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Library costs continue rapid rise Faculty members bemoan fourth straight year of journal cuts BY TIRZA AUSTIN Senior staff writer
Sky-rocketing costs are forcing officials to gut the university’s libraries of academic journals that faculty say are crucial resources for researchers and students. For the fourth year in a row, library officials
and faculty members are working in conjunction to get rid of about 9 percent of the university library system’s scholarly journal collection because they do not have the necessary resources to support the rising costs of alreadyexpensive academic journals. During the past five years, the price of scholarly publications has increased more than the rate of the infla-
tion, and officials say the cost is unsustainable. “We’re getting to the point where all the stuff is important,” said Timothy Hackman, an English and linguistics librarian. “We’ve already gotten rid of the fat, now we are getting to the stuff that hurts.”
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SGA President Jonathan Sachs gives his final executive report to the organization during last night’s meeting. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
SGA votes to provide fare cards
The Dirty Snowballs, a team of astronomy professors and graduate students, play in an intramural soccer game.
Incoming class’ ID cards could work as SmarTrips
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Out of the classroom and onto the field Intramural sports leagues help professors, graduate students get out of their offices
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Despite strong opposition from the SGA’s top financial officer, student leaders last night voted to fund a proposal that would provide reloadable Metro fare cards to all incoming freshmen. The bill calls for the remainder of the Student Government Association’s reserves — an amount that could total as much as $17,000, after debts are paid — to go toward funding university IDs that double as SmarTrip cards to ride the Metro. The initiative costs $23,000 for the first year, so legislators must come up with another $6,000 in unspecified funds for it to go into effect. Supporters of the bill said the program would encourage the use of environmentally friendly transportation and strengthen the university’s connection to Washington. “This is something that the incoming class, when they ask what the SGA is, they’ll have it right in their hands,” said Outlying Commuter
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magine your middle-aged history professor taking a corner kick or your math teaching assistant sinking a 3pointer. While students might not often associate their professors with athleticactivities, many faculty members and graduate students participate in intramural sports on a regular basis. Each season, faculty members compete in sports ranging from basketball and soccer to dodgeball and flag football in departmental teams, formed in coordination with Campus Recreation Services and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. The teams aim to bring faculty members — who are often isolated from one another — together and promote good, healthy fun and are always look-
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ing for new recruits. Astronomy professor Massimo Ricotti plays soccer on the Dirty Snowballs team, composed solely of faculty and graduate students from the astronomy department. “Being Italian, growing up I played in the street in front of my house or outdoors in parks quite a bit,” Ricotti said. “Almost all Italian kids know how to play soccer. ... But I have to admit that I was not a very good player when compared to typical Italian kids.” Ricotti added playing on the faculty intramural team has given him an opportunity to get out of the office and away from a computer screen. Marc Pound, a university researcher and member of the Dirty Snowballs said the league allows team members to get to know
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Congress passes Obama’s budget Includes expansion of Pell grants, elimination of popular loan program BY MARISSA LANG Senior staff writer
Amy Wasserstrom, manager of the Gordon W. Prange collection at Hornbake library, shows author John Dower an exhibit of Japanese artifacts based on Dower’s research about World War II. JAMES B. HALE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Prange Collection rededicated Japanese ambassador, others praise world’s largest collection of documents related to post-World War II U.S. occupation BY DARREN BOTELHO Staff writer
The world’s largest collection of documents from the United States’ occupation of Japan immediately following World War II was rededicated last night before a crowd of 200 university staff, faculty and students. The collection, which is named
after former university history professor Gordon W. Prange, was originally dedicated 30 years ago in the same room — Art and Sociology 2203. The event was attended by the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, as well as by Prange’s son, Winfred,
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A proposed expansion of Pell grants and direct student loans took a first step toward becoming reality last night, as the U.S. House and Senate voted in quick succession to approve President Barack Obama’s $3.4 trillion budget yesterday. While the budget process is far
from complete and both proposals could still be scrapped, university and federal officials lauded the initial passage of the budget as a major victory for students across the country. “It’s great,” said P.J. Hogan, the university system’s lobbyist. “The federal government has really emphasized their commitment to higher education and we’re very pleased.” The legislation could help finan-
cial aid-seeking students at this university, who are requesting assistance at a rapid pace. This university is expecting students to ask for about $3 million next year, six times as much as the $500,000 it doled out this year. About 4,200 students already receive Pell grants, and while the university has received a
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Univ. offering new incentives for evaluations 100 randomly chosen students will be given chance to register early for classes BY TIRZA AUSTIN Senior staff writer
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hoped to monopolize on students’ registration-related frustrations, hoping the promise of early registration will increase participation from the usual rate — about 60 percent of undergraduates typically respond. “I would love to see it pushed to 70
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‘Sometimes they forget they’re professors’ FACULTY, from Page 1 faculty in other departments. “Our teams have a good mix of students and faculty, and even department members who don’t play enjoy hearing about the games or coming out to watch them,” Pound said. Kurt Klier, the director of intramural sports at CRS, said drawing faculty members out of the classroom helps individuals as well as the university as a whole. “[Faculty] interaction with students is important, but sometimes they forget they’re professors,” Klier said. “It provides an important interaction for them.” Ben Falk, a graduate student who plays on the Assassin Bugs team based out of the entomology department, expressed similar sentiments. “It’s great for making connec-
tions and socializing, and it’s good stress relief,” Falk said. But though professors may not come across as cut-throat in the classroom, the competitive nature of the sports is not lost on the teams, which carry names like We’re History and Team Math. According to Dirty Snowballs’ captain Hao Gong, an astronomy graduate student, the team has won almost half of its soccer games this season. Pound described his team’s most memorable flag football game this year, which was played in four inches of snow. Many students, who often participate in athletic activities of their own, were unaware of these programs and said they thought it would be cool to see their professors in action. “I didn’t even know [faculty] sports even existed,” freshman psychology major
