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THE DIAMONDBACK Obama to host forum in Ritchie In fourth on-campus appearance, Obama expected to discuss debt ceiling, budget BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Staff writer
Dept. exhausted funds in previous fiscal year BY REBECCA LURYE AND JONAS SHAFFER Senior staff writers
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President Barack Obama speaks to a packed audience in Comcast Center in 2009. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK
After a recent high-profile Twitter town hall meeting, President Barack Obama is stepping out from behind the White House podium screen and speaking to Americans face-to-face — and he’s chosen this university as a location for the discussion. On Friday, Obama will arrive on the campus to hold a town hall meeting at 11 a.m. in Ritchie Col-
University President Wallace Loh charged a newly created commission Tuesday with tackling the mounting financial difficulties of the school’s varsity sports programs, which have emptied the athletics department’s budget and perhaps threatened the long-term sustainability of several teams. Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement, one of two co-chairs on a 17-person commission composed of representatives from the athletics department, Student Government Association and other groups, said the athletics department spent $1.2 million more than it earned this fiscal year, fully depleting the university’s athletics reserves as it sought to make up the difference in the annual budget. In a letter addressed to the university committee, Loh wrote that the school’s commitment to serving its student-athletes has become “constrained by financial concerns.” While a slumping economy has played a hand in the athletics department’s bleeding funds, its sheer size could be on the cutting block. Only two ACC schools — Boston College (31) and North Carolina (28) — support more varsity sports than this university, which boasts 27. Clement, who has helped in deciding whether to add sports teams to the university’s varsity roster,
iseum. Although the subject of the forum had not been announced as of Wednesday evening, university spokesman Millree Williams said it will most likely revolve around the federal debt-ceiling debate. As the Aug. 2 deadline by which the debt ceiling — a cap on how much money the federal government can borrow — must be raised to prevent default rapidly approaches, debt discussions have dominated the federal agenda.
During his on-campus meeting, Obama will continue his recent engagement of Twitter users in national discussions. A portion of the attendees will be drawn from @WhiteHouse followers from this state, Virginia and Washington who registered to attend the event on Wednesday. A limited number of general admission tickets will be available on Thursday at 9 a.m. in
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Growing spaces University officials refocus efforts to enhance arboretum outreach
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Coalition vows to end alleged staff abuse Group prepares for fall semester action BY LEAH VILLANUEVA Senior staff writer
A growing coalition of university employees, students and other community members have pledged their support in pressuring administrators to act on reports of workplace abuse. On July 15, about 60 people attended a solidarity forum hosted by the university’s Black Faculty and Staff Association in the Nyumburu Cultural Center to discuss how they should organize to increase awareness of the alleged sexual harassment, racial discrimination and verbal abuse in university workplaces that has surfaced in recent months. In addition to showing support for victims of such practices, attendees of the forum criticized administrators for not taking swifter action on the reported abuse during the summer. On May 27, almost two months prior to last week’s forum, members of the BFSA presented a 56-page report to university President Wallace Loh, highlighting the grievances more than 70 employees reported in surveys and more than two dozen staff members voiced at two on-campus forums held in May. At that time, an administrative investigation was already underway regarding an anonymous letter comparing the environment in the university’s Campus Projects department to a “labor camp” and a
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The university's greenhouses are located behind Comcast Center.
BY KIRSTEN PETERSEN For The Diamondback
With a cemetery nearby and an inconspicuous location near Byrd Stadium, the small one-story building dubbed the Apiary may not appear to be the control center for this university’s nationally recognized arboretum. While it used to host a swarm of
bees and was home to the university’s beekeeping course, the buzz around the building shifted focus this March — now, it is all about the trees. Facilities Management refurbished the Apiary this spring to create the Arboretum Outreach Center, the university Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s hotspot for educational initiatives, and the presence of this home enabled new pro-
grams to be launched this summer. “We would really like to have all of the students think of the campus as their own backyard, frontyard and to take ownership of the physical environment of their campus,” said Carin Celebuski, the volunteer coordinator for the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The American Public Gardens Association officially recognized
the university as a national arboretum in 2008, and consequentially, the center was proposed in 2009. The Arboretum and Botanical Garden received permission to occupy the Apiary later that year. “I really see the arboretum as that fabric that weaves us together,” said Karen Petroff, assistant director for
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JOHN TOLL, 1923-2011
‘He was relentless in his pursuit of excellence’ BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Staff writer
Even when transforming colleges into nationally recognized public institutions was exhausting, John Toll did not show it — his cheerful attitude never wavered. Toll, 87, a former university president and the University System of Maryland’s firstever chancellor, died July 15 from respiratory failure, according to family members. Yet, state and university officials said the impact he had on this university is everlasting — they credit the institution’s recent rise to Toll’s vision two decades before. “He had the personality of a cheerleader; he was always very positive,” said state Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s). “Lots of people have good ideas, but a smaller number are able to turn those ideas into reality, and Johnny Toll was one of
