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Students rally against cuts
Tensions were high as state lawmakers scrambled at the eleventh hour to pass an operating budget, and many officials are analyzing why the last day of the state General Assembly ended with cutting millions of dollars to education, public health and the environment. As Monday night wore on, the state House and Senate successfully fulfilled their constitutional duty: passing an operating budget to fund the state’s basic functions. Sen. Roger Manno (DMontgomery) said efforts to avoid large cuts were derailed because of the stark differences between the chambers’ budgetary priorities. The budget measure that passed featured a sweeping $512 million in acrossthe-board cuts, prompting several lawmakers to urge Gov. Martin O’Malley to call lawmakers back in for a special session to remedy what they called a “doomsday” budget. However, O’Malley said he is critical of how the night played out. “We’re left with a budget that could lead to increases in college costs, massive cuts to local jurisdictions, so it’s extremely unfortunate,” said Raquel Guillory, O’Malley’s spokeswoman. Although O’Malley has not yet decided if he will authorize a special legislative session, she said O’Malley is wary of the tension between House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert and Prince George’s). “Until Miller and Busch can reach a consensus, there’s no need in bringing back an entire legislature for another replay of Monday,” Guillory said. This year, the Senate was tasked with creating the budget, and they divided the cuts and expenses into three different bills. To avoid the $512 million in cuts, both
SGA unanimously calls for O’Malley to hold special session BY LEAH VILLANUEVA Senior staff writer
As higher education officials and student leaders wait for Gov. Martin O’Malley to decide if he will call for a special legislative session, they are preparing for the worst should next year’s nearly $50 million cut to the University System of Maryland stay in place. At a Student Government Association meeting last night, university President Wallace Loh said he and university Provost Ann Wylie have begun forming a plan, which he said may be completed in about a week. In an interview yesterday, Loh said while it is difficult to predict what may happen should O’Malley call a special session, the present budget would have a drastic effect on higher education, leading to higher tuition, program cuts and larger class sizes. “We are not going to wait until July 1 to start burning the midnight oil,” Loh said. “You plan for contingencies. Just like you plan for tornadoes and things of that sort, you plan for financial crises.” He said details of the plan have not yet been determined. Last night, the SGA voted unanimously in support of O’Malley calling a special legislative session, since lawmakers failed to pass a bill generating revenue to the state via taxes and fees. It passed what some officials are calling a “doomsday” budget that could result in a $63 million cut to higher education and a $50 million cut to the system, according to university lobbyist Ross Stern. However, if the revenue-generating bills are passed in a special session, the system will see $5.3 million in cuts. During the past two days, student leaders and system officials discussed the best time and means of action to respond to these proposed cuts, according to SGA Director of Governmental Affairs Zach Cohen. He added they are also awaiting concrete estimates on what potential tuition hikes — which Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Anne Arundel
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Students say allergy symptoms worse this year With College Park’s pollen levels consistently higher, more students visit Health Center BY LAURA BLASEY Staff writer
For freshman psychology major Kate Sullivan, warm weather and blossoming plants are a source of stress, not celebration. Sullivan, and many other students on the campus, said those early signs of spring remind them it is pollen season. University Health Center employees and local pharmacies said more students have already reported worse symptoms than in previous years from tree and grass pollen, which reached peak levels this month. “My allergies are really bad,” Sullivan said. “I had to leave my 8 a.m. class because I was hacking so hard from being outside.” This year’s warmer winter with less
rain is to blame for increases in pollen, which trigger the sneezing, coughing and watery eyes, making many students miserable, according to NBC4 meteorologist Tom Kierein. Tree pollen levels typically peak in early May, but they have already reached a high point in recent weeks following the warmest March on record for the Washington area. “The pollen levels have reached the high range about two to three weeks earlier than in an average year,” Kierein said. However, the city is still experiencing “very high” levels — College Park registered at 10.7 out of 12 on yesterday’s pollen index, according to pollen.com. “Students are advised to take allergy
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and Prince George’s) has estimated at about 10 percent — the system may face before they take action. Student leaders are taking about a week to calculate their plan of action. “It would be irresponsible to start something if we don’t even know what it is,” Cohen said. “I can promise something is going to happen, and we’re going to be all over it.” System Chancellor Brit Kir wan, who said system administrators were “all ver y shocked” by the outcome in Annapolis Monday night, sent out a message to the university community urging leaders to contact their legislators and lobby to protect higher education funding. Additionally, he noted system officials are working to brainstorm what it would do if the system faces the $50 million cut.