Lenders fear they could lose profits BUDGET, from Page 1 tuition freeze from the state for the fourth straight year, the average college student still graduated with $13,243 in debt. The approved budget blueprint extends a higher education tax credit for middle- to low-income families and increases both the number of Pell grants awarded and the size of the maximum Pell grant. It could also ease the passage of Obama’s plan to replace a popular subsidized private student loan program with direct loans from the federal government. “We’ve looked at schools that have gone to direct lending and those programs have worked extremely well,” said Melody Barnes, the director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, in a conference call Tuesday. “We’re still talking about a competitive market and one that will allow students to continue accessing loans. ... As we see it, it’s a win-win.” Obama’s plan involves the elimination of the Federal Family Education Loan program, in which the government subsidizes private lenders and guarantees them a 97 percent repayment rate on student loans. While the program makes up threequarters of federal financial aid, Obama and others say it is less efficient than simply having the government lend directly to students. The $94 billion saved by eliminating the program would be used to expand the number of Pell grants awarded. But lenders, like Sallie Mae, stand to suffer profit losses from the Obama administration’s plan and lobbied Congress to vote the proposal down. Congress will use the approved budget bills to guide its spending for the coming fiscal year, a process that is seemingly “never ending,” said Hogan, who since the close of the state’s legislative session has been focusing his efforts on lobbying the government. “The federal budget is much more complicated than the state budget,” he added. “After this, you’re still going to have a series of many months of individual appropriation bills segmenting that money out to different things. But this is a great first step.” Though some politicians opposed the proposal to cut private lenders out of the stu-
“We’re still talking about a competitive market and one that will allow students to continue accessing loans ... As we see it, it’s a win-win.” MELODY BARNES DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE DOMESTIC POLICY
dent loan process of administering federally guaranteed student loans, which the president is counting on to fund increases in other areas of student aid, the proposals were still eventually approved by the Democraticmajority Congress. The House was first to vote, approving the budget proposal in a 233-193 vote. The Senate voted a few hours later for a slightly different “blueprint” that received a 53-43 vote and calls for spending $3.5 trillion. Both votes were largely along party lines and include a deficit prediction of approximately $1.2 trillion. Because the bill could make federal spending on Pell grants mandatory by tying the amount of the award to the rate of inflation, as well as limit Congressional oversight of the program, many Republicans and some Democrats were reluctant to vote in favor of it. They argued the current program provides hundreds of Americans jobs and provides some students — who, despite the expansion, still may not qualify for Pell grant awards — with a valuable aid alternative. But officials said an investment in education is an investment in the future of the United States and its economy, and supporting students now will ultimately do great things for this country. “The president has said over and over, ‘Those who are out-educating us today will out-compete us tomorrow,’” Barnes said. “We’ve slipped to the middle of the pack. ... We’re cutting wasteful spending on student loans to help us get back on track.” Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. email@example.com
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Danielle Elfand said. “It shows [professors are] interested in things outside of class,” freshman music education major Caitlin Dunleavy added. “Students could relate [to them] better.” Most of the faculty team players join the teams for a love of sports and camaraderie, adding that sports help foster better health. Mary Kate Sullivan, the coordinator of intramural sports and camps at CRS, said she would like to see greater involvement in the intramural program because sometimes faculty members neglect their own health. “We’re trying to develop a website that acts as a portal to others, and through this portal, publicize our goal,” Sullivan said. “The reach of the programs right now is slightly limited and people don’t
understand where these resources are.” The Wellness Coalition, a group of about 60 people, helps to support the intramural teams and is hoping to increase health awareness for faculty and staff members by advertising for intramural teams and activities. “Right now we’re doing assessments to find out what their needs are and we’re looking at that data to decide what we can do for them,” Wellness Coalition chair Tracy Zeeger said. The coalition has also begun to expand its outreach to university staff members, Faculty, pictured here playing soccer, say intramurals get them off the many of whom shy away from computer and help them stay fit. PHOTO COURTESY OF STACY MCGAUGH getting involved because of a language barrier. This semes- to see in terms of programs to we have a lot of representater, the coalition conducted support their personal health tion, we want to reach everyone out there.” surveys in Spanish to find out and wellness. “Our goal is to be all-incluwhat Spanish-speaking university employees would like sive,” Zeeger said. “Because firstname.lastname@example.org
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University to cut journals across disciplines SmarTrip LIBRARY, from Page 1 The library system will release a list of journals slated to be cut from each department on Friday, Hackman said, adding librarians worked closely with faculty to generate the list based on cost-per-use and popularity among researchers. If faculty object to a particular choice, they must find a replacement journal to cut. The university will cut research journals in every discipline regardless of how much the price of their subscriptions have increased. Music journals are the cheapest at about $160 each per year while a chemistry journal costs more than $3,000 on
average each year. Science, technology, engineering and medicine have been the priciest journals in the past, but now the price of humanities journals is also rising exponentially, Hackman said. While prices of subscriptionbased journals increased from 9 percent to 10 percent in 2008, international titles in the humanities and social sciences increased by 11 percent. “We are at the point where people have to sacrifice things they don’t want to get rid of,” Hackman said. Access to research in a professor’s sphere is critical because professors “do not work in a vacuum,” University Senate Chair-Elect Elise Miller-Hooks said. She added
that as professors seek grants for their research and try to publish their work, they look to scholarly journals to read up on past research in the area. Faculty are forced to “scurry” to find articles in other libraries or request works through Interlibrary Loan. Looking in other libraries can be very timeconsuming and inefficient, Associate Provost Mahlon Straszheim said. Interlibrary loans are costly because universities have to clear copyrights to share materials. As scholarly journals continue to diminish on the campus, it will take faculty longer to perform their research as they struggle to find resources, Miller-Hooks added.
