ROLLER COASTER ’09?
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
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Suspected swine flu case count reaches 256 Administration asks for calm as health center adds Sunday hours to cope with flood of visits BY ADELE HAMPTON Staff writer
In one day, the university count of possible swine flu cases jumped from 172 to 256. And in a race against time, university administrators are working around the clock to prepare for the worst, while still asking everyone to stay calm. In response to increased scrutiny over the growing number of suspected H1N1 cases, an e-mail was sent out
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yesterday by Sacared Bodison, the University Health Center’s director, outlining a plan of action, including opening the health center on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and holding an emergency vaccination drill on Oct. 15, where free seasonal flu shots will be given to the first 2,000 people who attend. “We’ve received a lot of phone calls and a lot of traffic,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement, noting the univer-
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sity is trying to be transparent in their plans for addressing the H1N1 virus. By the end of Tuesday, 256 students were seen at the health center for the flulike symptoms, though because the university does not have the ability to directly test the students for the H1N1 virus, this number is just an estimate of the possible swine flu cases. “We’re just assuming
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BY RICHARD ABDILL, AMY HEMMATI AND AMANDA PINO Staff writers
With flu season right around the corner and the number of suspected swine flu cases on the campus increasing by the day, every part of the university is mobilizing to fight the spread of disease. From the Office of Information Technology to Campus Recreation Services and everything in between, the university has a plan to pre-
The University Health Center will open on Sundays to treat students who may have H1N1. VINCE SALAMONE/THE DIAMONDBACK
140 Characters to Nowhere Administrators tweet away, but students largely ignore them
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Mayor inquires about minimum prices for alcohol Downtown bar owners yesterday laid out minimum drink prices and discussed concerns ranging from underage drinking to fake IDs to crowded sidewalks in safety plans prepared at the request of city officials. The meeting was the second since concerns of low-drink prices and underage drinking came to the city’s attention this summer. While the last meeting raised several questions on how tame College Park night life, last night, bar owners were expected to have answers. Alan Wanuck, owner of the Thirsty Turtle, presented an indepth plan that focused on limiting the number of drunk people let into the bar and better monitoring how much patrons drink throughout the night. He also suggested that bars city-wide should adopt student-only nights. R.J. Bentley’s owner John Brown hit on similar themes in a briefer presentation, while Mark Srour, owner of Santa Fe Café, Cornerstone Grill and Loft and The Mark, did not present a plan. Srour merely said his would be “the same” as the two other proposals, despite the plan’s differences. He said he would submit a plan by Friday. But the meeting quickly boiled down to a matter of prices. “The focal point for us from the liquor inspectors seemed to be around one particular night,”
vent more students from contracting the H1N1 virus and take care of the many who inevitably will. ■ DINING SERVICES Dining Services is jumpstarting a program allowing sick students to give others the ability to use their ID cards to purchase them food from the dining halls. “We understand that the Diner is a very high traffic area,” Dining Services
The ongoing migration of university colleges, departments and organizations to Twitter means that Terp tweeps can follow university-related news all day, every day — in 140 characters or less. The problem is students don’t seem to care. As the semester progresses, more and more university academic departments and organizations are using Twitter — a social networking site on which members can send out updates to their followers or “tweeps” (“peeps” on Twitter) in a text box that limits updates to 140 characters — in an effort to reach out to students, faculty, staff and alumni. But many
students at the university are hesitant to join in the Twitter frenzy. Several of the university colleges, including the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the school of public health, the business school and the engineering school, all have Twitter accounts of their own. And more are in the works. The university public relations Twitter page, @UMDnews, managed by university spokesman Dave Ottalini, aggregates information from the Free Stuff at Maryland website and links to news articles related to student concerns and university issues. For example, earlier this week, Ottalini began sending out updates on the number of suspected H1N1 cases
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YI-YA TIAN, 1978-2009
Student remembered here and abroad BY ADELE HAMPTON Staff writer
Yi-Ya Tian, a physics doctoral student, was found dead in north College Park last Thursday, in what faculty and friends are calling a suicide. Tian was 30 years old. “Yi-Ya is a nice, smart and cool guy, maybe a bit of idealis-
tic too,” wrote Wan-Jung Kuo, a classmate from Taiwan, in an instant message from her native country. “From my impression, he has a high ego himself. ... I think he is the guy who wouldn’t show his suffering so easily to others except his very close friends.” Tian’s mother flew in from Taiwan for a memorial serv-
ice held Sunday afternoon in the Memorial Chapel. His uncle and a close friend were also expected to travel from YI-YA TIAN
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Taiwan to attend. “The service was in Chinese, and many of his friends and family spoke, and even though I did not understand what was said, nevertheless it was very moving,” physics department Chairman Andrew Baden wrote in an email sent to sent to colleagues. A group of 10 singers sang
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at the service, and afterward friends and family laid rose petals beneath a picture of Tian on the altar. “A very bittersweet touch,” said Baden wrote. Tian’s family returned to Taiwan yesterday after visiting the physics department and
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ON THE BLOG: LANDLORD SHENANIGANS Most students would say the penalty for violating College Park’s noise law is plenty stiff: $500 for a first offense, $1,000 for a second. But on Campus Drive, The Diamondback’s news blog, senior staff writer Brady Holt told a story of a few students who paid a heftier price. Five students living on Harvard Road were dragged by their landlord in front of the College Park City Council Tuesday night and forced to apologize for making noise after they racked up two violations during the first week of school. Later, a different landlord complained to the city that his recycling wasn’t being picked up. After city officials explained it was because he hadn’t paid his waste removal fee, he demanded his property taxes be refunded. Council members responded poorly. Oh, those crazy landlords. Will their antics never cease? Find out on the blog at blogs.umdbk.com/campusdrive
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from page 1 everything is H1N1,” Clement said. “We’re calling them suspicious cases.” The students, who were given rapid tests to determine whether they have flu strain A — which could be H1N1 — or flu strain B, were told to drink clear fluids, treat their symptoms with overthe-counter medications and rest, according to the e-mail. “It’s just being there and being available for students who need help,” Clement said. As of yet, the university has not been dubbed an H1N1 hot spot — a designation given out by the county health department signifying where there are extremely high concentrations of the illness. But officials aren’t waiting to act, Clement said. University officials are no strangers to emergency preparedness, Clement added, but have instituted new plans to handle the H1N1 outbreak this year, knowing the situation is unlikely to end any time soon because of the disease’s contagiousness and the close proximity of the cases. Students have been reporting concentrations of flu outbreaks since school began — Centreville Hall and South Campus Commons are
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recently rumored locations. Because of circulating rumors about the disease and what the university is doing to respond, Clement said students should be wary of what they hear. “We did a lot of education planning and prevention, putting up posters with basic sanitation messages, making hand sanitizer available in campus buildings,”
she said. “We feel that students are prepared and informed.” Clement also pointed to a recent rumor that the sixth floor of Centreville Hall was overtaken by the virus and quarantined as an example, adding officials were sent to check on the area, but found only three students with flu-like symptoms. “I understand the need to
make people aware, but I feel like the campus is building it up to be more than it is,” said senior education and English major Christin Nixon, who is an RA for Commons. “I’m tired of being bombarded with information and little plans. Everyone understands that it’s something that can happen. There’s no need to panic.”
