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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Students want to aid striking construction employees


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Students are calling for the university to step in between a contractor helping build a North Campus dorm and some of the company’s workers who have gone on strike at another construction site in Washington. Construction workers at Wings Enterprises, Inc. — a sub-contractor for Clark Construction Group, LLC hired to help with the Denton Community’s Oakland Hall project — have alleged mistreatment, such as verbal abuse and a lack of drinking water at job sites, and accused the company of not paying them their earned wages. They are seeking legal action against the company and have already negotiated health insurance following the strike. But university officials said they have no reason to intervene in a conflict surrounding Wings Enterprises construction workers, as Oakland Hall’s construction has not been impacted by the strikes, and a state investigation revealed no such wrongdoings at the

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SGA candidates answer questions at a SGA Elections Board-sponsored debate on the last day of campaigning.

Candidates for Senior VP position bring their own priorities to party tickets

Atmosphere calmer in second debate BY ANNA ISAACS Staff writer

BY ALISSA GULIN Staff writer

The candidates for SGA president receive a lot of attention during the campaign weeks, but the other executive candidates should demand just as much attention. Each one of the Student Government Association’s three supporting executive positions has critical responsibilities. The vice president of finance man-

ages the distribution of millions in student fees and the vice president of academic affairs acts as the student body’s point person when dealing with the provost. But it’s the senior vice president who acts as the president’s right-hand man, helping to run the organization and define priorities. Junior finance major Max Jacobs, junior government and

see TICKET, page 7


SGA presidential candidates and their executive board running mates defended their platforms for two hours last night at the SGAsponsored debate, in which divisions were visible but attacks were minimal. Candidates adopted a different tone than at the Diamondbacksponsored debate last Friday, where tensions flared between Your Party candidate and incumbent Steve Glickman and SKY Party can-

didate Andrew Steinberg. Although the crowd frequently booed, snapped or clapped in response to candidates’ remarks, the parties did not interact, instead fielding questions from the elections board, Student Government Association officials who are not seeking re-election and students in the audience at the Stamp Student Union. As the candidates addressed issues such as fostering campus community, establishing relationships with student groups,

see DEBATE, page 2

Graduate Student Government to see major executive board turnover Only vice pres. for student affairs will return next year BY MELISSA QUIJADA Staff writer

A demonstration called "I SAW PALESTINE" took place in the center of McKeldin Mall on Monday as part of Palestinian Solidarity Week. Jewish students flooded the university president’s office with calls protesting a department’s involvement with the week. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

A faraway clash hits close to home Solidarity Week sponsorship stirs emotions BY NELLY DESMARATTES Staff writer

Senior government and politics major David Brenner was one of a group of students who supported Israel at the "I SAW PALESTINE" demonstration on McKeldin Mall yesterday. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK


Palestinian advocates transformed the center of McKeldin Mall yesterday into a barredin checkpoint intended to replicate border crossings between Israel and the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza. Posters and signs hung on the gates, decorated with the Palestinian flag, images from the Middle East and messages deploring what students described as the illegal occupation of a people. Jewish students wrapped in Israeli flags handed out fliers in protest. The demonstration marked the last day of Palestinian Solidarity Week at this university, as well as the Israeli day of independence. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has existed since before Israel became an independent



state in 1948. The United Nations had originally attempted to split the territory into two states — one Arab and one Jewish — with Jerusalem functioning as an international city. But when that plan failed and the two populations were forced into the same country, conflict erupted. The dust has yet to settle. Yesterday, the two groups came face-to-face on the mall. Although the confrontation was relatively calm, marked by heated discussions and quiet disagreement, the previous week had been anything but. The student group UMD Students for Justice in Palestine organized a full week of events that promoted Palestinian culture and issues starting last Monday. The week quickly dissolved into a prolonged debate over free

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Fresh faces will lead the GSG next year after several executive officers — including second-year President Anupama Kothari — opted not to run for re-election. Only one officer, Vice President for Student Affairs Lenisa Joseph, will return to her post, leaving new leaders to tackle contentious issues like graduate assistant unionization, paid parental leave, housing and ANNA health insurance concerns. BEDFORD The results of the election, GSG PRESIDENTIAL which ended Sunday night, will CANDIDATE not be released until later this week, but the organization’s leadership for next year is virtually set. Like last year, only one executive position — vice president for financial affairs — is contested. Two of the Graduate Student Government’s most active leaders, Kothari and Vice President for Academic Affairs Aaron Tobiason, will both step down after this semester to finish their degrees. Chief of Staff Anna Bedford will take over for Kothari, and Jill Gribbin, who was not in the GSG this year, will replace Tobiason. Bedford promised “a greater community and more involvement” next year. “I’d like the assembly to participate to a greater extent,” said Bedford, a comparative literature student. “I’d like to see more graduate students involved in the issues we tackle and serving on committees, rather than a small group of graduates representing the

see GSG, page 8

GSG CANDIDATES Of the GSG’s six vice presidential positions, only one — the vice president for financial affairs — is contested. The following candidates are unopposed: President — Anna Bedford VP for Academic Affairs — Jill Gribbin VP for Committee Affairs — Blessing Okoroafor VP for Community Development — Thao “Liz” Nguyen VP for Student Affairs — Lenisa Joseph VP for Legislative Affairs — Jacqueline Orlando

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SGA candidates disagree on how to effectively lobby for students BY ALISSA GULIN Staff writer

The SGA presidential candidates agree it’s important to lobby on behalf of the 26,475 undergraduates at the university. They just differ on who to lobby, how to do it and how often. Advocating for student interests is the Student Government Association’s principal task, as the organization cannot directly enact policy changes. STARE Party candidate Natalia CuadraSaez, Your Party candidate Steve Glickman and SKY Party candidate Andrew Steinberg said they plan to take advantage of that opportunity through methods in sync with their individual goals and platforms. Glickman, the incumbent, said he would build on his existing relationships with lawmakers, reach out to the governor after November’s election and continue his

DEBATE from page 1 improving the student group funding allocation process, budget cuts, transparency, diversity and interacting with a new university president, they were split definitively along party lines. In addressing how to deal with inevitable budget cuts and departmental mergers, the SKY Party and Your Party candidates for vice president of academic affairs focused on maintaining and improving existing relationships with administrators, whereas the STARE coalition kept with their theme of student empowerment as a solution. “The first step a dean needs to

work from his past year in office. While Steinberg said he would focus on lobbying city, state and federal government officials, Cuadra-Saez said she would focus her efforts on administrators because “everything starts locally.” Although all candidates’ platforms mention lobbying state legislators, the SKY Party and Your Party tickets give Annapolis substantially more attention. CuadraSaez said that’s because “the administration is, in a sense, what most affects you, so the administration has to be the main focus in terms of lobbying efforts.” She said she hopes to channel the diversity of student opinion — the foundation of her platform — into a unified lobbying effort administrators cannot ignore. Mobilizing students to speak up and vote in local elections is also at the forefront of her strength-in-numbers mentality. Cuadra-Saez’s party would em-

take when deciding where to cut from is to have a public meeting,” said STARE coalition candidate Bob Hayes, who is running for vice president of academic affairs. SKY Party candidate Ian Winchester and Your Party candidate Lisa Crisalli said the first step should be engaging administrators, not students. “I want to have a great relationship with [Provost Nariman Farvardin],” Winchester said. “I think it’s important that that happens.” And in terms of representing student concerns to university, system and state officials on issues such as tuition increases, the same divisions surfaced. Glickman cited leveraging his existing relationships with state representatives as the key to suc-

phasize student participation in protests and demonstrations — tangible events that she said speak louder than “just talking.” “Direct action can effect change,” she said. “It’s a fundamental thing about who we are. It’s not just about lobbying, shaking hands and sucking up, but direct action has historically been what gives students power.” Students have often had difficulty relating to their state representatives, an obstacle that makes getting involved just too much trouble, Cuadra-Saez said. To bridge the gap, the STARE Party would create a system to rank state legislators on how studentfriendly they are. “It would be keeping with our theme of empowering students,” she said. “It would very clearly show you, objectively, how legislators voted on issues that affect higher education. Students would have that information and power

when they go to the polls, and maybe feel inspired to vote.” Steinberg is aiming for even more interaction with legislators, whom he said often listen to students more attentively than university administrators do. His top priorities in Annapolis include redirecting legislative scholarship money to students applying for need-based aid and asking for a state-run audit of the university’s Department of Transportation Services. SGA presidents have traditionally made regular visits to Annapolis — Glickman has said he went about 40 times this year, and former SGA President Jonathan Sachs said he went about three times a week. Steinberg said three trips per week “seems like a good number” to testify at hearings and meet with representatives and legislative aides. He stressed, however, that his lobbying ef-