“We are all very concerned,” she said. The crunch is not unique to this university — every library in the country is facing the same dilemma, Straszheim said. Administrators are hopeful that a new dean, who has yet to be selected, will be able to amend the library system at the university. Like every other department, the library system is required to return 2 percent of its budget to the university, but, Straszheim said, the system could end up with more funding if the Provost decides to reinvest money from that pool into the library system’s thin budget.
JOURNAL COSTS ON THE RISE NATIONALLY According to a survey by the Library Journal, libraries will face even higher costs in the 2009 fiscal year. Arts and Humanities ■ $56,284 cost increase ■ 9.5 percent increase
began to catalogue them in 1963. John Dower, a history professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave the keynote address at the event and said the materials in the collection show page after page of American influence. “In one of the collection’s magazines I saw an old Blondie comic depicting typical people in possession of mansions with three-car garages and fridges full of food as a result of democracy,” Dower said. “Another depicted Blondie yelling at her husband, Dagwood, which would be a dream for many Japanese women and was a reality for American women.” Madeleine White, an animal science major, attended because of her interest in Japanese literature, and said the ambassador was the most interesting. “Half [of the event] was boring, but half was interesting,” White said. “The ambassador talked about how the censored magazines and newspapers were a way for the Japanese to express themselves, even though many of their homes were bombed during the war.” Preserving the collection for academic purposes would have been seen by academics in the 1960s or 1970s as unnecessary, but it is now considered a commodity, Dower said. The event was sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, and the university library system.
Science Journals ■ $1,803,866 cost increase ■ 8.5 percent increase
Material incentives for Collection took 3 years to sort completed surveys banned EVALUATIONS, from Page 1 percent,” said Renee Snyder, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment course evaluations coordinator. “I would love to see us do that.” This is not the first time the university has attempted to pique student interest through incentives, including iPods. But a state mandate has since prevented the university from offering any monetary rewards. Earlier this semester administrators met with students and conducted a survey to figure out what they could do to lure students in without violating the mandate. Sophomore criminology and criminal justice and government and politics major Andrew Steinberg, who will also serve as the Student Government Association’s vice president of finance next year, came up with the idea while brainstorming cost-free ideas. “The biggest challenge is that students don’t take the 10 minutes out of their day,” Steinberg said. “I hope this will be a solution to the problem.” Steinberg said early registration would be a motivation for his friends in the overcrowded College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, adding that he knows many students have been unable to register for certain classes due to registration status. But, more importantly, Steinberg said
the incentives are an attempt to create a “culture that cares.” Snyder said participation will only come with a universal shift in thinking. “Essentially it’s a culture change,” she said. “It has to come from faculty and students to own it and say we care about the learning experience.” Students said incentives help. “Early registration I firmly believe will boost course evaluations,” Student Government Association President Jonathan Sachs said, adding he believes the raffle is the best way to encourage student participation. Though administrators are focusing their efforts on offering early registration for course evaluations, they are also encouraging individual colleges to come up with their own methods of increasing student participation, including steps as simple as changing students’ perceptions of the process. “People believe it takes longer than it does,” Snyder said, noting the evaluation only takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Though the new incentive holds little value to graduating seniors, officials are still hoping all undergraduates will take the time to fill them out. “All you need is a computer and a few spare minutes,” Steinberg said. email@example.com
and director of Japan’s equivalent to the Library of Congress. Gordon Prange, who served in the Navy during World War II while on a leave of absence from the university, assembled the documents while serving as chief historian for Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the occupation of Japan. The documents had been censored by the Civil Censorship Detachment, which was responsible for reviewing all Japanese publications that went against the United States’ interests. Winfred Prange said the collection consists of 71,000 books and pamphlets, 18,047 newspapers, 10,000 news agency photographs, nearly 13,800 magazine titles, 90 posters and 640 maps. It took Gordon Prange three years to “sort, record, pack, label and ship” the collection to the university, the younger Prange said. Known as the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world, Fujisaki said saving the collection wasn’t an accident. “1949 was not that long ago,” said Fujisaki, “and I stress that point because I was born around that time. These magazines and newspapers are still relevant today and Prange knew they would be.” The collection arrived in this state in the spring of 1950, but sat in a warehouse until the 20 tons of materials were sent to the basement of McKeldin Library, where they remained until librarians in the department of East Asian studies
METRO, from Page 1 Legislator and President-elect Steve Glickman, who drafted the bill in line with his campaign promises. But opponents worried the bill violates SGA finance rules and said the money could be better spent. Outgoing Vice President of Financial Affairs Jason Hofberg called the plan “fiscally irresponsible” because the cards would only be given to incoming students who have not yet paid student activity fees. Student fees make up the SGA’s budget, which means current students would be footing the bill for the program. It will cost the SGA $17,000 annually. Supporters have not found a steady stream of income for the program and say there are no guarantees it would continue after the first year. “Unless we know where the rest of the money is coming from, I’m really concerned with us allocating so much,” Speaker Pro Tempore Jenna Aidikoff said. Hofberg chairs the SGA Finance Committee, which would have reviewed the legislation if it had been introduced at an earlier meeting. He used his final executive report of the year to deliver what he referred to as an “unofficial negative committee report,” and said he had gauged the reaction of the rest of the committee. The bill “transcends all [finance] rules,” including ones that prohibit the funding of exclusionary programs — those that only benefit a subset of the university, Hofberg said. Glickman said the program was not exclusionary because it “would eventually expand to all members of the university” and because current students could also get the new ID cards at a small cost. The proposal passed 16 to 7. But dissenters maintained the money would be better spent on student groups. If the money is not spent on the SmarTrip proposal, it would be put toward secondary funding allocations for student groups in the fall.
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n the future, there will be no majors. No biology. No history. No problem does even more than ensuring relevance. By forcing students French. Instead, universities will only present students with prob- out of disciplinary isolation, it gives them a better understanding of how lems to solve — a worldwide water shortage, a rapidly warming their specialty interacts with other approaches. Problem-focused minors planet, an enormous achievement gap between white and minority strike the perfect balance between discipline-based depth and practical, students. That’s the vision presented by Mark C. Taylor, chairman of the interdisciplinary focus. The university already has several programs like this. Minors in terDepartment of Religion at Columbia University. In an op-ed in the New rorism studies and in international development and conYork Times on Monday, Taylor laid out several radical flict management bring together students from different reforms of higher education, including scrapping the cenmajors to focus on those two problems. For terrorism turies-old system of dividing students into majors based The university should studies, students majoring in engineering can develop on academic disciplines. In its place, Taylor would create programs focused on pressing issues, both practical and offer more minors built technical ways to intercept terrorists’ communications, while life sciences majors can work to protect U.S. citiphilosophical. While it would be a serious mistake to forgo majors entirely, Taylor’s proposal points to the around specific problems. zens from biological attacks and social psychologists can work to develop effective means of discouraging groups importance of tying academic pursuits to practical applications. As the university restructures its undergraduate education, we from turning to terrorism. For international development and conflict management, agricultural and resource economics majors can help encourage administrators to pursue Taylor’s model in a limited way. Majors serve an important purpose. They ensure that students develop improve crop yields and anthropology majors can explain the cultural a depth of knowledge and expertise within a discipline. Majors are dif- considerations key to understanding how societies develop. There are other problems that need solving. The university could creferent from purely problem-based education in the same way that reading a Harvard-published history is different from perusing a Wikipedia ate programs focusing on closing the achievement gap, reducing domesarticle. The latter will give you a broad overview of the topic, but it won’t tic inequality or solving the country’s energy crisis, to name a few. The university already aspires to give students the critical thinking needed make you an authority on any particular aspect. The most compelling educational model is a synthesis of deep knowl- to solve problems. It should start working to give them a jump-start on edge with a broader context. Using disciplinary skills to address a real the solving part as well.
