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What to Fix UMD informs dept. every day about various campus building problems By Dustin Levy Staff writer Students could see quicker responses to broken elevators and problems in on-campus dorms and facilities, now that Facilities Management regularly checks What to Fix UMD, the SGA-run Facebook page, where the department has already learned about several technical problems at the university. Facilities Management reached out to the Student Government Association, said Ryan Heisinger, the body’s academic affairs vice president who oversees the project, and asked to be tagged so they can respond more promptly to problems. Some of the issues include broken elevators in residence halls and light posts on the campus that have burned out.

And although Facilities Management already has staff members closely monitoring the issues that arise on the campus, Carlo Colella, Facilities Management assistant vice president, said being able to communicate more directly with students has helped make his department more efficient. “We have staff, of course,” Colella said. “Part of their regular duties is to be observant of things that need to be repaired or maintained, but having more eyes out around campus, giving us heads-up, is much appreciated.” While other departments have directly communicated with students who comment on the WTF UMD Facebook page, Facilities Management was the first to reach out See fixes, Page 11

Robinson: It’s Time for tech to help us out SGA pres. hopeful seeks to better student lives By Laura Blasey Senior staff writer From playing in the marching band to giving campus tours with Images, Noah Robinson has been involved with many aspects of campus life. But there’s one more thing he’s hoping to add to his resume: president of the SGA. The two things he loves most in life, he said, are the campus and putting a smile on other people’s faces. That’s why Robinson sees the Student Government Association as the perfect podium to advocate for his vision of a happier and healthier campus. “I thought, ‘I’m involved in a lot of different facets of the community,’” he said. “I want to concentrate my energy all on one thing, to affect all of campus, and the perfect body to do that is the SGA.” The campus means everything to Robinson, he said, and he wants to ensure incoming freshmen get the same positive experience he promises them in the Images tours he’s given. So his “unique”


EDITOR’S NOTE: A student’s name was withheld because she discusses underage drinking. A worker’s name was withheld to protect his job. By Annika McGinnis Staff writer They’d sneak in with friends, pay a few extra dollars or flash an ID depicting a person obviously several years older. Somehow, underage drinkers always found a way to get into the College Park bars, a former

R.J. Bentley’s employee said. But in December, everything began to change. The county liquor board started conducting more undercover investigations at the bars and fining those where they found violations, board chairman Franklin Jackson said. And the bars have responded, implementing stricter policies such as ID scanners and wristbands for minors to cut back on underage drinking incidents, the former employee said. “You have to be an idiot not to realize there’s underage drinking going on at the

bars in College Park,” the former Bentley’s worker said. “[Before], if you had a freaking index card, you could get into the bars. Now you have to have a legitimate fake ID, and it has to scan, so we have a scanner outside Bentley’s now.” In late 2012, in response to the county’s Office of Management and Budget’s concern over issues related to the sale and control of alcohol, the liquor board began moving away from routine checks toward more targeted enforcement — actually See fakes, Page 10

City’s volunteer firefighters ‘love’ strenuous schedule, work noah robinson’s Time Party started an online system to help decide its platform. photo courtesy of noah robinson platform with the Time Party places a heavy emphasis on integrating technology in every aspect of student life. His party set up an online system where students can rank issues in order of importance from a list of 55 ideas, as of 9 p.m. yesterday, or they can submit their own. So far, the online platform has recorded more than 1245 votes from See robinson, Page 11

Billions of loud, swarming insects harmless, beneficial for local ecosystems, experts say

“I don’t know how to deal with a s--ton of bugs around. It’s going to be kind of creepy. Cicadas!? What the f---?” Those thoughts from Vini Maranan, a junior government and politics major, sum up the way many students feel about the impending cicada brood due to swarm the state sometime next month. “I feel like there’s always a bug that ruins the summer,” said Katie Cardona, a senior government and politics major. “It’s gonna be the stink bugs all over again,” she added, referring to the 2011 stink bug outbreak. “You couldn’t move an inch without being covered by stink bugs; it was a horrible experience.” While cicadas are far different from stink bugs, they will be similarly hard

County liquor board investigations find violations in multiple bars

Into the flames, all for free

Cicadas coming soon By Madeleine List Staff writer

fake ids used to be enough to get into College Park bars, employees and students said, but after a county liquor board crackdown, many are finding their only option to get in is to wait until they actually reach age 21. photo courtesy of new york state department of motor vehicles, photo illustration by holly cuozzo/the diamondback

to avoid. They usually fly in swarms as thick as one billion per square mile, entomology professor Michael Raupp wrote in an email. But the cicadas should be welcomed, rather than feared, Raupp wrote. They are harmless and actually beneficial for the environment, he added, because they help nutrients flow through ecosystems and provide food for many mammals and birds. Justified or not, some students who have never experienced cicadas said they were worried about what’s in store. “The way they make it seem is like they always come in swarms,” said Shahana Lal, a junior sociology major. “I just picture people being attacked by them. It just makes me shudder.” Maranan, who is from Massachusetts, See cicadas, Page 10


By Annika McGinnis Staff writer Nick Wilbur doesn’t often get a good night’s sleep. Earsplitting sirens jolt the 22-year-old awake almost every day in the early hours of the morning. And he’s up, throwing off the covers, sprinting out of his room and flying down two flights of stairs. Within 30 seconds, he’s out the door and on the road, the sound of sirens fading away into the distance. For Wilbur, a student at Prince George’s Community College and University of Maryland University College, this early morning chaos is part of his daily routine as a volunteer firefighter at the College Park Volunteer Fire Department. “At any point you could be going down the road for a call,” Wilbur

firefighters with the College Park Volunteer Fire Department each work about four days a week. The 21 members work difficult, long hours, but relish the brotherhood and intensity of their grueling jobs. alexis jenkins/the diamondback said. “There’s some nights where I’ve been up all night, haven’t slept at all, and then have to go to work or have to go to school. “I love every second of it,” he said. Wilbur, along with nine University of

Maryland students and 11 other men in their early 20s, lives a lifestyle filled with much more responsibility than most people their age shoulder. The 21 men See firefighters, Page 3

Budget funds many univ. goals By Savannah Doane-Malotte Staff writer The state’s General Assembly increased state funding for the university by more than $30 million for the upcoming academic year, enabling university officials to move forward with plans to improve academic programs, minimize the increase in in-state undergraduate tuition and increase staff salaries. The 7.3 percent increase for higher education comes at a time

when many other state universities are facing substantial funding cuts, university President Wallace Loh wrote in an email to the student body last week. “Overall, we are extremely happy with the budget outcomes,” student affairs Vice President Linda Clement said. “The state has been extremely generous and supportive of the university, which will help keep tuition down and benefit specific academic areas.” Among the university’s top priorities

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firefighters From PAGE 1 live at the fire station, working about four days a week responding to fires and medical emergencies. Though the work is unending, demanding and physically and mentally strenuous, the firefighters relish their fun-loving, familial community and said they couldn’t see themselves doing anything else. In the firehouse’s conference room, volunteer Mark Lee, a junior physiology and neurobiology major, points to a drawing of Route 1 on the whiteboard. The firefighters have to memorize every street. The drawing shows part of the station’s “first due,” the area of the county that the station has primary responsibility over. It includes this university and much of Route 1 and the surrounding county. The firefighters respond to about five to six calls every day on the campus and about nine to 10 total per day, Wilbur said. They get about 4,500 calls a year — one of the highest numbers in the country, he said. The guys respond to everything from drunk students,

students burning popcorn or getting stuck in elevators, apartment fires, overturned cars on the Capital Beltway to last year’s chemistry building explosion. “This spring break when everyone left, we didn’t run a call for 24 hours,” Wilbur said. “But a Saturday night, the first day of the semester, when everyone was back, we ran 30 calls in 24 hours. We’ll be out the door every five seconds.” When the firefighters hear the siren, they “go from sleeping to out the door in 30 seconds,” said Chad Schaefer, a 20-year-old Prince George’s Community College paramedic student. “In the middle of the night, I’m dead asleep and I wake up to a metro call — in my sleep I know. I throw my covers off and I’m sprinting down,” he said. “I don’t know; it’s weird.” For a reported fire,firefighters arriving in the engine first find the fire and douse it, Wilbur said. The truck company then arrives with a ladder and its volunteers search for people trapped inside. Others will be on the roof, Wilbur said, cutting holes to get the smoke out and throwing ladders on the building to help firefighters or people inside leave. “You think it’s such an easy