STARE vice president of academic affairs candidate Bob Hayes addresses the audience at last night’s SGA-sponsored debate in Stamp Student Union. GARY CHEN/THE DIAMONDBACK

cess in supporting the Higher Education Investment Fund. “We were able to help maintain quality in our education in a tough budget time,” he said. Steinberg also vouched for es-

tablishing relationships with both administrators and state government officials, adding that establishing relationships with students is also essential to lobbying on their behalf.

forts won’t end there. “Lobbying isn’t only face-toface, it’s over the phone, it’s through letter drives, but most importantly it’s about presence,” he said. Unlike the other candidates, Cuadra-Saez was hesitant to pledge a specific number of visits to the General Assembly. Instead, she said she would base her lobbying efforts in College Park and branch out to external governments when an issue of particular importance to students arises. Perhaps in response to opponents’ criticism of his work in Annapolis this past year, Glickman said Your Party would expand its efforts by working on more issues, with more legislators, more often. Though the legislative session ended last week, Glickman said he would maintain contact with legislators during the summer and amp up lobbying efforts in the fall, such

as by regularly bringing students outside the SGA to Annapolis. All candidates said they would enlist help from student group leaders to lobby administrators and government officials. Brian Burrell, president of the university’s chapter of MaryPIRG — an on-campus student lobbying organization — said unifying the student voice is key to securing legislative victories. “The SGA is supposed to be a representation of the campus body,” said Burrell, a junior English major. “They should take advantage of the resources that they have. … I know MaryPIRG isn’t the only student group that takes an interest in what goes on in Annapolis. [The president] should be contacting other groups to get their focus and opinion on what issues to focus on, and vice versa. It’s a two-way street.”

But Cuadra-Saez focused on the “power of organizing,” a philosophy that STARE has emphasized throughout the academic year. “As president, you’re only one voice, and it’s important to take very bold stances, but it’s also important to energize others to take a stance with you,” she said. The subject on which all three parties seemed to agree was in identifying the SGA’s biggest flaw: the organization’s inaccessibility. “We can write as many resolutions as we want ... but it’s not going to matter if students don’t actually care,” Steinberg said. “We have to become more student-friendly ... simply by talking to students.” Even as an SGA legislator,

Cuadra-Saez said she has felt shut out by the procedure-oriented meetings that can go on for hours. “A lot of times I felt like my spirit was squashed,” she said. “I want to see passionate people in the SGA.” And Glickman said the current SGA bylaws preclude the average student from participating. “We cut the student out of SGA, and those are the people we want to hear from,” he said. Polls will be open on Testudo today 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will reopen tomorrow from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Public polling stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Stamp Student Union on both days.

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Two senators square off for RHA presidential election today Elected president will face Oakland Hall opening, dorm landline debate and strengthening SGA relationship BY LEYLA KORKUT Staff writer

Today, the RHA will elect the next president of their organization, who will face larger-than-usual responsibilities in the coming academic year. Commons senator Casey Anis and Residence Hall

Association spokeswoman Sam Lengyel, who are both rising seniors, announced their intent to run last Tuesday, and will make their final pitches to the voting members of the RHA senate tonight. The elected president will have their hands full with the opening of Oakland Hall, the continuing debate

surrounding telephone landlines in dorms, the opening of the new Northwoods Dining Hall and a national conference in the fall. Both Anis’ and Lengyel’s campaigns focus on forging a stronger relationships with resident constituents. Anis said he will accomplish this by creating a semes-

terly meeting where council presidents visit every committee and present reports about how committee resolutions impact constituents. Lengyel would attack the problem by improving relationships with hall councils via e-mail and more open communication — she also recommended publishing a

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semesterly news letter to inform residents and hall council members. “It’s ver y important to our organization, this is something we need from [hall council presidents],” Anis said. “I don’t really anticipate it being an issue.” Many senators were concerned about the relationship between the Student Government Association and RHA and how it would continue to evolve. Both candidates said they were willing to cooperate with the SGA in light of recent collaborative successes. “I see SGA as another student organization,” Lengyel said. “Yes, they’re big — we’re big too. This year, we’ve done the donation drive, housekeeper’s lunch, and it was a really great experience.” Anis, who is in the SGA, promised to use his role to develop connections to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations. “I don’t look at the SGA as something the RHA has to fight with. One of the first things I’m going to do is to sit down with the new SGA president and to work out with a joint platform of issues,” he said. “If there are conflicts of interest, I have no doubt that I can resolve those through negotiation.” Anis also proposed introducing safety into two of the RHA’s committees: Indoor safety issues like vandalism would be dealt with by ReLATE, RHA’s Resident Life Department committee, while

outdoor safety issues, such as crime awareness, would be handled by the transportation committee. “Since TAC [RHA’s transportation committee] deals with transportation at night, which deals with the bus routes, it also helps campus safety,” Anis said. “I’m giving TAC the job of dealing with outside safety issues.” Lengyel emphasized “success from within” — progress that can be achieved through training and higher retention rates. Based on her own experiences with RHA, Lengyel thought that students with seniority would appreciate their efforts in RHA more because of the sentimental value it would hold. “I want you guys to come back next year,” Lengyel said. “You can chair a committee and get our organization far ther. I feel like you value that experience.” RHA senators will also be voting on next year’s vice president. Four members are vying for that position. Member Taylor Cole, who represented Leonardtown last year, emphasized the problems with the junior housing system. North Hill Area Council Senator Nicolaus Krug made accountability and openness the focus of his campaign. South Hill senator Matheos Yirga is focused on making the RHA more organized. Courtyards senator Josh Griner wants to make RHA meetings a place for open dialogue.

Signs and posters plastered the makeshift walls at the "I SAW PALESTINE" demonstration in the center of McKeldin Mall yesterday. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

CONFLICT from page 1 speech and to what extent the university could promote discourse without taking sides. Originally, the solidarity week was promoted as being sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy and the Nyumburu Cultural Center. But after Jewish student leaders flooded university President Dan Mote’s office with letters saying the speakers featured throughout the week were anti-Israel and offensive, the two university departments denied they were ever involved with sponsoring more than an April 12 movie screening. Hira Zeb, president of UMD Students for Justice in Palestine, said many meetings followed, in which little was resolved. “I feel very disappointed and rejected by how the administration treated this,” Zeb said. “They went through great lengths to show the rest of the campus community that they do not support the week. This implies that there was something wrong with it.” But Jewish student leaders maintain there was something wrong with it — at least, something wrong with a comment made Wednesday night by featured speaker Obi Egbuna. “During the week, one of the speakers said, ‘The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist,’” Jewish Student Union President Eric Merin said. “That phrase really bothered some in the Jewish community.” But Palestinian advocates said this was just a case of people passing on misinformation and taking things out of context. The speaker used the

phrase to illustrate the feelings of the people living in Palestine, said sophomore biology major Ahsan Tariq, who attended the event. “If you understood what he said after that you would get a clearer picture,” Tariq said. “There was not a lot of people there, and it just got taken out of context and misinterpreted.” Zeb said she believes this is just one in a series of examples that illustrate the university has a bias toward pro-Israel sentiments against pro-Palestine activism. Although the response by the university as well as the Jewish student population has upset students on both sides, Zeb said. Seeing other nonArab groups come out and support the events also gave Palestinian students hope for a more tolerant future. “Since we now have a specific group for Palestinian students and issue, we have gotten a lot of support from other groups like Community Roots and the Students for a Democratic Society,” Zeb said. “It has now grown beyond the typical parameter of the Arab or Muslim kid you would think would support the cause.” Administrators from Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education said the university supports all students and should promote events that allow for multicultural discussions. “We support all of our students and we want all students to have a well-rounded experience,” OMSE Assistant Director Dottie Chicquelo said. “We support Solidarity Week as it is a way to give students a different and more diverse perspective.”















