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Heftier U salaries linked to loan debt part-time faculty labor. The study found that at the universities with the highest-paid presidents, student debt burdens and low-wage faculty labor are noticeably By Jon Banister recent study suggests. @J_Banister “The One Percent at State U,” higher than the national average. “In the public debate, these issues Staff writer conducted in May by the Institute for Policy Studies, looked at the cor- are often treated separately,” the report Students graduating with crippling relation between top administrators’ said. “Our findings suggest these issues student loans might have reason to salaries at large public universities are closely related and should be adpoint a finger at the heads of the with rising student debt and an in- dressed together in the future.” The study looked at how these universities they graduated from, a creased dependence on low-wage
As president, coach salaries increase, student loan debt, adjunct use follows, study finds
numbers changed during and after the 2008 financial crisis and its findings, which have garnered national attention, show an imbalance in financial priorities. “A top-heavy, ‘1 percent recovery’ occurred at major state universities across the country, largely at the expense of faculty and students,” the report said. See debt, Page 2
a cornerstone employee smokes a cigarette outside the closed bar, which will remain closed until June 23. christian jenkins/the diamondback
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Cornerstone Grill and Loft is temporarily closed for business after an underage drinking incident came to the attention of the county liquor board. Liquor board officials ordered the Route 1 bar to close June 13 for 10 days and pay a $7,500 fine for serving alcohol to minors. In March 2013, the state’s attorney dealt with a case in which at least five underage university students were caught drinking at Cornerstone, said Franklin Jackson, Prince George’s County liquor board chairman. In that case, there was a brawl between a small group of people outside the bar and one student suffered a head injury and brain trauma, Jackson said. The case was presented to the liquor board this month. Bar employees said Monday t h e y d i d n o t k n o w w hy t h e
By Naomi Harris @thedbk For The Diamondback EDITOR’S NOTE: College Park Contours is a new weekly series spotlighting interesting members of the community. Know someone we should profile? Email suggestions to email@example.com. Stitch by stitch, Christiane Williams is seeking to make the city’s dog population a little more fashionable. T he Col lege Pa rk resident creates and sells special-order dog sweaters and other hand-knitted crafts at the Hollywood Farmers Market through her knitting business, Christiane’s Designs. See contours, Page 7
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Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-part series. Check out diamondbackonline.com and pick up a paper next week for the next installment. Regarding everything from dorms to classrooms to social life, university officials said they’re taking steps to move beyond accommodations and create an inclusive atmosphere for students with disabilities, which some students say are lacking. K ey c a mp u s d epa r t ments engaged in a May 8 roundtable to discuss how the university is
Starting July 15, Ritchie Coliseum will serve as the site for a team of university students to beta test their fitness smartphone application. As frequent gym-goers, Kevin Chang, a senior mechanical engineering major, and Connie Li, a senior finance and information systems major, had a problem: they couldn’t remember how much weight they had been using in their workouts.
Ritchie Coliseum is the testing site of a new student-developed fitness app that lets gym users track their progress at individual machines by scanning QR codes with their smartphones. christian jenkins/the diamondback “We would go to the gym probably five times a week, and every day is on a specific body part, using six, seven, eight different machines,” Chang said. “A lot of the time we didn’t remember the specific weights we used.” To solve this problem, Chang and Li co-founded GymQ, an app that makes recording workouts easier, and developed it with help from stu-
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dents in their living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs. GymQ allows users to scan QR codes located on each machine in the gym. The app then identifies the machine and provides a workout log to input data, such as the amount of weight or number of sets and reps. GymQ then See gymQ, Page 3
working to provide a more inclusive atmosphere for individuals with disabilities on the campus in the Special Events Room at Mckeldin Library. When it comes to resident life, the latest 15-year housing strategic plan includes updates for accessibility. Every dorm the university constructs from now on will have a handicapped-accessible room and bathroom on every floor, which can already be seen in Oakland Hall, said Scott Young, Resident Life assistant director. “We’re going to really improve the Maryland residential experience for our students, working with [Disability Support Services] very closely to make sure students that have special needs get the same attention and same ability to be successful as any other student,” Young said. DSS Director Jo Ann Hutchinson See inclusion Page 3
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Debt From PAGE 1 The top four “most unequal public universities,” according to the study’s metrics, were all Big Ten universities: Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. This university was not among the institutions with the 25 highest-paid presidents the study looked at, but similar trends exist here. Un iversity President Wallace Loh’s 2014 salary was $496,409, up from his starting salary of $450,000 in 2010, according to Diamondback salary guides. He is currently the 10th-highest paid president among the 14 Big Ten universities, and 89th among all 255 public universities nationwide, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which published the statistics the study used. While the university is in the middle of the pack among its peer institutions, the amount the state pays our highest administrator has risen substantially in recent years. W hen L oh’s predecessor, Dan Mote, was hired in 1998, his starting salary was $250,000, about half of Loh’s current salary. Even when adjusted for inflation, Loh was still paid about $100,000 more than his predecessor. In his first two years, Mote’s salary increased by $8,000, a fraction of the $46,000 increase Loh has seen since 2012. This university’s human resources director, Dale Anderson, said this increase is a response to a rise in the market value of university presidents. “It’s a competitive environment,” he said. “Obviously when you have an opportunity to hire, you want the best possible president that you can get
