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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our 102ND Year, No. 152

Students mixed on Supreme Court health care ruling 7 teams Some relieved they can stay on parents’ insurance, others afraid of switching plans BY LAURA BLASEY Staff writer

When she first adjusted to college life at this university, Michelle Peters was armed with a list of things she couldn’t do. She couldn’t pull an all-nighter. She couldn’t eat whatever she wanted,

whenever she wanted. She couldn’t drink alcohol like her peers did. The senior family science major has Type 1 Diabetes, a condition she has had since she was 6 years old. “There would be some nights I would have to stay up late to study or do other work, which would throw off my body in terms of when I would

sleep or eat. It took some time to learn how to control my blood sugar levels when staying up very late or pulling an all-nighter,” Peters said. “But for the social part, that took a little more time. I had to learn how to judge the effects alcohol had on me.” Peters had a difficult transition to student life, but she shares those

challenges with many of the 215,000 Americans under the age of 20 with diabetes, according to last year’s National Institutes of Health estimate. Many of those affected, however, can now cross something off the list of things their condition prevents

see HEALTH, page 3

eliminated from univ. athletics Men’s outdoor track only team to meet its first benchmark BY JENNY HOTTLE For The Diamondback

Hundreds left without power after thunderstorm Officials say university suffered minimal damage; power restored within one hour after Friday’s storm left 2 million in Mid-Atlantic region in the dark BY AMBER LARKINS AND REBECCA LURYE Senior staff writers

Applebee’s was one of the few places that retained power Friday night. Juma Sellers, the bartender on duty when the restaurant’s power flickered, said he didn’t realize the rest of Route 1 and much of the state had experienced worse power outages after high-speed winds and rain ripped through the region, uprooting trees and leaving power lines dangling from wooden posts. More than 20 people died and more than 2 million Mid-Atlantic homes remained without power Monday

afternoon, including more than 270,000 state residents. Over the weekend, university employees spent hours clearing debris from the streets; some roads off the campus were split by traffic cones to steer drivers away from halted construction zones. However, a combined heat and power system plan enables the university to generate power off the grid — within one hour, nearly every university building on the campus regained power, according to Facilities Management Director Carlo Colella. The university also saw minimal damage, he said; a few trees had to

The athletics department eliminated seven of its 27 teams Saturday, leaving more than 100 student-athletes without programs at this university to compete for next year, Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said. The announcement comes about seven months after university President Wallace Loh accepted a work group’s recommendation that eight teams be cut to alleviate the department’s debt. Although the teams — men’s and women’s swimming and diving, acrobatics and tumbling, men’s tennis, water polo, men’s indoor and outdoor track and men’s cross country — were given until June 30 to meet a set of fundraising benchmarks to keep their programs for at least another year, all but men’s outdoor track were unable to do so. “[To] tell those young men and women that their programs could possibly and will now be discontinued — it’s a sad day,” Anderson said Monday. Seventy-five of the 131 affected athletes will remain at the university next year, athletics department spokesman Doug Dull said, though some are still weighing transfer options.

see STORM, page 2 see CUTS, page 7


An organic summer success University farmers market opening long delayed, but officials say nine food vendors seeing more success in summer months BY SEAN HENDERSON For The Diamondback

About a month after students left the campus for summer, two still perched on the steps of Cole Field House, drawn to Campus Drive by the bustling Farmers Market at Maryland. “I really like that I can just come here while I’m at school and get some fresh fruits and vegetables,” said junior dietetics major Julia Deutsch, one of the thousands of students, faculty and community members to visit the market this summer.

Although its May 2 opening was long delayed, university officials said the market’s nine vendors have seen even more business since classes let out for summer — while they aren’t tracking attendance, Wellness Coalition spokeswoman Kate Maloney said vendors collectively brought in about $21,000 in their first month. Officials also plan to hold additional promotions and performances, including a largescale event when students return for the fall semester, Maloney said. On June 27, the sidewalk was bustling with students, faculty and community mem-

bers as they lined up to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, hearty local meats and delicious breads and pastries. The market features nine local vendors selling various fruits and vegetables, gourmet spreads, meats, breads and pastries. The weekly cooking demonstrations, such as preparation of grilled savory vegetables and a Monterey Jack cheese sandwich by Dining Services chef Larry Tumlin, also continue to draw some onlookers. “It’s really good to see so many young kids

see MARKET, page 2

Although the farmers market had a delayed May 2 opening, university officials said it has been more successful during the summer months. SEAN HENDERSON/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK

Univ. business school working to improve national rankings With slumping national economy, officials seeking to ramp up slipping rankings, increase enrollment in new MS programs BY CHRISTOPHER HAXEL For The Diamondback

The university’s once top-30 ranked business school has found itself struggling to maintain its competitiveness in recent years — but administrators and officials are intent on seeing it back on top. Between plummeting rankings and a 15-20 percent drop in applications to its full-time masters of business program, the school has struggled, like many other colleges, to cope with an unstable market as the economy


recovers from the financial meltdown of 2008. And although the future of several new graduate degree programs are uncertain and the college is facing significant administrative turnover — including the impending departure of Dean Anand Anandalingam — officials maintain the school is prepared to improve its national standing over the next several years. But this university isn’t the only one facing this problem — applications to MBA programs have declined across the country. Anandalingam said even traditional “top-10” schools have seen


about 5 to 7 percent fewer applicants because the opportunity cost of leaving the workforce for two years combined with the expense — about $85,000 at this university — of an MBA isn’t worth it as companies increasingly look to hire employees with specialized knowledge. In response, the school built a new career center and placed a renewed focus on alumni networking — but Anandalingam’s goal of making the university’s MBA program a top-20

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The university’s business school has seen its national rankings slip over the past five years. ILLUSTRATION BY CAROLINE AMENABAR/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Damage from harsh storms Friday, including on College Avenue, caused severe power outages across the region. Within an hour, the university’s power returned.