Staff editorial

Guest column

Mixed feelings

Saving Sudan


oting starts today for the leadership of next year’s Student Govern- We don’t doubt her passion and ambition. She could make an excellent SGA ment Association. As students log online to cast their ballots, they president. But her candidacy is premature, and in some areas, she lacks the will have two parties and one “coalition” of candidates to choose necessary base of knowledge. Cuadra-Saez’s STARE coalition seeks to shift the SGA from a status quo infrom. In each of the past two years, the SGA’s top officials have come from multiple parties. This has both positive and negative conse- stitutional approach focused solely on working with administrators to an acquences: Joanna Calabrese, who was senior vice president last year, ended up tivist approach based on direct action and student-led initiatives. If this is what bringing a strong environmental focus and energy to the SGA; but this year, you want out of the SGA, she should have your vote. We believe Cuadra-Saez would excel as a listener and a leader, who would Vice President of Finance Andrew Steinberg and President Steve Glickman be open to new ideas, willing to share credit and work with whatever hand is have wasted far too much time bickering. What these interactions have shown is that it’s best to think of the SGA not dealt to her. Regardless of the election’s outcome, we hope she is still involved as a single unit, but as a collection of individuals, each of whom brings some- with the organization next year. Senior vice president: Jazz Lewis, STARE coalithing different to student government. In this spirit, tion we decided not to endorse any single ticket, but inOf the three candidates running for senior vice stead to make individual endorsements for each expresident, Lewis is the best choice. He shows a willecutive position. ingness to take on big, thorny problems, such as Student body president: No endorsement PRESIDENT: tackling the problem of sexual assault. He would Each candidate running for SGA president has No endorsement bring much of the idealism offered by STARE to a potheir own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. sition that could truly affect change. Lewis is wellThey have all demonstrated an understanding of the connected in the student body through his work position they have campaigned for and a knowledge SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT: with Community Roots, and has a conciliatory attiof issues. But despite their own particular strengths, Jazz Lewis, STARE tude that focuses on bringing people together rather which would be beneficial to any SGA president, we than driving them apart. find that each candidate is too flawed to merit our enBut the other two candidates aren’t slouches. Max dorsement. Instead, we’re presenting a buyer’s VP OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Jacobs of the SKY Party has worked in the SGA and guide for voters to make their own decision. gained first-hand experience in safety issues. But his Steve Glickman of Your Party is the incumbent canBob Hayes, STARE answers to two questions during the SGA-sponsored didate and the first SGA president to run for re-elecExecutive Candidate Debate — one where he failed tion in at least a decade. He has a yearlong track to properly define cost containment, another where record, one that we have often judged harshly. It’s VP OF FINANCE: he backed a lackluster SGA-organized event to disclear Glickman has learned much from his nearly 365 Cindy Weng, SKY tract students form celebrating after basketball days in the big chair and is no longer a lightweight. At games — raise serious questions about his underthe Diamondback-sponsored debate Friday, his performance was the strongest. He is not without accomplishments, and played at standing of university issues and qualifications for the position. Your Party’s least some role in the year’s two major victories for students: blocking a univer- Brandon Cuffy has less SGA experience, but his focus on making small changes to enhance students’ quality of life by improving the wireless connecsity system-wide pornography policy and saving the Wooded Hillock. Glickman’s most attractive attribute might not be his experience, but his de- tion in the dorms and response times by 4-WORK employees is attractive. Vice president of academic affairs: Bob Hayes, STARE coalition meanor. He’s approachable and friendly, and he demonstrates confidence All three candidates for vice president of academic affairs are impressive, when faced with criticism. This can be construed as a level-headed approach or a crippling ignorance. Frankly, Glickman has not demonstrated he de- and the SGA would be better off next year if it could find roles for each. But ulserves a second term. Many of the initiatives he campaigned on, such as timately, Your Party candidate Lisa Crisalli and Hayes have a leg up on the SKY Party’s Ian Winchester. making student IDs work as Metro SmarTrip cards, remain incomplete. Hayes is the top choice. As one of the most experienced activists on the If given a second chance, Glickman would likely to do a better job than he did this year. But that doesn’t change the fact that he hasn’t definitively earned campus, he has worked with the SGA in the past. He also presented the strongest plan for reforming Provost Nariman Farvardin’s advisory commitanother run as SGA president. Andrew Steinberg of the SKY Party brings his experience as vice president tee, aiming to change it from a focus group for the administration to more of a of finance, as well as the intelligence and work ethic needed to do well as SGA tool for students to hold officials accountable (Crisalli also hoped to reform the president, to the race. His platform is the broadest and most detailed of the committee). That, combined with Hayes’ experience as a university senator three, and has the best original idea: a state legislative audit of the Department and as one of the founders of the university’s chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, should let students feel comfortable casting their ballot for him. of Transportation Services. Winchester and Crisalli each bring similar approaches to the job. Both enviHe wants to create an SGA strategic plan to guide the organization through the long-term, displaying a level of vision the other candidates haven’t sion working closely with Farvardin, but Crisalli has already established conmatched. His credentials and experiences are strong. He ran a finance nections with the university’s top academic officer by serving on his student process that produced relatively few complaints, and only one appeal: from advisory council. Vice president of finance: Cindy Weng, SKY Party the SGA. He also developed a website to help student groups navigate the Like the candidates for vice president of academic affairs, the candidates for complex finance process. But instead of running on his record, he’s produced a campaign based on vice president of finance are all impressive in their own right. Any of the three negativity. His temperament worries us: He has a reputation as someone who would perform admirably in office. But by a hair, the strongest is Weng. If students are looking for change in the system, the choice should be can be difficult to work with. In 12 minutes of speaking during Friday’s debate, Steinberg attacked Glickman’s failures at least 14 times. Although we feel he STARE’s Xenia Strunnikova, who seems to be a sure bet to enact the most would excel administratively, we fear dissenting voices would be shut out of change should she win the job — and there is merit to what she brings to the table. But the system isn’t in need of major reform, merely improvements. And the conversation in a Steinberg administration. Natalia Cuadra-Saez of the STARE coalition stands apart from the other two so it comes down to Your Party’s Rob Mutschler and Weng, who are both dedicandidates. To those who want an outsider to take the reins of the SGA, she is cated, energetic and passionate about serving students for the upcoming year. Weng seems the more polished candidate and the most eager to innovate the best choice. Although Cuadra-Saez served as a SGA legislator this year, she is an activist first and foremost and retains an optimistic idealism. For those ways to react to the needs of students. Mutschler, who has served on the SGA Finance Committee for three years, brings the most experience, but Weng concerned with diversity, she has the deepest understanding of the issue. However, it’s a lack of experience that leads us to question her candidacy. brings the most quality.


Energy legislation: Time to clean up


enators John Kerry (DMass.), Joe Lieberman (IConn.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are scheduled to release their long-awaited comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation to the U.S. Senate on April 26. This will begin the most important environmental debate of our time: whether to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. But regardless of whether you consider yourself an environmentalist, the benefits of addressing our carbon pollution are so vast there’s something appealing for everyone — except for the oil and coal companies. Here are some of the reasons why we must act: Job creation will be spurred by protecting us from carbon pollution. Companies in the private sector will find it more economically beneficial to invest in clean and renewable sources of energy. The infrastructure that comes along with building wind and solar farms such as a modern electric grid will drive even more job creation.


