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P.G. Police make arrest in alleged Route 1 robbery
Are we done yet?
BY LAUREN KIRKWOOD Staff writer
Officers arrested an 18-year-old Washington man Tuesday night in connection with an alleged June 8 robbery at a Route 1 restaurant, according to Prince George’s County Police officials. James Lakeen Turner is charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft less than $1,000, according to District 1 Commander Maj. Robert Brewer. On June 8, a female university student was sitting and reading on her iPhone in Shanghai Tokyo Cafe when a man allegedly grabbed it out of her hand, according to a crime alert. The robber fled on foot down Berwyn House Road. Police caught Turner after detectives received a tip that a man who had been spotted in the area resem-
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Aline Barros enrolled at a university in Belém, Brazil 10 years ago, but she will have to study for one more semester before she earns a degree. The 27-year-old began at Universidade da Amazônia before moving to the United States and attending Montgomery College. However, none of her credits from the Brazilian university and only a few from the community college transferred once she became a student at this university in 2010, making her one of about 35 percent of students at this university who do not graduate in four years. “The whole system is very different in Brazil. They present you with everything you’re going
Students claim university sanctions inconsistent
University one of leaders among public universities struggling to push students to graduate in four years BY SARAH TINCHER
bled a surveillance camera photograph distributed by police. Officers canvassed the area of the robbery Tuesday and found a man who matched the description of the suspect and chased him a short distance before apprehending him. Turner later waived his rights and confessed to involvement in the robbery, according to police. Brewer said it is not unusual for police to make an arrest within blocks of the scene of a crime. “If they live in the area or they frequent the area, or someone shopped in the area or he had a girlfriend in the area, it’s not uncommon at all to catch a suspect in the same area where he committed the crime,” he said. Brewer added there was little the victim could have done in this instance to prevent the crime.
to do your whole year,” Barros said. “Here, when you get in school, you’re kind of on your own. … I took a lot of the wrong classes.” The four-year graduation rate for students who entered this university in 2007 was 65.3 percent, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. That’s on par with the institution’s peers, such as the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Provost Ann Wylie said the university has rigorous standards and extensive supports for students to reach and maintain those high levels. “We have extraordinarily talented students at this university,” said Wylie. “We don’t let students
Students can face additional disciplinary action for off-campus criminal activities BY REBECCA LURYE Senior staff writer
EDITOR’S NOTE: Some students’ last names have been withheld from this article because they discuss the use of illegal substances. Andrew sat anchored to his couch, his skin draining of color as an officer searched his Knox Box apartment and opened the safe where he stored his marijuana and LSD.
see SENIORS, page 2 PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Maryland State Police troopers denied his requests to pop an anti-anxiety pill, a medication he took so frequently that he “could drive on the amount of Xanax that would put you to sleep in 20 minutes.” After he was arrested and spent two nights in jail in November 2009, he took one year off and expected to return to this university with a fresh start. But last semester, the
see SANCTIONS, page 3
Officials set to launch first cybersecurity honors program With $1.1 million grant from Northrop Grumman, program aims to provide students with job-market advantage BY AMBER LARKINS For The Diamondback
The university will soon launch the country’s first undergraduate honors program in cybersecurity with a $1.1 million grant from Northrop Grumman Corp.
Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students will focus on training relevancy, officials announced Monday. When it commences in fall 2013, the program will aim to produce graduates well-rounded in cybersecurity, a move officials said will give this university’s students an edge in a job
market with growing demand for cybersecurity experts. One group, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Coalition, expects the field to suffer a shortage of 1 million graduates by 2020. “Because cybersecurity is a rapidly
evolving discipline, it is important to closely couple student education with our active research program in cybersecurity,” said Vice President for Research Patrick O’Shea. The University Honors Program is meant to engage students in more interdisciplinary studies, said Eric
Chapman, associate director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. Those would encompass not only technology, but business, economics, criminology, linguistics, psychology, law and public policy.
see PROGRAM, page 3
Questions abound after student death After reported suicide, student’s mother claims daughter was victim of marriage fraud; urges police, army to corroborate BY REBECCA LURYE Senior staff writer
About five weeks after the death of a university student and allegations of marriage fraud prompted an army investigation into her husband, questions remain for Katherine Morris’ family and friends. Shortly after Morris, a senior family sciences major, was found dead in her car near Arundel Mills Mall on
May 6 in what police reported was a suicide, her mother, Marguerite Morris, alleged Katherine’s husband, Spc. Isaac Goodwin, took advantage of Katherine by using her to obtain marital benefits. Col. Mark Murray at Fort Bragg, N.C., opened a commander’s inquiry last month to investigate the allegation that Goodwin scammed Morris into a marriage to obtain military benefits. Morris’ family is currently raising
money for legal fees and a private investigator in the hopes of expediting the process, though Marguerite Morris noted the military was keeping her informed and moving “pretty fast.” Goodwin did not respond to multiple requests for comment and his father asked a relative, Kathleen Williams of South Carolina, not to release his contact information,
see MORRIS, page 7
After Katherine Morris’ mother claimed she was the victim of marriage fraud, Army officials opened a formal investigation. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM COJOLO
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Univ. Police open station at Graduate Hills apartments
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Station, open since May, meant to provide security, enhance outreach BY JOSH BIRCH For The Diamondback
For the past month, Graduate Hills has had a new occupant, a University Police substation officials hope will improve relations between police and residents. Officers hope to use the substation, which has been operating since May 17, to build a stronger presence in communities surrounding the campus, said University Police Chief David Mitchell. University and Graduate Hills officials said they are confident the increased communication with residents will lead to a safer environment and increased trust from residents. The substation’s primary goals are to increase police presence, reduce crime and create a relationship between the community and the police, said University Police Sgt. August Kenner. Before the substation opened, officers monitored the area with security cameras and routine patrols — University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky said officers carried out more than 220 in Graduate Hills last month. “I think creating this builds interpersonal relations with the people who live here,” Kenner said. “They would see police ride through, but there wasn’t really any interaction.” Charles Simpson Jr., property manager at Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens, said the new station had been in the works for about a year. “There was an opportunity to be able to have a substation office here for Sgt. Kenner, and it was a no brainer,” Simpson said. Mitchell said it was important
