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Merger, Police seek suspect in bank heist diversity plan pass senate
After loading pockets with cash, suspect fled on foot during early afternoon robbery BY LEYLA KORKUT AND BEN PRESENT Staff writers
After a year of planning, both plans win favor BY LAUREN REDDING Senior staff writer
The University Senate voted swiftly and decisively yesterday to pass two proposals the university has been grappling with for more than a year: the creation of a university diversity plan and the merger of two science colleges. Although both issues had been hot-button topics last academic year, neither made it to a senate vote before the campus cleared out for the summer. The idea of merging the colleges of chemical and life sciences and chemical, mathematical and physical sciences was introduced nearly a year ago and headed by a senate committee. Work on the university’s Diversity Strategic Plan began more than 18 months ago with the creation of a steering committee chaired by Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity Rob Waters. Yesterday, however, the work put into these two issues paid off. The senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of both measures: The plan to merge the two colleges into a new college of computer, mathematical and natural sciences passed 76 to 16; and the diversity plan, which will be implemented as early as before the end of the semester, passed 86 to 11. University administrators and senators from various constituencies lauded the
see SENATE, page 3
Prince George’s County Police are looking for a man who entered the M&T Bank at Knox Road and Yale Avenue with a handgun at about 12:15 p.m. yesterday and left with an unspecified amount of cash. Officers called the bank robbery unusually timed — it all happened during prime time for bustling activity in downtown College Park. “It was a brazen robbery, just a dumb robbery,” county police spokesman Maj. Andy Ellis said. “To rob a bank in College Park at [12:15] in the afternoon with all those people around with potentially dozens of witnesses. It’s just not real smart. It’s
Surveillance shows the suspect cocking a gun in the M&T Bank. PHOTO COURTESY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE
certainly brazen.” Several people were in the bank when the man entered, drew his
see ROBBERY, page 2
Prince George’s County police officers investigate a bank robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon at the M&T Bank on Knox Road. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
THE OPPOSITE OF ADULTS Chiddy Bang wows students with performance, free-styling in Stamp Noah Beresin and Chidera Anamege are pretty normal kids. Except for the fact the hip-hop duo, better known as Chiddy Bang, has a record deal with British label EMI. Chiddy Bang played to a sold-out show at Stamp Student Union’s Grand Ballroom last night, following a set of mashups by The White Panda, an up-and-coming group. The end of October will mark an eventful year for Chiddy Bang. It released its first mix-tape through the blog Pretty Much Amazing around this time last year — a move that catapulted the group from an unknown to college party favorite. Fittingly, Chiddy Bang’s members are the same age as many of last night’s show’s attendees. Beresin (also known as
Xaphoon Jones) and Anamege (Chiddy) are both 20 years old. During the performance, Chiddy Bang’s tender age showed as Anamege moved frenetically across the stage. Beresin invited members of the crowd to pick topics for Anamege to freestyle about, leading to students shouting out things such as “College Park,” “pandas” and “Yom Kippur.” Engaged and hands raised, audience members cheered as Anamege smoothly rhymed his way through the suggestions. For more on the Chiddy Bang show, including a pre-show interview with the band, read the full story online at www.diamondbackonline.com.
- Text by May Wildman, photo by Jaclyn Borowski
Loh donates $10K to fund for students BY LEAH VILLANUEVA Staff writer
In a show of good faith and a commitment to addressing students’ financial needs, incoming university President Wallace Loh has pledged $100,000 toward helping university students who are struggling financially to complete their education. Loh and his wife, Barbara, will spread the donation over four years. They’ve already given $10,000 to Keep Me Maryland, a program that raises funds toward financing underprivileged students’ tuition and housing. At the end of four years, the total amount donated to the fund will reach $25,000. Vice President for University Relations Brodie Remington said he was excited about the pledge. Remington said when they first met, Loh had said he was committed to addressing students’ financial needs and committed the $10,000 “on the spot.” “It’s a real demonstration of leadership,” Remington said. Remington said Loh’s generosity has already prompted other donors to give toward need-based financial aids, and he expects that to continue — since Loh’s gift, Remington said the fund has received a total of $40,000 in contributions from other donors. These donations and Loh’s gift will be combined into a $50,000 pool that will be used to match donations from students and alumni dollar-for-dollar, according to university officials. “Lots of people are rallying to the cause and want to help support students with financial need,” Remington said. “It just means a lot to have from Loh in his moral support and financial backing.” He added that Loh’s act of good faith would speak tremendous volumes to the university he will take leadership of Nov. 1.
