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Proposed Pell Grant increase derailed House committee cancels funding for bills after partisan tensions errupt BY MEGAN ECKSTEIN Senior staff writer
It appeared earlier this year that Congress was taking great strides in increasing need-based aid for college students.
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school year and even more in the long run. The education budget to be considered by the House of Representatives allotted enough Pell Grant funding to provide $4,900 per student, up from the maxi-
But partisan squabbling has blocked efforts to fund Pell Grants at higher levels and to raise the maximum amount the grants can be funded at, resulting in students losing out on about $170 for the 2009-2010
mum $4,241 students can receive this upcoming school year. But political maneuvers resulted in the House Committee on Appropriations Chairman David Obey
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Students shocked by night study cut Administrators could end student use of McKeldin Library’s 24-hour schedule BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer
McKeldin Library may end its late-night study service to pay for pricier journal subscriptions, university officials said. Although university officials are quick to point out that ending late-night study is just one option the university is considering to pay for rapidly rising journal subscription costs, students who worked the late-night shift were told they should find other jobs in an e-mail last month. Eight students worked regularly at the library during late-night study, which ran from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
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Matt Fleischer, above, has expanded Hook & Ladder Brewing Company from a business model dreamed up while at this university to a successful craft beer company.
Alumni brothers create their own beer with Hook & Ladder Brewing Company
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Late-night study at McKeldin Library could be cut this fall, if university administrators decide to discontinue the service in order to save money for journal subscriptions.
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Hook & Ladder Brewing Company ships their beers to 21 states and 85 wholesalers, marked on the map, above, located in the company’s Silver Spring headquarters.
att Fleischer isn’t trying to toot his own horn, but the creator of Hook & Ladder Brewing Company can’t help but recall his popularity as a graduate student in the university’s business school several years back. “Everyone wanted to be a part of my group when we did group projects,” Matt said from his craft beer company’s Silver Spring headquarters. If the 2005 master’s of business recipient, along with the help of his brewer brother, Rich Fleischer, has his way and Hook & Ladder continues to grow, those classmates might soon regret not latching on to Matt’s business model as it comes to fruition outside the classroom. Hook & Ladder currently distributes three beers — all brewed in Rochester, N.Y. — to 21 states and 85 wholesalers, as is prominently displayed on a massive distribution map on a wall inside the headquarters. Matt’s original plan — to distribute a high quality beer while donating a percentage of his profits to firefighter
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Liquor board to regulate kegs with new law
Electronic device uses a unique, two-screen format to store, display documents
Effective since July 1, the initiative will target keg retailers, registration forms BY KELLY BROOKS For The Diamondback
The liquor control board in Prince George’s County will be proactive in enforcing a new law that makes people who purchase kegs easier to identify, said Franklin Jackson, the chairman of the Board of License Commissioners. But Jackson said he
“can’t speculate” on whether the new law, which went into effect July 1, will deter underage drinking at keg parties — part of its reason for being passed and signed in May. “If it does, that would be very good,” Jackson said. Thanks to the new law, 31 part-time inspectors under Chief Liquor Inspector Norma Lindsey will target keg retailers to “make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to do,” Jackson said. In Prince George’s County, employees at stores that rent kegs must com-
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plete registration forms with the date and the customer’s name and address, as well as the identification number and date of issue of an identification form, such as a driver’s license. In the rest of the state, the customer provides identification but does not record the card’s information on the form. In both instances, keg retailers must keep registration forms for 30 days, and the forms are subject to inspection. The stricter rules were originally proposed statewide but later only
Researchers from this university and the University of California, Berkeley, recently released a prototype of a new e-book reader aimed to revolutionize how people read and study. An e-book reader is an electronic device individuals can carry with them, just as they would a traditional book. It is slightly smaller than a typical book and reads any electric document you could view from a computer. An e-book reader can hold multiple documents at one time, so rather than carrying around heavy books and excessive handouts, an individual
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Student forum to be held for Commons 7 Capstone Management will hold a meeting for South Campus Commons residents next week to inform them of the construction and timeline for Commons 7, a Capstone manager said. Construction of the new building, which will be located at 6801 Preinkert Drive, should begin in the next few weeks, but Capstone is still working out exact details, Capstone general manager Trisha Wells said. The building, which will be nine stories, should open in January 2010, Wells added. At the meeting, which will be held July 22 in the Commons 5 seminar room, Wells will share that information — including details such as bedroom layouts — and invite feedback from students. “If someone starts drilling at 5 a.m., who do you call? If there’s noise and dust, who do you talk to about that?” Wells said. “I want to make sure students how to deal with those concerns if they come up.” After this forum, Wells said Capstone will try to send regular construction updates through e-mail to residents and will also create a website that will go live “around the same time” construction on Commons 7 begins. Information on Commons 8 construction is not yet available, Wells added. — Roxana Hadadi
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Hook & Ladder to open restaurant BREWERY, from Page 1 charities and hospital burn units — was conceived in 1999 when the brothers served the beer to friends at parties they hosted in Northern California. “People would come over and go, ‘Wow, this is really good stuff,’” Matt said. The brothers began selling the beer around the San Francisco Bay Area for a few years, but something compelled Matt to return to his home state of Maryland in 2003 to fine-tune his business skills. “We realized this concept was extremely powerful,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to go back to business school.” With Rich working toward his master’s degree at the university’s public policy school, Matt entered the business school knowing exactly what he needed to accomplish. “From the onset, I knew what I wanted out of business school: to refine my business model and get my business launched as soon as I finished,” Matt said. The business school provided him with resources and training he continues to apply today, he said. Finance classes taught him “the huge spectrum of types of fi-
nancing,” and the university’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship supported him with research, mentoring and even funding, investing $10,000 in Hook & Ladder. Asher Epstein, managing director of the Dingman Center, said he was impressed with Matt from the beginning of their relationship. “Matt walked into my office from day one and said, ‘Here’s the company I want to build,’” Epstein said. “Now he’s got a company that’s going to do a few million dollars or more in revenue this year.” But perhaps more important than helping him start his business, Matt credits the business school with teaching him to prevent it from collapsing. “Going to business school helped tremendously preparing for the challenges,” he said, citing rising prices of raw ingredients and shipping as chief among those obstacles. Rich ventured to a university graduate program with the intention of pursuing a side interest in homeland security, but after receiving his master’s degree in 2006, the former firefighter remains with Hook & Ladder, in an office just down the hall from his brother.