task: Take the water and put it on the fire,” Wilbur said, “Sometimes you go inside and it’s just a maze. There’s no access, or you went in the wrong door, or this door leads to this place.” While running up to the building, the firefighters have to think at lightning speed, Schaefer said. “There’s a lot going on,” he said. “You have to see, are there cars in the driveway? Are there toys in the front yard? If there’s cars in the driveway it means there’s someone home. If there’s toys, it means there’s a kid there. You have to look at how many stories it is, what the construction is, where the smoke’s coming from, is it venting already, is the line in place? There’s so much you have to look at in a split second when you’re trying to get your gear on.” The firefighters must overcome a range of problems, beginning with finding a source of water. It’s a pretty easy job — until the hydrant runs out and they have to find another source, Wilbur said, sometimes 800 feet away. And feeling around in an unfamiliar house or apartment filled with searing, blinding smoke is almost impossible, he added, especially with gloves that allow for little to no dexterity. Then, because the firefighters’ clothes can only withstand 600 degrees, there’s the chance of getting burned. The truth is, it’s scary, Wilbur said. “You see rats running downstairs, and you’re running up.” The “scariest moment” in his life was in December, when a fellow firefighter fell through the roof. Wilbur was on the roof, cutting a hole with two other firefighters. “The smoke cleared a little bit,” and suddenly, there were only two firefighters, Wilbur said. “I was like ‘ho-ly s---,’” Wilbur said. “We had no idea what was underneath us, whether he went all the way through, whether he went halfway through … For that split second that it takes him to key up his radio and say ‘Hey, I’m okay,’ your heart just drops. You’re like, ‘Please say something.’”

In those situations, they’ll look around at their fellow firefighters. They have to trust in them and themselves, Wilbur said. “If you don’t know what to do, someone there does,” he said. “Sometimes you’re sitting there like ‘What the hell am I doing?’ We kind of all look at each other with the same face and go do it and figure it out, and at the end you’re like ‘That was cool as s---; we got it.’” Last Saturday afternoon, at the sudden blaring of a siren, the firefighters were out the door and in the fire truck, six of them crammed in the back facing each other. The truck barreled down the street, entering the campus and stopping in front of Somerset Hall. A crowd of students stood outside as the firefighters jumped out of the truck, grabbed their gear and ran into the building. Five minutes later, they reemerged. It was an easy call — someone had burnt Velveeta Shells in a first floor common area, the firefighters said. On their trip home, the firefighters blasted Mumford & Sons on Hot 99.5 and chatted casually. “Hey dude,wanna grill tonight?” said volunteer firefighter Brian Carbin. “It’s a beautiful day to grill. “Hopefully it gets interrupted by something good,” he added with a laugh. Living in doubles “10 inches bigger than a dorm room,” the firefighters have become a family, cooking dinner together on weekends and hanging out with each other in their spare time, Wilbur said. They’re united by their joking, fun-loving personalities that help them deal with their high-stress lifestyles. For instance, the firefighters often have to respond to heart attack victims or dead people, such as the student found dead in Commons 3 last semester. And sometimes the calls are personal: One of their medics went to high school with a police officer who wrecked his car on the University Boulevard bridge on Route 1. The medic was treating the officer, who ended up dying,

STUDENT FIREFIGHTERS at the College Park Volunteer Fire Department balance school and parttime jobs with responding to fires and medical emergencies. alexis jenkins/the diamondback Wilbur said. In those cases, Wilbur said the firefighters can’t let themselves get personally involved in the situation. “That’s why we all hang out with each other, have fun and kind of joke around about stupid stuff; it’s just the way we cope with stuff like that,” he said. And since working as a firefighter doesn’t pay, the guys have to balance school and part-time jobs with volunteering at the station. They also plan fundraisers for the station, like the golf tournament they’re holding at Beltsville’s Cross Creek Golf Club tomorrow. But on Saturday, the guys didn’t appear stressed over their demanding lifestyles. The firefighters lounged in the kitchen, eating candy and polling whether to have tater tots or fries for dinner. “Do you want dinner?” Carbin said over the firehouse intercom. “We’re going to be doing some grilling, some burgers, sausages, peppers and onions — it’s a beautiful day.” They laughed over a plastic toy chicken that lays gum eggs, part of one firefighter’s Easter care package from his family. He wasn’t going home for Easter. For the most part,Wilbur said, the firefighters don’t leave for holidays. Growing up with a firefighting father, Wilbur said Christmas Eve was the big holiday for his family; he’d open his presents and then his father would drive to work at 2 a.m. Christmas Day because firefighting doesn’t stop during the holidays. If anything, there are more fires, Wilbur said, because of Christmas

lights and people cooking who normally stay away from the stove. Late afternoon on Saturday, Wilbur walked down a hallway lit by red lights, pointing out the firefighters’ rooms, each uniquely decorated. One firefighter, Lee, has an aquarium, and another is moving out at the end of the semester. “But we have 15 prospective members now,” he said, walking casually. “They’re going to come down and try to move in. So we’ll probably have about six or seven—” But he didn’t finish his sentence. An earsplitting siren — an all-too-familiar sound — rang, and Wilbur sprang into action, hopped over the gate blocking the fire pole and flew down the pole. Within 10 seconds, he was out the door and gone, the fire truck screaming down the street. And it wasn’t anything unusual — just the daily routine for the student firefighters of Station 12. No matter where they are or what they’re doing, these 21 men vow they’ll drop everything to risk their lives for others. In truth, they’re just a “bunch of young kids with a lot of responsibility,” Wilbur said. “We work, do laundry … We run calls, risk our lives together,” he said. Despite the dangers, the difficulties and sometimes, the failures, their motto is “adapt and overcome,” keeping in mind that eventually, all fires will go out. “That’s the one thing we’ve learned,” Wilbur said. “You can never burn a hole in the sky.”






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With funds, Route 1 awaits its makeover E

very day, 35,500 vehicles pass by the university’s Route 1 entrance and downtown College Park. That’s nearly one vehicle for every undergraduate and graduate student. And though traffic has decreased in the last decade, thousands of drivers find themselves ensnared by long waits to travel short distances. Some students have to structure their entire mornings around the expectation of gridlock. It’s past time for the city and university to tackle Route 1’s problems, such as long stoplight waits and traffic bottleneck areas. Planning for a reconstruction project of Route 1 from Interstate 95 to College Avenue began in 1998, but funding and bureaucratic holdups prevented the State Highway Administration from earnestly starting the design of the first of three phases until February 2012. Those plans could

be finished by 2015, an SHA spokesman said. The project would change Route 1 from its five-lane format with a center turn lane into four lanes with a median, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. And with major new funding, it’s possible to move quickly on the project for the first time in 15 years. Last month, the SHA dedicated $8.8 million to the renovations. And though the new gas tax will likely harm working-class taxpayers’ wallets, Route 1 could see drastic improvement with only a fraction of the $4.4 billion the tax is expected to generate. Administrators need to make tangible progress while keeping the College Park community informed every step of the way. In university President Wallace Loh’s April 9 email extolling the benefits of the recently passed state budget, he

discussed revamping College Park and transportation. With the funding, he wrote, the Purple Line will continue development, and the state can pursue “efforts to revitalize Route 1.” Just as


After wasting more than a decade on halfhearted planning, officials must prioritize renovating Route 1. specificity and clear action is needed on the other points of Loh’s email, the administration should clarify what “revitalize” means to help ease commuters’ minds as soon as possible. Such measures require action mostly from the College Park City Council and the SHA, but the university can help

students, faculty and staff understand how Route 1 construction efforts will help — or hurt — their commutes. With frequent email updates, the university community could better understand the political processes guiding construction forward or holding it back. With a better grasp of the issues, constituents could hold their council members accountable for any apparent stalling. Though the city council discussed transportation as recently as last week, plenty of roadblocks stand between planning and completing the construction. The city council still needs to establish exactly where demand is highest for transportation, direct traffic to less congested areas and — most critically — work with property owners to expand lanes or even begin construction in the first place. Businesses could be hurt by any construc-

tion, especially plans that would cut into existing sidewalks. These physical developments are still thought to be years away, but commuters have griped about Route 1’s safety and traffic problems for more than a decade now. Planners should listen to their concerns instead of holding up progress. With more funding and the same public outrage, the excuses that have prevented Route 1 progress for years no longer stand up to the reality. Reconstruction would help the city council itself, as more people driving to shops on Route 1 leads to more tax revenue for the city. Crafting an easier drive to College Park and this university would help everyone, though — mostly through the knowledge that Route 1 would finally be a way to get to places faster, not a constant headache.


