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City eyes changes to road laws for safety Speed decrease sought after pedestrian deaths By Ellie Silverman @esilverman11 Senior staff writer

Mikayla Hellwich, SSDP outreach coordinator, sent a marijuana proposal to the University Senate Campus Affairs Committee. james levin/the diamondback

The state Higher Education Commission would have developed the surveys with consultation from the state’s health and mental hygiene department and the governor’s crime control and prevention office. Cardin said at a House Ways and Means committee hearing in January that the bill’s provisions would make for a safer environment on college campuses. He cited Department of Justice statistics that showed one in five women are sexually assaulted in college and 95 percent of sexual assaults go unreported. “Just those two facts alone should give us pause as to what we can do,” Cardin said at the committee meeting. However, some u n iversity system officials described the bill

The College Park City Council sent a letter to the State Highway Administration requesting ways to improve pedestrian safety at last night’s work session in the wake of several accidents involving pedestrians on Route 1. District 1 Councilman Fazlul Kabir said city officials informally discussed options to improve safety on Route 1 via email this weekend. The letter to the SHA is “the beginning of a dialogue” and an initial step toward improving pedestrian safety, College Park Mayor Andy Fellows said. The letter recommends reducing the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph between Berwyn and Guilford roads, having an automatic walk signal when the button is pressed and installing stronger lighting along the road. Existing speed cameras on Route 1 operate until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and do not operate on Saturdays and Sundays, city manager Joe Nagro said. Councilmembers said they want to explore the possibility of operating the speed cameras at all hours. College Park City Council student liaison Catherine McGrath said improving pedestrian safety has become a concern for many students. George Washington University senior Carlos Pacanins died of injuries after he was hit by a car when crossing Route 1 near the Knox Road intersection Friday night, university senior kinesiology major Cory Hubbard was killed in a January hit-and-run near the intersection and a car struck a 54-year-old man crossing the intersection in July. “This [letter] is definitely called for. I know that a lot of students have been talking about this recently,” McGrath said. “Students are starting to become more angry about this than they have been before.” A greater police presence on Route 1 and an educational safety campaign for residents and students were also discussed at last night’s meeting. Sophomore theatre major Hannah Syverson said these measures would benefit students.

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Univ Senate evaluates marijuana policy shift SSDP proposal aims to ease campus sanctions By Jon Banister @J_Banister Staff writer

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The University Senate Campus Affairs Committee is reviewing ways to align this university’s marijuana policy with state law after the Students for Sensible Drug Policy presented a petition yesterday showing student support for a new proposal. The proposal, submitted by SSDP outreach coordinator Mikayla Hellwich, would protect students who have a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana from university sanctions if they are found possessing marijuana on the campus. The state already allows medical marijuana use with proof of a doctor’s recommendation. But on Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed bills that will establish medical marijuana distribution programs in the state. The law will create 15 dispensaries, increasing medical marijuana patients’ access to the drug. On this campus, however, any student found with marijuana — even if he or she has been prescribed it under state law — risks loss of campus housing and other sanctions. “We believe that denying a student educational and housing opportunities because of the medicine that they are legally prescribed is effectively a See marijuana, Page 3

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS (AND SNOWS) Students walk across a flooded McKeldin Mall yesterday during a period of intense rain and winds. Temperatures plummeted later in the day, leading to light snowfall last night.

Amid successes, some higher ed bills fail Pay It Forward stalls; sexual assault survey bill dies in committee

But several bills that could have had major impacts on state higher education didn’t make it as far this year, either drawing unfavorable reports by committees or failing to reach committee at all.

By Jim Bach @thedbk Senior staff writer This year’s legislature emphasized higher education, pouring billions of dollars into it, retaining a cap on University System of Maryland tuition hikes and increasing funds for this university’s capital projects. T he university system also secured two big victories with two unanimously passed bills. One aimed to bring the business community closer to the university through zoning incentives, and the other created a state grant program that aims to attract top university faculty.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVEYS AND SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATES One failed bill was designed to address the problem of sexual assaults going unreported on college campuses. The proposed legislation garnered support from student leaders but died in the committee process. In the House of Delegates, Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) introduced the bill, which would require state colleges to administer sexual assault surveys every three years to students, faculty members and employees.

Panel discusses mental health care race gap Stress Less Week talk analyzes disparities By Karina Shedrofsky @thedbk For The Diamondback Even as mental health awareness and services increase, university officials said, mental health experiences vary for people of different races, a disparity they highlighted in a panel discussion last night. As part of Stress Less Week, an awareness campaign aimed at reducing stress and the stigma associated with mental illness, the university’s chapter of Active Minds, the Counseling Center and the Division of Student Affairs’ Diversity Advisory Council hosted a panel

to address mental health resources and mental health in communities of color. A small crowd attended the event in the Benjamin Banneker room in Stamp Student Union. Charmaine Wilson-Jones, the Diversity Advisory Council’s chairwoman, said the council wanted to host a mental health event focusing on unaddressed or underserved communities. “We feel like there’s a huge push for mental health right now, on campus and off,” said Wilson-Jones, a junior government and politics major. “But a lot of minority students — and people of color in general — are being left out of that discussion, and we wanted to find a way to sort of bring those two sides together.” Wilson-Jones connected with members of Active M i nds a nd


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brought together Howard Lloyd, a doctoral intern at the Counseling Center; Na-Yeun Choi, a fifth-year psychology doctoral student; and James Houle, a Counseling Center staff psychologist. Wilson-Jones began the discussion by asking the speakers about their personal experiences with diversity and mental health. Each panelist identified as a different race and had different experiences but agreed that students of color face specific sources of stress and anxiety that must be combated. “For students of color, there’s a real feeling or idea that, ‘If I go to talk to someone, they aren’t going to look like me or understand where I’m coming from. And how can someone who doesn’t look like me understand where I’m coming from?’” Lloyd said. Choi, a first-generation immigrant from Korea, discussed the stereotypes

panelists discuss discrimination in a Stress Less Week event last night. that can impact an individual’s mental health, such as the model minority myth surrounding AsianAmerican and Pacific Islander communities that creates pressure to live up to an ideal of perfectionism. She said students of color can face numerous barriers when seeking help. “Maybe loss of faith and kind of bringing some shame to the families in their own community, especially in

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more communal and non-individual communities — they tend to look more into this concept of you really are supporting your whole community and family,” Choi said. Each speaker mentioned the extra emotional toll racism takes on students of color, and more specifically the idea of microaggressions — subtle See health, Page 3