STORM from page 1 be removed and McKeldin Library and the Benjamin Building suffered some roof damage. Colella said he will know the full cost of the damage by tomorrow. “The physical damage was relatively minor,” he said. “In comparison to the rest of the community, where there was such tragedies with trees falling through houses and cars, the university was very fortunate.”

MARKET from page 1 really involved with eating local, fresh organic produce,” said local vendor Thomas Huggins, of Whipple Farms in Rixeyville, Va. Maloney said the university community has embraced the market. “We even heard from one of our sellers that out of all the markets they participate in, this is their highest grossing and busiest market,” Maloney said. “The summer is really the best time for fresh produce in this area, so it’s great that our community members are taking advantage of getting their hands on seasonal fruits and veggies.” The market appears to have made up for the absence of stu-

On the periphery of the campus, some structures stayed dark. Pepco did not restore power to South Campus Commons until early Monday morning, prompting university officials to open air conditioned dorms to house sweltering Commons residents Saturday and Sunday nights. But for many students, the rush to find cool air and water began Friday night. Sellers was supposed to get out of work around 10 p.m., but customers began to flock to the

lit windows and air conditioning in Applebee’s. “People were attracted to us like flies to a zap-it,” he said. The restaurant was packed to its capacity of 150 people and had more waiting in the parking lot in the triple-digit degree heat, Sellers said. Saturday was even crazier, he added. Senior journalism major Julianne Pelusi was working at R.J. Bentley’s Friday night when its power went out briefly at about 11:30 p.m. “Time stood still for a

dents by attracting more faculty and community members. “The stuff I’ve tried has been excellent,” said Rianna Vandergast, a postdoctoral research assistant, who visited the market for the first time while on her lunch break. “They certainly seem to have good quality, as well as selection.” Each farmer grows or produces their wares within 200 miles of the campus, which Maloney said not only encourages students to eat healthier but also prompts them to support local, sustainable businesses. James Cecil, coordinator for facilities and event support, said he has experienced firsthand the excitement the market has created on the campus. “Ever ything is locally grown and produced, and you get to interact with the farm-

ers that worked with ever ything, so that you know


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were exploding, Gilbert said. The outages scrambled 911 service for some and left this and Montgomery counties with mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Martin O’Malley issued a state of emergency along with governors from West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia, two of whom requested federal assistance in the storm’s aftermath. The responders pulled a few people from their cars after the rain flooded the Capital Beltway, Gilbert said. Ron Bridges, a spokesman

for the Prince George’s County Fire Department, said the high temperatures created additional difficulties for firefighters and EMTs. In addition to fires, including a sparking transformer on Greenbelt Road, the department received reports of wind blowing the roofs off at least five apartment buildings in the county, none in this city. “College Park was sort of lucky in that area,” he said.

“It’s great that our community members are taking advantage of getting their hands on seasonal fruits and veggies.”

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minute,” Pelusi said. Down Route 1, a powerless Looney’s Pub continued serving patrons drinks, accepting only cash. While some students ventured into the heat out of necessity, others were on call. Zach Gilbert, a junior public health major, was on duty as an EMT from 3 p.m. on Friday until 9 a.m. the next day. After 11:30 p.m., the station began to receive reports of accidents, house fires and fallen trees. A transformer caught fire and power lines



University officials and farmers market vendors said the weekly market on the campus has seen strong attendance since opening in May. SEAN HENDERSON/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK



At forum, students demand officials do more to prevent abuse Justice at Maryland hosts about 50 people at workers rights forum Friday; calls for additional measures BY SEAN HENDERSON For The Diamondback

Months after officials began taking tangible steps to prevent workplace abuses on the campus, a public forum Friday afternoon showed university community members still have grievances to air. About 50 students, faculty and officials gathered in the Nyumburu Cultural Center to hear detailed accounts of what workers described as ongoing issues of worker abuse, sexual misconduct and retribution against workers who come for ward to report complaints against managers and super visors. Although the university implemented computer and English classes, leadership training and revised grievance policies this semester, some of the forum’s attendees called for additional solutions. “This is a widespread problem, and it is a systemic problem that permeates all throughout this campus,” said Solomon Comissiong, president of the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Members of the forum’s host, Justice at Maryland, said they will continue to push for officials to implement more preventive measures, such as a 4 a.m. shuttle service. Group members said the service,

HEALTH from page 1 them from doing: getting health insurance. On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark ruling that allows major changes to the way this country approaches health care to proceed. In a 5-4 decision, the court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act. The court’s liberal bloc ruled the legislation’s individual mandate permissible under the Commerce Clause, and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled the mandate should be classified as a tax and is thereby constitutional under Congress’ power to tax. The act, also known as Obamacare, mandates that all Americans must have an insurance plan by 2014, either privately or through an employer, or face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of the individual’s yearly income, whichever is higher. By 2015, the fine will be $325 or 2 percent of the yearly income. For families, the penalty will be $285 per household, and the penalty will rise each year. Patients with pre-existing conditions and serious medical problems who might otherwise be turned away because they are seen as a liability won’t have trou-

which was cut due to budget restraints, gave workers a safe alternative to walking across the campus in the dark. “The Facilities Management department has the vehicles in place right now, and so it would really cost very little,” Comissiong said. “In exchange for that [cost], you can prevent women who check in at 4 a.m. from possibly being sexually assaulted or harassed.” Beverly Malone, assistant director of the Department of Transportation Services, said she was unaware of any plans to reimplement the service. Bob Dickerson, a Facilities Management worker, said administrators have not been expeditious enough in dealing with reported complaints. He said he filed a grievance and waited more than four months to receive a response from the university. “It’s a stall tactic, which I believe to be an unfair labor practice,” Dickerson said, adding that he thinks the university lacks the necessary staff to handle employees’ concerns. Bill Pugh, the university’s assistant director for staff relations programs, agreed the department needs more personnel to respond to worker complaints. “We’re doing the best we can with the limited resources we

ble securing an insurance plan. The ruling ensures insurance companies have a legal obligation to accept them. “In the next couple years, another 30 million Americans, including more than 300,000 people in Maryland, will get health care coverage through the implementation of the law,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Healthcare for All Coalition, a group dedicated to expanding health insurance benefits. Health care reform had been a legislative focus since Obama’s election in 2008. The bill passed in March 2010 after months of legislative wrangling, but 26 states, joined by the National Federation of Independent Business, filed suit soon after its passage challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate. “Like every other civilized country, we are finally recognizing health care to be a universal right,” said senior journalism major Will Friedman. “The fact that a conservative ultimately provided a swing vote restores my faith in the system to be at least a little bit nonpartisan.” But among the cries of victory, there are other voices, too. Although Peters has a pre-existing condition, she said she isn’t a supporter of the plan.

