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Despite a lackluster second half, Terps defeat Bellarmine on Senior Day

Monday, April 30, 2012

From the little island to the mainland comes a brand new sound

THE DIAMONDBACK Our 102ND Year, No. 137



Big Play Sports Grill opened its doors for the first time Thursday. Owners said they hope the bar soon becomes a staple in the city.

Terps men’s basketball point guard Pe’Shon Howard was charged for disorderly conduct yesterday morning. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK


After delay, Big Play Sports Grill opens Restaurant hopes to become local fixture BY JIM BACH Senior staff writer

Although students were disappointed after Vito’s Pizzeria owners failed to open a bar on the corner of Hartwick Road and Route 1 in the fall, Big Play Sports Grill opened its doors Thursday, hoping to spice up the city’s restaurant options. Big Play has relied solely on wordof-mouth advertising thus far, but several students attended its debut last week in addition to the owners’ network of supporters. Although disputes with the College Park City Council and renovations totaling $125,000 delayed the opening of the new bar by more than six months, coowner Allen Morrison said he thinks the business will soon be a fixture in the city’s dining scene. “Big Play is going to be here for a long time,” Morrison said. “There has not been a place like this on this

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BY JON WOLPER Senior staff writer

Between Night and Day, a standoff. The humans had held rank for more than a half hour, 14 strong and standing in a circle, backs to each other. Many wielded small, semi-automatic weapons. Some had swords. One had a hatchet. One had a machine gun. Just a few feet away, in the shadow of H.J. Patterson

Md. Day exhibit celebrates Adele Stamp Senior staff writer

In her lifetime, she befriended some of the most powerful figures in Washington. She was courted by an agriculture professor five years her junior. Under her leadership, this university saw female enrollment skyrocket from 93 students to more than 4,000. And Saturday, 38 years after her death, Maryland Day visitors had the opportunity to glimpse into the life of Adele H. Stamp through a collection of letters, diaries and photographs that

Basketball point guard charged with disorderly conduct

beelining for their human of choice, some yelling, charging with abandon. A flurry of darts, an orgy of plastic clicks and staccato shouts of “got you!” Then, quiet. “Did we even get one?” a zombie asked. They didn’t. The zombies retreated to the bushes, but they weren’t dissuaded. There would be plenty more

BY ERIN EGAN Senior staff writer

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Police arrested Terrapins men’s basketball point guard Pe’Shon Howard and charged him with disorderly conduct early yesterday morning after reportedly witnessing him “taunting” an individual outside of Shanghai Cafe, University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky said. Howard was issued a citation around 2:25 a.m., but was not held at the station, and he was released yesterday morning. When a date is set, Howard will appear in court and, if convicted, the incident will go on his record, Limansky said. The maximum penalty for Howard’s offense is a $500 fine and two months in jail, Limansky said. Several patrons flagged down police

On April 16, the UMD Nerf Activity Society began a two-week long game of Humans vs. Zombies, which the group puts on every semester. Saturday was the final night, and the zombies claimed victory in the final battle on McKeldin Mall. PHOTOS BY CHARLIE DEBOYACE AND JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

Nearly 40 years later, still an icon BY REBECCA LURYE

try to stay alive; the zombies have to hunt for brains. In the circle between the Night and Day sculptures — two stone statues that sit between Holzapfel Hall and H.J. Patterson — orange, black and yellow darts littered the ground, and an uneasiness gripped the human formation. Suddenly, an ambush. About a dozen zombies poured out from behind a bush on the southwest side of the circle, some quiet,

The challenge is not really for the humans to win. … It’s how long you survive.

Hall, zombies were putting together a plan of attack. Nothing, to that point, had been working. And, for the next 90 minutes, barely anything would. It was eight days into Humans vs. Zombies, a twoweek long semesterly game put on by the UMD Nerf Activity Society in which a group of students, most of whom readily admit they’re nerds, brandish various Nerf weapons and chase each other around the campus. In the game, which began April 16, the humans have to

U. Police arrest Pe’Shon Howard

shed a new light on the university’s first dean of women. Lori Sonderegger — the greatgrand-niece of Stamp — inherited Stamp’s belongings after her mother died this past summer. Sonderegger said she already had enough family stories and scrapbooks of her own, and the large bust of Stamp did not belong in a living room. University archivist Anne Turkos said viewing many of these items forced her to reshape her perception

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see ARREST, page 3

Students push for more input on East Campus development plans Officials say they are working to finalize terms of agreement BY LAUREN KIRKWOOD Staff writer

As city officials finalize preliminary plans for the East Campus development, which would bring a hotel, upscale restaurants, retail and graduate housing to College Park, students said it is important they have more opportunities to give input on the project. More than a year after budget woes caused developers to abandon planning the 38-acre East Campus devel-

opment, Vice President for Administrative Affairs Rob Specter said the university is now about a month away from resolving the terms of its agreement with development firm Cordish Companies. Although officials now plan to host forums during the summer and fall to elicit feedback from students and community members, several student groups said their requests for a spring forum were “kind of pushed aside.” “There really hasn’t been a whole

lot of effort to engage the public,” said Michelle Kim, the Student Government Association’s sustainability director. “No one really knows what’s happening behind closed doors.” However, Specter said officials want to wait to hold a forum until they sign their term sheet with Cordish Companies. They will then seek approval from the Board of Regents — the 17-member governing body

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fully armed battalion of humans, plenty of chances to let the world melt away and the inner children inside everyone take charge.


At the beginning, pickings were slim. At 11 a.m., Sarah Dagen, the Alpha Zed — the original zombie chosen by moderators and charged with amassing an undead army — trailed freshman Tyler Albers from the physics building all the way up to North Campus and attacked him by the computer and space sciences building. Albers shot her with a Nerf gun, stunning her. Dagen stood with her arms above her head, counting. Albers thought the stun time was five minutes, leaving him with plenty of time to talk to Dagen before he could run away. But he was wrong; he didn’t know the rules well enough. After two minutes, Dagen lunged at him and grabbed his arm above his yellow armband. He became the Beta Zed, the first human Dagen turned into a zombie. Dagen had been hunting humans since 7:30 a.m. that morning. She wouldn’t retire until 12 hours later.

Since Humans vs. Zombies came to the campus in fall 2006, reception hasn’t always been kind. For ever y student who prizes the escapism of the game as a way to truly let loose in college, there are plenty who view the game with skepticism or, sometimes, outright revulsion.

Humans brandish various Nerf weapons as they evade and attack zombies throughout the semesterly game.