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Bangladeshi garment workers discuss factory abuse United Students Against Sweatshops call for improved working conditions overseas By Elena Baurkot @thedbk For The Diamondback Aklima Khanam had worked in garment factories since she was 14 years old, typically working 120 hours each week. Nearly one year ago, she was working inside the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh when it collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. Khanam and Aleya Akter, also a Bangladeshi garment worker, spoke to a small crowd Monday night in the Art-Sociology building about the factory conditions in Bangladesh and how university students can work to improve them. This university’s Community Roots chapter hosted United Students Against Sweatshops on its 18-stop End Deathtraps Bangladesh Worker Tour, said Sarah Ferrell, co-president of Community Roots. Garrett Strain, USAS international campaigns coordinator, introduced the speakers and spoke about the role students can have in creating change in Bangladesh’s factories. “We’re trying to improve safety standards so factories in Bangladesh don’t function as deathtraps,” Strain said. On April 24, 2013, workers did not want to enter Rana Plaza because they heard it was falling apart; however, the management became physically abusive and forced the workers inside the factory, Khanam said. After

working for half an hour, the electricity went out and the building started to collapse. Khanam saw several workers crushed, but she and others were found and taken to the hospital 12 hours after the collapse. “The building collapsed onto the machines near me and one of the machines fell on me,” she said. “Right near me there was another male co-worker who died from a beam falling on him. There were three or four other co-workers near me who were also crushed.” Akter, the general secretary of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, also spoke of the abusive conditions she faced as a garment worker. Supervisors often gave workers quotas they couldn’t finish in a normal workday, forcing them to work unpaid overtime. There was also no place to eat and the bathroom didn’t have access to clean running water, Akter said. “When I worked in the factory, there were a lot of abusive conditions towards workers. They were physically abusive; they would slap us, they would pull us by the hair, they would kick us off our stools,” she said. “The management would use hired thugs outside of work to intimidate me, and they would threaten me on the phone. They would threaten me with things like abduction, killing me, tearing my clothes off.” Akter urged audience members to do what they can to pass the Accord

on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, an agreement requiring brands to ensure they are working with factories that provide safe working conditions in Bangladesh. More than 150 brands have already signed on, according to The accord brings unions into the inspection process for the first time and ensures buildings are inspected for fire safety and workers are made aware of the conditions after inspections. With the accord, workers cannot be forced into factories, Akter said. Strain said students can pressure this university to stop working with brands that have not signed the accord. Sixteen universities in the U.S. have agreed not to sell brands on their campuses that have not signed the accord, but this university is not one of them, he said. “[Students at this university] pay tuition, and that affords us a certain amount of decision-making in the way that the university is run,” Strain said. “If workers are organizing on the ground, forming unions and putting pressure on the brands, and if students are putting pressure on the brands by getting their universities to cut contracts with brands that violate workers rights, we are able to create this student-worker solidarity sandwich of justice.” Brands often have agreements with many different factories — for example, 1,232 factories produce Adidas goods, Strain said. This creates competition and keeps prices down, so factories do not have extra money

Resident assistant asks univ to add automatic dorm locks RHA proposal responds to string of thefts By Morgan Eichensehr @MEichensehr Staff writer Following several reports of thefts in dorms this semester, a resident assistant is urging the university to look into enhancing safety measures in dorm rooms. Sawyer Spurry, a Centreville Hall RA, is drafting a resolution for the Residence Hall Association that asks the Department of Resident Life to consider installing automatically locking doors for all

dorm rooms. Several dorms, such as Oakland and Prince Frederick halls, already have such locks on individual dorm room doors. “It is quite apparent that our breach in security and vulnerability stems from the issue originating at the front door,” said Spurry, a senior biology major. “Tailgating by nonresidents is what heightens the potential for harm, damage and thefts within our halls.” Spurry approached RHA resident facilities advisory board chairman and Centreville Hall senator Logan Grenley with the idea following the recent string of thefts in the Cambridge Community, and in Centreville Hall specifically.

Spurry felt that as doors are replaced around the campus, they should include automatic locks, Grenley said. “One of the thefts took place on my floor in the room directly across the hall from mine,” Spurry said. “This student’s door was left unlocked after a friend had gotten up and left for class that morning. The added stress that this situation created for that student was very unfortunate.” Amy Martin, North Campus Resident Life associate director, said the department has increased its efforts to educate students about the risks of tailgating and to instruct them to be

aleya akter (right), a Bangladeshi labor organizer, says factory managers threatened and physically abused workers by slapping them, pulling their hair and kicking them off their stools. sung-min kim/the diamondback to spend on making working conditions safe. If factories use their money to improve working conditions, the price of their goods goes up, and brands stop working with them, which is why safety isn’t often the primary focus of factories, Strain said. One of accord’s provisions is that companies cannot cut their ties with factories if problems are found, Akter said. “We make clothing in Bangladeshi factories, but we’re producing it for university students. If you don’t stand with us then we won’t be able to move forward,” she said. “It’s realistic and possible that if you put pressure on your university, that your university will require its licensees to comply with the accord. It’s you who can ensure that workers in Bangladesh are able to work in conditions that treat them with dignity.”

aware of what is happening in their dorms. Increased police presence and partnerships between residents and university officials have been helpful in addressing recent incidents, Martin said, but she’s interested to hear ideas residents have to improve safety, such as automatically locking doors. The resident facilities advisory board has discussed the idea with Jon Dooley, the Resident Facilities director. A recent change in the building code requires automatically locking doors in dorms, so some buildings already have them. Do o l ey to l d G re n l ey i t would likely cost about $250 to change each door’s lock in older dorms. Freshman chemistry major Amee Pansuriya said the locks could be useful given recent incidents, but she questioned whether the update would be

Freshman biochemistry major Chris Bangert-Drowns said the workers’ personal stories gave him a new outlook on the activity in Bangladeshi factories. “It was moving to actually hear from people who are involved in the unionization campaigns and who were involved in the collapse itself,” he said. “To understand the systemic issues is one thing, but to hear from the people who are involved in it firsthand is completely another thing.” Junior journalism major Sierra Kelley-Chung said the “behindthe-scenes” take on the issues was enlightening. “It was definitely an eye-opening experience, especially because some of these brands I wear every day — students wear every day,” she said.

worth the cost. “Automatically locking doors would definitely reduce theft, but it may increase how many times someone gets locked out of their room,” Pansuriya said. Resident Life officials previously have discussed adding automatic locks. Like Pansuriya, some officials thought students might get locked out of their rooms more frequently, but Martin said that hasn’t been the case in Oakland Hall. Officials and students discussed the topic at the RHA Town Hall meeting on April 1. Dooley said he thought doors that automatically lock take away from the dorm living experience. “Doors are like barriers that shut down the sense of community that we feel in the residence halls,” Dooley said. “It’s a trade-off and it’s a choice.”

Sophomore management major Denise McPhilmy, an Oakland Hall resident, said heavy doors do “cut back on floor socialization.” But she thinks the automatic locks are a great deterrent to theft. McPhilmy also said it’s easy enough to get a spare key from the front desk if she ever locks herself out. The RHA resolution will encourage Resident Life to further study buildings with automatically locking doors, such as South Campus Commons, Spurry said. It will also ask officials to research similar policies and peer institutions to examine the efficacy of the proposed security feature. “It is time to begin considering how we can be more proactive as opposed to reactive when concerning issues of safety and security,” Spurry said.

