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After paying extensive lip service to reining in the price of higher education during his administration, President Obama unveiled a comprehensive plan last month to bring down costs. While Obama’s proposals have previously focused on extending access by expanding federal aid, his new plan puts the onus on the powerful higher education lobby to contain the runaway price of a degree, which has increased more than 500 percent over the past 30 years. The message is “eventually the buck has to stop with someone, and it should be with institutions, not with families and students,” said Rachel Fishman, a policy analyst for the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. With the proposal, the Education Department would establish a rating system for institutions based on a number of performance outcomes, including tuition costs, graduation rates, loan default rates, amounts borrowed and advanced degree attainment before the 2014-15 school year. Once the system is in place, Congress will distribute financial aid according to these ratings starting in 2018, providing larger Pell grants and more favorable student loan terms to students attending higher-performing colleges, according to the new rating system. Some states already have a similar approach to higher education funding. Tennessee, for example, allocates state dollars to colleges based on a formula measuring outcomes and college

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Loh takes office (inaugurated April 2011)

Loh and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson announce move to the Big Ten Conference

Officials announce new city development concept in shift from previous East Campus plans University and Corcoran enter agreement to explore potential partnership file photos/the diamondback

loh’s grand realities Univ president plans next three years and beyond with bold goals By Yasmeen Abutaleb @yabutaleb7 Senior staff writer


f Wallace Loh is good at anything, he says, it’s strategic opportunism. The university president had grand plans when he first arrived in November 2010. He wanted to greatly improve and emphasize four areas: academics, athletics, arts and ambience. Now nearly three years into his presidency, Loh has laid the groundwork for his legacy. If all goes according to plan, the University of Maryland that Loh one day leaves will be nearly unrecognizable from the one he stepped into. The university is set to join the Big Ten on July 1 and has already joined the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the conference’s academic consortium. A potential partnership with the Corcoran Gallery of Art — Washington’s oldest private art museum, which houses more than 17,000 pieces — and its college is in the works.

A developer is moving along with a plan to revitalize the city surrounding the campus by bringing a hotel and conference center, restaurants, retail and more. And administrators are continuing to build upon a strategic alliance with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in the hopes of boosting both schools’ rankings and becoming an academic leader with joint programs and colleges. Loh talked about big ideas to transform the university in his first speech to the University Senate 11 days after he arrived on the campus, but he did not offer any detail or a step-by-step plan. It’s because he didn’t have one, he said. But Loh knew the framework that would guide his presidency, and he has looked for — and hoped for — opportunities to help him execute his vision. “I like to do really big, transformative things,” Loh said. “Unless you have in your mind the framework … you won’t even recognize opportunities.” So far, those opportunities have come in the form of partnerships. And it’s no longer simply talk.

Athletics could get indoor facility Big Ten revenue can’t go toward construction By Yasmeen Abutaleb @yabutaleb7 Senior staff writer Administration officials have begun looking at ideas for an indoor practice facility that would be built in the center of the campus, replacing practice fields and Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium’s baseball diamond, officials close to discussions told The Diamondback. T houg h no f u nd s h ave been secured for such a facility and there are no concrete plans, an architectural firm has presented officials with a preliminary idea for a state-of-theart indoor facility, said officials, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity and confidentiality of early discussions. When it joins the Big Ten on July 1, the university will be the only member without an indoor facility. The revenue-sharing conference will provide the university with at least an additional $100 million from TV revenue by 2020, but a commission charged with crafting guidelines for the university’s Big Ten integration said in a report last month the university cannot use the revenue for new athletic facilities, including an indoor practice facility, practice fields and a Varsity team house. But an indoor practice facility will become increasingly important as the university recruits athletes who will compete in the Big Ten, and university officials are prioritizing the development project. “It’s very important now that we’re going to the Big Ten,” said an administration official who requested

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USM to test open-source pilot program

Sexual assault prevention pilot course implemented for fall Univ could mandate program for freshmen

Collaborative textbooks set to lower class costs

By Zoe Sagalow @thesagaofzoe Staff writer

By Fatimah Waseem @fatimahwaseem Staff writer A student-driven initiative plans to turn the page on skyrocketing textbook costs by promoting an affordable, online educational resource that’s picking up steam across the nation: open-source textbooks. Starting this fall, the University System of Maryland Student Council will pilot a program to allow interested faculty members in high-enrollment, entry-level classes to use open-source textbooks. The system, published under a publicly accessible copyright license, allows professors

textbook shoppers may see lower costs thanks to a University System of Maryland pilot program that allows professors in entry-level classes to experiment with collaborative authorship methods. file photo/the diamondback to customize textbook material from a pool of online resources, videos and graphics. Interested faculty teaching lecture-sized introductory courses at this university and other university system institutions will take this semester to learn about the features of open-source textbooks in guided


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workshops. In the spring, the council will analyze the effectiveness of the program by examining student satisfaction, academic achievement and faculty willingness to use the resources. A statewide working group with representatives from the system, See textbooks, Page 2

The university is taking a step toward fighting sexual assault by implementing a pilot program this fall for educating students about sexual assault prevention that, if successful, could then become a requirement for all future incoming freshmen. The program, called Violence Intervention and Prevention, is meant to reach 300 to 600 of this fall’s incoming undergraduate students, according to Fatima Burns, coordinator of the University Health Center’s CARE to Stop Violence office, formerly called the

Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program. Lauren Redding, who designed the pilot program earlier this year and graduated in May, said educating and empowering students is key to changing a culture that causes women who are assaulted to feel afraid to report their assaults. “It’s such a widespread problem on all college campuses, and our campus is no different — and I know that from personal experience,” she said. “I am a survivor. I was raped my sophomore year at UMD.” Redding, former president of UMD Feminists and former Diamondback editor in chief, proposed a bill in January requiring all incoming freshmen to take the course. The University Senate is still weighing the bill and plans to vote on it this fall,





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TEXTBOOKS From PAGE 1 the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, the Maryland Independent College and University Association, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Morgan State University will also evaluate the feasibility of the program. The council plans to meet with legislators by the end of this year to finalize details of the program. Whether students enrolled in this state’s colleges or universities will see a state-supported open-source textbook initiative by 2015 depends on the pilot program’s success, said James Jalandoni, USMSC president and former Student Government Association director of governmental affairs. Similar initiatives on the federal level — including a 2009 bill that would have authorized grants to create, update or adapt open-source textbooks — died in Congress, but Jalandoni said he’s optimistic because of statewide support. “I think it gets to the root of the textbook affordabil-

ity problem,” Jalandoni said. “We want to disrupt the current system to shift it toward more affordable options overall.” In the past few years, state universities in Washington, Ohio, California and Texas began offering state-supported repositories of openaccess textbook materials to help lower the cost of education. Textbook costs have increased 812 percent in the last 35 years, far outpacing rising costs of tuition, health care and housing during the same time period, according to the American Enterprise Institute. In the classroom, the biggest barrier to the program’s success is awareness, said M.J. Bishop, director of the university system’s Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Many students and faculty are not aware peer-reviewed open-source textbooks are alternatives to traditional textbooks, Bishop said. Scott Roberts, the psychology department’s director, has been using a free, self-assembled textbook to teach the university’s intro-

duction to psychology class, PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology, a choice Roberts said has saved about 2,200 students a quarter-million dollars going into the semester. The average student spends about $1,200 on books and supplies annually, according to estimates by the College Board. Despite t he ex t ra t i me needed to update the book’s dead links or make a last-minute substitution, Roberts said he can’t think of a better time investment. Most of his students welcomed the free book. “It is hard to imagine turning back after the success we have had with the open text,” Roberts said. Although the affordability and Wikipedia-like feel of open-source textbooks is alluring, sophomore biology major Lucy Wang said she would still prefer to buy an expensive, traditional textbook to ensure the information is factually accurate. Though she likes the idea of updates and revisions, she said it might be hard to trust open-source textbooks, especially if the sources

students who shop for their textbooks at local stores such as BookHolders may soon be relying more on online open-source course material, as the University System of Maryland pilots a program that will promote this lower-cost option. james levin/the diamondback contain dead links. In the end, Kevin A n, a junior information systems major, said students likely will weigh the benefits of a zerocost book with the ability to highlight and take notes on traditional textbooks. The university is looking into ways to provide incentives and technological support for

interested faculty, said Gary White, libraries public services associate dean. The library system runs a university repository in which students and professors can store open-access textbooks. Despite the lack of consensus on the role open-source textbooks should play in higher education, the university sys-

tem’s student regent board member and Salisbury University student Samim Manizade said they have already proven to be a viable alternative to expensive textbooks and another example of technology “disrupting and improving the old scheme of things.”

