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Navy Yard shooting distresses students

Fed student aid increases less quickly than tuition Maximum aid amount increases to $5,785

Veterans debate how to react to shooter’s past

By Jim Bach @thedbk Senior staff writer

By Laura Blasey and Madeleine List @lblasey, @madeleine_list Senior staff writers

Despite presidential increases in both the number of Pell grant recipients and the maximum award amount, experts said rapidly rising college costs overshadow the program’s expansion. The maximum amount students will be able to receive from the needbased college grant program in 2014 is $5,785, an increase of $140 over this year. About 41 percent of students rely on the grant, but with the rise in tuition, next year’s Pell grant may cover less than one-third the average cost of a four-year public college, according to The Institute for College Access & Success. “It’s clearly time for policymakers to stop asking whether Pell Grants are sustainable and focus instead on whether they’re sufficient,” TICAS said in a statement on its website last week. In the 1980s, the maximum grants could cover about half the cost of

Of the three new options, Slices Pizza Co., which opened Aug. 29 on Route 1 across from the College Park Shopping Center, may offer the widest variety of pizzas, Stiefvater said. Slices offers pizzas by the slice, in flavors such as mac and cheese, buffalo chicken, pesto portobello, veggie lovers and truffled mushroom. It also sells five kinds of salad, pizzapretzel logs, paninis and desserts such as a cinnamon roll concoction made of pizza dough and Nutella.

When 13 people died and eight were wounded in Monday’s Navy Yard shooting, the university community once again faced the tragedy of gun violence, this time a little farther from home but still searing. Students and officials said it was a blow to their peace of mind and a painful reminder of February’s College Park murder-suicide. University veterans said the shooting was especially crushing to their community, which fears the shooting could hinder efforts to help veterans. “When I first heard what happened, I said to myself, ‘I hope it’s not a veteran,’” said Brandon Yund, president of Terp Vets. Washington’s Metropolitan Police identified the shooter as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, resident killed Monday during police efforts to contain the violence. As police delved deeper into Alexis’ past, they learned he was indeed a veteran of the Navy. Veterans can be a vulnerable population, Yund said, and Terp Vets strives to aid and advocate for veterans and their families. They host social events, community service opportunities and workshops and provide a supportive network for veterans of all branches of the military. They’re sympathetic to the victims of the shooting and their families, Yund said, but incidents like the Navy Yard shooting can hinder veterans in trying to build lives and careers.

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a slice of italy Amid glut of city pizza options, Slices Pizza Co. hopes to stand out with variety By Annika McGinnis @annikam93 Senior staff writer It’s not college without pizza, but could there be too much of a good thing? In a town already dominated by pizza places, three new by-the-slice pizzerias are opening downtown this semester, testing students’ appetites for the cheesy classic as they compete for customers. Though city Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater said the three pizza joints aren’t necessarily a reversal of the city’s trend toward different flavors and cuisines, some students and residents disagreed. “How many pizza places do we need?” said 15-year city resident Bill Coleman. “We’ve got Ledo’s, which is pizza. That’s the one thing the city of College Park really lacks: a place to eat, a decent place to sit down with the family and have a decent meal.” Pizza is “one of those food items that is synonymous with college,” Stiefvater wrote in an email, but he added that it was “hard to say” whether there is enough demand for pizza downtown for all the new places to survive. Downtown College Park already has five other pizza restaurants — Ratsie’s Pizza, Ledo Restaurant, Domino’s, Papa John’s and Pizza Autentica. Ratsie’s, Stiefvater said, will likely face the most competition because of its location and by-the-slice offerings.

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Federal Pell grant award cap starting in 2014

41 percent Proportion of students who rely on the grant to afford higher education

250 percent Increase in higher education tuition over the past three decades

slices pizza co., the latest restaurant to open on Route 1, aims to bring nontraditional Italian pizza to the city. photos by james levin/the diamondback

U3 Ventures plots Route 1 revitalization

Official film studies program welcomes initial students 45 join major without production options

Latest plan works with city for developments

By Madeleine List @madeleine_list Staff writer

By Yasmeen Abutaleb @yabutaleb7 Senior staff writer It started with a new mantra: a university in the city, rather than a college in the park. Now, less than a year after the announcement that university officials and a new developer would redirect East Campus — which has been in the works for more than a dozen years — a parcel-by-parcel plan to revitalize College Park is forging ahead. U3 Ventures, the multidiscipl i na ry fi rm w ith ex pertise i n college town development now charged with overseeing the project, is in discussions with multiple landowners in the city, a signal that the latest version of the development project will involve various areas surrounding the campus. Early this year, East Campus plans called for a 22-acre mixed-use development between Fraternity Row and Paint Branch Parkway. But Omar

omar blaik, CEO of U3 Ventures, speaks in January about an updated plan to renovate parts of College Park along Route 1. The developer is planning a parcel-by-parcel approach to city revitalization. file photo/the diamondback Blaik, founder and CEO of U3 Ventures, said that to truly transform College Park into a top-20 college town — a well-publicized goal of university President Wallace Loh’s — the entire city needs to be involved. R at her t ha n bri ng i ng reta i l, housing, upscale restaurants, a hotel


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and other amenities to a single plot of land, there will instead be development along Route 1 — and closer to the campus. “A strong university can only be attained with a strong community


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Now t h at t he u n iversity’s new film studies major is in full swing, cinema fans can spend their years on the campus studying what they love. About 45 students are enrolled in the major, which the university approved in spring 2012. The program aims to teach students how to critically analyze and interpret films throughout history, said film studies adviser Marianne Conroy. Although several students said they are happy with the courses offered, some said that without a film production component to the major, those who are passionate about a future in filmmaking must pick up the slack themselves. “If you want a career in film, if you just do the major, I don’t think it’s enough at this point,” said Jonathan Ryan, a sophomore film studies major. “It prepares you in a way to understand how to make film, but it doesn’t show

you the production stuff.” Ryan is also involved with the Maryland Filmmakers Club, which complements film studies classes by giving its members experience with the production process. The pu rpose of the club is to teach members about each step involved in making a film, from writing the script to making the final edits, said Gaurav Khetan, the club’s senior adviser. Members split into small groups to make short films, which are showcased at the Hoff Theater at the end of each semester. “We work closely with the [film st ud ies] depa r t ment a nd help promote the major, and they help promote us,” said Khetan, a senior community health major. E v e n w i t h o u t a p ro d u c t i o n aspect, the major has a lot to offer, said Zack Burkett, a junior film studies major who is also a member the filmmaking club. Burkett hopes to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California to study production and eventually make his own movies. “[The film studies major] gives you the right eyes and mindset to m a k e go o d f i l m ,” h e s a i d . See FILM, Page 3


