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Conduct code set to expand After University Senate vote, officials could prosecute students for off-campus violations By Alex Kirshner Staff writer The university will soon be able to prosecute students for off-campus violations after the University Senate voted yesterday to expand the jurisdiction of the Code of Student Conduct. The legislation, which passed 68-18 with four abstentions after a lengthy debate, will now go to university President Wallace Loh’s desk. The change would enable the Office of Student Conduct to investigate cases that impact campus

safety or the university’s operation in University Police’s jurisdiction. The expansion would also serve as a resource for students who are victims of other students’ misconduct, said Andrea Goodwin, Office of Student Conduct director. Under the current code, the Office of Student Conduct generally can only discipline students for infractions that occur on university property or at school-sponsored events. At the meeting, several students and faculty members spoke out against the See conduct, Page 3

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A decade removed from the Jayson Blair saga, faculty reflect on lessons learned By Yasmeen Abutaleb Senior staff writer Jayson Blair seemed as talented as prospective journalists come. He was highly affable, often offering a helping hand in this university’s journalism college and eagerly seeking career opportunities. Chris Callahan, then the college’s associate dean, even wrote Blair a glowing recommendation for a Society of Professional Journalists scholarship in 1996, according to a Baltimore Sun article published eight years later. “I can’t think of a more deserving recipient for your scholarship,” wrote Callahan, who did not respond to The Diamondback’s request for comment.

Blair won the $4,000 in aid, which was hardly the first of his accolades. He interned at The Boston Globe and The Washington Post and became The Diamondback’s editor in chief. The aspiring journalist left for a job at The New York Times in 1999, fulfilling many former professors’ greatest hopes for him. Blair, who declined several requests for comment, served as a sort of public face for the college, said journalism professor Chris Hanson. The journalism college invited the Columbia native back for alumni and fundraising events; his picture sat in a display case, and he was featured in a 2000 recruiting video. The adulation didn’t last long,

though. After nearly four years at the Times, Blair was found to have fabricated and plagiarized at least 36 articles within a six-month span. He resigned on May 1, 2003 — just a decade ago — and left journalism at only 27 years old. The Blair scandal shook one of the world’s most respected newsrooms. And its aftershocks reverberated all the way back to College Park. “I think unhappily a lot of people still remember it and associate it with Maryland, and that’s a shame,” said Carl Stepp, a journalism school professor who often spoke with Blair during his time at the university. “He hurt the

Sustainability fund helps green programs take root By Madeleine List Staff writer From rooftop gardens to water bottle-filling stations, this university boasts many green initiatives. Scott Tjaden wanted his project to stand out, though, and to do that, the environmental science and technology graduate student realized he needed to think vertically. Tjaden is working to create a “green wall,” a tall lattice system that supports climbing plants on the southern side of the animal science and

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agricultural engineering building, improving its energy efficiency. Tjaden’s project is one of 16 campus initiatives that received grants from the university’s sustainability council. Using funding from the student sustainability fee, the council awarded a total of $252,220 to the student-, faculty- and staff-led projects that seek to help the campus reduce its carbon footprint, said Mark Stewart, sustainability office senior project manager. See grants, Page 2

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SGA votes to keep freshman, transfer reps. By Sandra Müller Staff writer The SGA overhauled its bylaws after hours of debate in its final and longest meeting of the semester beginning on Wednesday. Student Government Association members reviewed seven bills, which included proposals to eliminate the two freshmen representatives and the transfer representative. However, that suggestion met fierce debate from students who said eliminating the body’s freshman perspective would be detrimental to many students.

“To deny [freshmen] the opportunity to get involved is completely wrong,” said Patrick Ronk, a freshman representative who amended the legislation to save the positions. Wednesday’s meeting also included discussions about additional requirements for executive positions, as well as clearly outlining the SGA’s goals for next year to make the body’s processes easier and more efficient. That led to intense discussions until 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Unsurprisingly, the changes that would have impacted the organization See omnibus, Page 2

Terror through the Glass lens Gov. professor uses film to show effects of terror on society By Fola Akinnibi Staff writer Movies old and new line the shelves of James Glass’ office — they have been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Glass remembers hanging out as a child in Los Angeles at the Gordon Theater all day with his father, who was the manager. Now, as a political philosophy professor, Glass has

channeled his love for movies into the classroom with a summer course that looks at a political topic through a cinjames glass ematic lens. Political philosophy prof. The summer course — now called GVPT 388A: Film and the Study of Politics of Terror in the Family and the State— began in 1972 as one of the first three-week summer courses this university offered, and, much to Glass’ surprise, it quickly gained popularity. While the course’s focus has

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evolved over the years from social discontent to terror, it still draws a wait-list. “I’d long been interested in film. The idea was to create a unique educational experience,” Glass said. “I never thought it would get this popular.” Students flocked to the class, and at its peak in the ’80s, more than 150 students were enrolled. Glass was forced to move to Hoff Theater to accommodate the students. The material, not the professor, is what draws the students into the class, he said. However, some of Glass’ students

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as Black Swan and Shutter Island with lesser-known films such as City of God and The Grey Zone. Glass said the films force students to think about the nature of terror and how it contributes to political violence. “Students see terror not so much as a set of policy questions — how to prevent terrorism, how to contain it and so on — but they see terror enacted [in the movies],” Glass said. “They get a sense of the power of ideology, the power of political belief, that drives individuals to really hurt people.” An online section of the course has been added, but Glass feels this takes away from the overall experience. He enjoys the community the students build with one other over the threeweek period. “Friendships have developed, we’ve had situations where students have met in the film course,” Glass said. “That has been one of my favorite things.” Terrorism will likely remain the theme of the course for the foreseeable future — at least until it is no longer a part of the national conversation, Glass said. It has become a large part of Americans’ lives, and he believes it is here to stay. “When it happens here, when it happens in Boston, it becomes more of a collective psychological phenomenon that affects everybody,” Glass said. “Watching these two guys being pursued by Boston Police, it was like a movie. It couldn’t have been more dramatic and terrifying at the same time.”