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Labeling: Stop stooping to grouping
abel me as someone who set this sentence up really well, but we’ve gotten to the point here where we label each other way too much. If there’s one thing college has been good for, it’s stereotypes. And not just the original big three of race, creed and color. Those are old-school. Kids here will stereotype anything. We are stereotype professionals. We’ll take the clubs you’re in, the classes you take, what you had for breakfast this morning. It doesn’t matter how trivial or generic it is, we’ll take it and label you. For life. That’s not to say that we’re not good at the big three, either — because we are. If you want a real slice of Americana, check the online comments from the April 28 story, “Four sought in strong-arm robbery,” by Nick Rhodes. At last check, the story had more than 60 comments, each more offensive and racist than the last,
GINDES including stuff such as, “Black people = stupid” and, “White people are so trashy.” Looks like some people didn’t read my column about chilling out. How do you guys make any friends when you’ve already labeled everyone else as a shitty person because of some affiliation? If you’re not into Greek life, you should know that everyone who is associated with Greek life isn’t necessarily a scumbag, you know? And that works both ways, because some of you fraternity guys need to get rid of the superiority complex. I’m not a GDI (god-damned independent, or a non-brother), I’m a
JFG. Just a friendly guy. We’ve assigned labels to campus organizations like the Student Government Association. And you should know, it’s unfair to say that everyone involved in student government is an asshole. I mean, sure, they’re assholes. But they’re assholes who care about this campus, and that’s probably more than I can say for you. People will label anything. The Diamondback gets labeled. The other day, someone said that a typo in a headline was reflective on the paper as a rag. Really? One typo, and we’re a rag? I mean, seriously, this paper still employs me, and you’re worried about a typo? The thing is, you can label anyone based on anything if you want to, because you’re bound to find a shitty person that fits that mold. There’s no group of people that is 100 percent awesome. You get some lemons. Which brings me to my next point:
In order to stop stereotyping and probably win some type of shiny medal, I’m going to create an unstereotypeable group, which only admits awesome people. That way, no one can make a negative stereotype about my group because everyone in it will rule. Thus, it will reverse stereotyping and destroy it forever. So I am now officially accepting applications to The Unstereotypeables, the most awesome club ever that does not discriminate based on anything besides how cool you are. We accept anyone. Black, white, brown, green or purple. Christian or Jewish or Muslim or Buddhist or atheist. We’re above stereotyping entire groups of people. We’re better than that. So apply now! Unless you’re Canadian. They suck. Rob Gindes is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gun control: Self defense makes sense
have found that in general, college students favor gun control. Two recent situations, however, have validated my opinion that more students should be carrying weapons for protection. As I wrote two weeks ago, my uncle was brutally attacked in what police are calling a robbery. He is now in a coma and fighting for his life. I can’t help but think about what his situation would be today if he had had a gun by his side. Perhaps it would have been the same outcome, but it could have drastically changed his situation. In the second situation, a close friend of mine came to the rescue with his gun. This friend, a chemistry student at a Baltimore-area university, asked to remain anonymous because of the negative stigma associated with gun owners, but he was nonetheless forthcoming with his story. A few months ago, at about 7:30 p.m.,
he heard his door press against the doorjamb. Thinking nothing of it, he continued lying on the couch. “Ten seconds later, I heard this loud pounding sound,” he said. “On the fourth pound, I heard shrieks.” After peeking out the door, he saw a large man hitting a woman in the head with a hammer. As a reflex, he ran back across the hall, put bullets into his .357 magnum and ran to the scene. “I ran in, and I just started yelling; I was nervous as hell, too,” he said. “I pretty much blurted out a bunch of words, but I basically said, ‘Stop what you’re doing.’” The guy saw the gun and ran, while his victim lay in a pool of blood. Just the sight of a gun saved the woman’s life. For too long, people have forgotten that guns, when used responsibly, can save lives. A responsible gun-owning population in College Park could reduce our crime rate, as criminals would know
that they’d be taking a risk by committing violent acts. With gun ownership comes great responsibility. My friend tries to go to a range once a week. For more training, he goes online. There is never enough you can read online about being a responsible gun owner, he said. “You never stop learning,” he said. “Even a Navy SEAL of 15 years doesn’t know everything about firearms and firearm safety.” With the crime rate so high, students walking around at night don’t feel safe walking back from the library, let alone