to give the department a face within Graduate Hills in part because some residents seemed to not fully trust the officers. “We have students who are here from other countries that quite frankly, the police aren’t necessarily the good guys, and their experience with law enforcement is different in their life,” he said. Jody Heckman-Bose, an international student adviser, said she was pleased to see an increased police presence in the area surrounding the campus. She added that the university takes other steps to build rapport between officers and international students, such as inviting University Police officers to speak at orientations each semester. “I have heard culturally that police aren’t as trusted in other countries as they are in the U.S.,”
“We have students who are here from other countries that quite frankly, the police aren’t necessarily the good guys.” DAVID MITCHELL UNIVERSITY POLICE CHIEF
Heckman-Bose said. “I think that’s a definite issue and that’s one of the reasons we ask the officers to come so they can be seen as a friendly face.” Other university officials, such as Assistant Director of Housing
University Police launched its substation through a partnership with Southern Management. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARC LIMANSKY
Partnerships Dennis PassarellaGeorge, said all students would benefit from receiving more information about public safety. “I think more of an issue is that we have many students who are new to the campus and the country who aren’t familiar with the services offered to them,” Passarella-George said. While University Police received 21 incident reports from Graduate Hills last year, there have been only six so far this year, the most recent occurring April 17. According to police reports of the incident, two females were walking near the apartments when two males approached them, demanded their property, and then fled the scene. One of the victims of that robbery became the first person to visit the new police substation at Graduate Hills, Kenner said. Graduate Hills resident Ankit Gupta, a telecommunications graduate student, said he is thrilled to see the new station. “Having it so nearby will suddenly decrease the crime rate and it will be assurance to the residents that they’re living in a safe
place,” Gupta said. Although there are no plans yet, Mitchell said that similar substations could be seen at other complexes such as Graduate Gardens and the on-campus Leonardtown Community in the future. Student Affairs officials are also installing three new security cameras in the complex — each costing about $9,000 — and two at Graduate Gardens. Southern Management pays the university ground rent each year, which covers costs including operating and maintaining the security cameras, Passarella-George said. Student Government Association’s off-campus legislator David Peeler said those measures are worthwhile if they foster a greater sense of security for students. “I couldn’t think of a better way to decrease crime, aside from having someone walk around the property constantly,” Peeler said. “An increased police presence offcampus is something that people are interested in.” firstname.lastname@example.org
in who can’t graduate.” Many factors can lead to later matriculation, she said, such as students fearing graduation, changing their majors too late or taking insufficient credit loads each semester. However, many “super seniors” said they wasted time taking classes they didn’t realize would not count toward a four-year degree. Senior economics major Ben Gronczniak, a sixthyear student, mainly attributed his delayed graduation date to his not beginning at this university as a freshman. After graduating high school in 2007, Gronczniak attended the College of Southern Maryland before enrolling at this university in fall 2010. Gronczniak said he didn’t have a four-year plan in community college, so he did not realize he would need to take certain required classes to catch up. “It’s hard to get all of our degree requirements in the two years [after community college],” said Gronczniak. And while many credits from community colleges can transfer to majors here, that wasn’t the case for Gronczniak, setting him back even further. Senior kinesiology major Megan Kuehner, a fifthyear student, also said there was “not much direction from the advisers” at Frederick Community College, so she took classes that proved to be useless toward obtaining her degree from this university. Both Kuehner and Gronczniak also changed their majors, which pushed back their graduation dates yet again. The graduation rate also reflects a disparity between the success of minority and white students. The four-year graduation rate for black students who entered in 2007 is 48 percent, and that of Hispanic students is 54.1
percent, according to the IPEDS, as compared to 71.2 percent of white students and 62.2 percent of Asian students. “It is something that we are aware of,” said Wylie. “We would like there to be no achievement gap. They have the ability to graduate from here in four years.” Others, such as Barros, also took time off. Before coming to this university, the junior journalism major also studied at Montgomer y College for two years and took a break from college. However, she said she gained perspective from looking to her mother, who grew up impoverished in Brazil and began working to help support her family at age 10. “She was the girl who had to raise her hand in the classroom to ask for donations. … I had this in the back of my mind,” Barros said. “I never felt like I had the right to be frustrated.” Wylie said the university pushes students to graduate in four years because officials recognize it’s cheaper for them to leave college and enter the workforce as soon as possible. Graduating on time means earning one or two extra years’ worth of paychecks rather than paying for credits. In addition, the university needs to free up space to accommodate increasingly large incoming freshman classes. The university plans to continue to push graduation with living-learning programs, mandator y advising, four-year graduation plans and inter vention for students whose GPAs drop below a 2.0. A six-year graduation rate at 90 percent is attainable, Wylie said, although she said some students will always take longer. “Our goal is student graduation,” she said. “We think it should be done in four years, but the overriding concern is getting students to graduate.” email@example.com
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The National History Day competition, ending today, brought nearly 3,000 students to the campus from across the country to display their work. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Scoping the state and nation for competition University hosts national history competition finals BY DAVID OGANESYAN For The Diamondback
While most students have left for the summer, thousands of high school students flocked to the campus this week for the final rounds of national competitions. Since fewer students are on the campus during the summer and facilities aren’t in use, officials seek to generate revenue through largescale competitions to help prevent student fees from increasing. Officials have accomplished that goal over the past few weeks by hosting the Maryland High School Business Plan Competition’s final round of competition as well as the annual National History Day competition, which kicked off Sunday and ends today and attracted nearly 3,000 students from around the country this year. And although the competitions boast drastically different crowds, the end goal is the same: to allow students to compete while simultaneously enticing them to apply to the university. “When thousands of highly motivated students, their teachers and their parents