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WASHINGTON — Bert and Ernie are paying a special visit to the city that helped give birth to the “Sesame Street” gang. But don’t expect to see the popular puppets strolling around Washington. Their fame and age (they’re sensitive to light) make too much exposure a security risk. Instead, they will be making their home, at least temporarily, in the underground International Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution as part of the exhibit “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World.” Visitors to the show, which continues through Oct. 5, will find the Muppets under special lighting, behind glass and closely guarded. “We consider every single thing in here to be precious,” said project director Deborah Macanic. Technically speaking, they’re all antiques. It’s a homecoming for Muppets such as Kermit, the piano-playing dog Rowlf and others that first achieved stardom on Washingtonarea television shows and commercials — long before the success of “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street.” Muppets creator Jim Henson grew up in nearby Hyattsville, Md., and attended this university, where his creative approach began to take shape. “We’re showing how he went from drawing to a cartoon to a puppet to a moving image,” Macanic said, explaining the exhibit’s themes of visual thinking, storytelling and character development. Through more than 100 original drawings, cartoons and story boards and about 14 famous Muppets, the exhibit traces Henson’s career as a puppeteer and filmmaker until his death in 1990. — Compiled from wire reports
“I’m telling my parents I’m finally putting my biology undergraduate degree to good use — to create beer,” he joked. Hook & Ladder’s three beers — Golden Ale, which once received a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival; the heavier, maltier Backdraft Brown; and LIGHTER, designed for the calorie-conscious beer guzzler — come from years of trial and error in the garage back in California and represent a combination of what Rich enjoys drinking. “It’s kind of like cooking — you do things to make them your own,” he said. And Rich will continue to develop more recipes, both in preparation for an upcoming fall variety pack and for seasonal beers to be ADAM FRIED–THE DIAMONDBACK served on tap at the company’s up- The Hook & Ladder Brewing Company, located in Silver Spring, will begin coming flagship restaurant. construction next month to turn an old, nearby firehouse, above, into a Though Matt invests most of his microbrewery and restaurant. energy in increasing the number of stars on the distribution map, his summed up his confidence in his helping to explain why both Matt’s company purchased an old fire- concept’s potential not by credit- former peers and beer fans have house, also in Silver Spring, and ing his astute business mind, his been drawn to Hook & Ladder. “He’s got a great name and a will begin construction next month brother’s discerning beer palette to turn the building into a micro- or his classroom training in Col- great brand,” he said. “He’s a driven and focused entreprebrewery and restaurant, which lege Park. Rather, Matt simply let the neur. People like to be associated Matt hopes to open by early 2009. It is still too early to determine if beer speak for itself: “They’re with a winner.” Hook & Ladder will become a just good.” Epstein echoed that sentiment, email@example.com smashing success, but Matt
could just carry one electronic device. An e-book will especially help users working with electronic documents, said Nicholas Chen, the lead graduate student on the project. “These documents include handouts, forms, term papers or spreadsheets, in addition to a wide variety of books,” Chen said. Other single-display e-book readers have been available, but the one that was released by the university is a newly designed dual-display reader. The dual-display reader format allows the ebook to be used in a more “booklike” fashion, as the two separate screens can be fanned to imitate page-turning, Chen said. There are single-display ebook readers on the market, such as the Amazon Kindle. These products use E-ink, designed to make the screen easy to read in direct sunlight. These e-book readers also do not require power to maintain the image on the screen. But e-book readers are expensive, ranging from $200 to $500, so they are not widely used. As the technology advances, however, the prices should decrease drastically, Chen said, and they will probably be marketed to younger audiences for their ease
of use in the future. They could possibly even compete with textbooks, Chen added. “An electronic version of a textbook would be considerably easier to carry around, and the activities people do with textbooks tend to intersect with what electronic books are good at: Namely, searching for a specific topic, or jumping to a section of interest,” said Chen, who is also affiliated with the university’s Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory. Yet, there are still issues to be worked out with the e-book reader, Chen said. Students often like to write and highlight while reading, but the newest model of the e-book reader is not sophisticated enough to allow for writing or highlighting. To appeal to those users, researchers say they are interested in adding that feature, which will work well with this e-book’s two-screen format. “We’ve had writing in mind from the beginning of the project,” Chen said. “One of the key advantages of having two separate screens is that one screen can be positioned at an angle that is most comfortable for reading, and the other can be placed so that it is most comfortable for writing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
(D-Wis.) abandoning the appropriations process for the remainder of this year, meaning this year’s funding levels can be continued but not altered for next year. Obey’s opening statement in the markup session in late June expressed interest in boosting need-based aid. For families with the top 20 percent of family incomes, tuition eats up only about 5 percent of their income. But for families earning incomes in the lowest 20 percent, tuition consumes as much as 70 percent of the family’s income, Obey said. However, the markup took a surprising turn that all but eliminated the chances of a Pell Grant funding boost. During the House Appropriations Committee markup session to deal with funding for, among other agencies, the Department of Education — through which Pell Grants are administered — Republicans commandeered the committee and shifted the focus from education to oil drilling. Republicans have hoped to lease more land to American oil companies, saying that boosted domestic oil production will help lower soaring gas prices. After the education funding bill was introduced, the ranking Republican member on the committee, Jerry Lewis (R- Calif.), offered an amendment that deleted all language in the education bill and substituted the Department of the Interior funding bill. Repubicans