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in the end,” he said. For Wallace, the Navy Yard was a place to go for lunch, though it now holds a different meaning. “It made me think,” he said. “I was extremely close to what was going on.” He was disappointed in the media coverage, which he felt misrepresented the level of security at the Navy Yard. Only the guards at the front gates have weapons, he said, but beyond the gates, there is little protection. “The illusion of security is there,” he said. “But it’s not as secure as people might think.” Returning to work Tuesday, Wallace said his office seemed fairly normal, though the Yard remained on lockdown. Police cars were still posted at the entrances, and news reporters and photographers lined the streets. Un iversity President Wallace Loh said the shooting is reminiscent of the murdersuicide that took place near the campus in February, when a mentally ill graduate student shot and killed one of his roommates and injured another in a College Park neighborhood. “T he shoot i ngs on ou r campus have taught us that a supportive community promotes healing,” Loh wrote in an email. “UMD offers its support and solidarity to the victims’ families and to the Navy community.”

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slices pizza Co. in College Park offers a range of by-the-slice options, such as pesto portobello, buffalo chicken, veggie lovers, mac and cheese and truffled mushroom. james levin/the diamondback

slices From PAGE 1 “They have a pretty wide menu w it h u n iq u e pi zz a options — not just pepper and sausage — a little more unique and adventurous pizza,” Stiefvater said. “The owner is from Italy and has a secret recipe and all these things … so [it’s] not your typical jumbo slice or late night drunk pizza.” In its first two weeks, business has more than exceeded owner Gennaro DiBenedetto’s expectations: On weekends, the shop has sold more than 1,000 slices a day, with lines sometimes leading out the door, he said. Peak times are after midnight on weekends and in the evenings after students get out of classes. DiBenedetto, who moved to the United States from Italy in 1989, opened his first pizza shop in 1994. His family is in the restaurant business, and he hoped to bring authentic Italian

ingredients and recipes to his College Park pizzeria straight from the Italian masters. Italian pizzas are traditionally whole pies cooked in a wood-fire oven, but in the early 1900s, by-the-slice pizza became popular in Italian immigrants’ restaurants in New York. In College Park, DiBenedetto hopes to offer a fusion of the cultures by combining the fresh, high-quality ingredients of Italian pizzerias with the ease and efficiency of bythe-slice shops. In Slices on Monday even i ng, m a n ager Vi no D i B ened et to sto o d r i g ht behind the counter, kneading and flipping pizza dough into a flat circle. Other workers removed cooked pies from the large silver oven, a mouthwatering smell of tomatoes and sizzling hot cheese wafting through the restaurant. Slices chefs make their pizza fresh all day, Gennaro DiBenedetto said. “We make our own sauce;

we make our own dough,” DiBenedetto said. “Our tomatoes are imported from Italy, our olive oil and our mozzarella — the most key ingredients.” Four students eating at the restaurant on Monday evening said the pizza was better than the city’s other pizza options. “It’s definitely a lot better than Domino’s and Ratsie’s,” said Meagan Todaro, a senior journalism major, while eating a slice of Roma tomato, which contains fresh garlic, basil, ricotta and feta, along with traditional mozzarella and tomatoes. “I guess it’s unique, as far as pizza goes,” she said, adding she had also eaten at Slices the night before. DiBenedetto said he “loves to have a fair price” and won’t charge more if people ask for extra sauce. Some students, however, said the pizza, which costs $3.59 a slice, was too pricey. “[Prices] were okay. They were kind of high,” said senior English major Harrison Graves, who shared a margherita pizza.

“It was good though; it was worth it.” Despite Slices’ initial business boom, it may soon face new competition with the opening of Terrapin Pizza Mart, down the street from Ratsie’s on Route 1, and Pizza Kingdom, replacing Panda on Lehigh Road. Terrapin Pizza Mart has another location in Adams Morgan and is known for its jumbo slices, Stiefvater wrote in an email. Signs outside of Pizza Kingdom also advertise jumbo slices — and the three new shops will inevitably ramp up competition for by-the-slice pizza, which Ratsie’s Pizza already offers, he wrote. “We’ll see if these businesses are correct in assuming there was a void in pizza-type offerings in downtown,” he wrote. “It certainly will be a competitive market.”

“We do outreach and try to get people to see veterans in a positive light,” Yund said. “We worry every time a veteran does something like this or commits a crime; it gives all veterans a bad rep. “It’s not necessarily because [the shooter] was a veteran. Maybe he had other problems.” The incident has sparked discussion in the campus veteran community, said Brian Bertges, veteran student life coordinator, though no official action was being taken in response. Officials at George Washington University’s Navy ROTC program, a cross-town affiliate of this university’s, declined a request for comment. University veterans aren’t alone, however; students close to the scene said the incident left them feeling uneasy. Prince George’s County Police and University Police told The Diamondback on Monday that they had increased visibility to make the community feel safer, an action also taken by Washington Metropolitan Police. Sean Wallace, a sophomore information systems major, works at the U.S. Transportation Department, less than a mile from the Navy Yard’s main entrance. Wallace was on his way to work Monday morning and was stuck in traffic when his supervisor called to tell him to stay away from the area. “I was late to work through some unfortunate circumstances that I guess were lucky

Senior staff writer Yasmeen Abutaleb contributed to this report.

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It’s no shock to students who traverse campus roads and sidewalks every day that the university is constantly in the midst of construction projects designed to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the campus. Some of these changes are large and quite noticeable, like the construction of the new Physical Sciences Complex on North Campus, while others are not so obvious, like the addition of a small sidewalk next to the stairs in front of Tydings Hall. “It’s an ongoing process,” said Dave Cosner, Facilities Management assistant director of operations and maintenance, referring to the construction that took place over the summer. “It never stops.”