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The president’s false need to unite ANDREW DO On Monday, a horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon rocked this country. As expected, that evening President Obama gave a brief address to the American people from the White House. He asked us to pray for the victims, comforted the American people and assured the public that those responsible would be swiftly brought to justice. What stood out and struck me amid his predictable remarks was one particular line: “On days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats.” This seemed strange, because I thought the fact we are all Americans and will come together in times of tragedy was a given. No matter which political party, gender, race, religious affiliation or sexual orientation, in the end, we are all Americans. I didn’t think about it much, but after the briefing, it left me thinking: Are we so deeply divided the president had to remind us during a tragedy that we are all Americans first rather than defined any particular political party? Does his phrasing mean we only come

together when tragedy strikes, and the rest of the time we are a secular society, divided into two groups? Hearing Obama speak reminded me of places around the world with real societal divisions. Places such as the Middle East, where Israelis and Palestinians are divided, Nigeria and Egypt, where Muslims and Christians fight, or Iraq, where Sunnis and Shiites separate themselves from each other. I would expect leaders of those divided societies to try to unite their people as one during a tragedy. But I wouldn’t expect such a need from a leader in this country. Have political party lines become so deeply drawn that the president has to remind us that in the end we are all Americans? I believe this country is not as divided as members of the media like to say it is. Our politicians may be divided, but the American public — although split down the middle on many issues — still believes in bipartisanship. According to a Gallup Poll, eight out of 10 Americans want Obama and GOP leaders to work with the other party to pass legislation. In an attempt to inspire bipartisanship, I would like to share my personal experience. I consider myself a conser-

vative with strong conservative values. However, I grew up in Montgomery County — an intensely liberal area. I used to joke I could count my Republican friends on one hand, which was actually true. Most of my friends are liberal and hold opposite viewpoints from me on hotly contested issues. But we’ve never experienced a great divide. Never once have I felt isolated or put into a different corner because I shared a different viewpoint. In the end, we have each other’s backs no matter what. I challenge our country not to let party lines divide us. We need to unite outside of tragic times as well. I would like to say to the president and to our politicians that we might bicker, debate and have heated conversations, but there should never be such a polarizing divide in our country, as to cause us to forget the common thread between us all. We are, first and foremost, Americans. One nation, under one flag. Let us never forget that or let party politicking get in our way. Andrew Do is a senior biochemistry major. He can be reached at

Hiding from the horrific news Confronting tragedy isn’t pleasant, but there’s no other way JAKE DEVIRGILIIS I never know how to deal with bad news — which is most of what I see on the Internet. On Monday, when I saw words such as “explosion,” “bomb” and “Boston Marathon” popping up in headlines, tweets and Facebook statuses, I assumed there was bad news I wouldn’t want to read about. Then one of my roommates came screaming down the stairs demanding the television be turned on, and the bad news took over every social media platform and the half-dozen websites I go to for news.

With a tragedy happening in real time, I didn’t feel like I was allowed to tune out. Normally, if I read something depressing about a congressional shortcoming or an insensitive comment from someone, I just look at the headline, ignore it and focus on whatever else I have to do that day. That wasn’t the case Monday. I found out what was happening less than 15 minutes after the story broke and sat paralyzed for the next hour and a half. I wanted to do something else: read something unrelated, watch baseball, finish an assignment or just talk to someone about any other topic. But that would have been too strange. Every time I refreshed Twitter, there were dozens of

new updates, opinions, expressions of outrage, speculations, pictures and videos. With those, of course, trivial, everyday tweets snuck in, which then, of course, were followed by people asking how anyone could tweet about his or her life when this was going on. At some point, normalcy was supposed to return, but I wasn’t sure when. I didn’t know if I felt compelled to say something because I was so sad or because I felt like people had to know, and I, too, had feelings about what was happening. I ended up saying nothing, because I don’t believe in the effectiveness of prayer, and especially not Facebook prayer. Days like Monday always

Like so many other Americans, my heart was with Boston on Monday. My dad was running in the race, and in the immediate aftermath of the explosions, all I wanted were answers. Were he and my stepmom OK? How could this happen? Who did this? The two bombings at the marathon’s finish line, set off by pressure cookers packed with explosives, triggered a national response in many respects worthy of the dedication and resilience of the runners themselves. We’ve all heard the refrain in the past few days: Americans are at their best during times of tragedy. Shock and horror morphs into patriotism and defiance, best exemplified by comedian Patton Oswalt, who in a viral Facebook post on the bombings, concluded, “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just gardenvariety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’” If only we lived up to Mr. Oswalt’s words. In what’s becoming a strangely common occurrence these days, The Onion aptly captured the national sentiment lingering behind the news with its Tuesday headline “This What World Like Now.” Trying to extract order from this mess, we wonder whether this is the new reality, and terrorist attacks and shooting rampages by deranged lunatics occur as a matter of when, not if. Amid the bloodshed and loss — and despite Oswalt’s warm words — one thing is abundantly clear in this new reality: Blame for terrorist attacks immediately falls on one specific group. It wasn’t a matter of if a Muslim was going to be blamed, but when. “Please don’t be a ‘Muslim,’” was

make me hope I’m wrong about all that, though. At some point, people started mentioning terrorism. For a while I think I heard more about why it wasn’t terrorism than any speculation suggesting as much. I think everyone just wanted to absorb the bad news. I considered unfollowing people on Twitter who started using phrases such as “brought to justice” before forgiving them and putting on an episode of Friends, which isn’t even a show I like. There are always those people, too, who choose to cite death totals and violent statistics from wars, drones or domestic firearms. Those numbers, too far removed from a breaking story, only further the sadness and seem to fade from the public eye. I still don’t really know how to be a human being. Sometimes I feel guilty when I eat dairy products and

retweeted hundreds of times across the Arab world following Monday’s attack, along with the reply, “The thought of every Muslim right now.” Based on our national response after the attacks, it’s easy to see why. In the chaotic storm after the blast, police officers began targeting potential suspects. First among them was a 22-year-old Saudi national who was hit by shrapnel near the finish line. According to The Boston Herald, the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Boston police officers all swarmed the student’s apartment in a “startling show of force” while he was questioned in the hospital after the blasts. Originally brought in as a “person of interest,” the student was promptly removed from the investigation after law enforcement officials concluded the man was nothing more than a bystander at the finish line. On Tuesday morning, a Boston Fox affiliate reported an American Airlines flight headed to Chicago was brought back to the gate due to suspicious activity on the plane. Two men sitting apart from each other were reportedly speaking Arabic, which apparently was enough cause to suspect nefarious activity. In post-9/11 America, speaking Arabic or looking like an Arab or Muslim can turn a bystander into a suspect and make a mockery of Oswalt’s plea against intolerance, fear and ignorance. The xenophobic accusations were far less surprising than the bombings themselves. This is what our country looks like now. We do our best to overcome the bloodshed and human suffering and assume the worst as to who’s culpable for our pain. Speaking Arabic on a flight or standing near an explosion as a Muslim somehow implies guilt in modern America. As much as I would like to celebrate America’s courage during these tragic times, I can’t shake just how hollow our sense of unity can seem. Nadav Karasov is a junior economics major. He can be reached at

eggs. I’m not sure how much thought I’m supposed to put into war, death, human trafficking, child slavery and national tragedies; it seems like not much. I am told my required readings are quite important, along with my GPA, career, etc. I guess there’s just a small window. I suppose it’s not so bad that we’re asked to focus on what seems trivial in the face of tragedy as opposed to the tragedy all around us. Sometimes I wonder if we might not think a little more and avoid some gun deaths and malnourished children, but mostly I’m glad I still get to do those trivial, non-tragic things with my friends and family, because on days like Monday, those things start to feel a lot more important. Jake DeVirgiliis is a senior government and politics major. He can be reached at



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orn today, you are not one to waste your time on a thing unless you know it’s going to come through for you, pay off, lead to something better or otherwise reward you in ways that can be measured, assessed and enjoyed for a while. This general rules applies to all things -- jobs, adventures, tasks, trips, classes, courtships and relationships of all kinds. You run the risk, of course, of turning people against you because you make them feel rather like a commodity of some sort, one that has measureable value to be prized and collected. Though this is certainly not your intent, there will be times in which the perception is such that you are mightily inconvenienced as a result. Overall, however, you are a kind and considerate individual -- but you are ambitious to a fault. Still, you are fun to be around, and even more fun to know well -- and those in your inner circle are likely to put up with a great deal of nonsense from you simply because you make it so very worth their while! Also born on this date are: Hayley Mills, actress; Barbara Hale, actress; Lucrezia Borgia, Italian noblewoman; Melissa Joan Hart, actress; Conan O’Brien, late-night TV host; Leopold Stokowski, conductor; James Woods, actor; Clarence Darrow, lawyer and orator. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may be contacted by someone who is trying to influence you in a way that is not, perhaps, completely legitimate -- or legal. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- While others are enjoying some downtime today, you can get something done that has been preying on your mind for quite a while. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Once you start, you’re not likely to stop until you have done what you have come to do. Don’t neglect certain basic needs, however. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -You may have trouble saying what needs to be said today -- at first. When your back is against the wall, it’ll all come out, surely! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You can give someone else a nice surprise today -- but he or she may not understand your true motives at first. Explain yourself! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- It’s time for you to quit resisting that which is, in fact, inevitable. Someone is going to have to give you the benefit of the doubt today. COPYRIGHT 2013 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.




