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Supporters say hotel could help downtown compete with East Campus project BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer

The City of College Park’s plan to redevelop its downtown City Hall property into a luxury hotel may be threatened by dissent among city officials and a lack of developer interest. City officials hope to have a full-service luxury hotel downtown — a Hilton or similar — that would be used by dignitaries visiting the university and may help revitalize the downtown area. Although the 38-acre East Campus development is just a few blocks north of the City Hall site and will likely include a hotel, East Campus developers support a downtown hotel. Local support for East Campus had been contingent on keeping the existing downtown area competitive rather than allowing all business activity to move up the road. Under its plan, the city would sell its property and arrange for a new developer to buy out several storefronts that separate the city property from Route 1, between Lehigh and Knox Roads, including Subway and Smoothie King. But city officials disagree on several aspects of the project. City Planning Director Terry Schum clashed sharply with Mayor Stephen Brayman at a recent council meeting when the mayor asked her to narrow down seven “expressions of interest” the city received from developers about the possible project.

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Steffy fractured thumb, out indefinitely BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

Student fees now cover CRS fitness classes

When Terrapin quarterback Jordan Steffy told Chris Turner to warm up because he’d injured his thumb early in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Delaware, the backup was skeptical. Turner expected to play at some point this season, but he didn’t think it would be so soon. “I said, ‘All right. I’ll start warming up, but keep rolling. Keep going. You’re

Change aims to make gym services fair for both sexes BY ALYSSA ZELEZNIK Staff writer

All group fitness classes will be offered for free beginning this semester as part of a decision Campus Recreation Services made in May 2007. Group fitness classes, such as aerobics, yoga and kick-boxing, traditionally cost about $1 per class. Now, instead of charging students for the classes, gym membership fees will increase by $1.50, Brent Flynn, assistant director of business for CRS, said. Though CRS has been planning this policy since 2007, this is the first semester students can participate in these classes for free, said Miranda Giossi, coordinator of fitness programs. The issue arose when some staff voiced concerns that usually male-dominated intramural sports are offered for free while mostly female fitness classes were charged, Flynn said. To make things more equitable between the genders, CRS proposed group fitness classes be free as well. Staff then

Univ. gives some students iPhones, iPods BY CHRIS YU Staff writer

The university gave away free mobile Internet devices to select students in an effort to see if such tools can enhance the learning experiences of its users, a school official said. Called the Mobility Initiative,

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being tough,’” Turner said. “[Steffy] did a good job. He was hurt most of the third quarter.” Wednesday, coach Ralph Friedgen named Turner, who started the Terps’ final eight games last season but lost his spot to Steffy in a preseason competition, as the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game at Middle Tennessee State. He also revealed Steffy will be out indefinitely with a fractured right thumb. The injury will require surgery after

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Summer car thefts, burglaries increase BY KYLE GOON Staff writer

Police spokesman Paul Dillon remembers how summer crime went in College Park 20 years ago. “Ghost town,” he said. “There was hardly anything going on at all.” Nowadays, the university is more active year-round and has more programs during the summer months. As a result, although summer is quieter than spring and fall, crime no longer disappears with the students. University Police crime statistics showed increases in burglaries and motor vehicle thefts this summer compared to recent years. A crime blotter shows 20 cases of burglary during August, the most cases in one summer

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month since June 2006. Five motor vehicle thefts were reported each in June and July. However, the most common crime at the university, theft, fell for the second summer in a row. Dillon said this year’s crime totals are roughly comparable to the numbers at this time of year in 2007, when on-campus crime reached a 10-year low. “We are hopeful that the numbers stay down and we have another year similar to 2007,” Dillon said. Theft between January and August dropped from 264 cases last year to 232 this year. Despite 10 stolen vehicles this June and July, motor vehicle thefts so far in 2008

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Senior center Edwin Williams: “I’m pretty revved up, especially [Saturday at Middle Tennessee] being our first away game of the season. I just want to go down there and execute our plan well. That comes with practice. Today will be a tough one, tomorrow will be a tough one, Thursday will be a tough one. Friday we get on a plane.” “Everything we can fix. It’s not a lack of effort. It’s not a lack of assignment knowledge. It’s just little things. As long as we can take care of that, I think we’ll be good.”

CORRECTION Greg Schimmel’s football column yesterday, “Too early to panic,” had an editing error on the number of ACC teams to have lost last weekend. Only four teams in the 12-team conference lost last weekend. Schimmel’s intent was to state “Half of [all] teams that played games last weekend lost.”

Schum said there was not enough information yet to choose a preferred developer because the city hasn’t yet been able to provide developers with enough information. When the initial request for expressions of interest was sent out over the summer, the city was months from securing property for a replacement city hall, a key step in the redevelopment that is still weeks away. Without a new city hall site, the existing city hall property could not be redeveloped. Brayman said he hoped one or more developers would work with the city in discussing detailed plans for the site even before the city was certain it would be able to sell it, which Schum said may not work. “We’re sort of flying by the seat of our pants, and you’re throwing out a lot of questions, and I don’t think we’re able to answer them. We can’t take seven people and just sort of string them along and throw them out along away,” she said. “I understand your goal, I just don’t know if it’s an attainable goal.” None of the expressions of interest promised a Hilton or similar hotel, but one suggested a Hilton Garden Inn — an “upscale” hotel not quite as luxurious as

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Brayman had hoped for — that some city officials said is more likely to be able to survive on the relatively small property size and tight height restrictions the city is offering. District 2 Councilman Jack Perry supported the Hilton Garden idea, which Brayman rejected as “at the get-go trying to cheapen what we’ve got.” “You couldn’t cheapen that block of Route 1 if you tore the whole thing down,” Perry said. He waved a picture of a Hilton Garden Inn, adding, “This is going to cheapen Route 1?” Discussions among city staff and council members and a lack of detail in the expressions of interest are problematic in a development project with tight deadlines. The city is hoping to use a financing deal tied to the neighboring East Campus project, which is much further along the design process than the city’s hotel plan. “It’s sort of like we’re juggling seven or eight balls in the air. There’s always the possibility for one or two of the balls to drop,” District 2 Councilman Bob Catlin said. “It’s somewhat of a long shot that this thing can be done, but there’s enough payoff that it’s worth it.”

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Campus faces spike in burglary, drop in property crimes STATS, from Page 1 are down to 26 as compared to 36 through August last year, police records show. Crime statistics for August are based on the University Police department’s regularly updated crime blotter. Official statistics for August are not yet available. Overall, University Police are enjoying a relatively slow year in crime through August. There have been 10 violent crimes reported so far this year, one of the lowest totals since 1999. Property crimes are also down to 368 reported cases through August, well below the five- and 10-year averages, according to police statistics. The most troubling aspect of crime statistics this year to date is burglary. There were 90 break-ins in 2008 by the end of July, compared to 89 in all of 2007, according to the University Police website. The university’s Strategic Enforcement Response Team, a police unit that reacts to crime trends, is struggling to slow the increase. “It’s tough to deal with,

because people could be leaving their homes or buildings unsecured or criminals could be forcibly entering,” said Lt. Robert Mueck, commander of SERT. “It’s hard to nail it down to one factor.” The university is working on a program to help educate residents on preventing burglary, Mueck said. He expects the program to receive approval within the next few weeks. Plainclothes officers have also been patrolling parking lots to cut down on the number of motor vehicle thefts after the unusually high number of incidents in June and July, Mueck said. Only one stolen vehicle was reported during August, according to the crime blotter on the University Police website. “We’re working hard and giving a sustained effort to push crime out of College Park,” Mueck said. “The numbers can change from year to year without a specific explanation, so we’re just doing our best and trying to pay attention to the right things.”

