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Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Students, officials rally behind Violence Against Women Act Measure provides protection for female violence victims BY FATIMAH WASEEM For The Diamondback

Student activists and university officials are pressuring Congress to swiftly renew legislation that provides protections for female victims of violence. The bill, which originally passed in 1994 and was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, has been at a standstill since late May when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed a version that does not include several provisions that explicitly apply to college students and minorities. Several lawmakers, university officials and students said the additional measures in the Senate’s bill are necessary for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students. The House’s Violence Against Women Act — which passed along party lines despite a veto threat from the White House — rolls back key

protections for college campuses, undocumented immigrants, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and Native Americans. “Frankly, I think it’s shameful,” said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), who voted against the bill. “The bill works, but unfortunately this year the House version is extremely partisan. ... House leaders are simply refusing to bring [the] Senate version for a vote.” The Senate version passed requires colleges to provide clear protocols and disciplinary policies in reporting cases of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault. It also establishes federal prevention programs for students and requires colleges to help victims report incidents to law enforcement, seek protective orders if they choose and change academic living and transportation arrangements when necessary.

see ACT, page 3

BAR CRAWL New bars look to find niche in crowded scene during summer BY MAY WILDMAN For The Diamondback

Local business owners are finding it takes more than a fresh coat of paint to win customers in Route 1’s saturated bar scene, where six establishments will soon occupy a

stretch that held just two bars last summer. Students have had a wider range of options since The Barking Dog, Looney’s Pub and Big Play Sports Grill opened their doors — in August, September and April,

see BARS, page 9

Univ. researchers help in cutting-edge scientific discovery Students part of Higgs boson find BY REBECCA LURYE Senior staff writer

As much as she enjoyed reading science fiction novels, they made Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore worry from a young age whether people still sought out discoveries simply to learn and explain the way things work. But last summer, the senior physics major found her reassurance about 300 feet underground the French-Swiss border, overlooking the Large Hadron Collider, the most complicated technology created. It was where a team of global scientists discovered the Higgs boson particle — a discovery that has since been touted as one of the greatest in history — as the particle is critical to understanding the inner workings of the universe. “With science, people ask, ‘Can you blow something up with it? Can you make money with it?’ ” she said. “I think there’s still tremendous value in learning things about the universe just because we can.” Gerling-Dunsmore and three other university undergraduates

see DISCOVERY, page 8

Four undergraduate students and several professors and researchers were part of the 30-year experiment to discover the Higgs boson particle, which helps answer many questions about how the universe’s forces work and interact. PHOTO COURTESY OF CERN.CH

A chance to take University police officer to leave after 26 years Maj. Jay Gruber to become chief it all home of Georgetown police department Alum plays in World Series of Poker BY JEREMY BARR For The Diamondback

Greg Merson preferred playing online poker in class to taking notes, but he was far from a slacker. In the past few weeks alone, the former university student’s days of multitasking have more than paid off. Merson recently won $1.1 million in a 2012 World Series of Poker tournament against a field of 474. And in October, the former university student will be one of nine players in a field of 6,598 with the chance of winning more than $8.5 million in the main event in Las Vegas. The tournament, which concludes with October’s final table, is widely seen as the most prestigious poker competition in the world. “It’s been pretty surreal,” he said. “It’s just starting to hit me in the last few days.”

see POKER, page 9



BY LAURA BLASEY Staff writer

Jay Gruber said he once smashed the window of a car and pulled the woman in the driver’s seat out of the vehicle, though he was never arrested, charged, tried or convicted. The man known to many as Maj. Gruber was just doing his duty as a University Police officer, responding to one of the strangest incidents he encountered in his 26 years serving the university community. The technology services bureau commander said he will take memories like that one with him now that he has left the department to assume the role of police chief at Georgetown University. It’s actually one of his favorite stories, Gruber said. A woman driving through Lot 4 refused another officer’s request to pull over. Their squad car was flashing its lights and siren as it followed her around the lot in a thrilling low-speed chase. After several minutes, it became clear the woman had no intention of stopping her car, no matter how many officers were trailing behind in squad cars and on foot and no matter


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how badly she was holding up traffic. Gruber saw the perfect opportunity to end the situation: Walking alongside the

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An 80-year-old tree on the edge of the campus, named Duke’s Tree after a former groundskeeper who nurtured it for 34 years, has “reached the end of its life,” and will be removed Aug. 1, according to a university press release. The tree was struck by lightning last fall and though university arborist Josh Nadler brought in two tree experts to examine the white oak, officials declared it a safety hazard, the release said. The university may plant a replacement this fall. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

ACT from page 1 This campus’ inclusivity would allow the university’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program to expand its prevention programs and increase on-campus awareness, said Fatima Burns, SARPP Department of Justice grant coordinator. Under its current Department of Justice grant — a three-year, half-million-dollar grant shared with Bowie State University — SARPP holds mandatory education programs for all first-years and has reached out to other programs, including the athletics department. However, with recent staff cuts and dependence on volunteers and internships partners, fund-

ing continues to be a challenge. “If the Senate version is reauthorized, it would be a step in the right direction for SARPP,” Burns said. The House version also doesn’t include protections for LGBT victims of domestic violence and limits the number of temporary visas offered to women who cooperate in legal investigations, which some fear would discourage immigrants from reporting abuses. It also makes it harder for Native American women to seek justice against their abusers by allowing protection orders only from U.S. courts, not from within the tribal legal system. PrideAlliance and other student groups, including UMD Feminists for Sexual Health and the UMD American Indian Student Union, said they plan to

advocate for those protections when they return to the campus. “If people know there needs to be an act passed to help stop this type of violence, they will realize that it is a big problem,” said sophomore criminology and criminal justice and psychology major Jill Santos, vice president of UMD Feminists for Sexual Health. “Violence against women is an epidemic that is hugely ignored — overlooking this issue, blaming the victims and letting down such a huge population is not OK.” Although Burns said university awareness of sexual violence is improving, an estimated 13.1 percent of college women report having been stalked during the school year, according to a 2000 survey by the National Institute of Justice;