would disagree with that statement — it’s Glass who brings the material to life, said Yael Nagar, a sophomore government and politics major in Glass’ introduction to political theory class. Glass brings interesting perspectives into his classes, she said. “He has all these opinions about human nature and society and how the world is constructed,” Nagar said. “It’s really interesting to unravel where he gets those ideas.” Junior government and politics major Matt Lustbader said Glass’ experiences liven up his classroom lectures. “Professor Glass is a really knowledgeable guy,” he said. “His contribution to the class is really valuable.” When he began the summer course, Glass used film to teach politics of the family. But as time wore on, he said, students could no longer relate to the family conflicts of the ’70s and ’80s. About four or five years ago, he decided it was time to switch the theme of the course to something more timely. Glass selected terror and terrorism because in a post9/11 world, it seemed like a relevant topic. Every week, students watch four movies centered on three different themes. During week one, the focus is terror in and on the self; week two focuses on terror in the community, and week three is centered on state-sponsored terror. Glass mixes popular films such newsumdbk@gmail.com

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“If applied on a bigger scale, we could see some energy savings,” Tjaden said. “It helps, especially on older buildings, to save energy since we can’t go back and add insulation to the walls.” Stewart has seen improvements in green campus initiatives thanks to the fund. “[The grants] have done so much to promote sustainability on campus, and to promote it in a way that we’re really hoping to see,” Stewart said. “That is, by encouraging the campus community to think of their own sustainability projects and reduce the environmental impacts of their own operations.” For Tjaden, the grant money has been instrumental in exploring new ways to implement green technology, such as his wall. The plants will keep the building cool by shading the walls during the summer, and when they die in the winter, the walls will absorb the natural sunlight. The green walls could be useful at other locations on the campus, he said, and someday even in cities where space for planting is limited. “It especially helps to add biodiversity to a certain area, general vegetation and fresher air,” he said. Any upward-growing plant can be used on a green wall, he said.He recently planted a variety of grapes, passion flowers, red trumpet vines, yellow jasmine

OMNIBUS From PAGE 1 and students on the campus became the most controversial for legislators. Eliminating the freshman and transfer positions would negatively impact the body’s diversity, said diversity director Charmaine Wilson-Jones, which she said the SGA can’t afford to do. Chief of staff Landon Greer, who had contributed to the reform proposals, said the “freshman voice is not prevented from being involved.” He added legislative representatives should not be set along the lines of classes but within residential and academic borders. Kiese Hansen, an SGA committee member who recently transferred to this university,

and begonias, and expects the wall to be fully covered by summer 2014. The green wall project is a bit of a new take on the more wellknown green roof. Stamp Student Union received $20,000 from the sustainability fund this year to improve its own green roofs. Those green roofs were initially installed over the Atrium and Prince George’s Room in 2009 but failed because they did not have proper drainage, said Dan Wray, Stamp’s assistant facilities director. With the help of the sustainability fund, facilities management, in partnership with the plant sciences and landscape architecture departments and a green roofing company, are now working to install a new and improved green roof for Stamp, Wray said. The green roof will help with stormwater reduction by retaining rainwater and preventing runoff, Wray said. Additionally, it could improve air quality in the surrounding area and provide insulation for the building. This green roof will act as a “living lab” for students to monitor its success and further study the new technology, he said. Even after giving money to 18 promising sustainability projects, the university sustainability council still has $60,000 left over to distribute next year, Stewart said. Each project should build on the university’s sustainability goals of reducing costs,decreasing environmental impacts and improving health and quality of life, he added. Other grant projects ranged from installing water bottle-filling stations in main buildings and increasing bicycle parking on the

campus, to researching more efficient ways to use renewable energy. “Some of the projects get at some specific sustainability metrics we have in terms of reducing the energy footprint or water footprint of the campus,” Stewart said. “But I think they address our bigger goal of creating a culture of sustainability on campus. It’s really supporting a more sustainable community, which is a much harder-to-define idea than the specific metrics that we track.” Zachary Siegel, sophomore computer science and physics major, is one of 14 undergraduate students on the grant-recipient team, QUANTUM SEA, which is researching how covering solar cells in a special film could help solar panels absorb more sunlight and convert energy more efficiently. “We want to show that this

is a viable technology and make solar cells a more viable source of alternative energy,” Siegel said. If the technology is developed further, it could increase the efficiency of solar cells by up to 25 percent, he added. Every funded project brings a new perspective to sustainability that benefits the campus in a real way, said Karina French, an undergraduate representative on the council. “We are moving away from projects that are sustainable inherently or just theoretically,” said French, a senior English and geography major. “But looking to fund projects that will improve our campus as a whole and allow for our campus community to be more sustainable.”

argued transfer students are underrepresented on the campus. “It is a diverse group, and their perspective needs to be heard,” she said. Ultimately, Ronk’s amendment passed, 23 to 2, preserving the three positions. Another discussion tackled the appointment of a Residence Hall Association representative to the student fees review committee — a position the RHA has had since 2008. A bill proposed to strike that position, as proponents argued the seat would give the RHA an unfair share of influence compared to other student voices. And while the legislature did not overturn this proposal, the discussion was just as lively as the one before. RHA President Sasha Azar and President-elect Omer Kaufman advocated keeping the seat, arguing RHA is a highly informed and influential body that can

bring valuable perspective to the committee. However, the legislature did not approve an amendment to reinstate this part of the bylaws, leaving RHA to seek a student fees review committee seat outside of the SGA. “This is not a personal attack,” North Hill representative Nina Marks said after the vote. “We still want to collaborate with RHA.” In a policy shift, the legislative body also passed a resolution to support a ban on hydraulic fracturing — a bill sponsored by freshman representative J.T. Stanley that had been tabled since mid-March. The legislature ultimately passed the bill with 16 votes in favor, seven opposed and two abstentions. The omnibus reform included other changes involving a mandatory tabling hour for legislators to improve their outreach to constituents in addition to stricter guidelines for reinforc-

ing the polling system implemented this school year. And while legislators until now had to attend the Terrapin Pride Day lobbying event in Annapolis, the bylaws now state each representative has to attend two lobbying events, at least one of them in Annapolis. “I think it is viable to have an Annapolis requirement,” said SGA speaker Matthew Popkin. An amendment by journalism representative Noah Niederhoffer to not specify the location of either lobbying event failed. Other pieces of legislation passed included a resolution to condemn DOTS’ “Why I Ride” contest, a bill funding a campus photo spirit display and a resolution to support the creation of an interfaith fund. A bill to co-sponsor Stamp Student Union’s “Peace Patio” was tabled indefinitely.