those relatively small number of people who can lead big changes in big institutions.” After receiving degrees from Yale and Princeton, Toll arrived at this university in 1953 to chair the physics department at the age of 29 — one of the youngest department chairs the country had seen. He remained in the post for 13 years and led his department to become the only program at this university ranked in the nation’s top 20. In 1965, Toll moved to New York to become the first president of Stony Brook University. He took the university from an enrollment of 1,700 students up to 17,000, according to The New York Times, adding numerous departments to transform it into a major research university. “Johnny never held back,” said Deborah Toll, his wife of 40 years. “He was putting
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John Toll, the University System of Maryland’s first chancellor, was called a visionary. PHOTO COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COLLEGE
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OBAMA from page 1 Stamp Student Union for local community members. This is Obama’s second Twitter town hall in the last month. He hosted his first July 6, inviting Twitter followers to ask him questions with the hashtag #AskObama, which netted more than 169,000 tweeted questions and comments from across the country. Although the major political event was announced with just three days to spare, Williams said hosting the meeting is a testament to this university’s hospitality. “Obviously, it recognizes that we have resources available, and it’s a great honor to be chosen by the president of the United States to be a forum for this discussion,” he said. “We’re doing what we can to support the effort.” University Police and Department of Transportation Services officials said they are quickly gearing up for the high-profile visit. University Police would not release details about the security measures that will be in place Friday, but said they plan to help provide security “appropriately given the nature of this event.” “We will have the level of staffing necessary to ensure a successful and safe event,” University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky said. “The preparations are consistent with the nature of the event and where it’s being held.” DOTS Assistant Director Beverly Malone said officials are expecting 1,000 to 1,500 guests. Because the event has been dubbed “significant,” DOTS will be drawing on its special events staff, which also works at athletic events, to direct
traffic around Ritchie. “It seems like a lot [of people], but it’s nothing like basketball games,” Malone said. The parking lots that will be impacted are K1, K*5, 5B — the Ritchie Coliseum lot — lots 16A and 16B on Fraternity Row, the first row of spaces in K2 and the Turner Hall/Visitor Center lot. Malone said permit holders will be able to park in Regents Drive Garage. Friday will be Obama’s fourth visit to the campus. He last came in 2009 where he spoke in Comcast Center on health-care reform before an energetic audience. In 2008, he visited the campus as part of his presidential campaign. In 2006, he campaigned on the campus for then-Rep. Ben Cardin (D), who would go on to win his race for the Senate. Some students said they are ready to hear the president speak on an important national issue. “I think it’s amazing that he’s been coming here so much,” said senior bioengineering major David Lai, who said he plans to line up about 7 a.m. Thursday to secure a ticket. “I think money is generally a topic a lot of people are interested in, especially students with our tuition going up. … So in coming to a university campus it’s a way to comfort us that education is on his mind and he wants to listen to students.” College Park Mayor Andy Fellows said the president choosing this university as a venue for discussing budget issues demonstrates his unwavering commitment to higher education. “The president is wise to use a public institution because it illustrates the value we get from higher education,” Fellows said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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ARBORETUM from page 1 Arboretum and Horticultural Ser vices. “I would love the arboretum to be one of those things that unites all programs on [the] campus.” And the programs that kicked off this summer aim to help students appreciate the campus’ beauty, Celebuski said. Every Wednesday at 8 a.m. during the summer, the Center hosts guided tree walks that tour different botanical gardens on the campus, such as the Peace and Friendship Garden near university President Wallace Loh’s resi- The university’s newly-created Arboretum Outreach Center launched programs this summer to dence. The tours conclude showcase the campus’ beauty through guided walking tours. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK with brown-bag lunches andOngoing projects include becomes an umbrella organispeakers, at which university Outreach Center but would faculty, staff and students be willing to sample some of the beautification of Hager- zation for all those kinds of stown Woods — an outdoor activities,” Celebuski said. have spoken about the cam- its offerings. Jonathan Lin, the univer“I think ever ybody should picnic area between the Denpus’ horticulture and their work with botanical gardens be interested in trees,” said ton and Ellicott communities sity arborist’s assistant, said Secrest. “Trees provide a lot — and the Chesapeake he hopes the center will overseas in Taiwan and Italy. During the school year, [for us], so we might as well Natives Sun Garden at the reach students across all research greenhouses fields of study. these events will occur once know a lot about them.” “The whole arboretum is Additionally, the building located behind Comcast Cena month. “Ever yone can relate to will ser ve as a place for all ter. Additionally, the St. basically a part of the [the speakers] on some the arboretum volunteers to Mar y’s Garden Club, South school,” said Lin, a senior Campus’ rooftop garden and urban forestr y major. “Stulevel,” Petroff said. “We all congregate. “We wanted a place where the public health school gar- dents walk across the school have plants in our lives, so volunteers could go and find den plan to coordinate proj- ever yday, they see part of it it’s a very universal topic.” Some students, such as it more welcoming,” Cele- ects with the center this year, everyday. … [It’s] become a part of campus life.” senior mathematics major buski said. “It just makes it a according to Celebuski. “We’re hoping the ArboreDan Secrest, said they had- lot easier to accommodate tum Outreach Center email@example.com n’t heard of the Arboretum our volunteers.”
