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Legislators would reconvene to negotiate on next year’s budget BY JIM BACH Senior staff writer

While many students worried about potential double-digit tuition increases after state lawmakers failed to negotiate on a state budget plan for next year, several officials said Gov. Martin O’Malley may be just weeks away from calling a special session. On the last day of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a balanced operating budget. However, legislators did not pass any bills to raise revenue for the state, such as several

taxes, leading to $512 million of cuts to state-funded programs. If the cuts go into effect, the University System of Maryland would see upwards of $50 million in cuts and students’ tuition would likely increase 10 percent. Students rallied against the potential cuts last month, and several students and residents have urged O’Malley to call a special session to work out an alternative budget plan with less cuts. Although O’Malley has yet to reconvene legislators, spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said O’Malley will likely call a mid-May session.

FIGHTING A NEW KIND OF OPPONENT

Additionally, plans to meet for a second session later in the summer to vote on whether a bill legalizing table games will go to a public vote are in consideration, Guillory said. “The first priority for the governor is to resolve the state’s operating budget,” Guillory wrote. “As to another session that would specifically focus on gaming, that is still in discussion.” Several lawmakers said they are eager to renegotiate a plan in which students do not have to shoulder

see SESSION, page 2

Drive, police say 19-year-old driver did not have license BY ERIN EGAN Senior staff writer

A 23-year-old student was transferred to Prince George’s Hospital Center yesterday after he was struck by a car in the crosswalk outside the math building, University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky said. The driver fled the scene of the 1:45 p.m. accident but was arrested shortly afterward.

Briana Fuentez, 19, was driving her Toyota Avalon down the left lane east of the M-circle when her car hit the student. Limansky said witnesses told police Fuentez was driving fast enough for the pedestrian to hit the windshield. “We saw a video of the accident,” Limansky said. “The pedestrian gets hit and the driver keeps driving

see ACCIDENT, page 3

Alumnus Hudson Taylor founded Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization aimed at educating straight collegiate athletes to support LGBT athletes.

Former Terps wrestling star advocates for LGBT athletes BY ERIN EGAN Senior staff writer

Although former standout Hudson Taylor’s Terrapins wrestling career ended when he graduated from this university, the 25-year-old has not stopped working to take down another opponent: homophobia. Taylor became an ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students as an athlete at this university, where he wrestled his way to three national All-American honors and placed in the top four nationwide in his 197-pound weight class for three consecutive years — something no other Terrapin wrestler has ever accomplished. Just more than a year ago, the 2010 alumnus created Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering straight collegiate athletes, coaches, parents and fans to support LGBT athletes. Taylor manages a busy speaking schedule — he addressed athletic teams at UCLA last week, at Princeton on Sunday and will visit Oregon next week. He also visited this campus last month to accept an award for his advocacy work, as the university’s undergraduate studies department named him Alumnus of the Year. “It’s all about empowerment and giving people the tools to make a difference,” Taylor, a New Jersey native, said. “We want to give athletes the ability to make a difference on their campus.” Last year, Taylor was also named the “Greatest Person of the Day” by The Huffington Post and received the PFLAG Straight for Equality Award. In 2010, The Advocate named him one of the top 150 reasons to have gay pride. However, Taylor said he does not draw motivation from those awards. Instead, he said, he used his memories as a student at this university as inspiration to pave the way for athletes as allies. Now a wrestling coach at Columbia University, Taylor said he first became aware of

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, says poverty is an ongoing problem, and that many students will struggle to find steady employment upon graduating. CHELSEA DIRECTOR/THE DIAMONDBACK

Barely getting by Best-selling author speaks to students about why poverty has no end in sight BY CHAD SINCLAIR Staff writer

Barbara Ehrenreich has a theory as to why high levels of poverty persist even as the government increases aid to those in need: It’s expensive to be poor. Last night, the best-selling author and political activist spoke to about 150 people at the Hoff Theater as part of Stamp Student Union’s Voices of Social Change speaker series, which featured anti-racism speaker Tim Wise earlier this semester. Ehrenreich’s lecture, “Counting Change: Making a Difference in an Indifferent World,” dissected the relationship between the affluent and the poor in America, and why the earnings gap continues to widen.

