids to living either in friends’ closets or on Wall Street, as if there is not a better way. Let’s change that. How? By paying more for content. This is hard. Paying is frustrating. As students, we feel the bite particularly hard. It is easy to get around payment if you don’t want to pay. More often than not, taking something for free is easier than paying. What has this given us? A system in which we reward not the people who create value in our lives, but those who stress us out, those who make us feel less than human. So let’s pay. Let’s not force newspapers to rely solely on advertisements for money and then complain about the state of journalism. Let’s not blame anyone for the state of pop music, movies or television when we, as wielders of the almighty dollar, are the ones ultimately responsible for driving the development of quality new content. Spread the word to your friends — pay for the content you want. Let’s pay the artists for the music that inspires us and for the shows that make us laugh, cry or think. Subscribe when you can; pay what you can afford. Seriously, rent is multiple thousands of dollars a year so you can camp out and use the Internet. Pay some fraction of the crazy other costs toward what you want: better stuff. Projects you think deserve to see the light of day, passionate people trapped by a lack of funds — if you want them to be transparent about where that money goes, ask. We can make the world fairer. But we have to work for it. And we have to pay for it. Robert Cobb is a junior computer engineering major. He can be reached at

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orn today, you are used to being buffeted this way and that by the winds of fate, and though you know that you can be instrumental in deciding your own fate, there is something adventurous and even fun about giving yourself over to that mysterious force that others call chance. You may, at times, live according to extremes of thought, feeling and action; you’re not one to dwell comfortably in some kind of middle ground. You know the truth when you see it, and you are able to judge yourself with remarkable honesty and clarity -- and it is this that will allow you to make your way more often than not. You may not want to share your deepest feelings with those around you very often, but when you do, you will share everything and anything -- and he or she who lends you an ear must be ready for everything, even that which might be unconventional or uncomfortable. When you trust someone, you trust with your very life and soul. Also born on this date are: Ron Palillo, actor; Emmylou Harris, singer; Linda Hunt, actress; Leon Russell, singer; Marvin Gaye, singer. 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, APRIL 3 ARIES (March 21-April 19) -You’ve got a handle on a difficult situation, and others will come to

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the lone wolf howls again Tyler, the Creator’s third album showcases his growth as an artist but loses its potential influence due to his blatant apathy By Josh Vitale Senior staff writer Tyler, the Creator doesn’t give a crap about anything — and he wants everyone to know it, too. He doesn’t ca re i f people l i ke him or not. He doesn’t care if his songs get played on radio stations across the country. He wants to be rich and famous, only without the “famous” part. For many artists, this can be a commendable trait. No fan wants to see his or her favorite musician w riti ng songs or play i ng shows for the wrong reasons. We want a r t ists to ca re about t he music they’re making, and we don’t want to see them sell out just for a few extra bucks. But Tyler’s lack of caring isn’t commendable. In fact, it borders on annoying. In his third album, Wolf, the mercurial rapper isn’t shoving mainstream popularity aside because of any sort of beliefs or morals — he seems to be doing it just because he feels like it. On the album’s opening track, “ Wo l f ,” T y l e r ’s f i r s t w o r d i s “F---.” T h is is fol lowed by the

word “you,” a nd he repeats the p h r a s e , “ F--- y o u ” t w o m o r e t i mes before proceed i ng to say “ F--- h i m / F--- e v e r y t h i n g else I ca n see.” He doesn’t stop there, either. During the next 30 seconds, he repeats himself a few times, tells us he hates us and calls the listener a name too offensive to write. Of course, it fits right in with everything we’ve ever seen from T yler. From his breakout single and music video “Yonkers” — in which he rapped with a cockroach crawling all over his body — to his nationally televised jackassery on Adult Swim’s Loiter Squad, Tyler has shown his personality takes on the attributes of two starkly different characters. On TV, Tyler is nothing short of insane. He’ll sit perched on a stool like a bird during an interview, and he has no qualms about attempting to chug a gallon of milk with his buddies from hip-hop collective Odd Future. In the recording studio, though, Tyler sounds more manically depressed than anything else, delivering crude lyrics and dark messages.

