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THE DIAMONDBACK Our 100TH Year, No. 143
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Furloughs hit for third straight year Required days off for university’s state employees will save $10.2 million in salary costs BY ALICIA MCCARTY For The Diamondback
A section of Campus Drive will be closed to traffic in order to determine if the area could become a pedestrian plaza in the future. MATTHEW CREGER/THE
The university’s state employees will face a third straight year of furloughs, a move that will save $10.2 million in salary expenses. All state-employed faculty and staff members will be required to take furlough days on Dec. 23, during winter break, and March 24, during spring
break. Employees who make $50,000 or more will be required to take additional furlough days based on their salaries, with those who make at least $250,000 taking the maximum 10 furlough days. After the state and the Board of Regents demanded a spending cut, university President Dan Mote and his office worked with the University Senate and local unions to cre-
succeeded in avoiding further layoffs, and while many employees will experience some reduction in furlough days, furloughs remain with us for another year.” “Asking employees to sacrifice and tighten belts for one year is difficult, to do it three years in a row is really tough,” state Delegate John
ate the furlough plan, according to Vice President for Administrative Affairs Ann Wylie. Mote announced the furlough plan in an e-mail to the university community Tuesday. “I did my best to communicate the detrimental impacts of furloughs on the morale of our staff and faculty following two salary reduction cycles and no salary adjustments,” Mote wrote. “Alas, while we have
see FURLOUGHS, page 3
Campus Drive closure starts on Saturday
No hanging on High-tech license plate scanning system to replace plastic parking permits
Part of road will be shut for eight weeks BY SOHAYL VAFAI
BY JULIE BAUGHMAN
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Signs, police officers and physical barriers will remind motorists of the university’s plan to close a section of Campus Drive to private vehicles for eight weeks starting this Saturday, officials said, but some students remain unhappy with the idea of restricting access to the roadway. From June 19 through Aug. 13, the university will shut off the street from Cole Field House to the “M” traffic circle to test a component of the university’s long-term plans that calls for turning that stretch of roadway into a pedestrian plaza. “The closure has been on the master plan for over 20 years, and instead of updating it like we did all the other years, we decided to take action,” Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Frank Brewer said, noting that Saturday’s closure is only part of a pilot program. “We’re following the ‘crawl before you walk’ philosophy,” Brewer said. “If the plan is successful, then we might pick an academic semester to try out.” In April, officials announced plans to close the road to all through traffic, then scaled back their plan last month to allow buses to use the road during the first four weeks of the closure. Motorists can also access the University Health Center in an emergency. Concrete barriers will narrow the entrance to Campus Drive but will allow buses and emergency vehicles access to the roadway, according to University Police Capt. Laura Dyer, who is managing the public safety response to the closure. Small plastic barriers that buses and emergency vehicles can
Students will no longer be issued plastic permits when they register for fall parking thanks to a DOTS decision to implement license-plate scanners that verify whether cars are parked in their assigned lots. Under the new Campus License Plate Recognition system, students will only register their car — entering its year, make, model and license-plate number into a Department of Transportation Services database. Cameras mounted to parking-enforcement vehicles will scan parked cars’ license plates and match them against GPS coordinates to see if they are legally parked. If a car is not parked in the correct lot, the GPS system will beep and that car will get a ticket, DOTS officials said. The cameras work “like a supermarket scanner” to read license plates, DOTS Director David Allen said, adding that eliminating the plastic tags will save the department an estimated $60,000 a year and will keep 50,000 pieces of plastic from being dumped into a landfill. Students can register up to two cars at a time per permit and can change either of those cars in the database as needed, calling a 24-hour hotline to temporarily add a car in an emergency. Still, only one car can park on the campus at a time; if two cars registered to the same permit were to park on the campus at the same time, the permit holder would risk a $300 fine. Several students who park on the campus said they had little objection to the change. “I don’t think it makes that much of a difference,” said Esther Lee, a junior public health major. Junior biology-psychology major Nicodeme Wanko, however, said he appreciated the new system’s flexibility of allowing multiple cars per permit, because it allows
see CAMPUS DRIVE, page 8
see PERMITS, page 3
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More students seek offcampus housing earlier
A ‘visionary’ until the end
Housing fair showcases options
Huskamp served as OIT head BY RICHARD ABDILL Staff writer
Jeff Huskamp may have been dying, but the university vice president in charge of OIT wasn’t going to let cancer and the aftereffects of two motorcycle accidents stop him from trying to make sure the university would remain in capable hands. Huskamp, who headed the Office of Information Technology since 2004 and also served in other administrative roles at the university, died May 27 at age 60 — but only after making sure his work would continue. “I had a meeting with Dr.
Huskamp on Wednesday, two days before he died,” said Joseph JaJa, who was appointed interim vice president and chief information officer last week. “He wanted to make sure to tell me about the vision for this campus.” That vision — to promote both ambitious research and ongoing improvement to university IT systems — is what everyone seems to remember, along with Huskamp’s love of the university. Colleagues, including university President Dan Mote and Provost Nariman Farvardin spoke at Huskamp’s June 1 memorial service at the Memorial Chapel.