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Renowned historian and champion of human rights Justin Bieber recently visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and reportedly signed the guest book, “Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.” This attempt to ensure that no teenage girl goes unswooned, regardless of whether she has been deceased for decades, incidentally resulted in a major spike in people Googling the phrase “Who is Anne Frank?”


this is where the sun don’t shine With the release of recent documentary Room 237, which looks at theories on The Shining, we should revisit Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 horror masterpiece By Dean Essner Senior staff writer In an art form in which multiplicity is often met with yawns and frustrated groans, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is the most endlessly rewatchable movie of all time. And still, to this day, no one can agree on what the hell it’s trying to tell us. On the surface, it’s quiet and macabre — a horror film about the Torrance family, whose lives culminate while housesitting the illustrious, old Overlook Hotel during its offseason. We watch as Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson, How Do You Know), a

writer in search of solitude, slowly and irreversibly descends into madness, leaving us to wonder whether it was cabin fever or the gruesome spirits haunting the Overlook that cultivated his downfall. Tonally, the movie is as frightening as anything. Kubrick’s films move at a very distinct pace — they tiptoe and pin you down in an air of creepiness before clubbing you over the head with bombast when you least expect it. Both methods, independent of any amalgamations, are equally revelatory. One could argue the movie is most iconic in the scenes in which Jack trawls the lonely, dilapidated Overlook while Penderecki’s “Threnody to the Victims of Hiro-



Upscale AMC theater in Arlington, Va., offers best viewing experience in the area By Warren Zhang Senior staff writer There’s a right way to do posh, and there’s an utterly pretentious way to do posh. Angelika Mosaic is the latter, while AMC’s Courthouse Plaza 8 in Arlington, Va., is, thankfully, the former. The right way involves stripping out the needless pretensions; instead of garish modern-art nightmares, for example, we have low-key, generally classy interior design. Courthouse 8 is endearingly unassuming, from its location

— nestled in Arlington — to its refreshingly understated design. The theater eschews both the ridiculous purple and steel crap most franchise multiplexes wallow in as well as the delusions of grandeur found at Washington’s E Street Cinema and Angelika Film Center & Cafe in the Fairfax, Va., Mosaic District. Instead, everything is kept functional but appealing — warm colors and well-placed LED signs. But you have to see the theater’s biggest attraction to truly comprehend why Courthouse 8

shima” shrills underneath, his grasp on the physical world fading with each lap through the gleaming gold hallways. But then there’s the bloody elevator and “Here’s Johnny!” The Shining is forever worth our attention, though, because it means something. We can all feel it. Yet no matter how much we deconstruct it or prod at it, no absolute, underlying truth reveals itself. Room 237, the recent documentary by Rodney Ascher named after the Overlook’s fateful room, examines and dissects various theories from Kubrick experts. It’s a testament to the movie’s multiplicity — each person explains his or her own theory behind

The Shining, centering on topics such as the Native American genocide, the supposed staging of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the Holocaust. Whether or not any of these ideas are valid — most have already been debunked by Kubrick aide Leon Vitali in a recent New York Times article — Room 237 further cements The Shining as a movie deserving infinite amounts of intellectual time and energy. As cinephiles, we owe it to Kubrick to continue positing exactly what was going through his head when he made his masterpiece.

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Its name is the subject of great debate. Jy-ro? Guy-ro? Gearo? The possibilities for pronunciation are endless (though for the record, my Greek boss from high school says “yearo”). Possibly even more abundant are the places one can go to attain one of these delectable entrees. From independent diners to mall food court chains, there are many different establishments offering the dish, which typically consists of a pita, strips of lamb meat, lettuce, tomato, onion and a Greek cucumber dressing called tzatziki sauce (the pro-grade gyro places also top their sandwiches with feta). Here are a few of my go-to gyro places near the campus and the larger Washington area. By Kelsey Hughes Staff writer

1.The speedy option: Moby Dick I don’t love Moby Dick. But it’s in the food court in Stamp Student Union, it’s convenient, and it does have some redeeming qualities. Moby Dick’s pitas are soft, and it offers two types of sauce, which add extra taste (albeit both of them are a bit runnier than I would have liked). The menu also states that feta is included on the gyros, which would be a plus, except I didn’t get any on my gyro platter. This is my biggest pet peeve with gyros — order a platter so you can have a side, and suddenly you get your sandwich in separate pieces. However, the platters do come with cheesy rice instead of the traditional French fries, providing a nice change of pace.

2. The dinner date option: Zorba’s Cafe

3. The quick, fresh option: Pita Pit

Zorba’s is a Mediterranean restaurant located in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. It’s a cute place, decked out in blue and white to match the Greek flag. While it’s certainly not the fanciest restaurant in the city — customers order at the counter and bring their own meals to the table — it’s clean and has a nice vibe along with affordable food, especially for the fairly upscale Dupont neighborhood. The gyro itself is pretty good, as it automatically comes with feta and wraps well. On the downside, the meat’s a bit overcooked, and the tzatziki sauce isn’t the most flavorful. Overall, however, Zorba’s produces a delicious meal and an enjoyable experience.

When I visit George Washington University, I often stop at Pita Pit for a quick and cheap dinner. For a fast-food restaurant, Pita Pit has excellent gyros. Wide arrays of vegetables, sauces and other toppings result in easy customization. And best of all, Pita Pit has perfected the technique of wrapping and arranging the components of the sandwich: Open the pita so it forms a pocket, put all of the ingredients inside and then — here’s the kicker — roll it up. This ensures a perfect balance of meat and toppings and creates a tidy little vessel that ensures neat transportation to the mouth. In short, Pita Pit is a far better option than it seems for gyros and is a solid choice if you’re looking for a quick bite in Foggy Bottom.


4.The best option: Plato’s Diner I love Plato’s. There’s something about the gyros there that epitomizes the Greek sandwich I love. They’re well balanced, the onions are perfectly chopped and spread throughout the sauce, the meat is nicely cooked — it’s just pure Greek diner perfection. My only complaint? The diner doesn’t serve the gyro with feta, and adding it costs extra. While annoying, this addition is well worth it, as the crumbled cheese completes the meal. I highly recommend a trip down Route 1 to Plato’s for a bite — gyros make the perfect meal, and this unassuming diner is the best place in town to get them. I promise you’ll be hooked.

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Cicadas From PAGE 1 said he has never seen anything quite like this and does not know what to expect. “This is wicked crazy,” he said. “We don’t have creepycrawlies up north.” So education may be the key for resolving misunderstandings about cicadas. “I don’t actually know anything about them,” Lal said.“I don’t know how bad they were before, so I’m just scared. They don’t sound nice.” Though the thick swarms and loud sounds they make may seem unpleasant, the worst cicadas can do is damage small shrubs and trees when they crowd on them to lay eggs, Raupp wrote. Cicadas should not be confused with locusts, which can cause

fakes From PAGE 1 going undercover into bars to investigate underage drinking, Jackson said. The liquor board started investigating Bentley’s about once a week, sometimes twice a week, in December, the former Bentley’s worker said. After about a month, investigators started coming about once every other week — still a significant increase from the previous semester, he said. The board’s investigations are routine and countywide, Jackson said. But if an issue is found, the board will visit that establishment more frequently, he added. The board has fined two city establishments since 2012. Big Play Sports Grill received two fines totaling $2,500 for violating its entertainment permit on Feb. 6, and Town Hall Tavern was fined $5,000 on April 10 for selling alcohol to a minor. At Bentley’s, investigators

massive damage to crops and spread destructive plagues. And the extremely loud noise cicadas make? That’s just the sound of the males trying to attract females to mate. Entomologists found the bugs can collectively produce a sound as loud as 90 decibels, according to a 2004 Baltimore Sun article. “They do not bite, sting, harm adults, children or pets,” Raupp wrote. “Go out and enjoy them.” The last time a cicada brood came out in the state was when Brood X emerged in 2004; there are about 15 broods of cicadas across the country that come out in interval years. This year’s group, Brood II, will be emerging for the first time since 1996. The cicada nymphs mature underground for up to 17 years before surfacing once the soil hits 64 degrees a foot below the surface.