Need a new place to live? The INTERSECTION of Route 1 and Knox Road was the site of two fatal pedestrian accidents this semester, one in January and one Friday night. james levin/the diamondback

safety From PAGE 1 “Educate kids, make them aware of all the deaths that are happening,” Syverson said. “Students our age, they think they are invincible. But when something happens like this, they realize they’re not.” D i st r ict 3 Cou nci l m a n Robert Day sa id wh i le he was walking around downtown Route 1 Friday night, he noticed people seemed to be “making a game out of crossing Route 1 at a dangerous time and in a dangerous way.” Building fences across street medians — an idea the council did not include in its letter to the SHA — could help prevent jaywalking and future pedestrian accidents, Kabir said. Neighboring city Takoma Park adopted similar measures on University Boulevard. A fence in the median of certain stretches of Route 1 might relocate the jaywalking issue to another section of the road, District 2 Councilman P.J. Brennan said. The city should look at safety im-

provements in the “context of culture change,” he said. “It’s about i mplementi ng comprehen sive idea s like what SHA is exploring right now and to continue to do that as our city evolves,” Brennan said. “It’s really hard to prepare for the rapid change that this city’s going through, and it’s really tragic that we have to learn some of our lessons this way.” With the development of the Maryland Book Exchange underway, Kabir said pedestrian safety may become a larger issue and the council must be proactive in addressing this problem. Because Route 1 is a stateowned highway, the SHA must approve any City Council plans. However, councilmembers said they hope to make small changes to side streets, such as adding a crosswalk between 7-Eleven and Jason’s Deli. “We want to make sure [SHA] are emphasizing and aware of pedestrian fatalities and direct strategies to mitigate that,” Brennan said.

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City plan aims to attract business BILLS Capital program includes 17 ideas By Eleanor Mueller @thedbk Staff writer College Park’s planning, community and economic development department has crafted a five-year Capital Improvement Program to attract businesses to the area. The program includes 17 projects, said city planning director Terry Schum, among them expanding City Hall and renovating Duvall Field, a park located on the north end of the city. Schum presented the plan and asked for feedback at yesterday’s City Council work session. In its current form, the planned work would be completed in stages over the next four years and cost the city more than $35 million. The projects range in cost from $8.7 million for a renovated City Hall to $10,000 for updates to the Old Parish House on Knox Road. The plan emphasizes environmentally friendly development, with more than $300,000 of the total cost allocated for green projects. “It’s a great concept,” Mayor Andy Fellows said. “I’m very happy.” A large portion of the funds will be devoted to beautifying the city, with the Old

marijuana From PAGE 1 form of discrimination,” said Hellwich, a senior horticulture and crop production major, in her statement to the committee. The committee’s Student Government Association representative, Student Affairs Vice President Josh Ratner, said medical marijuana should be treated the same as other prescribed medications. “I’m very adamant about making sure that just because it has a stigma because it was once illegal, that we shouldn’t be treating it like that because it’s a legitimate medication that has really changed the lives of a lot of people,” Ratner said. The petition had 112 signatures. Members plan to get more throughout the committee’s review process, Hellwich said. “I’m glad the students are actively involved and actively engaged in any and all issues with shared governance,” committee chairman Willie Brown said. “But that’s just another piece of information that we have to consider as we move down this path of coming together for a recommendation.”

Parish House updates, a new park, more open space and a “streetscape” in downtown College Park. “One idea is a kind of barrier to prevent jaywalking [on Route 1],” Schum said. “We’re also looking at replacing the mural or adding some new ones.” The city hopes to pay for the projects through reserve funds, supplemented by grants they have already received, applied for or plan to apply for in the future. The planning office designed the program to attract businesses by revitalizing commercial areas. The Capital Improvement Program also includes programs to assist businesses in covering their costs, one of which is the Business Assistance Fund, a modified continuation of a previously existing program that helped owners spruce up their spaces. “[In the past,] we received 10 grant applications, six of which were granted,” Michael Stiefvater, city economic development coordinator, said. “Cornerstone received a grant for new flooring and to replace the windows in the front.” A similar program is the Co m m e rc i a l Te n a n t I m provement Program, which Stiefvater said has already granted $25,000 to the Board and Brew, a board game cafe set to open under The Varsity, to fund space improvements. However, the program has yet

The Senate Executive Committee received the SSDP proposal in November and charged the Campus Affairs Committee with reviewing it and sending an interim report by November. The senate will give a final recommendation for the proposal by March 2015. While reviewing the proposal, the committee will consult representatives from the Office of Student Conduct, Office of Legal Affairs, Office of Faculty Affairs, University Health Center and University Human Resources. They will also review the state Senate bills, this university’s Code of Student Conduct and the policies in place at peer institutions such as Big Ten universities and schools in states with similar marijuana laws. O’Malley also signed a bill Monday that removes criminal penalties for adults possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana. Hellwich’s proposal involves only medicinal, not recreational, marijuana, but she said the decriminalization bill shows the state is moving in a “more progressive direction” regarding the drug. As the committee reviews the proposal, Brown said members

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to grant funding to any other businesses; many have applied but haven’t met the city’s requirements. “I notify all the landowners and agents every few months just to let them know about it,” Stiefvater said. “I didn’t think it would be this hard to give away $25,000.” The city’s plans for installing Capital Bikeshare stations, however, have been put on hold. The company that manufacturers the bicycles filed for bankruptcy in January, and because the city is constrained by the grant they were given by the state to pay for the stations, an alternative solution has yet to be identified. “We’re looking at all options, talking with the state and university and figure out what might work best for us and be doable,” Schum said. “But for now, we’re in a holding pattern.”

must consider not only state laws but also federal ones. “The bottom line is what’s in the best interest of the university,” Brown said. “Marijuana is still illegal in federal law. The university has to abide by both federal and state laws. Whether it abides by the federal law or it tries to align its policies with its state law is something that we’re trying to figure out right now.” I n Ju ly, t he u n iversit y implemented a campuswide smoking ban, limiting cigarette use to four designated smoking areas. The SSDP proposal does not aim to allow students to smoke marijuana in dorms or other places that would violate the smoking ban, Hellwich said. She noted several other methods of consuming marijuana, such as consuming edibles, using vaporizers, which don’t produce secondhand smoke, and drinking tinctures, which are concentrated THC extracts. “It might take a little while and it may not be exactly what I want it to be, but it is definitely going to be a step in the right direction,” Hellwich said. “If it doesn’t work, I’ll keep fighting for it.”

