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THE RIGHT TRACK Men’s lacrosse looks to get back to winning ways this weekend

Free Earth Day concert on the National Mall features The Roots, Gov’t Mule and more




Man held in Worchester sex assaults Female residents say man tried to caress them



46.8% Jonathan Sachs Students Party



Mardy Shualy

Dan Leydorf



Sachs elected SGA president

BY BEN WORSLEY Staff writer

University Police yesterday arrested a man on sexual assault charges in Worchester Hall after students living there said he caressed several girls without their permission. Tremaine Marshall, 23, was arrested on a fourth-degree sexual assault charge and two burglary charges, University Police Spokesman Paul Dillon said. Despite the recent string of Peeping Tom incidents and reports of a “city cuddler” targeting houses off the campus, Dillon said yesterday’s crime was unrelated and he did not know where this suspect was from. He did not think he was a student, he added. Dillon said police responded to a call from Worchester Hall at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday and found Marshall on the second floor,

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Half of Spring BBQ tickets sold South Campus Dining Hall to close at 3 p.m.


Jonathan Sachs discovers he won the Student Government Association presidential contest by more than 500 votes. Sachs’ Students Party took 22 of 27 legislature seats.

Sachs’ slate wins wide majority Student votes lowest since 1999; Friedson disappointed in turnout



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Dining Services will go through with its plans to close the South Campus Dining Hall this afternoon to accommodate the SGA’s Spring BBQ, despite having sold only half the allotted tickets. Joe Mullineaux, associate director for Dining Services, said the Student Government Association sold about 900 of the 1,800 available tickets as of Thursday afternoon, but Dining Services and the SGA are both hoping many more students will buy tickets at the last minute. Though SGA officials said they are satisfied with ticket sales, Dining Services has expressed concerns throughout the

Presidential candidate Jonathan Sachs led the Students Party to a near-sweep yesterday in the SGA election, which saw the lowest voter turnout in almost 10 years. The Students Party clinched a majority of the Student Government Association’s seats, including 22 of 27 legislative positions, as well as all but one executive board position; Joanna Calabrese of the HOUSE party was elected Senior Vice President. Eruptions of screams, highfives and hugs resounded

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throughout the Nyumburu Amphitheater yesterday afternoon as the SGA election results were announced, drawing two weeks of intensive campaigning to a close. “Our party is really close; we wanted to build a family, and that’s what we did,” said Sachs, who, upon learning of his win, lifted a party member off the ground in a bear-hug. HOUSE party candidate Mardy Shualy fell 510 votes short of Sachs’ 1,855, according to numbers provided by the SGA Elections Board. Independent candidate Dan


J. Calabrese W. Fisher

VP OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS S. Grimes 1,785 L. Johnson 1,573


percentage of undergrads who voted

Student voters in yesterday’s SGA election showed resounding support for a Good Samaritan policy that, if accepted by university officials, would grant amnesty to students who call 911 to help their dangerously intoxicated friends. After the issue has hung in the University Senate all year, yesterday’s referendum that showed 94 percent of students who voted on the question supported the initiative, gives it a major boost as the senate, which directly advises the university’s top administrators, looks to return to the issue next year.

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At Catholic Univ., pope stresses faith in higher ed Students at this university say secular education, Catholic Student Center have re-affirmed beliefs



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Before a crowd of almost 50,000 at Nationals Park, sophomore civil engineering major Charlton Kilgore slowly made his way down the center aisle of the largest Mass he has ever celebrated, reminding himself not to trip as he reached within feet of Pope Benedict XVI. “It was the coolest thing I have ever done and the most amazing spiritual experience of my life,” said Kilgore, who was among about 200 university students in attendance, some of whom woke up as early as 4 a.m. in order to make it to the stadium several hours

In a speech to a group of hundreds of leaders of the nation’s Roman Catholic universities yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI had a straightforward message: The church’s teachings should mold all parts of campus life. “I wish to reaffirm the great value of academic freedom,” Benedict told teachers gathered at the Catholic University of America, according to the Associated Press. “Yet it is also the case that any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and the teaching of the church would

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Tomorrow’s Weather:

1,734 1,681

VP OF FINANCIAL AFFAIRS J. Hofeberg 1,956 S. Ahmad 1,408

Sophomore gets rare chance to present pontiff with gift


BY MARISSA LANG Staff writer


An ‘amazing spiritual experience’

Pope Benedict XVI leaves Nationals Park after celebrating Mass yesterday in Washington. It was the third day of his visit to the United States.

Votes 1,855 1,345 494

J. Sachs M. Shualy D. Leydorf

Readership, Samaritan referenda pass

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obstruct or even betray the university’s identity and mission.” Despite the Pope’s emphasis on how Catholic teachers have a “profound responsibility to lead the young to truth,” Catholic students at this university, a secular public school, said they are perfectly happy with the educational opportunities they have received here. In fact, the university’s secular nature has helped them develop their religious beliefs within the university’s strong Catholic community, instead of inside the classroom, they said. “I actually like being at a secular school more, because it keeps me

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Undergraduate Art History Symposium



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Not a problem at all.


I think it’s a problem.


It’s somewhat of a problem.


It’s a really big problem.


It’s the worst problem we have.


Animal carcass probe in early stages POINT OF ROCKS – Veterinary technicians in Frederick are taking a close look at the skeletal remains of more than 70 dogs and cats in hopes of learning how they ended up in a heap near the Potomac River in Frederick County. Harold Domer of the county’s animalcontrol office says a man looking for mushrooms found the remains Tuesday in a wooded area of undeveloped private property off Rock Hall Road near the riverside community of Point of Rocks. Domer says the bones appear to be those of at least 70 dogs and two cats. He says they could have been placed there about two months ago and might have accumulated over time.


University Golf Course Spring Wine Dinner 5:30 p.m., University Golf Course: Thomas Room FRIDAY | SCENE + HEARD


Learning to survive domestic abuse Survivor: Cook Islands contestant Becky Lee talks to students about recognizing and fighting relationship violence BY DERBY COX Staff writer


The Guarneri String Quartet performs, 8 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: Dekelboum Concert Hall

Reception will follow, 1 p.m., ArtSociology Building: Rm 2309

ONLINE POLL How big of a problem is hazing on the campus?

An Evening of Beethoven

Every five years, as many women die from relationship abuse as Americans died in the Vietnam War, Becky Lee, a Survivor: Cook Islands contestant, said during a domestic violence seminar last night. About 60 people — predominantly women, though there were some men — gathered in the Prince George’s Room of the Stamp Student Union to attend the seminar, which was organized by the Asian American Student Union, Kappa Phi Gamma, Pi Delta Psi, Sigma Psi Zeta and the Muslim Women of Maryland. During the event, which was aimed especially at the Asian-American community, Lee presented statistics and encouraged the audience to look for signs of abuse in their friends’ relationships. After winning $75,000 for her thirdplace finish on Survivortwo years ago, Lee put some of that money toward starting “Becky’s Fund,” an organization that promotes awareness of domestic violence through college tours, a YouTube video and upcoming radio and television spots. Although there was no “eureka moment” when Lee knew she had to address the issue, she was moved by a lawyer who spoke to her class when she was a junior in college. The lawyer recounted a story in which an abuser stabbed his wife and later dragged her through the streets by her hair as her intestines hung out of her body. No one came to her aid, the lawyer told Lee’s class. “So many people say, ‘This is a privacy