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Journalism students will be $150 poorer than expected after settling their student bills this fall. A “professional charge” has journalism students puzzled after it appeared on their accounts for the first time this semester, and only after tuition had been charged to their accounts. “When I saw it, I was like, ‘I don’t know what the hell this is,’” graduate student Romney Smith said. After contacting the university’s financial aid department, she discovered it was the first time the journalism school has charged this mandatory fee. The fee surprised students who felt they should have been notified about the fee and what it was designed to fund.

Notifying students about the new charge slipped through the cracks, said Linda Ringer, assistant dean for business operations in the college of journalism. The college has a lot on its plate, she said, including adjusting to a new dean and overseeing the construction of Knight Hall, so it didn’t occur to them to inform students. “I would understand [students] being upset about [not being informed],” Ringer said. “It should be something we should have notified you about.” Ringer said a computer programming error charged students’ accounts after the tuition payment, which made the bill even more “glaring.” Ringer said she has talked to students and parents, apologizing for not notifying them in advance. Most parents told Ringer

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The staff hopes the free classes will attract students talked to student groups who formerly had reservaabout making the change and tions due to the fee. Assistant decided to waive the fee after Director of Fitness Brianne Rowh said she receiving positive wants these stufeedback, Flynn said. dents to try out Female students some classes they appreciate this had not attended change, because they before. will have to plan less Students’ feelfor their gym trips. ings about the free “When I went to classes already the gym to take a seem to be fulfillclass last year I diding the staff’s n’t know it costed hopes for the new anything, so I couldchange. n’t go because I did“Last year, I n’t have a dollar on never went before, me, so this is great,” but I actually went sophomore finance to yoga today,” said and government and Leni Schimpf, a politics major Zina sophomore comMakar said. munication and Male students did Leni Schimpf government and not seem as affected SOPHOMORE COMMUNImajor. by the change. CATION AND GOVERNMENT politics “And I think we “I’m not really a AND POLITICS MAJOR initially went group fitness kind of because it was guy,” said Michael Luongo, a freshman crimi- free.” Because the semester just nology major. Though the decision was began, it is too early to tell if attendance has made in 2007, CRS needed to class spend some time rearranging increased, staff said. the budget to accommodate the free classes.

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the charge wasn’t going to be a problem, but Ringer added they should talk to an advisor if it poses a hardship for students or their families they should talk to an advisor. Most professional colleges within the university have similar charges, as do other journalism schools across the nation. Junior journalism major Matt Ford, who recently transferred from Northwestern University, said $150 seemed cheap compared to the thousands of dollars spent on equipment required by Northwestern. Ringer said peer institutions charge students thousands of dollars in mandatory fees over four years. This university’s smaller charge will support software updates, the school’s UMTV station, off-site bureaus and subscriptions to wire services. “[The charge] makes sure we are able to buy what students are using,” Director of Public Affairs Matt Sheehan said. “We want to provide that equipment so stu-

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the project began at the start of the semester and will examine whether students can effectively use educational applications on iPods and iPhones, said Phyllis Dickerson Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Office of Information Technology. “I think [this project is] going to be very, very effective,” said Kent Norman, a psychology professor and member of the Mobility Initiative Steering Committee. “I think it’s essential to the campus.” The 133 freshmen, including Banneker-Key scholarship recipients and members of the Maryland Incentive Awards Program, had the option of choosing either an iPod Touch or an iPhone 3G for this study, Dickerson Johnson said. The iPod Touches were free, while the iPhones required students to sign a two-year contract with AT&T. Once students made their selections, they could then use their devices to access educational applications designed by the university, Dickerson Johnson said. As a part of the Mobility Initiative, the university reformatted two university websites — MyUM portal, where students can check class schedules, grades and other academic information, and ELMS, where students can check assignments and participate in discussions — to be more functional on a smaller screen Dickerson Johnson added. The handheld devices will also be able to access MyeVyu, an advanced application that helps students navigate and plan trips on and around the campus. According to the Mobility Initiative website, this program that was originally developed for the Nokia Smartphone can pinpoint where the user is located and give directions to another place on school property. In addition, MyeVyu will list Shuttle-UM and Metrobus schedules, help students locate the closest bus stop and tell users all the bus routes that come at a particular stop, said Ashok Agrawala, a

computer science professor and lead developer of the program. By using GPS, MyeVyu can also memorize the location of where students park their cars. And for safety purposes, the program has a panic button feature, which sends the identification and location of the user to a police dispatcher in the event of an emergency. Agrawala said MyeVyu will be available for the Mobility Initiative students to use within the next two weeks. He and his team are hoping to develop other features for this program, such as the ability to find friends and the nearest restrooms. “What we build is a flexible platform from which a large variety of applications can be implemented,” Agrawala said. “It’s aimed at improving the quality of life.” The students will use the above programs on their iPods and iPhones and then discuss how effective each feature is in seminars. Their feedback will help faculty determine how effective mobile devices are when it comes to furthering education. Agrawala said he hopes the programs being offered in the Mobility Initiative will one day be expanded to all devices. He added they do much more than simply make things easier for students. “When on campus, there is a variety of information, and by making them readily accessible ... it makes you that much more productive, that much more effective,” Agrawala said. “This is the first of its kind, and it’s well ahead of anything else anywhere.” Norman said by allowing students to use educational programs on mobile devices, it prepares them for the future, because the 21st century workplace will be filled with similar technology. But that is not the only benefit, he said. “They’ll feel much more connected to campus,” Norman said. “It’ll extend [learning] beyond the doors of the classrooms.”
















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his summer, College Park bar owners made nice and, for a Mark Srour, John Brown and Alan Wanuck — might say they’re stepping change, decided to work together. The result, which we’re sure up to combat the “excessive binge drinking” that concerned Pinsky and at least a few students noticed, meant beers now cost at least $1 Rosapepe, they’re mistaken if they think this will be an effective measand shots cost at least $2. We’re all for playing in groups, but ure. Of course, these are sharp businessmen, and what’s most interesting raising prices won’t increase safety. State Sens. Jim Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s and Anne Arundel) and about the bar owners’ agreement is how the owners themselves volunteered it as a solution to downtown binge drinking. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) originally approached It’s an empty gesture of investment in safety toward downtown bar owners, concerned that low drink prices were the senators and the university, while protecting encouraging “excessive binge drinking.” In the past, other municipalities have collaborated to combat dangerous College Park bar own- business interests. Ryan said the city did not look into the legality of drinking. Bob Ryan, the city’s director of public services, ers’ agreement to a the agreement. Few students attended the unadvercompared this agreement to Baltimore County’s Cooperatprice floor won’t make tised meetings that produced the agreement, and ing Taverns and Alcohol Retailers’ Agreement. If only it we’d encourage any history majors familiar with the were so. drinking safer, only Sherman Antitrust Act to do their own digging. The The Baltimore County agreement created guidelines to more expensive. law, originally passed to break up oil monopolies, promote responsible drinking and emphasizes a commitment to only serving customers 21 and older. If College Park bar owners aims to prevent anti-competitive practices. As the U.S. Justice Departthink they did anything similar with the price floor they agreed to, ment’s website puts it, “American consumers have the right to expect the they’ve overlooked elementary arithmetic. It was really cheap to get benefits of free and open competition — the best goods and services at wasted on the 25-cent rails Thirsty Turtle offered this summer. But a $2 the lowest prices. … When competitors collude, prices are inflated and shot isn’t that expensive. Most students can probably still get drunk for the customer is cheated.” The only party that seems to lose out is students. Students pay more for around $10, so don’t expect problems connected to binge drinking — noise, assault, rape — to decline. And while the downtown’s big three — drinks, and this price floor likely won’t make them any safer, either.

