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Policy becomes part of larger task force review By Alex Kirshner Staff writer Students who hoped to see officials vote on a bill mandating sexual assault education on the campus this spring may have to wait several more months before such a policy is taken up. The measure has been attached to the Sexual Harassment Task Force’s comprehensive review of the university’s sexual harassment policies. Rather than being reviewed and voted on separately, the education mandate cannot be voted on until the rest of the review is finished — work that has been held up because of legal consultants’ delays working for the task force. While the task force considered pushing the mandate ahead for
The Terrapins men’s basketball team ended its season in Madison Square Garden last night after falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes, 71-60, in the NIT semifinals. Although the Terps had learned to overcome adversity in recent games, they reverted to old habits that plagued them during the regular season. “We didn’t handle the big stage well,” said coach Mark Turgeon. For more on last night’s game, check out page 8. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
University recognized for dedication to volunteering, civic engagement By Savannah Doane-Malotte Staff writer During the 2011-12 academic year, university students gave more than 300,000 hours to the community, one hour of weeding, mentoring, teaching and building at a time. Their combined volunteer efforts helped earn the university a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. It marks the fourth time the university has earned the distinction, one of the highest honors a college can receive for its dedication to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. The honor highlights the campus’ commitment to encouraging volunteer work through academic as well as service-oriented programs, said Deborah Slosberg, coordinator for local community service learning. “There is a huge number of
volunteer and service opportunities all across campus,” she said. “We have programs focusing on environmental issues, to poverty, to education — and those are just a few. This award helps the university show that we care about our entire community and are ready to serve them.” The Leadership and Community
student volunteers make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for those in need. file photo/the diamondback
Alumna who created online Route One Apparel hopes to open College Park store
Students sporting Maryland fl agthemed sunglasses, “Get Loh” Tshirts and “Got Old Bay?” sweatshirts mark the dramatic expansion
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Wit, charm, style and overnight success By Rachel Walther For The Diamondback
Service Learning Center offers students the opportunity to participate in service programs such as America Reads*America Counts, a mentoring program between students at the university and at Prince George’s County elementary schools,
of Route One Apparel, a student-created online company offering university- and state-themed attire since its 2010 debut. CEO and founder Ali Von Paris, a 2012 alumna, started the company three years ago as a sophomore busi-
its own consideration, it decided against doing so because all of the recommendations depend upon each other, said chairwoman Cynthia Hale, and addressing issues separately would not be as effective as a collective review. The proposal was first introduced in January when the University Senate Executive Committee quickly charged the task force to study requiring all students to receive presentations from the university’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program. The task force initially planned to review the proposal — which was authored by senior Lauren Redding, who is also a Diamondback editor — and, if it saw fit, the group would submit a See MANDATE, Page 2
Lawmakers explore curriculum changes Would mandate high schoolers take four years of math, among other requirements By Jim Bach Senior staff writer Public K-12 schools and higher education could see sweeping curriculum changes as lawmakers in Annapolis consider a bill aimed at bolstering the number of college graduates in the state. The comprehensive proposal would require high school students to take four years of math, as well as assessing high schoolers to find those in need of extensive remedial classes in college, among other measures. The bill received widespread support from lawmakers and higher education officials for its core mission, but did raise questions in a March committee meeting. The College Readiness and Completion Act of 2013 would work to keep students in college and on track to graduate. If the bill passes, students would have to complete a degree plan after 45 credits, and universities would reach out to “near completers,” students who are close to meeting graduation credit requirements when they drop out, through
“We cannot let these students spend their money, come in and then not finish.” BERNIE SADUSKY
Maryland Association of Community Colleges executive director incentive programs and marketing campaigns. “We cannot let these students spend their money, come in and then not finish,” said Bernie Sadusky, executive director for the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, an organization that supports the bill. Another provision would provide financial aid to community college students transferring to four-year institutions. And several measures are targeted at helping students play catch-up while still in high school, limiting the number of remedial classes they would need later, co-sponsor Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) said in a meeting with the Education, See school, Page 3
ness major with a “Turtle Survivor” jersey — a reference to the closing of the Thirsty Turtle, the popular bar where she had worked before the county revoked its liquor license in fall 2010. She posted an event for the jersey on Facebook and received an astonishing 1,500 orders the same week. After creating a PayPal account and an amateur website, she made about $12,000 overnight. “I remember that moment and was just like, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’” Von Paris said. “It’s crazy to look back on then and what I do now.
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tionally, supporters point to the fact that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during her collegiate career, according to several studies. “We did so much of the legwork that it seems like a no-brainer,” Redding said. “It seems really silly for our proposal to get held up because they’re working on something else.” The review process shows the task force is demonstrating a “commitment to doing a thorough job on all matters,” said Martha Nell Smith, senate chairwoman. A faster progression on the issue would make a difference, however, as it would give the university more time to plan and organize such an extensive policy, said Stephanie Rivero, SARPP’s assistant director. “The sooner we get the mandate passed, the more able the SARPP office will be able to prepare for it so we can work out the kinks and get things moving,” she said, adding it could be a “long process” for the program to adjust to a larger workload. And many people need help now, said Ryan Heisinger, Student Government Association academic affairs chairman. “What we don’t realize is that these are human beings who are being affected, and they’re people that we know, people that we may live with, and it’s something that we can effect change on,” he said. However, pushing ahead the proposal could be a disservice to the university, Hale said, given the complexities and breadth of the issue. “What we don’t want to do is do something quickly that won’t be effective,” she said. “We’re trying to really think through all the ramifications, delivering this education in a way that’s actually going to have an impact on students.”