“Native people are stereotyped and demonized in the media.” CHEMIA HUGHES AISU SPOKESWOMAN AND HISTORIAN

nearly one in five women has been raped, according to a 2011 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and one in three American Indian women has been raped or has experienced an attempted rape, according to a 2012 report by the Justice Department. But some student activists said while campus awareness

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was essential, advocacy would be more challenging for seemingly marginalized groups such as the Native American and LGBT community. “The bill is at a standstill simply because the House does not want to provide legal rights to LGBT victims of abuse, thereby cementing the continuous fact that the LGBT community continues to be treated as second class,” said Rodrigo Lazada, a junior architecture major and co-president of the PrideAlliance. AISU’s historian and spokeswoman, Chemia Hughes, said Native American women already face an uphill climb in informing the public about their culture — advocating for victims’ rights may be even more difficult. “Part of the issue with inform-

ing the public about issues such as this is the fact that Native people are stereotyped and demonized in the media, making it less likely for them to garner sympathy from the general public,” the senior family science major said. Nonetheless, Office of MultiEthnic Student Education Assistant Director Dottie Chicquelo said she hopes the bill would pave the way for the improvement of disenfranchised communities. The act should have been implemented without delay and partisan deadlock, she said. “As I look at the progress made since the signing of VAWA in 1994, my Native American Indian sisters and others are still struggling,” Chicquelo said.

















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Jumping through hoops


Additionally, you will actually be able to figure out your properly weighted grade or the past six years, students at this university have turned to one system to find their syllabi, course directions and grades — Blackboard. But this without a calculator and complex equation. Your professors can even post a video year, students will have to rely on a replacement, Instructure Canvas, for all or audio to assignments if they choose, adding a directly interactive component to of their online classroom needs. The new program is meant to integrate the system. Students will have easy access to class statistics, and professors will be innovative technology, social media and traditional online-learning techniques to pro- able to pinpoint at-risk students. So far, it seems like Canvas is what we’ve been waiting for — modern, easy and vide an interactive and customized learning experience. affordable. Where’s the catch? An enterprise learning management system — ELMS Canvas will immediately increase and improve the interac— is an imperative part of the new-age classroom. It’s tion between students and faculty — providing professors important for students to feel they can rely on the university’s system, because without that trust and resulting Professors need to accept the accept the non-demanding task of fully utilizing a simple, albeit new, ELMS. Given their track record, this editorial board isn’t interest in using the system, the university is just wastnew ELMS, Canvas, and so sure professors will be up to the challenge. ing money. At the same time, it’s also integral that the Seemingly every student has an experience with a profesprofessors feel comfortable with the system and are con- cultivate online learning in sor whose only presence on Blackboard is posting a final fident using all its different functions — otherwise, it’s order to ensure the classroom grade. Some don’t even use it, ever. Blackboard obviously was like a blackboard with no chalk. An evaluation committee set out to ensure that Black- atmosphere is conducive to not the best choice or the easiest system — which is why Canvas is stepping in — but it wasn’t exactly rocket science. Proboard was the best system on the market for this univerthe technological age. fessors have to record grades somewhere; why wouldn’t they sity, and found that it wasn’t. The committee compared just post them online? They generally create word documents five systems in 24 different courses, and used the feedof assignments; why wouldn’t they send a copy to Blackboard? back of nearly 1,000 students. It found Canvas to be by far the superior choice. A number of professors at this university haven’t proven their ability to handle Canvas is a cloud-based system — meaning it automatically updates based on feedback and technological improvements, immediately providing students with the even the simplest forms of online, teacher-student interaction. We don’t exactly newest, most high-tech service. Blackboard requires periodic updates the university have the highest hopes for their interest in learning Canvas. Because there is no has to pay for, should it choose to get the latest version; thus Canvas is 50 percent less compulsory training for professors, there is no guarantee they will incorporate the tools into the classroom. expensive. That extra half will be reinvested into tech support for faculty. By itself, Canvas will not markedly shift the classroom experience. The Division of Aside from the obvious benefit of near-instant gratification, Canvas operates like a modern-day website — with user-friendly navigation — as opposed to Blackboard, Information Technology has ensured professors have the resources to make good use of the improved system. Yet it’s up to professors to take advantage of that, and the which always seemed one step behind. You also won’t have to struggle through a maze of a website to find your pop quiz classroom experience can be harmed when they don’t. This university still awaits a strong push to make the classroom space more intergrade anymore. Instead, when your professor updates a grade or assignment, you have the choice to get an email, Facebook message or text message alerting you active and technology-friendly. Canvas was specifically created with professors’ needs instantly. Gone are the days of obsessively refreshing because your professor prom- in mind — it’s easy to learn and easy to use. We are just waiting on all of our professors to step up to the plate. ised the grades would go up at 8 p.m.

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Female entrepreneurs: Into politics or out of business


hen we think of opportunities that women have in underdeveloped countries, we automatically assume they have limited capabilities and resources to pursue endeavors in the political and financial spheres. As Americans who are largely alien to the experiences of the underdeveloped world, we have unclear, short glimpses of the realities that some foreign women have to face each day: Afghan women forced to refrain from communicating with any men besides their husbands in public, African girls battered and damaged from genital mutilation or women in Thailand unwillingly forced into the sex trade. During the International Women’s Economic Summit at the U.S. Institute of Peace, however, I met several women from a variety of countries who emerged from the oppression they experienced in their homeland to become successful

CAROLINE CARLSON entrepreneurs. Though many of them were originally viewed by their society as the weaker sex, they proved themselves to be so much stronger by embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. During several of the panels, entrepreneurs cited statistics that made the United States seem like a Third World country. While women comprise a sizable portion of the workforce and medical profession, a minuscule portion of them serve in leadership positions. Additionally, a feeble 17 percent of seats in Congress are held by women. In Rwanda, women represent 55 percent of the workforce and hold 56 percent of the seats in its parliament.