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students for standard off-campus drinking violations, even if the police catch them first. “This isn’t targeting [students] for drinking off campus or underage drinking or little, menial things like that,” Ratner said. “It’s to go after the really bad stuff — the sexual assault, felonies, things that aren’t necessarily punishable otherwise.” The goal was not to put students under surveillance all the time, said Jason Speck, senate conduct committee chairman. “The Office of Student Conduct is not going to have people down on Route 1 with clipboards,checking down the names of everyone who has a red Dixie Cup in their hand,” Speck said. Goodwin said students caught sneaking into the city’s bars with false identification could potentially be punished through the university, though specifics have not been worked out. I n t h e m o n t h s a h ea d , Goodwin said she would work with students to more clearly define which violations of the code would lead to university sanctions. Some campus groups have expressed concerns that the expansion of jurisdiction needlessly subjects students to a sort of double jeopardy. The Residence Hall Association voted to oppose it in late April. And Devin Ellis, a faculty senator, worried it could be used to exert political pressure from outsiders to have students punished. But the expansion is ultimately a step forward, said Vincent Novara, who became senate chairman Thursday. “With the broadness comes a little bit of flexibility that we need in order to be able to enact this policy the right way and interpret it,” he said. “With a little bit of vagueness, some of that will also be to the students’ advantage.”

expansion, citing concerns about fairness and indefinite boundaries. Senator Jessica Cox, a graduate student, worried Goodwin’s authority as director was too farreaching and the bill’s language too vague. “It opens up a Pandora’s Box,” she said, calling the bill an “abstract, blanket policy.” To that end, an amendment to the expansion narrowly passed. The initial bill included broader terms about the expansion of the code, such as whether or not a code violation jeopardized “health,” “well-being” or another “distinct” university interest, but that set of criteria was limited to include safety and whether university operations are disrupted. After Goodwin proposed the code’s expansion in October, the Senate’s Student Conduct Committee reviewed her suggestions and added them to the legislation. The Office of Student Conduct and local law enforcement run their prosecution and disciplinary operations separately, so students — if the violation warrants it — could potentially face punishment twice for the same offense if it infringes on the conduct code and the law. “We’re representatives of the university; we should be held accountable on and off campus,” said Josh Ratner, undergraduate senator and the Student Government Association’s city council liaison. “We’re students here, and we’re students there.” As is current practice, law enforcement could opt to turn over some cases to the office altogether, Goodwin said. Even serious offenses, such as sexual assault, could go through her office instead of law enforcement, she added. Officials sought to allay concerns that the expansion of the code would be used to punish newsumdbk@gmail.com

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SLOWING DOWN When David Cay Johnston began his journalism career in 1968, he tried to absorb as many lessons as possible from more experienced writers. So when Blair returned to the Times in 1999 for a second, extended internship, the senior reporter — who had joined the Times in 1995 after nearly 30 years in the field — decided to offer the rookie some advice. Johnston saw an opportunity to provide a “cub reporter” the same favor his elders had afforded him decades earlier. Blair feigned attention when Johnston spoke with him, Johnston said, but Johnston quickly realized Blair had no interest in improving himself. He was a “lightweight going nowhere,” Johnston said. If a rookie wasn’t listening to someone of Johnston’s stature, the Pulitzer Prize winner said, Blair clearly didn’t understand what it took to become a reporter. Others in the newsroom often saw Blair stick close to managing editor Gerald Boyd. When Boyd left the newsroom for a cigarette break, Blair often followed with his own pack of cigarettes. There must be something special about Jayson, many staff members thought. How else could a beginning reporter cozy up to the No. 2 editor? One day, midway through Blair’s four-year tenure, Johnston and a colleague spotted Blair and Boyd standing next to each other across the street. Though the reporter and managing editor appeared close, Johnston told his friend to observe their body language. Boyd clearly didn’t want to be around Blair.

Odds are Boyd wishes he never had been. Once the entire country learned Blair had deceived the Times’ top honchos, numerous staffers complained about upper management. Within five weeks of Blair’s resignation, executive editor Howell Raines and Boyd left the newsroom after more than 45 combined years at the Times. But they weren’t the only people Blair betrayed. Professors invested in Blair’s future while he was a student at this university. They wrote recommendations and let him help hire prospective faculty members. Such extra support helped him land his prestigious internships at the Globe and the Post, as well as the Times. “It made us all aware of the vulnerability and fragility of students,” Stepp said, “and the need not to take anything — including people’s integrity — for granted.” Perhaps if they had taken more time to get to know Blair, some faculty thought, they would have seen more of the warning signs. But maybe they simply didn’t want to see the signs, Hanson said. Maybe they allowed the allure of Blair’s promising future — and the ways it could boost the college’s national profile — to obscure their judgment. “The lesson is you have to be very careful about who you latch on to to promote,” Hanson said. “Once you invest in someone, it might be more difficult to heed the warning signs.”

‘A UNIQUE PROBLEM’ Journalism college faculty members couldn’t help but feel sick as Blair’s life spiraled out of control. They saw a Virginia commonwealth’s attorney dispute a Blair story on the Washington-area sniper attacks. They learned Blair had fabricated many of his quotes. And they watched as Blair’s web of lies unraveled on the national stage. His former mentors struggled to understand how he swindled the Times’ editors. The questions were endless, Hanson said. How could Blair have been capable of such deception? What would happen to the college’s reputation? “People were both fascinated and embarrassed and wondering how much damage would be inflicted,” Hanson said. “It easily could’ve happened somewhere else.” Within days of the scandal making national headlines, faculty members removed Blair’s picture from a display case in the journalism building. The onceoutstanding student — the one who held so much promise just four years earlier — had become a point of shame. But before the college could fully move past Blair’s demise, another alumnus was in the thick of yet another scandal. Less than a year after Blair’s resignation, USA TODAY journalists found reporter Jack Kelley had made up substantial portions of at least eight stories, lifted quotes and other material and manipulated an investigation of his work. Like Blair, Stepp said, Kelley was determined to become a nationally recognized name. “I think every college has had instances of students who have misbehaved,” said Chris Harvey, the journalism college’s internship and career coordinator. “You can’t control a student’s behavior

once they leave your building.” I t wa s ea sy fo r fa c u l ty members to dismiss Blair as an isolated incident. The Kelley case, though, made outsiders start to question this university. Was it all just too coincidental? “We were unlucky that the Jack Kelley thing popped up,” Hanson said. “It gave the impression to some we had a unique problem.”

was dumbfounded when he heard about his former colleague’s coverage of the Lynch story. He knew Blair often lied, Madigan said, because he experienced it firsthand while they were both students. But here was Blair, covering one of the mostwatched national stories. And the distrust in the media was so high that the Lynch family didn’t feel compelled to speak up. “[Jessica Lynch] is one of the most famous people in the world, MOVING FORWARD right?” Madigan said. “And this Stepp and Harvey didn’t want guy could make up these interBlair to leave school when he was views and details, never having offered a reporting position at the even met her basically, and the

we all said if he had put half as much energy into being a journalist that he did cheating at journalism, he would’ve been a great onE … He did not have to cut corners to be a good journalist. that’s the saddest part about it.”

