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Towing laws don’t curtail residents’ complaints

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Focus dates could end in 2 yrs. New Dining Services director calls for department policy review BY NANDINI JAMMI Staff writer

Dining Services Director Colleen Wright-Riva said within the next year she will explore ending focus dates and the All-Campus meal plan, two programs historically unpopular with students. With fewer than five months on

the job, Wright-Riva said she hopes to bring a fresh perspective to meal plan structures, parts of which have been in place for nearly two decades. Although there was no “groundswell of demand” for change, Wright-Riva said it is time to review programs that former Dining Services officials “might not [have been]

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inclined to change.” Wright-Riva targeted focus dates early in her tenure, saying the program unnecessarily requires students to spend meal points by certain dates throughout the semester. Additionally, Wright-Riva said she still struggles to understand the All-Campus Meal Plan, adding it could be cut

because of its complexity. She said she plans to “review” the current meal plan structures next year and any changes would be made the year after. She plans to consult with Residence Hall Association and Student Government Association committees and

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Laws the Prince George’s County Council passed to stop predatory, aggressive and illegal towing haven’t solved the problem, a county councilman said. College Park residents say private towing companies in the area have broken a slew of towing laws, many of which passed in 2005 and some as recently as last fall. Tom Dernoga, a county councilman whose district includes part of College Park, said the county needs to strengthen these laws as disputes between residents and towing companies continue to break out. But he added that part of the problem is that laws simply need to be enforced. “It’s one of those things we need to put some teeth into,” Dernoga said.

Lab that innovated iPods, Internet celebrates 25th year on the campus

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Students form a makeshift barricade in a parking area off Berwyn House Road last week to protest late-night towing they called unfair and predatory.

Facilities to overhaul restrooms Years-long process to widen stalls for disabled BY TIRZA AUSTIN Staff writer

For students who use wheelchairs, finding the appropriate bathroom can be a trying task — until now. Jack Baker, Director of Operations and Maintenance, said the department is now focusing on repairing bathrooms on the campus that are too narrow for students and faculty members in wheelchairs, a project that could take a couple of years. Those members of the university community say the changes are a much-needed improvement. The bathrooms have been neglected for years because they are “one of the things that nobody sees,” Baker said. Changes to the outdated bathrooms, which include automatic sensors in the stalls, installing new toilets, repainting and widening some stalls, are already underway in the Chemistry Building and in Symons Hall, he added. The inspiration for the changes came from

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Software designers Alex Quinn, left, and Ben Bederson use the feedback they get from children to design programs and online books for the younger crowd. BY CHRIS YU Staff writer

It looks like a cross between a pig and a penguin, it wears a bright green cape, and it stands 3 feet tall. No, it’s not a new breed of superhero. Rather, it is an interactive robot

designed to excite children about reading and represents just one of many technological innovations developed at the university by the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. The HCIL, now in its 25th year here, is responsible for many creations that shape the daily lives of students. From

Maryland Media board selects Diamondback editor in chief Sophomore Steven Overly to lead paper next school year Kevin Litten. “Steve’s been for a long time one of the top reporters at the paper,” Litten said. “I think taking over as The Diamondback’s governing editor in chief is a natural progresboard last night tapped assistant sion for him.” news editor Steven Overly to Overly will take the reins for The become the paper’s next editor in Diamondback as it grapples with chief. the transition to delivering news Overly, a sophomore journalism online as well as in print — a shift major, joined the paper the sumnewspapers industry-wide are mer before his freshman year and struggling with as readership and has covered almost every major Steven Overly print ad revenues decline. beat at the paper, including police, “You’ve got dwindling resources the city council, state government and university administration. He was pro- and are somewhat expected to do more with less,” Litten said. “College students have moted to an editing position in January. The board of Maryland Media Inc. changed the way they read and digest news.” announced last night after its monthly meeting that Overly will succeed editor in chief Please See MMI, Page 2

developing a feature found on iPods to creating the first embedded hyperlink, the lab has changed the way people see and use technology. The goal of the lab is to make technologies easier to learn and more accessible

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Swimsuit modeling doesn’t have to mean oiled-up bodies on the covers of men’s magazines. If you’re freshman letters and sciences major Brittany Britto or sophomore nutrition major Rachel Wood, it can help cure breast cancer. Both are competing to have their photos included in the Campus Girls USA calendar, which displays college women in swimwear. But this is no flighty affair meant only to excite members of the male persuasion; all proceeds from the calendar go to breast cancer research.

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FREDERICK – A cardboard cutout of Dale Earnhardt has been returned to the Frederick convenience store where it will be auctioned off for charity. Maryland State Police say a man returned the 5-foot likeness of The Intimidator to the Frederick WaWa where it was on display. It was stolen March 12. Police say the man who brought it back — one of the three suspected thieves — returned it Tuesday night. Police know who he is, but they aren’t releasing his name. The store will auction off the display and donate the proceeds to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The bidding had reached $500 when the cutout was stolen.

Suspects arrested in Chestertown fight that injured teens CHESTERTOWN – Police say they have arrested two men in connection with a fight that left two teenagers unconscious in Chestertown on Jan. 5. The Kent Bureau of Investigation says 20-year-old Daniel Manley of Rock Hall turned himself in to investigators Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Authorities say 20-year-old Kristopher Dean of Rock Hall was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday. Manley is charged with second-degree attempted murder, two assault charges and reckless endangerment. Dean is charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Police say the fight broke out after Manley and Dean crashed an underage drinking party in the Hynson Rogers Road area. Two 17-year-olds were injured.

