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Univ. slow Victim stabbed outside Bentley’s to expand Man underwent surgery after artery in leg was severed during attack faculty diversity BY BEN WORSLEY Staff writer
A fight that began at R.J. Bentley’s Sunday morning led to the stabbing of a man just outside the bar, and the victim underwent surgery to repair a severed femoral
Other USM schools show quicker growth BY CARRIE WELLS Staff writer
This university has fallen behind other system universities in hiring women and minority faculty, an analysis of system and university data shows. University System of Maryland officials have long said increasing the ranks of women and minority faculty should be a top priority for Maryland universities, and the university’s strategic plan, which charts the university’s course for the next decade, emphasizes that goal. But the data shows the university has consistently lagged behind others in the system for the past six years, increasing its proportions of minorities and women faculty at a slower rate than other system schools. Despite the data, USM Chancellor Brit Kirwan said the university is making
artery in his upper leg. Robin Patrick Smith, 24, of Silver Spring, was arrested by Prince George’s County Police and charged with first- and seconddegree assault, carrying a concealed weapon and intent to injure with a dangerous weapon in con-
nection with the incident, according to court documents. Court case records show he has never been previously arrested for any criminal charges. Maj. Kevin Davis, District 1 commander of the Prince George’s County Police, said the victim was
treated at MedStar Health in Columbia after he was stabbed during the fight. Although the victim’s injuries were severe, Davis said, they are not currently believed to be life-threatening.
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Dining halls to increase food labels Students complain items aren’t clearly marked BY NANDINI JAMMI
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Sophomore pitcher Nathan Steelman dreamed of playing at Shipley Field while serving as an Army sergeant in Iraq, where he guarded an Army-run prison.
Army sergeant dreamed of pitching for Terps
Freshman philosophy major Mar Chiesa thought she was making a healthy choice when she opted for meat stir-fry, a special meal at the Global Gourmet counter at The Diner, but she became suspicious when she got a headache as she ate. “[My food] was very yellowy; it was liquid,” she said. Chiesa said she confirmed with the line worker that her stir-fry had been cooked in butter rather than healthier and non-dairy vegetable oil. In response to complaints from students with dietary restrictions, Dining Services is trying to become more transparent about what is in their food. Dining Services
BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer
Just a year ago, Sgt. Nathan Steelman couldn’t even play a simple game of catch. The threat of rocket-propelled grenades and attacks by Iraqi insurgents on his U.S. Army-run prison in Baghdad made everyday activities dangerous. Every night after every monotonous
day, Steelman thought about reaching his dream: wearing a Terrapin baseball uniform. Five months after returning home, Steelman is no longer just fantasizing. Early February, Steelman joined the Terps as a walk-on just a few weeks before the season started. And despite not pitching much, he said making it to this point is an achievement. “I always thought about it, how huge it would be for me to do that,” Steel-
man said. “To go from probably one of the worst places in the world right now to playing Division I baseball — that’s something you aspire to do.” Before being called into active duty, Steelman had been a college athlete. He spent his freshman year at Shenandoah University, where he played quarterback for the football team in 2004 — but not baseball,
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Frisbee team lays out a path to nationals No. 13-ranked team reaches top competition for first time ever
Baltimore man arrested in dorm at Bowie State University, could face 40 yrs. in jail
BY DERBY COX Staff writer
The football and basketball teams failed to win titles, but there is still hope for Maryland sports fans looking for another national championship. With a second-place finish in the Metro East Women’s Regionals on Sunday, the women’s club ultimate Frisbee team secured a place in the 16-team national tournament to be held May 16-18 in Boulder, Colo., for the first time in team history. During the past six years, the team has gone from struggling to recruit members to achieving the No. 13 ranking in the nation from the Ultimate Players Association, the sport’s governing body. After cruising through the opening rounds with
BY BEN WORSLEY Staff writer
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Man arrested in robbery outside Susquehanna
The Maryland women’s ultimate Frisbee team celebrates after its sectionals win.
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University Police arrested one of four men wanted in connection with the assault and robbery of a student two weeks ago near Susquehanna Hall. Jewell Marcus Reid, 19, of Baltimore, was arrested yesterday and charged with robbery, second degree assault, theft and conspiracy, court documents show. Reid could face up to 40
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years in jail if convicted of all the charges, University Police Spokesman Paul Dillon said. Court records show Reid has no previous charges of any kind. Dillon said University Police worked with the campus police at Bowie State University to make an arrest in the university’s dorms yesterday morning. He declined to comment on
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Wilbon: ‘I’m going to get thrown off the air some day’ Washington Post columnist talks to star-struck students BY KYLE GOON Staff writer
One thing Michael Wilbon learned from being a sports columnist at The Washington Post and a pundit on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption is that when he talks, people listen. Although Wilbon said he wanted to interact with the audience when he spoke on campus last night, the approximately 200 students mostly watched in starstruck awe as the Chicago native’s unfettered opinion streamed out for two hours. And the audience loved it. “I love watching him on PTI and NBA halftime shows,” freshman Matthew Bouchard said. “He’s a smart guy, a fun guy.” Utilizing his characteristic “real talk” attitude, Wilbon explored a litany of topics raised by students. From eccentric details about his
friendship with co-host Tony Kornheiser to why he feels recruiting news is comparable to “kiddie porn,” no topic was taboo for the extroverted sportswriter. Even ESPN couldn’t avoid taking a hit for the way they exposed Miguel Tejda’s true age two weeks ago. Wilbon called the technique “dishonest” and compared it to an episode of Cheaters, a show where jilted lovers confront their significant others in the act of infidelity. “I’m going to get thrown off the air one day because I’m going to say something without regard for who’s paying me,” Wilbon admitted to the crowd. One student did challenge one of the writer’s assertions: Sporting a Sean Taylor jersey, the young fan said he took offense to Wilbon’s column following the Redskin safety’s shooting death that said he “was not surprised” about the player’s tragic fate.
Wilbon ardently defended his stance, saying that although he might have written it differently, he didn’t want to back down from the deeper issue of pro athletes who are surrounded by dangerous people or influences and their struggle to escape them. “There are going to be times when you’re reading the paper over your Rice Krispies that I’m going to make you feel uncomfortable,” he said. “But it is a discussion we should be having more frequently in this country.” Wilbon’ s ties to the university go back further than the handful of talks he has given on the campus in recent years. One of his first beats was covering Terrapin sports, and he described the death of Len Bias as the most influential and traumatic sports event in his career. But ultimately, he said, he comes back to the university to talk to aspiring writers and journalists.
Michael Wilbon, a Washington Post sports reporter and co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, speaks in the Grand Ballroom on Monday about sports and his career. “I remember when I was in the same seat and people came in to talk to me. Students need to hear from the people that are actually in this industry,” he said. “I don’t
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Dining services to put detailed nutritional information online this fall DINING, from Page 1 officials already started labeling vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free value meals in the dining halls and plan to put comprehensive nutritional information online in the fall, but many students say Dining Services still isn’t going far enough to accommodate students with dietary restrictions. Students have long complained that there are not enough vegan and vegetarian options in the dining halls. But a newer wave of complaints is directed at the hidden ingredients in meals — such as the butter in the stir-fry — which leads students who are vegan, lactose-intolerant, keep kosher or have celiac disease or other dietary restrictions to avoid many cooked foods because they simply don’t know what the meal is made of. Dining Services offi-
cials said they want to address these concerns by posting ingredients and other nutritional information online, but students said that not having the information in the dining halls as they choose their meals is impractical. Freshman government and politics major Dan Fishbein has celiac disease, which means he must avoid products with gluten — most starchy products contain gluten. Fishbein said gluten-free labeling isn’t helpful for him because he already knows what he can’t eat, but he said he looks forward to being able to read the ingredients to find unexpected ingredients that would aggravate his condition. Junior biology major Amanda Strand skips the Cluckers counter, the pasta counter and the sandwich counter every day as she hunts for an acceptable meal.
Sometimes she opts for a salad, other times a grilled cheese sandwich, but this vegetarian can rarely trust anything else in the dining halls to cater to her dietary needs. “The other day, I got a pasta dish, which didn’t specify tofu or beef. I wasn’t sure, and they didn’t tell me,” she said. Strand said that since the new labeling only applies to the value meal counter, it doesn’t help her when she wants to eat elsewhere in the dining hall. Freshman English and music major Joel Gleiser became a vegetarian this year after considering the environmental impact and violence of eating meat. He said he appreciates the labeling of value meals but added that he was concerned the change was too limited to help him seek out all the possible vegetarian options the dining halls have to offer.