a co-sponsor of the bill, in a February interview with The Diamondback. From PAGE 1 The up-front costs of the as an ineffective, unfunded program, however, worried mandate, The Diamondback university system officials. reported in January, because P.J. Hogan, the university it would do little to combat the system’s government relations vice chancellor, said problem. “It was pretty disheartening in a February interview that for me, as a student advocate the first cohort of students here, to see them advocate ta k i ng adva nta ge of t h i s against anything that would system would deprive the help reduce sexual violence university system of needed on campus,” said Samantha tuition revenue. Zwerling, this university’s SMOKE-FREE Student Govern ment AsAND TOBACCO-FREE sociation president. “I think CAMPUS FUNDING the schools are worried about another requirement, another A bi l l a i med at ma ki ng survey that they are going to smoke-free campuses pay the have to administer.” tab for lost tobacco revenue as the result of their policies didn’t PAY IT FORWARD gain much traction this year. PILOT PROGRAM The bill, sponsored by Del. Looking for new ways to John Wood (D-Charles and St. m a ke col lege a f ford able, Mary’s), would reduce state several legislators took on an funding to smoke-free colleges initiative that would radically by an amount proportionate to alter the way students pay for the percentage of the state’s total revenue earned from college. A Pay It Forward model the tobacco tax. It was supwould allow students to enroll ported by the tobacco lobby at a state college with no up- but strongly opposed by the front costs and pay back their higher education lobby. T h is u n iversity i mpletuition through small deductions from their income over mented a smoking ban on the the course of their post-grad- campus, with the exception of four designated smoking uate working life. This bill would not have im- areas, in July to comply with plemented the system outright university system regulations. Tobacco lobbyist Bruce but would have instead commissioned studies and tasked B ere a no sa id i n a M a rch the university system with hearing with the House Apdetermining the feasibility of propriations Committee that implementing such a program. by banning smoking on the Had the bill passed, the state campus, students are encourwould have joined New York, aged to spend less on tobacco Oregon and Washington state products, thus affecting a revenue stream that makes in considering this move. “There’s a lot of questions nearly 3 percent of the state’s to work out, but the concept is total revenue. “It’s logical, it’s consistent, really something that’s beginning to take hold,” said Del. it’s honest,” Bereano said. The university system did Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery),

not support the bill, and Hogan said in a March interview that it’s hard to determine how much of the state’s total revenue actually comes from the tobacco tax and goes to the system’s coffers because the dollars “don’t have little serial numbers on them.”


seeking professional help. “Their responses really intrigued me,” he said. “Using objective information is really a powerful tool to sort of convince an audience.” Josh Ratner, the Student Government Association’s student affairs vice president, said that identifying the different ways communities perceive mental health is important when trying to improve services. “It’s really interesting to see how different communities value, stigmatize, prioritize mental health,” the junior government and politics major said. “And it’s great to see that the university has programs to try and reach out to different communities that might have more stigma associated with mental health.”

From PAGE 1 and small acts of discrimination or prejudice that students who identify as white might not notice. “Somebody once described a million little paper cuts as a form of microaggression,” Houle said. “Over time one paper cut might not hurt, but a thousand or a million paper cuts will hurt.” Lloyd, who identifies as African-American, recognized that students might fear seeking help from people they don’t think they can relate to or who won’t understand their stresses and problems because of difference in race or ethnicity. To combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues in multiracial communities, the panelists said, talking

about the issues and making students more aware of the realities of counseling — such as what psychologists and psychiatrists look like and how sessions are typically run — can go a long way. Houle said the Counseling Center reaches out to explain the services they offer and meet people to show what psychologists look like outside of pop culture depictions, he said. The center offers Students of Color Walk-In Hour sessions during which students can see a counselor without making an appointment. Mud it Ver m a , a sen ior psychology major and Active Minds’ fundraising director, appreciated the panelists’ advice on how to productively react when a friend or family member says something offensive that might discourage someone from

MILITARY RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENT TUITION EXEMPTION Current state law grants in-state tuition rates to active military stationed in the state and to their children. A bill aimed at extending the provision to children of retired military personnel did not make it out of committee. Sponsored by Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford and Cecil), the bill would give the children of retired military members in-state tuition if they attended a state school in the four years prior to enrolling in a state college. Ja c o b s s a i d m i l it a r y children, often colloquially referred to as “military brats,” are forced to move and change schools often as they grow up, leaving their ability to attend a state college anywhere in question. Q u e s t i o n s re m a i n e d about t he leg i sl at ion’s impact on the university system’s finances, as officials did not know how many people would take advantage of the program. With each individual who takes advantage of this bill, tuition revenue could drop by $10,700, according to a state analysis of the bill.


Ms. Marvel breaks barriers in comic book diversity Marvel’s first Muslim heroine appeals to many By Zoë DiGiorgio @zozoembie Staff writer Some of the most famous superheroes, including Captain America, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, come from a time known as the Golden Age of Comics. From the 1930s until the early ’50s, comics, specifically superhero comics, became wildly popular. While the world was at war, these comics gave Americans strong heroes to rally behind. Just more than 60 years later, the national landscape has changed. The country needs a new set of heroes, not muscular men in patriotic spandex, to suit our redefined national character. Marvel Comics has ushered in a new era of diversity in the world of superheroes. Ms. Marvel is just one of many heroes to lead this new wave. In February, Marvel broke the mold with its new Ms. Marvel series,

which follows the heroic exploits of 16-year-old Kamala Khan. Kamala is in many ways a normal, geeky teenager. But when she’s not juggling typical teen drama — boys, parties and popularity — she’s struggling to adjust to her superhero status and find her identity as a Pakistani-American. Kamala is the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel Comics series. She struggles to figure out where she fits in with other teens in her New Jersey neighborhood while staying true to her family, culture and faith. Things don’t get much easier when Kamala discovers she has strange new powers. After blacking out and waking up in the midst of a mysterious fog, she realizes she can stretch her limbs, change her appearance and grow and shrink at will just like her hero, Captain Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers. In the same way Spider-Man drew his motto from Uncle Ben, Kamala soon finds a sense of duty from a line in the Quran: “Whoever kills one person, it is as if he has killed all of mankind — and whoever

saves one person, it is as if he has saved all of mankind.” Though Kamala’s storyline is still relatively new, it has already received widespread critical acclaim. Many have praised creator G. Willow Wilson’s ability to create such a universally relatable heroine. Kamala’s quest to battle evil while fighting loneliness and self-doubt is appealing to teens regardless of cultural background. In her review of Ms. Marvel #1 for Comic Vine, Jen “Miss J” Aprahamian wrote, “Kamala is not your average superheroine — she probably has a lot more in common with readers than most of the capes and suits in mainstream comics — and her stories seem like they’re headed in an exciting direction.” While Kamala’s third appearance as Ms. Marvel comes out today, comic fans have other options for characters who represent diverse backgrounds. In 2011, half-black, half-Hispanic teen Miles Morales took over the mantle of web-slinger in Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man universe after the death of Peter Parker. Fans and critics praised the series for its interesting storylines as well as for

Ms. Marvel, Marvel’s new comic series, debuts a Muslim-American superhero. photo courtesy of providing a positive role model for children, especially children of mixed racial backgrounds. Still, traditionalists criticized Marvel’s replacement of a historic character like Peter Parker as borderline sacrilegious and little more than an attempt at political correctness. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso responded to the criticism in an interview with, saying, “Simple fact is Marvel comics reflect the world in all its shapes, sizes and colors. We believe there’s an audience of

people out there who is thirsty for a character like Miles Morales.” With the success of Miles in the new Ultimate Spider-Man and Kamala in Ms. Marvel, Alonso’s prediction has proven true. It might be too soon to declare this a second Golden Age of Comics, but with the sudden explosion of superheroes from diverse backgrounds reshaping the comic book scene, this is a golden time to be a comic book fan.





