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State recommends $4M in USM cuts Proposal includes 3 percent tuition hike, eliminates furloughs after three years BY RACHEL ROUBEIN Senior staff writer

Former Athletics Director Debbie Yow has had an uneasy relationship with Terrapin men’s basketball coach Gary Williams. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

Former AD cries ‘sabotage’ in NC State search Yow pins blame on Williams, who denies involvement BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer

Nearly 300 miles of separation apparently wasn’t enough to stop the latest public spat between Terrapin men’s basketball coach Gary Williams and former Athletics Director Debbie Yow. At an introductory news conference for new NC State men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried yesterday, Yow, now the Wolfpack’s athletics director, made several pointed remarks about her former colleague, accusing Williams of trying to “sabotage” the school’s hiring efforts. “I don’t have a reputation across all men’s

see YOW, page 7

SGA cuts student groups’ budgets Organizations received less than one quarter requested BY SARAH MEEHAN

The university system will likely face a $4 million budget cut and a 3 percent tuition increase after a committee of state legislators from both chambers passed a version of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget. The legislation still requires approval from lawmakers and the governor.

Last night’s vote, which approved a $34 billion operating budget, stands to end three consecutive years of furloughs, instate the 3 percent tuition hike O’Malley had recommended and mandate that the possibility of merging College Park with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, be explored. The approval of a $4 million cut from the University System of Maryland’s budget was a far cry from the $8.1 million the House of Delegates had

recommended and the $2 million advocated by the state Senate, but state and university officials said the number is a compromise they can live with. “Like every other state, it’s a very difficult budget session,” university lobbyist Ross Stern said. To balance the state’s budget, which was estimated to face a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall, a committee comprised of members of the

see BUDGET, page 2



Dog provides emotional support for sophomore BY BEN PRESENT Senior staff writer

For sophomore psychology major Allison Cohen, the key to dealing with the anxiety of college life comes in a small package — a 6-month old puppy named Gus, who turned out to be exactly what the doctor ordered. When Cohen, who has owned dogs her entire life, transitioned from a small Montgomery County private school to this university, she began having anxiety and panic attacks from the stress of a large campus away from home. “I went to [my doctor] and I just said ‘Look, I love dogs. I consider myself a responsible person, I do have anxiety — would you be able to write me a prescription to have a dog live with me in college?’” Her psychiatrist, Dr. Jared Putnam, agreed that having an emotional support dog — considered just as important in clinical counseling as seeing eye dogs are for the blind — could help Cohen’s condition. Cohen soon bought Gus, a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Maltese, who

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Student groups may be forced to collaborate more next year after most saw slashed budgets and drastic decreases in SGA funding. Overall, student organizations received less than a quarter of the finances they requested in primary funding for next year, according to Student Government Association Vice President of Finance Rob Mutschler. About 300 groups, including the 42 sports organizations that will be handled for the first time by Campus Recreation Servies, requested a total of more than $3 million, but the SGA only had about $730,000 to dole out. That means the SGA had about $200,000 less than it did last year


Championing change Kaiyi Xie fronts the Action Party in SGA elections BY SARAH MEEHAN Staff writer

Junior Kaiyi Xie is running for SGA president as a member of the Action Party. Xie said he hopes to improve the relationship between students and the organization. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK




Change is the only constant in Kaiyi Xie’s life, and he likes it that way. Xie has never stayed in one place for too long, and he doesn’t intend to after graduation, either. As a Student Government Association cabinet member, he found many areas ripe for reform within the organization: communication, attitudes and procedures. So after two years in the SGA, it’s only fitting that the junior bioengineering and mathematics major is running for SGA president on the Action Party ticket. He’s ready for a change. First as a freshman eager to get involved and

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then as the SGA’s director of student groups, Xie said he saw too much tension between students and the organization that serves them. Now, armed with the perspectives of both sides, he hopes to improve the relationship even further. “The dedication he shows to help student groups is really amazing,” SGA Chief of Staff Michelle McGrain said. “He’s really good at seeing the different sides of things — he sees things from the student side and really understands why students are unhappy with the organization.” When helping form the Action Party, Xie said he looked for a mix of SGA veterans and newcomers that would bring both experience and

see XIE, page 3



BUDGET from page 1

Gus, a 6-month-old Yorkshire Terrier-Maltese mix, is more than a cute face. He’s an integral part of sophomore Allison Cohen’s emotional support system. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

SUPPORT from page 1 doesn’t look like your typical service dog. But Cohen said his impact on her life was immediate — she rarely gets panic attacks anymore and, as a result, has greatly decreased her dependence on anxiety medication. “I’ve had dogs my entire life,” Cohen said. “I’ve always just thought about how it’s unfair how college kids can’t have a pet if they’re capable of raising and owning a dog in college.” Psychiatric support dogs are often used to help patients — especially veterans who have recently returned from war — deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies have been conducted by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense to show the positive effects such animals have on patients with stress disorders. Patients who use emotional support animals are also protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal law that allows dogs like Gus to accompany their owners in public buildings typically not accessible by pets. In order to get clearance for Gus to live in her Hartwick Towers apartment, Cohen brought her doctor’s note to building managers, who then presented the request to the building’s board. The building owners were legally obligated to say yes, but Cohen still had to sign a lease with little wiggle room: One late-night bark or accident on the carpet and Gus would be moving home. But that never happened. “Everybody that ended up being involved in the process just loved dogs,” she said. “They were all really awesome about it.” Cohen said she has had to make some sacrifices for Gus — missing nights out with her sorority, three monthly trips to the vet, additional expenses for

Sophomore psychology major Allison Cohen spends hours a day with her emotional support dog, Gus. She said her pet has made her life much less stressful. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

food and supplies and the obvious dirty work — but added that Gus is worth every second and every penny. “I’m taking care of this live thing with a heartbeat and emotion,” she said. “It’s just a really cool thing. It has really prepared me for the real world.” “He definitely is a big reminder of home,” she added of Gus. “He stays where I stay. He’s going where I’m going.” Junior government and politics major Meagan Serino, who lives down the hall from Cohen and puppy-sits for her friend, said she is often surprised by Cohen’s steadfast commitment to Gus. “I think, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of work for someone in college to have to take care of a dog,’” she said. “She has to worry about whether or not she can stay out all night and has to come back. It’s definitely rare.” But Serino said she has seen

a definite change in her friend’s coping abilities since Gus came into her life. “She’s definitely able to handle her stress more,” she said. “He’s soothing to her and he’s a comfort. I think it’s really hard to do but she’s really committed to it and she loves that dog. He’s helped her so much, so it makes it worth it to her.” While Cohen doesn’t bring Gus to class for now — there’s still some paperwork to file with the university — she is still able to take him to the movies, into restaurants and onto planes. And after six months of nearly round-the-clock bonding, Cohen said she is just as much of a help to Gus as he is to her. “He actually has somewhat of a separation anxiety,” she said. “When I leave, he’ll start to cry.” Senior staff writer Lauren Redding contributed to this report.