“Basically, [the ‘doomsday’ budget] will significantly dilute the quality of the university.” WALLACE LOH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
“I don’t think it was in anybody’s mind that that could happen. ... People who understand and know the process were all totally thrown off guard,” Kirwan said. “In this instance, we’re more or less in a state of wonder of how we get to a conclusion to a budget that’s different than the rather calamitous budget that we have at the moment.” Loh said the university will do ever ything in its power to mitigate the potentially adverse effects.
“Basically, [the ‘doomsday’ budget] will significantly dilute the quality of the university. And it will impose a very significant financial burden on the students and their families,” Loh said. “If you simply make cuts, which are painful to make, and you simply raise revenues because there’s only so much you can increase without having a revolt, you have to invest in the future.” When Loh spoke to SGA members at their meeting last night, he encouraged them to continue to fight to keep their education affordable. “I really appreciate your efforts to make the student voices heard,” Loh told SGA members. “Continue your lobbying. We of course are quietly lobbying, and the governor will call the General Assembly back into session whenever he decides to call it back into session.” Senior staff writers Rebecca Lurye and Jim Bach contributed to this report. email@example.com
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gy medicine than I normally do, and it doesn’t seem to be from page 1 working as well,” she said. “I’ve blamed it on the new enmedication and stay inside,” vironment, but I’m not sure Health Center Clinical Direc- what it could be.” Kierein said pollen levels tor Gail Le wrote in an email. Angela Odunlami, a phar- were not necessarily reaching macist at CVS on Route 1, new heights — in fact, he said, said more students seeking peak concentrations were relief has increased their lower than in previous years, sales of over-the-counter al- though the peak was earlier. Other students said they lergy medications, such as Claritin, Nasonex and Zyrtec, could not tell whether there was more pollen. in recent weeks. “I haven’t noticed that my Some students said said they are used to dealing with allergies seem worse this irritating pollen during the year — I’ve been taking Claritin,” freshman letters and spring months. “It’s always bad for me sciences major Mehnaz around this time of year,” said Bader said. “But they’re defifreshman letters and sciences nitely earlier.” Washington’s tree pollen levmajor Meagan Glynn, who added that she takes a combi- els typically reach 66 grains per nation of prescription and over- cubic meter in February, compared to the month’s average of the-counter medications. In order to suppress her 239 this year, according to coughing, sneezing and con- Susan Kosisky, a microbiologestion, Sullivan said she may gist at the U.S. Army Centraluse up to six different medica- ized Allergen Extract Lab in Siltions and still worries about ver Spring. Kosisky said winter waking up her roommate at temperatures as high as 80 denight. The symptoms have grees triggered the increase. Kosisky noted those affectbeen worse this year, she said. “I’ve had to take more aller- ed by tree and grass pollen
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will soon see relief. “With the early start to the season, we also should see an earlier end,” she said. “While still high, tree pollen counts are finally on the decline.” For Sullivan, the end can’t come quickly enough. She said she plans to look into additional treatment options through the Health Center’s Allergy Clinic. “In the long term, I’ll probably get allergy shots done there because it’s just getting ridiculous,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
the Senate and the House needed to pass two bills: a package setting guidelines about where state funds can go — called the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2012 — and a measure to generate revenue through new taxes, called the State and Local Revenue and Financing Act of 2012. They failed to pass the measures. Thus, the state was forced to pass a balanced budget featuring severe cuts to many programs on Sine Die, which is the last day to pass bills. Manno said the Senate’s approach to the budget made difficult decisions but was the most responsible way to tackle the state’s deficit. “The Senate spent 10 weeks building a budget almost from scratch,” Manno said. “The House came in very late and was unwilling to compromise and had a completely different view of what that budget should look like.” Some officials said while the General Assembly fulfilled its constitutional obligations by passing a budget, its cuts to public health, the environment and about $63 million to higher education is devastating to the state. The University System of Maryland will face about $50 million in cuts if revenue-generating bills are not passed in a special legislative ses-
sion, according to system Chancellor Brit Kirwan. “I think Maryland has, during this national financial crisis, distinguished itself in the way it has managed its budget and invested in its priorities: education, and most especially higher education,” he said. “Unlike most other states, we’ve been able to keep tuition affordable.” Kirwan added that while the system will prepare for the worst, he expects lawmakers to reconvene for a special session to eliminate the current reductions. If this pans out, the system will see $5.3 million in cuts. Many lawmakers and state officials have urged O’Malley to call for a special session to address their concerns about the budget. According to Joseph Shapiro, state Comptroller Peter Franchot’s spokesman, O’Malley should redraft a responsible budget. Shapiro added that Franchot believes the budget should not include an increased gas tax — which failed to make it to a vote on the floor but could come up again in a special session. It would come at a time when the economy and rising gas prices were not conducive to added expenses, Shapiro said. Additionally, Shapiro said Franchot opposes the idea of authorizing table games in the state — which might be voted on in the special session — saying it is “the