bill for a full senate vote. Although student activists are disappointed by the delay, it’s driven by the task force’s extensive research and recommendation process, Hale said. “Certainly an important piece is that final report from our consultants has been delayed,” said Hale, adding the task force now expects to receive the consultants’ input late this month. Also impactful, she said, was that this was “such an important and such a sensitive issue” for the campus community that the senate should not rush its review and vote. The task force will continue its review over the summer, Hale said, meaning the mandate and other recommendations will not be voted on until the fall when the senate will have “plenty of time to discuss and deliberate.” But Redding said the education mandate should not be lumped together with a larger review, especially because the senate could have voted on the proposal on its own as soon as this month. She pointed to student support — a change.org petition for the mandate had about 1,350 signatures as of last night. “It’s frustrating because we’ve been working really hard,” Redding said. “We have a petition circulating, we got tons of signatures, there’s so much student support for this and all of a sudden, we’re told it might not happen until next year.” The university can’t afford to wait to implement sexual assault education, supporters said, as sexual assault is a widespread problem on college campuses. SARPP saw 76 new cases during the 2011-12 academic year, including more than 40 sexual assault or rape victims. Addi- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Service From PAGE 1 and Partners in Print, which holds workshops that teach parents how to help their children with reading. Ali Barlow, America Reads*America Counts coordinator, said these types of programs help students gain social awareness and teach them how to contribute to solving global problems. “It’s really important for students to see how much impact they can have in a community and in the world,” she said. “Service helps students see the connection between what they learn in the classroom and what they see in real life, all while benefiting others.” Academic programs, such as College Park Scholars and the CIVICUS living-learning program, also make up a significant portion of the community service learning projects on the campus. Sixty Scholars volunteer weekly with Paint Branch Elementary School students as part of the Lakeland STARs mentoring program, and some Scholars programs, such as Public Leadership, require students to dedicate time to a charity or service project of their choice. “The university has a long history of being engaged in community service learning — this award is not just a one-time thing,” said said Ben Parks, scholars program assistant director. “This focus sets the campus apart as an institution that builds a relationship with the community and develops an understanding of the community.” All incoming scholars program freshmen are involved in an annual Service Day, on which 950 students volunteer at 22 different sites, including local elementary schools and the Interfaith Clothing Center, Parks said. Lucia Rizzo, a freshman business major and International Studies scholar who participated at the Brookside Gardens site on Service Day in August, said the
students dedicated more than 300,000 hours to community service during the 2011-12 academic year, and the university recently won one of the highest national honors given to colleges for demonstrating commitments to civic engagement and volunteerism. file photo/the diamondback experience helped her realize the benefits of environmental community service. “Especially today, with all of the drama over the environment, community service for the environment is really necessary and a lot more helpful than we realize,” she said. “I was glad that I could help, and that Scholars would give us this opportunity. Scholars students are supposed to be well-rounded, and community service definitely plays a role in shaping that characteristic.” Students in CIVICUS, a twoyear academic citation program that emphasizes involvement with the community, work with more than 130 service organizations, including the Food Recovery Network, Habitat for Humanity and the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission, said Sue Briggs, CIVICUS director. Although students are obligated to dedicate a certain number of hours to volunteer work, Briggs said most students exceed the required minimum service time because of their love for the community and the lessons they learn from their service. “Our students are so curious,” she said. “They do such a great amount of service because they see that it’s a great way to be
challenged and to learn. They are not doing it for the glory or the publicity, but simply want to maximize the opportunities given to them.” Slosberg said she anticipates the honor roll selection will encourage the university to continue helping students become more civically engaged, adding she hopes more projects focusing specifically on College Park will be launched, as many of the programs are centered in Washington and Prince George’s County. “There are always issues that we need to work more with,” she said. “One big push is to work
with the very local community, and we are continuing to make an effort to do more service in that area.” Not only does community service help others, Parks said, but it also prepares individuals for life after college. “You could be exposed to something that could be your life’s calling by participating in community service learning projects,” he said. “We hope that these programs instill the value of a life of giving back within students.” email@example.com
MORE ONLINE students create anonymous SOCIAL MEDIA They are famous on campus, but they remain anonymous in their day-to-day lives as students, much like Peter Parker. They aren’t superheroes. They simply know how to create Facebook pages that bring a smile to your day. They are the creators of UMD Squirrels and Maryland Compliments. Four female junior students, all roommates, spontaneously created the UMD Squirrels page in October, but they are sworn to silence as to their identities photo courtesy of wikimedia commons
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Sustainability dept. hopes colleges use survey as model Quiz to help univ. assess students’ green knowledge By Madeleine List Staff writer With a quick 14-question quiz, university sustainability leaders are looking to gain a better understanding of students’ knowledge of basic environmental issues and green methods. Over spring break, Mark Stewart, sustainability senior project manager, and Nicole Horvath, coordinator of the Honors College’s Integrated Life Sciences living-learning program, sent the survey to 10,000 randomly selected students. The quiz is part of a collaborative effort with Ohio State University seeking to develop a set of survey questions that can be used to test sustainability literacy on campuses across the country, Horvath said. About 15 institutions have already contacted the university and expressed interest in the project, Horvath said. Colleges and universities are catching on to the sustainability trend in part because of the increasing
relevance of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, a framework created by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education that awards points to schools with high sustainability performance, she said. Student knowledge is part of the criteria in the program’s goal of building more sustainable communities on college campuses. When the survey is finalized this summer, it could help schools — including this university — evaluate how to improve their own sustainability education programs, Horvath said. “If graduates aren’t leaving with knowledge about how to integrate sustainability into their personal and professional lives, then are we really setting up graduates the way we’re supposed to?” Horvath said. The university first tested students’ collective knowledge of sustainability in 2010. The results of that assessment, Stewart said, were disappointing. The average score was a “C,” with students from the business school and education college receiving the lowest scores, he added. “If there are any two schools that I think are incredibly im-