Today, Clement and the university’s Incident Response Team will meet to evaluate the effectiveness of their current plan and to add to it, if necessary. “It’s going be a challenge for the entire fall season,” she added. “We see this as a rolling sickness.” email@example.com
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 | NEWS | THE DIAMONDBACK
Suspects identified in local crime string BY KARA ESTELLE Staff writer
Two of the four suspects involved in numerous breakins and thefts in the College Park area have been identified, Prince George’s County Police said. The suspects are accused of breaking into unoccupied homes and vehicles to steal credit cards before using them throughout the county. Police said investigators can link the suspects to approximately 20 to 30 thefts and two to three burglaries, and that the group may be involved in other property crimes. Police released images of the four suspects last week with the hope that someone would be able to identify them. One of the images showed two white females, accompanied by two children, exiting a store. Another photograph showed one white female entering a store, and a third showed a white male paying for something at a cash register. District 1 Assistant Commander Capt. Hector Velez said he is unsure what
PLANS from page 1 spokesman Bart Hipple said. “If someone is sick, we want to do everything we can to keep them from having to come.” Students who are sick, or think they might be coming down with something, can fill out an authorization form available on the Dining Services website, on which they can designate up to eight others — Dining Services suggests friends, roommates or resident assistants — to buy food for them with their student ID cards. After the form is turned in, Dining Services will keep a copy for future use. “It makes sense,” freshman electrical engineering major Brianna Murphy said. “If
Surveillance images from retail establishments around the county were given to county police to help them identify suspects who stole credit cards in a recent string of break-ins and thefts in the College Park area. COURTESY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE
stores the sur veillance videos are from, but said the suspects used the stolen credit cards at many different businesses. Velez said after police publicized the photographs, they received several tips. He said police are now certain they know who two of the suspects are, and they have “partial information” on the remaining two. Velez advised that to avoid being the victim of a theft, personal belongings
in vehicles should be hidden, something University Police have also emphasized in the past. “It’s ver y important that things not be left in plain view in a car,” he said. Navigation systems especially should not be left on the dashboard, Velez said, and serial or model numbers should always be written down so they can be traced back to the victim. Sophomore civil engineering major Jay Schaefer said
you’re at school and don’t feel well, you shouldn’t have to get up and buy food.” Dining Services employees are also taking measures to keep the dining halls germ-free by sanitizing high-contact areas, such as tables and chairs, more often. They are also teaming up with representatives from the University Health Center, who will set up a table of information about flu prevention techniques in the dining halls later this semester. “This is the first time we’ve allowed any organization to set up a booth in the actual dining halls,” said Hipple. “We think the threat is really serious and we want to do everything we can to keep everyone well.” ■ OIT The Office of Information Technology is making accom-
he is already in the practice of hiding his belongings so they are not visible. Other students found the advice helpful. “In light of this information, I would be more careful in the future if I did have my vehicle,” senior government and politics major Shola Olanrewaju said. “I do watch my back, though, and I’m usually ver y careful anyway.”
TIAN from page 1 touring the school from which Tian would have received his doctorate in 2013. Because of the family’s limited financial means, donations were collected to help with expenses such as airfare and cremation. The provost’s office also contributed funds to ease the family’s hardship, according to Baden’s e-mail. Tian came to the university this year after completing his master’s degree at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. He received his undergraduate degree from the National Central University in Jhongli City, Taiwan. He was specializing in condensed matter, said longtime friend Yong Tian. “He is a smart person with great passion for life and Physics,” Yong wrote in an instant message from Taiwan. “When people talk to him even
“When people talk to him even at first time, they will find he thinks in a unique way. ”
“I haven’t seen him showing any sign of weakness or fragility. ... YiYa’s friends are waiting for his reason.” WAN-JUNG KUO FRIEND AND CLASSMATE FROM TAIWAN
at first time, they will find he thinks in unique way.” Outside of the classroom, Tian enjoyed music and art; he played in a rock band with friends while still in Taiwan. Yong said the group broke up because other group members couldn’t balance practicing with their studies. Tian was the only one who could keep up with both, Yong said. “They all work very hard [on the band]. But only he can survive both band and study,” Yong wrote. Still, Tian’s death has left his friends in shock. “And I haven’t see him showing any sign of weakness or fragility,” Wan-Jung Kuo, the classmate from Taiwan, wrote. “Yi-Ya’s friends are waiting for his reason.”
