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Court rules against Univ. View Decision could postpone student housing project BY CARRIE WELLS Staff writer

A judge ruled Friday against University View developers’ plans to construct a new entranceway to the apartment complex through the parking lot of neighboring No. 1 Liquors. The decision could delay plans for two new buildings near the View that would house 1,517 students in the middle of a housing shortage, said District 2 Councilman Bob Catlin. College Park and Prince George’s County officials have said developers cannot move forward with the project until a new, safer entranceway is constructed. Ruling in favor of Annette Sargent, the owner of No. 1 Liquors, Judge Michael Chapdelaine of

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State leaders clash over slots vote

Univ. Senate approves Latina/o Studies minor after months of debate BY KELLIE WOODHOUSE Staff writer

Evelyn Lopez and Colleen Esper had taken all the courses for a minor that didn’t exist. But on Friday, the University Senate voted to accept the Latino/a Studies minor into the university’s academic curriculum, allowing them to graduate this spring with the minor on their transcript. Before the vote, Lopez, Esper and about 40 other students, energized by coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts, wore all red and rallied on McKeldin Mall at 8 a.m., determined to show the university they are passionate about integrating Latino culture into the university’s academic curriculum. “What do we want? Latino studies!” the crowd chanted. “When do we want it? Now!” Thanks in part to that demonstra-

tion and numerous other efforts by the Latino community on the campus, the senate approved the proposal, following a resolution passed Wednesday by the Student Government Association that supported the initiative. The minor program will become official this fall and would require undergraduate students to enroll in five three-credit classes. At full enrollment, the program can accommodate 40 students. For the past few months, Latino students have pressed to bring their quest for the minor program to the forefront of campus affairs. Last month, a group of students attended an open forum on the university’s new strategic plan and commandeered a microphone to question Provost Nariman Farvardin about the stall in approving the minor. A

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TOP: Roberto Juarez, a Maryland alumnus, rallies students in front of the Administration Building Friday morning. ABOVE: Javier Montenegro, a senior government and politics major, signs a banner at a rally held for a U.S. Latina/o Studies Program in front of the Administration Building Friday morning.

Gov. Martin O’Malley traded barbs with the state’s comptroller last week over a referendum to legalize slot machine gambling in the state — a measure the governor tied to a potential funding cut for higher education. O’Malley and Comptroller Peter Franchot, both Democrats, last week clashed in the latest incarnation of a years-old debate about legalizing slots, with Franchot saying O’Malley’s support for slot machines would have devastating consequences for the state and O’Malley labeling Franchot a hypocrite for not doing anything to fix the state’s fiscal crisis. O’Malley has said if slot machine gambling is

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Cause of Commons fire ignites confusion BY TIRZA AUSTIN Staff writers

A blaze caused by a mechanical failure on an elevator forced residents of South Campus Commons 1

Prince George’s County Fire Department pegged damages at $10,000 and said cigarettes had nothing to do with it. Yesterday, damages were visible on the building’s fifth floor near the ele-

to evacuate Friday morning. Though South Campus Commons officials, in a statement on their website, called it a “small” fire caused by a lit cigarette, the

vator, where tiles were missing from the ceiling and molding was ripped from the walls. Prince George’s County

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Come for the kabobs, stay for the culture Seventh-annual Arabian Nite draws hundreds for food, entertainment BY JAD SLEIMAN Staff writer


Shawn Malhotra, vice president of internal events for the 2009 Class Council, dishes out homemade chili at the second annual Chili Cook-off held by the 2009 Class Council and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. The event drew 120 people and raised $550 to be split among 2009 class gift, the Red Cross and Save the Bay.

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Most words said aren’t in English, the sitar is a major instrument in the blaring pop music, and the buffet is stocked with everything from baba ghanoush to fattouche — it must be Arabian Nite. Arabian Nite 2008, put together by the Organization


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of Arab Students, drew more than 300 people to the Stamp Student Union’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday. For students and their families, the event — which showcased Arab music, food and dance, skits and an after-party — was an exercise in bringing together different parts of


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Reality of project questioned HARTFORD, Conn. — A Yale University

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art student’s claim that she induced repeated abortions on herself and used the blood for her senior project is false, school officials said after her account was published in the school newspaper. Aliza Shvarts described the project in a story Thursday in the Yale Daily News. She said she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” and took herbal drugs to induce miscarriages. But Yale issued a statement saying it investigated and found it to be a hoax that was Shvarts’ idea of “performance art.” “The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction,” said Yale spokeswoman Helaine Klasky. But in a guest column published in Friday’s student newspaper, Shvarts insisted the project was real.

— Compiled from wire reports


SGA members unanimously voted last week to support a University Health Center plan to create a gambling addiction awareness program. In response to a nationwide study that revealed about 10 percent of college students can be classified as “serious social gamblers and problem gamblers,” the Student Government Association passed a resolution to bring the problem to the surface. Daniel Schmerling, the SGA legislator who sponsored the bill, said because many students have access to “liquid cash” in the form of credit cards for the first time when they come to college, problem gambling is more prevalent than most people think. Working in conjunction with kinesiology professor Stephen McDaniel and the Health Center, the SGA hopes to have an awareness and education program, in the same vein as the AlcoholEdu program, which is mandatory for freshmen, running by next semester.

— Compiled by reporter Marissa Lang

CORRECTION Friday’s story “Man held in Worchester sex assaults” used the incorrect spelling of the dorm where a man tried to caress several female residents. The incidents took place in Worcester Hall.