BY SARON YITBAREK For The Diamondback
Jeff Huskamp died May 27 of cancer and injuries from two prior motorcycle accidents. COURTESY OF OIT
“The day before he died we met for an hour in my office to discuss OIT and his plans for the fall,” Mote said at the service, according to his prepared remarks. “He could not think any other way.” This thinking is what led Huskamp to become heavily involved in a myriad of capacities within the university administration; in addition to being in the
president’s cabinet and chairing the university’s Information Technology Council, Huskamp was involved in numerous committees across several departments, including a spot as chairman of the once-per-decade NCAA re-accreditation review of university athletics. “Jeff always said ‘yes’ when
see HUSKAMP, page 8
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Although Department of Resident Life officials say an increasing number of students are looking for rental homes and apartments near the campus, you’d never know it from the university’s Off-Campus Living Fair. Turnout at the second fair on June 9 — 85 property managers manning tables in the Stamp Student Union’s Colony Ballroom, meeting with about 133 students — is consistent with past years’ attendance, officials said, but more and more students are seeking out housing before summer. At the fair, Kimberly James, a DIVERSIONS . . . . .6 SPORTS . . . . . . . . .10
Long & Foster real estate agent who has attended the fair for the last four years, also noted the difference in student behavior. “They’ve started looking sooner,” James said. “I have kids calling me in December for June, July move-in dates. Most of the stuff that’s really close to campus is gone by now.” Because freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing, rooms are made available to other students based on the size of the incoming freshman class. While waiting for the tally of freshmen seeking on-campus housing, officials said, Resident Life must use a rough estimate
see FAIR, page 7
THE DIAMONDBACK | NEWS | THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
Police brutality concerns aired at forum Panelists, attendees distrust county police’s ability to monitor itself BY RICHARD ABDILL Staff writer
Varying degrees of quiet outrage simmered at an ACLU forum on law enforcement June 15, with panelists and attendees agreeing on one fundamental matter: Something was very wrong with the Prince George’s County Police. About 60 people, none of whom appeared to be college age, attended the annual “Who is policing you? Past, present and future” forum hosted by the Prince George’s County and Montgomery County chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union. The discussion centered around the argument that county police could not be trusted to adequately perform an internal review of improper conduct. Two of the three panelists, Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo and private investigator Sharon Weidenfeld, used their time to argue for outside oversight of county police, while Sgt. Rafael Hylton from the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office alternated between saying, “We have to fix it” and claiming the internal affairs system was working. Many attendees said the unique docket of panelists was
what drew them to the forum: Calvo made international headlines when a SWAT team raided his home and shot his family’s two dogs. Calvo and his wife were accused of being involved in a drug smuggling ring — charges that were later proved to be completely false. He spoke mostly about the perceived overuse of the SWAT “paramilitary units” in the county but also spoke at length, being politely cut off by organizers several times, about the lack of independent oversight. “The police can’t oversee themselves any better than the banks can or the oil companies can,” Calvo said after the forum. “That’s the situation we have now.” Weidenfeld is investigating whether police brutality occurred during the riot that followed the March 3 Duke game on behalf of several students injured that night. Public opinion thus far has been split between those who charge police with inappropriate use of force and others who say students acted unreasonably and posed a threat to public safety. Weidenfeld supported Calvo’s arguments throughout the discussion. “The officers know there’s
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no accountability,” said Weidenfeld, who has been working as a private investigator since the 1980s. “It’s the police policing the police.” Hylton, a retired Prince George’s County police officer with 33 years of service, was a major draw for the event, attendees said, because it’s rare for a member of law enforcement to be at forums on police conduct. Calvo said it was the first time a member of the sheriff’s department had voluntarily shared a stage with him. Hylton, who is running for county sheriff, repeatedly said “something went wrong” with police accountability over previous decades, but he shook hands more than he answered questions, and he offered no concrete plans to reform the system. At times, he attempted to defend the current system of investigations. “We will not permit this type of behavior,” Hylton said, before extolling the virtues of an internal affairs system many feel does not put citizens first, giving the benefit of the doubt to officers whose actions may effectively go unchecked. After the talk, he elaborated and said that if elected, he would encourage county leaders to “sit down and talk about what’s
happening.” David Lange, a 74-year-old Bowie resident, wasn’t satisfied with some of the answers voiced during the discussion. “I’m still astounded at the abuse of power by the Prince George’s County Police and Sheriff’s Department. ... There was a very stark dichotomy tonight,” said Lange, who attends the university under the Golden ID program, which allows state retirees to take classes. Calvo called the system of internal investigation a “joke” and said it was “not a real process,” adding that responsible oversight is key even in systems that function well. “If you don’t have that in any system, you’re going to have problems,” he said. “In a troubled system like Prince George’s County, you can’t even turn the corner.” Weidenfeld agreed, referencing a video that surfaced after the riot of university student John McKenna being beaten by police. “If they’re beating university students with nightsticks while cameras are rolling,” Weidenfeld said, “what are they doing elsewhere in the county?” firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos of a student beaten during the March riot on Route 1 were passed around for the audience to better understand the severity of the injuries allegedly caused by police. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
CORRECTIONS Due to editing errors, an article in The Diamondback’s June 10 issue misstated the names of Erika Poindexter and Dennis Passarella George. Another article misattributed a statement to Stephen Canterbury; it was actually spoken by Brendan McCormick.