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modations for electronic access to class materials, both for sick students to stay up to date and to enable professors to host classes without physically being there. Professors will be encouraged to continue use of the course mail reflectors, which allow e-mails to be sent to an entire class at once. And OIT says they are prepared to facilitate large-scale conference calling, said Ellen Borkowski, OIT’s director of academic and user support. They’re also taking to the Internet to keep academics afloat in case of crisis — the university opened a public section on iTunes U in August, enabling instructors to post audio and video files online. In addition, Borkowski said about 70 percent of class sections use Blackboard — the uni-
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versity’s independently-hosted system that allows instructors to post course materials to pages only their students can see. Borkowski said this is an efficient way to reach their classes, as 83 percent of students had at least one class with a Blackboard space last semester. The newest addition to the OIT repertoire is the integration of Wimba Live Classroom into the Blackboard system — a feature that allows instructors to host virtual conferences with students where they can upload slideshows and narrate in real time. ■ RESIDENT LIFE As students returned to the dorms for the fall, the Resident Life Department has adopted a set of extra precautions to protect students against the spread of the new swine flu, besides giv-
ing out antibacterial hand wipes, as they did last semester. Resident Life Director Deb Grandner says the department’s main priorities continue to be educating students about how to avoid catching the flu as well as making sure students with flu-like symptoms know what to do and where to go. “We conducted training sessions with all of our resident assistants in August to prepare them to get the main messages out to students: Wash your hands frequently, if you feel ill don’t go to class and contact the Health Center, use antibacterial wipes to keep surfaces clean and get a flu shot,” Grandner said. RAs were supposed to issue information about what to do if students come down with the H1N1 virus during the first floor meeting of the year. And
posters in floor hallways reinforce the messages. ■ THE ERC Even Eppley Recreation Center is participating in the campus-wide efforts to curb the spread of the flu. Campus Recreation Services has installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the ERC, increased the frequency with which gym staff is cleaning heavily used equipment and increased the number of educational signs and posters displayed on its walls. If someone is observed coming into the facility looking or acting sick, Campus Recreation Services staff have been told to ask them to stay home. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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Obviously, just going paperless won’t be enough to fill the university’s multihere’s been a lot of talk lately about cutting costs. With possible furlough days approaching and suggestions pouring in for ways the uni- million dollar budget gap, which is almost certainly going to get worse. But there versity could deal with budget cuts, one department has taken the ini- are more common-sense steps that could be taken. As The Diamondback reported last week, the lights in many academic buildtiative. Despite all of the tech-savvy and green-minded individuals in the sciences, it was the history department that came up with the brilliant idea of ings remain burning 24/7. Why? Because Prince George’s County Fire Code going paperless. Thirty-five-page syllabi? Gone. Forty-two-page course read- says lights need to be left on in any potentially occupied building. To get around ings? Check Blackboard, not your backpack. All course documents have been this, the administration could place restrictions on how late faculty and students can stay in certain buildings. Other buildings should be designated as places to put exclusively online for students to print out themselves. burn the midnight oil. A simple step like this one would help The history department was originally spending around slash the university’s $30 million yearly electrical bill. $800 a month on paper, but since the paperless effort began One building this could take effect in is the Eppley Recreover the summer, they have saved about 40,000 sheets. The ultimate fiscal and environmental impact may be quite small, The university can find ation Center. Lights glow over the track and exercise rooms the night, long after the gym has closed. For a but it’s worth doing. Last year, the university as a whole spent common-sense cuts by throughout university that composts food and has hybrid buses, turning about $2 million on paper, not including recycling and transbeing innovative. off the lights is obvious. portation costs. Imagine what could happen if other units Professors (and students) should also be encouraged to took up the history department’s mantle and ran with it. Besides, losing paper copies is no dramatic change. Syllabi in many courses turn off their computers at the end of the day. And while there are technical change over the semester, and are updated on Blackboard as necessary, making problems with turning off the air conditioning in older buildings, window units the original handouts irrelevant. If students are dependent on a paper copy, they could certainly be turned off at night. Many times they are left running in buildcan print one out themselves. Some students were concerned they would fail to ings that don’t have central AC. Such simple steps are common-sense ways of complete assignments without a physical syllabus in their hands. But in a world that working around a major problem. Sure, some of these changes would be annoying. People could bicker about continues to shift paper products to the Internet (whether it be e-mails, or yes, even the additional regulations and having to adapt their schedules. But the alternanewspapers) students should realize the 21st century will be a digital one. Creative and effective ideas to cut costs are what the administration should be tives are layoffs, salary reductions and increases in class size. Take your pick. Sacrifices must be made in order to keep the university afloat. While not looking for and instituting campus-wide. The administration should be looking for and instituting these types of cre- everyone adapts well to change, failure to do so may no longer be an option. The ative and effective ideas to cut costs campus-wide. If every department were to history department has shown that there are reasonable and creative ways to use Blackboard to its full potential, the university would certainly save thou- cut costs if people put their minds to it. It’s now time for other departments and the administration to follow their lead. sands of dollars.
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Engaged University: Won’t you be my neighbor?