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Univ. partners with U.S. military agency Four postdoctoral students work at technology development company for 3 months this summer BY MOLLY MARCOT Staff writer
Whether it’s building an unmanned aircraft or funding the creation of the Internet, a federal defense agency is committed to protecting homeland security — and this summer, two university graduate students are helping. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the militar y’s technology development company — is consistently looking for fresh eyes to help design cuttingedge devices, according to engineering school Dean Darr yll Pines. And a new three-month pilot program with DARPA and the university’s engineering school is recruiting four post-doctoral graduate students to provide the company with a few young minds. “DARPA is always looking for the brightest ideas from a variety of sources, including graduates of academic institutions,” Pines wrote. The four program participants — with two from this university and the other two hailing from the University of Florida and Johns Hopkins University — are learning the research methods behind creating the most advanced militar y technologies. “Participants will experience firsthand how DARPA executes its mission of preventing strategic surprises for the U.S., and creating strategic surprise for its adversaries,” DARPA fellows program manager Chris Earl wrote in an email. From working on a research project of the students’ choosing to shadowing DARPA managers to collabo-
rating on a final task, fellows are gaining on-the-job experience. Participants and DARPA officials declined to comment on the specific nature of the projects because they are required to keep militar y intelligence research confidential. For program participant Joe Conroy, transitioning from an academic environment into a professional setting has changed how he tackles engineering. “At the university, the primar y question we ask when tr ying to solve a problem is ‘how?’ Now the questions are primarily ‘what?’ and ‘why?,’” he wrote in an email. “[The agency] continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with engineering.” While DARPA fellows should not expect to be offered a full-time position at the agency, the relationships they build with project managers may prove vital to securing other Department of Defense positions, according to Pines. “It is expected that participation in the program will inform the future careers of these individuals and allow them to serve as ‘ambassadors’ for DARPA on campus and in their respective professional communities,” Earl wrote. Because the program is in its first trial run, it is uncertain whether it will be renewed for a second term next summer. “The DARPA Fellows program will be analyzed at the end of the present of fering and evaluated against the program and Agency goals,” Earl wrote. firstname.lastname@example.org
FORUM from page 1 “plantation.” Upon reviewing the report, interim Vice President for Administrative Affairs Frank Brewer and University Counsel Susan Bayly recommended the same team expand its investigation to include all of the BFSA’s allegations, as well. Upon completing the investigation, this team will submit a report to university Provost Ann Wylie by the beginning of the fall semester. However, many attendees at the forum — including more than 20 students such as junior American studies and government and politics major Jack Izen — expressed frustration with the administration’s response to the report thus far. “We want [the administration] to know that this movement is not going to die out during the summer,” Izen said. “It’s going to continue through the school year, and it’s going to continue for as long as it takes and they cannot wait us out.” Along with picketing Route 1, attendees suggested leafleting university sporting events, holding a strike and reaching out to the media and university donors. Student activists also announced an online blog created to raise awareness for the cause, and on Monday the blog announced a plan to organize students to walk
ATHLETICS from page 1 said the field grew gradually over many years. “It always seemed for a good reason and with good plans in place [to add teams], so now I think it’s just important to look at the situation in its totality,” she said. Facing similar austerity issues, the University of California, Berkeley last year slashed five of its 29 sports, which the university estimated would save an estimated $4 million a year. Three sports were ultimately rescued, but baseball and men’s gymnastics were deemed untenable beyond the next few seasons.
regularly through campus buildings during the housekeepers’ morning shifts so that the managers “know that the public eye is upon them.” Many said the only way administrators will take swifter action is if students and employees band together and keep the issue at the forefront of their minds. “We gotta step it up,” construction specialist Abe Goodwin said. “If I have to grab a picket sign and walk up and down Route 1 saying, ‘The University of Maryland sexually abuses and discriminates against its workers,’ that’s what I’m going to do. That’s how strongly I believe in this.” BFSA President Solomon Commissiong said so far this summer, the administration’s response has been tedious. He said although he sent several emails to Loh’s Chief of Staff Michele Eastman requesting a followup meeting and to be “kept in the loop,” the responses he received did not indicate any interest in keeping him informed. “I would’ve just thought if any organization delivered this kind of report, that the administration would be knocking our doors down,” Commissiong said. “It’s a real slap in the face because to put that report together we’ve been working 12- to 16-hour days beyond our normal work schedule and we frankly did a
The commission’s formation Tuesday marks the first step by the university in directly addressing the athletics department’s financial woes. In 2009, the school added luxur y suites to Byrd Stadium as a revenue-generating measure, but poor attendance and a limping economy nonetheless left the program more than $500,000 short of seasonticket sales projections each of the past two seasons. Recently, the school also agreed to move future football games against Virginia Tech and West Virginia to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, which program officials expect will produce a financial windfall for the athletics department.