DERNOGA Existing buildings and homes will be retrofitted by their owners to reduce energy costs. For every $150 billion invested in clean energy, 1.7 million new jobs will be created. The science is irrefutable. Of the climate scientists actively publishing climate papers, 97.5 percent endorse the consensus position that humans are causing global warming. The average ice mass and volume of the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica have rapidly declined since the middle of the 20th century. The past decade was the warmest on record. If we take all of the carbon dioxide stored underground and release it into the atmosphere, we will have a different planet. Our health is damaged by the pol-

lution from burning fossil fuels. Reducing the amount of fossil fuels we burn will improve our quality of life and reduce our health care costs. Health issues correlated with fossil fuel burning include asthma, lung disease, lung cancer, elevated mercury levels and cardiovascular disease. Between 317,000 and 631,000 children are born in the United States each year with blood mercury levels high enough to reduce IQ scores and cause lifelong loss of intelligence. Our national security will be strengthened. Despite talk about the need to reduce our oil dependence, we are still paying foreign countries hundreds of billions of dollars a year to send us oil. By regulating carbon pollution, we’ll be incentivizing fuel efficient cars and accelerating toward battery-powered vehicles. A recent study found reducing our emissions 80 percent by 2050 would cut Iran’s revenues from oil by more than $100 million a day and $1.8 trillion by 2050. The world is watching us with

bated breath. Negotiations among nations to jointly reduce greenhouse gas emissions have slowed to a snail’s crawl since the Copenhagen summit last December. Until we’ve got a piece of legislation passed to fuel these talks by placing a declining cap on emissions and with funding to prevent deforestation, adaptation and mitigation assistance, no one is convinced the United States is actually at the table. On Friday, there’s a Clean Energy Town Hall with Sen. Ben Cardin (DMd.) at 2 p.m. in Stamp Student Union’s Benjamin Banneker Room. It’s conveniently the day after Earth Day and right before the climate legislation is set to be introduced, so you should come. If you’re still unimpressed, Friday is also William Shakespeare’s birthday — and John Cena’s. There, that should cover everyone. It has to. Matt Dernoga is a senior government and politics major. He can be reached at

SGA elections: Upping the ante



was sitting on my porch a couple evenings ago, drinking brewskies and eating barbecue chicken with my friends, when it hit me: I should be the next SGA president. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But then I started thinking about how the Student Government Association doesn’t do anything and how my talents would be utterly wasted there. I’m a real go-getter, you know? I’ve got big ideas. I actually want to get things done, so the SGA and I would never be a good fit. Besides, I don’t want to end up like SGA President Steve Glickman. Never. Ever. Oh my God, no. So then I thought about becoming president of the university, since Dan Mote is retiring and all. But that just seemed too ... boring. Think about it: Does anyone actually know what Mote

does all day? Besides showing up at the occasional event and sending us e-mails that make no sense, I can’t think of a single thing he does with his time. And again, I hate to sound like a broken record, but I’ve got some big ideas, folks. This too seemed like a position I’d be wasted in. Still, I couldn’t get over the idea of me leading this place in one way or another. It just made too much sense. So I thought about it, and I realized that if I ever wanted to lead this university, I’d have to go outside the system. That’s when I decided to become the university’s first-ever sultan. Bam. This will be awesome. As sultan, you’ll always know where I stand. Half of the time, I’ll be standing on the roof of Stamp Student Union, wearing an awe-


SANDERS some cape and blowing a loud horn just because I can. How’s that for leadership? I’m going to ride around the campus all day on a majestic elephant. I will train this elephant to poop on the cretins who hang around McKeldin Mall and ask for your money. I guarantee this elephant will be the greatest thing you’ve ever seen. And hey, if you ever wonder why your tuition is going up 90 percent, I want you to look up at me on that elephant. There’s your answer. A sultan has to live in style, which is

why I’m going to build myself a baller palace, complete with a moat and a large indoor arcade. A sultan also has to eat in style, which is why my palace will have a built-in Chicken Rico. Hell yeah. And the best part is, I’m in this for life. You can’t elect a sultan, and therefore you can’t ever get rid of one. I’m going to be as much of a university hallmark as Testudo or The Cuddler. In 20 or 30 years, when you take your 17-year-old on a campus tour, he or she will ask where that awesome sultan is. I’ll probably be feasting on chicken sandwiches in my palace, far away from everyone. Man, this is going to be the best. Well, as long as I don’t end up like Glickman. That would be the worst. Mike Sanders is a junior history major. He can be reached at



he U.S. government is supporting genocide in Sudan. By not actively stepping in to mediate the situation in Sudan, our country is endorsing a regime dedicated to exterminating a large portion of its population, most notably in the western region of Darfur. In 2005, the United States actively engaged in helping to oversee peace talks and the resulting Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which successfully ended the 22-year civil war between north and south Sudan. The United States is often quick to reiterate its “tireless” support for fostering peace and stability by reminding people it contributes more than $1 billion in humanitarian assistance each year to Sudan. What exactly does that mean? Basically, more verbal fodder for President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use as they twiddle their thumbs as President Omar alBashir steals the election from the Sudanese people through intimidation, vote rigging and serious reports of fraud. Free and fair, says Scott Gration, Obama's appointed special envoy to Sudan. Why, then, have 2.6 million people internally displaced by the ongoing civil war and genocide in Darfur been denied their right to vote? If these elections are free and fair, why did the only opposition presidential candidate, along with all major opposition parties, boycott the election? Only one thing could deter these people from voting in their first election in 24 years: They know the elections are a sham. In June 2009, the BBC reported that al-Bashir threatened to expel all international poll observers after the mere suggestion that elections be delayed a month because of security concerns. If the president was so concerned with having free and fair elections, he would embrace the idea of delaying the election to ensure a free and fair process. Unfortunately, the only thing al-Bashir is concerned with is legitimizing his regime in the eyes of the international community. Legitimacy through votes is a sure way for al-Bashir to continue his iron grip on power, and rage a brutal military offensive in Darfur and southern Sudan once again without anyone standing up to him. After all, he is an indicted war criminal by the International Criminal Court, but that has done absolutely nothing to stop alBashir from reducing 80 percent of all villages in Darfur to ashes. Why is it necessary the United States do something? In addition to pouring more than $100 million taxpayer dollars into preparing for these elections it knew was rigged from the start, the U.S.-based Carter Center is the only organization employing independent poll observers in Sudan. On the eve of elections, the European Union deemed it too risky a situation in Darfur to dispatch observers, saying it was impossible for them to reach the area if humanitarian assistance could not. Despite this grim picture, the Carter Center decided to maintain the façade that free and fair elections were still possible for the largest region in Sudan. The Sudanese Democracy First Group, a coalition of Sudanese activists, strongly denounced the Carter Center's presence in an open letter to the center, saying “the Carter Center's reputation is on the line in Sudan, with the imminent reproduction of a regime with a history of two decades of repression and violence and the future of peace, stability and democracy in Sudan in the balance. We ask you to consider your position very carefully and withdraw prior to the announcement of the already known results of these ‘elections.’ It is imperative that the Obama administration denounce these election results, scheduled to be announced today. With the trust of the Sudanese people already greatly damaged by Envoy Gration's complacent and accommodating approach to the al-Bashir regime, denouncing the results could be the last opportunity the United States has before the country plunges back into civil war. I refuse to let the Obama administration forget its promise to the Sudanese people, and so should you.

Grace Goode is a member of the student anti-genocide group TerpsSTAND and can be reached at

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Members say they wanted to avoid negative feedback BY ALISSA GULIN Staff writer

Students hoping to give the SKYY Party a shot are out of luck. That’s because the group has changed its name to the SKY Party, shedding the extra “Y” and its logo’s similarities to that of SKYY Vodka’s. Some students criticized the party’s original name, saying a Student Government Association campaign shouldn’t appear to affiliate with a vodka brand. SGA Vice President of Finance Andrew Steinberg, who is running for SGA president on the SKY Party ticket, said he decided to drop the letter from the name in response to the negative attention. He said the election should be about issues, not party names. “This was a marketing technique meant to bring attention to our party and our candidates for office by playing on a popular brand name,” he wrote in a statement. Steinberg declined to comment on whether legal action by SKYY

Spirits prompted the change. He said the change was official and would appear with the revised spelling on the election ballot, despite missing the April 12 deadline for submitting changes. SGA Elections Board members would not comment on why they allowed the party to bypass the deadline or if the candidates would be fined. The board has already fined the STARE candidates $500 for missing an April 1 deadline to hand in a form. The board refused to recognize STARE as a party and fined STARE presidential candidate Natalia Cuadra-Saez an additional $120 for referring to it as such in a Diamondback article last week. Speculation of copyright infringement began when the SKYY Party emblem appeared on campus last week, plastered on campus buildings, across T-shirts and in Facebook group titles. The party used the same silver font and type size of the wellknown vodka logo, a registered trademark. The original logo “vio-

lates the trademark rights of SKYY Vodka,” University of Maryland Law School professor James Astrachan said last week. Now, the name appears as SKY throughout the party’s official website, but shirts and other campaign materials still bear the “YY.” SGA election rules state that candidates must comply with university policies as well as all local and federal laws. Steinberg could face a copyright infringement case if SKYY Spirits chose to sue. “In SGA elections, we often see turnout isn’t that strong,” he said. “Depending on how you market it, that could draw more students.” But some students said the original logo “did more damage than good.” “I think they had to do it because people started saying bad things,” said sophomore microbiology major Felicia Davenport. “With elections being tomorrow, it’s not gonna change people’s opinions.”