“That’s just not normal,” said Melissa Kahn, a junior psychology major, who one day found herself face to face with a screaming zombie about to charge. A few days ago, she said, she saw a group of players carrying Nerf guns and thought the campus was under attack. In fall 2008, University Police shut down the game after less than a week when the department received a call from a professor who said he saw a man walking around carrying a real gun. It turned out to be an HvZ player with a Nerf gun. Now, Danny Michaelis, the group’s president, corresponds with police to let officers know when the game will take place to avoid such problems. This semester, things went smoothly. That doesn’t change some students’ perceptions, though. During a scenario, as Terps linebacker A.J. Francis and Andrew Stefany, a freshman computer science major, stealthily moved around Comcast Center, a girl on a scooter saw the football player wielding a massive, automatic blaster called the Stampede. “Are you kidding me A.J.?” she called out. “You know it,” he said. He grinned and kept jogging.


Shane Walker is so good at this game that he has become notorious — a mythological character in a post-apocalyptic scenario. He was part of the spring 2010 humans team, the only squad of humans to ever win in six years of Humans vs. Zombies. It was his first semester playing. Some people say that while dual-wielding his blasters, he can reload using only his hips, like some sort of Wild West gunslinger. In reality, he can’t. “I don’t know why they keep making these dumb legends,” he said. But still, the junior classics major embraces it and understands that, for all his notoriety, he still is one of the best players on the campus. He looks like someone who should be hunting zombies, with his thin sunglasses, fingerless leather gloves and a shoulder-length ponytail. He wears two armbands instead of one, doubling the chances of a zombie turning him. He does it as a favor to

them, to even the odds. At noon on day five, he called Marut Tangtrongwanit, a sophomore geography and geographic information science major and recent undead conversion, and told him to get a few zombies to camp outside the North Campus Diner. He was on his way, and he wanted to hunt. When he got there, he climbed over a brick ledge and

no more romance in the modern world because there’s nothing left to discover.” So Humans vs. Zombies, for all the fun of running around, mirrors the spread of an infectious disease. The game was created at Goucher College in 2005. There’s a reason the game began so recently. “The challenge is not really for the humans to win,” said

“The final’s going to be devastating.” DAY 13 - THE FINAL “Humans, raise your hands!” Sifrit yelled from atop the sundial’s ledge. Nearly 40 players responded. “Don’t get used to it,” he said, confident all the humans would soon be zombies. “Soon

hard to run. They kept coming. Suddenly, cries of “MEDIC!” A zombie fell on a pathway and skinned her palm and knee. Play stopped. The hazy veneer of gameplay fell by the wayside as another player tended to her. She was a bit dazed, but OK. “Resume in 10 seconds!” Sifrit shouted. Then: “Five! Four! Three! Two! One!”

It really is that zombies strike a nerve with us because they are ... the monster for our time.

hid behind a dumpster near Ellicott Hall. Sitting outside the diner was Tangtrongwanit; a small and exceedingly quick zombie, Josh Clark, who had been turned into a zombie on day one; and the Alpha Zed herself, Dagen. “Speak of the devil,” Dagen said as Walker revealed himself. “And the devil will come,” Walker answered, without missing a beat. The three zombies got up and began to triangulate a position. Walker kept his two blasters outstretched, trying to see everything at once. They charged. Walker found a slight opening among the three of them and backed through it, carefully aiming and firing. He hit Dagen and Clark without missing. When Tangtrongwanit came at him, darting with his hands down at his sides, trying his best to run in a snake-like pattern, Walker missed once but put him down before he was within striking distance. And like that, it was over. The three zombies put their hands on their heads and began mentally counting while Walker — the man who calls himself “the king” — reloaded. Dagen sang the praises of the pistachio milkshake she had just picked up from the Diner. The zombies began to stir again, and Walker put them down again without much trouble. He went inside the diner to get a hamburger. For now, he had survived. But the zombies’ ranks were growing. After the first scenario the day before, Dagen estimated they had grown to about 30. The infection was spreading.

The average Nerf dart is about 1 inch long and 1 ounce heavy. It’s made mostly of foam, a material so light and inconsequential you can rip it in two without much effort. It’s tipped with rubber, which keeps its aim true. Sometimes the dart is bright yellow with a bright purple tip; sometimes it’s bright orange with a bright orange tip. It leaves the blaster with a lame click, the sound of a spring pushing forward, the sound of a simple plastic machine doing a simple machine’s work. Sometimes, when a dart softly thwacks a zombie, the zombie barely even registers the hit. But the zombie will still immobilize, resigned and frustrated, with hands atop his or her head for a full two minutes. A Nerf dart is absolutely harmless. A Nerf dart is absolutely terrifying.

Ultimately, people play Humans vs. Zombies because it’s fun. It’s fun to let the kid inside you run around. It’s just fun. But why this game? Why Humans vs. Zombies? Why not, say, Cowboys vs. Indians? “It really is that zombies strike a nerve with us because they are, in my opinion, the quintessential postmodern monster,” said Matt Mogk, the head of the Zombie Research Society, which is made up of doctors who construct biological theories for how zombies might exist. “They are the monster for our time.” That’s because, as Mogk said, there’s nothing supernatural about zombies — essentially, they’re a virus with legs and teeth. A century ago, when an influenza pandemic wiped out between 20 and 40 million people, scientists didn’t have microscopes powerful enough to see the bug. There was no way for them to know how people were dying, and there was a perverse romance to the unknown. But now, Mogk said, the average college student knows more about the spread of disease and infection than top scientists in 1918 did. Nowadays, we’re scared of what we understand, not what we don’t, he said. “We don’t believe in the bogeyman anymore,” said Mogk, who has written three books on zombies and appeared as a panelist on AMC’s Talking Dead. “There’s

Kent Norman, a psychology professor at this university who studies immersion in video games. “It’s like Tetris. You never win Tetris. It’s how long you survive before you get crushed.”

you’ll be doing this.” He outstretched his arms in the classic zombie pose. And he was right.

Day 9 ends with a series of firefights on the roof of Mowatt Lane Parking Garage. One player estimated there were just about 50 humans left. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

DAY 9 In the afternoon, Walker, the king, was zombified by a group outside of McKeldin Library. It was a surprise, an anticlimax — as Walker finished dispatching zombies and went for the door, another zombie jumped out from inside the lobby and attacked him — but it was enough. It sent a message: You may be one of the best, but there are always more zombies. They will always come toward you, unceasing, undaunted. The infection will spread. There is no escape.

That night’s events ended in a succession of firefights atop the Mowatt Lane Parking Garage. It ended with humans shooting through the partitions between floors of the garage, with zombies hiding behind cars, with Francis wielding his huge automatic weapon and surviving. It also ended with a lot of turns. Michaelis, at this point a zombie for a long while, figured there were about 50 humans left. “We have full confidence the humans are going to lose now,” he said afterward. “It’s just going to happen.