issue; I don’t want to get involved’,” Lee said. “That pisses me off.” The most important goal of her organization is to create awareness, Lee said. Forty-one to 60 percent of AsianAmerican women say they have been abused, a figure which is probably underreported due to cultural barriers, Lee said. “There’s a cultural stigma that you kind of let things like domestic violence go under the rug,” agreed Kumudha Kumarachandran, a junior government and politics major and the chair of the AASU committee responsible for the event. “The important thing is to talk to people and keep people involved.” “The Asian-American community likes to ignore that it happens,” sophomore government and politics major Phil Mok agreed. “In the KoreanAmerican community, people are always worried about what other people think of them. They’re afraid to put themselves out there.” Montgomery County Police Officer Mike Yu, who is one semester from finishing his criminal justice major at the university, offered another explanation of why domestic violence often goes unreported. “The person that is hurting you is someone that you also love,” Yu said. Another goal, Lee said, is involving men in the domestic violence discussion. “In the past, they weren’t asked to enter the room and sit at the table,” she said. “A lot of times we think of [abuse] as male versus female, but it’s not.”


Becky Lee, a former Survivor contestant, speaks about domestic violence and its prevalence in the Asian community.

Hoax letters notify residents about STD BALTIMORE – Baltimore health officials say someone has been sending unauthorized letters warning recipients they have been identified by a patient with a sexually transmitted disease. Health officials say the letters used city letterhead and advised the recipient to call a fictitious city official. City residents who receive letters informing them that they may be infected with a sexually transmitted disease are being asked to call the health department to determine whether the letter is legitimate.

— Compiled from wire reports

CORRECTION Due to a source error, yesterday’s story “SGA launches portal for students” gave the incorrect Internet address for uHub at UMD. The website can be accessed at or

Police obtain picture of one on-campus robbery suspect BY BEN WORSLEY Staff writer

Police have obtained a photo of one of the four men wanted in connection with the assault and robbery of a male student near Susquehanna Hall earlier this week. The photo of the suspect was taken at a local convenience store after he used the victim’s credit card for a purchase, said University Police spokesman Paul Dillon. Dillon said the photo was taken the morning of the robbery but declined for investigative reasons to say at which store it was taken. Dillon also declined to comment on any additional leads police may have in the case, but said they do not have photos of the other men. “We are actively investigating it and we are confident this case will end with

arrests,” Dillon said. The student victim, who asked not to be named, said he was walking to his apartment early Sunday morning when he was approached by four men. One of them punched him in the face, and, when the victim tried to run away, he tripped. The men then began kicking him. Although a crime alert sent to students earlier this week said one of the men told the victim to “give me your money,” the victim said it was not explicitly demanded. He said he offered the muggers his wallet to persuade them to stop and then threw it on the ground. The men took the wallet and ran away. The victim said he suffered “some pretty bad scratches and bruises,” but went to the hospital only as a precaution. The victim said he was a designated driver for a party earlier in the night, and

had just parked in Mowatt Lane Garage near South Campus Commons before being mugged. He was walking alone and was distracted by text messages on his cell phone, the victim said. “I learned to pay more attention when I’m walking places,” he said. “I’ll also make sure to not be texting anymore when I’m walking.” The victim praised University Police for their quick reaction. He said he called immediately after the incident, and they responded “within a couple of minutes.” Anyone who knows the identity of the suspect is encouraged to call University Police at (301) 405-6871 or (301) 4053555. In addition, anyone can send an anonymous tip to police on their website.


One of the suspects in the on-campus robbery committed earlier this week was captured in a picture taken at a local convenience store. Police are using the photo to gather information about the suspect.



Students vote to fund newspaper program REFERENDA, from Page 1 In another question on the Student Government Association ballot, voters also supported a $3.50 increase in student fees in order to fund the Collegiate Readership Program, which provides newspapers like The Washington Post and The New York Times on the campus every day. Although it passed by a much slimmer margin — 65 percent of students who voted on the question supported the program — SGA Speaker of the Legislature Nick Chamberlain said the vote empow-

ers the SGA to increase the fees in order to expand the number of newspaper kiosks on the campus, after officials from the Collegiate Readership Program said the university is underserved. The SGA has no direct power to act on the results of the Good Samaritan referendum, but SGA Senior Vice President Brad Docherty, who will serve in the University Senate next semester, said the vote will send the body a clear message. The senate moved to postpone a vote on the issue this year, after

many professors in the body said they lacked sufficient research on the policy to make a decision. “[The results of the referenda] arms us with data to prove that students are behind this,” Docherty said. “This is hard evidence.” The two-part question asked students first if they supported a goodSamaritan policy, to which students responded “yes” in a 3,319 to 199 vote. A second question personalized the issue, asking if students would be more inclined to call for help if such a policy existed. Again, the results

newspaper program for the last three years using $10,000 from a pool of money made up of student activities fees. Chamberlain said this year the SGA needed to increase the fee in order to keep the program up and running and “cover the campus” effectively. The fee hike will still require approval from university officials and the Board of Regents, but both bodies have histories of accepting the SGA’s student fees proposals. “We wanted to ask students what they wanted especially in light of the fact that all the other fees [associated with attending college] are going up,” Chamberlain said.

spoke for themselves: 3,123 voted “yes,” while only 255 said the policy’s instatement would have no impact on their decision to call or not. “It’s obvious that students would call for help if this were in place,” Chamberlain said. “Not having this policy might actually be compromising people’s lives.” Chamberlain said the SGA called for the vote on the Collegiate Readership Program because it involves a student-fee increase, which in past years have rarely faced clear support. Although the SGA has funded the

Friedson disappointed over lowest voter turnout in decade SGA, from Page 1 Leydorf collected 494 votes. Only 15.3 percent of the student body cast ballots, the lowest number since 1999. About 20 percent of undergraduate students voted last year. SGA President Andrew Friedson expressed disappointment about the low turnout, though he said the SGA did its part to encourage participation by providing advertisements for the election on lawn signs across the campus, listservs and the SGA website. He added that, while the SGA does take measures to get the word out about the election, the onus is ultimately on the campaigns to engage students. “SGA’s role is really just to make sure students know the when and how,” he said. “This year that was no different; we did what we always do.” While all presidential candidates agreed that the imposed spending cap of $3,500 this year made it harder to reach voters, Shualy said the additional week of campaigning this year may have left voters bombarded with too much election information, leading to apathy on election day. “I’m really surprised [that voter turnout was so low],” Shualy said. “Maybe people just got oversaturated by the campaigns. We were all out there as much as possible.” Sachs chalked up the lack of turnout to poor campaigning on the part of his opponents. He said members of his party knocked on doors repeatedly, a tactic which brought votes to the Students Party, but also may have bored students or dis-


Former presidential candidate for the HOUSE Party, Mardy Shualy, reacts with little emotion after the announcement of the winners of the SGA election. couraged students from voting at all. “In this election there was only one party going after students,” said Sachs, touting the efforts of his own party. “Having the same people come to your door two, three times doesn’t get people excited.” Sachs said the main reason for his and the rest of his party’s success was an effort to meet students face-to-face as often as possible. “Our ground game was so good, we hit every door on this campus twice by Wednesday morning,” he said. “And it worked — the student body spoke.” Calabrese, the Senior Vice Presidential