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DOTS struggles with high Shady Grove line demand Passengers complain of crowded buses as officials dip into emergency funds By Holly Cuozzo @emperorcuozzco Staff writer

Services is dipping into its own emergency funds and proposing a small annual fee increase for students. For some faculty members Each afternoon, students who take the bus home every and faculty crowd onto the 5 p.m. Shuttle-UM bus to day, however, the fight to Shady Grove, pushing and secure a seat is a problem the shov i ng thei r way up the university should address. “The whole clump of people steps, filling the seats and u s u a l ly l e av i n g p a s s e n- is running up and down trying gers stranded behind on the to position themselves so they pavement, left to wait until get a seat,” said Nina Liakos, the next bus arrives almost an English for speakers of other languages lecturer who three hours later. In its efforts to fund more fre- uses the bus to commute from quent service for that shuttle, her home in Gaithersburg. “If the 124, and accommodate you give up your place in the faculty, staff and students who clump, you won’t get on.” DOTS began running the ride the bus on their commute to and from the campus, the Shady Grove bus three years Department of Transportation ago, when officials at this

university and at the Shady Grove campus agreed that students and faculty travel frequently enough between the two to warrant shuttle service. Although the first year of service went smoothly, DO TS D i rector Dav id Allen said, since then, many students and faculty have used the shuttle to commute between the Montgomery County area and this campus, leading to an overf low of passengers. T he bu s was originally intended solely for travel to classes at Shady Grove, Allen said. Now groups of people left behind when the shuttle fi lls up someti mes wa it th ree hours for another bus. This often includes students who need to get to Shady Grove in time for a class. DOTS considered requir-

ing passengers to show an ID from the Shady Grove campus to board the bus, Allen said. However, use of the bus in lieu of cars promotes a more sustainable university and should be encouraged, he said. In addition, the bus would not fill up if it were restricted to Shady Grove students and faculty. “ We a re b it te n b y o u r success,” Allen said. Instead, DOTS will use its emergency funds to provide more frequent Shady Grove shuttle service until the next fi scal year begins in July, so that when there are too many people for one bus, riders who are left behind won’t have to wait three more hours to get home or to class. DOTS and the University Senate’s Campus Transportation Advisory Committee are in favor

“an increase in the student fee is not the answer to everything.”

“An increase in the student fee is not the answer to everything,” said Josh Ratner, SGA student affairs vice president. JOSH RATNER “It would be in the best inSGA student affairs vice president terests of students to have further discussions about of an annual increase of $1.80 [the fee increase].” in the mandatory student However, some students fees, which would allow the such as Anjali Kumar, who shuttle to continue running ta kes g raduate classes at more frequently in the future. the Shady Grove campus, The CTAC, made up of rep- cannot afford to be left behind resentatives from the Student when the shuttle departs. Government Association and And although some faculty the Residence Hall Associa- members, such as Lia kos tion, along with graduate stu- and Amparo Buenaventudents and faculty members, ra, a program management voted to propose the fee in- specialist at the University crease to the committee that Hea lth Center, ack nowlreviews student fees when it edge the shuttle was origimeets in October. However, nally meant for people like some student members of Kumar, they now rely on it CTAC said even a modest to commute to work. increase could be a burden to students.

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zack burkett, a junior and one of about 45 students in the new film studies major, inspects an antiquated projector Tuesday. Burkett, a passionate member of the Maryland Filmmakers Club, hopes to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California to study production and eventually make his own movies. marquise mckine/for the diamondback


Congress, which has one of the biggest film archives in the world, as well as companies From PAGE 1 such as the Discovery Channel “Watching, analyzing and and National Geographic that learning about all these classic produce world-renowned docfilms and directors teaches you umentaries, he said. “The quality of the program how to think like a filmmaker.” and resources of the area are Although Los Angeles and rare,” Gaycken said. “D.C. is New York City are known as the best places to be a film- an extraordinary town for armaker, Washington has its chives and museums.” It’s also a great place for freeown unique set of opportunities for aspiring producers, lancers, particularly those who fi lm studies professor Oliver specialize in promotional videos Gaycken said. The Washing- for politicians and other public ton area boasts the Library of figures, Ryan said. Popular po-

litical shows filmed in Washington, such as The West Wing, create opportunities for actors, videographers, directors and other people in the film business, Khetan added. Whatever city they end up in, though, the future likely won’t be easy for students looking for careers in fi lm. “It’s really hard to make it in the film industry,” said Burkett, who’s heard stories of aspiring filmmakers living in their cars while they struggle to get by. “Only a few people make it.” But ever since his father took

him to see Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace in theaters when he was five years old, Burkett knew he wanted a future in film. Because he stutters, it can be difficult to communicate his thoughts clearly, he said, but storytelling through film is a way for him to express himself. “From that moment on, I became enthralled in the wo rl d o f f i l m ,” h e s a i d . “Through storytelling, I can convey all these ideas I have.”


“We’ve been translating the vision into reality.”

project aims to revitalize the entire city rather than a single plot of land. In past years, the university has not worked closely with the city, Blaik added. College Park Mayor Andy Fe l l o w s s a i d t h e c i t y i s “excited about the great opportunities” for development. Rob Specter, former administration and fi nance vice president, was at the helm of city development, but he resigned in June. He is still helping with projects in the works, Loh said, noting that planning and progress have not slowed down because of Specter’s resignation. “Col lege Pa rk w i l l be a much more vibrant and much more normal college town that has adults and students m i ngl i ng i n a much more natural way than the current tensions,” Blaik said. “The university in the past looked at its interests in a narrow way and the city looked at its interests in a different way, and they never really communicated.”

From PAGE 1 a rou nd it … a much more fruitful relationship between the university and city has to be furthered,” Blaik said. “We’ve been translating the vision into reality.” Bla i k cou ld not speci fy which landowners were involved in discussions because agreements are not fi nalized, but he said there will be announcements about “several excit i ng projects” i n t he coming weeks and months. A s t he u n iversit y prepares to join the Big Ten in July, revitalizing the city w i l l become i ncreasi ngly important, Loh said. Thousands of fans from many of the Big Ten’s schools travel for football games and expect nice hotels, restaurants and retail to enjoy during their stay, he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if our stadium is packed — and packed with fans from the Big Ten,” said Loh, who previously served as provost at the University of Iowa, a Big