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fforts to revitalize this city and draw both commuters and new residents to the area have been in full swing for more than a decade, but the College Park City Council is poised to make headway in assisting one existing population that often lives at the margin. The City Council formed the College Park Aging-In-Place Task Force at an April 8 meeting, tasking the group with pinpointing ways to enable the city’s senior residents to maintain their independence and homes as they age. District 1 Councilman Fazlul Kabir acknowledged in an interview with The Diamondback that the city’s resources for its growing number of senior citizens are lacking. Residents 65 years and older constituted 5.7 percent of the city population in 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Take into account the 2.6 percent of residents 60 to 64 years old and the 2.9 percent age 55 to 59, and the city’s population of senior citizens appears poised for greater growth over the next decade. These likely long-term residents probably harbor strong ties to the lives they’ve built in this city. As they age, many might oppose leaving their homes for senior living communi-


ties or assisted-living centers, which often carry the stigma of a perceived loss of independence. But whether the city’s senior citizens choose to remain in their homes for life or transition into other housing options, the council is right to promote aid for some of its most valuable constituents for as long as they remain in College Park. OUR VIEW

The Aging-In-Place Task Force is a positive step from the City Council to help senior citizens in College Park. Area senior citizens provide muchneeded stability in a city that’s only briefly called home by more than 35,000 transient university students. Many resided in the city before students now enrolled ever arrived, and they’ll likely remain in the city for some time after graduates depart. Long-term residents forge the city’s identity just as much as — if not more than — students, given their extended years of influence. The City Council’s newly kick-started efforts to help those who might have lived

longest in the city maintain their lifestyles are commendable. Hyattsville Aging in Place has set a noteworthy local precedent for such efforts. The volunteer nonprofit service offers seniors in the neighboring city information sessions, hosts social events and provides services such as grocery shopping and snow shoveling. The Hyattsville City Council’s lone contribution to the program was hiring a senior services coordinator in 2012, the program’s second year of existence. For this financially strapped city, a volunteer service could provide a low- or no-cost option for aiding senior citizens. The council reportedly is looking into state grant opportunities which, if allocated toward a nonprofit similar to Hyattsville’s program, could help establish an effective, long-running support service that won’t drain the city’s economic resources. With valuable input from experts at insurance provider MetLife and AARP, whom the task force hopes to consult as plans move forward, the council hopefully will succeed in identifying senior citizen’s specialized needs. Then, this city’s older population will garner the aid it requires to not just continue to grow, but also thrive.


Moderating the media’s cycle of traumatic news ERIK SHELL When I was living in New York City a few years ago, a friend and I went to go see a Broadway show. We got to Times Square early and were hanging around the area when we saw a van with smoke coming from it. We had gone back to our conversation when the police flooded the square and ushered everyone away over to Eighth Avenue. Later, we found out this event was a failed terrorist attack by Faisal Shahzad on May 1, 2010. We also discovered that we were well within the potential shrapnel radius of the van, had the explosives gone off. At the time, however, none of this worried me. It was a smoking van, sure, and police were freaking out, but it’s New York. Weirder things have happened. Even when rumors of an attack floated around the crowd, it did not seem to matter; we were alive, and all I really wanted to do was see Christopher Walken. But this looked less and less likely as we were refused entry into the theater. I also was not getting calls from my family. They assumed I was at home or school like any other night. Plus, no New Yorkers actually go to Times Square. It wasn’t until I saw the media coverage that I started to freak out. As the media described the specific details of the van, the life of the suspect and the training he received, I found myself perpetually more scared for my past self; it was like I was living the moment again but with all the information I now had, I was

petrified. I even feel as if I am reliving the terrifying moments as I write this column. When events such as last week’s Pennsylvania high school stabbing spree or even the Boston Marathon bombing come up, I remember what it was like to be part of a similar experience. Thankfully, in my experience the terrorist attack failed. Still, it’s hard to believe the amount of information pushed through the media circuit could help or calm those who had experienced a true, violent crisis firsthand. But the feelings of those involved in dangerous events are never the media’s concern. Coverage is directed toward a broad audience, one that is statistically unlikely to have been personally affected by the event. Yet this coverage does have real consequences and responses for those watching, and it is only by being a participant in the story that you can see the real motivations behind how it is portrayed. I am not saying we should censor all news media to avoid reporting these things. The ability to turn the news off and not listen is one I quickly exercised in my own experience, and one that keeps me largely away from the news in general. However, it is important to constantly ask yourself what it would be like to be part of a story being reported and how the parade of information could affect you. If we were to ask more questions like these, perhaps the endless news cycles of traumatic events would contain less time-filling nonsense and more newsworthy content. Erik Shell is a junior classical languages and literatures and history m a j o r. H e c a n b e re a c h e d a t


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Colorado blazes the trail forward With early success of marijuana legalization, other states should follow CHARLIE BULMAN The Sunday afternoon forecast for Colorado is nearly unanimous: clouds of marijuana smoke will engulf the skies. It’s the annual celebration of 4/20, a counterculture holiday devoted to the appreciation and consumption of cannabis. This Sunday in particular is the first 4/20 since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, which joined Washington state in ending prohibition of the drug in 2013. April 20 coincides with Easter Sunday this year, but that hasn’t hindered the excitement of pot enthusiasts. Searches for hotel availability in Denver between April 18-20 have risen by 73 percent compared to the same time frame last year, according to The surge in weed tourism might be due to increased media attention to the diverse offerings of ganjapreneurs. A news clip about new Colorado businesses catering to the proclivities of pot smokers went viral after CNN reporter Randi Kaye appeared to get a contact high during her segment. Kaye learned firsthand the consequences of confining oneself to an enclosed space with stoners — in this case, a limousine saturated with the columns of smoke escaping from joints of pot-tour patrons. Sanctioning pot through legalization hasn’t come without its perils, however. The Colorado Department of Transportation was forced to replace

mile marker 420 with a sign marking the less tantalizing mile 419.99 mark, according to the Los Angeles Times. On a more serious note, the legalization experiment has proven a tremendous success for Colorado lawmakers. Despite the cataclysmic predictions of drug-policy reactionaries, in Denver, the epicenter of the Colorado cannabis revolution, property and violent crime was down 14.6 and 2.4 percent respectively in the first two months of 2014 compared to 2013. One theory explains the drop in crime through legalization’s benefits for police — cops now unburdened by the demands of enforcement are able to focus on deterring more serious offenses. Pot sales also have been an enormous boon to state coffers. The Denver Post listed total revenues generated by recreational marijuana at $2 million for January alone. In light of the enormous gains from legalization, it’s easy to question why other states haven’t rushed to replicate Colorado’s success. Consider our state’s marijuana policy. On Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill decriminalizing possession of less than 10 grams of pot. After the first penalty of $100, those caught with the drug would face escalating fines for additional offenses. Although the bill ends criminal penalties for small-scale possession, it forgoes the advantages offered by the Colorado approach. Despite the unprecedented level of approval for legalization nationally — 58 percent of those surveyed in an October Gallup poll expressed their support — those urging pa-