to their own homes. In 2008, there was one rape, 10 robberies and nine aggravated assaults on the campus. There were 1,224 violent crimes in our whole police district from January through October 2008 (the latest dates for which information was available online). Maybe students could campaign for expanding the concealed weapons permit instead of working to restrict gun ownership. Only law enforcement officials and those who have recently received “threats” against their lives receive concealed handgun permits in Maryland. Just once, I would love to read a Diamondback headline that says, “Student defends herself against rape,” instead of “Man rapes, abandons student off campus.” Nathan Cohen is a junior economics and journalism major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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JONATHAN S. MILLER Economist and one-time diplomat Lawrence Dennis used to argue that not only had war (World War II) ended the Great Depression but its counterpart, massive defense spending, kept it from returning in the years just after. Certainly we were in recession by 1949, which only ended with the start of the Korean War in June 1950, triggering the massive defense buildup that followed. If there was not a connection between these two events — war or defense spending on the one hand, the end of depressions or recessions on the other — certainly some remarkable coincidences occurred in those years. This was compounded by the fact that the Cold War could have easily been prevented. We could have stopped Russia from getting the Abomb in the early years after World War II, and had numerous pretexts for doing so — including Russia’s blockade of West Berlin from West Germany proper in 1948, causing the famous Berlin airlift. In other words, we might have been able to easily end or prevent the Cold War; but if we had, the Great Depression would have returned, as was widely feared at the time. So, the argument goes, we let Joseph Stalin get the bomb in order to create a credible enemy that would justify that massive increase in defense spending so necessary to the economy. (Jimmy Roosevelt actually wrote a novel in which his father, based upon some puerile justification, secretly gives Stalin blueprints for the bomb.) Dennis considered it perverse brilliance that substituted just defense spending and phony war for all that killing in World War II. One of the main arguments against the theory of a causal connection between war and ending depressions is that war only destroys wealth. It never creates wealth, although it sometimes has the negative function of protecting wealth. So even if a society wins a war, the standard of living of the society as a whole is always less than it could be without the war, unless the war enabled it to gain loot or booty, something that, presumably, the United States doesn’t do. So if wars invariably lower society’s standard of living as a whole, how can it then be said that wars get us out of depressions? We’re not really out of a depression because society’s standard of living has been lowered, or so the argument goes. All this is true but irrelevant. The claim overlooks the fact that what the war or defense spending accomplishes is a massive redistribution of wealth in a socially accepted way, even if that wealth or total income is lower than it could be. This is what is important in terms of getting out of a depression: not the total amount but how it is distributed, provided that the lowering of wealth isn’t too extreme. The masses of people are better off, even if the total wealth of the society is lowered and they’re doing nothing to increase it. Rosie the Riveter isn’t doing anything to expand the economy’s base. In fact, she’s diminishing it — but she is better off than she would be standing in some soup kitchen line. Multiply this millions of times over and you get some idea of why a war is good for the economy, or at least to pull us out of a depression. There certainly are better ways to redistribute wealth enough to end economic downturns or massive defense spending, but are they politically possible? Jonathan S. Miller is a graduate student studying geography. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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reel news GET OUT THE RULER Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets! The continued feud between Terminator Salvation director McG and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen helmer Michael Bay about whose summer blockbuster has bigger, more bad-ass robots has, in a sadly unsurprising turn, now become a matter of which man’s dick is larger. “Michael Bay has a big cock,” McG told Details. “But I’d like to believe mine is bigger. If he’s up for it, we can both reveal ourselves on the Spartacus steps at Universal and put the question to rest.” No word on whether the two pricks will have to participate in mandatory testing for ExtenZe prior to this must-see event.