Ten member. “The economic impact is enormous if they all stay in the community.” Loh added that at Iowa, for every weekend traveling fans stayed for a football game, they pumped $18 million to $20 million into restaurants, bars, hotels, souvenir shops and other businesses. Officials are also moving forward with plans to build a hotel and conference center near the campus and revamp housing options for both students and faculty members in the city. One of the development project’s main goals is to encourage more faculty members to move to College Park. There will be additional faculty housing options — Domain at Col lege Pa rk, a lu x u ry apartment complex, opened this summer — and this fall’s opening of the College Park Academy is aimed at providing a quality school for faculty members’ kids. Additionally, Toll Brothers, a home-building company, is working with U3 Ventures to replace “derelict student housing” on Knox Road and


CEO of U3 Ventures

better connect the southern edge of the campus and downtown College Park, Blaik said. The largely rundown houses on K nox Road will be replaced with more than 1,000 student housing units with a retail base. Toll Brothers will seek final approval from the College Park City Council in the coming weeks. In past years, the university has encountered fierce opposition from city residents and the City Council when working on development projects. When a developer wanted to transform the Maryland Book Exchange into a mixed-use property, it took two years of heated debate a nd rev ised pla ns before council members approved the project. T h is “u n iversity i n the city” approach will be different, Blaik said, because the university and city are working together and the

the six-year level,” Bauder said. “They dropped out, came back, dropped out, came back for whatever reason … and they’re not eligible.” Other provisions in 2011 also lowered the threshold for students with financial needs to claim the maximum Pell grant awards. Now families at or below an income level of $23,000 can claim the maximum grant, compared to the previously projected income threshold of $32,000. “I think $23,000 is an extremely low threshold for poverty,” Bauder said. On the policy front, lawmakers have been absorbed with debates over student loan interest rates, Bauder said, while the dialogue on improving outcomes with Pell grant money has been drowned out. “There are two sides to the college affordability ledger,” Dannenberg said. The overall price of tuition alongside a family’s ability to pay both outof-pocket and with financial aid, should be considered, he said, adding that policymakers tend only to focus on one aspect of the issue. An important part of closing the gap between financial aid and college costs is getting a “dysfunctional marketplace” under control, Dannenberg said. “Supply is relatively fi nite, and demand is high, uninformed and at times, irrational,” he said. The best policy option to solving the “college affordability conundrum,” Dannenberg said, would be to better prepare students in high school for the oncoming burden of college costs. Additionally, he said, legislators should work toward reform that would help students graduate in four years — instead of the average fiveyear graduation rate — to bring down costs.

tuition at a public four-year school, according to TICAS. But burgeoning tuition and other fees — up 250 percent over the past three decades — far outpaces the growth of the program and increases in family income. “Although Pell grants had increased markedly in its size and its reach, it’s been hindered in its impact by the growth in tuition and fees,” said Michael Dannenberg, director of higher education and education finance policy at The Education Trust. The discrepancy between college costs and Pell grant awards is made even worse because recipients are twice as likely as other students to take out student loans, according to TICAS. University Financial Aid Director Sarah Bauder said it’s important not just to look at the dollar amount but also at the policy surrounding the program. The main objective of Pell grants, Bauder said, is to financially “level the playing field for disadvantaged students. “I would give it maybe a ‘D’ plus,” Bauder added. Changes to the program in 2011 remain a hindrance to college access and completion for students who don’t take the traditional four- to six-year path to graduation, Bauder said. One prov ision decrea sed t he nu mb er of semesters recipients can claim such grants from 18 to 12, putting students at a disadvantage, she said. Almost half of black students and 40 percent of Hispanic students use the federal program, according to TICAS. “We get a lot of transfer students who are already at

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Yet another shooting Enough is enough. It’s time for gun control.


onday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, just 12 miles away from this university’s campus, was devastating and disturbing news. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all that shocking. Most undergraduate students were young children at the time of the Columbine shooting in 1999. Since then, we have lived through the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and — in the past three years alone — shooting sprees in Tuscon, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. Hearing about another shooting in the news seems almost normal in this country — which makes it all the more disconcerting. A January study by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that America has experienced about one mass shooting per month since 2009, with such shootings classified as incidents in which at least four people were killed by guns. Mass shootings happen all over the world, but not at the frequency and scale of those in America. Fifteen of the 25 worst shootings in the past 50 years took place here in the United States, according to The

homicides dropped by 59 percent in the country, according to a paper written by economists Andrew Leigh and Christine Neill. Four months after the Newtown shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed, the Senate rejected a measure for universal background checks on guns. The law would have made it harder for convicts and people with severe mental illnesses to legally buy a gun, OUR VIEW expanding the background check that already exists for licensed gun dealers to cover sales at gun shows and online. It was a commonsense policy, supported by 90 percent of Americans according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. And yet 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate voted against it. Typically, those against gun control will argue that new laws won’t be able to stop all deranged In 1996, a gunman in Austra- individuals from shooting and killing lia killed 35 people with semiau- others. And they’re right. Still, as tomatic weapons. The country’s President Obama said during his government responded by banning press conference after the Senate’s assault weapons and shotguns, and rejection, “No single piece of legisimposing other gun licensing restric- lation can stop every act of violence tions. Between 1995 and 2006, gun and evil … but if action by Congress Washington Post. There is no way to solve this problem entirely, but our nation must acknowledge the concrete measures we can take to lessen the likelihood of these events. Gun control will remain a pressing issue for our generation until our elected officials do something productive about it.

Mass shootings have become too routine in America. Stricter gun laws wouldn’t end them, but would still bring down the extremely high rate.

High school lovers: Time to cut the ties

LAUREN NURSE Ah, high school sweethearts. Your best friend (or you) finally made a move senior year, and now things couldn’t be better. Homecoming, football games and senior prom all whiz by with that special someone. Thoughts of impending separation are put on the back burner as you enjoy a carefree summer together before heading off to college, excitedly making plans to Skype every day and visit each other. Then, college happens. Mom and Dad drop you off and suddenly you’re stranded in a wild, overwhelming experience fueled largely by cheap liquor that could pass for nail polish remover. You go out at night. You meet loads of new people. You’re busier than you ever imagined. And slowly but surely, the reality of maintaining a long-distance relationship hits you. You feel guilty canceling another Skype date, but you simply don’t have time between your chemistry study session and rehearsal with your a cappella group. Wii dates and inside jokes from homeroom worked in high school, but now conversations grow shorter as you realize you have less and less in common. Once the communication bridge fails, the entire relationship structure falls apart. Maybe it comes crashing down in one dramatic swoop, or, more commonly, brick by brick over the course of the autumn months. Despite all the excitement of the months leading up to it, the first semester of college can be a hard one. Sure, there are tons of new