tience have their reasons. Allowing Colorado and Washington to work out the nuts and bolts of implementation will enable other states to skirt some of the challenges facing the two pot pioneers. By way of illustration, well into legalization, an effective strategy for tracking cases of stoned driving has eluded Colorado officials. Problems like these underscore the benefit of granting policymakers time to properly study and learn from Colorado’s example. The utility of the corporate model of pot production also deserves consideration. As Carnegie Mellon University professor and drug-policy aficionado Jonathan Caulkins points out in Washington Monthly, restricting marijuana sales to nonprofits could mitigate some of the more deleterious effects of legalization. In his words, “placing the industry in the hands of public health-minded nonprofits sidesteps the problem of overzealous promotion.” Regardless of your opinion on weed, there exists a significant potential for abuse. Once corporate dispensaries and their lobbying operations take root, however, tampering with the politics of pot will be less manageable. Experimenting with intermediate models could yield successes — if politicians don’t fumble the opportunity. Understandably, Americans want movement on marijuana. With any hope, their 4/20 celebrations will allow them to chill. Charlie Bulman is a sophomore government and politics major. He can be reached at

n the past 10 months, I have walked to the intersection of Route 1 and Knox Road three times to find police lights flashing and caution tape roping off a fatal pedestrian collision. The first time was July 12 when a vehicle struck a 54-year-old man. The second time was on Jan. 17, and the victim wasn’t just some pedestrian, he was a close friend. Cory Hubbard was a beloved member of the university club lacrosse team and greater university community. The third time I saw the intersection roped off was Friday night. When I saw the flashing lights, I felt my stomach turn and thought I must have been dreaming. How has that intersection claimed another young life, just months after taking my friend away? How have the university and College Park failed to address the site of three fatal accidents in less than a year? When I heard the news Monday morning that the pedestrian struck Friday, George Washington University senior Carlos Pacanins, had died, I was hit with overwhelming sadness for his family and friends. The grief from my own friend’s death came bubbling back to the surface. More than anything, I felt defeated; hopeless that we could find any way to prevent such senseless deaths. The intersection of Route 1 and Knox Road is likely the busiest p e d e s t r i a n t h o ro u g h fa re i n College Park. Every day students cross there to go to and from class, to the shopping center and the many bars and restaurants along Route 1 that depend on foot traffic to stay in business. With the lack of parking along the corridor, the area is accessible mostly by foot or bicycle. You would be hard-pressed to find

a student who hasn’t crossed that intersection and most will admit to jaywalking to grab money from the Bank of America or pizza at Slices Pizza Co. Despite the glut of casualties at such a busy intersection, neither the university nor the city of College Park seems to acknowledge that a problem exists. University President Wallace Loh released a statement after Cory’s death in January but has given no acknowledgment to the other two victims. Is the image of this university more important than acknowledging a life lost? Additionally, it seems absurd that there are no visible safety m ea s u re s a t t h e i n te rs e c t i o n beyond the crosswalk, and neither the university nor the city has indicated plans to increase safety there. There are speed limit signs declaring speed is photo-enforced, but there is no camera despite the abundance of speed cameras in other areas of College Park. Speed bumps or rumble strips are also absent. While the city decided to build a very important and heavily utilized pedestrian underpass near The Varsity, this has not been discussed as an option for the intersection at Knox Road. This is a formal call to the university and city of College Park to stop sweeping this issue under the rug. A dialogue about the safety of that intersection should have started in July, and it is embarrassing and shameful that nine months later, two more people have died and nothing has been done. Furthermore, it is our turn as students to speak up and make noise. We can’t sit back and wait for someone else to take the plunge. Let’s all push for a safer and more pedestrian-friendly College Park. Leandra Bitterfeld is a senior Spanish and biology major. She can be reached at

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PREACHING TO THE CHOIR Although there are exceptions, Heaven Is for Real and other films for Christian audiences are too busy sermonizing to work as movies By Warren Zhang @auberginecow Senior staff writer The trailer for the recently released Heaven Is for Real gained Internet notoriety for its unblinking embrace of and total commitment to religious schmaltz. Though Heaven Is for Real is a more high-profile release than most, it’s only a part of a surprisingly large Christian film industry. Some of the films are legitimately good, even to nonbelievers. Many, however, are insular and impenetrable movies, disguising extended sermons behind paperthin narratives. They, like Heaven Is for Real, deal entirely in broad sentiment and absurdly unwavering faith that’s difficult to take seriously. Here are three of the worst offenders:


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the movie. When you sit down to watch a weepie, you enter the movie willing to be moved. When you go watch a comedy, you agree to laugh along with the shenanigans on-screen. Expectations and marketing end up being vital aspects of the moviegoing experience. Great films can and will transcend those expectations and genre ghettoization. Bad movies will disappoint even the most willing viewers. Case in point: The Genesis Code, a cinematic personification of those religious pamphlets handed out on street corners. Even folks coming into the movie with an open mind will be turned off by how deathly dull and involving the movie is. The movie claims to present a unified theory of science and scripture, showing how science doesn’t dispute tenets of the Bible. Ignoring the drivel passed off as science, The Genesis Code’s most fatal mistake is presenting its case as a series of extended lectures hiding behind a boring drama. Nothing in the movie engages, s o t h e a rg u m e n ts p re s e n te d therein get sandwiched among excruciating interludes of copycat scenes mashing together Hallmark movie fodder with Twilight. Amusingly enough, the protagonists of The Genesis Code often act as if they were the antagonists in a different movie; the heroine blows off any help and advice offered by a rotating panel of scientists and atheists. For a movie preaching open-mindedness, that’s pretty hypocritical.


Even as an atheist, I find the notion of a Rapture film pretty interesting. The premise inherently promises both dramatic and bombastic, explode-y material. A good film could conceivably consider the moral implications of being on Earth during the Rapture while also blowing things up real good. Unfortunately, the turgid Left Behind, a trilogy (!) of movies based on some best-selling novels, squanders its potential. Due for a reboot this year starring Nicolas Cage, the original Left Behind series is an appallingly awful attempt at disguising facile Sunday school garbage as a paranoid conspiracy flick. Not only does the ultra-cheap film look like a low-budget ’80s television show, Left Behind also indulges in some of the most nonsensical malarkey this side of an elementary school’s bathroom wall. The plot synopsis reads like the manifesto of a genuinely deranged nut: Kirk Cameron (Fireproof) is

a “GNN” reporter who gets embroiled in a conspiracy to control global food supply masterminded by the Antichrist (who’s moonlighting as the U.N. secretary-general) while all the good Christians get Raptured up to heaven. This is what I’d expect to hear at a Westboro Baptist Church p ro te s t , n o t d u r i n g a t r i l og y of movies that cost (allegedly) millions of dollars. Left Behind doesn’t even reach any hilariously awful depths. It’s only an exhausting slog that treats the ridiculous with the type of reverence and solemnity typically reserved for the legitimately holy.

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A thin line separates movies like October Baby and the film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks. The difference is while the latter often traffics in Christian values and themes, they never bring the theology to the foreground. October Baby, on the other hand, is all too happy to make its secular anti-abortion views the

That earlier comparison with Sparks was not for naught — the vast majority of October Baby unfurls like a crappy Sparks adaptation about a controversial topic. That means all the typical problems with Sparks’ oeuvre are present and in full force. The movie is overwhelmingly saturated with such maudlin sentimentality that it feels like nothing more than a naked attempt at tugging viewers’ heartstrings. But this approach backfires, only serving to make its emotional beats feel phony and manufactured. In the end, October Baby suffers from both its purpose as a bit of prolife propaganda and for the filmmakers’ lack of confidence in the ability of their story to be moving without the extraneous bits.