Times in spring 1999. He was only a few credits short of graduating. “The Times will still want you,” Harvey told Blair. B u t a few m o re c l a sse s wouldn’t have prevented Blair’s downfall, Hanson said. He could’ve come from any college. Today, Hanson feels strange using Blair’s story in his journalism ethics classes to illustrate the far-reaching consequences of selfish ambitions. Blair, after all, helped Hanson get his job. The then-senior helped interview Hanson for a tenuretrack position in 1999, and he commended Hanson’s knowledge of important plagiarism cases. “I always tell the story about why I’m so qualified to teach the class,” Hanson said, “because I got the green light from Jayson Blair.” Blair held prominent positions within the journalism college, and he interned at some of the country’s elite newspapers. But Stepp said that doesn’t mean Blair was ready for one of the world’s toughest, highest-paced newsrooms. “It slowed us in pushing people too far too fast,” Stepp said.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY Blair helped cover the capture and rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch during the Iraq War, then one of the nation’s most followed stories. He co-wrote a story that ran April 3, 2003, carrying Palestine, W. Va., as its dateline. “The little brat’s caused a big stir in this county,” Blair quoted Lynch’s father as saying. “As soon as she’s capable, we’re planning one heck of a big shindig.” Blair also wrote that Gregory Lynch got to speak with his daughter that afternoon. An internal Times investigation, however, later found that Blair likely never visited the town. Lynch family members told the Times they didn’t remember ever speaking with Blair. The Lynches never complained about the story, the Times reported. They thought the fabricated quotes and description of their home would be a “one-time thing.” Tom Madigan, who worked with Blair at The Diamondback,

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family didn’t say anything and she didn’t say anything.” Madigan started to question his own career. How could he be in the same profession as this guy? Was this really what he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing? Madigan remained in journalism until 2011 before moving to personal finance. He is a board member of Maryland Media Inc., a nonprofit company that is separate from the university and oversees The Diamondback. Blair’s former Diamondback peers don’t believe he’s truly learned from all that happened 10 years ago. But Blair has grown, he wrote in a 2004 memoir. In the book, Blair details his struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction to explain his problems at the Times. He now works as a life coach in Virginia. “If there’s any positive spin to come from this behavior, you’d hope it’s a story you can recall to students as a cautionary tale,” Harvey said. “Don’t kill your career. Don’t bring other people down with you when you decide to implode your career.” The journalism college has certainly changed since Blair’s days. It’s housed in an entirely new, state-of-the-art building. It is adapting to the digital age. It hangs high-definition television screens, rather than just pictures, on its walls. But university and journalism officials still boast about the notable alumni in the media. Carl Bernstein helped break open the Watergate scandal that eventually led to Richard Nixon’s resignation. Connie Chung is one of the most renowned faces on television as a news anchor with CBS, NBC and CNN. Scott Van Pelt, a host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, is a prominent sports personality with a national following. If Jayson Blair had just geared all of his talent in the right direction, Stepp said, he could have been among them. “We all said if he had put half as much energy into being a journalist that he did cheating at journalism, he would’ve been a great one,” Stepp said. “He did not have to cut corners to be a good journalist. That’s the saddest part about it.” This is part three of a threepart feature on Jayson Blair’s rise and fall. Check diamondbackonline.com for the story of Blair’s beginnings at The Diamondback and his resignation from the Times. newsumdbk@gmail.com


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t’s no secret students at this univer- tive uses of this money — which was, sity have a plethora of gripes with in fact, not earmarked specifically for DOTS. From obscene parking ticket its current uses — much to the chagrin prices to ever-changing bus routes, of DOTS officials, who don’t seem to the Department of Transportation want to budge on the matter. Department officials said the contest Services is not popular on the campus. So it makes sense that the depart- money isn’t from student fees, but rather leftover money ment would try to from a $10,000 deal improve its image. OUR VIEW with the Professional Making sure stuGolfers’ Association of dents appreciate America. DOTS made DOTS is clearly a deal for the campus one of the organito serve as an extra zation’s priorities. parking site for a golf In an effort to do tournament two years just that, DOTS has ago, but the space launched a promoended up being unused tional contest in the and DOTS got to keep “Why I Ride” camthe money. paign, offering the Officials use that winner the equivafact to justify “Why lent of a semester of I Ride,” as well as the in-state tuition. All it takes for someone to win this award is year’s worth of textbooks for Shuttlea two- to three-minute video showing UM’s three-millionth rider — iniwhy he or she loves public transporta- tiatives that benefit individuals in the short term rather than the whole tion, bicycling or carpooling. Ideally, that would kill two birds with community in the long term. While DOTS Director David Allen one stone for DOTS — students would post all about why they love to ride its believes it’s misguided to condemn buses, and the department would gain the contest, this editorial board disa more positive image in students’ eyes agrees. DOTS is making an effort because of the sizable winner’s prize. to boost its self-image across the But the Student Government As- campus, whereas supporting valid, sociation was right to vote Wednes- helpful SGA initiatives, such as the day to condemn this frivolous use of grocery store shuttle, could actually benefit students. While Allen said DOTS funding. While we aren’t sure the SGA the “Why I Ride” contest encourages condemning a DOTS decision can students to be more sustainable, all effect much immediate departmen- it really does is encourage students tal change, it’s important for DOTS to know enough about the positive to address students’ and represen- aspects of the shuttle bus to put totatives’ concerns. The SGA is sup- gether a video. As many professors posed to represent student interests, can surely attest, students can be so DOTS should think about using the quite adept at making things up. What’s truly misguided is the deorganization as a means of gleaning pertinent information on students’ partment’s overtly apparent methods wants and needs. Then it wouldn’t of attempting to woo students. But if need marketing initiatives to per- you take a look at a number of opinion suade students to feel more positively columns, 57 individual complaints about DOTS on WTF UMD — the most of any toward the department. For example, many SGA members category — and posts on numerous other cited a number of different reasons outlets where students express anger, DOTS shouldn’t be funding this you realize: DOTS isn’t going to improve initiative, giving examples such as its image by just giving a few students weekend shuttles and the Capital some money. The department needs Bikeshare program (which in itself to take more substantial steps toward may be frivolous) as better uses of the actually helping students, rather than money. There are plenty more produc- just putting on an act.