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TICKET from page 1 politics major Brandon Cuffy and junior government and politics major Jazz Lewis are vying for senior vice president with the SKY Party, Your Party and STARE Party, respectively. The senior vice president hopefuls said they feel they embody the larger values of their party, but they each chose a few key issues to hone in on. For Cuffy, ensuring students’ safety would take the front seat, while Lewis said he would focus on increasing diversity at the university, and Jacobs emphasized unifying the student voice. The senior vice president has a seat on the committee crafting the university’s diversity plan, and Lewis placed that role at the heart of the position. “It is really crucial to what I’m really interested in,” he said. “I want to push things to increase the visibility of all these students on campus.” Lewis, the public relations chair of Community Roots, was a major player in the STARE movement last semester, so he decided to sign on with the coalition to help make those goals a priority for student government. “The biggest issue a lot of people had with STARE was saying we were barking at the moon,” Lewis said. “We wanted administrators to


THE FUTURE IS IN THEIR HANDS The three candidates for SGA senior vice president can play a key role in next year’s administration. The candidates are:

MAX JACOBS SKY Party Will focus on unifying the student voice Has SGA experience

BRANDON CUFFY Your Party Will emphasize on- and nearcampus safety Black Student Union official

hear us and mold a university we would like.” With STARE — Students Taking Action to Reclaim our Education — he pushed for the reinstatement of Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity Cordell Black and pressured administrators to take action after black student enrollment for freshmen dropped dramatically. Senior vice presidents have also traditionally played a large role in the SGA’s efforts to improve safety, in part by organizing the group’s annual Safety Walk. For Cuffy, who also ser ved as

JAZZ LEWIS STARE coalition Will prioritize the issue of sexual assault Student activist, Community Roots official

a vice president with the Black Student Union, that’s not enough. He said he would work to station police officers at the most dangerous spots on campus ever y night, and improve their relationships with students to make “an environment for open dialogue.” “That feeling that you aren’t in a safe environment — that can be a deterrent to learning,” Cuffy said. “…We want to create regular, manned posts so officers are standing there ever y single night. We’d get opinions from

students to get what areas feel most unsafe, and make sure there’s always an officer there.” As the SGA’s chair of public affairs this past year, Jacobs, who is also actively involved in Hillel and helped re-launch the Terrapin Times after years of dormancy, said he saw all the areas that need improvement and wanted to remove obstacles blocking effective action. “This is the time for students to come out with one voice,” he said. “The biggest issue for me is setting one agenda, one set of talking points. That way we can pursue our own students’ agenda and get the administration to listen to us.” Jacobs also said safety was high on his to-do list and that he would focus on improving the annual Safety Walk by getting more students to care. It all comes back to mobilizing the student body into a unified voice, he said. All three candidates bring experience from leading organizations outside the SGA, and they agreed that allows them to view the position through a wider lens and appreciate concerns from all viewpoints. “I had only heard of the SGA when elections came around,” Jacobs said. “I realized if I want to actively get things done I have to move into the bigger organization: the SGA.”

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Medical marijuana, voter registration bills fail to pass Student journalists granted state protection, cell phone rules tighten BY AMANDA PINO Staff writer

While the General Assembly managed to preser ve higher education funding in the short-term, other bills students lobbied for had a mixed record in this year’s legislative session. A bill protecting student journalists passed overwhelmingly, but a clean energy loan program and bill allowing for election day voter registration failed, and legislators in the state House of Delegates and Senate threatened the academic freedom of a state university for the second straight year.

Clean energy loans program Members of the student group UMD for Clean Energy had convinced a receptive College Park City Council to implement a clean energy loan program that would have granted residents low-interest, long-term loans from the city to make environmentally friendly improvements and modifications to their homes. But the proposal hit a roadblock because state law prevents cities from issuing loans. A bill proposed to the legislature that would change that policy was met with skepticism. Ultimately, committee members didn’t take the leap, citing concerns about the repayment structure and defaulting. The bill did not come to a vote.

Shield law expansion to student journalists Legislators in both houses voted unanimously to extend the state’s shield law — which prevents journalists from revealing confidential sources. The bill had previously only protected journalists employed by professional news agencies (The Diamondback reporters and editors are paid, and thus were already protected under the law), and now expands protection to students who are engaged in recognized scholastic or scholarly news dissemination. Need for the expansion became clear earlier in the year, when law officials ordered journalism students at Northwestern University to reveal sources from reporting done for a project.

Academic freedom and law school funding Academic freedom took a blow when legislators tried to block University of Mar yland School of Law students from filing suit against Eastern-shore employer-giant

Perdue Farms. The suit was filed as part of a lawclinic class on behalf of environmental groups claiming the company polluted a nearby river and was in violation of clean-water laws. Legislators in both the House and Senate threatened to withhold funding from the law school, and though they ultimately backed down, some worr y that their actions set a bad precedent, particularly in the wake of last year’s threat by the General Assembly to cut funding to this university for showing Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge, a pornographic movie.

Election Day registration A bill supported by student lobbyists from Mar yPIRG failed for the second year in a row. The legislation would allow voters to register to vote on election day and immediately cast their ballot. Opponents of the bill argue it would have increased voting fraud. The bill failed to make it out of committee.

Medical marijuana Despite a litany of favorable testifiers, a medical marijuana bill that aimed to allow seriously ill patients to legally smoke the drug and purchase it from a network of state-licensed dispensaries also failed to pass. A Senate committee gave it a favorable 7-4 vote, but the bill remains stalled in the House, largely due to concerns about the program’s start-up costs and how the marijuana would be produced.

Cell phone ban Legislation passed that would make it illegal for drivers to use a cell phone without also using a hands-free device to talk on it. The bill makes the violation a secondar y offense. A bill that would have banned reading texts while driving failed in the final hours. It remains illegal to send a text while driving, however.

Rosecroft Raceway Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert and Prince George’s) strongly supported a bill that would have legalized card games, including poker and blackjack, at the financially struggling Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George’s County. Rosecroft, which is about 25 miles from the campus in southern Prince George’s, will likely to have to close without the additional business, possibly costing 200 jobs.

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GSG from page 1 graduate body right now.” Bedford said her objectives for the coming academic year include ensuring the stability of assistantships, protecting graduate assistants from exploitative working conditions and securing graduate housing in the East Campus project. Jacqueline Orlando, who is running unopposed for vice president for legislative affairs, said next year’s executive board will have to work to keep this year’s momentum going. “This year’s board had some incredibly motivated executives like Anu Kothari and Aaron Tobiason, so next year's board has some big shoes to fill,” she said. “I hope the elections will bring in a new group of energetic program representatives to get involved in the different committees.”

Graduating class will earn less than last year’s, study finds Liberal arts, business majors see drops; average offers increase for engineers BY KELLY FARRELL Staff writer

The recession may be over, but this year’s seniors will not be reaping the benefits of a renewed economy yet. A study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found the average salary offer for this year’s graduating senior class is down 1.7 percent from 2009. However, the bad news doesn’t apply to everyone. In today’s market, immediate financial success is all in the major. Computer-related degrees are worth on average 5.8 percent more than last year, while computer-science majors specifically will see a pay increase of 4.7 percent. Engineers are also sitting pretty,

with electrical engineers expecting a 3-percent salary increase and chemical and civil engineers seeing a 1.5percent increase. Veronica Perrigan, the assistant director for student services at the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Center, said technical jobs such as engineering often see higher salaries.