Around here, scientists predict the cicadas will be most abundant in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, in addition to Virginia’s Fairfax and Prince William counties, but the brood’s range will stretch from North Carolina to Connecticut, Raupp wrote. The adults will stay out for about four to six weeks. Still not convinced these strange bugs are something to look forward to? Raupp hopes his blog,, will help you think otherwise. “[They] provide an unparalleled opportunity for children and adults to witness firsthand a spectacular natural event in their backyard,” Raupp wrote. “I guess the most harmful effects are the unreasonable fears many people have of these large, interesting insects.”

would pretend to be patrons when they arrived, the former worker said. He said they would then move into a back area used as a restaurant during the day and question customers who looked underage. “[The customers] hid their fake IDs, or they did a passback so they didn’t have an ID on them, and if they don’t have an ID on them and they’re in the bar, we must have let them in,” he said. “So that’s why we’ve been more strict.” Before the updated liquor board policies went into effect, it was easy for underage students to get into the bars, the former Bentley’s worker said. Bouncers used to “look at the ID, look at the person and ask them their age,” he said. “Most people don’t look at the months, they just look at the years,” the former worker said. “So we say ‘how old are you?’ And they say 25, and we say, ‘That’s funny, because this says you’re 24.’ The month hadn’t added up yet. And they’ll be like ‘Oh yeah, I’m this age.’”

But instead of turning away underage patrons, bouncers would sometimes just charge them extra money — for instance, $7 or $10 instead of the usual $5 cover, the former worker said. And if a student knew one of the bouncers, they’d often just be let in, he said. Late last year, Bentley’s began cracking down on such tactics. Bouncers began using an ID scanner every night, so students would need to have legitimate IDs, the former worker said. Bouncers also just used to stamp underage patrons, but now they hand out wristbands to minors. And at Cornerstone Grill and Loft and The Barking Dog, bouncers have been turning away more students, especially on nights they expect the liquor board to show up, he said. Now, sharing IDs is more difficult, a freshman communications and English major said. “[Before], I had a friend who used my ID, and she’s blonde and I’m brunette, but now it really has to look like you,” the freshman said. “I know someone who was using

STEMming from passion Students mentor local students in science fields By Madeleine List Staff writer Building a Frisbee-playing robot was hardly the end of the learning process for Team Illusion, a group of Prince George’s County high schoolers, and its mentors from this university. More than half of the high school students are homeschooled, and their mentors hope to get them interested in science and technology as part of the organization FIRST, For Inspiration and Recogni-

someone else’s for a while, and now they want to get a real ID with a picture because they’re scared.” The new policies seemed to be hurting business, the former worker said. When Bentley’s implemented them, the worker said the owner told employees the changes were necessary to keep the bar in business. Since then, the number of customers has visibly decreased, the former worker said. “In Bentley’s on Thursday nights, it used to be so crowded you’d have to shimmy through; you couldn’t even walk through,” he said. “And now it’s just like another [week]night.” But the freshman said while some students initially avoided the bars the first weekend they heard the liquor board might be there, her friends went out again the following weekend. Inside Cornerstone, it’s still “so, so crowded,” she added. A manager at Bentley’s said he had no comment, and a manager at Cornerstone said corporate policies forbade him from talking to Diamondback reporters.

MASE, a group of university engineering students, formed in 2012 to mentor local high school and middle school students in engineering activities, such as robotics. photo courtesy of dawn buckley tion of Science and Technology, which sponsors mentor-based robotics programs for elementary through high school-aged students. FIRST hosts an annual competition, and after Team Il-

lusion won the “Rookie All-Star Award” in the Washington regional competition, it will move on to the championships in St.

Since the liquor board changes are so new, no formal evaluation has been conducted to measure their impact, Jackson said. But they have some anecdotal evidence: After a recent university sports game, Jackson said, there wasn’t as much violence or crime as in previous years. “It seemed alcohol did not play any type of significant negative role,” he said. Members of this university’s Alcohol Coalition — which represents departments such as the offices of Student Conduct, Public Safety and Fraternity and Sorority Life — said they weren’t originally aware of the new policies, but they support them. Though police “occasionally” work with bouncers or check bars, the bars generally don’t call officers to report fake IDs, said University Police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis. But officers often find students with fake IDs “passed out” or “zigzagging,” he said. “A large amount of our calls are

spent with people too intoxicated to take care of themselves,” he said. “That time could be better spent responding to calls for service.” University officials are working to expand the Code of Student Conduct’s jurisdiction, which would mean students would face university sanctions for misdemeanors committed off-campus. But even if the university had jurisdiction in the bars, it would have to be a “significant enough incident” — such as a physical assault — to warrant action, said Tamara Saunders, the student conduct office’s associate director. Still, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Warren Kelley said the coalition supports the board’s new policies. “We don’t endorse underage drinking, whether it’s in the bars or residence halls or anywhere else,” Kelley said. “We respect the liquor board’s intent to try to enforce the laws, and we just want our students to be safe.”

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funding From PAGE 1 is the growth of STEM programs. Over the next three years, Loh said the university will be able to fund the enrollment of 350 additional engineering and science majors in conjunction with hiring new faculty and adding of more lab and classroom spaces. These spaces will also be sponsored by Facilities Management, which received funds to continue working on projects for STEM programs, said Bill Olen, Capital Projects director. Facilities Management officials plan to use $5.3 million to purchase equipment for the Physical Sciences Complex that will open this fall and $5 million to start design work on the bioengineering building, he said. “The government has been very supportive of campus initiatives, including the increase of students in STEM programs,” he said. “We are very fortunate for another year of support, and for the means to add more teaching space for incoming students.” An additional $3.4 million will go

robinson From PAGE 1 about 110 unique user sessions per day. Issues range from working with the Division of Information Technology to improve Wi-Fi reliability to launching a campus taxi service that students can pay for with student IDs. If elected,Robinson said the Time Party will focus on the top-ranked issues first to ensure their efforts are being geared toward the right places. But Robinson has some of his own ideas, which include addressing student discontent with Dining Services and DOTS, along with integrating all online university resources,from Testudo to MyUMD to ELMS, into a single online platform.That way,the SGA can provide students with all the resources the university offers in one place. “There shouldn’t be a huge group of students who are constantly dissatisfied with the service we provide for them,” Robinson said, adding mental health is another top priority. He’s envisioning an online platform that connects students with the clubs and campus groups they may be interested in through an interest survey, which will also let them know when events are happening on the campus.


toward constructing the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, a facility that will include classrooms designed for blended learning, Olen said. Nearly $900,000 will be used to renovate H.J. Patterson Hall, he added, and more than $6.1 million will go toward designing a new remote library facility to store University System of Maryland materials. The funds will also encourage new innovation and entrepreneurship courses within the university and help integrate the university’s technology commercialization operations with the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Loh said the alliance would connect the campus’ engineering capabilities with UMB’s biomedical and public health expertise, resulting in a collaborative public health school and increased bioinformatics research. “The whole goal is to have more startup companies to help the economy grow and form new jobs as the result of research,” Loh said. “We certainly do this much more effectively and produce more companies if we’re working together.” The legislature also allocated

$20 million toward the acquisition of a new Prince George’s County medical center, which Loh said would increase joint research, internships and educational opportunities for students at this university and UMB. The state also enabled the university to increase faculty and staff funding by 2.5 percent in April 2014 — the first such raise in four years — in response to increases in costof-living expenses, which rose by 3 percent for the second year in a row. “We cannot expect to attract and keep the best faculty and staff if we do not offer competitive salaries,” Loh wrote. “Compensation is related to educational quality and institutional reputation.” Resident undergraduate tuition will be held at a 3 percent increase, putting this state at the bottom of all states in higher education tuition growth, Loh said. Working to keep tuition and education costs low, said freshman Serena Doan, is a value shared by many given the state of the economy and the increase in debt accumulated by college graduates. “Every penny counts, especially for out-of-state kids,” the gov-

ernment and politics major said. “We’ve been seeing a constant trend of rising tuition lately, no matter the school, so it’s great that this new funding could potentially prevent tuition from rising in the future.” Although they haven’t finalized the exact funding allocations, officials expect to confirm the numbers by next week, said Rob Platky, assistant vice president and budget director. “Looking at the general figures, I would have to say that we can already see that it’s a pretty good allocation,” he said. “Not many other areas in the state saw such increases, so that shows a pretty solid commitment.” The increase in higher education funding not only serves the university and campus community but also benefits the state,Clement said. “We have a symbiotic relationship,” she said. “The state benefits when we are strong, and we flourish when they help us. The university attracts brilliant students who graduate and potentially stay in state, which impacts leadership and the economy.”