visit the University of Maryland, they get an appreciation for who we are, what we are about, what we can offer to those students who may later choose to apply,” NHD liaison Patrick Perfetto said. “[NHD competitors and spectators] like our campus, and we strive to provide what they need,” Perfetto said. “The campus has resources that have grown with their program, making it a good win-win partnership.” The Mar yland Technology Enterprise Institute founded the state business plan competition to put young talent on display and encourage students to continue pursuing their business ideas through their college years. “We are committed to fostering and supporting entrepreneurship at all levels and are excited to encourage and support entrepreneurship at the high school level,” MTECH Associate Director James Green said. “This is especially important during the critical high school years, when energies and ideas flourish.” Teams, which are composed of state high school students, compete for a $10,000 cash prize at this uni-
“[Students and parents] get an appreciation for who we are, what we are about, what we can offer to those students.” PATRICK PERFETTO NATIONAL HISTORY DAY LIAISON
versity’s business school. Although only one team — Apps for Learning, an application-based education platform — took home the coveted cash prize, all five finalists received a full scholarship to the university’s summer Entrepreneurship Essentials online program to help students hone their skills. “[The program] enhances students’ entrepreneurship skills for launching an innovative venture, starting a new career, and diversifying their education, with no business background required,” Green said. firstname.lastname@example.org
university charged him for the same offense and he was nearly kicked out. Andrew hadn’t realized the university could charge students for offenses committed off the campus if they are convicted criminally and the offense would have violated university policy. Student Conduct Office Director Andrea Goodwin said there are no concrete guidelines in place requiring police officers outside of the university to report students’ misdemeanors or felonies to the university, leading to inconsistency in charging students for “old cases.” Some police officers may make a subjective decision to make a Student Conduct referral, while others may not be aware of the option. Goodwin said it would be fairer for students to face the same procedures across the board, but that consistency is not possible. “I think it would be good if we had a system in place where we could know about every case, but I don’t think that that’s feasible,” she said. “A student could be charged with a criminal matter somewhere we don’t have communication.” Tamara Saunders, Student Conduct’s associate director, said the university receives most referrals from University Police — which receives daily reports from Prince George’s County Police as well — in addition to students and parents. Only a “handful” of sources are outside the university community, like the trooper who passed Andrew’s name and evidence on to Student Conduct. “The number is absolutely not great at all,” Saunders said. “Certainly our aim is not to ‘get’ students,” she added, “but is really to make sure we are meeting with them, reviewing their behavior, making sure they are making better choices as well as upholding our community standards.” Andrew’s attorney, Debra Saltz, said one of the Maryland State Police officers was “bitter”
PROGRAM from page 1 In four to six weeks, officials expect to develop more details about the living-and-learning program and will advertise and recruit rising high school seniors to apply. The program will include 45 students. STEM education is integral to the growth of the economy and national security, said Northrop Grumman spokesman Randy Belote. He added the program would
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that his sentencing last January did not include additional jail time. After he received a suspended 10-year sentence and five-year probation for possession of marijuana and possession of LSD with intent to distribute, the officer referred him to the university. When it came time to face Student Conduct, Saltz told Andrew to choose a disciplinary conference, in which he’d meet with one staff member in the office, over a board hearing, which would be before a panel of students and faculty, because she had encountered “inappropriate” student boards. Before he made that decision May 25, 2011, Student Conduct staff informed Andrew he could face expulsion from the university. Goodwin said the university tries to handle all misconduct cases within 60 days. However, Andrew said he learned he was suspended through spring 2013 more than a month after his disciplinary conference with Chelsee Benté, Student Conduct’s central board coordinator, and almost four months after he requested the conference. “It was like a smack in the face. It just made Maryland feel like a heartless bureaucracy,” Andrew said. “In May, she seemed to be on my side, and she kind of indicated it would be alright.” After Saltz and Andrew’s parents met with Saunders, his sentence was reduced to one year and made retroactive to include his yearlong break from classes. “He was living his life and renting an apartment and doing all that stuff and then they tried to throw him out. It was really ridiculous,” Saltz said. “I just hit the roof.” However, Goodwin said the office barely ever alters a student’s sanctions after he or she has chosen to be heard by a staff member. From 2003 to 2010, Student Conduct officials charged between 23 and 42 students annually with drug possession, according to the office’s annual reports. In that same period, 14
students faced drug distribution charges from Student Conduct. Until he was caught, Andrew said he never considered the possible repercussions of smoking marijuana daily, experimenting with LSD and eventually developing a clientele across the campus. “When the people you’re with just do drugs, it doesn’t seem like a strange thing to be doing,” Andrew said. “It just becomes a normal way of life, and selling it was just a way to meet people, a way to network.” Andrew said he has changed course in more ways than one since settling his case with the university. His anxiety has improved dramatically, and he is pursuing a degree in history instead of government and politics. Andrew said he vividly remembers his nights in jail: He watched a man break off his zipper to carve a prayer into the drywall, and met many other people in his cell whose stories disillusioned him with the criminal justice system. The same day, police had also arrested his younger brother, a university student, on marijuana possession charges when he was driving Andrew’s car. Andrew said he will never forget a clerk at the Upper Marlboro Correctional Center who let him borrow her phone to make a call, but not without offering her opinion first. “She kind of admonished me, like, ‘You look like two nice kids, you’re the older brother, you should be a role model,’ ” he said. “That always stuck with me.” Looking forward, Andrew said he plans to live abroad or join the Peace Corps when he graduates. Andrew’s dad said his son has shown great progress since his arrest. “He’s done well in school since then,” he said. “And with the distractions of this process going on for part of the time, I think that speaks to how he has turned things around for himself.”