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hoped to amend that bill to allow more domestic drilling. Irritated, Obey quickly adjourned the markup and has said he has no intention of restarting the appropriation process again. Compounding frustrations over lower-than-expected Pell grant levels is a failure in Congress to maintain momentum for the College Opportunity and Affordability Act. The bill headed to the full House floor in early November and passed in February despite objections from President George W. Bush. But the bill — which would have allowed Congress to fund Pell Grants as high as $9,000 per student instead of the current $5,800 cap — came to a grinding halt
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Police hope law will lessen number of keg parties
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to do anything enforcementwise to adjust to the changes. Sue Chun, owner of Parkway adopted in Prince George’s Liquors, said she didn’t anticiCounty. pate any problems with Sgt. Philip Tou of Unithe changes. versity Police said he But Bobby Cook, a has yet to see the new cashier at Number 1 forms, but the forms Liquors, said his store make the law more hadn’t even received the practical. new forms yet. Whether “When you talk about the law will deter underthis law, what it’s for, it age drinking, he said, wasn’t doing what it’s “all depends how far supposed to do,” said they go with it.” Tou, a strong supporter District 2 College in the early stages of the Park City Councilman legislation. Bob Catlin said it People who purwould take a few chased kegs used at parmonths to determine ties with underage the effectiveness of drinkers have always been held accountable, –Sgt. Philip Tou the changes. “The old form made and Tou — who said he UNIVERSITY POLICE enforcement difficult; has charged people for they thought this would the crime before — said let them investigate this law will help make some party issues better if they those people easier to find. Henry Tippett, a county police had to,” he said. “I would have to spokesman, said he would hope expect that it would be some the law would decrease the improvement.” number of keg parties that go on ,but added officers haven’t had email@example.com
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Several childhood-influenced objects are scattered along the floor of the Union Gallery in the Stamp Student Union as part of the current exhibit, Afterimages. Alumna and curator Amy Boone-Johnson's debut exhibit runs until Aug. 13 and features work from local artists Casey Johnson and Shelly Voorhee.
200 beds cut from student housing on East Campus
Officials, students to meet about late-night study
Prices of subsidized graduate units raised by $20 MCKELDIN, from Page 1 BY CARRIE WELLS Staff writer
East Campus developers cut about 685 units from planned housing, representatives said Monday, but added more fourbedroom units to mitigate the loss. Richard Perlmutter, co-principal for the Argo Investment Company, said the company realized it had less usable land than expected on the construction site, bound-
ed by Route 1 and Paint Branch Parkway. Instead of 2,200 units, there will be about 1,515; however, only 200 beds were lost due to the increase in four-bedroom units. The decrease will not affect the 450 beds promised to graduate students as part of a subsidized housing effort, said Doug Duncan, vice president for administrative affairs. Developers also announced updated prices for the subsi-
dized graduate units, which would start at $690 for a bed in a four-bedroom apartment. The price was previously $670. A portion of utilities would be included in rent and anything more than that would be billed to residents, though the exact limits have not yet been set. Resident monthly parking fees would also be around $100. firstname.lastname@example.org
“Because of uncertainty of whether or not we will continue to have a late-night study service in the Libraries, I encourage you to seek employment elsewhere. Thank you very much for working with us here in the Library,” read the e-mail from Cindy Todd, coordinator for information and research services in the library’s public services division, provided to The Diamondback by a library employee. “I think late-night is being reviewed, along with all of the operations of the library,” said interim associate provost Mahlon Straszheim. “How can the library get more out of its resources with the higher prices of the journals? That’s the fundamental question.” “Let me emphasize that no final decision has been made,” said Interim Dean of Libraries Desider Vikor. But neither could explain the e-mail sent to the late-night employees. Vikor and Straszheim both said they did not know there was such an email. Todd, who sent the message, referred questions to Public Services Director Tanner Wray, who referred questions to Vikor. Sherdina Randolph, an African-American studies major who graduated in May and had worked McKeldin’s late-night shift for two semesters, said in an e-mail she was “shocked” by Todd’s email. “I couldn’t believe they were discontinuing this service for those students who were dedicated to their studies,” she said. It would be a “disservice to the college,” she continued. The cuts may be necessary to help pay for the cost of journal subscriptions and other materi-
als, which have been rapidly rising. Last fall, the University Library Council reported to the University Senate that library traffic was up 72 percent since 1998, but funding had not kept up with inflation prices. The report said the cost of library materials had risen 7.5 to 10 percent since 2002, resulting in a “resource crisis.” Junior journalism major Elizabeth Abraham, who had worked at McKeldin late-night for two semesters, said while she couldn’t speak to the economics of keeping the service open, it was important to the students she got used to regularly seeing there. “I’m confident that late night study was the most optimal studying atmosphere for many of the familiar faces I saw while working,” she said in an e-mail. University officials said they did not know exactly how much is spent on late-night study at this point, saying library operations are still under review. Employees said there are typically four library staff members in the building during the nine-hour period, two of whom are students making approximately $7 an hour. Some students also criticized secrecy they said surrounded the library evaluations, including sophomore government and politics major Jon Berger. Berger is a member of the group Students for a Democratic Society, which is opposing the end of latenight study. “The fact that the students didn’t find out about this through them trying to tell the students about it — we found out about this in sort of a back door way — they were not seeking student input all along,” Berger said. “They went far enough along in