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At bat for charity — and unity Asian American Student Union holds pep rally for annual wiffleball tournament BY ADAM BLOOM For The Diamondback

As passersby peered in the Atrium of the Stamp Student Union yesterday, they may have seen the most surreal, dreamlike sequence ever — a yellow hornet and a green egg and ham fighting for control of a Wiffle bat (and narrowly avoiding running into a brick wall) during a photo finish in a relay race. The seemingly bizarre event was actually a pep rally the Asian American Student Union held for its fourth-annual charity Wiffleball tournament Thursday evening in the Atrium. The energetic night, which was attended by more than 100 members of various Asian student associations, sororities and fraternities, featured 10 teams in the tournament. The center of the crowded atrium cleared as players from the Blue Spartans trash-talked members of the Yellow Hornets. In the center of the room, the teams competed in a series of relay races that incorporated Wiffle balls, Wiffle bats and agility — and plenty of loud cheering. And mascots, such as a girl dressed as a hornet complete with antenna, wings and a stinger, drew the crowd’s support as well. During the past few years, the AASU has raised thousands of dollars for select charities through the tournament. This year’s charity of choice is the Filipino community development organization Gawad Kalinga. The phrase, means “to give care” in Filipino, is recognized by the United Nations as a model for poverty al-

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RHA members, students call All-Campus Plan confusing DINING, from Page 1 will consider surveys, focus groups and one-on-one feedback when generating ideas for possible alternatives, she said. Focus dates were first introduced in 1989 by disgruntled students who were frustrated that a few students would save meal points until the end of the semester and spend them all at once, Dining Services officials said. Associate Director of Dining Services Joe Mullineaux said students at the time complained at the end of each semester of slow service and not enough food. He specifically recalled one instance when a group of students ordered 300 sand-

wiches at once. On another occasion, a girl called him in tears because she couldn’t buy a donut, which she considered to be a good luck charm, on the day of a final exam. Mullineaux was working in the Dining Services department when the plan was implemented, and said officials were indifferent to the policy at the time, only approving it to appease students. “We were probably more resistant than the students were,” he said. “I still don’t like the idea. ... I wish we didn’t have it.” Some students said the problems of slow service and not enough food persist on a smaller scale, as students flood the dining halls on or

near focus dates to buy large quantities of cookies, cereal, pizza and other foods to avoid losing money. “It also kind of wastes food,” said freshman communication major Catrina LaRocca. “What’re you doing with 15 things of cereal?” RHA senator Matt Verghese said he would like to see focus dates serve as a guideline for students but not result in meal points being taken away. “We should have enough maturity to use our own money,” he said. Wright-Riva said that even if focus dates are done away with, she expects the $40-aday end-of-the-semester spending cap to remain in place. “In general, I think a daily

Residents say towing broke laws TOWING, from Page 1 An extreme example of a dispute between towers and residents broke out the night of March 26 on Berwyn House Road. About 20 students and other residents of the Lakeland Park Condos protested what they said were illegal towing practices, using couches and chairs to form a barricade designed to prevent towing companies from entering the parking lot outside their building. The residents accused K&D Towing of not accepting credit cards, towing cars that had permits and offering to hire one of them as a spotter, all of which are illegal in the county under the laws. They also said the drivers for the company behaved in a threatening manner. Attempts to reach K&D were unsuccessful. But Andy Miller, a senior vice president at Abaris Realty, which manages the property for the condo association, dismissed claims of predatory towing. Much of the illegal behavior students pointed to was banned in a bill passed in 2005 after thousands of county residents complained about towing companies at public hearings, but the fixes don’t appear to have been enough, partially because of spotty enforcement. “It’s clearly still a problem,” said Dernoga.

“They need to enforce the laws that are on the books,” said Fred Scheler, CEO of Henry’s Wrecker Service. “They don’t need to make new laws. But the county will wait until it blows up in their face and then overreact.” A Prince George’s County task force report from last year identified several problems with the enforcement of towing regulations. The biggest, it said, was that “hundreds” of unregistered tow trucks were operating in the county, and those trucks often are the ones breaking the law. Dernoga himself was a victim of aggressive towing in College Park a few years ago. After attending his son’s high school graduation at the Comcast Center, he parked in the lot for Lupo’s, which had recently closed down. After realizing Lupo’s was closed, he crossed the street to go to R.J. Bentley’s instead. A few minutes later, his car had been towed “rather aggressively” from the lot, which was still marked “Lupo’s Customers Only,” he said. Another major problem identified by the task force is that police officers in the county are unaware of their ability to enforce towing regulations. The report said law enforcement believes towing “regulations are unenforceable — or at least someone else’s job.” As a result, the report said it appears no one has ever been

charged in the county for towing illegally. “I believe police can enforce the towing law,” said Del. Doyle Niemann (D-Prince George’s), who was a member of the task force. “They don’t always see it that way.” Even if someone had been charged, the punishment they would face is unclear, according to the report. The Department of Environmental Resources, which licenses towing companies in the county, told the task force the primary method of enforcing the law was to revoke the company’s license — something that wouldn’t deter towers who are already unlicensed. The department is understaffed, said Scheler, who also served on the task force. The department only has three inspectors, who are also in charge of enforcing building, electrical, fire and other codes in the county. The task force sent its report back to the county council, Niemann said, but no action has taken place on its recommendations so far. Dernoga said the council intended to deal with the issue last year, but actually thought the task force’s recommendations “could have been tougher.” He hoped the council will consider the issue this year. robillarddbk@gmail.com

spending cap is reasonable,” Wright-Riva said. “I can’t imagine why anyone would need to spend more than a given amount in a day.” The recently implemented All-Campus Plan was initially hailed by student leaders for its flexibility in letting students use points at other dining venues on campus. But after being offered to the entire student body last semester, some, including Wright-Riva, said the program has not gone as smoothly as expected. The All-Campus Plan allows students to use a single account at several dining and convenience locations, using a weighted point system that charges students more when they don’t eat at the dining halls.