Police say assaults unrelated to city ‘cuddler’ ARREST, from Page 1 where several women interviewed said they encountered the man and felt uncomfortable. Marshall told police a company dropped him off there to sell magazines. According to Dillon’s account, a female student sitting in her room heard a man from behind ask her to buy magazines. She said she did not want any, and he then asked her about a tattoo on her shoulder blade. He began to caress her back, then he asked if she had a boyfriend or needed help with her laundry. The suspect then asked the girl for a hug and grabbed her and pulled her toward him. Dillon added that the suspect then went to another room and asked a girl if she wanted any magazines. She said she had no money. Police arrested the man shortly after, she said. Many students at Worchester Hall called the man “creepy.” Students said he wore a white dress shirt and a tie and asked some residents to vote for him. The students said he asked others if they had debit cards. Kristina Quiroz, a freshman who lives on the second floor, said the suspect approached her yesterday afternoon in her dorm room. According to her account, the suspect asked her to vote for him, then offered a handshake. He did not let go of her hand, and he then entered the room and shut the door behind him. Quiroz said the suspect asked her, “You got a man?” She said yes and that he was coming to her room soon. The suspect asked her where her boyfriend lived and if she was sure her boyfriend was actually coming soon. Meagan Nesky, a sophomore who lives on the second floor of the building, said she was walking toward the bathroom when the man approached her and tried to hug her. She said the suspect asked Nesky if she would vote for him for class president. Nesky, who said she works in the records department of the University Police, told the suspect where she works, but said the fact she works with police did not seem to phase him. Nesky added, “I knew he wasn’t completely sober, so I knew to stay away from him.” The suspect did not just talk to females who lived in Worchester Hall, though. Shomik Datta, a freshman who lives on the first floor, said the man came by his room as well. Datta said the suspect asked him for a debit card, then asked if he would vote for him. Datta added the suspect asked his next-door neighbor if he had any ecstasy. Court case records show Marshall has no previous charges of any kind on his record. Worchester Hall does not have a front desk. The Resident Director of the building could not be reached for comment. Dillon praised the victim who had her back caressed for quickly reporting the incident to police. Because of her speedy reaction, Dillon said, police were able to quickly make an arrest on the scene. “They did a good job of calling 911 immediately. We were able to make a quick arrest,” Dillon said. “Kudos to the victim for calling us quickly.”

nominee who upset Students Party candidate Wanika Fisher by 53 votes, said that working with an otherwise entirely Students Party slate will be interesting but not difficult. “Many of these guys are my friends,” she said. “I was sad to run against them.” Fisher did not return calls for comment yesterday. While the two parties agreed on many issues during the campaign, differences in contentious issues such as their approach to safety were clearly defined. Calabrese said she would work to integrate her party’s platform


Former SGA presidential candidates Mardy Shualy, left, and Dan Leydorf hug after learning that Jonathan Sachs won the SGA election. with the new exectives’ goals. “I’m really relieved that I won,” she said. “Now I can take my party platform and bring it into this administration.” Shualy congratulated Calabrese with a hug and said that, while he did not win, he was proud of her. During the campaign, Shualy said he would not run again next year. Leydorf also said he will not attempt another run next year, but he hopes his candidacy will open doors for future independents considering a run for the SGA top job. “Obviously I’m disappointed with the

results,” said Leydorf. “But I think a lot of people made a statement by voting for me. I hope it shows that the way campaigns are done needs to be analyzed.” Sachs called his victory exciting, but said the prospect of getting to introduce and implement elements of his platform was the more enthralling. “There are so many things I want to do come day one,” he said. “But this summer, I’m going to work on getting the NITE ride number onto student IDs, so freshmen will have that to welcome them come fall.”

For students, faith reaffirmed by academic freedom CATHOLIC , from Page 1 outside the bubble,” said Gabriel Blanchard, a junior classics major who converted to Catholicism at the Catholic Student Center in March and has since switched from his birth name, Ian, to his confirmation name. “You can spend your entire life in the bubble. ... There’s a lot of pressure in Christian schools to conform.” And other students said the CSC is a reliable, trustworthy companion in their own efforts toward finding their religious identities. “I personally don’t feel I’m missing anything,” said Tony Prebula, a sophomore family studies major who was able to snag one of the 200 tickets the CSC had to the pope’s Mass at Nationals Park in Washington yesterday. “The Catholic community here more than makes up for it. A strong Catholic

community can be better than a Catholic school, [and] the Catholic community here is pretty legit.” “The community here is great, and I’m really proud to be a part of it,” added Charles Fabbri, a junior sociology major who also attended the pope’s Mass. Yet while students said they appreciate the university’s diverse student body, they made a clear distinction between public and private education. While this university is a statefunded institution that can focus on various academia, religious schools should focus entirely on the church’s teachings, a movement that has been in effect since 1990, when former Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, a document that called for colleges to strengthen their religious identities, some students said. “There are unfortunately

some Catholic schools that have — I don’t want to say ‘conformed’ — but sort of lost their way,” Fabbri said. Despite that drawback, some students said they would have preferred to attend a private Catholic school if various factors had not kept them away. For Calvin Grunewald, a sophomore computer science major, this university’s more affordable pricetag and solid computer science program drew him in, despite his initial wishes to attend a more Catholic-centric school. “You get your theology [at private schools],” Grunewald said. “I actually wish that Maryland offered some classes in religious theology.” Many students agreed, expressing a similar desire to see the university offer more classes about their religion. “There’s this fear of the domi-

nance of religion,” Fabbri said. “Public schools are so afraid to talk about religion.” The university does offer a few classes that deal with Christianity — such as HIST320: Early Christianity: Jesus to Constantine; HIST216: Introduction to the Study of World Religions; and HONR249Q: Honors Seminar: “God Wills It!”: The Crusades in Medieval and Modern Perspectives — yet doesn’t offer a specific major, as it does for Jewish Studies. But Patrick Rivera, another FOCUS missionary, says a class specifically teaching Catholicism might not be a good idea. “You’re only going to get Catholics that take the class,” he said. “[But] the public schools should make their best effort to have an open forum about religion.”

‘I can tell my grandkids that I got to see the pope’ POPE, from Page 1 before ceremonies began. It was the first time Pope Benedict XVI has visited the U.S. — and it may be his last. Considered the holiest man in the Catholic faith, he laid out his stances on the state of the religion and Catholic education. He also addressed the war in Iraq, immigration and recent allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic schools. But to Kilgore and many other students in attendance, the issues weren’t the point. They were just in awe of the pontiff’s presence. After Kilgore reached the center

stage, he presented the pope with gifts. They shook hands, and then the pope gave him a rosary. Kilgore was one of only a handful of college students who were appointed to present the celebratory gifts to the pope during yesterday’s gathering. The gifts are part of the Catholic tradition in which the bread and wine to be consecrated during Mass are brought to whomever is conducting the service. “To personally to be given a rosary by the pope was truly amazing,” he said. Senior music major Joshua Guenther said the pope, who has been

seen as a defender for traditional Catholic beliefs, represented a symbol of unity for those at the mass. “It’s like finally getting to see someone that you love a lot,” Guenther said. “You could definitely feel there was unity. It wasn’t just that we shared a similar faith, but we shared a similar love of the holy father.” The Mass was a part of Pope Benedict XVI’s first trip to the United States since being appointed to the position as the holiest man in the Catholic religion three years ago. He arrived Tuesday in the U.S. at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and will leave the country from New

York on Monday. Adding to the privilege of seeing Pope Benedict XVI is the fact that he may never come back to the United States. After a mad scramble for tickets to attend this Mass, many students who attended said they aren’t banking on getting to see the 81year-old pope again. “I can tell my grandkids that I got to see the pope,“ said freshman John Martin, who noted he was proud to follow the example of his mother, who saw the pope speak on the National Mall in the 1970s.

