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City reevaluates speed camera hours By Ellie Silverman @esilverman11 Senior staff writer

hours of operation. The city’s Director of Public Services, Robert Ryan, said from his experience speed cameras usually reduce speed vioCollege Park officials are re-examin- lations by about 80 percent, and Mitchell ing existing safety measures, including said “speed cameras are effective in rethe city’s speed cameras, after the deaths ducing speed.” Although state law restricts most of two pedestrians along Route 1. cameras in Prince George’s County The existing speed cameras operate to these hours, the cameras near this Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the last 11 months there have university are located in Institutions of been four accidents, two of them fatal, Higher Education zones, which are not on this stretch of road, all of which oc- subject to the same restrictions. The curred outside of the speed cameras’ city could extend the speed cameras’

hours with approval from the state. However, District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn said state representatives originally encouraged the city to apply the same time restrictions in the IHE zones, resulting in the current time restrictions. Del. Ba rba ra Fr ush (D-A n ne Arundel and Prince George’s) said the state bill setting the speed camera restrictions was in her committee. She said the city should take other measures to improve safety, such as building a fence in the median, in-

stalling timed lights or reducing the speed limit. “For the most part, throughout the entire state, the speed cameras were not meant for colleges,” Frush said. “We would hope by the time a young person reaches that age, they know how to cross the street. … So it amazes me … that no one takes personal responsibility for crossing the street.” Although University Police Chief David Mitchell said both fatalities See cameras, Page 3


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Sex assault prevention campaign announced By Sarah Dean @SarahDeanJourn Staff writer

servers (above) senior linguistics major Mitali Bellamkonda and freshman biochemistry major Kim Oslin scoop food at the Meet and Greet Homegrown Eats event in 251 North yesterday. Communications department event planning team members (below left) and Allison Lilly (holding the shovel), Dining Services sustainability and wellness coordinator, pose at the event. Attendees could find various types of beans and a sample plant (below right) on display at the event. kelsey hughes/the diamondback

The White House released new guidelines for university sexual assault policies Monday in an effort to change the fact that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college. This university’s sexual assault pol icy a l ig ns w ith President Obama’s new guidelines and is applicable to all staff, faculty and students, said Catherine Carroll, sexual misconduct and Title IX compliance office director. The federal guidelines published in a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault report suggest conducting anonymous campuswide surveys about sexual assault, increasing education to prevent assault and effectively responding to sexual assault incidents while providing confidentiality to people who report incidents. “Colleges and universities need to face the fact of what exists on their campuses,” Vice President Joe Biden said at a news conference Monday. “T hey need to step up to it, and one way to do that is through an anonymous survey that gives a true measure of sexual assault climate on their campuses so they can no longer rationalize. Only 13 percent of college rape victims report crime to campus police or local law enforcement.” See Campaign, Page 3

County police searching for 49th Place sex assault suspect

Rolling with the research Tribeca Film Festival honors univ students

Male stranger touches city woman Friday

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Two university students were honored Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival for their video portraits of young medical scientists in labs funded by the National Institutes of Health. Freshman Aaron Solomon and sophomore Kai Keefe were two of the four recipients of $1,500 prizes awarded by start-up website LabTV, which aims to inspire young people to enter medical research through videos. Solomon’s and Keefe’s video entries, which were chosen from about 200 student entries nationwide, garnered the Gold Award — the company’s highest honor. “Any major film festival is an

kai keefe, one of two university students honored at the Tribeca Film Festival. james levin/the diamondback honor, but Tribeca is especially unique,” said David Hoffman, a preliminary judge and LabT V’s executive producer. “Tribeca is interested in disruptive innovation — it doesn’t matter how long it is, what matters is it’s innovative and


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disrupting in a good way, making society better in a good way.” I n l ate w i nter, Solomon a nd Keefe learned about the opportunity to film for LabTV through this See tribeca, Page 7

Prince George’s County Police are searching for a suspect who inappropriately touched a woman in College Park on April 25, according to the police department’s blog. Police responded to a sexual of fe n s e rep or t at a hom e i n the 9500 block of 49th Place around 12:30 p.m. The preliminary investigation found a man who was in the neighborhood knocked on the victim’s door and claimed to sell magazine subscriptions, police spokesman Harry Bond said.

The suspect began to talk to her, attempted to kiss her and inappropriately touched her before fleeing the home, according to the blog. Police described the suspect as a 25- to 30-year-old black male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. The suspect also has “short hair and a small amount of facial hair under his chin,” Bond said. The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans with a neon green and black plaid shirt and black shoes, according to the blog. The county police department released an alert about the incident on its blog Wednesday afternoon, asking community members to come forward with any additional information. “That’s all we have to release at this time,” Bond said.




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University officials create crowdfunding site, help grow campus groups By Matt Schnabel @thedbk For The Diamondback When the University of Maryland Chamber Singers were chosen to perform as one of only two American choirs at this summer’s 10th World Symposium on Chorale Music, members said they were excited to attend their most prestigious competition yet. “T h is is the f i rst ti me we’re taking our voices to an international stage at a symposium,” said Kellie Motter, university choral department social media director. But the opportunity came at a cost — meals and lodging will be covered by the symposium, but flying about 40 singers to Seoul, South Korea, in August will prove pricey, said Motter, a senior music major.