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“Poverty is equal opportunity,” she said. “Those stereotypes of poverty that say you’re poor because you’re lazy or because you have character defects [don’t] make sense anymore.” Ehrenreich, who was born in a mining town in Montana, told the audience that society often persecutes the poor, and that employers often have negative attitudes toward hiring very low-income applicants. She said she learned this firsthand when working service sector jobs across the country, as she simultaneously investigated the horrors of living on minimum wage for her most recognized book, Nickel and Dimed. “If you’re willing to work near the

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discrimination against LGBT people as a freshman theatre major at this university. During his first semester, a fellow student came out to his entire theater class — before that day, Taylor said, he did not know anyone who identified as gay. “He took a really personal and public step to being truer to himself, and he was totally accepted and embraced,” Taylor said. “Then I went back to the locker room and heard my teammates using homophobic and sexist language and it really put it all in context for me.” Although Taylor said he kept quiet that day, fearing criticism and judgment if he spoke out in support of straight allies, he soon found his “virtual

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higher tuition rates. University System of Mar yland spokesman Mike Lurie said state higher education officials hope lawmakers reconvene and find a way to keep tuition affordable. “We’ve really, really put a lot

voice,” using Facebook and Twitter to post articles and events for LGBT issues. “It was baby steps,” Taylor said. “A lot of people weren’t doing it, being a straight ally. I was scared of what my teammates would say or do if I were to start challenging the homophobic notion.” Taylor later began wearing ally T-shirts, pins and stickers. When his teammates did not pass judgments about those subtle actions, he decided to face his fears and directly confront them about anti-gay remarks. “I started to confront the instances when my teammates used homophobic or sexist language,” Taylor said. “I would ask, ‘Is that really the word you need to use,’ or, ‘Is that the legacy you want to leave behind?’ “Until each and every one of us becomes conscious of the

words we use, nothing’s going to change,” he added. During his senior year, Taylor was approached by assistant coach Akil Patterson, who suggested Taylor do an interview with OutSports — a blog dedicated to informing the gay athletic community. “From this single interview, I got more than 2,000 emails from closeted kids across the country saying they now felt safe in the locker room,” Taylor said. “If a college wrestler can get 2,000 emails from closeted kids, imagine what a football player, a basketball player, a Gary Williams could do. It would change the world.” The support he received from that interview planted the seeds for Athlete Ally. The nonprofit is now just more than a year old. Taylor travels across the country speaking to collegiate athletes and coaches, garnering ambassadors to help

him spread his message and encouraging students to visit his website — Athleteally.org. “I’m very encouraged that more and more schools are interested in engaging their athletes and coaches in this conversation,” Taylor said. “I think the homophobic and sexist language is not so much the product of an athlete feeling homophobic, but a tool that an athlete uses to assert straightness and appear masculine and bring another athlete down.” Terrapins wrestling coach Kerry McCoy said Taylor helped team members prioritize showing respect . His senior year, the wrestler wore a sticker on his headgear in support of human rights. “He’s had an influence on the evolution of our team,” McCoy said. “We focus on respecting everybody. There’s no reason to disrespect anyone. … Hud-

of priority and emphasis on higher education, and it’s what has made the University of Maryland system one of the crown jewels of the state,” Sen. Roger Manno (D-Montgomery) said. “We need to keep up with those investments and at the same time, we need to make sure we’re not balancing the budget on those kids.” But House Minority Leader

Anthony O’Donnell (R-Calvert and St. Mary’s) said even if the system does see cuts, it should not rely on students to balance its budget. “I think the university system itself should look at reigning in the growth in salaries and the growth in their budget and not be looking to students to raise tuition,” he said. “I believe they could find effi-

ciency and reductions that would preclude the need to raise tuition.” Because student enrollment has increased 12 percent over the last five years, the system cannot shift cuts to personnel and university ser vices, Lurie said. “To say a tuition increase does not have to be a part of the calculation defies arith-

Former Terrapins wrestler Hudson Taylor created Athlete Ally, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging straight college athletes to become allies. PHOTO COURTESY OF HUDSON TAYLOR

son is a great guy, and he definitely brought some unique perspectives and experiences to the wrestling world.” Although Taylor was glad he could influence some of his teammates to become allies, he said he would one day like to address this university’s athletes as a guest speaker.