House and senate negotiated to reach a final product to send back to lawmakers. Stern added that it’s too soon to tell how the cuts will be apportioned throughout the system. “It’s too soon to say where cuts will come from,” he said. “We’re gratified that, in the end, they chose to compromise and take a smaller cut then the larger proposed, so we’re ver y happy about that. We were fighting to make sure we didn’t get that full $8 million cut.” If approved by the General Assembly and O’Malley, the recommended 3 percent tuition increase will be voted on by the Board of Regents — the 17-member body of gubernatorial appointees that oversees the university system. Although the board can vote to increase tuition further, it cannot vote to drop it below 3 percent. “Given the ver y difficult budget climate, it shows the commitment to keeping higher education affordable in Mar yland,” Stern said of the in-state tuition hike, which is equal to last year’s. “I think most ever yone was anxious to tr y and keep the tuition increase at 3 percent and not have it go higher.” The state committee also voted to withhold $1 million from the system’s 2012 allocation until a study on the proposed merger of this university with UMB has been completed. State Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert and Prince George’s) proposed the merger and asked that the study be finalized by Dec. 15. The wording of the study’s purpose was also changed yesterday. Originally, the proposal asked that the uni-

versity system analyze how to properly join the two institutions; now, the wording calls for the study to weigh the pros and cons of a possible merger. “This is the General Assembly’s way of making sure the study’s done promptly and correctly,” Stern said. State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (Prince George’s and Ann Arundel), who represents College Park, noted the committee’s decision to recommend ending the three consecutive years of furlough days for state employees was also a major victor y for this university’s employees. The 3 percent increase is “good for students, ending the furloughs is good for faculty and staff,” he said, adding that a proposed reduction in pension plans for state employees was a

step in the wrong direction. “The bigger disappointment in the budget to me is that they disagree to reduce the pension plan for state employees, so that’s going to cost faculty and staff some money; so, that’s unfortunate,” Rosapepe said. “It’s not something that I supported, but it’s something that they agreed.” Stern said that it’s too soon to tell how exactly the deflated pension plans would affect the university’s faculty and staff recruitment, as the pension plan new employees would receive will be less than those of previous years. The House also approved a $3 billion capital budget last night. The senate now must sign off on that legislation, which would fund major investments.

CAPITAL BUDGET BY THE NUMBERS Last night, the House of Delegates voted to approve a budget crafted by a state committee made up of House and state Senate lawmakers. If approved by the senate, this budget proposal would go into effect in fiscal year 2012. The proposed $3 billion capital budget, which funds major investments, would include: $150,000 for a replica of the Choptank River Lighthouse $22 million to purchase new Medevac helicopters $40 million for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and State Police $60 million for about 20 projects at state community colleges $198 million for higher education projects $250 million for school construction $267 million for environmental and agricultural projects $180 million for nutrient removal technologies $925 million in new borrowing for infrastructure, which is about $215 million less in borrowing than the fiscal year 2011 Capital Budget Sources: The Baltimore Sun, Forbes

ON THE BLOG A NOBLE QUEST James Franco, Natalie Portman and Danny McBride won’t be gracing the campus with their presence any time soon, now that the university has officially lost a contest to bring the premiere of Your Highness to the Hoff Theater. But the students who voted in masses to bring the celebrities to the campus won’t be left empty-handed. To read more, visit the post on The Diamondback’s news blog, Campus Drive. PHOTO COURTESY OF IMDB.COM



SGA candidates pledge to reform body

XIE from page 1 fresh perspectives to the organization. He said shaking things up is crucial to the group’s effectiveness, but it would require a working knowledge of the status quo. “It’s hard to change something that you haven’t seen in action internally before,” Xie said. Xie’s confidence in the value of change is deeply rooted in his personal experiences; his life has never followed a predictable path. His parents moved the family across the globe as they finished their master’s degrees. At each new school he attended, Xie found comfort in getting involving with student organizations — it was his way of settling into new places, he said. Xie joined the debate team at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, an interest that stayed with him into his freshman year. As a member of the Maryland Parliamentary Debate Society, Xie saw his teammates struggle to communicate with the SGA, especially when requesting funding. His first experience with student government was attending his group’s appeal for more money, and he said he left the meeting with a sour taste for the organization. But Xie saw potential, so he ran for director of student groups and has held that position for the past two years. Working closely with these groups has given him insight into their interactions with the SGA, he said.

FUNDS from page 1 to distribute to student organizations. “I think that’s going to severely hinder the quality of programs,” said SGA Director of Student Groups Kaiyi Xie, who is running for SGA president. “I think next year is going to be really important for the student groups to work together and put on events together, and that means that the SGA needs to provide the infrastructure for them to do so.” The 42 student sports clubs have not received their budgets yet, Mutschler said, because their budgets are now handled separately by Campus Recreation Services. Once those clubs are funded, the SGA will have given out an additional $319,000. The finance committee used a slightly different system for cutting funds than last year, Mutschler said. In previous years, the groups that requested the most money received the highest cuts. But because of the SGA’s overall decreased funding, every group was submitted the same percentage cut this year, regardless of how much they requested. Student groups are able to appeal the SGA’s funding cuts, and Mutschler said he expects many will, given the large number of groups affected by the cuts. “After seeing the num-

Xie, Simon seek to increase legislature’s transparency BY LAUREN KIRKWOOD Staff writer

SGA Director of Student Groups Kaiyi Xie hopes to lead the body next year. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

Xie said he hopes to continue transforming the SGA’s relationship with student groups, adding that he wants to see groups be more active in the SGA’s policy-making. “He has the unique SGA experience in the sense that he’s been able to interact with a lot more students than the average SGA member does,” McGrain said. He envisions a future SGA that is more open to the average student, he said. Xie said that he chose his running mates based on the unique viewpoints they each bring to the ticket, not on whether they agree with every element of the Action Party platform, and that he encourages healthy debate. “I told people who ran with me that I want them to feel comfortable enough to call me out,” Xie said. “I like it when people call me out because it really helps me, and I’m never going to get angry at anyone.” Gary Felton, an agricultural

“I think it’s just going to require a lot of student groups to work really, really hard in collaboration.” SPENCER BRENNEN PRIDE ALLIANCE PRESIDENT

bers, I expect a lot of student groups to be disappointed with their allocations,” Mutschler said. Xie said student groups that try to appeal the body’s fund allocation will likely be rejected. “In order for an appeal to be successful, they have to prove that the rule that was used was unfair or why it was incorrectly applied,” Xie said. Pride Alliance President Spencer Brennen said his group requested $35,000 — which he said he did not expect to receive all of — but was only allocated $6,299, an amount he said is enough to fund only Pride Month. The group was given $9,000 last year for the event alone, he said. Brennen said he hopes other groups will co-sponsor his organization’s events, though he doesn’t expect them to because every group sustained huge losses. “Most groups are not going to be able or willing to fund other groups’ activities because no one has any

engineering professor and Xie’s adviser in the Gemstone program, said Xie’s clearheadedness and effective communication skills would be assets if he were elected president. “A lot of discussions have anger involved, and he seems to be able to avoid it and also kind of tone it down when the anger gets too high,” Felton said. For his Gemstone project, Xie has worked to engineer a plant that could produce a biofuel more efficient than ethanol, he said. Xie also participated in Engineers Without Borders. Although he is majoring in math and science, Xie said he plans to take the LSAT exam in hopes that a diverse background will open intriguing doors down the line. “It’s all a learning experience,” Xie said. “If you don’t like it, you have the flexibility to change it, and I think that’s what I’m looking for.”