RHA President Sumner Handy and Verghese helped craft the All-Campus Plan and initially supported it because of its flexibility. Both now admit even they have a hard time understanding it and think it has not been implemented effectively. Handy said Dining Services would do well to introduce a hybrid system that includes a combination of all-you-can-eat meals and flexible spending at venues across the campus. “I think that if we could get some innovative, new, understandable quality meal plan ideas out there as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality then that would be ideal,” Handy said. Mullineaux disagrees that

Brittany Britto YEAR: Freshman MAJOR: Letters and sciences INTERESTS: writing, traveling and shopping

Rachel Wood YEAR: sophomore MAJOR: nutrition INTERESTS: Acting, singing and playing Super Smash Brothers COURTESY OF TREVOR DEBTH–CAMPUS GIRLS USA

CALENDAR, from Page 1 “I wanted to represent the University of Maryland to show people I can be pretty on the outside, but I can also be a smart girl,” Wood said. “When it comes to what it’s for, I just wanted to give Maryland a voice for a good cause.” Since 2006, the organization has raised $12,649 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The first step to apply to Campus Girls USA was sending in a head shot, a full body shot and an essay explaining why the woman should represent her university to the organization. A group is chosen out of the applicant pool to take trial pictures and, based on the shoot, they are told whether they make it to the next round. Finalists have their photos put up online at www.campusgirlsusa.com along with a biography section and a brief video. Viewers can assign letter grades to the women in the categories of “beauty,” “brains” and “personality.” The three highest-rated women are included in the calendar; the photographers choose the rest of the women, Britto said. The three winners are flown to either the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands or Turks and Caicos for a five-day photo shoot. They then receive copies of the $15 calendars to sell, with all proceeds going toward breast cancer research. Both girls found out about the com-

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When students returned to the university after spring break, they discovered the movie rental store closest to the campus had unceremoniously closed down. Potomac Video is the second business in the past year, following in the footsteps of Wawa, to clear out of the College Park Shopping Center. Theresa Vivona, the spokeswoman for landlords JGB Rosenfeld Retail, said the video store had chosen not to renew their lease for the property. Although the management of Potomac Video did not return phone calls, Chris Warren, the economic development coordinator for the city of College Park, said the reason for leaving probably stemmed from the high cost of rent. “I know they had been negotiating with JGB Rosenfeld, but the rent was probably just too high,” Warren said. “But they still want to be in the area.” Warren stressed that Potomac Video’s landlord was not among those he thinks gouge tenants and cause high turnover rates for businesses. In fact, a sign posted on the

petition through Facebook, and though they were unsure at first, decided the organization was legitimate. But now that the women have made it to the website, it’s not getting any easier. The rating scale can be tough, Britto said, and she knows from firsthand experience — she fell from an Ato a B+ in one day. Wood was also anxious about it at first, she said, but decided not to let it bother her. “At first I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, people don’t like me,’” Wood said. “The vote just comes down to how many people you know. I came to the realization that it’s not really a popularity contest.” For Wood especially, the cause is closer to home, as her mother is in remission for ovarian cancer. And her mother is proud of her participation in the contest, she said. “We are kind of University of Maryland people,” Kathleen Wood, Rachel Wood’s mother said. “I enjoyed finding out she was going to represent our Terps. It’s an honor to be selected.” And both women also have career aspirations that somewhat relate to their modeling choice. Wood has been on the cover of College Magazine and wants to be an actress. She keeps in shape by dancing, doing yoga and running, and if she is not doing that, she is reading Shakespeare, one of her favorite pasttimes. Similarly, Britto has been modeling

Technology works to teach children to more people, said Ben Shneiderman, founder of the lab and a professor with the Department of Computer Science. One of the HCIL’s biggest contributions to the technology world is the innovation of the lift-off touch screen, a technology found on the iPod Touch and the iPhone. This technology allows people to make selections on those devices only after their finger is lifted off the screen, Shneiderman explained. That way, users can readjust if they initially hit the wrong button. How significant is this innovation? Time magazine named the iPhone the No.1 gadget of 2007, calling its touchscreen “elegant” and “loaded with eye candy.” The HCIL helped make that possible. The HCIL is also responsible for changing the way people navigate the Internet by being the first to develop embedded hyperlinks, Shneiderman said. Em-

bedded hyperlinks are highlighted words within the text of a webpage that lead the user to another page when he or she clicks on it. A main focus of the lab is to develop technologies that help children learn. As a result, HCIL researchers created the International Children’s Digital Library, the largest online library for children’s books in the world, said Allison Druin, the current director of the lab. It gained national attention and was featured in USA Today. The library has an interface based on what kids said they wanted, Druin explained. In fact, at HCIL, many of the technologies designed for children are also designed by children. “What we do is we sit down with [the children] and say, ‘Here’s the problem, let’s all brainstorm together,’ and so we have special brainstorming techniques that we use to actually get new ideas,”

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Potomac Video on Route 1 closed during spring break. door of the vacant storefront indicated that Potomac Video was still interested in the College Park market and intended to return to the area in the coming months. However, the sign did not indicate where the business would return to. Although many students said they have never been to Potomac Video, those who did rent movies from the store were disappointed to hear the news. Senior English major Sydney Otwell said she was sorry to see the store go because it was the only movie store within walking distance of the campus. Similarly, junior cell biology and molecular genetics major

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the All-Campus Plan is confusing, saying a number of groups, particularly incoming freshmen, were asked for their thoughts on the program and most were comfortable with it. “I think if you step back for a second, it’s actually less confusing than a regular meal plan,” he said. Sophomore biology major Becky Barnhart, who opted for the All-Campus Plan so she could flexibly eat elsewhere, said because of confusion she is unexpectedly low on points. “I thought I could handle it, but it was a little confusing,” she said. “I think I’ll make it through the semester — I’m just hoping it does.”

Druin said. The lab works with young children, usually between the ages of 7 to 11, twice a week throughout the semester. During a recent session, the kids collaborated with representatives from the National Park Service to help design WebRangers, an online program that teaches the history of the nation’s parks to a young audience. In addition to children’s technologies, the HCIL is developing ideas that have life-saving applications. Stanley Lam, a senior computer sciences major, is working with Shneiderman and physicians at Washington Hospital Center to create a tool that allows doctors to search patient records more easily. “These [doctors] are all serious professionals that are at the top of their game,” Lam said. “It’s a great networking experience.” Thanks to its many innovations, the

since she was 3 years old, most notably making an appearance on the box of Mickey Mouse Yahtzee. Though she decided to retire from the industry at the age of 6, she picked up modeling again in Hong Kong, where she spent the second half of her high school years because of her father’s job in the foreign service. Last semester, after coming to the university, she spent most of her time modeling in Washington, walking the runway in the city’s fashion week and attending promotional events, which were even attended by a few Redskins players. “If you come from a city so full of life and then come to the University of Maryland, where you have to travel far to get to a city, it is a little depressing,” Britto said. Britto has decided to slow it down this semester, however, taking time to enjoy the campus. “I want to model, but I also want to have a college experience,” Wood said. She plans on working with a few photographers this semester and has tried out for America’s Next Top Model, though she has not heard back yet. Now all Britto and Wood have to do is wait as the final calendar girls will be chosen on Sunday. “Whoever wins, wins,” Wood said. “I’m glad to be a part of it now.”