In Afghanistan, women hold 28 percent of the seats in its assembly, leading the U.S. by an 11-point margin. But how could these countries, which seem to have many misogynistic policies, have a higher proportion of female leaders than ours? Some experts say women in foreign countries have experienced an influx of new rights and leadership positions in business and politics simultaneously. Although the United States seemed to conquer women’s basic rights and women’s leadership roles in a step-bystep manner, countries in the Middle East and Asia have been introducing women to their right to vote as well as their right to own a business at roughly the same time. Foreign women’s simultaneous introduction to both the political and entrepreneurial processes has motivated many of them to get involved in both. Meanwhile, in the United States, many women hesitate to enter public

office. But women are still eager to start their own businesses. This issue was acknowledged by a panelist who wittily remarked, “If you’re in business but aren’t involved in politics, then politics runs your business.” This phrase rings true to any entrepreneur. If you don’t vote or keep up with the news, how are you going to have a say in how much taxes you pay? How will you have a say on what regulations you face or what type of environment your business is in? Although the summit introduced me to innovating entrepreneurs of the Third World, it opened my eyes to the difficulties women in this country might face. We live in a country that fosters so much competition, yet we seem to lag behind in the simplest of areas: awareness. Caroline Carlson is a sophomore government and politics and marketing major. She can be reached at

Opposing violence: Resting in peace


ragedy struck last week at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo. The nation was harshly reminded of the fragility of life and the power of violence. In the wake of this atrocity, Americans united in shock, horror and grief, and once again threw themselves into heated debate about how and why a person could commit such a horrific act. This is not the first appalling and senseless act of violence that has occurred in this country. The Aurora shooting — which left 12 people dead and 58 wounded — has been compared to the 1999 Columbine shooting, which happened just 20 miles away. On the other side of the country, a Virginia Tech student went on a shooting rampage in 2007, killing 32 people and then himself; it became the deadliest massacre in the history of the United States. As a student at this university, I was reminded of what happened in

March, when we heard of the threat of a shooting rampage on McKeldin Mall. Although the act was never carried out, we were forced to contemplate the real possibility of such an attack on our university. So, as we come together as a nation to mourn yet another tragedy, we again divide ourselves, debating contentious issues such as security, gun control and violence in pop culture. After Columbine, Americans started taking sides. Some advocated for stricter gun laws, while others sided with organizations such as the National Rifle Association to defend the right to own firearms. Some blamed Marilyn Manson for influencing the killers with his angry music, while others blamed the school authorities for not doing enough to prevent the attacks. Now the debates are centered on gun control and the influence of the Batman movie on the killer’s mentality. Some believe the violence of the movie itself may have motivated the


L IST killer’s actions. Others speculate he chose to carry out the attack at the much-anticipated screening to ensure more publicity for himself. These debates only separate us and do little to prevent similar attacks in the future. Random acts of violence happen so unpredictably and under such different circumstances that their occurrences can hardly be attributed to a single societal problem. I don’t think violence in the media is to blame, and although I don’t believe purchasing weapons should be legal, neither do I think outlawing guns would prevent serial killers from obtaining them. The problem is much larger and affects the entire planet.

We live in a world in which power is determined by each person’s capacity for violence, the size of each army and the destructive force of each weapon. Violence is not only used as method of defense, but as an expression of power and a way to achieve goals — no matter how petty. War is valued over peace; the strength of our military is valued over the quality of our education; more often than not, problems are solved with fighting rather than discussion and compromise. In a world where violence is revered, we become desensitized to it, and some of us even use it to make a statement. Although we may never know or understand what these killers have tried to convey, we must reckon with the prominence of violence in our world. We must work to make peace the higher power. Madeleine List is a sophomore enrolled in letters and sciences. She can be reached at


ecent developments at McKeldin Library, among others, have led me to believe this university doesn’t much care about its alumni, people at University of Maryland University College or the community at large. At the beginning of the spring semester, with my UMUC student ID in tow, I was able to obtain a guest pass for about six months. This allowed me the necessary computer access for my online classrooms, writing papers, doing research and various other tasks undertaken by your typical graduate student. However, when the summer sessions began, I found out the hard way that the library changed its policy regarding guest passes for computer access — they now expire after seven days. Even the general public’s 30-day pass prior to this shift was significantly more than the meager seven days people who weren’t coughing up exorbitant tuition were getting. Considering the letter I received from Danita Nias, assistant vice president of alumni relations, explaining why alumni would now have to jump through additional hoops to borrow books from a university library, it’s become clear what someone told me the other day: The library, and by extension, this university, just don’t want alumni around. Add to that this university’s treatment of students at UMUC and you have a university that is trying to be anything but neighborly to the surrounding community. Some of us already paid thousands of dollars during our days as students. Perhaps we’re not paying the many thousands more that current students now pay, but we still spent a lot of money — whether we got it through scholarships, our parents’ hard work or our own sacrifices. I hope university staff members reading this letter will think twice before sending me a letter asking me to donate money to this university. Just like you’re thinking twice about welcoming alumni back to the university, I’ll think twice about spending another dime on my alma mater. Mike Sarzo is a 2000 university alumnus. He can be reached at

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he coming week is likely to demand of most — if not all — individuals a willingness to dive into situations that seem on the surface to be fraught with peril and that are, in reality, at least that hazardous. When it comes to money matters this week, the old ways have got to change, and new strategies and tactics are to be developed; if they can’t be in place by week’s end, they can surely be well on the way. A very high premium is to be placed on fortuitous accidents and other signs of good luck, and those who are willing to take the good wherever they find it will have the advantage this week.


There is likely to be an element of hurry up and wait in the affairs of most individuals this week, and this may take its toll on the personal front, where tensions rise as a result of loved ones playing the waiting game. This week, solidarity at home can make all the difference. LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) — You may be thinking about streamlining your life; this week, certain strategies seem much more viable than others. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) — You’ll want to look at your schedule very carefully as the week opens: Is there time to pursue a personal goal? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) — Success or failure will likely depend a great deal on timing — and you can work on yours to increase your overall odds. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) — What you usually depend on may not be quite right this week, and you know how this will affect others.

park this week; be ready for anything. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) — What unfolds rather like a nightmare is actually going to prove far more positive for you than you could possibly anticipate. (Dec. 8Dec. 21) — You may require the assistance of those who have more experience than you do in all kinds of risky situations. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) — You may be able to talk yourself into doing something that you have resisted for some time — and for good reason! (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) — What seems enough is likely to prove just a bit insufficient — at least for the time being. Get to work! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) — You can take an unfortunate incident and give it a positive spin; others will be drawn to what you are doing. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) — How you talk about your current endeavors may make the difference when it comes to getting the support you need. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) — You can use each and every moment to increase your own understanding of what goes on around you — and your role in those affairs. (March 6March 20) — You’ll receive credit for more this week than you had hoped for — and rewards are maximized.