Students see dining hall closure for BBQ as inconvenience BBQ, from Page 1 event’s planning process about closing the dining hall and using Dining Services employees to staff the barbecue. Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple said that although it supported the SGA’s proposal to cooperate with the dining hall to pull off the event, he had reservations about closing down the entire dining hall for the afternoon. “We explained to [the SGA] the reality of running this,” Hipple said. “We didn’t really want to do this, but in order to run this event, this is

what we have to do.” Students said the SGA did a good job advertising the event and informing students of the dining hall’s early closing, but not all were thrilled they wouldn’t be able to eat dinner in the dining hall. “It’s just really inconvenient,” sophomore nursing major Irene Tavakoli said. “But the barbecue is a really good idea.” Though most students were not upset that the dining hall was closing in general, some students expressed concern that there will be more than four hours in which there is nowhere on

South Campus to spend dining points. “It’s closing at 3 p.m. What if we’re dying [of hunger] at 4 p.m.?” asked sophomore criminology major Sahar Amini. But despite the implications for students choosing not to attend the barbecue, SGA representatives said they are still looking forward to the event and are happy with how it is shaping up. SGA Chief of Staff Daozhong Jin said there were two main goals of the barbecue: to be environmentally friendly and to be “relaxing.” Mullineaux said the SGA is dishing

out extra money for a “zero-waste barbecue.” All materials will be compostable, including sugar-based utensils, and will cost the SGA an extra $1,050. Jin said three bands — Ndelible, Back to Save the Universe and The Daisy Cutters — are scheduled to play from 4:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. WMUC radio host Clay Fisher will play, and there will be an outdoor screening of the movie Cool Runnings after sundown.

















Clara Morris

Staff Editorial

Rebecca Ogle

Contemplating commencement

“Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don’t have the balls to live in the real world.” - Mary Shafer

‘I will not be hunted’


s my graduation approaches, I’m faced with a lot of choices and decisions about my future. No, I’m not deciding which great job offer to take or even what cities I want to interview in — being in denial and refusing to look for a job takes a lot of that pressure off. I’m talking about immediate decisions. One currently pressing choice is whether or not to attend the upcoming graduation ceremonies. There are a lot of cons to participating in the ceremonies. Timing, for one. The main ceremony is on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. And you see, Thursday nights aren’t really good for me, because that’s the same night as Thursday Night Beer Pong. The English department’s graduation ceremony is at 4 p.m. on Friday. Now that cuts directly into my happy hour. I’m just not sure it’s worth it. Graduation ceremonies are never really fun. It’ll be the same drill as high school: Sit still for a long time, walk in line near people of a similar last name, get on stage, shake hands with old people you don’t know, sit still again. Besides, I already know what the speeches are going to be like: incredibly boring. While that may seem like a hasty generalization, I’ve been to graduation ceremonies before, and I’m fairly confident I can predict the speeches with even more detail and insult. I’m sure the speaker will talk about what a good school this university is and how well it has prepared us for the future. Then they’ll talk about how exciting it is to be self-sufficient and make some jokes about how the cap and gown are the last things our parents will buy for us. Wow, that’s totally worth missing an afternoon of drink specials and half-off appetizers. This brings me to my next point: The cap and gown cost money. A lot of money — about $100. It especially feels like a waste because I’m never going to use the cap and gown again. I suppose if I go to a very specifically themed party, the outfit would come in handy, but the odds of attending such a party are basically cut in half upon graduating college anyways. Adding to the high cost is the fact that you have to purchase more items than just the actual cap and gown. For example, you have to buy a $5 tassel for your cap. Surprisingly, I’m not against this. Tassels, while useless, are soft and pretty. You are also required to buy a hood and stole as part of your graduation costume. This, I’m less enthusiastic about. I will admit, a hood is beneficial in the rain, and we don’t know what graduation day weather will be like. However, I’m already forced to buy a cap, which would do a fine job of keeping my head dry on a rainy day. The items just seem a bit redundant. And a stole, really? How cold do we think it’s going to be? Graduation is at the end of May! Plus, the ceremonies are indoors. We can make the temperature as pleasant as we want! I appreciate the concern for our comfort, but the administration may be over thinking things when requiring us graduates to purchase so many layers. Now on the converse, there are some pros to attending the ceremonies. May graduates can get up to six tickets for family and friends. This means May graduates have the potential to get at least six presents and/or checks from family and friends. In an ideal world, you would be able to guarantee gifts without having to walk at graduation. I’d recommend sending tickets to relatives who live really far away and don’t even know you well. That way they won’t have much incentive to actually travel and see you but will hopefully feel guilty and awkward enough to send a check as consolation. Another pro is the ceremonies give you the opportunity to be on stage for a second. In front of a fairly big audience, too. I know some amateur actors who would be pretty jealous. So, as you can see, I’ve got quite a decision in front of me. But, hey, I’m about to be a college graduate. If that doesn’t qualify me to make major life decisions, what will?

Clara Morris is a senior English major. She can be reached at



Students will just get more creative. Parties will just ast fall, administrators at Georgetown University began a policy of keg registration. get more dangerous. Jungle juice, anyone? Shots? Brass Their policy didn’t aim to stop parties monkeys? Edward forty-hands? Now, when students consume alcohol, many of them entirely; it merely required hosts to register their parties with the school in advance so the drink beer. The alternatives are more dangerous because it is more difficult to determine how much alcouniversity would be able to monitor them more easily. hol one has consumed. And these stuThe results were disastrous. Instead dents, staggering back from parties of registering their parties, students held off the campus, will be much moved them off the campus. Local resmore vulnerable. idents complained. Students got This begs the question, why are they arrested for alcohol possession. University administrators and police should held off of the campus in the first Activists protested to ease the restricplace? The Department of Resident tions. And Georgetown administrators, encourage responsible Life’s Rights and Responsibilities prorealizing the error in their ways, alcohol consumption on hibit parties involving alcohol or even relaxed the restrictions. possession of a keg. Parties are pushed Drinking is an inseparable part of the campus. off the campus, town residents get college. Some of us hate it, some of us love it, but everyone acknowledges it cannot be stopped. upset about noise and students in transit are put at risk. This needn’t be the case. Everyone, that is, except administrators and University Alcohol restrictions don’t stop drinking, dangerous Police. University Police worked with state legislators this year to get a law passed that will require stricter incidents just slip farther out of university jurisdiction and put students at greater risk. If university adminisregistration standards for kegs. The law couldn’t be more misguided. While its propo- trators want to decrease crime and keep students safe, nents believe it will put a stop to large parties and give we need a coherent alcohol policy that would keep stucriminals fewer vulnerable targets for robberies off the dents in the safety of the dorms under the supervision of campus, the law will merely put students at greater risk. Resident Assistants. All of the evidence is there, yet no one in a position of The parties won’t stop. The alcohol consumption won’t authority is able to see what’s actually going on. stop.

