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Police believe Sarah Elizabeth Hancock of Bel Air died in Kent Hall residence accident By Fola Akinnibi and Teddy Amenabar Staff writers University Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a female student’s d ea t h t h a t wa s re p o r te d o n Monday, according to spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis. Roommates found Sarah Elizabeth Hancock, 20, of Bel Air, dead in her room in Kent Hall at

about 1:15 p.m. on Monday, police said. After examining evidence at the scene, Davis said Hancock’s death appeared to be the result of an accident, not a suicide or homicide. However, a medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of Hancock’s death, Davis said, adding that an autopsy could take two weeks to a few months to complete. “We’re still investigating,” Davis said. See HANCOCK, Page 7

Bar apologizes after hand stamp petition The Barking Dog agrees wording offensive By Madeleine List Staff writer

the dalai lama (right) and university President Wallace Loh stand on a Comcast Center stage for yesterday’s annual Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace. The Tibetan spiritual leader, who has been in exile since 1959, discussed topics related to peace, ranging from moral education to the interconnectivity of all human life. james levin/for the diamondback

creating a happier world Dalai Lama gives lecture for peace before 15,000 in Comcast Center By Laura Blasey and Jenny Hottle Senior staff writers When the Dalai Lama left the Comcast Center yesterday morning, he took with him a piece of paper, a Maryland visor and a small bronze sculpture. It wasn’t much, but it represented the thanks of about 15,000 students,

faculty members and admirers for the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s wisdom at the annual Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace yesterday morning. University President Wallace Loh and Provost Mary Ann Rankin presented him with an honorary doctorate of humane letters, an official Maryland academic hood and a bronze sculpture called “Tan-

gible,” a prize-winning, sandwich-like work created by Mark Earnhart for the 2012 Sadat Art for Peace competition. The Dalai Lama, head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner, expressed the importance of inner peace, forgiveness See lecture, Page 3

A student-led campaign challenging insensitive language in a local bar’s hand stamp proved successful this week after bar management agreed to stop using the stamp. Management at The Barking Dog on Route 1 apologized for using a hand stamp that read “Shut up N take it” after receiving a studentcreated petition with nearly 650 signatures claiming the stamp promoted sexual violence. The bar’s management found out about the stamp after senior environmental science and policy major Jesse Rabinowitz set up a petition and contacted the establishment. Rabinowitz decided to start the petition this weekend after noticing the stamp. “This is disgusting. This is dangerous. This is rape culture,” the petition read. “Sexual assault is

rampant on campus, and even small acts like the use of this stamp adds social norms that ignore, accept and condone rape.” Nearly 650 students ultimately signed it, including The Barking Dog management — they responded to the complaints by posting a letter in the comments section of the petition and confirmed their statements with Rabinowitz yesterday afternoon. Management was not available for comment but called the stamp “heinous” in the letter and wrote “the employee who brought this stamp for use has been reprimanded appropriately.” “It really shows the power of social media. In three days, I got 640 signatures,” Rabinowitz said. “I’m beyond happy. I’m just hoping that they follow through with all of their commitments.” The company management, which also runs another Barking Dog location See PETITION, Page 7

Univ. Police respond Furniture rental service launches expects to to 220 April incidents Terpiture help students furnish By Fola Akinnibi Staff writer University Police responded to 220 incidents in April, a slight dip from April 2012’s 241 and a slight increase from 205 in March. University Police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis said he expects the number of incidents to drop as students head home for summer break. April’s incidents include controlled dangerous substance violations, theft, assault and disorderly conduct. CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE — Police responded to a report of nine students smoking marijuana in the


wooded area behind Oakland Hall on April 1 at about 11:30 p.m., Davis said. A concerned individual alerted police, Davis said, and when police arrived on the scene, two of the nine students fled. Police wrote the seven remaining students criminal citations, which served the same purpose as arresting the individuals without actually transporting them to jail, Davis added. Students smoking marijuana on the campus is a fairly common crime, he said. THEFT — A staff member reported a banner and team logos missing from Shipley Field at 3:24 p.m. on April 3. See crime, Page 3

starting this summer By Sam Schmieder For The Diamondback

Johnny Dubbaneh wants to make sure no student has to move in to a new offcampus house or apartment and find out he or she doesn’t have a bed. Last month, Dubbaneh and his older brothers, Danny and Ronnie, launched a new furniture rental company, Terpiture, with the tagline “Fear the turtle, not the furniture.” Along with allowing students to rent out furniture, the company buys and sells students’ unwanted furniture and offers moving services for students who want to bring


terpiture founders (left to right) Johnny, Danny and Ronnie Dubbaneh hope to see the first customers for their furniture rental business in the summer months as students move in and out. photo courtesy of johnny dubbaneh furniture from home. “I was thinking of problems I have as a student and other students face, and one is getting furniture and getting rid of it when you graduate,” said Johnny Dubbaneh, a junior finance and infor-