The Department of Transportation Services needs to start initiatives that will make a visibly positive impact on students, rather than focusing on simple marketing strategies.

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Let’s hear it for the leading ladies TYLER WEYANT I am still very unsure of what I thought journalism would be when I entered this university. I think it was some combination of Mad Men levels of drinking, Woodward and Bernstein levels of secrecy and hats with press cards in them. Instead, I was presented with a very different picture, one that existed at The Diamondback more than in any of my imagined newsrooms: a media outlet run by women. Strong women have been a constant in my life. Sure, I had a Paw who taught me wood choppin’, fire makin’ and other noncamping skills. But at a young age, when I asked where the women were to do the dishes on one fateful Thanksgiving, I was instructed — by multiple angry aunts, cousins and grandmothers — that I would be doing dishes for 70 people. By myself. Women were not to be thought of that way. The end. I since have realized the idiocy of my younger years and now understand the fortune of having three strong women at the helm of The Diamondback during my time there. I came in as a sophomore copy

Media access: Playing by their rules JOSH VITALE Wallace Loh is nothing if not approachable. Despite overseeing a campus of more than 26,000 undergraduates, the university president routinely works out alongside students at Eppley Recreation Center and has said he casually chats with about 1,000 students each year. If only it were that easy to talk to Terrapins athletes. I spent the past three-and-a-half years as a staff writer and sports editor at The Diamondback. In that time, I covered Terps teams across nine sports, wrote close to 300 articles and worked with 11 different sports information directors. The most difficult part of those three-and-a-half years should have been learning the rules of sports such as volleyball, wrestling and field hockey while writing four to five articles per week and keeping up with classes and homework. But sometimes, that was the easy part. The toughest aspect of the job was often walking the tightrope between the sports information directors and the athletes they’re in charge of. SIDs manage media relations. If you want to interview an athlete, talk to a coach or get credentialed to cover a game, they’re the ones you have to go through. They control who you can talk to, when you can talk to them and what you’re allowed to talk about.

In short, SIDs are the gatekeepers. And that’s a responsibility many of them take very seriously. For the football and men’s basketball teams, it’s understandable. Those are college’s most popular sports by a wide margin, and multiple sportswriters, radio hosts and TV crews seek media access to those two Terps teams on a daily basis during those seasons. The university’s athletes are still students first, so it’s hard to criticize the media relations staff for sheltering them from an endless barrage of media inquiries. The access control in the school’s nonrevenue sports is much harder to comprehend, though. The Diamondback is often the only news outlet covering some of these teams, so it seems those teams would be the ones most excited to garner media attention. Instead, they can be just as difficult to reach as the football and men’s basketball teams. One time, I was told I wouldn’t be allowed to write a story on a team’s injury woes because it wasn’t something the team wanted to focus on. When I planned to conduct interviews for another sport a few months later, I walked from my South Hill dorm to Comcast Center in the snow only to realize the SID had neglected to tell me practice had been canceled. I had similar difficulties with other sports, too. After the SID canceled “availability” — which consists of keeping two players and the coach after practice for just five extra minutes so they can field questions from a report-

er — on Thursdays, I was told I would have to get all of my interviews for the week done on Tuesdays. Those were just some of the problems I ran into. It was nearly impossible to talk to teams in a timely manner when breaking news situations occurred, and getting coaches and players on the phone for interviews after road games was always a high-wire act. Of course, it wasn’t always a struggle. A handful of the SIDs I’ve worked with have been very helpful in scheduling times for me to talk to players and coaches, and the department is a lot more accommodating now than it was three years ago. One SID even helped me set up interviews with one athlete’s parents and former high school coaches and teachers in Harrisburg, Pa. But sometimes, the SIDs simply make things harder than they need to be. I was not asking for players’ cellphone numbers or attempting to call a coach at 10 p.m. on a weeknight to get a few extra quotes. I just wanted to go to practice two days a week and talk to the coach and some players for a few minutes. That was it. Reporters simply cover the team in the best way they know how. To do that, they need to conduct interviews. They shouldn’t have to fight SIDs to do so. Josh Vitale is a senior journalism major and a former sports editor of The Diamondback. He can be reached at joshv1991@snet.net.

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editor who didn’t really know what made a good headline or what a lead was. My first day, I saw this tenacious, bilingual woman sitting in the middle of the room. I was both scared to death and in awe. Marissa Lang, now a courts reporter in Salt Lake City, taught me tenacity. It isn’t good enough to just do something; do it well and do it right, or don’t do it at all. The first day of the tenure of Marissa’s successor, Lauren Redding, I saw her at Bagel Place. It was a Sunday morning, so everyone was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I said to Lauren, “Are you nervous?” “No,” Lauren said. “I just hope there’s no breaking news.” Before the night was over, President Obama had announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed and I had been elbowed in the face by a reporter who said I was talking too loud during an interview. And Lauren Redding was welcomed to the show. During her tenure, I learned about the power of poised confidence. You needn’t be the loudest person in the room, but you should be the most passionate and well-informed if you hope to succeed. And maybe sometimes the loudest. And then came this year’s editor, a journalism and microbiology major

(insane, no?) who showed me the place compassion has in journalism. Yasmeen Abutaleb has always been there for this student body and for the members of the newspaper’s staff. Whether it was a personal issue someone was having or a campus crisis, she always showed empathy for those involved — and taught me how the act of reporting reporting on people must always keep the “people” aspect in high esteem. It was Child of Destiny and Jay-Z cohort Beyoncé who once noted that it is girls who run the world. In journalism, however, this is not always the case. While almost two-thirds of the students graduating college with journalism degrees are women, men make up 60 percent of newspapers’ staffs and write most editorial pieces. The things I learned from my three female bosses are just a part of the education they gave me. But most importantly, I learned this: Women running newsrooms should not be the exception to the rule. Yasmeen, Lauren and Marissa: Thank you for everything. Journalism world: Go get yourself more ladies — and leaders — like them. Tyler Weyant is a senior journalism major and former managing editor of The Diamondback. He can be reached at tweyantumd@gmail.com.