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Luus claims vital triumph at Wake Senior went five weeks without win before helping team topple Deacons “I’VE BEEN HAVING A TOUGH TIME FOR A WHILE. IT JUST FELT Entering Saturday’s match at GOOD TO GET OUT No. 66 Wake Forest, Terrapins THERE AND GET THE By Jacob Walker @JacobW_DBK Staff writer

tennis senior Welma Luus had played in eight straight contests without a singles victory. And after the Terps fell behind the Demon Deacons, 3-2, the team’s fate rested on Luus, who took her match with Samantha Asch into the third set. And in one of the most c r i t i c a l m o m e n ts o f h e r season, Luus won the final set, 6-3, to earn a singles victory and tie the match at three. Minutes later, sophomore Nataliya Bredikhina won to clinch the Terps’ 4-3 triumph over Wake Forest. “It was awesome,” freshman Kristina Hovsepyan said. “I got to watch the end of the second [set] and all of the third. It was awesome. She had such a good attitude, and it was really fun to see.” Luus, the No. 4 singles player, said she lacked confidence during her winless five-week stretch leading up to Saturday. She thought her biggest problem was not attacking balls like she used to. A strong week of practice before the match against the Demon Deacons, however, prompted the senior to play more aggressively. “She really came to win that match,” coach Daria Panova said. “I was very proud, and right from the start I had no doubt in my mind that she was going to win because of how she started to play the match.” L u u s — wh o to re h e r labrum last season — did


Terrapins tennis senior not blame her shoulder for her poor performances this season, though the injury has played a part in a significant regression from the form she displayed earlier in her career. Luus won 46 percent of her singles contests and 60 percent of her doubles matches in her first two years. In her sophomore season, Luus and doubles partner Ana Belzunce were ranked as high as No. 15 in the country. This season, Luus sports a 4-14 individual record and a 7-9 record in doubles with two matches remaining. “I definitely would like to think I would have done better this semester so far,” Luus said. “But you can’t go back and change things. And I’m not thinking, ‘Oh, this is bad. I wish things were different.’ You can’t do that. You just got to look forward and keeping working hard.” While things might not have gone the way Luus hoped earlier in her career, she still enjoys the success that does come her way, including her pivotal win in Saturday’s match. “I’ve been having a tough time for a while,” Luus said. “It just felt good to get out there and get the job done.”

Former MEN’s BASKETBALL coach Lefty Driesell flashes his trademark ‘V’ during Maryland Madness in October. Driesell coached the Terps from 1969 to 1986. file photo/the diamondback

Driesell, Weller, Holliday enter Washington Sports Hall of Fame Terps icons will be inducted in ceremony at Nationals Park this month By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer Former Terrapins men’s basketball coach Lefty Driesell, former Terrapins women’s basketball coach Chris Weller and radio announcer Johnny Holliday were named part of a seven-member class in the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame yesterday in a news release. All three are institutions in College Park, well-known for their roles with the Terps. Driesell was famously credited with saying he would make this university “the UCLA of the East,” though he later said that phrase came from Jay McMillen, the brother of prized basketball recruit Tom McMillen, during a meeting when Driesell was considering taking the coaching job with the Terps. Driesell came to College Park, McMillen followed, and both played important roles in the elevation of the program on the national stage. Driesell coached the Terps for 17 seasons and won 348 games. The Terps won the

1972 NIT and the 1984 ACC tournament with Driesell at the helm of the program, which developed star players such as McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Len Bias and Buck Williams during his tenure. Weller spent 27 seasons leading the Terps to 499 wins, eight ACC titles, three Final Fours and one national title game appearance. Vicky Bullett, Jasmina Perazic, Debbie Lytle and Deanna Tate were All-Americans under Weller. In 1988-89, the Terps had one of their most successful seasons. Weller led the team to a 29-3 overall record and a 13-1 mark in the ACC before winning the ACC tournament. But the Terps fell to Tennessee, 94-80, in the Final Four. Holliday became a radio announcer for the Terps in 1979 after a career as a Top-40 disc jockey and was honored for his 35 years of calling football and men’s basketball games in the fall. He is perhaps best known for his call of, “And the kids have done it: Maryland wins their firstever national championship” when the Terps captured the 2002 men’s basketball

title against Indiana. “It’s the greatest job in the world to work with coaches like [men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon], [football coach Randy Edsall], [an] athletic director like Kevin [Anderson] and people that have been associated with them — the players, the administrations,” Holliday said in October. “It’s a dream come true that most people would love, love to have. I’ve been fortunate enough to do it for all these years and hopefully a couple more before we call it quits.” Journalism professor and former Washington Post sports editor George Solomon also will be honored at the April 27 ceremony at Nationals Park in Washington. Former Washington Capitals goalkeeper Olaf Kolzig, Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner and Olympic and professional figure skater Michael Weiss round out the class. Each inductee will receive a plaque, and their names will be added to the Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park.

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Attacker BROOKE GRIFFIN scored on all five of her shot attempts in the Terps’ victory over Virginia on Sunday. chester lam/the diamondback


in games. The Terps used the 15-8 edge against Virginia to help produce 10 more shots in From PAGE 8 the game. “Ground balls and draw conGriffin said. “We don’t need to trols are two of the hustle plays force it in.” that we really try to focus on,” Cummings said. “In the second DRAW CONTROL DOMINATION half, we did a much better job With the Terps and Vir- on that.” ginia tied midway through the second half, each possession DEFENSE STIFFENS was crucial. After Glaros broke the tie with 11:37 remaining, Goalkeeper Abbey Clipp midfielder Zoe Stukenberg made five first-half saves gained possession after the against the Cavaliers, but the draw control and found Cum- Terps defense struggled to gain mings 26 seconds later for a possession after Cavaliers shots. With the extra opportunities, two-goal cushion. Midfielder Erin Collins con- Virginia took 16 shots and capitrolled the next three draws, talized on six of them to tie the which allowed the Terps game entering halftime. But the Terps defense prooffense to add to the lead and prevent the Cavaliers from duced down the stretch, allowing two goals on 10 shots in the coming back. “When we really needed that second half. “Beginning of the second half, possession back, we didn’t get many draws,” Virginia coach I think we gave them a few too Julie Myers said. “That is many opportunities,” Cummings something we aren’t used to.” said. “They would have four or The Terps have a 253-133 ad- five opportunities in a single vantage on draw controls this possession, and they were able season, and those extra posses- to stick it. But once we started to sions are often the difference give them one or two opportuni-

ties, we were able to transition into our offensive end.”