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costs From PAGE 1 performance, something the federal program would likely emulate. Crystal Collins, director of fiscal policy and faci l it ies a n a lysi s at t he Tennessee Higher Education Commission, said while distributing state funds using this model is much different from making federal financial aid decisions, rewarding outcomes is preferable to incentivizing enrollment. “You really have to reward institutions for doing that,” Collins said. “For not just bringing students into higher education, but graduating them, producing credentials.” However, it doesn’t necessarily mean funding will be tied to such metrics by 2018. Only Congress has the power to authorize the use of these funds, and with sharp divisions and perpetual gridlock on Capitol Hill, there’s no telling what support there will be for the program come 2018. But ratings-based funding isn’t necessarily going to become a casualty of partisanship, said David Bergeron, vice president for Postsecond a r y E duc at ion at t he Center for American Progress. T h is ty pe of reform had also been discussed in

the Bush White House, but it never materialized, likely because of the financial meltdown near the end of former President George W. Bush’s second term. “This has been a conversation that’s been ongoing for at least eight years, maybe l o n g e r,” B e r g e r o n s a i d . “There’s tremendous frustration at this point that we really haven’t seen improvements in our higher education system that are really necessary.” Additionally, the system development period between 2015 and 2018 could give it time to garner public support and force Congress’ hand to back it, Fishman said. “C o n g re s s m i g h t t a k e notice, and they very well might tie financial aid to these ratings if they believe in them, if the public believes in them,” Fishman said. On a large scale, the merits of higher education have been dictated by the popular US News & World Report college rankings, which Fishman said are based more on student input than tangible outcomes. Moving toward the reform Obama is proposing could shift the focus to be “more about outcomes and less about the prestige and exclusivity that comes with US News & World Report,” to which colleges have become beholden.


While many higher education experts lauded the new plan, there is still room for reform, Bergeron said. For him, making more information on college costs available to families is key, and the earlier, the better. “We need to be providing families with information earlier about what types of federal aid will be available to help them enroll in college,” Bergeron said. “It’s too late to tell high school seniors … what their expected family contribution is; it doesn’t give the family any time to save.” However, Bergeron said providing information to students in middle school could be more contentious an issue than Obama’s current proposal. “It’s hard because talking to families about the need to save in sixth or seventh grade is difficult,” Bergeron said. “Some on the right will argue that it’s some kind of social engineering.” This state has often been praised for its large investment in higher education, and Fishman said she’d like to see reform geared toward a “new federal-state partnership to ensure that states don’t disinvest from their institutions of higher education.” “T h at’s rea l ly why t he cost of higher education has been increasing at such an

THE PLAN President Obama introduced a plan Aug. 22 to bring down higher education costs. Here are some of the highlights:

ACCOUNTABILITY • Establish an official college ranking system based on finances by 2015 • Tie federal funding to ranking system by 2018

EDUCATION • Encourage schools to offer students a wider range of aid options • Give consumers access to information on college financial performance

REGULATION • Cap loan repayments at 10 percent of borrowers’ monthly incomes Source:

enormous clip,” Fishman said. “States have been robbing their higher education budgets to help pay for health care in the state and help pay for their prisons in the state and other things. “The people who have been hurt the most are students,” she said.

PILOT From PAGE 1 but officials agreed in May to explore a pilot program that would serve as the basis for a larger program. Ryan Heisinger, who served as the Student Government A s s o c i a t i o n’s a c a d e m i c affairs vice president during the 2012-13 academic year, worked with Redding on the pilot program before graduating in May. “The issue currently is that men have certain biases and certain presumptions that they come to college with that we need to educate them about,” he said. “There are some misconceptions about what sex should look like in college in general. Especially when drinking is involved, there needs to be some clarification.” Sexual assault isn’t only a women’s issue, Heisinger said, and part of the goal with a program like this is to teach men their role in stopping sexual assault and violence against women. In addition, 10 percent of all victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse and rape crimes are male, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. “T he issues of rape and sexual assault and domestic violence are, in large part,

men’s issues,” he said. According to Burns, students in the pilot will be randomly enrolled in one of four programs: a control group in which students fill out a questionnaire, an in-person presentation or one of two different online modules. The pilot is expected to start in late September or early October and will last until the end of the semester, according to Stephanie Rivero, assistant coordinator of the CARE office. Students who wish to participate but haven’t been assigned can opt into the pilot program through an online forum, and professors teaching UNIV 100 courses or officials in the university’s living-learning communities can decide to include their students, said SGA President Samantha Zwerling. The deadline for students to opt in has not yet been decided, according to Rivero. “SGA is working to promote it and to make sure students are aware of it, to make sure people are signing up for it, as well as helping CARE with any logistical things they might need,” Zwerling said. “We’re working in conjunction with them to make sure it runs smoothly.” “Some don’t know that what they say or what they do that makes a person uncomfortable [can be] sexual assault,” said Joan Tsai, a sophomore enrolled in letters and sciences. “I feel like they need to understand that.” After tabling the bill mandating the program for all incoming students in the spring, the University Senate is set to vote on it in October. “We need to do a lot better with issues with regard to sexual violence and domestic violence,” Heisinger said. “This is the first of many important steps that we need to take in the coming years.”





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New year. New rules. New improvements? With another semester beginning, students should closely watch the progress on each of these six university topics. Going forward, hopefully students can keep an eye on how these issues change throughout the year. WORKERS’ RIGHTS


Workers and administrators are finally making progress in examining workers’ rights issues. They seem to be openly discussing allegations of workplace abuse and moving forward with some actions to put a stop to these alleged injustices. But that doesn’t mean there has been sufficient progress thus far. It is wonderful to see the lines of communication open, even if it took a turnover in administrators (specifically, the addition of Carlo Colella as vice president of administration and finance) to do so. Still, even though workers and university officials have begun to work together to solve their issues, there remains a long road ahead before the two will be completely happy with each other. It’s encouraging to see progress being made on an issue that has been a stain on this university’s reputation for the past two years. As long as all parties can continue to work together and not ruin the imperative worker-administrator relationship, there is still hope for full reconciliation and to redeem the university’s image.

For more than a decade, discussions have borne no progress in revitalizing East Campus, the 38-acre scar along the university’s most visible artery: Route 1. In February, then-Administration and Finance Vice President Rob Specter and university officials laid out a plan to incorporate several developers in a “parcel-by-parcel” approach to add housing, dining and other amenities, further stitching together the Route 1 corridor. Instead, Specter unexpectedly resigned in early June, the latest in a more-than-decade-long string of administrators and developers to leave a vision unrealized. In his place is Colella, the former Facilities Management associate vice president. While Colella’s history in development and construction management is impressive, it’s hard to feel anything but deja vu. Given its long, procrastinated history, anyone would be surpised to see even a small amount of progress made on this project. Therefore, students should be wary and ready for disappointment when it comes to College Park’s 38-acre void.

MENTAL HEALTH On July 1, the university allotted its first of 10 monetary installments devoted to bettering mental health services on the campus. The $500,000 is earmarked for new staff members in the Counseling Center and University Health Center. Hopefully the new staffing will translate to shorter waits for students with mental health needs and fewer stories of counseling requests going unrecognized. With groups like the Help Center still doing valiant work supplementing the administration’s commitment, it’s now possible that the era of students feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” chronicled by the National Institutes of Health in 2011 is on the decline at this university.

BIG TEN While excitement continues to build about the university’s transition to the Big Ten athletic conference, some immediate threats to the athletic department’s prosperity remain. In August, a presidential commission set up to plan the transition issued 22 recommendations that this editorial board called “realistic and fair.” Among the recommendations is a restoration of the men’s outdoor track and field team. It’s vindicating to see a cut athletic team return, but we likely won’t see many more come back in the near future. The ACC’s lawsuit against the university has gotten ugly, with the conference withholding television revenue

as part of an unprecedentedly steep exit fee. It will be worth keeping an eye on how that lawsuit plays out for the university. Millions of dollars are at stake — dollars that could go toward balancing the athletic department’s still-addled budget. With a healthier budget, the department could potentially restore more teams and improve our student-athlete support services.

LOH’S ADMINISTRATION For most undergraduate students, Wallace Loh is the only university president they’ve known. He has been a good one, too — for the past three years, Loh’s administration has worked toward mostly admirable goals in mainly tangible ways. And he’s been a responsive, active president, as witnessed in his frequent contributions to this newspaper. In his column in this edition, he lays out his administration’s bold plans for the next six years or so. There’s not much to fault Loh for in those plans, and if they all go off without a hitch, College Park will probably be a better place in which to live and study. But it’s important for us all to ask of Loh: How will you help me now? Some of his plans won’t bear fruit by the time this year’s freshmen graduate — and that’s assuming legal and political hurdles don’t stop progress. While Loh’s broad visions are great for the university community in the long run, we should all remain vigilant this year in demanding visible progress alongside these grand proclamations.

SMOKING BAN A new university policy prohibits students from lighting up tobacco products on the majority of the campus, as well as smoking in university-owned vehicles and selling and purchasing tobacco products within the campus’s borders. There are now four on-campus locations designated for smokers: between Riggs Alumni Center and the Stadium Drive garage, the south side of McKeldin Library near Somerset Hall, west of the Comcast Center main staircase, and between Byrd Stadium and Ellicott Hall. When the university announced the system-wide ban, smokers and nonsmokers alike were worried about its implementation. And though we have all waited with bated breath, there still hasn’t been any indication of who will be enforcing the policy. Officials’ expectations that members of the campus community will police themselves seem, at best, overly optimistic. If there was honest potential for the ban to curb students’ appetite for tobacco products, there may be more support for the policy. However, after looking at the past enforcement of smokingrelated policies, it doesn’t seem as though smokers have to worry about being penalized for breaking the rules. If the administration is serious about making this university a smoke-free campus, it needs to figure out how exactly it will make that come to be.