‘I feel like I’m with family’


SGA votes for gambling program


Pita House catered dinner and dessert during the Organization of Arab Students’ Arabian Nite 2008.

both the campus community and the Arab world. A major objective of the show was encouraging pride among Arab students, organizers said. The names of Middle Eastern and African countries were called out during the night to the stomping of feet, cheers and whistles from different sections of the audience. “It’s cool — all the Arab students here, and most people speaking the same language,” said Nasser Al-Zeyara, a language student from Qatar. “I feel like I’m with family.” The night began with a short studentproduced film, How I Found the OAS. The movie’s three main characters awkwardly stumbled through the black, Persian and Latino student groups before being lured by Arabic pop music into a room of OAS members. Next up was Superstar, American Idol’s near-East equivalent. Three judges lambasted performances of

popular Saudi music and a duet performance of “A Whole New World,” complete with an Aladdin backdrop. “You sound like a dying camel,” one judge said after a singer left the stage. But the final contestant, senior music major Lena Seikaly, elicited cheers, whistles and cries of “More, more, more!” after her performance. “My name is Lena,” began the singer in Arabic. Her next statement, “I’m from Palestine,” drew thunderous applause. The night continued along the theatric bent with a skit written by group president Reem Dughly, a junior biology major. The performance’s plot revolved around a 21-year-old meeting unappealing suitors, such as a mustached physician/engineer, Dr. Mahmoud and the street-smart Mustafa. Though the play garnered laughs from Arab students, some parts — performed in Arabic and English — weren’t a slam dunk with everyone. “I’m not Arab, so I didn’t get all of the jokes,” said sophomore government and

politics major Ellen Morrissey, expressing a sentiment her friends echoed. “But I had a great time, anyway.” Dughly said a major goal of the event was “introducing the campus to the Arab community,” but one of the difficulties with planning the night is figuring out how to “cater to both [Arab and American] audiences,” said Sara Hegazi, director of advertising for the OAS. “We try to cater to our American audience, to show that Arabs can be fun,” she said. Arabian Nite 2008 closed with an Arabian guitar medley, followed by a much-anticipated Debkah traditional folk dance. All parts of the night, from the food to the entertainment, were enjoyable and informative, students said. “It pulls College Park together as the melting pot it should be,” said sophomore engineering major Jeffry Temblin. “I’m the biggest fan of tabouleh.”

Latina/o minor will make school a ‘regional leader’ MINOR, from Page 1 couple of weeks earlier, Lopez, a senior criminology and criminal justice major who has fulfilled all the credits necessary for the minor, told The Diamondback “there [would] be a riot” if the program weren’t approved this semester. But thanks to the senate’s approval, Lopez and Esper can graduate this semester with the minor, even though it won’t become an actual minor next fall. Many students who demonstrated Friday said they believe the minor will help teach students — Latino and other races alike — about the politics, history and literature of Latino people in America. Students who are already enrolled in U.S. Latina/o studies classes said the experience has enriched their sense of American history.

“Chicanos have been in the country longer than white people,” said Esper, a senior sociology major. “It gives you a new perspective on the immigration debate.” SGA President Andrew Friedson came to the rally to show his support, stating that the program will help enrich other students’ cultural understanding. Such views pervaded the rally. “I am tired that our history is not being told,” Lopez said to a crowd at the rally. “Latinos have made an impact in the U.S., and it’s about time we are recognized for it.” Ana Patricia Rodríguez, an associate professor who teaches U.S. Latina/o studies courses, said that faculty worked for two years on the proposal for the minor. Before that, she said, there was a task force regarding Latino issues on the campus.

Rodríguez says she believes the minor is necessary because “there is a population on campus that needs to know its history and have its experiences validated.” And Farvardin seemed to agree with that sentiment. In a recent statement, Farvardin said, “this new Latina/o studies minor will complement academic offerings and programs across the campus. ... I believe that the new minor will allow us to serve the intellectual and academic needs of our university community and to become a regional leader in this emerging field.” Although Loyola College in Baltimore also has a similar Latina/o studies program, no other major school in the greater Washington area has one besides this university. Friedson also offered some words of wisdom about the students’ fight for their minor


Students and faculty rally outside the administration building Friday in support of a U.S. Latina/o Studies Program. — and their wardrobe choice. “I think it’s appropriate that we are wearing red. It’s the color of blood,” he said,

“and it’s our blood that makes us all the same.”


Commons fire caused $10,000 in damages FIRE, from Page 1 Fire Department Spokesman Mark Brady said the building’s sprinkler system put out the fire, which he speculated could have been caused by the elevator’s motor overheating, before firefighters arrived. The fire started on the roof of the building. The alarm went off about 10:30 a.m. Friday, he said. Minutes later, Commons residents milled around their building in the Friday morning sun, some still in their pajamas. They were stuck outside for about two hours, Brady said, while firefighters determined the cause of the blaze and the building was cleaned up. “This could not be any more inconvenient,” complained senior Maya Jackson, a French and theatre major. Jackson had just begun writing a French paper that was due at 1 p.m. She thought the alarm was a fire drill and expected to be back in her room in 15 minutes. She didn’t return until 10 minutes before her paper was due — at 12:50 p.m. She said she was embarrassed about emailing her professor an excuse instead of a paper. Dehumidifiers were stationed along the base of the walls and in the apartments with water damage. “It makes it difficult,” senior Sarah Akkoush, a cell biology and molecular genetics major, said of working in the humid conditions of her apartment caused by the dehumidifiers placed in the middle of her living room floor blocking her walkway. “I want to find things to do elsewhere.” Reporter Brady Holt contributed to this report.


Junior places fifth in national eating contest University’s competitive-eating hero trails among seven contestants after choking on a dry hamburger BY KRISTI TOUSIGNANT Senior staff writer

The battle lines were drawn Saturday as eating warriors from around North America faced off in a clash of iron-clad stomachs and heroic willpower. But for the university’s personal gladiator, junior food science major Brian “Eatin’” Keaton, a plate of fast food turned out to be his Achilles’ heel. Keaton took fifth place in the eating competition Saturday in San Diego at the Collegiate Nationals, a collection of college-themed competitions that also included sports such as beach volleyball, wakeboarding, boxing and weightlifting.