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You can hear it throughout the ering customers bothering/ Asking better he’s gotten, it’s hard to get album. In “Jamba,” Tyler describes me for a picture, then I talk to their past the idea that Wolf might be a scene with a woman that sounds sister/ Naw n-----, get lost, you’re more enjoyable to l isten to i f it too graphic for pornography. In f---ing smothering/ God, I wanna seemed l i ke T yler, t he Creator “Tamale,” the rapper criticizes quit, but I can’t, cause mother and cared about what people thought those who have said he’s calmed sister ca n’t pay t he rent / Fou r about it. Even just a little bit. down since his previous album, stories with storage, I’m 21 with a telling them to suck his you-know- mortgage.” It’s clear Tyler is what and kiss him you know where. It’s difficult to listen to sometimes. a g i f t e d r a p p e r. But while the lyrics are vulgar and If you’ve listened the message is gross, the lines are de- to him through livered beautifully. For all of Tyler’s his progression problems, flow isn’t one of them. His f r o m B a s t a r d rhymes roll off the tongue, and the t o G o b l i n t o production quality of his tracks is Wo l f, y o u c a n hear how much surprisingly excellent. And despite some of the songs’ h e ’s g r o w n a s f laws, there are plenty of bright a lyricist and a spots on Wolf. Wolf “Domo23” features producer. No matter some spectacularly rapped verses. “Slater” succeeds purely because how much of vocals from Frank Ocean, an old Odd Future friend. Tyler and Pharrell play off one another beautifully in “IFHY,” and Erykah Badu might be the highlight of the album with her vocals in the pleasantly jazzy “Treehome95.” But in the end, it’s too easy to get stuck on the lyrics. No matter how good his composition is and no matter how clever his rhymes are, T yler comes across like he simply doesn’t care about the album he leaked to the public four days before it was supposed to be released by the record label. A n d t h a t ’s n o t j u s t a n opinion. He tells us as much in the albu m’s final track, “L one/ Jor n ad a:” “ Ya boy seem happy as f--- but truthfully ya boy lonely/ N----a target for marketing, he’s an artist/ Can’t even walk tyler, the creator tends to use graphic images and crude language to convey his messages on Wolf, but his collaborations intwo Target without bothwith big names such as Frank Ocean and Pharrell lend authority to his raw music. photo courtesy of

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Attackman Jay Carlson has been on an impressive run of late. He is tied for the team lead with 15 goals despite coming off the bench in the team’s first four games. file photo/the diamondback By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Standing with the ball in his stick about 30 feet from the Virginia goal, Terrapins men’s lacrosse midfielder Mike Chanenchuk saw attackman Jay Carlson cut in front of the net with time dwindling in the third quarter. Eager to add to the Terps’ 7-4 lead, Chanenchuk fired the ball toward his burly teammate. The pass came in a bit high, though. Carlson had to reach his stick over his head, turn his back to the goal and lunge to the right just to corral Chanenchuk’s bullet. Carlson knew that with less than 10 seconds remaining in the frame, simply gathering possession and falling to the ground would cause time to run out. So as soon as he caught the pass, the sophomore whipped his stick around his head, flinging a no-look shot over his right shoulder while falling to the ground. The ball flew past Cavaliers goalkeeper Rhody Heller and directly into the goal. Carlson’s goal stole the spotlight in the No. 1 Terps’ 9-7 victory at Virginia on Saturday. It brought a hush of silence, and then an array of murmurs, to the crowd at Klöckner Stadium and even caught ESPN’s attention, landing as the No. 2 play on SportsCenter’s “Top Ten.” But John Tillman wasn’t too stunned. The third-year coach has watched Carlson use strength and creativity to finish near the net too many times to be surprised by what he does. “That’s classic Jay,” Tillman said. “Jay just has a knack for making a play like that,

and we really needed that.” Carlson has been making plenty of stellar plays lately. The Cockeysville native has tallied eight goals in the past three games and is tied for the team lead with 15 goals this season despite coming off the bench in each of the season’s first four contests. The squad has needed that offensive boost, too. Opposing defenses have made their top priority stopping the Terps’ midfielders, playing zones and using long poles to guard the talented trio of Chanenchuk, Jake Bernhardt and John Haus. While the midfielders deal with the added attention, Carlson has picked up the slack on offense. Although the Terps have notched their three lowest-scoring totals of the year in the past three games, Carlson has done enough to lead the Terps to a 2-1 record during the stretch. He finished with a hat trick in Saturday’s victory and poured in a career-high five goals in a 10-7 win at Villanova on March 16. “We really like what Jay brings to the table,” Tillman said last week. “He’s really dangerous inside. He only needs a small area to work with.” Carlson doesn’t usually venture out of the area he works in, either, spending most offensive possessions within several feet of the opposing goal. His expertise, Tillman said, is finding seams in defenses near the goal, and when he cuts into open spaces, his teammates often feed him the ball near the crease, where he uses his broad build to score amid contact from defenders. That skill set is lethal when opponents are in a zone, like the Cavaliers were during Carlson’s flashy finish Saturday. Villanova