people to meet, but it all lacks that deep, genuine bond shared with old friends from home. It is completely normal to want to cling to the familiar in the face of so much that’s new. College, besides being many wonderful things, can also be awkward, lonely and frustrating. Unfortunately, in most cases, staying with a high school sweetheart is like drinking salt water. Initially it satisfies, but eventually you realize you’re thirstier than ever. Each trip home, each evening spent in your dorm room on Skype, each minute spent on the phone connecting you to your old life diverts precious time and attention away from creating a new experience at college. College changes everyone. Those who enjoy college the most are the people who find a balance — fully immersing themselves in everything campus life has to offer while maintaining their memories and connections from home. Long-distance relationships are enormous time commitments that pile on additional stress during an already overwhelming time. If you remain in a relationship with your high school sweetheart, you are not alone. Thousands of college freshmen across the nation made the same decision. Letting go of someone you care about can be one of the hardest choices young people have to make. However, there is beauty in letting go. By removing ties to your high school years, you allow yourself to grow in ways never before imaginable. You’ll be amazed by the opportunities that appear once the breakup sadness subsides and that added stress is lifted off your shoulders. Lauren Nurse is a sophomore government and politics major. She can be reached at

MANY AMERICANS are in favor of stricter gun laws. One is pictured here at the March on Washington for Gun Control on Jan. 26, more than a month after the Newtown, Conn., shooting. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELVERT BARNES/FLICKR could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand — if it could have prevented those people from losing their lives to gun violence in the future while preserving our Second Amendment rights, we had an obligation to try.” Aaron Alexis, the alleged Navy Yard shooter, had been treated for “serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder,” according to the Associated Press. He was arrested in 2004, 2008 and 2010, but because he was never convicted of “a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year,” he passed the FBI background check and was able to purchase his gun legally. Perhaps it’s time not only to expand our

background check system, but to modify it, too. As we add yet another gun massacre to the growing list, it’s time to embrace commonsense gun control as a defining political issue for our generation. These tragedies have become so routine that we now expect inaction from our political leaders. The heavy emotional impact of Newtown changed the conversation, but nothing was done nationally aside from some executive orders from Obama. It’s time for our routine to change. This should not be a partisan issue — it’s a matter of saving human lives. Lawmakers need to swallow their pride, wake up and make a real difference to prevent even more mass shootings in the future.

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Can an app find true love? KEVIN HOGAN A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends introduced me to Tinder, a dating and hookup app that’s apparently all the rage right now. Here’s the premise: You first make an account synced with your Facebook and choose five of your best pics to show off to the Tinder world. Then you specify which gender you are interested in and decide on a mile radius to restrict your search for a match. Your smartphone is instantly flooded with pictures of fellow Tinder-ers in your area, and you engage in fast-paced touch-screen swiping to separate the cream from the rest of the crop. If two users happen to find each other interesting, they can start chatting and see what happens. Whoever developed Tinder is an absolute genius for coming up with a social media platform 20-somethings could only have dreamed of. The software provides users with a shield of anonymity so they can put themselves out there without the threat of personal rejection. Also, the tempo of the mechanism disguises that it is a form of online dating, which would be a major turnoff for users who would never do that sort of thing. Not to mention it was addictive enough to hold my attention for about an hour and a half as I watched over my friend’s shoulder. Despite its novelty, the idea of “Tindering” leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. Tinder’s not-so-distant cousins, eHarmony and, induce a similar discomfort. I’m bothered that these tools have turned the search for romance — or even just a fun

night — into something calculated and utilitarian. Online interactions distort the emotions surrounding this search and remove the excitement of uncertainty. And say what you will about love at first sight, but I guarantee you won’t find it on the screen of your tablet. I can certainly understand, though, why online dating has become an attractive alternative to the traditional approach to relationships. Finding a soul mate is easy when you live in a small town that is essentially isolated from the rest of the world. This process becomes much more difficult when technology connects you to hundreds of millions of candidates. With dating tools, users can efficiently filter through tons of options, which helps alleviate the nagging feeling that they haven’t looked hard enough for Mr. or Mrs. Right. If I find myself single in my late 20s with no prospect of a serious relationship, it might be time to swallow my pride and hop on the bandwagon. But for now, I’d rather cling to my belief that the search for love is most fulfilling when conducted outside of the digital domain that so often consumes us. I’d rather play the game in a manner that is whimsical and passionate than one that is algorithmic and cold. And I’d rather leave myself vulnerable and embarrassed than seek protection behind a screen. Of course, my conclusions are tainted by my exposure to movies that romanticize and dramatize love. But movies are awesome, and I’m still young enough to be naive. Ke v i n Ho ga n i s a se n i o r c o m p u t e r engineering major. He can be reached at

Three tough words to say: “I don’t know” It’s okay to be unsure of your major as a freshman. In fact, you’re probably better off.

MARIA ROMAS “I don’t know.” These are the words I have trouble admitting, to myself or anyone else, about pretty much anything. And I’m not the only one plagued with this condition. Especially as an opinion editor and columnist, I feel I need to try to justify everything I come across. It’s incredibly inconvenient, and it causes a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety when I can’t figure something out. For most people, it’s probably disconcerting to concede that they don’t know an answer — human nature seems to come with a builtin desire to find solutions. And that applies to nearly every facet of life.

But one thing we, as students, are forced to decide during our college careers is what to study. Sure, some people start college enrolled in letters and sciences, more commonly referred to as “undecided” by other universities. But just a few weeks into the semester, students meet with an adviser who urges them to choose an area of academia to pursue. This can be really unfortunate. Actually, the mere fact that we are asked to select a major upon applying to college is upsetting. Think about it — we are expected to choose the course of our lives at the age of 17 or 18. How does this even make sense? We legally may be “adults,” but just barely. Regardless, this huge decision is thrust upon us; while some take it in stride, others have a harder time dealing with it.