“Mar yland was the best time of my life,” he said. “Some of your best friends in life are the athletes you compete with. … It becomes more than just what’s on the mat, it’s a lifestyle and the legacy you leave behind.”

metic,” he wrote. “State funding and the price of tuition are inextricably linked.” Many Republican legislators said a budget that relies primarily on cuts is more favorable than one that imposes additional taxes on state residents. Even though many in the Republican delegation do not fully support the current budget plan

because of its large spending increases, O’Donnell said they prefer it to a budget with revenue-generating measures that state residents would have to pay for. “We should not be considering a special session which will … increase taxes,” O’Donnell said.

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“[Poverty] is a major issue,” freshman kinesiology major from page 1 Devin Craig said. “I agree completely with her opinions about minimum wage, [employers] how we are kind of pushing suspect that you’re a criminal or people down more than helphave criminal tendencies,” ing them up.” In order to bridge the gap Ehrenreich said. “They make you take a drug test and a per- between the wealthy and poor, sonality test before you can even Ehrenreich presented several long-term goals, including an be considered.” Ehrenreich estimated that on increased investment in educaaverage, employers steal about tion at all levels and the abol$106 billion a year from their ishment of student loan debt. “No student should have to employees through indecent wage levels — a practice she graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in debt,” referred to as “wage theft.” “That’s a lot of money to take from people who don’t have much to start with,” Ehrenreich said. However, she offered little hope to the students in the crowd who think the problem of poverty will go away upon graduation. “This is not a good time to be in college — about half of you will graduate, slightly under a BARBARA half of those who graduate will EHRENREICH find jobs that require college AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST degrees, the other half will work at retail or service jobs and a small percentage will be in jobs Ehrenreich said. “It’s like that involve laying off those who saying you’re finished from are college graduates,” Ehrenre- the start.” Brittany Brown, a sophoich said. “Welcome to the more kinesiology major, said hunger games.” Despite the sparse crowd, people should stop ignoring Ehrenreich was very well those who are less fortunate. “I thought she hit on a lot received by the audience.

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“No student should have to graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in debt.”

Last night, Barbara Ehrenreich addressed a crowd of 150 about poverty and social change. CHELSEA DIRECTOR/THE DIAMONDBACK

of good points,” Brown said. “It’s definitely hard to stop and think and put yourself in their shoes and take the time to help them.” While Ehrenreich offered her perspective on paths the government should take to alleviate poverty, she said the issue is far deeper than eco-

nomics or politics. “This is about morality — morality as a society and morality as individuals,” Ehrenreich said. “Let’s try reaching out a hand of those who are hurting instead of continuing to kick them while they are down.” sinclair@umdbk.com

straight under him. It was bad.” Fuentez fled the scene without stopping to help the injured student, Limansky said. Police pulled her over just off the campus near the College Park Volunteer Fire Department on Route 1, he added. Fuentez was charged with fleeing the scene and driving with a learner’s permit without the proper supervision, Limansky said. The Hyattsville native does not have any previous record in the state, according to official court documents. Witness Anthony Maiorano, a senior mathematics major, said he was near the Armory when he saw the black sedan hit the student, whose name was not released. “I saw the car hit [the student] in the back of his legs,” Maiorano

“The car didn’t stop at all.” ANTHONY MAIORANO SENIOR MATHEMATICS MAJOR

said. “He bounced onto the hood, on top of the car, did a somersault and then landed on the ground. The car didn’t stop at all, though. In fact, it started driving even faster.” Maiorano said he was surprised to see the student moving after he was hit. “It was really shocking to see that happen,” Maiorano said. “He was really shaken up, but at least he was able to sit up in the middle of the road.” The student was sent to the hospital yesterday afternoon with complaints of a sore back and several scratches all over his body, Limansky said. egan@umdbk.com

CLARIFICATION In yesterday’s article, “Stoglin suspended, enters draft,” a student was quoted as saying coach Mark Turgeon should not have suspended Terrell Stoglin for an entire year. Turgeon does not decide the length of the suspension.