A march. A dispersion. At 9:30 p.m., four squads of humans set off from the engineering fields in different directions, each with a specific, convoluted set of objectives. A moderator led each group, attempting to bring them to a specific spot without getting massacred. But when the zombies would come, the humans would be diverted; and then on the run; and then they would reluctantly split from each other; and then they would be turned; and their numbers would dwindle and eventually they would hide, terrified of facing a giant horde of zombies as the rain pounded down late Saturday night.

A small group of humans stood with their backs to Shoemaker Hall, cautiously inching along, weapons outstretched, as an ever-larger group of zombies came toward them. They took off. One human was caught immediately. The fight moved to the Memorial Chapel fields, the humans slowly backing away and fending off zombies with flurries of darts and melee weapons. But when facing down so many zombies, it’s

More than a dozen zombies, who had congregated in wait, flooded over a small set of stairs after the humans. They turned a few. Another few got away. Meanwhile, on the other side of the campus, two of the four human squads were annihilated.

“I’m really in the dark of how much they’ve done so far,” said Albers, the Beta Zed, wondering how much the humans had accomplished. He was one of three scouts employed by the zombies. If he came across of a group of humans, he’d call in an army. At this point, he was patrolling the area at the top of McKeldin Mall. By Hornbake Plaza, he found some humans, along with a small group of zombies on their tail. “Keep ‘em running, keep ‘em running!” yelled another zombie. The group, as it turned out, boasted a few of the game’s most elite players, some of whom were alumni coming back to relive the thrill of past years. A few years ago, the group called themselves The Sundial Strikers and won the entire game for the humans; it was the only time that ever happened. This year, they traveled with balloons tied to their backs to make themselves more visible to zombies. They called themselves Ballooner Eclipse. The zombies cornered one of the members of Ballooner Eclipse, though, in front of the Biology-Psychology building, and turned him into a zombie. He popped his balloon in resignation.

At 10:15 p.m., two dozen zombies waited for a bloodbath at the engineering fields. They had heard there were two small groups of humans left and knew they’d have to come down that way to complete their next objective. Time passed, and no one showed up. An hour later, when the rain was coming down in harder and harder spurts, the zombies were becoming disillusioned. It’s hard to mentally commit to the game when you’re just standing around, waiting. “They’re hiding,” Michaelis

said about the humans. “They’re scared.” At 11:30, p.m., Michaelis began to frantically field phone calls from remaining humans. He threatened to call the entire game by midnight if they didn’t show themselves. But then he found out one moderator had mistakenly bypassed one of the scenario’s steps and had avoided the engineering fields entirely. They were off to the mall to complete their penultimate task: building and activating a game of Mouse Trap. “All the zeds to the mall!” Dagen screamed, windmilling her arms like a third base coach.

On the mall, chaos. The humans had split into sub-groups and ran toward the mall from different directions. There were no more than 15, and the zombies chased whomever they could find. More than 70 people running, slipping in the rain-slicked grass, grabbing arms, yelling and yelling and yelling. It was three minutes to midnight. A human dropped the game of Mouse Trap, which his group was supposed to build. He was turned, and four zom-

A wounded zombie relaxes after carrying out an attack on the remaining humans. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

bies guarded the box. No one would get close again. A group of eight humans stood back to back and slowly moved east on the mall, but eventually they were broken up and turned into zombies. The mall was alight with movement, and the humans were falling quick. After five minutes, all were dead except for four or five, three of whom were members of Ballooner Eclipse. The writing, for all intents and purposes, was on the wall. The zombies were about to win again. “Oh, God,” Walker said. He looked up to the sky. More than 40 zombies took off after the remaining humans. The precipitation intensified. “It’s raining darts.”



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Big Play Sports Grill opened in the space previously occupied by Vito’s Pizzeria. Thursday. The restaurant drew a crowd of customers on its first night. ALEXIS JENKINS/THE DIAMONDBACK

OPENING from page 1 corner yet.” After Vito’s closed last year, the owners of Big Play — Morrison, Andre Hopson and Ezetrick Coleman — spent months obtaining the necessary permits to open, as well as gut the bar to renovate the interior from scratch. While Big Play offers traditional American food options, such as wings and mozzarella sticks, Hopson has previously said the freshly made food would be a “step up” from College Park businesses. The strip across from the College Park Shopping Center, which has seen a significant turnover of businesses due to high rent prices, presents a challenge for the new business owners, but Hopson said they plan to stress food over alcohol to attract customers. “We think alcohol is alcohol wherever you go,” he said. “Food is what is going to keep us in business.” Several students said they did not think competition would be a problem for Big Play. “Me and some of my friends

get tired of going to the same bars all the time,” said sophomore government and politics major Kwon Billingsley, adding the city needed “a new asset to things you can do in College Park,” which he said were limited.

“You’re not going to see kids passed out, wasted in the bathroom — it’s not that type of place.” ANDRE HOPSON BIG PLAY SPORTS GRILL CO-OWNER

While this is their first venture running a restaurant, university alumnus Hopson said he has learned that businesses must look to other markets outside of the student demographic. The three owners have established networks in the area to attract businesses from various age demographics, he said. “That’s going to be para-

mount in staying afloat,” he said. “If you only depend on the students first and foremost, you’re making your business almost seasonal.” The venue’s size is not conducive to a dance floor or a large crowd, unlike the nearby R.J. Bentley’s or Cornerstone Grill and Loft, Morrison said, so it will not need a large crowd to pack the bar and seats. Hopson said the restaurant would have a “lounge feel” to it. “You’re not going to see kids passed out, wasted in the bathroom — it’s not that type of place,” he said. Opening night drew a large crowd comprised mainly of friends and family of the ownership, Morrison said. However, there was a mix of students, and many customers returned over the weekend. They expect to see more business as they expand their advertising, they said. “I think we got a good handle on what we need to do,” Hopson said after the opening weekend. “We have a vast network of people spanning so many places.”

of Stamp, who served as dean of women from 1920 to 1960. “A lot of the pictures and letters are not at all what we think of her,” said Turkos. “I don’t think of Adele standing in a river fishing, that’s not the image I have of her at all. I think of her behind her desk, writing some fiery letter to [former university President Harry “Curley”] Byrd. ... She was a real stickler.” The love letters were particularly surprising, Turkos said. In 1920, then 25-year-old agriculture professor Franklin Day and a group of professors went off on a three-day trip to Sugarloaf Mountain in western Maryland to celebrate the recent promotion of their colleague Harold Cotterman to dean of rural education and economics. The group hunted squirrels and “simply butchered the English language,” but according to one letter in the collection, Day spent the time pining for one absent faculty member — the then 30-year-old Stamp. “I think you are the only woman in the world that would have fitted in that party just right and I just wanted you to be here so badly that I couldn’t think of anything else,” Day wrote. For months, Day sent handwritten letters in loping blue script to Stamp, “the one and only girl who so coyly permitted [him] to hold her dimpled hand and whisper sweet nothings into her pearly ear the summer before.” In another letter, he lamented, “Who could be content with a whirlwind after having experienced a cyclone?” In 1921, Day married Elizabeth Hook, the first fouryear female graduate of the university, but the couple stayed in touch with Stamp. When Hook died in 1951, Stamp wrote her obituary in the January-February edition of the university alumni magazine, calling her “our first real co-ed.” Stamp never married — a fact Sonderegger said was not a topic of discussion in her family. A married woman of that time would not have become a university dean, and this position meant so much to Stamp that she lied about her age in order to slip past the traditional retirement age. “This was someone that rather than retiring at 65, she decided she wasn’t going to