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“Honestly, it doesn’t have a big impact because [the labels are] hard to spot because of the few things they’re on,” he said. Several students, however, said they would welcome the detailed online menus, which would help them better plan their meals ahead of time. Senior women’s studies major Stephanie Baker, who has been experiencing food allergies, called the revamped website a step that has been “long overdue.” Due to the current lack of information, Baker has been unable to figure out what, exactly, she is allergic to.
Dining Services Spokesman Bart Hipple said the department was modeling its online nutrition information after Harvard University’s interactive website, where students can enter their desired portion sizes and compare nutritional content to that of the recommended serving size. Campus nutritionist Sister Maureen Schrimpe is supervising the process, which involves revamping the recipes from both dining halls to make them consistent and recording nutritional information and ingredients. Dining Services officials said they will monitor student reac-
tions before extending the labels to all counters in the dining halls and that they do not expect to list complete information. Dining Services Advisory Board chair Bixi Zeng called a possible extension to the service “an eyesore,” citing concerns about counters looking “a lot more messy.” Dining Services officials said they hope to eventually install a number of electronic kiosks where students can access nutritional information in the dining halls. They said money for the kiosks has not yet been allocated. email@example.com
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Campus robbery suspect arrested at Bowie State ARREST, from Page 1 whether Reid is a student at Bowie State University. Police arrested Reid in connection with an incident that occurred the morning of April 13. According to the victim’s account in an earlier interview, he had just
parked his car in the Mowatt Lane Parking Garage by South Campus Commons after returning from a party as a designated driver. The victim, who asked he remain anonymous, said he was walking along Lehigh Road when four men approached him. One of
them punched him in the face, and the victim tripped as he tried to run away. The men began kicking him, the victim said, and he offered them his wallet if they would leave him alone. The men took the wallet and fled. University Police obtained a photo of one of the suspects using
the victim’s credit card to make a purchase at a nearby 7-Eleven later in the week. Dillon said the credit card was also used at a McDonald’s in Bowie. University Police reviewed video footage at the McDonald’s to find the vehicle of the man using the credit card, and they then traced the tags of
the car to Reid, Dillon said. Dillon praised his detectives for their diligent work in handling the case. The victim echoed Dillon’s sentiments, saying police were “very logical and careful” in making the arrest. “They’re really trying to catch these people. I had never felt like
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Campus declared an arboretum Status opens opportunities to seek grant money BY TIRZA AUSTIN Staff writer
The Washington area, a hub for eco-friendly talks and initiatives, has gained a new arboretum: the university’s campus. The university announced its new status on Maryland Day by leading visitors on “campus tree walks” to show off 52 species of trees it has cultivated over the years. Becoming an arboretum — or area “in which trees and shrubs are cultivated, usually for scientific and educational purposes,” according to the American Public Gardens Association website, which classified the entire campus as its newest member — was part of a campus initiative to become more environmentally sustainable, as outlined by the university master plan. The university has been working to establish itself as an arboretum since 2003, when facili-
ties workers began taking inventory of the trees around the campus. Achieving and maintaining arboretum status opens the door for the university to receive research grant money to study urban tree growth, ecological relationships and landscape design, according to a brochure distributed during the campus tree walks. The arboretum is “an attempt to integrate planning, research, teaching, physical environment and even public enjoyment,” said Bill Mallari, the coordinator for campus development in the Department of Facilities Planning. The American Public Gardens Association, the organization that officially dubbed the campus an arboretum, promotes founding arboreta because they foster academic plant research, support academic classes and institutional outreach and beautify the
campus. Scott Munroe, a landscape architect in Facilities Management, said the tree walk was well received by visitors at Maryland Day who felt the new arboretum initiative was “an asset to the university.” The arboretum not only enhances the campus’s beauty but also allows the university to demonstrate the best practices in environmental stewardship, horticulture and landscape design, according to the literature the university was passing out Saturday. The tree walk featured 56 different stops and 52 different species of trees. Facilities employees placed signs along the trail — spanning from the Architecture Building to Fraternity Row — to teach visitors about the various species ranging from the exotic Chinese parasol tree to white oak, an American staple.
MedStar Health could not be reached for comment regarding the victim’s condition. Davis said a fight began inside the bar when someone who was with the victim accidentally bumped into Smith. A fight escalated inside the bar between Smith, the victim and a few others, and they were all kicked out of the bar. Davis said the fight continued outside of Bentley’s. Smith fled the scene, Davis said, and some-
one with the victim pointed out that the victim, who did not realize he had been stabbed, had blood on his right leg. The victim flagged officers down about 2:15 a.m. near the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue, Davis said. Police began looking for the perpetrator, and the victim was transported to MedStar Health. Davis said an officer noticed a man with bloody pants walking along Montgomery Street. The officer tried to stop the man, but the man fled. The offi-
Stamina gives Terps a tournament berth in national Frisbee league FRISBEE, from Page 1
Bentley’s patron faces assault, weapons charges STABBING, from Page 1
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Ultimate Frisbee team member Clara Morris throws upfield to teammate Amy Hudson during a game.
cer chased him down and recovered a knife from the suspect that police believe may be the assault weapon. “Our officers were in the right place at the right time,” Davis said. “They made a keen observation that led to the apprehension of the suspect.” Smith’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 27 at the courthouse in Upper Marlboro. A manager at Bentley’s declined to comment on the incident. firstname.lastname@example.org
blowout wins over Haverford and Penn State, the Terrapins persevered 15-9 over Pittsburgh before losing to tournament champion Ottawa. The loss set up a rematch against Pittsburgh for second place and the tournament berth. After a back-and-forth match that progressed much like their previous meeting, the Terps pulled away by virtue of better conditioning. “We just had more stamina, and we ran them into the ground,” club president and sophomore government and politics major Molly Rose said. “We won using our legs and our heads.” The highlight of the match came when co-captain and senior civil engineering major Heather Smith performed a rare “Callahan,” in which a player scores on defense by intercepting the Frisbee in her opponent’s endzone. The trip to the national tournament will cap a breakout season for the team, which finished with a 26-3 record during the season and won its sectional tournament for the first time. “As a team, we decided to really go in a new direction,” said senior journalism and Spanish major Melanie Lidman, a former Diamondback opinion columnist. “You can decide to do [a club
sport] for the community and camaraderie, or you can take it to the next level.” Lidman was one of many on the team to give up her job to focus on training, she said. The team began a strenuous training regimen that included gym workouts, swimming and track practices, which irked the track team. “They kept saying, ‘We’re training for nationals,’ and we were like, ‘We are too,’” Lidman said. The talent pool increased, too. For the first time, there were enough players to split into A and B teams, in stark contrast to the team that former captain Cara Martin remembers joining as a freshman in 2002. “A majority of the time they hardly had any people, and they could barely get a team together,” said Martin, who stayed with the team until earning her master’s degree in mechanical engineering last year. Martin decided to stay in the Ultimate Frisbee community after graduating, acting as a regional tournament coordinator. So when the Terps won their way into the national tournament, Martin was on hand to congratulate them. “I felt very much a part of it,” she said. “I know I was a part of that team even though I wasn’t on the field.”