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and acceptance as the ultimate ways to achieve global peace during his about 90-minute lecture and question-andanswer session. “Peace must come from inner peace. The source is compassion, forgiveness,” he said. “Once mutual respect is there, we can start mutual learning.” Peace hinges on the ability to make deep connections and understand one another, both through faith and reason, he said. Everyone plays a role in working toward world peace, the Dalai Lama said, but it’s the younger generation that has the greatest ability to carry on the work of creating a better world. “You have the opportunity, the responsibility to create a better world, a happier world based on the oneness of humanity,” he said. “We can bridge the gaps between religions through mutual admiration and respect.” The Dalai Lama is the latest from a long list of renowned peace leaders to speak for the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace a n d Deve l o p m e n t l e c t u re series. The series, launched in 1997, has hosted former South A f r i ca n P re s i d e n t Ne l so n Mandela, former President Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, among several other

While Terpiture has yet to see business, the brothers expect to snag their first customers when new students move in during the summer. To prepare, Johnny Dubbaneh has been busy contacting landlords and apartment complexes that do not furnish their spaces to spread the word about the company. “For now, we’re staying at UMD to perfect our craft,” he said. “Then, if it works out, we can move to neighboring universities.” Terpiture offers two furniture rental packages — bedroom and living room — and customers can split the cost of a living room package between roommates. On a year-round lease with the company, monthly rent is $40 for a bedroom package and $60 for a living room package. On a nine-to-10 month lease, the prices would be $60 and $80 a month, respectively. While Terpiture currently gets most of its furniture from Ikea, founders hope to eventually partner with a furniture distributor to get higher-quality products. A bedroom package includes a twin mattress set, desk, bookshelf, chest drawer, night stand, lamp and a complimentary Maryland flag and bottle of Febreze. Meanwhile, those who purchase a living room package will receive a sofa, futon, lamp and two tables. When junior psychology major Hanna Hutter first heard about Terpiture, she was a bit apprehensive but open to the idea. She lives in a fully-furnished Varsity apartment, but she is moving at

his holiness the 14th dalai lama spoke to a crowd of about 15,000 at the Comcast Center for this year’s Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace. During his lecture, he emphasized inner peace, acceptance and forgiveness as tools for achieving greater global peace. james levin/for the diamondback world-famous peace advocates. Born as Tenzin Gyatso on July 6, 1935, in northeastern Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama was declared the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama, taking on the role as just a 2-year-old. As a child, he began pursuing interfaith dialogue and is known for his understanding of international justice and peace, particularly in the contentious East Asian region of Tibet, Loh said. The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India since 1959 as a consequence of his activism. Despite his global role, the

Dalai Lama is a “simple Buddhist monk,” Loh said, who nonetheless leaves deep impressions. “His words turn the world on its head,” Loh added. “He says, ‘My religion is simple. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own heart is our temple, our philosophy is kindness and compassion.’” Students began lining up outside Comcast as early as 5 a.m., clamoring to get a chance to hear what His Holiness had to say. Those who attended the lecture found the Dalai Lama’s

words encouraging. “I wanted to hear what he had to say about peace,” said Dino Profili, a freshman enrolled in letters and sciences. “He’s such an influential figure. It was interesting to hear how he addressed us as individual humans and that he treated us all equally.” Sarah Ferrell, a sophomore hearing and speech sciences major, attended last year’s Sadat Lecture, entitled “America’s Stakes in a Changing Middle East,” which featured Zbigniew B rzez i n s k i a n d S te p h e n Hadley, former U.S. national security advisors under former President Jimmy Carter and former President George W. Bush, respectively. But the 2012 lecture didn’t leave the same impact as the Dalai Lama’s words this year, she said. “[Last year] it just went over my head,” Ferrell said. “I really enjoyed this one. It was great to hear how he emphasized that our generation has the opportunity to better the world.”

University officials presented the Dalai Lama with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at Tuesday’s event. james levin/for the diamondback

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“i’m the fourth of my family to graduate from here; it’s the end of a dubbaneh era ... and a business allows my brothers and me to stay connected to the maryland community.” JOHNNY DUBBANEH Terpiture founder

the end of the summer into an offcampus house for her senior year. “I would have to see pictures of all of the furniture, because I would be afraid that furniture used exclusively by college kids would get destroyed or be low quality,” Hutter said, but added, “As long as it’s a legit company and not some guy renting out his old sofa, I would use it, and I know plenty of my friends could benefit from it, too.” As a New Jersey resident, Hutter especially liked the idea of using the company’s delivery service, which could save her the hassle of packing furniture into her car and making multiple trips. “I think it’s genius and I’m actually surprised something like this doesn’t exist already,” Hutter said. While the Terpiture founders have yet to see if their company will succeed, Johnny Dubbaneh said he definitely plans to continue the business even after he graduates next year. “I’m the fourth of my family to graduate from here; it’s the end of a Dubbaneh era,” he said. “And a business allows my brothers and me to stay connected to the Maryland community.”