to lead the institution forward. It’s a competitive market and you have to pay market wages to get the folks that you want to attract, that’s just what the open market is.” The University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents d e te r m i n e s h o w m u c h a president should be paid each year based on performance and salaries of comparable administrators. “T he boa rd has a lways [striven] to find a balance between salaries that are responsible on the one hand and competitive with what presidents around the countries are making for large complex major research universities,” said Mike Lurie, university system spokesman. “It’s definitely a balancing act.” The salaries for the highest paid university employees and football and basketball coaches have also risen dramatically in the past decade. Head football coach Randy Edsall was hired in 2012 with a $400,000 base salary, according to The Diamondback salary guide. However, this represents only a portion of the full $2 million he makes per year when compensation for public appearances and other bonuses are added in, making him the ninth highest paid coach out of the 14 Big Ten universities, according to USA Today’s rankings. The starting base salary for previous head coach Ralph Friedgen was less than half of Edsall’s — about $180,000 per year — when he was hired in 2001, according to salary guides. This dramatic salary increase also exists in basketball. Mark Turgeon was hired in 2011 with a $400,000 base salary, but now makes $463,314. In 2003, the year after Gary Williams won a national championship with the Terps, the university paid him $207,584, according to salary guides.
Zack Bolno, senior associate athletics director for media relations, said all coaches’ salaries are funded through athletic department revenue, and the department gives them many bonuses in addition to their base salary. “The performance of each bonus would include achievement on the field and in the classroom,” he said. “Other incentives include appearances such as coaches radio shows and public speaking engagements.” While the salaries of top ad m i n ist rators a nd head coaches have increased, so too have student debt burdens for graduating seniors. According to the Project on Student Debt, the average s t u d e nt d e b t fo r g ra d uates from this university in 2012 was $25,276, the ninth highest of the 14 Big Ten universities and just below the national average for public institutions. This number reveals a 26 percent increase from 2008, when average student debt was $20,091. T he percent of students graduating with d e b t i n c re a s e d f ro m 4 4 percent in 2008 to 46 percent in 2012, a modest increase that still leaves the university well below the public college average of 66 percent, according to the Project on Student Debt. The area where the university is near the bottom is the percentage of debt that is taken out from private lenders. According to the Project on Student Debt, 28 percent of university graduates’ debt is owed to private lending companies, the second-highest figure in the Big Ten. Private loans don’t offer the same protections and repayment programs as federal loans. “Private student loans are quite different,” said Matt Reed, program director for the Institute of College Access and
Success, which ran the Project on Student Debt. “They typically have variable interest rates that go up and down with the market over time, they do not have income driven repayment plans or consumer protections, it’s not just the amount of debt but the type of debt as well.” The Board of Regents addressed the growing concern of student debt at its June 3 m e e t i n g. T he E du c at ion Policy and Student Life committee presented a series of recom mend at ion s a i med to help ease the burden of student loans. T he com m ittee set two primary goals for the university system’s institutions to strive for: that average student debt should be less than one year of the fulltime cost of attendance for in-state students, which is currently $24,352; and “that Maryland residents should have less debt than the overall institutional average,” according to the summary. MaryPIRG Sustainable U Campaign coordinator Rob Swam said student debt is a serious burden for recent graduates. “It means once they graduate and get a job, it’s gonna be harder and harder to have money to spend on themselves,” he said. “It’s a big issue.” MaryPIRG, a nonprofit student-run organization that works to keep education affordable, has worked to keep the student-loan rate down and move to low-cost opensource textbooks. Swann said the best thing students can do to make college more affordable is to work together. “Com i n g toget her a nd showing support, petitioning is a really powerful tool,” he said. “People united are a lot more powerful than people separated.” Undergraduate Senate Ex-
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After adjusting for inflation, President Loh has made at least $100,000 more annually than former President Mote in the first three years of his tenure. graph created on piktochart ecutive Committee representative Ryan Belcher said student debt represents a larger societal issue. “T he fact that students are graduating with debt is unacceptable,” Belcher said. “Society is saying that college education is becoming a necessity now rather than a luxury.” The other part of the “One percent at State U” study focused on the trend of low wage, part-time faculty replacing full-time, tenured faculty in the classroom. At t h i s u n iversit y, t he percentage of credits delivered by tenured faculty has dropped from 55 percent in 1997 to 41 percent in 2012, w h i l e n o n-te n u re-t ra c k faculty credits have risen from 30 percent to 46 percent
in the same time span, according to last year’s report by the Non-Tenure T rack Faculty Task Force. Mark Arnold, director of faculty initiatives, said these numbers do not tell the whole story. He said the number of total courses has greatly increased, and adjuncts have been hired to fill the new spots, rather than replace full-time faculty. “T he nu mber of tenu re track faculty is not falling,” he said. “It’s not that they’re being replaced by adjuncts, it’s just that we’ve got more course offerings, many of which tenure track faculty aren’t able to teach because of financial policies.”