Being congratulated by the woman they called “Mom” proved too much, Lidman said. “The whole team just burst out crying about how far the team has come in the last four years,” she said. Now the real work begins: getting the money to make the trip to Colorado. The club receives funding from the Student Government Association, but it won’t be enough to cover travel expenses. “I think all of us are pretty much willing to do whatever it takes to go,” said co-captain Clara Morris, a senior English major and Diamondback opinion columnist. “Let’s just say you might see some more Ultimate Frisbee bake sales in front of Stamp in the coming weeks.” The national competition will fall during finals week, and many of the players will miss exams, but Rose said professors have been accommodating. “Most of them probably don’t understand what Ultimate Frisbee is,” Rose said. Once it was explained to them, however, “they’ve all been pretty excited. They thought it was pretty cool.” Lidman put all of their work into perspective. “It’s kind of funny that we dedicate so much of our time to a sport that is so far under the radar, people think it’s something you play with your dog.” email@example.com
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Staff Editorial “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
n 1999, Maryland struck a deal for the ages with Constellation Energy to deregulate the energy market in exchange for a limit on energy costs for six years. The tradeoff? Only the removal of the government’s oversight of the electricity market followed by the startling realization that six years doesn’t last forever. Utilities that were once mandated to invest $13 per person in energy efficiency decided their businesses would be better if their customers bought more energy. Go figure! They started investing a penny per person. After the six year cap on rates ended, electricity rates rose by 72 percent — almost as much as the blood pressure of the customer when they saw their electricity bill. Combine that with almost zilch going into energy efficiency for our infrastructure and appliances along with rising energy use, and the state could be facing rolling blackouts in the next few years. Take a breath, and savor this, for it is political and fiscal incompetence at its finest. While deregulation is here to stay, lawmakers had an opportunity this year to set right some of its casualties. After entering into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program with nine other states, Maryland will acquire $80 to $140 million this summer from state power plants, which need to purchase carbon allowances from the government in order to pollute. All of this money was supposed to go into a yearly $140 million strategic investment fund to help consumers and businesses improve their energy efficiency. Significant reductions in our energy use per capita would greatly alleviate the coming energy shortage. Factor in that every $1 invested in energy efficiency yields $4 in savings, and this would be significant longterm rate relief. In the book 1984, there’s an episode where a man is tortured into admitting two plus two doesn’t equal four, but three, because the government says so. You have to wonder if our politicians have taken this same math class, because they seem convinced that $1 is more than $4. The bill that was supposed to allocate all the money to energy efficiency programs was watered down, so now the fund is getting 46 percent of the proceeds. That isn’t even half of what was originally expected, and the long-term rate relief isn’t going to be nearly as significant as it should be. So where will the rest of the money go? Mostly into rebates and billing credits for energy consumers. Don’t be easily deceived into thinking this is good policy. When spread out over all of the consumers whom the rebates will reach, this is only a couple hundred dollars of rate relief at best. When your electricity bill has been hundreds of dollars too high every month, a few hundred dollars of relief for one month isn’t going to make any substantial dent on the year. Rather than investing all of this money into useless short-term relief, it should all have gone into securing Maryland’s energy future and making a dent in our energy bills for the next 10 years. We should have learned our lesson on energy efficiency in 1999. Apparently, some mistakes are too much fun to make only once. Maryland lawmakers aren’t the only ones failing preschool math. Just take a look at our federal government. When faced with a sagging economy due in part to high energy prices, they gave out $168 billion in rebates to Americans to stimulate the economy, with zip going to energy efficiency programs. Will that work? At the university, we’re taking notes: We spend $50 million a year on energy, and a lot of it is wasted on inefficient buildings and lighting. Then we go to Annapolis and ask dumb and dumber for more state funding without seriously considering what we could do to save money ourselves. I’d rather have energy savings for the next 10 years than a pittance of a rebate for 2008. I want my lights to turn on when I flick the switch in the future. I’d also like our officials to understand that the least expensive watt of energy is the one you never have to use. Recognizing that four is greater than one would be a good place to start. Matt Dernoga is a sophomore government and politics major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Maryland! My Maryland!”
MATTHEW JOHN PHILLIPS
The threads of fate
ome! ’Tis the red dawn of the day, Mary- prominence. He brought the university from being land!” How well a verse from our state song ranked 30th nationally among public universities in captures the mood of Maryland Day, where 1998 to 18th in 2002. But we’ve stayed stuck around we welcome with open arms students and there ever since, and a primary cause is that we don’t visitors alike to delight in the sights that have enough money to roll with the big cats. Even though we’re more than halfway done with the make our university unique. But the zeal that students, $1 billion campaign, we’re still far faculty and staff share for Maryland behind our peers. All of our peer is in stark contrast to the response institutions — Berkeley, Illinois, when university President Mote Michigan, North Carolina and UCLA pitched his idea in 1998 to mimic Cal Alumni must take pride — have finished or are in the midst of Day at Berkeley. As Mote said in a in our university and campaigns with goals of more than $2 past article, “There was a lot of resistbillion. ance and a lack of enthusiasm on this donate to help in our We can’t increase our graduation idea.” ascent to greatness. rate without money to give financial In a time of tight budgets, it was aid to needy students. We can’t conhard to justify spending $200,000 on an open house. But Mote got his way, and the results duct cutting edge research without funding for new have been spectacular. In 2004, while Cal Day buildings to replace our aging facilities. We can’t attracted 40,000 people to Berkeley’s campus, Mary- attract the best faculty from around the world without land Day was attracting more than 70,000. It has been a donations to create endowed chairs. Events like Maryland Day attract new members of small but integral part in Mote’s vision for the university. And this vision, coupled with improvements in the Maryland family and give old ones a reason to academics and funding, has generated an immense return to the campus. We need alumni to take pride in their alma mater and help it to an even greater future. amount of pride in our school. Though we often use this space to chide Mote for We must create a culture of giving among alumni if making baseless decisions, it must be said that he is ever we hope to chant with pride our dauntless slogan the president who pushed Maryland into national song, “Maryland! My Maryland!”
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he “Great Expectations” campaign has just reached an impressive milestone; it has officially raked in $500 million. That is a colossal sum, and it should be applauded. Let’s put that amount into perspective: If it costs $15,000 to bake 54,000 cupcakes for Maryland Day, $500 million would allow us to bake one billion, eight hundred million cupcakes. If each cupcake has a radius of 2 centimeters, we could blanket .0070 percent of the surface of the state of Maryland with our sugary treats. This is respectable but still nowhere near our ambitions as a flagship baking institution. So just when we have crossed the big halfway mark to $1 billion, how can we make the big final push? Here are some sure-fire get-rich-quick schemes.
The Pete Rose method Any fundraising initiative must begin with harnessing the university’s image in the world of sports and the tenacity of its fans. To that end, the administration should explore allowing students, faculty and alumni to place wagers on the outcome of Terp sporting events. The initial investment would be some sort of yacht to keep offshore where the university could book all the bets, but the payoff would be almost instantaneous. The added bonus would be alumni with money riding on the outcome of games would start to care a great deal more about university sports.
The Diamondback, brought to you by Pepsi While the university has made some strides in attracting corporate sponsorship and dollars, overall, it has been far too conservative. We’ll have to do better than the Chevy Chase Bank Field and the deal with Pepsi to get to $1 billion. There are so many parts of the campus that are languishing without corporate banking. Imagine
it — the Boeing Periodical Room in McKeldin Library, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, brought to you by Procter and Gamble. The empty space on the mall could even be rented out to companies to construct permanent advertising fixtures. What has that grass ever done for the university other than incur mowing costs?
We know where you live The university wants to create a culture in which alumni are expected to donate when they get rich and can afford to do so. Well, simply begging for money isn’t going to create that culture. What is needed is some merciless intimidation. The fundraisers should contract professional stalkers to keep tabs on tight-pursed alumni and to make their lives a living hell until they decide to give back. The sort of 24-hour coverage that will be necessary for this strategy to work is expensive, but it will ultimately pay off when alumni just can’t take it anymore. These cheapskates need to know that when we say “Great Expectations,” we mean it!
Progressive tuition It is time to abandon the outmoded standard that all students should be charged the same amount for tuition. It is time we realized certain students make use of the university’s services more than others. A student with a GPA of 3.8 has certainly made the most of his or her time here. He or she probably spent time in the library with books, used the university’s Internet services and likely attended lectures and took notes. A 2.1 GPA student probably did none of the above. So why should the latter student pay the same amount of money? It is simply unfair to ask those students to bear the same share of the tuition burden as the ones who actually make use of services. The good students ought to pay more.