Solomon Comissiong, president of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, addresses the audience at a workers rights forum Friday. He urged DOTS officials to reimplement a 4 a.m. shuttle to provide an alternative to walking. SEAN HENDERSON/FOR THE DIAMONDBACK

have,” Pugh said. “I am not satisfied, no one in my office is satisfied, and we’re pushing as hard as we can.” The forum — the first of several planned for this summer — came more than a year after the BFSA produced a 56-page report detailing allegations of sexual abuse, racial discrimination and verbal degradation. That report prompted the university to follow up with its own assessment of workers’ rights violations on the

“I can understand how uninsured diabetics would at first think the upholding of Obamacare is a great thing,” she said. “But because I am already insured through a great plan that provides coverage for all diabetic supplies, I am not happy and I am worried about how this plan will affect my current coverage.” Peters said she was fortunate to get full insurance coverage, proof that plans do exist, even for a condition like diabetes. Her mother’s employer, Johnson & Johnson, offered a health care plan through Aetna that provided complete coverage of all of her diabetes expenses and could be extended if she needed it or couldn’t find a job that offered her similar benefits. “Although I support the idea that all Americans should have health insurance, Obamacare has a high probability to hinder my own insurance plan,” Peters said. Although she had an insurance plan that suited her needs, she was still worried about Obamacare making it through the Supreme Court. A higher number of high-risk patients supported by insurance companies concerns not only Peters, but many Republican leaders because they fear lower-quality coverage at a higher price.

campus and address reported deficiencies by creating training sessions and expanded workrelated training for ESOL and basic computer skills. In addition, officials modified several policies on how workers interact and file complaints with superiors. However, Justice of Maryland member Sisi Reid said some workers still face retaliation and bullying and feel unsafe on the job. “I don’t think that the adminis-

Locally, Del. Pat McDonough (R-Baltimore and Harford) said he fears the program’s impact on the economy, arguing the individual mandate is a form of taxation a struggling economy can’t afford. “I think it’s going to kill a lot of jobs; a lot of small business owners are already laying people off because of the costs of Obamacare,” McDonough said. “I think Maryland is moving too quickly and putting taxpayers in a potentially dangerous situation.” For now students will see no changes in their health care service through the university, according to health center officials. However, many await the full extent of the act’s impact nationally. “I think the majority of people on campus will probably be excited at first, but I think a lot of people are misinformed,” said sophomore journalism and finance major Jimmy Williams. “They see the ruling and think, ‘free health care!’ But once it goes into effect, a lot of college students will see businesses dropping the health care because the tax will be cheaper and their parents will lose coverage.”

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tration is taking this issue seriously enough, and I don’t think they see it as urgent,” Reid said. Also in attendance at the forum were Chief Diversity Officer Kumea Shorter-Gooden and Del. Aisha Braveboy (D-Prince George’s). Braveboy, the chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, said she plans to hold a meeting with university President Wallace Loh to discuss the issues raised at the

BUSINESS from page 1 one has remained elusive. In the hopes of attracting top applicants, the school is shifting its focus away from the flagship two-year MBA program and toward the one-year master of science degrees in more specialized areas, Anandalingam said. This university first offered an accounting MS in 2008, followed by a finance program in 2010. Last year brought the introduction of supply chain management and information systems, and fall 2013 will bring the initial cohort of marketing analytics. The new MS programs follow a disappointing few years for the university’s MBA program. The school was considered a consensus top-25 program as recently as 2007. When rankings from organizations such as Business Week and the Financial Times slipped more recently into the 40s and 50s, students said they saw the perceived value of their degree drop before they even graduated. The new MS programs are supposed to present a new source of growth and income. Anandalingam said the school is considering additional MS programs in strategy and leadership and business analytics and that, for the first time in recent history, this fall will see “more MS students joining the Smith School than both fulltime MBA and part-time MBA students combined.” The addition of the new programs means 500 more students — most of them paying between $45,000 to $55,000 per year — will be enrolling in MS programs that didn’t exist until 2008 or later, generating millions of dollars of added revenue for the school. It also means the university is attracting more students straight from undergraduate programs, rather than those returning from the workforce who traditionally

forum. She assured those in attendance that members of the General Assembly are aware of their concerns and action is being taken to address them. “This is one of those things where you have to be impatient,” Comissiong said. “These are things that have to do with the basic welfare of what should be valued members of the university campus community.”

enroll in MBA programs. Jenny Wu, who recently earned an MS in information systems and now works as a web analyst in Bethesda, earned her bachelor’s degree from this university in 2011. “While I was still deciding what I wanted to do for grad school,” she said, “my theninternship coordinator told me that to get the most out of an MBA program, it would be best to have some full-time work experience. Since I planned on getting my masters right after college, an MS seemed like a more fitting choice.” More than 90 percent of applicants to the MS programs are international students, primarily Chinese students who come to the United States after earning an undergraduate degree in China. Bian Xiang, a dual MS/MBA student who graduated from Zhejiang Gongshang University last year, said he knew he wanted to continue his education in finance. “I made a list of the top 100 schools in the U.S., and only 10 offered the program I wanted,” he said. “The professors are very good. They have realworld experience and share their experience with us.” What remains to be seen is whether the new programs will do anything to improve the school’s reputation. Wu said she’s concerned students considering an MS would turn to the MBA rankings instead, which might obscure the true value of the degree. Meanwhile, Xiang, like many of his Chinese cohorts, chose this university because the business school offers an education at an accelerated pace. He said he might work one or two years in the U.S. after graduation, but ultimately wants to return to China. “It sort of depends on the U.S. economy,” he said.

