The eating competition required the seven contestants to eat as many plates of two half-pound hamburgers, a jumbo hot dog and a quarter-pound of fries as they could in seven minutes. Keaton, in what he called his hardest competition yet, made it through two plates. By contrast, the winner of the contest, who hailed from Canada, ate three-and-ahalf plates. Keaton started out strong, leading the competition for the first three minutes. He slowed down, however, after he started choking on the dry hamburger — unlike other eating competitions, contestants were not allowed to dip their food in water. After that slip-up, Keaton said it was hard for

him to catch up. “I started choking, and I couldn’t do anything about it,” Keaton said. “It was just bad luck. After that, it was hard to eat as fast as you can, so that threw me off.” Junior animal sciences major Pranav Chawla, Keaton’s friend and trainer who accompanied him to San Diego, also blamed his loss on the fact that the food had been left out for a while beforehand, making it hard for Keaton to swallow. “I think it’s just unfortunate that it turned out that way,” Chawla said. “I think he is probably a better quality eater than them. They just turned out to be winners.” The difference between second and fifth place was merely a few bites, Keaton

said, with only the winner outpacing them all. Keaton went into the competition with a strategy of eating the food in a certain order. First, he attacked the burgers, then the hot dog and finally the pile of fries. The plan was working as he finished his first plate, but after he started choking on the second plate’s burger, his lead went downhill. Another strategy Keaton used was eating only Jolly Rancher hard candies for 24 hours before the championship. Ultimately, he felt the move was a mistake, leaving him too hungry by the time the competition started. “I was really disappointed with the results,” Keaton said. “After the contest, I

felt like I let down my school and a lot of my friends and people expecting me to do well. When I look back, it’s really cool that I got sent out there to be in an eating contest on national television all the way across the country.” But for Keaton, there’s always next year. “It was definitely an awesome experience,” he said. “It showed me I have to work harder. I am probably going to come back next year and do it. I just have to work as hard as I can. I’ll be back.” A special on the entire Collegiate Nationals, featuring the eating competition, will air May 25 on CBS.

Voters to decide on legal slots Ruling indefinitely stalls SLOTS, from Page 1 not made legal, dedicated funding for higher education would likely disappear and the University System of Maryland’s budget would be cut. That could throw into jeopardy the university’s tuition freezes and construction projects — a situation that is particularly dire because administrators had planned to raise $50 million more in state funding per year to help fund their expansive strategic plan for the university. Proponents of the referendum expect legalized slot-machine gambling to raise $550 million for the state in its first year. Part of that money, as well as revenue from a corporate tax increase passed last fall, is budgeted for the Higher Education Investment Fund, a pool of state funds set aside solely for higher education. More revenue is vital to the fund, since legislators drained it last month. Still, university President Dan Mote expressed confidence that even if the referendum does fail,

the university would be able to raise the $2 billion the strategic plan requires by seeking out more private donations. “You’re not going to have all of your future tied onto one referendum,” Mote said. “Relentless pursuit is what will get this done. It will not happen by placing all your bets on one initiative, even if it succeeds.” If the referendum passes, the state constitution will be amended to allow 15,000 slot machines at five different locations throughout the state. Locations, though not yet exact, are likely going to be in Baltimore City and Allegany, Worcester, Anne Arundel and Cecil counties. Opponents of slot machines say legalizing slots will not be as lucrative as the governor says. “Studies show that at best, they’re a wash when you factor in the crime, the corruption, the broken families, the welfare, the gambling addiction that flows from this vice,” Franchot said. Aaron Meisner, the chairman of Stop Slots Maryland, said

many of the proposed locations were too far away from population centers to bring in significant amounts of revenue. “When you put them out there where bears outnumber citizens, there’s not going to be a lot of revenue,” he said. The legislature approved the referendum last November as a compromise between Senate President Mike Miller, who supports slots, and Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch, who opposes them. Interest groups have been lining up on both sides of the issue. The horse racing industry, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the Maryland Association of Counties support slot machines, while religious groups, some labor groups and progressive groups oppose them. Franchot has emerged as one of O’Malley’s most vocal political opponents, though they are both Democrats. He has repeatedly criticized the governor for supporting slot machine legalization. “This is the final part of the O’Malley tax increase, starting with the special session, continuing through the regular session with the computer services tax, and the third part is the slots referendum,” Franchot said. O’Malley fired back Wednesday. “The comptroller has had the wonderful luxury of sitting back and doing nothing to help us restore fiscal responsibility while throwing stones in a hypocritical way,” O’Malley said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.,

plans for new buildings VIEW, from Page 1 the Prince George’s County Circuit Court said his decision was bound by a previous court case. Chapdelaine’s ruling will bring about a year of litigation to an end, unless the View’s owner, Otis Warren, appeals the ruling. A lawyer for Warren declined to comment. Warren did not return calls for comment. If Warren opts not to appeal the ruling or fails in an appeal, developers will be left with only one way to create a safer entranceway: moving the stoplight located at Navahoe Street to Berwyn House Road. Drivers could use the light to get in and out of the complex more safely, city officials have said. “They have to work out the issue of the traffic light; it’s holding up the plan until they can do it,” Catlin said. “Or they would have to buy [No. 1 Liquors] out — give them so much money they can’t turn it down — or entice someone from the county to condemn the property, which would be a long process.” To enter the View’s driveway, drivers on the opposite side of Route 1 must make a left turn through constant traffic on the other side of the road without the aid of a stoplight. Catlin said that unless developers find another solution to the entrance debacle, the first student housing residence won’t open by fall 2010 as previously expected. However, Catlin said, the Prince George’s County Plan-