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ou have just picked up The Diamondback, and you are getting ready to read Matthew John Phillips’ newest column. Before you continue on, you will probably flip to the crossword and give up after nine across or 28 down. You might be reading this in class, tucked safely underneath your notes. Or you might be sipping a warm cup of coffee and eating your morning bagel — cinnamon raisin, “lite” cream cheese — while curled up in one of the chairs of the Stamp Student Union. You might still be in bed, on your back, kicking the bottom of your roommate’s mattress while he or she sleeps through morning classes. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, take note of the people around you. Is the person just in front of, behind, next to you holding up The Diamondback, as well? They might be reading this exact same column, these exact same words. Will you look up and try to spot them as they turn the page? Wait to see the picture of the funny guy with the spiked hair and tie to float to the top of the page? Give them 30 seconds to catch up. Then follow along with them, comforted by the knowledge that someone — someone within reach — understands your present moment better than any other. Now that we have all formed a momentary connection, think about what would happen if this column, that guy sitting next to you reading it, were to disappear. We float in and out of each other’s lives, not really aware of the transient hellos and goodbyes of the everyday. And with all of the technology and flash of the quotidian, it is amazing we are even able to grab onto somebody else for a few moments. That the few “stickers” we get in life — those who never really let go, for bad or good — don’t get washed away in the storm of a thousand other potential connections. There’s something so daunting about the thought of billions of people swarming around you on any given day. It’s the stuff romantic comedies feed on. Zoom in to handsome man as he enters coffee shop, then pan to beautiful woman as she comes in behind him. The people in the audience hold their breath, waiting for their fated lovers to meet. But they don’t, passing by each other with barely a smile or a nod. It’s just one of many bungled opportunities in the next two hours of the movie. And sometimes, life isn’t too far away from the art. Friday night, I met the most beautiful French man at club Town. He was tall, with glasses, dark hair and a casually buttoned shirt that just spoke European cool. We danced; we kissed. But, like any good romantic comedy, we were destined to float away from one another. In my excitement (and in his language gap), numbers were never exchanged. Now I am fixated by the idea that what seemed so bright for a moment now falters out of sight on the horizon. Perhaps, like so many of the relationships that we forge daily, it was purely coincidental or appropriate just for that time and place. If every single person we exchanged a word — or kiss — with were to stick with us, then suddenly it would be like we were in that Play Station game Katamari Damacy, just rolling around, picking up small children and pets before we can accumulate the bigger items such as adults and sub-compact cars. Luckily, friendships and relationships are never really about quantity. But sometimes, like with the French guy, you just miss the mark. And then it is difficult to just pick up and return to life, because you know someone else is lost and sporting around, just like you. And the chances of you ever meeting again (one in 6 billion) seem positively overwhelming. With everything — Facebook chat, MySpace, Google and beyond — it seems unfair this should be so. Yet, most romantic movies thrive on missed opportunities such as this. But then, in the final five minutes, handsome man and beautiful woman finally cross paths. The audience sighs, sniffles, wipes away a tear. It hasn’t happened yet. But the movie’s not over.
Matthew John Phillips is a junior English major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DIAMONDBACK | OPINION | TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008
Best of the week - A Thirsty Turtle bartender on when business might pick up again From the April 25 Diamondback
“We all just wanted to be sure because there are a lot of crazy people who live in this town.”
“We're on the brink of a new level of student leadership”
“Well that depends. When is Passover over?”
- RHA Vice President-Elect Josef Mensah On the results of the election From the April 23 Diamondback
- Resident Clif Frailey on the death threats posted on the Diamondback website From the April 28 Diamondback
Beijing on $3 a day ALI ADLER
aturday was my first ever Maryland Day, and I was truly impressed by the immense amount of planning, organizing and resourceful undertaking that went into bringing this action-packed and diverse showcase of our university to life. Yet one of the grandest displays of the day gave me some food for serious thought — literally. The 54,000 cupcakes Dining Services started baking way back in December sat on Hornbake Plaza meticulously arranged in the shape of the Maryland seal. Just a few yards away, flags from around the world were perched in the grass, most likely to represent our new Strategic Plan’s theme and goal of becoming an international institution. The juxtaposition of these two displays got me thinking about the strides we have to take as we move toward achieving global consciousness as a university. The cupcakes were meant to break a world record, but to me, the $15,000 project symbolized a lack of global thinking. While our guests and we enjoyed our 12.6 million calorie delight this weekend, the world continued to suffer from the current food crisis. Sunday’s Washington Post reported food prices have risen 80 percent in the past three years, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Though it has begun to decline in recent weeks, the price of grain in particular has skyrocketed, having risen by 200 percent since 2000, according to the World Bank. Many of us in the United States may be feeling a slight pinch in our pockets, but for the more than a billion people living on less than $1 per day — many of whom depend on grain as the major staple in their diets — spiking food prices are a true matter of survival. Violent food riots have broken out in at least 14 countries, including Haiti and Bangladesh. Officials at the U.N. World Food Programme fear the current food crisis could plunge 100 million of the world’s poorest people into hunger. When, according to the WFP, close to 900 million people in the world do not have their dietary needs met, we, at the university, spent the equivalent of the daily income of 15,000 of some of the world’s poorest on desserts. Among the ingredients used were 1,415 pounds of flour, 177 gallons of 2 percent milk and 117.93 gallons of eggs to bake our cupcake extravaganza. Granted, most people probably didn’t have visions of starving children when they looked at the spirited cupcakes, and I know we needed a big publicity draw to put Maryland Day on the media map. Maybe we could have drawn attention to our global consciousness by donating or asking our sponsors to donate $15,000 to the WFP, which provides food to about 73 million people. The WFP estimated in January that it would need to raise an additional $500 million this year to compensate for rising food prices. But beyond what we could or should have done, in the end, this isn’t really about the cupcakes. They simply symbolize the importance of making the connection of how even our smallest actions connect beyond our borders as we continue to work toward becoming a “world-class” university. In order for this institution to achieve a level of international status, we must first learn to think globally, even down to the seemingly insignificant details. As Maryland Day demonstrates, this university is not just about academics. Along with our studies, we have a plethora of activities and groups, and we’re all trying to have a little fun. But in enjoying this privilege, all of us — students, faculty, administrators, staff and visitors — must keep in mind and talk about how we relate to the global picture. We can see ourselves as Terps, as Marylanders and as Americans, but above all else, we need to see ourselves as world citizens, taking into account how we might better express ourselves in the collective spirit that we hope will characterize our institution in the years to come.
Ali Adler is a freshman sociology major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
very morning at 8:00, Wang Ping (pictured here) rides an old, rickety bus to the apartment complex where he works in Beijing. For the next 12 hours, he stands (or sits, when he thinks no one is looking) at rigid attention, ostensibly to provide security for the four apartment buildings under his purview. He only gets brief breaks for lunch and dinner. However, his real respite, he says, are the brief moments when he can smoke a cigarette without his manager finding out. He is 17 years old. A local security company, his employer, affords him a generous salary of $3 a day. I see Ping as I go in and out of my apartment building every morning, and I started talking to him to get a sense of life in a decidedly different economic bracket. Like many young Chinese people, Ping left his rural home, a small village in Gansu province, to find work in Beijing. Between deep puffs on his cigarette, the fourth I’ve provided him with since we began our conversation, Ping explains that 25 yuan a day would be impossible to find in his village. In Beijing, Ping says, he can afford food, clothes and cigarettes. Part of the reason Beijing fears inflation of its currency is because of young migrant workers such as Ping, who rely on state-regulated prices of daily necessities, such as pork. As with many everyday occurrences in China, child labor is illegal. Faced with corruption, lax enforcement and employers constantly seeking ways to cut corners, it comes as no surprise to find the worker pumping sewage from an open manhole doesn’t just look 14 — he might actually be 14. Worker protection laws, so common in the United States, have not yet caught on in China. CCTV, China’s state-run television network, is awash with tear-jerking programs, in which some 13-year-old child is rescued
from a smelting factory. It is not an uncommon occurrence for unsavory employers in rural China to purchase children from destitute families or even to steal them off the street.