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Letters to the Editor No articles on responsible Greek life For the past few months, the front page of the Diamondback has regularly featured stories including “Zeta Beta Tau,” “Alleged hazing,” or “Delta Tau Delta.” While these stories are newsworthy, I have to say it angers me that the reporters of The Diamondback only focus on any negative aspect they can find about Greek life when there is so much more to it than that. There were countless front-page articles in the past months that had to do with Delta Tau Delta’s hazing investigation. As a sister in the Greek Community on the campus, I know there have been COUNTLESS philanthropic/beneficial events The Diamondback has neglected to write about. April 14’s paper did have a short story on page three about Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Dump for Dollars, while the front page was once again graced with an unnecessarily huge photo showing nothing but Delta Tau Delta’s letters carved into concrete, followed by a long story with an even longer jump to page seven, where readers could just reread what they had already read in the past few weeks. No story was ever printed about Kappa Alpha Theta and Phi Gamma Delta’s Backyard BBQ that raised money for CASA and the Red Cross. Nor was anything printed about Pi Kappa Alpha’s “Pike Night at the Mark,” a charity event at the Mark for Teach for America, or Delta Gamma’s “Anchor Splash” pool competition fundraiser. Diamondback readers know nothing about Tau Epsilon Phi’s “Greek Idol” competition, the proceeds of which went to the Boomer Esiason Foundation against cystic fibrosis because, once again, nothing was published about this event, either. The coverage Greek life continuously gets from The Diamondback is what gives Greek letter organizations on the campus their bad reputations. I understand that

with the magnitude of the recent events, they deserve reporting, but stories shedding a negative light on two chapters basically taking over the front pages while hundreds of other students in the 35 other social fraternities and sororities on the campus are doing good things is absolutely ridiculous. More good than bad happens in Greek life at the university, and The Diamondback is lacking in reporting on it. Alpha Phi has “Bounce For Beats” coming up that benefits Women’s Cardiac Care. Phi Sigma Sigma has its first annual “Rock-a-Thon” supporting the National Kidney Foundation also in the near future. In the fall, Kappa Delta will be holding its annual “Shamrock Wiffle Ball Tournament,” raising money for Prevent Child Abuse America. These are just three of the numerous events that Greek life is partaking in that benefit the community. I hope The Diamondback starts showing these organizations and Greek life in general the respect they deserve and begins reporting on all the good we do as brothers and sisters. ANNA MARINA KARADIMAS SOPHOMORE ART

Good coverage of third-party candidate I would like to congratulate The Diamondback on its coverage of Dan Leydorf. In a nation that is controlled by a two-party system, it is refreshing to see a newspaper give equal coverage to an independent candidate. The major media can still learn something from the college press. SCOTT MAUCIONE ELLICOTT RHA SENATOR FRESHMAN JOURNALISM

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he Diamondback has made Johnny Mathias a lucky man by giving him, for who knows what halfbrained reason, the opportunity to “holla at” every woman on the campus (“Waiting not-so-patiently for Skirt Day,” April 17). Now I can’t respond for every woman on the campus. Some, on the 100 percent positive gender relations end, may be flattered by the celebration of their sexuality. You say, “Work it, ladies!” They respond, “Damn right, I’m gonna work it!” Power to them. Cool. How about the rest of us? Those of us who struggle, for instance, or at least have boundaries? I have had men yell out of their car windows at me since I was 12. I didn’t (and don’t) tend to dress in a particularly provocative way. Going to CVS because there’s nothing better to do in the suburbs at age 12 is hardly soliciting oneself. I get the stereotypical Latino guys catcalling in pickup trucks, sure, but I also get middle-aged white guys positively staring at me instead of looking at the road. Am I attracted to a balding, probably married man driving a mid-life crisis convertible? No. Did I step out of my house for the sake of his sexual gratification? Hell no. Can’t I just loosen up and take it as a compliment? Well ... forgive me for being difficult, but no. Now you listen, and you listen good: When I bare my tattooed, au natural dancer’s legs to the world, I am doing it for my sake. I choose when and where not to work my sweet thang based on my own inclination, not some universal biological cue. And when I feel compelled to attract a “mate,” I will do so on my own terms. Mathias used the word “hunt.” Another word for hunting is predation. Let me get this one thing straight, Casanova: I will not be hunted. Finally, it was very sweet of you to suggest that any reader who didn’t find your “hot girls club” joke funny is ugly. Go get ’em, tiger. Gotta love a man who thinks he’s entitled to define female beauty and make suggestions to facilitate his exploitation of it. I will obligingly show you my middle finger, sir, and suggest to you as I have wished to suggest to so many men driving by: Go f--yourself. Now I wonder what kind of flattery that little gesture will earn me. Bitch? Dyke? Man-hater? Ugly? Frigid? I’ve heard it all before. That doesn’t make it true. Or perhaps you’ll take the other common route: “Ooh, I like it feisty!” If that’s the case, I’m afraid I’ll have to tell you that I don’t like it feisty. If you were really trying to be a nice guy and give us all a compliment, I apologize and recommend instead that you learn how it’s done respectfully. Start by thinking of us as people with multiple layers of identity even as we shed our winter layers of clothing. Assume we all have different needs and desires. Because you know we have them, but you don’t know what they are and can’t find out by looking at our legs. You can think before you speak. Keep your appreciation to yourself, or express it with the whole woman in mind. Speaking of whole women, I would like to quickly address something that has been grinding my and my guy friends’ gears. Lately, I have overheard different girls calling themselves fat in a disparaging tone at least three times a day. I turn around to look at who’s speaking and for the life of me can’t find the fat girl. Please, fat girls, if you’re going to announce yourselves like that, stop hiding when I turn around to gawk at you. Otherwise, I just might have to assume that there are no fat girls, and that you are in fact skinny, healthy or moderately plump girls suffering from poor body image. Ladies (and gents): You are beautiful the way you are. I mean it. People will be mean. That’s their problem, not yours. Given all the crap you’ve ever taken about the way you “should” look versus the way you do look, it will be difficult to stop being mean to yourself. That’s okay. You’re worth the effort.

Rebecca Ogle is a sophomore English major who is a presiding officer of the Hot Girls Club. She can be reached at




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GREENING THE CAPITOL Environmentalism and music collide at Green Apple Festival on the National Mall Sunday


BY RUDI GREENBERG Senior staff writer


Going green is the new “it” cause, and what better way to commemorate Earth Day than with free music in the nation’s capital? The Green Apple Festival, which started in 2006 as a free Earth Day celebration in New York, expands to eight cities this year, including the inaugural Washington edition. The National Mall hosts what looks to be the biggest Green Apple Festival yet on Sunday, with free music, guest speakers and a whole lot of environmental awareness. And this year it appears Green Apple is moving more toward a Live 8 — activism plus music to raise consciousness — minus Bono and Bob Geldof, thankfully. The show, which is from noon to 7 p.m., will also feature speakers, including comedian Chevy Chase, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, actor Ed Norton, Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Several bands playing the festival will also perform full Green Apple-sanctioned shows at venues throughout the Washington area in the next few days. Diversions breaks down a few of the bands set to perform Sunday. The Green Apple Festival starts Sunday at noon on the National Mall in Washington. Other performers include Toots & The Maytals, O.A .R. (acoustic), Thievery Corporation (DJ set), Mambo Sauce, CityDance Ensemble, Joy Of Motion: Urban Impact, D.C.