I began at this university as a journalism major, but halfway t h ro u g h m y c o l l e ge c a re e r, I switched to English. When I graduated high school, I never thought I would waver on my decision to practice journalism as a career. I was so assured, I set off to make the most of my early decision, feeling bad for my fellow students who didn’t have it all figured out. Well, as it turned out, I didn’t really know what I was doing either. While a switch from journalism to English isn’t a drastic change, it was a painstaking decision to uproot my previous choices and pursue a different path. And now I’m thinking about law school. While I’m pretty sure that’s what I want to do, I’m not positive. But what I’ve come to find is: That’s OK. I can’t have the answer to everything — not even about my

own life. And as college students, we really shouldn’t be expected to. So, at the risk of sounding overly preachy, freshmen: Don’t stress too much about deciding. Take courses on the subjects that interest you, along with the general education classes you must take. It may make your decision easier — or harder. Depending on what you discover, you may like some-

thing better than what you initially wanted. And don’t be afraid to switch your major. Seriously, it’s OK. Don’t stress. Besides, half of us will probably end up in professions that haven’t even been invented yet. Maria Romas is a senior English m a j o r. S h e ca n b e re a c h e d a t

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orn today, you are a disciplined and hardworking individual, and you will always do whatever you need to do to excel at a given endeavor. There is a certain danger, however, that you may consider bending or even breaking the rules to increase your odds and put yourself ahead of the competition. This is not something you are likely to do without being encouraged or even cajoled by others; if and when you do run afoul of the law in any way, it is likely because someone else has talked you into it! There are times when “no” is your best answer. You enjoy behaving in a spontaneous manner, especially when it comes to social situations, love in particular. Indeed, one of the things that others find most fascinating and attractive about you is the freedom you feel to do what you want, when you want. Also born on this date are: Xzibit, rapper; Lance Armstrong, cyclist; Jada Pinkett Smith, actress; James Gandolfini, actor; Frankie Avalon, actor and singer; Robert Blake, actor; Jack Warden, actor; Greta Garbo, actress. 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. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- As usual for those born under your sign, it’s the little things that really

make a big difference today -- and for a few days following. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -What so often happens in similar situations is not likely to transpire today despite your expectations. Don’t be too aggressive in response. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Your day is likely to be prolonged by events that you could not possibly anticipate and a social element you cannot possibly avoid. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You may be complicating an issue beyond anyone’s capacity to understand fully. It’s time to simplify once again. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You’re doing things in a way that invites judgment and criticism, but by day’s end you’re likely to win more positive responses. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Any attempts at deception are likely to backfire on you. Treat everyone with the kind of openness that you expect in return. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You can reconnect with certain aspects of yourself that have been lost in days or weeks past. You’re

experiencing a rebirth. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Pushing your own agenda may be more difficult than usual because you are, for whatever reason, far more transparent than usual. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You can look back and assess your own efforts with unusual accuracy, but you have to have an honest talk with yourself afterward! GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You are tempted to force something that is not giving way easily, but this would be a mistake. A gentler, subtler approach is required. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You’ll receive an offer that has you rethinking your plans for the next few days or even weeks; it represents a rare and unique opportunity. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- The harder you work, the more you will enjoy the fruits of your labors, which can, by day’s end, be considerable. COPYRIGHT 2013 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.




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kids with acid reflux Although it resembles Congratulations’ chaotic tones, MGMT’s self-titled album is a contrived mess of noise By Dean Essner @daesayingstuff Senior staff writer

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master marina Modern artists such as Lady Gaga and Jay Z may be popularizing performance art, but daring Serbian artist Marina Abramović perfected it long ago By Eric Bricker @EricCBricker Senior staff writer “Don’t go to the top floor. There are naked people.” Upon hearing these words, I immediately tore myself away from the abstract fruit painting I had been examining and, with a group of friends, bolted to the nearest elevator and up to the top floor of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. And though we were still in the gleaming whiteness of MoMA, stepping out of that elevator felt like walking into somewhere foreign, alien, other. An old Soviet truck rested in front of the entrance to a gallery, its siren blaring a message in cold, garbled Russian. Barbed wire and bones and large tanks of blood — or what definitely looked like it — sat in front of a projection involving a woman beating herself with a skull. And then, of course, there were the naked people. The exhibition was 2010’s “The Artist Is Present,” a retrospective of the works of Marina Abramović. Though Abramović has been a respected performance artist, photographer and videographer for nearly half a century, she has had a pop resurgence of late, working with everyone from Lady Gaga to James Franco to Jay Z. Indeed, Jay Z’s recent foray into performance art, Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film, is classic Abramović: The rapper took hold of a gallery and repeatedly performed one piece of music (“Picasso Baby,” from this summer’s Magna Carta

Holy Grail) for six continuous hours. Like Abramović’s best work, the piece dealt with issues of spectatorship, endurance, autonomy and defining — as well as breaking — the limits of the human body. Those same themes were on display throughout “The Artist Is Present.” Grainy black-and-white videos projected onto the walls showed Abramovi ć and her onetime partner, Ulay, performing horrific, hypnotic feats: One projection depicted the artists running full force into concrete pillars. Another featured an extreme close-up of a man and woman with their mouths taped together, sharing one breath, rhythmically pushing a single gulp of air back and forth. In yet another piece, the famous “Rest Energy,” Ulay draws back the string of a bow, with the arrow pointed directly at Abramovi ć ’s heart. They balance each other, pulling against the other into a state of unsteady equilibrium. One falter or twitch, and Abramovi ć could die. Watching the video repeat on the MoMA wall, it was impossible not to become lost in the riveting tension, the complex visualization of trust, support and the physical and emotional strain required of both. Elsewhere in the exhibit, live performers recreated some of Abramovi ć ’s past performance pieces. One woman sat, nude, on a pedestal, lights cast on her to recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. And in a gap between gallery rooms, two naked women stood, creating a human doorway that needed to be crossed.

But rather than an erotic experience, the act of passing between the women was nerve-racking, intense; the vulnerability of the women’s bodies was off-putting rather than tantalizing. Sidling awkwardly between the women, I became acutely aware of my own body and its strangeness. Power dynamics subtly shifted. Though the women stood passively and without emotion, they had all the control. Crossing that human boundary was a deeply unnerving but ultimately cathartic experience. I don’t mean to sound melodramatic, but it was like being reborn. And that’s the real power of Abramovi ć , who was, in fact, present at MoMA on that spring day in 2010. The centerpiece o f t h e i n s t a l l a t i o n wa s j u s t Abramović herself, cloaked in red and sitting at a desk in the center of a white, sterile room. Crowds gathered around the gallery walls to stare as bold individuals (including, at various points, her old partner Ulay, Franco and my friend Ricky) lined up and sat across from the artist, who simply sat, passively — yet decisively — gazing straight ahead. In that performance, and throughout her entire body of work, Abramovi ć plays with and contorts our notions of control: of herself, of her body and of her audience. That’s the trick and requirement of her art: She’s always in control. A crowd gathered, watching one woman. One woman, watching.