SGA presidential hopefuls Ben Simon and Kaiyi Xie both vowed to make the organization more accountable and transparent — promises made every year but ones both candidates said they have concrete plans to see through. The candidates said narrowing the student-representative gap and raising awareness of what exactly the Student Government Association does will go a long way toward increasing the organization’s effectiveness. Both platforms include specific ideas to accomplish that, including publishing SGA voting records online, which Simon said would make it easier for students to hold their representatives responsible for their decisions. And although he acknowledged that candidates often promise greater transparency, Simon said his Love Party will make itself accountable by creating and regularly updating an online calendar that tracks its initiatives, an idea he hopes will foster a tighter connection between SGA leaders and their constituents. “I think more important than the online stuff is the other half of this, the face-to-face stuff,” The Love Movement’s president said. “One of the things I’m going to be doing is holding open meetings on Friday afternoons with students to listen to them, collaborate on ideas and

SGA FUNDING FACTS The Student Government Association released student groups’ funding allocations Friday, and many saw their budgets dramatically cut. Here is a look at the SGA’s allocation process: $3 million: The total amount requested by student groups $730,000: The amount the SGA had to give to student groups $319,000: The amount set to be doled out to athletic clubs 287: The number of student groups to request funding money,” Brennen said. “I think it’s just going to require a lot of student groups to work really, really hard in collaboration.” Cr ystal Varkalis, vice president of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, said her club also only received a fraction of the funding it requested. She said it’s not likely any co-sponsorship will allow SSDP to host highcaliber events. “I think we got enough to cover our three most expensive speakers’ honorariums that we tr y to have each semester and that’s about it,” Varkalis said. She said the funding cut usually wouldn’t sting so badly because SSDP cosponsors events with NORML Terps. But both groups’ budgets were slashed this year, Varkalis said, leaving them wondering how to fund next semes-

ter’s events. Xie, who is running for SGA president on the Action Party ticket, said this is exactly what he’s worried about. “What I don’t want to see is student groups to try and charge for their events because that makes it less accessible, and I know it’s going to be very tempting,” Xie said. Prior to starting the finance process in March, the SGA set aside $60,000 in the Group Help Fund for appeals. While Mutschler said he hopes most of that fund will last through the appeals process so next year’s body will be able to assist fledgling groups, Xie said some groups, such as MaryPIRG and WMUC Radio, will likely eat up a good chunk of that funding in appeals because their initial requests were so large.

University tests Blackboard replacements ELMS contract set to expire in 2013; five pilot programs launched BY LEAH VILLANUEVA Senior staff writer

As the university’s contract with Blackboard is set to expire in 2013, classes are test-running five different online learning systems in search of a replacement to power the next generation of ELMS. In the fall, Joseph JaJa, interim vice president and chief information officer of the Office of Information Technology, charged a faculty and student committee with evaluating the possible learning systems to replace the Blackboard Academic Suite. Five different learning management systems were selected and are being piloted by 24 instructors and about 1,200 students for the remainder of the semester. Chris Higgins, OIT’s interim director of academic support, said the faculty will be meeting in focus groups next week to discuss the high and low points of each system. Student feedback will also be gathered through surveys, one mid-term and one at the end of the semester. A final report will be submitted to the ELMS Evaluation Committee in

May. The committee will make its recommendation to the University Senate’s Information Technology Council on June 15. Higgins said Blackboard’s newest version — Blackboard 9.1 — is being considered as one of the options. The other systems are Desire2Learn, Moodle, Sakai and Canvas. Economics professor Robert Schwab is piloting the Canvas system with his ECON 414: Game Theory course and said his students have responded positively to the system’s multimedia features. For instance, Canvas can contact students through Twitter, Facebook or their cell phones when grades or announcements are posted. The system can also be synched with Google Calendar. But Schwab said he does not think this system -— which is the newest of the five options — is quite ready to be launched. He said class emails have failed to send several times through the system and it is often difficult to find help information on the site. “I think sometime down the road it could be a strong competi-

tor for Blackboard,” Schwab said. “Right now, it just has a lot of rough edges to it.” Psychology professor Charles Stangor had nothing but praise for the Moodle system, which he is piloting with his PSYC 221: Social Psychology class. He described it as being more flexible and easy to use. “I don’t want to go back to Blackboard in the fall!” Stangor wrote in an email, citing the slowness of the online gradebook and the number of mouse clicks required to perform tasks as issues with the existing system. But some faculty who tried other systems said they preferred Blackboard in spite of its imperfections, with several noting it may be because it is a system they are more familiar with. Higgins said based on faculty feedback so far, ease of use and access are the most important elements instructors are looking for in the next system. “The number of clicks really matters to faculty,” Higgins said. Several faculty echoed this sentiment. “I don’t care too much if it can track me on Twitter and Face-

book,” Schwab said. “I just want it to be really simple and really straightforward. I just want to be able to do things quickly. I think that is by far the most important thing.” Several students said in spite of some minor issues, Blackboard serviced them fine. The problems came, they said, when the instructors fail to put ELMS to good use or don’t even use it at all. “It’s like we use only some of what it seems really capable of,” said freshman letters and sciences major Ben Parzow. “I have no classes that use the discussion boards, and some of the tabs have cool-looking stuff like ‘interactive elements,’ and we never use any of it.” Some students said the system can only improve if their instructors actually make use of it. “We don’t always want to email our teachers when we want to know our grades,” freshman government and politics Emily Morris said. “So if all the teachers used it, it would be better for everyone.”