hopefully serve as a model for other institutions and corporations in creating similar programs and partnerships of their own. Maryland Cybersecurity Center Director Michael Hicks, a computer science professor, said he wants to have project-based lab courses similar to one he taught this spring, in which his students hacked into the university’s network to help uncover vulnerabilities and learn to build better defense systems. Hicks said he was impressed
by his students’ motivation and cleverness in the game-like training. Students in the honors program would have the option to intern with Northrop Grumman or one of its start-up companies, but could also intern for other corporations. Northrop Grumman plans to have an advisory role and be involved in a six-credit capstone course required of all seniors. The corporation will also have some insight into the curriculum, to help match students with internships. Hicks said the company chose this university in part because of its background in partnering with companies and government groups. Last month, the Maryland Cybersecurity Center partnered with Baltimore-based CyberPoint International Co. to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students. “Northrop trusts us as educators to build a program that makes sense,” Hicks said.
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An inescapable expense
Finding a lasting solution
The nation’s slumping economy has forced pretty much everyone to grapple omy, the single best predictor of success, by far, is a good education. … The with cuts and limited resources — not least of all college students. For the third unemployment rate for Americans with a college degree or more is about half year in a row, in-state University System of Maryland students will see a 3 per- the national average. Their incomes are twice as high as those with only a high cent tuition hike, which is relatively mild compared to several institutions across school diploma. A higher education is the clearest path to the middle class.” Additional steps are being taken to aid students. Last week, the White the country. The Obama administration seems to be taking notice and, fortunately for col- House extended its Income-Based Repayment Plan, which stipulates graduates pay no more than 15 percent of their monthly discrelege students, has turned college affordability into a retionary income when paying off loans and forgives all election issue. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden responsibly paid loans after 25 years. Obama charged invited leaders from 10 higher education programs, including this university’s system, to discuss increasing Greater transparency and the education program with offering students online enrollment options, rather than sifting through the transparency in the financial aid process so students better understand the benefits and consequences of taking national attention with regard weeks-long program that requires them to go through out loans. to student loan debt could student loan servicers. Both Obama and Biden — who had to pay their own Leaders vowed to create a packet that clearly outlines what costs students would incur when taking out certain alleviate some of the current way through college — have said how imperative it is students have several clear and decipherable payloans, distinguishes payment options and provides estituition burden, but only if that ment options at their disposable. At last week’s confermated monthly payments for federal loans as well as Congress enacts more ence, Biden said, “Some of you are like [Secretary of clear repayment rate information. Arne Duncan] and me and others, you come Since congressional leaders have yet to agree upon a substantial legislation and Education from circumstances where you know full well that you payment plan to maintain the 3.4 percent interest rate on student loans — if they do not come to an agreement by President Obama continues will not have had any chance, any chance at all, at your you now have, were it not for the fact there was July 1, students will see that rate double — it’s somewhat to prioritize affordability. positions somebody there to give you some college assistance.” relieving to see political leaders are taking steps to help Biden added: “[Obama] and I talk about it. Neither one students navigate the record-high cost of college. Financial aid letters are often confusing for students and parents to decipher, of us would have had any shot. The same with our wives.” What’s more, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney agrees with and much of the student loan debt — which now exceeds $1 trillion and has surpassed credit card debt — stems from students misunderstanding their options, Obama that college must remain affordable, and congressional Democrats and Republicans want to keep student loan interest rates at their current level. according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But the confusion surrounding loans is only a small part of the problem. Col- But if the two sides can’t find a mutually acceptable funding source for the lege costs have reached a record high; according to the Bureau of Labor Statis- rate extension by the July 1 deadline, their agreement on college affordability tics, the cost of college increased by 439 percent from 1982 to 2009. During will be for naught. These options aren’t enough, and Congress’ inability to agree shows higher that period, inflation was only 108 percent. Obama and most other political leaders maintain it’s imperative for most young adults to have a college degree education isn’t enough of a priority. There doesn’t seem to be enough of a sense in today’s working world, but it’s more difficult than ever to find a way to pay of urgency on the part of legislators. It’s already hard enough for college graduates to find a job. With costs consistently ballooning, inaction on the part of legisfor that degree. At a speech at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas last week, Obama high- lators and leaders will only further inhibit students from being prepared for what lighted the importance of a college education. He told students: “In today’s econ- lays ahead.