played zone for most of its matchup with the Terps, and Carlson made them pay with a career performance. “Jay Carlson is one of the best finishers in the country,” attackman Kevin Cooper said after beating the Wildcats. “So it’s pretty easy to dump it inside to him.” Carlson benefited from the attention Virginia paid to his teammates even when they didn’t play zone. The Cavaliers decided to guard two Terps midfielders with long poles Saturday, leaving a short stick to guard Carlson. Without a long pole in the vicinity to deflect Carlson’s shots, his strength became an even greater asset. The attackman scored two of his three goals Saturday while short stick defenders were guarding him. “We knew that they were going to put a short stick on me,” Carlson said. “All week we worked on that … and it all worked out; it all meshed well together for us to score.” Carlson carved out his niche as a great finisher even before he cracked the starting lineup. But since replacing attackman Billy Gribbin more than three weeks ago, the sophomore has been playing the best lacrosse of his Terps career. So if opponents continue to design game plans focused on stopping the Terps’ starting midfielders, they may have to live with Carlson notching more highlight-reel goals and sustaining his recent success. “We have a lot of confidence in Jay,” Tillman said. “If you want to put a short stick on him, he’s good enough to get leverage and score.”

From PAGE 8 memories. It’s where Joe Frazier dealt Muhammad Ali his first professional loss. It’s where Tom McMillen led the Terps to their lone NIT championship in 1972. It’s where Reggie Miller famously taunted director Spike Lee during the 1995 NBA playoffs. So as the Terps prepare to face the Hawkeyes, they’re no longer fretting over what-ifs or lamenting a third straight NCAA tournament absence. Rather, the young team is embracing a rare chance to play for a championship in what Turgeon fondly calls the “mecca” of basketball. Moments after surviving top-seeded Alabama, 58-57, Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Terps players excitedly exchanged factoids about Madison Square Garden in their Coleman Coliseum locker room. Forward John Auslander informed a couple of teammates that, contrary to popular opinion, the arena is typically sized for an NBA venue. Center Alex Len said he heard it’s impossible to see fans’ faces while playing there. And senior forward James Padgett — who won a New York Public School Athletic League AA state championship at Madison Square Garden as a high school senior — told reporters that stepping on the Knicks’ hardwood is a special opportunity. In those brief exchanges, the Terps were still basking in the chance to end an up-and-down season hoisting a trophy at an arena they revered as children. “It’s not the NCAA tournament,” forward Dez Wells said, “but right now, an NIT championship sounds pretty good to me.” An NIT title would be no small feat for a team that seemed incapable of an extensive postseason run little more than a month ago. Moments after struggling through a disappointing 78-68 loss at

Georgia Tech on Feb. 27, Turgeon’s squad hit what players now call “rock bottom.” They were disconnected, uninspired and frustrated. The Terps’ key adjustment, Turgeon said, came after a March 6 home loss to North Carolina. Desperate to save an erratic season, the secondyear coach started stressing the importance of having fun. He talked to players about playing loose and making runs, about trying to enjoy the group’s last few guaranteed games. The message seemed to resonate. The Terps have since beaten Wake Forest on the road, upset then-No. 2 Duke in the ACC tournament, ousted two regularseason conference champions and upended a Crimson Tide team on Tuesday that hadn’t lost a home game since Dec. 30. “We definitely feel as though we’re a team,” guard Nick Faust said. “We’re playing more as a team, and things are just flowing for us. So we definitely are going into the game with a lot of confidence.” The Terps (25-12) will face a similarly confident Iowa squad tonight. Since losing a critical matchup against Big Ten bottom-feeder Nebraska on Feb. 23, the Hawkeyes (24-12) have cobbled together a 7-2 record. They notched notable wins over Virginia and Illinois in that span, while narrowly falling to then-No. 8 Michigan State. But playing hot teams is a part of winning a postseason crown, Turgeon said. If the Terps hope to face the winner of BYU and Baylor on Thursday, they’ll need to show their current threegame winning streak — their longest such run since nonconference play — is no fluke. They’ll have to beat Iowa beneath the bright lights of the sport’s most historic venue. “It’s just really cool for our guys,” Turgeon said.“This is where you want to be. So I know our guys will be fired up, but I also know Iowa’s players will be fired up.”