connect with them over tea.” Xie, who now serves as the SGA director of student groups and is leading the Action Party, said he too is interested in encouraging students to connect with their legislators so they can feel involved with the SGA even after the election. “After the election cycle, people never see another person in SGA,” he said. “I’m an engineering student; I’ve never seen the engineering legislators go into the school and ask for people’s opinions.” Simon emphasized that SGA members should advertise their meeting times, personal goals and any recent resolutions the body passed so others can stay informed about what they actually spend their time doing. Some students said this would be a step in the right direction in increasing SGA recognition. “If [SGA representatives] are not well-known, they’re not going to be very effective in getting people’s opinions and getting people to advocate for them,” freshman letters and sciences major Kate De Vita said. To accommodate those involved with other student groups and clubs, Xie said the Action Party would ensure the SGA works more closely with group leaders to address their concerns and coordinate their efforts. “A lot of them work on very similar issues that students care about, like the Good Samaritan policy, so getting more student

groups to work with legislators and getting legislators to reach out to student groups is one thing we can do,” Xie said. “We should be a resource and not an obstacle for [student groups] to achieve their goals,” added sophomore government and politics major Matthew Popkin, who is running for senior vice president with the Action Party. Simon said he wants to dispel the exclusive, members-only vibe that he speculated discourages students from attending the weekly SGA meetings. One way of accomplishing that, he said, is to switch the meetings’ location to a more accessible spot, though he didn’t offer specific alternatives. Meetings are currently held in Stamp Student Union’s Banneker Room. “I think a lot of what the people in our party have been frustrated with is the organizational culture within SGA,” said Simon, who heads a ticket that includes just one candidate who has previously been in the SGA. “Students go to SGA meetings and have a ‘I never want to go back’ experience.” But Xie said because the Action Party is comprised of an equal number of SGA veterans and newcomers, its mix of enthusiasm and experience will allow them to make quick progress on their goals and become a more welcoming system.

Three graduate school programs increase in national rankings report Some programs still lagging; students said rankings aren’t vital BY KELLY FARRELL Staff writer

The university’s graduate programs in business, education and engineering saw a jump in the annual U.S. News & World Report ratings last week, but students and officials said strong rankings tend to be a relatively minor factor for students selecting a school. The business school had five disciplines ranked in the top 25 nationally, and all improved on their positions in the 2010 ratings; the education and engineering schools each had nine. Overall, the three colleges —all of which were new to the report — ranked No. 45 for business, No. 23 for education and No. 22 for engineering. “The progress made … reflects the ongoing investment of resources in those programs by the campus and by the individual colleges,” said Cynthia Hale, the assistant dean of the university’s graduate school. “We believe the improved rankings are a by-product of our collective commitment to excellence in graduate education.” All of the education college’s programs were ranked — many either maintained their ranking from last year or rose on the list. “We are very pleased with these rankings,” Associate Education Dean Margaret McLaughlin said, noting the special education program made its way into the top 10 for the first time this year. Even with such high rankings, some programs still did not make the cut. In the engineering school, seven of its 16 programs were not included in the report. But Dean Darryll Pines said it is difficult to equate rankings to the actual success of each school’s individual programs. “The rankings do not always reflect where resources are distributed in college,” Pines said. “They reflect one measure of what peers think about individual.” Pines said there are more concrete ways to judge a program’s merits. “I believe that the best measure of our excellence is what our students do with their knowledge and skills gained

“We believe the improved rankings are a byproduct of our collective commitment to excellence in graduate education.” CYNTHIA HALE GRADUATE SCHOOL ASSISTANT DEAN

during their time in College Park,” Pines said. “While there is always room for improvement, the college is proud of each of its units.” Officials in the business school could not be reached for comment. While administrators are proud of the rankings, they are quick to point out the graduate school has other key strong points. “While the ranking may catch their eye, the applicants to our graduate programs are far more interested in the faculty, research opportunities, resources, campus amenities and our proximity to Washington D.C.,” Hale said. Engineering graduate student Barrett Dillow agreed with Hale and said rankings are more of a launching pad than a final deal-maker. “While in graduate school, once you begin your research, the prominence of a school in conferences, journals and other publications is what really drives recognition up,” Dillow said. The rankings do make a bigger difference for international students than those coming from nearby, some students said. “I think a lot of international students tend to put a little more stock in it because they don’t have access to faculty members who travel around the U.S. and can weigh in,” said Imraan Faruque, an aerospace engineering doctoral student. “Most of my decision was influenced by professors who knew the academic communities better than I did.”














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rinking is nothing new to college life. Year after year, many students students about the negative effects of drinking, this awareness has done little to attempt to juggle a life that devotes adequate time to both cracking the change the extent to which students party. Mandatory awareness programs can books and cracking open beers. And not all students can gracefully only do so much when the surrounding culture of college life glamorizes drinking and encourages students to indulge. pull it off. And while combating binge drinking has its merits, Wyatt proposes a different In a study presented at the annual American College Personnel Association’s convention in Baltimore late last month, Todd Wyatt, a doctoral student at George option worthy of exploration: As reported by the website Inside Higher Ed, one of Mason University and director of research for Outside the Classroom, surveyed the main reasons Wyatt believes students are studying less is because they simply about 13,900 freshmen at 167 schools who were taking the AlcoholEdu survey, don’t know how to study. Effective tutoring that helps students focus on the matewhich questions students on their knowledge of the effects of alcohol and is also rial at hand is needed. This may not necessarily take the form of an individual oneon-one meeting with a fellow student, but through prorequired for all incoming freshmen at this university. grams and classes that strive to teach students the studying Wyatt noted that more than any other factor besides skills they need to succeed. studying, the amount of time students spend drinking correWith studies showing that The idea that students must simply “go study” is a vague lates with their GPA. Even with the rise of social media such as Facebook which, perhaps more than anything, students many students do not employ one. For many students, what it means to study is elusive and nonspecific. Although freshman orientation classes blame as the leading cause of procrastination, such sites do proper studying techniques, like UNIV 100 work to incorporate such skills, they typinot appear to have much impact on students’ grades. cally do a mediocre job that focuses on generalities rather Drinking is an undisputed part of college life. The probuniversity officials should than the specifics of college life. Indeed, because of the lem is the amount college students drink remains consider instituting programs packed curriculum or the assumption that study skills were unchanged, but the amount of time students spend studying to teach them how to manage learned in high school, many instructors leave students to continues to decrease. According to a report by the Amerifigure it out on their own. can Enterprise Institute, college students in the 1960s studtheir time. A standardized method that reaches every incoming stuied about 24 hours a week. That’s one full day each and every week devoted to studying. In 2005 that number stood at 11 hours. And today, dent and exercises taught strategies would be more effective and could yield tangijust six years later, students study on average just 7.25 hours a week. For classes ble results. Other schools have instituted in-house tutors at Greek houses. And in where professors expect most students to spend at minimum four hours studying some dorms, a “floating” resident assistant, who is assigned to no particular floor but instead visits every student multiple times a week to check in on their studies, outside the classroom every week, today’s numbers are staggering. Like it or not, alcohol is playing a key role. With students’ lifestyles morphing, acts as an informal tutor for those reluctant to reach out for help. At this university, drinking is no doubt part of the culture. Whether it be at free time is decreasing and the impact that weekends of drunken debauchery have are increasing. Moreover, he found the negative effects of alcohol consumption tailgates or the bars in downtown College Park, the consumption of alcohol were far higher in students not involved in extracurricular activities than those who has solidified itself in the daily lives of students. However, as Wyatt’s study volunteer or are members of student organizations. It seems students who have shows us, a reevaluation of the average student’s study skills is in order. By developed a better sense of time management are better able to mitigate the nega- truly understanding why so many students fail to study efficiently, the university could implement policies that curb such trends and help students, and in tive consequences of heavy drinking, even if they have even less free time. Although the implementation of awareness programs like AlcoholEdu educate turn this university, reach their full potential.