see DONATION, page 2
Vending a healthy variety Bright yellow stickers denote healthy machines, officials unsure of criteria BY RACHEL ROUBEIN Staff writer
Jamie Restivo, a senior marketing and Spanish major, said she associates vending machines with junk food. And she doesn’t eat a lot of junk food. In an effort to reverse this vending machine stigma and provide on-thego students with healthy snack options, the university’s vending contractor placed bright yellow stickers on the glass of machines containing healthier snack choices on 29 of the nearly 100 vending machines around the campus in January. But the Wellness Coalition student group’s minutes from a Sept. 7 meeting raise a concern about the “Yellow Tag, Healthier Bag” program: The group and other students “do not
know what is being used to qualify the products in the snack machines as ‘healthy.’” The contractor — Blind Industries and Services of Maryland — has picked some fruit snacks, granola bars and baked chips to label as “healthy” after the university requested more nutritious options, according to Sue Nash, the associate director for the university’s Department of Business Services. Tracy Zeeger, the university’s interim assistant director of health promotion, said the program is a good first step in providing students with healthier snack food options, yet the program isn’t complete. “We now need to work on working with the vending company to
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Evan Ponchick, a junior operations management major, buys a snack from a healthy vending machine, marked by a yellow sticker, in the public policy building. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
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THE DIAMONDBACK | NEWS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
Hanami gets city council OK on its plans to serve beer and wine Restaurant now needs county liquor board approval Sept. 28 BY ALICIA MCCARTY Staff writer
The M&T Bank branch on Knox Road closed early yesterday after it was robbed at about 12:15 p.m. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
ROBBERY from page 1 weapon, took a fistful of money from the teller and stuffed it into his pocket, police said. The cash included a red dye pack that police said exploded in his pocket soon after he left the bank — witnesses told police they saw smoke coming out of his pants as he fled on foot. No one was injured during the robbery. Police described the suspect in the robbery as a black man with light complexion between the ages of 25 and 35, standing 5feet-6-inches tall and wearing a Texas Rangers hat and a blue polo shirt with a white stripe. Police released several surveillance photos showing a man brandishing his gun at the teller but had identified no suspects as of last night. “Really, he got in and out pretty quick,” District 1 Commander Maj. Robert Liberati said. “We searched the area with lots of officers, we flied over with a helicopter, we looked for the guy, but he got away.” A K-9 team tracked the suspect south on Route 1 into University Park, at which point officers believe he got into a car and began throwing the ink-stained money out the window as he drove away, Ellis said. If the suspect is caught, he may face
DONATION from page 1 Student Government Association President Steve Glickman also said Loh’s gift sent a strong message of his initiative to the university. “I think it’s a great step in the right direction,” he said. “It shows that our president actually has student interests in mind because financial aid is an issue impacting a lot of students right now.” And although news of Loh’s donation
charges in multiple jurisdictions. Liberati said this type of armed robbery is a federal- and state-level offense, and the FBI might get involved if or when the man is tracked down. “We’re reviewing any video that may be available,” he said. “We’re looking for any other cases that may involve this person — though we haven’t found any. We’re also checking any forensic evidence that might have been found.” There are several surveillance cameras located in and around the M&T Bank branch, which is across from the College Park public parking garage and the Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Delta Tau sorority houses. “It’s pretty unusual to do a robbery like that in a crowded area, especially during a busy time of day,” Liberati said. Students were also surprised at the man’s unusual timing, but some said broad daylight is the best setting to strike a busy college town such as this one. “It’s the perfect crime,” sophomore letters and sciences major Aziz Sani said, pointing to the busy atmosphere on the campus. “He could be on this campus right now, chillin’ at Stamp [Student Union], eating Panda Express.” email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
was posted on the main university website, it was publicized quietly — Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Warren Kelley, who didn’t even know about the gift, said this gesture was a sincere sign Loh will address the financial needs of the student population. “He certainly didn’t have to do this, and we didn’t expect this,” Kelley said. “It’s just a gesture that shows a commitment to the things that are important to this campus. I think it’s a wonderful gift.”” Director of the Office of Financial Aid Sarah Bauder said Keep Me Mary-
Local Japanese restaurant Hanami is now one step closer to adding pitchers of beer and bottles of wine to its menu after the College Park City Council voted to support its liquor license application Wednesday night. Hanami, which seats 40 people and is located on Route 1 across from the University View, is seeking approval from the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners to add wine to its menu and serve pitchers of beer to parties of six or more. The city’s support greatly improves the restaurant’s chances of securing a liquor license. District 2 Councilman Bob Catlin, who will represent the city at Hanami’s hearing with the board on Sept. 28, voted in favor of the license request. “I’m a regular visitor to the restaurant, and I’m glad that the restaurant is doing well. It gets a good group of students and residents in there,” Catlin said at the meeting. District 2 Councilman Jack Perry abstained from voting — all other seven council members voted in support — but spoke out in favor of the license proposal as well. “This restaurant has been successful,” Perry said, adding that the restaurant’s success since it opened five years ago has earned the trust of College Park. The city is not requesting that Hanami purchase and use ID scanners when it sells alcohol. As for the effect that serving beer and
land has been very effective since its inception in March 2008, as made evident by the grateful students who were able to complete their education because of the program. She said with Loh’s endorsement, it can only get better. “To have our president stand up and say that, ‘This is a wonderful program,’ — and it is — it gives it credence,” she said. “Keep Me Maryland has not had the recognition or the marketing it deserved, and now one person at his level highlights the program like this.”
Hanami and city officials are confident the restaurant will stay mature even if it gets a license to serve alcohol. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
wine will have on the restaurant’s atmosphere, the council expressed no concerns at last week’s meeting in which city officials spoke with Hanami attorney Evan Meyers. “It’s overwhelmingly food, and I’m sure it’s going to stay overwhelmingly food,” Catlin said last week. The liquor license Hanami is seeking stipulates a ratio of 40 percent alcohol to 60 percent food. Students and residents eating at Hanami on Tuesday night seemed to agree that the restaurant could only improve with alcohol, and they were even more enthusiastic than the council about the prospect of having a drink with their meals. A sophomore student, who lives in
Several students said need-based financial aid was a worthy cause for the new president to be donating to. “A lot of students here rely on financial aid, so it’s a good move on his part,” freshman letters and sciences major Kiet Nguyen said. “Just as long as it’s well distributed and goes to people who really need it and deserve it.” Junior journalism major Hilary Weissman said she saw the gesture as Loh’s way of reaching out to the student population. “I think that it shows that he is thinking about different ways to get different
the View, said she comes to Hanami often and was happy to learn the restaurant was seeking a liquor license. Eric Dieffenderfer, a College Park resident who had visited the restaurant before, said he was not worried about introducing alcohol to Hanami. “It’s different than a bar. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere,” he said. College Park resident Brandon Yeast, who was eating dinner at the same table as Dieffenderfer, said he doesn’t foresee alcohol changing the feel of the restaurant either and was also excited for the possible addition to the menu. “I would love a pitcher of beer right now,” Yeast said. email@example.com
supporters, and he wants to show that he has students’ best interests at heart,” she said. However, many students were still bitter that Loh criticized their behavior at the Sept. 6 football game against Navy and questioned whether one act of good faith will make up for it. “Obviously, he was insulting,” junior finance major Matthew Buckholz said. “I think it won’t change anything, honestly. I think students are still sour.” firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 | NEWS | THE DIAMONDBACK
Student group donates dining points to PB&J’s for shelters
HEALTHY from page 1 set criteria on what is ‘healthy’ as well as educating students on the importance of eating healthy and its impact on the whole student so they are more likely to choose the healthier option,” Zeeger wrote in an e-mail. She added she is unsure of why the vending company only placed the healthy tags on certain machines — such as in the School of Public Health, Eppley Recreation Center and Stamp Student Union — and not on all machines. BISM manager John Ward said the company had sent a report on the sales of healthy-labeled food to a university official — who could not be reached for comment — but no other officials contacted were aware of the report. Ward referred all other questions to the business services department. Junior government and politics major Colleen Warner said she likes that the vending machines include healthy options but wanted to be sure unhealthy ones would not be excluded in the future. “There’s those days you just need massive amounts of sugar — a sugar rush,” she said. Nash said the university is encouraging healthy choices, but a high availability of nutritious foods is based on the students. It’s a consumer demand driven program, therefore, students need to purchase the bags marked healthy for BISM to continue selling them. “In the end, the main message is you affect what’s sold, whether it’s a vending machine or anything. The more that sells, the more that’s manufactured and put out there,” Nash said. Zeeger said she is in the process of obtaining numbers for the amount of the healthy-labeled snacks versus other snacks sold.