the process to say they were firing employees before we heard about it.” Senior English and history major Anne Price, who had worked late-night at McKeldin, said the library’s Desk Supervisor Valerie Jean-Turner, who runs late-night study, told her that library staff were aware of the potential elimination of the service and were instructed to keep quiet about it. Jean-Turner did not respond to phone calls seeking comment. News has since spread by word of mouth and on Facebook. Student Government Association President Jonathan Sachs said students have been contacting him, asking “Could this really be happening?” “There was a feeling of genuine surprise among many people in the community,” Sachs said. He supports keeping late-night study, which he described as both a good study environment and an escape from noisy dorms. Encouraged in part by a message the Facebook group “Save McKeldin Library’s Late Night Study,” which had 655 members as of press time, students have bombarded university officials with e-mails supporting the service. Officials have organized a meeting with students in response to the outcry that Straszheim said “concerned” Provost Nariman Farvardin, who has the final say on the libraries. Farvardin was out of the office and not available for comment. The meeting between students and university officials is scheduled for today at 6 p.m. in 6137 McKeldin. email@example.com
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ow that my second term as president of the Graduate Student Government has ended, I wanted to reflect on the last year and the work of the GSG. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the advocate and voice for my community over the past two years. I’m tremendously optimistic about the future because the GSG is now in the excellent hands of new GSG President Anupama Kothari and her dream team of executives. Last year, much of the work of the GSG was devoted to raising the profile of the graduate student community both on and off the campus. Many of our issues stem from a simple lack of awareness of our most pressing concerns. We expanded the role of graduate student leaders and the GSG in the larger university community, taking active leadership roles on policy issues affecting broader populations. I sincerely hope this new tradition of high profiles and meaningful leadership will remain for many years to come. One of the principle issues this past year was the fight to give graduate student employees the right to collective bargaining — a right currently denied them under Maryland law. Many graduate student employees at world-class public universities across the country enjoy this right, and in most cases, those who are unionized enjoy higher stipends, better workplace protections and superior living conditions to students here. It has been the position of the GSG for almost two years now that university graduate students should have the right to choose whether collective bargaining is the best course of action. This year, we pursued legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to make that possible. Although the legislation was defeated in a back room maneuver by a member of a subcommittee, I promise, next year, the fight will continue. Pursuing the legislation served as an opportunity to raise the visibility of graduate students at the university and even to state leaders at the highest levels of government. We fully recognize the efforts being made by the university to improve our situation, and collective bargaining is not a tool to extract concessions; it is a way of creating a contract that guarantees the delivery of tough promises. Another major policy debate this year was over the best alignment for the Purple Line on our campus. The pages of The Diamondback have been filled with the debate over Campus Drive versus the various alternatives for months, so I won’t rehash the details. I’m immensely proud of the GSG Assembly for being the first advocacy group on the campus to support the Campus Drive alignment. As Campus Drive looks increasingly like the best option, I hope graduate student leaders in years to come will remember this example of how a well-reasoned position and persistent advocacy can make us leaders in the broader campus community. We have fought in Annapolis for controls on the prices of textbooks, for increased higher education funding and broader recognition of the unique concerns of our community. On the campus, we have advocated better disability access, tolerance after last year’s regrettable noose incident, greater transparency from our university leaders and partner benefits. For the second year in a row, the GSG has continued the revived Graduate Research Interaction Day conference with the generous support of many donors. This year, over 160 graduate students presented their research and competed for more than $16,000 in prize money. And we haven’t forgotten that sometimes graduate students just need a little down time: We’ve continued to put on Grad Pub, the ever-popular kickball tournament, dive-in movies and other free events for graduate students. We have been on hand to address a variety of constituent issues including problems facing international graduate students, graduate students’ parents and those just lost in the maze of university bureaucracy. This job has been harder and more rewarding than I ever expected, and I could not have accomplished any of it without the dedication of the many GSG members and other leaders who worked with me over the past two years. I hope we have set an example for our successors, and graduate students at this great university will continue to be able to depend on their GSG for world-class advocacy and leadership in the years to come. Laura Moore is a former president of the GSG and now works in the office of County Councilman Tom Dernoga.She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ith the availability of community lounges mended. Offering a wide array of top-notch journals already evaporating due to the campus helps professors in their research, and it surely aids housing crunch, the university seems the university in its pursuit of prestigious faculty. poised to make a decision that would Likewise, the journal subscriptions give students an extra avenue to exploit in writing deprive students of a quiet place to and researching papers. study, a vitally important resource. But the addition of materials Cutting the late-night study service shouldn’t come at the cost of study — always popular among students time for students. Late-night study cramming for exams, rushing through term papers or just looking The expansion of library gives students the ability to leave the noise of the dorm room behind and for a quiet place to read — would resources, while hit the books in earnest. The service leave students in the dorms with admirable, should not means there is always a quiet place scant few areas to study and work come at the cost of study to go on the campus to review notes after the sun goes down. and read textbooks, which is no While Interim Dean of Libraries time for students. small thing considering the occaDesider Vikor told The Diamondback sional frayed nerves and conflicting today “that no final decision has been made,” the e-mail sent to the students who staffed the study schedules among students in dorms. Before ending the program for good, the univerlate-night study program leaves little doubt the service will at least be cut back. The quick student sity should explore all other possible avenues, response — such as the more than 600 member “Save including scaling back the number of journal subMcKeldin Library’s Late Night Study” group on Face- scriptions. As the next semester approaches, the university should take every step possible to avoid book — shows how highly students value the service. The goal of bolstering and improving the resources ending a service vital to the academic success of stuavailable through the library system should be com- dents.