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ear Diamondback, Having worked on the paper for nine months now, I feel comfortable airing my grievances. For too long, the opinion columnists have had the worst job ever. There are too many rules and not enough vacations. And you all know what I’m talking about! Here are some of the ludicrous demands we have to meet: We have to turn our columns in “on time.” We have to make them “relevant” to the student body. Ever ything has to be spelled “correctly.” We have to write at a “fifthgrade level” to make sure people don’t “overreact” or “misunderstand.” And then, on top of it all, we have to endure vaguely literate anonymous comments without the help of K2 to numb our brains because the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency totally banned it. Sometimes, we even have to write satirical letters to comment on broader issues like the heinous

MICHAEL CASIANO abuse of Facilities Management workers and add an addendum in the middle so that lazy readers don’t think we are tr ying to undermine the workers’ cause. With all of these complaints, you’d think I was a Facilities Management employee. In an anonymous letter written to then-Vice President for Administrative Affairs Ann Wylie, a Facilities employee cites regular mistreatment, condescension and disrespect. The writer claims, “A lack of simple respect ... makes it very difficult for us to perform our jobs properly. Everyone knows that poor employee moral leads to poor workmanship. If that continues, our work product will

suffer.” That’s quite a stretch, Aristotle. That’s like saying, “All chickens lay eggs. I like eggs, therefore, eggs are tasty.” It just doesn’t add up. In a March 31 article, staff writer Leah Villanueva reported some “[Facilities Management] staff members said the managers’ actions sometimes bordered on discriminator y, noting [Director Kristen] Kostecky took no action upon witnessing managers make racially insensitive comments in front of other staff members.” It’s just like The Diamondback to play the race card. I’m so sick of crusader journalists reporting about racial inequality. It’s such a faux pas, and it makes me feel guilty. Even if they did make racially insensitive comments, who cares? The so-called “article” also alleges that employees were afraid to speak up about these minor inconveniences because they were afraid they’d lose their jobs. But how are the jefes and patroncitos supposed to

know workers are disgruntled if they don’t say anything? Don’t they know their labor is just a commodity? That they’re part of a large aggregate of bodies, with value when used or exchanged. That they’re employed to handle costly maintenance projects and clean up after privileged college students who insist on throwing up ever ywhere except a toilet? As long as the jefe makes profits higher than the cost of labor, it doesn’t matter how many of you he or she fires a week before Christmas. If they don’t like it, quit (or unionize). It’s too much of a stretch to hope that people will treat you with dignity and respect. It’s not like these people have kids or anything. Sincerely, Anonymous Michael Casiano is a junior American studies and English major. He can be reached at

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plan to merge this university with the University of Mar yland, Baltimore, could have a positive impact. Throughout the countr y, there is an increasing trend toward greater collaboration across academic disciplines. As the flagship campus of this state, this university would be wise to stay ahead of the curve rather than risk falling behind other premier research institutions. In March, university President Wallace Loh wrote in a letter to students that “To win great opportunities in the fast-changing world of 21st centur y higher education, we must work even more closely to bridge the boundaries of academic and professional disciplines.” Loh is keen to consider the evolving academic landscape. In the face of both an increasingly competitive environment and a shrinking financial safety net, this university should consider all of its options, including a merger with the Baltimore campus.

This university has come a long way from its humble origins as the Maryland Agricultural College. Having surmounted a number of obstacles, including bankruptcy and a devastating fire, this institution emerged from the ashes with a renewed focus on establishing itself as a preeminent academic institution. However, this university only recently solidified itself among the top ranks of public research universities in this countr y. This is not to discount those gains, it is simply to say that it would be dangerous to resort to complacency in light of such recent progress. This university remains deficient in several areas of graduate study, most notably medicine and law. Luckily, this university’s not-so-distant relative in Baltimore provides graduate studies in both of these disciplines. In addition to a nationally ranked law school, UMB boasts one of the nation’s oldest medical schools. Students often complain

STEVEN SPINELLO about a lack of pre-law and pre-medicine tracks of study at this university. Combining these schools will do much to dispel the academic asymmetries. By fostering collaboration between its graduate and undergraduate programs, students in College Park and Baltimore stand to benefit from a unified agenda. Some have balked at the idea of this institution becoming any larger. Yet a bigger university does not necessarily imply a clumsier one. Past studies have confirmed large scale institutions of higher education experience economies of both scale and scope. The joint use of resources such as professors and administrators can lead to greater

cost efficiencies. Already there is a significant cross-integration of research between the two; lawyers work with political scientists as doctors do with biologists. These are positive relationships that produce credible results, which can only be enhanced by a formal alliance. What it really boils down to is money (again). Two years after the Great Recession, a creeping malaise remains. This is by far the most challenging economic landscape public universities have faced in some time. As the men and women of Annapolis have just agreed to slash $4 million in funding to the University System of Mar yland, this institution’s finances will be tested in the days ahead. By increasing our size, we might make use of this leverage at the bargaining table and thus ensure a sustainable future. Steven Spinello is a junior economics major. He can be reached at


he Love Party formed when leaders of cultural, ser vice and social action groups came together around the idea that the Student Government Association, as an institution the student body elects, should be one the student body loves. The SGA should be active and visible, on the front lines building winning coalitions to advance issues that broadly benefit the student body. It should also be transparent, personable and engaging, in constant search of new ways to partner with students and student groups, empowering us to shape the policies that affect our daily lives. Members of our ticket have already been making great things happen at the university. We started the Food Recover y Network, which salvages unavoidable food waste from the South Campus Dining Hall, and this year donated more than 4,000 meals to a local homeless shelter. We founded the Love Movement, which holds community-building service events such as Spread the Love, which brought 350 Terps to McKeldin Mall to make 6,200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the local homeless. We rallied students into SGA meetings in support of the DREAM Act and other resolutions. We mobilized students to urge professors to assign cheaper textbooks. We helped found the Rooftop Garden. And we lobbied Dining Ser vices for fresher, local and ethicallysourced food in both dining halls. We did this with an SGA that has, at times, passively given us the thumbs up but has fallen shy of fully leveraging the power and resources it has to help us help the community. But instead of complaining, we decided to run for seats and turn the SGA into a proactive organization that takes strong stances and propels the initiatives of students. One priority of the Love Party is to establish a Textbooks Task Force of representatives from the SGA, student groups and Deans’ Student Advisor y Councils to lobby deans and faculty, urging them to be conscious of how much they are asking students to spend on books and suggesting viable options for more affordable texts. We will give the student voice a megaphone, mobilizing students and increasing our presence in Annapolis and at city council meetings. And since SGA resolutions don’t mean anything without follow-through by the executive branch, we will have a more consistent and thorough lobbying effort for every resolution passed in the SGA legislature. We also plan on expanding the aforementioned Food Recover y Network from recovering and donating our unavoidable food waste at one diner to having pickups at all diners and eateries on the campus by enlisting a diverse array of student groups and fraternities to each adopt a day at a diner. We have received permission to expand and hope to make this a flagship effort, uniting diverse groups in the name of sustainability and ser vice. Our goal is for the university to donate at least 20,000 meals to shelters next year. We will also make a Student Group of the Week Award and create a Community Improvement Fund where students can apply for mini-grants to improve their dorms and the university community as a whole. And, if elected, by May 8 we will post a timeline on the SGA website for each of our initiatives with benchmarks so you can hold us accountable. This university needs more than the status quo. The Love Party has the experience, the ideas and the passion to reverse the cynicism and to be an SGA the student body loves. Help us make this university even better. Read our full platform at “Like” us on Facebook. Volunteer with our campaign. And vote.