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his summer, I experienced what was both the most disturbing and most encouraging event I’ve seen at the university. Thanks to Facebook and The Diamondback, some of you have probably heard that late-night study narrowly escaped cancellation in July. The administration had decided to look at cutting back late-night hours at McKeldin Library to avoid a budget deficit. Unfortunately for them, something they weren’t expecting happened: Students found out. One former late-night employee received an e-mail from the administration encouraging her to find a new job, as the service would be closing. Curious — even though she no longer worked there — she checked in with her former bosses and found out it was true. The administration was going to shut down late-night study without consulting students. Dissatisfied with the possibility of losing such a valuable resource, she contacted members of


HARRIS Students for a Democratic Society, a student group she was involved with. What happened next was spectacular. A Facebook group was created, and hundreds of members joined overnight. SDS held meetings to form a strategy and invited students from the Student Government Association. SGA President Jonathan Sachs and his assistants showed up at the house of an SDS member (OK, fine, my house) to plan resistance to the administration’s proposed policy. Students sent hundreds of e-mails to the provost’s office, demanding action. The administration had no choice but

to respond, and agreed to hold a student forum. You wouldn’t think students would show up at the sixth floor of McKeldin Library at 7 p.m. on a summer weeknight, but we were there in force — and we wanted answers. Students regaled administration representatives with stories about classes passed and grades saved. When Interim Library Dean Desider Vikor (who was not responsible for the decision and seems perfectly nice, if a bit out of touch) asked what studying in the dorms was like, he was nearly laughed out of the room. Some students even threatened civil disobedience if the service was cut. About a week later, the administration announced late-night study would continue for the foreseeable future. What the ordeal demonstrates is the kind of power students have when we choose to exercise it. We are the university, and when the administration forgets it, it’s our job to remind them. What disturbs me is how

the administration behaved. Administrators claimed they had made no decision, but they had no plans to consult students before making one. Had it not been for one former employee, we wouldn’t have learned this essential service had been cut until the first day of classes. During the meeting, administrators refused to admit a responsibility to consult students on decisions that them. I’m not sure they fully learned their lesson. Overall, saving late-night was an amazing display of students’ willingness to get involved. It showed the administration we won’t sit down and have our decisions made for us. It showed them more than just a few elected representatives would show up to a meeting. It showed them who’s boss. Now we have to make sure they don’t forget. Malcolm Harris is a sophomore government and politics major. He can be reached at

Student Loans: Financial home-wreckers


he other day, a New York Times article and a throwaway joke in a Simpsons rerun both caught my attention. In the cartoon, the criminal, Snake, found himself with a newfound pile of riches. “Hah hah,” he chortled. “Goodbye, student loan payments!” Snake is not alone. The Aug. 23 article in the Times noted about two-thirds of college students take out loans, and on average, they accrue about $20,000 in debt. That may not sound like a lot of money (although on second thought, maybe it does), but what can be especially surprising to newly minted college graduates is how quickly the amount owed can grow. A woman in Wisconsin deferred

payment on about $23,000 in student loans when some health problems demanded her attention, and the resulting fees and penalties nearly tripled the amount she owed when she finally defaulted three years later. (I encourage you to read this Times article; the statistics and anecdotal evidence presented are sobering.) Defaulting and having to rebuild your credit is only one way student loans can alter the trajectory of your life. A good buddy of mine gained admission to one of the top law schools in the country and emerged three years later with a degree and over $100,000 in debt. He accepted a job at a large law firm in New York City, figuring he could work hard and erase the debt



in a few years. That is, indeed, what happened, but he can testify that all of the horror stories you hear about how NYC law firms work their junior associates into the ground are true. When they say 70-hour work weeks, they’re not kidding. And once, my buddy missed his own birthday party — held at a beach house in Martha’s Vineyard — because at the last minute, his boss decided to make him stay in

the city and review documents for a case that was several months off. My friend is now totally burned out, can’t stand the legal profession and is wondering what happened to his 20s. I guess this column might be a buzzkill, especially at this time of year, when everyone is excited to be back on the campus. University life can — and should — be a lot of fun, both intellectually and socially. But don’t forget the fewer loans you take out, the less impact they will have on your post-collegiate life. Jeremy Sullivan is a Ph.D. candidate studying American history. He can be reached at

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uesday, Sen. Ben Cardin (DMd.) held a townhall-style talk on the campus. This is the question I put to him about the presidential race. “Senator Cardin, could you give one positive and one negative about Sens. [Barack] Obama and [John] McCain that you, having worked with them in the Senate, would know but that we, having no direct contact with the two candidates, would not know? For example, how they think and how they make decisions, because over the next four years, a lot of unknowns will happen.” The senator responded with, “Well, one positive of Obama is his ability to connect with people, the skill of reaching out and understanding the problems facing average Americans. That’s very important. As for a negative ... You know, I really can’t think of anything bad about him.” The audience laughed. “As for McCain, I respect his independence, and a negative would be that I don’t agree with him on his policies, that his policies are wrong.” Now, what is so special about this exchange, and what does it have to do with Obama’s weakness? For a moment after Cardin responded, I was satisfied with his answer. Soon after, however, I realized it was a standard politician’s non-answer to a question, with a funny line thrown in for good measure. It was short and concise, and it appeared as though Cardin would rather talk policy than take jabs at McCain. How, I asked myself, would Obama have answered my question? He would probably mention the bravery and honor McCain displayed during his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, waxing eloquent as he is known to do. Then, I suspect, Obama would have brought it back to McCain, describing him as the agent of the status quo and talking about how McCain’s presidency would simply represent the third term of President Bush. All this would have been presented in the thoughtful and almost prosaic Obama style we have become accustomed to. So, you ask, where is the Obama weakness — the flaw in speaking the truth and speaking it well? As I digested Cardin’s curt, politically correct answer to my question, I realized how his response highlighted one of Obama’s greatest weaknesses. Anyone who watched the Saddleback faith forum with Rev. Rick Warren a few weeks ago recognized Obama’s answers to tough questions represented not just a thought process but a desire to be open and honest about what had led him to his beliefs — in short, to truly answer the question. In comparison, McCain’s blunt, onedimensional responses gave viewers the sense that McCain knew what he was talking about and could express it clearly. Obama is intellectually superior, but he is worse at connecting with his audience. For Obama to win the upcoming debates, he must learn when to evade a question and when to give a simple answer, when to be a professor and when to be a politician. He must frame his values and policies in sentences without commas or semicolons. Obama won more than 17 million votes in the Democratic primaries by rejecting the role of the typical politician using typical political tactics. It’s been a winning strategy for him. But if he is to win Nov. 4, Obama must boil down his eloquence, learning when to answer in monosyllables, what to evade and when to respond simplistically to induce a laugh, as Cardin did in our brief exchange. The lesson for Obama is there, and if he is to become president, it is one he must master. Owen Andrews is a senior government and politics and history major. He can be reached at

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orn today, you are not the kind to take orders, but you do understand that there are times when it is best to do what you are told, rather than to follow your instincts blindly. You are likely to carry with you some invaluable advice given by a parent or grandparent regarding your place in the world — and as a result you will always maintain a realistic estimation of your talents and your destiny. Still, you are capable of accomplishing much, and much of it you will do on your own.