Back to the basics ANDREW DO Conservatism: The idea of free will, independence, self-reliance, liberty and small government. Those are the basic principles of the Republican Party that, in recent years, have been lost in a clown-filled sideshow. From the likes of Rush Limbaugh to Glenn Beck to Rick Perry, conservative antics and one-liners have garnered so much media attention that the public perceives the Republican Party as a group of fools. But it is not just a few outliers. The whole leadership — from the minority leader in the U.S. Senate to the ranking members of the House — is part of the problem. In recent years, we’ve witnessed the party shift from a party with strong principles to a party in shambles. The media is in part to blame, but the party itself is most to blame for bringing these folks to the forefront. It seems as if the true conservative intellectuals and policy molders are hiding somewhere. Where are the respectable leaders and policy architects? Where are the Ronald Reagans, Condoleezza Rices or Jon Huntsmans? It seems the great leaders of the Republican Party aren’t the ones leading. As a result, the clowns get the spotlight. When I look at the Democrats, I see a diverse range of “political stars,” from President Obama to Hillary Clinton. As a Republican, I may not agree with their principles, but there is something about these politicians that gives off an aura of likability and principle. It is a party of ideas. These ideas may be wrong, but are nonetheless based on core principles. The ideas Democrats talk about are actually enacted to bring about change. Why can’t we do the same with our core principles? Embarrassing antics and election

cycle ploys have only deepened these problems. In recent months, Republicans have been viewed as gun-toting, NRA ass-kissers. Although, yes, the Republican Party has long been a staunch defender of Second Amendment rights, this doesn’t mean basic background checks infringe on that right or contradict the core principles. It is absurd that Republican senators actually blocked a bill on universal background checks with no explanation two weeks ago. To the 90 percent of Americans who support universal background checks, Republican senators seem out of touch. Once again, the Republicans were the ones hindering any real reform in Congress. When it comes to health care, the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — has provisions that will detrimentally affect small businesses and increase the cost of premiums. But instead of Republicans setting forth a plan to fix health care, all I hear is “repeal,” “repeal,” “repeal.” OK, repeal it. But then what? You can’t rip a policy to shreds and not offer a better alternative. Where are the conservative policy architects to come up with a feasible solution? Why hasn’t anything been put forward? Republicans can’t just be a party of “no,” we have to be a party of, “no, and here is the solution.” Republicans are viewed as a party filled with white men clinging to their assault rifles, with the words “no,” “no,” and “no” spewing out of their mouths. We should be viewed as the party of reasonable change and embodiment of small government principles. Many welcome conservative principles, but the leadership and perception of the Republican Party keeps them from voting Republican. Let’s cast these antics aside, put the core values of the conservative party back on the table and bring real reform with ideas — not just rhetoric. Andrew Do is a senior biochemistry major. He can be reached at doandy09@yahoo.com.


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orn today, you seem immune to the kind of insecurity and self-doubt that can plague others -- or at least this is the impression you give. You are always putting on a brave front: making decisions, demonstrating strength and resolve, and personifying a general tenacity that others may not have. What is true on the surface, however, is not always true beneath -- and in your case you may be hiding an uncertainty that is likely to remain with you throughout your lifetime. It is no general unease, however; it is something very specific that you may well be able to understand perfectly in time. You are known for making interesting choices, even if they are not always the best ones. You weigh all possibilities with care, and try your best to avoid knee-jerk reactions of any kind. This doesn’t mean what you do will always make sense to others, however! Also born on this date are: Christopher Cross, singer; Doug Henning, magician; Frankie Valli, singer; James Brown, singer; Sugar Ray Robinson, boxer; Bing Crosby, singer and actor; Golda Meir, Israeli leader. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. SATURDAY, MAY 4 TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -You and someone quite different

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REVIEW | IRON MAN 3

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In the unexpectedly successful Iron Man 3, the irrepressible Robert Downey Jr. lends a much-needed sense of humor to the increasingly morbid superhero genre By Dean Essner Senior staff writer There’s this indescribable zing to Iron Man 3. The jokes pop, the action sizzles and the evil seems that much more ominous. It’s a dish that bares the same texture and smell as any gardenvariety franchise sequel. A more cogent dissection under a brighter light may reveal that it’s built on a rotten foundation: fresh meat turned gamy, crusty bread now stale and moldy. Make no mistake, Iron Man 3 is built on rusted rungs. But for some puzzling reason, it is far more than the sum of its parts and perhaps the best Marvel movie since the original Iron Man. The fact that it’s such a wily delight is especially surprising considering the films that led up to it, specifically The Avengers — a loud, brash, thick-skulled cash cow created simply to get everyone’s favorite superheroes in one room. In Shane Black’s (A.W.O.L) Iron Man 3, however, The Avengers only exists as a shadow, an echo of the past that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is trying to both reconcile with and completely forget. It’s a strange internal duality, something that eats up our elusive protagonist, yet at the same time makes him more human than ever before. New York — the location of the final battle in The Avengers that involved aliens, explosions and the near-annihilation of the massive metropolis — functions as a melodramatic buzzword here; every time someone mentions the city or Loki or his Avengers counterparts, Stark has a panic attack. You begin to wonder if this is the film in which Iron Man becomes too pressing a responsibility for Stark — if after years of

honorable peacekeeping services, his life as a vigilante has finally become too much for his shrapnel-encrusted heart. The plot is certainly knotty enough to warrant a retirement. Things center on crippled scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce, Lawless), whose company, Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.), possesses a regenerative treatment for missing limbs called Extremis that has scientific promise but is still highly faulty. Yet he begins operating on people anyway, helping them grow back their severed parts but with a serious drawback: The flaw in the formula leads to superhuman strength and heat-generating powers. One of the first experiments with Extremis in a small town in Tennessee causes patients to explode. Killian approached Stark about his joining the A.I.M. team in 1999 at a New Year’s party — shown in the movie’s boozy opening scene — but Stark, already an innovative corporate rock star by then, turned him down in order to sleep with Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall, Lay the Favorite), the true inventor of Extremis and a future part of Killian’s scientific team. She tells him about the flaw in Extremis, and in a drunken haze the next morning, he leaves her with a written attempt to correct her erroneous formula. Present-day Killian, still a reluctant admirer of the same man who chided and dismissed him at that fateful party, tries to blackmail Stark into fixing his beguiled science project by kidnapping Stark’s girlfriend, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow, Thanks for Sharing), and threatening the president of the United States. Or something like that. There’s a side plot involving Killian as a terrorist mastermind, but for most of the