“Hiring by companies generally lags improvements in profits.” RUSS WERMERS FINANCE PROFESSOR

“Most technical positions are still in demand, which keeps salaries up,” Perrigan said. “Employers must offer competitive salaries to obtain, and also retain, the best and the brightest.” But other majors did not fare quite as well as their engineering counterparts. Those with liberal arts degrees on average will see salaries declining 8.9 percent from last year. And business administration and management majors are not much better off, with salaries down 8 percent from 2009. Marketing degrees are also down in value, with salaries falling by more than 2 percent. Senior marketing major Sue O’Neill was surprised to hear the statistics, but said in her experience applying for jobs, she hadn’t noticed lower salaries.

Multiple assailants beat man outside Santa Fe BY DARREN BOTELHO Staff writer

Although a crime alert was sent out to the university community Friday concerning an assault at 4401 Knox Road, Prince George’s County Police officials said yesterday that the incident actually occurred outside 4410 — Santa Fe Cafe. Prince George’s County Police spokesman Cpl. Mike Rodriguez said a 911 call was placed around 1:25 a.m. on Friday concerning a man, who was bleeding from his head at the intersection near

County police spokesman Maj. Andrew Ellis said typically, the county public relations office would send out updated information if an incorrect address was given out. “We would fix the [incorrect] information after further investigation,” Ellis said. “This would include any statement that was submitted to the FBI or resulted in an arrest.” As of press time, no crime alert had been sent out notifying students of the error.




ber what happened that night, we will see if the victim can describe any suspects and we will try to get an arrest warrant,” Rodriguez said. “In situations like these there is always a possibility the victim got into an altercation and was assaulted by someone he knew, so we’ll be looking into that too.” Santa Fe owner Mark Srour said Sunday that a fight “could have happened outside” his establishment. He added that his staff has no control over what happens outside the bar.


Crime alert initially indicated assault occurred at different location Bank of America. Rodriguez said the victim was assaulted by multiple people and hit over the head with a bottle. When police arrived on the scene, Rodriguez added, the victim was acting irate and attempted to run away from the officers. Police brought the victim to Prince George’s Hospital Center, where he was admitted into emergency care because he was deemed a danger to himself, Rodriguez said. “Once the victim has fully recovered and is able to remem-

“If anything was affected by the recession, the most that I saw was that fewer companies were hiring,” O’Neill said. “I didn’t notice significant salary changes.” But finance professor Russ Wermers explained that even though companies are beginning to hire employees again, the salaries will not be immediately comparable to the past. “Hiring by companies generally lags improvements in profits,” Wermers said. Perrigan also said students in the engineering school at the university provide employers with “productive new employees from day one, eliminating the need for a big learning curve and saving them money.”

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ONE TRICK PONY Cypress Hill’s new LP, Rise Up, is too focused on one hazy subject BY ZACHARY BERMAN Staff writer

Well, it’s that time of year again: The air is thick with potent smoke, and those involved in certain activities aren’t rubbing their bloodshot eyes because of a ridiculously high pollen count. To further commemorate today’s unofficial holiday — known as 4/20 — Cypress Hill, rap’s de facto gods of marijuana, have arrived like Santa Claus with Rise Up, a hefty gift bag of new jingles. But the album’s reception won’t be all brownies and milk. Cypress Hill members have gone well out of their way on Rise Up to sing the praises of their favorite plant, and regardless of the quality of what they say they’ve been smoking, the quality of the record is definitely mediocre. Cypress Hill is widely recognized as the first Latino group to go platinum in the United States, but this accolade is no longer that relevant: The band has not released an album with true chart success in about 10 years. But Cypress Hill is still remembered and revered for classic singles such as “How I Could Just Kill a Man” and “Insane in the Brain.” Unfortunately, Rise Up, the group’s first LP in six years, doesn’t contain any songs as noteworthy as Cypress Hill’s earlier material. It seems as if the band members’ nonstop blunt cruising has burnt them out, leading to a brand new record of lukewarm ramblings. “Get It Anyway” is a great example of the decidedly stiff, uninteresting songs that make up most of the first quarter of Rise Up. At best, vocalists Louis Freese and Senen Reyes, other wise known as B-Real and Sen Dog, are just throwing out unoriginal and overused words that fulfill hip-hop stereotypes. The track’s cliché lyrics include “This is for my real life/ Represent/ Been down since the first day/ Gangstas, hustlers, grinding out around the way.” When the LP transitions from this cheap excursion to pump-up tracks, the band reveals its ability to craft some ver y catchy, interesting beats. Even with the relative absence of resident Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs, who only assisted in the production of two songs on the album, the record is still filled with wonderful instrumentals. “Pass the Dutch” is infectious, featuring the group’s first real sing-along chorus on the album. The blatant reinforcement of the subject matter in “Pass the Dutch” is a bit unnecessar y, as the group repeats, “Pass the joint on the left hand side/ Only on the left hand side,” and then, “You’ll never get it on the right/ You can bet it on your life/ It’s 4/20 ever y night/ Who’d wanna get high?” The seeming inability to discuss anything else is irritating, as the band finds more and more ridiculous reasons to rap about its one true love, Mar y Jane. Tracks such as

“K.U.S.H.” and “Light It Up” also don’t leave much to the imagination. Take the album’s title track, which starts with a sample of a news reporter who seems to have been covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Listeners may believe they are about to be treated to a powerful rap about a grave social injustice, but instead, they are hit in the face with what may well become the pot-smoking community’s anthem to legalize marijuana. The marijuana theme is evident on a number of skits as well, a few of which feature Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong. The skits are hidden before various tracks, along with funny samples involving, of course, people shouting about marijuana. Cypress Hill does mix things up, but more so musically than lyrically. Many songs delve stylistically into rock, which is familiar territor y for Cypress Hill. These rock tracks effectively use the band’s longtime live drummer, Eric Bobo. Guitarist Tom Morello shreds on two of the album’s cuts. Morello throws down layer upon layer of highly processed guitar lines, which come out sounding exactly like his work with his raprock-defining band Rage Against the Machine. Cypress Hill also employs guitarist Daron Malakian on “Trouble Seeker,” which in turn sounds almost identical to late recordings by Malakian’s now on-hiatus band System of a Down, with the inclusion weed-centric rhymes. Not only does Cypress Hill borrow directly from the creative minds of current rock gods, but the band also looks to late-1960s rock bands for musical ideas. Last song and second single “Armada Latina” samples the classic Crosby, Stills and Nash song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” but adds some Latin-flavored percussion and Spanish vocals to the track, putting the original in a ver y different light. Less successful is “Take My Pain,” which features Irish-American rapper and former House of Pain member Everlast. The song’s chorus openly copies The Doors’ seminal “Break On Through” lyrics, sounding more like thiever y than ingenuity. Still, production choices are never really the problem on Rise Up. But Sen Dog and B-Real’s wordplay almost never reaches beyond the bong, leaving each artist to sound like the only thing he possibly could: a dope. Today, this album may be hilarious to a lot of people, but tomorrow this album will probably mean nothing to most. While the hip-hop beats on the LP are great and intriguing, they can’t continually hold up the lyrically one-track minds of B-Real and Sen Dog. Rise Up is equivalent to a Christmas record that’s listenable merely one time a year, except the smoke the band alludes to isn’t from a fireplace.