Staff editorial

Guest column

After cuts, time for reform

Finding our way back home


y now, anyone who has ever had any affiliation with this university has schools in spending per student-athlete. The department’s financial problems aren’t unique to this university. According to heard about the athletics department’s budget debacle. The department found itself buried in a monstrous debt and sought to balance it by eliminat- data culled by USA Today from the NCAA, only 22 of 227 Division I public universities’ athletics departments turned a profit last year. ing eight teams — seven of which were officially cut this weekend. The university could be at the forefront of reforming an ineffective college athLet’s recap to how we got here. Long story short, university President Wallace Loh charged a work group, called the President’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athlet- letics model. Most athletics departments are spending more than they earn, and efforts to generate revenue have largely been unsuccessful. ics, to examine the department’s budget, which had Officials have said it’s difficult to institute change without appeared balanced for several years. However, that was only the help of other institutions, but the university has already because the department regularly tapped into reserves — which had been completely depleted. The department faced With seven teams officially been a pioneer in athletics by adding more women’s teams in years past to remain Title-IX compliant. an $83 million debt and a projected deficit of about $4.7 milgone, the athletics department But now it’s time for another model. Until the department lion in fiscal year 2011. The commission recommended eight teams be elimi- needs to carry out a realistic sees a surplus, spending should be conservative. At this university, the decline in football and men’s basketball ticket sales nated: men’s indoor and outdoor track, men’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, and conservative approach. contributed significantly to the debt. If programs lack proven revenue streams, spending should not increase. acrobatics and tumbling and water polo. Loh accepted the The commission outlined how the department should balance its budget by 2015 recommendation, along with Athletic Director Kevin Anderson’s proposal that the teams be given until June 30 to raise the money needed for eight years of competition. and begin generating a profit again, but much of it is contingent upon more successful But that task — which entailed raising millions of dollars in just seven months — fundraising and increased ticket sales — all measures that may or may not work. Additionally, the department shouldn’t take on any more projects that require proved to be too tall an order, and every team but outdoor track fell short of its goal. What we’re left with now is a 20-sport athletics department — it can no longer boast money from the operating budget. The new, state-of-the-art turf field was funded it’s one of the largest in the ACC, but it’s certainly a model that’s more sustainable. entirely by private donors, and until the department has a surplus again, all projects While Loh and Anderson aren’t to blame for the financial situation — the problem had should be privately funded or held off on until there is adequate money without needbeen festering for years and they walked into it a little more than a year ago — they ing to go into reserves. The last big project, Byrd Stadium’s Tyser Towers — which now have the opportunity to reform the department and ensure we aren’t in a similar added 63 luxury suites and flat-screen TVs and was completed in 2009 — cost $50.8 mess a few years down the line. And that opportunity shouldn’t be taken lightly; the million and has failed to pay itself off due to low demand. With a weak national econcommunity deserves to know exactly how the department is changing, and it’s omy, there’s no reason to believe large projects will help the department right now. The university is on the right track — a smaller department hopefully won’t absolutely critical that the reform process moving forward is transparent. Loh and Anderson have already taken a huge step in making the tough decision to leave funds stretched so thin. But the elimination of the seven teams isn’t the eliminate the sports. It wasn’t an easy decision, but downsizing the department was end; there’s still a long road ahead, and we certainly hope we’re made aware of the right move. With 27 sports, the university ranked last among the ACC’s 12 all the necessary changes to come.

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Editorial cartoon: Eun Jeon

Drugs and crime: A visit to the United Nations ave you ever wondered how countries cooperate and conduct important business together? Or what it’s like to participate in a debate with other dignified officials? Being interested in politics, these and other musings had crossed my mind before, so I jumped at the opportunity to visit the United Nations along with other students and alumni as part of the U.N. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26. As the outreach director for this university’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy — an international nonprofit organization of young activists that was granted consultative status by the U.N. Economic and Social Council last year — at the General Assembly’s thematic debate on drugs and crime as a threat to development. There were about eight of us who could attend, hailing from chapters at colleges and professional schools across the countr y. Our organization’s executive director, Aaron Houston — a for-


LAUREN MENDELSOHN mer lobbyist in Washington — was there as well, making the experience feel even more “professional.” After clearing security, we proceeded to one of the giant rooms inside the U.N. complex’s conference building, which had vast rows of conference tables and chairs and a translator/microphone box and headset at each seat. There were also name placards at each spot; the front half of the room was reserved for delegates from member nations, while the back half of the room was reserved for non-governmental organizations like ours. We took seats in our designated area as the room filled with suit-donning individuals. At 10 a.m., the program commenced with the official launch of the 2012 World Drug Report, a publication of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, and opening statements from

the president of the General Assembly, the U.N. secretary-general, the executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime and others. The opening session was followed by an in-depth panel discussion focused on the challenges countries face in controlling drug use, production and trafficking. It also looked at ideas for developing initiatives that combat drug abuse while bolstering the community and alternative industries. Following the statements by the expert panelists, delegates from the floor had a chance to speak about the state of drugs, crime and development in their countries. An early panelist defined drug addiction as a psychological disease, and another speaker highlighted the economic importance of allowing recovered addicts back into society and the workforce. After a two-hour lunch break, the debate resumed with another lengthy session, focused on crime reduction and the importance of working as an international community to combat illicit activity-related crime. All of the speakers agreed

drugs and transnational organized crime are connected and wreak havoc around the world. Most also highlighted that producer nations and consumer nations have different, yet shared, responsibilities in combating crime and reducing drug abuse. Various member countries shared strategies for dealing with drug production, trafficking and abuse within their nation; some use force and strict penalties to discourage drug use, while others are trying more humanitarian measures such as rehabilitation, education and decriminalization. Although none of us had a chance to speak on behalf of SSDP, I was satisfied by the fact many nations are adopting a public health view of drug addiction and focusing on ending drug-related corruption. This experience taught me that with cooperation and policy analysis, even groups as large and diverse as entire nations can unite to address global issues. Lauren Mendelsohn is a junior psychology major. She can be reached at

