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Student found dead in Kent Hall By Fola Akinnibi Staff writer
SOUTH CAMPUS COMMONS residents and others often choose to form unofficial deals for summer leases, a cheaper and riskier option. file photo/the diamondback
University Police reported they found a female student dead in Kent Hall yesterday, according to spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis. Police received a call from the deceased student’s roommates at about 1:15 p.m., Davis said. Evidence on the scene points to an accidental death, he added, and there were no signs of foul play or suicide. Police have notified the student’s family, Davis said, but would not yet release her name. University Police are investigating and plan to release more details today. Check diamondbackonline.com for updates.
Subletters wager fees with savings Popular summer apt. scheme entices lessees By Laura Blasey Senior staff writer As the spring semester comes to a close, Kayla Kahn, a senior physiology and neurobiology major, is facing a dilemma: What should she do with her apartment in Parkside at College Park? “Come June 2, I’m going to Teach for America,” she said. “I’m moving out of the state completely; I’m not going to be even near College Park.” That’s why she and other students are turning to subletting — which avoids transfer fees but brings legal risks — as a means of getting back their money. Kahn decided she would try to sublet her apartment to someone else in need of inexpensive student housing, but she found she wasn’t alone; many other students were looking to do the same, posting on Facebook, Internet message boards, even Craigslist, searching for others to move in. Most apartment leases are good for just less than a year, and every spring, College Park’s student tenants often find themselves facing the same problem: No one wants pay summer rent for an apartment they won’t be living in. But with so many people looking and not enough responding, Khan said it’s harder than she thought. “I’ve been looking for maybe twoand-a-half months, and I got my fi rst responses maybe [Sunday] and [Monday] morning,” she said. Re-leasing and subletting are both
Athletics to upgrade ticketing Ticket exchanges, faster logins planned for fall By Laura Blasey Senior staff writer
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By Annika McGinnis Staff writer Before Justin Regan began working on a smartphone app to spread the word about nightlife events in College Park, he didn’t even know about specials at bars underneath his own apartment building. “I live in The Varsity, and I had no idea [Looney’s Pub] did $10 mimosa pitchers,” the junior communication major said. “For the last two weekends, that’s what we’ve done.” Over the past month and a half, Regan realized how much students stick to the same evening routines on the weekend as he worked to bring the app, Nightlife, to College Park, Washington and Towson. The app offers a centralized listing
of nightly specials for each area’s bars and restaurants, and he hopes it will give students more choices, spice up competition between establishments and sponsor bar crawls and other events. “It just gives you more exposure to what’s out there,” Regan said. “I feel like people jump the gun too much to where they’re going. This isn’t necessarily to take away business from the big bars like Bentley’s, Cornerstone or Looney’s — it’s just to create competition and make it better for the student body.” In 2009, Kyle Turner, a then-sophomore computer science major at the University of Missouri, decided to create a website and app listing the nightly specials among Missouri’s bar scene. See NIGHTLIFE, Page 3
The student ticketing system will get an upgrade this fall, athletic department officials announced Monday. Ticketing officials will transfer to a new software program, which they hope will streamline student ticketing and bring new features such as easier login and registration, faster reservation and mobile delivery. The upgrade should align the student ticketing system with the one already in place for season ticket holders, officials said. For years, officials relied on a system called TicketReturn to manage student tickets, but the school has outgrown it, athletic ticket services
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Mulligan’sCSPAC pact yields profit Posters in restaurant, deals for showgoers promote dual business By Teddy Amenabar Staff writer With a twist on the classic “dinner and a movie,” officials are encouraging patrons with tickets to CSPAC performances to first stop at Mulligan’s Grill and Pub as part of a new marketing campaign. Dining Services officials launched the campaign in fall 2012 in an effort to bolster sales at Mulligan’s — a Dining Services-owned restaurant at the university golf course. The cross-promo-
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tional campaign aims to benefit both the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Mulligan’s, and it seems to be working: Mulligan’s has already seen a 20 percent increase in sales since the beginning of the fall semester. In exchange for the restaurant hanging a promotional poster for CSPAC shows, CSPAC officials agreed to hand out Mulligan’s fliers at shows and send out promotional emails with deals to their season ticket holders. “It’s branching into a different clientele than we’ve had previously,” said David Winbigler, Mulligan’s general manager. “It’s helping us build sales with a different group of people — and that’s important.” For the restaurant, that’s an important customer base to build. Tucked away at the university golf course, the eatery relies on building relationships to bring in See mulligan’s, Page 2
Soil judging team claims national title First win for univ. team in nearly three decades By Theresa Sintetos For The Diamondback It had been 29 years since a soil judging team from this university won a national championship, but on April 26, that dry spell came to an end. Defeating teams from 21 other schools and universities from across the nation, the UMD Soil Judging Team took the top prize at the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in Platteville, Wis. The team members had one hour to prove their ability to describe the characteristics of various layers of soil in a 5-foot-deep pit, and after their answers were compared to a master answer sheet, they came out on top with the highest score. “If you were to ask me what made the difference this year, it would prob-
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soil judging team members (left to right) Jessica Rupprecht, Heather Hall and Ryan Adams try to stay warm. The university’s team won the national title after analyzing soil layers for one hour. photo courtesy of isabel enerson ably be the hard work that all of the new members of the team put in these past two semesters and the continued effort of veterans from last year’s team,” said Tyler Witkowski, a senior soil and watershed science major.