Sugar stars newcomer Algenis Perez Soto as young Dominican pitching prospect Miguel ‘Sugar’ Santos.
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BRAND NEW TROUBLE Ever since his scene-stealing role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall introduced him to American audiences, Russell Brand just seems to be everywhere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the eccentric Brit’s next project will be a remake of 1991’s Drop Dead Fred. The movie, which centers around a woman whose childhood imaginary friend reemerges, will feature Brand as the havocwrecking make-believe buddy. And God help a woman whose mind is twisted enough to come up with Brand.
GREED IS STILL GOOD After a 22-year hiatus, Gordon Gekko will roam Wall Street once again. As reported by EW.com, Oliver Stone will direct a sequel to his 1987 classic, for which Michael Douglas won his second Oscar. The (inexplicably) red-hot commodity that is Shia LaBeouf is in talks to join Douglas in the film, which is said to be framed around the recent economic recession. Luckily for Stone, he knows exactly what it’s like when someone’s career goes downhill.
Sugar refuses the easy answers and swings hard for the fences BY VAMAN MUPPALA Staff writer
There are no readily apparent, linear connections between director Ryan Fleck’s 2006 film, Half Nelson — a deeply affecting tale about a drug-addicted teacher — and his latest, Sugar, a brilliantly immersive exploration of Dominican pitcher Miguel ‘Sugar’ Santos’ (newcomer Algenis Perez Soto) path through the big leagues and life. A careful consideration of the two films, however, reveals a deep, abiding and ultimately infectious humanism shared by both. “We talked to dozens of people who had been through that journey of young players who come to the United States,” Anna Boden, Fleck’s wife and co-director, said in an interview with The Diamondback. “They are ... forced to try to assimilate. What really interested us about this story was how those pressures off the field can affect one’s performance on the field.” From the first frame of the movie, Fleck’s cinematography is intimate and telling. The scenes of Santos and fellow baseball hopefuls laughing, crying and being groomed in an academy run by the fictional Kansas City Knights are presented in vivid
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though, is a dimly lit shot of Santos sanding a table in the house he’s attempting to build for his family. Fleck and Boden are constructing a character-driven argument of sorts. “We tried to show these athletes are humans, and not heroes or villains, necessarily,” Fleck said. “We weren’t interested in that.” Predictably, Santos is selected for spring training and eventually a spot on the Knights’ minor league affiliate in Iowa. He is taken in by a well-meaning family crazy about baseball, the Higginses, and in these heartland scenes, the subtlety of the narrative becomes even more apparent. Even the tired trope of the humble foreigner beguiled by peculiar American habits has a freshness about it, as Fleck and Boden choose to dissect less-worn heartland archetypes. For example, the sparks of lust between Santos and the Higgins’ flirtatious teenage daughter, Anne (Ellary Porterfield, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio), are altogether predictable. Fortunately, there is an added dimension to the thread, as Anne is the leader of a religious student group, largely suppressing her sexuality to please Jesus but hyp-
ocritically content to flirt and encourage advances from exotic baseball players. Perhaps the one major failure of Sugar is its inability to appreciate the game of baseball. The coaches are universally portrayed as hectoring slave masters to serve the film’s message about the exploitation taking place to feed the MLB machine; mentors are rarely, if ever, found. It appears Fleck and Boden have a tremendous feel for their character, but little for the game he plays. The delicate dance between pitcher and batter, the drama inherent in a nine-inning pitcher’s duel, are summarily ignored in favor of quick montages and tidy storylines. Santos is either sensational or atrocious merely based on his personal mood at the time. Sugar is not an original, independent take on the inspirational sports movie genre simply because TV On the Radio appears prominently in a sequence. Rather, it is the film’s unflinching honesty and character-driven lens that allow one to truly get lost in the ambient soundtrack. We enjoy all eight innings instead of merely waiting for the bottom of the ninth. email@example.com
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Cummings showing promise NOTEBOOK, from Page 10 dropped the Terps from No. 7 nationally in scoring defense to No. 14. “There are a bunch of things to fix on the defense end,” Cottle said.