PLAN from page 1 that oversees the university system — and can begin work on a more detailed development agreement, made of up hundreds of pages of design plans, Specter said. Developers are tentatively scheduled to break ground in about a year. Specter added student input will still influence the more detailed planning process. Officials have already incorporated an emphasis on sustainability into the project’s final design, he said, as East Campus will follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and buildings will have a minimum LEED Silver certification. “We’re building consistent in architectural design and sustainability standards to the rest of campus,” Specter said. “The idea is to make a neighborhood for the people who live here and the people who stay in the hotel and have a really nice green space, a gathering space.” “We also want to offer current

ARREST from page 1 fine and two months in jail, Limansky said. Several patrons flagged down police after a fight reportedly broke out outside of Shanghai, Limansky said, adding he does not know whether Howard was involved in the fight. “We had the aggressor sit down outside to calm down, and at that point, Mr. Howard began taunting the individual, trying to get him riled up again,” Limansky said. “Officers told [Howard] to stop what he was doing, but he continued to do it, at which point we placed him into custody.” In a phone interview yesterday afternoon, however, Howard said he did not provoke anyone nor try to start

The University Archives displayed a donated collection of Adele H. Stamp’s letters, diaries and photographs — including the photo above — on Maryland Day. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

be 65,” Sonderegger said. “She just had kind of that stubbornness to do whatever she felt she was going to do, come hell or high water.” However, Sonderegger said she knew little about Stamp’s accomplishments growing up. Stamp was foremost a “larger than life figure” within the family, she said. Because no other extended family lived in Maryland, Stamp kept in close touch with Sonderegger’s mother and uncle, Hayden Lancaster, instilling in them the same independence she cultivated in the university’s female students for decades. Lancaster said he remembers making treacherous trips across Route 1 to visit Stamp’s apartment in College Park, where he would spend most of his time in a formal dining room or the “nook and cranny of a kitchen.” But he said Stamp always kept tabs on them. On one occasion, he and Sonderegger’s mother decided to organize a house fire drill when they were home alone. They were dropping

students more opportunity for input to see the design plans and comment on them,” he added.

“We have to keep in mind environmental sustainability and the impact that’s going to have.” MATTHEW POPKIN SGA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

However, Kim said several student groups on the campus — including UMD for Clean Energy, the SGA and MaryPIRG — wanted to keep up with the recent progress on East Campus, a project that’s been discussed for more than a decade, and felt a forum this semester would keep current students in the loop, she said. “We wanted to do that as early as possible just so people in the community were kept up to date and included in all stages of the process,” Kim said.

another fight. “They thought that I was instigating,” said Howard, a Los Angeles native. “But people around me said I wasn’t. I was speaking to the cops, and that was it.” Athletics department officials said they were aware of the incident, but declined to comment further. “We are aware of an incident Sunday morning regarding Pe’Shon Howard,” Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations Doug Dull said. “We will have no comment on the matter until the disposition of the situation has run its course through local and campus judicial procedures.” Howard, a sophomore letters and sciences major, was handcuffed at the scene and issued a citation, he said. “We had intent to process him as a full arrest,” Limansky said.

their younger brother out the second floor window to the roof when their horrified mother caught them. “It was good exercise,” Lancaster said. “And we managed to save him from the fire — ‘course there wasn’t any fire.” But Sonderegger said her mother recounted a different reaction from Stamp. “Aunt Dell was completely not horrified and completely on the side of the kids and thought it made perfect sense that the kids would practice a fire drill without any adult supervision,” she said. Sonderegger said she came to realize her ancestor’s influence in empowering women both at this university and within her own family. “I knew she was really interesting and vibrant but didn’t ever really understand how unique and special she was to the Maryland community,” Sonderegger said. “What carried through with the family was a complete conviction that women can do anything they put their mind to.”

SGA Senior Vice President Matthew Popkin said students should let the university know what retail and restaurants they would like to see brought to the area, as well as stress the importance of environmental responsibility. “We have to keep in mind environmental sustainability and the impact that’s going to have on the local community and environment and the watershed,” he said. Although Kim said she and other students were disappointed they will have to attend a summer forum for city residents or wait until fall to speak directly with officials, Popkin said the planned timeline is not a terrible alternative. “Current students are very well aware of what they want and what their peers want,” Popkin said. “It’s really to make sure there’s collaboration on all fronts. Public forums are a great way for decision makers on this campus to hear exactly what students are interested in seeing and what fits in with the plan.”

Limansky added Howard was released from University Police’s Rossborough Lane station on personal recognizance — meaning police do not believe he is a flight risk and will appear at his court date when it is set —shortly after his arrival. “He has ties to the community and he wasn’t violent,” Limansky said. “He was just disorderly.” Howard averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 assists in 14 games this season. He missed the first two months of the season with a broken ankle and was sidelined for the final month after tearing his ACL in a February practice. Howard’s arrest is the men’s basketball program’s second this year. Assistant coach Dalonte Hill was arrested in January for suspicion of driving under the influence.
