s I begin my senior year, I’m happy to report that I’ve done a fair bit during the course of the past three years. I’ve been part of a comedy group, did a brief stint playing drums for a Lutheran group and made an ill-fated run for Student Government Association president. I’ve shimmied in Thirsty Turtle and frolicked in the McKeldin Mall fountain. And yet despite my many adventures, I’ve never gotten to know the community that surrounds the university. It’s something that I intended to do, but it can be tough to emerge from the bustle of the campus and get past the seductions of Route 1. And now, one of the few university programs dedicated to bringing the students into nearby neighborhoods is facing budgetary extinction. According to the Engaged University’s website, the program’s “highest vision is a truly democratic university community where boundaries are fluid and knowledge production advances
SHUALY the interests and needs of all.” In practice, that vision has translated into initiatives like a half-acre community vegetable garden, built by a group of university students working with students from William Wirt Middle School. That vision has produced the Renaissance Community Bike Shop, which provides kids and community members instruction in bike repair and maintenance. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so you can be sure if vegetables are being given away, someone somewhere is paying for them. According to Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, Engaged University’s founder and director, up to this point the university has supplied
about $150,000 of the program’s roughly $300,000 annual budget. The program was supposed to become selfsustaining by this upcoming Oct. 1 — in other words, the program’s initiatives would generate enough revenue to cover operating costs, including employee salaries. But the Engaged University is not yet self-sustaining, so the program needs continued funding at the exact moment that the state’s piggy bank is breaking. “The grand total of base budget and reserve reductions during this recessionary period is approximately $86.2 million,” university President Dan Mote wrote in an e-mail dry enough to make the budgetocalypse read like a tax return. The first draft probably read something more along the lines of “There are no more dollars, I wish I was back in China hugging a panda.” (That actually happened, so do yourself a favor and search “Mote panda” in Google images.) “Everyone’s on the chopping block,”
said Morgan-Hubbard. And without continued support from the university, maintaining the program would “be very difficult,” she said. “The university will be known as a good neighbor that shares its artistic, cultural and athletic offerings with the community and supports community efforts in these areas,” states the strategic plan, the university’s guiding principles for the coming decade. This isn’t an expression of charity; it’s a recognition that the size, wealth and power of this institution, not to mention our status as a public university funded by tax dollars, come with an obligation to serve the public good. The Engaged University may not have succeeded in becoming self-sustaining on schedule, but it constitutes the university’s most focused effort to make tomorrow a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Mardy Shualy is a senior government and politics and linguistics major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethos water: The cool way to be pretentious
reen is the new black. I know this because, this past weekend, a drunken sorority girl took my Natty Light can out of the trash (with her bare hands) and said, in the voice you are imagining, “Ummm … aren’t you going to recycle that?” I think, at this point, it’s generally accepted social dogma that the more you love the environment, the cooler you are. But just when you thought there was nothing cooler than your “Make Recyclable BlackBerry Phone Cases, Not War” shirt, you discover Ethos Water. I’m not really sure how it’s taken you so long to discover Ethos, because it’s sold at Starbucks — and you looooove Starbucks. But for the sake of this column, you think Ethos is as recent and fresh as the wearing-leggings-as-pants fad. If there’s anything cooler than loving the environment (and wearing leggings as pants), it’s loving Africa. Now that Santa Fe cafe is temporarily closed,
FRISCHLING everyone has taken to hanging out at Darfur rallies and memorizing Angelina Jolie’s babies’ names. Luckily, Ethos Water pledges to donate five cents from every bottle you purchase at Starbucks to helping children in Africa (and potentially other hip continents) get clean drinking water. Finally, a cause I can get behind. Spending $50 on one of those Gap INSPI(RED) T-shirts just so everyone could tell by looking at me that I care about AIDS was really a little extravagant. Now, I can prominently display my Ethos Water bottle on my desk so everyone in my class will know how
much more I love African children than they do. All of this cred and charity for a measly $1.80. This really is the donating of the future. The best part is Starbucks hopes by 2010 Ethos will have donated $10 million! I’m no math major, but if Ethos is donating five cents of every water bottle to get to the ultimate goal of $10 million, then the company’s revenue will actually end up being $360 million. $360,000,000. Three hundred and sixty million. Revenue. What if these assholes decided instead to donate 10 cents, or even 15 cents of every bottle? What would be one Hummer fewer for them could be twice as much clean water for the children! Why does no one think of the children?! And $1.80 for a bottle of water? What, is the cap made of gold and studded with diamonds? As inhabitants of a country with clean and drinkable tap water, buying bottled water to help others get clean drinking water is like
Canadians buying more health care for themselves to donate a couple of cents to helping poor Americans get health care. This really gets my goat. This is not to mention the horrific damage that buying plastic water bottles does to the environment, and, not so indirectly, the children without clean water all over the world. Ethos is manufactured by PepsiCo and isn’t even made with recycled plastic. Instead of contributing to a wildly superfluous consumer industry like bottled water, magnetic ribbon car decals or breast cancer-themed Q-tips, take your $1.80 and put it somewhere where all the money goes directly to the cause. If you’re having trouble thinking of ideas, check out www.universalgiving.org, or just give your money to me … I’ll make sure it gets into the right hands. Esti Frischling is a junior studio art major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
t’s late. Like, really late. It’s that time of the night when the only things on TV are infomercials for the ShamWow and promos for Girls Gone Wild. College Park has shut down with the exception of the crickets and the occasional police car, and yet here I am, still awake and grumpily crunching out this column. Am I up so late because I’m a semi-professional procrastinator? Maybe. Is it because my deadline is in two hours and I was too busy over the weekend pretending to care about college football so that I had an excuse to drink? Well, yes, but also it’s because I’m one of the many poor souls who have fallen victim to the perils of college insomnia. Now, anyone who reads my columns regularly (which is pretty much just my mom and the guy from Ratsie’s) can tell you that I prefer to avoid empirical research if at all possible. In this case, however, I thought it appropriate to dip into some statistics just to help make my point. According to a 2005 study by the National Sleep Foundation, 77 percent of adults ages 18-to-29 experience symptoms of sleep disorders a few nights a week, and 60 percent of that group experience specific insomnia symptoms at least a few nights a week. I suppose this means I’m not special, and thus I should quit my whining, but that’s kind of my job. The logical excuse for the rampant onslaught of insomnia in college would be the inconsistent schedules we all tend to put ourselves through. The midday naps on the lawn combined with staying up until 5 a.m. so you can kill the keg before sunrise certainly doesn’t do us any favors, but I choose to blame stress. Homework, exams, deadlines, working out just enough to look good naked — the list of responsibilities is endless. When confronted with all the chaotic factors of college life, it can be difficult to relax: That’s why you’ll see bags under my eyes in my above mugshot. So what is a poor insomniac like myself to do? Music doesn’t seem to put me to sleep, and I can’t watch TV without wanting to buy a Showtime Rotisserie. University Police spokesman Paul Dillon’s crime alerts have certainly made it clear that a midnight stroll around College Park is ill-advised, and the Internet will only lead to hours of senseless YouTuber y. The other night I literally made myself some warm milk and then stayed up all night cursing how I’ve turned into a 90year-old woman. I know that in the end I’ll just have to concede that our parents were right when they told us not to stay out all night or drink gallons of caffeine. For now, I plan to keep feeling sorry for myself while I sit and wait for the sunrise. Mike DiMarco is a senior English major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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orn today, you thrive on accumulating as much knowledge as you can — about yourself, about others, about your own endeavors and about the world around you. The more you know, the more confident you feel — and the more connected to the world you will be as well. And of course the more you know the more you realize you do not know — and this only fuels your curiosity and your drive to learn about those things that are still unfamiliar to you. You are not all that fond of book learning, however; you prefer to gain your knowledge through hands-on activities and personal involvement with others.