CUMMINGS OF AGE
Terp coach Cathy Reese (far left) and assistant coach Quinn Carney (right) were both part of undefeated Terp teams as players. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
Coaches have experience going unbeaten LACROSSE, from Page 10 do,” Reese said. “If we do everything we’re supposed to do, it should take care of itself, and we’ll come out with the win and the undefeated season.” Players have followed Reese’s lead. While they talk about the winning streak, they don’t dwell on it. “We talk about it, but it’s not like saying, ‘Oh, we have to finish undefeated,’” midfielder Caitlyn McFadden said. “We don’t want to have any letdowns. So it’s more about coming out and playing a strong game than just staying undefeated and worrying about that.” But the prestige that comes with a perfect regular season is not the Terps’ only incentive for wanting a spotless record. The Terps have had six undefeated regular seasons. The
past four, when Reese and Carney were players on the team, ended with National Championships. So did Northwestern’s 2005 season, the last time any Division I women’s lacrosse team went undefeated and won a championship. That task will be harder this season because the Wildcats have already finished out their regular season schedule this year with a 17-0 record. Both teams can’t achieve perfection. Terp history proves that going undefeated in the regular season does not guarantee a national title. Twice, in 1980 and 1994, though the Terps had not lost a game earlier in the season, they stumbled in the playoffs. “It’s really fun to go undefeated,” Carney said. “But it was important then and it’s important now to just
realize that just because we have won all our games so far doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easy.” After the emotional high of winning the ACC Tournament last weekend, staying energized to grab a victory against Princeton could be even harder. Reese experienced that firsthand while playing for the Terps in 1997, when a single loss in the regular season game immediately after the conference tournament was the only flaw in their National Championship season. But the Terps are confident they can avoid such a disappointment. “You always have to give 100 percent, no matter if it’s the first game or last,” defender Karissa Taylor said. “And we do.” firstname.lastname@example.org
On the strength of his first career hat trick, freshman midfielder Joe Cummings was the only Terp to make the 2009 ACC All-Tournament team. “That was a positive,” Cottle said. “Joe gets one extra man goal, which is his second of the year, and then two off-ball goals. He’s a good off-ball player.” Arriving as an attackman, Cummings has found his niche in the midfield, both on the second line and the extra-man unit. He said his background in playing attack has helped him feel comfortable playing on the crease in the Terps offense. With nine goals and an assist on the season, Cummings has drawn Cottle’s attention with regards to the future. “If you can get to 10 goals as a freshman, you’re gonna be a pretty good player as a sophomore,” Cottle said.
YEATMAN’S BACK Will Yeatman was finally back on the field Friday at the
Freshman Joe Cummings scored a hat trick in Friday’s loss to North Carolina. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
ACC Tournament. He had missed the Terps’ three previous games with an ankle sprain. Yeatman was back practicing during the week, but he did not have as much of an impact as he had hoped in the Terps 16-10 loss to North Carolina. “The field was really hard, so it felt worse than I thought it was going to,” Yeatman said. “But that’s still not an excuse. When you get out there, you gotta
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Dooley dominates twice
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Senior pitcher strikes out 23 batters in two victories against Delaware State
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to Sunday against Virginia Tech. And she did it all on one night’s rest after a scoreless 10If there was ever a team that inning, two-game marathon the Terrapin softball team performance Tuesday against could pummel with a pitcher George Washington. “I try to not think about it,” making her fourth start in two days and a cleanup hitter out said Dooley, who had a seriesopening perfect game nursing a mouth injury, broken up in the fifth it was Delaware State. inning. “I was just tryAnd if there was ever a ing to do what I can to team that could end a game via mercy rule by SOFTBALL GAME 1 help my team out.” The Terps were hitting two straight batters, TERPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 it was Delaware State. Delaware State . . . . . . 1 without second baseman Breanna Shaw For the Hornets, the and pitcher Kerry improbable became all Hickey — two of their too real Wednesday best hitters — and it night. The Terps (29was obvious at times. 23) had their way in 9-1 But last night, it didand 7-0 wins that were SOFTBALL GAME 2 never in doubt for the TERPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 n’t matter. The first Delaware State . . . . . . 0 game ended before home team. the seventh inning Pitcher Sarah Dooley did her part. The senior struck after Delaware State pitcher out a career-high 11 batters in Breanne Parr took the mound game one and then did one bet- for the first time, loaded the ter in game two, fanning 12 bases and then hit both second Hornets (21-20). She also baseman Alex Schultz and extended her streak of innings catcher Jennifer Anderson to without yielding an earned run walk in the eighth and gameto 25, a run that stretches back ending ninth runs, respectively.