wrong way to bring in revenue for the state.” However, others, such as Sen. Ed Reilly (R-Anne Arundel), said the cuts are necessary and the term “doomsday” budget is unwarranted. “I think the term is inaccurate; I would call it the ‘sustainable budget,’ which means that there were no significant new taxes,” he said. “We’re sustaining our revenue and expenses from last year.” Reilly added that revenue measures did not pass because the chambers could not reconcile the differences in their budget priorities, and that a special session is not needed because the General Assembly passed a budget as the state constitution requires. “The Democratic leadership failed to bring people together and seek compromise,” he said. “We are only required to pass one bill per year by state constitution, and that’s a balanced budget bill that funds education; we’ve done that.” Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery) said the looming budget cuts need to be addressed and expects the governor to call the legislators back for further discussion in the next few weeks. “I do expect us to return and make those other changes,” she said, adding that it’s a necessary step “to ensure that we invest in things we know that matter.” email@example.com
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aryland has been looking pretty good the last few months. The state constituents they let down. We can’t exactly blame him for doing so, as long as he received nationwide attention in February after becoming the eighth calls the special session at some point. Quite frankly, there’s too much at stake for to legalize gay marriage, with Gov. Martin O’Malley basking in the the students of this state. If the doomsday budget stays in effect, state higher education overall could see a glow of his seemingly progressive state. But that aura of success ended this week when the General Assembly, for the first time in 20 years, failed to approve $63 million cut; the University System of Maryland would receive $50 million less funding. For students, that could mean a 10 percent tuition increase, a reduction of income tax measures that would fund the operating budget’s cost. student services, larger class sizes and fewer sections. Lawmakers’ inability to complete their budget work in 90 Here’s the deal, O’Malley: Yes, lawmakers failed. But you days has left the state in dangerous territory. As it stands, a will also fail if you punish the hardworking students of the sys“doomsday” budget — balanced solely through hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts — is set to go into effect for the next Gov. Martin O’Malley must tem for those choices. Fortunately, students aren’t taking this lightly. The Stufiscal year, which starts July 1. There is one slight glimmer of call a special legislative dent Government Association is working with students hope that could save the state from devastating cuts: O’Malthe 11 other system institutions to lobby in Annapolis ley has the power to convene a special session of the legislasession so lawmakers can from and put pressure on O’Malley to extend the session. It’s ture, which would give lawmakers more time to approve strike a deal to avoid the encouraging to see students across the state uniting for increased income tax measures. affordable education. But in the end, it will be O’Malley’s However, in what seems to be playing out as a political so-called ‘doomsday’ decision, and he knows what he needs to do. game of Russian roulette, O’Malley has not yet confirmed If higher education gets hit with these cuts, many of the inihe will call the session. He’s been quick to criticize lawmakbudget currently in place. tiatives O’Malley set forth long ago will also be hit hard. For ers for their inability to come to a budget agreement, much like the deadlocked federal debt-ceiling negotiations last summer. “This is not in example, increasing the state’s percentage of residents with associate degrees or keeping with what the people of our state expect of their legislature,” O’Malley said higher to 55 percent by 2025 has been a goal for several years. O’Malley has invested in increasing graduation rates because he knows it will ultimately lead to a more early Tuesday morning. We have to agree with him. Marylanders deserve more than what legislators have robust and prosperous economy. If students can’t afford to attend college, O’Malley given us. But his refusal to confirm whether he will hold a special session to rectify can be sure the entire state will suffer. Ultimately, if O’Malley doesn’t want to make this decision for the residents of his their mistakes is still disconcerting. “They had 90 days to do the work,” O’Malley said. state, he should make it for himself. For several years, rumors have circled that “Exactly which steps we take on this score remain to be seen.” In many ways, holding his tongue could be a strategic move. Much like a parent O’Malley will run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. It won’t bode making his children wait to find out whether they will be punished, O’Malley may well for his future political career if his opponents can point to this pivotal moment in just be making lawmakers sweat it out for a few days, forcing them to confront the state history and say O’Malley jeopardized the welfare of his state to prove a point.