Police have a description of the suspect, and they plan to review camera footage to help with their search. Davis called the situation “odd” and said fights were an uncommon call. “We don’t hear about a lot of fights, whether it be on La Plata Beach or the ERC,” Davis said. DISORDERLY CONDUCT — An individual allegedly ran out into the intersection of Knox Road and Route 1, flailing his arms at a cab at about 1:30 a.m. on April 12. As the individual reportedly continued to disrupt traffic, a police officer approached him and arrested him for disorderly conduct. People should be careful when driving along Route 1 during the weekend, Davis said. “You always have to watch out for pedestrians, especially if they are not looking out for their own care,” Davis said. “They aren’t thinking rationally.”

Police have been dealing with students messing with the baseball field all semester, Davis said. Recently, police arrested students for stealing items from the field, he said, but there are no suspects in this specific case. “I believe they are unrelated,” Davis said. “They are just causing damage that they shouldn’t be causing, but I don’t think it’s organized.” ASSAULT — An individual allegedly punched another person in the face during a basketball game on La Plata Beach at about 6:10 p.m. on April 6. After the victim scored a basket, a player on the opposing team reportedly punched him in the face, Davis said. All members of the opposing team then allegedly fled the scene, he added.

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t this time in the academic year, it’s not uncommon to see a particular type of post on Facebook, Twitter or other websites set up for student-to-student outreach. The phrasing may differ, but the sentiment almost always carries the same tinge of desperation: “I’m not going to be here for the summer. Who wants to take over my lease?” During the summer, most students move to another city for a job or internship, return home or simply go on vacation. Though nothing quite beats a College Park summer, very few students actually remain on the campus or in off-campus housing during June and July. Unfortunately, the managements of apartment complexes and buildings on and off the campus don’t seem to care. The subleasing systems and policies in apartment complexes such as South Campus Commons and

The Varsity fail to match student needs and instead needlessly prey on students’ checkbooks. Re-leasing through property management or subletting a lease under the table are essentially the only options for students seeking replacement residents for the summer, but both fall short of adequately addressing the crux of the problem. Students must choose between re-leasing — a costly option that’s unlikely to generate much interest among potential leasers — and risking thousands of dollars in fines by subletting illegally. Students deserve better from property managers. Ideally, students should be able to rent apartments for 10-month stretches, similar to leases in College Park Towers. But Capstone On-Campus Management, the parent company for South Campus Commons and The

Courtyards, along with other property owners currently offering 12-month leases, has little financial reason to offer 10-month leases and accommodate the vast majority of students who leave


Students who leave College Park during the summer shouldn’t have to pay extra fees to re-lease rooms. the campus for the summer. Instead, property owners would be wise to significantly reduce re-leasing fees and modify re-leasing requirements. Waiving part or all of these fees may seem far-fetched to property managers, but it’s much less absurd than the current charade.

White House fails its drug test ERIK SHELL Ignored by almost all forms of media, about two weeks ago the White House released an official National Drug Policy Strategy for 2013. The briefs from President Obama’s administration focus on improving support programs rather than incarcerating more drug offenders. While the content itself should have been enough to spark controversy, the issue remained largely out of the spotlight. Atypical of current politics, the GOP has yet to express outrage over the proposal. Former President Richard Nixon first

popularized the “War on Drugs” as an extension of the drug prohibition advocacy that had persisted since the early 20th century. During this time period, Nixon notoriously rejected a recommendation from the bipartisan Shafer Commission to decriminalize the personal use of marijuana, perpetuating the association of marijuana with harder drug use and crime. Obama’s hopes to swap out incarceration and scare tactics for preventative measures directly oppose the policies launched in the “War on Drugs.” The White House plan also touts itself as having come from “science, not ideology.” Yet the actual treatment of marijuana in the White House document contradicts everything the president and his

administration have claimed as goals of this policy shift. The strategy contains support for Dr. Christian Thurstone, an anti-marijuana activist with a minimal online following — hardly any stories on the website’s front page has any comments — who has been found to misquote and misuse scientific studies in advising on the “harmful” effects of marijuana. Meanwhile, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and its cornucopia of cited papers, doctors and resources is not mentioned once. The most backward paragraph in the document comes on page 45. The White House claims that marijuana wastes water, requires deadly pesticides and endangers an unnamed type of carnivore. These broad assertions only had one cita-