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“Here’s an “Parking meters, garages raise idea: Take the rates” bus, then you Student POSTED 7/14/08 @ 2:21 PM EST won’t have to I am now convinced DOTS is a money-making buy a permit, machine for somebody. Transportation fees, parking fees, excessively high ticket prices, pay an hawk-like parking enforcement that has driven my dad to never leave his vehicle unatattendant or tended on the campus even when he is allowed to park at the location (whole new story on its own). All this would have been feed the meter. acceptable if the parking system on the camVoila!” pus was revamped, but times have changed as
POSTED 7/10/08 @ 9:57 AM EST Welcome to the real world, Diamondback! The economy is in a slump, and gas prices are increasing the cost of everything. Owning a car is a luxury, and the cost will only increase — that includes the costs for DOTS, and it is only logical that those costs will be spread out among the various services they provide. Here’s an idea: Take the bus, then you won’t have to buy a permit, pay an attendant, or feed the meter. Voila! It’s getting pretty tiring finding nothing but complaining from the editors of this “news” source; try thinking of solutions instead of negativity-mongering.
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well as the student-faculty dynamic. It’s time In response to Ashlee’s comments: Please –Ashlee The Diamondback changed, too. Whoever the back up the fact that a slumping economy valCOMMENTER director is needs to step up to his job descripidates a University-funded agency raising tion and make the parking system more effiparking fees on students! I am sure they need cient. I am tired of getting tickets while being to raise more revenue to keep their employthe only person in a parking lot in the summer ees’ fat salaries and pensions intact the easiest because it’s a faculty parking lot. We all know way — “Let’s screw the students!” A smart those spaces could be provided to students for better organization would try to cut expenses elsewhere access. (maybe laying off unneeded workers) before screwing the people who pay their bills (our tuition). But not DOTS.
lost access to my Facebook account for five days recently, and I thought it might be the end of the world. What would I do after checking my Gmail account? I was at a loss. But an amazing thing happened: absolutely nothing. People still pick up The Diamondback solely for the Sudoku and crossword puzzles, the McDonald’s in the Stamp Student Union still serves Pepsi, and our basketball team is still, well, our basketball team. Gas prices did increase, though, but I’m told that’s because I was unable to join the 5,243 new “Join this group to lower gas prices” Facebook groups that popped up during my absence. (I checked one of those groups once, and it read “Gas Saving Tip No. 1: Don’t Drive.”) Facebook’s popularity is reaching new heights, and not just with college students anymore. In fact, according to a ComScore study, Facebook recently surpassed MySpace to become the most popular social networking site in the world, with an astonishing 123.9 million unique visitors in May. With Facebook now open to everyone, instead of only to college students as it was originally, people are running into such thorny issues as whether to accept that friend request from a parent. Sure, Facebook has become more popular, but my time without the “social utility that connects you with the people around you” made me realize what it has done to me and the rest of our generation. The advent of new technology such as cell phones and the Internet was supposed to connect us and bring us closer together, and in a way, it has. People are now one phone call or message away. But in reality, these technological advances have pushed us farther apart, voiding the need for genuine, face-to-face interaction. Instead of calling up a friend to make plans, you post on that friend’s Facebook wall. Instead of confronting your friend about what he said to you, you write a nasty Facebook message to him. Facebook picks up where e-mail leaves off in encouraging passive online communication. Instead of having a reunion after a trip, you just post pictures on Facebook for all to see. On that note, it will be interesting to see if our generation will still hold high school reunions. After all, who cares what your arch nemesis in high school is doing in five years when you can find out what he is doing right now. There is no denying Facebook can be useful, such as when you need a friend’s number –Joel Cohen or when you want COLUMNIST to reconnect with an old classmate. But Facebook has allowed our generation to take it too far. I have heard people say they aren’t officially friends until they are friends on Facebook. But is this really a joke? What is the first thing you, and most other college students, do after meeting a fellow college student? While previous generations read The Washington Post to get their news, our generation reads their Facebook news feed to get their breaking news alerts. Instead of caring about issues — say, housing — we are too busy finding out who broke up with whom. Is this really what we want? I am just as guilty as the next person of the aforementioned condition. Sure, my time away from Facebook made me miss the fact that “9 of [my] friends received gifts,” but it also made me realize that none of those people are actually my real-life friends. In an even more telling twist, there is no way to speak to a human at Facebook. All inquiries must be submitted online. Thanks to Alyssa and Rufus from Facebook’s not-so-friendly and not-soquick-responding “User Operations Team,” I now have my Facebook account back. But do I really want it?