In some ways, child labor is emblematic of the difficulties facing modern China. Traditionally, Chinese culture places great emphasis on rearing children. Only in the most destitute or dire situations were children sent out to work. Yet, in a culture that has had its values slowly eroded by years of radical change, Communist rule and a cultural revolution, the new religion of capitalism ushered in by Deng Xiaoping has supplanted those traditional values at a breakneck pace. Because the majority of abuse takes place in the rural countryside of China, law enforcement is especially difficult. Accurate figures of the child employment rate in China are impossible to find. Ping’s dormitory is little more than an 8-by-8 square. He shares this space with five other security guards. Ping prefers summer to winter, he explains, because at least in the summer he can always keep warm. The gas that is supposed to heat his dormitory during the winter months is often shut off for long
spells. Ping says he has a good relationship with his roommates, all migrant workers from the same province. “We all came for the better pay,” he explained. “It wasn’t a difficult decision for any of us, I don’t think.” The only time Ping seemed to be regretful of his decision to come work in Beijing was when I asked him about his plans for the future. He said he hoped to save up enough money to perhaps start a business with friends, but when I pressed him on the details, he admitted that he doesn’t really give the long term much thought. I asked him about his education, and he seemed a bit regretful. “Books are expensive,” he explained. I asked Ping about his political thinking, and he said he didn’t really concern himself with politics. However, when asked about specific problems, such as the return of Taiwan, Ping conformed exactly to the government stance. The Chinese Communist Party relies heavily on support from rural Chinese people, such as Ping, who almost uniformly support the continuation of one-party rule in China. Part of the unparalleled economic rise of China is attributable to capitalism’s ability to tap into China’s abundant commodity: its people. Capitalism in China takes advantage of this resource in ways the old order never could. However, as Ping and an entire generation of rural youth can attest, China’s newfound promise of wealth still leaves many shortchanged. Until China can find a way to sustain growth while protecting its most important asset, it will never realize its full potential. As the fortunes of Ping go, so do those of China itself. Hunter Pavela is a senior Chinese and philosophy major currently studying abroad in Beijing. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor Cupcake excess I, like any other student, would love to witness successful fundraising at my university. Administrators seem to be finding that it’s difficult to collect from alumni. As university President Dan Mote stated, “We were very late to the game.” It isn’t that we were late to the game. It’s that we were never in it. This university is plagued with more than just financial problems. There is a lack of communication between the administration and its students. With high crime rates, housing shortages and parking problems, students are forced to take negative views of the university. Why would alumni fund a university that failed to provide them with a unique experience? If the problem were that we were a decade too late, then the university needs to start planning ahead. In another 10 years, how many members of the class of 2008 will be signing over checks? When parents and alumni visit the campus and see a field of cupcakes, they’d honestly question the use of their funds. If I had seen the campus for the first time on Maryland Day 2008, I would have noticed aged dorms, a mall covered in white tents, showcase cupcakes, historic academic buildings, frustrating parking situations and overcrowding. From this first impression, I would have taken my donations to the local bakery (because those cupcakes looked delicious), local landlords (to expand off-campus housing), public transport (to reduce the number of students dependent on the university’s Department of Transportation Services) and local landscaping companies (because those tents and heavy traffic must have laid waste to the mall). Our reputation precedes us. Our students tore up downtown after basketball games. Our athletes are caught cheating, failing or driving drunk. Our parking lots are converted into toilets and trash cans during football season. Our Greek organizations are still caught hazing and marring the face of the university. There are frequent reports of robberies, rapes, assaults and thefts. Can the same be said for UCLA, North Carolina and Illinois? CHRISTOPHER AMERASINGHE JUNIOR ECONOMICS
Realism on library funding This is in response to the staff editorial printed April 25, “The heart of the university.” I’m disappointed to see The Diamondback take a narrow view that fails to account for previous university objections. Yes, we would like for everything to be our No. 1 priority, but that amounts to nonsense. To give more money to the libraries, we have to take that money from somewhere else — complaints are not solutions; alternatives are. Is spare cash better spent on libraries or new buildings? Increased student housing? Funding other chronically underfunded programs?
One partial solution is to pass subscription costs along to the primary users. If a department is the only significant user of a journal, it should pay the subscription cost, instead of the university as a whole. This will have three main effects: Journals not worth their cost will be dropped, the campus community as a whole will have a better idea of what subscription costs are, and librarian salaries (and other library maintenance) will not directly compete with subscriptions. The first effect may be mitigated by the tendency of large publishers to offer journals in bundles; the second effect may not help much but will keep the misery of rising subscription costs from falling solely on the shoulders of the library system. There will be other complications to work through (more than one department, for example, uses Nature, and pricing journals that compose a bundle is tricky), but that’ll probably be easier than conjuring funding out of a hat. I must confess ignorance as to how our libraries are currently funded — this idea may already be in place, or its effects may not be what I project (if, for example, librarian salaries and journal subscriptions come from different areas of the university budget). MATTHEW GRAVES SOPHOMORE ECONOMICS
Fine art in The Diamondback “From Italy, With Opera” was a great article in yesterday’s paper about the Maryland Opera Studio’s production of Così fan tutte, but I wish it had come out last week, or even two weeks ago. For anyone who reads the article and feels enticed to go, it will be a disappointment to realize that the opportunity has now passed. More disappointing is the fact that there was very little advertisement for the show other than what was on the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center website and what traveled via word of mouth. As operas go, Così can serve as a particularly wonderful first-timer’s piece, and it’s a shame to think of how many people may have missed out simply because they were never aware of the opportunity. On a broader scale, I’ve yet to see any mention of the Theatre Department’s production of Marisol this week or the University of Maryland Symphony’s Orchestra and University of Maryland Choirs’ performance of Joseph Haydn’s The Creation on Friday. With so much great art going on up at CSPAC, one really wishes a little more attention were paid. If there’s enough room for “All The Crap You [Allegedly] Care About” involving people in Hollywood, I have to imagine there’s enough room for the university’s newspaper to cover some of the more creative things being done by students at the university. ZAIN SHARIFF SENIOR CELL
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Maryland’s gamble on slot machines
n Pennsylvania’s 2002 gubernatorial race, now-Gov. Ed Rendell ran on a platform of reducing property taxes. Because Pennsylvania was losing gambling revenue to states such as New Jersey, West Virginia and Delaware, he proposed the introduction of slot machines, which would replace property taxes as the main funding source for public schools. By legalizing slot machines, gamblers who would otherwise be forced to travel to popular gambling destinations such as Atlantic City could travel to “racinos,” Pennsylvania’s hybrid racetrack-casinos. Pennsylvania’s slot machine legislation provides an interesting case study for the proposed legislation being discussed in Annapolis. Currently, Pennsylvania has almost 12,000 slot machines, each of which makes an average of $307 a day. According to estimates given to the Pennsylvania Gaming Congress, those averages are expected to fall to about $200 a day. Last year, Pennsylvania generated more than $1 billion in gambling revenue, and because the state is only running at 25 percent of its legal capacity of slot machines, that revenue could increase substantially. A 2006 study by Harrah’s Entertainment, one of the world’s largest casino and entertainment companies, found that Pennsylvania has unique access to three of the largest “feeder markets” in the country — markets that have a large population that tends to gamble. A third of all New Yorkers travel out of the state at least once a year to gamble. Like New York City, a third of Philadelphia’s 5.5 million people travel outside of the state at least once a year to gamble. On the list of the top 20 feeder markets in Harrah’s study, Maryland does not have a single city listed. The closest area is Washington, which has a low participation rate (17 percent) and a population over 21 that is much smaller than Philadelphia’s. The only states on the East Coast with above-average gambling rates are New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, markets that have already been tapped by Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At best, Maryland can hope to convince only a small portion of gamblers to gamble within the confines of the state. Any more seems highly unlikely while destinations such as Las Vegas remain popular. In a report prepared for Gov. Martin O’Malley last year, three other states — Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania — were analyzed as to how they influenced Maryland gambling habits. It was found that Maryland residents gambled about $400 million playing slot machines out of state in 2006. For 2008, Maryland is expected to have a budget deficit of $1.7 billion. Even if a significant portion of the estimated $550 million does go to higher education, it will not balance the budget, and it will not be enough to cover the needs of the grossly underfunded higher education system. Given that Maryland residents only gamble $400 million, an estimated revenue of $550 million seems unrealistically optimistic given that out-of-state gamblers have more attractive options elsewhere. However, slot machines are a good idea for Maryland in their own right. The state loses money each year by forcing its residents to go elsewhere to find casinos. Racetracks, casinos and the industries that support them all generate jobs, and more jobs would be created with the legalization of slot machines. However, using an unpredictable and unsteady revenue source to balance budgets and fund higher education is irresponsible, regardless of where the money comes from and the social stigmas attached to it. If the state wants to pass legislation legalizing slot machines, they should do so without attaching the money to a specific problem. If we can be sure of anything based on Pennsylvania’s experimentation with slots, it is that if slot revenues fell short, property taxes would not have been lowered. If Maryland’s experience with slot machines is disappointing, higher education will be the first to pay the price. Brian Snyder is a sophomore English and psychology major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008 | THE DIAMONDBACK