portant to have sustainability literacy, it would be those two above others,” Stewart said. The Office of Sustainability will not completely analyze all of this year’s quiz responses until the summer, Stewart said. So far, only 1,200 students have responded, he added. Some students said they simply don’t have time to do so. Anastasia Champ, a junior history and journalism major, deleted the quiz when it showed up in her email inbox — it seemed like a waste of time, she said. Though having an environmentally friendly campus is important, Champ added, students should not be forced to participate in green initiatives. “Most American kids learn about recycling in elementary and middle school,” Champ said. “When you’re in college, you’re making your own decisions about whether or not you should be learning these kinds of things.” The university will present the questions used in this survey at the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference in April to help design a better assessment for colleges with fewer resources, Horvath said. With enough feedback and
month and uses “street teams” ity, the prices have deterred some — student volunteers paid students from buying products. From PAGE 1 largely in merchandise — to For example, an “I party at Club handle the traffic. Street teams McKeldin,” shirt costs $24.48 on design products, process orders, sale, including shipping costs to It’s totally different.” Today, the 22-year-old runs advertise the company and the campus. Most T-shirts sell for Route One Apparel with more host sales drives in bars and at between $15 and $25 before shipping, according to the website. than 100 products online, campus events. Those teams have “I didn’t get to buy nearly 28,000 Facebook likes, a s ta f f o f about 40 students and representation at four other colimage l e ge s i n t h e courtesy state, includof route one apparel ing Towson and [the Un ive rs i ty o f conTurtle Maryland, Baltitributed Survivor more County. These to Route One jersey] because days, she is more focused on finding new managers to since 2010, but this academic unfortunately it’s a little too train her employees and scout- year, her staff noticed businesses expensive for me,” junior jouring locations for her first store, and bars requesting them for nalism major Sam Schmieder which she plans to open in the events. Von Paris said the teams said of the sold-out item. “But College Park area within the hosted events every week of the if anything else came out I really fall semester, an all-time high for liked, I’d get it.” next two years. Von Paris said she receives an the company. Von Paris said the prices are Despite Route One’s popular- because of the high quality of her average of 800 to 850 orders a
a sustainability quiz university officials distributed over spring break measured students’ sustainability knowledge. image courtesy of umd.edu revision, she said she hopes to design a standard quiz that could be used on any campus. “We hope it will be a tool that
small colleges and universities that don’t have the manpower we have can use at their campuses,” she said. “We hope that in a few years
materials, which include American Apparel shirts. Company manager Patrick Spring also acknowledged some students complain $20 is too much for a T-shirt. However, the junior government and politics major said the company’s small size prevents price cuts. “We are trying to bring prices down and appeal to all b uye rs, a l l price ranges,” Spring said. “As we continue to expand, we can place larger orders. … Bigger orders decrease price, so as we get bigger, prices go down.” But for other students, the prices have not stopped them. “My favorite things are probably the accessories,” said Amy Goudreau, a senior community health major. Those ac-
cessories include belts and iPhone cases. “I’m dying for one of the new Maryland state necklaces.” The company also takes cues from current events, s u c h a s G o v. M a r t i n O’Malley passing his gas tax hike this weekend; a red heathered T-shirt that appeared online Sunday reads, “Owe Malley Taxin’ & Relaxin,’” with an artist’s interpretation of the governor holding $100 bills. As for the future, Von Paris said she wants to eventually take advantage of the company’s fame and extend a Route One chain across both coasts with school- and statespecific products. It’s a far cry from the days after Von Paris was “thrown into” Route One Apparel, when she wanted to build a business but didn’t know exactly how. “Everything has changed,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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school From PAGE 1 Health & Environmental Affairs Committee. “Many students spend many dollars taking remediation classes in the higher education community … then the longer it takes, the less likely they are to graduate,” Pinsky said. “If we can reduce the amount of money and time it takes to do remediation — catch them earlier — it will be a benefit to everyone.” Nearly 60 percent of this state’s community college students and 24 percent of students in public four-year colleges were enrolled in remedial courses in 2007, according to a report by the state Department of Legislative Services. This bill would create assessment programs to measure high school students’ needs and then provide them with transitional classes. High schools would also require students to graduate with four years of math under their belts, including a minimum of Algebra II. For some students enrolled in programs that entail a math-heavy course load, such as engineering, ensuring high school students enter college already competent in advanced math courses could help them graduate quicker. Senior civil engineering major Christopher Hopkins said a better math program in high school could have saved him a semester or two in college. “I think if I would have been more prepared for that going into college, it definitely would have helped, and I wouldn’t be behind like I am now,” Hopkins said. “The math, coming in, definitely pushed back my graduation time.” The four-year requirement would also help students make a more seamless transition into college, proponents said. “Math is the one subject area that most students have to do remedial education in, so the whole idea is really attacking this issue,” said Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery). As a freshmen enrolled in letters and sciences, Charles D’Onofrio plans on becoming an aerospace engineering major and understands the importance of taking high level math classes. However, not everyone has his same aspirations, and he doesn’t believe the state should be requiring students to take on unnecessary math courses in high school. “People who are trying to pursue a liberal arts major or something that’s not necessarily math focused, I don’t think they should be required to take math all four years,” D’Onofrio said. “A liberal arts major is probably never going to use calculus in their professional life.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Overcoming the marriage equality debate Director of the university’s LGBT Equity Center voices his opinion on the same-sex marriage talks in the Supreme Court