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Dramatic but not Illmatic Nas’s controversial untitled album finally hits record stores but doesn’t live up to the hype BY ADI JOSEPH Senior staff writer
Sorry. It’s not Illmatic. Nas’s ninth studio album is chained to the same expectations as the previous eight were — match perhaps the best album in hip hop history or piss everyone off. And it’s a damn shame, because the Queensbridge griot still has so much to say, even if he doesn’t say it with quite as much impact, grit or focus as he did back in 1994. The new, untitled album might not be what hip-hop fans hope to hear when time they tear open the cellophane (or press “play” on their iPods) off the new Nas album. The record was originally titled N----- before the ohso-obvious storm of controversy forced Nas to take the epithet off of an album cover that features whip scars etched into the rapper’s back, forming the letter ‘N.’ The 15-track record has its share of overproduced beats and egotistical rhymes, unfortunate standards on every album Nasir Jones has put out since his legendary debut. But Nas has proven holding patterns (see God’s Son, Hip Hop Is Dead) is sometimes bet-
than a bragging track with a thinly veiled late’80s-style diss to 50 Cent. But the laidback approach, as opposed to the triumphant return that
ter than attempting to push limits (think Nastradamus, rap’s Rocky V). Things open up with the offkilter piano keys of the theme song of I Am Sam. The track, “Queens Get the Money,” proves to be little more
was “Stillmatic (The Intro)” off 2001’s album of the same name, proves to be a theme here. Even when drums and bass actually kick in, Nas is clearly not trying to pump anyone up with this album. A triple dose of Nas overlaid with the glossiest of production leads into the first single, “Hero.” And if you haven’t heard “Hero,” it’s hardly an exception. The lead single appears to be Nas’s newest attempt at anthem rap, and the results are somewhere between the exceptional “Made You Look” and the contrived “Hate Me Now” of the past. Enter “Sly Fox,” a pointed dagger aimed straight at network news and the rest of us scummy media types. dead prez front man stic.man’s gritty beat complements Nas and makes for the only truly venomous song on an album that was supposed to be called N-----. You do the math. Regardless, it’s a clear-cut highlight and a turning point for the album as a whole. Perhaps the finest moment of the album, “N.-.-.-.-.-. (The Slave and the Master)” comes together beautifully with a pulsing, swaying beat from D.J. Toomp — yes, the guy who did T.I.’s “What You Know.” It’s starkly depressing but incredibly insightful. Nas has been preaching for 10 years now, but never before has he seemed so genuine. stic.man’s second effort on the album, “Untitled,” is mostly just the generic Nas song — instantly forgettable. But it’s hard to even think
about that when you know a Busta Rhymes guest appearance is coming up. Nobody does it better on someone else’s album than Bussa Bus, and that’s been true since A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” in 1992. “Fried Chicken” is an incredible track on both ends, with the two rappers, well, eating it up with metaphors on top of metaphors and a strong beat from Mark Ronson. The album’s final standout track is the finale, “Black President.” The 2Pac sample and militant drums D.J. Green Lantern spark an aggressive Nas providing his views on the political world with intelligence and grit. Even if Nas does simplify things like always, he is sharp enough to bring up both sides of the debate: “We in need of a break / I’m thinkin’ I can trust this brotha / But will he keep it way real? / Every innocent n---- in jail gets out on appeal / When he wins — will he really care still?” In the end, the highlights are sparse on the new, untitled Nas album. It is no Illmatic. And it is no surprise. Illmatic was produced by D.J. Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock and Q-Tip, a viable who’s-who of mid-’90s East Coast producers. Nasty Nas is still as lyrically sharp as ever, but the lacking production he allows himself to use is holding him back just as they have been for 14 years. Still, though, when you hit “play” on the new Nas album, keep your expectations. Maybe one day they’ll be met. Maybe. firstname.lastname@example.org
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REVIEW | ALL GOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008
All Good, nothing special As band after band delivered standard sets, the All Good Music Festival failed to live up to its soaring reputation BY RUDI GREENBERG AND ZACHARY HERRMANN Senior staff writers
About 2 a.m. Thursday, a heavy fog rolled over Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, W.Va., the site of the 12th annual All Good Music Festival. And although the fog lifted by sunrise, the proverbial haze lingered from set to set throughout the entire festival. Few performances stood out, as it was business as usual for the jam-heavy crowd. Generally a sit-in friendly group of musicians, most performers opted to play their set and only their set. Even festival and sit-in favorite Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule was nowhere to be seen during his associates’ sets. The only notable guest spots came from Derek Trucks and Jimmy Herring, who each sat in during each other’s sets.