You attract a great many friends, though there are those who would claim that others are more closely attached to you than you are to them — and, in some ways, this may be true. Goodbyes of all kinds are easier for you than they are for most. Also born on this date are: Ione Skye, actress; Dawn Fraser, Olympic swimmer; Mitzi Gaynor, actress; Paul Harvey, radio commentator; Damon Wayans, 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.


Previous Day’s Puzzle Solved:



LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — It’s important that you let others in on a little secret right from the start. The more you keep to yourself, the less you may progress.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — It may take you most of the day to build up the courage to give that special someone a call. You do have something important to say, after all. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You may have to slow down just a bit to care for a minor physical ailment that is a result of your overactive schedule. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You will be expected to put your cards on the table, but you should be able to put a personal touch on the proceedings and come out ahead. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Concentrate on projecting the appropriate image, and on receiving into your own circle the kinds of input that is most helpful to you.

two of your best ideas simply to get by — but others will accept what you offer as first-rate. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You may want to change your image at this time, but others aren’t likely to accept you as anything but what you already are. Trust the status quo. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Now is the time for you to invest a little more enthusiasm into your endeavors. When someone says jump, you should want to say, “How high?” CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Travel may be in the picture. Take precautions and plan ahead, but do expect some delays toward midday. Long-distance messages come your way. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re likely to need someone to do things side by side with you, if for no other reason than you are hungry for some able companionship.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You may have to recycle one or

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You can provide someone with a shoulder to lean on — but who is going to be there when you need someone? The answer should be evident.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — An attraction between yourself and someone born under another sign could prove volatile. You may need to weigh options by day’s end.






WELCOME BACK STUDENTS, FACULTY & STAFF Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 grid contains the digits 1 through 9. For solutions, tips and computer program, see Previous Day’s Puzzle Solved:

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GROUP LEADERS FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Credits in education, recreation or psych. required. Exciting working environment. Weekends free. Competitive salary. EOE. Position available 3-5 afternoons/wk. Hours 2:30-6:00pm. Center located in Bethesda. For more info. call 301-762-7420.

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$22/Hour Perfect Part-Time Job Paraplegic doctor seeks personal aide for evening assistance at home in Chevy Chase. 10pm11pm. Call 202-872-8109.

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Want to Work with Animals? Kennel position available in Beltsville, MD. Starting pay $10/hour. Job includes working with animals and office work. Weekday morning hours and weekend availability needed. 301-776-6353, IINTERNSHIP/PAID: Wanted- Aggressive, outgoing, go getter, to work with broker at SMITH- BARNEY. Call Jay Gulati, VICE- PRESIDENT at 301-657-6358.

HELP WANTED P/T Admin. Asst./Data Entry for afternoons, Mon.-Fri., times flexible, $12/hr. Office 2 miles from campus. Interviewing 9/10. Call Henry, 301-985-6250.

Attention Students Sales and Marketing Firm seeks highly motivated individuals to work evenings and Saturday mornings. Earn $250-$1000 weekly. Internships available. Ask for Dave, 240-473-1201. Must have own car. PT/FT VET TECH. In Potomac/Rockville. 1 deal for pre-vet. 301-299-6900.

EBAY SALES Internet-savvy eBay lister/shipper wanted for local new & used sales outlet. Part time. Ebay listing experience required. Some lifting. $10-12/hr. plus commission! Contact Dave at 301-779-4040 or email

ACCOUNTING MAJORS Greenbelt law firm has a part-time position available for student seeking experience in an Accounting Office. Excel knowledge is a MUST, familiar with bank reconciliations a positive. Great opportunity with flexible hours. Pays $12 an hour. Please send resume to



Exceptional young man (24) with cerebral palsy ISO energetic companion. Play video games, see movies, etc. Must love sports, music, have own car, clean driving record, sense of humor. Flexible, up to 20 hours/week at $15/hr. All majors acceptable, training provided. Email interest to

Established Beltsville distributor needs dependable, self-motivated, articulate individual with math, computer, Internet and good organizational skills. Monday-Friday, daytime hours. Good salary!! Call 301-595-4627.

Education Majors Learning enhancement program in Olney, MD needs P/T help 3-6:30pm weekdays. Ability to work one on one w/students a must. References required. Contact Dr. Nicholson at 301-595-5959.

needed at medical facility. Part-time entry level position for self-motivated, detail oriented individual with great computer and organizational skills. Science background helpful, not necessary. Needed Mondays and Wednesdays fall semester. Email resumes to or call 240-554-0384. TERRAPINSNEEDJOBS.COM. Paid survey takers needed in College Park. 100%. Free to join. Click on surveys. Vet assistant. Evenings and Saturdays. $12/hour. 301-439-9444. Silver Spring

Office Assistant Takoma Park company seeking self-motivated individual to support small sales office. Business experience preferred. Must be multi-task oriented & dependable. Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Excellent telephone skills. Flexible F/T or P/T weekday hours. Resume to: Please include hours available.

Assistant Special Needs Teacher Silver Stars Gymnastics is hiring Special Needs Teacher assistants. Our teaching environment offers fun, positive, play-based learning planned by the curriculum coaches. Experience in gymnastics, dance or childcare a plus. 3 locations – Silver Spring, Rockville & Bowie. Email

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Silver Stars Gymnastics is hiring. Our teaching environment offers fun, positive, play-based learning for children. Experience in gymnastics, dance or childcare a plus. 3 locations – Silver Spring, Rockville & Bowie. E-mail


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Now Hiring Energetic and Friendly Servers! We’re only a few miles away from the University of Maryland College Park. Please apply in person at 3480 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782 (best time is Monday-Friday 2pm-4pm). Come be a part of our team!

Now Hiring All Positions We offer great salaries, benefits including paid vacation, insurance plan, tuition assistance, 401K, meal plan & much more! Apply in person: Arundel Mills Mall, MD, 410-796-0200 or 14601 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD, 301-470-4405.

Leading Beltsville construction company needs estimating trainee for residential and light commercial construction. Typing and communication skills a must. Prior construction experience and/or knowledge of the construction process a plus. Spanish language a plus. Mileage reimbursement. Ideal candidate is a junior/senior in construction management, architecture, or engineering. Successful candidate can look forward to a permanent position with a six figure career potential. Company has been a niche leader since 1947. Morning hours 2-3 days a week. Flexible schedule. This is a real job, with a real company, with a real future. Contact via email with resume to Telephone contacts not accepted.