Jelly for the Belly will take donations today at The Diner BY RACHEL ROUBEIN Staff writer
Two years ago, Hayley Niad watched fellow students struggle to carry copious cartons of cookies, pizza boxes and entire cakes out of the North Campus Diner in a frantic attempt to spend their extra dining points before a focus date. Instead, Niad, a senior philosophy major — along with a group of about four friends — opted to spend her surplus points on ingredients to make and distribute peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to homeless shelters in Washington. This year, she’s invited university students to join her endeavor in a newly formed group, sponsored by the Language House, called Jelly for the Belly. Niad and about 20 group members will be making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches available for purchase with dining points from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today in The Diner. “[It’s] a really meaningful program because it makes use of funding that would go to waste and diverts it to those in need,” Niad said. For the past two years, Niad and her crew have been roaming The Diner around focus dates, asking students to donate any extra points and then driving the hand-made sandwiches to Washington
shelters, such as Central Union Mission. Niad estimates the group has received about 1,000 dining points in total, and she said she could always find a student willing to donate 100 points on the spot. Sophomore dance major Madeline Fuller is one of those students. In previous semesters, she’s had a surplus of 100 points come focus date time and said she’d be willing to use those extra points to support Jelly for the Belly. “I’d just give it all,” she said. Niad said the sandwiches purchased today will be given to Central Union Mission, but she’s open to suggestions of other homeless shelters for the future. She said the shelters are always very receptive and grateful for the sandwiches, and it’s amazing how “something as simple as a PB&J sandwich can so greatly be appreciated by a person in need.” Now that Jelly for the Belly is a Language House-recognized group, the proceedings will be more official, allowing students to physically purchase pre-made sandwiches, which her group will be making throughout the afternoon. Dining Services is aware of the program and will supply extra peanut butter, jelly and bread, Niad said. Niad and other group mem-
bers have high aspirations for tomorrow’s pilot project. “Personally, I believe people are naturally generous; I think we will have a lot of people giving free diner points,” said junior biochemistry and mathematics major Jean Souchet, a member of Jelly for the Belly. Souchet said he hopes the concept of Jelly for the Belly will catch on not only at this university but also at others around the country. “They don’t just need jelly and peanut butter and bread; they need compassion from the fellow human being and an understanding that they don’t have the means to provide for themselves,” he said, adding that homelessness is a universal problem that needs to receive more attention in the United States. In past years, students have been able to donate their dining points in conjunction with various organizations partnering with Dining Services. In February, the Student Government Association and Residence Hall Association worked together to allow students to give points benefiting earthquake victims in Haiti, and in 2005, the RHA and College Park Scholars organized a dining points program for victims of Hurricane Katrina. email@example.com
29 vending machines on the campus have this yellow sticker that indicates the machines contain healthy snacks. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
According to Deborah Rohm Young, chairwoman of epidemiology — the study of patterns of health and illness — and biostatistics, for busy days, health-conscious students should pack a variety of healthy foods in their backpacks, such as fruits, nuts and whole grain cereals. Rohm Young said the snack machine in her building, the School of Public Health, has baked chips and a handful of other healthy options but most of the machine’s offerings are high
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transparency and depth of the two committees charged with presenting the two issues at yesterday’s meeting. The diversity plan, which was dubbed Transforming Maryland: Expectations for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, calls for the creation of a Chief Diversity Officer, who will oversee all diversity programs and offices . Throughout the process of developing the plan, provost and interim university President Nariman Farvardin said the committee worked extensively to include input from the university through a series of open forums and a website created explicitly for suggestions. Last year, diversity issues at this university came to a head with the November dismissal of Cordell Black, former associate provost for equity and diversity, which sparked a 600-person protest on the Main Administration Building and caused several members of the university community to question administrators’ commitment to diversity issues. Farvardin said the transparency used in the creation of the plan was especially significant. “They went out of their way to seek input from faculty, students and staff,” he said. “This process has been as transparent as it can get. It’s a part of the fabric of this administration. ... I haven’t heard from a single person there’s been a lack of transparency.” Several senators remarked on the process’ inclusiveness. “I’d like to commend the committee for their work,” faculty senator and English professor Martha Nell Smith said during the meeting. “The focus is not just on race but on multiple diversities, and I really appreciate that.”