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Summer: Never a distant memory
omething remains special about summer, even for those of us who no longer enjoy it as a vacation. Its sun and breezes are teases in the heaviest moments of the school year, and whether its onset has been gradual — fading into summer as final exams fall one by one — or in a sudden burst out of doors, the last day over, summer’s gracious release arrives just in time. And still, after all these years in school (15 years, for me), summer is ever ything. I hope summer always remains the same — not a freedom from but a freedom to. Summer does not fall victim to nostalgia. I look back on my best summers not with wistful remembrance but a contentious ambition: “I can beat that. This will be the best of summers.” I have not ceased thinking that. I can’t. Sum-
JAKE DEVIRGILIIS mer is an attitude. The movie marathons and book lists, bucket lists and drinking marathons, getting into shape and out of clothes — summer always ends with my to-do list incomplete and full of checks in unexpected places. Here, I have been fortunate. There is some mysterious, unspoken agreement among my close friends: Stay in College Park. Here, we can accomplish “that”: this roof, that concert, those places, those strawberries (so many strawberries). Certain transitions always bring
the promise of being better, as does each new school year, each new semester. Often, each learning experience makes the next one richer, fuller, better than the last. And yet, school has always ended in a dogfight, a struggle to stay awake, a grinding out of two more pages. Summer does not disappoint or fall off, it simply blurs into the promise of “the next big thing.” Summer is when I can say I will make myself a better person; life is good; I can make it better for someone else; anything I imagine is real. It can really mean at least 50 percent of that on any given day. But even that falls short of describing it. To describe in words the most monolithic event in my life every year is as elusive as the liberty I feel only during summer. But it’s something like looking at fireworks from a
rooftop. Or playing Bruce Springsteen songs on the ukulele. Perhaps both at the same time. Either way. The first time each May when light lingers on back porches long enough so we know these days won’t be ending so soon anymore, the thoughts on the minds of all participants equal, “This is it.” And that’s that from then on, as everyone starts to recognize, like I do, the freedom to do something great can’t be wasted, because soon enough everyone will be off on their own way and some new songs will be out and whatever anyone bought will inevitably become some form of trash, but the sweetness of peaches is mine to keep. Jake DeVirgiliis is a senior government and politics major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Corn syrup: Destroying irrelevant information
orn. It’s yellow, delicious with butter and can be engineered to be anything from cheap sugar substitute to plastics. The most televised of these mutations is high fructose corn syrup, which has received national attention in the debate over its unhealthiness and fears of engineered crops. But is this really the right question to be asking? High fructose corn syrup is commonly used in place of sugar, and the ethics of engineered crops have many decades to develop. While these are important points, I suggest we add a new and more relevant voice to the media coverage: the farmer. Heinz ketchup, some manufactured pickles, Yoplait yogurt, Kellogg’s Special K cereal, animal crackers, Wonder Bread, Capri Sun, Starbucks frappuccinos and Stove Top stuffing all contain high fructose corn syrup. These
are all processed foods, all bought in massive quantities. When you consider that almost every item in the aisle of a grocery store has “X” amount of corn in it, you begin to comprehend that all this corn needs to be grown somewhere. Enter the average American farmer. Since the 1900s, the government has been showering farms with monetary incentives to grow more corn, both by direct subsidization as well as legally discouraging them from growing other crops such as soybeans or wheat. With this influx of supply, however, the price of corn plummeted, and, were you a farmer, you may receive only marginal profit when adjusting for the maintenance of equipment, payments to agricultural firms and feeding your family. This is assuming, of course, the market is not already filled by the time your crop is ready. If the quota has been met for that year,
ERIK SHELL then better luck next year if you can make it through winter. Another ill effect of this model is the deprivation of nutrients in the soil. Every crop takes different things from the soil, so if you put the same crop on the same land for decades without renewal, you will run out of plant food. From there your only choice is to move, leaving a barren plot behind you that might not recover in your lifetime. So here we are, in the middle of an economic crisis, funneling money into an unsustainable food source and stealing money from the people who feed us. We bypassed biting the
hand that feeds us and instead took the ring from that hand and sold it for sugar substitute. The solution, as always, lies with us. By choosing foods that do not contain high fructose corn syrup, the profit centers diminish and the government receives pressure to distribute money equally across the national panoply of more sustainable crops. Destroying misinformation about high fructose corn syrup gives a much heavier incentive to do what we all should be doing as informed consumers in higher education — read the ingredient list, then make a smarter choice. This choice can set in motion a national movement to improve the quality of food and, by extension, the quality of our lives. Erik Shell is a sophomore classical languages and literatures and history major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
n Oct. 28, 2011 at 4:30 a.m., I stood in the basement of Hornbake Library as a housekeeper broke into tears. She said she was sexually assaulted and physically injured during an earlymorning shift a few weeks before. The heartbreaking reports of sexual assault, physical abuse, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other workers’ rights abuses occurring on this campus are difficult to listen to firsthand, but what’s possibly more upsetting is the university’s refusal to acknowledge they are a systematic problem. I believe, through firsthand communication with employees, seven community forums and a workers’ rights report released by the Black Faculty and Staff Association, workers’ rights abuses are occurring on the campus. Workers most often are abused by their managers or someone in a position of power over them. The majority of the victims of abuse are female housekeepers, who are primarily minorities and some of the lowest-paid workers at the university. It is the relentless denial of worker abuse at the university, coupled with consistent trivialization of events when workers do speak about abuse, that is allowing the university to sweep this issue under the rug and further oppress those whose voices have already been silenced and are in no position to speak up about further abuse. In September, Provost Ann Wylie published the Human Resources Working Group report after receiving three anonymous letters from staff about workplace abuse, with descriptions of Facilities Management as “being run like a Nazi camp” and “a toxic workplace environment.” The report concluded there were “no widespread breaches” that created such an environment. To be sure, the report successfully outlined nine recommendations for improving the workplace environment. However, this university has fallen short in enacting tangible policy or regulation in accordance with the report. The report seems to skate around the issue — not once was the word “abuse” mentioned in the 60-page report. Administrators’ position of power and techniques of avoidance encourage victims to keep their mouths shut while highlighting their true priority — reputation. The repeated trivialization of abuse allows this issue to be avoided or deemed insignificant and non-urgent. The Human Resources Working Group’s nine recommendations imply this issue is non-pressing and exponentially undermine just how serious this situation is. Further, news coverage has similarly downplayed workers’ rights abuse. The headline of a March 11 article in The Diamondback, “At forum, some staff say campus abuse persists,” implies that not all of those who spoke said abuse is still occurring, which is untrue. I attended this forum and can say I will never in my life forget the feeling of seeing a worker stand up at the microphone and speak through tears about what happened to him or her; every single worker who spoke said the abuse is indeed persisting. The article’s reference to reports of abuse as “tales” delegitimizes the accountability of the few workers who found the courage to stand up and fight back, regardless of the possibility of backlash, and such a description only further silences those who are already voiceless. It is important to recognize this type of oppression is occurring on a global scale, and those who experience the negative forces of race, class and gender are systematically silenced everywhere, not just at this university. The sooner we approach the issue and recognize its urgency, the sooner we can give victims their voice, enact positive change and excel as a top-tier institution in higher education.