Bartending! $250/Day Potential. No Experience Necessary. Training Provided. 1-800-965-6520 x116

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A-1 Uniform Sales Company is seeking enthusiastic employee, well-spoken and hard-working. Flexible hours available. Located only 3 min. from campus. Send resume to or fax it to 301-277-0200.

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Students needed to work in education/ behavior program with autistic boy. Starting at $15.50/hr., 5 miles from campus. Flexible scheduling: mornings, afternoons and weekends.

Must have neat appearance & good communication skills. Must drive manual transmission and have own transportation. Hourly Rate plus tips. Phone: 301-681-3056, Email:, Photgrapher will hire ATTRACTIVE FEMALE to MODEL WITH and WITHOUT CLOTHING. $65.00 per hour. Call 202-236-2182. You must be over eighteen and have ATTRACTIVE FIGURE

301-588-6271 COACHES WANTED. Variety of sports, dance & art classes for children 3-12 years. Looking to start for Sept. season. Classes in Bethesda/Rockville area. Flexible hours. Pay starts at $15/hour & up. Call 301-424-2401.

Fun-Loving Family with two teenage girls (11 and 15 years) seeks a responsible student. Help with driving, homework support and managing dinner hour – several times a week. Position to begin as soon as possible; approx. 15 hours a week; flexible schedule a must; $12 per hour. Contact Frankie at 301-587-0538; leave a message.


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Established Beltsville distributor needs dependable self-motivated articulate individual with computer, Internet and good organizational skills. P/T or F/T daytime hours available Monday-Friday. Good salary!! Call 301-595-4627.

Admin. Asst./Shop Manager Leading Beltsville construction company, 6 miles from campus, needs motivated individual to assist project manager and oversee small warehouse. Reliable transportation & typing a must with proficiency in Excel & Word. Spanish language a plus. MWF 6:30-12:30, 18-24 hrs./wk. during school year, full time opportunity during summer and breaks. This is a real job with real responsibilities. $13.25/hr. to start, reviews and raise potential after 6 mos. Contact via email with resume attached to Telephone contacts not accepted.

Need Some Easy Spending $$...? Looking for a responsible college student to help single mom with twin boys after school 2 days a week, until around 8 pm. Help includes homework and household chores. We live in Silver Spring inside the Beltway at Georgia Ave. Rates negotiable. Call Beth at 301-588-2771.

Driver for BCC/Westland Kids Mon., Wed., Thurs., 3:30-6:00 pm. Requirements: legal, excellent driving record, references, own car. College student preferred. $15/hour + gas; start ASAP. Contact; 301-466-5127.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS Make your own schedule. Earn more money when you sell AVON. Work from home. Sell online. Contact Tumara at 301-466-1617.


BABYSITTER NEEDED Tuesdays & Fridays, 10am-4pm, for two children, ages 3 and 5, in College Park home. Needed immediately. Mother present. Babysitting experience, references and good driving record required. Call Danielle, 301-935-2858, or email

Stanley Martin Commercial, Inc. Commercial Real Estate Company in Bethesda seeks a student with computer skills for Projects Assistant position for 20+ hours per week. $10-$12/hour, free parking, flexible hours. Send resume to or fax to 301-654-6532.

needed for 15 year old girl Mon., Wed., Thurs. – pick up at school in Rockville between 3:30 and 7:00 and supervise at home. Downtown Silver Spring area. $15/hour. Call Irene at 301-563-6476 or email After school babysitting for 11-year-old girl, Silver Spring, 3 days/week. Must have car, non-smoker, references. 301-565-3914.


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ROOM (2) IN ALL GIRL HOUSE 3 blocks from campus 301-937-9500 Available Now — 3-4 bedroom house in College Park. 1.5 miles from UMD. $1650 plus utilities. Call 484-629-5839 or 202-447-0131. ROOM FOR RENT. Located at 8307 Potomac Ave., College Park. Available now. Close walk campus. $500/month. Call immediately. 301-509-7874 SQUEAKY CLEAN HOUSE. Four large bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, dining room, office, den, kitchen with dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, table and chairs. Shuttle route. Available now. Call Randall at 202-526-4693 301-779-4233 Special Student Discount!



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RIVERDALE- 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ca, w/d. Close to all transportation. Ideal for students/commuters. Available immediately. $1800. Call 301-399-1887 WALK TO CAMPUS. 3 bedroom apartment with walk-up attic. Not a Knox Box! 4502 Guilford Road, Apt C. $1750. Call Kay Dunn: 301-699-1863. Apartment, 1 bedroom. Walking distance. College Park metro. $895. 301-335-7345

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Hyattsville- Furnished rooms, util. included. $600-$650. Quiet neighborhood. 301-927-6523 Adelphi — 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, ac, porch and carport. 3 miles from campus; on shuttle. $1800/month plus utilities. 703-569-8002.

ROOMMATES House for rent. Big. 5 bedroom, 3 full bath, a/c, dishwasher, washer and dryer. About 1 mile from campus. $2250/month. Law care included. Call Scott at 301-980-8567.


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We have parking spots available on Knox, Guilford, Hartwick, and Rossburg. Extremely close to South Campus! $270/semester. Call 301-770-5623 or email while they last.

SILVER SPRING $1800/month. 12 minutes down Adelphi Rd. to UMCP. 3 BR, 2 BA, CAC. Spacious kitchen. Near Beltway at NH Ave.


Basement Apartment With Private Entrance Minutes from UMD. Renovated large apartment with its own entrance, 2 BR, bath, kitchen, living rm with fireplace, dining rm. Laundry rm is shared. Includes all utilities, internet & TV. Non-smoking. Rent $1200 S. Call for details, 301-996-6941.

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Montgomery County Government is a great place to work! We are an award winning County, making a difference in our community, providing excellent service delivery, with a talented, diverse workforce. We are inclusive, competent, innovative, and responsive. Come join our team! Montgomery County offers a wide range of exciting careers. We offer work/life scheduling and many opportunities for career advancement, competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefit/retirement plan. Why wait – get a head start and view our job postings online at For more information regarding Montgomery County careers, contact Sarah Cook, College Liaison at

Internship/Paid Wanted: Aggressive, outgoing go-getter to work with Senior Vice President at Wachovia Securities. Call Bill Flanigan, Senior Vice President. 301-961-0131

GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER Marketing Firm looking for graphic designer. Knowledge of major software programs for print work as well as internet/web marketing projects. Can work from home on some projects. Contact Ellen at 301-260-2222.

as well as other household duties. Flexible hours. Email; call between 9am-9pm: 301-365-3016. Reliable babysitter needed for 18 month old 2-3 days 10-15 hours per week. $12/hour. Non smoker. References. Call Kirsten 301-585-3046 Working mom seeks after school care for two children (10 and 8 years) in Silver Spring. Must provide own vehicle. Hourly wage with gas reimbursement. Contact Catherine at 301-442-7763 or

$1800/mo. plus utilities; two-story Cape Cod; 2 mi. from UM campus; on UM shuttle route; 4 BR, 2 full baths, LR w/FP, DR, kitchen, study/den; washer/dryer; off-street parking; front porch; large fenced yard; pets allowed. Contact Bob at 301-490-4296. Share two bedroom apartment. Large kitchen, table, chairs. Fully carpeted. Dishwasher, washer/dryer. 5 minute walk from UMD. Shuttle. Call Randall at 202-526-4693

Knox Box Apts. One Block from Campus – 2 BR for $1700 (will rent by room) – 2 BR for $1200 (for full semester or year) 301-770-5623/24 Email:

PART-TIME BABYSITTER $15/hr., flexible daytime hours MTuW, 15-20 hours/week, for active 2 and a half year old boy. Must be energetic and enjoy playing w/children. In Chevy Chase DC near Military Road & Connecticut Ave. 917-535-5389. AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE. Responsible person needed to escort 11 year old boy to after school activities. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Must have safe car, clean driving record, good references. Generous mileage and compensation.; 301-681-1449

Students needed ASAP. Earn up to $150 per day being a mystery shopper. No experience required. Call 1-800-722-4791.