Facilities Management Director Frank Brewer listened to staff grievances at an April forum. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK
job that the university should have done itself. … I was holding out on a lot of hope, but I really don’t think that — without the healthy pressure that needs to be applied — I don’t trust that some folks in high positions are going to do the right thing.” Eastman wrote in an email that she requested Commissiong to report any further employee complaints to the committee, but it will be up to the investigative team members to decide the next steps. “As part of the team’s work, the BFSA’s recommendations certainly will be considered, and the BFSA will be informed of the measures put into place as a result,” Eastman said. “We will all learn more when the team makes its recommendations to the provost.” However, Brewer — who was not at the forum — said officials are working as swiftly as they can
In his letter, Loh charged the commission with recommending similar revenueincreasing, cost-cutting measures. Clement and Barr y Gossett, a member of the University System of Mar yland’s Board of Regents, will submit their report and recommendations to Loh by Nov. 15. Athletics Director Kevin Anderson and the university’s Athletic Council will also review the finished report and respond to Loh, who will announce his final decisions by the end of December. “The work of the Commission is an important step to ensure the future success of Mar yland Athletics,” Loh wrote.
to look into these grievances. “The administration always takes these issues seriously,” Brewer said. “I don’t know how else you can respond to these kinds of allegations other than to follow up and investigate, and that’s what we’ve been doing.” For some students, however, it’s not enough. “I am disgusted by the way that the administration has responded to these abuses,” said Izen, who is also a Feminism Without Borders member. “If they really took this seriously … they’d be including workers in the decision-making process instead of operating behind closed doors. They’d be cracking down on managers who’ve been retaliating against workers who’ve been brave enough to speak out instead of turning a blind eye.” email@example.com
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Clement added that there are steps ahead before the commission can begin working out solutions to turn the budgetar y crisis around. “We need to thoroughly understand the problem,” Clement said. “We’re not going into this with any preconceived notions.” firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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Change we might believe in
Toll will be dearly missed
he seemingly ever-present College Park bubble was burst Tues- tion, the future suddenly looks quite bleak: Most budget proposals call for day when White House officials announced President Barack around $4 trillion in federal spending cuts over the next decade, and it Obama planned to conduct a town hall meeting Friday at Ritchie remains unclear whether the government will raise the debt limit. Cuts to Coliseum. This visit, like the president’s last appearance at the uni- Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Defense Department and other versity in September 2009, comes as the nation is embroiled in a contentious areas seem inevitable, while college students have faced continued cuts to financial aid such as Pell Grants. debate over proposed legislation with far-reaching effects. After his own budget deficit talks disintegrated, the A lot has changed in two years. The president’s last president this week announced his backing of a budget appearance — which revolved around a discussion on plan produced by the bipartisan “Gang of Six” senators. health care reform — was held during the fall semester, While details of the plan remain murky, significant cuts resulting in a huge crowd of robust students at Comcast The university should take to the federal Stafford Loan program seem likely. DurCenter. This time, however, the president will be visiting advantage of President ing a time when tuition hikes and state funding during the summer in front of a smaller audience of about 1,200, and the debate is entirely different. Obama’s upcoming visit to ask decreases have been the norm, the need for federal student loans has never been greater. Although it was not confirmed as of Wednesday night, All of this comes, of course, just as Obama ramps up university officials anticipate Obama’s meeting to focus him tough questions about the his push for re-election. After raking in record-setting on the debt ceiling debate and budget negotiations curfuture of our country. donations early in a campaign projected to raise a total rently underway in Congress. of about $1 billion, the president seems eager to court For students, though, the stakes have never been greater. While budget topics may not be as glamorous as gay marriage or the young voters who supported him overwhelmingly during the 2008 elecmarijuana legalization, the nature of our federal government, as determined tion. His visit to College Park, described by the White House as a “tweetup,” by the budget, will play a large part in determining the future of America. will include an audience partially drawn from local followers of the official Although the complex details and esoteric jargon of monetary policy may White House twitter account. It seems obvious that Obama is visiting this university and engaging users even fly over the heads of elected officials and political wonks — to say nothing of college students — young voters have an obligation to educate them- on Twitter because he wants the support of young voters in the next election. We came out in force to support him in 2009, but this event is our opportunity selves on the economic future of this country. As a collective generation, we have the most to lose because the burden of to ask the president tough questions: Will he protect the young people who any future financial hardship will be borne on the backs of our tax base. After voted for change we could believe in, or will his bubble also be burst on elecdecades of government largesse benefiting Obama’s baby boomer genera- tion night?
Editorial cartoon: Eric Owosu
John Toll, the former university president who passed away July 15, was a great teacher. I never took a college physics course from him, but I had the chance to work with him over many years. Several generations of Marylanders, as well as education leaders across America, learned from his example. He embraced big ideas, such as transforming this university into an international powerhouse, and worked day and night to turn them into reality. He lived by Thomas Edison’s formula for successful innovation — 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. He produced both in abundance. We can all learn from his remarkable life. JIM ROSAPEPE STATE SENATOR ANNE ARUNDEL AND PRINCE GEORGE’S
DOTS: Why so finicky?