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BAND: The Roots & Friends BIO: The biggest name on the bill, The Roots, headline Sunday’s festivities with a host of guests, including Doug E. Fresh, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, and Chrisette Michele. The Philadephia hiphop legends recently released a video for the song “Birthday Girl,” an upbeat pop song featuring Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump singing the chorus. The song has enough pop sensibility to possibly eclipse the band’s biggest hit, “Seed (2.0),” off 2002’s Phrenology. The Roots are also touring heavily in support of their new album, Rising Down, which drops April 29. Fans of “Birthday Girl” beware, though, it didn’t actually make the album The Roots’ members are calling their darkest one yet. HEADLINING SHOW: The Roots aren’t playing another Green Apple-related show, but the band plays Towson’s Tigerfest next Saturday.

BAND: Gov’t Mule & Warren Haynes

BIO: Warren Haynes fronts Gov’t Mule and also tours as a guitarist for Allman Brothers Band. On Sunday he’ll take the stage twice, first for a solo acoustic set, then later with Mule. The Southern rock guitar god is equally skilled at churn-

ing out long jams and acoustic ballads. Haynes gave a legendary acoustic performance at 2004’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which was eventually released as a full-length live album. GREEN FACT: At Mountain Jam 2008, Haynes’s music festival in upstate New York in May, there will be an “Awareness Village,” which has the mission of “[expanding] personal and planetary consciousness through deepending spiritual, environmental and political awareness,” according to the festival’s website. HEADLINING SHOW: Saturday at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Washington.

BAND: Umphrey’s McGee BIO: Veterans of Green Apple, Umphrey’s McGee played the inaugural festival in New York, then in its home base, Chicago, last year. Now, the band known for its blistering progressive jam sound will take to the National Mall. But don’t expect much jamming from the Chicago sextet: The band announced its Green Apple set will start at 1:35 p.m. and last for 20 minutes only. But make sure you pay attention to every second — one facemelting Jack Cinninger guitar solo will leave you wanting so much more. GREEN FACT: Umphrey’s McGee offers fans the chance to buy a $0.40 carbon credit with tickets to its summer tour with Sound Tribe Sector 9 to offset carbon dioxide emmisions from traveling to the shows. HEADLINING SHOW: Saturday at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.


Umphrey’s McGee (top), The Roots (middle) and Gov’t Mule are three of the bands set to perform on the National Mall Sunday.


The encyclopedia of pot New book serves as a reference for the world of marijuana BY RUDI GREENBERG Senior staff writer

According to the new book Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life, 420 is either a reference to a nonexistent California police radio code, a nod to Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” (12 times 35 is 420) or it stems from a group of California high school kids called the Waldos, who later spread the term on a Grateful Dead tour in the ’80s. Pot Culture may not know the exact answer to everything, but it sure manages to compile all the possible theories about anything remotely marijuana-related in a handbook of sorts for stoners and the like. But beyond defining terms such as “viper” (’30s and ’40s jazz slang for a mar-

ijuana smoker), “nederhash” (“hash made from Dutch marijuana”) and “the giggles” (laughing uncontrollably after getting high), the book also offers celebrity “How To” sections. Ever wanted to make an apple pipe? Superbad’s Jonah Hill breaks it down for you, complete with pictures and Hill’s commentary. Most of the sections are instructional — for days when you’re too lazy to Google — such as Redman’s, who literally wrote his instructions into song with 1992’s “How to Roll a Blunt.” The blunt — marijuana rolled in cigar paper — is the rapper’s method of choice, according to the book. America’s Next Top Model inaugural winner Adrianne Curry likes to get naked in public places. Apparently, she also likes

to get stoned and venture out into public. Curry offers a section on “How to Hide That Smell,” recommending Ozium as the perfect way to clear the fumes if a cop pulls you over. But the book could do without some of the celebrity sections. Does anyone care that Maroon 5’s Adam Levine likes to get stoned and listen to Phish? Way to be stereotypical, Levine. Pot Cultureeven gets scientific at points. For the stoner curious about how bongs work, there’s “Anatomy of a Bong,” which explains how each part of a bong relates to the others. It’s for the person who wonders: Why do bongs get you high? Of course, the book also features sections on some of the best strains of marijuana, describing some former winners of

Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cup, such as Sweet Tooth and Jack Herer. The funniest section may be “Smart Munchies,” which tells you to eat carrots and broccoli with dip, instead of nachos. The last quarter of the book features Pot Culture’s picks — a guide to stoner movies, music, TV shows and travel. It’s actually an interesting rundown, with histories of different genres, songs and quotes. Most of what you’ll find is the classic, stereotypical stoner fare, but there are a few obscure picks buried in there; not everybody knows (or remembers) Brewer and Shipley’s 1970 song “One Toke

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Over The Line.” Pot Culture is a fairly definitive guide on all things potrelated. It’s a bit corny — relying on “dude” a bit too much — but there are some interesting bits. While most seasoned smokers will scoff at some of the book’s flowery language and overly stereotypical stoner jokes, Pot Culture makes the perfect (legal) gift for anyone celebrating 4/20 on Sunday. The book even talks about Dark Side of the Rainbow, man.



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Junior midfielder Jeremy Sieverts and the Terps have gone through a rough stretch of games, and hope to not come out flat against Penn. Last season the Quakers took the Terps to the limit in Philadelphia.

we’re doing, and hopefully we fix everything this weekend.” Coach Dave Cottle said his team had a good week of practice but is still struggling to move without the ball, which is hindering the offense. But Cottle is looking for a total team effort tomorrow to get the Terps refocused. “I think it’s important for our team to get going,” Cottle said. “Sometimes you’ve got to win low-scoring games. Sometimes you’ve got to win high-scoring games. It’s important for our team to get back on track, offensively and defensively.” The Terps will need to come to play against Penn, as they learned from last season’s meeting in Philadelphia. After playing the same tough schedule leading up to that game, the Terps came out flat. The game was tied at the half before the Terps held on for a closer-thanexpected 14-10 win against the Quakers. And the Terps have already witnessed firsthand this season what can happen if they overlook an opponent. “We can’t look at them

lightly,” freshman attackman Ryan Young said. “That’s how we looked at UMBC in the beginning of the year, and we got upset. This week we’ve been really focused, and we’re not even looking at the rankings right now.” Any win right now would be good for the Terps, who have not won since upsetting then-No. 1 Virginia on March 29. A good performance can give the Terps momentum heading into their rematch with the Cavaliers in the first round of the ACC tournament next Friday. “It’s important for our seeding in the NCAA tournament, but it’s more important for us to get back and play winning lacrosse,” Cottle said. Terp Note: Cottle was still not sure if Reed will be in the starting lineup tomorrow. Reed sat out the last two games, which amounts to a little more than 10 percent of the team’s games this season, the minimum penalty set by the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. “I think there’s probably a better chance of him starting than not starting,” Cottle said.

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Devon Williams and the Terps are working to get into a top-four spot in the ACC. Last season, the top-five teams made the NCAA tournament.