Patriotism, the Patriot Act and health care


e as Americans are eager to call ourselves patriotic, wave the flag and represent what America stands for. Which is … It seems sometimes we forget. After Sept. 11, the nation came together and remembered what it meant to be American. About a month later, Congress passed a law with the word “patriot” in the very title — the Patriot Act. This piece of legislation — which originally passed in October 2001 by an overwhelming majority, 98-1, in the Senate — was meant to protect us from outside dangers but threatens to undermine us from within. The law vastly broadened the government’s power to monitor, search, detain and place gag orders on American citizens without warrant or probable cause, potentially turning our free country into a police state. The law passed after less than a day of debate in Congress, despite its potential violations of the Fourth Amendment, which pro-

tects us from unreasonable search and seizure, and the First Amendment, which protects our right to free speech. Despite its infringements on our civil liberties, there is little public opposition to this law. According to a 2005 Gallup poll, about 41 percent of Americans believe the Patriot Act is right and 21 percent believe it did not go far enough. Sure enough, Congress easily extended three provisions of the act that were set to expire in May 2011. What Americans do have a problem with is the Affordable Care Act, which narrowly survived last week when the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional in a 5-4 decision. This law extends health coverage to 30 million Americans, prohibits insurers from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions and gives young adults the security of remaining on their parents’ plans through age 26. Republicans in Congress have promised to continue the fight to repeal the law, adamant


L IST that government should not force all Americans to pay for health insurance. According to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, two-thirds of Americans feel the same way. So it is OK for the government to violate our civil liberties, monitor our communications and search our homes, but if it tries to make sure we all have health insurance, we cry socialism? Defenders of the Patriot Act say that being in the middle of a war on terror calls for extreme measures of protection. But how can it ever be acceptable to violate the Constitution that makes us the great nation we’re proud to be? And how can we try to

reject progressive legislation guaranteeing our citizens health care? A 2009 American Journal of Public Health study found nearly 45,000 Americans die each year due to a lack of health insurance — two and a half times more than reported in a similar study conducted by the Institute of Medicine in 2002. Does this not call for extreme measures? It seems that during a time when violence and fear rule, we have forgotten how to care for one another. As a world leader of freedom, democracy and human rights, the United States should be a nation that respects its citizens, not one that strips away their liberties and allows them to die because they can’t afford a doctor’s visit. So after this Fourth of July, let’s remember what it means to be patriotic. Madeleine List is a sophomore journalism major. She can be reached at


ongratulations sweety, I’m so proud of you for graduating summa cum laude! Wait? What? You’re moving back home?!” It isn’t difficult to fathom similar reactions happening across America, as college kids become alumni and decide to move back home. Call them what you will — boomerang kids, man-children, deadbeats — but this new phenomena of children graduating and moving home is a purely modern occurrence. Many traditionalists, aka older people like your parents, see this as a horrendous consequence of a newer generation. However, this new manifestation of adult may breed fantastic positive results and a better platform for a person to succeed. With that said, what will not breed a generation of innovative and hard-working individuals is allowing a recent college graduate to come home, not work, watch television, sleep all day, play Call of Duty all night and party whenever the opportunity presents itself. If this is or will be you, go get a job. At the same time, the millennial generation is presented with a unique opportunity. The culture of “ever yone goes to college” is entirely modern; rewind a generation or two ago and only a small proportion of the population attended university. When people turned 18 and graduated high school, many plunged head first into the abyss of the real world, no matter how immature or unready they were. Society and their parents thrust them into life’s spotlight, even if they had stage fright. Now, kids are graduating from universities and moving back home for indefinite amounts of time. There are significant advantages to this. Our generation already has the leverage of the bachelor’s degree our predecessors lacked, but another gain from this is the chance to emotionally mature. Through life, you never stop maturing as a person. New knowledge will present itself through experience won from trials and tribulations, triumph and failure. This ensures men and women will forever evolve as people. Think back to 30 or 40 years ago when an 18-year-old was told to sink or swim. The water was infested with sharks and you had an 18-pound steak across your neck. People got married and had children much earlier. There were significant consequences to this, as divorce rates skyrocketed and fractured families harmed their children psychologically, making their prospects for lasting marriage ver y bleak. Now, graduates are putting off marriage and children, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Why not emotionally mature and become financially stable before rushing into tying the knot like many did in the past? It’s easier for people to search for a job that will pay better and leave them satisfied when they have the security of a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs and clothes on their backs. In the past, sur viving on your own often forced people into a meager apprenticeship, lowskilled labor, a factor y job or joining the militar y. That was their choice, and the demands of life made job searching and finding other alternatives difficult, since child-rearing as a young, married parent is difficult. The boomerang kid generation is not a failure of children, parents or society. Rather, it’s an evolutionar y output resulting from a society that believes in the ideal of college education. Most importantly, it’s a good thing, so let’s not be so quick to demonize a slower, yet effective progression into the real world. In the comfort of their parents’ home, graduates are not quickly slapped with the bat of life. Well, let’s face facts, we all will be hit with it. At least now we have headgear to brave the blow. Marc Priester is a sophomore finance and government and politics major. He can be reached at

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he coming week is likely to see many individuals choosing between two very good options, and things are all that more tricky because both seem attractive and promise rewards that are, for the most part, equitable. What is required this week, then, is the ability to look beneath the surface, to interpret signals that may actually be misleading, and to assess what lies ahead with fearless honesty and accuracy.The implication here, of course, is that not everything is as it seems, and all must ask the question: Are both of these options as good as they seem, or as good as each other?