Like any great student, you have the makings of a fine teacher — and whether this becomes a chosen profession or not you are likely to find yourself teaching others, in one way or another, again and again throughout your lifetime. The fact is that you love to see others grow, just as you do, through learning. Also born on this date are Amy Irving, actress; Ryan Phillippe, actor; Chris Columbus, director; Arnold Palmer, golfer; Charles Kuralt, newsman. 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.
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prise development in a third venue. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — You don’t need to be front and center; indeed, what you can accomplish working in the background can win a great deal of praise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You may not understand just how things work at this time, but you can surely take advantage of positive trends when they occur. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You may be overreacting to things at this time. If you find yourself making decisions that surprise even you — take a step back. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Your sense of humor will keep your mood bright and positive even while others are falling prey to darker, more destructive moods. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — You want things to go smoothly, but you’re not willing to break any rules or treat anyone unfairly to see that they do.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You’re likely to be under some unexpected pressure at home or at work as a result of a sur-
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You’re likely to attract a great deal of attention by the way you buck trends and do things your own way. Some will try to imitate you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You may feel as though someone close to you isn’t living up to his or her end of a bargain that was forged from mutual needs. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You’re on a mission of sorts, and you can progress more quickly than usual. Others may not know what you’re after — but you do. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t let someone take advantage of you when you decide to do the right thing. You’re feeling more generous than usual.
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DOTS adds new Green Line, cuts Silver route BY LAUREN REDDING Staff writer
The Department of Transportation Services has shuffled its Shuttle UM routes this semester, nixing the Silver Line, shifting the Orange Line and adding a new line to run behind Fraternity Row and downtown. This new route, the Green Line, stops at Stamp Student Union, Leonardtown Community Center, South Campus Commons, Guilford Drive and Rowalt Drive, hitting many stops from the Orange Line’s former route. Amid the changes, DOTS Director David Allen said there would be one major result: more buses running downtown. “Many routes want to end up as directly as possible in downtown College Park,” he said. “We thought this route might serve the campus better.” Something you won’t notice: fewer buses running to North Campus.
BARS from page 1 Thirsty Turtle co-owner Tom Hall said, alluding to his bar’s Tuesday night $1 beer-pitcher special. The special’s prices have since been doubled. Hall said $2 rails and $1 12 oz. draft beers would be the cheapest alcohol available, without explaining how this would affect the bar’s Tuesday night special. Brown took a hard-line stance against selling any drink for less than $2. “We will not price any alcoholic beverage below $2,” he said. “I feel that anything more than [one drink for $2] is irresponsible.” Srour followed suit. “We’re trying to stay above
Student Government Association President Steve Glickman said he lobbied to keep the buses running between the high-rise dorms and downtown when administrators considered streamlining two routes to bypass them. “With all these changes, what we were trying to do was keep the frequency of buses running to North Campus the same,” Glickman said. “If we didn’t make a new line, the buses would have come very infrequently.” Glickman said the changes became necessary when administrators realized they would have to cut last year’s Silver Line because the university couldn’t afford to pay to man a gate to let the bus onto the campus. Freshman letters and sciences major Raquel Zuniga said the route changes would make her job at Fat Tino’s restaurant more accessible. A Green Line bus stop is located
$2,” he said. “As of this semester, we’re above $2.” Bar owners had agreed to $1 minimum drink price in the summer of 2008, but by spring, multiple bars had broken the pact. Still, Thirsty Turtle representatives, who held the floor for the longest, had issues besides prices on their minds. “The big problem is we have to stop the kids from getting too drunk,” Hall said. “There’s three or four birthday parties a night. We can’t have them wobbling all over the bar. I call them bobbleheads.” Wanuck and Hall have been training their employees to recognize when patrons have had too much to drink. When students turn 21, it’s not uncommon for them to try to
The Green Line, a new DOTS bus line stops at former Orange Line and Silver Line spots. MAP COURTESY OF DOTS
close to its Route 1 address. Likewise, sophomore mechanical engineering major Ben Bruno said he’d ride it. “I haven’t used it yet, but on weekends I’d definitely use it,” he said. Other transportation changes this semester include decreasing the frequency of the Burtonsville, Laurel and Bowie park -and-ride buses. Additionally, the Route 1 Corridor route, which included a
popular stop at IKEA, was eliminated due to low ridership. As a result, the Seven Springs Apartments route was tweaked to include the IKEA stop. “The Route 1 Corridor route was also eliminated because it only received funding on a trial basis,” Allen said, adding that if more funding becomes available in the future, the route could return.
have 21 drinks in a 24 hour period, Hall explained. And when he sees multiple magic marker tally marks on student’s arms and a fresh new ID card, he said he usually doesn’t let them in. As part of the plan, Hall said his bouncers have begun confiscating fake IDs and cataloging them. “We’re snatching them every night,” Hall said. College Park Mayor Steve Brayman asked if the bar owners had thought about installing metal detectors, garnering hesitant responses. “We’ve always thought about it, we hope we’ll never have to do it,” Srour said. “If you’re constantly metal detecting people, [students] are going to be like ‘What’s going on in here?’” Hall added.
A short discussion on ID scanners yielded similar results. Another issue discussed in the meeting were the crowded sidewalks on Route 1 near The Mark and Thirsty Turtle and the sometimes intersecting lines of Cornerstone and Bentley’s. “We can encourage people to move, we can’t move them,” Brown said. The meeting lasted more than an hour, but Brayman assured it wouldn’t be the last. “It’s not something that I think we should say, ‘Hey we had two meetings, it’s a done deal,’” Brayman said during the meeting. “The point though is to be proactive and stay ahead of the problems.”
