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FINALS EDITION SPRING 2012

GETTING BACK DARKNESS FALLS Dark Shadows is a middling effort from Tim Burton

Chanenchuk finds home with Terps after rash of injuries SPORTS | PAGE 19

DIVERSIONS | PAGE 12

THE DIAMONDBACK THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Our 102ND Year, No. 146

College affordability struggles leave many futures in jeopardy BY JIM BACH Senior staff writer

As a battle unfolds on Capitol Hill over starkly different plans to keep student loans affordable, a divide along party lines has left some students’ academic futures hanging in the balance. For some students, such as sophomore public health and women studies major Rosa Abraha, the prospect of interest rates soaring to twice their present rate could threaten their chances of returning for another semester of classes. Not only

would Abraha have to postpone her dream of attending medical school, she would struggle to pay for another year at the university. “My biggest concern — it’s probably the realest concern — is that I wont be able to stay at this university,” she said. While Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress are at a consensus to keep interest rates frozen, they disagree over how to fund the nearly $6 billion measure to do so. Failure to reach a decision by July 1, when the measure in place is

see AFFORDABILITY, page 2

Push for all-inclusive Good Samaritan policy heats up

THE RISE AND FALL

OF A DYNASTY

Students plan to keep fighting next year BY LAUREN KIRKWOOD Staff writer

Proponents of a policy that would grant students immunity from university sanctions if they call for help in the event of a drug overdose made crucial ground this semester, in the hopes that such a policy would result in more students seeking help in dangerous situations. The renewed push comes more than a year after the implementation of the original Responsible Action Protocol, which protects dangerously drunk students from university punishments when someone calls for emergency medical attention. In March, the University Senate charged its Student Conduct Committee with reviewing a proposal to include drugs in

the protocol, also called the Good Samaritan policy. This academic year, 75 students called for help under the policy, compared to 66 students last year, according to Office of Student Conduct Director Andrea Goodwin. Resident Student Conduct Manager Keira Martone said the Department of Resident Life has also seen an increase in students calling in alcohol-related medical emergencies. “We were hopeful that those numbers would go up as students were more aware of the policy and were more willing to go for help,” she said. “I’m hoping the word has gotten out, and students are feeling they can call for help.” Although the proposal to include

Officials prepare for new athletics dept. model BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB AND REBECCA LURYE Senior staff writers

Kevin Anderson came to the university more than a year ago to helm the ACC’s third-largest athletics program. But the one he’s in charge of this year will be almost unrecognizable from the one he stepped into. Just months after Anderson was named the new athletic director, he faced a crushing deficit. The department had been expe-

riencing budget shortfalls since 2006, but last year, officials realized the program was simply unsustainable. University President Wallace Loh tasked a working group in July to examine the athletics department’s financial situation, which included an $83 million debt. And, for the first time, the department couldn’t balance its budget in fiscal year 2011. The department expected the deficit to amount to about $4.7 million, and reserves had been

see ATHLETICS, page 8

see POLICY, page 13

Loh wraps up first full year in office The secret superheroes Officials say new university president faced Incoming student and father visit several children’s hospitals dressed as Batman and Robin

unusually hectic first 18 months on the job BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Senior staff writer

BY LAURA BLASEY Staff writer

When Brandon Robinson’s father mentioned he had been pulled over by police on Route 29 in late March, the incoming freshman had no reason to believe the traffic stop was anything out of the ordinary. But the rest of the world didn’t seem to think so because of one small detail: Robinson’s father is Batman. The routine stop — featuring a man in a Batman costume driving a black Lamborghini with Batman symbols for license plates — became an overnight sensation.

see BATMAN, page 3

Brandon Robinson (left) and his father, Lenny visit children in costume. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDON ROBINSON

Wallace Loh knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle. He still vividly remembers being a 15year-old in Grinnell College’s kitchen, scrubbing dishes to pay for his college education, hoping he could scrounge up a few extra dollars to pay for more than one meal a day. “I was your typical starving student,” the now-university president said. “Like any 15year-old, what are you thinking about? ‘Do I have enough money for next week? I’ve got all this homework. I’m homesick.’ ” The teenager had come to the U.S. from Lima, Peru, with his parents’ life savings — which amounted to $300 — hoping for a better future. Loh didn’t know what that Several officials said university President

see LOH, page 9

Wallace Loh had one of the busiest first years in office. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

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