THE DIAMONDBACK | NEWS | THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
Student arrested, charged with disorderly conduct off campus Police say student threw newspaper box into city street panion — Alexander Frederick Boyd, 21 — did not run from the officer and was also For The Diamondback charged, Dillon said, adding A university student could that “alcohol was involved.” A disorderly conduct convicface up to 60 days in jail after allegedly picking up and throw- tion has a maximum penalty of a ing a construction barrel and a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, Dillon said. McKevitt will Washington Examiner face no academic connewspaper box along sequences because College Avenue early the alleged incident last Wednesday, occurred off the campolice said. pus, he added. University Police In another disorcharged 21-year-old derly conduct inciColin McKevitt, of dent, junior Joseph Laurel, with disorMcQuillen pleaded derly conduct, guilty earlier this spokesman Paul DilCOLIN month for participatlon said. ing in the riot that folAccording to Dil- MCKEVITT lon, a university police UNIVERSITY STUDENT lowed the March 3 Duke basketball officer went to investigate a crashing noise in the game. McQuillen accepted a plea 4500 block of College Avenue — just across Route 1 from the bargain in which his $500 fine university in downtown College and 60-day sentence are susPark — and saw a man drop the pended, meaning that he only red metal newspaper box into needs to pay and ser ve jail time if he is convicted of the street. The man, with a companion, repeating the offense. He then began carrying around a must also pay court costs and construction barrel and ran perform 20 hours of commuaway when the officer told him nity ser vice, according to to stop, Dillon said. Police then Joseph Lamari, his attorney. On the night of the riot, caught up to McKevitt nearby McQuillen was seen attempting on Princeton Avenue. McKevitt’s non-student com- to light a Duke jersey on fire BY MARIA ROMAS AND SARON YITBAREK
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Cameras mounted on parking enforcement vehicles, such as the one above, will scan license plates this fall to determine if a car is legally parked. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
PERMITS from page 1 students to drive a different car if they are unable to drive the car they have primarily registered for any reason. According to DOTS Assistant to the Director Beverly Malone, the money DOTS saves will be used for various projects throughout the university that would have other wise caused an increase in the price of parking permits this fall. Parking rates remain unchanged at $217 a year for commuters and $419 for on-campus students. The loss of the hanging
FURLOUGHS from page 1 Bohanan said of the furloughs. Bohanan, who works with higher education issues at the state level, said furloughs are a “tough pill to swallow” but a better alternative to hundreds of layoffs, which will be avoided by the plan. English professor Maynard Mack said the furlough plan is as fair as possible and protects those who earn the least. Mack, who has been at the university since 1974, said this is the first time in his memory that furloughs have been implemented three years in a row. “This is the worst economy since the ’30s, so we all simply have to accept that until state
“To have a job at all these days is appreciated.” MAYNARD MACK ENGLISH PROFESSOR
parking tag means a change for university police officers, who wave cars with permits through the university’s nighttime security checkpoints without recording their license-plate numbers and requiring identification from drivers. As a replacement, DOTS will offer student permit-hold-
“We’ll be the first in the country ... to have this kind of technology.” DAVID ALLEN
ers a small sticker with an “M” that they can place on the lower driver-side windshield, Allen said. Only students will be using the license-plate registration system this fall, but Allen said he hopes to transition faculty and staff away from plastic permits as well in the near future, in favor of the system the DOTS website bills as “the future of parking.” “We’ll be the first in the countr y … to have this kind of technology,” Allen said. Undergraduate fall-parking registration opened yesterday at www.transpor tation.umd.edu.
revenue starts going up again, we have to get by with less,” Mack said. “I desperately hope the state will not use this downturn as an excuse for weakening its already comparatively thin support for its flagship campus.” In terms of staff morale and recruitment, Mack said he does not see the furlough plan having any major effects, as many other schools across the country face similar budget reductions. “To have a job at all these days is appreciated,” Mack said. But Cynthia Shaw, chairwoman of the senate’s staff affairs committee, thinks the furloughs will have an impact on university employees. “This will definitely lower staff morale and affect retention as staff may seek employment elsewhere. It will impact recruitment as well; if new employees cannot expect market-value compensation for their work, they will not want to come here,” Shaw said. Shaw nonetheless praised the plan for being fair to all employees and for addressing issues that arose last
“This will definitely lower staff morale and affect retention as staff may seek employment elsewhere.” CYNTHIA SHAW SENATE STAFF AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN
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hese pages have historically been critical of DOTS, to say the least. pass a penny of savings on to the consumer, it’s always a hard pill to swallow. A front-page April Fools’ edition article that painted Director David Though DOTS is surely working on other initiatives this year, it would have Allen as a villain, “laugh[ing] maniacally from the peak of a moun- been nice for students to see even a token amount of those savings. Beyond that, the new system theoretically will close the window on the tain made of gold dubloons” sums up the general characterization of the department as a greedy, money-grubbing entity with a reckless disregard time-honored tradition of the underhanded and technically illegal sharing of for students. Yet, in the interest of credit where it’s due, the department’s The parking passes among students. Especially during the summer, students who plan to spend a few months away often pass their hanging permits on to Future of Parking campaign is actually a pretty good idea. The Department of Transportation Services is putting forth a new cheaper, friends, especially those who commute to the campus for summer jobs and don’t want to spend $15 a day, $40 for a pack of 10 daily greener system called Campus License Plate Recognition, passes or $107 for a commuter pass ($206 if the student effective this fall for students and soon after for faculty and lives on campus), just so they can come here to work or staff. Instead of receiving a hanging permit, students will attend class. Now that it seems this loophole has been have their cars’ license plates scanned by DOTS enforceDOTS’ The Future of fixed, DOTS should look for a more affordable way for nonment workers with cameras mounted on their vehicles. Parking campaign is a permit-holding students to park on the campus without payThe futuristic technology, according to Allen, will save the department money and stop the yearly flow of the plastic step in the right direction, ing an arm and a leg. The common thread to complaints about on-campus permits into landfills. but students should be parking is, has been and always will be the expense. In the DOTS has obviously thought this one through — allowreaping some benefits. fall, resident students will have to shell out $419 to park for ing for two cars to be registered per permit makes it easier the semester. Students will remain disgruntled at exorbifor students who have to deal with sudden car breakdowns, and the money saved by the department is reportedly what kept the tant ticket fees. And perhaps there will be more Allen vignettes on this page. cost of a permit for next school year from increasing. However, there are still The switch to The Future of Parking is, overall, positive. But what it doesn’t do, and what DOTS has never done, is really connect to students. In the end, a few areas to improve. First of all, despite the claim that parking rates remaining the same this the campaign works for the department and for the university’s carbon footschool year is a win for students, when a business saves $60,000 and doesn’t print. But students should feel like they’re getting something out of it, too.
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Editorial cartoon: Jacob Buchanan
Cover letters: I might be dating myself
ince graduation, I have spent most of my time job hunting. However, that sweet, elusive paycheck always seems to just evade my grasp. It might be because most entry-level jobs require too much experience. How am I supposed to get experience if I can’t get experience because I don’t have enough experience? Or it could be because of my cover letters. Cover letters scare me, and they should scare you, too. I’ll tell you why. I know the secret. It’s because they’re akin to an online dating profile. Really, how many people are good at those? Both make you try to sell yourself in a limited space and are the only representation that the potential match will see, and thus everything — I mean EVERYTHING — is riding on this one shortened description of who you are and why you’re qualified enough to be the right choice. The format of both is basically the
RASTOGI same with slight differences. For cover letters, you should specify the position for which you’re applying, but with dating profiles, it’s understood that you’re applying for the position of date or future-love-interest. Otherwise, both still need to start off with an intriguing fact or opening to make the reader want to continue — something interesting and beckoning but not too lascivious, because you want to come off as classy, not trashy. In a dating profile, that’s frequently along the lines of, “I’m awesome, and let me tell you why” or, “Writing about myself isn’t some-
thing that comes naturally, and I’ve never done a dating profile before, but don’t doubt my awesomeness because … ” or, “I’m not awesome, but you should still date me.” A cover letter is harder because it can’t be as creative, but you still have to be artful. It’s a hard skill that I’m still mastering. So, it should read something along the lines of, “My name is Sir Reginald Farnsworth, and I would like to be considered for the position of Senior Vice President of Mushroom Development. I have a doctorate in mushroomology and have been a world crusader for mushroom rights for the past 12 years.” After that you’re supposed to list your qualifications and end on a positive note that begs the reader to respond. With dating profiles, that’s easy. Something flirty and fun along the lines of, “You should message me if you enjoy playful banter, banjo, bagpipe and organ trios, and if kelp is
your favorite sandwich topper.” But cover letters are harder. A cover letter ending isn’t as stressful. It’s more like “As Senior Vice President of Mushroom Development, I could better serve the mushroom industry by creating a healthier public option.” And then comes the wait. It’s easier with a dating profile because you can see who views you and have a somewhat easier time understanding if or when someone will respond to your message or if they liked you enough to write back. A callback for a job application? Well, that’s harder to wait for. It’s a lot of waiting and hoping, with a lot more riding on it. A reply to a message on a dating site might feel good. But I’ll let you know how a callback from a job feels when I get one. Shruti Rastogi graduated in May with a degree in journalism. She can be reached at email@example.com.