Kurt Lowery thought the prospect of going to a different movie store was inconvenient. “It’s kind of a pain in the butt, because it was a cheap place to get movies,” Lowery said. “And it was a mom-and-pop store, not like a Blockbuster or anything like that.” However, other students weren’t bothered by the store’s closing. Senior family studies major Ashley Rogers said she didn’t really care. “People don’t really rent from stores anymore,” Rogers said. “Most people I know get movies from Netflix or the Internet.” ewagnerdbk@gmail.com

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HCIL has brought the university hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding. The lab sold the license of Treemap, a computer program, to a company for $108,000, Shneiderman said. Recently, a patent for a photography-labeling tool was also sold at $133,000. Shneiderman said the revenue from those transactions went to the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization and to various computer departments. Whether it be technologies that improve modern day conveniences or innovations that serve more important functions, Druin said part of the HCIL’s goal is to change the world . “I’m very proud [of] the tradition of this lab, which focused on public service and doing things for government agencies, working with the Library of Congress [and] working with the Library of Medicine,” Shneiderman said. “Those are great satisfactions and success stories.”

experience Baker, who also teaches in the chemistry department, had with a student in a wheelchair. The student had trouble getting his wheelchair in the bathroom stall and was forced to travel to the other end of the building to use the bathroom, a major inconvenience, Baker recalled. Though he always knew the campus bathrooms were outdated, Baker said he had no idea of the impact they played on academic life until that moment. Though he can’t remember the student’s name, he said the department’s decision to renovate some of the bathrooms in the chemistry building was directly influenced by that one student. “It was a significant moment,” Baker said. “He needs to know that he made an impact on the decision.” The updates to the bathrooms are a major improvement, said history professor Gay Gullickson, chairwoman of the President’s Commission on Disability Issues at the university. “The stalls were very tiny,” Gullickson said. “You could get through the door, but you couldn’t latch it.” In fact, until the university began renovating the stalls, she said it was awkward and inconvenient to use the restroom because she had to ask someone else to close the door. “Those are the little things we’re trying to fix,” she said. Baker said facilities has multiple programs to update the bathrooms, which include changing fixtures such as stalls and sinks, ensuring there is at least one wheelchair-accessible bathroom in each building and improving the quality of those bathrooms. Additionally, the new fixtures will be more environmentally friendly than the previous ones and will be easier to maintain, lessening the load of the university’s plumbers, Baker added. Emilie Clingerman, an administrative assistant in Symons Hall, said she specifically enjoyed the new floor and automatic sensors in the new women’s bathrooms. Overall, Gullickson said she is very impressed with how responsive Baker is with the needs of students and faculty. “In my experience, the university has been pretty good,” Gullickson said. “If someone makes a request about their restrooms, the university responds.” Woods Hall and the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building are the next bathrooms scheduled for renovations, and others will follow, Baker said.

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hen Samuel Kernell wrote his career-defining work Going Public, he intended to explain how the modern presidency operates. The author hypothesized that presidents no longer use bargaining with Congress as their primary tool. Instead, they present issues to the American electorate in order to show Congress the priorities of the people. He was right. If Kernell’s assumptions are true of the United States presidency, then they carry important implications on how the Student Government Association should operate. We shouldn’t rely on the naked power of persuasion to drive our agenda forward. We should instead show university and public officials that our arguments have the power of the student body behind them. We should go public. My campaign exists to take the agenda of students public. In the coming weeks, you will watch a different kind of campaign as I run for SGA president. This campaign will not have the financial resources or wide-ranging platforms of the parties we have seen in previous years. Instead it will have a focus on issues and a host of volunteers who are committed to its message. In the spirit of mobilizing the collective student voice, I introduce the COST Promise. This acronym stands for Campaign reform, Off-campus transportation, Student groups unity and Tuition affordability. Running on only these issues will help the student government bring attention to these concerns and will add leverage for change as I respresent students to officials both on-campus and elsewhere. As president, I will review campaign procedures and make running for office cheaper and more accessible. Students should not have to abandon their candidacy because they lack the funds to operate a campaign. Procedures should also encourage candidates to run even if their desired slot within the parties is taken. Involvement serves as the foundation of the SGA’s power. We should improve our organization by making that involvement easier and more meaningful in elections. As the housing crisis now forces even juniors off-campus, off-campus transportation will become an increasingly important issue. The housing shortage means more students will commute from the surrounding areas. This dilemma comes at a time when university officials are talking of a parking shortage in the coming years. Improving off-campus transportation offers an excellent opportunity to help off-campus students and alleviate the impending parking shortage, both while helping the environment. The SGA has made significant strides to unify student groups this year. We should use this next year to build on that progress and encourage student groups to work together. Incentives should be given for groups to work in tandem on upcoming projects. Additionally, the student government should partner with other governing organizations to accomplish student and university goals. Unifying student groups in these ways will help unite our campus and ultimately serve the interests of students, faculty and administrators alike. Finally, when I’m elected, I will go to Annapolis and tell legislators that I was elected by their constituents to keep quality education in Maryland affordable. I will lobby the General Assembly to put a cap on the increase of tuition in future years so students can plan their finances accurately starting freshman year. I will also aim to safeguard and build on current funding commitments to ensure students continue to receive the high quality of education we are known for. My campaign will reflect my commitment to these issues. I will not hand out T-shirts, candy or baseball cards in order to win votes. These actions do not conform to what campaigns should be about. Moreover, they do not provide a candidate with a mandate for issues he or she could otherwise gain. The COST Promise is my attempt to highlight important issues to the student body. It is my effort to create a proactive agenda for next year’s student government. If you believe in my approach and support such progress, I ask for your vote for Student Government Association president on April 15 and 16. Dan Leydorf is a sophomore economics and government and politics double major running for SGA president. He can be reached at sleydorf@umd.edu.