starting junior Stephen Morrison, who had a 36.00 ERA entering the game. The Terps wasted no time, jumping on Morrison for two runs in the first and one in the second thanks to catcher Tyler Bennett’s second home run in as many days. However, West Virginia answered each Terp run and the two teams were tied 3-3 after two innings. The Terps quickly loaded the bases in the third, forcing the Mountaineers to turn to their bullpen with the bases loaded and only one out. Needing a big hit to regain the momentum, centerfielder Dan Benick delivered with a bases-clearing double down the left field line, giving the Terps a 6-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. “It was an off-speed pitch that their guy left up and in and he was able to hit it right down the left field line,” coach Terry Rupp said. “It was a
BY JONAS SHAFFER Staff writer
Right fielder Michelle Takeda hit a two-run home run in the Terps’ first win yesterday against Delaware State. VINCE SALAMONE/THE DIAMONDBACK
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punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time under coach Laura Watten. “We’ll have game plans set up, we’ll have scouting reports, we’ll have everything that we need to have in place and we just got to execute it,” Watten said. “That’s it.” email@example.com
huge boost to have go our way and he really helped out our pitchers too because after that it seemed like we got a lot stronger on the mound.” Making just his second career start, Terp pitcher Sander Beck struggled with his location early and left the game after just three innings. He allowed five hits and two walks to go along with three runs. Beck’s early exit made for some interesting pitching decisions by pitching coach Jim Farr. Faced with the prospect of saving some of his pitchers for the weekend or winning the game at hand, Farr decided to pitch Matt Fullerton and Brett Harman in relief, both of who started last weekend against North Carolina. Neither fared particularly well in short appearances. Farr was forced to use Kolarek and Gentzler, who once again came through. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Inside Lacrosse Women’s Poll Top 10 School 1. Northwestern 2. TERRAPINS 3. Penn 4. Duke 5. Princeton
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Goalies, defenders had tough weekend BY MICHAEL KATZ Staff writer
The Terrapin women’s lacrosse team, shown together before a game in February, are one win away from the seventh perfect regular season in program history. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
The pursuit of perfection Terps looking to match undefeated teams of past seasons BY KATE YANCHULIS Staff writer
Cathy Reese and Quinn Carney, former players turned coaches for the Terrapin women’s lacrosse team, are familiar with the pursuit of perfection. Reese, the third-year head coach, played for the Terps from 1995 to 1998 and was part of undefeated regular seasons in 1995 and 1996. Assistant coach Carney, a freshman during Reese’s senior season, played in two undefeated regular seasons herself in 1999 and 2001.
Now, as coaches, they are trying to repeat the feat. With a win against No. 5 Princeton (12-2) on Saturday, the No. 2 Terps (18-0, 5-0 ACC) would have a perfect regular season record for the first time since 2001. But in the locker room, Reese has kept quiet about the possible achievement — not because she doesn’t want to jinx the team, but rather as an attempt to keep her players grounded. “I think people make a bigger deal about an undefeated season than we do as coaches,” Reese said. “We don’t ever discuss that with our team. We
don’t want any extra pressure. At the end of the day, a win’s a win and a loss is a loss, so we’re treating it like any other game.” She did acknowledge that an undefeated season is “a great accomplishment.” But she emphasized that the team’s strategy would not change against the Tigers, the Terps’ last game before the NCAA Tournament. “We have another chance to play a complete game of really good, solid lacrosse, and that’s what we hope to
Before the ACC Tournament last weekend, Terrapin men’s lacrosse coach Dave Cottle mulled over his weekend plan for the Terps’ two rotating goalies. On Friday, the coach gave Jason Carter and Brian Phipps each one half in the cage. It was a strategy the team had not employed since a Feb. 21 loss to Georgetown. The result wasn’t ideal. Neither goalie looked particularly good in the net as the Terps surrendered 16 goals, in part due to an surprisingly weak defensive performance. “If you look at that tournament, the [stadium] background was not conducive to goalies. There were a lot of goals given up,” Cottle said. “But saying that, we have to make saves.” Despite the spotty play between the pipes, the coach remains confident in both of his goalies. As Phipps said earlier in the season, a short memory is an asset in the cage. “We have two competitive kids,” Cottle said. “I don’t think we played as well as we can, and we’re gonna flush that one and move on to the next one.” Phipps will start in Saturday’s game at Yale.
THE DEFENSE RESTS The Terp defense looked overmatched and uninterested Friday against the Tar Heels. It was an uncharacteristic performance from a group that has stayed strong this year, despite the loss of starting
BY MICHAEL LEMAIRE Staff writer
After Adam Kolarek gave up back-to-back singles with only one out in the eighth inning and the Terrapin baseball team clinging to a one-run lead, the onus once again fell on closer Dan Gentzler to slam the door. Coming off a two-inning
save Tuesday against James their runs in the first three Madison, Gentzler was crisp innings, jumping out to an early lead before the once again: He got Mountaineers (29-13) good sink on his fastbattled back to force ball en route to 1.2 Gentzler into action. scoreless innings and BASEBALL “It was definitely a his fifth save of the season, and helped TERPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 tough situation to the Terps (22-24) West Virginia. . . . . . . . 7 come into,” Gentzler said. “I was just escape West Virginia thinking that I needed to get a with an 8-7 win. The Terps scored all eight of groundball or a double play
and get out of the inning. My pitches felt good and I was able to throw a lot of firstpitch strikes, which always helps me out.” With the Mountaineers still in contention for an NCAA regional tournament berth they decided to save their better pitchers for the weekend,
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defender Brian Farrell only three games into the season. But the 16 goals they let up — more than twice their season average of 7.93 goals per game — weren’t the only thing different in the outing. “I would say that the reason we gave up goals were different,” Cottle said. “We didn’t do a great job on the ball, and we were late on our rotations. And then combine that with probably not getting as solid goaltending as we’re used to, [it] registered disaster.” The defensive no-show
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