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TICKETING From PAGE 1 assistant director Matt Monroe said. As the season ticket holder system, called Paciolan, prepared for an upgrade, it seemed like the right time to make the switch, Monroe said. Students will be able to log in to the system with their university ID numbers instead of the bar code on the back on their student IDs, and they will be able to transfer tickets to one another during a designated transfer period. Being able to exchange tickets will benefit all students, said Alex Prendergast. The freshman finance major remembers times her parents came for last-minute visits and she couldn’t make a football game, but rather than allowing someone else to go in her place, she’d lose loyalty points. “It’s definitely easier,” she said. “There are no downsides, and you don’t lose the ticket.” Some students said the current ticketing system is outdated and is long overdue for an upgrade. “I missed a lot of games
because the whole process was such a nightmare,” said Justin Garcia, a freshman government and politics major. “I just didn’t want to go through it.” Officials said they will also eliminate the old claim-andrequest-period system — once a student requests a ticket for a game, he or she will be guaranteed one without having to remember to log in a second time. The system will email students their tickets, Monroe said. And when students get their tickets, they’ll be able to present them to Terp Hosts on their smartphones instead of printing them out. “Printing is always an issue because you never remember until five minutes before,” said Adeel Malik, a sophomore finance major. “That’s way more convenient.” The system will also be more helpful to the athletics department as it works to build a supportive alumni network, Monroe said. Having the same data system in place to manage both season ticket holders and students means the department can more easily keep track of which students are graduating and
encourage them to continue to be active supporters of the university’s athletic teams. “We’re just trying to make it easier to have all of our accounts in one large database,” said athletics department spokesman Zack Bolno. The new system did not cost the department any extra money, either. Paciolan’s system costs about the same as TicketReturns and has additional features, Monroe said. The university will begin allocating student tickets through the new system starting in the fall. Students will appreciate the ease the new system will bring, said Matthew Popkin, the Student Government Association’s speaker of the legislature. Monroe consulted Popkin during the athletics department’s discussion about the transition. “It makes a lot of sense, and I’m really glad they’re doing that,” Popkin said. “It’ll make the ticket handling paperless and more efficient.” email@example.com
MULLIGAN’S From PAGE 1 customers, Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple said. During basketball season, for example, Mulligan’s developed a strong relationship with returning alumni looking to have a meal before tip-off, and dining officials are hoping to replicate that success with the performing arts crowd. “We’d like to have the same relationship with Clarice Smith — it’s even closer,” Hipple said. Previously, CSPAC offered patrons a $30 dinner special at the university Marriott before the show, CSPAC marketing coordinator Tricia Homer said. At the beginning of this academic year, however, CSPAC officials learned the Marriott restaurant would undergo construction in fall 2012. “We realized there was a gap that needed to be filled,” Homer said, adding Mulligan’s seemed to be a good fit because of its proximity, located just across University Boulevard. The marketing partnership has been taking “baby steps,” Homer said, but both parties
have high goals for what it could bring. Patrons always ask about the best place to get dinner in the area, Homer said, and CSPAC officials can recommend Mulligan’s, which used to struggle to bring in business. Though the business from CSPAC started off small, Winbigler said, sales have been gradually building over the school year. The partnership builds on the other recent changes Mulligan’s has made to drum up business. Over the past year, Mulligan’s hired a new head chef, and officials have worked toward revamping dining service at the restaurant, Winbigler said. “The main focus is the fundamentals and making sure people get good service in a timely basis,” Winbigler said. “They’ll explain that they’re going to a performance, and that clues us in to the fact that we need to be on the ball.” By the start of summer, the restaurant will also release a new menu, Dining Services officials said, with dishes such as seared sesame tuna wraps, meatloaf sliders and tuna wonton salad. “We’re putting out a well-balanced menu,” Winbigler said. “It’s
not just all meat and potatoes.” The partnership comes down to visibility, officials said. Mulligan’s is an alternative to the fast food-heavy Route 1, and with the new marketing campaign, officials hope to clue CSPAC patrons into the finer dining experience it offers. “The view and the ambiance are wonderful,” Winbigler said. For Gabrielle Rambo, junior English and environmental science and policy major, the relationship between Mulligan’s and CSPAC is practical because many audience members are not from the area. “When I think of Route 1, it’s mostly fast food stuff,” Rambo said, adding patrons would go to Mulligan’s instead if the restaurant advertised its menu more. The partnership seems like a win-win for both parties, said freshman music major Nick Hogg, with possible benefits for CSPAC performances in the future. “It’s a good thing of CSPAC because they are getting more customers,” Hogg said. “It will be a funner experience overall for people who go to concerts.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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an injury. However, she said the win was still a fairy tale moment for her. “This win was huge for us. I won’t lie, I did cry Cinderella tears various times,” Jamis said. “It meant that a hardworking team like ours that had a very slim chance of winning the competition could prove everyone wrong. It was such a great feeling to accomplish something like that.” For some, this was an opportunity not only to hone their skills but also to build friendships and see the country in a whole new way. “I was skeptical at first, as most are when they hear about us, but these contests allow you to see America through soils,” senior environmental science and technology major Ryan Adams said. “West Virginia was beautiful last year. This year, we met a wine farmer none of us will soon forget. You meet gaggles of people from all over the country. It’s a great community.” The team also won top prize in the group-judging portion of the contest for the second year in a row. Members also took victories in the individual competition, with Witkowski coming in third place and 2012 alumna Davinia Forgy taking eighth place.