His platform is far different from the one his opponent, Samantha Zwerling, the incumbent president who leads the Go Party, has carried out over the past year. While Zwerling spent much of her time lobbying in Annapolis for affordable education, Robinson wants to bring the focus back to campus. “SGA is the voice of the students and the students are living and experiencing the campus,” he said. Robinsonremembershowcollege was a fresh start. He’s openly gay and said he wrestled with his identity and sexuality during high school. With college came a new perspective on life and a thirst for action, prompting him to join the Mighty Sound of Maryland,become an Images tour guide and run for the University Senate as a representative for the behavioral and social sciences college. Earlier this year,Robinson created the Maryland Compliments Facebook page, where students can anonymously submit positive messages about their classmates. After seeing the impact the page had on, Robinson began thinking about running for president. “I get so much intrinsic pleasure out of posting these things and seeing people react to them and putting a smile on students’ faces,” he said.

Robinson has also worked as a peer counselor at the Help Center, two research labs and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network and wrote a relationship advice column for The Diamondback. He worked with the Health Center’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program, but “parted ways” with the organization in the fall, said Stephanie Rivero, SARPP’s assistant director. Robinson hopes to solve student dissatisfaction with technology, such as finding a way for students to know which parking spots are available and which study spaces are open in McKeldin. And, he’ll have lunch with any student who has an issue he or she want the SGA to address. “There’s always the ideal campus you have and the real campus, but of course you have to work incrementally,” said Jonathan Lee, who is running as the Time Party candidate for student affairs vice president. “We’re looking at the general big ideas … we’re finding actions we can do in our time here.” But their campaign has faced some setbacks. Robinson said it’s difficult not to have the same star power incumbent Samantha Zwerling has and he doesn’t have very much experience working in

the SGA. He spent a brief period of time as an appointed liaison on the Health & Wellness Committee, but the bulk of his experience was with the University Senate. But Robinson and his running mates are confident his charisma will help him earn the win. “Noah’s approachable,” said Stephanie Graf, Time Party’s candidate for academic affairs vice president. “He’s going to take the SGA and make it not just something for the lucky 40 students that are elected.” Relations between the two campaigns haven’t been smooth. A disputeoveratweetfromTimeParty member and Zwerling’s former communications director, Matt Arnstine, accusing the Go Party of early campaigning resulted in a $500 fine for the Time Party — a quarter of its $2,000 campaign budget. “In any election, there’s going to be a little tension between the parties. Our whole attitude to this campaign is doing our thing,” Graf said. The party said the fine hasn’t impacted its campaigning so far. “I love this campus,” Robinson said,“and whether I win or not, I’m still going to work to help as much as possible.”

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“The high school students benefit by having almost one-onone contact with college students who are basically living the life,” Mendelsohn said. “It helps college students because for freshman and sophomore engineers, the coursework can be a little dry. When they work with young people, they get an affirmation that they know stuff. It keeps the young college students engaged in engineering because that’s something they miss.” The work between students and Team Illusion helps foster a connection between Prince George’s County high schoolers and this university, so Vijay Kowtha, Naval Research Laboratory researcher, helped get funding for the team to keep the program going. “They considered themselves as friends,” he said. “It was such a joy to see them working together. The life learning skills that you don’t learn in school, the mentors were able to provide.” Kowtha got about $7,000 from the Department of Defense’s National Education Defense Program, which paid for registration with FIRST and parts for the robot. The team raised extra funds through bake sales, grants and donations from companies, Buckley said. Kowtha said he hopes the team will have a place to work closer to the university next year. Meetings were held in the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, and transportation was an issue, he said. Programs like FIRST are instrumental in recruiting students into STEM fields, especially for demographics that are still underrepresented, Duncan said, including women, African-Americans and Latinos. By reaching out to students in underrepresented areas, such as Prince George’s County, and combining competition with a sports theme, FIRST helps students enjoy engineering and envision future careers. Many of Team Illusion’s members will walk away with a better sense of what they want to do later in life, Patel said. “A lot of these kids didn’t know what they were going to do after high school,” he said. “They were confused about their futures and this gives them some hope.”

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Louis later this semester. The program spans across 50 states and 50 countries, said Bill Duncan, the university FIRST chapter’s regional director. “They learn not only about technology, but they learn a whole bunch of life skills that we hope will help them toward future careers,” he said. Students at this university who are part of a new oncampus group, called Mentors Advancing STEM Education, have been working with the high schoolers since October to help them excel. The studentmentors spent 24 to 30 hours per week training the high schoolers, many of whom were new to engineering and programming, said Kanay Patel, freshman mechanical engineering major and vice president of MASE. The competition is centered around a different sports theme each year, so once team members found out on Jan.5 this year’s robot would have to relate to ultimate Frisbee, the team had six weeks to build it. Even though it was sometimes grueling, the hard work paid off when the team earned a spot in the championships. Team Illusion member Joe Buckley, 16, said the experience was worth the immense time commitment because it taught him teamwork,improved his problem-solving skills and helped him hone his interests. “I’ve always enjoyed the idea of being able to design things and work with different machines,” he said. “It’s always been fascinating to me how these different machines work. I’ve learned a lot about it this year. It’s been a really fun experience getting to meet all these people.” And the university student mentors, many of whom went through FIRST programs in high school, were able to provide “expert knowledge,” Buckley said. The relationship between the mentors and high schoolers is mutually beneficial, said Betsy Mendelsohn,university Science, Technology and Society director and the club’s adviser.

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that site come up,” said Colella. “I think it’s a great way for students in particular to put out things that need work.” One challenge, Pandya said, was the overlap between Facilities Management and Residential Facilities, as they have yet to work out which problems fall under each department. Facilities Management is among a few departments using the Facebook page, including Public Safety and Department of Transportation Services. DOTS is hosting a forum tomorrow based on concerns posted on the page, Pandya said. “It’s definitely got the departments paying attention,” she said. “We haven’t had any department that has kind of said, ‘We’re not going to take a look at this.’” As many posts are about oncampus facilities,the Facebook page will impact how the department runs, Heisenger said. “In general, it’s kind of changing the culture around the university,” he said. “We now have a forum for which students can voice their concerns or issues about different things, and they’re often facilities-related.”

to Liz Pandya, student affairs vice president, to directly resolve issues brought up by students. “They’ve been very quick to respond, in terms of working towards a situation, if the Student Government Association and the department both deem the concern valid and substantive,” Pandya said. Additionally, the SGA directly alerts Facilities Management of issues that are brought up, which helps the department because it regularly communicates with Pandya. “[The SGA] communicates with Facilities Management without us having to monitor each and every entry,” Colella said, noting this process happened “organically” over the past week. And Facilities Management employees are glad they have a more direct way to communicate with students because their overarching goal is to improve the quality of students’ living and learning experiences. “We’re really pleased to see