TWITTER from page 1 on the campus. Ottalini said one benefit of having a Twitter page is its ability to send out mass information updates in an instant, akin to a news wire service. “Twitter is a part of a social media process,” Ottalini said. Many university colleges are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon, too, in hopes of reaching a larger audience. Still, students aren’t responding the way administrators had hoped. According to a study released last month by the Nielsen Company, as of June 2009, only about 16 percent of Twitter users were under the age of 25, though they comprise 25 percent of the Internet’s user base. The vast majority — 64 percent of Twitterers — are between the ages of 25 and 54. Most students, whether or not they had Twitter accounts, said they had no idea the university was utilizing Twitter at all. For those who said they had Twitter accounts themselves, they said they mostly followed their friends and family, celebrities, comedians and news outlets, such as CNN or The New York Times — not university colleges. “I only use Twitter to communicate with my sister and a few of my friends,” freshman psychology major Jennifer Robinson said. Al Thomas, a junior marketing major, said he avoids Twitter because he already feels overwhelmed with the numerous social networking sites. “I haven’t started using [Twitter] yet because of all of my other Internet accounts. It’s too timeconsuming,” Thomas said. When it comes to social networking sites, students said, they prefer Facebook. “I don’t have many friends on Twitter,” sophomore kinesiology major Christopher Bonk said. “I prefer Facebook.”
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SEX, DRUGS AND MURDER Sorority Row shows promise, but ultimately falls victim to convention BY VAMAN MUPPALA Senior staff writer
Sorority Row kicks off with an orgy — an elaborate, single continuous-shot affair with a giant pillow fight between stripper-esque co-eds, more alcohol than a St. Patrick’s Day parade and ominous hints about the gruesome endings about to befall some in the Theta Pi “from life to death” sorority. The thing about this particular orgy is that it never, ever stops. Beer and boobs simply turn into blood and ... well, more blood. Whether or not Sorority Row is enjoyable depends largely on how willing the audience is to awake their inner adolescents who still get a kick out of seeing horny, good-looking girls get decapitated with clever touches thrown in between the splatter shots. In fact, Sorority Row has a semiwitty, almost Dar winistic view of its party girl leads. The queen bee is the callous and casually sociopathic Jessica (Leah Pipes, Fault Line) who, along with her minion superslut Chugs (Margo Harshman, Jenny Got a Boob Job), decides to prank Chugs’s brother Garrett (Matt O’Lear y, Solstice) by convincing him to have “roofie sex” with his ex-girlfriend Megan (Audrina Partridge, Into the Blue 2: The Reef), pretend she’s dead and make him feel bad for cheating on her. There are conscientious objectors to the plan, such as Cassidy (Briana Evigan, S. Darko) and Ellie (an intentionally awful Rumer Willis, Wild Cherry), who play the genre-necessitated roles of logical girls who tell people to not look behind that door, watch the video or, in the case of Sorority Row, keep the gag going until the crew reaches an abandoned mine shaft with faux plans to cut her body into more manageable pieces.
Sorority Row centers around the girls of Theta Pi after a prank goes horribly wrong.
Before the girls can totally get Garrett with the best prank ever, he ruins the set-up by plunging a tire iron into Megan’s throat to get the air out of her chest cavity and unleash the murderer surely lurking inside ever y fraternity boy. Even though Sorority Row is filled to the brim with X chromosomes and estrogen, there is a bevy of veteran male Hollywood script-writing
hands behind the effort who seem to relish the challenge of making the girls’ stupidity extend beyond the realms of parody and into straight camp. Rare is the serious scene that doesn’t feature a hilariously inappropriate bit of dialogue. For example, Garrett’s gory turn with the tire iron prompts the exclamation, “We need lawyers.” This is followed by rounds of agonizing over
what Daddy and Mommy would think about their little girls’ behavior. Pipes delivers coldly logical instructions, as if murder was simply an unfortunate side effect of leading her sorority, along with puking frat boys and loser girls trying to get into the party. Her Jessica is both awfully
fun and just plain awful, a characterization that also fits the film. After washing their hands of the matter, the girls even have the gall to get back to the party, not letting the loss of innocent life stand in the way of an epic kegger. Eventually, a hooded murderer wielding a tire iron, modified to be more murder-friendly, begins picking the girls off. Theories abound as to the identity of the avenger: a zombie Megan, a psychopathic Garrett or just someone really mean. It’s pointless to spoil the small surprise of the ending, but needless to say, it leaves in its wake the usual series of plot holes and prompts laughs of derision. In an inter view with girl.com, Rumer Willis called Sorority Row “a really smart and intelligent horror movie.” This is true if one’s idea of symbolism is having a sorority girl die via beer bottle. But in the end, the film is complicit in the genre of idiocy it sends up. Great satire like Shaun of the Dead manages to reach peaks of absurdity while still retaining its emotional bearings. Sorority Row is brave enough to begin a critique but is too distracted with giving the audience what it wants to be even a little bit substantial. The filmmakers even choose to leave open the possibility of a sequel at the expense of salvaging the ending. So we end the experience in a hangover, knowing that Sorority Row is really like ever y dumb exercise in exploitation before it and exactly the same as the many movies that will come after. The party will never stop. firstname.lastname@example.org
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TERRAPIN FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Campbell will miss JMU game, Logan still hurt
The Terps, pictured during yesterdayâ€™s practice, could be in for another inconsistent season, similar to their 8-5 campaign last year. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