Herring, a former guitarist for Friday’s headliners Phil Lesh and Friends and Widespread Panic’s current lead guitarist, stepped in during Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival for a cover of “Hey Jude.” Trucks and Tedeschi returned the favor, along with percussionist Yonrico Scott, for “Angels on High,” a highlight of Panic’s Saturday headlining set. Trucks then stayed on for a spacey reading of Panic’s “Ribs and Whiskey.” All Trucks and Herring interplay aside, catching most bands was like catching them on a tour stop — only with a shorter set length and an obtrusive sun beating down during the day shows. Even the bands giving their all had an uphill battle at the festival. The smaller, Magic Hat stage — located inconveniently next to the main stage
— housed the tweener sets. The non-stop music works well in theory, but during the down home, Friday afternoon set from The Wood Brothers, the band competed with tune ups from MJ Project’s set on the smaller stage. Baltimore’s favored sons The Bridge played two Saturday sets, the latter of which Mike Gordon (the onetime Phish bassist, who played an experimental daytime show) sat in on. But unless you managed to fight your way to the front of the Magic Hat stage in between Widespread Panic’s and Dark Star Orchestra’s sets, the sound barely carried halfway up the hill to a large portion of the audience. Worse yet, it seemed like no one really cared either. From start to finish, the All Good attitude tended to prioritize various recreational activities over the music.
And maybe it wasn’t completely the audience’s fault. Technical issues aside, the Magic Hat stage offered the weakest performances of the weekend, especially during Friday’s two prime slots leading up to Lesh and Friends and Mule. Lettuce, which preceded Lesh, brought the funk and horns strong enough, but its front man Nigel Hall capsized the set with his nonstage presence. Then, before Mule took the stage (40 minutes late), Soldiers of Jah Army offered a bland take on modern political reggae. While Widespread Panic and Phil Lesh and Friends are both formidable headliners for a jam band festival, All Good faced one problem: If you had already attended a festival this summer, chances are you already saw both in similar slots. Panic and Lesh both played last month’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and last weekend’s inaugural Rothbury Music Festival. And while Lesh’s set was solid, it couldn’t compare to his latenight slot at Bonnaroo. There, Lesh played a ripping, nearly non-stop threehour set. At All Good, the band played two measly one-hour sets. While both sets were entertaining, neither captured the full energy this incarnation of the band has to offer. Closing out Saturday night, Dark Star Orchestra had the unfortunate circumstance of playing their note-for-note Grateful Dead renditions after Lesh had already brought the real thing the night before — a glorified, talented cover band is still a cover band. Someone loftier could have filled the other late-night spot.
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Gov’t Mule and guitarist Warren Haynes played a solid late-night Friday set, which never deviated from the band’s standard show. But not all was lost at All Good. Even some of the more seemingly standard sets were full of energy, especially Friday and Saturday’s pre-sundown sets. Equal parts sultry and rocking, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals gave one of the weekend’s more fulfilling performances. The hands-down, All Good standout though was the aforementioned Soul Stew Revival set. With a little more restraint on his leads, Trucks led an augmented version of his band (everything sounds better with horns) side by side with Tedeschi, touching on each artist’s respective songbooks. To much delight, the band bookended their set with two covers from The Band, opening with “Don’t Do It” (originally performed by Marvin Gaye) and signing off with the quintessential touchstone of
rock music, “The Weight.” In a close second to the rousing Soul Stew show, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood conjured up the spirit of 1970s Miles Davis in a blistering Friday sundown set of off-thewall jazz fusion. As gas prices climb throughout the summer festival season, concert goers really do not have the time for a festival that does not deliver the goods 100 percent. Sitting in line for four hours to get in to All Good and another four hours to leave proved to be an incredibly frustrating and stagnant process but was to be expected. What was not expected was the somewhat frustrating and stagnant process within the festival gates — the music itself. email@example.com
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Husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s ripping Soul Stew Revival provided the All Good festival with a much-needed shot in the arm with a brassy Saturday performance on the main stage.
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Evans and Gilchrist departures highlight turbulent summer
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Shane Walker — a freshman last season with the Terps — transferred from this university in April. It was the first of many roadbumps the Terps would face this offseason, as they had trouble securing incoming players.
HOOPS, from Page 10 the program’s decline from its national championship in 2002. In an interview with The Diamondback on Tuesday, Williams, entering his 20th year at this school, brushed off critics and reiterated his desire to win hasn’t wavered. “In college basketball, it’s hard to be loved by everybody, especially if you’ve been at a place for 20 years,” Williams said. “It bothers you personally, but two years ago we won the fifth-most games in school history. You get judged here at Maryland if you win a national championship; at a lot of places your bar is set differently.” Williams talked openly about the circumstances involving the departure of Tyree Evans and Gus Gilchrist, the two recruits who asked out of their commitments earlier this summer and were expected to help the Terps try to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Evans, a junior-college transfer and shooting guard from Richmond, Va., with a history of legal troubles, was expected to contribute immediately this season after averaging 21.2 points per game at Motlow State Community College in Tennessee last year. He signed a letter of intent with the Terps in April, but after media outlets, including The (Baltimore) Sun and SI.com, published stories detailing Evans’ criminal record, Evans eventually asked out of his commitment. “You could see it coming in the distance,” Williams said. “There’s no way he could have been a normal student on this campus. It wouldn’t be right to him. If he got a parking ticket, he would have been in trouble.” Williams said he got no specific indication the Office of Student Conduct, which reviews all students with criminal backgrounds in the application process and is independent of the Athletics Department, would have denied Evans’ admission. Evans had already been accepted by the Athletics Department Academic Committee, which voted to grant him a scholarship by a 4-1 vote, according to minutes from an April 17 council meeting. The committee did not take into account Evans’ criminal past, which includes a 2005 felony charge for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He ended up pleading to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, only two weeks of which he served before being released on good behavior. Controversy about whether or not the program should admit a player with Evans’ checkered past, which also includes a guilty plea to a misdemeanor assault