Members ta l ked about using Kickstarter or GoFundMe to raise money but ultimately asked the university if it could help with funding. University officials responded by selecting the choir for the pilot program of a new university crowdfunding site, and the choir has since raised more than $11,300 in three weeks — $3,000 more than its original goal. L au n c h U M D, wh ic h debuted earlier this month, is the brainchild of university officials Brian Ullmann, marketing and communications assistant vice president; Tracey Themne, that department’s associate director; and Brian Logue, alumni participation director. The trio had planned to do crowdfunding for some time, Ullmann said, but with the

launch of fundraising tied to the university’s “Fearless Ideas” marketing campaign, they decided it was time to create a central university crowdfunding platform. The Fearless Ideas fundraising initiative arrives in the wake of the university’s “Great Expectations” campaign, which concluded in December 2012 after generating more than $1 billion in donations since its 2006 inception. “We just redid our giving website, and there’s a whole host of things that are happening to galvanize philanthropic support for the university, and [Launch UMD] was one of the initiatives,” Ullmann said. After working with university tech partner ScaleFunder to create the site, the group reached out to student

organization they felt would b e s t b enef it f rom u si n g Launch UMD, Ullmann said. “We approached student groups that we thought would be successful, groups that have built-in support networks,” he said. The other four projects selected for the 30-day pilot program include Queer Camp, a community-building retreat for LGBTQ students and allies; the university Engineers Without Borders chapter’s trip to Ethiopia; Public Heath Without Borders members’ planned health literacy efforts in Sierra Leone; and a new equipment van for the Mighty Sound of Maryland. Themne said information on the Launch UMD pilot program has been emailed to the university’s alumni base and posted on social media,

giving the groups a fundraising advantage in conjunction with their own peer-to-peer fundraising efforts. “They’re sending emails; they’re posting it on their social media pages; they’re asking their friends and parents back home,” she said. “But we felt that it was important to add another layer of marketing support. … We really promoted it as a way for alumni to find something they’re interested in or passionate about here at the university.” The group looked for projects with concrete, timely impacts — each of the initiatives will see the benefits of their fundraising efforts within four months, Themne said. “There’s an arc to it, and there’s some closure to it,” Ullmann said. “It’s not an open-ended, ongoing thing;

that’s harder to maintain.” Next semester, Launch UMD will feature more student projects and add university instructors’ initiatives, the group said, but for now, the pilot program’s beneficiaries and the website’s developers are simply enjoying the fruits of their labor. Each group has raised at least 50 percent of its initial donation goal, and three — the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Public Health Without Borders and the chamber singers — have surpassed their original goals with more than a week remaining in the pilot program. “Our goal is to raise up to $20,000, but we’ll raise as much as we can, really,” Motter said, laughing. “It’s amazing to see how many people are willing to support us.


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University will keep online storage service Box despite costs Debate over whether a universityfunded online storage service should stay on the Division of Information Technology’s budget ended last week when officials opted to fund it through 2015. Box, a service similar to Dropbox, has drawn criticism from student and faculty representatives for its high cost and relatively low student participation since this university introduced it in 2013. But after the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee said earlier this month the service’s potential benefits outweighed the immediate costs, Deputy Chief

Campaign From PAGE 1 T h e go v e r n m e n t a l s o launched, a website that will track enforcement data and provide resources for universities and victims, according to a White House news release. “It’s long overdue, and I think it’s very affirming to hear our president talk about sexual assault victims in the way that many of us do that have worked with victims for a long time,” Carroll said. Recently, however, students have sued universities including Columbia University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard University and Boise State University in response to how the schools

Information Officer Alison Robinson ruled April 23 it would continue to receive funding. “The strength of Box is that it allows for everyone at UMD to share information and to collaborate and the Division of IT can manage the service to meet unique needs when necessary,” Robinson wrote in an email. According to the DIT’s student budget for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, student fees will pay for $93,840 of the service’s total cost — roughly $116,000. Faculty and staff will shoulder the remaining $20,000 to $25,000, Robinson wrote. Of the 9,328 accounts, 5,606 are students’, a percentage that left Yehuda Katz, a graduate student representative on the committee, unimpressed after comparing

handled incidents. “If that’s what students have to do to get their needs m et, t he n t hey shou ld ,” Carroll said. “These universities have been getting sued because they aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do.” Last semester, freshman Arrabi Nandakumar, who is enrolled in letters and sciences, was a victim of sexual assault. She said seeing a therapist through the University Health Center’s Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence office has played a large role in her recovery. “After the assault happened, there was a few days of crazy stress and serious disappointment in yourself for letting that happen to you, letting yourself be that vulnerable, that easily taken advantage of,” she said.

student usage at other universities. “It seems like the longer a university has had the service available, the more people use it,” Katz said. “But I was not impressed by the total number of people using it.” Luke Petrocelli, an architecture graduate student, and junior architecture major Jonathan Margulis were tasked last summer with storing and digitizing files, images and slides of pictures they had taken of Roman architecture in Turkey. They said Box allowed them to collaborate with each other and their professor. “It’s pretty essential to what we are doing,” Petrocelli said. “It would be a nightmare if the service wasn’t funded.” While Box provides more free

Since Nandakumar started seeing a therapist, she said she feels better. “I was in a terrible emotional state and I was super sad, and I was feeling kind of alone. … There’s not much that friends can really tell you,” she said. “That’s why getting a therapist really helps because they know how to help you.” The biggest challenge with the university’s sexual misconduct policy is the controversial “Complaints against Third Parties Not Affiliated with the University” provision, Carroll said. “Typically, if a person is assaulted, it should be their decision what they want to do in response to the assault,” she said. “They should have control over what happens.” The provision states if a

storage space than Dropbox — 50 GB to 2 GB, respectively — Katz said he thinks some students don’t use this service because they are not aware of it. “[The service] isn’t very well advertised, and I get the feeling that people don’t really know about it,” Katz said. Petrocelli said he remembered Box from a 2013 university email, prompting him to set up accounts for the project. But the program needs better advertisement, he said. Sophomore history major Robert Lunsford said he has never heard of Box, and his friends use Google Docs to share files online. “I’d rather my money not go toward something not advertised and not used by students,” Lunsford said.

student, faculty member or staff member is sexually assaulted on the campus or at a university-sponsored activity by someone not affiliated with the university, the matter should be reported to the Title IX coordinator office or a deputy Title IX coordinator. “When you have a provision that requires a third party reporting, it could make it so that a report comes in and the victim doesn’t really want it reported or maybe doesn’t want to participate in any sort of process around it,” she said. “Depending on the severity of the incident, the university may be obligated to do something anyway because you can’t pretend you don’t know about it once you know about it.” Carroll said while the provision can prove challenging, she thinks the university continues to try to do the right thing for victims.