Cashier/Stockperson Part-time evenings, 2-3 times/week. Must be 21. No experience necessary. Apply in person. Village Pump Liquors 4901 Greenbelt Road College Park, MD 20740




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Hooray for Hollywood! A look ahead at the finest fall cinema samplings BY ZACHARY HERRMANN AND DAN BENAMOR Senior staff writers

Why so serious? The blockbuster explosions may have subsided, but there are plenty of dark nights left. It’s hard to imagine this year’s fall movie calendar besting 2007’s, but a quick glance ahead reveals some tough competition. Drugs, espionage, murder, post-apocalyptic devastation — and that’s all just in W. Cut the lights and pop some popcorn; here are your coming attractions. (Note: All release dates are tentative and subject to change.)

ers come out guns blazing with Burn After Reading, their follow-up to last year’s Best Picture winner, No Country for Old Men. The plot involves the CIA, gym employees and marital infidelity — all the makings of another delightfully ludicrous Coen feature. Packed with familiar faces (George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins) and a few Coen newcomers (Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton), Burn looks to be a return to the absurd comic-noir of Fargo and Raising Arizona. — Z.H.

RIGHTEOUS KILL (OPENS SEPT. 12) BURN AFTER READING (OPENS SEPT. 12) Don’t worry; you’ll get your fill of weepy, sweeping literary epics soon enough. But beating the Oscar panderers to the punch, the Coen Broth-

When Righteous Kill was announced back in May 2007, it seemed like it couldn’t miss. The film stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is penned by hot new writer Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man) and is directed

by ... Jon Avnet (88 Minutes)? The director handling the re-teaming of two of the greatest actors alive is the same man who directed Pacino in arguably his worst film (88 Minutes), with visuals packing the subtlety and nuance of a punch in the nose. Still, Avnet aside, Righteous Kill has too much going for it to totally stink (hopefully). — D.B.

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA (OPENS SEPT. 26) Going off of trailers and what we know on paper, Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna could very well be the critical pony to bet on this season. Based on the James McBride novel of the same name (he also wrote the screenplay), the World War II film follows an all-black company as the soldiers get caught in a Tuscan village in Italy. Stuck between the Germans and the racist, mismanaged American military, the men become entrenched in the lives of the Italian people. Mystery and magic realism take hold as Lee breaks the traditional war movie mold. This one could be special. — Z.H.


Al Pacino and Robert De Niro reunite for Righteous Kill, the first time they have shared a screen since Heat. COURTESY OF MOVIEWEB

reel news MOVIE TRAILER VOICE SILENCED Don LaFontaine, better known as the narrator from more than 5,000 movie trailers, died Monday night. He will be remembered for the “In a world where ... ” phrase, coloring our first impressions of many great films.

GUNNING FOR ROMMEL Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney now have the rights to Killing Rommel, a novel on the notorious Nazi general. Author Steven Pressfield will pen the script, along with Randall Wallace (Pearl Harbor).

SOMMERS ON TARZAN With Guillermo del Toro tied up with The Hobbit, the reigns for Warner Bros.’s Tarzan project have been passed to Stephen Sommers (The Mummy). Also, Stu Beattie (Collateral) will now write the script rather than del Toro’s attached writer, John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World).

CLASHING ON BUTTON Paramount Studios and director David Fincher (Zodiac) are fighting over cuts to Fincher’s forthcoming film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The standoff prompted Fincher to move his planned Heavy Metal adaptation to Sony Pictures.

Can Shia LaBeouf transition from boyish jokester to leading man? Eagle Eye represents the first test for the new (bearded!) LaBeouf. The young actor is courting overexposure as it is ( carries an “Enough LaBeouf!” T-shirt), and the irritating Fonzie-like role given to him in the latest Indiana Jones film did little to help matters. All this said, the film’s premise of innocent people

John Malkovich gets ready to go gruesome for the Coen Brothers in Burn After Reading. COURTESY OF MOVIEWEB

being turned into terrorist pawns via threatening phone calls is intriguing. Another positive is LaBeouf’s reunion with Disturbia helmer D.J. Caruso, a successful pairing the last time around. But have fans had enough LaBeouf? Only time (specifically the weekend of Sept. 26) will tell. — D.B.

W. (OPENS OCT. 17)

Oliver Stone making a President Bush biopic: The phrase already suggests a predetermined kind of movie. Initially, it seemed Stone had made an effort to not indulge in Bush-bashing, quoted in Entertainment Weekly as saying, the film is a “fair, true portrait of the man.” But judging by the first trailer, Stone isn’t afraid to poke some fun, using “What a Wonderful World” as the ironic soundtrack to portray Bush and his staff in some irreverent tones. Stone has said he didn’t want to make a movie like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, but expect the same crowd to show up for W. — D.B.

CHANGELING (OPENS OCT. 31) Coming off a respectable showing

at Cannes, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling — a true story of police corruption and horrifying murder in 1920s Los Angeles — should make plenty of noise when it’s time to hand out the golden statues. Angelina Jolie’s distressed mother role shoulders the brunt of the screen time as she waits for her missing son to return home. Though less immediate and resonant than Mystic River, Changeling is a powerful drama and a worthy throwback to the classic American films Eastwood so clearly idolizes. — Z.H.

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (OPENS OCT. 2008) With no definitive release date pinned down yet, Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, should be blowing minds in a theater near you toward the end of the season ( cites a limited release next month). Equal parts Woody Allen and Philip K. Dick, Kaufman’s latest boasts one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s finest performances to date in a heady meditation on death, art and relationships. If you thought Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind were noodlescratchers, just wait to see what Kaufman has in store. — Z.H.