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Last year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student tudent loans can be one of the most important aspects of financing college life. The ever-increasing price of higher education, coupled with the loan debt increased $117 billion, to a record level of $1 trillion — a figure that suranxiety of entering a job market undercut by one of the largest reces- passes national credit card debt. At this university, recent data indicates that sions in history, can be a daunting predicament. Tack on thousands of graduates of the class of 2010 left the campus with an average of more than dollars in burdensome student loan debt and you have fashioned a truly dire sit- $22,000 in collective debt. The 43 percent of 2010 university graduates who have firsthand experiuation, which millions of Americans find themselves in daily. ence with the struggles of owing student loan debt And if the government doesn’t get its act together, stuunderstand that while skyrocketing debt figures are dents’ stress over loan debt could get much worse. troubling, even more worrisome is the ever-expanding The College Cost Reduction and Access Act, passed cost of a college education. by Congress in 2007, lowered interest rates on federal Students are already Granted, college tuition does not simply buy you a student loan debt from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent. It swimming in debt, and diploma. It buys you tickets to see a 2-10 football team. It expires July 1, and for 7.4 million students this will mean a sudden doubling of rates — a scenario that those lawmakers need to ensure buys you a few hours on the racquetball courts. It buys you a nicely groomed Washington Quad to lay out and tan on. already struggling to pay for college can’t afford to deal After four years of undergraduate study, however, some with. It seems that some members of Congress want to student loan interest rates do acknowledge the issue, and have put together a bill to not increase when the current people still feel the need to continue their education, even with their free athletics tickets and posh dining halls. freeze interest rates at their current 3.4 percent level — legislation expires. Graduate schools and their high price tags only exacerone of the few examples of cooperation in the cesspool of bate the already troubling debt crisis. Yet directly after the partisan squabbling that is Congress. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by 139 lawmakers, has been put forth in the House of Representa- recession’s harsh beginnings in 2008, graduate school applications rose more tives. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) supports the legislation, and noted in a recent than 8 percent. The American game plan of going to college and “making it” statement that “the burden of student loan debt is all too real.” This editorial seems to have been stretched out into a grad school overtime. Today, however, board commends Hoyer and encourages all members of this state’s delegation fewer and fewer can make it to graduate school at its current price points, both private and public. to support the freezing of interest rates on student loans. The Obama administration and members of Congress have seen that student But the feelings of friendship and camaraderie surrounding student loan debt loan debt is a problem that cannot be bogged down like other partisan issues, in Washington seem to end with this bill. President Barack Obama’s three-university tour, warning students about the but the price of a college education is truly the crux of the matter. Decreasing consequences of a failure to freeze interest rates, drew heavy criticism from costs must be a priority of state and federal lawmakers alike, working with both Republicans, who said the president is using election-year speeches to cater to a public and private institutions to ensure affordability for all. Politicians, such as demographic that gave him more than 65 percent of the vote four years ago. While Hoyer, are on the right track. Then, though it seems unlikely, we might actually have an American collethe president had to realize speaking on this issue would only help bolster his already-stellar numbers with young voters, Obama’s message is an important one, giate system where, after four years, the diploma students work hard for might actually be worth it — even if filet mignon isn’t on the diner’s lunch menu. especially given the sobering truths about student loan debt in America.