ning Board gave the View permission Thursday to go ahead with construction while simultaneously seeking State Highway Administration approval for the traffic light, so the project likely won’t be delayed significantly. The College Park City Council is working with the View to get SHA approval for the new traffic light. Sargent originally filed the lawsuit against the View to keep them from building a new entranceway through a portion of her parking lot because it would hurt business, her lawyer Richard Daniels said. “The problem was if they put this through here, where are they going to deliver beer?” Daniels said. “There would be less parking. It would have made it more difficult to remain in business.” The View argued it had jurisdiction over the parking lot because McDonald’s, which used to be located behind the liquor store, had permission from No. 1 Liquors to use the lot. While the View now owns the space McDonald’s used to occupy, Daniels said the permission ended when McDonald’s moved across the street. The View initially planned to build office space near the existing student complex, but when they failed to secure a major tenant, they revised site plans to include more housing. Those plans were then resubmitted to the city and county approval processes, setting back construction.

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Josh Crawford

Staff Editorial

Message board anarchy

“Voting is simply a way of determining which side is stronger without putting it to the test of fighting.” ~H.L. Mencken


n the aftermath of the publication of Max Greenberg’s April 9 editorial cartoon depicting a bloodied smear in the form of the 2008 Beijing Olympics logo, The Diamondback’s website has become something of a battleground. The comment board for the cartoon has accrued, as of yesterday evening, more than 200 comments. While one might initially be encouraged by such enthusiasm and fervor sparking such a volume of political discourse, a quick read through the comments will promptly extinguish any approval. In the weeks since the cartoon’s publication, the outcry and offense taken by Chinese students at the university has been met by a strong backlash of presumably American students. Some of the comments found on the board, of course, are intelligent and respectable conversations regarding the Chinese political situation, Tibet and freedom of speech in America. I would venture, however, that more than half of the comments are angry and aggressive, if not insulting, degrading and even racially prejudiced. I came across another example of a message board in a downward spiral of civility while watching The Daily Show on April 16. Jon Stewart’s guest was Peter Steinfels, a religious columnist for the New York Times. In discussing the papal visit, Steinfels said his editor would not permit him to see the comments on the papal visit blog on the Times website, because they apparently consisted almost completely of obscene remarks about the Catholic Church sex scandal, other forms of general anti-Catholic sentiment and demeaning remarks by Catholics about non-Catholic critics. In considering these two occurrences, it seems they are indicative of a larger problem, one that, once I had thought about it, I realized I had already been vaguely aware of. That problem is that Internet message boards have cheapened what passes as discourse to the point where it is rarely more than an excuse to hurl mindless insults. Anyone who has read through some of the comments on a YouTube video probably knows exactly what I mean. The problem is twofold: It lies in the convenience and one-click accessibility of posting a comment on the Internet as well as in the all-but-complete anonymity of the process. To have this column published, I had to sit down and formulate my thoughts in such a way that I might produce what I hope is a respectable and insightful argument. I then had to submit it to a respectable institution (The Diamondback) for critique, editing and approval. Finally, I had to attach my name to it. It is this set of checks and standards that ensure that the level of discourse on a newspaper’s editorial page not descend to that often found on Internet message boards. Without any such assurances in the world of the Internet, the only things standing between an angered reader and saying whatever is on his mind are making up a false name under which to post and checking a box that says he isn’t spamming. As can be seen in the comments for Greenberg’s cartoon, in the comments on the New York Times’ papal blog and no doubt on the message boards of thousands if not millions of webpages across the Internet, these assurances are not enough. The convenience and anonymity of the Internet are bringing out the worst in people. They are allowing people to make racial, ethnic and even personal insults in a forum of almost zero consequence, and ultimately, I fear, they are jeopardizing our society’s standard of what passes as respectable, acceptable and meaningful discourse. Josh Crawford is a freshmen letters and sciences major. He can be reached at

A tale of three referenda


n addition to the electoral victory of the Stu- the University Senate not to throw its support dents Party this past week, there were three behind the policy at the next available opportunity. referenda that passed. One asked voters if they Once they do, it will be up to the university to conwould support a fee increase of $3.50 to sup- cede that it is the right thing to do and make it offiport and expand the Collegiate Readership cial policy. The SGA has all of the evidence it needs Program, which distributes free national newspapers to be a strong watchdog over the process as it conto locations around the campus. The issue in the other tinues next year. The reason why a Good Samaritan policy isn’t on two referenda is a familiar one: the Good Samaritan policy. As if there were not already enough weight the books already is that the senate decided not to behind it, the adoption of a Good Samaritan policy recommend any changes to the student code of conreceived a resounding endorsement from the student duct. One of the reasons cited for this was the lack body in the elections. The referenda asked voters if of data on the efficacy of these policies in encouraging students to call in emergenthey would support such a policy — cies. The assertion that any data is by which those who call emergency needed is false. This would be a services for dangerously inebriated preventative friends would be protected from disMassive student support commonsensical, measure. It would be impossible to ciplinary action — and it passed with for a a Good Samaritan tally how many lives have been a huge majority of votes: 3,319 for and 199 against. Even though policy should lead to its saved by the policy at other schools. turnout in the elections was low, the adoption as soon It was also put forth by Director magnitude of votes behind the policy as possible. of Student Conduct John Zacker can be extrapolated to the whole stuthat his office takes into account dent body. It was clear long before the election that this is a calling emergency services as a mitigating factor in policy that would be welcomed by students, and that deliberations. Be that as it may, it is the perception it is badly needed. The Student Government Associ- that making the call will land a person in trouble is ation had already voted unanimously to support it. the problem. The guarantee afforded by a Good For some time, it even appeared as if the state gov- Samaritan policy is not comparable. Now that the student position is clear, those who ernment might take action on a Good Samaritan polrepresent students should vigorously support the icy on its own. With this referendum, there will be no excuses for policy for its adoption next year.