Forward Dez Wells and the Terps would likely rather be playing in the NCAA tournament right now, but Wells said “an NIT championship sounds pretty good to me.” charlie deboyace/the diamondback


Forward TianNa Hawkins embraces coach Brenda Frese in the final minutes of her last game with the Terps. charlie deboyace/the diamondback


guard, went down in a preseason scrimmage, and Mincy was in the middle of her best performance of the season when she was injured Nov. 28 at Nebraska. Forward Tierney Pfirman was emerging as the Terps’ third scoring threat behind Thomas and Hawkins when she dislocated her kneecap in January, and she missed 13 of the final 17 games recovering from that injury and an illness. But even with the thin roster, the Terps finished second in the rugged ACC and advanced to the Sweet 16. Plus, Frese is bringing in another top-five recruiting class, featuring ESPN HoopGurlz’s No. 3 point guard in Lexie Brown and three other top-100 players. With another influx of talent, the development of a seasoned freshman class and the return of Thomas — who could be arguably the nation’s top player next season — the Terps are poised for another run. But while the Terps’ future seems certain to include another NCAA tournament run, one of the team’s biggest contributors

and inside presences will leave a void with her departure. Hawkins was one of the Terps’ most consistent producers down low, scoring in double figures in all but three games. She finished the regular season as the ACC’s scoring leader and recorded 17 double-doubles, and she was a force in the post. “I’m so blessed to have a tremendous program on my back, to have the greatest coaches in the world, having the greatest teammates in the world who I call my sisters,” Hawkins said. “It’s just been great. I’m really going to miss it, just to see how much hard work paid off and just to have someone believe in me like my coaches and my teammates believe in me. They would never let me quit.” Frese often spoke of how closeknit her team was, especially after the injuries mounted and the games became more and more important. There was something different about this team, she said. And under the stares of the media and bright lights of the television cameras, those bonds shined. “I really wanted to win the game for Tianna,” guard Chloe Pavlech said while breaking into tears.

“I didn’t want this to be her last game. I remember telling her at the beginning of the season that I wanted to be her starting point guard. It was a lot of fun with her, and I really just wanted to win the game for her.” With Hawkins, Thomas and Pavlech fielding questions after the loss, the Terps had three players at different stages of their careers on display. Hawkins is moving on to a likely WNBA career, Thomas is returning with two ACC Player of the Year awards to her name and Pavlech just had her first postseason experience. The Terps started the year ranked No. 5 in the nation with aspirations of a Final Four appearance and eventual championship after falling in the Elite Eight last year. But the team’s lack of depth due to injury caught up with it in the end. Now, after some reflection, the attention turns to next season and another run at a title. “I’ll take a little break,” Thomas said. “But I’m ready to get back in the gym already and work on something new.”

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After season decimated by injuries, Terps already gearing up to make national championship run with healthy roster next year By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — As Terrapins women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese and three of her players sat on the podium in Webster Bank Arena after they fell to top-seeded Connecticut in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, there were tears for the past but hope for the future. Earlier that afternoon, forward Tianna Hawkins exited the court late in the No. 4-seed Terps’ 76-50 loss for the final time in her career. Moments later, forward Alyssa Thomas walked off too, ending the junior’s historic season. For the third straight year, the Terps would fall in the postseason by at least 22 points. A once promising season had yet again fallen short of the program’s first championship since 2006. The message in the postgame news conference, though, was clear. The Terps — decimated by injuries this season — would be back. “Next year we’ll have plenty of numbers, a full roster,” Thomas said. “Not to take away from this season, but we’re looking forward to what next season brings, and we’re going to be a very tough team to stop next year.” There’s no reason for confidence not to be high heading into the fall. Guards Brene Moseley and Laurin Mincy will be back from torn ACLs that sidelined them for all or most of the season. Moseley, the projected starting point Forward Alyssa Thomas and coach Brenda Frese talk near the end of the Terps’ loss to UConn on Saturday. Thomas will begin her senior season as arguably one of the best players in the nation. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

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Under the lights Terps motivated to face Iowa in NIT semifinals in historic Madison Square Garden tonight

By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer Mo re t h a n two - a n d - a - h a l f decades ago, an undersized role player captured national attention in basketball’s most acclaimed arena. Mark Turgeon, then a junior guard on a loaded Kansas team, was facing Louisville in the first-ever Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City. On one particular play, he managed to squeeze a pass beyond the outstretched arms of Cardinals guard Milt Wagner. The backdoor assist earned Turgeon — who averaged just 2.4 points per game that season — an appearance on CNN’s “Play of the Day.” Turgeon has made numerous

SportsCenter appearances and garnered plenty of honors since that early brush with fame. Yet as the Terrapins men’s basketball coach stood on the Comcast Center court Saturday, his mind wandered to that moment in November 1985. “When I made the pass, you couldn’t even see me because I was so little,” said Turgeon, whose No. 2-seed Terps will play No. 3-seed Iowa in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden tonight. “All of a sudden, the ball goes to this guy, and he catches it and dunks it. That was pretty cool for me.” The New York Knicks’ home arena has a knack for creating lasting See HAWKEYES, Page 7

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