Box’s primary users come from the architecture school because those students and faculty members need space to store and share large files, Katz said. “I think people prefer Google Documents out of familiarity, but the benefit to Box is that it is very school-oriented,” Margulis said. “It’s much more structured [than other services].” But the cost still worries some members of the committee. “ We were concer ne d ab out spending just under $100,000 a year for a service primarily used by faculty and staff,” Katz said. “But if it is something students are using, then it does make sense to fund.”

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support extending the speed ca meras’ operation to a l l hours, after the recent string of incidents. “A c c i d e n t s h a p p e n a t nighttime, and the purpose of the speed cameras is to promote sa fet y, not ju st during those specific times but 24/7,” Wojahn said. “If we really want them to be effective, we need them to work whenever pedestrians are present.” However, Wojahn is concerned the state legislature would revoke the city’s ability to use speed cameras all together if the council were to make this suggestion. “We need to look at that in broader political texture,” Wojahn said. “But I would hope that the Maryland General Assembly would recognize that this really is a matter of safety and that they wouldn’t take away the ability of municipalities to do this program.”

occurred when pedestrians were not in the designated crosswalk, city officials would still like to take safety measures such as reducing the speed limit on Route 1 from 30 mph to 25 mph. The City Council sent these requests in a letter on April 15 to the State Highway Administration but has not heard back yet, said city manager Joe Nagro. T h u r s d a y, F r i d a y a n d Saturday nights, during the times the speed cameras are not operative, are the busiest n ig hts, M itchel l sa id. To reduce speed, he said there will be a parked police car in the slow lane southbound and northbound in the 7400 block of Route 1. This will calm traffic by narrowing it down to one lane in each direction, Mitchell said. Woja h n s a i d h e wo u ld


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Redefining a ‘free lunch’

Facing conscious consumerism

Student-athletes aren’t the only ones going hungry

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s college students, we know what it’s like to live on a tight budget — especially when it comes to food. There’s no doubt some of our pantries and refrigerators are filled with Ramen, canned goods or anything else we might find on sale at the grocery store. But how often do we hear about students actually going hungry? This issue recently came to light when Shabazz Napier, a University of Connecticut men’s basketball player, admitted he often goes to bed hungry: “Sometimes, there’s hungry nights where I’m not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities.” His comments sparked controversy within the NCAA and ultimately motivated lawmakers in Connecticut to consider allowing athletes at the university to unionize — a familiar response given recent unionization attempts by football players at Northwestern University. But should this one case justify giving athletes unlimited meals? This month, the NCAA Division I Legislative Council approved a rule permitting Division I programs to give all of their athletes unlimited meal and snack plans. Though this university has yet to make a decision, an unlimited

dining plan for athletes seems susceptible to manipulation and could be very costly. Yes, it’s true — this university gives scholarships and some preferential treatment to athletes because of the skills they provide to its athletic teams and revenue they bring in, but that does not mean we should give free, unlimited meal plans to athletes. OUR VIEW

Offering unlimited meal plans to student-athletes is a costly and unfair way to address student hunger at this university. Athletes aren’t the only students on college campuses who are starving. According to the Michigan State University Food Bank, the number of U.S. college campuses that have started food banks in the United States to accommodate the number of hungry students has jumped from four in 2008 to 121 today. Though this increase may be a result of a food bank trend rather than actual need, there’s no doubt several universities have students who are insecure about the food they have access

to — and this includes all students, not just athletes. A 2014 University of Oregon study found 59 percent of students at Western Oregon University experienced food insecurity, and about 21 percent made this claim in a 2009 University of Hawaii at Manoa report. All students need to put food on the table, so universities should look at this issue from a campuswide perspective. In addition, an obvious implication of unlimited meal plans is increased costs. How much would it cost to subsidize unlimited meals for student-athletes? Currently, a traditional university meal plan costs $2,063.50 per semester — this figure would almost certainly be higher per athlete if an unlimited meal plan were to go into effect. Student hunger is a real problem all university administrations should take seriously, but establishing unlimited meals for student-athletes is expensive. Additionally, it overshadows the needs of other students — many of whom contribute significantly to this university and don’t have access to enough food. At the end of the day, we should all recognize “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” — especially unlimited ones.


how you would feel if someone gave you 15 of those $100 bills today. Pretty exciting, huh? You have that impact and more every four weeks. Every year, you are a Do Good Challenge- and- a- half. B u t w h e re d o e s t h e m o n e y usually go once it leaves your bank account (or your parents’ or the scholarship fund’s)? Rent money goes to the state if you live in a dorm. From any of the other apartments, the money goes to a big conglomerate. Follow the money a little further and you get managers and building costs. A great big chunk of profit is left over for some business oligarch far-away. Tuition pays teachers and staff. Beer money goes to liquor stores and alcohol companies. Food money goes to all sorts of places — some good, some not so good. Finally, gas money goes to big oil companies. W h a t’s t h e p o i n t o f a l l t h i s number-crunching? As individuals, we ought to be conscious and critical of how we spend money. We should make sure our spending is in line with our morality. We should exercise our great power as consumers: the power of the purse. Write letters to companies explaining your decisions to buy or not buy on ethical grounds. Buy from the university’s Food Co-op. Think about where your gas money goes, and let that thinking change your behavior. For any readers with power over this university’s budget, you probably realize what a huge responsibility you bear. Bear it well, and make the world better. Conscious spending is hard — much harder than spending without thinking about it. If you have never thought about where the money goes after you swipe the card, you’re not a bad person — most people don’t think about it. But it is worth thinking about.