DETWEILER from page 10 Terps themselves and just move on. â€œWhen Monday comes, youâ€™re watching film and when itâ€™s done, itâ€™s behind you,â€? said fifth-year anchor Deege Galt of the lessons he has learned from the toughest losses in his career. â€œWhether you win by 50 or lose by 50, youâ€™ve just got to move on when Monday comes.â€? Thatâ€™s been the beauty of coach Ralph Friedgenâ€™s teams in recent seasons. They not only say the right things in the weeks after disappointing defeats, but they have bounced back, too. Many of the older players have pointed to the 2006 loss at West Virginia, in which the Terps were systematically dismantled 45-24 on a Thursday evening in Morgantown, W. Va. That season produced a 9-4 record, complete with a Champs Sports Bowl win. And just last season, a senior-laden Terp squad followed up dismal performances at Middle Tennessee and Virginia with statement-making wins. In total, the Terps were 4-1 following losses a year ago. Sure, itâ€™s hard to forget the uncomfortable second half as the now-No. 10 Golden Bears unloaded payback for their 2008 loss in College Park. But itâ€™s not difficult to see where getting hammered by one of the nationâ€™s best leaves the Terps. â€œWeâ€™ve got to grow from that experience,â€? Friedgen said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to take that and learn from it and be better this
week than we were last week. And weâ€™ve got to do that each and every week.â€? Inconsistency has been a constant battle in the last two seasons. Six wins against ranked opponents show the highs can be great. But youâ€™ve got to be prepared for the barely explainable lapses, too. Saturdayâ€™s loss doesnâ€™t exactly fit into either category. Friedgen said he knew such an outcome was possible but didnâ€™t expect it. Pretty much everything that couldâ€™ve went wrong did, and thereâ€™s plenty of time for the Terps to mature into a more known quantity. Most importantly, the teamâ€™s youthful swagger seems to still be intact, even after a tough cross-countr y plane ride back from Berkeley, Calif. â€œWeâ€™re not the most talented team in the world,â€? linebacker Alex Wujciak said. â€œWeâ€™re not the fastest, but when we play fundamentally right and no mistakes and error-free, we can hang in there with anyone.â€? That means the rest of the season should be fun as the Terps work out their growing pains. Theyâ€™ve proven they can be beaten by 39 points when theyâ€™re not at their best in a tough situation. But especially with several intriguing late-season ACC matchups ahead, a few pleasant surprises are inevitable, too. Expect some rises. A few more falls. Maybe a loop-theloop. Enjoy the journey. email@example.com
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Offensive line coach Tom Brattan, right, watches offensive lineman Bennett Fulper at yesterdayâ€™s practice. Brattan confirmed left tackle Bruce Campbell will miss Saturdayâ€™s game because of turf toe. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
BY GREG SCHIMMEL Senior staff writer
Offensive line coach Tom Brattan confirmed yesterday that left tackle Bruce Campbell will miss the Terrapin football teamâ€™s home opener on Saturday against James Madison. Campbell suffered a turf toe injury in the Terpsâ€™ season opener last Saturday at California, and the Terps provided conflicting reports about his status the past couple of days. Coach Ralph Friedgen said on Tuesday he wouldnâ€™t comment on Campbellâ€™s status for Saturday until today, but then center Phil Costa told The Washington Post Tuesday afternoon that Campbell was not going to play. Friedgen then told reporters yesterday morning Campbellâ€™s status was still uncertain, but Brattan cleared everything up in the evening. â€œRight now he is definitely out for this week,â€? Brattan said. â€œWeâ€™ll wait and see what happens. It might be one week; it might be longer than that. Itâ€™s not an injury I think that you can rush. It can be a lingering injury, and thatâ€™s the issue.â€? Paul Pinegar will move from right tackle to start in Campbellâ€™s place, and redshirt freshman R.J. Dill will get his first career start at right tackle. Pinegar said he came into the program as a left tackle, and he doesnâ€™t think the switch back to protecting quarterback Chris Turnerâ€™s blind side will be much of an issue for him. â€œYouâ€™ve just got to flip everything in your head,â€? Pinegar said. â€œYouâ€™ve just got to think, â€˜yeah, now Iâ€™m on the left.â€™â€? The offensive line allowed six sacks against the Golden Bears, and James Madisonâ€™s defensive line features two preseason Football Championship Sub-
Safety Kenny Tate could start again at punt returner for the Terps on Saturday if Tony Loganâ€™s shoulder does not heal in time. Tate did an effective job in the role at Cal, according to coach Ralph Friedgen. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
division All-Americans in Sam Daniels and Arthur Moats. â– TATE COULD REMAIN AT PUNT RETURNER Punt returner Tony Logan is still dealing with the shoulder injury he suffered during the preseason that kept him out of the Cal game, and Friedgen said Kenny Tate will be returning punts for the second straight game against James Madison if Logan is unable to go. Friedgen said Logan missed practice Tuesday and was limited yesterday despite wearing a white jersey that made him eligible for full participation. Friedgen acknowledged that using Tate is not necessarily a downgrade, as Tate returned three punts for 24 yards against the Golden Bears, including an
18-yard return that Tate almost broke for a touchdown in the first quarter. Friedgen didnâ€™t make it clear if Logan would be the sure choice even if he was healthy, and Tate is excited about the opportunity either way. Tate said he returned punts for four years at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, and he chuckled when he remembered being named to The Postâ€™s All-Met team as a kick returner rather than as a wide receiver or defensive back after his junior season in 2006. â€œI like to have the ball in my hands,â€? said Tate, normally a safety. â€œI want to get a three-and-out just so I can punt return. Itâ€™s been a long time since Iâ€™ve had the ball in my hands and itâ€™s fun.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
The Terrapin football team hopes it can leave any memories of Saturdayâ€™s performance at California behind when it takes the field this weekend against James Madison. The Terps have a history of dramatically improving or lowering their performance from week to week. â– Sept. 6, 2008: The Terps lose at Middle Tennessee
State 24-14. The next week they upset No. 23 Cal 35-27. â– Oct. 4, 2008: A week after upsetting No. 20 Clemson on the road, the Terps get shut out 31-0 at Virginia. Two weeks later, they shut out No. 21 Wake Forest 26-0. â– Nov. 22, 2008: Thanks to a close win over No. 17
North Carolina the week before, the Terps had a chance to win the Atlantic Division, but were dominated by Florida State at Byrd Stadium 37-3.