UP TO NO. 1 After dominating opponents during the first half of the regular season, the Terps maintained their No. 2 ranking behind North Carolina, which topped them in the NCAA championship last year. Though the Terps fell to the Tar Heels in the showdown between the top two teams in the country, Syracuse ousted North Carolina over the weekend, leaving the No. 1 ranking up for grabs. The Terps struggled to pull away in games against Boston College and Princeton recently, but the Brine women’s media poll rewarded the Terps with the No. 1 ranking Monday afternoon. “When you can find a way to pull out a game against tough opponents like Virginia and Princeton in the same week, that is big for our players,” Reese said. “I would hope that they understand how big that is.”

of two teams in the country and the only team in the conference to defeat No. 2 Duke this season. So after his team’s second loss of the season, Tillman decided to point out how much the Terps have accomplished in the past few months. “People were telling us we weren’t going to make the playoffs, we weren’t going to be any good,” Tillman said Saturday. “And we’re disappointed that we’re 9-2 right now. And I think that speaks to how hard our kids have worked.” Like last season, the Terps got off to a hot start. They won their first seven games, including an impressive eight-goal victory at thenNo. 1 Syracuse, to claim the top spot in the national rankings. But Tillman’s squad has lost two of its past four ga m e s a n d s t r u g g l e d to limit turnovers in losses at then-No. 6 North Carolina on March 22 and against the Blue Jays on Saturday. In 2013, the Terps fell to Johns Hopkins at home by three goals and failed to halt a downward spiral in the second half of the season, eventually losing in the first round of both the ACC and NCAA tournaments. To avoid another collapse, Tillman said his team must keep growing and adapting. “We’re always breaking down film, and we’re always looking at what we’ve done right and what we’ve done wrong,” Tillman said. “We’re always trying to get better, even when things are going well, because you’re trying to stay one step ahead.” Tillman has preached all season that he wants the Terps to hit their stride when the postseason arrives later this

Midfielder JOE LOCASCIO (5) is one of the returning contributors from last season’s Terps team that exited the NCAA tournament in the first round. christian jenkins/the diamondback


Terrapins men’s lacrosse coach month. On multiple occasions, Tillman has lauded Duke coach John Danowski’s ability to help his reigning national champion team improve through the course of the season, which translates into success in the NCAA tournament. The Terps have an opportunity to return to their earlyseason form and earn a quality win Saturday when they visit the Fighting Irish. And perhaps just as im-

portantly, the Terps have a chance to take home a share of a regular-season conference title three months after the league’s coaches predicted they would be far from the top of the standings. “We’re disappointed we didn’t get it today,” Tillman said Saturday. “But a lot of the goals we want are all right in front of us.”


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a 1-19 record, and N.C. State were canceled and cannot be rescheduled due to ACC rules. As a result, the Terps have played only five home games all season. Nine of their final 12 games will played at Maryland Softball Stadium, however, including ACC series against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. The Terps sit in 10th place in the conference and are two-and-a-half games behind Boston College for the eighth spot. The Terps need to place in the top eight to return to the ACC tournament. When the Terps have gotten on the field, they’ve won four of their 34 games, the worst start in program history. With sunny skies in the forecast for today, though, the Terps and the Hornets should be able to play one of the games scheduled for more than a month ago.

Hours before the Terrapins softball team was scheduled to host Delaware State in a midweek doubleheader yesterday, buckets of rain fell in College Park. The dreary weather conditions forced the Terps to postpone their doubleheader and reschedule one game for tonight. Inclement weather has caused four home postponements and nine home cancellations this season, including the doubleheader against Delaware State originally scheduled for March 5 and the Maryland Invitational on March 7 and 8. Entering the year, the Terps had not canceled a game since 2011 and had played all but 12 of the games on their schedule over the previous five seasons. This season, home series against ACC foes Virginia, which is last in the conference with

“We’ll reschedule the lost games, and we’ll end up playing in warmer weather,” coach John Szefc said before the Massachusetts series. “When you get to the middle part of the season, A snowy winter forced the Terrapins base- guys would rather play than practice anyway.” ball team to cancel early-season games, and Szefc, whose Terps are scheduled to host Navy though the weather has gotten warmer, rain- today, added Wednesday games against Liberty, soaked fields are now a worry. Mount St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s. The Terps The Terps’ game against Towson at Ripken beat Liberty on April 2, lost to Mount St. Mary’s Stadium in Aberdeen yesterday was canceled last week and will play St. Joseph’s on April 30. because of rain, marking their seventh cancellaOne ACC game was canceled — the series finale tion or postponement of the season. After a game against No. 22 Clemson two weeks ago — while two against Massachusetts was called off — the third midweek contests and two weekend matchups cancellation or postponement of the season — in against nonconference foes were canceled. Games late February, right-hander Jake Stinnett said there against George Mason and Virginia Commonwere more weather-related scheduling changes wealth have been rescheduled for later this season. this year than in any of his previous three seasons. While snow and ice resulted in cancellations While yesterday’s contest, planned to be into March, extreme wind chill and rain caused Game 1 of the first Ripken Cup, won’t be re- the past three disruptions in the schedule. scheduled, the Terps’ upcoming schedule is filled with games added midway through the season.


Terps stay upbeat after defeat at Johns Hopkins Team sits one win from share of ACC championship couldn’t overcome the loss of a senior class that accounted for almost half of the team’s scoring in 2013. Tillman’s incoming freshmen — a group ranked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse — provided a BALTIMORE — Though the Terrapins men’s la- great deal of talent, but pundits thought the crosse team suffered a disappointing loss to Terps were too inexperienced to contend in one Johns Hopkins on Saturday at Homewood Field, of the best conferences in the country. Now, the No. 7 Terps are one win at Notre coach John Tillman chose to highlight some Dame away from clinching a share of the positives in his postgame news conference. In the ACC preseason poll, the conference’s regular-season ACC title. Plus, they’re one coaches selected the Terps to finish last. The coaches likely believed the program See UPBEAT, Page 7 Midfielder Joe Locascio and the Terps were selected to finish last in the conference in the ACC coaches preseason poll. christian jenkins/the diamondback By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Senior staff writer


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Posts pose issue in win over UVA Shooting percentage drops; Terps win several important draw controls By Ryan Baillargeon @RyanBaillargeon Staff writer The Terrapins women’s lacrosse team controlled the opening draw Sunday against then-No. 18 Virginia, and midfielder Beth Glaros fired a quick shot on goal. The senior’s shot clanked off the post, but the Terps retained possession. Midfielder Taylor Cummings rifled a shot toward the goal after that, but the ball ricocheted off the post again before the Cavaliers gained control. The then-No. 2 Terps’ shots hit the post several more times during their 13-8 victory against Virginia. They scored on 13 of their 36 shots, marking their lowest shooting percentage this season. “We have been hitting posts a lot lately,” Cummings said. “But I think if we just really focus in and stick it, then we won’t be frustrated anymore.” The Terps have shot better

than 48 percent on the season but struggled to score Sunday because of shots hitting the post, missing the goal entirely or being stopped by Cavaliers goalkeeper Liz Colgan. Attacker Brooke Griffin was the only player who shot better than 50 percent. She connected on all of her shots to lead the team with five goals in the game. Griffin entered the game shooting 66 percent, just ahead of midfielder Kelly McPartland’s 64 percent for the team lead. While Griffin put together a stellar performance, McPartland struggled. McPartland took seven shots against the Cavaliers and finished without a goal. It was the second time in 16 games this season that McPartland, who is tied for the team lead with 42 goals, failed to score. “We just need to be patient when we do have the ball,” See NOTeBOOK, Page 7

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