in calories and fat and have minimal nutritional value. Junior geography major Kayla Hoffmann said she tries to bring food to the campus every day from her home in Charles County but sometimes doesn’t bring enough, forcing her to buy a quick snack from the machines. She said she has noticed the healthy options stickers. “It’s a small start, but it’s a start,” Nash said. email@example.com
Waters said implementation of the plan will have to wait until university President-designate Wallace Loh takes over Nov. 1. “Overall, it’s up to him,” Waters said, noting Loh has seen the plan but hasn’t been in contact about it. “We’re going to do some preliminary thinking about implementation, but no decisions will be made until he comes. It’s essentially the president’s plan.” Farvardin said that in addition to the diversity plan, he will consult with Loh before approving the sciences merger — a process that was also commended for consulting students, faculty and staff from both colleges involved. Nearly a year ago, Farvardin said he was contacted by a group of faculty members from both colleges who suggested integrating the two in order to facilitate more cross-disciplinary cooperation, research and interaction. After discussing the possibility with former university President Dan Mote, Farvardin said he began discussing the plan with the faculty of the colleges, many of whom overwhelmingly supported the idea, he said. Steve Halperin, who’s currently serving as dean of both colleges, will temporarily head the new college, but a national search for a replacement will begin immediately, Farvardin said. Once a new dean is selected, Farvardin said Halperin will return to teaching. Farvardin said students won’t notice any difference in classes, professors or advisors. But long term, he said they will benefit from studying a discipline that isn’t split across two colleges. And students at yesterday’s meeting agreed. “[The merger] goes beyond a necessity at this point,” said Lisa Crisalli, an undergraduate senator on the Senate Executive Committee. “It’s eliminating a lot of administrative red tape.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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The binge culture
n 2007, when then-university senator Stacia Cosner first introduced the idea of good first step. Several of them pledged that at the end of the protocol’s trial period a Good Samaritan/Medical Amnesty Policy to the University Senate’s Student — May 2009 — they would fight to implement a concrete policy, one that covered all Conduct Committee, it seemed like such a simple and straightforward pro- students at all times. However, based on the tone of Wednesday’s SCC meeting, it seems as though that posal that she did not expect much opposition. After all, what rational human being would be opposed to shielding students from punishment for seeking help for planned fight may be futile. As reported in The Diamondback, both the director of the OSC and the chairsomeone overdosing on drugs or alcohol? However, over the past three years, what at first seemed like a no-brainer has woman of the SCC seem disinclined to pursue any significant change to the protocol. Instead, they are hoping to make the protocol more become one of the most contentious and long-lasting issues user-friendly and less threatening to students. this university has recently seen. That is not enough. Between its introduction in October 2007 and its impleAs it currently stands, the Promoting Responsible mentation during the summer of 2009, the proposed policy The University Senate’s Action in Medical Emergencies protocol is woefully inadewas the subject of a Student Government Association resolufailure to institute the quate — primarily because it does not guarantee students tion and election ballot question, a Residence Hall AssociaResponsible Action Protocol will not be punished by the university if they call for help. tion forum, a senate forum and multiple articles and staff editorials in this newspaper. It was rejected outright by the Stuas an official policy has put The very flexibility officials have applauded also leaves far more gray areas than students making a split-second decident Conduct Committee, revisited by the same committee a students at risk. sion can afford. semester later, examined by a subcommittee of the SCC a Not only does it specifically exclude some students from semester after that, heavily revised, and finally, in April 2009, its protection, but it also specifically states it can be changed and altered from “timevoted on and approved by the full senate. However, what came out of this prolonged and arduous process was not a firm pol- to-time” by the director of the Office of Student Conduct. Therefore, students have icy that protected students but rather a flexible protocol that can be altered on the no way of knowing whether they will be punished if they call for help. And this, as anecdotal evidence from forums held about the protocol has shown, often causes whim of an administrator. Instead of protecting students who have consumed dangerous amounts of drugs students to hesitate to call for help — that is, if they call at all. And in a life or death situation, there should be no hesitation. or alcohol, the protocol only applies to those who overdose on alcohol. And instead We call on all the members — faculty, staff and students — of the Student Conduct of shielding all students from university punishment, the protocol allows for protection to be denied students who commit “aggravated violations,” who provide alcohol Committee and the University Senate to show some common sense and turn this malleable protocol into a firm policy, one without exclusions and without flexibility. to minors, or who are repeat offenders. Despite the many flaws of the protocol, many student activists accepted it as a Students’ lives depend on it.
Editorial cartoon: Ian McDermott
Route 1: Main road or main problem?
e all know it, we probably don’t all love it: Our ver y own Route 1. It is home to many entertaining scenes that make College Park the city that it is. I mean, come on, it is home to police brutality, oh, I mean student riots. It is the place you risk food poisoning each time you eat at Ratsies Pizza & Subs after last call. And, if you’re lucky, Route 1 is where you get to watch the frequent face-plants by drunks dodging traffic, my favorite pastime. But Route 1 isn’t all fun. After experiencing it for three years, and now living at the University View, I’m fed up with the growing negative impacts from the road. Route 1 has basically become a parking lot all day and most of the night. I don’t know which is worse: The ever-growing traffic jams, or
JOSH BIRCH risking the loss of tires due to the thousands of pot holes. Either way, Route 1 has become a living hell to drive down. And if you think it’s bad now, just wait two years. With the recent openings of the View 2 and Mazza GrandMarc, the construction of StarView Plaza and The Varsity, and the plans to build the View 3, the roadway will soon become a constant game of bumper cars. There has been more planning to house thousands more people along Route 1 than there has been to accommodate the increasing traffic
volume. While driving along Route 1, you are surrounded by rundown businesses that appear vacant or on the verge of bankruptcy. Seemingly worthless buildings appear to be holding back the expansion of Route 1 to accommodate the increasing population. Think what wonders would occur if the roadway could be expanded to three lanes of traffic each way. Traffic jams would be reduced, and the stakes of running drunk across Route 1 would increase from four lanes to six! The truth is this, Route 1 isn’t capable of handling the traffic that exists without these new apartment complexes. Two lanes in and out of a campus with student enrollment of over 35,000 doesn’t cut it. College Park officials need to realize their lack of work to keep up with our campus is what is holding everyone back. The city is run down, over-
crowded and it needs change. Officials need to stop spending so much time on preventing another riot and start paying attention to the shit show on Route 1. No matter how you look at it, until this changes we are all screwed. Drivers will have to become more skillful to avoid hitting one another in the game of bumper cars. Drunk pedestrians will have to become increasingly coordinated to find breaks in traffic. Students have been forced to accept sub-standard conditions that this “livable community” offers us for too long. Before more apartment complexes open, serious changes to the Route 1 corridor need to be made. However, knowing how this city works, nothing will happen. Enjoy. Josh Birch is a junior communication and history major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
American democracy: A broken system Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part column.