ast week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two issues related to marriage equality, or the recognition by the government of marriages between two people of the same sex. No matter how much I wish the conversation about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people focused on other things, today’s news regarding marriage equality has taken up all the oxygen for such a conversation. The talking heads on TV lead me to believe the Supreme Court will find an excuse not to make a decision for the case regarding California’s Proposition 8. That means the lower court’s ruling will stand and our most populous state will not have marriage equality, but there will be no federal
right established by that decision. They also argue that DOMA — the so-called Defense of Marriage Act that bars the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples — will be declared unconstitutional, and same-sex couples residing in places like this state will finally have their legal marriages recognized by the federal government. This simply means they will be treated like any other married couple. If marriage is a basic right, as the Supreme Court has stated previously, it should include same-sex couples. But I am fine in clarifying that right at a later date, as long as Californians now get back the same-sex marriage right they had prior to Proposition 8. As for DOMA, it is ironic that many
LUKE JENSEN who consistently argue for states’ rights are now arguing for this encroachment on states’ rights. Indeed, all other laws regarding the recognition of marriage are at the state — not federal — level. There are many reasons to strike down DOMA as unconstitutional. The encroachment of federalism is only one of them, and the one most likely to be used by the Supreme Court. So perhaps the court will not rule in a way that includes same-sex marriage in the equal protection clause articulated in the 14th Amendment, and perhaps they will not rule that any real discrimi-
nation occurred; but we will likely get a result that moves in a positive direction for marriage equality. Basic rights should not be determined by popular opinion, but recent polling is striking and worthy of comment. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 58 percent of adult Americans (and 80 percent of adults under the age of 30) think same-sex couples should be allowed to marry and have their marriages recognized by the government. That is a huge shift in public opinion from as recently as 10 years ago. I think this is due to two factors. First, the more people actually know and interact with LGBTQ people, the more they support marriage equality. The second is once people hear the arguments both for and against,
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Affording our textbooks We need open-source textbooks to cut costs and eliminate book shortages
tentially miss the chance to find the cure to cancer or remedies to so many issues today. In light of this, MaryPIRG’s Affordable Higher Education campaign has taken many steps to advocate for the transition to using open textbooks. We have tabled and surveyed for students’ advocacy on the subject. Our latest project involves reaching out to professors and discussing why open-source is the best alternative. It is the duty of professors as education advocates to help us pursue fair and accessible educations by taking responsibility for the prices of their books. It is irrational to idly accept book prices that only benefit the bookstore or the publisher. Much like the editorial addressed, it is also up to us students to advocate for this. Many people question how or why; even though systematically, many of us feel as though rising costs of education are out of our hands, we need to remember we have a voice. As students, we have the ability to advocate for ourselves and our fellow students.
Luke Jensen is the director of the university’s LGBT Equity Center. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Nine things to know about WTF UMD
his is a response letter to the March 28 staff editorial, “B(u)y the (text) book.” On behalf of the Affordable Higher Education campaign in this university’s student chapter of MaryPIRG, I am writing to make readers aware that Affordable Higher Education is working to gain a significant number of professors on our side to advocate for and support our goal of accessible and widely used open-source textbooks. Similarly to the views of the editorial board, we believe open-source textbooks are necessary for two main reasons: cutting down the cost of textbooks and alleviating the problem of book shortages. There is a well-known and infamous meme that asks, “What if the cure to cancer is trapped inside the mind of someone who can’t afford education?” Although the general idea did not originate in the meme, that question has reverberated similar sentiments across the country. It is tragic to think that because higher education has become so unaffordable, people who don’t have access to the proper sources could po-
they understand the merits in favor of marriage equality and recognize the speciousness of the arguments against it. So, if the decisions go as the talking heads argue, three cheers. Perhaps then we can focus on why a bill that protects transgender people is stuck in the General Assembly, and why university employees now receiving domestic partner benefits could feel forced to marry just to keep what they currently have. I anxiously await the Supreme Court’s decision so greater attention can be given to other issues of concern to LGBTQ people.
We at MaryPIRG believe in spreading awareness of this increasingly crucial issue. To quote the student PIRG motto, “Together, we can make change happen.” Even if you don’t have a professor you know well or are supremely comfortable with, you can still approach one or two. Tell them it is their responsibility to regain control over the books they assign to their classes. Not only does our generation depend on this, but future generations do as well. The stronger we are in numbers, the more we can convince professors this is a moral issue. Some of our parents may pay for our books today, but if textbook prices keep increasing at such a rapid pace, how can we be sure our children and grandchildren will be able to afford them? The Affordable Higher Education campaign is advocating unfalteringly for students to ensure higher education becomes more of a right and less of a privilege. Ashley Peralta is MaryPIRG’s Affordable Higher Education social media and visibility coordinator. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a week after its debut, What To Fix UMD is creating a big stir. As the Student Government Association’s new platform for addressing campus issues, WTF UMD combines the simplicity and ease of use of a Facebook page with new, unrivaled access to SGA communications. For those who missed it, here are nine things you need to know about WTF UMD: 1) Your comments will get responses. Almost all of them. So far, even the most aggressive comments have had at least some response from the SGA. For the first time I can remember, the SGA has made itself fully available and responsive to student desires — and it really shows. 2) The SGA isn’t the only group reading and commenting on posts — the Department of Transportation Services is as well. This is for a good reason, though. Almost half of the comments directly address problems with DOTS. A number of students have complained about parking, tickets and buses. Though many of the problems are easily resolved with a bus schedule or a FAQ link, there are a lot of deeper problems that need deeper solutions. 3) One of the biggest issues? Parking safety. Allegedly, there has been a string of car break-ins in Lot 11 (by The Varsity). According to one student, 21 cars were broken into just this past weekend. With all of this apparent danger involved in parking on campus, it’s no wonder that… 4) Trust in the campus police is apparently as low as ever. A number of posts very adamantly suggest that police on and near the campus spend more time breaking up parties than protecting students. These claims may be unwarranted, but law enforcement officials still need to address the reasons students feel this way — and they definitely haven’t yet. 5) Many of the safety problems