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Inclusion From PAGE 1 shared new goals of increasing outreachandimplementinganew electronic recordkeeping system for the office, which provides services for people with disabilities to ensure equal access. The DSS office serves about 1,700 students with a variety of disabilities, the most common being attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, psychological disorders and physical disabilities, Hutchinson said. But this only constitutes about 5 percent of this university’s student population, while the National Center for Education Statistics estimates that about 11 percent of college students had disabilities in the 2007-08 academic year. “As we continue to understand some of the lack of awareness, we are able to develop different types of outreach,” Hutchinson said. The office is also working on a video that will be a guide for parents and a poster with information about DSS that will be displayed on university buses, she said. Journalism professor Diana Huffman — speaking on behalf of herself and not the college — said she feels there needs to be more staff working for students with disabilities so they never have to wait and always have an advocate, if needed. Huffman said she hasn’t received much training or information from DSS in her 15-year career at this university, and while she’s
not respond to multiple requests for comment, but a recorded message on its phone line states that the establishment will be closed for renovations until June 23. Jackson said the punishment is intended to curb underage drinking,
been able to work closely with individual students, that’s not a luxury other departments have. “My feeling is it’s not a very high priority on campus and there should be a lot more guidance from DSS,” Huffman said. “We’re lucky that [journalism is] a small college, and we can have very close relationships with our students.” The new electronic system will streamline the processes associated with DSS, so students with disabilities will no longer have to do extra paperwork or complete extra steps compared to students without disabilities. The university owns the system, named Clockwork, to retain confidentiality, and it will replace an old system that was intended for medical use, said Dan Newsome, adaptive technology coordinator. Clockwork was created specifically for disability services, he said. “It will also help us be more in-tuned with what courses students are taking, who their professors are,” Hutchinson said. “The professors will have more access to us, students will have more access to us through that secure electronic recordkeeper, so we’re really excited about that.” The Adaptive Technology Lab is also hoping to expand beyond its isolated room in Mckeldin Library. For two semesters, students have been able to rent out smart pens, which take notes while creating an audio file. When the notes are touched at a specific point, the student can also hear what was being said at the same time. Though the program had a promising
which can lead to incidents like the one that left a university student injured. That incident would have been less likely to occur had the underage students not been drinking, he said. “There should not be any underage drinking in Prince George’s
start, student use has dropped off, Newsome said. The newest change to the lab is the 1,500 licenses the university purchased for Kurzweil, the most popular software in the lab, which has the text-tospeech ability. Students will now be able to download the software onto their own laptops, which allows them to “no longer be in a fishbowl” and interact with other students in a “level way,” Newsome said. “One of the big things that we’ve been trying to do over the years is get things into the public, and one of the ways we may be accomplishing that with Kurzweil,” he said. Even with the new accommodations and changes for services for individuals with disabilities, there is still a need for a lot of change and activism, said junior family science major Christopher Gaines, who has cerebral palsy and is a member of the DSS Student Advisory Board. “Maryland is pretty active in people’s rights in general, so I think disability sort of falls into that,” he said. “It’s kind of easy to integrate that into what’s already being done on campus, which is great, because there needs to be energy and momentum behind it, and I think Maryland is just the right place and starting point for that kind of thing.” Check out diamondbackonline. com and pick up a paper next week for the final installment of the series. firstname.lastname@example.org
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GymQ From PAGE 1 uses this data to create charts detailing the user’s fitness development. “I’m a very visual person, so personally I like that it tracks your workout over time and puts it in this nice, pretty graph,” said Brianne Rowh, assistant fitness director for Campus Recreation Services. “It’s just another way of looking at things instead of having numbers written down.” When it came time to test the app, the GymQ team approached CRS. After some negotiations, CRS greenlighted a summer trial run in Ritchie, which offered a smaller, less crowded environment where any kinks could be fixed easily. Aside from a genera l workout log on its website, CRS doesn’t offer a formalized way for students to track their workouts. Though CRS has used workout incentive applications in the past, Rowh said, it had not done any research into other apps until meeting with GymQ. “What we’ve used before were third-party incentives, where you track your workouts with a third party,” Rowh said. “This is very different for us, but we hope people see value in it and enjoy using it.” Before approaching CRS about implementing GymQ, Chang and Li surveyed nearly
ramses phillips, a junior kinesiology major, uses a pull down machine, one of the machines outfitted with a QR code that can be scanned with GymQ. christian jenkins/the diamondback 80 university students to measure interest and conducted a market and competitive-advantage analysis of their app. “There are a good amount of these apps that are out, but from what we’ve seen, we have an advantage over all of them,” Chang said. These advantages include syncing with all types of gym equ ipment, bei ng free to download, using a phone-sized screen as opposed to larger monitors at each machine and not venturing into other areas of fitness, such as diet. “Everyone is into the latest technology, especially when it involves fitness,” said Jenn Daniels, a senior criminal justice major. “I have other fitness apps where I can plug in my exercises, but this seems more accurate.” The app also serves a financial purpose for gyms, Chang said, as it provides information about the popularity of different machines, which gym operators can use to inform their ordering