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Making the play: Achieving greatness

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used to imagine myself being the hero in various extreme situations. As I walked through the Metro, I would decide that if a small child was to fall onto the tracks, I would be the one to brave the oncoming train and rescue him. I was like a baseball player, thinking through the right move before a play: runner’s on first, on a grounder throw to second, on a line drive throw to first. I always wanted to prepare myself so that if the moment came, I would be prepared to do the right thing. Yet my idealized self-image was shaken to the core after the unexpected earthquake this state experienced last year. When my house started shaking, I didn’t grab my little sister and lead her to safety. In fact, I sprinted right past her during my desperate dash out the door. It turned out that, even though I knew what I should do, I didn’t do it. I was not a hero; I was a selfish coward. Just because baseball players can

MATT RICE identify the right move for any given situation, it doesn’t mean they can execute it. A great baseball player needs to both know what to do and be well-versed in doing it. When I first started playing baseball, I was lucky to have a coach who taught the fundamentals thoroughly — the precise motions necessary for proper throwing, catching, batting and fielding — and forced us to practice them over and over again until they became automatic. Only after you know how to hold the glove can you hope to catch the ball with any consistency, and only by repetition can you grow accustomed to holding the glove correctly.

It is foolish for an unpracticed ballplayer to expect to make a star play. Even if he knows exactly what to do, he is bound to make some error since he doesn’t have experience in doing it. Likewise, when the earthquake hit, I was unable to act heroically since I had not yet developed virtue. Virtue, the habitual inclination to do good, is absolutely necessary to being a good person, just like skill with a bat or with a glove is crucial to being a good ballplayer. Virtue isn’t about doing occasional great things; it is about doing small things consistently. When I see people neglecting to be courteous to the employees at the diner, pressing the handicapped button out of sheer laziness or mocking my friend for trying to collect food for the homeless, I can’t help but think that our generation is lacking in virtue. I know I certainly am. I have progressed since the earthquake’s wake-up call, but there is

always room to improve. I have to wonder: If we are not virtuous in the little things, what will happen when we face the real challenges of life? If we do not habitually make small sacrifices, what will we do when our baby is crying in the middle of the night? If our future family faces financial ruin, how will we react? In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare wrote “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” I disagree — greatness can only be achieved, and it is only achieved by developing virtue. Although learning and getting a degree are important, fostering virtue must be our primary concern during our time in college. Otherwise, when we are thrust into the real world, we might find that we are not prepared for it. Matt Rice is a freshman materials science major. He can be reached at rice@umdbk.com.

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pring has arrived, the flowers have bloomed, and for seniors, this means graduation is right around the corner. And with every graduation comes a commencement speaker. In the past, this university has had some interesting speakers. I mean, who wouldn’t be thrilled to hear some big-shot from a company you have never heard of and don’t care about? But if you dig a little deeper into why this university can’t get a speaker who sparks the student body, you find one glaring fact — those who choose to speak at graduation aren’t paid. This explains a little bit more about the student committee’s choice to bring John Berry to the campus. When The Diamondback announced Berry would be the graduation speaker, several committee members who picked the speaker said he was their first choice. I have no doubt that Berry has done some impressive things in his life, but he isn’t the big name that many seniors wanted. Honestly, one of the major reasons that

Berry was chosen is because he is an openly gay government official. Having the courage and the strength to come out should be applauded — especially in a fierce environment such as politics — but how does being openly gay relate to the greater graduating class? It doesn’t. When the speaker was announced, several gay individuals I know were excited purely because the campus got a speaker who was gay. But I view this reasoning for excitement a bit shallow. Speakers should be chosen based on their ability to move and motivate a senior class, not whether they are straight or gay. For the graduating seniors who are gay, Berry may be a very relatable figure; but to the rest of us, he probably won’t be. I don’t care whether the commencement speaker is gay, straight, black or white. I want someone well-known who can fire up the graduating class. Yes, Berry graduated from this university, and yes, he is a government official, but this doesn’t automatically make him relatable.