This week, the Do Good Challenge rewarded the efforts of terrific groups, and it rewarded them the way that matters: with cold, hard cash. Notoriety and exposure help, but money spent is the most powerful indication of what an organization cares about. After the event, it occurred to me that in the overall scheme of the university, the sums of money we applauded so fiercely were chump change. By my estimate, the tens of thousands in prize money is probably less than a student’s annual expenses while in college. Sure, it likely costs much more to organize the Do Good Challenge, but the sum pales in comparison to the money the bursar’s office sees. If everyone who read this column gave $100, we would far outspend the Do Good Challenge. But giving $100 to a cause seems like so much, doesn’t it? Count with me the number of times you spend $100 each month. The first hundred goes to rent, as does the second, and the third and the fourth. If you are very lucky, it stops about there. More likely than not, you shell out closer to eight Benjamins each month to live where you do. If you are a full-time in-state student, your tuition and fees come to about $9,000, whether you or someone else is paying. If you are out of state, tough luck: You hand about 22 crisp $100 bills to the state every four weeks. The next few hundreds go to a mishmash of fast-food restaurants, Dining Services and the grocery store. A few more hundreds pay for books, clothes, gas, insurance and beer. Maybe you have heard this before, maybe this is the first Robert Cobb is a senior computer time: Your spending habits have engineering major. He can be reached a tremendous impact. Imagine at


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Looking behind the thick veil of ‘patriotic’ policies Generation Y is hesitant to label itself as ‘pro-American’ — and for good reasons

CHARLIE BULMAN These days, consistently attending class in college means weathering countless comments about the worrisome proliferation of iPhones and tablets, the ubiquity of screens in young people’s lives and the impending loss of basic English competency. For a generation synonymous with technological and cultural change, one thing remains the same: We’ve managed to fuel our elders’ anxiety. One enduring source of apprehension is our distaste for patriotic appeals. Reflecting the fears of an older batch of American cultural and political giants, Pat Sajak, decades-long host of Wheel of Fortune, recently expressed a lack of confidence in young Americans’ attachment to their country. He envisaged a widening gulf over “an emotional investment in our nation” between apathetic youths embroiled

in a “cynical Twitter age” and Americans retaining an attachment to their nationality. And Sajak’s observations about a growing aversion among young Americans toward old patriotic ideals aren’t unfounded. Young Americans’ relationship to their national heritage is strained at best and tortured at worst. An entrenched countercultural current in hip-hop critiquing establishment racism, police brutality and spiraling inequality has drawn on the irreverent instincts of younger generations. Moreover, comedians such as Stephen Colbert have perfected the art of transforming patriotic pugnacity into sidesplitting satire, carving out a new genre devoted to riffing neoconservatives’ extreme nationalist dogma. Colbert cemented his status as a late-night star by drawing on a reservoir of sardonic mistrust for foreign-policy adventurism. One explanation for young citizens’ mistrust in patriotism centers on political tactics exploiting Americans’ attachment to their country to drum

up support for national security laws, surveillance programs and wars of choice. The cynical decision to label a bill curtailing long-treasured personal freedoms the USA Patriot Act captures this problem. Politicians, pushing an expansion of executive power, bend over backward to define their policies as patriotic, implicitly suggesting any opposition is un-American. President Obama remained fiercely critical of former President George W. Bush’s national security and civil liberties record throughout the 2008 campaign, but he has replicated and extended key programs. Specifically, Obama has sustained Bush’s secretive drone war on suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, drawing criticism from human rights groups for the administration’s lack of regard for civilians’ safety and psychological welfare. Furthermore, the June 2013 leak of National Security Agency documents orchestrated by former contractor Edward Snowden revealed to Americans the enormous scope of the post-9/11

U.S. surveillance apparatus. Although the leak catalogued multiple abuses by NSA officials and provoked widespread outrage about the program’s secretive nature and lack of proper oversight, Obama responded with characteristic paternalism, lecturing Snowden for causing “unnecessary damage to U.S. intelligence capabilities and U.S. diplomacy.” Unfortunately, the president continues to minimize the importance of maintaining any semblance of transparency in programs intended to bolster national security. Obama’s dismissive attitude toward critics is especially disconcerting. Likely because national security elites are endowed with special knowledge of foreign threats and domestic defense strategies, many of these individuals harbor an unshakable confidence in their own wisdom and demand deference from less-informed citizens. The threat of undermining government programs, whether these programs are approved by or even known

to citizens, should be enough to deter would-be whistle-blowers. In effect, Obama has labeled dissent regarding secrecy, surveillance and executive excesses anti-American. Attempts to equate criticism with subversion have a chilling effect on public discourse. To start, commentators and common critics might hold back on legitimate criticisms of government policy for fear of being labeled unpatriotic. Also, policymakers might become more concerned with presenting themselves as staunch patriots than advancing the most advantageous policies. Young Americans are justifiably wary of attempts to cloak secretive and noxious programs in patriotic platitudes. They would do well to remember another important American tradition: approaching government with an appropriate measure of skepticism. Charlie Bulman is a sophomore government and politics major. He can be reached at

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LITTLE BIG PLANET Route 1 comic shop holds wonders for die-hard fans and newcomers By Leo Traub @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback Hidden among the numerous bars, convenience stores and barbershops in downtown College Park, Big Planet Comics may go unnoticed by many passersby. From the outside, the store looks like any other business on the block. Nestled in a two-story brick building at 7315 Baltimore Ave., Big Planet Comics’ storefront is unassuming, marked by a modest sign and some cartoon posters. Even the shop’s name is shared with three others in a chain, located across the area in Bethesda, Washington and Vienna, Virginia.