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ince dean Kevin Klose announced his rather abrupt resignation last college has already begun in order to develop journalists with a wider skill September, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism has been on set. During her forum on Monday, ever y time a student asked Leff a questhe hunt for a new leader. From the beginning of November, the col- tion, she seemed to not know the answer. Dalglish, on the other hand, listed lege has been accepting applications for the newly vacant position, her plans to address some very specific problems the journalism school has. When Klose began as dean, the college was struggling with an outdated and there are now two candidates in the running. When Klose steps down on June 30, either Deborah Leff or Lucy Dalglish will have to be ready to curriculum and a shortage of both university and donor dollars. Throughout his tenure, people have complained about his lack of take his place. transparency and ability to accomplish fundraising Leff was most recently deputy counselor for the Jusgoals, though he was expected to have a large influence tice Department’s Access to Justice Initiative and has a number of top-dog jobs under her belt. She said she Lucy Dalglish is the most on raising money, given his background of raising nearly $400 million in his 10-year stint as National Pubconsiders herself a journalist, but one of our biggest promising of the two lic Radio’s president. concerns is that her last job in journalism was in 1992 During Thursday’s forum, Dalglish specifically stated — the same year that half of this editorial board was journalism dean candidates, the two main issues she sees holding back the college: a born. Journalism is an evolving field, and her lack of as she has a plan for what she limited curriculum and budgetar y concerns. Her plans recent experience could be detrimental. Dalglish, however, is the executive director of the wants to get done and could revolve around creating a fundraising strategy and different changes to the curriculum. She wants more speReporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She has spent her career combining knowledge of law and ultimately benefit the college. cialized collaborations such as partnership programs with the business or public health schools, other jourjournalism in different facets, and her experience as an expert on media law and a First Amendment public speaker could poten- nalism schools and field journalists — all to broaden students’ education tially benefit students in the journalism school. Her focus is making stu- and supplement basic classroom learning. Leff simply wants to expand internship and partnership opportunities that would benefit students interdents into lifelong learners, something she seems to have become. Additionally, Dalglish knows what she wants to accomplish as dean and ested in science and law journalism, with no specific plan to do so. Interestingly enough, neither candidate has much experience in acadehas put thought into how to execute her plans. Leff herself admitted her long-term goal is “amazingly vague and general” — something not so mia, but because Dalglish’s plans for curriculum and academic changes are appealing in a candidate who would ideally propel the department into the more thought-out, her inexperience can perhaps be overlooked. For such a highly-respected journalism school, we’re a bit surprised the future of journalism. Leff might be confident in her ability to address today’s finalists don’t have stronger journalism credentials. That said, this editorial changing world in regards to journalism, but we aren’t too sure. The only concrete initiative Leff cites is getting rid of silos — specializa- board believes Dalglish’s experience and preparation make her the better tion in only print or broadcast journalism, in other words — something the candidate — we hope to see her in Knight Hall next semester.

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Purple Line: Don’t surrender the ‘M’


am wholeheartedly against the Purple Line — at least in its current proposed configuration. For those of you who don’t pay much attention to local news, the Purple Line is the proposed light rail that will connect Bethesda to New Carrollton, making four stops in College Park along the way and effectively slicing the campus in half. The train will run along Campus Drive, turning a pedestrian-friendly, scenic road into a congested and potentially dangerous metal train yard. It would cut across Route 1, through parking lots (including Lot 1) and landscaped space, behind residential buildings, and would require a large amount of construction that would take years to complete. Unfortunately, despite much opposition from students and former university President Dan Mote, Gov. Martin O’Malley approved the route in 2009. The project is now in the preliminary engineering phase. Station locations have been identified, and planners are now working on the smaller details, such as where exactly “along

LAUREN MENDELSOHN Campus Drive” the line will run and what impact it would have on existing landscaping and architecture. The way I see it, there are two main problems with building a rail line that runs along this university’s main artery. One has to do with student convenience and visitor accessibility, and the other with the overall feel and aesthetics of the campus. I’m not sure how many people involved in the Purple Line project have actually been to the campus and seen how alive Campus Drive is with students running to class and visitors on tours, cars and buses carrying professors and employees and groups of friends meeting up and stopping to chat. It seems to me they picked the worst possible spot.

Convenience and accessibility would certainly be compromised, traffic will increase dramatically and North Campus will feel even more removed from the rest of the campus than it already does. There will need to be many places for pedestrians to cross the tracks so that foot traffic across campus can continue flowing and students aren’t late for class because they needed to walk out of their way to cross the rail. Safety is also a big issue, since the high-speed train will cross some busy intersections, and students are often paying more attention to their phone or iPod than looking for oncoming trains. Because of how the campus is set up, there’s really no way you can build a train throughout its heart and not create a chaotic, noisy, hazardous mess. What you could at least try to do, though — and here is where the current plan fails — is maintain the same look and feel of the university, so that the rail enhances, rather than alters, this beautiful campus. The Pur-

ple Line would require excavating trees and removing other notable landscape elements; most prominently, the proposed alignment might require moving the iconic “M” circle somewhere else, no longer in a roundabout for all to see as they enter campus. Some people think relocating the “M” circle will turn it into a hangout spot for students. It’s doubtful, considering the new location could be in front of the Mitchell Building. The alternative to relocating the “M” would be to make it smaller. Officials say this is not the “safest” option — but what does that even mean? Doesn’t the whole idea of a train through campus sound unsafe? The Purple Line is already going to make too many changes to our campus; the “M” circle, one of the most important monuments and symbols of Maryland pride on campus, should remain right where it is. Lauren Mendelsohn is a junior psychology major. She can be reached at

Stress and finals: How to handle it all


f you are considering dating Testudo instead of just rubbing his nose to bring you more luck on your exams, we may be getting closer to finals. If you are starting to sleep with textbooks under your pillow on the off chance that learning by osmosis may work, we may be getting closer to finals. If you are so buried in your studies that you are no longer sneaking looks at that hot classmate sitting across from you at the library, we may be getting closer to finals. After doing research and interviews with health professionals, I found there are a few things you should know about stress and preparing for finals. First, drinking Red Bull and planning to study 20 hours a day for the next two weeks is not the most effective way to prepare yourself. Although this may seem counterintuitive, the best thing you can do is to set aside time to get enough sleep. Not only will you be able to absorb information quicker, but it also turns out your

brain needs sleep to process and integrate the information you are tr ying to learn. Second, set aside time to make sure you are fueling your brain with the proper nutrition (not just sugar, chocolate and coffee) and taking some breaks to do something you enjoy. Some exercise — even a quick walk or Frisbee toss — will also help oxygenate your brain and relieve the stress. If you are at the point where you are feeling over whelmed or your mechanism to escape the stress (drinking, drugs, video games, etc.) is interfering with your ability to address the stress, you should consider finding someone to talk to. Just speaking to someone can be surprisingly therapeutic. No matter what your level of stress, you should be aware that there are many resources and people on the campus who care and are here to help you succeed. First there is the Center for Health and Wellbeing located in the Eppley Recreation Center, which