JOSH BIRCH But looking at the situation, you can’t really blame the committee members who picked Berry. Their hands were probably tied and their options limited, knowing the commencement speaker would be speaking for free. Because of this, getting a big name speaker — a viable option at other universities — just wasn’t possible. By not paying commencement speakers, this university is telling its graduating seniors that they weren’t important enough to warrant the money and they haven’t given enough for a quality and compelling speaker who could move the entire class — not just a portion of it. Perhaps the thousands of hours of work and research put in by this year’s graduates to make this university

what it is today wasn’t enough to convince university officials to get a quality commencement speaker. But who am I to question the financial decisions at this university? It appears they do a great job with finances, with the athletics department cutting eight teams and football coach Randy Edsall being paid $2 million for two wins last season. Yeah, I’m sure they have all of their priorities in line. So add Berr y to the long list of unimpressive speakers who volunteer to bore the senior class. Had a fund been set up to pay the graduation speaker, perhaps we would have someone the seniors care about. But I guess it’s too much to ask after all we have done for this university. On the bright side, now we get to hear about how Berr y has a lion named after him from his time as director of the National Zoo. I’m sure it will be riveting. Josh Birch is a senior communication and history major. He can be reached at birch@umdbk.com.

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he bus drove through the intersection from my right. The truck rolled on through from my left. Then it was my turn. I started pedaling and hooked my other foot in its stirrup, putting my weight behind my gears in order to propel myself across the intersection. I saw the van. It was waiting at the stop sign to my right; pedestrians were walking across the road. I started going, and before I cleared the intersection, the gray mass was upon me. I pedaled and turned quickly; this reduced the amount of potential damage and pain that would have resulted from a 2-ton van hitting a 200-pound bike and rider. The van’s driver panicked, of course, when he finally saw me: He slammed on his brakes and tapped my bike. Nevertheless, anyone who has taken basic physics knows a car’s force doesn’t just stop suddenly with brakes, and I felt the hit. I fell off my bike, and as I walked it off the road I could feel the rear wheel out of alignment. The passenger in the van rolled down the window and asked if I was OK. I responded with a short, “Yes, I’m fine,” and kept walking. I was too upset to deal with another set of clueless parents on the campus, oblivious about 21st century campus life and the rules outside of their suburban bliss. I know myself, and while I could have handled myself appropriately with the couple, our conversation would have largely included me regaling them with road laws, proving to the parents that college students are just as pretentious as they previously thought. However, this incident raises two issues that are often overlooked. First, neither drivers nor cyclists know the full extent of road rules. Educate yourself — or get educated — before you go on the road, and understand that you will be in the right if you can support yourself with the law. As a driver, if at night you hit a cyclist who isn’t wearing lights, the law supports your innocence. As a cyclist, if a car hits you because the driver was unknowing that bikes are equal to cars as vehicles, you have the law on your side. There are always instances of bikers being falsely faulted for accidents (see Transportation Nation’s April post on cycling in New York City), but if you are capable of fighting the good fight in or out of court, do so. Second, report to the cops or the Department of Transportation Services any and every accident, collision and incident on the campus that deals with bikes. My friends at the bike shop tell me more often than not, a student will come in with a damaged bike and will say he or she hadn’t reported the accident. Reporting is easy and vital to raising awareness of the cycling community on the campus. More effort must be made to protect cyclists on the campus, and one way to achieve this protection is from a greater police awareness of general ignorance. More clinics can be held, more tickets can be written, and over time there will be more accountability on everyone’s part. Note: Don’t take this as an affront against all drivers or as an absolution of every wrong every cyclist has ever done. Those who follow the rules deserve to be protected, no matter who they are. But the jerks who ride wild on the sidewalks are annoying to everyone.

Jeremy Krones is a junior anthropology major. He can be reached at jdkrones@gmail.com.

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The art of communication BY KAITLIN BULAVINETZ Staff writer

The Los Jimediantes, the theatre company of the department of Spanish and Portuguese, will perform their first play, El Rapto de Europa (The Rapture of Europe) by Max Aub, this Thursday and again on May 10. The company, which was founded at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester, is composed of 10 graduate students in the language department (including nine doctoral candidates) and two undergraduate theatre majors. The play is directed by José M. Naharro-Calderón, a professor of Spanish at this university. Naharro-Calderón, who performed in plays while in college, was excited when the students approached him with the idea for a department theater company. “Acting and theater is such an important tradition in