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Keystone Pipeline: It won’t unlock the future
f there’s one thing I love on an opinion page, it’s a jab at President Barack Obama. Fellow Diamondback columnist Laura Frost almost had the right idea — her piece last week criticized the president for failing to fulfill his promises and pursue the right priorities. The column had potential until the part about Obama disgracing our holy Christian nation by legitimizing women’s reproductive rights. Still, I simply chuckled and agreed to disagree. But when she berated Obama for blocking construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, I’d had enough. Not only is her assessment flawed because it’s based on the lofty claims of TransCanada — the company building the pipeline — it’s an inaccurate account of the project’s status. Keystone XL is a proposed extension of an existing pipeline that transports crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas refineries. Supporters have hyped up its potential to create jobs, lessen our dependence on foreign oil and lower prices at the pump. They’re wrong. The project is a massive mistake-in-waiting, and the president was correct to delay it, but he did not — as Frost writes — flat out reject it in favor of
ALISSA GULIN “precious … animals.” The pipeline introduces an enormous number of economic and health concerns in addition to key environmental issues that are far more serious than damage to natural habitats. In January, the Obama administration denied TransCanada the permit to build across the U.S. border because the application was incomplete and independent reviews were still pending. For instance, the company failed to suggest an alternative pipeline route that would avoid the Ogallala Aquifer, as even a minor leak could contaminate the primary source of clean water for millions of people. That decision held little weight — TransCanada is reapplying for the permit, as expected — but it bought Obama time to assess his next move based on the political landscape closer to Election Day. And boy, has he changed his tune. When gas prices spike, blame tends to
fall on the White House, and this time has been no exception. For Obama to have any chance at a second term, he must make a good showing of addressing the issue. Nix a project that will supposedly reduce dependence on foreign oil and lower prices at the pump ? Not a chance. So last month in Oklahoma, he announced his administration had fasttracked construction of the southern portion of the pipeline. He bragged of increasing domestic drilling and his newfound support for Keystone. It was depressingly predictable: Big Oil and scheming politicians eroded his resolve just when he needed to stand strong on the platform he successfully peddled to voters four years ago. In June 2008, in his speech after clinching the Democratic nomination, Obama seemed fiercely passionate about very different goals. His eyes bulged slightly as he bellowed: “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when … the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” You want Obama to follow through on his promises? To courageously pursue
his vision for this country? Stopping Keystone was his chance, and he blew it. Obama is as talented an orator as ever, but people aren’t as easily fooled by his lip service. Those opposing the pipeline, for instance, have wised up about the consequences and aren’t convinced by the wildly exaggerated, so-called benefits alleged by interest groups. My next column will provide an in-depth look: I’ll explain why the pipeline is not the answer to unemployment and how it will exacerbate, not improve, our energy situation. But never mind the risks, say the project’s adoring fans. Forget long-term consequences and shun the courageous choice — this is America, people. We’re about instant gratification, politically attractive policies and gas guzzlers. These are the attitudes Obama promised to change, but if he doesn’t block further progress on Keystone’s extension, he’ll be condoning and perpetuating them. He needs to put on his big boy pants and make the tough choice. Where’s your audacity now, Mr. President? Alissa Gulin is a senior journalism major and former opinion editor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holidays, questions and a culture of learning
lot of students in College Park are Jewish, which is possibly the understatement of the year. For many, it means freedom, Moses and matzo are the flavors of the week. Let me start with what everyone is thinking: Passover, which will conclude Saturday, is weird. Thinking unleavened bread — the bread of addiction — should represent a slave’s “bread of affliction?” I don’t think so, God. Despite this absurdity, the holiday offers a particularly insightful bit of perspective on the ideal experience of a college student. “Where is this leading?” Somewhere along the line, you’ve probably heard the classic generalized distinction of college campuses: the small liberal arts colleges and the party state schools. Clearly, our beloved university falls closer to the latter. Rowdy as they come, we relish our riotous culture of partying, honoring the memory of this university’s drunken embodiment: Thirsty Turtle. We work hard. We play hard. However,
I’ve rarely seen these experiences intertwined on a large scale among the student body. Casual yet vigorous and contentious debates on politics, religion and philosophy are supposed to be common among students — but at this university, these stereotypical expressions of college-aged angst are the exceptions to the norm. And maybe you’re content with that. Maybe you’d rather talk about Ratsie’s than Nietzsche. Maybe you find it cliche or unproductive to waste time with overly theoretical exercises of intellect when regular coursework offers enough strain by itself. Maybe you haven’t even noticed. “Who do you think you are?” In an April 5 article, The Wall Street Journal noted a common criticism among employers that business majors often focus too much on the “nuts and bolts of finance and accounting” while failing to “develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills through long essays, in-class debates and other hallmarks of liberal-arts courses.” I don’t mean to single out business majors — students from all academic disciplines
NADAV KARASOV would benefit from heeding the advice of the employers quoted in the Journal. A liberal arts education, both in and outside the classroom, is a main reason why the American campus environment was established in the first place. Every student on the campus, rather than just a select few, needs to prioritize the living-learning aspect of education. In the short time I have been at this university, I’ve gotten the impression administrators hope to rebrand and reshape this institution as a leader in higher learning. If that’s the case, this distinct change in the culture must lead the way. “Are you sure about this?” You may wonder why I started this column with a Passover reference. That’s the point.