Ben Simon is the presidential candidate for the Love Party and is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at

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YOW from page 1 basketball as being difficult to work with. I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who tried to sabotage the search. Come on, we all know that,” Yow said. “It’s Gary Williams doing his thing, so whatever.” Several candidates reportedly declined offers to replace former coach Sidney Lowe throughout what became NC State’s protracted coaching search, including Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka


Smart, who on Monday agreed to a new eight-year contract extension worth $1.2 million annually. Less than an hour after Yow’s claims of wrongdoing, Williams denied any involvement in the coaching search. “I haven’t talked to anyone — coach or athletic director — connected to the NC State search,” Williams said in a statement. “I don’t have any interest in the NC State search, since I’m coaching at Maryland and working hard to run our program. Anyone who says I’ve had contact with a prospective coach or athletic director

regarding this search isn’t being truthful.” In an appearance on Comcast SportsNet’s SportsNite last night, Williams specifically denied having made any contact with Smart or Gottfried. Yow’s comments yesterday represented the most direct public attack from either side in what has been a long and shaky relationship. During her 16-year tenure at this university, Yow’s relationship with Williams was, at best, detached, with occasional conflicts reportedly leading to sharp divisions between the two. The relationship had taken a

turn for the worse publicly in recent years. In 2009, the two offered conflicting reports on two former recruits, Tyree Evans and Gus Gilchrist, who had at one point committed to the Terps’ program but ultimately wound up elsewhere. As rumors about Yow’s handling of the recruits’ admission swirled, Kathleen Worthington, a senior athletics official under Yow, commented publicly on their departures from the program. Williams quickly lashed back, saying Worthington “has never won a national championship.” Their coexistence in College Park became so strained that at

one point, Yow reportedly attempted to rally financial support from donors to buy out Williams’ contract. Last June, Yow departed this university to accept the same position at NC State. Soon after announcing her imminent relocation to Raleigh, N.C., Yow tried to dispel any notion that she was leaving the Terps on bad terms with Williams. “Two weeks ago, I nominated Gary for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame,” Yow said last June. “And about 10 days ago, I asked ... the committee on naming opportunities, to consider, I submitted a

formal request to add his name to the Comcast [Center] floor. So I don’t know. Is that something that you do if you’re having a spat? I don’t know. It just doesn’t seem to fit.” Before yesterday, Williams — who was unavailable to comment for this article — had last commented on Yow as she left for the rival Wolfpack last summer. “I have nothing to say specifically other than I’ll let other people judge the 15 or 16 years Debbie Yow was at the University of Maryland,” Williams said.

NOTEBOOK from page 8 be a smooth one. The one-time wide receiver often found himself around the line of scrimmage last season as the Terps’ starting free safety. “I really wasn’t playing a traditional safety. I did play linebacker some downs,” Tate said last week. “I don’t see it as a change at all.” Hartsfield, on the other hand, may have a longer road ahead of him. While he gained plenty of experience around the line of scrimmage in his first two seasons, he’ll have to adjust to an entirely new look on the field in the middle while also learning an entirely new defense. Still, Edsall’s confident the redshirt junior’s switch will end well, too, and that all he needs to get comfortable in his new spot is a matter of time. “It’s just a matter of repetitions for Demetrius,” Edsall said. “He understands what’s going on in there, but again, it’s just seeing everything and just reacting to it. He’ll be fine in my opinion.” RECEIVER REVAMP

Attackman Ryan Young has been a four-year starter for the Terps and leads the team in points (27) this season.

YOUNG from page 8 She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After hearing the news, Young contemplated going back to New York. But he soon decided against it. Instead, he’d stick it out in College Park, more than 240 miles away from his hometown. “After that [call], it’s just been on my mind throughout my four years here,” Young said. “But the way that this team has responded, it’s been like a second family here. I knew that if I came back, I’d have the support of 50 guys.” “It’s not just about lacrosse,” said first-year coach John Tillman, who said he stays in touch with Maria regularly through email. “Lacrosse is something that you’re certainly passionate about, but it’s about learning about life.” A ‘SECOND FAMILY’ Attackman Grant Catalino met Young before the duo ever paired up for the Terps in Byrd Stadium. Catalino, a Webster, N.Y., native, got to know Young in high school during a state all-star game for seniors. Upon meeting, the two future Terps clicked, both on and off the field.

MOUNTAINEERS from page 8 in check. Beck had spent most of the season as the team’s top starter, but his struggles led Bakich to move him to the middle of the week to build up his confidence. After allowing the

DIPPER from page 8 sport in only her freshman year of high school, has a wealth of collegiate experience to her name. She has been the Terps’ top option in goal since the sixth game of her freshman campaign, and the strides she’s since made are often evident. In a rout of Towson last week, she stopped three difficult shots in the first five minutes of action. “I’m an upperclassman now,” Dipper said after a seven-save performance in a 16-4 win against Penn on Fri-