Little Brother’s 9th Wonder-less life Big Pooh and Phonte struggle without the beats of their former producer BY VAMAN MUPPALA Senior staff writer

It is widely assumed that higher-level, conscious rap artists would be above the petty squabbling, pricked egos and Twitter fights of the mainstream rappers. It is often the much more commercial stars who start feuds whenever they feel the need to buy a new crib or refuel their private jets. Yet fans now find themselves facing the end of the quarrel-plagued Little Brother, the under-the-radar, much-acclaimed North Carolina hip-hop group made up of Big Pooh and Phonte. Super successful soul musicsampling producer 9th Wonder was a founding member, but he left the group in 2007. Pooh and Phonte carried on long enough to drop some mixtapes and are set to bur y the Little Brother name with their latest and reportedly final LP, Leftback. The first flaw of the album can be eyed without ever pressing play. Simply put, Pooh and Phonte need 9th Wonder but failed to secure even one of his beats for an iTunes bonus track (9th Wonder did not approve the release of “Star,” which he produced, increasing the tension between the former group mates). Aside from being one of the most demanded beat-makers for any rapper with a good ear, 9th Wonder is also a perfect fit for Little Brother in ever y dimension. His impeccably

Little Brother says its new LP, Leftback, will be its final release. Group members Big Pooh (left) and Phonte (right) are feuding with their former co-member, 9th Wonder. COURTESY WORDPRESS.COM

smooth retro compositions on The Minstrel Show attested to how good hip-hop music could truly be, while Pooh and Phonte decried how bad modern rap truly was. Judging by the number of 9th Wonder-lite sounds scattered throughout the record, Pooh and Phonte miss the man just as much as their fans probably do. “Tigallo for Dollo” is a convincing enough imitation, and Phonte deftly pulls the curtain back on his artistic crisis of late: “21 years

old/ I used to slang verses/ But 10 years later I am not the same person/ Whole new perspective/ Not the same purpose/ Sometimes I have to question if I even want it.” This lack of creative fire probably led to the exorbitant number of guest rappers. Nine of the 13 tracks on the album have someone other than Pooh and Phonte pop up, and the party crashers are not always welcome. In addition to some illadvised collaborations, Left-

back includes some odd production choices: “So Cold” features a cheap-sounding R&B chorus and, more distressingly, introduces some terrible synthesizers into the mix. The hook (“We love to party/ Love to ball/ We love to floss with no shame”) may be perceived as the joke that it is by any Little Brother fan paying attention. Unfortunately, it is presented without any of the acidic commentar y Phonte and Pooh usually throw onto vapid ballads.

“Second Chances” features the washed-up singer Bilal and another cliché chorus: “They say don’t give second chances/ But ain’t nobody gonna make me feel like you do.” Of course, there is some witty banter about the beauty of the McDonald’s Dollar Menu, but a weird, producedby-committee feel abounds. Phonte and Pooh make their awareness of viral comedy

explicit in “After The Party,” as the infamous Jamie Foxx takedown of Doug Williams at Emmitt Smith’s roast is quoted and repurposed. The duo are utter, intentionally hilarious failures as lotharios as they rap, “One deluxe pass on the jumpoff express gets you one meal at the 24-hour restaurant of your choice followed by 15 minutes of passion on my mama’s futon.” But the faux-seduction slow jams may not elicit laughs after the second or third spins. “Two Step Blues,” for example, surely does not have much of a shelf life. Why Little Brother ever wanted to end this way — squeezing out every last laugh it can and staying defiantly jesting — we will never know. Black Star embarked on its now-infamous hiatus by making one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. But Little Brother is set to dissolve with something much less definitive. If there was one time Little Brother fans rallied around the group and felt true investment in its artistic campaign, it was when BET was rumored to have refused to spin a Little Brother video because it was deemed too intelligent, as the network allegedly feared th-e group’s music and ideas would escape the channel’s audience. With Leftback, such fears will be entirely unwarranted.

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Terps’ crawl to the finish line nearly costs team weekend victory against Blue Jays Men’s lacrosse scored one goal in game’s final 12 minutes KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer

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Attackman Will Yeatman pushes past a Blue Jays’ defender during the Terps’ 10-9 victory on Saturday. Yeatman finished with a goal and an assist. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

O’BRIEN from page 14 take advantage of the head start. Last year, C.J. Brown, who had his own trek to College Park from Western Pennsylvania, joined O’Brien in the Terps’ football crash course. Incoming recruit Tyler Smith, who might be the Terps’ best quarterback prospect, was also in attendance Saturday to start getting a feel for life as a Terp. Instead, it underscores the fact that O’Brien, who coach Ralph Friedgen already classifies as one of the hardestworking quarterbacks he’s ever coached, has done almost everything right early in his Terp career. That approach nearly earned O’Brien game action during the disastrous close to the Terps’ season. And if the 6-foot-3 quarterback is going to see significant playing time next season, it’s going to be because of his willingness to go the extra mile, or in the case of last spring, roughly 330 miles. “I think it was more actions than words,” O’Brien said of his efforts to earn the respect of his veteran teammates. “It’s cool to like pump your

teammates up and everything, but they have to see a guy at quarterback that’s the first one there, the guy who’s always asking them to watch film, stay out after practice to work on something.” It’s near impossible — not to mention ill-advised — to try to evaluate the quarterback race this spring, thanks to the decision to close spring practice to the media. But it’s important to understand the Terps’ quarterback options going forward. Franklin has an incredibly athletic stable of quarterbacks at his disposal. Friedgen recently pegged O’Brien as his most immobile quarterback, “but still five times more athletic than Chris.” The 10th-year coach has said Robinson, O’Brien and Brown have separated themselves this spring. It’s clear Friedgen values Robinson’s ability to turn broken plays into big ones with his legs and arm strength. But his game management skills and ability to command a huddle have always been question marks. Those are areas where O’Brien, who Friedgen called “very, very, very bright,” thrives. At this point, it’s certainly Robinson’s job to lose thanks

to his tough play down the stretch with Turner out, but expect the quarterback battle to heat up in fall camp. Don’t consider it an endorsement, but O’Brien’s work last season did impress the guy whose former job he wants. Turner, who started 30 career games and ended up second on the career passing yards list, appreciated O’Brien’s active interest in breaking down game film and his constant stream of questions. Turner said the youngster’s enthusiasm probably sparked his remarkably quick command of Franklin’s offense. “He already has the tools that I never had,” said Turner, who sat for nearly two and a half seasons before earning his first start. “He has the quickness. The arm strength will come. Most importantly, what he has is he has the brain. He has the mind of a quarterback. … I wish I had the things that he has.” Luckily for the Terps, O’Brien, tagged by as the 36th-best quarterback prospect in the country last season, has four more seasons to keep improving. How close was O’Brien’s Terp debut? After Turner went down with a knee injury, O’Brien warmed up on the

start Saturday, the Terrapin men’s lacrosse team scored five goals in the first 18 minutes of the second half to take a fourgoal lead against Johns Hopkins. But instead of going for the kill against their in-state rivals, the Terps played it safe, slowing their offense to a crawl and netting just one score through the rest of the 10-9 victory. The Terps’ stall ball — a long-standing criticism of coach Dave Cottle’s offense — did its job, but not by much. “When we got a decent lead, we were trying to control the ball more and keep it on the offensive end and keep it away from them, because their attack and middies, they were putting goals in,” long pole Jesse Bernhardt said. Still, Bernhardt was the only Terp to score in the final 12:12 of the win, grabbing a faceoff and running it all the way to the cage. Though the No. 4 Terps (8-2) controlled possession for much of the final 30 minutes against the No. 19 Blue Jays (56), the goal was one of few aggressive offensive displays

sideline just in case he was needed. He even removed his headset and put on his helmet at other times during Robinson’s stint as Terps’ starter. Ultimately, Friedgen worried that if O’Brien struggled, it might hurt his longterm development. O’Brien said he trusted Friedgen and Franklin to make the best decision, but in a recent inter view, he was clearly happy to have held onto his redshirt season. Now, he’s embracing the quarterback competition that he says will only make the Terps better. His offseason goals include quickening his footwork and lengthening the stride on his release to gain more velocity and accuracy. His last goal for his first spring practice this season was more general: “Establish myself as a legitimate starting competitor.” By all accounts, check. “I’ve come a long way since last year — mechanically, athletically, football-smarts-wise,” O’Brien said. “I wanted to compete early and I think I’m doing that right now.” Like any good quarterback, O’Brien is saying all the right things, too.