This is America? Traitor sets its scope too wide for a bad action flick BY ZACHARY HERRMANN Senior staff writer

Ethnocentrism and full-blown racism are no strangers to Hollywood cinema. In fact, they’re sort of mainstays. From the sprawling Klan glorification in Birth of a Nation through the thinly-veiled racial caricatures of the latest Star Wars trilogy, mainstream American film has a rather embarrassing track record concerning anything or anyone non-white. On the surface, Traitor wants to undo Hollywood’s racial and religious tunnel vision. There’s nothing too subtle about the film’s horribly infantile ruminations on martyrdom and Islam (“Seems every religion has more than one face,” one character quips with absolute sincerity), and the script rarely differentiates between the two. Perhaps director/scribe Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) and cowriter Steve Martin (yes, THE Steve Martin, Baby Mama) think they have taken one giant step in the right direction. The conversations are in place, and Don Cheadle (Ocean’s Thirteen) leads as Samir Horn, a devout Muslim and apparent terrorist who is also the film’s protagonist. Admittedly, it’s a provocative twist, one rendered null and void by several other surprises in the hum-drum cops ’n’ terrorists game. The traditional political crossovers and betrayals ensue — Agents! Double-agents! A mole in the FBI! — but Traitor’s predictable plot hardly registers as offensive. And it’s not the main characters causing the biggest ripples either. Sure, Cheadle’s character is bland and lifeless to the point where we never care too much about his religion and allegiance issues. We’ve seen enough Samir Horns in past films to write him off quickly. Guy Pearce’s (Winged Creatures) absurdly rendered Agent Roy Clayton rounds out the mindless religious discourse. As a convenient foil to Horn — the man he pursues for mixing in with some major Arab baddies — Clayton comes from a Baptist background and once trained to become a minister before deferring to the FBI. Yes, bad movies happen to even the best actors. But the real crime here is in the overall design.

Preying on (i.e. profiting from) the sum of all American fears, Nachmanoff not only misses an important opportunity to confront his audience’s post-Sept. 11 prejudices, he adds significant fuel to the fire. After a prison break puts Horn at the disposal of an Arab terrorist group out to fight jihad throughout the United States, we are casually introduced to a group of nameless Arab terrorists-to-be. Spread throughout the country but united in montage, they are as follows: the coffee-shop clerk, the white-collar professional, the university student and the assimilated middle-class American. By introducing and continually returning to these four characters, Nachmanoff ’s simplistic and oh-so enlightened view of the world completely shatters. Good intentions fail to explain the sudden shift in tone, and Traitor goes from empty-headed and topical to outright hostile. The film’s hard-line message reads loud and clear: At any given point, your neighbors could become terrorists and destroy everything you hold dear. Any way you look at it, the conclusion is greatly unsettling. The selection of the four characters appears quite deliberate and is meant to threaten a viewer from any walk of life. It’s not just the blasé action and pre-determined plot threads leaving a bad taste. Traitor is cut from the misinformed heads of narrowminded filmmakers whose concepts of the world seem to come from 24 rather than actual experience. Odds are Nachmanoff and Martin only intended for the film to be another one of those half-assed breeds between sociopolitical drama and espionage thriller. What they have come out with is something far more troubling than Iron Man in black-face or the gratuitous use of the word “retard.”


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Portis will still see action Saturday TURNER, from Page 1 the season, but Steffy may be able to return in three to four weeks without doing additional damage to the thumb. Surgery right now would end the senior’s season. Steffy was not available for comment. “I have a lot of confidence in Chris,” Friedgen said. “It’s not like he’s a rookie now going in there. He’s shown what he can do. What he has to do is do it consistently.” Three weeks ago, Turner was contemplating transferring after Steffy was named the starter for the Terps’ season-opener against Delaware. After forgettable performances by all three quarterbacks in Saturday’s 14-7 win against the Blue Hens — the game which included Steffy’s injury — Turner is back leading the Terps despite going 13 for 11 yards in the game. “It’s a little bit crazy,” Turner said. “I didn’t see it happening, obviously. As the backup I had to be ready for anything, and here I am now.” It also leaves the Terps with just three quarterbacks on the roster until Steffy returns. Junior Josh Portis, who ran the ball on each of his four snaps for 10 yards against Delaware, will also see time against Middle Tennessee. Redshirt freshman Jamarr Robinson is the only other quarterback on the roster, and freshman wide receiver

Tony Logan has taken snaps as scout team quarterback. The injury also allows Portis to take more snaps at practice, which Friedgen said is what the young quarterback needs. Friedgen is mindful that using his dynamic athlete situationally in games risks another injury, but the eighth-year coach said he’ll continue to use him because it gives the team the best chance to be successful. “He has a chance to develop now and grow,” Friedgen said. “It could be a

“I have a lot of confidence in Chris. It’s not like he’s a rookie now going in there. He’s shown what he can do. What he has to do is do it consistently.” RALPH FRIEDGEN TERRAPIN FOOTBALL COACH

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THE RETURN OF TURNER Last season, Chris Turner took over for Jordan Steffy at quarterback when Steffy was knocked out of the Rutgers game with a concussion. Turner led the Terps to two wins against top-10 teams, Rutgers and Boston College. He finished with 1,958 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had a 63.5 completion percentage and 135.51 quarterback rating. Here’s the breakdown of Turner’s performances last season:

Date 9/1 9/29 10/6 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/28

Opponent Cmp-Att-Yds TD-Int. Result Villanova 4-6-33 0-2 31-14 W @Rutgers 14-20-149 0-0 34-24 W Georgia Tech 10-17-255 1-0 28-26 W Virginia 13-19-103 0-0 17-18 L Clemson 19-31-217 0-1 17-30 L @North Carolina 20-36-209 0-1 13-16 L Boston College 21-27-337 3-0 42-35 W @Florida State 16-32-242 1-1 16-24 L @N.C. State 19-24-206 0-0 37-0 W *Oregon State 17-29-205 2-2 14-21 L

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Terp fans can expect to see Chris Turner (right) handing off to Da’Rel Scott (left) more often this season now that Jordan Steffy is out with a fractured thumb. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Sophomore Chris Turner has taken over the Terps’ starting quarterback position after Jordan Steffy was injured in the Delaware football game last Saturday. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

blessing, which is how Josh approaches it. It’s an opportunity for him to get better, and hopefully he will.” But Turner, who threw seven touchdowns and seven interceptions last season after taking over the quarterback spot when Steffy was injured against Rutgers, is back in a familiar spot, even if he feels like he hasn’t done anything to earn his job back. “It’s just tough luck again for Jordan,” Turner said. “I don’t know what else to say.” The newly-crowned starter said he doesn’t want to think about the past, and he expects Steffy to recover quickly. Until then his charge is simple: “I just have to be prepared to win games,” Turner said. “I’m not here to just do a decent job. I’m here to win games and have a good record.” TERP NOTE: Friedgen said running back Da’Rel Scott should be ready to play after missing Monday’s practice due to a leg infection. Running back Morgan Green, who missed the season-opener with a quadriceps injury, may also see action against Middle Tennessee, according to Friedgen.