The national debt: A better solution
he general public has been up in arms over this whole debt-ceiling disaster, which, after a quick Google search, I found out is not a good thing. It’s fairly catastrophic. If I had to explain how terrible it was, I’d say it’s kind of like health care, the potential government shutdown and Libya minus all three plus the debt ceiling. Like all good pundits and politicians, however, I know how to fix it. My solution is very technical, though, so bear with me. First, a little expository information is in order. The debt ceiling is a legal limit on the amount of borrowing we can do. It’s a limit the government can’t exceed and still pay for all of its expenditures. Just picture that one roommate who’s always asking for gum. You usually trust him because he’s always been good for it, but now he’s
MICHAEL CASIANO borrowing more gum than he can feasibly return. He’s lost his credibility with other people in the building, and they will be less likely to loan him gum and much more paranoid when lending gum to others. The debt ceiling is the Post-it note you and the rest of your roommates put on his cork bulletin board that says he’s not allowed to borrow more than 10 pieces of gum if he wants to remain in good standing with the rest of the lenders in the building. If he doesn’t, the world ends. Either that or we’ll have more Juicy Fruit than Bubblicious (This last bit doesn’t
really fit the analogy; I just think Juicy Fruit is totally whack). One way to fix this whole gum fiasco is by lowering the national debt. Some politicians are advocating slashes to social welfare programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and veterans’ programs. My dad’s a veteran, so these are not feasible solutions because they affect me personally. So, how can we fix this problem without inconveniencing me specifically? In a July 19 article, The New York Times reported that “a leading medical advisory panel” recommended “that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives to women free of charge,” including birth control. Rather than decrease, my plan is to increase the cost of contraceptives to lower the national debt. It’s pretty ingenious if you don’t think about it. If the government were to do this,
women would be less prone to buying birth control and men less prone to buying condoms. This would result in more pregnancies. More pregnancies mean more people. More people mean more labor. More labor means more money. More money means I just saved America. Problem solved. Who would have thought we were looking at this the wrong way the whole time? It’s not about money. It’s about the kids. So when President Barack Obama comes to the campus Friday, let’s all go out to Ritchie Coliseum and ask him the real hard-hitting questions. Why do you keep borrowing so much gum? Do you care about children at all? How whack is Juicy Fruit? Michael Casiano is a senior American studies and English major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paying college athletes: Insufficient funds
t isn’t exactly a new idea, but the debate over whether collegiate athletes should receive payment in addition to their athletic scholarships has certainly intensified in the past few months. If you think about it, it might make sense for college athletes to get paid for their ser vices. But is it a good idea? Is it even a possibility? Each year, college sports bring in millions and millions of dollars. Long, tiring practices and painful injuries have become part of college athletes’ everyday lives. This university makes millions of dollars off football and men’s basketball tickets alone each year. Why shouldn’t those who entertain so many get paid for their services? To put it simply, salaried athletes could take away from the competitiveness of the game. One thing I love about college athletics is that there is so much passion and love for each sport. College athletes are fierce competitors who strive not
only to win but also to impress scouts at the next level. They are still amateurs who are vying for a spot in the professional leagues. I fear that if you start paying the players, some of the competitive atmosphere will eventually disappear. Take, for example, the difference between college and professional basketball. March Madness is one of the most exciting and thrilling sporting events each year. The love for the team, the game and the idea of winning a national championship can be seen in the eyes of all the players. They aren’t playing for the millions of dollars that a contract gives them. They are playing for their passion. The NBA player I see cares less about his team and the game and more about his paycheck. To me, the NBA consists of players running around only because their contract says they must. Now, I realize this doesn’t necessarily pertain to all players, nor is the NBA the only league where it occurs, but it is
JOSH BIRCH more certainly obvious to me when looking at basketball. On top of this, athletic departments don’t have sufficient funds to pay athletes. How do you determine how much an athlete would receive? Most athletes already have full-ride scholarships with housing for four years, a benefit that can be worth nearly $200,000. Would you pay the bench players as much as the star players? If not, how would you determine who earns what? Give the star players more, and the players getting less will feel underappreciated and less valued. Give them all the same and it may be the star athletes who are disappointed. And where are the funds even
coming from? Sure, the games make a lot of money, but after you pay the absurd amounts to the coaches and athletic departments, there isn’t enough left to pay hundreds and hundreds of athletes. This university is already raising tuition to cover rising costs, so where would this money come from? Would it come from the students? The athletic department already receives more than $9 million from annual student fees. I’m sure many would not take kindly to finding out they were responsible for paying the hundreds of student athletes at the university. I love college athletics, and it was a factor in my decision to attend this university, but the idea of paying athletes is a bad one. Find a way to alter the economics of college athletics. Then, and only then, can college athletes expect a paycheck. Josh Birch is a senior communication and history major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