SO YOU’RE IRON MAN. You’ve just saved New York from an evil alien army. But do you get a nice vacation to relax and enjoy the view from the house that cost so much? Of course not. Too many explosions to deal with. Always with the explosions. photo courtesy of konbini.com movie, we’re led to believe the real villain is an enigmatic man named the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley, The Dictator). We meet the Mandarin, a bearded, bin Laden-esque talking head, through a series of live TV broadcasts. The film’s big twist — also Iron Man 3’s zaniest and best revelation — is the Mandarin’s true identity and connection to Extremis. Spoilers aside, it’s a wacky bait-and-switch decision that takes the piss out of how self-serious superhero movies have become, a welcome regression to frivolity away from the icy, Gothic terrain of Gotham City. How Black connects the two seemingly disparate sources of evil — the Extremis camp and the Mandarin — is messy, though. Killian is too brainy to be fueled by intrinsic evil alone. Apart from his lust for both scientific acclaim

and, apparently, Pepper, we never really know why he turns out so murderous in the end. But his presence as a tried-and-true nerd allows his perpetual quarrel with Stark to be more a battle of wits and intellect than anything. And never before has Stark been this witty. Iron Man 2 and The Avengers were both clunky misfires because Stark spent too much time in the suit, which, as a result, contrived the reliable Downey Jr. into a lifeless body inside a hollow hunk of metal. Here, outside the suit with his deadpan personality in tow, he roams free — a manic tinkerer-turned-inventor-turned-lovable hero who only wants to do one simple thing: tell a goddamn joke. diversionsdbk@gmail.com

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hokies From PAGE 8 RBI record, which Jackson set. Still, Schmeiser said she doesn’t think about that during games because the Terps have a bigger task at hand — the results this weekend against Virginia Tech will determine their seeding for the ACC tournament. T h e Te r ps a n d Ho k i e s sit fourth and fifth in the s ta n d i n gs, re s p e c t ive ly, and the Terps need a sweep

to capture second place. Because the teams ahead of them have completed their ACC slate, the Terps don’t have to worry about results other than their own. “We are in control of our own destiny,” Watten said. “We have a chance to take the two spot … if we can go out and play at our level consistently all weekend.” The Terps have shown they can perform against the best in the conference, winning two games in their last series against North Carolina. They

co u l d n ’t ca p t h e swe e p, however, as the offense suddenly became stagnant in its Game 3 loss. As the team moves into the postseason, steady performances will become increasingly important. If the Terps can rally behind Schmeiser’s play, they will have a promising outlook. “It’s right there for us to go out and establish,” Watten said. “We have something to really earn and work for.” sportsdbk@gmail.com

defender goran murray will be charged with defending Colgate star attackman Peter Baum tomorrow. photo courtesy of chuck liddy/theacc.com

raiders From PAGE 8 10 goals. But Baum, whose point total still leads the team, is at the center of his teammates’ success, dishing a team-high 15 assists to go with his 33 goals. “He’s still a terrific player,” Tillman said. “I just think more people are trying to do more things to stop him, and [Baum’s teammates] are benefiting from that.” Tillman knows from experience how vast an impact Baum can have. In 2011, the coach’s first year in College Park, Baum notched three points as thenNo. 17 Colgate upset the thenNo. 6 Terps, 10-8. He also tallied seven points in last year’s twogoal victory. The Terps’ third-year coach isn’t letting his team forget the two losses to the Raiders, either. “The guys are well aware of it,” Tillman said. “We get another crack at them, and hopefully we can play a little bit better.” The Terps (9-3) are desperate to stop Baum and Colgate (8-6) in their season finale, so they can generate some mo-

mentum for the NCAA tournament. The squad has lost two of its past three games and is in danger of dropping outside the top eight seeds in the NCAA tournament, which would force them to play an opening round game on the road. But beyond that, the Terps hope to perform well tomorrow to regain any semblance of the form they displayed during a 6-0 start to the season. They have lost three of six games since that blistering six-game stretch, and the offense in particular is struggling to produce. “We just have to start being ourselves again,” attackman Kevin Cooper said. “We have to start going to our strengths and being the players we are.” Plus, the Terps don’t want to let the Raiders dampen their Senior Day. The Terps’ ninemember senior class, which has been a part of two NCAA championship game appearances, will play its final regular season home game in Byrd Stadium tomorrow. “It’ll definitely be extra motivation,“ Cooper, a senior, said. “We’re a class that’s focused.” The Terps have plenty riding

on the matchup with the Raiders. They’re hoping to send the seniors out as winners, improve or retain their seeding in the NCAA tournament and muster some much-needed confidence. For the team to accomplish all of that, it’ll need Murray to perform. The Terps’ offense has lacked explosiveness in recent weeks and hasn’t scored double-digit goals in a game since April 5. So if Colgate — which averages just more than 10 goals per game — can find an offensive rhythm, the Terps may not be able to keep up. The onus would then fall on the team’s defense to carry the load. Against Colgate, stopping Baum is the key to any defensive scheme. But Murray said he isn’t worried about guarding one of the nation’s top scorers in a crucial game for his team. In fact, he’s itching to begin the challenge, and he’s confident he can conquer it. “I’m kind of used to [Baum’s] style,” Murray said. “I’ve been watching film, so I just got to run with him, and we’ll see what happens.” sportsdbk@gmail.com

right-hander brady kirkpatrick is “a very stand-up guy,” Terps coach John Szefc said. “He’s very mature.”

tigers From PAGE 8 drawing a double play to close out the game. After Kirkpatrick’s poor outing Tuesday, Szefc said he isn’t sure if the pitcher will make a start this weekend. The Terps have several options to replace him, including left-hander Alex Robinson, who allowed only one

run on six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work against Towson. But Szefc was clear about one thing. “If we are going to be successful,” he said, “we need Brady Kirkpatrick to be good.” The Terps fear Kirkpatrick’s shoulder injury may prevent him from returning to his 2012 form. Re ga rd l e ss, t h e j u n i o r right-hander will find a way