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Slow starts are the only concern for Terps Team attributes wins against Lock Haven and Penn State to second-half offense BY MICHAEL KATZ Staff writer



With wins against Lock Haven and No. 6 Penn State, the Terrapin field hockey team has silience and no matter what the shown it’s ready to start the sea- score is at the end of the game, somebody has more than someson. Now, the Terps need to show body else. If they don’t, you play overtime.” they are ready to start games. The wait-and-see approach is After two contests, the team has just one first-half goal to its understandable from the coach credit. Still, the Terps’ defense of a team with a bevy of offenand second-half play has lifted sive talent. It seems only a matter of time before the them to victory. team, which returned “It’s hard to exits top three goal-scorplain,” sophomore ers from 2007, starts midfielder Katie O’putting points on the Donnell said. “We get board early and often. out of the first half To be fair, the and realize we aren’t match with Penn playing as well as we State was expected to could, then something be a low-scoring afjust starts to click in fair. The Nittany the second half. Lions topped the “We go into the secTerps 1-0 in last seaond half with great son’s national quarmomentum and our terfinal. And with the skills are just on, but team shutting out its we need to work on first two opponents, getting into the first an offensive barrage half the same way,” has not been reshe added. quired. The Terps’ lone “We have some first-half goal came in work to do with goal the opener against an scoring,” Meharg inferior Lock Haven said. “But at the end squad. Senior back of the day, I think Susie Rowe convertKATIE something to be coned a penalty stroke in cerned about would the seventh minute, O’DONNELL but at the end of the SOPHOMORE MIDFIELDER be statistics at the other end of the field.” first half they held Junior goalkeeper Alicia only a 6-4 shot advantage and a 3-2 advantage on penalty cor- Grater said the slow starts have put the team in a position to ners. Against Penn State, the Terps learn and grow. “Against Penn State it was a were held without a shot for the tough-fought game,” Grater first 10 minutes of the game. But it is early in the season said. “To be able to pull it out and, despite the sluggish starts, gives you confidence in your coach Missy Meharg is confi- teammates that you don’t mind when you’re under pressure dent the team will improve. “I’ll tell you what: I’m not and you can find a way to make concerned at all,” Meharg said. it work.” “I think that you have to look at hockey as a game of mental re-

“We go into the second half with great momentum and our skills are just on, but we need to work on getting into the first half the same way.”

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Wallace contributes game-winning goal Friday NOTEBOOK, from Page 14 road games against Pac-10 powers UCLA and Cal to start the season last weekend. “As is a custom with our program, we like to know where we are right at the beginning of the year,” the 16-year Terp coach said. “Those games offer great opportunity for us to gauge where our strengths are [and] where our weaknesses are, and hopefully a better chance to address those immediately and get stronger every game.” The Terps won’t leave Ludwig Field until next month, when they travel to Clemson.

Wallace’s golden goal Terps sophomore Rodney Wallace started Friday night’s game against No. 19 UCLA on defense. That didn’t stop him from scoring the game-winning goal in the seventh minute of overtime after being moved

up to the attack. “After we got that goal to go into overtime, I felt like we knew we were going to win,” Wallace said. “We had that fire, and we were working hard all summer, basically preparing for moments like this.” Junior midfielder Drew Yates threaded a pass in between two UCLA defenders right to Wallace, who managed to stay onside and found himself one-on-one with Bruins goalkeeper Brian Perk. Wallace faked inside before dribbling outside and tapping in the golden goal, leaving Perk on the ground behind him. The Terps stormed the field, and some did a celebratory victory lap. “It was a great moment,” Wallace said. “Yates made a great pass. It was a great ball right between the defenders, and luckily I just put it away.”


Rodney Wallace, seen above last season, capitalized on a pass from junior midfielder Drew Yates (left, last season) to score the game-winning goal against UCLA Friday. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Pensky, team remain optimistic PRACTICE, from Page 14

and runs in the box, and really focusing on finishing.” Pensky, on the other hand, at American. We’re not looking wasn’t so quick to point the finger past American.” Even with the Terps trying to solely at the offense for the team’s two losses this improve every time past weekend. With 21 they step on the field, of the 31 players unthe team knows it derclassmen, he said needs to perform betthe burden falls on the ter on the offensive end team as a whole and it if it wants solid play in needs to continue to practice to translate work hard every day into wins on the playto improve. ing field. “I think we need to After displaying the score goals, but at the scoring touch they same time we need to lacked all of last year in not take plays off,” he this year’s seasonsaid. “We need to put opening 5-0 win 90 minutes together against George Mason, and stay mentally and the Terps appeared to physically focused the be an offensive force. entire time we’re on But since scoring on BRIAN the field. When you their first opportunity PENSKY don’t do that, that in their 3-2 loss against WOMEN’S SOCCER translates to losing.” Bucknell on Friday, the COACH Still, Pensky and the Terps have managed only one goal despite having nu- team remain very optimistic merous scoring chances. In Sun- about this team’s capabilities, day’s 1-0 loss to Elon, the Terps even after a shaky start to the dominated the game and the shot season. “Despite the weekend’s chart, out-shooting the Phoenix 21-2 for the game but failed to results, we know that we have put the ball in the back of the net. a great team with terrific Pensky said. Arias noted the team’s atten- potential,” tion to detail during possession “We’re quite young, so maybe and finishing drills in practice this is part of our maturation. and believes it will carry over to But there is no question that this group can do special games. “When we do drills like finish- things — the coaches know ing in practice, we take it very se- that; the players know that.” riously,” the senior captain said. “We focus on framing the goal

“Despite the weekend’s results, we know that we have a great team with terrific potential.”

Freshman attacker Ashley Grove, seen above in Sunday’s match against Elon, and the rest of the women’s soccer team hope to step up their game after a shaky start to the season. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

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A Terp goalkeeping battle ... round two BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

Sophomore Will Swaim, shown here last season, is back for another season of battling for the Terps’ starting goalkeeping position. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

The dual goalkeeper system Terrapin men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski used throughout last season is still in place this year after two games, despite the transfer of Thorne Holder. During Sunday’s game against California, highly touted freshman Zac MacMath, who spent time with the U-17 U.S. National Team during the 2007 FIFA World Cup, got his first opportunity in net in the 1-0 loss. Sophomore Will Swaim started Friday night’s season opener at UCLA, played throughout and yielded one goal in a 2-1 Terps overtime win. Holder, who split time with Swaim

Pensky emphasizes each practice Women’s soccer looking to figure out how to score BY DAN MORRISON Staff writer

It’s the ultimate coaches’ cliché: taking it one game at a time. But women’s soccer coach Brian Pensky is taking it to another level. Pensky has focused his team on each individual detail, practice to practice. “Yesterday, we focused on yesterday’s training,” Pensky said Wednesday. “Today, we focused on today’s training.



We can’t look beyond the next practice or the next game.” After two tough games last weekend, in which the Terps outplayed both Bucknell and Elon but came out on the losing side in each game, the team appears focused on its next opponent — and only its next opponent. “We’re just taking it a game at a time,” senior midfielder Nataly Arias said. “Right now we’re just looking

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Senior midfielder Natalie Arias has taken a team-high 10 shots this year without scoring a goal. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK



last season, transferred to Adelphi University in New York in the summer for more playing time, according to Cirovski, who will wait to make a permanent decision at goalie. “It’s a very good battle. We won’t be able to settle on a clear starter until probably three, four or five games into the season,” Cirovski said before the season. “They both bring different strengths.” While Swaim is credited for being a vocal organizer behind the defense, Cirovski said most of the freshmen, including MacMath, came in physically ready to contribute right away.

Last season, Swaim got the bulk of the minutes in goal, starting 12 games while Holder started nine. Cirovski said he would probably decide who will get the start in this weekend’s home-opener against Hartford after practice yesterday.

Terps hit homestand The Terps are preparing for a stretch of seven straight home games, starting with Hartford and Davidson on Friday and Sunday. But on the horizon are visits from the Terps’ two highest ranked conference rivals. No. 2 Boston College and No. 1 Wake Forest will both visit College Park this month, which is part of the reason why Cirovski scheduled two

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