and maintenance of equipment. However, junior mechanical engineering major Matt Greene said the app might add to existing gym problems. “I don’t know how much it would be used in practice,” Greene said. “I also find cellphones to be a distraction in the weight room, with some people spending more time taking selfies than actually exercising.” A second pilot test at Ritchie will launch in late August and run throughout the fall semester. Once that test is complete, the GymQ team will analyze its data and prepare for a soft launch at Eppley Recreation Center in the winter. “Hopefully, after our test at ERC and after we gather all the feedback, we can update our app for a final, sellable [product],” Chang said. “That way we can start approaching gym teams and start making money from that.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Treating the Greeks fairly Fraternities across the country live with a certain stereotype: parties with jungle juice flowing and music thumping in a dingy satellite house basement. It’s a debaucherous oasis. And according to some college administrators, it’s also the source of campus sexual assault problems. Fraternity and sorority members are more likely to drink greater amounts of alcohol than their nonGreek life colleagues, according to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. The 2001 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study cited that fraternity members are more likely than nonmembers to engage in heavy drinking — which can lead to injury, assault and even death. Unfortunately, current events perpetuate the stereotypes of fraternity life. After being cited as the “deadliest fraternity” by Bloomberg, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the oldest and largest fraternities in the country, decided in March to eliminate its pledging process nationwide. This university’s chapter of the fraternity returned in 2010 after losing its charter in 2004 because of hazing and alcohol violations, and the fraternity as a whole hopes to eliminate hazing and the damaging consequences associated with it, members said.
College and university officials and sexual assaults. For now, officials at this univerthroughout the U.S. have long noticed the trend of dangers linked sity have not enacted any reforms similar to those at other colleges. to fraternity involvement. But despite bad publicity, officials OUR VIEW should not denounce fraternities and their traditions outright; other groups on college campuses are just as susceptible to being breeding grounds of irresponsible drinking that can lead to assault. Alcohol abuse doesn’t just affect the bodies and minds of fraternity members; it affects those involved Several institutions — mostly with sports teams, academic clubs private ones — have begun encour- and a capella groups just the same. aging reform of fraternities on their However, what makes Greek life an campuses. For example, Amherst easy target is its constant publicCollege officials have decided to ity. Whether it’s a member wearing prohibit students from belonging his fraternity’s letters on his sweatto any sorority or fraternity, even off- shirt or another fraternity-related campus ones. Wesleyan University tragedy in the news, those affiliated and Trinity College are encourag- with Greek life are always under fire, ing fraternities to accept female while other offenders of misconduct are not scrutinized as much. members. Universities should focus their The goal of these reforms is to eliminate events associated with efforts to curb assaults and abusive the heavy drinking perceived to go alcohol consumption campuswide almost hand-in-hand with frater- as opposed to targeting specific nity life, such as alcohol poisoning, groups on the campus. Instead of drug overdose and sexual and physi- eliminating Greek life, university officials should educate all students cal assault. While the concern behind the of- about assault on the campus and ficials of these institutions is admi- the dangers of drug and alcohol rable, it is not fair to strictly point abuse. Alcohol doesn’t care if you’re a finger at Greek life and blame it a “brother” or not; the results of solely for drinking-related injuries excessive drinking will be the same.
Fraternity members should not be singled out as the main cause for alcohol-induced violence at universities.
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Weighing the values of journalism ethics EMMA ATLAS As a former journalism major, I heard a lot of things over and over. For an industry supposedly focused on news, we spent a lot of time on review. Journalism as a body of study is far more about the ethics of plagiarism, fact-checking, source verification and gaffe prevention than I had imagined. In every class, from photography to history to actual reporting, we spent a huge amount of time on ethics. No lesson was complete without an example of some 30-something journalist who either intentionally or accidentally caused a “controversy.” I must have seen the photo from the New York Post about the man about to be struck by a subway train at least four times in different classes. We talked about how immoral it was to stop and take a picture of a death instead of helping (he was too far away to help) and how triggering it must have been for people to see the image on the front page. The worst thing anyone could say about a current event has already been said on Twitter. There is no well-defined line indicating who is a journalist and who isn’t, either. Ultimately, these lessons are crafted for the past, when all content was bottlenecked by a room full of editors. If anyone — from Joe with three Twitter followers to The Wall Street Journal — has cleared something for publishing, everyone else is already missing page views. Other times, lessons were about firings. If three credible sources claim a man is dead and he isn’t, you don’t have a job.