RICHARD ZIPPER conducts Relaxation Training and Wellness Counseling programs. Stop by to chat or call 301-314-1493 for an appointment. Email them at for additional studying and time management tips. Their website is There is also the Learning Assistance Service (part of the Counseling Center,, which can help you in dealing with test anxiety, getting organized and developing memory skills and point you to other resources such as tutors, educational CDs and people to help you with your papers. Finally, there is the University Counseling Center in the Shoemaker Building. Here, individual

and group sessions are available with highly trained and experienced professionals. You can address personal issues which may be interfering with your ability to succeed here. Sometimes, just a few sessions can really help. You can make an appointment by calling 301-3147651. They have an extensive website where among many links to resources, you can ask questions online via the “Paging Dr. WEBster” link: There are undoubtedly many tough classes at this university, and the workload you are expected to handle can be overwhelming. So as the stress of finals starts to rise, remember: Your best bet is to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Take advantage of the resources available. Remember the Terrapin — slow but steady. Take things one step at a time. Good luck! Richard Zipper is a Golden ID student taking classes in biology. He can be reached at


ecently, NPR covered the stor y of Xavier Alvarez, a Californian politician accused of embellishing his resumé with countless false accolades, including a Congressional Medal of Honor. With liars competing in the job market and applicants falsifying their pasts, the significance of awards has become less meritorious as their prominence on resumés has drastically increased. The court case, then, investigates the Stolen Valor Act, which makes falsifying a militar y medal a crime that is punishable by law. Some say that this law is unconstitutional because of the First Amendment right to free speech. Others say that it would be unethical to allow people to lie without proper consequences. Well, all of this sounds really interesting, but what does it have to do with students at this university? This is a busy time of year for students — awards season is coming up, students are filling out applications for jobs and internships and graduate and professional schools are inter viewing for open positions. Students at this university are faced with ethical dilemmas, now more than ever. With an extremely competitive job market, students might be tempted to embellish their resumés and accomplishments in order to give themselves an extra edge. The truth is, though, that lying on your resumé or in your inter view can (and will) come back to haunt you. Let’s take a generic example — applying for a summer internship, you decide to exaggerate your extracurricular activities and the knowledge that you have from your classes. No harm, no foul, right? Well, let’s take a look at three months down the road. Your mentor, impressed with your leadership skills and extremely broad knowledge base, assigns you a project without much guidance as to which direction to go with it. Now you’re in trouble — do you ask for help from your mentor and admit that you are not as qualified as you made yourself seem, or do you butcher the project and waste an entire summer struggling with something that you do not understand? If you had just been upfront and honest in the first place, your mentor probably would have helped you develop your skills with more guidance, but now you are forced to break the trust between you and your mentor through either telling them that you lied or ruining the project. How can you take pride in your work when you know that you deliberately lied to get ahead? Tough questions, and tougher answers, await you on the other side of your unjustified employment or internship. As for on-campus employment and applications, according to Laura Tan, an Assistant Director of Resident Life, applicants do more harm than good when they are dishonest. She states that employers seek relevant experiences, and that they have a “high level of trust in [their] applicants,” emphasizing that it would be detrimental to the applicant if they were found to be dishonest. As far as academic classes, according to Lucy LePeau at the Office of Student Conduct, fabricating information on a resumé for school courses is prohibited under the Code of Academic Integrity, and students could be brought before the Student Honor Council for such a violation. So while you’re filling out your summer applications, going through inter views, and thinking about your future, just remember that the old adage “honesty is the best policy” applies to the real world in a big way. Although you might not be lying about a Congressional Medal of Honor, your embellishments could land you in a tough spot with someone who gave you the opportunity based on your exaggerated or dishonest qualifications. Caroline Murray is a sophomore animal science and biology major and a member of the Education Team in the University Student Judiciary. She can be reached at

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orn today, you are not one to keep your opinions to yourself, especially the more heated a discussion or a situation gets. Indeed, you are most at home when things really heat up, when emotions are running high, when passions are flaring and when a great deal is at stake. You can become quickly bored when things are humming along, and the more disenchanted you get, the more dangerous you may be to yourself and those around you — simply because you get so eager to bust loose and take risks.


To say that you are an emotional individual is an understatement; you wear your heart on your sleeve, and you make no apologies for feeling so much about so many things — even when it makes others uncomfortable. What you must be ready for, at any time, is a sudden shift in mood that takes you quite by surprise. Also born on this date are: Kirsten Dunst, actress; Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden; Jill Clayburgh, actress; Burt Young, actor; Willie Nelson, singer and songwriter; Cloris Leachman, actress; Queen Juliana of the Netherlands; Eve Arden, actress. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.

quick adjustment you can surely make the most out of almost all developments. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You’ll have something to complain about today when all is said and done, but you’ll also want to choose your method with great care. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It may take a little more work than usual today to get others to express their appreciation and lend support to a current effort. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You know exactly how to give others just what they want today — and in the process you’ll get something you’ve been after for some time. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You may be in the dark as the day opens, but information will come to you piece by piece and your understanding will increase tenfold. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Put yourself out there today; you can’t expect anyone to buy what you are selling if they don’t know that it is available!

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Nurideen Bashir is left-handed. Myth says lefties are supposed to be more creative, better problem-solvers, greater leaders. When he begins to rap, eyes closed, fingertips pressed tightly together, spitting lyrics about loss and perseverance, he starts to fulfill that prophecy. Yet his dominant hand has nothing to do with why his band is called Leftist. The name could have been a political statement. Leftist does like to perform in support of causes: Guitarist Mahir Maruf played on the Poetic Vision Tour and opened for Outlandish during the Voices for Change Tour. On Friday, the group played at Community Roots’ annual benefit concert, Move the Movement. However, Leftist’s members said they would rather use their music to advocate for their faith, Islam, than for liberalism. In truth, Bashir adopted the Facebook name “Leftist McGillicutty” as a meaningless alias, just a way to hide on the Internet. But his fans soon came to know him as Leftist rather than Bashir, and he and Maruf used the label when they first played together in 2009. The members, who are 2010 and 2011 alumni, tried to find other names. For days on end, drummer Ismail Nicolas sent the others texts with ideas: The Cave Dwellers. The

Hornswagglers. The Shortstop Drifters. The Manatees. Simply “The People.” All were horrible, Bashir said, chuckling. Maruf said it was more “arbitrary” than anything else that they settled on Leftist. For Bashir, it had evolved into something more. “It’s the idea of trying to be righteous as opposed to being right, you know?” Bashir said. “I think at the moment in this world, we have too many people who are trying to be right, which means that there has to be somebody who’s wrong.” So what’s the opposite of right? Left. Tuesday night: Maruf walked down the tiers of steps into the main lobby of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. First impression: gangly, with an impish glint in his eye. “Nice to meet you,” he said. “How was your day?” He retraced his steps back to the table where he’d been sitting, waiting to get a call that recording studio 1110G was available. Leftist wasn’t paying anything for the space, but the band was at CSPAC’s mercy and couldn’t complain if others were running late. “I know you’re supposed to ask all the questions,” he said. “Can I ask you one?” One turned into several — about the changing state of the media, Twitter, solutions to the death of newspapers.