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Those who are able to make the difficult choices this week may find that the chosen had more to do with the outcome than the choice itself — and this can apply to situations and places as well as to people and things. There will come a time when many look back and see that much was, in fact, a foregone conclusion. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) — You’ll be invited to take part in something that will require you to learn a great deal while you open your eyes to new possibilities. (June 7-June 20) — You’ll see things develop this week as if they were happening in slow motion — but things heat up quickly. CANCER (June 21-July 7) — This is a good week for you to put preconceived notions to the test — and you may find that you’ve been fooling yourself for a while. (July 8-July 22) — They say that love is blind — but this week you’ll see clearly why you’ve made recent romantic choices.
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There’s something to be said for limited ambition. Alien had a simple setup — crew lands on planet, finds something it shouldn’t and pays a terrible price for it — but used it to craft a story about the frailty of the human body and the dangers of exploration that’s rightly considered a masterpiece of its genre. It succeeded thanks to its workmanlike grasp of filmmaking fundamentals: elements such as pacing, dialogue and design. Sort-ofprequel Prometheus follows an arc that’s identical in the broad strokes to Alien, but grafts on a search for the meaning of life. In trying to address grand philosophical questions that Werner Herzog (Into the Abyss) and Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) would probably think twice about tackling — big but futile questions like “Why are we here?” and “Where do we come from?” — it loses the simplicity that made the original so successful. The film — the first entry in the franchise to be helmed by Ridley Scott (Robin Hood) since the first — follows the crew of the rather unsubtly named starship Prometheus as it ventures to a distant exoplanet. Crew members hope to find conclusive evidence
there that life was brought to Earth by extraterrestrials, a theory that’s essentially just a scientific spin on creationism. That the crew’s mission in Alien was purely commercial while Prometheus’ is scientific seems like a metaphor for the gulf between the films. The former was about pure survival; the latter attempts so much more and achieves so much less. The crew finds some answers on the planet, unromantically designated “LV-223,” but, in the film’s smartest move, they’re deeply unsatisfying and only lead to more questions. These are puzzles without solutions. And perhaps it’s better to not even look. Because, of course, the crew also finds all sorts of alien creatures that want nothing more than to kill every human they encounter in the grossest way possible, which they do with great aplomb. The bodily horror doesn’t have the capacity to shock that it once did — how could it, more than 30 years after the original was released — but it’s still damn effective, which is especially impressive given that audiences have already had four films worth of chest-bursting ickiness to become inured to the franchise’s tricks. The film’s more interested in
pretentious contemplation and atmospherics than in character development, but, to Scott’s credit, there’s still enough room for a few good-to-great performances among the action set-pieces and Intro to Philosophy banter. Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) excels as the film’s ostensible hero, Shaw, who manages to be something more than a Ripley stand-in. Idris Elba (Luther) and Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman) shine in the margins as a workaday pilot and the icy representative of the mission’s corporate financiers, respectively. The real standout, unsurprisingly, is Michael Fassbender (Haywire), who plays a deceptively polite android with an endearing penchant for quoting Lawrence of Arabia. His performance nails the balance between recognizably human and disturbingly robotic features; it’s like watching HAL 9000 come to life. The film’s true stars are the visuals, however. Alien set the gold standard for set and creature design, and Prometheus is a worthy heir. A sci-fi film made in 1979 would’ve had technological and budgetary constraints one made today doesn’t, and Scott is able to paint on a much larger canvas than he was when
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making the original. He had to suggest the desolation of his alien world through shadows and fog in Alien. Here, he’s able to render barren environments in stunningly gorgeous detail. Shots of beautiful devastation abound. The minimalism of the original worked fantastically well, but so too does the grandeur of Prometheus. At least it does for the visuals. The ethos of “never imply what you can show off” also seems to have been applied to the script, which is a bit too on the nose. The
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MORRIS from page 1 Williams wrote in an email. Marguerite Morris met with Anne Arundel County Police last week to “get to the truth of what happened” with her daughter. She said police, military personnel and investigators are now in contact and working together by “taking a closer look at everything.” Anne Arundel police officials did not respond to several calls for comment. “She was a loving, trusting person,” Marguerite Morris said. “The emotional abuse that she endured robbed her of so much of life … she discovered it was just a sham to get money.” Although military officials said they did not have specific information about the case, Capt. Christopher Foreman, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, confirmed that if Goodwin brought his marriage license to Fort Bragg, he could have filed paperwork to receive additional pay meant for his spouse and the right to live off the base. The inquiry is higher-level than an internal investigation by a commanding officer and can last weeks or months. “The investigation and allegations are being taken seriously by the military,” Foreman said, adding, “There’s a lot of unanswered questions.” According to a WRAL.com report from Fort Bragg, Goodwin was stationed in Afghanistan but was granted emergency leave after Morris’ death. Goodwin contended the allegations were false and said, “I have nothing to hide. I support the Army. I love the Army,” according to the May 23 article. Foreman declined to reach Goodwin or release his contact information and the phone
number of an Isaac Goodwin living in Blythewood, S.C., where Marguerite Morris said he lived, was disconnected. Sam Cojolo, a friend who previously dated Katherine Morris, said the couple’s relationship had always been “rocky” since she met Goodwin at a club last February and began dating him a few months later. In a Facebook note posted on March 16, 2011, Morris wrote that she suffered verbal and emotional abuse from a man, who was unnamed, and that “as dumb and infatuated as she may have been at least she finally woke up and saw things for what they really were.” “It didn’t take him playing mind games and cussing her out for little things and him belittling her … to get her to be there for him and to remain by his side and to wait for him while he was gone to the field, or deployed to
“Kathy never came across as depressed because she was just quiet, that was just in her nature.” JUANITA LONG KATHERINE MORRIS’ COUSIN
Kuwait, or off to school to get his promotions,” she wrote. “[It] didn’t take him slowly draining the life out of her.” Last August, however, Morris married Goodwin in secret in a Fairfax, Va., courthouse, according to her mother. Cojolo said Katherine did not tell him about the marriage until he heard about it secondhand and confronted her in church that same week.