and transmits water and supports roots, the long-term development of the soil, and potential challenges for land use. To prepare, the team members practiced weekly by examining pits similar to the one featured in the contest. “They put in 10-hour days in grueling field conditions, and then they kept studying at night,” team coach Brian Needelman said.“They did it because they love it, and they loved being part of this team.” This university also won the contest in 1972 and 1984. And when the judges announced this university’s team as this year’s winner, the students erupted in loud cheers. “I was shocked. I knew my team was very good, but they were also very humble. They told me all about all the mistakes they had made during the contest, so I really didn’t think we had a chance to win,” Needelman said. “The team dumped Gatorade on my head, which was a first for me. There was a lot of leaping and hollering.” Team member and environmental science and policy graduate student Steph Jamis was not able to compete in the championship due to email@example.com
NIGHTLIFE From PAGE 1 There were dozens of bars in the city, and they had been offering the same specials for “the past 15 years,” Regan said. “Once they created the app, the bars pretty much started competing back and forth, so their nightlife got 10 times better,” Regan said. “Not that it was boring, but it just spiced it up and changed it, and everyone loved it.” From there, the app spread to Kansas City, Mo., before exploding across the country. It now
includes 12 regions, which will increase to 22 by June, Regan said. Just a month and a half ago, Regan and his friends, Rob Habib, a junior family science major, Bryan Maddock, a sophomore accounting and finance major, and Andrew Grosse, a freshman finance major, decided to expand Turner’s Nightlife app to the East Coast. The four brought the app not just to College Park but also to Towson and Washington. The four students began promoting their campaign over social media and launched the College Park app about two weeks ago, although the Washington app is still unfinished.
LEASING options for students looking for a return on their investment during the summer. With re-leasing, the apartment management transfers the lease from tenant to tenant, usually for a fee. The previous tenant is then free from obligation — regardless of the financial or legal transgressions of the new resident. Subletting is an agreement between the current resident and a new resident through which the new resident agrees to pay the leaseholder part or all of the monthly rent, sidestepping the management. It’s a process for the more risk-inclined — and for that reason, many apartment leases, such as the ones at South Campus Commons and The Varsity, prohibit it. While it’s no burden on the management, subletting is an “underthe-table deal” that leaves students at risk, said South Campus Commons and Courtyards Director Gina Brasty. “If we don’t know about that agreement, there’s nothing we
can do legally,” Brasty said. “We hear stories every year about how students get in trouble because they tried to do it under the table because they wanted to save that hundred dollars.” A number of problems can arise from informal subletting agreements, Brasty said. Sometimes the new resident doesn’t follow through on his or her end of the financial bargain or damages the apartment, and the official leaseholder is left to clean up the mess. If caught — which Brasty said happens “frequently” — students can face thousands of dollars in expenses. And Capstone Management, South Campus Commons and Courtyards’ parent company, has the right to remove the undocumented resident from the property. Students could face additional sanctions from the university, as only the documented student’s ID can swipe into the Capstone properties.Any undocumented students would have to use university IDs that are not their own — a Student Code of Conduct violation. Students are better off paying the re-leasing fees, Brasty said, which run about $100 for the current Commons leaseholder and $300 for the incoming resident
with an additional application fee. “We will always try to work with people because sometimes the residents do this not knowing,” Brasty said. Re-leasing fees run about $200 at The Varsity, manager Ashley Brittain said. Both complexes, as well as Parkside, keep a list of people seeking a place in the buildings. But it’s still not enough to make some students rethink their approach to the process. Lilian Hoang chose to sublet her Commons apartment instead of releasing because the cost of re-leasing outweighed the benefit, she said. “That’s $400, basically the amount people are willing to pay for one month’s rent,” the sophomore finance and information systems major said. “It would be easier to do it without Commons because it’s only for a month.” And subletting was a risk sophomore kinesiology major Sara Whiteis said she was willing to take — anything to get money back. “I went downstairs and put my name on a waiting list ... but they said we have to go out of our way to find somebody,” Whiteis said. “My parents just want me to get any sort of money.” Many students told the same story: They wanted returns
on their investments, but it was almost impossible to find someone willing to pay the high price of rent in College Park, and many saw agreements both official and clandestine fall through. The South Campus Commons’ online re-leasing board features dozens of postings about open rooms, and the Housing group in the university’s Facebook network has even more. While Commons can accommodate nearly 2,200 students, management only received 300 requests for a re-leasing appointment in summer 2012. Even then, Brasty said, only about 250 actually took place. Subletting seemed easier, Kahn said, because she offered a lower rent than the sticker price, an attractive option for summer renters. Kahn said she may have to settle for a lower price than she was asking for. Her Parkside apartment, owned by a private landlord, did drum up some interest after the landlord put up advertisements. “The thing was, he put in the ad that price is negotiable,” Kahn said. “The person is trying to haggle more than $100 lower, which isn’t ideal, but I would be willing to do it.”