On the inside, however, Big Planet Comics shows its individuality. Established in 1995, Big Planet Comics is filled wall-to-wall with books and merchandise from across the pop culture spectrum: The store sells mainstream comic titles such as Batman and Spiderman, but it also carries lesser-known indie comics, as well as specialty games and merchandise. Collectible figurines of superheroes and TV characters stoically peer down from atop bookshelves at socks, magnets and T-shirts bearing smiling faces from children’s cartoons. Store owner and manager Peter Casazza said the diversity in his stock makes his store distinct. “Stuff you don’t see in Target, or you

BIG PLANET COMICS offers a wide selection of merchandise, collectibles and mainstream superhero comics as well as hard-to-find alternative comic books. The Route 1 store will be participating in Free Comic Book Day this Saturday. rachel george/the diamondback don’t see in Toys “R” Us, or you don’t see everywhere. That’s stuff I’m interested in carrying,” Casazza said. Other nearby comic stores, such as Third Eye Comics in Annapolis and Lexington Park, focus on more popular superhero action novels, said David Ruggiero, a Big Planet Comics part-time employee. But the shop’s staff encourages customers to divert from the mainstream and explore alternative selections

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Panelists discuss bitcoin Zeta Psi hosts Stamp event on e-currency By Jon Banister @J_Banister Staff writer Experts discussed bitcoin and its emergence as a widely used form of transaction at a panel yesterday in Stamp Student Union. Lucas Jennings, the junior finance and information systems major who organized the event, said he wanted to bring expert opinions to students in order to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the digital currency. The Zeta Psi fraternity, of which Jennings is a member, sponsored the “Bitcoin Talks” panel. “I’d like people to understand a little more that it’s not some crazy Internet money that’s made up and there’s actual backing to it,” Jennings said. “There’s a system in place, and there’s a lot of ways you

can use it, even today.” Bitcoin was created in 2009 by developer Satoshi Nakamoto. It has been termed the first decentralized currency, according to the bitcoin website, because it has no central bank. The lack of centralization has caused frequent fluctuations of bitcoin’s value. Last year, its value skyrocketed from less than $200 in November to more than $1,100 in December, but it has steadily decreased since its peak, hovering at about $450 last night, according to The fluctuations make bitcoin values hard to predict, but the absence of central administration can significantly lower transaction costs, said Dmitry Murashchik, one of the panelists. Bitcoins can be sent from person to person using a computer or cellphone without involving a third party, which could impose fees. Dan Backer, another panelist, spoke of his efforts to make politicians more aware of bitcoin. He

founded BitPAC, a political action committee that receives bitcoin donations and gives them to candidates. He said donating in bitcoins forces politicians to familiarize themselves with bitcoin by having to consider whether they should sell them for dollars immediately or hold onto them in anticipation of a value increase. Though bitcoin exchanges are often considered more anonymous than credit card exchanges, records of bitcoin transactions are kept. While the identity of the user behind a bitcoin address is unknown, anyone can see the balance and transactions of any address, and a user’s identity can be revealed upon additional purchases with the same address or under other circumstances. Murashchik is the director of Bitcoin 100, a nonprofit that aims to persuade charities to accept bitcoin donations. He said the efficiency of transferring the currency online makes it appealing to charities. “For charities, the biggest benefit is probably [that] a lot of them are global. Their main office could be in the U.S. but could have workers all over the

guest speakers (left to right) Andrew Miller, Dan Backer and Dmitry Murashchik discussed cryptocurrency bitcoin at a panel hosted by Zeta Psi at Stamp Student Union last night. lena salzbank/the diamondback world,” Murashchik said. “With bitcoin, as long as there’s an exchange nearby that does your currency, you can get the money converted into something you can use.” The third panelist, doctoral candidate Andrew Miller, said he is researching the unique properties of bitcoin, mainly the peer-to-peer network that removes the central administrator, and seeing how this

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can be applied in other areas. “Bitcoin is money, at least right now,” Miller said. “But the key ideas behind bitcoin, especially if we’re able to get a better understanding of what those ideas are and what they can do, the technology behind bitcoin can be used to do all of these other applications that have promise.”


Child Development Lab director named to arts and sciences society By Erica Bonelli @thedbk For The Diamondback Sounds of children playing erupt in the university’s Child Development Lab as a university student scribbles down notes. Nathan Fox, the lab’s director, cracks a joke about the New York Yankees between exchanging complaints with parents about traffic on the Capital Beltway. Fox, a development psychologist and neuroscientist, has spent nearly 30 years researching children’s social and emotional development. On April 23, h e w a s n a m e d to t h e A m e r i c a n Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest academic societies and an independent policy research center. As an academy member Fox joins more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Fox, who was unaware of his nomination to the academy because of their election policies, said he was honored to have been admitted. But he said he’s grateful for the dedication and commitment of the families who he said make his work possible each year. At the Child Development Lab, Fox — also the education college’s human development and quantitative methodology acting chairman — and his team of faculty members and students use brain imaging technology and observe children’s behaviors to link developmental processes to psychological processes. One research project, “Temperament Over Time,” studies the differences between shy and outgoing children. Another project, using data from a study conducted in Romania, follows children who started their lives in an orphanage and were later adopted.

NATHAN FOX, director of this university’s Child Development Lab, joined a list of Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners when he was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on April 23. james levin/the diamondback Fox got into the field working at a day care center after graduating from Harvard University with a doctorate. At the Child Development Lab, Fox aims to run a program that gives back to the community using knowledge obtained from research. The point of the lab, Fox said, is to be a fun, interesting place where researchers can discover new correlations in children’s development — a philosophy inspired by Fox’s graduate adviser in college, who started each day by asking, “What have you discovered today?” The lab is a comfortable, relaxed place to work, student researchers said. Senior biology and psychology major Sapna Gopalasubramanian described the lab’s researchers as a close-knit family. “We have a lot of lab pa r ties,” Gopalasubramanian said. “We really like to celebrate every little thing that happens.” At work, Fox keeps the mood lighthearted with jokes. He provides humor

as well as exceptional training to students aspiring to be scientists, said Kathryn Yoo, a graduate student researcher at the lab. The lab is always more optimistic when he’s around, Yoo said. “We are very proud of him,” Yoo said. “He has made so many amazing contributions to the psychology and child development field.” Though the children are technically lab subjects, Fox said researchers tend to get attached to all of the children and the families in one way or another because they work with the children for several years. “It’s amazing to see kids grow up in front of your eyes,” Fox said. “It’s amazing to see how they change and develop.” The conclusions researchers are able to draw from studying this maturation make the research worth the work, he said. “That’s what it’s all about, right?” he said. “We are trying to discover.”