“I think she just wanted to wait to tell everybody that she was married,” said Cojolo. “I’m not even sure if she told anybody else afterwards.” Marguerite Morris met Goodwin once in August, but did not know about her daughter’s marriage until late December, when Katherine was hospitalized after threatening suicide. Marguerite Morris had not heard from Katherine in several days, and she decided to send her an email demanding a response; when Katherine answered her mother about Dec. 22, she also admitted she was thinking about suicide. Morris later told her mother she was married to Goodwin. Juanita Long, Katherine Morris’ cousin, said her family was surprised but did not press her for information because Morris had always been reserved. “Kathy never came across as depressed because she was just quiet, that was just in her nature,” Long said. “ I knew she was seeing somebody, that she’d lost a lot of weight. When I asked her about it she said she was just trying to be healthy. … That was the only indicating factor for me that there was anything going on.” Marguerite Morris said she and her family gave Katherine their support and understanding in the months after her hospitalization. She helped her daughter follow medical recommendations for her depression and, more recently, with making plans for the future. “I saw that she wasn’t happy, she was going through something that was tearing her up inside, and we did whatever we could to do help her hold onto life,” Marguerite Morris said. “I wish I wasn’t part of this club, but I can’t turn this back.”
Making the rounds Justice at Maryland members visited university staff working night shifts to lend security, support BY CHAD SINCLAIR Staff writer
At 4 a.m. every Thursday morning, hours after the bars on Route 1 made their last call, Justice at Maryland’s “A.M. Crew” was just getting started. The group, which typically consisted of four to five students each week, felt compelled to take action and help protect workers after several Facilities Management staff members came forward with allegations of workplace harassment and abuse last year. The allegations spurred several public forums and a Human Resources investigation that led to a 60-page report directed by the provost’s office. For several months, the students spent two hours a week walking through the academic buildings that surround McKeldin Mall to ensure the workers were safe on their early morning rounds. Although the report outlined nine recommendations to improve working conditions, A.M. Crew members believed the only way to ensure workers feel safer in their environments is to be with them during their shifts. “This is the time of day where workers are most vulnerable to abuse, and my presence can act as a form of security that will reassure the workers we are trying to look out for them,” A.M. Crew member Tim BaldaufLenschen said. “We’re another set of eyes so workers know that they’re not alone.”
email@example.com As they are every morning, the halls of the buildings on May 10 are hollow and dark, vaguely resembling the space students occupy during the day. But while most students are still sleeping, staff members are busy cleaning the hallways and classrooms and maintaining the campus’ buildings. The A.M. Crew’s first stop is Jimenez Hall, where they meet two female workers who are collecting trash on the third floor. Neither speaks English, so A.M. Crew member SiSi Reid introduces herself in Spanish, explains why the group is there and makes it a point to express how much they care. Before they leave, Reid hands
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each of the women a double-sided flier — one side written in English, the other side in Spanish — that explains the details of new computer literacy classes Justice at Maryland is offering. The A.M. Crew began in the fall semester with members of Feminism Without Borders leading the way. However, last semester Baldauf-Lenschen and others took over the responsibility of making sure the workers feel safe, even if it means waking up in the early hours of the morning. “I realize that workers probably go through that same feeling of not wanting to wake up every morning,” Baldauf-Lenschen said. “This is only once a week for me, so I tell myself that I have no reason not to be out here if they have to go through this every day.” By 5 a.m., the crew finishes its walk-through of Symons Hall, but does not find any workers. As they move toward the other side of the mall, the sun begins to break over the tops of the trees. Reid hums as the group walks, trying to match melody with lyric for an A.M. Crew theme song. “We walk, we stride, we search, don’t hide, one group, we stand, we walk, with pride,” she raps. A.M. Crew member Modesta Agbemaple says it’s only possible to understand the workers’ plight if she sees firsthand what conditions they face. “I wanted to be able to experi-
ence talking to these workers and seeing their working environment,” Agbemaple said. “The first time I went I was just blown away.” The final stop for the crew is Tydings Hall, which Reid says is one of her favorite places to talk with workers. On the third floor, a male worker — pushing a trash can with one hand, carrying a broom with the other — comes out of a classroom with a gratified look on his face. “I really appreciate the acknowledgment,” he says, after each member of the crew thanks him for his hard work. “Especially [you] coming out this early, because I know that this is your time, aside from studying. This means a lot.” On the crew’s way out, Reid spots a worker she spoke with earlier. As they turn to leave, the woman says in broken English, “I’ll be calling you guys, because I want those computer classes.” Two hours after they began, with the sun now shining brightly on the mall, the crew reflects on the morning’s work with a sense of accomplishment and pride, hoping that while others were fast asleep, they made a difference in several workers’ lives. “They feel like someone actually cares for them when we do this,” Agbemaple said. “Being able to see that smile on their face as we leave is worth waking up for in the morning.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jill Witmer was one of five Terps named to the U.S. Under-21 team on Monday. She joins Maxine Fluharty, Katie Gerzabek, Natalie Hunter and Ali McEvoy.
OLYMPICS from page 10 “I think the high level of play and playing with the best players we can play with every day and the commitment of everyone to do better helps us with the [Olympic tryouts],”
TOWNSEND from page 10 limited experience with players of his caliber, and it was just fun to watch him play, so I never really thought about the next level for him.” Townsend operated on another level from his high school teammates, Carmien said, so he was forced to develop the mental aspects of his game. “He always had a lot of talent, but as a high school kid, he was pretty precocious,” Carmien said. “Arrogance is part of being a really good athlete. I don’t know of many athletes
McEvoy said. “I think [I step up to better competition] because I think sometimes everyone has a tendency to relax when they’re playing [worse competition].” The athletes were separated into eight teams, each playing in five games. Fluharty, Gerzabek, McEvoy and Witmer, O’Donnell
and current assistant and former player Dina Rizzo were all on the Mid-Atlantic squad. Terps legend Carla Tagliente coached the North team, Hunter was on the California unit, and former goalie Melissa Vassalotti played for New Jersey, which won its fourth consecutive title in the event.