could be addressed by adding a few more lights and cameras. Many posters point out specific areas that are a bit too dark. Others just feel unsafe in general. The police take suggestions from an annual SGA-hosted safety walk around the campus, but many students still feel more attention should be paid to the issue. 6) Lights are just one of the many projects students want Facilities Management to work on. There are potholes, light outages, leaking faucets, missing crosswalks and a lot of broken elevators. And those are just the problems students have taken the time to post about. 7) Students are extremely frustrated about housing and class registration. Many students — especially honors students — feel they deserve special treatment similar to the treatment athletes get. Others feel the process’s randomness is inherently unfair for not favoring them. There is a great deal of anger about the South Campus Commons and Courtyards leasing process, especially that it isn’t part of the on-campus housing sign-up process. This will likely get worse once housing selection and class registration start in earnest this week. 8) Those issues are only a few of those being discussed in the group. From the GPA system and green dining to dining hall hours and physical education classes, the page offers discussion on any problems students have. Though some issues get more attention than others, every student gets a say and a response from the SGA. 9) More is coming. Yesterday, the SGA released a document listing ongoing problems and the processes of solving them. As more issues are discussed, more solutions will arise and more organizations will join in the discussions. Though none of the issues have been resolved by the SGA yet, this forum has the potential to make an incredible impact on the university community moving forward. Ezra Fishman is a junior accounting and finance major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
A struggle we simply cannot pass over BEN KRAMER Eight days without bread, pasta and cereal. My diet instead consists of lots of fruit, potatoes and of course matzo — that infamous crunchy, bland, unleavened bread that my stomach and bowels both dread. What my insides must understand is that I am conforming to the dietary restrictions Jewish law imposes as a means of commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. The story is familiar: After Egypt suffered from 10 ruthless plagues, one of which took the life of every Egyptian firstborn child, the pharaoh finally relented and agreed to free the Jews from bondage. But the Jews did not have much time. They needed to
leave Egypt quickly, before the pharaoh changed his mind. Indeed, the Jews left so quickly they did not even have time to let their bread rise. So instead of taking bread with them, they took matzo. Surely, the Jews suffered in Egypt. They were slaves and were treated as such. They endured lashings, beatings and malnourishment — just ask Charlton Heston. But what if denying ourselves bread is not enough to commemorate the Exodus? How can we understand such an intense, hard-fought cry for freedom by performing a largely symbolic gesture? Much of modern Jewry struggles to relate to the plight of its ancestors simply by keeping a strict diet. The Jews were oppressed in Egypt, and they were denied the most basic human rights. Today, in a country that more than six million Jews call
home, another group is facing unacceptable injustice. In 1969, Americans witnessed the Stonewall Riots initiate the modern gay rights movement. On June 28, a group of New York City police officers performed a routine raid on The Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in Greenwich Village. Raids on gay bars were expected in 1960s America, as the gay rights movement took a back seat to other impactful social movements such as the civil and women’s rights movements. But patrons at The Stonewall Inn in the early morning hours of that historic June day decided not to settle or be overshadowed by other equally powerful cries for freedom and equality. Instead, they fought back and began a struggle for gay rights that continues today. Progress has been made. Stonewall inaugurated the movement, and 44
years later the first sitting president has offered his support for the right of same-sex couples to marry. President Obama invoked Stonewall alongside Selma and Seneca Falls, the credited birthplaces for civil and women’s rights movements, respectively, in his second inaugural address to illustrate the longing for freedom ingrained in every American heart. Nine states and Washington now recognize same-sex marriages. Just last week, a CNN poll found that 56 percent of Americans say the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages. The tide of history is turning. As has been proclaimed by numerous elected officials, liberal and conservative alike, widespread legal recognition of samesex marriage is inevitable. And it should be. The right to marry, and to have marriage legally recognized as a sacred,
holy bond, should not be denied to any American. Marriage equality is only the first step. In the words of the famed rapper Macklemore, “A certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all, but it’s a damn good place to start.” So, let us remember the Passover story, and let us learn the lessons it teaches us. Let us hear and remember the cries for freedom uttered by those Jews who struggled to escape from slavery. But remembering is not enough. Let us continue to fight the unending battle for liberty and equality — a battle fought by Jews and non-Jews alike; a battle that has been repeatedly won, and a battle that must be won again. B e n K ra m e r i s a s o p h o m o re government and politics and history major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The technology is already here. Surround sound systems and high-definition televisions have never been cheaper. Amazon’s 1080p resolution comes close to that of common 2K digital movie theater projectors. Video streaming and compression software have improved drastically at reducing and eliminating unsightly artifacts. Broadband connections (at least in major metropolitan areas) are fast enough to sustain these high-quality streams. It simply makes more sense to watch new, independent films and catch up on old blockbusters at home instead of lining up outside the multiplex. What we lose — the ambiance and a little bit of picture and sound quality — we more than make up for in convenience and savings. A nd frankly, most movie theater experiences are miserable. For every time I’ve watched a movie with an appreciative audience, there are at least half a dozen or more trips to the theater marred by texting moviegoers, poorly cleaned and maintained
If I wanted to watch To the Wonder next weekend, I’d have two options. I could open up Amazon, pay $9.99 and stream the movie using my PS3. Or I could get on the Metro, cough up $10 for transit fare, make my way to the Landmark E Street Cinema in time for the 7:20 p.m. showing and cough up another $12 for a ticket. That’s if Metro track maintenance doesn’t screw me over and the showing doesn’t sell out. Had I driven there, I would have worried about traffic and paying exorbitant parking fees. Ever since video on demand became a viable platform for new releases, movie theaters have been dead to me. There are, of course, some experiences you just can’t replicate at home — such as watching an IMAX 3-D flick at the Smithsonian — but the majority of films play just as well on a television as they do in cinemas.