“I don’t know a lot,” he said. “I want to know a lot. I think [asking questions] is learning, and it leads to more learning.” He pushed through a random door to a small theatre — dark, empty and a likely setting for a scene in a horror movie. Satisfied with the silence, Maruf began to talk about how he became a musician — listening to The Clash at age 14 and realizing music could do more than just entertain or empathize — it could change the world. “As stupid as that sounds and as Steve Jobs-y as it sounds, that’s what I wanted to do,” Maruf said. Eventually, bassist Mouhamad Diabate led the way downstairs to an inconspicuous door in the bowels of the basement. “You got stuck with him?” Bashir said by way of greeting. “I’m sorry.” Wednesday night: Diabate and Bashir were the only band members in the studio. “How was your day?” Bashir asked, smiling. They were working on “Astronomy,” which they played as guests on WMUC. “When night falls, you always expect when you look up, there’ll be stars,” Bashir said. “So it’s like what happens if you look up one day, and there’s no stars? What do you do then? What if something unexpected happens? How do you continue going on with your life?”

Nurideen Bashir raps “Lower Your Gaze” with Mahir Maruf on guitar. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

Diabate was starting his bass part, using vocalist Lauren Schreiber’s chorus and Maruf’s guitar to guide him. On his first take, he got three-quarters of the way through, hit a wrong note and stopped immediately. Yet Bashir was swooning. “You came in smooth, pimp!” he said excitedly. Diabate smiled, his teeth gleaming. Born and raised in the Ivory Coast, his tribe is known as the musical entertainers for royalty. His lifetime goal is to collect as many instruments as possible. He started again. At almost the same spot in the song, there was a twang, and the bass ceased. Bashir laughed at the back of the studio, revealing why his nickname is “Haterade.” Diabate persisted, working through a few more takes. He is methodical and detail-oriented — the one who can remem-

was too busy to record, so they had found another drummer to take his place on the record. Diabate was staring at the drums, mesmerized but looked up to ask a question. “How was your day?” he said. While the drums were recorded, Maruf, Diabate and Bashir sat in the hallway. They played “Lower Your Gaze,” a song they claim everyone, from rappers to technos, loves. They reminisced, remembering when they built a stage out of loading dock crates, when Maruf did handstand push-ups during a photo shoot. And they free-styled, with Bashir singing gibberish in a Spanish operatic voice. When they were all called into the studio, Maruf had one final question: “Were we more or less interesting than you thought?”

ber that Leftist’s show, Rockin’ with the Left, was April 8 last year, who patiently repeats sentences when his lilting African accent curls around his words. Bashir is his foil, reciting statistics in a similar fashion to Diabate’s dates (“86 percent of people get their jobs from who they know, not what they know”) but outspoken in refusing to buy into the political process. His evidence came from his experience working as a freelance photographer during Obama’s inauguration, watching Washington elite converge in the nation’s capital. “Obviously, you’ve never seen D.C. that packed, never in your life,” Bashir said. “I watched so many people walk over these homeless people and just keep walking. And I’m sitting there, and I’m thinking like, ‘What change are we talking about?’” Thursday night: the final night in the studio. Nicolas


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Attackman Billy Gribbin scored two goals in the Terps’ 12-7 victory over Bellarmine on Saturday.

HOKIES from page 8 ACC series for only the second time this year on Saturday, as starter Brett Harman allowed only one unearned run on three hits and two walks in eight innings pitched. He struck out a season-high 10 Hokies, and the Terps took an 8-1 victory. “They were trying to attack early and just getting a lot of swings and misses,” Harman said. “Sometimes a couple of the balls were out of the zone. That was pretty much all from their standpoint.” Left fielder Matt Bosse provided a boost in only his eighth start of the season during the win. The freshman belted a solo home run in the third to put the Terps on the scoreboard and later keyed a seven-run fifth inning with a two-run home run. It was more than enough for Harman to work with as he moved into third on the program’s all-time strikeouts list. “Matt Bosse has a ton of potential and I think you saw a

glimpse of that yesterday,” Rodriguez said. “It was great to see him put a good swing on the ball. He did it twice and he was really able to help us out.” For the series, the Terps outhit Virginia Tech, 32-24. Rodriguez and Hagel led the offense with 6-for-13 lines and combined for five runs scored and three RBI. The offense also received support from the return of designated hitter Tim Kiene. Kiene, who had missed nine games after being hit in the head by a pitch on April 11, was 4-for-10 on the weekend with three walks, one RBI and one run scored. Still, it wasn’t enough as the Terps stranded 21 runners in their two losses. On Friday night, starter Jimmy Reed went 5.2 innings and gave up seven runs (five earned) as the Terps squandered leads of 4-0 and 5-4 in a 7-5 loss. “I don’t necessarily think that we played poorly in our losses,” Bakich said. “We’ve played pretty well and pretty consistent all season, but we always seems to lose. Nobody wants to lose. I


flat in the second half,” goalie Niko Amato said. “We had a big lead, and we kind of lost our sense of urgency. And Bellarmine scored on a couple opportunities and they also probably are kicking themselves because they know they probably missed a couple more opportunities.” But the Terps still got things together when it mattered most. Amato notched four of his nine saves in the fourth quarter, midfielder Michael Shakespeare squelched the Knights’ rally on a jump shot with 5:30 remaining in the game and the Terps left Byrd with their second win in three days. Yet if they hope to steal a victory at No. 10 Colgate in their regular-season finale on Saturday, the Terps understand they’ll need to put together a full 60 minutes. Stretches of inconsistent play likely won’t suffice against the nation’s secondranked scoring offense. Of course, the Terps will bene-

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fit from the week of rest. After playing three games in just eight days, Cummings conceded that fatigue may have played a role in the team’s second-half letdown against Bellarmine. That shouldn’t be a problem come Saturday. “I think for some guys, some of the guys that do a lot of the running, a lot of the transition work, their legs may be a little fatigued,” Cummings said. “So having a little break here going into Colgate, have a few days off will be good for them just to get their legs back a little bit, especially as we enter into May.”

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ERIK BAKICH think everybody on our team hates losing more than they love winning.” The losses drop the Terps to 8-16 in ACC play this year, putting them in 11th place and at risk of missing the ACC Tournament for the seventh straight year. They’re three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot with six games to go. “This is a team that’s going to find a way,” Bakich said. “We’re not out. The shot clock’s running out. We’re letting it get low, but we’re not out. We’re going to find a way.”

“Having a little break here going into Colgate, have a few days off will be good for them.”

Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez totaled six hits this weekend, but the Terps dropped two of three games to the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAD KLODOWSKI/THE COLLEGIATE TIMES

Eagles (22-26, 2-16) at bay. Yesterday, five different Terps — including Knight’s batterymate Shannon Bustillos — recorded two RBI as the Terps cruised to an 11-0 victory in five innings. The team combined for 12 hits, including three from senior left fielder Vangie Galindo. “Hits are contagious and they really get things going,” Watten said. “We left a lot of opportunities out there yesterday, so our main goal today was scoring runs.” The sweep sends the Terps into their final regular-season series of the year this weekend when they host first-place Florida State, a team that poses the biggest threat to date to the Terps’ now-six game winning streak. Not that Watten is worrying about it. “We’ve been in shape,” Watten said. “We are hitting our stride. We’ve been playing good offensively and strong defensively.”