Once students download Nightlife, they select their location. The app then brings up a list of each local establishments’ nightly specials and the times they are offered — important tools for bar owners and students in College Park, where several bars, such as Cornerstone Grill and Loft, don’t have Twitter pages and some specials aren’t even listed online. After the one-month free trial ends, owners can choose to pay a fee to Nightlife, allowing them to post events and specials directly to the app. Regan’s group also thinks the app’s analytics will entice bar owners, because
the app tracks how many people view each bar’s advertisement. For instance, as of April 23, 133 people had viewed Looney’s Pub’s ad over the past week, and 154 people had viewed R.J. Bentley’s. Since the app was released, several bars have retweeted from Nightlife and a Bentley’s owner has expressed interest in buying access to the app, Regan said. Some students said they would download the app because it offers convenience. “Even if you’re driving by, you can’t look [specials] up online. You have to go to [the] restaurant,” said Vanessa Camelo, a junior psychology major who
said she would “definitely” download the app. Other students, however, said bar and restaurant specials are already well-publicized, so the app’s features wouldn’t be needed. Ads are “all over” Facebook and Twitter, and businesses hand out fliers around the campus, said freshman criminology and criminal justice major Courtney Humphrey. Still, Nightlife could help students compare prices and choose the best venue each night, sophomore linguistics major Xavier Sumter said. Once the app builds a following, the four developers hope to plan events exclusive to
Nightlife users, beginning with a College Park launch party in the fall. They’re also planning fall bar crawls in each of the three regions, where Nightlife users would pay a flat fee and be granted entrance and specials at each app-sponsored bar. Though the eventual goal is for Nightlife to cover the entire country, for now, the four will do their part in “spicing up” students’ weekends in College Park, Regan said. “We’re sharing the Nightlife journey, city by city, night by night,” he said.
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t’s nice to see Wallace Loh keeping his promises. The third-year university president has used speeches, newspaper columns, campuswide emails and a handful of trips abroad to tout the university’s premier status and its continuing efforts to become an international leader. With his most recent trip to Israel and Jordan alongside Gov. Martin O’Malley, Loh has shown these are not mere talking points — the university’s ascension is already underway. By spring 2014, students will have the opportunity to study in Jordan under an official Education Abroad program in the heart of the Middle East, tapping into a globally significant and academically enriching environment. The move marks the university’s first official partnership with a study abroad program in Jordan. It is also the first in the Middle East outside of destinations more common for Westerners, such as Turkey, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. In his email to students last week, Loh noted “about one” university student studies abroad in Jordan per year — this stands out more as a margin of error than a product of a concerted university effort. Expanding university programs on both sides of the Jordan River proves this university is committed to growing its presence and opportunities in the region. Previously, students trying to study abroad through unofficial programs had to enroll in a foreign institution, pay its fees and find courses that would transfer between schools. The recent move spearheaded by Loh
means students enrolling in the new Jordan program will have less uncertainty regarding tuition, credit transfers and overall logistics when considering a term abroad in Jordan. In an increasingly globalized and connected world, international perspectives are becoming crucial for students looking to become professionally com-
A visit to the Middle East shows university President Wallace Loh’s efforts to globalize the university have yielded substantial gains. petitive. And students at this university should have every opportunity to observe and study those perspectives firsthand. Making it easier for students to go overseas can only help inform their worldviews and expand their career opportunities, all the while improving the university’s reputation. And on that larger scale, it’s plain to see the university is reaping the benefits of Loh’s international efforts. International rankings from Times Higher Education released in March had this university cracking the top 100 in the annual World Reputation Rankings with the No. 97 spot in the overall university rankings. Additionally, only seven months into a partnership with online course company Coursera, more than 85,000 students around the world are taking an
entrepreneurship and innovation course hosted by this university. Loh’s efforts are making a difference — the university is growing its presence in a crowded global landscape, and the international community is taking notice. These results are directly aligned with Loh’s overall goal of internationalizing the university and making its students global citizens. Loh’s vision will be illustrated strongly in today’s Sadat Lecture for Peace with the Dalai Lama at Comcast Center. The Dalai Lama is joining a prestigious list of speakers such as Madeleine Albright, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter, all of whom have given the lecture in years past. As expected, the lecture is completely sold out. While the lecture series was not one of Loh’s initiative, it is a powerful indication of the eagerness and hospitality that will greet unique cultural voices at this university. These kinds of demonstrations of open-mindedness and goodwill help the university serve as a diplomat to the world and solidify College Park’s reputation as a universally recognized destination. And when Loh travels to Vancouver, Canada, this week to make the university’s case for joining Universitas 21 — a global research network that would open up exchange programs and research opportunities in 16 countries — students and faculty at this university should continue to applaud his work. Loh’s efforts to improve this university in the eyes of the international community have produced results, and that benefits all of us.