Our View

Editorial Cartoon: Mike O’Brien

Letters to the Editor Misogyny in The Diamondback I am writing to complain about the letter to the editor written by Johnny Mathias, who revealed his disconcerting and extremely derogatory views about “Skirt Day.” This is just what America needs: a pervert who is majoring in government and politics and soon to be graduating from this university. It is unsettling to know that this pathetic excuse for a “man” will be venturing out into the world spreading his blatantly misogynistic and sexist views about women. I’ll remember the name Johnny Mathias, because if he ever decides to run for office, I know who will not be getting my vote. I am ashamed The Diamondback would even publish such garbage. I feel strongly about upholding the constitutional rights of each citizen, especially pertaining to the First Amendment, but these types of offensive remarks should not be included in this newspaper. I believe that it is The Diamondback’s responsibility to promote a healthy environment that praises students for diverse backgrounds and multi-faceted worldviews. These include issues about humanity and compassion or avid views on injustice. The Diamondback should publish stories that are respectful to all people. This would not include topics like Johnny Mathias’ request for the, “biological imperative” he feels represents “Skirt Day.” I believed you to be a more dignified newspaper than that. The Diamondback should set some level of acceptable standards for our university so that others will follow. By publishing letters like this, The Diamondback is perpetuating the idea that it is acceptable to talk about women this way. I must say that it is a sad day for The Diamondback and for all women on our campus. This university is known for being diverse; therefore, I guess it’s great to

know that we have at least one asshole among us. I strongly believe that women here a deserve an apology from The Diamondback and Johnny Mathias.

Part-time student voters


In Marissa Lang’s April 18 article “Sachs elected SGA president,” it was said numerous times that voter turnout for the SGA elections was very low. I believe that part of the reason for the low turnout was because parttime students can only vote for other part-time students in their colleges. Therefore, if there is no one in the College of Behavioral and Social Science who is running and is a part-time student, I am unable to vote for anyone. I would have voted, had I been allowed to vote for full-time students too. I met one of the candidates and liked what his campaign stood for. I think that just because people attend this school on a part-time basis does not mean they should be limited in their voice with the Student Government Association. I am a commuter, too, and for that reason I am very limited in my voice with SGA because everything happens after 2:30 p.m., which is when I have to leave the campus to be back to Branch Avenue by 3:45 p.m. to meet my ride.Yes, the SGA has forums to get input from commuters, but they are always too late for me to attend, and I would like to have some more input in the SGA’s proceedings.

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Biofuel hysteria


n October 1789, during the heat of the French Revolution, a throng of armed women stormed the royal palace at Versailles to express their frustration. Their grievance: They believed the royal family had been hoarding bread during a time of great food shortage. Those women demonstrated an eternal historical truth: that any political situation in which food is scarce or overpriced is an inherently unstable one. Today, the rising price of agricultural staples is causing unrest in locations around the globe: Egypt and Ethiopia, just to name a few. In Haiti, where 80 percent of the population lives on less than $2 each day, a recent riot in the south resulted in four deaths and 20 wounded. A week later, the government of Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis was removed from power. According to World Bank estimates, the global prices for food have risen about 83 percent in the last three years. It is unlikely that many of us living in College Park have felt this upward pressure, but the problem is very real for hundreds of millions of people. Already, fears of a Malthusian escalation of this problem are cropping up. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, recently suggested the unrest caused by food shortages could lead to toppled governments and wars.There are a wide range of reasons for this situation. The demand for food is increasing wherever the population is growing. These price increases are especially acute in countries where the taste for meat products is developing, as livestock require large amounts of grain to sustain. The high price of oil, though it is blamed for almost everything these days, also contributes by increasing the costs involved with transporting food. But another more regrettable part of the problem has been the recent global obsession with biofuels. Most notably, the diversion of food crops, such as sugarcane and corn, to the production of ethanol for use in powering machinery. The U.S. government heavily subsidizes this diversion of edible crops to fuel in the assumption that it will help reduce emissions and dependence on foreign crude oil. Vast fields of corn in the Midwest that once were used to feed livestock and export for food aid are now being processed (inefficiently, to be sure) and turned into ethanol in order to assuage the guilt of prosperous Americans over humanity’s role in climate change. Meanwhile, the scope of the food shortages and associated unrest continues to grow. The irony of causing such harm to humans in the hope of helping the environment is cruel and bitter. It seems perverse to continue to defend the practice of burning edible crops to drive automobiles. The European Union seems to have taken notice of this. Its commission is beginning to backtrack from its stated goals of increasing the proportion of biofuels in the next decade. Canadian columnist David Warren makes a historical comparison: “Biofuel has thus already joined the list of environmental catastrophes caused by environmental scares. That list began with the DDT scare in the early 1960s, since when tens of millions have died from malaria and other diseases that could have been eradicated by spraying with this effective pesticide.” There is a current that runs beneath many environmental movements that sees human beings as little more than a scourge to the environment and that the planet would be much better off without us. This is by no means a mainstream feeling, and seldom is it actually expressed. But it does take shape in the sort of mentality that would sacrifice gargantuan quantities of edible food to avert some abstract environmental harm. Compassion for our fellow human beings must always be the chief rationale in situations like the present food crisis. Abstract fears of future catastrophes might be seductive, but they should never be an excuse to cause tangible harm on such a wide scale. Goutham Ganesan is opinion editor of The Diamondback. He can be reached at




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Enrique’s manhood is enormous, he claims

The UNjuried exhibit at the Stamp Student Union Gallery gives students from all majors at the university an opportunity to showcase their work Once upon a time, Enrique Iglesias claimed he had a small penis. Now, six years later, he’s saying it was just a joke. He told Showbiz Spy recently that “when people find out it’s not the case, they are pleasantly surprised.” Sexy, I guess? What is Anna Kournikova sticking around for?