ARIES (March 21-April 4) — There are better ways to do what you’ve been trying to do the oldfashioned way. Experiment freely. (April 5-April 19) — You may encounter resistance this week, but you have enough support to see a plan through to fruition. TAURUS (April 20-May 5) — Take the time to assess situations before you find yourself immersed in them; this requires a healthy dose of self-awareness. (May 6-May 20) — You may be more interested in quantity than quality this week — at least, when things are just starting out. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) — Take advantage of the technological knowledge displayed by teammates; their methods may be unconventional, but they get results. (June 7-June 20) — The difference between what is and what only seems will be difficult to discern throughout much of the week. CANCER (June 21-July 7) — A younger family member seems to know better than you do what is really possible. Yes, it’s time to reach even higher still! (July 8-July 22) — There are those who think you can do it, and those who think you can’t — but only you can prove one party right and one wrong. COPYRIGHT 2012 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.


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GONE TO WAR The Dark Knight Rises is a thrilling, if overstuffed, finale to Christopher Nolan’s Batman series BY ZACHARY BERMAN Senior staff writer

To answer the burning question surrounding The Dark Knight Rises: No, director Christopher Nolan’s (Inception) final installment in his Batman series does not quite match the brilliance of the previous entry, The Dark Knight. That said, The Dark Knight Rises is still a technical marvel of filmmaking. The nearly threehour film has all the fixings required of a stellar final act: The cast is incredible, the action scenes are impeccable, and the conclusion is at least palatable — it’s the best you can ask for. However, Nolan seems to have over-extended himself between his intentions as a filmmaker and as an innovator. The sky-high expectations of fans and critics alike don’t help either, leading Nolan and company to overcompensate, trying with much aplomb to create a worthy successor to the previous entry and, even more challenging, turn the loosely connected Nolan Batman movies into a trilogy all in one fell swoop.

The sheer number of evolving characters and thematic elements can seem alternatingly monumental and overwhelming. For a fan, it’s hard to argue against shoveling more Batman action into the film, but Nolan’s blatant ambition to outdo himself by adding more variables leaves a lot to be desired whenever a plotline fizzles out or simply doesn’t get enough screen time amidst all the noise. The biggest missteps here are Bruce Wayne’s (Christian Bale, The Flowers of War) new love interest Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone), who doesn’t get nearly enough screen time, and Selina Kyle (or Catwoman), played by a surprisingly good Anne Hathaway (One Day), who makes a case for the best Catwoman portrayal ever but doesn’t have nearly enough importance to the overall film. On the flip side, the film gives ample time to another newcomer, John Blake (Joseph GordonLevitt, 50/50), who becomes the embodiment of the heart and soul of Gotham City.

Then, of course, there’s Tom Hardy’s (This Means War) Bane, Batman’s fiercest enemy to date. Hardy can’t be given enough credit for his acting job in this — Hardy uses just his eyes and his size to scare the pants off of everyone, despite having half his face covered. Besides the overabundance of material, The Dark Knight Rises also falls short of its predecessor because of its strict reliance on the series’ overracing narrative. In tr ying to wrap up ever y piece of Nolan’s puzzle, the new film doesn’t leave much space for itself to exist outside of the first two movies. Both of the previous films work as solo viewing experiences — one doesn’t have to be viewed to understand the other. The Dark Knight Rises, however, breaks this trend by relying almost entirely on plot points from the first two films as jumping off points.

This choice comes at a cost: Nolan has turned his Batman series into a true trilogy — one of cinema’s best, ever — but in turn makes the film into more of a large period than a sentence unto itself. As denouements go, however, few are quite as epic in scope as this.



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GRUBER from page 1 woman’s car, he smashed her window with his baton. “It was just surreal to see an officer on each side of the car, trying to open the door,” he said. With a battle cry of “Police chief! I want to see the police chief!” the woman put up a fight, but she was successfully removed from her vehicle and hauled off in handcuffs. On July 20, Gruber said his goodbyes and left for Georgetown, but he said he won’t soon forget his time on the campus. Although he hasn’t arrested anyone in years, this city holds a lot of history because it’s where he earned his stripes. Two years after his 1984 graduation from this university with a degree in law enforcement, Gruber decided to dedicate his time to protecting students on the gritty streets of College Park by joining the police department. But for all of the crime that occurs in the city, from the petty to the outright bizarre, Gruber loved his job. He found helping people to be intoxicating, adding shifts at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad to his resume and teaching classes on CPR and emergency management around the area. “I loved interacting with people,” he said. “I loved my staff, I loved interacting with students — the people were the best part.” He also spent time earning two additional degrees in general administration and homeland security management. “Over the years, Jay transi-

tioned into the technology realm and took the lead in technological innovation within our department,” University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky wrote in an email. But with exceptional work comes a promotion, and for Gruber, getting promoted to a bureau commander came with a caveat. He had to leave behind field work for an office setting. “As I got promoted and moved through the ranks, I had less and less contact with the campus community,” he said. Gruber was in charge of a team that ran the security cameras, records management and text and email alert systems, as well as the radio system many administrators and groups use to communicate on the campus. When students get alerts about crime on the campus, they can thank Gruber. And he was responsible for the swipe access students use to get into buildings on the campus, expanding it to include every building, not just dorms. He also helped pioneer the early warning siren that sounds test alarms the first Wednesday of every month. “He was the catalyst in putting together the shared ideas of creating a campus safety net of technology — while many had a ‘vision’ of what this technology may look like, Jay was the person that did the research and put together the team which made this happen,” said Maj. Chris Jagoe, Police Services Bureau commander. Missing the human interaction Gruber had loved so much when he was an officer, he made the effort to personally interact with administrators on