I’d like to voice my opinion about the gosh-darned parking enforcement at this university. I could certainly complain about the parking opportunities and cost, but this is about tickets. I’m a graduate student who leads discussion sections one day a week, and I sometimes stay after class answering students’ questions. On the last day of discussion, I stayed to talk to a few (really great) students. I hadn’t planned on staying so long and when I paid to park at Stamp Student Union, I only budgeted 4 hours — okay, I’m cheap — instead of the “all day” rate. I returned to my car and found a ticket for $15 time-stamped 2 minutes after my time expired. Two minutes? I thought this was jerkish, so I requested a review. It was denied. So, I submitted and wrote a check for $3, understanding that if one fails to pay for parking at all, he gets the same $15 ticket. Apparently, this was not appreciated and I was charged a late fee for not paying the full $15 fine on time — the alert for this was evidently lost in the mail — and they put my $3 toward paying off the $35 I now owe. Really, you will take $35 from an underpaid (and overworked) graduate assistant who went 2 minutes over time talking to the courteous undergrads who actually pay attention in class and pay her wages? Didn’t you just raise rates for parking? That wasn’t enough, huh? I doubt anyone who can do anything about it reads this, but if the person who gave me the ticket happens to read it, I have a message: You can take that parking ticket and shove it. MEGAN BRODIE GRADUATE ASSISTANT CLASSICS
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Construction causes detours Road repairs on Campus Dr., Mowatt Ln.; AC units installed in some dorms BY NICK FOLEY For The Diamondback
In an effort to prepare the campus for the back-to-school craze, a smattering of construction projects are underway to improve academic buildings, dorms, roads and sidewalks, officials said. While some projects are minor and occur annually — such as repairing campus roads — other major renovations are designed to make students’ lives a bit easier. Come August, Denton and Easton residents will be able to beat the heat with their own air conditioning units, and the heavily traveled sidewalk that connects North Campus to Stamp Student Union will be repaved and widened in some areas, Facilities Management Vice President Carlo Colella said. Those traveling through the campus will need to take multiple detours around the construction sites until late
August, according to Colella. However, all projects are on track to be completed before the fall semester and were implemented during the summer to minimize community impact, he said. In hopes of eventually bring air conditioning to all dorms in the Cambridge Community, water pipes are being installed underneath Farm Drive. Commuters must go through Lot Q — across from Cambridge Hall — to connect with Stadium Drive. The funding for this comes from the $130 million Physical Sciences Complex construction project. The portion of Mowatt Lane adjacent to the Architecture building and Van Munching Hall is undergoing repairs, causing drivers to take several detours. The price tag on this project is $900,000. However, drivers are not the only ones who may need to plan more travel time into
their day. Construction on the path that snakes around Shipley Field and Byrd Stadium has shut down sidewalks near the stadium, forcing pedestrians to take a roundabout route through the campus. Since many North Campus residents traverse this walkway daily to classes on McKeldin Mall, the project is slated for completion before school starts, according to Colella, who added he did not know the specific price because Facilities Management’s annual budget covers the cost. One of the more expensive — and highly anticipated — improvements will be the installation of air conditioning units in Easton and Denton halls, costing the university $21.7 million. Construction crews are working six days a week to complete the project, which also includes exterior window replacements and electrical upgrades.
“As times change and expectations change, we need to air condition more and more of these dorms,” Colella said. Several students, such as sophomore letters and sciences major Mantas Butanavicius said this is a muchneeded advancement. “Coming back to an air-conditioned dorm will be really refreshing,” Butanavicius said. “I think everyone will be more energetic and willing to socialize more. It might also create a better, more relaxed atmosphere for studying.” The process to install air conditioning in the remaining dorms will be staged throughout the next several years to spread out the cost of the expensive project — and the labor. “It would be a lot easier to do if we had more than the 10 or so weeks in the summer,” Colella said. email@example.com
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BAND OVERBOARD 311 churns out another zero-effort disc with its 10th LP, Universal Pulse the same catalog as the band that made “Beautiful Disaster” and “All Mixed Up.” To still be a 311 track, however, the band makes sure to incorporate prominent bass and have most of the vocals sung in the same two-part harmony 311 has always used. It’s impossible to claim everything on this album is bad, because that simply isn’t true. Some songs do have interesting moments, and some even have downright good moments, such as the heavy riffing on “Rock On.” No song makes it all the way through successfully, though. Never on Universal Pulse will a song end and leave the listener completely satisfied. The album is so short that good and bad tracks can’t be separated — instead, there are good and bad moments, even if most are just plain bad. Closing track “And A Ways to Go” is a great example. It’s a track that is stylistically all over the place, from its psychedelic intro to punk verse to tasteless pop chorus. Some parts are genuinely interesting while others are highly off-putting. To put it simply, Universal Pulse doesn’t bring enough to the table to warrant repeat or even cursor y listens, unless of course you are already a huge fan and just can’t help but see what all the anti-hype is about. With a record like this, 311 can’t have expected much more than a host of negative reviews, but then again that’s really what this album is all about — Universal Pulse being universally panned.