Britney’s back; what does Neil Patrick Harris think?

Britney Spears guest-starred on How I Met Your Mother recently, and star Neil Patrick Harris later complained. Then he took it all back and said “we are all hoping that she returns rather soon to reprise her role as Abby.” Harris will get his wish (maybe? who knows?), as People reports she’s coming back. Great.

Lindsey Lohan doesn’t like her dad; shocking


The UNjuried exhibit features a variety of art forms, such as paintings, photographs and drawings. The exhibit will run until May 1.

Lindsey Lohan’s family situation is one huge hot mess, with her mother and father constantly speaking to the media about their crazy-ass daughter. Lilo finally spoke about it to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, saying, “I just don't know why he's doing what he's doing.” Maybe the feeling’s mutual?

Foxy out of jail; back in court May 5

Ever had a bad manicure? Chances are you probably have, but chances also are that you never attacked your nail manicurists over it. Well, Foxy Brown did. After serving eight months for that incident, she was released Friday. Don’t worry — she’s back in court May 5 for throwing a Blackberry at a neighbor.

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When freshman business major Thomas Dant heard about an exhibition in the Stamp Student Union in which he could potentially showcase his artwork, he was surprised at how lax the entry restrictions were. “It was kind of funny, because I showed up and asked them, and they said, ‘Yeah, if you bring your [artwork] before 8 p.m. tonight,’” Dant said. “So I ran back to my dorm and came back with my stuff.” In fact, any students — regardless of his or her major — who showed up between April 3 and 9 in the Union Gallery office with pieces ready for exhibition, they were a shoo-in for the showing, said Jackie Milad, program coordinator for the Union Gallery and the Art and Learning Center. “This is a great way for all of those students to get that experience … and [the]

pride of showing your work,” Milad said. UNjuried, which is open in the Union Gallery until May 1, features between 60 to 70 pieces of student-created artwork, varying from paintings to photography to video segments. Unlike most other exhibitions that include a jury, a curator and an entrance fee, UNjuried is not bound by typical art gallery standards. As long as students had work ready to be hung, their work was were eligible to be included in the exhibition, Milad said. “There is something kind of intimidating about a juried exhibition,” Milad said. “Students might be intimidated by the idea of putting yourself out there. … [UNjuried] is a good opportunity for everybody, not just the art majors. Everyone should have a chance to be proud of their work.” Two other UNjuried exhibitions have been displayed in the Union Gallery prior to this year. The exhibition of

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UNjuried student artwork runs every other year in tandem with the gallery’s juried exhibition of students’ work. The most difficult part of the process, Milad said, was curating it. As the pieces submitted were extremely diverse in their themes, mediums and overall moods, Milad said it was a “puzzle challenge” for her and her team to find a way to piece the works together in a cohesive exhibition. But the quality of the pieces themselves were “pretty good,” Milad added, despite the open-endedness of the exhibition. “It’s kind of telling that this is the kind of work that the university has to offer,” Milad said. The artists’ majors vary just as much as their work, includ-

ing concentrations that ranged from the expected art studio to the more suprising psychology and business majors. Dant, who wants to start his own business, says his passions have always varied between business and art, and he was excited to get a chance to showcase his creative side. He submitted two photographs, “Service” and “Sacrifice,” which are currently on display. “I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t look artistic because I’m a business major,” Dant said. “But this is the other side of me … that people don’t normally see. I mean, art is one of those things where it can touch people beyond just words, and I really like that.”



Henry surprises coaches FOOTBALL, from Page 10 Turner threw the only interception of the day in the fourth quarter and was sacked eight times. “In scrimmages, there’s a quick whistle,” Turner said. “In a game, I don’t think there would be as many sacks. It’s important to stay focused and keep it in perspective.” Starting running back Da’Rel Scott also struggled, with only two yards on six carries. But sophomore Morgan Green stood out with a touchdown and nine carries


Senior midfielder Will Dalton and the Terps overpowered Penn on the back of sophomore goalie Brian Phipps.

Reed returns with 4 assists VIRGINIA, from Page 10 Cavaliers on March 29. As the defense locked down, the Terps put together a 7-0 scoring run. Junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds’ first goal since the win against Virginia put the Terps ahead 9-1 when the game was 11 seconds into the fourth quarter. Still, they also had lapses reminiscent of their recent struggles, such as a 19:37 scoreless stretch spanning parts of the first and second quarters. It forced Phipps to extinguish several Quaker scoring opportunities to preserve a 2-1 Terp lead. “I don’t think we played one of our best games offensively, but we got the win, and that’s all that matters,” said Reed, who established a career-high four assists in his first game back from a suspension after being charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana April 2. Luckily, Phipps put on his

best performance of the season, snaring every Penn shot that actually came on net. The Quakers, who are known for unleashing a lot of shots, took 43 shots in the game, but most missed their mark. The only goal Phipps surrendered was on a fluke play 5:55 into the game, when Quaker attackman Corey Winkoff checked the ball out of Phipps’ stick, causing it to fly backward and into the net. “Brian Phipps played absolutely out of his mind,” senior defender Ryne Adolph said. “If he doesn’t make those saves, it’s a totally different game.” The Terps were able to work lots of players into the game for extended minutes. The second attack unit got extra time throughout, which Cottle said was necessary because of the heat, and other players logged major minutes as the Terp lead grew. Cottle said it was important to get many players into the action with the key part of the sea-

son approaching. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Cottle said. “We’ve got to figure ourselves out. We played a lot of guys today, and they helped us out.” Still the Terps had to be happy with the improved play. In addition to Phipps’ return to the form that earned him ACC Rookie of the Year honors last season, Cottle applauded a defense that not only stopped the Quakers but started transition offense. Cottle also said the offense moved the ball better, which he had stressed during the week in practice. All of that means the Terps will enjoy the win and try to use it to springboard into future success. “I just couldn’t wait to get to this week and get this win, because it will definitely lead us into the next couple of games,” Adolph said. “Hopefully, we can take this momentum into the ACC tournament.”