MIKE KING, Editor in Chief DAN APPENFELLER, Managing Editor MATT SCHNABEL, Deputy Managing Editor OLIVIA NEWPORT, Assistant Managing Editor BRIAN COMPERE, Assistant Managing Editor Chris Allen, Design Editor QUINN KELLEY, General Assignment Editor JENNY HOTTLE, News Editor LAURA BLASEY, News Editor Maria Romas, Opinion Editor ADAM OFFITZER, Assistant Opinion Editor RobERT Gifford, Diversions Editor Mary Clare Fischer, Diversions Editor DANIEL GALLEN, Sports Editor AARON KASINITZ, Assistant Sports Editor CHRISTIAN JENKINS, Photo Editor JAMES LEVIN, Photo Editor FOLA AKINNIBI, Online Editor SARAH SIGUENZA, Multimedia Editor

EDITORIAL BOARD MIKE KING, editor in chief, is a senior journalism major. He has worked as a copy editor,

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assistant managing editor, deputy managing editor and managing editor. Dan Appenfeller, managing editor, is a senior journalism major. He hasworked as a copy editor and assistant managing editor. MATT SCHNABEL, deputy managing editor, is a sophomore journalism major. He has worked as a copy editor, assistant managing editor and diversions writer. Maria Romas, opinion editor, is a senior English major. She has worked as a reporter, assistant opinion editor and columnist. ADAM OFFITZER, assistant opinion editor, is a senior journalism major. He has worked as a diversions staff writer and columnist.


Marching in step with past generations’ values


y dad is an old-school brother. While, like me, he attended a predominately white institution of higher education by the name of the University of Maryland (shout out Terrapin Nation), he grew up in the great city of Washington, and he is quietly passionate about issues of race relations in America. And he is not a butler. He does, from time to time, give me personal accounts of his youth and his firsthand experiences of historically significant events in the development of race relations in this country. He and my mother tell me about the drama of the March on Washington in 1963, the riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and so much more. When I was in middle school, my dad told me about the Millions More Movement, a cause whose followers are united by a series of core spiritual values and ideals about race relations, and encouraged me to come with him to be a part of the movement. Reluctantly, I obliged, and for the majority of my time there, I had no deep concern for the speeches being given, the movement and the issues on its agenda. In the front of my mind, I wondered when we would leave and go home. My dad was disappointed in my lack of interest. He did not understand. And today I am

ashamed of my ignorance and prior apathy regarding race relations but relieved by my cultural growth since then. I feel blessed. Since that day, I have undergone a serious positive mental transformation, an academic uplifting and a cultural enlightenment that combined to define my experience Wednesday at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I feel very blessed to have experienced this continuation of the push for the best America that it can be for Americans of all colors and varying backgrounds, and, while I have much to say about the experience, I will just say a few things. First, wow. Second, it was a pleasure to spend the day with my parents at the march. I absolutely love my parents. They are blessed to have realized much of the dream Dr. King spoke of 50 years ago. They are college graduates. They are members of the middle class. And they have been able to fully support my pursuit of the highest levels of academic achievement without enduring financial hardship. Still, the dream remains something that so many of my brothers and sisters of all backgrounds struggle to reach, to no avail, and the hand of America still faces too many obstacles in its outreach to these people. My parents teach me not to climb

up the social ladder and pull it up from beneath me. They teach me to love my neighbor as myself. They have dreams that I will seek to create additional ladders of opportunity as I realize my own dreams. Today, this lesson resonates deeply in my heart and in my mind. Third, three speakers really stuck out to me: Martin Luther King III, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker. In short, King takes after his dad, and Sharpton keeps it real. But I want to focus on Booker because I sincerely believe this brother may make a great president in the near future. While the other two speakers I mentioned spoke for 10 and 20 minutes, respectively, in just five minutes, Booker showed a clear understanding of several important things: the significance of this march in the context of the march 50 years ago, the complexity of the issues we still face and the vision, optimism, enthusiasm and work that need to go into resolving these issues. Fourth, I have very mixed feelings about American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s speech. She chose to have a young black boy deliver remarks reflecting on the interests of the AFT, a powerful teachers’ union. On one hand, I — like many others at the march — was inspired and galvanized by that sight. That

young brother was amazing, and his passion touched my heart. I also have a slight biological interest in the success of this organization because my aunt holds a leadership position in the AFT. On the other hand, I am generally skeptical of using children to promote the agendas of special interest groups. This practice can be very effective, but it may also be a distraction or, at worst, misleading. I understand the importance of educating children and generally agree with the idea of investing more in education, but I also understand that education is a very complex issue on which I do not always agree with teachers’ unions when it comes to specific solutions. For example, while that young brother was very inspiring, there are so many other young children educated in America who would not even be able to read that speech, much less understand its significance. Plus, if you look back at the tape, Weingarten did not let him finish. He said, “Wait. I ain’t done.” While I understand her speech was limited in time, I truly wonder what else that young brother, that budding leader, had to say. Fifth, seeing some white people at the march is very refreshing. I am so glad that some white folks share my compassion for people of all colors and interest in these issues, and I

hope more feel welcome to join us in solidarity in the future. And, finally, I sincerely hope that interest in the significance of this march and its causes does not fade like a fashion fad. While I enjoyed the experience, this was not a party you spend the next week reminiscing about with lukewarm feelings of temporary euphoria. This was the continuation of a movement, and I hope we continue to aggressively and lovingly push in the direction of progress on those issues the speakers discussed. Thanks for reading. Show love. Feedback is always great. Colin Byrd is a senior sociology major. He can be reached at

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Printing less, creating more The university’s future MIKE KING Most of us enjoy the longstanding traditions of this university: rubbing Testudo’s nose, shaking copies of a certain newspaper at basketball games and acquiring dozens of free T-shirts. We embrace change when we need to, but traditions give us something to fall back on. Here at The Diamondback, few traditions have lasted over the years. Since 1910, this newspaper has gone through plenty of seismic shifts. Founded as The Triangle and renamed 11 years later, The Diamondback printed far less during the strapped years of World War II. Then, in 1971, the newspaper became independent from the university amid heated controversy about censorship and the Vietnam War. In recent memory, The Diamondback has stabilized and printed an edition for every weekday during the academic year. Though it may not be comfortable, The Diamondback will break another one of its traditions this year, starting this week: printing a Friday edition. Maryland Media Inc., the nonprofit charitable trust set up to run The Diamondback after the newspaper gained its independence, is not immune from the well-publicized struggles of the journalism industry. And historically, the campus population, and thus The Diamondback’s print edition readership, is lowest on Fridays by far. Though I wasn’t yet a voting member of the Maryland Media Inc. board when the decision was made to cut the Friday print edition, I worked with The Diamondback’s former editor in chief, Yasmeen Abutaleb, during the meeting — and both of us fully support the decision. This Friday, if you happen upon an empty rack or a stack of Thursday’s print papers, your first reaction may be one of sadness, shock or resignation. This news was certainly challenging for some members of The Diamondback staff to receive. But I hope you soon have a change of heart similar to how the staff felt after this summer: Once we worked on brainstorming to bring you an excellent digital product on Fridays, our initial stresses transformed into excitement about using newfound time and energy to experiment with ideas we couldn’t feasibly implement in the past. The newspaper’s staff will still work on Thursdays, and we’ll devote ourselves toward creating

interactive, innovative online stories for the all-new Friday digital edition. Here’s some of what you can look forward to in that digital edition: • Multipart story packages, including enterprise reporting • Expanded blog content, such as historical Diamondback editions • Interactive features such as maps and graphs • Curated videos discussing our favorite staff stories • Archival and statistical material we can’t fit in the print paper • Live chat opportunities with editors and special guests Last year, we transitioned to a new website and a radically redesigned print edition. We launched our first mobile app. We saw our social media following pick up as we felt our way through new avenues of connecting with our readers. In the newsroom, we’re looking at the cutting of the Friday print paper as an opportunity to capitalize on the gains we made online last year. We’ll use the time we would have spent designing the print paper Thursday night to instead develop our website, creating a dynamic, fresh home base for all your university needs. Similarly, you’ll see some helpful changes in our mobile app, which you can now download from the permanent QR code on the front page of the print paper. And you’ll notice some more changes in our print edition design. We’re using new software to further tap into our social media, so be on the lookout for more reader engagement than ever before. As part of our efforts to become more transparent, we’re including Twitter handles in our bylines and we again have individualized email addresses. I’ll write weekly columns on newsroom happenings and the week’s best content. Everyone at this newspaper hopes the broader legacy of this decision will be a permanent culture change toward a more digital, forwardthinking publication. The Diamondback is yet again plunging forward into the future, in the only way this stalwart newspaper knows how: with tenacity, aggressive optimism and a tendency never to feel satisfied. And it all begins this week. Mike King is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at or on Twitter @michaelrkingjr.