College Park summer: Night on the ghost town
his summer, I’ve realized what a small world College Park is, because I can’t go to 7-Eleven to pathetically buy three tubs of ice cream and rent Shutter Island from Redbox without running into at least six people I know and actually remember meeting. This is a blessing and a curse because I recently tripped over a large yellow lab outside of Chipotle and have four witnesses who feel the need to make fun of me until the end of time (“Hey, watch out for that curb, Bethany.”) Even a nearby dog owner thought it was hilarious, so it must have been funny, because I basically kicked his dog, and usually people frown upon that. When I told a freshman friend I was staying in College Park for the summer, he looked at me like I had committed some kind of blasphemy. “It’ll be a ghost town,” he commented. I tried to explain that it’s a fun ghost town, where I can actually
find parking, there’s no line at Chipotle and the campus isn’t like a wind tunnel. What he didn’t understand is that it’s a beautiful alternate universe, purely populated by upperclassmen doing responsible things such as interning at law firms and going to dollar pitcher night at Thirsty Turtle. When else can you take three days off to go to an Ocean City trailer park, sneak into a swim-up pool bar and accidentally hit a toddler in the face with a Frisbee on the beach? The other thing about this summer is the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which gives acquaintances free rein to trash talk as I walk by wearing my English flag cape (I’m English). It also means I get questions such as, “When did they change the English flag? It looks funny.” England, seriously? It’s Britain. Now’s a good time to tell you that the words “English” and “British” are not always interchangeable. I’ve met unusually large gatherings of Brits at the bars lately,
WYNN so try to remember that one when you’re five beers deep. Unfortunately, the World Cup has brought out some kind of patriotism I never knew I had, wherein I actually know the players’ names and don’t just comment on David Beckham’s latest haircut. (Beckham employed the stank face throughout the game, even during the parts when the Englishmen were kicking Americans in the chest, face and shins. So, most parts.) That game was the worst, only worsened by my phone delivering me the New York Post’s next-day headline of, “USA WINS! 1-1.” I don’t care if you think I’m a bandwagon fan, because if you
say you watch competitive swimming any other time than the Olympics, you’re a goddamn liar. I’ve even managed to travel into Washington lately, which I never do during the semester. On Thursdays, there are half-price sangria pitchers in Chinatown, which culminated in my friends and I running up a $140 tab. Luckily, the restaurant’s computers went down, and they literally told us to “Just leave without paying.” I can’t make this stuff up. So we left a $45 tip and skipped back to College Park with the kind of glee only two basically free pitchers of sangria each can bring you. So there you have it. College Park and its surrounding areas — minus the parts where people rob Biblestudy groups — are awesome. H.A.G.S. Bethany Wynn is a senior French and sociology major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ife is full of important choices. There are good choices, and there are bad choices, and what you choose can make all the difference. My life is an exercise in making bad choices. It started early. When I was a kid, I used to love playing with my sister’s EASY-BAKE Oven, mostly because I was so damned good at using it. I felt like I could cook just about anything under that light bulb. And while the other boys my age were busy playing catch with their dads or accidentally swallowing pieces of their action figures, I donned a chef’s hat and a mini-apron and baked cookies in my basement all day. Eventually, the other kids in the neighborhood caught wind of my favorite little pastime, thereby ending my social life forever. And even though I eventually lost interest in the EASY-BAKE Oven, I never stopped being that kid who played with his sister’s toys. I tried so hard to shed that stupid label: I started working out, I joined a pee-wee football team, and I even threw away my apron and chef’s hat, which proved to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. But I had to do it, because I made a bad choice. And I continued making bad choices all throughout my childhood. In junior high, I decided to become a punk. I don’t know where the idea came from, but seemingly overnight, I transformed myself into a miniature Sid Vicious. I dyed my hair and started wearing tube socks. I threw away all but my oldest, rattiest-looking T-shirts, and I began listening to bands that I thought sounded punk: Blink-182, New Found Glory and Simple Plan. My parents had no idea what to do with me, especially since they knew I wasn’t disruptive, anti-establishment or anything like a punk at all. I was just some kid with blue hair and a fauxhawk who still kissed his mom goodnight. I have no idea what possessed me to completely change my appearance — all I know is that when I see a picture of 13-year-old Mike Sanders nowadays, I cringe. Yeah, bad choice. In fact, I continue to make bad choices, even now, when I’m supposed to be responsible. I drink on school nights, I procrastinate on assignments, I major in U.S. history — all of these are bad choices. Or are they? Because the more I think about it, the more I realize how these “bad” choices have only led me to good things. I met two of my best friends during my “punk” phase, simply because they thought I was someone interesting, someone they should know. Yeah, I procrastinate on all my assignments, but I eventually get them done, and I almost always do well. Drinking on school nights may not be smart, but I’ve had some pretty fun times as a result, and I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything in the world. And my EASY-BAKE Oven obsession? Yeah, well, that was a bad choice. There is such a thing, you know. Mike Sanders is a senior history major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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spacious beats and airy delivery, Drake creates an overly relaxed mood. Whenever a composition of a more verbose nature, such as “Over,” enters the aural spectrum, it makes the song seem a good deal better than it is. Far-off strings drone through most tracks, sprinkled with soft synthesizer warbles and other keyboard treatments. Much like hiphop contemporary Kid Cudi, Drake raps his lines slow and focuses most of his energy on the songs’ often-catchy vocal hooks. Take “Unforgettable,” a track featuring Young Jeezy, with a minimalist beat that uses expansive reverberation and scant electric piano strokes to set its scene. It’s no more than interesting, but what holds the track together is the heterogeneous mix of voices patched together for the hook, which consistently feels longer than the verses. “Unforgettable” exemplifies another thematic element that shows up all over the album, this time lyrically. Drake can’t stop complaining about how rich he is — yes, he is convinced his rock-star life sucks, and it’s mostly the fault of all that money and fame. The worst part is his poor-