At first, the shaming was fun in a sick and evil way. Watching scores of people lose their low-paying jobs and demeaning them as a group was like the Two Minutes Hate. Throughout my time of studying journalism, it started to feel as if I were watching a crucifixion. This man here, he spelled someone’s name wrong. Join me in stoning him to death. We live in the Twitter age. I know that has everyone working at a print paper shaking in their boots, but I didn’t study journalism to maintain a tradition. It’s like that line from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” The 24-hour news cycle does not imply that people wait 24 hours for journalists to find sources. The 24-hour news cycle means a reader should hear about every single development possible every minute of the day and the full, confirmed story can come out when the live blog is closed. If that means that I hear a dozen factual errors before the day is over, so be it. As a former journalism major, I need to vocalize that the journalism programs at this university and at other schools are horrendously misguided. I can’t imagine going into a STEM class and hearing about the immorality of not titrating correctly. Imagine being told that if you don’t think about propriety when you do an equation, you’ll lose your job. Journalism is, at its core, a skill. Journalists do not have a holy calling or a special unique power. Journalists have thoughts, opinions, basic literacy, a camera and a Twitter account. If you have any of those things, you’re welcome to study at Knight Hall because you’re just as qualified to report as every single one of the adjuncts. Emma Atlas is a senior government and politics major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Making the ‘f-word’ friendlier CAROLINE CARLSON “Are you a feminist?” There’s no doubt this question — which seems to be provocative, given the attention it receives — has been on everyone’s social radar recently. To some actresses in Hollywood, the answer has been undoubtedly “no.” In a May Time article, actress Shailene Woodley spoke out against feminism, claiming that the “idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.” Other female celebrities, such as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, didn’t hesitate to jump on the “I’m not a feminist” train either, with singer Lana Del Rey claiming that “the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept.” It seems the feminist label has become increasingly unpopular with Americans at large: An April Huffington Post poll found that a small 20 percent of Americans label themselves as feminists, though 82 percent believe in social, political and economic equality for both men and women. In response to why these numbers seem so conflicting, I’m not going to give you a typical answer, point to my copy of Merriam-Webster and tell you that feminism simply means the equality of the sexes, so “people just don’t understand the definition.” I’m not going to write articles about how Woodley or Del Rey are
ignorant because they both owe their careers to the feminist movement. Why? Because the answer isn’t quite that simple. This branding issue won’t be resolved by continuously defining what feminism is or should be. The real culprit lies in our ignorance of how diverse feminism is. People think of feminism based on the ideas of the elites at the top. They think of instances such as when Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen said Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life,” presuming being a homemaker must be a walk in the park. They think of those bricks, used tampons and jars of feces and urine some feminist protesters planned to bring into the Texas Capitol before a final vote on legislation banning abortions past five months. They think of bra-burning — the popular symbol of feminism gone wild. The reality is that individuals view feminism in a negative light because, to them, it’s a one-size-fits-all movement characterized by elites who might say things that aren’t necessarily fair to men or to those who disagree with mainstream feminism. For the longest time, I refused to describe myself as a feminist. I didn’t identify with feminist leaders such as Gloria Steinem or Betty Friedan, so why label myself with the same title? It wasn’t until I took a political seminar last summer that I realized there are various feminist movements with completely different ideologies, including ecofeminism, Marxist feminism and individualist feminism — a phrase I use to describe
my ideologies — which focuses on individual autonomy and minimal government intervention. Celebrities and American women won’t start describing themselves as feminists until various forms of feminism emerge with diverse ideals. Perhaps mainstream feminism has failed our generation because it’s led by those in Generation X who treat it exclusively, meaning “if you disagree with this perspective, then you are not a feminist.” Long story short: People need to realize it’s possible to be a feministwhatever. There should never be strict boundaries as to what you need to believe in to identify as a feminist, whether that may be your particular views on abortion, the economy or the like. O n ly wh e n o u r ge n e ra t i o n becomes aware that you can be pro-equality but otherwise believe in completely different ideologies will the unpopularity of feminism come to a close. Though mainstream feminist leaders might never acknowledge the ideas of feminists from other, less popular schools of thought, I’m confident that a push toward diversifying feminism from our generation (which I’ve known to have very diverse views of its older counterparts) might even make the “other f-word” a friendlier term. Caroline Carlson is a senior government and politics and information systems major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
brother and Mom was hard-pressed to get four children to dozens of games every spring. But baseball was always there. The lessons learned from it have been endless: hard work in practice, teamwork, respect and countless other life lessons found just by playing a sport. Baseball has often been the medium my parents have used to teach the Dragonette brothers these important life lessons. My dad showing us the value of hard work and focus in whatever we do. My mom reminding us to keep perspective whenever we lost a game. I was by no means a great player, but every player remembers his or her best days. I still remember home runs, great days pitching and miraculous victories. I’m sure I’ll still be telling embellished versions of my best pitching outings or hits in 50 years. But you won’t find the most important memories I have in a scorebook somewhere. A weekend trip with your dad for an out-ofstate game or your mom embarrassing you from the bleachers might not be unique to baseball, but baseball sure gave that to me. I don’t think I could total the hours spent around baseball in my youth, and I definitely couldn’t measure the impact that baseball has had on my life. It’s at once fun, work and a way to learn life’s most important lessons. The sudden flashback of memories has been quite overwhelming. When I play my final league game this July, it will be very difficult to lay my bat down and take off my cleats. And while I hope to stick around the diamond and hopefully pass the sport I love to the next generation, I think something will be missing when I head for home. So, baseball, thanks for the memories. Here’s to many more.