Whether or not they take action, managers are well aware students sublet illegally. Given the current fee system, why wouldn’t they? Re-leasing fees range from $100 to $300 at South Campus Commons and $200 at The Varsity, which might be reasonable for tenants who don’t already face the overwhelming bills university students do. Rent for a South Campus Commons apartment typically runs at $790 per month, which over the course of the summer would cost a student $1,580. In a Varsity apartment, two months’ rent typically costs a student more than $1,800. To borrow a phrase from Jimmy McMillan, “the rent is too damn high” in College Park. Paying that much for an apartment in the summer — and likely not even living there — is beyond gutwrenching. Among the 2,200 students who leased an apartment in South

Campus Commons in 2012, only 250 pursued re-leasing through official means. While it’s unclear how many students chose to sublet their apartment through illegal mechanisms, students shouldn’t have to covertly swap student IDs and risk Code of Student Conduct violations and thousands of dollars in fines and damages to cover their basic expenses. It needlessly puts students at risk both financially and physically — management has no control over whether nonstudents are subletting and who’s trading whose student ID. In an infuriating situation with seemingly imperfect solutions, students should advocate for themselves and press property managers to consider easing re-leasing restrictions or modifying their policies. With jobs and internships, there are already enough reasons to stress out over the summer.

tion, in which an abandoned marijuana farm was suggested as the culprit. The administration said nothing about the sludge poured over your “fresh” fruit. Those pesticides know they aren’t touching dangerous cannabis, so they’re sure to be much less dangerous, right? The plan later suggests marijuana shouldn’t be grown indoors either, the only reason being that it’s difficult for law enforcement officers to identify. In fact, two of the three citations given for marijuana throughout the document relate to how media campaigns were received. The last citation deals with synthetic marijuana — not natural varieties. The way this administration has handled such a hot-button issue in this vital drug policy document is indicative of one of the biggest problems in government: Politicians aren’t doing his or her homework. If you turned in a research paper with three citations, none of which were relevant to your actual topic, your professor would rightly hand it back to you bathed

in red and marked with a “F.” And yet whoever did the research for this plan must have procrastinated until the night before its publication, because the authors clearly hadn’t bothered to double-check what they wrote. This document is atrocious — a printed testament to the administration’s feeble approach to drug reform. Its lack of effort in defending its backward, conservative policies is a hard slap in the face to anyone who is looking for sufficient reason as to why, with legalization underway in some states, Obama won’t address the truths of drug reform. Obama may be less of the problem than whatever dropout he hired to do this “research.” On the plus side, it looks like every freshman at this university now appears overqualified to work for the White House. Congratulations. E r i k S h e l l i s a so p h o m o re classical languages and literatures and history major. He can be reached at

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Don’t shut up when you’re wrong ROBERT COBB I know very little about many different things. I’m not trying to be humble — I also know lots about a few things. Simply put, there are many areas in which I am not an expert, don’t have the relevant facts or haven’t considered all sides of the argument. It’s why I am wrong so often. A few years ago, when I was less careful with my words, I learned a friend of mine was a vegetarian. I ribbed her incessantly. Thankfully, she was thick-skinned and willing to engage in a discussion about her moral position. I came to a deeper understanding of the complex reasons involved in her decision, and she forgave my joking. Nuclear power, mental health stigmas, taxation, media quality, constitutional rights, U.S.-Israel relations, animal welfare, media portrayal of violence, campus housing, abortion, Department of Transportation Services, Planned Parenthood, technology policy, education funding, immigration, health policy, the death penalty, drug use, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, drones on the campus — the list goes on. There are so many issues! And bringing up the wrong one with the wrong person will get you an earful or even a scuffle.

I have felt the twisting guilt of not knowing enough about an issue and the shame of having to ask why everyone is up in arms. I’ve also seen the rare courage of those who, upon hearing a clearly articulated counterpoint, admitted they were wrong. So, what are we supposed to do? Let’s give voice to our uninformed opinions, even if they are wrong — especially if they are wrong. Let’s explore issues, listen closely to the opinions we oppose and challenge the opinions we admire. When we don’t understand, let’s ask for further explanation. Let’s not assume our questions are a burden to others or will make us look silly. Usually, people are glad to have a chance to explain something they know about. When we share our dumb opinions — expecting others to help us learn — we also have to give up shaming ignorance. Particularly in college, people get all self-righteous because they know about a pressing issue and someone else is uninformed. Stop it! People don’t choose ignorance, and speaking down to people doesn’t help your cause. And how can you judge others for their dumbness when your opinions on so many issues are equally dumb? If you haven’t got some dumb opinions, you don’t have enough opinions. The goal: to figure out, through conversation, which opinions are good and which

are bad — which are rational and which lack coherence. You don’t know when you are right and when you are wrong — that’s the fun of being an adult. We live in a strange time and place. People are segregated by beliefs and ideas more so than by race, class or interest. Empathetic, diplomatic individuals will make progress possible. What’s more, each issue relates intimately to others: The more you know about foreign policy, the better equipped you will be to discuss poverty. The better you can speak about gender equality, the more people will listen when you talk about weapons proliferation and peace. While it is your duty as a mature adult to conduct yourself civilly, you owe it to your ideas to stand strong. Don’t be steamrolled or silenced by your opposites. As you give respect, so should you expect it. You will learn from people with very different opinions. How wonderful, how strange that reasonable people with access to the same information could disagree. You will become smarter and better-spoken; you will surround yourself with intelligent, passionate people, and your life will open up in ways you never expected. All from voicing your dumb opinion. Robert Cobb is a junior computer engineering major. He can be reached at