Shining some light on news blackouts Ignoring an abortionist’s vile crimes reveals bias in the national media CAROLINE CARLSON We live in a 24/7 news cycle world. Nowadays, consuming the news is an easy process — scroll through your Twitter feed to learn about what’s going on halfway across the world. But sadly, as much as it seems like we live in an information-obsessed age, some of the most horrific stories don’t get the amount of coverage they deserve. I first heard about Dr. Kermit Gosnell in January 2011. I didn’t hear about him by watching CNN or skimming through The Washington Post but through a blog post someone forwarded to me on Facebook. Gosnell, an abortion doctor from Philadelphia now charged with four counts of firstdegree murder, ran an abortion clinic equivalent to a horror house. A chilling 261-page grand jury report detailed the specifics of Gosnell’s operation — he “regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester … then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.” When the FBI raided the clinic as part of a months-long investigation of illegal prescription drug activity there, they found “fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic — in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers.” Interviews with Gosnell’s employees reveal disturbing details. A former employee noted in the grand jury report how Gosnell never supervised the administration of anesthesia — unless the patient was white. The same employee said that “white patients often did not have to wait in the same dirty rooms as black and Asian clients.” An alleged scissors-wielding murderer, dead babies and racist practices — you’d think this would be a frontpage story. Although I give credit to local journalists (especially at The Philadelphia
Inquirer) for their extensive coverage of the case, the story remains nowhere to be seen in some outlets in the national media. Although national coverage has grown recently because of Gosnell’s current trial, there still seems to be a lackluster news response. Columnist JD Mullane tweeted a photo of the courtroom during the trial with rows upon rows of empty media seats. And even if this story has gained recent media traction, where were national news outlets when it first broke? Having to hear about Gosnell in 2011 only through blogs and social media forced me to question the legitimacy of the story. Why is the Gosnell case and its weak media coverage so important to us today? It’s unacceptable that we can read news directly from our smartphones but not hear about some of the most controversial stories. As much as we fear discussing stories that infuriate interest groups, what does this lack of coverage say about our generation or supposedly objective journalists? For me, the purpose of journalism isn’t just to create a more informed, aware society but to serve justice through the press. Journalists and reporters have low standards and warrant minimal respect from newsreaders if they don’t cover everything — regardless of a story’s political implications. This narrative also exists for collegeaged journalists and newsreaders like us. Do we really hold ourselves in high regard if we subjectively follow only select current events? Should we really call ourselves well-rounded students when we aren’t learning arguments from other perspectives? Sooner or later, we need to wake ourselves up to events that are occurring around us. If not, we’ll be stuck in a media blackout — only listening to stories others want us to hear. Caroline Carlson is a sophomore government and politics and information systems major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A last letter to the university we love NEAL FREYMAN Dear University of Maryland, Thank you. I have spent the past four years of my life within your confines — first in Ellicott Hall, then in soonto-be- rubble Carroll Hall and then finishing up in South Campus Commons, where I am most grateful for a full-size bed, a washer and dryer and a charming view of the construction site outside Van Munching. To my professors: Thank you for telling it like it is. Your classes have not been easy, and you have not sugarcoated anything. I remember taking one of my first courses ever in college, MATH 141: Calculus II, in the musty basement of the Reckord Armory. On the first day, my professor explained that learning the elementary integrals taught in the class would have zero practical impact in our daily lives. They were essentially just “warm-ups for our brains.” If that didn’t hurt enough, he came into a class midway through the semester announcing he had some good news and some bad news. Naturally, the bad news first:
The average on the first exam had been the worst he had ever seen in his two decades of teaching this class. The good news? Pop quiz. To the city of College Park, thank you for … um … being somewhat affordable. Our city certainly isn’t the university town I envisioned, with trendy coffee shops and ethnic restaurants lining verdant, pedestrian-friendly streets. Instead, we have Route 1 and its accompanying concrete jumble, which, I guess, is all a college student can ask for. We have cheap pizza, a CVS (open 24 hours!) and increasingly better food thanks to superb additions such as Krazi Kebob. The bar scene is less than adequate, except for gritty and homely Cornerstone Grill and Loft, where I have very much enjoyed the cheap drinks and neighborly charms during many a Friday happy hour. Thank you to all the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made on this campus. You are all wonderful, kind people — Ravens fans included — who have greatly enhanced my experience here. From the self-proclaimed nerds of Gemstone to the self-proclaimed nerds of my a cappella group, Rak Shalom, it has been really special being a part of