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he recent debate (if it can be called as which they occur? While it seems like a simple problem to correct, such) in the College Park City Council on fines issued for noise violations seems to the ensuing discussion seems to have accomplished have been an interesting one. As reported next to nothing. It became muddled in the language in this paper, it provides a fascinating view of the law and the inconsistencies involved in noise enforcement. No one who was present seemed able to of the operation of the city council. In the status quo, it is conceivable that a College make sense of the situation. Ultimately, the decision Park resident who is charged with a noise violation was taken to postpone the vote on the legislation. And thus we have a classic case study on modern could be made to pay a fine twice as high for the simple reason that the previous tenants also received a governmental inefficiency, as well as an illustration of the political dynamics that take noise violation. The bill in question place in the city council. Of course, would lengthen the time during the council is always particularly which the increased fine can be issued from six months to 12 The recent city council amenable to arguments from residents about the horrors of living in a months. In the midst of this morass of technicalities is the fundamental discussion of a change to college town. Therefore, they fact that this is a nonsensical policy. noise enforcement law is instinctually sympathize with residents who complain about noise The idea that such a situation might politics as usual in from parties. While those comarise is clearly not correct; no one College Park. plaints are real, and serious noise would defend placing the burden of offenders should be punished, this past offenses on current residents. Understandably, the consensus of student voice has does not mean that the sort of obvious unfairness that been against the proposed increase. Student Govern- is on the books now should be tolerated. Even in the ment Association President Andrew Friedson report- face of 900 voices of student concern, a simple vote edly delivered 900 letters from students expressing could not be conducted. It should come as no surtheir positions to the council. Why is it that these prise to those who follow the politics of College Park. fines could not simply be attributed to the individu- The new class of SGA leaders is going to have to als responsible, rather than to the properties on learn to navigate them.

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I have not heard about the elections at all.”

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I heard about it, and I go out of my way to avoid hearing about stuff on campus.”

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his week I found myself the recipient of several unwanted e-mails. I’m not talking about your ordinary junk e-mails. They were not emails from strangers, nor e-mails of pornographic content, nor were they e-mails offering a free Xbox in exchange for my social security number (throw in the Guitar Hero guitar controller — with stickers — and they would totally have a deal). Rather, this week’s unwanted emails were from the university. From event announcements to welcoming visiting students to listservs, university communication was in full force. Let’s begin by discussing the 2008 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals e-mail. Apparently our school will host a four-day contest of “intense problem-solving and teamwork” for kids from kindergarten through college. What an odyssey! Sure wish my parents had pushed me into something like that from the age 5 until 21! Worst of all, this e-mail embarrasses me in front of my new Gmail account. Gmail provides personal sidebar advertisements based on words used frequently in the emails I send and receive. So, because of this Odyssey of the Mind e-mail, I’m not exactly receiving the coolest sidebar advertisements. It’s not that I care what Gmail thinks of me or anything, it’s just that, well, now Gmail offers me links to websites for “Mind Mapping Power” or “Free Mind Power Courses.” And while I’m not opposed to increasing my mind power, I would like to do so on my own terms. Plus, now I have to make up for the Mind Odyssey e-mail and write a lot of extra-cool emails to keep my Gmail advertisements hip, thereby keeping my self-esteem high. This week, I’ve written more e-mails about skateboarding and Go-GURT than ever before. Let’s move on and take a look at the Spring Open House e-mail which asks current Maryland students to welcome newly admitted potential students to the campus for a day. On the surface the e-mail seems friendly, as if it is trying to create a sense of community. But a closer reading proves otherwise. Barbara Gill, director of Undergraduate Admissions, asks us (the already committed and tuition-paying members of the community) in the e-mail to avoid using the main entrances of the campus because the visiting potential students need to use those main entrances, as they’re allowed to park in the incredibly overpriced garages for free. It is as if the university is saying, “We’re having guests. They will use the good china. Please stay out of the way. And don’t touch the good china.” There were more affronts to my e-mail’s inbox. I found the most irritating to be this week’s SFYI emails. You may note that I just said “e-mails” in the plural, though I am only referring to this single week. I have not done so in error. I don’t make errors; you know that. There was an SFYI digest sent out Sunday, another Monday, a third Tuesday and a fourth Wednesday. And who knows how many were sent out since this column hit the presses. A few quick calculations will let us predict: approximately 37 more. Not to mention, did anyone even sign up for this listserv? I know I didn’t. Did the university just start sending these e-mails to every student? I checked the “To” line of these emails, and it read, “To: SFYI@listserv.umd.edu.” That is not my e-mail address. The SFYI e-mails’ mere length makes them impossible to read. I can barely get through the table of contents alone. For example, Tuesday’s e-mail had 14 things listed! C’mon, be reasonable! Checking email is part of my morning routine; that means even if I do see something in the table of contents that I like, I’m reading it while sleepy, blurry-eyed and without the motor skills or the cognitive awareness to scroll down through 14 subjects to find what I’m looking for. Sure, I could merely click “unsubscribe” and seemingly solve all my problems. But what if one day the SFYI has some valuable information I really need? After all, the SFYI digest did announce the “Bagels and Lox with Nurses and Docs” free breakfast event at the University Health Center.

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orn today, you are an inspired, driven individual with such explosive and original creativity that you are almost certain to change the rules for all those who come after you in your chosen field. You have what it takes to be one of the greats, and you may surely enjoy all the success that the stars have in store for you if you remember to rise to the occasion and work to overcome those obstacles that are likely to stand before you. You enjoy anything that involves mystery or intrigue, and you may find that your strongest career calling involves the pursuit of answers to difficult, unanswerable questions. You have a way with words, and you can do well in any endeavor requiring clear and clever communication with others. Also born on this date are: Dorothea Dix, social reformer; Christine Lahti, actress; Maya Angelou, poet; Arthur Murray, dance instructor; Muddy Waters, blues singer; Anthony Perkins, actor; Robert Downey Jr., actor. 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.