BY ZACHARY BERMAN Senior staff writer
As is often said, bad publicity is better than no publicity. It isn’t much of a stretch to imagine this was the tone set before 311 recorded its new album Universal Pulse — making the record was more about getting people to remember the band still exists than actually making something worth listening to. Though plenty could be said of its career, 311’s foremost quality has always been its distinctive sound, one that is relatively untouched in the catch-all genre of alternative rock. Since its breakthrough self-titled album in 1995, the band has endured numerous hard rockpunk-ska-reggae copycats and been a key figure in the music angle of bro culture. This originality, however, is what makes Universal Pulse such an annoying listen. 311 falls into the same trap that many bands more than 20 years old do — raiding its own catalog for inspiration because the creative well has run dr y. Universal Pulse is a caricature of the former 311, peppered with odd, out-of-place references to more modern sounds. 311 tries too desperately on songs such as “Trouble” to be the same band that found such a huge audience in the 1990s, while incorporating poorly constructed Jack Johnson-style segues. What 311 seems to forget is that the audience it is trying to capture already consists of diehard fans. Instead of presenting
311 has an enormous fan base of die-hards and thus, nothing to lose, which might explain the alt-rock-reggae group’s latest album. The abysmal Universal Pulse, the band’s 10th full-length, is an unnecessary slog through uninspired songs. 311 does a poor job of recycling the band’s old tricks, unloading unmoving reggae-tinged pop-punk on those who dare to listen. PHOTO COURTESY OF 311
something new, 311 spits in the face of what fans love about it and offers nothing interesting for a new generation looking for the same kind of energy in a
slightly different package. Over a brisk 28 minutes, 311 sits through one dull sketch after another, with some songs approaching downright cheesy, such as “Weightless” and its sparkly, overly melodramatic guitar lead and silly, awkwardly delivered lyrics: “It’s all kinda starting to make sense, the difference/ Between us and them, from the beginning/ We’re
looking for such different things, it is insane.” Once the last song ends, even after hearing the album numerous times, little will stick in listeners’ heads that they couldn’t hear on a million bedroom GarageBand recordings. Even though the record
only has eight songs, it’s an abysmal journey. Reggae-pop-punk such as “Count Me In” is a good example of how bad things get. A fluffy melody and bubbly, video-game quality guitar tones are the driving forces behind a track that really has no place in
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REVIEW | THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
Pop’s jokesters Join Us is a strong, welcome outing BY ROBERT GIFFORD Staff writer
There’s never been a band quite like They Might Be Giants. They exist somewhere on the fringe of rock ‘n’ roll, putting out music utterly unlike anything anyone else is making, exploiting and deconstructing the clichés of the genre in equal measure. The band exists in a musical world all its own, where parody, surrealism and outright embrace of pop tropes are complementary — not contradictory — goals. It’s a wonderfully strange and unique place, but one the group has been occupying for nearly 30 years now. No one can say They Might Be Giants doesn’t push the boundaries of pop music — that’s practically all they do — but they have been pushing the same boundaries in much the same way (abstract lyrics, geeky humor and satirically upbeat pop melodies) ever since their 1986 self-titled debut. So it should surprise no one that the band isn’t quite as sharp as it once was. They’ve already produced enough classic material to cement their legacy, so they can be forgiven for reusing some of the same ideas after more than 25 years. Who wouldn’t? But that doesn’t mean They Might Be Giants should be written off. They probably won’t produce another Flood, but, as the new album Join Us attests, the band is hardly in the twilight of its career. Is it the best album the band has ever released? Of course not. Will it please fans, and possibly win over a few new ones? Absolutely. The album will sound familiar
to longtime devotees. The band does very little tinkering with its sound (aside from the hip-hop beat on “The Lady and the Tiger,” which may be a first) and sticks to many of the same old themes — but when they’re as good as they are, why change? Besides, the band could hardly be called predictable. Who else would write a song about a timetravelling, possibly immortal, astronaut who murders his twin? (Or is it a clone? Or another version of himself?) And who else would set it to a tripped-out children’s music melody, as they do on “2082?” And that’s only scratching the surface of the weirdness that per vades the album. There are talking raindrops (on the jazzy, playful “Cloisonné”), amusingly grotesque imager y (“a skull full of bats”) and plenty of adventurous genre-mashing. The outro of the fantastic “In Fact” can only be described as an aboriginal circus hard/psych-rock jazz show-tune. Still, these are all areas the band has explored before. But although the band doesn’t have quite the capacity to surprise as it once did, it can still knock you over with a great new idea every now and then. “Spoiler Alert” features two narrators — an author rushing to finish a novel and an out-ofcontrol truck driver — singing over each other as they careen toward a collision. It doesn’t quite build to the climax it should, but the premise is still so original and well-conceived that the song can’t help but succeed. The band doesn’t need originality to succeed, however. There’s
online exclusive LIVE REVIEW: CASS MCCOMBS Over five LPs and an EP, Cass McCombs has made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter of transfixing songs full of subtle power and emotional resonance. On July 15, McCombs brought his four-piece band with him to the
nothing particularly pioneering about the breakup song “Judy Is Your Viet Nam,” but the rocking, enthusiastic performance makes it one of the album’s standouts (although, at less than 90 seconds, it leaves you wanting more — which may be the point). It’s as good as anything They Might Be Giants have ever produced, which can be said of a few songs on the album, if not of the album as a whole. The songwriting on the majority of the songs, while still plenty enjoyable, isn’t quite as clever and oblique as it once was, which makes the entertainment derived from Join Us somewhat ephemeral. Take, for example, “Celebration.” It’s a fun song, with plenty of wordplay and pop-culture namechecking (“I see that Banksy left a Post-it note for Anonymous”), but none of it really adds up to anything significant. There are worse ways to spend three-plus minutes, but it’s a disappointingly disposable song. Fortunately, for ever y “Celebration,” there’s a “When Will You Die,” which, like the band’s best songs, sounds like a funhouse-mirror version of a pop song, with pitch-black lyrics over a ridiculously upbeat melody (partly for irony, partly just because hey, it’s catchy). Join Us won’t be remembered the way the band’s best albums are. But it has a few truly great songs, and the rest are certainly worth a listen or two, even if they won’t earn the kind of affection tracks such as “Birdhouse in Your Soul” and “Don’t Let’s Start” did. It’s no classic, but it’ll do. email@example.com
small, sold-out backstage of the Black Cat in Washington and delivered a mesmerizing concert. After a slightly funny, sort of odd introduction by a man claiming to be from Chicago, the band took the stage to a light display more in line with the Black Eyed Peas, or more aptly, The Flaming Lips of the Clouds Taste Metallic era. The many blinking, little lights filled the
They Might Be Giants returns with a fine new album, Join Us. The classic pop satirists, featuring founders John Linnell (left) and John Flansburgh, don’t quite reach the heights of former records, but there is plenty to enjoy on Join Us. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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wall behind the group and provided the only illumination as the house lights went dark. Though the stage set was more sci-fi than the earthy folk McCombs brings to mind, it somehow suited the songs of the evening. Instead of focusing on the appearance of the players, the crowd resorted to the depth of McCombs’ songs. Depth is a constant theme in the
work of the mysterious McCombs, whether depth be represented in his words (“Hermit’s Cave” from his new album Wit’s End) or in the deep and satisfying well of feeling McCombs’ songs provide.