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Even with a loss, best finish ever

A proper sendoff

Terps finish second at CWPA Tourney BY RHIANNON WALKER Staff writer

The Terrapins women’s water polo team knew it had something to prove when it entered the CWPA Eastern Championship this weekend. After all, university President Wallace Loh announced in November that the squad would be one of eight programs terminated at the end of the season. And few students, faculty and alumni even seemed aware of the Terps’ existence. “There are still people who don’t know we have a water polo program,” coach Carl Salyer said. “This is the ninth year we’ve had one.” The No. 14 Terps (20-7) took major steps toward raising their profile by ending the season with their best-ever finish at the CWPA Eastern Championship in Providence, R.I. And although they just barely missed an automatic bid to the eight-team NCAA Tournament when they lost to No. 13 Princeton, 6-5, in the title game yesterday, the fourth-seeded Terps still made quite a statement in what will likely be their last competition. They opened the tournament with a 7-5 win over Hartwick on Friday, and then upset top-seeded Michigan, 9-8, on Saturday. It was a major feat considering the Terps were 0-10 all-time against the Wolverines entering this season. In yesterday’s championship, the Terps and Tigers (28-4) were deadlocked for almost the entirety of the game. The teams went into the half tied at three goals apiece and were tied again at four at the end of the third quarter. It wouldn’t be enough for the Terps. Princeton jumped out to a 64 lead early in the fourth and fended off a late charge from the Terps to claim a one-goal victory. “We had a great season, just a season full of firsts,” Salyer said. “It was a hard loss [to the Tigers]. I give credit to Princeton, but I’m real pleased with the effort my girls had going in and they did everything they could to get the win. We just came up short.” Allison Campbell and Shelby Reyes were named to the All-Tournament first team. Simone Lewis and Nicole Tobin earned spots on the second team, and Salyer was given the Doc Hunkler Coach of the Tournament award. “We have been and we’ll continue to do everything to save the program,” Salyer said. “This is my passion, the girls, this is their passion. I respect them. I’m honored to be associated with them. I’m just super, super proud of them top to bottom.”

Senior midfielder Michael Shakespeare scored two goals in the Terps’ 12-7 win over Bellarmine on Saturday at Byrd Stadium. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

Terps honor seniors, overcome inconsistent second half in 12-7 win vs. Bellarmine “We came out and I think we were focused,” said attackman Joe Cummings, who led the Terps with four goals and two assists. “We played well, and as a team, I was really excited to see the guys perform well [early].” He wouldn’t be as pleased with their play in the latter half. After a Cummings goal extended his team’s lead to 102 with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter, the Terps’ offense went silent for nearly 19 minutes. The Knights, who have lost six of their past seven games, rattled off four-straight goals during that stretch to cut their deficit to four. It was the continuation of a common theme for the Terps this season: take a quick advantage, then let the opposition back within striking distance. They’ve fallen apart during the final period in three of their four losses, and struggled to put away an unranked Mount St. Mary’s squad after taking a quick 3-0 lead on Wednesday. “I just think we came out a little

BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU Senior staff writer

Coming off a string of erratic performances, the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team entered its matchup against Bellarmine on Saturday with a simple objective: play a complete game. It wouldn’t need to. After dominating the first half, the No. 9 Terps endured a Knights rally over the final two periods before securing a 12-7 win in front of 2,507 at Byrd Stadium on Senior Day. “Obviously not our best game, but we kind of grinded it out,” coach John Tillman said. “Give our guys some credit for just getting the win and getting it done.” The Terps (9-4) had their way with Bellarmine (4-8) early. They jumped to a 7-0 lead and didn’t allow a Knights goal until there was just 1:16 left before halftime. If the Terps had held Bellarmine scoreless for 76 more seconds, it would’ve been their first time blanking an opponent for an entire half since an April 4, 2008 loss to Navy.

Senior attackman Joe Cummings scored a game-high four goals in Saturday’s win. He was one of seven Terps honored on Senior Day. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK


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Terps drop two of three at Virginia Tech Terps continue stellar Team falls to 11th in ACC standings BY DANIEL GALLEN Staff writer

First baseman Tomo Delp and the Terps struggled in two losses to the Hokies at English Field this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAD KLODOWSKI/THE COLLEGIATE TIMES

Erik Bakich has made it clear that he expects his Terrapins baseball team to win every game — no matter the circumstances, no matter the deficit. Trailing in the ninth inning at Virginia Tech yesterday, the Terps displayed the resiliency their third-year coach seeks daily. Second baseman Ryan Holland led off the inning with a solo home run to right field. Two batters later, shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and right fielder Jordan Hagel recorded back-toback singles. It was too little, too late. First baseman Tomo Delp struck out to end the game, and the Terps fell to the Hokies for the second time in three days, 6-2. “It was a tough shoe to swallow,” Rodriguez said. “It would have been great if we had been able to come out with a series win,

but we weren’t able to do that.” At times this weekend, though, it seemed that the Terps (28-19, 816 ACC) would leave Blacksburg, Va., with their third series win of the season. It appeared they were ready to bounce back from a three-game sweep by Clemson last weekend. But after the Terps took a 1-0 lead on catcher Jack Cleary’s suicide squeeze bunt in the second inning yesterday, Virginia Tech (30-16, 10-14) took a commanding lead with six straight runs over the next seven innings. “You always want to be able to put up a zero defensively after you score on offense and we weren’t able to do that,” Bakich said. “So that hurt. It was back and forth. Two evenly matched teams, two solid programs going at it, and we just came up on the short end twice.” The Terps won Game 2 of an

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play in sweep of Eagles Team extends win streak to six games BY DANIEL POPPER Staff writer

Three weeks ago, the Terrapins softball team was little more than an afterthought. It had just been swept by Georgia Tech, had lost nine of its previous 11 games and was winless in six conference games. How quickly things can change. After a three-game sweep of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., this weekend, the Terps have won 12 of their past 13 games and eight of nine in league play. A squad that was dead last in the ACC less than a month ago is now fifth in the conference. Kendra Knight was again the catalyst for the Terps against the Eagles. The senior pitcher was in the circle for all 19

innings the team played this weekend, allowing just four runs in the doubleheader on Saturday and no runs in a shutout victory yesterday. “Kendra is playing well and really setting the tone,” coach Laura Watten said. “She has been keeping things simple, learning from her mistakes and staying focused which has allowed her to stay effective from inning to inning.” On Saturday, the Terps (3218, 8-7 ACC) won, 4-1, in the first game and 4-3 in the second. No one on the team had more than one hit or one RBI in either game, but timely hitting and Knight’s stellar 14strikeout performance was enough to keep the last-place

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