The underlying theme of the holiday is to question everything. Finding answers themselves prove less important than exercising doubt. Next semester, when a new wave of students arrives the first day of class in a freshman colloquium should forgo the lame scavenger hunt and begin with a true icebreaker: a flurry of discussion and questions. “What’s the role of religion in our society?” “How would you solve global poverty?” “Austerity or stimulus?” “What’s the next energy solution?” To evolve into adulthood, we need to challenge our childhood notions by questioning everything. A culture of wondering is a culture of learning — and it begins with the students. Every day, begin by asking. “Where is this leading?” “Who do you think you are?” “Are you sure about this?” If you don’t have answers, ask yourself: “Why?” Nadav Karasov is a sophomore economics major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
’m a graduate student pursuing a doctorate, but even I, a lifelong nerd, would have had trouble getting excited about an academic conference as an undergraduate. People reading research papers verbatim, reciting statistics and figures, a keynote speaker who wrote some inaccessible book a decade ago that responded to somebody else’s inaccessible book from a decade earlier — no thanks. The second annual Theorizing the Web conference being held on the campus Saturday does things differently. My co-organizers and I want to make an event that combines academic research with ever yday topics, breaking news and interesting art. This conference is not just for researchers but also artists, activists, teachers and the students at the core of our public university — all talking to each other about the social impacts of the Internet and how ever yday lives are now wrapped up in digital experiences. We want a different kind of conference. The traditional model that I poke fun at above is important. It’s where academics meet to develop and exchange new, exciting ideas. But this model has largely failed in terms of engaging other students and academics in other buildings, let alone the general public. That is a problem we want to fix. Last year’s Theorizing the Web had 14 panels, workshops, symposia (one on social media’s role in the Arab revolutions, the other on social media and street art), plenaries by Saskia Sassen and George Ritzer, a keynote by Danah Boyd and more than 250 attendees from around the world. Attendees discussed political uprisings, digital identities and design questions. Many attendees remarked online and to conference co-chairs Nathan Jurgenson and PJ Rey that the atmosphere was both more collegial and more engaging than the standard conference fare. This year, we carry our interests in accessibility and engagement into a more focused format: 10 panels, art installations, a film screening and a keynote conversation between Zeynep Tufekci and NPR’s Andy Carvin. Participants’ work is important, and approachable, for multiple audiences. Panels will be streamed live and archived online, and there will be an active Twitter backchannel (#TtW12) that will allow people outside the conference walls to engage in the conversation. Our philosophy is to engage multiple audiences to best get at the intersection of technology and society. When approaching issues as important as, for example, the role of Twitter in the Arab Spring, we need the perspectives of designers, journalists, big data researchers, social movement historians, activists on the ground and Twitter users abroad to tell the full stor y. We see public outreach as a major part of our work in higher education, both in terms of spreading the knowledge we have and emphasizing the role the university can play in issues of broad public concern. So we want to use the technologies at our disposal to make these conversations accessible to anyone who wants to get involved. You don’t need to have written or be writing a dissertation to engage with Theorizing the Web, nor do you need to be physically present at the conference. We want those messy, raucous conversations that emerge from clashes of perspectives and values, because the world we all live in is like that — a never-too-neat overlapping of the digital and the physical that demands new literacies, attitudes and collaborations. So whether it’s on Twitter, in the audience or on the stage Saturday, we’re excited to hear what our vibrant university community has to say about life on, in and through the web. For more information, please visit cyborgology.org/theorizingtheweb. Daniel Greene is a publicity officer for Theorizing the Web 2012 and a doctoral student in American studies. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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orn today, you are always on the lookout for that next big opportunity, and you will sometimes subject yourself to considerable sacrifice to make yourself available for what might come your way.There is value in this, certainly, and you don’t want to be busy with something when something better comes along — but there is a risk that you will never commit fully to something in the hopes that the perfect something else is just around the corner.This is especially true when it comes to relationships; you must resist the temptation to put off until tomorrow what you can have and enjoy today. When love calls, you will want to answer, surely! You can be rather intellectual at times — which is, in part, a result of your desire to protect yourself emotionally. You fear hurt feelings of any kind, and even the smallest injury can sting greatly and for a long time. You are not quick to recover from any sort of affront. Also born on this date are: Claire Danes, actress; Shannen Doherty, actress;Vince Gill, singer;Andy Garcia, actor; David Cassidy, actor and singer; Tom Clancy, author; David Letterman, comedian and latenight TV host; Ed O’Neill, actor; Herbie Hancock, musician; Anne Miller, actress and dancer. 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. FRIDAY,APRIL 13
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Going out West HBO’s revisionist Western is one of television’s best series
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The five best television drama series ever all aired during the last 13 years. Of course, there’s no unanimously agreed-upon list of the best TV shows of all time, and there are certainly people who would argue Lost or The Shield or Hill Street Blues deserve to be a part of the conversation, but the general consensus among critics is that the list of the very best TV dramas should be restricted to The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. These shows have a lot in common. The first three all aired on HBO during roughly the same time period (and, oddly, were all created by guys named David), while the other two currently air on AMC (Mad Men’s fifth season just started; Breaking Bad’s fourth ended a few months ago). They’re all dark and — aside from the buttoned-down period piece Mad Men — unapologetically profane and violent. And they’re all downers — with one exception. Breaking Bad is an unflinchingly stressful documentation of a man’s evolution from milquetoast chemistry teacher to drug lord (or, as creator Vince Gilligan puts it, from “Mr. Chips to Scarface”) while Mad Men loves to immerse itself in the misogyny, racism, greed and ennui of the 1960s. The Wire and The Sopranos both deal with the inevitability of decline: The Wire by calculating, with heartbreaking clarity, the human damage done by inner-city institutional corruption
and The Sopranos by following the unsuccessful therapy sessions of a depressed mobster who feels like he “came in at the end” of America. But if those shows are about death, Deadwood is about birth. Whereas The Sopranos dealt with a crumbling society — modern, middleclass America — and The Wire with one that had already collapsed — the inner city — Deadwood focuses on the building of a society from the ground up. It’s a sprawling revisionist Western about the real-world town of Deadwood, a town in Indian Territory at the epicenter of the Black Hills gold rush that prompted George Custer’s expedition toward the Little Bighorn and the eventual absorption of the Dakotas into the United States. It’s just as gritty as any of the other contenders, if not more so. The West was nothing if not bloody, unpleasant and generally unclean. Creator/showrunner David Milch has a fondness for colorful language of dubious historical authenticity — one character is particularly fond of saying “cocksucker,” which doesn’t really seem like a 19th-century term. But beneath all that grime is a warmth nearly every other “great TV drama” lacks. There’s all the nudity, murder and drug abuse pay-cable subscribers have come to expect, but Milch is ultimately a humanist, and forgives his characters of their sins. If the writer is the god of his fictional universe, Milch is a benevolent one, able to see the humanity beneath the dried muck and blood that coats everything in his muddy western town. That’s what’s so special about Deadwood. I’m not going to argue it’s the best television drama of all time — The Wire probably sneaks away with it by a hair — but it’s the one that seems to make best use of the medium. Although TV writers have become much more ambitious since The Sopranos debuted in 1999, proving that shows could
tell serialized stories that unfolded novelistically, over years, and still be commercially successful, the basic appeal of the TV series isn’t its ability to tell multi-season stories, but that it provides a nice place to hang around for 30 to 60 minutes. Even today, most shows don’t tell long-form stories; you drop in for a bit each week, but the reset button gets hit between episodes. Things are static, they don’t really change and you don’t expect them to, because you enjoy visiting the world of the show. You don’t watch How I Met Your Mother because you’re really dying to find out who the mother is; you watch it because you think Barney Stinson is funny and like hanging out with him. (Put another way: You don’t ‘ship Alex and Elaine, you just enjoy “Vienna Waits.”) Every TV show has this appeal to some extent, simply by virtue of being a standing weekly appointment. But none of the great dramas have been able to provide the most basic appeal of TV — simply being a nice place to visit. As much as you might like