The night began with “Buried Alive,” a somber song from the melancholy Wit’s End. — Reese Higgins
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Bonds to leave acrobatics and tumbling post Women’s tennis’ Matias promoted from assistant to interim coach Tournament appearance since 2006, the Terrapin women’s tennis team will retain some Jarnell Bonds, widely continuity in the wake of forregarded as a pioneering force mer coach Howard Joffe’s behind the transformation of departure — at least, for the competitive cheer into acrobat- time being. ics and tumbling, announced Dianne Matias, an assistant Tuesday she was stepping with the Terps for the past two down as coach of the Terrapin years, has been named acrobatics and tumbling team. interim coach, Athletics Bonds spent 13 years with Director Kevin Anderson the program, first as a member announced Wednesday. of the team and then later as an “I am very excited and assistant and coach. Bonds grateful for this opportunity,” won three National Cheerlead- Matias said in a release. “I look ers Association championships forward to continuing the as a Terp coach and another as development of this program an assistant. and build on our The Terps recent success. We advanced to the have a talented first-ever finals of group of women who the National Collehave gained a giate Acrobatics and tremendous amount Tumbling Associaof experience from tion in 2011, where last season.” they fell to Oregon The Terps are comby a margin of 0.13 ing off a No. 34points. Bonds was DIANNE ranked finish, their one of the founding MATIAS best since the sport’s members of the INTERIM TERRAPIN rankings expanded in NCATA, which has WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH 1993. Matias takes seen other schools over a team projected follow the Terps’ lead in to return five of six starters, establishing an acrobatics including rising senior Cristina and tumbling program. Sanchez-Quintanar, who notched Bonds will remain on staff as the program’s first NCAA Singles an assistant through August, Championship Round of 32 but a national search for a new appearance last year. coach is underway. “We look forward to Dianne “The student-athletes are in being able to continue the top form, ready to attack recent success in our women’s another season,” Bonds said in tennis program,” Anderson a statement. “The new head said in the release. “We think coach is blessed to have a team she is the right person to proof so many motivated, positive vide our student-athletes with individuals to lead.” outstanding coaching and to give them a quality experience in a number of areas.” MATIAS PROMOTED BY DANIEL GALLEN Staff writer
Jarnell Bonds, second from right, is stepping down as Terp coach to become an assistant.
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Basketball to face Kentucky? The Terrapin men’s basketball team could face one of the sport’s bluebloods near the start of the 2012 season. For more on the possibility, check out TerrapinTrail.com.
Contracts for Edsall, Turgeon released
MARK TURGEON Terrapin men’s basketball coach
Annual salary: $1.9 million
Both coaches set to make about $2 million per year BY JONAS SHAFFER Senior staff writer
First-year Terrapin football coach Randy Edsall and men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon are both signed to competitive, incentive-laden deals for the coming seasons, according to reports. Contracts for the two, which were obtained by The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun last week, show that Edsall will make $2 million per year over the next six years, while Turgeon’s contract guarantees him $1.9 million a year over eight years. The deals make both Edsall and Turgeon among the bestpaid coaches in the ACC. Edsall’s contract ranks as the fifth-highest annual salary among the league’s football coaches, according to information made available to the public, behind such names as Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher ($2.8 million) and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer ($2.1 million). Among basketball coaches, only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski ($4.2 million) is guaranteed a higher annual salary than Turgeon, who made roughly $1.6 million at Texas A&M last season. His new $1.9 million annual salary even outstrips that of North Carolina coach Roy Williams ($1.7 million), although his total earnings, like his colleagues, may be impacted by significant per-
LEAGUE LEADERS For a sense of how Randy Edsall’s and Mark Turgeon’s contracts stack up, here are the highest salaries around the ACC: FOOTBALL Jim Grobe (Wake Forest): $2.9 million per year guaranteed BASKETBALL Mike Krzyzewski (Duke): $4.2 million per year guaranteed
appearance and $50,000 for a conference regular-season title. Edsall, who made about $1.6 million last year at Connecticut, stands to earn similar bonuses for off-the-field improvements. He would receive $100,000, according to The Sun, if the school’s struggling seasonticket sales increase 25 percent or more in a year and another $100,000 if rentals of Byrd Stadium’s luxury suites increase at least 50 percent. Athletics Director Kevin Anderson was on vacation and unavailable to comment, a department spokesman said. firstname.lastname@example.org
formance-based bonuses. According to The Sun, Turgeon’s deal stipulates bonuses of up to $150,000 for reaching the Final Four. He would also get, among other bonuses, $25,000 for an NCAA Tournament
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