Last week, The Diamondback ran a three-part feature about university alumnus Jayson Blair and the multitude of lies and deceptions he fed to thousands of readers. Blair knowingly fabricated his work for The Diamondback and The New York Times, shocking the journalism world. However, Blair received due punishment for his lack of journalistic integrity. Unfortunately, this type of justice does not happen often enough. No major news source is honest about its partisanship. Many rush to report without solid facts, and perhaps worst of all, few attempt to balance or correct their reporting on the spot. It’s unfair for us to expect media outlets to perfectly follow the facts, to remain completely neutral in their reporting or to present opposing opinions with equal time for all, but they need to be honest about it. They need to put more effort into reporting the news without opinion and representing all points fairly. Recent examples include CNN publishing widely inaccurate stories during the manhunt in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Fox News broadcasting almost exclusively rightof-center shows and CBS’s Dan Rather referencing forged documents to try to discredit former President George W. Bush during his re-election campaign. But how do Americans actually view these journalistic failures? A 2012 Pew Research Center poll shows Americans are realizing these problems: Only 56 percent of Americans gave a positive believability rating to the overall news media, which includes newspapers, radio and television. Yet just a decade ago, this number was 71 percent. What led to this change? Two reasons: political beliefs and money. Political bias is a well-known problem in the media, but money’s pivotal role is often forgotten. Almost all of the newspapers, websites and television stations have to make money

to survive, so naturally they must appeal to a broad audience. This leads to sensationalized and often-inaccurate reporting. In the era of 24/7 news, everyone races to break a story first. This race to draw viewers and readers sacrifices integrity for increased advertising revenue. Additionally, companies such as Fox News present right-of-center views as a counter to the liberal bias many conservatives perceive in the mainstream media. Of course, the inverse could be said for the perceived left-wing networks, such as MSNBC and CNN. For instance, Fox News has relentlessly pursued the “Fast and Furious” scandal, which involves gun sales to drug cartels, although other outlets have ignored the issue. While this is good investigative journalism, it was often slower to investigate stories about the Bush administration, especially during the Iraq War. The same hypocrisy applies to MSNBC and CNN. These networks hesitate to anger their viewers by criticizing their favorite politicians — it would hurt ratings. So what can journalists do? Journalists need to search for the truth no matter the political or careerrelated costs. They are in a position of supposed public trust and they need to earn it. Besides, many reporters who have investigated scandals have actually found fame. Regardless, journalists need to make truth the priority, not a political agenda. Of course, these news outlets also publish many reliable stories and useful information, which help us stay informed of worldly events. However, we need to make the effort to get our news from a variety of sources so we can sift through controversial issues. Additionally, we need to differentiate between opinion and news. By doing these things, we can have the most accurate understanding of a situation and use the news to our advantage. This column attempted to persuade you to adopt my perspective, but remember, it is in the opinion section — not the news section. And at least I am honest about that. Matt Dragonette is a freshman accounting major. He can be reached at



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Titled Porks and Recreation — what else? — the NSFW parody of the NBC sitcom takes some creative liberties with the setup: Ron Swanson is now “Dick Chibbles” (and, reportedly, makes more than a few “wood” puns ) and Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford became a well-endowed and eager-to-please woman somewhere along the way. That being said, it’s still probably only half as dirty as the “Ron & Tammy” episodes.



TNT’s gritty, emotionally wrenching Southland is the best television drama you’re not watching. Here’s why it deserves another season to hook audiences By Zachary Berman Senior staff writer We could all stand to purge a few cop shows from the nation’s collective television diet, but TNT’s Southland isn’t one of them. From Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to Criminal Minds to a ny number of CSI or NCIS spinoffs, the TV police procedural is the modern nickel-theater melodrama. Formulaic plots, static characters and 15 minutes of commercials create the perfect blend of mindless thrills to satiate the bored masses. As that genre continues to sink deeper and deeper into

an unforgiving, critical rut as vast as the one occupied by reality television, it drags with it one of television’s most sorely misunderstood programs: The Los Angeles-based cop drama Southland. Originally slated as NBC’s replacement for ER back i n 2009 — both shows appeal to the civilservants-facing-emotional-turmoil niche — Southland’s Southland cynical, oftenbrutal take on the human condition was too much for mainstream aud iences to handle and the show was canceled after only one season. Thankfully, the show was saved by T N T, a channel known for its ow n bra nd of straightforward episod ic prog ra mming. The channel’s sloga n is “We K now Drama,” but its lineup comes nowhere near the quality of competitors such as AMC and FX. T N T ’s p e d i g r e e aside, Southland has blossomed into one of the best shows on any