university, without realizing the contest and prize money at stake, they said. “It wasn’t something I was thinking about at all, but it was cool that it happened,” said Keefe, an environmental science and policy and journalism major. “[When] they announced it, it was a while ago that I had submitted the film, so it was a very pleasant surprise.” LabTV assigned them to different labs at this university and then allowed them to choose their subject. They were tasked with capturing the individual’s research, daily work, personal life and motivation for the particular research. K e e fe p ro f i l e d R a c h e l Lee, a doctoral candidate who compares cancerous and noncancerous cells in a biodynamics lab. Solomon focused on Di Wu in the Ken Cao Lab, and her research to understand molecular mechanisms of progeria, an early aging disease that lowers the average life expectancy of those affected by 13 years. “When I initially signed up, I had no clue there were any awards, so I had no idea that was coming,” said Solomon, a cell biology and genetics and computer science major. “But it did, and I was very excited to be honored and mentioned at Tribeca.” Hoffman said LabTV judges chose the videos that were most likely to influence the viewer to become a medical scientist in a lab. They wanted the videos to leave an impact on viewers, he said. “Our goal is to find hundreds of thousands of young people, particularly women

and minorities, to join the ranks of medical scientists,” Hoffman said. Both Solomon and Keefe have been filming since high school. Keefe is mainly interested in the documentary side, though he still makes fictional films with the Maryland Filmmaker’s Club as a co-productions manager. The club also freelances promotional work, Keefe said, and made a commercial for Mazda last semester. He hopes to get into the video industry in the future. Solomon developed his interest when he went to video camp as a 13-year-old. He later began working for a public access TV station in Greenbelt, where he has been employed for more than five years. Because his studies at this university focus on the sciences, he said he thought the LabTV project “flowed together really well in my mind.” A s a pre-med student, Solomon said he doubts he will pursue videography as a career. But it’s something he always enjoys, he added, and he said he would consider making documentaries of his research. Even if Solomon and Keefe choose not to continue with film and video in the future, the ski l ls a re i nva luable, Hoffman said. “More and more, young people are using YouTube to find out whatever they want to find out — that’s the power of video,” Hoffman said. “This is the way for a lot of people. Whether or not these people become filmmakers, they are going to be ahead of the game in understanding how and why it works.”


COMICS From PAGE 6 There’s something for everyone at Big Planet, Casazza said, “from little kids just learning to read to people in their 70s or 80s.” Even customers who have never read a comic before can find something to explore, he said. Casazza works in the store along with a fulltime employee and three part-time employees, and when he meets a newcomer to the comic genre, he asks them what else they are interested in terms of TV, movies or magazines and recommends them a comparable comic, he explained. However, most of the store’s business is made off regular customers who come in anywhere from once every few months to once a week, Casazza said. The store uses a system of subscriptions for regular customers to reserve new comics and pay when they pick them up. Each of Big Planet Comics’ 243 subscribers selects the series they want to receive, and when the store receives its weekly comic shipment, an employee places a new issue in each of the mailboxes of the subscribers who ordered it, Ruggiero said.

Big PLANET COMICS has 243 subscription-based customers, but the small local shop still finds itself competing with sites that offer free web comics or illegally downloaded books on the Internet. rachel george/the diamondback “We prefer this not to happen,” said Ruggiero, pointing at one mailbox stuffed with comics. “We’ve paid for those comics, and they’re in their box, and we haven’t been able to sell them and make money on them.” Williams, a Big Planet Comics

subscriber, visits the shop every couple of weeks to pick up his comics and browse the titles on the shelves. “I actually cut back,” he said. “I used to spend about $100 a month on comics easily.” Before becoming an employee nine months ago, Ruggiero said

he was a frequent customer at Big Planet Comics. He has been coming to the store for decades, and is still a regular buyer with a subscription, he said. “Pretty much, I just give them the paycheck back,” Ruggiero said, smiling. In addition to local competition with stores like Third Eye Comics, the shop also loses money to online media, Casazza said. Though many customers prefer the feel of an actual book in their hand, many who do not have jobs or money will find alternative sources of reading material, including web comics and comics illegally uploaded to the Internet, he said. “One guy I know downloaded every issue of Ghost Rider from Issue 1 back in the ’70s to today,” Ruggiero said. “That’s a lot of money.” So how does Casazza continue to draw customers? “We sell fun,” he said. “It’s enjoyment. It’s not like people have to come here or it’s a downer to be here. It’s a lot of fun.” To sell fun, Big Planet Comics attracts customers with in-store events. The shop holds book signings every month or two, bringing writers and artists of new comics to the store for meet and greets with fans. Additionally, the store organizes Magic: The Gathering trading

card tournaments every week and sells supplies for the game. “It’s really the only place that’s within easy walking distance to play Magic in a tournament setting,” said freshman aerospace engineering major Ryan Windsor. “We have more casual groups on campus that play, but that’s the only official place.” The store’s biggest event of the year is Free Comic Book Day, which falls on May 3 this year, Casazza said. The internationally observed day, celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May by participating stores, provides Big Planet Comics with about 1,000 to 1,200 customers in a single day, Casazza said. This year, the shop is hosting a book signing for the creator of Lumberjanes, a new series, and will be handing out free comics to anyone who walks into the store. Big Planet Comics will be packed with kids and families — more than the entire year — alongside people in costume, Casazza said. “Just keeping control of the crowd and taking care of people at the register is an event in itself,” Ruggiero said, laughing.