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“[Interacting with people] really renewed my energy and my faith and reminded me why I was there.” JAY GRUBER FORMER UNIVERSITY POLICE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES BUREAU COMMANDER

the campus and student groups such as Gemstone, for which he served as a mentor. “Doing that really renewed my energy and my faith and reminded me why I was there and what students are all about,” he said. “I took ever y opportunity I could to keep engaged.” He carried out many relatively invisible tasks on the campus for years, until Januar y when an unexpected organization, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, took notice. The FBI awarded Gruber the Police Executive Officer Fellowship, which gives law enforcement executives a chance to share their expertise to improve information and intelligence sharing in both the bureau and in the officers’ community. “It was a phenomenal experience, just seeing how the FBI works from the inside,” Gruber said. “Luckily, it was a fairly slow time from a counterterrorism perspective.” Following a nomination, officers apply to work for six months in an area of their expertise. For Gruber, that meant the National Joint Terrorism Task Force in the counterterrorism division, learning how to spot and stop terrorist activity on college campuses. Jagoe said Gruber’s expertise and drive make his appointment to Georgetown bittersweet, as the efforts he made and inspired in others made the community safer. “The work he did, and the job his people continue to do, literally saves lives and makes this community a markedly safer place,” Jagoe said. “His impact on the community, in terms of safety and security, will be felt for many years to come.”

Physics professor Nick Hadley leads a U.S. particle detector collaboration at CERN, the site of the most complicated technology created. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

DISCOVERY from page 1 were among the dozens of students to travel to CERN, the nuclear research center underneath the French-Swiss border, over the past few decades under the supervision of a team of university physicists. The discovery of the Higgs boson particle, announced July 4, was met with celebration in laboratories worldwide. It seemed to answer many of the most critical questions of the decadeslong experiment that sought to explain the existence of all the universe’s mass. Researchers are spending the next seven months collecting data to prove the existence of the Higgs boson, but that isn’t a long wait for the more than 2,000 scientists from 39 countries who have been building up particle detectors and carrying out experiments at CERN since the 1980s, university physicist Drew Baden said. “We are very patient, and we go into these projects knowing that it’s going to take a long time, but you know what? We really want to know,” Baden said. “We really want to understand nature, and it’s not easy.” Trying to discover that tiny particle — which exists for less than a second — wasn’t always

the experience Gerling-Dunsmore expected. The experiments run with particle detectors create such huge levels of radiation that researchers have to wear exposure-measuring devices to ensure they aren’t in danger when working with the technology. While the projects are some of the most consistently funded in the world, nearly all of the money is funneled into technology, rather than aesthetics. Gerling-Dunsmore said the inside of CERN looked similar to this university’s physics building until they reached the detectors. “The LHC isn’t how you see in movies, like The Da Vinci Code; it’s not shiny and slick,” Gerling-Dunsmore said. And the work wasn’t always glamorous. About halfway through her first eight-hour shift of testing, her team had to make a quick adjustment by powering down the beam and plunking a pile of lead bricks wrapped with electrical tape in its path. “One grad student was saying, ‘Be careful with the electrical tape, we don’t have an infinite supply,’ ” she remembered. “Another was just like, ‘This is CERN, if we can’t afford electrical tape, we’re in big trouble.’ ” Physics professor Nick Hadley, who is also the chair-

man of the U.S. CMS Collaboration Board, was on one of his annual trips to Sweden when scientists announced the discovery. He watched the conference from a satellite room at the LHC, where hundreds of researchers had waited in line since midnight for seats in the auditorium, “like a rock concert,” he said. “It is really a triumph of people all over the world … coming together to build a giant detector and actually succeeding in achieving one of their main goals, and they did it very patiently,” Hadley said. “Maybe we’re patient or maybe we’re stubborn, I don’t know which.” Ultimately, Gerling-Dunsmore decided not to continue studying high-energy physics. The field is so saturated with geniuses, she said, she worries she won’t be able to find a job and opted for the roomier, more obscure field of theoretical plasma physics. But to be part of one of the greatest scientific experiments in history was an invaluable experience, she said. “It was amazing to see so many people, so many minds, so much money, that had all just come together to make this huge array of technology,” she said. “It was a really beautiful thing.”

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BARS from page 1 respectively — and may see Terrapin Turf open at the former site of the Santa Fe Cafe as early as September. With added competition from Cornerstone Grill and Loft and R.J. Bentley’s, some of the new owners say they have had to change their strategies and prices to attract the large crowds needed to stay in business. Bar owners said they expect to gain more business in the fall after spending months testing their focus, whether on happy hours, live entertainment or craft beers and upscale food. Many students said Looney’s Pub, located under The Varsity apartment complex, found its niche early. Manager Christine Meagher said during the semesters, about 80 percent of patrons are students and the bar reaches its capacity of 518 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In the summer, the business still sees a steady stream customers from the area. Looney’s has made a few changes since it opened, lowering prices — “They didn’t start off that high, either,” Meagher said — and adding trivia nights. And as the bar is farther from the campus, it accommodates students by offering a shuttle service, which also aims to prevent drunk driving, she added. During the school year, bands play Thursday through Saturday, and Looney’s also offers karaoke and DJs on those days. But another new bar, The

POKER from page 1 Merson, who spent just three semesters on this campus, dropped out of the university in fall 2006 to become a professional poker player. He moved to Toronto after spending a few years in the area, one of many online poker players who left the country after federal regulations essentially banned their sport. Even though the memory of walking his withdrawal forms to the registrar’s office sticks with him, Merson said he knew he was making the right decision. “College definitely wasn’t for me,” he said. “I’m not embarrassed about the fact that I dropped out.” Merson had planned to enter the business school, but never accrued enough credits to do so. And his winnings from poker helped support a habit he picked up the summer before his freshman year: doing drugs. He started with marijuana