at the end of the match. “We didn’t tell them not to shoot, but we didn’t tell them to,” Cottle said. The coach said that once the Terps took the lead in the third quarter, they sometimes passed up scoring opportunities on an exposed cage, though Cottle said he didn’t tap the brakes. “If we’re winning faceoffs like we were and we have the chance to throw it in an open goal, then go ahead and do it,” Cottle said. Still, all the Terps, including Cottle, emphasized the importance of possession to their win. They won 9-of-13 faceoffs and collected 19-of-25 ground balls in the second half, helping them win time of possession for the game even after the Blue Jays controlled the first half. After the Terps came back from a one-goal halftime deficit to take a four-goal lead in the fourth quarter, players said they wanted to slow the game down to stay in control of the game’s pace. A series of stall warnings they received late in the game showed they might have slowed things too much. At one point in the fourth quarter, the Terps received four stall warnings in a row, capped by a turnover on a time violation that led to

another goal for the Blue Jays in their late-game rally. “We were just ticking away at that clock,” short stick midfielder and face-off specialist Bryn Holmes said. “They were calling quick stalls, but that’s a part of the game. We were expecting that to happen. But we kept playing the way we needed to play.” After two more Johns Hopkins scores, the last with one minute remaining, the Terps’ stalling tactic again nearly cost them a regulation win. Up by just one goal, the team took the ensuing faceoff and continued to hold the ball on offense. Holmes got possession and ran more than 40 seconds off the clock, but the Blue Jays forced a turnover with 13 seconds left for a chance to send the game to overtime. This time, though, it was Johns Hopkins who didn’t have enough time to get a shot off. The Terps, though, made no excuses. “Even though we’ve had a lot of close games, we keep our head in those situations,” Jesse Bernhardt said. “We just had to do what we had to do.”

Coach Cathy Reese, in front, is looking to lead the Terps to their first title since 2001. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

REESE from page 14 when they just gave me the game ball and said, ‘This is for 100 wins,’” Reese said. “The exciting thing is that we’re at such a great part of the season that it’s not really a focus.” In just four seasons at the helm of the Terps, Reese has guided her teams to great success, upholding the prestigious tradition of the program. Each of her squads has garnered at least a share of the ACC regular season title and last season, she won her first ACC Tournament title. Every season, her team has finished with a better record than a season before. In the process, Reese has groomed two ACC Players of the Year, an ACC Rookie of the Year, two Tewaaraton trophy finalists and nine All-Americans — not to mention ACC Coach of the Year honors for herself in 2007 and 2009. With women’s collegiate lacrosse rapidly growing, Reese’s coaching success is impressive. But with the sport’s expansion, it’s become increasingly difficult to win a national championship, something she’s done seven times as a player and an assistant coach. “I think any coach in any sport would love to accomplish that,” Reese said. “I would love to get to that point, but every season it’s just one game at a time.” After five seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Reese started her head coaching career at Denver in 2004, where she brought national attention to the program. After her first season ended with a disappointing 7-12 record, she quickly began to lay the groundwork for a programbest finish in 2006. The following year, the Terps offered Reese the reigns of the program after her former coach, Cindy Timchal, left College Park for Navy. In the four seasons since, Reese has guided the Terps to a 69-9 record.

“When I started here at Mar yland, obviously I have so much passion here, my primar y goal was that our student-athletes would love playing here,” Reese said. “I want lacrosse to be fun. I want their experience here to be one that they remember in a positive way.” By keeping intact the same fast-paced style of lacrosse from her playing days, Reese made her transition to one of the most prestigious lacrosse programs in the country seamless. She continues to bring in talented recruiting classes that play to her quick style while also churning out All-Americas that maintain a winning tradition. “I love Cathy,” said attacker Sarah Mollison, who left her native Australia to play for Reese. “Ever since I got here, she’s made it an easy transition.” Last season, Reese led the Terps to an undefeated record all the way up to the Final Four before a season-ending loss to North Carolina. But along the way, she picked up sole possession of the ACC regular season championship along with the ACC Tournament championship. This year, she returned the bulk of her lineup, along with several talented freshmen, in what she hopes will be a push for another run to the Final Four. While her team no longer owns an undefeated record after an April 10 loss to the Tar Heels, Reese has prepared her team for a chance to win the program’s first National Championship since 2001. And with defending champion Northwestern’s loss to North Carolina this past weekend, there are no undefeated teams remaining in college lacrosse. Considering Reese has guided the Terps just as far or farther in the NCAA Tournament than the year before ever y year, a national championship isn’t out of the question. It’s the missing piece on an already substantial résumé.





Depth-starved Terps prepare to face Old Dominion after latest addition to team’s list of injuries BY MICHAEL LEMAIRE Senior staff writer

With two outs and N.C. State baserunners on first and second base in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, Pratt Maynard, the Wolfpack’s dangerous left-handed designated hitter, strode to the plate having already homered once in the game. Closer Dan Gentzler had already pitched 1.2 innings and seemed to be losing his effec-

tiveness with every pitch. By conventional baseball logic, it seemed the perfect time to bring in a situational lefty to face Maynard — only the Terps didn’t have any left. A recent rib injury to left-hander Adam Kolarek had left his status for the rest of the season in doubt, and the only other lefthanded relievers, John Dischert and Jimmy Reed, had already pitched in the blowout loss. Out of options, coach Erik

Bakich left Gentzler in the game against Maynard, who smacked his second offering over the center field fence to put the finishing touches on a 22-6 romp. It was just the latest exercise in frustration for Bakich, who has seen his ability to build depth and play to favorable matchups hampered by a slew of injuries. “Losing Adam is big for us not only because he has been an effective pitcher for us this season,” Bakich said. “It’s important

because we don’t have a lot of lefties, and he could pitch out of multiple roles for us. We just have to keep plugging away and finding guys to step up and fill those roles.” Unfortunately for the Terps, who play Old Dominion tonight, Kolarek’s absence isn’t the only hole that has needed filling this season. First baseman Curtis Lazar, a projected starter, hurt his wrist earlier this season, forcing Bakich

to platoon Gentzler and Kolarek at a position unfamiliar to them. And catcher Tyler Bennett, one of the team’s best offensive players last season, is continuing to rehabilitate from offseason Tommy John surgery. When he first took the coaching job, Bakich said he hoped to build his roster so he could enjoy the type of depth available at the conference’s elite programs. But he also knew the team would be devoid of proven tal-

ent, a fact that has become even more painfully evident as the Terps try to weather their torrent of injuries. “With our roster limitations, there is already not a lot of room for error,” Bakich said. “[Kolarek] isn’t the first key guy we have lost this year. But that isn’t something that we can control, and we aren’t going to use that as an excuse for our struggles.”

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Reese chases title for final piece BY CHRIS ECKARD Staff writer

In her final game at Ludwig Field in 1998, former Terrapin women’s lacrosse player and current head coach Cathy Reese frustrated James Madison with an an effortless scoring touch that had irritated opponents all season. The All-America senior finished the afternoon with a game-high five assists to go along with one goal. Her performance lifted the Terps to a fivegoal victory and into the Final Four, where they eventually won their fourth consecutive national title.

Last Saturday, at a field on which she had accomplished so much during her illustrious four-year playing career, Reese added one more memory: her 100th career coaching victory. The No. 3 Terps (14-1, 4-1 ACC), who continue their title pursuit along with Reese this weekend in the ACC Tournament, played with the same tenacity on offense that made Reese such a threat back in her playing days, cruising past ACC bottomfeeder Virginia Tech, 18-4. “It’s funny because I didn’t even think about it until after the game,




or Danny O’Brien, the quest to be Chris Turner’s replacement began before his name ever appeared on the Terrapin football roster. That best explains the redshirt freshman quarterback’s commitment to being around the team as much as possible during the five weeks of Terp practice last spring. The then-high school senior made the six-hour trek from North Carolina each Friday night. O’Brien, who could only watch the workouts, would spend the night with one of his future teammates so he’d be ready for the team’s 7:30 a.m. meetings to begin his Terp football education. Apparently, the chance to eventually succeed a three-year starting quarterback is a powerful motivator. O’Brien’s hectic weekend schedule wasn’t that unusual. Offensive coordinator James Franklin encourages his young signal-callers to

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Terrapin women’s lacrosse coach Cathy Reese earned her 100th career coaching victory on Saturday. Here’s her career path, with red bars symbolizing wins and black bars symbolizing losses. 31



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Cathy Reese, right, offers some instruction at a recent practice. Reese is in her fourth year in charge of the Terps. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

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