such a diverse student body from all around the state of New Jersey. This university may boast a beautiful campus and top-notch facilities, but it will always be the students who make this college the amazing place it is. As graduation races toward me, now less than two weeks away, nostalgia will no doubt set in and encourage me to reenact everything I have done here, some of which — riding the rowdy Orange bus from North Campus to Route 1 in search of a party I was most definitely not invited to — seem to have happened in a bygone era. Other activities, such as sneaking into Byrd Stadium or exercising more than once a month, seem like more realistic pursuits as I come down the home stretch. This place, of course, will go on without me. Because I was lucky enough to have attended a world-class university such as this one, I must express my utmost gratitude for the past four years. So once again, thank you, University of Maryland, for providing me with a most cherished gift: a genuinely excellent higher education. Neal Freyman is a senior history major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Reality doesn’t match student opinion
rekking across the campus for practice last week, red track and field backpack bouncing on my back, I was thinking about a conversation I’d had with a friend. As a student-athlete, I’ve had experiences on this campus that many people don’t totally understand. When talking to my friend, I realized the common perceptions of athletes at this university are very different from what I’ve seen as an athlete. I’d like to clear up some of the misconceptions I see and hear most often. Perhaps the biggest misconception regarding student-athletes on our campus is that we all receive scholarships. It’s true that on high-profile teams, such as football and basketball, most players do have substantial scholarships if not full rides, but that’s not the case for every team. In some ways, my workouts are like a job, except I don’t get paid for these 25 to 30 hours of work a week. People usually ask, “But what about the iPads and all of the gear? Isn’t that a lot of free stuff ?” Don’t get me wrong, the iPads and gear are awesome. My team clothes solve the problem of what to wear each morning 90 percent of the time, and I can’t lie to you and say I’ve never used my iPad to go on Twitter or Pinterest during class. But I can say for certain that no athlete does it for the free stuff. We give up a lot for the opportunities we have, and the gear doesn’t make up for that. And once and for all, we don’t get free scooters. In reality, we don’t do what we do for the free stuff, the reputa-
tion or the prestige. We play and race because we love our sports; we love our teammates, and we love this school. There are some great perks to being an athlete here, but that’s not what gets you out of bed to run hills at 6 a.m. or what motivates you to give up summer and winter breaks to train. It’s the chance to be part of something bigger than yourself that makes the hours of practice and pain worthwhile. If scholarships are the biggest misconception about student-athletes, the second biggest is that we don’t want to get to know students who aren’t involved in athletics. I think a lot of people don’t try to get to know athletes because they feel we inherently look down on them. Of course there will always be a few people who fit that stereotype, but it’s a refreshing change when I get a chance to hang out with people who aren’t on a team. My suite-mates and I actually brag when we’ve made a new non athlete friend. We’re jealous of regular students sometimes because they get to do lots of fun stuff that we don’t have time for. Hopefully this clears up some of the more common misconceptions about athletes, and obviously not everything I said applies to every athlete on the campus. There are about 500 of us, and I know I can’t speak for everyone. In the meantime, maybe this will help athletes and non athletes understand each other better, because in the end, we all play for the same team. Go Terps! Catherine Sheffo is a freshman journalism major and a member of the cross country and track and field teams. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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By Beena Raghavendran and Emily Thompson Senior staff writers One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. This short interval is the new time span of the Internet. Vine, a video-creating app linked to Twitter, was introduced on Jan. 24 for iOS devices and dubbed a “mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos,” according to Twitter’s blog. Much like tweets, the post continued, these videos are selfrecorded slices of life, as they can only last for six seconds. While not yet available for Android, Vine is the third-most downloaded free app in Apple’s App Store and used to hold the top spot. It’s made everyday life into a GIF — with sound — that loops into eternity. This sudden popularity and unconventional design could mark a new era of Internet phenomena that values simplicity over a range of effects. Vine’s rise to fame seemed to come out of nowhere. At the time of its debut, there were several other video apps on the market, including Cinemagram, which features filters and animating effects for video and launched in 2011. Another competitor, Viddy, allows a 30-second record time and video filters. Vine’s introduction on its blog calls the video-looping app an abbreviation, fueling the idea that short bursts of life spur creativity. “They’re quirky,” the
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tigers From PAGE 8 and an RBI sacrifice fly from Garrett Boulware. White scored a run in the eighth inning after reaching base on an infield single, stealing second and moving to third on a Hagel single. But it was not enough, as the Terps lost for the first time since falling at Duke on April 27. Despite several strong midweek outings from Alex Robinson in the past month, the left-hander struggled on Monday night in his first start against an ACC opponent since facing N.C. State on March 31. The freshman allowed seven earned runs — four of them in the first inning of Game 3 — on