CIA’s history revealed ... some of it, anyway Spy club brings former intelligence officer to campus BY JAD SLEIMAN STAFF WRITER Many lecturers enjoy an engaging round of questions from their audience. But Linda McCarthy, with 24 years of CIA service under her belt, warned her audience that some of their questions would have strictly classified answers. The UMD Intelligence Community Club last night brought the Emmy award-winning author and former CIA intelligence analyst to talk to students about the murky history of the U.S. spy business. Touching on historical figures from the American Revolution to the Cold War, McCarthy traced the origins of the CIA while noting the daring activities of some of the nation’s smoothest spooks. “I love the collegiate crowd because you guys ask some heavy questions,” McCarthy began. “There might be some I cannot answer; it’s not because I don’t know the answer, it just hasn’t been cleared and blessed by the agency.” She began her lecture by showcasing the clandestine side of the
U.S.’ founding fathers. George Washington, “the consummate spy master” as McCarthy called him, helped win the America’s independence by paying agents for information on British activities, often “out of his own pocket.” “Do you read about that when you read history books about George Washington?” McCarthy asked. A large part of her presentation hinged on the CIA’s World War IIera predecessor, the Office of Strategic Service. The OSS was started in large part as a result of America’s lack of an intelligence gathering and an analysis agency after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, McCarthy said. Among the dozens of World War II OSS agents McCarthy noted were Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who spoke a dozen languages and helped the U.S. gauge Nazi Germany’s prospects of developing an atom bomb and the “famous limping lady of the OSS,” Virginia Hall, who helped disrupt German communications in the build-up to the Normandy invasion despite
Minority hiring lagging at univ. FACULTY, from Page 1 “great” progress, chalking up the disparity to routine retirements and lack of recruiting opportunities. “Obviously we have more work to do in this area, but it’s an instance in which we can take some pride in the progress we’ve made,” he said. The proportion of minority faculty at other system universities grew by 5 percentage points on average in the past six years, but at this university, it grew only 1 percentage point. In the same time period, the percentage of women faculty increased an average of five points elsewhere in the system, but this university’s increase was four percentage points. A September 2007 survey in the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked the university behind all but one of its peer institutions in employing minority faculty members. Ellin Scholnick, the associate provost for faculty affairs, cited an explanation. Research universities have trouble recruiting women faculty members because of an overall lack of women in the sciences, she said. Except for University of Maryland, Baltimore County and University of Maryland, Baltimore, none of the other system universities are research-based. “If you look at the school of medicine, it’s going to look different from the school of social work,” she said. “You’re going to get differences that reflect differences in the disciplines.” Raises in universities’ budgets and presidents’ salaries are based on overall performance, meaning that if
a university hasn’t made progress in hiring diverse faculty or in other areas such as graduation rates, their raises wouldn’t be as large as they could be, Kirwan said. However, Kirwan said this university wasn’t in any danger because its progress was deemed satisfactory. The numbers on diversity show the number of black faculty members fell while Asians made up much of the increase in minority faculty members. Ron Walters, a professor and expert on racial issues, was particularly concerned with the percentage of black faculty members at the university. “I understand that the University of Maryland is trying to become another Harvard, but every university does, too,” he said. “If you want to live in the real world, you have to make that diversity a reality.” He said that part of the problem could be that the university’s higher standards for hiring have left out many minorities who have not had as much access to education as their white counterparts. Historically black colleges in the system could be attracting talented minority professors away from this university, he added. Kirwan said that an eventual goal would be for all the universities in Maryland to reflect the general population, both in faculty and graduate and undergraduate populations. “It’s going to take a lot of advances in education in all levels,” he said. “There’s a lot that goes into achieving that ideal state. As a nation we’re nowhere near to where we ought to be.” email@example.com
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her wooden leg. “D-day stands for deception day,” McCarthy said, “It was all predicated upon lies.” McCarthy ended her presentation with a display of old-school spy gadgets, some of which are still in use. Laying on a display table that would fit nicely in Q’s famed MI6 laboratory was, among other spy gadgets, a matchbox camera for capturing secret documents, a “doggie doo” transmitter that gave away troop positions and, if “things got a little dicey,” an easily concealable dagger disguised as a pencil. Organizers were excited about showcasing the oftentimes overlooked history of U.S. spies. UMD Intelligence Community Club Vice President Shoshana Plotkin said most of the club’s events feature employee recruiters, so having JACLYN BOROWSKI–THE DIAMONDBACK an intellectual conversation Linda McCarthy, a 24-year CIA veteran, gives a presentation Monday night on multiple aspects of the CIA at a meeting about a hidden part of the of the UMD Intelligence Community Club. nation’s history was exciting. “She’s a historian, so she knows know some history.” of pigeons in areas where radio chology major. “They were using, a lot about the background of Some students were surprised messages were easily intercepted. like, birds to spy. That’s crazy.” these organizations,” Plotkin to hear about some of the U.S. spy “Pigeons, who knew?” said said. “It’s important that students methods, including the OSS’s use Amanda Musiani, a junior psy- firstname.lastname@example.org
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2008 FESTIVAL NEWS: Few summer rock festivals call Baltimore home, so Virgin Mobile Festival at Pimlico Race Course is a pretty exciting thing. Now in its third year, the festival’s line-up was announced yesterday: Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Foo Fighters, Gogol Bordello and others will grace the stages August 9 and 10. For more info, visit www.virginmobilefestival.com.
REVIEW | MADONNA
A sticky and sweet Hard Candy With some help from Timbaland and Timberlake, the reigning Queen of Pop delivers yet another solid album BY ROXANA HADADI Senior staff writer
Will Madonna ever age? All signs point to no, especially with her latest album, Hard Candy. A saucy slice of urban electronica, the album cements Madonna’s reign over all things pop. Take the album at face value — i.e., ignore the simplistic, sometimes gross lyrics — and it’s enjoyable. Pay attention, and it’s slightly skeevy. For years, Madonna has
been the heralded Queen of Pop, delivering hit album after hit album (and reinvented image after reinvented image). She ruled the ’80s with a dirty schoolgirl vibe, sexed it up in the ’90s, somehow became a follower of Kabbalah, authored various children’s books and even adopted an impressive English accent. With 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, Madonna drew from the ’70s, even sampling ABBA for hit single “Hung
Up” (and showing off a lot of her lady parts while wearing a skimpy leotard in the video, which is actually really uncomfortable). On Hard Candy, though, Madonna looks firmly to the present for inspiration. With help from producers such as Timbaland and N.E.R.D.’s Pharrell Williams and collaborators such as Justin Timberlake and Kanye West,
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REVIEW | PORTISHEAD
Third time’s the charm
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Beth Gibbons’ melancholy and eerie voice adds to the overall sound of Portishead.
After more than a decade with no new music, Portishead returns in fine form BY ESTI FRISCHLING For The Diamondback
Everyone loves to debate which bands that have been lying dormant for years will become irrelevant the fastest. But if anyone suggested Portishead’s first two trailblazing contributions to trip-hop would fade to the periphery with the new millennium, they were sorely mistaken. Since 1997, the only peep heard from the gloomy Bristol trio was a discreet solo album from lead singer Beth Gibbons, but in its busiest week in almost 11 years, Portishead manages to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and release their aptly titled album, Third. After Europe’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival last year, Third leaked and picked up a steady Internet buzz. Though no one should expect a Portishead album to make them giddy, this is the most excited you should ever be for 49 minutes of utter despair. The instrumental bulk of the new album consists of a seamless layering of electronic drumming, synthesizers and violins. Portishead affirms its ability to adapt by utilizing lugging and steady instrumentals instead of over-the-top, dramatic beats. Adrian Utley and Geoff Barrow take the backseat and allow Gibbons to infuse the album with her melancholy and eerie voice. When it comes to lyrics, the band doesn’t depart much from its tried but true themes of depression and longing; lyrics shift between angst-ridden ballads and mopey love songs. Creepy songs such as “Silence” and “Hunter” highlight both haunting lyrics and Gibbons’ whispering, floaty voice. But as the album continues, it slowly reverts back to the band’s trip-hop roots. Some