Wallace and D’Angelo, do you really want to hang out in West Baltimore with the characters from The Wire? Or at the Bada Bing with Tony Soprano? Breaking Bad is probably the worst thing to ever happen to the Albuquerque, N.M., tourism department, and Mad Men is a nice reminder that even if you were lucky enough to be a handsome, successful white man in 1960s New York, you probably still hated yourself. You visit these places because that’s where the art takes you, not because you particularly want to go there. Deadwood has all the rewards the other great dramas offer — perhaps even more so, because few can match the tangled, Shakespearean beauty of Milch’s dialogue or the charismatic intensity of Ian McShane’s anti-hero saloon owner Al Swearengen, which belongs in the pantheon of all-time great performances in any medium. But what really sets the show apart is that it goes the extra mile and sets all this within the context of a world audiences might want to take an hour a week to check out. It’s a violent, cruel place, but if you wouldn’t want to sit down for a hand of poker with Wild Bill Hickok and Charlie Utter at The Gem, I don’t think I can help you. email@example.com
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for the victory. Before last night, his most recent win was a Feb. 25 game against Western Carolina. “He looks more confident, and that was the big thing,” Bakich said. “You can see the presence he has out on the mound, the comfortability he has on the mound, the confidence about him.” “I just needed to get back on my feet, get the ball over the plate, let my defense work,” Kirkpatrick (2-5) said. When Kirkpatrick struggled against the Mountaineers, his defense was indeed there to help him out. Center fielder Korey Wacker threw two runners out on the base paths, and second baseman Ryan Holland cut down a runner trying to advance home on a ground ball after a throwing error allowed him to reach third. “I think we have one of the
best defenses in the ACC, if not the country,” Kirkpatrick said. “They’re not standing out there for nothing.” West Virginia countered with four pitchers who kept bats flailing at poor pitches and scattered the Terps’ three runs throughout the game. The team’s main offensive threat was Delp, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Holland had the Terps’ third RBI. It appears the Terps will take more than their 22nd win of the season — their most in three seasons under Bakich — away from last night’s game. Delp said the Terps have known what they need to do to win all season. Last night offered a reminder of what lies ahead in a crucial ACC series with Duke this weekend. “Luckily, what good teams do is have bad games but still win, so it’s good,” Delp said. “At least we pulled through it.” email@example.com
TIGERS from page 8 and is getting better as the season progresses.” Even with a roster missing at least four players — including attacker Karri Ellen Johnson — due to flu symptoms, there were plenty of other sources of offense besides Aust. Attacker Kristy Black earned a hat trick on three first-half goals, and midfielder Kelly McPartland did the same on three tallies in the second. Midfielder Katie Schwarzmann also had a hat trick, something she has done 11 times in 15 games this season. Griffin had three assists to go along with her one goal. Unfortunately for the Terps, even a strong performance was marred by occasional lapses on the defensive end. In both the game’s opening minutes — when the Terps let Princeton break out with a 3-0 run — and its closing phase — when the Tigers cut into the Terps’ once-dominant control of the scoreboard — there were
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shades of the same defensive performance from their loss to the Tar Heels last weekend. That shoddy first half against North Carolina and those latest slip-ups against the Tigers last night are a concern. With a Saturday meeting with Virginia Tech fast approaching, Reese hopes her defense will have the stretch of brilliance during the middle of last night’s game, and not its recent mediocrity, become the norm as the Terps prepare for the ACC Tournament. “We started the game really poorly defensively, but we made some changes and played much better for the remainder of the [first] half and kept them scoreless for about 15 minutes,” Reese said. “We need to get back to doing what we do best.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Director Kevin Anderson after the game. He wrote apologies to Anderson, Associate Athletic Director Jon Palumbo and North Carolina coach Joe Breschi. And, of course, he talked everything over with coach John Tillman. “I just said, ‘Listen, you know we talk about this stuff all the time,’” Tillman said. “‘We just need to do a better job with how we respond.’” So in the weeks that followed, Cooper did his best to be a model teammate. As the Terps prepared for their matchup with Virginia, he took on the unenviable task of trying to replicate star attackman Steele Stanwick in practice. Then, after serving his suspension, Cooper returned to his midfield slot and put together what Tillman said was one of his best weeks of preparation this season.