The crisis no one is talking about WILL DYESS Summertime came and went — as it always does — far too quickly. For me, and roughly 22 million other college students in America, this means back to the rigmarole of getting textbooks, finding classes and hashing out another semester of college. For some students, this means it’s time to get in touch with Sallie Mae and discussing the terms of how they will pay for things. According to the U.S. Education Department, the average cost of yearly room, board and tuition for a four-year institution was $23,066 during 2011-12. This would put the average cost of earning a degree from a four-year institution at $92,264. I know; that’s one hell of a tab. If someone is fortunate enough to have the resources available, then not all of that cost needs to be borrowed. Others who are not as fortunate will spend an exceptional amount of time paying off their debts, and the total bill has the potential to be much higher. As scary as those numbers may seem, we are told it is OK to take on such debt for the sake of our educations. College is an investment in yourself. These four years are meant to equip you with the tools you need to be a high-value earner for the rest of your life. Moreover, having a well-functioning education system is imperative for keeping the U.S. globally competitive in the future. It seems lawmakers acknowledged this and made education a priority. Just this summer, the interest rates on Stafford student loans doubled for students taking out loans this fall. And I know the Education Department worked tirelessly to get that reversed. Making it easier to get loans and pay off our student debts may seem like a blessing, but I think it

may be an expensive solution that won’t address the underlying issue. Since 1985, the cost of college tuition has increased 538 percent compared to just a 121 percent increase in the consumer price index, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Changing workforce dynamics over the past few decades have come to show that the difference between lifetime earnings for a degree holder and a non-degree holder have made the value and cost of obtaining a degree dramatically higher. An even more concerning trend is the composition of consumer debt in the past decade. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt was a mere 3.29 percent of consumers’ total debt in the second quarter of 2003. Ten years later, that figure has more than doubled and student loans now make up 8.91 percent of debt on consumers’ balance sheets. In this same time, total credit card debt fell from 9.39 percent to 5.99 percent of the total debt. If this trend keeps pace for the next decade, student loans will constitute an even greater portion of consumer debt and could continue to depress other forms of debt such as mortgages, which would have a very real negative effect on the economy. If the past decade has taught us anything with the housing boom-bust, it’s that a debt hangover is a nasty one to recover from. Much like the housing bubble, the ease of getting loans, and the pressure to do so, was fuel to a fire that ended up costing Americans 7.5 million jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts. It may be too soon to say we are doing the same with student loans, but numbers don’t lie, and we should watch the trends closely. Will Dyess is a senior economics major and founder of the University of Maryland Federal Reserve Team. He can be reached at

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students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and strategic partners. All of us, together, propel this university upward. This fall, we welcome 4,000 freshmen chosen from more than 26,000 applicants. Most earned an average of “A” or “B+” in high school. It is a diverse class: 38 percent are students of color. Most of the new students are from Maryland, but they also come from 35 other states. These numbers do not begin to describe the talents and passions of our incoming students. In addition to the valedictorians and student government presidents, there is a national rock climbing champion, a childhood Broadway star, a volunteer who aided refugees in Slovakia and HIV-infected children in South Africa, and an entrepreneur who started a jewelry business and donates proceeds to charity. We welcome other outstanding new students: 2,000 transfers, 2,000 master’s and 700 doctoral students. More than 3,000 international students from 50 countries study here each year. We welcome 85 outstanding new tenure-track professors. We also welcome new administrators and staff, including Alex Triantis, dean of the business school and former chair of finance; Martin Wollesen, executive director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (formerly from University of California, San Diego); and Ralph Amos, executive director of the Alumni Association (formerly from University of California, Los Angeles). All members of our Terps family will help the university achieve its 21st century destiny: a globally networked pre-eminent research and innovation university. Innovation springs from our land-grant tradition of putting knowledge into practice. We generate fearless ideas and apply them to make a difference in the world — to improve the human condition, to promote economic vitality and to solve the great challenges of our day. We Terps have a “can do” attitude. We think big, aim high, take risks and persevere. So let’s keep working together. By 2020, we will earn a 4.0 in the four “As” that distinguish our university: academics, arts, athletics and the “ambience” of our surroundings. Best wishes for a great year!

The year is 2020. Students at this university are among the most talented and diverse anywhere. For the past six years, they have worked with our faculty in hot pursuit of quantum computing in the $126 million Physical Sciences Building that opened in 2014. At our Shady Grove labs, they assist “MPower” faculty from this university and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to develop new drugs to cure disease. They also work in our more than $125 million Fischell Bioengineering Building, opened in 2017. They study in the landmark Corcoran Gallery of Art, immersed in its renowned $2 billion art collection. The partnership with Corcoran, begun in 2014, has boosted our national prominence in arts and culture. Now, with the White House close by, the Corcoran is this university’s intellectual “front porch” in our nation’s capital. Thousands of students each day learn online and in class at the $60 million St. John’s Learning and Teaching Center, inaugurated in 2017. Six years into Big Ten membership, Terps athletic teams win conference championships, teaching rivals to “Fear the Turtle.” There is a new indoor practice facility, a dream back in 2013. Our students study abroad and do research in programs sponsored by the academic network of Big Ten institutions. In College Park, a new university town has taken shape, with safer and more vibrant neighborhoods. University Police patrol more neighborhoods to maximize safety off the campus, a practice begun in 2013. Since the city of College Park and the university launched an innovative public charter school in 2013, it has grown to 1,000 students and attracted families to live in College Park. An upscale hotel and conference center opened in 2016, sparking the revitalization of the city along Route 1, with new mixed-use housing and retail developments. Now — back to 2013 — we are working hard so that part or all of this 2020 vision Wallace Loh is the president of this university. comes true. We expect success because of He can be reached at or the collective talent and engagement of on Twitter @presidentloh.

Back-to-school blues Why moving back to the campus is the worst week of the year DAVE STROH As I am entering my senior year here at this university, I have been reminiscing on my time at school. While most of my experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, some dark spots do come to mind. By far the worst of these is the reoccurring hell that is move-in week. If Dante had been a Terp, this week would have been the 10th circle. For most of us living on the campus, moving back to school usually means finding a new place to live. With that transition comes moving all of your stuff. The process of transferring all of your stuff from one building to another can take upward of three hours. Do you know how much sitting around I could do with that time? Not to mention maybe having to meet a new roommate. Seriously though, who wants to live with someone who could potentially become a best friend for life?

Similar to dealing with new roommates is dealing with all the new people on the campus. Thousands of new students flock to the university each year, and we have to deal with them. What could possibly be fun about having younger students look up to you and ask for advice? When I look around and see all the new faces in Stamp Student Union and think about how many of them could possibly become friends and future business connections, I feel sick to my stomach. DJ Khaled and Drake had it right: No new friends. What happens at the end of move-in week? That’s right, sports. The first soccer and football games are usually played at home against weak opponents to start the teams out on a solid foundation of wins. But honestly, none of us want to see our school win an easy game. Who really wants to see their team at its apparently absolute best? Who actually needs school spirit? Sitting in the student section, cheering in unison with those around you toward a like-minded goal is for losers. Nope, not for me, I will be

alone in my room getting a jump on my homework and wondering what my grandparents are doing with their day. But the absolute worst part of move-in week is the realization that you are one year closer to graduating — achieving personal goals, preparing yourself for the real world and proving you have what it takes to finish what you started is so pointless. Why would anyone want to feel good about themselves and make others proud? Who actually wants to enter the real world and make legitimate money? I may be ready to get out of here, but taking a wellrespected diploma with me is not something that appeals to me. While college may be fun sometimes, the first week certainly is not one of those times. From responsibilities to friendships, move-in week is the worst combination of stress and frustration. Though some people may look forward to returning to school, I see it for what it truly is: a reason to stay home. Dave Stroh is a senior English major. He can be reached at







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for all the bangerz in kiss land Fall means more textbooks and more sweaters — but most importantly, more music. We give you the wide range of albums you should make sure you listen to this fall. By Eric Bricker @EricCBricker Senior staff writer As the weather gets colder and the jams of the summer slowly fade away, musicians get busy dropping albums. This fall will sees new entries as varied as Canada’s favorite rapper and Seattle’s last veterans of grunge, as well as a slew of noteworthy pop debuts. For better or worse, here are some of the albums you’ll be talking about this fall:

has said that the upcoming Kiss Land highlights his growth as a songwriter, and it shows on singles such as “Belong to the World” (which actually features a bridge) and the synthdripping title track. Like the three mixtapes of Trilogy, Kiss Land should soon slink its way into every stoner’s late-night listening. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Danielle Da Silva

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Essential Tremors – Sept. 10 The latest full-length album from the Baltimore-based group promises to deliver more of the same boozy, piano-driven rock ‘n’ roll that has made J. Roddy a fixture on upscale music blogs and at hazy house parties since 2007’s Hail Mega Boys. Lead single “Black Light” plays like the Black Keys after three shots of bourbon: fuzzy, bluesy, sing-along fun, perfect for late-night drives to dive bars or bonfires in seedy back lots. Photo courtesy of

Drake Stealthily taking over your summer with its intensely tweetable album art and a pair of instantly bar mitzvah-worthy hits (the sultry slow jam “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and the patently ridiculous, generation-defining “Started From the Bottom”), Nothing Was the Same seems poised to return Drake to the throne of tongue-in-cheek fame reserved for the ex-Degrassi-star-turnedliving-GIF. His 2011 album, Take Care, proved Drake is capable of compelling sonic introspection; it remains to be seen whether Nothing Was the Same will skew toward serious dark electronica or the guilty pleasure bombast of “Started From the Bottom” and “HYFR.”

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Lorde Pure Heroine – Sept. 30 “She’s only 16!” seems to be the popular refrain regarding Lorde, cropping up whenever “Royals” or “Tennis Court” inevitably shuffle up on pop radio. And people are right to be amazed: The New Zealand teenager’s recent EP The Love Club was one of the most assured pop debuts in recent memory, loaded top to bottom with well-

Ball” finds her in full-on “The Climb” mode. Whichever way it goes, Bangerz should make for an interesting listen. Bangerz.

Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 – Sept. 30 Just more than six months after Timberlake’s (contractually obligated but nonetheless excellent) return to music, he’s back with an expansion pack/sequel to The 20/20 Experience, no doubt loaded with more seven-minute R&B jams and layers of falsetto come-ons aimed squarely at putting Robin Thicke back in his place. Besides riling up (or just confusing) campus activists everywhere, first single “Take Back the Night” is a delightful confection, a glittery throwback ode to getting freaky right in the club. But could we be reaching the point of JT overload?

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Kiss Land – Sept. 10 The Weeknd (the nom de plume of Canada’s Abel Tesfaye) had one hell of a 2012. Last year saw the major label release of the R&B crooner’s Trilogy series of mixtapes, as well as a tour through the U.S. and Canada and mainstream radio success for brooding, sensual cuts like “Wicked Games.” The famously elusive Tesfaye

crafted R&B songwriting, Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s smoky alto and insidiously hummable melodies. It remains to be seen whether Lorde can keep the buzz going across a full-length album, but at this point, she’s certainly worth watching.

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Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt – Oct. 15 Long the last bastion of Seattle grunge, Eddie Vedder and company have grown into a veritable institution in their own right, spoken of with the same kind of hushed reverence reserved for classic rock staples and people who have played the Superbowl halftime show. Based on the head-banging swagger of lead single “Mind Your Manners,” Lightning Bolt, the band’s 10th studio album, is poised to continue Pearl Jam’s all-but-unimpeachable radio-rock track record.

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Miley Cyrus Bangerz – Oct. 8 Fresh off a gloriously misguided — and endlessly dissected — performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Cyrus is at a crossroads. Can she twist her newfound reputation as pop’s go-to provocateur into a revitalized music career, or will she fall by the wayside, another forgotten good-girl-gone-bad relic of the studio system? (Here’s looking at you, Demi Lovato.) Even Bangerz itself seems torn: Tracks like the ubiquitous “We Can’t Stop” reaffirm Miley’s reputation for rolling face, while “Wrecking

Title TBA – Oct. 29 Look. If you’ve made it this far in this list, you’re going to care about this record. We don’t know anything about it at this point, other than that it’s produced by James Murphy (i.e., LCD Soundsystem) and that it may or may not be called “Reflektor” (since “Bangerz” was taken, apparently). Still, that meager information is enough. Like Neon Bible, Funeral and The Suburbs before it, this album will most likely change your life.

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orn today, you are not always easy to pin down. In other words, you are often so mercurial and inconsistent that it is difficult even for those who know you best to label you as one thing or another. Indeed, though you might appear to be one thing at one moment, you can turn right around and act in a completely different way the next -- surprising others and, at times, causing them to shake their heads in disbelief. You must take care that you never rub anyone the wrong way so much that he or she turns away from you for good. There are times when this may be a very real danger. What you do and say is likely to be remembered by many, and this may well secure you a place in history. Not everything you accomplish is likely to be on a grand scale, however, so you must learn to find satisfaction in accomplishments that are small, subtle and highly nuanced. Try too hard, and you may well fall on your face. Also born on this date are: Charlie Sheen, actor; Valerie Perrine, actress; Eileen Brennan, actress; Alan Ladd, actor. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You may be able to get a great

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Summer is gone and with it the plague of brain-dead blockbusters. Autumn will be a season filled with big-budget literary adaptations and prestige pictures from heavyweight directors. By Warren Zhang @auberginecow Senior staff writer

Prisoners — Sept. 20 When his young daughter is kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day, Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) embarks on a quest to rescue her and bring alleged kidnapper Paul Dano (Looper) to justice. With a stacked supporting cast and a very capable director (Denis Villeneuve, Incendies), Prisoners promises to be a solid palate cleanser from a summer filled with adolescent blockbusters. Whether Prisoners is much more than a wellmade potboiler remains to be seen, but there’s no shame in being merely good instead of great. Watching that fine cast slowly crack is worth the price of admission, anyway.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 — Sept. 27 This is what happens when your movie makes a bunch of money. The directors of the previous installment, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street), have presumably departed for greener hills, leaving Cody Cameron (Open Season 3) and newbie Kris Pearn to direct the sequel. It’s not, as you might expect, based on the sequel to the book. Instead, it continues directly after the events of the first movie, as Flint Lockwood and company discover that someone is still using Lockwood’s food machine to nefarious ends. As with any sequel, expect bigger hijinks and broader laughs.

Gravity — Oct. 4 Writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) has made a name for himself as an expert manipulator of computer-generated imagery and in-camera effects. With Gravity, Cuarón appears to have refined his

process to deliver the most technically complicated and astonishing space movie ever. George Clooney (The Descendants) and Sandra Bullock (The Heat) star as two astronauts stranded 300-some miles above Earth after debris from a Russian satellite destroys their spacecraft. It remains to be seen if Cuarón can pull off such a minimalist story, but early word from Venice is ecstatic. Claustrophobics need not apply.

Captain Phillips — Oct. 11 Director Paul Greengrass (Green Zone) returns to familiar aesthetic terrain with Captain Phillips, an intense take on a true Somalian piracy story. Tom Hanks (Cloud Atlas) plays Cpt. Richard Phillips, whose ship is taken over by a haggard group of pirates before eventually being rescued by a team of Navy SEALs. Sure to be controversial, Captain Phillips blends the verite technique Greengrass established in his Bourne movies with the searing, personal drama of United 93. While this year’s brilliant A Hijacking already explored modern piracy, Captain Phillips promises to be the more expensive and visually overwhelming of the two.

The Counselor — Oct. 25 Ridley Scott (Prometheus) takes on Cormac McCarthy’s (The Road) first original screenplay in The Counselor, an enigmatic and ultra-violent drug trafficking tale. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) is the titular counselor, a lawyer looking to make a quick buck transporting some drugs into the country. Things take a turn for the worse when the shipment fails to arrive and the counselor faces the wrath of a Mexican drug cartel. A stellar cast (including World War Z’s Brad Pitt, Skyfall’s Javier Bardem and

I’m So Excited’s Penélope Cruz) combined with Scott’s painterly visuals should make for the year’s most grotesque feel-bad movie.

Ender’s Game — Nov. 1 Hands up, who still respects Orson Scott Card as a person? Anyone? Anyone at all? One of the more baffling things about Card’s seminal sci-fi novel Ender’s Game is how someone with such repugnantly homophobic beliefs could write such a moving and inclusive tale. Ender’s Game the movie largely looks like a CliffsNotes take on the book — child prodigy Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) is humanity’s last hope against an impending alien invasion and must learn how to command an armada against the insectoid invaders while going through an impressively painful puberty. Boycotters probably won’t be missing much, but true believers will likely be rewarded with a faithful, if generic, adaptation.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Nov. 22 Praise the Lord and hail Cthulhu — The Hunger Games franchise now has a director who understands how to use a tripod (Francis Lawrence, Water for Elephants). Maybe we’ll even get a coherent action scene this time, although the PG-13 rating might put a damper on those hopes. Speaking of dampers, Catching Fire is based on easily the worst book in the trilogy; it consists of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence, The Devil You Know) and chums tidying up from the last installment and then setting the table for the next one. At least we’ll have the IMAX-sized spectacle that is Elizabeth Banks’ (Movie 43) ridiculous makeup.

promising actor-director pairs: (top to bottom) Alfonso Cuarón and George Clooney, Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks, Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender. photos courtesy of,

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WHAT UP, I GOT A BIG HIT Local fans weigh in on the music that defined the summer of 2013

“Definitely ‘Blurred Lines.’ It’s been everywhere; there’s so much talk about it; it’s been on the radio all the time, and it’s funky as can be — even though it’s stolen from Marvin Gaye.” — Richard King, musicology


“‘Burn’ by Ellie Goulding, because she is an up-and-coming artist and that song has been really popular lately. It’s a great song.” — Katie Ghiardi, junior

journalism major

By Kelsey Hughes @kelsey_said Staff writer The competition for this year’s song of the summer was a veritable battle royale. With the slew of slow jams, rap hits, classic tones and tween pop, summertime listeners had a wide array of songs to rock out to under the sun. Though Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is almost inarguably the most

overplayed of the bunch, and One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” was named Best Song of the Summer at the MTV Video Music Awards, other tracks by Macklemore, Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake had their fair shares of radio time. Various members of the College Park community weigh in on what they think was the song of the summer.

“I liked ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey. Especially when they remix it — it’s super upbeat, and it was a fun song to dance to.” — Lexie Fine, junior nutrition

and food sciences major

“For me, it’s undeniably the Daft Punk song [‘Get Lucky’]. It’s very classic; it used a lot of classic sounds that people are familiar with, so I think it resonated with a lot of different people.” — Charles Walsh, sales associate

at Atomic Music in Beltsville

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Mold damages thousands of books on fifth floor of McKeldin Floor could be closed for months during cleaning By Josh Logue @jmlogue Staff writer Library staff members have closed McKeldin’s fifth floor until further notice after discovering an outbreak of nontoxic mold Aug. 9, according to a library spokesman. Thousands of books were affected by the mold, said library spokesman Eric Bartheld. Library staff and a specialized contractor will clean all the shelves, and every book on the floor will be wiped down and vacuumed, a process that could take months.