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In keeping with “keeping it real,” it needs to be said that the rap and hip-hop genres that have had a ubiquitous stranglehold on modern popular music have become a bit stale. It happens with every decade’s genre-of-themoment, like a not-so-majestic phoenix bursting into flames and crawling up from the ashes, albeit a bit differently. The human race and its arts have just left another decade behind — styles, fads and all. So it makes sense that Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later is a bit of a departure from what music listeners are used to — though it’s a little bit of a surprise coming from a rapper who seems to spend so much time with one of last decade’s rap gods, the currently incarcerated Lil Wayne. Difference doesn’t necessitate quality and Drake’s distinctive sound, both in the tone of his voice and the tone of the beats he chooses, is an acquired taste. Drake’s repertoire is all about chilling out, laying back and listening. Listeners won’t even find a mid-tempo song until track four, “Over,” but it’s all a trick. By permeating his album with
rich-boy shtick repeatedly produces subpar lines like, “I mean paparazzi on me/ trying not to get caught out/ they always seem to catch me/ with the woman that I brought out.” Astonishingly, Drake manages to rhyme “out” with “out” and continues to do so throughout the verse. The mood of Drake’s sound often works as a disservice to him. “Light Up” is perhaps the album’s mellowest track, led by quiet string arrangements placed cavernously about the soundscape and an utterly depressing organ chord progression. Sure, it fits on the album, but the track also marks a JayZ guest appearance and, in a sense, it is an utter waste. When the audience finally gets to Jay-Z’s verse, it won’t be too excited at what little the hip-hop phenomenon was able to do with the song. At this point, it seems rather clear that as intriguing a sound as Drake can muster, after a while, the experience becomes a bit drab. The big beats of the early 2000s are mostly replaced by erratic tin-can drums or sparse, deep and washed-out bass drum
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University to examine its impact on city College Park officials worry study’s findings could cost city tax revenue BY SAMANTHA WEKSTEIN For The Diamondback
College Park city officials are worried that a study on economic interdependence between the city and the university could be used to justify cutting the money it receives from university affairs. The City-University Economic Interdependence Study — commissioned by the university — is only in its early stages; the university still has not even sent out the criteria it will use to select a consultant to carry it out. University Vice President for Administrative Affairs Ann Wylie, who is responsible for the study, said she has only very general information about the study at this point, but it will essentially try to place a numerical value on relationships between the city
and the university. “Each of us benefits from the other, but also has ‘expenses’ associated with the interaction. We want to make those pluses and minuses clear,” Wylie wrote in an e-mail. But at a city council meeting earlier this month, District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich expressed the concern that potentially flawed methodology in the study could let the university draw conclusions that could be costly to the city. If the study determines the city benefits enough from the student body, Stullich said, they could stop paying “admissions and amusement taxes” to the city — a figure that represents upwards of $500,000 a year and a sizable chunk of College Park’s $12.7 million annual budget.
“It is difficult to quantify these kinds of costs. We are worried costs will be underestimated,” Stullich said. “Having [the revenue] taken away would be a huge burden on the city.” Wylie would not offer specifics about what the study would accomplish for either the city or the university. “For many years, there has been a good bit of misunderstanding on the part of both the university and the city about costs and benefits of each on the other,” Wylie wrote. “To build strong relationships, I believe we need to examine these issues in the light of real data. It is my goal to forge a partnership with the city to improve our city and our university.” But even as city officials said they were unhappy with the idea
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FAIR from page 1 as it offers space to returning students. Overestimating the size of the freshman class can result in more students than initially expected getting on-campus housing, whereas underestimating that number means more students will unexpectedly have to find somewhere else to live, and the possibility of being left with no housing has moved many students to sign leases well before the housing fairs begin. Eager to move off the campus, senior English major Jerin Horton ran just one search on Resident Life’s Off-Campus Housing Services’ “OCH101” rental-property database before finding housing, acting with a haste she said she soon regretted. “It was the worst experience I have ever had,” Horton said. “It looks nice when you’re desperate to get out. I wish I had someone to tell me to keep looking.” According to the fair’s organiz-
er Karlena Walker, giving students the opportunity to meet the landlords face-to-face is one of the primary objectives of the events, which are held in April, June and July. “It’s a great way for people to see each other,” Walker said. “For people who can’t come to the campus every day, having a central time where landlords will all be there is a bit easier.” For out-of-state students such as creative writing graduate student Shaun Gannon, the fair was an opportunity to meet landlords and explore housing options. “I was really surprised,” Gannon said. “I was kind of afraid it would be a lot of the bigger places and not have any room for the individuals renting out places, but I think there was a good variety so that everyone should be able to find something they’re looking for.” The third and final off-campus housing fair will take place July 17 at noon in the student union’s Colony Ballroom. firstname.lastname@example.org
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GSG calls for academic integrity lesson Grad students want information, representation on Honor Council BY SARAH MEEHAN For The Diamondback