n my Aug. 30 column “Electoral Collage: Time for a voting makeover,” I detailed the structural flaws in the Electoral College. Today, I follow up with the actual damage it inflicts on the United States. Because of the nature of the Electoral College, it is quite impossible for a third party candidate to mount a successful presidential campaign. This is known as Duverger’s Law — look it up — and it is the culprit responsible for the deplorable state of American politics. Contrasting ideas between two forces over the very welfare of our society leads to an apparent cosmic war. A cosmic war, for those who don’t know, is a battle between good and evil whose mortal belligerents believe, for some reason, they are destined to fight on Earth. The American political system is not a cosmic war, but to most of its participants, it is. What both follows and feeds this delusion are the sadistic attack politics that cripple every elec-
tion cycle, and indeed, every day in between them. The more radical detractors — those most critical and insulting of the powers that be — float on top of the dissenters’ united voices. The end result: Conservative Glenn Beck, tea party enthusiast Sarah Palin and company lead a moral campaign of good against ObamaPelosi-Reid, corrupt champions of socialist dystopia. The gullibility of the American public further stagnates our political system (How recently was former Vice President Dick Cheney the anchor of political evil?). These talking heads believe in the cosmic war and they believe what they are doing is right. In a two-way street towards success and failure, good and evil, they conclude that politically freezing their opponents with polarizing attacks is more productive than cooperation. Without a third party and another angle to view the political spectrum, we cannot accurately assess the validity of statements, truths and values. Politicians can continue to tear each other down because knocking votes off their
GREG NASIF opponent is an automatic gain for them. In short, the Electoral College is responsible for the hyper-partisan nature of the American political system, the true evil that bogs down our political process. Politicians like Palin are then able to feed on talking points and empty rhetoric that makes it impossible to solve crises, reduce deficits or pass major legislation without gutting it to the bones. Good and evil are why we, as college students poised to assume the reins of the free world, don’t even vote in most elections. It’s also why there’s an unwritten rule that you can’t talk politics when you’re drunk. Imagine this: Our nation elects her executive leader by a national popular vote. There are three or four competi-
tive parties every cycle and Congress sees a flowing mix of candidates from various parties — Libertarian, Socialist, Green, Democrat, Republican, Populist and more. Politicians aren’t accused of radical agendas because their parties have more focus, and Congress is forced to cooperate because idealism is clearer. Now imagine some senator proposes a constitutional amendment to change the national presidential popular vote to a system in which every state has a popular vote. But then the winner in each state gets a certain number of wildly valued votes based on its number of representatives, which is based on a decreasingly reliable census taken once a decade. And if no candidate receives at least half of the votes, each state’s House delegation, filled with candidates for various White House cabinet positions, casts one vote per state (any state) for the candidate of their choice. Now that’s democracy! Greg Nasif is a junior history major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ast weekend, after the Terps trounced Morgan State, a.k.a. the reincarnation of the Bad News Bears, I, along with my roommate, catered to some folks at our place. The events of the afternoon allowed for a fairly jubilant evening — a commemoration of achievement, if you will. We had matched our win total from last year — no small feat given the cloud of skepticism surrounding the football team at the start of the season. Now, it was time to celebrate. And celebrate we did. Accompanied by a wealth of alcohol, we embarked on a Saturday night of revelry. You see, all of the excitement provided by Papa John’s pizza topping contest was less than ideal. Such a special occasion called for more. This particular evening would be accentuated not by the anticipation of topping-heavy tomato pies but rather the indulgence of fermented and distilled beverages. At last, refreshments! And what better way to satiate our taste-buds than with an icy cool case of Natural Light (Disclaimer: By no means does the content of this work reflect the tastes of the author). Having succeeded in lightening the mood, myself and some others proceeded to engage in an insightful conversation. The topic of interest: the drinking culture. It was highly appropriate. “It’s quite simple, actually,” one of us remarked, “When I drink, I drink to get [expletive] up.” As time passed (as did any conception of the time), a growing consensus appeared to emerge: Drinking is best qualified as a means of attaining incapacitation. I countered, “How can you honestly enjoy it if you can’t remember it?” A retort: “That’s the nature of the game.” It was difficult to discern just what game we were talking about … the pregame, the game or even the postgame? Since when did alcohol consumption supplant football and basketball as a sporting event? I pose this question not from a position of superiority but from a stance of sobriety. It is not my intent to caricature myself or anyone else as belonging to a pack of evangelical drinking buddies. What I would like to attempt is painting a picture of objectivity. Any college environment is a natural catalyst for merrymaking. This, we are all too familiar with. College Park’s watering holes would be greatly pained to suddenly learn their most valued customers attend a temperate university. The student body neither seeks nor requires lecturing on this topic. On the same wavelength, it appears the greater part of our generation has been unintentionally consumed by consumption. Drinking has at once become a violently hasty operation. Thus, the drinking culture has inadvertently taken a nosedive toward the binge culture. We are not entirely at fault. The circumstances in which we find ourselves have played a significant role in furthering our poor drinking habits. From television shows such as Jersey Shore to artists such as LMFAO, pop culture espouses the binge culture, perhaps even encourages it. Then there is the ammunition with which we have been so graciously supplied: cheap alcohol — and lots of it. This is not to say this is a novel occurrence. The binge drinkers have always existed. However, these people were traditionally kept on the fringe of society. Today, it would appear their mode of consumption has been readily marginalized and, in turn, garnered mass popular appeal. Drinking is certainly enjoyable. It is without a doubt one of human civilization’s timeless pleasantries. Yet must the process resemble a sponge perpetually submerged, or that by the end of the night one may happily approach the threshold of the stratosphere? We should imitate James Franco’s wariness of the lingerer in Pineapple Express in our feelings about the binger. I do not doubt there exists a whole swath of The Diamondback’s readers who pride themselves on moderation. And for those of you who do, I salute you. Steven A. Spinello is a junior economics major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Teenage sexuality is an understandably touchy subject. It makes sense that sex would be such an issue at that age — deep down ever y person is an animal, a creature whose natural goal is to procreate — and during the rocky adolescent period, humans can be sure they will never be as fertile again. While the body may be ready, it is the redundant, overly-analytic human brain that causes all the drama. Easy A, the second directorial effort from television producer Will Gluck (Fired Up!), is part ode to the confusion of high school gender relations and part John Hughes homage, a slyly hilarious venture into the awkward, gossipfilled world of teens that many would rather forget. Right off the bat, audiences will be led to believe this film is some sort of competition piece taking on Mean Girls, especially if they have seen Easy A’s bubbly trailer. However, these movies are two different entities entirely. Instead of