Those who borrow from the past will enjoy the advantage this week, provided they combine what others have done before with their own new ideas. Indeed, the past and the future can come together in quite an exciting way, forming a present that can be enjoyed to the fullest. CANCER (June 21-July 7) — You’re likely to receive messages throughout the week — but the information they contain may conflict and cause confusion. (July 8-July 22) — You may have to take a more defensive stance than usual; trust tactics that have worked before. LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) — What you see before you is likely to inspire you to take action that surprises your competitors. The odds are in your favor. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) — That which is not part of your usual strategy may actually work in your favor this week.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) — You may not fully understand what is expected of you, but if you continue along the proper course you’ll accomplish all. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) — Take care that you are not making decisions based on fear, for that emotion is sure to steer you in the wrong direction. Be confident and stand tall. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) — You must change course in an organized fashion, or much that you have gained may be lost. You know what has to be done. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) — You’re likely to come up against someone who brings out something unexpected in you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) — It’s a good week to pick up the pace and, as the momentum builds, demand more of each situation than you have in the past. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) — There is much to do for others, but you mustn’t neglect your own needs. You can strike a healthy balance. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) — Think of the week ahead in more competitive terms and you’ll be able to overcome many of the obstacles that spring up in your path. (Feb. 4Feb. 18) — Someone may be trying to fool you into thinking that things are not the way they really are — but you know better.

until all of your work is accomplished. Only then can you tell others what you know. (March 6-March 20) — Someone you know well will appreciate your involvement in a complicated situation; don’t shy away. ARIES (March 21-April 4) — You will have to increase your own creativity if you expect to accomplish everything in the time allowed. (April 5-April 19) — The proper technique is not to be undervalued; doing something the right way can make all the difference. TAURUS (April 20-May 5) — You may not trust how things look until you have mounted some kind of investigation of your own; you want firsthand information. (May 6-May 20) — You may fear that you are in over your head this week, but you are actually in a position to acquit yourself well. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) — More than one situation this week will challenge your sense of the status quo; in short, things may not be quite what they seem. (June 7-June 20) — You’re likely to come upon a stubborn obstacle that is familiar to someone in your inner at

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) — You have a secret that must not get out



VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) — Your habitual activities may not yield desired results. Adjustments must be made as the week progresses. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) — When you finally take in the results of your efforts this week, you’ll realize that more has been gained than expected. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) — You’ll have the chance to share both your experiences and what you have learned as a result with those who are eager to hear. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) — What you believe and what you know may clash somewhat this week as you navigate an issue that challenges faith.





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A lot of summer blockbusters have unoriginal plots, but The Amazing Spider-Man takes this to another level. Stop me if you’ve heard any of this before. Boy (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) meets girl (Emma Stone, The Help). Boy gets bitten by radioactive spider. Boy turns into SpiderMan. Boy’s uncle (Martin Sheen, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) says something about responsibility and exits stage dead. Okay, so Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man admittedly didn’t have Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans, Anonymous) as The Lizard, and the love interest was a different character. Yet The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the franchise, can’t help but feel a bit too similar to the original. That’s both good and bad. The good news is that director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) packs his Spidey origins tale with astonishingly ef fective character work. Acting across the board is significantly improved over Raimi’s original. Garfield is a far superior Peter Parker and Spider-Man. His interpretation has an intensity and an endearing goofiness that puts Tobey Maguire’s comparatively


wooden turn to shame. Garfield’s Parker is unmistakably a teenager — filled with recklessness, naivete and anger — but you still wind up caring about and rooting for him by the film’s end. Stone’s Gwen Stacy has more depth than Spider-Man’s rather dreary Mary Jane. She brings both feistiness and wicked brains to the table, emerging as every bit Parker’s moral and intellectual equal. And Sheen? Of course he’s great. His Uncle Ben feels less like a narrative contrivance and more an actual father figure. While the particulars of Uncle Ben’s death scene are virtually identical across both films, The Amazing SpiderMan’s is far more affecting, if only because Sheen makes us care about Uncle Ben. The bad news is that Webb is far less gifted at directing action. When compared to the relatively graceful and thrilling action set pieces of the original, the reboot can’t help but feel inadequate. The way shots are carelessly and clumsily strung together suggests that Webb doesn’t really know what he’s doing. We don’t get action scenes. We get sequences of people jumping onto things punctuated ever y other minute by a hey-look-at-me bit of gee-whiz camera work. It’s distracting, especially during

the ill-advised first-person segments in the finale. There’s no flow or rhythm to the way these fight scenes are cut together. Worse still is the messy, nauseating quality of the Spidey swinging sequences. Whereas Raimi opted for smooth pans interspersed with long shots of Spider-Man making his way through New York, Webb’s camera has a certain lurching, jittery feel to it coupled with liberally applied (to a fault) slowmotion that breaks immersion. It’s also a damn shame that Connors doesn’t get the same level of character work as the principals. His character arc is, basically, an unintentionally goofier, less coherently motivated spin on Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2. But, at the end of the day, these flaws are forgivable. When was the last time a summer action movie focused more on the drama than cheap thrills? The Amazing SpiderMan is nothing if not a commendable effort to breathe fresh air into the franchise. As stellar as Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films were, there’s always room for improvement, and The Amazing Spider-Man suggests immense potential for such improvement in Spidey’s future cinematic forays.


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STOGLIN from page 8 that would probably do better playing in Europe,” founder Aran Smith said last week. While it’s not an ideal choice for a player who grew up with NBA dreams, many U.S. players have forged successful careers overseas. Former Terp Dave Neal played for the Ulster Elks of the Irish Superleague from 2009 to 2010, playing well enough to earn player of the month honors in Februar y 2010.