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MOUntaineers From PAGE 15 numbers of the Mount St. Mary’s pitchers, the Terps couldn’t find a consistent rhythm. Each inning seemed to follow the same pattern. They would get runners on base and come to the brink of breaking the game open, but they’d fall just short. With a new pitcher the next time the Terps were at bat, that pattern repeated. “I really couldn’t tell you, man,” Szefc said of the Mountaineers’ pitching. “That was by far our worst game of the season.” After Mount St. Mary’s (7-21) scored the first run of the game when left fielder Tommy Quealy scored on a wild pitch from right-hander Brandon Casas in the eighth, the Terps (20-18) responded right away. Right fielder Jordan Hagel launched the second pitch he saw from right-hander Connor Graber over the left-center field wall to tie the game with his second home run of the year. They were poised to take the lead and possibly break the game open after loading the bases minutes later, but second baseman Jose Cuas bounced a grounder to second base for the inning’s final out. The Mountaineers got after Casas (2-2) again in the ninth when catcher Andrew Clow hit a two-out single into center field to score center fielder Tom Healy. The freshman reliever, who entered the game with a 1.64 ERA, surrendered two runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. “Our bullpen wasn’t nearly as good as it’s been in the past,” Szefc said. The Terps forced Mount St. Mary’s to use three pitchers in the ninth inning, but they couldn’t muster any runs. A single, sacrifice bunt and two walks loaded the bases with one out, but righthander Buddy Fields struck out designated hitter Greg Olenski

on three pitchers. Third baseman Kevin Martir grounded out to second base. “I wouldn’t say it was the pitching,” said first baseman Lamonte Wade, who went 1-for-3 with two walks. “We didn’t stick to that approach as planned and it showed up at the end.” Drossner, who had given up 13 earned runs over 13 innings in eight appearances this season, worked seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking four. The Mountaineers’ lineup couldn’t adjust to his pitching, and their lone threats came after he surrendered walks. In the third inning, center fielder Charlie White set the Terps’ single-season steals record with his 34th swipe of the year. White (1-for-3) drew a one-out walk against righthander Vincent Molesky and took off. The Naperville, Ill., native slid headfirst into second base, and the record was his. “I wish we had about 10 of him because he’s one of the few guys that kind of fits exactly what we’re looking for,” Szefc said. “He’s certainly a true-blue leadoff guy. It shows each day he comes out.” The loss dropped the Terps to 15-5 in nonconference play, and it was just their second loss in their past 17 matchups out of the ACC. The team has a crucial league matchup with Virginia Tech this weekend, and Szefc knows his team can’t perform like it did last night if he wants it to make a push for an ACC tournament berth. “This game is very humbling, and if you’re not locked in to what you’re doing, you’re going to get beat, and you’re going to get embarrassed,” Szefc said. “That’s exactly what happened to us.” TERPS NOTE: The Terps played without third baseman K.J. Hockaday, who Szefc said violated team rules. Hockaday will not play this weekend against Virginia Tech.

Championships From PAGE 14 we got,” Cole said, “and come out with whatever we deserve.” For Valmon, this outdoor season — the first one the men have competed in since the cuts were announced in November 2011 — is about creating a new chapter in a program history that includes 24 straight ACC outdoor titles spanning the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. “One thing on the guys’ side we keep reminding them about is the legacy,” Valmon said. “We keep reminding them about why they came to Maryland.” Without an indoor season, the men have had fewer meets to prepare for the championship than in years past. In fact, the Terps’ first official meet was less than a month ago. Some of the team’s athletes, Valmon said, were able to compete during the indoor season. Most of the men, including Cole, had to make do with practice. But Cole said he preferred the new schedule. Without the distraction of indoor meets and travel, the sophomore said he was able to stay healthier.

NOTEBOOK From PAGE 14 shot selection, the players thought it was more important to figure out how to recapture their enthusiasm from the torrid start. “Guys have been frustrated for whatever reason, especially after having some early success,” Bernhardt said. “We gave Coach some ideas that may jump-start the practices a little bit and bring more energy.”

STIFLING DEFENSE Johns Hopkins seemed poised to run away with a blowout when Blue Jays midfielder Lee Coppersmith gave his team a 4-2 lead over the Terps with more than 10 minutes remaining in the

“Indoor is a great time,” Cole said. “But everyone knows the show is outdoor.” And so far, the results have backed up his assertion. Cole has notched the seventhand 10th-longest hammer throws in Terps’ history already this season, setting a personal record in the process. Cole isn’t the only Terp finding success this spring. Senior high jumper Jon Hill — a second-team All American last year — won his event at the Maryland Invitational on March 30, and junior Josh Haghighi placed second in shot put at the same meet. Both qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship in May. The women’s team has had plenty of success, too. Though historically less successful than their male counterparts, they took fifth place in the ACC Indoor Championships in February, recording their highest point total at the event since 2002. Two members of the team — Thea LaFond and Amber Melville — also competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships in their respective events, the pentathlon and high jump, after winning the conference championships. It’s all about their mentality, Melville said. After what happened to the men’s team last year, this season has taken on

second quarter Saturday. T h e Te r p s ’ s p u t te r i n g offense didn’t appear on the verge of a breakthrough, and an inspired Johns Hopkins team wasn’t going to let up. But the Blue Jays couldn’t quite pull away. They wouldn’t score again in the second period and never held a lead of more than three goals. That’s become a theme for the Terps within the past few weeks. Their defense, which ranks third nationally with a 7.3 goals against average, has kept them in games, while their offense has struggled. Saturday, Tillman said, the defense played well enough for the team to win if it hadn’t posted its lowest-scoring output of the year. “You hold a team like Hopkins to seven goals, that’s a pretty good

even more meaning for the women’s squad. “We are more motivated this year because last year, our men’s team got cut,” Melville said. “We had to stand strong and keep our team together.” Though Cole and his teammates will compete this weekend, the future of the program is still uncertain. The team has reached the first fundraising benchmark, but it must raise another $3.76 million by Dec. 31, 2013 to sustain the program beyond one year. So far, it has only raised about $900,000. But the men’s team won’t be alone in working to meet that goal. “We are family,” Melville said. “We are going to push through the hard times and enjoy the times we have together.” And that’s exactly what Valmon, Cole and the rest of the Terps are trying to do. They don’t want to think too far ahead. Right now, they’re focused solely on competing for an ACC title. But that doesn’t mean they have forgotten their path to this point. “We have all learned a lot from last year,” Valmon said. “It has made us better and stronger as a program.”

accomplishment,” Tillman said. Despite the offense’s struggles, the defensive players aren’t getting irritated with their counterparts. In fact, they think they can do more to help out with the scoring. “Anything that we can help do to put the ball in the net, get going in transition or something,” long pole Jesse Bernhardt said, “we try to do that.”

POSTSEASON LOOMING The Terps ended the ACC regular season in a three-way tie with Duke and North Carolina for first place in the league with a 2-1 record, but Tillman’s team earned the top seed in the ACC tournament because it holds the edge in the goalsallowed tiebreaker. The Terps gave up 24 combined goals in

ACC play while the Tar Heels and Blue Devils surrendered 26 and 40, respectively. That means the Terps will face No. 4-seed Virginia, which they beat 9-7 on March 30, to open up the conference tournament on April 26. But the No. 4 Terps have a game before then, and Jesse Bernhardt claims they aren’t treating their matchup with No. 15 Yale on Saturday as a tune-up for the postseason. The Bulldogs dominated No. 10 Albany for a 15-8 victory in early March and are riding a five-game winning streak, so the Terps expect a battle. “We have Yale left, who’s a very good team,” Bernhardt said. “We have to take it one week at a time.”


HOWARD From PAGE 15 surprise she felt plenty of butterflies. “People were saying she was untested,” her father, Steve Howard, said. “And it’s true. [She] was really in the frying pan.”

‘I LOVE THAT’ During Howard’s first tryout with “the Terps,” a summer travel team for middle school girls, coach Peter Hollerbach realized the inexperienced seventh grader had the natural ability to play goalie. It didn’t take Howard long to develop a passion for the position. She told her dad, “When someone is coming at me running as hard as they can and coming in my face, and they are going to throw it at my face as hard as they can, I love that.” The Terps eventually competed against high school students at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Their players stood nearly a foot shorter than the majority of their competition, but Howard’s stellar play in goal


ultimately carried the Terps to the tournament title. “We thought we were like the best of the best,” Howard said. “My seventh-grade Terps team was really influential [for me].” That success carried into Howard’s career at Annapolis’ Broadneck High School. She took over as the varsity starter in her junior year and helped her squad win the District V Championship against Mt. Hebron as a senior. She thrived under pressure, notching a career-high 17 saves as the Bruins won the title. “That was the one that made me believe maybe I can actually hang,” Howard said.

ODD RECRUITMENT During her senior year, Howard and her dad visited an ACC school interested in recruiting the goalie. Howard felt confident the program would make her an offer. But a few weeks later, Steve Howard said, the school called Kasey Howard to tell her they had chosen to “go in another direction.” “I told her, she’s never going to make a career out of lacrosse,” Steve Howard said. “She may just be better off

goalkeeper kasey howard ranks second in the ACC with an 8.48 goals against average through 16 games, and she leads the conference with a .443 save percentage. christian jenkins/the diamondback concentrating on her studies.” So Kasey Howard gave up the sport she’d been playing since second grade. She began making plans to attend a southern school — possibly Florida State or South Carolina — and join a sorority. But when Howard was accepted to this university, she decided to attend the state’s flagship school as a normal student.