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to make a difference, even if he isn’t on the field. “I respect him because no matter how he is performing, he’s a very stand-up guy, he’s very mature and he’s able to direct a lot of traffic for our pitching staff and for our players in general,” Szefc said. “I think a lot of guys respect him and look up to him.” sportsdbk@gmail.com


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BASEBALL

Kirkpatrick’s presence boosts Terps Despite struggles, right-hander still contributing entering Clemson series By Daniel Popper Staff writer

right-hander brady kirkpatrick has battled shoulder injuries this season and has posted a 4.92 ERA. The Terps open a three-game series at Clemson tomorrow. file photo/the diamondback

Brady Kirkpatrick has not had the season he hoped for. The Terrapins baseball team’s right-hander compiled a 3.04 ERA last season in nine starts and two relief appearances for former coach Erik Bakich and was poised to be a staple in the 2013 starting rotation. And while Kirkpatrick has made a start in all 11 weekend series this season for the Terps — who play at Clemson in a three-game series starting Saturday — a nagging right shoulder injury requiring multiple MRIs has hindered his progress. The Eugene, Ore., native

sports a dismal 4.92 ERA and has struggled to pitch deep into games, averaging just more than five innings per start. That hasn’t stopped him from making an impact, though. Despite his struggles on the field, Kirkpatrick has been a veteran leader for a young Terps pitching staff, which features six true freshmen. “He’s been around, and he has a lot of experience,” coach John Szefc said. “He’s the kind of guy that can really help our program grow quickly, considering we have a lot of young guys, and he is one of the older guys. He really wants to take a major role in helping young guys develop on the field and off

the field, and he’s really helped our coaching staff to do that.” Kirkpatrick’s teammates also notice his off-the-field contributions. “He brings a lot to the dugout, and he brings a lot to the team, a lot of energy, a lot of high spirits,” said right fielder Jordan Hagel, one of only three seniors on the roster. “Even though he’s not doing that well, he doesn’t let that affect him, and he doesn’t let that affect the team. He’s there to help the team, keep us inspired and keep us playing well.” After Kirkpatrick allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in less than two innings against Duke on April 27, Szefc brought him out of

the bullpen for the first time all season in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 11-3 win over Towson. “We wanted to get him back on the mound,” Szefc said. “He had a tough outing on Saturday, and when that happens with a pitcher you want to get him back out there so he can kind of get his feel back and get feeling good about himself again.” B u t t h e s t ra te g y ba c kfired on the first-year coach. Despite entering the contest with a 10-run lead, Kirkpatrick struggled. He surrendered two earned runs on three hits and two walks before finally See tigers, Page 7

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CLOSING THE ’GATE

Terps hope to shut down Baum, Colgate offense while avoiding third straight loss to Raiders By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer

Goran Murray has been extra focused in the Terrapins men’s lacrosse film room this week and a bit more eager to get to practice each day. He’s getting antsy. The sophomore defender is looking forward to his veteran teammates’ Senior Day tomorrow and hopes to help the No. 7 Terps earn a critical win before NCAA tournament seeding is decided Sunday. But that’s not why this week is so different for the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year. It’s because he can’t wait to guard Colgate attackman Peter Baum. Baum outmatched Murray and fellow defender Michael Ehrhardt a year ago, scoring five goals to lead his Raiders to a 13-11 victory in Hamilton, N.Y. So Murray — who has been assigned to defend Baum man-to-man — gets another opportunity at stymieing the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner when Colgate visits College Park tomorrow. “It’s fun,” Murray said. “I feel like within our defense scheme, that’s like a challenge for me.” Baum’s numbers have dipped this season, though. After posting a Patriot League-record 97 points in 2012, he has notched just 48 points this year. But Terps coach John Tillman said the Portland, Ore., native is still among the best players in the nation; he’s simply drawn more attention from opposing defenses. Attackman Ryan Walsh leads the Raiders in scoring with 35 goals, and five players on the squad have notched at least See raiders, Page 7

Colgate attackman Peter baum (top) scored five goals against Terps defender Brian Cooper (left), goalkeeper Niko Amato (center) and defender Michael Ehrhardt (right) in a 13-11 Raiders win last season. file photos/the diamondback

SOFTBALL

Schmeiser paces Terps into ACC finale Sophomore infielder close to notching record-breaking performance By Paul Pierre-Louis Staff writer

infielder Lindsey Schmeiser is one RBI away from tying Amber Jackson’s single-season Terps record of 56. The Terps travel to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend to play Virginia Tech in the season’s final ACC series. file photo/the diamondback

Laura Watten knows the struggles that typically plague young teams. After all, the Terrapins softball team is one. The Terps have had to endure sudden adversity during games throughout the season. While the upperclassmen often play a role in galvanizing the young bunch in these moments, the eighth-year coach said, there are also times when the team needs its key underclassmen to consistently produce. Shortstop Lindsey Schmeiser has stepped up at those times, leading the team in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Entering their final regular-season series, against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., this weekend, the Terps will look to the freshman to lead again.

“We depend on Lindsey a lot,” Watten said. “It’s been so great to see her grow so much throughout the season.” Schmeiser’s 55 RBIs are 14 more than catcher Shannon Bustillos’ secondplace total, and she’s one away from tying the Terps’ single-season record. An ankle injury sidelined Schmeiser during the team’s fall season. Upon her return in February, during the Terps’ five-game slide at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, she couldn’t get comfortable at the plate. Though she was struggling, Schmeiser kept a simple mindset in at-bats. “When I hit best is when I’m just not thinking about anything,” Schmeiser said. “Just seeing it and hitting it.” As she found her form offensively, the Terps’ bats began to heat up. From

late March to early April, the team only scored fewer than six runs on three occasions, winning nine of their 12 games in the process. Some of her memorable plays have also come on the base paths, including when she took advantage of a passed ball to notch the game-winning run against Florida State. “ S h e ’s o n e o f o u r b e s t b a s e runners,” Watten said. “She’s fast. She’s strong. She’s going to go up and hit the ball hard.” Schmeiser’s well-rounded offensive talent and competitive demeanor remind Watten of former Terps shortstop Amber Jackson. The comparison is fitting, especially if Schmeiser can surpass the program’s single-season See hokies, Page 7

May 3, 2013  

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