Burley’s injury has provided extra time for sophomore and fourstar recruit Bruce Campbell to develop. And as a result of last year’s injuries, second- and even third-string players gained ingame experience. So this year, the team can be confident its substitutes are prepared when needed. “They won’t have those first game jitters anymore. They’re all ready to go,” Williams said. “This is the most depth we’ve ever had on the offensive line in my years

that I’ve been here. We started off with four strings coming into camp, and that’s unheard of.” This depth has created competition. While most of the starting spots are set, players lower on the depth chart have fought for placement and for repetitions in practice, Brattan said. At right guard, the only starting position up for grabs, junior Phil Costa started the spring on top of the depth chart while competing with senior Jack Griffin. Neither player has separated himself and the job is still up for grabs, according to Brattan.

Brattan sees the added competition and experience as blessings for the offensive line. Only a year after being limited by injuries, he has the luxury to substitute and rotate players to keep them fresh, well rested and hopefully healthy. This has Brattan mirroring the optimistic outlook his players had coming off the field. “They’re all a year older; they all have a year more experience; they all believe in the common goal,” Brattan said. “This is chemistry in the making.”

Softball has big chance for advancement Women’s lacrosse ready for Senior Day BY JEFF NEWMAN

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As the regular season winds down and Sunday’s Senior Day approaches, the Terrapin softball team knows what it must do to position itself for postseason consideration. The time for integrating new starters and establishing a pitching rotation is over, and more so than at any point this season, the Terps (30-14, 4-8 ACC) must start winning games in bunches. “We can’t afford to let up at all,” coach Laura Watten said. “We’ve got 13 games left, and for a lot of reasons we really have to be our best.” Those reasons include outside attention and respect along with self-confidence, which is why the Terps must get off to a fast start this weekend against seventhplace Virginia (13-31, 4-11) and erase the memories of their last five games, of which they have lost four. “The way we’re going to win this series against Virginia is coming out and jumping on them,” sophomore pitcher Lindsey Wright said. “We need to come out strong [in the] first inning, and play that inning like it’s the last inning.” After a week on the road, the Terps will be back in College Park this weekend, where they appear to be the most comfortable. The Terps have won seven of their last 10 home games, but have lost seven of their last eight away from College Park. Also working in the Terps’ favor are the schedules of their competition. Conference leaders North Carolina (13-1 ACC) and Virginia Tech (13-2) appear to have firm grips on the top two spots, while the Terps are battling it out with Florida State (8-7), N.C. State (8-7), Georgia Tech (4-10) and Virginia for third and fourth place in the ACC. Boston College (2-10) appears to be the only ACC team not in the running for the ACC’s top seeds.Whereas every other ACC team in the

Terps vs. Virginia Where: Taylor Stadium When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m. Radio: running has only two conference series left, the Terps have three, which gives them extra games to gain ground. Also, the three series are against the ACC’s current bottom dwellers — Virginia, Georgia Tech and Boston College — so they can improve their standing while hurting that of their opponents. In addition, Florida State and N.C. State must face Virginia Tech and North Carolina, respectively, before facing off against each other to end their seasons. It would seem, then, that the Terps are in control of their own destiny. Last year, the ACC’s top five teams made it to postseason play — the Terps finished sixth — and if the Terps take care of business, a fourth- or even third-place finish is possible. To get things started, the Terps are hoping for a repeat of last season’s success against the Cavaliers, whom they beat 15-1, 8-3 and 11-1. “Last year we killed them,” senior outfielder Jenny Belak said. “I think we can still do the same thing again this year, especially with Sunday being Senior Day.” Watten stressed that a quick start tomorrow is crucial for her team, especially since its opponent is gunning for the same thing it is. “It’s important to [start fast] every game, especially this weekend,” Watten said. “[Virginia is] gonna be trying to take us down because they’re trying to climb the ladder in the standings, so we really have to be at our best to be able to handle them.”

opponent would most likely be North Carolina, Boston College or the Hokies. But if the Terps lose tomorrow night, they would be the tournament’s third seed. There would be no bye and they would potentially have to go through both Duke and Virginia to claim the ACC championship. Despite all of the playoff scenarios, the Terps have remained focused on just getting past the Hokies (4-12, 0-4) before worrying about their tournament position and opponents. “I don’t think it matters how you get there as long as you get there,” Dobbie said. “If we get that extra off day to work on things that we want to, that’s great. But if we don’t, we are still working towards that championship game.” The Terps’ 3-1 ACC record,

with its only blemish coming in a March 1 loss to Duke, gives them a tiebreaker with Virginia and North Carolina, both of whom the Terps have beaten. But the last-second loss would shift the Terps below the Blue Devils (3-2 ACC) if the two finish with the same conference record. On the other hand, the Hokies have not won an ACC game all season. The Terps are a perfect 4-0 against the Hokies all-time. The closest contest in the series occurred last season, 21-17, just five days after the Virginia Tech tragedy. Complete with ceremonies honoring victims, that game provided the Terps with an unusual scenario to play in. “That game was very unique,” Dobbie said. “I don’t think we will ever have another game like that. I am excited to have them at our home and with a better situa-

tion than last year.” “It was tough,” sophomore midfielder Caitlyn McFadden said. “We weren’t exactly sure of how to approach it. It was hard to focus on it. Coming into this game, we want to give them a better game than we did last year. They are a great team.” Aside from the ACC tournament ramifications, the Terps will also be celebrating Senior Day with a chance to wrap up the regular season with a 16 home game winning streak dating back to last season. While the Terps are expected to have some home games in the NCAA tournament, Senior Day is sure to be emotional. “I am excited — it’s been a long time coming,” Dobbie said. “It’s very bittersweet. I am excited for it, but I also kind of don’t want it to come.”


Men’s and women’s tennis eliminated BRIEFS, from Page 10 game at Westview High School in Portland, Ore. She was the leading scorer in the state at the 6A level. A 6-foot-1 guard/forward, Nared could help the Terps replace key reserve Ashleigh Newman. “She’s a versatile, athletic player who has played all five positions at the high school level,” Frese said in a press release. “Jackie has shown she can score in a variety of ways and has a real chance to help us.” Nared joins forwards Lynetta Kizer and Demauria Liles in the Terps’ incoming recruiting class.

Men’s tennis falls to Miami 4-1 The Terrapin men's tennis team will have to sweat out the weekend as a result of its early exit from the ACC Tournament yesterday. The 10th-seeded Terps (1011, 2-9 ACC) dropped their opening round match to seventh-seeded Miami 4-1, marking the second time the Terps have fallen to the Hurricanes (14-6, 6-4) in the past week. The No. 61 Terps took control of the match early on by dominating the doubles matches. The No. 11-ranked doubles team of juniors Andrew Orban and Boris Fetbroyt set the pace for the Terps by knocking off the No. 7-ranked team of Miami's Daniel Vallverdu and Carl Sundberg 8-3, avoiding a second consecutive loss to that pair. The team of sophomore David Kwon and freshman Amit Inbar clinched the doubles point for the Terps with an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles. But the Terps couldn't carry the momentum accumulated in the doubles matches over to the singles matches. The Terps were swept by the Hurricanes in the first four singles matches, giving Miami the team match victory. – Dan Morrison

Women’s tennis season ends The Terrapin women's tennis team's frustrating season came to an end yesterday in familiar fashion. The Terps (3-18, 0-11 ACC) dropped their opening-round match in the ACC tournament to North Carolina 4-0. The 12th-seeded Terps fell to the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (17-7, 7-3) for the second time in as many meetings this season. Both times the Terps failed to record a point against the No. 13-ranked team in the nation. The Terps were overwhelmed by the more experienced and battle-tested Tar Heels. North Carolina came out of the gate firing, as they won the first two doubles matches handily to earn the doubles point. Heading into the singles matches, the momentum stayed on the Tar Heels' side. They swept through the first three singles matches to clinch the victory in the opening round. – Dan Morrison