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songs are surprisingly self-referential; the single “Machine Gun” is backed by synthesizing intentionally reminiscent of gun spray. “Nylon Smile” begins with up-tempo, complex beats but succeeds in staying beautifully sad and wanting; Gibbons wails, “I’d like to laugh at what you said/ But I just can’t find the smile/ Cause I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve you/ And I don’t know what I’d do without you.” Even with her impressive music, Gibbons still “can’t see nothing good.” The song ends abruptly, and the last four seconds are silent before the tracks switch. On “The Rip,” Gibbons demonstrates her remarkable ability to hold a note — she stretches the phrase “will I follow” for more than 30 seconds — and the instrumentals will remind listeners of the dense electronic element Portishead is known and loved for. Despite the sensibility and control of the previous tracks, the best song on the album is “Plastic.” Vocal re-recording and echoing complement an impressively inconsistent array of instrumentals. It’s like a sampling of what the band is capable of electronically, and each segment is better than the last. Third probably cannot be grouped with Dummy and Portishead in the trip-hop genre the band pioneered, but the album’s deviation from form proves perfect for the new slant in the contemporary musical climate. After a delay similar to Chinese Democracy, fans giving up hope can be reassured — Portishead’s innovative output was well worth the wait. If you’re not quite ready for that feel-good summer album, break out the tissues and download away — you won’t be disappointed. email@example.com
On Hard Candy, Madonna pops and drops it to great success MADONNA, from Page 9 Hard Candy is a mish-mash of hip-hop and urban influences, evident both in the first single, “4 Minutes,” and throughout the entire album. Madonna has built an empire out of her sexuality, and on Hard Candy, the promiscuity comes fast and furious. The album kicks things off with “Candy Shop” (produced by Pharrell, who displayed his love for all things female and naked with the wonderfulness of “Lapdance”); the song utilizes a funky beat, a catchy chorus and some nasty-licious lines. Madonna begins with an invitation into her store, where she has “candy galore ... Turkish Delight, baby, and so much more,” and follows up with lines like, “You’ll be beggin’ for more/ Don’t pretend you’re not hungry/ I’ve got plenty to eat” and a hook of “My sugar is raw/ Sticky and sweet.” At face value, the lyrics aren’t that bad. Plenty of artists have said more vulgar things in their lyrics. But this year, Madonna turns 50 — that’s AARP age, folks. Shouldn’t it be time for her to close her legs and cover up? Yet Madonna doesn’t take the hint, nor does she let her age hold her back. Instead, she “can go on and on and on,” as she proclaims on “Give It 2 Me;” she’s
larity is probably thanks to Williams, who played a role in crafting both songs). Overall, however, Madonna has delivered yet another solid threat to all female performers out there. Though she may be up there in the years, Madonna is a force to be reckoned with, especially when she rubs shoul-
“got no boundaries and no limits/ If there’s excitement, put me in it/ If it’s against the law, arrest me/ If you can handle it, undress me.” Or, you can catch her “poppin’” and “droppin’” on “Heartbeat,” on which she also commands the listener to “see my booty get down.” Or, you can hear how “sex with you is incredible” on “Incredible.” But Madonna also knows how to temper her image, as Hard Candy includes a number of ballads that focus on love, not lust. For example, the song “Miles Away” may sound a lot like a Gwen Stefani track (Return of Saturn-era No Doubt, that is), but appeals to the heart with lyrics such as “I guess we’re at our best when we’re miles away.” Despite all the good things, Hard Candy can get slightly repetitive. “Beat Goes On” sounds like a track left over from the Confessions on a Dance Floor recording sessions; it’s far too disco-based to fit in well on this album. Similarly boring are “Dance 2night,” as Madonna’s vocals are too synthed out to make any kind of impression (shockingly, not even Timberlake can save this one) and “Spanish Lesson,” whose instrumentation sounds too much like Snoop Dogg’s single “Beautiful” to be memorable (the simi-
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THE TRIVIA BREAKDOWN: MADONNA BEST-OF: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Madonna is the “world’s most successful female musician,” and is the topearning female singer in the world with an estimated net worth of more than $400 million. THE BEST DEAL OF ALL: In October, Madonna announced she was leaving her former record company, Warner Brothers, and moving to a new deal with Live Nation. The deal, which encased both a record deal and a touring deal, gave Madonna a cool $120 million. SEXUAL POLITICS: Madonna has thrown her weight behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but said she would also support Al Gore if he ran this year.
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REVIEW | THE ROOTS
Going back to their Roots Although Rising Down isn’t always optimistic, Black Thought, ?uestlove and Co. shine BY ALEX RUSH Staff writer
Although The Roots’ latest work laments the injustices of American government and society, the group still gives hope to music fans everywhere. Sure, most songs on the six-member hip-hop band’s 10th album, Rising Down, do not sound optimistic. The beats are laden with distorted minor chords, and emcee Black Thought attacks the track with desperation, evident in his signature strained voice. However, the fact that The Roots can even release such a dark album on a major label proves that, in this age of corporate commercialization of music, certain artists can still control their products. And even though The Roots just released the pop-tinged “Birthday Girl,” with vocals from Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump (the song, thankfully, isn’t actually on Rising Down), the album is still a political, thought-provoking record. Forget radiofriendly songs. “The radio has been playing the same song all day long,” croons guest singer
Chrisette Michelle on the title track. “I’ve got something you’ve been waiting for.” As a whole, the album is a testament to how the band has evolved in its 15 years on record. The Roots’ first album released through a label, Do You Want More!!!??! , was recorded live in 1995 and featured playful improvisation, jazzy grooves, beatboxing and lyrics about being too smokedout to leave the house. But as they became hip-hop veterans, The Roots became proficient in studio production, using samples and other electronic sounds. They have also used their lyrics to focus on change, seen in “Rising Down,” featuring Mos Def and Styles P. Black Thought and his collaborators sound like the Three Musketeers of hip-hop, each addressing an issue: Mos discusses conflict diamonds, Styles complains about prescription drug propaganda, and Black Thought brings up global warming. The track also includes heavy synthesizers that enhance the ominous subject matters. “Criminal” also shows how The Roots are rebels with a cause. Black Thought and the wise thug Saigon, who may have hip-hop’s greatest story never told since
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On their 10th album, Rising Down, The Roots display their penchant for incorporating samples and other electronic sounds into their beats. he has yet to drop his debut album, spit frustrated and militant raps. The pair drops knowledge about the prison industrial complex, racial profiling and the lack of social mobility in the United States. “I’m put up in handcuffs and pissing in a cup,” raps Black Thought. “If there’s a God, I don’t know if he’s listening or what.” Through standout verses and by holding his own on tracks with heralded emcees such as Common and Talib Kweli, Black Thought proves he is one of the most underrated rappers in the game. Drummer, producer and band-leader ?uestlove may be the brains and backbone of the group, but Black Thought is the heart who pumps lyrical blood through the veins of the record, especially on “75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction).”
“I can’t help that my heart beats as a metronome,” he rhymes on “Lost Desire.” In addition to Black Thought’s powerful rhymes, Rising Down runs on ?uestlove’s precise beats, most of which establish the mood of each song. The droning bassline on the somber “Singing Man” is haunting and puts listeners in the mindset of the rapper Porn’s character, a school shooter. Similarly, the grinding bass line and thrashing symbols make “Get Busy” sound like an abstract boom-bap track: rough East Coast hiphop with the band’s twist. However, some fans may miss the funky, interactive sounds of a live band,
the best aspect of The Roots on their earlier work. The sounds of Rising Down are very manufactured, except for the Afro-beats on “I Will Not Apologize” and the jamming drums and piano on “Rising Up.” But overall, Rising Down is a calculated work by some of the smartest musicians in hip-hop. Named after the book Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means and released on the 16th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, the album reminds listeners that music can still be a call to protest. email@example.com
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Terps still have room to improve OUTLOOK, from Page 16 said. “We played with chutzpah. I told the kids after the game, if we can improve 10 percent, we have a chance to play for a while.” While it was the Terps’ third loss in four games, their reaction to this one was different because of the situation. After dropping winnable rivalry games against then-lower-ranked Navy and Johns Hopkins, a home-standing Cavalier squad seeking revenge provided a much different task. Senior midfielder Max Ritz said the loss just gives the Terps, whose roster features 18 true freshmen, more experience. “It definitely helps us get better, especially for postseason, playing teams this strong,” Ritz said.