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Terps’ long poles create scoring chances in ACC semi Raffa strong at faceoff X, but struggles to limit turnovers; Chanenchuk makes progress with ankle injury By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Senior staff writer The Terrapins men’s lacrosse team began the second half of Friday night’s ACC semifinal against Notre Dame at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, down a man after a referee whistled attackman Rustin Bryant for a pushing penalty at the end of the second quarter. Te n s e c o n d s i n to t h e penalty, though, long pole Michael Ehrhardt deflected a pass from attackman Matt Kavanagh, forcing a loose ball defender Casey Ikeda scooped out of the air. The junior immediately sprinted in transition and cut inside to his right to wind up for a shot. But Ikeda didn’t see Notre Dame midfielder Jim Marlatt trailing the play. Marlatt checked the defender’s long pole as he was releasing the ball, and Ikeda’s attempted shot sailed wildly out of play to give possession back to the No. 4-seed Fighting Irish. Yet after a 6-5 loss for the No. 1-seed Terps, coach John Tillman was far from disappointed in Ikeda’s decision to up the tempo, even though the coach has preached offensive patience to his young team all season. “We know it’s hard to get six-on-six goals,” Tillman said Friday. “We trust our

guys. And we’re going to push some opportunities.” Just more than a minute after Ikeda’s aggressive play on the fast break resulted in a turnover, Ehrhardt got his chance to shoot. Goalkeeper Niko Amato stopped a high bounce shot f ro m m i d f i e l d e r Se rg i o Perkovic before he found Ikeda in the middle of the field with an outlet pass. The defender carried the ball several steps and then dished to Ehrhardt across midfield. The long pole saw open space in front of him, sprinted into the offensive third and stopped 12 yards in front of the cage. Ehrhardt — who has scored twice in 2014 — fired a missile on frame, but goalkeeper Conor Kelly stood his ground and corralled the ball in his stick. “That’s a shot that we want Michael to take,” Tillman said. “And we’re confident that more times than not it’s going in.”

TURNOVERS Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa contributed another impressive performance at the faceoff X Friday night, winning 10-of-13 against Liam O’Connor (0-of-4) and Nick Ossello (3-of-9), though the Fighting Irish played two long poles on the wings to disrupt

the Terps’ faceoff unit. The first half of the contest featured only five faceoffs as the rain severely inhibited both offenses. Raffa won four of those five draws, including the game’s first two faceoffs. But on both of those victories, Raffa and his wingers — Ehrhardt and defensive midfielder Brian Cooper — failed to maintain control of the ball and immediately turned it over without establishing possession. On the semifinal’s opening faceoff, Raffa beat Ossello to the ball after the referee’s whistle and dragged it out to Ehrhardt, who picked up the ground ball. But the senior threw a pass away just seconds after he entered the restraining box to return possession to the Fighting Irish. The second faceoff of the game didn’t come until about two minutes before the end of the first quarter after attackman Tim Rotanz broke the scoreless tie. This time, Raffa collected the ground ball himself and sprinted into the offensive third, but his pass intended for Mike Chanenchuk floated over the attackman’s head and out of play. Raffa, who finished the game with two turnovers, ranks third on the team in giveaways this season with 16 despite playing limited minutes. T illman attrib-

FACEOFF specialist CHARLIE RAFFA won 10-of-13 faceoffs against the Fighting Irish Friday night but committed two turnovers. The junior has battled a right knee injury since preseason and ranks third on the Terps with 16 turnovers in 2014. chester lam/the diamondback uted the high number of turnovers to Raffa missing all of fall practice with a knee injury that continued to hamper him during the beginning of this season. “We’ve just got to keep working with him,” Tillman said. “I know he’ll keep pushing himself.”

CHANENCHUK’S STATUS With just less than three minutes remaining in the first half Friday night against the Fighting Irish, Chanenchuk twisted his ankle trying to make a cut. He went to the locker room with a trainer for

the remainder of the second quarter but returned for the second half without any apparent discomfort. Tillman said yesterday the attackman’s ankle has healed better than the coaching staff anticipated, though he’s been substantially limited in practice to prevent re-injury. Tillman said he would give Chanenchuk “as much as he can handle” in practice today and tomorrow, but he expects the senior to play Saturday at home against Navy. On several occasions this season, Tillman has rested Chanenchuk during the week to preserve his health.

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Defense struggles in sweep at Irish Terps fail to make several key plays to support pitchers during series By Kyle Stackpole @kylefstackpole Staff writer After the Terrapins softball team suffered a mercyrule loss in Game 1 against No. 21 Notre Dame on Sunday, the Terps tried to avoid the same fate in the fifth inning of the series finale Monday night. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Fighting Irish had a seven-run cushion and needed one run to reach the eight-run threshold that would cut the game short. When the ball sprung off Fighting Irish catcher Cassidy Whidden’s bat and toward the foul line near third base, infielder Juli Strange sprinted from shortstop to try to make the catch and end the inning. The ball bounced off a sliding Strange’s glove, h oweve r, a n d fe l l o n to the grass at Melissa Cook Stadium. Later in the inning, Whidden’s RBI single gave