As I write this column, memories of miraculous plays, close games and devastating losses flood my mind. Baseball is only a sport, a simple game, some say. But to me, it’s been a way of life for a decade and a half. The diamond has been a second home, simultaneously a field of dreams and a den of nightmares. My love for baseball started at the minuscule age of 2. While my memory doesn’t go back that far, my parents tell me I loved to watch baseball, especially at the ballpark. Now, as I turn 20, I am in the midst of my 15th and final year of playing baseball. Only now have I realized the powerful effect of this sport on my life. For many of us, sports provide o u t l e ts fo r o u r e n e rg y a n d emotion, creativity and competition. Sports provide a place for unity behind a team and a way to communicate and build relationships of all types. Baseball is no different. While my dad was always a huge baseball fan, neither of my parents played the sport much growing up. But when I started playing — and my younger brothers followed suit — baseball became very family oriented. When I was younger, Dad coached, we played and my mom was a de facto coach — keeping score, organizing the team and getting us to the games. Family vacations and schedules were ordered around the baseball season — it was truly a family affair. Baseball brought us together, whether it was the long car ride home after a game, rushed dinner or batting practice; it became our way of life. As I got older M a t t D ra g o n e t t e i s a j u n i o r and played in more competitive accounting major. He can be reached leagues, Dad coached my younger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Steering through the storm Latest album from experimental Brooklyn band The Antlers finds drama and depth in slowness By Jonathan Raeder @jmraeder Staff writer Originally a one-man band crafting sad lo-fi music in a Brooklyn house, The Antlers grew into the indie mainstay it is today once Peter Silberman gathered enough musicians to form a real “band” and released a truly landmark album, Hospice. A blisteringly sad concept album about a man falling in love with a terminal cancer patient, it’s about as downbeat and gut-wrenching as you’d imagine. Gathering accolades and teary-eyed love, Hospice stood as one of the best albums of the past decade, and The Antlers were slowly pulled into the spotlight of the indie music critical sphere. A few years later, Silberman and company released another LP, Burst Apart, and an EP, Undersea, both of which definitely fit into the band’s emotionally downtrodden discography, though they never attained the utterly soul-destroying melancholy of Hospice. Undersea in particular was well-regarded, perhaps even underrated, as it showcased the band drawing from post-rock and jazz to turn its songs into beautiful waves of emotion. The trend continues with the band’s newest release, Familiars, which picks up the group’s musical evolution where Undersea left off. The songs are rather slow, building
The Antlers, originally a DIY solo project of Peter Silberman (center), has grown into a full-blown band. The Antlers’ latest album, Familiars, finds Silberman and his bandmates, including Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci, toying with concepts of selfhood, duality, transition and nostalgia. photo courtesy of trueendeavorsblog.com up repeating waves of shimmering guitar lines and echoing trumpet blares. Hazy synths and just the right amount of reverb keep the songs in a defined shape. Silberman — an excellent lyricist, singer and songwriter — steps back somewhat and allows his musical accompanists, percussionist Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, to flaunt their considerable skills. It’s an excellent choice that’s likely responsible for the band’s musical growth in the past few years. Nothing here is fast, loud or angry, but that’s not the game The Antlers
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At times, the album also hones in on that sense of sadness-tinged nostalgia hidden in every glance at the house in which you grew up but don’t live anymore: It’s filled with numerous references to places. “Palace,” for instance, conjures images of an old house, cracked with decay and age; “Revisted” opens with “When some unfamiliar faces/ Came to shop at our old house/ I didn’t bother trying to stop them/ Until they emptied it out” and “Hotel” finds Silberman singing “In the hotel, I can’t remember how the past felt/ But in a strange bed, I keep sleeping with my past self.”