Students looking for a place to study shouldn’t feel too inconvenienced, Bartheld wrote in an email, because the fifth floor houses a relatively small amount of the library’s overall study space. According to Tim Hackman, head of Resource Sharing and Access Services, library staff members have discovered small amounts of mold on the fifth floor in August for the past two or three years. High summer temperatures and an old, inefficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system are likely responsible for the mold, Bartheld said. Libraries generally maintain about 50 percent relative humidity, a number that had risen to 75 percent or more at the time of the outbreak. Faci l it ies M a n agement

workers brought in dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity, which was back down to 55 percent on Friday, and are in the process of adjusting the air conditioning controls and checking that all the monitors work correctly, Bartheld said. No other floors appear to be affected, Bartheld said, adding the library likely won’t have to dispose of any books. “We’ve been really careful about containing the mold on this floor,” he said. “I don’t think any thing will be so badly damaged that we’ll need to get rid of it.” However, in order to save money on cleaning the books — a process that requires a specialized contractor and costs about 40 to 50 cents a book, or $100,000 in total — the library is accelerating a plan to remove

some duplicate volumes on the fifth-floor shelves. The library will dispose of about half the duplicates on the fifth floor, about 10,000 volumes, said Hackman. Although the library planned to remove those books in the coming months, they can no longer be donated to other libraries or schools. Of the 200,000 books on the floor, Bartheld estimated 10 to 20 percent had actually been contaminated, but every book will need to be cleaned as a precaution. Library staffers have been helping sort through and shift the books to better ventilated areas, he said. Librarians and staff from branches throughout the university have been volunteering their time in hourly shifts since the sorting began Aug. 23, Bar-

“we’ve been really careful about containing the mold on this floor ... i don’t think anything will be so badly damaged that we’ll need to get rid of it.” ERIC BARTHELD

Library spokesman theld said. As soon as they’ve finished sorting and shifting, the library will bring in the contractor to do the bulk of the cleaning, which is scheduled to begin in October. “It’s been good to see all the care of the staff responsible for the collection,” Bartheld said. A clear timeline is difficult to pin down because the sorting process is time-consuming, Bartheld said. Throughout this process, the books on the fifth floor will still be available to reference and check out. Librarians will find and clean spe-

cific requests made through WorldCat UMD, the library’s primary catalog, and deliver them to the reservations desk 12 to 24 hours later for pickup, Bartheld said. Librarians may also expedite more urgent requests made in person. There are no immediate plans to change or update the heating and air conditioning system on a large scale, Bartheld said. “We have the HVAC system we have, so it will just require assiduous monitoring,” he said.


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summer HEADLINES in review Recapping the biggest campus and local news of the summer By Laura Blasey and Jenny Hottle @lblasey, @JennyHottle Senior staff writers

no penalty for smokers who violate the policy, although the policy gives university presidents the power to approve penalties. However, university Students may have gone officials encourage members home for the summer, but of the campus community to College Park and the univer- inform others of the restricsity still had an eventful three tions, said Linda Clement, vice months. Here’s a look at some president for student affairs. of the top stories from June, July and August. BENTLEY’S ROBBERY Employees at R.J. Bentley’s told Prince George’s County Police two men wearing ski masks — one of whom had a handgun — stole an undisclosed amount of money from the restaurant Aug. 17. No injuries were reported, and no customers were at the restaurant at the time, according to the police department’s blog. One of the suspects, Defile photos/the diamondback lontae Keevon Britton, 22, of the 1200 block of Brentwood SMOKING BAN Road in Northeast WashingThe university implemented a ton, turned himself in to police smoking ban in July, limiting the on Aug. 20, according to the number of places on the campus police blog. where smokers can light up. The university, along with the 10 other University System of Maryland colleges and universities, enforced a June 2012 system-wide policy that prohibits the possession of lit tobacco products — including cigarettes, cigars, hookahs and pipes — smoking in university vehicles, and the on-campus sale of tobacco products. This university limited the use of lit tobacco products to four designated smoking areas: between Riggs Alumni Center and the Stadium Drive garage, WES BROWN the south side of McKeldin Library near Somerset Hall, Terrapins football running west of the main staircase in back Wes Brown has been susfront of Comcast Center, and pended for the 2013-14 acabetween Byrd Stadium and demic year following a July 3 Ellicott Hall. dispute with police. Brown was wanted for quesAt this university, there is

tioning in connection with a nonfatal Baltimore shooting and agreed to meet police in College Park. After a dispute with officers over the conditions of giving his statement, police arrested Brown. Police charged him with second-degree assault, theft of less than $1,000 and unlawful interception of oral communications, though the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped the charges July 29 because of a lack of evidence. Brown also faced university sanctions and accepted the maximum punishment of a one-year suspension. If Brown meets certain benchmarks, the suspension may be shortened to one semester.

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD A presidential commission charged with outlining a Big Ten transition plan recommended the university restore the men’s outdoor track and field team and divert some new athletic revenue streams for academic purposes. The commission, which presented a list of 22 recommendations, said money for new athletic facilities — including new practice fields, and an indoor practice facility and varsity team house — cannot come from Big Ten revenues. In Nov. 2011, the athletic department proposed cutting eight of its 27 teams. Because the department has accrued a $21 million deficit this year, the commission recommended bringing back only men’s outdoor track and field, which raised enough money to sustain itself through the 2013 season. The commission also proposed using some of the revenue to fund scholarships and various academic programs.

“From the very beginning, I’ve said this is not just about athletics; this is about academics and helping students with financial need,” university President Wallace Loh said. “There should always be tight budgeting because that’s how we got into this problem in the first place.”

Jeff Pittman, communications director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a union working with university housekeepers. However, the dispute over the grounds for negotiation spanned several months, and discussions about the contract itself are not scheduled to begin until later this month.

The new policy applies to contractors, licensees, caterers and other organizations, such as the fast food restaurants in Stamp Student Union.


UNIVERSITY WORKERS’ RIGHTS Relations between university housekeepers and administrators hit a snag this summer when the two parties couldn’t agree on negotiation terms for a new workers’ rights contract. A previous contract protecting housekeeping employees expired June 30. Housekeeping staff held a protest outside of Stamp Student Union on June 27 to express their demands, including designated lunch areas, air-conditioned and well-lit work spaces and adequate uniforms and training. Workers also said they had to use their vacation time to attend the contract negotiations, though university officials granted permission to include additional workers without penalty in July. Officials have since agreed to a set of negotiation rules allowing workers to attend, said

A married alumni couple donated $250,000 to the Campus Farm’s first restoration project in about 50 years. The project will replace a parking area in the farm’s center with a covered livestock pen for observation and add an 18,000-square-foot indoor teaching and viewing space. Charlie Iager, a 1965 alumnus who studied dairy production, often spent time on the farm with his future wife, Judy Iager, a 1966 alumna, as he managed the farm’s cattle. The revitalization effort, led by the agricultural college, has raised about 18 percent of its targeted $6 million, said Crystal Caldwell, the farm’s coordinator.


Good Tidings, a university-run catering business, unveiled the campus’ first food truck in June. Called Green Tidings, the food truck serves up gourmet dishes made with ingredients from local farms and the university’s own vegetable gardens. The menu changes every two weeks, and meals have included chilled corn soup, strawberry salad, ginger PEPSI CONTRACT ice cream and hand cut Herbs de Provence french fries with The Pepsi Corporation will smoked ketchup. remain the sole provider of “It really fits our green sodas, juices and other bever- profile,” said executive chef Will ages for campus activities for the Rogers. “We are just trying to next 10 years after the university be as healthy and sustainable signed a new agreement with as possible.” the soft drink company Aug. 1. Customers can follow the Only beverages produced or truck and find its location daily sold by Pepsi — excluding milk- through the @UMDGreenbased products, smoothies and Tidings Twitter account and fresh-squeezed juices — can be purchased, served or dispensed at campus events, according to the renewed contract.

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ACADEMICS MPower the State, the strategic alliance with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, continues to bring new joint ventures and programs. This year, officials look to partner with top pharmaceutical companies to shape the uni-

versity into a leader in biotechnology and help cure diseases. Additionally, CIC membership will enable shared resou rces a nd prog ra m s between this university and member institutions. “By next year, we’ll have a lot more opportunities available,” Provost Mary Ann Rankin said. “People don’t mind working hard or working extra when they see that exciting new things can happen.”


ATHLETICS The university will start earning millions more in TV revenue next year as part of the revenue-sharing Big Ten athletic conference. A commission has laid out how to better support each studentathlete, and the university is looking at concepts for an indoor practice facility. “We have to feel the responsibility of bringing the best of

what the Big Ten has to offer,” said Brad Traviolia, the conference’s deputy commissioner. “We also have to bring the best of what Maryland … has to offer to the Midwest because folks out here are asking the question, ‘What’s in it for us? How is this a better Big Ten?’”

ARTS If both parties decide to move ahead, the Corcoran will

give the university $2 billion worth of art, and its college will offer new humanities programs. For a university whose arts and humanities programs rank 82nd — according to US News & World Report — a partnership with one of the world’s leading art institutions could help propel these programs forward. “It could be very interesting for our students to develop collaborative partnerships with the students at the Corcoran and work on common projects that would benefit the citizens of Maryland,” said David Cronrath, architecture school dean, who is leading the study exploring the partnership.