Barking Dog, has decided to cut back on its live entertainment because hosting local and student bands was losing money, said bar manager Christiana Hallas. “I think they’ve had a lot of trouble getting the word out about their happy hour specials and stuff,” said senior English and chemistr y major Chris Kelly, who enjoys The Barking Dog’s microbrews and craft beers. “I think only one time I’ve actually seen it ... crowded.” To amp up business, Hallas said the bar has lowered prices, changed its menu and extended its happy hour. Next semester, she plans to offer specials to fraternities and sororities for their bar crawls, socials and meetings, Wednesdays will feature salsa-dancing lessons and karaoke. and its top level will host parties every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Several students said the bar has not yet shown it has staying power, even though the restaurant promised a more upscale environment than its predecessor when it came to Route 1 last summer, erasing Thirsty Turtle with a coat of green paint. “The staff is totally different, the specials are different, what we’re carrying on draft, who we’re trying to cater to is totally different,” Hallas said. Senior Russian and history major Alex Gran said he likes The Barking Dog for its relaxed atmosphere, though that same low-key feel may be at the root of the bar’s troubles. “Everyone still kind of wants it

before moving on to cocaine. He estimates he lost 25 pounds from using. “It just completely controlled my life, and I couldn’t do anything right,” Merson said. “It just ruined me.” Starting in August 2007, he got clean, and he stayed sober for three and a half years, but things went downhill last February, Merson said. “One night, I was super messed up on alcohol and I slipped on something much harder and went down that slow, slippery path,” he said. When fellow poker player Christian Harder found out about Merson’s drug use, he asked his friend to think about the consequences it was having on his life and career. “I was just like, watch yourself with this stuff,” Harder said. “Ever since he’s been sober, he’s been crushing it. ... It’s been pretty awesome to see.” With the support of his friends, and poker now providing some of the stimulation he


Since last summer, Route 1’s slimmed-down bar scene of Cornerstone Grill and Loft and R.J. Bentley’s has gained three new options. Some new bars have cut prices and adjusted live music offerings to stay competitive. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

to be Turtle, and it’s not Turtle,” he said. “Once everyone like that goes away and a new crowd of people come in, I think it’ll actually stay afloat.” Big Play Sports Grill, the most recent addition to the city’s nightlife, replaced the space that used to hold Vito’s Pizzeria. One of the owners, Allen Morrison, said the bar sees about 100 people in and out each weekend night. “The feedback that we’ve gotten back so far is all positive,” he said. “Our food has been carrying us, really, so everyone that comes here has

pretty much loved our food, loved the atmosphere.” He said he thinks the restaurant competes with bigger sports bars such as Cornerstone and Looney’s because it offers a true sports bar experience, though some students said the space is awkward. “The layout’s kind of poor, and kind of cramped, but the staff was really nice to us, so I can’t complain too much,” Gran said. For the fall, Morrison said Big Play Sports Grill plans on touching up the space after the wear and tear of summer and market heavily toward students.

Advertising and marketing efforts are not yet on the mind of one bar owner, Mohammad Afshar of Terrapin Turf. His plans include an “all-star buffet” for game days and a projector to show Terps sports, but he said the bar’s doors remain closed for now due to permit delays. Afshar said he applied for building and occupancy permits four months ago from Prince George’s County and was frustrated to still be waiting, as he is nearly finished renovating the space — he still must finish installing the bar’s sprinkler system, for which he

is also waiting on a permit from the county, and plans to adjust the building’s exterior. College Park Public Services Director Bob Ryan said the city months ago issued Terrapin Turf a stop-work order until the proper permits could be issued. He said the bar owners can clean and paint without permits, but that interior finishes have to meet fire regulations. “He might have to redo [the work] if it was done without permits,” Ryan said of the construction.

sought in drugs, Merson has been able to stay sober since December. “If anything, poker has saved my life,” he said. “I definitely am addicted to the rush of playing poker, but in a good way. I know when to stop.” Merson estimates he lost half his net worth last year playing high-stakes poker games while under the influence, but it may have been part of the “humbling experience” he needed to quit. Despite his short stint at this university, Merson calls himself a “Terp for life.” His parents are alumni and he roots for both the Terps’ basketball and football teams. He also finds he craves the state’s signature blue crab much more often than he can find it in Toronto. Merson, now planning his return to the state, said he enjoyed having the freshman dorm experience. However, he said his real gains — networking and traveling around the world — have come through poker.

However, Merson admits giving up a chance for a college degree put some pressure on his card playing. “When you do this for a living and you drop out of school, there’s no backup plan,” he said. Since his July 5 win, Merson said he has experienced a whirlwind of media requests and online attention. An article in Card Player Magazine summed up his ascent in a headline on the morning of the final cut-down: “Greg Merson Becoming A ‘Legend’ As World Series Of Poker Main Event Reaches Final Table.” Merson hasn’t yet been noticed in public, which is fine with him. “I don’t really like the whole publicity thing,” he said. His friend and former roommate Tony Gregg said he isn’t surprised by what Merson has been able to accomplish since leaving college and getting clean. “I knew it would only be a matter of time before he had some

level of success,” Gregg said. “I couldn’t be happier for him.” Gregg, who met Merson in 2007 and has played in the World Series four times himself, is optimistic about the 24-

year-old’s chances in October. “I would definitely pick him over anyone else at the final table,” Gregg said.

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VITALE from page 12 his demands for high character from his players and he’s shown no fear of discipline — he suspended three players for violating team rules last season, and likely wouldn’t hesitate to suspend one of his players again. There may be some financial troubles, and there may be some disciplinary issues. But it’s clear that Anderson and the Terps’ coaches are holding themselves and the student-athletes accountable. They’re being transparent about what’s going on inside the athletics department. Compared to what’s happening 200 miles north in State College, Pa., it’s a welcome change. Fourteen years ago, Jerry Sandusky admitted to

showering with an 11-yearold boy. Twelve years ago, a janitor caught him sexually abusing a boy in Penn State’s locker room bathroom. For the duration, legendary coach Joe Paterno and the athletics department’s top officials were involved in covering up these events. But, now that the child abuse sex scandal has finally been unearthed, the NCAA announced on Tuesday the most severe punishment imposed on a program since Southern Methodist University got the “death penalty” in 1987. The Nittany Lions football program will be fined $60 million and receive a four-year postseason ban. It must cut 20 total scholarships per year over the next four years, and all current players and incoming freshman will able to

immediately transfer to other schools without penalty. The NCAA also stripped Penn State of all of its wins from 1998-2011, dropping Paterno — who died of lung cancer in January — from first to seventh in the alltime wins list. In fact, unlike the Nittany Lions — who had their name dragged through the mud for eight months before the NCAA finally bludgeoned them to neardeath this week — the Terps have a program that is trending up. Although men’s track and field faced elimination, it raised enough money to keep its program alive for at least another year. The football team has replenished its roster with talent and character, landing one of the state’s top wide receivers in Stefon Diggs

and 18 more 2013 commits. The men’s basketball team replaced its departed star with the No. 18-ranked incoming class. So maybe the athletics department’s culture change hasn’t quite taken effect the way Anderson and coaches hoped it would. There’s still a lot of work to be done in College Park. But even though the athletics department still has issues it must recover from, it’s nothing compared to the giant black mark that will accompany the Penn State logo every time it is seen in the foreseeable future. The Terps athletics program is far from perfect. But when something goes wrong, at least they’re telling us about it when it happens.