Spain, especially since the golden age,” NaharroCalderón said. In addition to teaching Spanish at the university for 25 years, Naharro-Calderón performed in plays as an undergraduate student. “This is a revival of an old passion, but yet as a professor I am directing a play every day when I come into a classroom. I am staging a new play, a new act,” Naharro-Calderón said. The students began working on El Rapto de Europa in September. They rehearse as a group for about seven hours a week. The play is set in Marseilles, France, during World War II. The play follows protagonist Margaret Palmer and her friend Jay Allen as they try to escape from Marseilles ahead of the encroaching German and Italian armies. During their journey, they meet refugees and various people affected by the war across Europe. “What we’re trying to portray

is communication in a world where people from different backgrounds were trying to deal with one problem,” said Lina Morales-Chacana, who plays Anna from Germany in the performance. As a result, the characters switch between a number of languages, including Spanish, English, French, Italian and German with English subtitles. As language graduate students, acting in foreign languages was not a challenge. As a result, they found they were able to focus on perfecting character traits that would lend authenticity to their performances. “One of the really cool things is Lina’s character is German and speaking in Spanish the whole time so she’s been working on having an authentic German accent in Spanish,” said Lisa Warren, who plays the English-speaking Margaret. The members of Los Jimediantes hope the audience will not

The cast members of The Rapture of Europe pose on set.

only walk away from the play entertained but, more importantly, made aware of cultural interactions during the World War II era and how they persist in the modern world. “The neat thing about the play is it gives us and the peo-

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ple who come see it an opportunity to have a cultural experience that they otherwise wouldn’t have,” said Chris Lewis, who plays Bob. “If you really want to learn about a culture, about a language, about people you need to experience

it and participate in it.” The Rapture of Europe is free and will be shown on May 3 and May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ulrich Recital Hall in the Tawes Fine Hall. kbulav@umdbk.com

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SPARTANS from page 8 Boyden combined for 12 strikeouts. Although last night’s win improved the Terps’ nonconference record to 21-3, Bakich wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance. “I thought the effort was poor,” he said. “I thought the energy was low. And those are two things that we always can control, and that’s why tonight’s performance was unacceptable.” The Terps will travel to Fairfax, Va., today to face George

Mason, a team that took a 7-6 decision in College Park on April 3. They aren’t looking for a repeat performance. “Today was a case where guys came to the yard and maybe had a lack of focus,” Wacker said last night. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re going to turn it around tomorrow.” TERPS NOTE: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez was removed from the game in the fifth inning in a precautionary measure after pulling his hamstring, Bakich said. Rodriguez has started 169 straight games. dgallen@umdbk.com

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TOURNAMENT from page 8 seed — which would give them a home game in the first round — is far less certain. New bracket projections released by The Washington Times on Monday indicated the Terps are right on that bubble. The mock had them penciled in as the No. 8 seed, showing that a win over the Raiders may be necessary if they hope to enter the tournament seeded for the first time in two years. Of course, if histor y is any guide, it might not even matter. The Terps were penalized for a poor strength of schedule last season, entering the field unseeded. But even though they sat outside the tournament’s top 8, they still made it to the national championship game, their deepest postseason run in 13 years. The year before, an unseeded Notre Dame squad upset the No. 3 seed Terps in the quarterfinals. But with 25 Division I games remaining in the season — most of which are in conference tournaments that will produce the field’s six

With just one regular-season game remaining against Colgate, coach John Tillman and the Terps hope to gain a top-eight seed in the NCAA Tournament. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

automatic qualifiers — there is plenty left to be decided. That’s exactly why the Terps are trying not to get bogged down with projections or “what-ifs.” They understand the only thing they can control is how they perform Saturday. The rest will work itself out on its own. “To me, you take every

game by every game,” defenseman Goran Murray said. “Step by step, game by game. So we’ve got Colgate Saturday, that’s all I’m thinking about. After Colgate, whatever happens, happens.” Still, Tillman can’t help but feel like his team has a chance against whomever it draws Sunday. After all, the Terps

have proven they can play with the sport’s elite. They’ve only lost to three ranked teams all season, and never by more than four goals. “I just feel like the field’s wide open,” Tillman said. “Anyone can get hot and win this thing, so why not us?” letourneau@umdbk.com


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Tennis misses NCAAs The Terrapins men’s and women’s tennis teams both missed the NCAA Tournament this season. For more, visit TerrapinTrail.com.