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The Gymkana Troupe presents its 62nd Anniversary Homeshow performance this weekend BY THOMAS FLOYD Staff writer

Every year, students and fans pack Comcast Center on an October night to take in Maryland Madness, one of the university’s most celebrated traditions. Whether it is dancing by the men’s and women’s basketball players or Gary Williams cruising into the arena in a Lamborghini, the glamorous events seem to just keep on coming. But of all the stunts put on

that night, the most memorable might be by athletes who never actually take the court for the Terps: the Gymkana Troupe. With gymnastics acts ranging from jumping over each other to jumping through and over a hoop of fire — Gymkana never fails to excite the Maryland Madness crowd. Nearly six months after electrifying Comcast Center with its act at this season’s Madness, Gymkana will return to the very same site

for its 62nd Anniversary Homeshow. The performance, which will take place tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m., is under the direction of head coach Scott Welsh and is expected to last about twoand-a-half hours. Over 20 different routines ranging from general gymnastics and traditional apparatus to variations of tumbling and trampoline acts are scheduled for the performances. “We would love to have a huge crowd for this show and

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The Gymkana Troupe performs at Maryland Madness last October, a performance that has become an annual tradition.

Comcast Center is a huge space,” said Gymkana President Ben Prescott, a senior kinesiology major. “It’s always a great feeling when you have a huge crowd that actually fills up the seating.” Although best known for their high-flying performances and athletic prowess, the Gymkana Troupe is more than just a student gymnastics club. Founded in 1946 as a non-profit exhibition group, Gymkana has each of its members sign a pledge of healthy living that bans them from using drugs and tobacco yearround, as well as alcohol during the season. Financially supported by sponsorships and fundraisers, the troupe then regularly travels to various sites (mostly local area schools) to promote its message through performance. “This is the foundation of our program, and we take it very seriously,” Prescott said. “Our introduction tells about our program, and we explain to children what we do and that every single member follows the pledge. We show through our gymnastic expositions that you can not do drugs, not drink, not smoke and still be strong, still be healthy and still have fun.” Gymkana is open to all university students, and no gymnastic experience is required since the large variety of acts play to a broad spectrum of skills. The 60 to 70 members typically practice four to five times a week, and with so much time dedicated to the troupe, there is a bonding experience that naturally goes along with being in Gymkana.

THE TRIVIA BREAKDOWN: GYMKANA WHAT THEY DO: Gymkana combines gymanstic apparatus routines with novelty circus acts. The stunts incorporate chairs, ladders, trampolines and of course, the ring of fire. THE MESSAGE: All members of Gymkana sign a pledge of healthy living, which bans them from using alcohol during the season and drugs and tobacco all year. HISTORY: Gymkana was founded at this university in 1946 a sa non-profit exhibition group. WHO CAN JOIN?: All university students can join Gymkana, regardless of experience. THE SHOW: Tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Comcast Center. Tickets range from $7 to $9. “The team atmosphere is rewarding because we’re together all the time,” said Gymkana member Greg Schwarzkopf, a junior computer science and mathematics major. “We go to Friday shows, and we spend like 12 hours in addition to the hours of practice every week, and you really get to have a lot of fun.” Since most students simply know the troupe from their performances at basketball games, the Homeshow is a unique opportunity for the athletes to not only show off their classic crowd favorites, but also put their lesserknown routines on display. “If they liked Maryland

Madness and they like the fire ring, definitely come by because it’s going to be a lot of stuff like that,” said Gymkana member Dan Calderone, a sophomore engineering major. “If you’re interested in gymnastics, interested in people doing crazy stuff like acrobatics, jumps, flips — it’s all that kind of stuff.” The Gymkana Troupe’s 62nd Anniversary Homeshow events are tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center. Tickets are $7 for students, $8 for children under 12 and $9 for adults. tfloyd1@umd.edu


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Stretch crucial for tournament NAVY, from Page 10 gave the team confidence and showed that hard work in practice pays off. But he acknowledged that there is still a lot of season left to be played. “These next few games are just as big as the last ones,” Catalino said. “We can’t get too confident. We still gotta work hard through practice to keep getting better.” Cottle said it is especially important because Navy (8-2) presents a unique match-up because they play a notoriously slow style. The Terps showed the ability to stop the potent transition game of Virginia last week, but this week their goal will be to quicken today’s game’s pace. Sophomore long pole Brian

Farrell said the ability to adapt is the key to getting through this stretch of games. “We play great teams, and we’ve got to prepare ourselves mentally and physically every week,” Farrell said. “We’ve done a really good job of that to beat some great teams.” Cottle said the wins have helped build a tournament resumé that he is satisfied with at this point, but now he is interested to see how his team will handle the success. “As a coach, you never get a chance to look back,” Cottle said. “You’re always looking forward, and right now the most important thing in our lacrosse lives is the United States Naval Academy.” edetweilerdbk@gmail.com

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Senior catcher Chad Durakis and the baseball team have faced the majority of their toughest opposition and now look to qualify for the ACC tournament.

Baseball has easier ACC schedule coming up PHOTOS BY ADAM FRIED–THE DIAMONDBACK

Junior guards Marissa Coleman(above) and Kristi Toliver (below) will be crucial players for the Terps next season as the frontcourt rebuilds. TECH, from Page 10

“I think we’re taking steps in the right direction and that’s all “We’ve had a lot of one-run you can ask,” senior second baseman Steve Braun games that could’ve gone said. “We’re getting our way and didn’t, so into the heart of the hopefully the law of averseason and we’re ages will even things out.” making strides. The With conference bunts, pitching and heavyweights North Cardefense are right olina, Florida State and there.” Clemson already out of If Braun is right, the way, the Terps’ reand the Terps are maining ACC schedule is “right there,” the promising. Remaining team could look back conference opponents –Steve Braun at this weekend’s sehave a combined record SENIOR SECOND ries in Blacksburg, of 27-43. BASEMAN Va., as the turning “We survived the first point of its season. If part of the schedule, but the Terps lose the sewe need to start stringing some wins together,” Rupp said. ries they will view it as an op“That includes weekend games, portunity lost. “We’ve had some tough luck because it’s going to be important down the road, not only for in conference, but we have to getting to the ACC tournament continue to play well,” Rupp but also for getting a regional said. “We’re getting to the part of the schedule where we can bid.” Another factor in the Terps’ make a run. If we do our busifavor is that, according to some ness this weekend, we’re in poplayers, the team is playing its sition.” best baseball of the season at the right time. akrautdbk@gmail.com