VT, from Page 10 The timeout worked to perfection. The Terps came out and reeled off 10 unanswered goals before halftime, and allowed just one goal the rest of the way. While the offense was scoring at will, the defense gave its best performance of the season. The Terps allowed a season-low three goals, and the Hokies took just nine shots. “We were just so fired up,

and every time the ball went down on the defensive end, it was our goal to force turnovers, and we did that,” senior Katie Princiotto said. “When they did shoot Allie [Buote] made the save. Then we came down on the attack and put the ball away.” The Terps were also dominant in the middle of the field on draws. The Terps had a whopping 20-5 advantage in draw controls, including 10 by senior Dana Dobbie, who leads the nation in draw controls.


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With so much riding on the game for the postseason and all the emotions surrounding Senior Day, the Terps came through with one of their most complete and dominating performances in their final tune-up before the tournament. “It’s awesome,” Princiotto said. “We are ready to play whoever comes our way, but it’s really special to have the respect of the No. 1 seed in the tournament.”

the second-most receiving yards for the day. This earned praise from Friedgen, who said Henry, who had not even been on the depth chart to start the spring, is now “in the mix” for playing time, a success amid the team’s lackluster play. The Terps’ final week of spring practice will end Saturday with the Red-White Spring Game. “Hopefully they learn from this, and we’ll be better next week,” Friedgen said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Terps fall flat in the rain Sunday BASEBALL, from Page 10 score the tying and winning runs. The Terps overcame an eight-run deficit in the final three innings. If not for the monumental comeback Saturday, Friday night’s 7-5 victory would have been considered the team’s biggest game of the season. After allowing Georgia Tech (28-12, 10-11) to take the lead, in the form of a twoout, two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning, which made the score 5-3, the Terps looked as though they would let another game get away late. But in the bottom of the inning, senior center fielder Nick Jowers tied the score

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for 58 yards. “I think I ran the ball well and did better on my blocks,” Green said. “It’s good basically just getting prepared for the season, getting the playbook down, working on my mistakes.” But the real surprise at running back was walk-on senior Rashad Henry, who was the leading rusher with 69 yards on 12 carries and had a two-yard touchdown run. Not only did he rush the ball well, but he also caught three passes for 49 yards, including an acrobatic onehanded grab, which gave him

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with a sharp single to center field. Then, sophomore right fielder A.J. Casario broke the tie with a two-run double off the wall in left field. “Their guy hit a big tworun homer in the eighth inning, and we didn’t let it take the air out of our sails,” coach Terry Rupp said. “In the past, that’s what we’ve done.” The Terps couldn’t complete the series sweep yesterday in a game that was ended after the fifth inning because of rain and lightning. At one point, down 9-0, the Terps actually clawed back to make the score 9-6, but after a delay of more than an hour, the game was finally called. “We got right back in the

ball game, so it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t finish it up,” Rupp said. “But overall, it was a productive week, and we’re right in the thick of this thing.” “We’ve been in those close games this season, and we managed to grind ourselves back and get some big hits,” Jowers said. “All of us seniors haven’t been to [the ACC tournament] since our freshman year, and obviously that’s a huge goal for us to get back there.” If the Terps do end up there they will look back at last weekend as their breakthrough, one that arrived just in time.





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No. 1 Duke No. 9 Army

10 No. 3 Virginia 6 Dartmouth

11 No. 5 Georgetown 12 No. 7 TERRAPINS 9 4 8 Penn 7 Massachusetts

No. 2 Syracuse Albany

10 No. 19 Princeton 5 No. 4 Cornell

11 No. 6 UMBC 7 Hartford

16 No. 10 Johns Hopkins 12 5 No. 8 Navy

Terps suffer lack of focus Saturday’s scrimmage displays sloppy team BY KATE YANCHULIS Staff writer


After starting just one of the previous six halves, sophomore goalie Brian Phipps made 17 saves and allowed just one goal Saturday against Penn.

Phipps shuts door on Penn Sophomore’s 17 saves lead way for Terps’ 9-4 victory to this,” Phipps said. “There was a sour taste in our mouth after Navy and Hopkins, and it The Terrapin men’s lacrosse feels good to get on a roll now, so hopefully we can keep it going team needed a morale boost. The No. 7 Terps had not won a heading into the playoffs.” The Terps built an eight-goal game this month entering Saturday’s contest against Penn, and lead and held the Quakers scoreless for a 51:12 after consecutive lossstretch to win easily on es to lower-ranked a warm afternoon at teams, the team needLudwig Field. ed a momentum boost Showing flashes of before next weekend’s M. LACROSSE the team that domiACC tournament. Saturday’s result No. 7 Terrapins . . . . . . . 9 nated early season Penn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 games and beat powmight have done the erhouses such as trick. Backed by four assists from Georgetown and Virginia, the freshman attackman Travis Terps started quickly with a Reed in his return from suspen- pair of goals in the first 3:29 sion and a career-high 17 saves of the game. They were the by sophomore goalie Brian Terps’ first goals during the Phipps, the Terps beat the un- first quarter since beating the ranked Quakers 9-4. “We’d been looking forward Please See PENN, Page 8 BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