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the bombastic humor of Tina Fey, Gluck’s film packs a heavier emotional punch, much like the 1980s romantic teen comedies it idolizes. Easy A follows Olive (Emma Stone, Marmaduke), a high school outsider whose world turns upside-down when a little lie she tells about losing her virginity is spread throughout the school by popular girl and religious despot Marianne (Amanda Bynes, Sydney White). Once word of Olive’s lost V-card spreads, things get worse when she is convinced to pretend to have sex at a party with her flamingly gay friend Brandon (Dan Byrd, Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy), thereby fixing his social woes. Soon, she feels compelled to perform similar duties for all the freaks and geeks in her school. For Olive, this only solidifies her brand as a slut by her unknowing peers, leading her to take the criticism head on, dressing, acting and even embroidering a red letter “A” onto her clothes in yet another homage, this time to both the literar y and film versions of The Scarlet Letter. Clearly, the themes and undertones of this film are all over the place. The dialogue is a relentless array of cultural allusions. Borrowed footage — often used to make a point — is a hodge-podge of historical film references. However, the writing is pitch perfect and thematic elements are never harmed by an overabundance of allusions. As Olive deals with increasingly serious problems, including prostitution and the infidelity of her teachers, the film’s light tone never succumbs to the grim outlook one might expect from the plot. However, the film handles its deeper issues with the utmost sincerity. Butting heads with ever ything from religion to adoption, the film offers no easy answers, contrar y to what its name implies. By the same token, the implication in the movie’s title that Olive’s motivations center on grades has nothing to do with the film and stands as the only real plot hole in the movie. Easy A is packed with characters who react in totally different manners to the overall situation, from sexy stud and school mascot Woodchuck Todd (Penn Badgley, The Stepfather) — who plays Olive’s understanding but seemingly unrealistic love interest — to her oblivious parents, played by
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Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) and Patricia Clarkson (Legendary), who mirror the same saucy sarcasm Stone puts into her own character. The wealth of great characters and moments makes the film a standout but also causes one of the movie’s main problems. Aside from Olive and Marianne, many characters seem to be either forgotten or suddenly added into the plot, making their disappearance or sudden importance a little confusing. Tucci, who plays Olive’s father Dill, has many of the movie’s funniest lines but evaporates from the plot in the second half. On the other hand, Olive’s guidance counselor Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits) is suddenly thrust into the story in the middle of the movie, quickly becoming Olive’s most dangerous accidental antagonist. There are even smaller roles — such as Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church, All About Steve) and the odd Malcolm McDowell (Monster Butler) cameo as Princi-
pal Gibbons — which are integral to both the plot and the crafty hilarity of the film. Easy A is a movie that may well be too smart for its own good, sold on a trailer that doesn’t do it justice. It is not the vapid teen comedy viewers have come to expect — Easy A brings back the awkward emotions of youth and packages them neatly in clever dialogue and well-rounded directing. For anyone who has ever felt embarrassed about themselves, their actions or their bodies, this movie is an ideal ode to what high school can be like, even if the film does take it to the extreme. Without giving any decisive answers about what ever yone should do, Easy A wants its audience to know being a teenager is hard — for more than one reason — but not impossible. Its OK to be yourself, and it’s not anybody else’s business.
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After smooth sailing, Terps finally embark on ACC schedule BY JAKOB ENGELKE Senior staff writer
This is what Missy Meharg has been waiting for. After guiding her team through its nonconference schedule unscathed, the Terrapin field hockey coach will finally see what the No. 2 Terps are made of as they begin ACC play tomorrow with an afternoon tilt against No. 11 Boston College. The Terps (5-0) haven’t so far seen the type of competition they will face against the Eagles (5-1), and Meharg, along with her players, is ready for the team to take the field against a stronger opponent. “Everyone knows this is going to be bigger,” midfielder Megan Frazer said. “So from the beginning, we’re going to be very focused and use this week
as a good week for preparations. We have quite a few older players who know what it’s all about, so hopefully we’ll be able to transfer that to the younger players and make them realize how big this is.” The ACC is by far the best conference in the nation, with all six of its teams ranked in the top 25. Boston College has the conference’s lowest ranking at No. 11, while North Carolina, the Terps and Virginia hold the top three spots in the NFHCA Division I coaches poll, respectively. “The ACC always brings the season’s best competition with the exception of finals,” midfielder Colleen Gulick said. “It’s a group of highly competitive teams that have good coaches, a solid lineup and a deep bench.” The league’s dominance is
nothing new. The ACC has claimed the last eight national championships, three of which were won by the Terps. The conference also has won 15 NCAA championships (more than half of the 29 total) since 1981, the first year that a national champion was crowned. “We have a habit of winning, and there’s a tradition of winning and winning championships,” Meharg said. “Higher level players play in the ACC. It’s just the history and having a tradition of excellence.” After a lineup of inferior competition to start the season, players said they are excited for conference play to begin and the prospect of more competitive games. “We always get more excited for the ACC,” Gulick said. “It’s like another statistic to add. You
always want to win the ACC — it’s a milestone on your way to hopefully winning the national championship.” Forward Katie O’Donnell said the ACC is a top-tier conference because of players’ individual skills and teams’ structure as a whole. The senior added that conference games are tough on players both physically and mentally. “It’s going to make us better in the long run, coming into the national championship game,” O’Donnell said. “Hopefully, we’ve played tougher opponents than the people we play against in that game.” And although the start of ACC play signals the start of vastly improved competition for the Terps, Meharg believes the team is ready, mostly because of its veteran leadership. “This team is very well
from page 8 their scoring momentum going against N.C. State (2-20, 0-1-0) at Ludwig Field. The 12-goal total is the most through the first four games for a Terp team since 2005, when coach Sasho Cirovski won his first National Championship. “I still think we can be better,” Cirovski said. “But we have some weapons. We are fairly unpredictable, and we have people that can step up and score.” The attack starts at the midfield, specifically with Rodkey, a quick midfielder who has shown the ability to get in the open field and send in accurate passes. But the redshirt senior will attest that he just does part of the work. On the receiving end of his crosses are usually forwards Casey Townsend and Jason Herrick and other times midfielders Billy Cortes and Mullins. “Their job is much harder than my job,” said Rodkey. “So they’re making it look good.” Seven of the Terps’ last nine goals have come off a cross into the penalty box, including all three against Loyola and the sole score against Boston College on Sept. 10. “Sash has been harping on us all week and basically all season to get out into the wide areas,” Mullins said Tuesday. “All of our goals tonight came off of crosses and getting to the byline and getting into the open spaces.” After three weeks of soccer, Cirovski’s lofty preseason goal of 2 goals per game doesn’t seem so out of the question. Besides the goals lead, the Terps also are first in the ACC in points (35) and are tied for first with the Wolfpack in assists (11). “We’ve had more malice in our attack,” Cirovski said. “We have gotten the ball out wide and created chances.” Tonight’s foe, however, presents more of a defensive challenge than did Loyola or Northeastern. N.C. State is coming off its first shutout of the season, a 4-0 blanking of VMI on Wednesday. The game before, the Wolfpack held No. 4 North Carolina to one goal in a losing effort. With more ACC points on the line this weekend, the Terps will look to keep improving offensively but also start strong. Nine of the team’s 12 goals have come in the second half this year. “It comes down to execution,” Cirovski said. “[N.C. State is] young, but sometimes that young enthusiasm can be dangerous.”