“I think we’re taking steps in the right direction”

A new generation steps up RECAP, from Page 10 career points this season, Toliver became the Terps’ alltime leader in 3-pointers made and free throw percentage, and Harper will leave College Park as the Terps’ all-time leader in blocked shots. By the Stanford loss, this team was the first in NCAA history to boast four 1,400-point scorers at one time. Toliver also broke the ACC single-season record for assists. “It just puts so much into perspective about how quick a career goes by,” Harper said. “It’s really tough.” After losing a number of impact players from this year’s team, the Terps will

undoubtedly have a different look next year. With Langhorne, Harper and forward Jade Perry gone, frontcourt depth will be a major question for the Terps. Forward Drey Mingo, a freshman this year, is the most likely in-house candidate to help fill the frontcourt void, and the Terps hope blue-chip recruit Lynetta Kizer and the top-rated junior college forward in the country, Demaura Liles, will also contribute. “It’s going to be completely different,” Toliver said. “Marissa and I are going to be the lone seniors. We’re going to have to set the tone like the seniors we have now did. “[The seniors] did a tremendous job leading this

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PENN STATE, from Page 10 midfielder Kelly Kasper. “I think we do our best when we keep going and going, and the next couple of weeks we are going to have a lot of games; we benefit to keep going like that.” The Terps will begin their North Carolina three-step against a pair of unranked teams. So far this season the Terps have dismantled all non-ranked opponents, winning by an average of 9.25 goals per game. But, these contests may prove to be a lot closer than any of the others this season. Last season, the Terps had difficulty with both then-No. 11 Penn State and Ohio State. The Terps squeaked by the Nittany Lions 10-9 when Dobbie scored a goal just before the last minute of the game to lift the Terps to victory. The Buckeyes also played a surprisingly tough match against the Terps before falling 16-12. While most teams are most concerned with their oppo-

team, and all Marissa and I can do is just try to feed off what they did.” The 2007-08 Terps fell short of their ultimate goal, but they put together a season that is worth remembering. “As difficult as right now is for our team and for our locker room,” Frese said after the loss to the Cardinal, “I don’t want to be sad that it’s over. I want to be happy that it happened.”

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Sophomore midfielder Caitlyn McFadden and the Terp women’s lacrosse team are preparing for back-to-back weekends in Chapel Hill, N.C. Their first opponent will be Penn State tonight. nents, the Terps’ main concerns have been internal. After the gameless week of self-examination, the Terps are undaunted with their three-game stretch in Chapel Hill. “This weekend coming up is a lot of fun; we get to play

two games,” coach Cathy Reese said. “It is tough to go back-to-back weekends, but we are looking forward to having two good games.” Although most teams would fret about such a scheduling quirk, the Terps have warmed up to the idea.

“We might as well just live down there for a couple of weeks,” Kasper said. “That’d be nice; it’s fun, it’s great going down there it’s nice and warm, and we get to play some good teams.” bkapurdbk@gmail.com

team’s growth. “We’ve been working on a belief system. … If we can get a consistent input of energy, I think we can surprise some teams in a few positions.” The Terps will need that intensity and consistency this weekend if they hope to upset No. 18 Florida State Friday and No. 11 Miami (Fla.) Sunday in the final two home matches of the season. Novak spoke highly of the Terps effort last match against Virginia Tech despite the 6-1 outcome. He said the final score was misleading of how his team performed against the Hokies. “I was proud of the fight we put up against Virginia Tech,” he said. “Each match was tight and they had two seniors, two juniors and two freshmen playing. The difference was very minimal.” In what would normally be a senior day Sunday, that setting isn’t the case for this young Terps squad that only has one upperclassman on the roster in junior Michal Amir. Still, Novak is optimistic of his team’s play of recently. “We’re hopeful. Hopeful

that we can keep rising,” he said. – Dan Morrison

Men’s tennis heads south for key ACC weekend If the Terrapin men’s tennis team is going to make a move to position itself for the upcoming ACC tournament, this is the weekend to do it. The Terps (9-7, 1-6) will travel to play Clemson Saturday and Georgia Tech Sunday, two teams tied with them in the conference standings. As the No. 59 Terps try to end their current five-match losing streak, they’ll also attempt to improve their resumé in hope of making the NCAA tournament. Beating No. 62 Clemson and No. 50 Georgia Tech will certainly benefit the Terps by separating them from two teams also vying for an NCAA bid. Looking at the immediate future, wins this weekend will improve the Terps’ seed in the conference tournament and give them a better draw in the opening round. – Dan Morrison sports@dbk.umd.edu


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Men’s lacrosse peaking going into Navy game Terps entered annual tough fourgame stretch by winning first two BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

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Senior forward Crystal Langhorne (above) defined her career with the women’s basketball program as perhaps its greatest player ever. But the team experienced both highs and lows through its 33-4 season, and, in the end, the Terps fell short. (Below, from left to right) Winning the Preseason WNIT, coach Brenda Frese giving birth to twins, falling to Duke in the ACC Tournament and losing to Stanford in the NCAA regional finals.