seats, lousy projection or the bass from the action movie next door drowning out the sounds from mine. Conversely, with home video, I know what I’m going to get. I also have far greater control over the quality of the presentation, the food eaten during the movie and the audience with whom I watch it. It’s telling that movie attendance patterns reflect the changing landscape. Attendance rates last summer were the lowest they’ve been since 1993. While last year as a whole marked a slight improvement, the number of movie tickets sold had been steadily declining for several years prior. Movie theaters, as a concept and as institutions, will probably live on in the form of art installations or galleries, but the age of the theater as the predominant mode of cinematic distribution is over. Cinema is dead. Long live cinema. email@example.com
NO | IT’S AN ESSENTIAL COMMUNAL EXPERIENCE By Dean Essner Senior staff writer The hallmark aspects of the movie theater — liquid butter dispensers, overzealous poster ads, sticky floors and creaky seats, the constant pleas to silence cell phones — are almost as vital to the cinematic experience as the film itself. Seeing a movie has always been a communal ritual, something requiring an instantly recognizable destination. If you take away the art house — that particular destination — the art may ultimately still survive. But it will leave all lovers of that art homeless and collectively directionless. Luckily, though, movie theaters are too intertwined with our culture to wither away and die, despite Netflix, streaming sites and illegal downloading. First off, the short-lived fad of owning physical films is essentially over. The claim that
���I’ll miss it in theaters and wait to buy the DVD on the $4 shelf at Target” is hardly an excuse anymore. There’s nostalgic charm in owning VHS copies of your favorite John Hughes movies, but that should have no effect on whether you choose to sample current cinema or not. Also, in terms of a sensory film experience, nothing compares to a movie theater, a belief both cinema buffs and casual viewers can agree upon. According to IGN, 10 out of the 15 highest-grossing box office films of all time have premiered since 2009. Four of them came out just last year. People are still going to theaters in droves and if modern trends are correct, that won’t change anytime soon. In fact, you can probably predict that in the next year or two, something new will usurp 2009’s Avatar as the highestgrossing film of all time. For me, movie theaters present a haven detached
from the rea l world. A s a critic, I often travel to places all over Washington — usually on weeknights — for screenings. Sometimes the train commute is more than an hour. I’m often mentally bogged down; there’s the mound of uncompleted schoolwork, the impending trek from the Metro station through the crowded city streets and the eventual trip back at some unholy hour of the evening. Yet at first glimpse of the marquee and the bright neon lights, there’s this wonderful, soothing sense of comfort. T he movie itself may be worthless — and if you’re familiar with my work, I sometimes tend to feel that way — but it doesn’t matter. For a few hours, I’m sealed off from reality, enveloped in a world where art is proudly enshrined. I wouldn’t want to see a film any other way. firstname.lastname@example.org
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BRONCS From PAGE 8 missing 23 games with a hamate bone injury. Hagel — who remains day to day and is unlikely to start against Rider (13-10) — is the Terps’ (15-12) most-seasoned hitter. He has more than 350 career at-bats and is batting .344 this season behind dynamic leadoff man Charlie White. Hagel is a crucial table-setter, especially when combined with White’s ability to get on base. “Jordan’s a big loss,” Szefc said. “Not having that kind of experience in our order really hurt us. He’s played in this league before. He’s a senior. He has at-bats under his belt, and not having our regular players in the lineup has come back to bite us.” The Terps, though, don’t know when the Fairfield, Conn., native will return, and the pressure falls on the rest of the team to pick up the slack. The Terps have averaged two errors and nearly 11 runners left on base the past
three games. Unsurprisingly, they dropped two of those three contests. “It’s a matter of focusing on each pitch and executing our game plan,” second baseman Kyle Convissar said. “Our pitchers need to throw strikes, and our defense needs to make plays behind them. We’re really close, but we need to start focusing on executing, and we’ll be more successful.” A rough start to league play and the battle with injuries has made the early-season nine-game winning streak a distant memory. But one area the Terps have excelled in is nonconference play, in which they boast an 11-4 record. With MAAC opponent Rider visiting College Park tonight, the Terps’ opportunity to shore up their play is there. “We’re going to focus this week on getting back to the basics and the fundamentals,” starting pitcher Jimmy Reed said. “Rider is going to come in here to try and win, and we have to be ready to answer them.” email@example.com
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Coach Mark Turgeon said the Terps played hard and didn’t quit, but they ultimately “didn’t handle the big stage well,” at Madison Square Garden in the NIT semifinals. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
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Right Fielder Jordan Hagel is listed as day to day with a broken thumb suffered against Florida State. The senior owns a .344 batting average this season. file photo/the diamondback
NOTEBOOK From PAGE 8 critical time, and we know he’ll come through.”