Ghosts might not be real, but it’s hard to ignore the ghosts of memory that attach themselves to places, past versions of ourselves that remind us of times irretrievably lost. Even if our lives generally improve, we lose something with each transition, and Familiars admirably works to capture that feeling. If Familiars has any faults, it’s that the general tempo and feel of the songs don’t change often. The same beautiful, wavelike nature of the songs that makes them so affecting also can be so calming as to put people to sleep if they’re not actively paying attention to the music. Close listening is required to capture the nuances of sound and the excellent sense of how the songs play around with similar themes. Still, fans of post-rock, past Antlers material (especially Undersea) and slower music in general should find plenty to love here. For those hoping for the second coming of Hospice, it’s not going to happen. The band can’t — and shouldn’t — recreate that album. It’s devastating enough with just one of them in the world. Familiars showcases The Antlers’ continued growth and experimental nature and benefits all the more from it. For anyone willing to plunge into this album and swim around inside, Familiars stands as one of the best releases of 2014 so far. email@example.com
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Amber MelVille clears the bar in the high jump at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon. The junior earned seventh place in the event with a jump of 6 feet and secured first-team All-America honors. photo courtesy of maryland athletics
track From PAGE 8 Eugene helps bring exposure to a program that was on the brink of folding. “Today, we’re not only jumping for ourselves, but we’re jumping for our team and the guys as well,” Melville said. LaFond, Melville and Smith have established themselves as three of the nation’s top high jumpers, and they’ve fostered a unique atmosphere at practices. The three women, all natives of this state, have known one another since before high school and are close friends. But they also keep one another honest on the track. “Practice is a minicompetition for us,” Smith said. “It’s very friendly, and we’re never mad if somebody does better than you. But it’s competitive.” Added Melville: “We always push each other to go to the next level. If I didn’t have anybody else I feel like it’d be
harder for me, but now that I have other teammates, it’s easier for me to get to where I want to be.” Melville said coach Andrew Valmon pushed the three jumpers through a rigorous training schedule. Valmon, who coached the U.S. national team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has helped the Terps remain competitive in the wake of the athletic department cutbacks. LaFond, Melville and Smith appreciate Valmon’s intensity, and they lean on one another to keep the mood light at practice. “Our coach kind of stays on a strict schedule at times,” Melville said. “But we, as girls, we just have fun with it.” On Saturday, Melville and Smith reaped the benefits of their training with their firstteam All-America honors. Melville cleared the bar at 6 feet on her best jump, and Smith made it over the bar at 6 feet, 1.25 inches. LaFond came in 15th in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5 feet, 9.75 inches to claim
second-team All-America honors. “This group did a great job of making Maryland history and setting the stage for the road ahead,” Valmon said in a news release. The program will move forward without Smith, who graduated last month. The senior said ending her college career with a fifth-place finish at the national championships left a “bittersweet feeling.” On one hand, she solidified herself as one the program’s most accomplished high jumpers. On the other, she won’t be able to crack quips at practices with LaFond and Melville next year. But is Melville going to miss Smith? “Oh no,” the junior said. “ We ’re go i n g to se e h e r plenty.” Smith then nudged Melville and added: “I’m from Maryland, so I’m going to be there cheering them on at as many meets as I can. I mean, we’re sisters.”
Five Terps were on Athlon Sports’ preseason All-Big Ten team when the magazine unveiled its predictions last Thursday. Wi d e re ce ive r S te fo n Diggs and cornerback Will Likely were named to the first team, with Likely at kick returner. Kicker Brad Craddock was named to t h e se co n d tea m , wh i l e linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive end Andre Monroe were placed on the third team. Diggs was sidelined for the final two months of the 2013 season but still finished second on the team with 34 catches and 587 receiving yards. Likely, meanwhile, impressed both as a cover corner and a return man in his freshman season after filling in for two injured teammates. Craddock was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-K icker Award as a sophomore after he held off freshman Adam
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Terrapins football coach Greene to keep his starting job. Farrand fought through several injuries last season to serve as a leader for the Terps defense. Monroe caught fire at the end of the season, finishing fifth in the ACC in tackles for loss and tying for sixth in sacks. His three-sack performance at Virginia Tech last season helped the Terps upset the Hokies and clinch bowl eligibility for the first time in Edsall’s tenure. EDSALL REACTS TO FRANKLIN Ja m e s Fra n k l i n , Pe n n State’s first-year coach who was once an assistant at this university, mentioned last month that he was going to approach recruiting in this state as if each player were an “in-state” prospect. With the Terps joining the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten on July 1, the two schools are likely to become even more competitive when recruiting in the mid-Atlantic. Edsall responded to Franklin’s words Monday while at a charity golf tournament in Pennsylvania. “We’re not gonna boast and brag,” Edsall told the York Dispatch. “We’re more about substance at Mary-
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contours From PAGE 1 “I’ve been knitting all my life,” Williams said. The small-statured, lively woman, who grew up in the Champagne region of France, moved to College Park 47 years ago. Williams started knitting dog sweaters after selling another one of her products, catnip-stuffed mice, to an Eastern Shore pet store. Later, they asked her to make nautical-themed dog sweaters, inspiring her to expand her business.
Williams began knitting at age 6 and competed with her mother to see who could knit faster. She never won, but those moments sparked her passion for knitting. “I enjoy it. I enjoy creating new things,” she said. She once owned a knitting store, C.J.W. Designs, but closed it in 1993 due to a lack of business. But in June of last year, Williams found a new way to sell her creations, and she’s been vending at the farmers market in North College Park since. Williams, now chairwoman of the market, works with the other vendors to support the local community.