Somewhere, buried underneath MGMT’s thick exterior of inscrutable noise is a brilliant pop record waiting to see the light of day. Alas, MGMT’s third, self-titled record is a mess. It’s a fascinating mess nonetheless, mostly for the way it redefines the phrase “sensory overload.” Chances are you’ve never been bombarded by sound in this way. This suggests MGMT was written following chief songwriter Andrew VanWyngarden’s participation in a government-sanctioned science experiment studying the effect that copious amounts of psychedelic drugs have on art. 2010’s criminally underrated Congratulations may have been a similarly acid-guzzling exercise in weirdness. Yet it was also beautiful and evocative, the abstract synthesizer scuzz used more as a seasoning tool than as a three-course meal. On MGMT, all the noise is thrust to the front of the mix, forcing melody to take a secondary role. If Congratulations was a meticulous pastiche of the late ’60s that was initially liked by very few people, then MGMT, with its odes to Animal Collective and Black Dice, will be liked by virtually no one. All discussions of the record’s unapproachability must begin on “Your Life Is A Lie,” with its dorky cowbell and glassy-eyed nursery

rhymes like “Count your friends/ On your hand/ Now look again/ They’re not your friends.” It’s a song so awful it’s hilarious, and knowing the band’s penchant for practical jokes — on display when it closed its Art Attack XXX set in May with the 12-minute “Siberian Breaks” rather than “Kids” — this is probably intentional. MGMT does feature a few pure moments that poke through the nearly impenetrable noise. The warm guitar outro on “AstroMancy” is gorgeous, even though it lasts for maybe 30 seconds, and the glam rock stomp on “Alien Days” is prime, Congratulations-era MGMT. Standout track “I Love You Too, Death” skates and shimmies underneath a mile-high pile of synth garbles, but still, inexplicably, emerges as something sublime and immersive. “You always leave me wanting more,” VanWyngarden sings. The same can be said about the album, which is light on memorable moments of palpable beauty. We know MGMT can write a damn fine pop song. Yet when shoved into the avant-garde meat grinder, the resulting mush is difficult to stomach. Two more albums like this down the road and the band may be adapting one of its own songs into a self-depreciating career recap: “Count your fans/ On your hand/ Now look again/ They’re not your fans.”

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Cushman puts injuries behind her Senior off to strong start in 2013 after shoulder problems hamper career By Joshua Needelman @JoshNeedelman Staff writer

OUTSIDE HITTER MARY CUSHMAN, who won MVP honors at the Maryland Invitational this weekend after recording 35 kills, has suffered shoulder ailments in her career. file photo/the diamondback

Each fall and spring for the past four years, Mary Cushman has headed to the gym every day after her classes. She’s practiced with her Terrapins volleyball teammates in preparation for the next match, engaging in conditioning, strength training and volleyball drills. And in those drills, she’s rotated her right arm behind her body in a circular motion before unloading on a ball. The act of smacking a volleyball is not a natural motion and can damage an outside hitter’s physical health. Cushman learned that two years ago when she tore her right labrum. Then one year later, she partially tore her right rotator cuff. “I wouldn’t have enough time to tell you about Mary Cushman and the injuries she plays through,” coach Tim Horsmon said. Cushman still feels pain

in her right shoulder, but it hasn’t hindered her performance this season. She pounded 35 kills during the Maryland Invitational this weekend en route to winning the tournament MVP and helping the Terps go 3-0. Libero Sarah Harper and Cushman are two of three seniors on the team, and the two are good friends. Harper has seen Cushman overcome her injuries over the years. “Mary is probably one of the best players I’ve ever played with,” Harper said. “She’s still swinging like that. She’s one of the most mentally tough players I’ve ever played with.” Cushman was one of several Terps to miss time because of injury last season — the team endured a brutal stretch in October during which they lost seven of nine matches. Cushman was sidelined for five of those matches. The senior doesn’t want to miss any time this season. “I’m just going to stick it out,” Cushman said. “It’s one more year. [I’m] going to push

through. … I’m not going to have surgery until after this season.” The outside hitter has played well this year, as she ranks second on the team with 105 kills and 3.28 kills per set. Horsmon said he is glad Cushman is still on the court because playing her on the outside opposite Ashleigh Crutcher gives the Terps options. Setter Julia Anderson can set to her right or to her left with confidence. Sometimes Cushman doesn’t rear her right arm back and explode on the ball. If the situation calls for it, she often gently taps the pass. It is a strategy used by all hitters, but it especially benefits Cushman as she can still tally kills without stressing her sore shoulder. When it came time for the Terps to clinch this weekend’s Maryland Invitational, however, Cushman didn’t hold back. Libero Amy Dion sent the ball skyward, and Cushman leaped, swung her right arm around and pounded an attack that caromed off of three Villanova players before

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Terrapins volleyball coach crashing to the ground, sealing the victory. The kill was her 16th of the match and punctuated her spectacular .452 match hitting percentage. Cushman would be back in the gym soon, though. There were, after all, more matches to prepare for, and more balls to hit. “Yo u find me ano ther athlete on this campus who’s playing with a torn rotator cuff and doing what she does,” Horsmon said. “I challenge you to do that. There’s a physical and mental toughness to do that and never complain. [She] comes out match point and makes a swing like that, you’ve got to love a kid like that.”

defensive backs ANTHONY NIXON and Will Likely listen to defensive coordinator Brian Stewart. After injuries, both will have bigger roles on the defense. file photo/the diamondback

CORNERS From PAGE 8 expect it and you got to get the job done.” The secondary has gotten some help from the play of the front seven so far this year. Outside linebackers Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and Marcus Whitfield have combined for 8.5 sacks and always seem to be in the backfield going after the quarterback. The Terps also have options like backup safety A.J. Hendy, who played extensively in the Terps’ dime package against Old Dominion. He lost out on a starting job to Sean Davis in the preseason, but he provides talent and experience, along with fellow backup safeties Zach Dancel and Undray Clark. “You’ve always got the what-ifs because of injuries and everything else, but we have plans,” Edsall said. “I’m not going to reveal those plans.