ACC PLAY Despite the Terps’ gaffes down the stretch Saturday, they still earned a critical win. The victory closed out the team’s ACC regular-sea-
son slate with a first-place 2-1 record, marking the first time since 2009 the Terps ended league play with a winning percentage above .500. Virginia still has games against the Tar Heels and Blue Devils on its schedule, so seeding for the ACC tournament — which is set to begin April 26 in Chapel Hill, N.C. — is not yet set. The Terps, though, are likely to be the top seed. Surprisingly, the Terps
six-block showing. Two of the Terps’ (25-13) top three scorers this season — forward Dez Wells and guard Nick Faust — shot a combined 36 percent from the field, while Iowa (25-12) star Roy Devyn Marble carried the Hawkeyes through pivotal stretches with a game-high 21 points. “Everyone’s clicking around this time of the season, and it’s just about whose night it is,” Wells said as tears welled in his eyes. “That’s all I really have to say. It was just a tough loss for us.” Turgeon’s squad jumped to an early 4-0 lead, but the Hawkeyes used four straight Terps turnovers to string together an 11-0
haven’t had a winning season in the ACC during Tillman’s first two years in College Park despite reaching the past two NCAA championship games. T h e g ro u p ’s s t r u g g l e s i n league play simply illustrated the toughness of the conference’s competition. “We didn’t learn it [during conference play], but it reinforced what we already knew: Everybody in the ACC is really good,” Tillman said. “I have a
run. Iowa’s full-court press continued to frazzle them, and an Adam Woodbury putback gave the Hawkeyes a 13-point edge midway through the first half. The Terps had tallied giveaways on nine of 20 possessions when they headed to the bench for the under-8 timeout. And those turnovers had accounted for more than 50 percent of Iowa’s points. But they eventually settled down. With less than four minutes remaining before the break, the Terps started finding open lanes and locking down defensively. A 12-4 run to close the half cut the deficit to 38-33. “They were ready and we weren’t,” Turgeon said. “But I thought we played incredibly hard. … We never quit.” The teams traded blows much
of the second half. The Terps met each Iowa rally with a spurt of their own, and managed to keep the game in single digits after a Jake Layman layup shaved the deficit to 58-50 with 6:19 left. Unlike in recent weeks, though, the Terps never really threatened. They made it a fivepoint game within a 56-second span late in the game, but were ultimately unable to overcome the Hawkeyes’ unique combination of size and physicality. After a 3-pointer from guard Eric May extended Iowa’s lead to nine with a minute remaining, the Terps were forced to foul and wait for the final buzzer to seal their fate. The Hawkeyes were unlike any team the Terps had faced this season, guard Pe’Shon Howard said. They switched
between a zone and man-toman throughout the game. The Terps — who may have been a bit rusty after a weeklong break — simply weren’t able to muster enough plays down the stretch to grab the comefrom-behind victory. And this time, there would be no opportunity to remedy tired problems. The Terps — the same squad that had shown so much growth over the past month — had allowed old faults to extinguish the season on the break of a championship appearance. “We just weren’t ourselves tonight,” guard Logan Aronhalt said. “We weren’t the team that we’ve been the past six or seven games, and we paid the price tonight.”
lot of respect for the teams in our league.”
He spent 15 years in Annapolis as an assistant coach, so he knows how Navy teams play. “There is no quit in their players,” Tillman said. “If you ever think a Midshipman will roll over, then you probably don’t know what those kids are taught there.” The Terps haven’t played down to the competition in four games against unranked opponents this year, and the coaching staff won’t allow the group to take Navy lightly.
The Midshipmen have won five of their last nine games against the Terps, and Tillman wants to even the score with his old program. He just needs his players to want it as badly as he does. “I know this is a game that the players on [Navy] look forward to. It’s a game they are excited about,” Tillman said. “So we have to be excited about it, too.”
NAVY’S NEXT Going into Friday night’s game at Navy, the Terps seem to have the upper hand. The Midshipmen are 3-7 on the season and haven’t beaten a ranked team all year. Still, Tillman is sure his squad will be challenged at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
EAGLES From PAGE 8 control against Florida State’s high-powered lineup. For a team that kept top offenses like those of UCLA and California to lower tallies earlier this season, Watten wanted to make sure her pitchers knew they could overcome these rough patches. “They’re good enough to be really locking teams down,” Watten said. “They just have to bounce back and have the confidence to do that.” Also, consistent defensive play could provide a confidence boost to the pitching staff, infielder Lindsey Schmeiser said. It’s one less distraction in the circle. “Just little things,” Schmeiser said. “[It] gives the pitchers chances to throw pitches and work on pitches that they really, really need to perfect.” The smaller details are something the Terps emphasize, which has already made a difference for some players offensively. Infielder Melissa Mancuso said
a recently adopted routine at the plate is to thank for her success against the Seminoles. Before the senior would approach the batter’s box, she would stare at her bat and take a deep breath, continuously saying, “See the ball in your head” as she settled into her stance. Though she possesses a .205 batting average on the season, she hit .500 this past weekend and hopes she can continue her hot streak against the Eagles, who have allowed opponents to hit .360 against them. Although the competition in recent midweek contests has been weaker in comparison to their conference foes, the Terps look forward to fine-tuning parts of their game in today’s doubleheader. Besides, being unprepared when it travels to N.C. State this weekend may not bode well for the team. “I just love playing games,” Schmeiser said. “In [these] kinds of games, that’s when you … can focus on little things that can make you better for the bigger games.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Terps’ season ends in NIT semifinals as usual mistakes plague them in loss to Iowa
Terps seek stability vs. Rider today Streaky team has lost nine of past 15 games