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Pitchers allow just two hits in 1-0 win BY DANIEL GALLEN Staff writer

In a 1-0 win last night against Norfolk State, a Terrapins baseball reliever transitioned into a starting role with great success for the second time this season. One month ago, then-closer Jimmy Reed entered the starting rotation as the team’s Friday option. He has been there ever since. At Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium last night, right-hander Charlie Haslup made his first start of the year — the second of his career — and pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out seven. And even though he won’t stay in the rotation like Reed, Haslup’s performance helped the Terps overcome an off-hitting night. “[Haslup] didn’t pitch against Virginia Tech, so he had to pitch,” coach Erik Bakich said. “We didn’t want to throw him 85 pitches. We were trying to keep him in there for 60. It’s just the circumstances of the game. That’s how it went.” The Terps’ offense couldn’t break through against Spartans right-hander Chris Horne, who surrendered just six hits over seven innings and allowed one run. “It has nothing to do with the opposition,” Bakich said. “It was an internal battle with ourselves. When you battle yourself internally, that opponent is undefeated. We’ve got to find a way to get more competitive, trust whatever we’ve got even if we don’t have our ‘A’ game. You don’t need your ‘A’ game.” The Terps’ lone run came in the fourth inning. After second baseman Ryan Holland hit a two-out double to right-center field, center fielder Korey Wacker, who had sur-

Team still has chance to earn seed in NCAAs BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU Senior staff writer

Wacker strike. It was Wacker’s 10th outfield assist of the season. “We pitch to contact and let the defense work,” Haslup said. “That’s been our strength all year.” Right-hander Michael Boyden came in for the eighth and earned a two-inning save, striking out five of the six batters he faced. In all, Haslup and

Last weekend provided the perfect microcosm of college lacrosse’s current landscape. No. 3 Loyola dropped its first game of the year, No. 11 Denver upset No. 4 Duke and a 1-12 Providence team embarrassed No. 19 Villanova. It’s been that sort of year — anyone can beat anyone on any given night. The No. 9 Terps (9-4) are no exception. They’ve proven they can win on the regular season’s biggest stage, as evidenced by their 9-6 win at then-No. 3 Johns Hopkins on April 14. They’ve also shown they’re susceptible to the upset, made clear by their 8-7 loss at UMBC on March 6. But with just four days remaining before the selection committee seeds the 16-team NCAA Tournament on Sunday, coach John Tillman is optimistic his squad has yet to play its best lacrosse this season. “I’m hopeful now with the fact that the end is close, maybe there is a higher sense of urgency by everybody top to bottom,” he said . “And that forces us to focus really hard about all the little things we need to do to be successful.” With three wins over top-20 teams and a strong non-conference schedule, it seems likely the Terps will qualify for an at-large bid no matter the outcome of Saturday’s regular-season finale at No. 12 Colgate. Whether or not they’ll earn a top-eight

see SPARTANS, page 7

see TOURNAMENT, page 7

Pitcher Charlie Haslup allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Norfolk State at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium last night. It was the junior’s fifth win of the season. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK

gery on his nose yesterday morning after breaking it last Wednesday, lined a shallow single into leftcenter field. Holland scored easily, giving Haslup all the run support he would need. “That’s one thing that’s good about our team,” Wacker said. “We’re built on three things, which is our pitching, defense and our timely hitting. Today, two of those showed

up. Our pitchers did a good job of pounding the zone and throwing strikes and our defense really played excellent. That’s the perks of having an overall good team.” Wacker flashed the leather in the fifth, squashing Norfolk State’s attempt at a two-out rally. Spartans catcher Chris Warren lined a shot into left-center field, but was ultimately thrown out at second on a

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