freshmen From PAGE 8 on Saturday. After delivering a penalty corner to the top right corner of the circle, the midfielder crept back in bounds in pursuit of a rebound opportunity. Lions goalkeeper Kimberly Pianucci saved the shot, but the ball fell to Leathers at the far post and she whacked it into the empty goal cage. Though the goal simply added to an already lopsided lead, Leathers was still elated, as she jumped and let out a passionate yell after the play. “It was there for a rebound, so I thought, ‘Why not?’” Leathers said. “So I hit it in, and I didn’t believe that it went in, so I just jumped up and down.” Later in the game, Adler and Rissinger scored backto-back goals for their career firsts. Adler, a forward, made the most out of her second appearance for the Terps this

But we’ll take a look at some different combinations and take a look at some things that we feel gives us the best opportunity to be able to win. But as I said, I’ve got a tremendous amount of confidence in Will and Isaac and Jarrett and Alvin. Hopefully, we won’t have any more injuries at that position.” For the Terps, a rash of injuries is nothing new. Last season’s avalanche is well documented. But with the depth Edsall has built in his first years in College Park, there’s an expectation that the backups will step in for those in front of them who go down. Now it’s Ross and Hill’s turn. “We have as much confidence as we had in J.J. and Dex with the corners that are back there now, Isaac and Will,” Whitfield said. “Really, it’s just the next game. Treat it as we treated it before.”

season, getting on the end of a cross from forward Welma Luus to score on her first-ever shot. Rissinger’s first goal was the team’s ninth of the game, as she finished a one-on-one opportunity past Pianucci. On paper, Rissinger had the best weekend among the freshmen with five points. In addition to assisting on another goal against Columbia, Rissinger also scored her second career goal in the game against Miami. As the Terps roll ahead into their ACC opener against No. 18 Wake Forest, the team’s freshman class is showing improvement under the guidance of the experienced unit. The results of the improvement showed this weekend in the form of several milestones for the Terps’ newcomers. “A lot of the girls [are] really used to jelling with different levels of talent and abilities,” Leathers said. “I think it’s really helped everyone grow as a player.”

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A PRIMARY CONCERN Rash of injuries puts pressure on secondary with West Virginia matchup on tap for Saturday By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer West Virginia will have a different look from the last time it faced off with the Terrapins football team Saturday. Gone are wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, along with quarterback Geno Smith, who long tortured the Terps defense. Instead, Mountaineers quarterback Ford Childress will be making his second career start in coach Dana Holgorsen’s air raid offense and a host of players are carving out places on the team through the first three games. But while West Virginia undergoes a vast transition from one era of offensive players to another, the Terps are making long-term changes of their own on the defensive side of the ball. Senior Isaac Goins and freshman Will Likely are slated to start at cornerback, replacing the injured Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle. Additionally, sophomore Alvin Hill and freshman Jarrett Ross, who have 10 games of experience combined between them, will slide into the Nos. 3 and 4 spots on the depth chart. Despite the shift on the depth chart and dearth of experience on the edge, coach Randy Edsall isn’t fazed by playing the younger players. “I’ve got tremendous confidence in whoever we put in the ball game,” Edsall said. “But in regards to Alvin and Jarrett, they know exactly what the expectations are going to be for them, what they’re going to have to do in order to prepare themselves to possibly play this weekend.” So far, Likely and Goins have both proved to be solid for the Terps in the early part of the season. Likely ranks tied for fourth in tackles with 16, while Goins has an interception, pass breakup and fumble recovery to his credit. Now though, pressure falls on Hill and Ross to step up. After McDougle exited Saturday’s game at Connecticut with a shoulder injury, the Huskies appeared to take advantage, despite the Terps having a comfortable lead. Quarterback Chandler Whitmer was 8-of-13 for 132 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Shakim Phillips caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. The Terps secondary looked disconnected, especially on Phillips’ touchdown, a 75-yard catch-and-run. But Edsall has an expectation of preparation for all of the players in his secondary. Goins, Likely, Hill and Ross will need to be ready for West Virginia’s spread offense. “That’s just something we’ve tried to stress to all of our players,” Edsall said. “It doesn’t matter where you started on the depth chart. You better be practicing, and you better be mentally sharp in the meetings because there could come a time where you’re going to get out there when you least See CORNERS, Page 7


Youth leads to returns for Terps Freshmen contribute early in start By Paul Pierre-Louis @PaulPierreLouis Staff writer D e l a n ey L ea t h e rs h a s started every game this year as a midfielder for the Terrapins field hockey team. But in the final minutes of the Terps’ game against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, the freshman played in a new role. With the team holding a comfortable 6-0 lead over the Redhawks, coach Missy Meharg pulled goalkeeper Jill Genovese and brought on Leathers, who donned a yellow tank top over her jersey as the defensive kicker. To simulate a late-game scenario in which they would be trailing, the Terps played the game’s final two minutes with an extra field player, and Leathers served as the last defender in front of the goal. “I was totally nervous,” Leathers said. “We had never really practiced it before.” Her transition to playing with the Terps has led to some unique experiences, as it has for most of the freshman class. The team’s returning players still run the

offense, as the No. 2 Terps’ top six point-scorers are all sophomores or older, as expected. But for freshman players who are used to leading in statistical categories on past teams, adapting to their new roles with the Terps can be jarring. “I always want all the players to believe that they belong,” Meharg said. “Most of these young women that come into Maryland have been their teams’ leading scorer.” Fo r wa rd M i e ke H ay n , another freshman, got off to a fast start in her first game with the Terps, scoring a goal and notching two assists in the season opener against New Hampshire. This weekend, Leathers, along with freshman Brooke Adler and redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger, opened their career scoring. Each player tallied her first career goals for the Terps during the team’s two games at the Terrapin Invitational. Leathers got her first-ever points with her goal in the Terps’ 9-2 win over Columbia See freshmen, Page 7

CORNERBACKS DEXTER MCDOUGLE (25) and Jeremiah Johnson (14) have suffered injuries, forcing the Terps to receive to more significant roles from defensive backs like Isaac Goins (17), Alvin Hill (27), Will Likely (4), Sean Davis (21) and A.J. Hendy (19). The Terps face West Virginia’s spread offensive attack in Baltimore on Saturday. file photos/the diamondback

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