INFIELDER JULI STRANGE has played shortstop since Lindsey Schmeiser’s injury. She’s part of a defense that has committed 54 errors on the season. alik mcintosh/the diamondback Notre Dame a 9-1 win. Strange was not charged with an error on the play, but the Terps missed an opportunity to make a crucial play and get out of the inning. That was a common theme during Notre Dame’s three-game sweep, in which Watten was unpleased with the Terps performance behind their pitchers. “We weren’t playing defensively the way we needed to play,” coach Laura Watten said. In Game 2 of the series, the Terps (8-35, 4-16 ACC) j u m p e d o n No t re Da m e (34-10, 13-5) early and held a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning. But after outfielder and No. 3 hitter Emilee Koerner reached on infielder Corey Schwartz’s error to start the

inning, the Fighting Irish plated five runs and took the lead for good. “That was a crucial error at second base,” Watten said. “That was their best hitter, and [pitcher] Kaitlyn [Schmeiser] got her to hit a ground ball, and we didn’t play defense.” I n j u r i e s h ave fo rce d Watten to tinker with her defense this season. On the right side of the infield, Candice Beards played first base after infielder Mandy Gardner, who started 29 games last season, suffered a concussion in early March. Strange, Schwartz and outfielder Kylie Datil received time at second base early in the

season before Schwartz earned the permanent nod. On the left side, Strange played third base to start the season because of injuries to infielder Jessica Warner and moved to shortstop after infielder Lindsey Schmeiser tore her meniscus April 16, ending her season. These defensive substitutions have taken a toll on the Terps, who have committed 54 errors, the second-most in the ACC. The Terps’ .952 fielding percentage is also the secondworst in the conference. The Terps pitchers struggled against the Fighting Irish, but defensive miscues also contributed to the 26 runs the staff allowed in three games. So when the pitchers step into the circle this weekend in the Terps’ final series of the season, Watten said she hopes they’ll have a bit more support. “We need to be able to make plays behind our pitchers,” Watten said.

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third baseman mike rescigno hit an RBI single up the middle in the eighth inning of a loss to James Madison, the Terps’ fourth consecutive defeat. rebecca rainey/the diamondback

OFFENSE From PAGE 10 it used eight pitchers to shut down the Terps. No Dukes pitcher threw more than two innings, but they held the Terps without an extra base hit in the game. First baseman LaMonte Wade said the Terps rely on one another to share information they notice when they face a new pitcher. The Terps, though, couldn’t generate enough offense to challenge James Madison on Tuesday. “It’s kind of hard, but you just got to get help from the scouting reports,” said Schmit, who went 2-for-3, was hit by two pitches and scored one run scored. “We couldn’t put together quality at-bats.” The Terps’ performance Tuesday came after Boston College swept the Terps this weekend and held Szefc’s team to seven runs over three games. The Eagles entered the series with a 4.18 ERA that ranked second-to-last in the ACC, but the Terps scored two runs or fewer in two of the three losses.

While the Terps’ offense has sputtered against ACC pitching staffs ranked in the bottom of the conference in ERA, it usually has pounded nonconference opponents. Before Tuesday’s loss, the Terps were hitting .284 and averaging 6.5 runs per game against nonconference teams, and they had scored in double digits in six games outside of league play. But the Terps have scored three or fewer runs in three of their past five nonconference games and suffered a loss in each of those three contests. Those losses have damaged the team’s chances of making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971. Szefc’s attempt to jolt a dormant offense provided a brief moment of hope Tuesday, but the Terps don’t want to rely on late substitutions to score runs in an attempt to revive their postseason aspirations. “We’ve just got [to] keep working on [our offense],” Wade said. “Stick with our plan, lock in and get back in the groove.”


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Faust picks Beavers, will sit next season Terps transfer heads to Oregon State with one year of college eligibility remaining By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer Former Terrapins men’s basketball guard Nick Faust has committed to transfer to Oregon State, Faust’s high school coach Mike Daniel confirmed yesterday afternoon. Faust was granted his release to transfer last month after he averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Terps as a junior last season. The Baltimore native was the last rotational player still on the roster from coach Mark Turgeon’s first season in College Park in 2011-12, and he was the last Terp recruited by former coach Gary Williams. After beginning the season as a starter, Faust thrived in a reserve role last season and came off the bench in 19 of the Terps’ 32 games. Faust, who started 66 games during his three seasons in College Park, has one year of eligibility remaining and will sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules. Before committing to the Terps out of high school, Faust was heavily recruited by Oregon State coach Craig Robinson. “We are really pleased to get a player of Nick’s abilities, demeanor and history,” Robinson said in a news release. “It’s almost as if our recruitment of him never stopped once we picked it back up. We are very excited. It’s going to be great for our guys, because they really enjoyed his visit. We are really looking forward for him to get here and start competing with our players.”

Center Fielder Charlie White watches a pitch in a loss to James Madison on Tuesday. The Terps didn’t have an extra-base hit. christian jenkins/the diamondback


GUARD NICK FAUST averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season for the Terps, who missed the postseason. file photo/the diamondback The Beavers finished 16-16 last season and lost in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. Faust scored six points on 2-of-8 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the Terps’ 90-83 loss to Oregon State at Comcast Center in November. Former Terps center Shaquille Cleare announced last week on his Facebook page he committed to transfer to Texas, and guard Roddy Peters has yet to announce a decision on his future home.

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came in to get the final four outs that sealed the Dukes’ 6-3 win. The Terps’ lack of consistent run production has played a major role in a four-game losing streak, and their recent slide has put a dent in the Terps’ hopes As the Terrapins baseball team trailed 6-1 in the of qualifying for an NCAA tournament at-large bid. “You’ve got to be able to execute a plan,” Szefc said. eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against James Madison, coach John Szefc made a few changes to “You have to be able to take a guy’s fastball away. You jump-start his sputtering offense. can’t get beat on an 89 mph fastball on this level. … And Szefc’s tinkering appeared to pay off when Unfortunately, that’s what’s been happening to us. TMPbaseman PRODUCTION 3 another, when 4/21/2014 third Mike Rescigno, who replaced Jose CH058636B At some point or we can execute an 5.062 10.75“in(4c) SALVAREZ Cuas,x drove a run with a single through the middle offensive plan and take a guy’s fastball away, maybe ALDI000003 of the infi eld. Brandon Schmit followed with an RBI we’ll have some success.” cb/jb/rv single of his own. James Madison entered Tuesday with a 7.69 ERA, and But the Terps offense couldn’t sustain that momentum, and James Madison right-hander Trent Cundiff See offense, Page 9 By Phillip Suitts @PhillipSuitts Staff writer

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