The sounds of construction in the background of the Terrapin football scrimmage at Byrd Stadium became an overture for a team that was also rebuilding. The Terps showed some improvement since their first scrimmage, but the shaky performances by key units on both the offense and defense make it clear the team’s construction is not complete. “I knew it was going to be like this the first time we put the kids in game-type situations,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “It’s amazing to me. All of a sudden they are out there on their own. They forget where their focus is.” Neither unit stood out, though the offense outperformed the defense in the first part of the game with three scoring drives for touchdowns in the first quarter. But things quickly stagnated, and a second-quarter field goal brought the only points until they practiced red-zone plays. The offense’s struggles were more often a result of offensive mistakes than defensive merit. For example, the defense sacked the quarterback 13 times and stopped the running game, but it was largely due to an ineffective offensive line. The defense’s most glaring problem was coverage of deep passes, which routinely sailed over the secondary and destroyed the advantages they gained by stopping the run. “There were some plays I should have made that I didn’t get to, but we’re still practicing,” safety Antwine Perez said. “I know once the season comes around, I’ll be able to get everything together.” But safety isn’t the only position that needs to “get


Quarterback Jordan Steffy impressed with 240 yards in the Terps’ scrimmage Saturday. Steffy split snaps with returning starter Chris Turner, who struggled with the Terps’ defensive pressure. everything together.” At quarterback, the Terps lacked consistency, worrying the coaches. “We have to get better at the quarterback position,” Friedgen said. “We’ve got to make more plays and take fewer sacks. We have got to get them to manage the game better,

and, I think overall, there needs to be a lot of improvement there.” Returning starter junior Chris Turner and senior Jordan Steffy took most of the snaps. Steffy was the better of the two, throwing for 240 yards with 16 completions, compared to Turner’s 102

yards from 11 completions. Steffy threw a 65-yard screen pass to Pha’Terrell Washington, setting up the first touchdown. Steffy also had a five-yard touchdown pass while playing with the No. 1 offense.

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Shutout carries softball’s Senior Day victory Seniors Belak and Stewart score in their last ACC home game BY JEFF NEWMAN Staff Writer

After rain-soaked Senior Day festivities, it was appropriate that a pair of seniors scored the only runs in the Terrapin softball team’s game against Virginia yesterday. In the third inning, with outfielder Jenny Belak on first, first baseman Sarde Stewart blasted her seventh home run of the season over the right field wall to put the Terps (32-15, 6-9 ACC) ahead, enabling them to reach the final score of 2-0. “I just wanted to win really badly,” Stewart said. “I was angry that we lost the first game [Saturday].”


Senior attacker Casey Magor and the Terps dominated Virginia Tech with a 20-3 effort on Senior Day. The win sealed a top seed in the ACC tournament.

A Senior Day romping Women’s lacrosse seals ACC tourney top seed BY BRIAN KAPUR Staff writer

With the ACC tournament top seed in the balance and Senior Day emotions peaking, the Terrapin women’s lacrosse team showed poise and focus in its dismantling of Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Terps (14-1, 4-1 ACC) sealed their top seed and first-round bye in the tournament with a 20-3 victory over the cel-

lar-dwelling Hokies (4- 17:32 remaining in the 13, 0-5). Twelve different first half. The Terps took Terps scored, dominating a timeout to regroup. “We looked every phase of slow to start,” the game. But coach Cathy while the game Reese said. “It ended up as a W. LACROSSE was an emorout, it didn’t start that way. Terrapins. . . . . . . . . . . 20 tional day. It was The pageantry of Virginia Tech . . . . . . . . 3 our Senior Day. It took us a while Senior Day seemed to catch up with to get off to the start that we wanted to. It made us the Terps early on. The Hokies played a need to rethink things ball-control style of and reset.” offense and hung with the Terps to a 2-2 tie with Please See VT, Page 8

The game was scoreless until ior catcher Brittany Bessho the bottom of the third and was grounded into a game-ending called due to thunderstorms in the fielder’s choice. Bessho recovered quite quickly, bottom of the sixth. With the win, hitting a two-run homer in the Terps took the weekthe first inning of Saturend series against Virday’s second game, which ginia (14-33, 5-13) 2-1 for the Terps ended up wintheir second conference ning 6-1. It was only their series victory. SOFTBALL In the first game Satur- Terrapins . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 third victory by more than day, the one that irked Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 two runs in more than a month. Stewart, the Cavaliers “I think winning the scored three runs in the third inning and took a 5-3 lead into series does redeem yesterday’s the bottom of the seventh. With two loss,” Stewart said. “We just have outs, sophomore shortstop Alex to jump out on people like we know Schultz hit her second home run of we can.” the season to bring the Terps within one, but after Stewart walked, sen-

Baseball takes much-needed series Terps control weekend against No. 21 Georgia Tech with big wins BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

Coming into last weekend’s series against No. 21 Georgia Tech, the Terrapin baseball team needed a breakthrough. Out of the ACC tournament picture with just 12 conference games remaining, time was running out. Combine that with the frustration of seven onerun ACC losses, and the Terps faced an uphill climb. But thanks to two comeback wins Friday and Saturday,

arguably the team’s biggest victories of the BASEBALL season, the No. 21 Georgia Tech . . 9 Terps (24-18, Terrapins . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 7-14 ACC) think they have finally turned their season around. “This was a big weekend for us,” senior shortstop Joe Palumbo said. “We knew going into it we would have to win two or three games to keep ourselves in the mix.” Palumbo had the game-winning hit in Saturday’s 14-13 wild comeback win. Down one run with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Palumbo hit the ball down the right-field line to

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Sophomore right fielder A.J. Casario went 0-2 Sunday but helped the Terps win two games this weekend.


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