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He had been practicing with the team and taking classes at this university last semester but wouldn’t have been allowed to suit up for the Terps until December of this year per ACC transfer rules. Gilchrist would have been able to play just two and a half years for the Terps, and after two of Maryland’s appeals to the ACC to grant Gilchrist more eligibility were denied, he decided to transfer to South Florida in June. “The Gilchrist thing was unusual,” Williams said. “It was a situation where the league did not grant him a waiver from the transfer, so he went somewhere where he felt he could get that year back. He felt he needed that fourth year to become a pro.” Then there is the story of guard Bobby Maze, a Suitland native who verbally committed to transfer from his Kansas junior college to the Terps last year. But the Terps rescinded his offer in April, in what many observers thought was a move to make room on the roster for Evans, who at the time had just committed. Maze subsequently chose to enroll at Tennessee. Forward Shane Walker, who played sparingly as a freshman for the Terps last season, transferred in April to Loyola College in Baltimore, coached by former
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Terps assistant Jimmy Patsos. There were concerns incoming freshman Sean Mosley, a 64 shooting guard and last year’s state Gatorade Player of the Year, would not qualify academically. But Mosley is set and should see significant playing time this season, according to Williams, who also said to expect a few more commitments from big men before the summer is through. While Williams can’t comment on current recruits, reports indicate one of those players could be Steve Goins, a 6-10 center from Chicago. Goins committed to the Terps in June, according to TurtleSportsReport.com, but is awaiting word on his academic status. When asked about the unusually high amount of player movement in and out of the program this summer Williams said, “Every year is different in college basketball now; a lot of things happen with a lot of schools.” Williams specifically referred to the decision of Arizona recruit Brandon Jennings to forego his commitment there in favor of playing professionally in Europe. Williams also defended himself against recent public criticism. “Understand that people who are the most vocal, most visible are usually always against something,” Williams said. “People that are satisfied or happy with the ways things are — they don’t say much. It’s the same with anything, politics or sports.” In the ESPN.com report, high school and AAU coaches discussed Williams’ hunger when it comes to recruiting and if his job is on the hot seat. Athletics Director Debbie Yow gave her support for Williams in a written response. “The achievements of coach Williams are very much appreciated by all of us in Athletics,” Yow said. “I continue to support all 27 of our varsity teams and their coaches in every way possible.” Williams said he is still passionate about the program and is particularly excited about this year’s team because the four-guard lineups he plans to use remind him of his days coaching at American and Boston College. Still, he said it’s important to him to realize when it’s the right time to walk away from coaching. “I want the program to be the best in the country every year, so If I feel I can do that, than fine,” Williams said. “If I feel I can’t, then hopefully we can get somebody in here that can do the job, because the basketball program is important to me.”
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COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
Lacrosse recruits show skills in AllAmerican game BY JAKOB ENGELKE For The Diamondback
The future of the Terrapin men’s lacrosse team was at Towson University last Saturday as six incoming freshmen showed off their talents in the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic. Teams were composed of some of the top high-school seniors in the country. The North squad, which prevailed with a late goal to secure the 13-12 victory over the South, featured future Terp Michael Shakespeare, a midfielder from Walpole, Mass., who registered 166 goals, 60 assists and 414 groundballs in his high school career. Shakespeare, who was invited to try out for the U-19 USA lacrosse team, tallied two assists for the victorious North team. Shakespeare had five future teammates to contest with Sunday, as the South squad was packed with Terps. Jake Bernhardt, a midfielder from Longwood, Fla., who scored a remarkable 90 goals in his senior season, added two more to his resumé in the Under Armour game, while Baltimore attackman Joe Cummings had a goal and an assist. “Playing in this game was the highlight of my career,” Bernhardt said. “Being selected to play was an honor.” “I’ve liked the University of Maryland my whole life,” Cum-
mings said. “Just being recruited was a dream for me. I’m glad to be on a team with a winning attitude.” The other three Terps represented in the game, Owen Blye, Joey Fontanesi and Grant Oliver, all went scoreless. The Under Armour AllAmerican game has always previewed talent at the collegiate level. Terps who have played in past games include Grant Catalino, Travis Reed, Ryan Young, Tony Mendes, Brian Farrell, Bryn Holmes, Max Schmidt, Mark White and Brian Phipps. The new Terps understood the magnitude of playing in the Under Armour All-American game. “The Under Armour game is as skillful as it gets,” Shakespeare said. “It’s an extremely high-paced game that is similar to college games.” The Under Armour Girls AllAmerican game was also played Saturday and featured four future Terps: Kristy Black, a midfielder from Glenwood, Md., Grace Gaeng, a midfielder from Bel Air, Md., Liz Hamilton, a defender from Monkton, Md., and Karri Ellen Johnson, a midfielder from Annapolis. The girls’ game, which preceded the boys’ game had the same outcome, with the North squad beating South 13-12. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hoops endures rough offseason Head coach Williams still confident in his roster for the 2008-’09 season BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer
The Terrapin men’s basketball program has seen more drama this spring and summer than a lot of teams see during an actual season. Two highly touted recruits
asked out of their commitments, another’s academic standing was in doubt until a week ago, the team rescinded its offer to a player who had verbally committed in April
and one player transferred out of the program. Combine those events with a team coming off of its third trip to the NIT in four years, and you get coach Gary
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