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SOCCER from page 10 They weren’t second, either. Rather, they were stuck in third behind North Carolina and Virginia with not a single first-place vote in the preseason conference coaches poll. This week, the Terps (1-1) are one of six ACC teams that make up nearly a quarter of the NSCAA’s most recent top 25. The lowest-ranked team, Duke, is No. 19. “It’s a ridiculous conference,” coach Sasho Cirovski said. The road to the College Cup this year will literally go through ACC territory — the semifinals and finals will be played at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., which is also the site of the ACC tournament. And it doesn’t represent much of a change in recent history. The conference has had at least two representatives in the College Cup each of the past five seasons. In that span, only two teams — Boston College and N.C. State — have not made it to college soccer’s final weekend at least once. Friday, the Terps kick off league
play in arguably the nation’s deepest conference against Boston College. Fortunately for Cirovski, the conference schedule’s start won’t be as bad as the rest of it will. After an 11-win 2008 season in which the Eagles ascended to as high as No. 2 nationally and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles are 12 this season with losses to unranked Rhode Island and Harvard. Still, it’s a conference game, which means the Terps are expecting the Eagles’ best as both teams look to get off to a good start. “Tonight, Sasho was telling us about how every ACC game was going to be a war,” defender Taylor Kemp said. “It’s going to be really competitive. We need to be ready to go.” The conference isn’t short on talent or prestige, and it’s partly why Kemp made the roughly 1,500-mile journey from his home in Highlands Ranch, Colo. to College Park. He decided midway through the recruiting process he wouldn’t play anywhere else but in ACC country. “I think they play the best soccer in the country,” Kemp said. “I watched ACC soccer more than anything. I think that it plays the closest to soccer
as how I think it should be played.” If there was a defense ransacked more than the Terps’ this offseason, it was Boston College’s. The Terps return goalkeeper Zac MacMath as the linchpin of a renovated defense, but the Eagles aren’t as fortunate. They lost All-ACC goalkeeper Chris Brown and all four senior members from a unit that allowed only 0.90 goals a game last season and lost two closely contested matches to the Terps. “Last week’s games were [against] top-ranked teams, but they were non-regional, non-conference types of games,” Cirovski said. “This week, with the conference matchup, we know that it’s a different type of battle.” Considering that Friday’s contest might be one of their least grueling in-conference contests, the Terps won’t have to wait long to get a sense of what ACC teams will be pushing them for the most important No. 1 ranking of the year — the one following the final game of the college soccer season. “Every game’s going to be tough for us,” midfielder Kaoru Forbess said. “That’s what we expect.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Sasho Cirovski has emphasized the competitiveness of the ACC to his players. The Terps start their conference schedule tomorrow when they host Boston College. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
AMERICAN from page 10 players were sick. “I’m proud of our kids because good teams find a way to win when they don’t play well,” Pensky said. “American is a very good team, and we did not play well, but we are still walking away with the win.” The Terps were in control for most of the game, holding onto possession and rarely allowing the Eagles to get close to the goal, but at halftime the game was scoreless. Once again, the Terps came out of the break with newfound enthusiasm, and it showed when forward Jasmyne Spencer connected for her fourth goal of the season in the 49th minute. Spencer was standing near the goal when midfielder Olivia Wagner launched a corner kick into the box. Midfielder Caitlin McDowell headed the ball toward the goal, but it bounced off of Spencer’s back. Spencer gathered herself and put the ball in from a few feet away. “It’s tough to go out and try to score every game, but I felt it coming,” said Spencer, who hasn’t scored since the second game. “I was just fighting around in the box and the ball came to me.” Despite 20 shots, 11 of which were on goal, the Terps were unable to connect for a second goal. American goalkeeper Arianna Efstathiou finished the game with 10 saves. “We were unlucky on offense,” Spencer said. “We had shots skim the poles and just go over the goal, but that’s the game of soccer. Today we definitely got lucky to win, though.” By not putting the game away, the Terps allowed the Eagles to creep back into the game. American began to push the tempo offensively in the last 10 minutes of the game. In one instance, the Eagles got a oneon-one matchup with Terp goalkeeper Mary Casey. But Casey preserved the win with one of her two saves and midfielder Mallory Baker launched the ball out of danger. The shutout is the second straight and fourth overall for the Terps defense and Casey. With the win, the Terps continue their best start since 1996 and have learned to get through adversity, even when they aren’t playing well. “It feels great to get this game out of the way,” Pensky said. “We lacked life and energy, but I will take the win.” email@example.com
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Terps get prepared for ACC gauntlet Talented conference is once again one of the nation’s best
Coach Ralph Friedgen thinks his team can recover quickly from Saturday’s 39-point loss.
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Get ready for another wild year Terps look like they’re in for more inconsistency in 2009 Midfielder Drew Yates and the Terps are one of many highly ranked ACC teams. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
JONAS SHAFFER Staff writer
Arguably the biggest testament to the strength of ACC soccer this season came in the form of two separate preseason polls. Nationally, the No. 7 Ter-
rapin men’s soccer team topped the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas (NSCAA) preseason Top 25. In conference, however, the Terps weren’t first.
see SOCCER, page 9
hether you knew it then, by tuning into Saturday’s Terrapin football game at California, you were officially punching your ticket to one of the area’s
wildest attractions. Everyone who plopped down on a couch or crowded into a Route 1 bar has boarded the Terps’ sure-to-be roller coaster season. Even if you didn’t keep the TV locked on ESPN2 through the end of the Golden Bears’ 52-13 beatdown, you’re locked in. Given recent history and the Terps’ almost unprecedented youth, it’s pretty clear this is just the beginning. There are still 11 games and almost three months worth of football left. The
Women’s soccer prevails over AU despite lackluster performance BY CHRIS ECKARD Staff writer
WASHINGTON — The Terrapin women’s soccer team wasn’t the same playing away from home when they took the short trip to face American yesterday afternoon. Instead of penetrating the Eagles defense and looking for empty spaces, the
Terps played short passes and didn’t keep the field in front of them. When there were opportunities to put the game away, the Terps didn’t. But none of those factors mattered, as the Terps (6-0) found a way to overcome the Eagles, 1-0. “It’s always challenging, both mentally and physically, coming off a big game,” said
coach Brian Pensky, referencing the Terps’ upset of Santa Clara on Friday. “We did not meet our expectations. We were rusty and heavy-legged, which could be because we had two days off.” The Terps were off Monday, and Tuesday practice was canceled because some
see AMERICAN, page 9
Terps will play better, and they might play just as bad. They will clean up the penalties and communication issues. And these problems that frustrated them in an embarrassing national television performance against Cal will probably flare up again. Now that you’re invested in a team that sent 16 true or redshirt freshmen onto the field for their collegiate debuts Saturday, the best thing to do is take a page from the
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ith much regret...
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