aware, just because so many of us have played in ACC finals and NCAA finals, so there’s no question that we know what’s coming,” Meharg said. “But finally having an ACC team will be a nice change.” TERP NOTE: Goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti will start Saturday against Boston College, breaking the goalie rotation that had been used in nonconference play. The redshirt junior started in the team’s last game — an 8-1 blowout against Rutgers — and has registered a .733 save percentage. “Melissa is going to play on Saturday, and then we’re going to see where things fall from there,” Meharg said. “Both goalies are ready to compete, and I think we feel very confident with our decision.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Terps among many ACC powers at end of nonconference play BY CONOR WALSH Staff writer
Tonight’s game against George Mason marks the end of the No. 8 Terrapin women’s soccer team’s nonconference slate,
a stretch of games the Terps have swept through with relative ease and are expected to cap with a win against the Patriots. But the team’s perfect 7-0 record comes with a caveat, especially in light of what looms
in the coming weeks. While the Terps have defeated power-conference teams such as Missouri, Tennessee and Seton Hall, they have yet to face a team that has earned a single vote in the National Soccer Coaches Asso-
ciation of America’s top-25 rankings this season. In outscoring opponents by an average of nearly three goals per game, the Terps clearly have done what was expected of them. But they’re not alone in the league: The ACC is represented in the polls by eight of its 11 teams, including the Terps. A victory tonight would push the Terps’ nonconference winning streak to 19 games, but very few of the team’s victims measure up to the competition the ACC poses. “I want to set our team up for success,” coach Brian Pensky said. “By success, I mean opportunities to get results and get better, not necessarily throwing kids into the fire.” The Terps’ obvious success begs the question, however, of whether the Terps are in for a shock when they enter conference play. Pensky doesn’t seem concerned. “Honestly, I’m OK,” Pensky said, adding that he thought Missouri and Tennessee would be tougher tests when he first scheduled them. “I think we’re a good team, so we took care of those two opportunities, and the regular season is about setting yourself up to host in the
NCAA Tournament.” And while the Terps’ winning percentage is second to none, their biggest challengers in the ACC are going to come in battle-tested. No. 1 North Carolina will have played three top-10 teams as of Sunday. No. 4 Boston College played No. 2 Stanford to a draw. No. 17 Duke will have played three top-25 teams after tonight. But while those teams may already have experience in biggame settings, the Terps are right where Pensky wanted them to be at this point of the season. They are unbeaten. They are healthy. And they carry a distinct attitude with them on the field, a confidence that will be key as they move through the inevitable peaks and valleys of conference play. “You can’t put a price on a team having a swagger,” Pensky said. “We’re gelling pretty well.” Should the Terps win tonight, they’ll have done their best to control their own destiny entering ACC play. “I’m always cautious to set our teams up for failure,” Pensky said, “because we have such a bear in our last 10 games of the season.” email@example.com
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No. 21 West Virginia 2-0 (0-0 Big East)
WHEN: Tomorrow, noon WHERE: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, W.Va. T.V.: ESPNU LINE: West Virginia by 10 DATA: The Terps have lost their last four games to the Mountaineers by a combined 53 points.
TERPTRACKER 2010 TEAM STATS TERPS
Passing (ypg) 80.0 Rushing (ypg) 241.0 Total (ypg) 321.0 Points per game 39.5 Opponents ppg 8.5 Avg. Time of Possession 26:43
266.0 168.5 225.0 27.5 10.5 29:06
BEING UP FRONT While the rivalry between the Terps and Mountaineers is intense, this incarnation of the Terps has never experienced the unique atmosphere of a game in Morgantown, W.Va. A hiatus in the rivalry the past two seasons means that this year’s Terp seniors have only taken to the field against West Virginia once, when they hosted the Mountaineers in 2007. And while they have played in front of some of the more hostile crowds in college football on road trips to Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech, players said they were looking forward to the electric atmosphere — even if it means a little derision along the way. “I’m actually excited to see what it’s like to play in a hostile environment like that,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. Smith, below, recalled the Terps’ last road win — against Clemson in 2008 — fondly, remembering the fun of silencing a raucous crowd. But, as a freshman, he said he had been too nervous to really enjoy it. Since then, the Terps have yet to win on the road, a streak of eight games that included a winless slate away from the friendly confines of Byrd Stadium in 2009. Smith and the rest of the Terps will get another chance to savor victory in front of 60,000 at Milan Puskar Stadium and a fanbase known especially for its couchburning habits and penchant for hurling insults without much regard for decency. His only regret? A noon kickoff for the game, which should translate into a relatively subdued atmosphere. “I love the college football experience, so I love seeing each crowd, each stadium at its best,” Smith said. “I guess with a 12 o’clock game, you don’t have to worry about being nervous all day, but the fans aren’t as loud. … Still, this rivalry’s just great for us as players to be a part of.”