station, which makes it even more of a shame that no one is watching it. For the uninitiated, Southland follows a group of patrol cops, detectives and assorted lowlifes as they battle to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Dealing with issues ranging from racial violence to drug abuse to sexuality, Southland’s writers rarely pull any punches in their painfully realistic descriptions of life in the law enforcement hierarchy. The show has a strain of nihilistic hopelessness coursing through its veins, depicting characters who search endlessly for some form of happiness before death, which is always lurking just around the corner. It’s intense, yes, but Southland’s producers have always handled the show’s darkest episodes with a wit and cinematic style that’s hard to turn away from — every episode starts in medias res before turning the clock back a few hours. Marked by the heavy use of Steadicam, there is rarely a moment when the audience doesn’t believe they are right in the action with the patrol officers. Meanwhile, the full breadth of the law enforcement experience is handled expertly with one of the show’s great narrative conceits — following different patrol officers on 911 calls. Instead of adding cheap thrills, the calls, whether hilarious or terrifying, often act as comments on the characters’ development or the world at large.

On season five’s “Under the Big Top,” a tepid action scenario — man robs bank, f lees, cops pursue — becomes a commentary on greed when the thief starts flinging cash at bystanders. As Officer Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie, Decoding Annie Parker) struggles to subdue the robber on a train, the citizens don’t attempt to help him at all. When Ben, who barely escapes with his life, finally puts the man in handcuffs, a woman from the crowd comes up and starts grabbing the cash again. T he show’s outsta nd i ng cast handles these tough issues with ease. Among Southland’s main cast is Officer Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy, Body of Proof), a tough Hollywood detective who returns to the streets as a patrol cop at the end of season three. Often battling a malicious wife (and then ex-wife), Sammy is a man with a good heart who can never get himself out of a bad situation. Often, his plot lines reinforce the idea that regular life outside the police force can be even more painful than any single day on the job. Ben, originally the show’s central character, began the series as the stereotypically self-obsessed young officer, constantly trying to prove that he’s just as good a cop as the next guy. Southland, however, doesn’t deal in heroes, per se, and by season five, Ben has become a dirty cop of the worst order. Even though we sym-

pathize with his plight, his fall still stands as an aching reminder that no one can ever be perfect. Similarly, Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King, The Boondocks), though often portrayed as Southland’s moral compass, has spent the fi fth season struggling with being single mother. On season five episode “Bleed Out,” she briefly (and frighteningly) considers the possibility of letting her own son die in his sleep. Meanwhile, the show’s true shining center is Officer John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz, The Grief Tourist), an old training officer who spends much of the series dealing with his own set of secrets, including a drug addiction, his broken relationship with his imprisoned father and his uncomfortably guarded homosexuality. Evolving over the five seasons, John has become the most wonderfully fragmented character on the show as well as one of the best gay characters in modern fiction, avoiding the cliches of drama for a more contemplative look at the nature of his lifestyle. It’s this kind of strong character work that has made Southland one of the reasons to keep turning on the television week after week. Now, after season five’s shocking finale, we can only hope TNT will ignore the show’s temperate ratings and embrace it as the classic it is.

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PETITION From PAGE 1 in Bethesda, said they were unaware the stamp was being used at the College Park location and pledged to issue a public apology as well as run a sexual assault awareness campaign, Rabinowitz said. As part of the campaign, The Barking Dog would provide information about the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program to patrons, host an awareness event and potentially use a stamp that instead reads “Consent is Sexy,” he said. “It is with greatest remorse that we even have to write this because this does not represent The Barking Dog’s character or that of its staff members,” the letter read. Bouncers used the stamp as proof of age. But its implica-

tions were offensive and potentially dangerous, Rabinowitz said, because it implied sexual violence and promoted an attitude of aggression. “I think it’s a prime example of rape culture; it’s making light of consent,” he added. Ian Tolino, a SARPP peer educator and a bouncer at another local bar, said a bar where the bouncers use such a stamp sends a bad message about the establishment. “ T h e se c u r i ty a n d s ta ff are the first lines of defense; they’re there to be lifeguards,” said the sophomore criminology and criminal justice major. “They’re there to make sure no one gets hurt, and one of those tasks is to prevent sexual battery at the bar.” Bouncers who condone the use of this stamp, Tolino said, give him the impression that they can’t be counted on to catch the


warning signs of sexual assault. “If these bouncers think that way, they may blow off a potentially dangerous situation,” he said. “I’ve heard from girls — and guys — that I’ve talked to that [The Barking Dog] doesn’t sound like a safe place to be.” Savannah Tanbusch, a sophomore journalism major, found the bar’s use of the stamp insensitive, especially when the majority of its customers are college students. “I haven’t even been to The Barking Dog, and I was upset that there was an establishment near any school that would promote rape culture like that,” Tanbusch said. “I don’t think they foresaw this. Colleges are more reactionary than other places.” Even if the stamp wasn’t meant to be offensive, it can easily be interpreted that way, said Josh Ratner, the Student