she kept her pregnancy a secret from her teammates until the competition was over, Smith Puzo clued in Team USA coach Lee Bodimeade. He told her to compete in South America before going on maternity leave, and then decide whether she was ready for a comeback. That’s what she did. After helping the United States to a second-place finish in Argentina, she returned home to get ready for a late-summer birth. She was three months’ pregnant at the time. “She’s a tough athlete, and her body’s very athletic,” Puzo said. “So I think being in a very healthy situation helped her to be able to play even when she was two or three months’ pregnant.” Smith Puzo was patient with herself during the latter stages of the pregnancy. She never put too much pressure on herself, trained when possible and kept an open mind about a possible return to field hockey. And even after she gave birth to Ian on Aug. 31, 2011, Smith Puzo took her time. The Selinsgrove, Pa., native avoided the gym for the first six weeks of post-pregnancy to let her body heal and regain its equilibrium. She eventually started hitting the gym and returned to the team in December. And when she finally felt her legs back underneath her, she decided to play competitively again in mid-January. “I don’t necessarily see it as a comeback,” Bodimeade said. “I think [her taking the time between Beijing and London to create a better life balance] has provided her a much better perspective on her life and where she wants to go, and her performances are showing she is comfortable where she is.” In her first international game back from maternity leave Jan. 14, Smith Puzo scored both of the United States’ goals in a 2-2 tie against Australia. Realizing she had a solid chance of securing one of the 16 spots on this summer’s Olympic, Smith Puzo made a full-time commitment to the team.

Still, she wasn’t about to let her field hockey responsibilities distract her from her obligations as a mom. “For her, her kids just being there and having that force,” Terps coach Missy Meharg said, “I think she should be able to separate the hockey from her life with so much more ease.” Of course, it hasn’t always been easy. In late January, Smith Puzo moved into a San Diego-area apartment with her two sons while she trained with the national team. Her husband stayed behind in Oxford, Ohio, where he transitioned into his new job as the women’s field hockey coach at Miami (Ohio). For the next four months, Smith Puzo lived something of a double life. On a typical day, she’d wake up at about 5 a.m., make breakfast, get Ian and Xavi ready and drop them off at a former Terps field hockey player’s house. She would then go to a sevenhour practice, have maybe an hour to herself and play with the kids for a couple hours before they all fell asleep at about 7 or 8 p.m. But one day, the schedule didn’t go according to plan. Just three days before Smith Puzo returned to the East Coast, Ian contracted hand, foot and mouth disease. His babysitter was sick with the stomach flu, and Smith Puzo had no friends or family in the area able to look after her two sons. She had no choice. She would have to miss practice. “That was a big situation, where she’s there by herself, [and] she has to make a decision,” Puzo said. “And it was very hard for her. She didn’t want to have any special treatment from the coaching staff or from anyone. She wanted to be one more player.” In that moment, Smith Puzo had a pivotal realization: Nothing, not even her commitment to Team USA, is more important than being a mother to Ian and Xavi. It’s why she gets up each day, why she is content retiring after competing in London. It’s what makes this whole journey worth it. “Knowing that they’re on this journey with me, as hard as it may be some days, is extra special,” Smith Puzo said. “I thought if I can do it, ‘Wow, how amazing.’”

Terps alums (left to right) Ekene Ibekwe, Keli Smith Puzo, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Katie O’Donnell and Nataly Arias will be at the Olympics’ opening ceremonies Friday. FILE PHOTOS/THE DIAMONDBACK


Five former Terps, two coaches involved in 2012 Summer Olympics BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU Senior staff writer

Five former Terrapins athletes and two current coaches will be participating in the London Olympics, which open on Friday. Catch every event live, online, at Live and taped events will also be seen on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, the NBC Sports Network and Bravo. Nataly Arias, Colombia From: Alexandria, Va. Sport: Women’s soccer With Terps: Arias played four years at midfield for the Terps. She made the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2004, and finished her collegiate career with 13 goals and 7 assists. Olympic experience: This will be Arias’ first Olympics appearance. What to expect: Arias will play right-side defender for Colombia, a team that with little chance of securing a quarterfinal berth. Quotable: “We know what we’re up against and we welcome the challenge,” Arias said in an interview with The Washington Post. “The Olympics are another step in our growth.” Ekene Ibekwe, Nigeria Age: 27

From: Carson, Calif. Sport: Men’s basketball With Terps: Ibekwe played forward for the Terps for four years (2003-2007). He averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks his senior season. Olympic experience: This is Ibekwe’s first experience in the Olympics. He played for Nigeria in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. What to expect: Ibekwe should start at forward for a Nigeria squad that has little chance of medalling in London. Quotable: “Representing my Nigerian heritage playing basketball is a great thing for me,” Ibekwe said in an interview with Ridiculous Upside. “I’m using what I love to do to represent my family and the people that I stand for.” Sarunas Jasikevicius, Lithuania Age: 36 From: Kaunas, Lithuania Sport: Men’s basketball With Terps: Jasikevicius played wing for the Terps from 1994-1998. After playing limited minutes his first two years, he averaged 11.5 points and 3.4 assists over his junior and senior seasons. Olympic experience: Jasikevicius has participated in the past three Summer Games. He averaged 14 points and 5.1

assists as Lithuania captured bronze in 2000. What to expect: Jasikevicius will be a key component of a Lithuania squad that has an outside chance of reaching the medal podium. Quotable: “Thank God there will be a fourth,” Jasikevicius said in an interview with the Lithuania Tribune. “Our game is getting better, but we need to get much better between now and then. We must protect our health and stay in shape.” Missy Meharg (announcer) Age: 49 From: Severna Park Sport: Women’s field hockey With Terps: Meharg has coached the Terps the past 25 seasons. She has been named National Coach of the Year an unprecedented nine times, and claimed eight national titles. Olympic experience: Meharg has no experience either playing or coaching in the Olympics. What to expect: Meharg will be the lone color commentator for NBC’s Olympic field hockey coverage. She will call games out of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, and will work alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Corey. Quotable: “I don’t know exactly how I got selected,”