“It’s a place to meet people, socialize,” Williams said. “It is really a social hub.” Customers interested in the sweaters can request one at the market in the Hollywood Shopping Center on Saturdays or through Facebook. Williams said she enjoys her new home at the market because it not only provides her with more customers, but also is an outlet to display her skills to city residents. And she isn’t stopping at dog sweaters, she said — come fall, cat sweaters will be available, too. firstname.lastname@example.org
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COLLEGE PARK RANKS AMONG MOST “EXCITING” PLACES IN MARYLAND It’s no surprise that thousands of students flock to this university and the surrounding area each year: College Park was recently ranked the fifth-most exciting place to be in the state. Housing referral website Movoto Real Estate ranked 57 highly populated areas throughout the state and posted the results on its blog. The website based the rankings on data from websites such as Yelp and AreaVibes, as well as the 2010 U.S. Census, Movoto writer Laura Allan wrote in an email.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014
TRACK AND FIELD | NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
RAISING THE BAR Two jumpers named All-Americans one year after program avoided cuts
By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer
Amina Smith approaches one of her jumps Saturday at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon. photo courtesy of maryland athletics
EUGENE, ORE. — Amber Melville and Amina Smith have done just about everything together over the past three years. The Terrapins track and field teammates constantly joked around before practices, competed fiercely during them and then often headed to the mall together afterward. After this university announced potential cuts, depending on individual funding efforts, to eight sanctioned athletic teams in fall 2011, the futures of the two high jumpers and the rest of the women’s track and field team were uncertain. When they learned their outdoor team had avoided the chopping block, Melville and Smith spent countless hours training
side by side to prove they were worthy of the opportunity. Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships at Hayward Field, the friends continued their trend. They both placed in the top 10 — Melville, a junior, earned seventh and Smith, a senior, earned fifth — in the high jump to secure first-team All-America honors. Together. “It’s surreal,” Melville said after the event. Then she glanced at Smith, who stood to her left. “It’s just like, ‘What. This is awesome.’” Junior Thea LaFond was the other Terp represented in the championships, and she competed in the triple jump and high jump. LaFond didn’t place in the top 10 of either event, but Smith said having three Terps in See TRACK, Page 7
FOOTBALL | NOTEBOOK
Final transfers find home Edsall lands three more Mitchell picks G Tech, Faust headed to Long Beach State recruits for class of 2015 By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer T wo fo r m e r Te r ra p i n s men’s basketball players announced in the past week where they would transfer, and now each of the five Terps who left the program this offseason has a new home. Forward Charles Mitchell committed to transfer to Georgia Tech on June 12, and guard Nick Faust told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Tuesday morning that he will transfer to Long Beach State. I n e s s e n c e , t h e Te r p s swapped Mitchell for former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter Jr., who announced his intention to transfer to the Terps about a week before Mitchell’s announcement. Mitchell averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season for the Terps, while Carter scored 11.4 points and grabbed 8.4 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets. Mitchell took to Twitter to confirm his decision. “I’m a G tech yellow jacket
… now. It’s going to feel great playing right at home,” he tweeted. Mitchell, a rising junior and Atlanta native, is a candidate to receive a medical hardship waiver because he left the Terps to be closer to his ailing grandmother. Mitchell will be able to play this coming season if he is granted the waiver. Georgia Tech seemed to be a logical landing place for Mitchell, but Faust’s search for a new home took a bit of a detour. The swingman, who averaged 9.4 points as a junior last season, originally committed to transfer to Oregon State, where he likely would have had a starring role under coach Craig Robinson. But Robinson was fired last month, and Faust reopened his recruitment. The former four-star recruit landed at Long Beach State, and Tuesday morning he tweeted “Bringin dat HEAT to TheBeach.” with a link to an Instagram picture of the 49ers’ home court. Faust will sit out one year due to NCAA regulations and will be eligible to play his senior season at Long Beach State
“I’M A G TECH YELLOW JACKET … NOW. IT’S GOING TO FEEL GREAT PLAYING RIGHT AT HOME.” CHARLES MITCHELL
Former Terrapins forward under coach Dan Monson. Since the offseason began, the Terps have lost three other players to transfer. Center Shaquille Cleare left for Texas, guard Seth Allen transferred to Virginia Tech and guard Roddy Peters landed at South Florida. The Terps still return three players who made at least 28 starts last season. Coach Mark Turgeon also added two transfers himself in Carter — who will have to sit one season — and guard Richaud Pack, a fifth-year transfer from North Carolina A&T who is eligible to play immediately. The team will also welcome a top-10 recruiting class that is five players deep and could help soften the blow of the departures. email@example.com
Will Likely, Stefon Diggs named preseason All-Big Ten; former Terp Dexter McDougle signs with Jets the recruiting trail. New Jersey cornerback Kareem Ali Jr., rated a fourstar prospect by Rivals.com, Three more high schoolers pledged to the Terps on June in the class of 2015 gave verbal 12 to become the team’s most commitments to coach Randy highly touted recruit from Edsall and the Terrapins football the class o f 2015. ESPN team this week, continuing a ranked Ali the nation’s 25thbusy month for the program on best cornerback in the class. By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer
Mbi Tanyi, a defensive end from George Bush High School in Richmond, Texas, committed to the Terps later that day. Tanyi, who is listed at 6 feet, 2.5 inches and 247 pounds, is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. See NOTEBOOK, Page 7