Graduate students may need a primer on the university’s Code of Academic Integrity and the Student Honor Council needs to consider the effect of cultural differences on international students’ mindsets, according to resolutions passed last week by the GSG. As it is, Graduate Student Government officials said, academic integrity guidelines — on cheating, fabrication, plagiarism and facilitating academic dishonesty — are marketed most heavily to undergraduates, leaving many graduate students less aware of the university’s policies. At its last meeting of the academic year, the GSG formally requested not only that the university reach out to graduate students so they understand these rules, but also that more graduate students become involved in the Student Honor Council, the body that investigates charges of academic dishonesty against students. The Office of Student Conduct already tries to reach all students, said Andrea Goodwin, the
CAMPUS DRIVE from page 1 drive over will also be installed, she added. To prepare the university community for the new traffic pattern, Facilities Management has posted signs around the campus warning drivers to seek alternate routes. There are other signs that will guide motorists to Route 193 or Route 1, Dyer said. “We have signs up near all the entrances of the university announcing the closure,” Brewer said. “They’ve been up for over 10 days, and we’re continuing to put up signs.” Dyer said University Police will
office’s associate director. But because most cases the honor council hears involve undergraduates, it is more difficult to engage graduate students, she said. Nonetheless, she said, it is just as important that they understand the consequences of violating the university’s honor code. “I certainly agree with marketing the honor code more heavily to graduate students,” Goodwin said. The GSG also requested that international graduate students be given a more careful look when brought before the honor council, asking that at least one member of the six-person panel that determines the validity of these charges be a fellow international graduate student or a non-native English speaker. Because some international students were raised with cultural values that conflict with American academic standards, GSG Vice President for Legislative Affairs Karin French said cases involving international students can be better examined through the lens of a different culture as the honor council considers expulsion or other punishments. “They weren’t given the
same set of rules as to what is acceptable and unacceptable,” French said. Expulsion also can cause more serious consequences for international students because it may result in them losing their visas and being forced to leave the country within days, French added, so honor council decisions need to be indisputable in these cases. “When it’s an international student, it’s a very serious issue,” French said. Additionally, the GSG asked that non-native English-speaking students facing the honor council be provided with a translator so they can better understand the technical jargon used in hearings, which Goodwin said sounded feasible. “We certainly don’t want any of our students to be at a disadvantage, and certainly not due to a language barrier,” Goodwin said. At the meeting, the GSG also took steps toward addressing what officials described as the spotty attendance of many of its members during this year’s assembly meetings and a lack of communication between program representatives and the
GSG assembly. One meeting was even canceled earlier this year because not enough members were present. “Everybody shows up in the fall, and then it sort of tapers off throughout the semester,” said GSG Vice President for Academic Affairs Aaron Tobiason, which he said diminishes the body’s influence in university affairs. Under the new rules passed last week, GSG members can appoint a proxy representative to vote in their place if they must miss a meeting but are still required to attend at least half of the body’s eight to 10 annual assemblies. The GSG’s executive board was also granted the power to remove members with more than five absences. At last week’s meeting, the GSG also requested that the University Health Center create a Graduate Student Health Advisory Committee and passed a resolution supporting the creation of the graduate-undergraduate mentorship program that the body had discussed earlier in the school year.
likely direct motorists to Regents, Paint Branch or Preinkert drives, depending on their destination. Motorists who overlook or forget the signs will face police officers and concrete barriers redirecting them away from Campus Drive on Saturday, officials said. Police presence at Campus Drive will likely decrease over time, Dyer said. “Based on past experience, it’ll probably be three days until people change their habits,” Brewer said. “We’re not anticipating violators.” Drivers who do use Campus Drive during the closure period — except on July 4, when the road will be open to all traffic — may face a ticket, Dyer said.
Police will maintain a “patrolling area” around Campus Drive throughout the eight weeks, Dyer added. But despite the university’s preparations and its explanation for its plan, the upcoming closure is coming “out of the blue” to junior government and politics major Nathalie Karpati. “It’s the very artery of campus — the heartbeat of the system and the main transportation line,” Karpati said. “They never gave a reason for why they’re closing Campus Drive.” Throughout the closure period, Campus Drive will be served by two Shuttle-UM Campus Connector routes. Metrobuses will still be running normally Saturday but
will be rerouted around Comcast Center after four weeks. It will be more difficult for motorists throughout the eight-week closure, said Alex Mackel, a senior criminal justice major. “Speaking as a commuter, you’re canceling the main entrance of campus and making it more difficult for me to get to my lot,” Mackel said. Not all students disapprove of the university’s plan. Senior kinesiology major Cina Karodeh said the closure will be “constraining” but adds, “I could walk more easily to classes. Right now, I don’t expect cars to wait for me, and they can really slow me down.”
Jeff Huskamp, a university vice president, died last month after heading the Office of Information Technology since 2004. COURTESY OF SANDRA HUSKAMP
HUSKAMP from page 1 asked to serve,” Mote said. “I had to be careful not to ask too often.” His widow, Sandra Huskamp, also works at the university as an administrator in the school of engineering. “Jeff and Sandra did not just work at the university — they lived the university and wove themselves into its fabric in just six short years,” Mote said. Sandra said her husband was more than willing to be woven in. “He lived all over the country — great places — but Maryland is the place that became home,” she said. In addition to his widespread efforts at the university and national contributions to information technology, Huskamp leaves behind a different legacy outside the office. He spent his days at work wearing a suit and tie; he commuted home on a motorcycle wearing jeans and a leather jacket. He helped craft supercomputing proposals to national funding agencies; he went to biker rallies in Daytona, Myrtle Beach and Sturgis. And his home at this university inspired a series of custom motorcycle jobs; Huskamp had his Harley Fatboy motorcycle painted in Maryland colors and his one-ofa-kind helmet had the state seal on the back and “Terps” across the front.