Meharg said. “But I’m pleased about that decision, and I look forward to sharing the sport with many people in this country that don’t know much about it, unfortunately.” Katie O’Donnell, United States Age: 23 From: Blue Bell, Pa. Sport: Women’s field hockey With Terps: A four-time All American, O’Donnell led the Terps to national titles in 2008 and 2010. She will return to College Park this fall as a studentassistant coach. Olympic experience: O’Donnell is making her Olympic debut in London. She has started at center forward on the national team since 2009, and has already earned 112 international caps. What to expect: O’Donnell has emerged as the face of a U.S. field hockey team that figures to have its best chance of medalling since claiming bronze in Los Angeles in 1984. The U.S. won the Pan American Games last October, and should benefit from a field that features no clear favorite. Quotable: “To me, unity is such a big piece,” O’Donnell said. “And right now, we’re working towards having a lot of

unity. I think that’ll take us very far into the Olympic games, and we have a very good possibility of medalling.” Keli Smith Puzo, United States Age: 33 From: Selinsgrove, Pa. Sport: Women’s field hockey With Terps: Smith Puzo was a three-time All American, and helped the Terps to a national title in 1999. Olympic experience: This is Smith Puzo’s second Olympic appearance. She was a part of a U.S. team that finished eighth among the 12 that competed in Beijing in 2008. What to expect: Smith Puzo should start on the forward line alongside O’Donnell in London. She should have a chance at medalling in what will likely be her last Olympics. Quotable: “I think that our biggest goal going into 2008 was first to qualify,” Smith Puzo said. “And four years later in 2012, we expected to qualify. So the goal wasn’t to qualify, the expectation was to qualify. Now our expectation is to hit the podium.” Andrew Valmon, United States (coach) Age: 47 From: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sport: Men’s outdoor track and field With Terps: Valmon has coached Terrapins track and field the past nine seasons, including seven as the cross country coach. He has helped the Terps earn nine All-America honors. Olympic experience: This is Valmon’s first time coaching the U.S. men’s track and field team in the Olympics. A twotime Olympic gold medalist, Valmon served as a Team USA assistant at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin. He was also the head coach for the 2010 World Indoor Championships team in Doha, Qatar. What to expect: Valmon, whose Terps men’s indoor track and field and cross country teams were recently cut, hopes to help a U.S. men’s team rebound from a disappointing 2008 Olympics. The U.S. track program has a decent chance to achieve its goal of 30 medals — seven more than it claimed in Beijing. Quotable: “Any time you get the opportunity to coach Team USA, you’re not going to turn it down,” Valmon said. “There’s really no better reward for someone in my position.”






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he past eight months have not been kind to Terrapins athletics. Teams were cut, players were suspended and tournaments were missed. But is it really all that bad? Ask Penn State fans, and odds are they wouldn’t think so. Sure, the athletics department eliminated seven teams earlier this month, and it’s facing an $83 million debt. And sure, the university’s two most recognizable stars — Danny O’Brien and Terrell Stoglin — left the campus. But what may seem like a year of turmoil for Terps fans is nothing compared to what those at Penn State are going through. When you consider the firestorm of cover-ups, indictments, accusations and firings that turned a once-proud Penn State athletics program into little more than a battered shell of what it once was, the Terps’ future looks a little less bleak. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and Terps coaches are building a culture where growth can be sustained while upholding integrity — a value that seems to have been lost on athletic programs nationwide. More importantly, it’s a culture where something like the Penn State scandal won’t happen. Anderson — who spent six years overseeing the athletics department at Army — brings a no-nonsense philosophy to College Park, something he clearly displayed when he levied the three year-long suspensions in May. Football coach Randy Edsall is cut from the same cloth. He’s not shy in

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Keli Smith Puzo has been careful to not let her Olympic training keep her from Ian (11 months) and Xavi (2 1/2 years).


Smith Puzo balances hockey and motherhood Former Terps standout has had two sons since competing at 2008 Olympics in Beijing BY RHIANNON WALKER Staff writer

Sitting in the bathroom of a Baltimore hotel in January 2011, Keli Smith Puzo anxiously awaited the results of a home pregnancy test. She clutched the tiny piece of plastic in her hand, took a deep breath and looked down. It was official. For the second time since competing at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the former Terrapins field hockey standout would be having a child. “My first reaction was that my career was over,” Smith Puzo said.

She couldn’t have been more wrong. Less than a year removed from the birth of her second child, Ian, the 33-year-old Smith Puzo is proving motherhood doesn’t need to end world-class ambitions. She is in London hoping to help U.S. field hockey capture its first Olympic medal since 1984. “She’s genetically gifted,” said Katie O’Donnell, a Terps studentassistant coach who will likely start alongside Smith Puzo in London. “To come back and just be an outstanding player and a leader on our forward line after so much time off,

it’s just amazing.” But that comeback almost never happened. When the 10-year national team veteran learned she was pregnant with Ian, she figured it was nature’s way of telling her it was time to retire. She was scheduled to give birth in August, giving her just 12 months to prepare for London. Smith Puzo, who had taken almost a year to recover from her previous pregnancy, wasn’t sure she was up to the task. She told her husband, Iñako Puzo, she was willing to retire and fully devote herself to their family. But Puzo wasn’t quite ready to let

his wife give up on an Olympic return. He encouraged her to wait, to see how she felt before leaving the sport completely. “I said, ‘Don’t make a decision, you know, talk with the coach. Look at his reaction, and let’s wait,’” said Puzo, a former Venezuelan national field hockey team member. “‘You have a great field hockey career. You may be able to come back.’” Two weeks later, Smith Puzo reported to training camp in California to prepare for the Four Nations tournament in Argentina. Though

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