“I have been here so long that I would love nothing more than to showcase this sport regionally,” Meharg said. “It’s an amazing game, and what we’re seeing here right now is just that.” For Meharg, who has coached the program for the past 25 years, the event gave
that don’t carry themselves in a different way. Casey went through some growing pains in high school.” But something clicked for Townsend during his junior year, as he led the Titans to the Class A state championship en route to his first of two Michigan Mr. Soccer awards. At that time, Carmien began to understand that Townsend could be much more than just another successful high school player. Townsend enjoyed one of the most decorated careers in Terps histor y. He averaged a point a game or better in three of his four seasons, won a national title as a fresh-
man in 2008 and notched a career-high 36 points as a senior last year. “Coming out of high school, he was ‘the guy,’” Swaim said. “A lot of people drop off throughout college, but he just took his level and raised it a whole bunch.” Of course, it helped that Townsend played in the highly competitive ACC, which has produced five of the past seven College Cup winners. He was forced to face MLS-caliber talent, a task he said helped make his transition to the next level that much easier. “The quality in the ACC is from top to bottom,” Townsend said. “It’s a really good league,
probably the best in the country in my opinion. When you’re playing against the best players every week, it prepares you for another level.” Townsend has already achieved his lifelong goal of reaching MLS. But if the past 22 years are any indication, he isn’t content with simply making it. He wants to dominate. “You expect a certain level and then he one-ups you. I think right now he’s performing as expected,” Swaim said. “As time goes on, he’s only going to get better and he’s only going to raise that bar.” email@example.com
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her a rare opportunity to simply sit back and watch the competition on her home turf, free of the pressures of leading the team on the field. She liked what she saw. Two of her former players are headed to London to play for the U.S. national team, and five of her current players gave per-
formances worthy of a selection to the under-21 team. “It’s an honor to have ‘USA Field Hockey’ written all over this facility in conjunction with ‘Maryland Field Hockey,’” Meharg said. “I’m so honored to be here.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Chivas USA selected Casey Townsend with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK
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Two former Terps make Olympic team Five current players named to U-21 squad BY RHIANNON WALKER Staff writer
The Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is no stranger to hosting the nation’s top talents. Its bright green AstroTurf has been the site of two NCAA Field Hockey Championships and is home to a Terrapins field hockey program that has won five of the last seven national titles. This month, the facility hosted arguably the largest single group of talent in its nine-year history. One hundred and forty-four of the best field hockey players in the country gathered in College Park for the Women’s National Championship and, perhaps more importantly, the U.S. Olympic team trials. For current Terps Maxine Fluharty, Katie Gerzabek, Natalie Hunter, Ali McEvoy and Jill Witmer, the eight-day event was an opportunity to face off against some of the game’s top players as they prepare to defend their 2011 national championship this fall. As for former Terps Katie O’Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo? It was simply a chance to showcase their abilities once more before the 2012 Olympics begin in July. Puzo, a 2001 graduate and mother of two children, is returning to the international stage at the age of 33. O’Donnell, on the other hand, is making her first Olympic appearance after coming up just short of making the team in 2008. Both were officially selected to the Olympic team by coach Lee Bodimeade on Monday. “Having been an Olympian, I think for [Puzo] it’s a matter of her getting her feet under her and being back in the competitive realm,” Terps coach Missy Meharg said. “And for Katie O’Donnell, she missed out the first time, and if you’ve met with her and you’ve talked to her, she doesn’t forget it. Every step she takes and every effort she makes is with that memory.” The five current Terps were also honored after the week’s competition. They were all named to the U.S. Under-21 team that will compete in the Junior Pan American Games and Junior World Cup later this year.
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Casey Townsend, a MAC Hermann trophy semifinalist last season, has started three games as a rookie for Chivas USA.
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Netting the ultimate goal After stellar Terps career, Townsend finding his way with Chivas USA BY DANIEL GALLEN Senior staff writer
On March 17, Casey Townsend stepped onto the field at the Home Depot Center as a starter for the first time for Chivas USA. It was almost four months since he last suited up for the Terrapins men’s soccer team, and just eight weeks since Chivas made him the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. As he stood for the national anthem and surveyed the
field, the fans and his fellow players, it all sunk in: He had made it. He had achieved his lifelong goal of playing professional soccer. But for those who knew Townsend long before Chivas made him a top selection in mid-January, the imminence of that touchstone moment had been clear from the start. “With all due respect to Casey, he had it coming the entire way,” said Will Swaim, a former Terps goalkeeper who shared an apartment
with Townsend last season. “So with all the hard work and dedication he’s put in throughout the years, there isn’t anybody more deserving than he is.” And while he has played only 19 minutes since April 1 and hasn’t appeared in an MLS game since April 28, Townsend said he already feels acclimated to the pro game — a reality largely due to Chivas’ stable of veterans. “We have a lot of veteran guys on our team that have been around the block a cou-
ple times,” Townsend said. “You can look at the Juan Pablo [Angels] and Alejandro Morenos that play my position that I try to learn from. They’ve been there for me, and when I’ve needed advice, they’ll always answer my question when I need it.” Townsend made his mark during his second career start on March 24 at Real Salt Lake. The former MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist netted the only goal in a 1-0 Chivas win, playing the full 90 minutes. Chivas is 4-6-3, good
enough for sixth place in MLS’ nine-team Western Conference. Townsend has appeared in seven games, starting three. “It’s very strange,” said Jason Carmien, Townsend’s coach at Traverse City West High School in Michigan. “We live in a small community in Michigan. We live in northern Michigan. It’s not necessarily a place where you’d see professional athletes grow up. I have had a
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