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NEW YORK — The Terrapins men’s basketball team grew up in recent weeks. After slogging through an up-anddown conference campaign, the young squad was finally figuring out how to battle through adversity. Coach Mark Turgeon was enjoying his job once again. Players were focusing during games’ critical stretches. And the Terps were riding a threegame winning streak for the first time since early January. But an inexperienced Terps team reverted to its old ways under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden last night. It coughed the ball up with regularity, struggled to ignite a stagnant offense and failed to squelch the opposition’s top player. That effort handed the No. 2-seed Terps a 71-60 loss to No. 3-seed Iowa, halting an inspired run to the NIT semifinals. “We didn’t handle the big stage well,” said Turgeon, whose team enters the offseason with its most wins since 2006-07. “I don’t know how we kept it close to be honest with you.” The Terps just didn’t play smart enough to pull out the victory, Turgeon added. They allowed the Hawkeyes to convert 17 turnovers into 27 points, and committed a litany of ticky-tack fouls. Iowa hit 19-of-24 free throws, while the Terps connected on just 9-of-16 attempts from the charity stripe. And it didn’t help that no player was able to truly complement center Alex Len’s solid 16-point, nine-rebound,
The 55-game Terrapins baseball season lends itself to inconsistent play. From Feb. 22 through March 3, the Terps strung together a nine-game winning streak that included fourgame sweeps of both Oakland and Princeton. Their offense averaged more than nine runs per game over the stretch, and the pitching staff allowed fewer than three runs per contest. But in the month leading up to today’s matchup with nonconference foe Rider, the Terps have been a different team. They have dropped nine of their past 15 games and lost all four of their conference series as coach John Szefc’s once-potent offense has become stagnant against ACC pitching. Szefc won’t do anything drastic to the lineup or urge his team to change its style, though. It’s simply about execution. “When we play ACC opponents on the weekends, we just haven’t been clean enough to win,” the first-year coach said. “We’re not going to change what we do. We just need to start doing the little things and bringing what we practice to the games. At this point, it’s all about moving forward and staying positive.” A large factor in the Terps’ slump has been injuries to two key contributors. Right fielder Jordan Hagel suffered a broken thumb against Florida State only days before first baseman Tim Kiene returned to the lineup after
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Forward Dez Wells (left) and forward Jake Layman (right) collide during the Terps’ 71-60 loss to Iowa in the NIT semifinals last night. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
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Tillman looks for Terps to play smarter in late-game situations Team finishes 2-1 in ACC play; Navy next opponent on schedule By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer
Pitcher Maddie Martin and the Terps’ pitching staff combined to give up a season-high 14 runs in Sunday’s loss to Florida State. The team is hoping to remedy those struggles against the Eagles tonight. file photo/the diamondback
Coppin State game gives Terps chance to regroup Team hopes to rebound from weekend losses By Paul Pierre-Louis Staff writer Before the season started, the Terrapins softball team was supposed to have a five-day break between its series against Florida State and this weekend’s series at N.C. State. But coach Laura Watten recently changed her team’s plans. Instead of participating in simulated hitting, fielding and baserunning scenarios during extra practice sessions, the Terps will try to make improvements during live play as they face Coppin State in today’s doubleheader. The additional nonconference games were added to the team’s schedule, Watten said, to compensate for the game against Florida Atlantic that was canceled due to weather earlier in the season. The games also fall in line with the Terps’ schedule of late, which has many conference series on the weekends and noncon-
ference doubleheaders during the middle of the week. “The midweek games are good for us,” Watten said. “It’s good to take a weekend like this and reassess and go into Wednesday’s games and try to apply some of those things.” The eighth-year coach knows her young team cannot remedy all of its problems during its doubleheader against the Eagles (8-15). Instead, Watten is focusing on specific aspects of the Terps’ past showings and emphasizing what needs to be improved, evidenced by the prolonged meeting she had with her pitchers and catchers after Sunday’s loss. The Terps (17-18) conceded a season-high 14 runs in Sunday’s game against the Seminoles during a rough weekend in the circle for the pitching staff. Pitchers Maddie Martin, Kaitlyn Schmeiser and Lexi Carroll struggled to establish See EAGLES, Page 7
Terrapins men’s lacrosse attackman Kevin Cooper scooped up a ground ball Saturday in his own offensive zone, turned toward the Virginia goal and saw a wide-open net. The host Cavaliers, trailing 9-5 late, had pulled goalkeeper Rhody Heller in an attempt to mount a comeback, and they left Cooper with a tempting scoring chance. But as the Terps’ leading scorer rifled a shot toward the unguarded goal, a Virginia defender stepped in the ball’s path to knock it down. Cavaliers midfielder Greg Coholan snatched the ensuing ground ball, raced downfield and scored a quick goal. Then, eight seconds later, attackman Nick O’Reilly scored, decreasing a once-comfortable margin down to two goals. Eventually, goalkeeper Niko Amato sealed the Terps’ 9-7 victory with a stop in the final minute. But it never would have gotten so close if the No. 1 Terps had maintained possession of the ball late in the game. In addition to Cooper’s blocked shot, midfielder Jake Bernhardt and attackman Owen Blye coughed the ball up in the game’s final three minutes. The miscues gave the Cavaliers a chance they never should have had. “We’ve worked on the end-of-thegame situations a good amount, but we made some mistakes,” attackman Jay Carlson said. “[Virginia] did pretty well on offense and fast breaks, too. So we need to keep working on that.” John Tillman also stressed the
Goalkeeper Niko Amato’s save in the final minute sealed the Terps’ win over Virginia, but the game might not have been as close had the team taken better care of the ball, coach John Tillman said. photo courtesy of jenna truong/cavalier daily importance of improved decisionmaking in crunch time. The thirdyear coach said he understands why Cooper took the shot that started Virginia’s rally, but the senior likely should have resisted the urge to try for a daggering score to keep the Cavaliers
from gaining possession. “When you’re up four goals late, you have to realize you don’t need to score,” Tillman said. “Kevin, he’s a guy we’ll put the ball in his stick again at another See NOTEBOOK, Page 7