While sitting in a Broadneck English class one day that March, Howard received a call from a number she didn’t recognize. It was Terps coach Cathy Reese. “I knew who she was; she’s like famous,” Howard said. “I thought she needed something from Broadneck for [thenTerps attacker] Kari Ellen

[Johnson]. The thought of her wanting me to play didn’t even cross my mind. I think my jaw hit the floor.” With one goalie playing both field hockey and lacrosse and another interested in studying abroad, Reese needed a stable option in the net. Johnson played with Howard at Broadneck, so she suggested her coach reach out to her former high school teammate. When Steve Howard learned of the call, he reminded his daughter of the conversation they had after the last ACC school spurned her. He wanted Howard to focus on her studies. But she had already made up her mind. She immediately felt comfortable with the Terps’ coaching staff during her recruiting visit the next day and committed to the team. “We were actively recruiting a goalie in Kasey’s class,” Reese said. “[Kari Ellen] said her [high school] goalie was coming to Maryland next year. … It turned out to be a great fit.”

NATURAL LEADER Howard couldn’t believe her luck when she first arrived at this university. In fact, she still says her situation feels a bit dreamlike. But Howard’s emergence as one of the ACC’s top goalies has been no accident. The Annapolis native has done more than simply fill Dipper’s role; she’s created her own niche as the unquestioned leader of the defense. Howard ranks second in the ACC with an 8.48 goals against average through 16 games, leads the conference with a .443 save percentage and has won the ACC defensive player of the

week award twice. Though those gaudy statistics come in Howard’s first year as a starter, they don’t surprise her father. “She was always the leader,” the elder Howard said. “I can’t think of a time she wasn’t. It’s really hard to rattle that kid.” Filling in for Dipper wasn’t an easy task. The Clarksboro, N.J., native won National Goalie of the Year her junior year, earned ACC Championship All-Tournament honors four times and led the Terps to a national championship as a sophomore. Though Howard was the most experienced goalkeeper on the roster following Dipper’s graduation, Reese didn’t guarantee her the starting position. Howard and redshirt sophomore Abbey Clipp split time at the start of the season. She enjoyed the competition and secured the starting job after an 11-save performance at Syracuse two games into the season. Then came the Duke game. Despite her nervousness entering the contest, the goaltender appeared calm while friends and family surrounded her after a 15-6 Terps victory. Perhaps the magnitude of her breakout performance hadn’t sunk in just yet. Perhaps the former aspiring sorority girl didn’t fully understand she had become the leader of a national title contender. And who could blame her? After all, she was still a relative newbie. “It’s kind of surreal,” Howard said. “Since the way I got here was kind of weird, it was awesome to come a long way. I think people didn’t see it coming.”

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Back on track

Terps compete in ACC championships one year after nearly having men’s team cut By Phillip Suitts Staff writer

Coach Andrew Valmon’s (top) men’s track and field team was recommended to be cut in November 2011, but it raised enough money to continue competing. This weekend, thrower Pat Cole (bottom left) and high jumper Amber Melville (bottom right) will lead the men’s and women’s teams in the ACC Outdoor Championships. photos courtesy of maryland athletics

Terrapins men’s track and field members could have given up, stopped fundraising and accepted university President Wallace Loh’s recommendation to cut the team. No one would have blamed them. But they didn’t. Now, more than a year later, they are set to compete alongside the Terrapins women’s track and field team in the ACC Outdoor Championships, which begin today in Cary, N.C. “Everybody is really stepping up, even the women,” sophomore thrower Pat Cole said. “In a lot of cases, they were just as devastated as the men were when the cut was proposed.” Sure, there have been setbacks along the way. The Terps are competing with a smaller roster of only 14 athletes — 13 fewer than they had before the cut. That’s a significant disadvantage, con-

sidering conference rivals like Virginia Tech have as many as 45 athletes. They also can’t participate in the indoor track and field season anymore, as they were only able to raise enough money to save their outdoor season. But the Terps are trying to make the best of difficult circumstances. And that begins with openly acknowledging their situation. Cole said he has talked to coach Andrew Valmon about the men’s lack of depth, and what the Terps must do to tackle that challenge. But Cole said he enjoys the underdog status that comes with being undermanned, even comparing the Terps’ situation to what the Spartans faced in the movie 300. With so few athletes, Cole knows the Terps’ chances of winning the ACC championships are extremely slim — not that it deters him. “We are going to go and give it what See Championships, Page 12


Frustration mounting on offense Terps continue to dominate on defense; postseason approaching fast By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer Walking off Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, Kevin Cooper gritted his teeth and slammed the bottom of his lacrosse stick into the turf. The senior attackman, like the rest of the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team’s offense, seemed aggravated after a putrid performance in a 7-4 loss to rival Johns Hopkins. Such offensive frustrations had been

mounting for the past month. After scoring at least 12 goals in their first five games, the Terps have failed to top that mark even once in their past five. A 6-0 start has quickly turned into an 8-2 record as a once-potent offense struggles to regain its form. So Monday morning, before the Terps began their week of practice, coach John Tillman decided to sit down with his offensive starters. Then he talked just with the team’s seniors. The third-year coach wanted to hear what they had to

say about the glaring dip in production. “We need to tweak some things,” Tillman said. “We needed to talk to our players and get some of their feedback.” The group talked only briefly about game plans, midfielder Jake Bernhardt said. Tillman mentioned he’d like to see his team play with a faster tempo and better stick handling, but the conversation quickly turned to the Terps’ mindset. Rather than discuss matchups and See NOTEBOOK, Page 12

Midfielder Jake Bernhardt and the Terps have struggled on offense after a fast start, scoring less than 12 goals in each of their past five games. They scored a season-low four in Saturday’s loss to Johns Hopkins. charlie deboyace/the diamondback




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Against the odds

Howard emerges as one of ACC’s top goalkeepers after spending first three seasons on bench

Coach John Szefc said the Terps’ 2-1 loss to Mount St. Mary’s was by far the team’s “worst game of the season.” The Mountaineers used 11 different pitchers. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Pitchers befuddle Terps’ bats in win Mount St. Mary’s earns 2-1 victory By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer Inning in and inning out, the faces the Terrapins baseball team’s batters saw on the mound kept changing. In its first game in a week, Mount St. Mary’s used last n i g h t’s m a tc h u p a t Bo b “Turtle” Smith Stadium as an occasion to get its pitchers work before a weekend conference series at LIU Brooklyn. The Mountaineers used 11 pitchers from a staff with a combined ERA of 7.10. But the Terps couldn’t

break through against the rotating cast. Despite putting at least two runners on base five times — including loading the bases in the eighth and ninth innings — the Terps couldn’t get the runs they needed and fell, 2-1, squandering left-hander Jake Drossner’s best pitching performance of the season. “It worked well for them,” coach John Szefc. “Our guys weren’t very good, obviously. It was pretty effective how they worked us.” De s p i te t h e i n f l a te d See MOUNTAINEERS, Page 12

Goalkeeper Kasey Howard has been with the Terps for four years, but she didn’t start the first game of her career until her senior season. photo illustration by charlie deboyace/the diamondback

“It was awesome to come a long way. I think people didn’t see it coming.” By Joshua Needelman Staff writer Kasey Howard was nervous moments before the Terrapins women’s lacrosse team faced archrival Duke at Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Feb. 24. The senior was preparing to make her first career home start in front of more than 1,500 fans. She was emerging as a key cog for a program she’d admired ever since playing on a squad named “the Terps” in seventh grade. And she was

hoping to provide a worthy replacement for former National Goalie of the Year Brittany Dipper, who graduated last May with a 75-8 career record in four years as the starter. Howard could hardly believe her circumstances. Four years earlier, she figured her lacrosse career was coming to an end. After receiving little interest from Division I programs, Howard planned to attend college in the south and possibly join a sorority. She applied to this university just hoping to get admitted as a regular student.

But her college career has been about far more than homework or Greek life. After sitting on the Terps’ bench for three years, she has become one of the ACC’s best goalkeepers. She’s anchoring the No. 1 Terps’ defense, helping them rank second in the conference in goals-against average. Against Duke, though, Howard was still a newbie. She’d been with the team as long as anyone, but she was making just her third career start. So it was no See HOWARD, Page 13

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