For Stoglin, giving up on that NBA dream isn’t an option. Even if he doesn’t make an NBA roster this summer, he said he has no intentions of pursuing a career in Europe. Instead, he hopes to use an overseas team as a springboard to better prepare himself for what the NBA holds. “I have a lot of people overseas that have tried to get in contact with me,” Stoglin said last week, “but that’s not what I want.” What Stoglin wants is the chance to prove his worth to an NBA team. He showed throughout his college career that he has the ability to be a

7 go-to scorer — he averaged 21.6 points per game and was the ACC’s leading scorer — and he knows he has what it takes to play the point at the professional level. The results of Thursday’s NBA Draft don’t concern Stoglin. If anything, his NBA dream is far from over. All he needs is for a team to give him a shot. “My mentality stays the same: I want to continue to work hard and get better,” Stoglin said. “Once I get the opportunity, my game will speak for itself.”

Men’s swimming and diving was one of seven teams officially eliminated Saturday to help ease the athletics department’s $83 million debt. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Pitching coach Sean Kenny (left) has been asked to join Erik Bakich’s staff at Michigan. Kinney helped the Terps post a 3.21 team ERA last season. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

MILTON from page 8 After almost 10 months of working with Bakich, Milton certainly knows what the Terps are facing and what he can do to rectify a situation that may seem bleak. “I sat in a dugout for over 2,000 Major League Baseball games in my career,” Milton said in a release upon his hiring. “You learn a little bit about baseball that way. I think I can add a lot to this program. … I have more knowledge than just pitching; it’s all aspects of

the game and I think I can add that to this program.” Hiring a former major league player back to his alma mater to coach with little experience isn’t something new in college baseball. Last summer, Nebraska hired longtime pro player Darin Erstad to take over its program. In his first year, Erstad led the Huskers to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten. So while the athletics department continues its national search for a new coach, the right man for the job could already be in College Park. Bakich sure thinks so.

“[Milton] also has the absolute perfect mentality for head coaching,” Bakich said. “He’s a guy that is a very even keel mindset. I think he’ll be a good consistent role model for these players. One of the reasons I was excited about getting him on board was that he has done what every college player wants to do. “I think Eric Milton is absolutely the right guy for the job, and I hope he gets that opportunity because I think he’s going to take the program to the next level.”

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To continue competing at the university, the teams would have had to raise between $3 million and $11 million — the money needed to compete for eight years. While some teams were given a set of benchmarks to meet instead, only outdoor track, which raised $888,000, met its first deadline. The team, led by coach Andrew Valmon, who will also be taking the men’s national track team to London later this month, must raise $1.88 million by Dec. 31 to continue competing through 2014. For junior swimmer Anderson Sloan, Saturday’s announcement was all too familiar. “I’m disappointed,” said Sloan, who transferred from Clemson after it announced it would cut its swimming program. “But it wasn’t looking too hopeful even in February and March. Even then, we kind of knew it was going to happen.” The teams’ eliminations come after the commission found the athletics department, which appeared to have a balanced budget over the last several years, faced a deficit projected to reach $4.7 million in fiscal year 2011 on top of an $83 million debt. “The whole rationale of all this is we do want to emphasize excellence, both in athletics and classroom performance, and so there’s now more resources to invest in the remaining teams,” Loh said.

“It’s no longer possible to do everything for everybody, so let’s have a somewhat smaller program, but what remains is going to be absolutely at the top national level.” But this university’s department isn’t the only program to cut teams. According to The Washington Post, athletics departments at nine out of 10 public universities that compete in “big-time sports” spent more than they made last year, and more than 200 varsity teams have been cut from NCAA Division I programs in the last five years. “The problem has been exasperated by the fact that state funding for universities has been declining when it should have been going up,” University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan said. “This has created a real crisis of sorts for intercollegiate athletics and for the universities supporting their intercollegiate programs. “Long-term, we have to find a way to reign in the costs of intercollegiate athletics programs. Tr ying to fund these programs at their current levels is just incompatible with what’s happening at our campuses as they try to meet their core academic missions,” said Kir wan, who is also the cochairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Kirwan added that university presidents and the NCAA conferences must work toward “a more rational fiscal model,” which Anderson said the university’s department has

already begun developing. The university is compiling a strategic plan to balance the budget by 2015, which includes ramping up fundraising efforts and garnering a stronger football and men’s basketball fan base to boost ticket sales. If the university is able to accomplish those goals and maintain spending at its current level, “we will be a better and stronger program,” Anderson said. But the department will not immediately see more money from cutting the seven teams, since affected student-athletes’ scholarships and coaches’ contracts will still be honored, Anderson added. Some affected athletes are finding ways to continue representing the Terps. Several members of the acrobatics and tumbling team tried out for and made the university’s spirit squads, said Rose DiPaula, an athletics department spokeswoman. But other athletes said they decided they were done competing altogether. “I kind of considered transferring again, but very roughly because I didn’t want to go through the whole process again,” Sloan said, adding he will try and get involved with a study abroad program since he’ll have more free time. “If you’re on a sports team, you don’t have time to do that,” he said. “So, I’m going to try and see what else is out there and see what else I can do.”



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Profit falls, finishes 16th in heptathlon Former Terp fails to qualify for London BY JENNY PAULSON For The Diamondback

Heptathlete Kiani Profit missed qualifying for the 2012 Summer Games on Saturday after clipping a hurdle at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. The misstep came in the first of the heptathlon’s seven events, effectively ending the former Terrapins track and field star’s first Olympic pursuit. “Unfortunately when you clip a hurdle in the first event of seven, it’s an uphill battle after that,” said Roland Desonier, a Terps track and field assistant coach. “But she hung in there and fought hard.” Profit, who set numerous Terps records in her collegiate career, competed in the 100meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash on Friday. She then returned to Hayward Field on Saturday for the long jump, javelin throw and 800meter run. The Pasadena, Calif., native ranked third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.35, and finished 16th out of 20 athletes with 5,564 total points. That’s more than 200 points fewer than the 5,800 required to automatically qualify for the London Games. Hyleas Fountain (6,419 points), Sharon Day (6,343 points) and Chantae McMillan (6,188 points) will represent the U.S. in London this summer. Despite her disappointing finish, Profit achieved two personal bests. She threw a distance of 40 feet, 4 inches in the shot put, and threw 129 feet, 8 inches in the javelin. But Profit isn’t letting this year’s trials deter her. She will compete in Mexico July 6 – 8 for Team USA at the NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean) Under-23 Championships in the heptathlon, and will then return to California to train for the 2016 Olympic trials. “No matter what,” Profit said, “I want to go to the Olympics.”