nine hits and three walks in 4.1 shaky innings. Trailing 8-0, the Terps showed life in the top of the seventh inning, stringing together a five-run inning behind a two-RBI single from White, an RBI single from third baseman Jose Cuas and an RBI sacrifice fly from Kyle Convissar. White also scored on a Clemson throwing error. The early deficit proved too much to overcome, though, as the Terps lost their eighth conference series of the season. “I know the outcome wasn’t exactly what [Alex] wanted,” Szefc said. “But some guys take big steps and some guys take baby steps, and I think he took some smaller steps today, but hopefully they’re good ones.” Despite the losses, White
coach laura watten and the Terps won two games Saturday at Virginia Tech but dropped Sunday’s finale, failing to notch the conference series sweep. file photo/the diamondback
woes From PAGE 8 the Terps from scoring. “Their seniors really were playing with a lot of heart,” Watten said. “I think they were relieved to get a win.” Though Liddle — Virgin-
ia Tech’s leader in batting average — couldn’t do any damage to Schmeiser while she was in the circle on Saturday, the senior adapted to her pitches in Game 3. Liddle’s two-run shot in the sixth provided the backbreaking blow to the Terps on Sunday. “Courtney is a great player,”
“if you watch [White] play each day, you know what you’re getting. he’s a very consistent college baseball player.” JOHN SZEFC
Terrapins baseball coach made it very clear to all those watching that few things are going to stop him from getting on base and manufacturing runs. “The guy has been outstanding,” Szefc said. “He’s pretty much the face of our offense and he goes up there and give you one quality at-bat after another. If you watch him play each day, you know what you’re getting. He’s a very consistent college baseball player.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Watten said. “She made some adjustments, and she did well on Sunday.” While the Hokies found an offensive groove in Game 3, the Terps still had trouble producing against Hokies pitcher Jasmin Harrell. The right-hander allowed only four hits in her completegame shutout. The Terps will have another chance to match the Hokies’ improved play, however, when the teams meet again Thursday in the first game of the ACC tournament. Now with higher stakes, Watten hopes her team can regain the patience that helped it earn a pair of wins Saturday. “We just got to be able to go out and relax and let it all happen,” Watten said. “We know we can come back in games. We know we can get ahead … now, it’s a matter of letting ourselves apply what we have learned.” email@example.com
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offense From PAGE 8 least one goal in the win. “Everyone kind of realized that just hitting the singles and not making the home-run play was bigger than people expect, even if it doesn’t show up on the stat sheet,” midfielder Jake Bernhardt said. The basic offensive sets were only part of the convincing win. The Terps also seemed fresher and played more physically against the Raiders after the coaches adjusted the practice regime last week. The squad took two days off following its April 26 loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament, giving the players
one extra day of rest. Then, practices were cut shorter to allow the veteran team to reenergize after what Tillman called a “flat” performance against the Cavaliers. “We just didn’t want guys worn down today,” Tillman said Saturday. “If we did too much in practice, that would have been a bad decision on our part.” The time off seemed to help three struggling Terps return to form. Cooper, midfielder Mike Chanenchuk and attackman Jay Carlson combined for eight goals and 13 points on Saturday after totaling just three points in the ACC semifinals. “We took a step back this week,” Chanenchuk said. “It helped us get back to playing Maryland la-
crosse and doing the little things.” T h e Te r ps ex p e r i e n ce d success with a return to the sport’s elementary principles Saturday. But that leaves the coaches in a peculiar spot as the team prepares for its NCAA tournament opener against Cornell on Sunday. Tillman acknowledges the benefits of simplicity, but with the season at stake this weekend, he fears his team could become too easy to scout. “I think really schematically getting them in spots they’re comfortable with made them play faster,” Tillman said. “But you have to do enough where you aren’t predictable to defend. It is a really tough balance.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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BACK ON THE ATTACK Terps respond to Tillman’s offensive adjustments with scoring outburst against Colgate on Saturday
Clemson takes two, wins series Terps can’t capitalize after Saturday’s win By Daniel Popper Staff writer
ATTACKMAN KEVIN COOPER combined with midfielder Mike Chanenchuk and attackman Jay Carlson to score eight goals and dish five assists in Saturday’s 18-6 win over Colgate. By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer John Tillman tried everything to help his Terrapins men’s lacrosse team snap an offensive funk that spanned nearly two months. The third-year coach teamed with offensive coordinator Ryan Moran to design new offensive sets, organize physically demanding practices and study endless hours of opponents’ game film. But nothing worked. After scoring at least 12 goals in each of their first five games, the Terps couldn’t reach that mark even once in their next seven contests. So Tillman adopted a new approach last week, simplifying the offensive schemes and running shorter practice sessions. The team wasn’t going to press — it was just going to return to basics. In response, the Terps notched their secondhighest goal total of the year in an 18-6 victory over Colgate in Saturday’s regular-season finale.