“I’ve been pretty close with Ryan for a while now,” Catalino said. “I found out [about Maria] pretty shortly after she was diagnosed. Just the nature of our team, we’re extremely close. We always say that we’re brothers or that we’re a family. In that way, we are his second family. The team is his family away from home. It helps because he’s not too close to home. So we’re all he has down here.” Maria, who was unavailable to comment, was able to make it to Young’s game against Duke earlier this season in what amounted to a family reunion. Ryan’s twin brother, Kevin, plays for the Blue Devils. The news hasn’t been all good as Maria continues her battle against the cancer. Still, with each round of news he hears from home, Young knows Catalino and his other teammates will be there for him, no matter what. “They’re the first to console me and tell me that they’re here for me,” Young said. “It’s comforting.” Tillman said it’s easy to see why the Terps have been so quick to help their teammate. This fall, Tillman hosted a barbeque that welcomed the Terps’ newcomers to the team. To no one’s surprise, Young decided to stop by, helping out and getting to know the freshmen on a more personal level. It was only fitting that the family

early run, Beck settled down, holding West Virginia scoreless for four straight innings before a three-run double in the sixth cut the Terps’ lead to two runs. Beck ultimately earned the win, going 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on five hits and striking out five. “I thought Sander was very

day. “So definitely, the confidence has gotten better each year, and I feel a lot more confident this year.” It’s certainly shown. Dipper’s save percentage (.496) puts her in a tie for 10th-best in the country and is a significant improvement from her mark last year (.445). Far more importantly, it has helped the Terps limit their opposition to 6.25 goals per game, the second-lowest output in Division I. The unit in front of Dipper has undoubtedly made her job a little easier. Coach Cathy Reese has trotted out the same four starters — defenders Brittany Poist, Katie Gal-

support system that has helped Young through his personal crisis is something that he helped foster and build himself. “He got up in front of everybody and said in front of all the parents and everyone involved, ‘You guys just got 40 new brothers,’” Tillman recalled. “He’s just so likeable and energetic and just an upbeat guy that it’s an easy thing to do. He’s one of the guys that when the freshmen get here, he goes out of his way to take care of those guys.” THE COLOR PURPLE Before this season, Tillman, equipment manager Tim Ahner and team spokesman Patrick Fischer approached Young to suggest getting the word out about his mother’s battle to help raise awareness for the Lustgarten Foundation, a nonprofit organization that attempts to further medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. In support of Maria and the foundation, the Terps decided to wear purple ribbons on their helmets this season. Tillman even wears a black Under Armour hat with a purple insignia on game days. “I thought it was a great idea,” Young said. “I told my mom about it, and she was very happy about it. She was proud to have me and the rest of

good,” Bakich said. “[He] had a couple of hiccups in the first inning and a run scored on a wild pitch, but I thought he settled in very nicely. ... Outside of the last batter he faced, he pretty much shut them down for almost six innings.” Even when Beck faltered, the Terps were there to back him, responding to the Moun-

lagher, Sara Cooper and Iliana Sanza — for all 12 games this year, and she called the team’s win against the Quakers its “overall best defensive game” this season. And Dipper, now firmly entrenched as the Terps’ starting goalkeeper, is again at the forefront of that success. “She has a presence on the field,” Reese said. “She communicates well with her teammates, so for us as coaches, we are super confident in her and confident in the role that she plays on our team and know that she’s going to be an integral part of our success.”


Quarterback Danny O’Brien’s ACC Rookie of the Year campaign last season was due in large part to the efforts of his two favorite targets — wide receivers Torrey Smith and Adrian Cannon. With the departure of both Smith (NFL Draft) and Cannon (graduation), the task for O’Brien and the Terps’ coaching staff now becomes one of finding new targets downfield. And although the team’s top three returning wide receivers combined for just two starts and 44 receptions last season, Edsall took comfort in an influx of young talent stabilizing a depleted but promising receiving corps. “The young guys have shown some good things,” Edsall said. “It’s just repetitions that they need to get. I do like the natural ability that I’ve seen out of those young men.” O’Brien demonstrated similar faith in the team’s young wideouts, a group that includes freshman Devin Burns, Adrian Coxson and Nigel King, adding that they’ll only improve after working with the team’s more experienced receivers. “[They] have a great situation, just having old guys ahead of them, being able to learn from them,” O’Brien said last week. “They all have a lot of talent and they’re extremely hard-working.”

the team wearing it.” “We want to do as much as we can to do our part,” Tillman added. “Hopefully, it helps as much as possible.” Catalino said he has already witnessed the effect of donning the ribbons. In a sport that prides itself on its macho mindset and toughness, curiosity about the strand of purple ribbon has only been natural. “It’s a great cause,” Catalino said. “People always ask us what the purple ribbon is for, and you tell them about the cause and about Ryan’s mom. So it definitely helps spread the word.” The team’s efforts, players said, have helped put the game they play in perspective. The Terps realize the impact of one small ribbon can be much more far-reaching than any goals scored or games won. That’s something Young is reminded of ever y time he sees the word “MOM” taped across his helmet. “That’s the great thing about being part of a team like this,” Tillman said. “There is so much more we can do besides just win lacrosse games.” NOTE: For more information about the Lustgarten Foundation or to make a donation, go to

O’Brien’s compusure under center last year was one of his stronger attributes, but the pressure for success may have gotten to him as spring practice began March 29. “I thought the first day ... he really tried to press too hard,” Edsall said. “I told him, ‘Hey, just go out there and have fun.’ And he did. He went out and had a better day on Thursday.” Handling the added pressures following his impressive freshman year, though, is not the only problem facing O’Brien. With a new coach in Edsall and a new offensive coordinator in Gary Crowton, he’s also faced with the responsibility of learning a brand-new offense. “It’s been a process. It’s probably tougher than learning your first offense,” O’Brien said. “A lot of it’s pretty similar. It’s just getting the terminology.”

taineers’ three-run sixth inning with three runs in return. Aaron Etchison’s impressive return from a broken hand at the start of the season continued in the seventh with an RBI single that scored Rodriguez. Holland came home on a fielder’s choice, and left fielder Kyle Convissar scored on a bases-loaded walk.

SANFORD from page 8 the year, she claimed match points in a win over Syracuse and an upset of a ranked Brown team. “Jordaan’s accomplishments have been enormous,” coach Howard Joffe said. “They are even more special when understood in terms of the distance she has had to come away from home, being a freshman and adjusting to college.” Her dreams of being in this position at this stage in her career started early. She began playing tennis at age 5 and soon found inspiration in the U.S. Open matches she watched with her father. She modeled her style of


The Terps added an insurance run in the eighth, and their offensive outburst continued a trend that started last weekend against Florida State. The win marked the third game in a row in which they had double-digit hits, the longest streak of the season. “Just a lot of inexperienced guys getting experience. That’s

play after Venus Williams, another Los Angeles County-bred woman who found success on the courts. As Sanford got older and moved to a higher level, she entered local tournaments and began playing competitively. As a blue-chip prospect, a number of colleges targeted her for the next level, including national powers Notre Dame, Pepperdine and UCLA. But it was this university that emerged as a contender after the urging of Sanford’s father. “I wasn’t returning his calls for a while,” Sanford said of Joffe’s recruitment. “But my dad told me to give him a call, and I went here on a recruiting visit. He was really nice, and I fell in love with it here.” Similarly, Joffe and the Terps

all it is,” Bakich said. “No secret formula or recipe or any tricks or drills or anything. We’ve just been working very hard, and making sure we’re getting additional [batting practice] and lots of swings in when we can. I think the big thing is guys are just getting comfortable at the plate.”

have fallen in love with her play. Sanford has become a consistent force in the team’s top-three singles spots and a fixture on the nation’s No. 39 doubles tandem. In the Terps’ last match at Clemson, Sanford and Sanchez-Quintanar downed the No. 1 doubles duo in the country, the largest such upset in program history. Asked about Sanford’s youth and her potential for even greater accomplishments, Joffe stated what’s become obvious to all. “Her contributions to resurrecting our program are huge,” Joffe said, “and yet I am confident we haven’t even scratched the surface of what is to come with her.”