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The work paid off Friday, as Cooper’s two assists helped the Terps notch their third straight victory over the Midshipmen. Still, Cooper understands the work isn’t over. He knows that for people to forget what happened in Chapel Hill, he’ll need to continue doing the right thing everywhere he goes for the rest of the year. “He’s remorseful. He understands,” Tillman said. “I think people that’ll get to know him know that he’s a high character guy and a really good teammate.” email@example.com
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Remorseful Cooper still a force on field After UNC fight, Terp back to old self BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU Senior staff writer
Right-hander Brady Kirkpatrick pitched five shutout innings for the Terps last night, allowing only one hit in his first win in more than a month. Left fielder Tomo Delp led the Terps with two hits and two RBI. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK
Four Terps pitchers combine to shut out West Virginia in 3-0 victory BY DANIEL GALLEN Staff writer
Standing on Shipley Field just minutes after the Terrapins baseball team completed a 3-0 win over West Virginia last night, left fielder Tomo Delp spoke slowly and candidly as he offered an assessment of the Terps’ night. “We took it a little too
lightly,” he said. “We weren’t as focused as we needed to be. But we learned our lesson.” It probably went something like this: Not every pitch is a good pitch. The Mountaineers’ (14-20) pitching staff was wild all night, issuing eight walks to the Terps. But the Terps (2213) were equally erratic, finishing with only four hits and routinely chasing bad offerings.
They were anxious and impatient offensively, coach Erik Bakich said afterward, but it didn’t matter because they were more than capable defensively on a blustery evening at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. Four Terps pitchers combined for the shutout, holding West Virginia to only three hits and seven walks. Righthander Michael Boyden, who
threw only one pitch in last weekend’s series against No. 22 N.C. State, got the start and struck out four batters in three innings of work. The pitcher of the night, though, was right-hander Brady Kirkpatrick, who entered in relief and threw five innings of one-hit baseball
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Kevin Cooper couldn’t stop smiling as he fielded questions from reporters Friday. Just minutes earlier, the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team secured a 13-6 win over in-state rival Navy before 5,022 at Byrd Stadium. The junior midfielder’s play was critical throughout, and he came off the bench to tally two first-half assists. For Cooper, it felt like a long time coming. The week before, he sat in his apartment with his father and watched the Terps lose, 12-8, to rival Virginia. Suspended for that game after being ejected from a March 24 loss at North Carolina, Cooper wasn’t allowed to join his team against the Cavaliers — not even as a spectator. “Watching that game from home on TV, just not being able to be on the sidelines and celebrate and be with them through good and bad in the game was just so tough,” said Cooper, who has three goals and eight assists while running on the Terps’ second midfield line this season. It was a learning experience for Cooper, one he won’t soon forget. The sanction came after the Crofton native allowed his emotions to get the best of him in the waning moments of an 11-10 loss to the Tar Heels. Shortly after nailing North Carolina midfielder Greg McBride with an illegal body check, Cooper
Midfielder Kevin Cooper was suspended for the Terps’ loss to Virginia on March 31. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
landed several punches to the sophomore’s head. The altercation left McBride with a bloodied scratch on his left cheek. It left Cooper’s family with a wound far less apparent. “That definitely took a toll on our family,” said Brian Cooper, Kevin’s younger brother and a starting defender for the Terps. “I know that kind of gave our family a bad name for a minute.” Kevin Cooper is doing his best to move forward from the incident. He talked with Athletic
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With double-digit run vs. Tigers, No. 5 Terps turn deficit into demolition BY NICHOLAS MUNSON Staff Writer
Fifteen minutes of the game were gone, and it already looked bad. Fresh off an ACC loss to No. 3 North Carolina, the No. 5 Terrapins women’s lacrosse team found itself in the middle of a horror story, trail-
ing unranked Princeton, 3-1. The plot twist, though, came soon enough. Beginning with an assist on midfielder Brooke Griffin’s goal, attacker Alex Aust authored a turnaround that saw alarm become elation. Griffin’s tally sparked an 11-0 run that lasted through the
halftime break and into the second half, with Aust either scoring or assisting on all of the team’s eight first-half goals. In the end, the Terps outlasted a late 5-2 Tigers run to secure a 15-9 victory. “We’ve been having problems with us starting slowly the last few games,” Aust said.
“But when we got into our offensive flow, started getting the draw controls and getting the ball where we needed to, we kept scoring.” Although they struggled to put the ball in the cage in the first 10 minutes, the momentum swung for the Terps (12-3) as soon as they took control
of the draws. After Princeton grabbed five of the first six draw controls, the Terps won the next five during a run that put the game all but out of reach in Princeton, N.J. Aust finished the night with four goals and six assists for a game-high 10 points. It’s the highest point total for any
Terps player this season, and her 62 points this year now rank first on the team. “She has really grown into her role and has improved a lot at finding people in the open,” coach Cathy Reese said. “She’s been really important for us
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