“Like anything else, when things don’t go right, you go back to fundamentals,” Tillman said. “If you go back to what they know, they can play more instinctively.” Tillman didn’t take all of the credit for the decision to revert to rudimentary offensive principles, though. Following a humbling 13-6 loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament semifinals a week earlier, Tillman and Moran asked the players what they wanted to change. “The coaches have a lot of trust in us,” attackman Kevin Cooper said.“We just wanted to keep things simple. Our sets were a little more basic today, and we played more unselfishly.” Unlike in previous weeks, when the squad would try to isolate a specific matchup to attack, the Terps read the defense and spontaneously chose which creases to cut through and seams to penetrate. As a result, the unit shared the ball more efficiently, and 11 different Terps scored at See offense, Page 7
Terps unable to close sweep again Familiar Sunday woes plague team By Paul Pierre-Louis Staff writer Lauren Gaskill blasted a home run on the first pitch a Virginia Tech batter saw Sunday, giving her team a quick 1-0 lead over the Terrapins softball team. The Terps finally had a chance to respond in the sixth inning when infielder Lindsey Schmeiser drew a leadoff walk. But catcher Shannon Bustillos grounded into a double play on the second pitch of the next at-bat. When the Hokies approached the plate that same inning, they extended their lead in five pitches. Following a leadoff single, catcher Courtney Liddle hit a two-run home run near the foul pole in left field to give Virginia Tech a 4-0 lead it would never relinquish. The Terps could have taken second place in the ACC with a win on Sunday against the Hokies but instead slipped into old habits in their 4-0 loss. “We mentally got out of our heads … instead of slowing down and getting focused,” coach Laura Watten said. “We got to go into this entire weekend staying focused on the process.” In Sunday’s crucial contest,
the Terps couldn’t match the execution they displayed in two wins on Saturday that set up the pivotal Game 3. In Game 1, pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser threw a complete game, conceding just five hits and one walk in a 3-1 victory. Though the Hokies took an early lead in Game 2, the Terps remained resilient, forcing long at-bats at the plate. Hokies pitcher Kelly Heinz threw 90 pitches in 2.1 innings before getting replaced during the Terps’ seven-run rally in the third inning. “It’s crucial to get that first day under your belt,” Watten said. “Because on Sunday, it seems that both teams are familiar with each other.” For the second consecutive weekend, the Terps failed to complete a series sweep. Similar to its Game 3 defeat against North Carolina last week, the team couldn’t match its opponent’s intensity. In danger of getting swept on their Senior Day, the Hokies made adjustments from their past pitfalls and got on the board early while preventing See woes, Page 7
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TERPS OFFENSE BY THE NUMBERS
15 .413 7.7 .231 18 .486 Goals per game in the Terps’ first six games
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Charlie White proved to a national television audience on ESPNU last night that he is a force to be reckoned with on the baseball diamond. The Terrapins baseball team fell to No. 19 Clemson in both games of Monday’s doubleheader — 3-2 in the first game and 9-5 in the second — but the center fielder carved up the fourthbest pitching staff in the ACC with relentless precision. White hit 6-for-9 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the two losses, including four of the Terps’ eight hits in the series finale at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. “I was being selective with which pitch I was going to swing at,” said White, who leads active players with a .368 batting average and a .462 on-base percentage. “I was looking for a fastball out over the plate, and I was thinking about hitting the ball back up the middle, and when I do that I usually tend to be pretty successful.” Converted closer Jake Stinnett gave the Terps a chance in Game 2 of the series yesterday afternoon, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in 7.2 strong innings. After surrendering an early run in the second inning on a two-out RBI single from Clemson first baseman Jon McGibbon, the junior retired 10 straight batters to limit the damage to one run. The Terps answered in the sixth inning. White and right fielder Jordan Hagel led off with back-to-back singles before a sacrifice bunt from second baseman Kyle Convissar advanced the runners to second and third base. Designated hitter Kevin Martir then executed a squeeze play to bring White home and tie the game at one. Stinnett digressed in the bottom half, though. Clemson took a 3-1 lead on an RBI-double from Steve Wilkerson See TIGERS, Page 7