The tradition of the Terrapin men’s lacrosse team facing North Carolina, Virginia, Navy and Johns Hopkins on consecutive weekends dates back to 1978. Each season it represents one of the toughest stretches that any team in the country will face. Coach Dave Cottle said each season he approaches the stretch knowing it is imperative that the Terps at least split the four games to put themselves into position to qualify for the NCAA tournament. That’s what makes wins against then-No. 5 North Carolina and then-No. 1 Virginia the past two weekends so exciting for the young Terps. “When you look at those four games, you say you’ve got to win a minimum of two of them,” Cottle said. “Now you’ve won the first two, and you want to win the next one.” The No. 3 Terps will try to keep a three-game winning streak alive when they host No. 9 Navy tonight at 8 at Byrd Stadium. Just getting this far is an accomplishment for the Terps. The last time they won the

Men’s lacrosse vs. Navy Where: Byrd Stadium When: Tonight, 8 p.m. TV: WMAR first two games in the stretch was 2004. (That team was 8-0 heading into the Navy game but proceeded to lose to both the Midshipmen and the Blue Jays.) The only time the Terps have gotten through the full stretch unblemished was in 1987. But at this point, the Terps (7-2) know they have a chance to repeat the feat, if they can continue to improve. “I think we’re in a really good position right now,” junior midfielder Jeremy Sieverts said. “We’re focused and we’re excited for Friday night.” Freshman attackman Grant Catalino, who tallied a total of three goals and an assist in the last two games, said the wins

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TERRAPIN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON RECAP

Expecting greatness BY GREG SCHIMMEL Senior staff writer

This season was going to say a lot about the Terrapin women’s basketball team. After the Terps won the first national championship in program history two years ago, and then lost early in the NCAA tournament last year, this season was to be the indicator of where the Terps really stand. Was the celebration in Boston in 2006 a fluke, or was the heartbreak in Hartford in 2007 the aberration? With their 98-87 loss in the Spokane regional final Monday, the Terps fell short of their goal of another national title. But after finishing with a 33-4 record, the Terps proved to everybody what they already knew — that they belong among the nation’s elite. “We’re going to remember all the

great times we had with one another, the great wins and obviously all our successes,” junior guard Kristi Toliver said. “We’ll try not to think about the bad things.” While anything less than a national championship can’t be considered a complete success, there are certainly plenty of positives for the Terps to take away from this season. They legitimately looked like the best team in the country in November with wins against top-10 teams Oklahoma and LSU. They beat archrival Duke at home for the first time since 1998 in January, and in February they beat the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since 2000. The Terps went on winning streaks of 10, 12 and eight games, won the second-most games in program history, and made it all the way to the

regional finals. It’s all even more impressive considering coach Brenda Frese missed nine games while carrying twins. The Terps went 8-1 without Frese on the bench, and won the game at Duke the day Markus and Tyler were born. “[These players] set the bar and raised the standard for Maryland women’s basketball,” Frese said. The star-studded Terps also achieved plenty of individual milestones. Senior forward Crystal Langhorne finished her unbelievable career as the Terps’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and she had her jersey honored on Senior Day in February. Junior forward Marissa Coleman, senior forward Laura Harper and Toliver each scored their 1,000th

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Softball looks for ACC success In its first three conference series, the Terrapin softball team appears to have drawn the ACC’s elite in succession. The Terps (25-9, 1-5 ACC) didn’t have much success against their first two conference foes — firstplace North Carolina and second-place Virginia Tech. But the one win they did get against the Hokies, coupled with the sweep of Delaware State Wednesday, has them confident going into this weekend against third-place Florida State (30-13, 6-3). “We’ve got to keep our heads up going through the

ACC, especially since we’re facing the toughest teams” coach Laura Watten said. “Florida State’s been doing a whole lot better, and they’re the team that really turns it on when they get to the conference. It’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be a tough weekend, but it’s not anything that we can’t handle, nothing we can’t win.” The Terps are 6-31 alltime against Florida State and have won only four of their last 26 matchups. The Terps’ last victory over the Seminoles came in 2006, a 64 win in College Park.

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Baseball starts key ACC series BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

Next-to-last in the Atlantic Division standings with an ACC record of 3-9, the Terrapin baseball team might seem doomed to another season without a conference tournament appearance. But with a series win this weekend at Virginia Tech, the Terps could reverse their status from bottom-feeders to contenders in three short days. That’s because N.C. State and Wake Forest, two Atlantic Division squads with identical 5-6 records, play each other this weekend in a matchup that could lead to the Terps taking over, or coming within a game of, fourth place in the division. The top eight teams in the conference make it to the ACC tournament and by Sunday night the Terps can be in a position to qualify for the first time since the current 12-team system was installed in 2006. “Wake Forest and N.C. State have to play each other this weekend, and something’s

Baseball vs. Virginia Tech Where: Blacksburg, Va. When: Tonight, 5:30 p.m. Radio: WMUCsports.com gotta happen there,” coach Terry Rupp said. “We can jump up a spot and really help ourselves out. The way our division is right now it’s up for grabs.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Hokies are 0-12 in the ACC, including a series sweep at the hands No. 12 Virginia in which they were outscored 214. “We’ve played a lot of the really good teams in the conference so far, but hopefully we can take two or three from Virginia Tech,” senior centerfielder Nick Jowers said.

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Women’s tennis picking things

BY BRIAN KAPUR Staff writer

up Slowly but surely, the Terrapin women’s tennis team is starting to find its way in the ACC. With tough matches throughout the conference schedule, the Terps have yet to crack the ACC win column. But coach Martin Novak feels good about the Terps’ upcoming chances. “They’re starting to see that [winning matches] is doable,” Novak said of his

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The Terrapin women’s lacrosse team might as well be renamed the Chapel Hill Terrapins for the next two weeks. Tonight, the No. 3 Terps take on Penn State in the ACC/ALC Challenge. It will be the first of three games during the next two weeks in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Terps will play Ohio State on Sunday night as part of the ACC/ALC Challenge and next weekend take on North Carolina.

Women’s lacrosse vs. PSU Where: Chapel Hill, N.C. When: Tonight, 3 p.m. Radio: WMUCsports.com “We are just focusing on Penn State. And once that game is over, then we will worry about Ohio State,” senior midfielder Dana Dobbie

said. “We are just going to take it day by day and not worry about being [in Chapel Hill] for an entire month.” The Terps enter the game against Penn State off an idle week. They used the down time to tighten up loose ends and focus on the little things. But the Terps are raring to get back into game action, especially with just five games left before the ACC tournament. The Terps will have to play those five games in a span of 16 days. “We are excited,” senior

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