Former Terps guard Terrell Stoglin will reportedly play for the Toronto Raptors’ summer league team in Las Vegas this month.


Stoglin left waiting on NBA After going undrafted, former Terps guard readies for chance with Raptors BY JOSH VITALE Senior staff writer

After a disappointing end to his Terps career, Terrell Stoglin was looking forward to to being selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Even though Stoglin’s name wasn’t one of the 60 called, he isn’t deterred. Instead, he thinks his shot at playing professional basketball is far from gone. Even though he didn’t get picked, his spirits remain high because while one of his

doors to the NBA might have closed, he sees many more that are still open. “I was disappointed,” Stoglin said Friday. “But at the same time I have good things going for me right now. I still have a lot of options.” While the Tucson, Ariz. native didn’t intend on entering the draft a few months ago — he assured Terps fans in a March tweet that he’d be returning for his junior campaign — he ended up submitting his name for the draft hours before the deadline.

The decision came one day before Athletic Director Kevin Anderson announced he and former guard Mychal Parker faced one-year suspensions from the university for violating the student-athlete code of conduct. And although most players dream of hearing their names called on draft night, it may not always be the most efficient route to playing professionally. Drafted players cannot choose which team they play for, while undrafted players have the opportunity to

try out for the team of their choosing. Stoglin has already taken advantage of one of those post-draft opportunities. Several news outlets reported earlier this week that Stoglin will take part in the Las Vegas Summer League as a member of the Toronto Raptors. But it won’t be an easy roster for Stoglin to make. The Raptors already boast a glut of guards — Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless and DeMar DeRozan are holdovers from last season, and the team

drafted Washington guard Terrence Ross as the No. 8 overall pick last week — and are looking to bolster the position even more during free agency. The team also offered free agent guard Steve Nash a multi-year deal. Even if Stoglin doesn’t make Toronto’s final roster, he’ll still have playing options. Those options just won’t be exactly where he’d like them to be. “He’s treated as a player

see STOGLIN, page 7


With Bakich gone, Terps hire MLB veteran as interim coach Pitching coach will likely take same position at Michigan BY DANIEL GALLEN Senior staff writer

Erik Bakich (above) said he supports the Terps’ decision to name Eric Milton, an 11-year MLB veteran and university alum, the team’s interim coach. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

In the midst of a national search to find former coach Erik Bakich’s replacement, the Terrapins baseball program had little wait for an interim replacement. On Thursday, less than 24 hours after athletics department officials announced Bakich was on the move, the department named volunteer assistant Eric Milton interim coach. Milton, who joined the Terps in September to work with the team’s pitchers and catchers, is a former Terp with no previous coaching experience. He did, however, spend 11 years as a pitcher in the major leagues, compiling an 89-85 record with four teams. “My goal when I came here was to help develop our players for professional careers and build a winning tradition at my alma mater,” Milton said in a release. “That goal remains the same.” Milton was unavailable for comment Tuesday. As an interim coach, Milton enters a difficult situation for a Terps team many thought was on the rise under Bakich. Two of the top pitchers on the team, right-hander Charlie Haslup and left-hander Jimmy Reed, are currently debating their futures after being drafted by the New York Yankees earlier this month. Additionally, pitching coach Sean Kenny, a native of Ann

Arbor, Mich., appears poised to join Bakich at Michigan. Bakich said Monday he offered Kenny a position on his staff and expects him to accept. The Terps’ 3.21 team ERA this season was their lowest in recent history, and the pitching carried a sometimes anemic offense through stretches of the schedule. There’s also the possibility of any number of recruits choosing to pursue their collegiate careers elsewhere following Bakich’s departure, as well as current Terps who may opt to transfer to another school. Bakich’s recruiting classes, including a No. 25-ranked 2010 class, were instrumental in stocking the program with fresh talent. Bakich’s ability to sell the university to prospective players was key in making the longtime ACC doormat attractive to top talent, and it remains to be seen how many players were either sold on the school or just sold on Bakich. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the program, current and former Terps have expressed their approval at the decision to move Milton to interim coach. “Great news for #terpsbaseball,” outfielder Charlie White posted on his Twitter account shortly after the announcement. Former right-hander Sander Beck, one of the most publicly outspoken Terps at the time of Bakich’s departure, tweeted, “Absolutely a step in the right

direction for #Maryland baseball. Great, great news.” In an interview with The Diamondback on Monday, Bakich said he supported Milton taking over as coach. “I think Eric Milton absolutely 100 percent should be the head coach at Maryland,” Bakich said. “He’s a former player. He’s someone who takes a tremendous amount of pride in his alma mater. He knows the struggles. He knows the limitations. And he’s a guy who will absolutely roll up his sleeves and understands that process right now.” Those limitations, which include dwindling funds, are key for the future of the Terps baseball program. During his three years in College Park, Bakich’s use of his own time and energy to raise money from donors was instrumental in the improvements to the program. And although he successfully tackled those challenges, the program’s — and department’s — limitations proved to be too much to keep Bakich around. “Unfortunately, the athletics department is just in a really difficult situation,” Bakich said. “I understand and am sensitive to that, but we did have a lot of dialogue. At the end of the day, it was just a really difficult situation with the current circumstances financially that the athletics department are in, and so we weren’t able to come to an agreement.”

see MILTON, page 7

July 5, 2012  

The Diamondback, July 5, 2012

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