Huskamp, a motorcycle rider since 1996, recently suffered two accidents in two years: In 2008, when he was struck by a car while standing near his motorcycle on the side of the road; and in November, when a parked car rolled into New Hampshire Avenue rush-hour traffic and caused a chain-reaction accident that left him pinned under a dump truck, Sandra Huskamp said. Even though he was not expected to survive the 2008 accident, Huskamp recovered from both crashes to return to work. Huskamp was born on Oct. 17, 1949, and was raised in Louisville, Ky. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees — in electrical engineering and computer science, respectively — from Purdue University and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. At this university, Huskamp is also credited with expanding and encouraging research that he hoped would put the university “ahead of technology, a leader instead of a follower,” according to the program handed out at the memorial service. He was, as Mote said, “a visionary.” JaJa will take over Huskamp’s administrative roles until a permanent replacement is selected by the provost. “He was very loyal to this campus,” JaJa said. “He really left it a much better place than he found it.” email@example.com
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speculation about the Terps’ direction. “I guess I could be surprised,” Yow said. “But, really, how does a founding member of the ACC leave it? Better to just be ready with our own choices if someone should leave for more money elsewhere.” Dollars were the driving force behind conference expansion, something that Maryland officials were quick to denounce. “It’s the almighty dollar that’s running the show,” Board of Regents member Tom McMillen told The Baltimore Sun. “For Maryland to go into the Big Ten, [consider] just the travel. You might as well forget about those kids going to class.” As the Big 12 mulled its options, rumors that the Southeastern Conference might look to add ACC members Florida State and Miami quickly spread. But when Texas announced it would remain in the Big 12, effectively heading off major conference expansion, the ACC and much of the NCAA remained the same. The realignment that was supposed to change the face of college athletics hadn’t happened — at least not yet, and certainly not to the extent anticipated. While small-scale expansion is still underway — Utah is expected to soon accept an offer from the Pac-10 that would bump the conference’s roster to 12 teams — the status quo appears largely intact. And while the Big Ten has long coveted the membership of Notre Dame, and schools such as Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Rutgers and this university were considered possible additions to the league, the Terps were never offered membership. “The ACC is our home,” said Yow.
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Conference expansion spares Terps As Big Ten, Pac-10 shake up athletics landscape, univ. stays put in ACC BY JEREMY SCHNEIDER Staff writer
Less than two weeks after experts and fans alike anticipated a landscape-changing storm of moves and new allegiances, an apparent halt in large-scale conference expansion has left many of the NCAA’s power leagues and major players — this university included — completely unchanged. When the Big 12 Conference lost Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference and Colorado to the Pacific-10 Conference in a span of 24 hours late last week, the Big 12’s collapse seemed all but inevitable. Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State appeared set to follow Colorado to the Pac-10 and form the NCAA’s first “superconference.” With the Big 12 seemingly in ruins, the Big Ten appeared poised to add more schools, with the Terps mentioned as a possible defector by ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad. But as she had for several weeks, Athletics Director Debbie Yow downplayed the possibility of Maryland leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference. “The discussion is a waste of time,” Yow said in an e-mail June 9. “No communication has occurred. ... I never ‘speculate’ on possible scenarios. Bad form to comment on things/situations that do not exist.” When asked if she expected any further conference realignment, Yow shot down any additional
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Former Harvard coach John Tillman was officially named the Terrapin men’s lacrosse coach Wednesday, taking the reins of a title-starved program that may finally have the pieces in place to win its first national championship since 1975. Tillman replaces former coach Dave Cottle, who resigned late last month shortly after the Terps exited the NCAA Tournament following a quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame. PHOTO COURTESY OF HARVARD ATHLETICS
TERPS GET THEIR TILLMAN Former Harvard coach, Navy assistant chosen to usher in new era for men’s lacrosse BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer
Former Harvard coach John Tillman is the new Terrapin men’s lacrosse coach, the Athletics Department announced yesterday. Tillman signed a seven-year deal with the school, ending a whirlwind coaching search that began after former coach Dave Cottle stepped down late last month. “It was a pretty short window,” Tillman said of his decision. “It certainly
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wasn’t something that started two weeks ago or three weeks ago. … It’s kind of taken myself by surprise. It went from ‘A’ to ‘Z’ very quickly.” Cottle resigned from his post May 23, a day after a 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals left the Terps just short of a Final Four appearance for the third straight season. Following quickly on the heels of Cottle’s resignation, three names emerged as candidates for the position: Bryant coach Mike Pressler, Cor-
nell coach Jeff Tambroni and Syracuse women’s coach Gary Gait. All three eventually withdrew their names from consideration for the vacancy. The Terps soon narrowed their search to Tillman and Virginia associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale, with Tillman the top candidate. After being offered the job, Tillman said he needed to decide whether he could leave the Harvard program as a work in progress to pursue the opportunities a job in College Park presented. “You want to leave the place better
than you found it,” Tillman said. “But I feel that we have done that. If you’re going to judge us just by wins and losses, you might not see that. But as a coach, there are a lot of things that go into play that are not in terms of wins and losses.” During three seasons at Harvard, Tillman led the Crimson to a 20-19 record. Despite a mediocre 6-6 record last season, Harvard won eight games in 2009, the team’s highest win total
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