SERIES HISTORY ALL-TIME SERIES LAST MEETING
WVU leads 23-21-2 2007
Cornerback Cameron Chism and the Terps could enter into the consciousness of the college football public with a win at No. 21 West Virginia tomorrow, but a hostile environment and talented Mountaineer squad await the team in Morgantown, W.Va.. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
ONWARD AND UPWARD? With win at No. 21 West Virginia, Terps could cement themselves as contenders BY MICHAEL LEMAIRE Senior staff writer
The circumstances alone — playing an undefeated and ranked opponent, on the road, in front of more than 60, 000 rabid and vocal fans — should provide the Terrapin football team with plenty of motivation heading into tomorrow’s game against West Virginia. But football coaches are always looking for creative ways to get their players excited for the games. And for Terp coach Ralph Friedgen, that means continuing a pesky tradition that ensures his players won’t soon forget West Virginia is on the horizon. Every day, as players gather to stretch before practice, Friedgen pipes John Denver’s catchy ode to West Virginia, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” into the speakers on the practice
2007- (H) L, MOUNTAINEERS 31, Terps 14
KEY MATCHUP TERP SECONDARY VS. WVU QB GENO SMITH In his first year as a starter, quarterback Geno Smith has quickly emerged as a leader for West Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 210pound sophomore led the Mountaineers on touchdown drives of 96 and 98 yards in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game against Marshall as they climbed back from a 15-point deficit for a 24-21 overtime win. Smith ended with 316 yards in the win, and his total of 532 passing yards through two games leads the Big East. He has completed 72 percent of his passes through the first two games of the season. Though the Terp defense has not been torched for a passing touchdown and has allowed just 121 combined passing yards against Navy and Morgan State, it has yet to face much of an aerial threat. Safeties Kenny Tate, right, and Antwine Perez lead the secondary, but the unit is short on experience, with three redshirt freshmen manning backup roles.
downtrodden ACC. Last weekend, as the conference’s credibility took yet another hit after a string of embarrassing losses for teams such as Virginia Tech and Florida State, the Terps took care of business. A 62-3 pasting of overmatched Morgan State followed a 17-14 win against Navy and moved the Terps to 2-0, matching last year’s win total. This weekend, it will be the Terps’ turn to represent the ACC on the national stage. A date with the No. 21 Mountaineers on ESPNU awaits the team in Morgantown, W.Va., where the Terps can end an ignominious eight-game road losing skid. The two teams have a long and competitive rivalry. The Mountaineers hold a slim 2321-2 lead in the series and have handily beaten the Terps the last two times the teams have met. In their most recent meeting, West Virginia came to College Park in 2007 and handed the
field, loud enough for most on the campus to hear. Friedgen downplayed the impact the song has on his team, guessing correctly that most of the team doesn’t even know who Denver is. “They probably think it’s my favorite song,” Friedgen joked after practice Wednesday. But his players know better. “I am tired of that song,” safety Kenny Tate said. “It’s actually affecting me. I was in the training room, and one of the trainers was singing the song, and I was like, ‘It’s stuck in your head, too?’ It makes me mad every time I hear it. But [the coaches] do it just as a reminder that it’s going to be a tough game.” When the first whistle blows Saturday, it’s doubtful Denver’s tune will still linger in any player’s head. But the reality is that any edge, psychological or otherwise, will be paramount in a game that could go a long way in helping the Terps announce their arrival to the rest of the
then-undefeated Terps a 3114 loss. The last time they visited Morgantown in 2006, the Terps left on the losing end of a sound 45-24 beating. Friedgen is well aware of his team’s recent struggles against West Virginia — after four wins against the Mountaineers to start his career, Friedgen and the Terps have dropped four straight. But no one wants to reverse that trend more than Friedgen does, especially after the series’ official extension this week until at least 2017. “I told them we could probably play this game about four times a week and you’d sell it out,” Friedgen said when asked about the extension. “I think it’s a good game, and the last couple years, they’ve gotten the best of us. I’m hoping we can get back in the win column. It’s going to be very difficult against a very good team.” But for Friedgen and the Terps, the implications of winning in Morgantown stretch beyond regional bragging rights. Win, and
the Terps could insert themselves into the conference title discussion. Lose, and the Terps will once again be branded as another rebuilding team just trying to turn the corner after a disastrous 2-10 finish last season. The importance of the game is not lost on the players, and neither is the hostility they are sure to face starting as soon as they get off their bus in Morgantown. Tate recognizes the team has a golden opportunity to earn a statement win on the road, but he also knows that nothing will come easily tomorrow. “We know it’s a big game just because it is the next game, but still we know it’s going to be a tough environment,” Tate said. “This game could definitely be a recognizer. They are a really good team and just because they are ranked, it’s going to bring attention immediately if we win. But we’ve got to win first for that to happen.” firstname.lastname@example.org
West Virginia’s star running back, Noel Devine, ran for 136 yards on five carries against the Terps in 2007 and has started the season with two 100-yard-plus rushing games. The Terps, meanwhile, are still figuring out how to get the ball in the hands of speedy playmaker Torrey Smith.
The Terps are altogether much improved from last season. Look no further than their play against Morgan State, which they held to just 85 yards. Mountaineer starting cornerback Brandon Hogan is suspended indefinitely, leaving vulnerable backup Keith Tandy to pick up the slack.
Terp punt returner Tony Logan’s average of 37 yards per return is the best in the nation, and he’s developed into a legitimate weapon. But West Virginia’s punt coverage has been excellent, allowing less than four yards per return this season.
West Virginia coach Bill Stewart may be unfamiliar with the Terps-Mountaineers rivalry, but his two straight 9-4 seasons speak for themelves. The Terps have not started 3-0 under Ralph Friedgen since 2001, his first season as coach of the program.
For Terps, goals aplenty
Sprinting down the side of the field at the Ridley Athletic Complex on Tuesday, Terrapin men’s soccer midfielder Doug Rodkey found an opening and floated a cross into the penalty box. The pass found midfielder Patrick Mullins flying into the box, who then headed the ball past a helpless Loyola (Md.) goalkeeper.
INTANGIBLES West Virginia is coming off a close call against Marshall and will be looking to prove it deser ves a top-25 ranking before a raucous home crowd. The Terps rolled over Morgan State, but those Bears are like nothing they’ll see in West Virginia.
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Forward Matt Oduaran, center, celebrates after the last of the Terps’ three goals with midfielder Matt Kassel, right, on Tuesday at Loyola (Md.). MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
Team meeting Cirovski’s benchmark BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
While Mullins may be new to the equation, the attacking style was far from revolutionary for the Terps. All three of their goals Tuesday came when the team stretched the field and attacked with crosses. It’s nothing new this season. The Terps have scored more goals than any other ACC team so far, with 12 in four games. Saturday night, the No. 7 Terps (2-1-1, 0-0-1 ACC) hope to keep
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