Government Association’s city council liaison. “The fact that it so easily can be [misinterpreted] means there was major oversight on the part of The Barking Dog,” he said. “A business that caters to students and serves alcohol shouldn’t be using a stamp that promotes rape culture.” Not only does the slogan condone aggression, but it could trigger upsetting emotions for victims of sexual assault in an atmosphere where sexual violence might occur. Ratner said he’s happy to see the bar’s response and hopes it won’t happen again. “I think it’s great that they’re taking accountability for what happened,” he said. “It shows that they care about the community and this was a mistake that won’t happen again.”

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impromptu vigil for the junior sociology major. Aditya Dilip, a sophomore government and politics student who lives in Kent Hall, said he was shocked to hear the news. “Best experiences I could ask for with another person,” Dilip said. “I mean on Friday at Art Attack, we took pictures together. It’s just like I can’t believe, like, she passed away.” Hancock recently joined Alpha Phi Omega, a university service fraternity. Minh Pham, a senior biochemistry major and member of the fraternity, said he will miss Hancock greatly. “People talk about her smile and her laugh and how it will light up the entire room,” Pham said. “She’s always looking at [the] good in everyone and everything that she did. She’s just an amazing girl.”

“But the person who will determine the cause of death is the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. That’s basically what we’re waiting on.” Police closed Hancock’s room to the public during their initial investigation but have since reopened it, Davis said. University officials gave her roommates the option to relocate or return to their current rooms, he added. Hancock graduated from C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air in 2010 and studied at Harford Community College for two years before transferring to this university, according to multiple reports. Friends gathered outside the Memorial Chapel Monday night to hold an


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rams From PAGE 10 which are all ranked in the RPI’s top 19. Much of that is due to the level of competition in the ACC, which has nine teams in the RPI’s top 25, including four in the top 10 — No. 1 North Carolina, No. 3 Virginia, No. 5 Florida State and No. 7 N.C. State. The Terps played all four of those teams, winning games on the road against the Cavaliers and

Wolfpack and at home against the Seminoles. “It’s always hard to think about the postseason,” said center fielder Charlie White, who hit 8-for-14 with three RBIs and three runs scored in a three-game series at Clemson last weekend. “We’re just going to continue playing hard, take it one game at a time and see what happens.” If the Terps were to miss the ACC tournament, they would lose out on the opportunity to earn one of the 30 automatic

qualifying bids given to teams that win either their conference tournament or their regularseason conference title, if no conference tournament exists. Szefc’s squad will likely be vying for one of the 34 at-large bids, which are determined by a selection committee comprising a variety of school athletic directors and conference commissioners. Last season, the Terps contended for one of the final at-large spots with their 32-24 record but were ultimate-

ly left out of the field. The committee considers a plethora of data during the bidgiving process, including overall record, Division I record, RPI ranking, nonconference record, regular-season conference record, conference tournament results, road record, record over the last 15 games and input from regional advisor committees, among other factors. The only requirement to receive an at-large bid is retaining a .500 record against

Division I opponents, and the Terps currently sit at 28-23 with four games left on the schedule. The Terps have emerged from injuries and suspension with postseason hopes still intact, and are playing some of their best baseball of the season entering today’s matchup with the Rams (23-23). The Terps have won seven of their past 10 games, including their first conference series victory of the season at Duke on April 28. The team’s RPI ranking will

notebook From PAGE 10 Baum did. Pannell’s 5.33 points per game average ranks third in the country and he routinely beats defenses as a scorer or distributor. He boasts 36 goals to accompany his 44 assists. “It’s one of the reasons guys come here is to play against the best competition,” Bernhardt said. “We just enjoy the challenge of guarding the best guys in the country.” The Terps haven’t decided how to defend Pannell yet. Bernhardt and Murray both guarded Baum at times Saturday because the Colgate star played both midfield and attack. Pannell’s versatility could draw any one of four Terps defenders. Regardless of who is defending Pannell, though, containing the three-time Ivy League Player of the Year will be a team effort. ”He’s an exceptional player,” coach John Tillman said. “He can beat you one-on-one if you don’t help, but then if you do help too much, he has great vision and he’ll find an open teammate.”