Weekend series should provide challenge BASEBALL, from Page 10 While teams like UMBC and UMES don’t present the level of difficulty of a Georgia Tech or Virginia, Braun said the team’s mentality was playing a part in their inconsistencies. “We have to approach these weekend games like we approach the midweek games, which is just to play hard and let the rest take care of itself,” Braun said. “It’s one of the best conferences in the country, so it’s obviously much different competition, but we can play with anybody. We’ve already shown that.” This weekend’s opponent, Georgia Tech (27-10, 9-9 ACC), will present a challenge. The Yellow Jackets pitching staff is holding opponents to a batting average of .289, and the offense ranks third in the ACC with 45 home runs. But it’s possible Georgia Tech won’t be completely focused on this weekend’s series. One week ago, Yellow Jackets junior pitcher Michael Hutts was found

dead in his apartment before a series against No. 1 Miami. The cause of death has not yet been determined and the entire Georgia Tech team attended his funeral Tuesday. “It’s probably been very tough on their players,” Rupp said. “It’s a shame and I know it’s been hard for them to deal with.” For the second straight week, the Terps will keep junior Jensen Pupa off the pitching mound, replacing him with junior Brett Jones on Saturday. Pupa was advised by team doctors to rest his arm for another week because of possible tendinitis in his rotator cuff. That means it will be up to the pitching staff and entire team to take hold of the team’s new “keep it simple” philosophy. “Go out there and play hard — that’s what we’re stressing this week to all our guys,” Rupp said. “It’s just another game of baseball, and you gotta approach it that way.”


Junior utility Gerry Spessard and the Terps know they have a tough opponent ahead in Georgia Tech this weekend.






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Line finally returning to health Spring has Terps feeling healthy and enjoying football BY KATE YANCHULIS Staff writer

The Terrapin offensive line pushed through brutal drills, coaches’ screams and ten extra minutes of running at football practice Tuesday. But coming off the field, almost every lineman had a smile on his face. “We just can’t sit and mourn about it,” senior center Edwin Williams said. “We’ve just got to keep rolling.” After a rash of injuries last season that hit three starters and left inexperienced players filling the gaps, a tough practice doesn’t seem so bad. With four fifth-year seniors returning as starters and others with significant playing time, the Terps’ attitude and experience could make them a dominant force this fall. “It just gives us a chemistry above other teams,” senior left guard Jaimie Thomas said. “We don’t have to guess what the other guy next to us is doing.” The starters have played together for years and want to reaffirm their teamwork and skills after last year’s struggles with injuries. For the players who sat out part of last season, such as Thomas, who was out the second half of 2007 with a fractured right fibula, spring practices are an especially important part of getting back to their peak performance. That process has been delayed for senior left tackle Scott Burley, who played with ankle sprains last season. Burley was injured in spring practice and will be out a week to a week and a half, according to offensive line coach Tom Brattan, with a knee injury. But the Terps will not let injuries hold them back again. In fact, the line has turned its injuries into an advantage.

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When senior midfielder Jeff Reynolds and the Terps take on Penn this weekend, it will be their first game in almost a month against a non-ACC team or local rival.

Terps trying to return to winning Penn should provide an easier opponent after consecutive losses BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

Byrd Stadium generally houses the Terrapin men’s lacrosse team’s biggest games. Tomorrow’s game against Penn is at Ludwig Field, but with the Terps holding a two-game losing streak and the ACC tournament looming next weekend, that does-

n’t mean it is not just as important as any ACC showdown or rivalry matchup. “It’s huge,” junior midfielder Dan Groot said. “We need to get a win here before the ACC tournament. If we lose again, it’s not going to be good.” The Terps just completed a brutal stretch, playing four straight opponents currently ranked among

the nation’s top 12. Now, after two consecutive poor performances, the Terps will look to bounce back against the unranked Quakers (5-5). It starts with the offense. Freshman attackman Travis Reed will return tomorrow after serving a two-game suspension for being charged with driving under the influence and

Terps looking for a new approach Baseball needs strong ACC weekend against Georgia Tech

possession of marijuana on April 2. In both games, the offense produced only four goals. “We haven’t really done much offensively the last couple of weeks, so having a good performance this weekend really should help us,” Groot said. “We’re just going to keep doing what

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Terps vs. Penn Where: Ludwig Field When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m. Radio: WJFK 1300 AM

Senior Day proves big for ACC Tourney seeding

BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

The Terrapin baseball team is approaching this weekend’s series against Georgia Tech with a new mindset. With an ACC record of 5-13, including seven one-run losses, coach Terry Rupp felt the team was putting too much pressure on itself in weekend conference games. “We could’ve made a run there last week against Virginia, but we put undue pressure on ourselves,” Rupp said. “We just need to play baseball. Then at the end, after we play North Carolina State, we’re going to have our [sports information director] come down and tell us if we made the [ACC] tournament.” The theory is that if the Terps can keep it simple, meaning they just play the game, they will finally start to breakthrough in close conference contests. “It’s a good approach,” senior second baseman Steve Braun said. “If you’re worried too much about one game or one series, you get things out of focus, instead of worrying about each inning and play by itself.” Part of the rationale behind Rupp’s new direction is how well the Terps have played in nonconference games only for things to go wrong again on the weekends.

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Third baseman Mike Murphy and the Terps want nonconference success to translate to this weekend.

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BY BRIAN KAPUR Staff writer

The Terrapin women’s lacrosse team unofficially kicks off the ACC tournament a week early in a game with major postseason implications. The No. 3 Terps (13-1, 3-1 ACC) will play their Senior Day game against Virginia Tech with the Terps’ No. 1 seeding in the ACC tournament at stake. A win would secure the top seed, while a loss would drop the Terps into the third seed. “Every ACC game is so intense,” senior midfielder Dana Dobbie said. “It’s a great game no matter who you’re playing. With Virginia Tech, even though we are ranked higher than them, we are going to give them the same

Terps vs. Virginia Tech Where: Lacrosse/Field Hockey Complex When: Tomorrow, 12 p.m. Radio: respect as if we were playing Duke.” A win would ensure the Terps a first-round bye and allow them to avoid either Virginia or Duke until the finals. The Terps’ first

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Evans signs with Terps Guard Tyree Evans has signed with the Terrapin men’s basketball team after two years at junior college. Evans, who had committed to Cincinnati in high school before having his scholarship revoked due to off-court trouble, attended two community colleges before signing with the Terps. He was also being recruited by Arizona, Kansas State and Florida State, according to Evans averaged 21.1 points at Motlow State Community College in Tennessee last season, after spending his freshman season at Butler County Community College. He is expected to compete in a crowded Terp backcourt that

also includes recruit Sean Mosley. “He is an outstanding shooter with great quickness and will be a great complement to the players already in our program,” coach Gary Williams said in a press release.

Frese brings in Oregon guard/forward Jackie Nared, daughter of former Terrapin men’s basketball player Greg Nared (1986-89), has signed a letter of intent to play for coach Brenda Frese and the women’s team. Nared averaged roughly 22 points and eight rebounds per

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