“This is the type of team you’ll see in May. I think it just shows we have a lot we can learn.” It would seem the Terps still have a lot of improving to do if they are going to make a run through the tournament. The offense continues to struggle at times and has not posted doubledigit goals in any of the past four games. The team has not put together a complete effort since its 13-7 win against Virginia on March 29. Although the Cavaliers took an early lead and maintained momentum throughout Friday’s game to knock the Terps out of the tournament for the third straight season, Cottle said there was evident improvement in his squad that has him excited about the
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Steelman provides Terps leadership STEELMAN, from Page 1 which he had played for three seasons at Smithsburg High School. But financial reasons caused Steelman to leave Shenandoah for the armed forces, and in June 2006, he was sent to Texas for training. In August, his unit was sent to Kuwait and a couple weeks later, to Baghdad. Steelman was stationed at Camp Cropper, a maximumsecurity prison run by the U.S. Army near Baghdad International Airport, which holds 2,000 detainees and held former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Planted on a base that suffered multiple attacks during his time of duty, Steelman said he could not stop thinking about stepping onto the mound for the Terps. He exchanged e-mails with high school teammate and Terp left fielder Gerry Spessard. Steelman already had this university in mind for academic reasons, and he wanted to find out more about the baseball team. “I really hadn’t played baseball for about three years, so I
started e-mailing him to try to Rupp said. “But we saw some find out what I would need to potential in him.” “I hadn’t picked up a ball in do to walk-on here. I knew I was going to apply,” Steelman almost four years,” Steelman said. “I was like, ‘If I’m going said. “I was just trying to remember everything I to go here I might as knew about pitching.” well do something, This season, Steellike sports.’” man has pitched just Steelman returned 3.1 total innings in four to the U.S. after 15 appearances, but he months in Baghdad. has a valuable trait to Once accepted by any baseball team: a this university, he lively left arm. was urged by Spes“He’s not a guy that’s sard to contact coach going to be used in a lot Terry Rupp, who of situations this year,” granted him a tryout. pitching coach Jim Farr In the month and a said. “But if we can get half he had to presome innings under his pare, Steelman belt, I think he’s a guy worked out at the that can help us out in Extra Innings trainthe bullpen in terms of ing facility in his a left-handed matchup hometown of Hagerstown, where he was –TERRY RUPP guy.” In one of Steelman’s able to get his arm BASEBALL COACH first bullpen sessions back in shape. He with Farr, he responded impressed the to the pitching coach’s coaches during a private bullpen session this win- instructions with “Roger.” ter and earned himself a spot Farr said from that time on, the team has referred to Steelman on the team. “He showed some arm as “Roger,” an ode to Steelstrength and an OK breaking man’s not-so-distant days in ball, but here’s a guy that has- the military. His first opportunity to n’t really been throwing,”
“I said, ‘...you can’t be more nervous pitching on the mound than guarding Saddam Hussein’s jail. ”
prove himself came in the always go to him, and he’s a ninth inning of a 7-1 game good guy to have on your against Coppin State on April side.” Steelman’s mother Sharon 8. The Terps were ahead comfortably against one of their said he exhibited those values before joinweakest oppoing the army nents of the seawhile growing up son, but for Steelwith two siblings man it was a big and a single step. mother. Steelman, a “Nathan’s criminology and always been a criminal justice strong character,” major who hopes said Sharon Steelto work for the FBI man, who came to one day, struck out Shipley Field for two batters and the first time to gave up no runs to see her son and end the game, the Terps take on afterwards admitOld Dominion last ting to Rupp that Nathan Steelman week. he was nervous. Sophomore Pitcher “I’ve been a sin“I said, ‘Well, gle mom for years, that can’t be, you can’t be more nervous pitching and he’s kind of been brother on the mound than guarding and father, so he’s always had Saddam Hussein’s jail,’” Rupp responsibilities,” she continued. “When he told me he was said. It’s that experience that going to the Army, it didn’t surteammates and coaches claim prise me one bit.” She was surprised, though, is every bit as valuable as when she found out that Steelman’s arm. “He’s a guy you can always Nathan had a spot on the team. count on to be there for you She never expected him to be whether it’s during a game or playing Division I baseball. The day after the Terps’ not,” Spessard said. “You can
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Guard Andrew Crummey was sidelined for part of last season with a broken fibula, hurting his NFL Draft stock.
Injuries a concern for Crummey, Henderson NOTEBOOK, from Page 16 weekend’s NFL Draft, six of his teammates have signed with teams. Guard Andrew Crummey (San Diego Chargers), defensive lineman Carlos Feliciano (New England Patriots), cornerback Isaiah Gardner (Jacksonville Jaguars), tight end Joey Haynos (Green Bay Packers), linebacker Erin Henderson (Minnesota Vikings) and running back Keon Lattimore (Dallas Cowboys) have each signed contracts. While Feliciano, Gardner, Haynos and Lattimore were considered fringe draftees, Crummey and Henderson both fell out of the draft largely due to injury concerns. Crummey missed five games in his senior season with a broken left leg. He then reinjured the leg in the East-West Shrine game before working out for scouts. Henderson suffered knee injuries throughout his time with the Terps. “It’s definitely hurt [my draft stock]. It’s definitely a mark next to my name,” Crummey said on the Terps’ Pro Timing Day in March. “But it doesn’t end my status; it doesn’t stop me from getting drafted. I lose a little of prestige, a little ground. But it’ll heal. In the long term, it’s not an issue.” All six players will still have to earn their way onto NFL rosters through summer camps. email@example.com
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Running back Keon Lattimore signed with the Dallas Cowboys after a big senior season with the Terps.
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Second-half slumps catch up to women’s lacrosse BY BRIAN KAPUR Staff writer
The Terrapin women’s lacrosse team has had an Achilles’ heel throughout the season, and in the ACC tournament, it was struck. The Terps have struggled in second halves during the season, but dominant first halves propped the Terps up to a 15-1 record entering Sunday’s ACC championship game against Virginia. Then, it finally caught up to them. This continuing pattern has stumped the Terps all season, but they have not been able to pinpoint the cause of their second-half slumps. “If I knew, then we wouldn’t be having those problems,” coach Cathy Reese said. The Terps were outscored 9-2 in second halves in the tournament, but they were still within one goal of winning the championship. “In the second half, we came out, and we just didn’t finish on a lot of our shots,” Reese said. “We had some good opportunities, but Virginia’s goalie played outstanding. It is what it is.” The Terps blew an 8-3 lead Sunday. And while they slumped, the Cavaliers
outscored the Terps 7-1 the rest of the way to extend the Terps’ ACC championship drought to five seasons. “We weren’t as disciplined in the second half and turned the ball over when we really needed to have possession,” sophomore midfielder Caitlyn McFadden said. “We let them back into it.” The Terps’ second-half woes nearly kept them out of the ACC championship game. They raced out to a 61 halftime lead on North Carolina in the semifinals, but the Terps were shut out in the second half. The Terps were able to scrape by due to their first-half lead, as they had done all season long. But things fell apart Sunday. Virginia dominated the second half in every phase of the game. The Cavaliers took six more shots than the Terps, collected five more ground balls and forced two more turnovers. The most telling sign of the Cavaliers’ dominance was their ability to collect draw controls when it counted. Virginia collected both overtime draws against Terp senior midfielder Dana Dobbie, who leads the nation in draw
controls. The Terps’ second-half struggles were compounded by fouls. The Terps committed 11 more fouls than the Cavaliers, which resulted in three goals off free-position shots. The Terps also collected five yellow cards and had to play man down for six minutes. “We did a lot of things that we could control, and there were things that we couldn’t control, and we just focused on those too much,” senior midfielder Kelly Kasper said. “We have to focus on what we can do and what’s in our control and not worry about everything else that’s going on.” The Terps will need to address their issues and pick themselves up off the mat in a hurry, because they will be playing Princeton on Wednesday night in a game that could decide a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament. “The way to look at it is the season isn’t over yet,” Reese said. “The bottom line is we can’t sit around and harp on it. We have a big game Wednesday against Princeton, which is a really huge game for us at this point.” ADAM FRIED–THE DIAMONDBACK
Senior midfielder Dana Dobbie uncharacteristically lost 2 draws in overtime of the Terps’ 10-9 loss to Virginia on Sunday.
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Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men’s Poll Top 10
School 1. Duke 2. Syracuse 3. Virginia 4. Georgetown 5. Johns Hopkins
Record (15-1) (12-1) (12-3) (9-3) (6-5)
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Record (11-2) (10-3) (8-5) (10-3) (9-4)
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Freshman Walker to transfer BY ADI JOSEPH Senior staff writer
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Senior midfielder Max Ritz and the Terps know they still have time to rebound from their ACC tournament loss to Virginia last weekend.
The third season Men’s lacrosse looks toward postseason BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer
Just minutes after losing in the ACC men’s lacrosse tournament Friday, Joe Cinosky had already found a silver lining. The Terrapin senior defender was upbeat after his team’s 11-8 loss at Virginia because he remembered a lesson he learned early in his Terp career from coach Dave Cottle. “I remember a couple of years ago coach Cottle said there’s three seasons: regular season, ACCs and playoffs,” Cinosky said. “We’re
going into our third season right now, and I’m pretty happy with where we are right now, because the only results that matter are the ones at the end.” Although the Terps were eliminated from the ACC tournament by its hosts less than four weeks after beating the Cavaliers in College Park, the young team was happy with their performance against a hot team in a hostile environment. “We made some young mistakes, but I thought we competed,” Cottle
Terrapin basketball forward Shane Walker is leaving the Terps after his freshman year. After a season where he averaged just 0.5 points and 1 rebound per game, Walker has chosen to leave the Terps. He has not decided where he will transfer. Walker’s departure leaves the Terps’ frontcourt even thinner than expected. While the gangly 6-foot-10, 211pound forward did not produce much offensively, he provided the Terps with a big body. With the losses of seniors Bambale Osby and James Gist, the Terps are left with just Braxton Dupree, Jerome Burney, Dave Neal and Dino Gregory in the post before recruit Augustus Gilchrist is eligible in December. Walker could not be reached for comment.
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Forward Shane Walker has decided to transfer after receiving limited minutes as a freshman.
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