ON THE ATTACK Attackman Kevin Cooper handles a heavy burden on the Terps’ offense. Tillman often calls on the senior to initiate of-

faceoff specialist curtis holmes won 12 of 22 faceoffs in his Senior Day victory over Colgate on Saturday after splitting time with sophomore Charlie Raffa. tim drummond/for the diamondback fensive sets, but he also expects Cooper to score consistently — his 19 goals are three fewer than the team lead — and complement his team-high 21 assists. So when the Terps’ points leader experienced a recent dip in production, the team struggled. Entering Saturday’s tilt with the Raiders, Cooper tallied just three

assists and no goals through the team’s previous three games. The Terps averaged just six goals per game during that span and stumbled to a 1-2 record. But Cooper — and the entire offensive unit — recaptured a rhythm against Colgate. The Crofton native tallied a careerhigh-tying six points on two

goals and four assists as the Terps cruised to a 12-goal victory. Cooper seemed able to more consistently penetrate the defense Saturday and opened up more opportunities for himself and his teammates. “We’ve asked a lot of Kevin this year,” Tillman said. “He really seemed to play with a little bit

more of a sense of urgency and made a lot of great decisions.”

FACING OFF Faceoff specialist Curtis Holmes’ career at this university appeared to peak his sophomore season when he earned All-American honorable

keep them in the conversation for an at-large bid. If the team fails to make the ACC tournament, however, the selection committee won’t overlook its relatively poor 9-18 conference record. “You’re either going to earn it, or you’re not,” Szefc said. “If we’re going to go to the postseason we have to deserve it, and we have to earn it. And if we don’t deserve it, someone else will go in our spot.”

mention status after he won 222 of 353 faceoffs. Following that impressive campaign, his performance tapered off slightly the next year. He was hampered by a back injury and won just 133 of 259 faceoffs in 2012. Holmes had back surgery in the fall and still feels the effects of the procedure. Sophomore Charlie Raffa has taken over as the team’s top option at the faceoff X, taking 202 faceoffs to Holmes’ 72. But lately, the senior seems to be regaining his form. After Raffa struggled early in the April 26 ACC tournament semifinal against Virginia, Holmes won 9 of 16 faceoffs. Then on Senior Day against Colgate, he won 12 of 22. “ C u r t i s k n ows t h a t h e doesn’t have many opportunities left, and he’s been really locked in,” Tillman said. “He’s also healthier now than he has been all year.” Tillman now feels like he has options. He can use either Raffa or Holmes or rotate them to keep a fresh player in the faceoff X during the postseason. “The more possessions you get, the better you are going to do,” Bernhardt said. “Having guys like both Curtis and Charlie is great, because they can both be very good.”

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Terps boast solid NCAA tournament resume, but fate still hangs in the balance By Daniel Popper Staff writer

The end goal for any college baseball team is simple: a slot in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Every June, eight teams and their fans descend on TD Ameritrade Park for a double-elimination tournament steeped in history to determine the nation’s best team. Out of 298 Division I baseball programs, only 64 receive bids to the NCAA tournament and the chance to advance to Omaha. And despite the Terrapin baseball team’s slim chances of making the ACC tournament — it trails No. 8 Miami by 3.5 games with only one ACC series left on its schedule — the team is still in the conversation for receiving an at-large bid to the national tournament. “Making the postseason is always a main focus for any coaching staff,” said coach John Szefc, whose team will face Virginia Commonwealth today at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in its final nonconference game of the season. “If we deserve to make the postseason, we will, and if we don’t, we won’t. We’ll make our own bed.” The Terps are currently ranked No. 22 in the RPI, a computer ranking system that factors in both a team’s record and strength of schedule. The Terps played the fourthhardest schedule in the nation this season, according to the site, behind only Florida, Virginia Tech and Miami, Coach john szefc and the Terps rank No. 22 in the RPI with the nation’s fourth-hardest schedule this season, but the team’s ACC struggles could hurt ots NCAA tournament chances. file photo/the diamondback

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long pole jesse bernhardt and the Terps shut down Colgate attackman Peter Baum on Saturday. This weekend, they face Cornell’s Rob Pannell and his 5.33 points per game. tim drummond/for the diamondback

Defense looking for encore against Big Red Cooper breaks out of slump with six points By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer When Colgate attackman Peter Baum planted his left foot on the Byrd Stadium turf in the second quarter Saturday and tried to cut to his right, Terrapins men’s lacrosse long pole Jesse Bernhardt slid over and blocked his path to the net. So Baum — last year’s Tewaaraton Award winner — tried to juke back to the left. But again, Bernhardt and fellow defender Goran Murray stepped in front. The possession ended harmlessly, as Baum gave the ball to attackman Ryan Walsh, who

launched a shot wide of the goal. The Terps continued to frustrate the 2012 national player of the year throughout their 18-6 victory Saturday, holding Baum to one goal, no assists and just two shots on goal. The stellar performance against Baum didn’t earn the Terps a break from defending the top-notch attackmen, though. Cornell attackman Rob Pannell, whose team will visit the No. 6-seed Terps on Sunday in the NCAA tournament first round, could present an even tougher matchup than See NOTEBOOK, Page 8

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