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Omar Blaik, the founder and CEO of U3 Ventures, a multidisciplinary firm with expertise in college town development, is leading a “parcel-by-parcel” plan to revitalize College Park. It’s a dramatic shift from previous East Campus plans, which would have brought retail, housing, upscale restaurants and other amenities to a single 38-acre plot, that were in the works for more than a dozen years but never gained much traction. “The university was not really talking to the community in past years,” Blaik said. “There is going to be a very different College Park in a few years.” This is no longer just a laundry list of ideas. There are partners, stakeholders and an entire community waiting to see if Loh delivers on his word and maintains momentum on all of these initiatives. “You’ve got four major balls in the air. Juggling means you have to prod, encourage, push and fight on four fronts,” Loh said. “I can summarize it in 30 seconds. But it could all fall apart.”

anonymity because of the sensitive and confidential nature of the discussions. “We can’t be the on ly school without an indoor facility, which is absolutely critical for recruitment.” Officials declined to name a price or specify where funds would come from. The Big Ten does not set guidelines or mandate what facilities its members must have, said Brad Traviolia, the conference’s deputy commissioner. But it is not surprising, he said, that both this university and Rutgers, which is also set to join July 1, may begin comparing their facilities to other member institutions. “Maryland and Rutgers, rightfully so, will use their new peer group to compare themselves and see how they stack up, whether it’s academically or [with] football practice facilities,” Traviolia said. “We’ve never dictated to our schools about their facilities. Those are really local choices.” Football coach Randy Edsall and men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon said their focus is on competing in the ACC this year. But Edsall expressed the need for an indoor facility to attract the nation’s top recruits. “ T h a t’s s o m e t h i n g that we know we have to upgrade, and we’re going to,” Edsall wrote in a July live chat on “We know that for us to go and be on a competitive scale not only where we are in the ACC, but moving forward to the Big Ten, we have to upgrade facilities. We look forward to the continuing of that process and getting a shovel in the ground.”



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Healthy goals Terps aim for first NCAA tournament since 2005 By Joshua Needelman @JoshNeedelman Staff writer

WASHINGTON — A s h l e i g h Crutcher hobbled out of the Terrapins volleyball team’s locker room and cautiously limped up the stairs Saturday. The Terps had just finished playing three matches in two days in the GW/Nike Invitational at George Washington, and the outside hitter’s body was dotted with ice packs. After being decimated by injuries last season, the Terps aren’t taking any chances. T h re e m a tc h e s i n to t h e season, the squad is already without four players, stretching their depth. Middle blocker Chavi St. Hill has a sprained ankle, and defensive specialist Kaitlyn King, setter Whitney Craigo and opposite hitter Carlisle Abele have all suffered concussions, keeping them out so far this season. T h e Te r p s e n d u r e d a six-game losing streak last sea so n w i t h seve ra l key players out and finished with a 17-15 record, missing the NCAA tournament. Coach Tim Horsmon was forced to use players out of position, which he doesn’t want to do this year. “There’s not a whole lot of flexibility,” Horsmon said. “It’d be great to get healthy. … [It] would make us a little deeper and give us some

option in these matches.” O u ts i d e h i t te r M a ry Cushman, who recorded 240 kills despite missing eight matches last season, said the injuries hardened the Terps. “Last year, we learned to battle adversity because of the injuries,” Cushman said. “We know how to face it.” Horsmon’s team has a lack of depth at setter. Mackenzie Dagostino, who led the Terps with 5.90 assists per set last season, transferred to Florida. Remy McBain, who ranks fifth in program history with 3,296 assists, graduated in May. With Craigo out, freshman Julia Anderson will be the main setter. Anderson will have talented targets, though. Crutcher and Cushman combined to smack 82 kills this weekend. Middle blocker Adreené Elliott, who trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Program this summer, will also be a factor. She converted 36.3 percent of her attacks, good for fourth in the ACC, and 119 blocks last season. Libero Sarah Harper will look to make an impact on the defensive end, too. “[This weekend] she really led,” Horsmon said. “She had a confidence about her.” The senior serves as the quarterback of the defense, giving instructions and en-

couraging her teammates. “I’ve come into this season with a different drive,” Harper said. “I have more confidence now that I’m a senior. I’ve been there; I’ve seen everything.” Cushman also said she wanted to make the most of her senior year, especially because it will be the Terps’ final season in the ACC. The team opens ACC play Sept. 27 against Georgia Tech, beginning a tough conference slate. On Oct. 11, the Terps take on Florida State, predicted to finish first in the ACC by the league’s coaches. North Carolina will visit Nov. 24 for the final ACC home contest. The Terps have failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament since Horsmon took over in 2008. The last time they qualified was in 2005, with Janice Kruger at the helm. The Terps won seven of their final 10 matches last season, but the rest of their injury-induced struggles prevented them from qualifying for postseason play. They will need to overcome the same challenges this season if they hope to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years. “We’re all working towards that common goal,” Harper said. “No one’s pulling away from that anymore.”

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PREVIEW From PAGE 15 the newest name featured a m o n g Sa t u rd ay ’s goa l scorers. Hayn, who has made appearances for Germany’s U-21 national team, is a part of the Terps’ five-player freshman class, which is set to replace the eight seniors departing from the roster after last season. Defender Sarah Sprink was in a similar situation last season, and Hayn is tasked with adapting to a different country and the challenges associated with the college game. “She has been doing well,” Sprink said. “It’s a lot of new things. … On the field, she’s doing great. I’m really proud of her.” As one of the new team captains, Sprink, a sopho-

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more, is an example of how quickly players can thrive in Meharg’s system. It’s something that has kept the Terps on the national landscape during Meharg’s 26 years in College Park, a tenure that includes 15 national semifinal appearances and seven national championships. The key to reclaiming the national title this season will be the team’s swift ball distribution on offense and counterattacking to catch opponents off-balance. The playing style hinges on quality passes from the defensive end, something Meharg stressed during offseason practices. “The high ball speed dictates great tactics,” Meharg said. “In that regard, that’s what Maryland is significantly known for.” It’s also a team-oriented

playing style based on depth, which will be important as the Terps are tested with their tough schedule. In late September, the Terps begin a difficult three-game road stretch against No. 19 Boston College, No. 14 Massachusetts and No. 1 North Carolina. It’s a daunting group of games in a grueling schedule, but Meharg knows the emergence of the Terps’ depth could prove key to surviving it. And after that, the Terps could be poised for another title run. “We need to stay very dedicated,” Meharg said. “It’s hard to be a regular civilian. You can’t be a regular student. … These are the sacrifices that championship teams know.”

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kasinitz From PAGE 16 rushed for 105 yards and two more scores, becoming the first Terp to account for at least five touchdowns in a game since Scott McBrien scored six against North Carolina in 2003. With Brown leading the way, the Terps scored more points in the first half (40) than they did in any full game last season. And yes, plenty of Terps played well Saturday, but Brown was the difference. “Your quarterback sets the tempo for who you are as a team,” coach Randy Edsall said. “Just not only his abilities, but how he handles himself.” All you have to do to appreciate Brown’s impact is think back to the season opener a year ago, when quarterback Perry Hills led the Terps offense in a 7-6 win. That performance, needless to say, was a far cry from

the Terps’ outburst against FIU. “After the first series, all the nerves and cobwebs were off,” Brown said. It sure appeared that way. Brown threw only three incompletions, made solid decisions in the read-option offense and was moving around confidently. B row n , a 2 1-yea r- o l d graduate student with two years of eligibility remaining, credits his assuredness on the field to the preparation he put in all offseason. “It’s all about visualization and seeing yourself do the plays and execute and succeed,” Brown said Saturday. “That’s what we did today as a team, and it felt really good.” Brown’s study habits benefited the Terps because they helped him make the right reads on plays, but just as importantly, he sets the tone for the team with his work ethic. His drive and leadership push the Terps’ players to work harder, Diggs said, and his steadiness helps


keep the team even-keeled. Diggs, despite posting solid numbers in his freshman campaign, concedes that the offense struggled to deal with last season’s challenges without a clear leader. That’s all changed with Brown back under center. “He keeps poised, keeps his composure no matter what’s going on,” Diggs said. “Good play or bad play, he keeps it going. If we do have a bad play, he picks us all up.” And moving forward, the sophomore playmaker expects Brown to perform as well as he did Saturday — with his play and his command of the huddle. “He’s going to bring out his ‘A’ game every week,” Diggs said. “I expect that from him.” Therein lies the biggest difference between this year’s Terps and the team from last year: There are expectations for the quarterback, and he looks ready to reach them.

soccer From PAGE 15 in 12 straight seasons for a reason. “We’re a very processoriented team and culture,” Cirovski said. “We focus on winning the moment, playby-play. [We’re] that type of team.” The Terps opened the season this weekend with a pair of games on the West Coast. The Terps tied Stanford on Friday night, 3-3, and then they fell to California in overtime on Sunday, 3 - 2 . Fo r wa rd s P a t r i c k Mullins, Schillo Tshuma and Jake Pace each scored against Stanford, and Pace and Tshuma scored again against the Golden Bears. The Terps will rally around a new group of seniors this season, led by Mullins — the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner — Jane, Pace and de-

fender Gordon Murie. “You have a lot of experience, and you have a lot of players with substance that are going to say and do the right things before and after games and in the time in between to make sure that the team stays focused on the goal,” Cirovski said. That leadership will be especially important with a young Terps defense protecting the net. In Sunday’s game, Cirovski started four freshmen on the backline — Alex Crognale, Suli Dainkeh, Michael Sauers and Chris Odoi-Atsem — in addition to freshman Zack Steffen in net. Steffen beat out three older goalkeepers in a position battle, including incumbent Keith Cardona, who suffered an undisclosed injury in the preseason that prevented him from fully competing for the job. “We always tell people if you’re good enough to play,

you’re going to play; I don’t care if you’re a senior or a freshman,” Cirovski said. “I don’t care if you’ve been a starter for three years; you have to keep earning your position.” And that is one of the main reasons the Terps have been a perennial powerhouse in college soccer. The competition Cirovski established forces his players to be at the top of their games in practices and games throughout the entire season. Cirovski said that culture w i l l a l l ow t h e Te r ps to rebound from last season’s disappointing end. “My goal this year is not to have one loss or go undefeated,” Cirvoski said. “My goal is to make sure the team is playing [its] best soccer in late November and through the end of the final game.”