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Under Edsall, Tate moving in All-ACC free safety transitioning to ‘star’ position this spring BY CONOR WALSH Staff writer

The Terrapin football team has plenty of experience left over from last season on the defensive side of the ball, where it returns seven of 11 starters. What remains to be seen, though, is how that experience will translate to the field this fall, especially as two of the team’s top defensive players — Kenny Tate and Demetrius Hartsfield — transi-

tion to different spots on the field. Early in the Terps’ spring football schedule, it seems that all is going according to plan. Tate, an All-ACC safety a year ago, has been slotted as the Terps’ “star” position, a linebacker-safety hybrid. Hartsfield, meanwhile, has moved from his starting outside-linebacker spot to middle linebacker to fill the void left by the graduation of AllACC linebacker Alex Wujciak. Coach Randy Edsall said the two moves, along with David Mackall’s

switch from linebacker to defensive end, give the Terps their best possible combination defensively. “I really like the move of David Mackall and Kenny Tate,” Edsall said in a teleconference Monday. “I think they’re right in the exact spots for their abilities, plus for what we want to do schematically on defense and to get our best 11 people on the field.” Tate’s transition is expected to

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Safety Kenny Tate, on top, was one of the Terps’ top playmakers last season, but he’ll play closer to the line of scrimmage this year. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK



With Mom in mind As his mother battles pancreatic cancer, Terps’ Young plays on BY JAKOB ENGELKE Senior staff writer

Stinnett’s home runs big in win Freshman slugs two as Terps beat WVU

Every time Ryan Young suits up to play lacrosse, he’s reminded of one of the most important people in his life. Wrapped around the bottom part of the Terrapin men’s lacrosse attackman’s helmet is a piece of tape. On it are three letters scrawled in black ink: “MOM.” Before every practice and every game, Young sees the piece of tape, a somber reminder that sometimes there are more important things in life than the sport of lacrosse. Young’s mother, Maria, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during his freshman season. Since that day, the Manhasset, N.Y., native has thought about her every time he steps on the lacrosse field. “I wear this little thing on my helmet,” Young said before an afternoon practice earlier this season, standing in the Varsity Team House while his teammates walked out behind him to the practice field. After pointing to the piece of tape, Young paused, stealing a glance at the his white helmet before looking back up. “I think about her every time before I go out there,” Young said. “It motivates me and helps me play my hardest.”


Entering yesterday’s game against West Virginia, the Terrapin baseball team was tied for a whopping 229th in the nation in home runs, having hit only six round-trippers all season. But two solo shots from third baseman Jake Stinnett paced the Terps’ suddenly surging offense yesterday, powering the Terps to a 10-6 victory at West Virginia. “It was a good win. We played well, we hit well,” coach Erik Bakich said. “It’s a good way to come back and respond after a disappointing weekend. I’m happy [with] the way the team responded.” After the Terps helped spot the Mountaineers (17-14) an early 1-0 lead with a wild pitch that scored a runner from third, the Terps answered in the next frame with four runs of their own. Stinnett continued his torrid stretch at the plate with a solo home run to lead off the second inning. A sacrifice fly from shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and a two-RBI double from second baseman Ryan Holland soon made it 4-1. “[Stinnett] is feeling good right now,” Bakich said, “and he’s swinging a hot bat. It’s a big advantage for us to have a guy like that down in the order than can add some pop and drive in some runs.” The Terps (14-15) added to their lead with an RBI single up the middle from designated hitter Austin Kilbourne in the fourth, and Stinnett’s second home run of the game gave the Terps a 6-1 lead an inning later. “He threw me a fastball. I didn’t tr y to do too much with it and happened to hit a home run,” Stinnett said. “The second one was also with two strikes, and I was just shortened up and he threw me a hanging slider, I think, in. Just got it in the air, and the ball cleared over the fence. Wasn’t tr ying to do too much, just happened to go over.” The Terps, meanwhile, also saw the Sander Beck they had expected all year on the mound hold the Mountaineers

THE BAD NEWS Young still remembers the day he first heard the news. After a preseason scrimmage against Princeton in 2008, before he had ever even played in a meaningful game for the Terps, Young went back to his dorm room on South Campus to relax and catch up on some homework. That’s when he received a call. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at first. He knew his mother was undergoing surgery that day and had been anticipating a call updating her progress. But he didn’t expect the news that he eventually got:


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After up-and-down ’10, Dipper holds Terps steady With help of veteran backline, junior helping team allow second-lowest goal output in DI BY MATT CASTELLO Staff writer

At this time last year, there was a bit of controversy swirling around the position perhaps most critical to the Terrapin women’s lacrosse team’s success. After starting goalkeeper Brittany Dipper allowed seven goals in the first 17:50 against then-No. 7 Towson last year, backup Mary Jordan stepped in front of the cage for the Terps as the team climbed back to win, 12-10. A 126 victor y against then-No. 6 Penn a couple of days later with Jordan in goal for the entire 60 minutes seemed even more foreboding for Dipper’s playing prospects.

But for the season’s remainder, Dipper was again the team’s rock, standing tall between the pipes for some of the team’s most pressure-packed moments, including a seven-save performance against Northwestern as the program captured its first national championship since 2001. Her current role needs no clarification. The Clarksboro, N.J., native now stands unequivocally as the starting keeper for the nation’s top-ranked team. “Dipper’s been stepping up big-time,” attacker Karri Ellen Johnson said last week, “and it’s been huge for us.” The junior, who began playing the

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Air Jordaan Sanford emerges from shadow of partner Sanchez-Quintanar BY NICHOLAS MUNSON Staff writer

Goalkeeper Brittany Dipper has been critical in helping the Terps remain undefeated this year. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

The resurgence of the Terrapin women’s tennis team this year has been one built on youth and new faces. Of the five players on the 10-person roster that are in their first year as Terps, four already have claimed the team’s top singles spots. And while junior transfer Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, who strung together 14 consecutive singles victories to begin the season before losing Friday, may be the only ranked player among them, her dou-

bles partner, Jordaan Sanford, has been just as important to the Terps’ success. A freshman from Diamond Bar, Calif., Sanford has quickly become a spark plug for the young Terps, winning in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles slots this season. Although she has dropped three of her past four singles matches, Sanford had a streak of seven straight singles victories earlier this season. And along with Sanchez-Quintanar, she boasts a 16-1 doubles record on the season. Earlier in

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