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panthers From PAGE 16 Deon Long down the sideline to give the Terps a 20-3 lead. Or it could be the sequence in which he scrambled for 64 yards and then hit fullback Kenneth Goins Jr. out of the backfield for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Brown simply gave the Terps a dynamic option at quarterback that they haven’t had in coach Randy Edsall’s tenure. There were no visible signs of rust, either. Edsall and Brown both said postgame that the quarterback needs to improve his decision-making on many of the read-option plays, in which Brown decides whether to hand off to a running back or keep the ball, depending on the defensive line. But when Brown made the right read, it usually ended in a big play. “Watching him practice all preseason, just seeing how focused he was and how he was executing on the field, I’m just thrilled for the young man,” Edsall said. “I’m just thrilled for him to be able to come back and have this kind of game to open up the season. And the thing is, he’ll be better next week, the week after.” Brown has a bevy of play-

makers at his disposal, too. Long had nine catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in his Terps debut. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had five catches for 98 yards and a career-long 66-yard touchdown catch, in which he was wide open, caught the ball and stumbled before rolling into the end zone untouched. He finished the day with 194 all-purpose yards. Early on, the FIU defense keyed on Diggs in pass coverage, which freed up Long on the opposite side. And once the Panthers compensated and started trying to blanket Long, the Terps struck with Diggs. “Deon is a very explosive receiver on the outside,” Diggs said. “I mean, he can give defenses a lot of problems at the beginning of the game. He opens it up for me, I open it up for him, and we can work together. … All our receivers did a great job.” While the offense turned in its highest scoring performance since 2010 — the Terps’ 40 first-half points were more than they scored in any game last season, and they scored on the first four possessions of a game for the first time since 2010 — the Terps defense is also starting another season strong. The Terps sacked FIU quarterbacks five times and

forced six three-and-outs. The Panthers’ 10 points came after turnovers with a short field ahead of them, and they didn’t record a first down until the second quarter. Outside linebacker Marcus Whitfield had 1.5 sacks, and inside linebacker L.A. Goree recorded a game-high 10 total tackles. Defensive end Quinton Jefferson had seven tackles, half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss, and cornerback Dexter McDougle made an acrobatic interception midway through the third quarter. “I think we were a pretty solid ‘D’ today,” McDougle said. “There’s still some things we need to work on. We know we didn’t play our best game today. We want to keep them out of the end zone in the red zone. We all take pride in the red zone, especially with last year, the stops we had. We want to work on that. We didn’t play our best game, but we played really good.”

WIDE RECEIVER STEFON DIGGS (right) celebrates with his teammates in the Terps’ 43-10 victory over FIU. christian jenkins/the diamondback Despite the defense’s stifling performance and the electric games of Long and Diggs, Saturday’s win celebrated the return of Brown. After cycling through five quarterbacks in 2012, it appears the Terps have longterm stability at the position.

Brown said he didn’t think a better season debut could have been scripted, and based on Saturday’s performance, it appears there’s still more to come. “It felt good,” Brown said. “Nerves weren’t too crazy. Most of the nerves were during the pregame meal and

the bus ride over. Once I got on the field, everything kind of calmed down when I ran around a bit and broke a sweat. It wasn’t too bad. And once I got that first hit, everything was by the wayside.”

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Putting it all behind them Meharg has wealth of scoring After College Cup heartbreak, recent tumult, Terps look for fresh start in drive to Philadelphia By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Staff writer The Terrapins men’s soccer team’s exit from the 2012 College Cup in a heartbreaking loss to Georgetown is part of Division I soccer lore. It was a back-and-forth epic in which the Terps erased a twogoal deficit with 15 minutes to play, only to fall short in penalty kicks. A host of seniors — defenders London Woodberry and Taylor Kemp and midfielder John Stertzer — saw their final shot at bringing a championship back to College Park suddenly slip away.

More unexpected ends ca m e i n t h e o f fsea so n . Dynamic forward Christiano Francois, who had 14 points for the Terps last season, was ruled ineligible for his sophomore year. Then, forward Jordan Cyrus, entering his fifth year with the program, was ruled to have exhausted his eligibility. Despite filing a waiver, Cyrus never officially received his medical redshirt because of an oversight, and his college soccer career was deemed over. Cyrus has moved forward as an undergraduate assistant with the team. And now, the Terps too must put aside the sudden losses of the past nine

months as they begin the quest for their first title since 2008 at this year’s College Cup, held in Philadelphia this December. “Last year, I’ve put all that away,” midfielder Sunny Jane said last week. “We’re not going to look back. We’re just going to try and get better from where we left and this time finish strong and accomplish what we want to accomplish.” Coach Sasho Cirovski is no stranger to dealing with adversity, either. The Terps have appeared in seven of the past 15 College Cups and advanced to the postseason See soccer, Page 13

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Terps looking for first national title since 2011 season By Paul Pierre-Louis @PaulPierreLouis Staff writer Though she is equipped with an immensely talented roster each season, Terrapins field hockey coach Missy Meharg usually knows which players will stand out leading into the Terps’ season. Such was the case during the Terps’ back-to-back national titles in 2010 and 2011. Former forward Katie O’Donnell led the team’s charge in 2010, setting numerous school records, while midfielder Jemma Buckley and forwards Katie Gerzabek and

Jill Witmer starred in the 2011 championship run. As the No. 2 Terps look for another championship run, they return four of their five top scorers from last season, each of whom tallied 10 to 15 goals. Meharg expects that depth to show again this fall but with even more options emerging from players who w i l l re ce ive s u bs ta n t i a l playing time for the first time in their careers. “We don’t have an absolute go-to player; I feel like we have a group of go-to styles,” the 26th-year coach said. “We’ve got good depth.” Seven Terps scored during

the team’s season-opening 8-4 win against No. 20 New Hampshire on Saturday. Preseason All-ACC honorees Witmer and midfielder Maxine Fluharty tallied goals, and they were joined on the stat sheet by freshman midfielders Anna Dessoye and Alyssa Parker, who contributed one goal each. “The team has really come together,” defender Ali McEvoy said. “We’re really pushing each other and working hard in practice, and that’s all you can ask for to get better.” Forward Mieke Hayn was See PREVIEW, Page 12

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Brown has hand in 5 TDs as Terps roll in season-opening victory over Florida International

After quarterback carousel in 2012, Terps have stability — and that bodes well for this season

By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer


The questions to C.J. Brown kept coming during the Terrapins football team’s training camp. How did the quarterback’s knee feel? Was he 100 percent? Were there any doubts in his mind about his ability after a torn ACL ended his 2012 season before it started? And in the Terps’ resounding 43-10 victory over Florida International before 36,321 at Byrd Stadium in the season opener, Brown shelved any lingering doubts about both his health and his effectiveness. Playing for the first time since Nov. 26, 2011, Brown was 20-of-23 for 281 yards and three touchdowns, and the dual-threat passer added 105 yards and two touchdowns on 11 rushes. For the Terps, their fourth straight win in a season opener was their first win since Oct. 13, 2012 and their first win at Byrd Stadium since a week before that. “It felt great just to go out and do things like I did in the past,” said Brown, who accounted for the most Terps touchdowns in a game since 2003. “Now that I feel a lot more comfortable with the offense, it’s just 10 times better to go out and execute with the offense and put points on the board. It’s always a lot more fun to win.” Any number of plays could stand alone as the highlight of Brown’s return to the field. It could be his 29-yard run for the Terps’ first touchdown of the season. Or the 25-yard touch pass to wide receiver

It lasted just five plays, took less than two minutes off the clock and came against a significantly inferior opponent, but the Terrapins football team’s first touchdown drive in their season-opening 43-10 win over Florida International spoke volumes about the value of a healthy C.J. Brown. On the drive’s second play, Brown, the quarterback who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp, made a perfectly timed option pitch to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who scampered down the sideline for a 26-yard gain. Two plays later, the veteran signal caller eluded pressure from Panthers defenders, and while sprinting to his right, flicked a 27-yard strike to wide receiver Deon Long on the right sideline. Brown then capped the efficient 86-yard drive by keeping the ball on a read-option and sprinting 29 yards into the end zone. In that quick sequence, Brown proved something to the Terps fans who endured an unprecedented injury-induced quarterback carousel last season: The Terps finally have a legitimate starting quarterback — one with quality decision-making ability, speed and throwing accuracy — who could put 2012’s offensive struggles to rest, at least for one game. Brown was 20-of-23 for 281 yards and three touchdowns through the air and See KASINITZ, Page 13

QUARTERBACK C.J. BROWn passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 105 yards and two more scores in the Terps’ 43-10 win over Florida International in their season opener. It was Brown’s first game action since Nov. 26, 2011. alik mcintosh/for the diamondback

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