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Federal immigration reform moves slowly Experts say other issues on congressional agenda delay legislative progress after state victories By Jim Bach @thedbk Senior staff writer Despite expectations of positive momentum following this state’s support of immigration reform, the
initiative has fallen by the wayside of the national legislative agenda. In November 2012, Maryland residents drew national praise by voting to support the state’s DREAM Act, which grants undocumented students in-state tuition should they
meet a certain threshold of statemandated requirements. Supporters called the move progressive and hoped it would create movements that could carry the federal DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform to fruition. But that momentum has since slowed. Faced with a crowded legislative agenda on issues such as Syria, the debt ceiling and enacting the Af-
fordable Care Act, lawmakers have put immigration on the back burner, and that could be a death sentence for the bill, said government and politics professor Stella Rouse. “It doesn’t look like comprehensive immigration reform is going to get done,” she said. In the past, partisan divides killed similar bills, Rouse said, although that likely isn’t the case this time.
The federal DREAM Act, which would expand upon the state bill by extending federal aid to undocumented students, is not a comprehensive bill. It wouldn’t require Congress to reconcile lawmakers’ divergent paths on how to address the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. See reform, Page 3
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Univ aims for carbon neutrality Planners set 2050 as goal to fully eliminate nonrenewable power By Josh Logue @jmlogue Staff writer The Student Government Association’s sustainability director is working to get the university out of the market for nonrenewable resources and only pay for power that wasn’t once a fossil. By 2020, Ori Gutin wants the university to buy only electricity made from renewable sources, which he said would be a big step toward the university’s goal of becoming carbonneutral by 2050. “It’s a big goal, but I do think it’s something that’s necessary,” Gutin said. “It’s something achievable as well.” As part of the sweeping Climate Action Plan adopted in 2009, the university set targets for carbon emission reduction over the coming decades
a university of maryland team, top left, at the University of Michigan’s MHacks hackathon won the top prize of $6,000 from Hearst Automotive for a sorting trash can called GreenCan. An entire bus full of university students, top right, attended the 36-hour innovation event with more than 1,200 student hackers, bottom, from around the world. photos courtesy of (clockwise) harry hantman, evan wang and kyle headley
Univ team’s trash can wins at MHacks event in Michigan
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University’s carbon footprint, in metric tons, for 2012
Some university hackers went to The Big House this weekend. But there were no handcuffs, guards or wardens — instead, there were scouts from global engineering firms, watching students code, build and wire their way for more than $40,000 in prizes at MHacks. More than 1,200 student hackers from around the world traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., by the busload for the University of Michigan-hosted event. MHacks paid for the
15 percent University’s 2012 carbon emission reduction, relative to 2005 levels
2050 University’s deadline for goal of becoming carbon neutral
transportation and meals, but in exchange, participants had 36 hours to build a hack — an innovative form of technology using code or electronics — for more than 30 sponsors. Those 36 hours were spent working in the luxury seating of The Big House, Michigan’s stadium. In groups capped at four members, students shared the pride, power and sometimes disappointment that come with hackathons. “MHacks set out to be the largest student hackathon attempted, at the biggest venue we could get,” said Harry Hantman, a Michigan senior and MHacks volunteer with Michigan Hackers. “We wanted to attract the top hackers from across the country to compete by creating their own software or hardware projects from scratch over the course of the weekend.” Michigan Hackers and MPowered En-
Living link to turbulent past
Avirah returns after six years of inactivity
By Alex Kirshner @alex_kirshner Staff writer Ask most people at this university about the biggest disruptions they’ve experienced in College Park, and they’ll point to the masses gathered on Route 1 after Terrapins basketball victories or losses. Ask Marvin Breslow, and he’ll take you back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, when students and antiwar demonstrators on the campus clashed with the National Guard and staged sit-ins to protest U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. “We had riots on this campus,”
marvin breslow, U. Senate parliamentarian emeritus, remembers campus Vietnam riots. file photo/the diamondback said Breslow, parliamentarian emeritus of the University Senate and a retired history professor. “You went to classes and you could smell the tear gas from the night before.” Breslow, 77, came to the university in 1962 to teach English history. That was right in the middle of the war, and the public — especially young
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trepreneurship, two University of Michigan student organizations, led the event. However, 80 students from this university took a 10-hour bus ride to Ann Arbor with the second largest group of students in attendance behind Purdue University. And the trip was worth it when a team from this university took home several prizes, including the top prize of $6,000 from Hearst Automotive, and honorable mentions in other categories. “We just totally destroyed at MHacks,” said Shariq Hashme, a junior computer science and electrical engineering major and the founder of Terrapin Hackers. Hashme’s team encountered several problems during the event with their hack, a smart watch that could log exercise data. At one
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people and students — was livid. Breslow said the tensions led directly to reforms at the university. “The campus and the structure of campus governance changed with the civil disruptions over the Vietnam War here,” Breslow said. See breslow, Page 2
Avirah, which originally formed in the 1990s, has served as the vessel through which some university students have both discovered and conBy Joelle Lang tinued their love for Israeli dance. @thedbk Noa h Glusha kow-Sm ith, 2 4, For The Diamondback of Silver Spring, said he found his passion for Israeli dance through the A f t e r a s i x-y e a r r e p r i e v e , original Avirah dance group when the un iversity will once again he was a student at this university. welcome its only Israeli dance He now runs RikudDC, a weekly troupe to the campus. Israeli dance tutorial in Washington, Although Avirah failed to garner and spends several days each week enough membership in the past, dancing in Rockville. the group’s revivers hope to bring Looking to get involved on the it back to its former glory. The group campus, Glushakow-Smith joined members’ goal is to make it to Wash- Avirah in fall 2006. By the winter, the ington’s Israeli Dance Festival DC in club’s president had stepped down, and the spring with a perfectly choreographed performance. See avirah, Page 2
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AVIRAH, the university’s only Israeli dance troupe, will return to the campus after a six-year reprive. Group members hope they will be able to perform a choreographed dance in the Israeli Dance Festival DC in Washington this spring. photo courtesy of avirah
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together other students who share her love for performing on the campus, at nursing homes and at dance festivals. “My mom has been dancing since she was in high school, and growing up, she would bring me along,” Katz said. “It’s been one of those things I’ve been doing forever.” Despite the struggle to retain members in the past, Katz said she isn’t worried about the continued survival of Avirah because the new crop of dancers is committed and passionate about the craft. “The reason I was willing to put effort into Avirah was because I knew freshman girls who wanted to dance,” she said. “There’s a wave of people who are going to spearhead when I’m gone.” The group held auditions last week, and 11 students have committed to the group. Katz said that although the group could be larger, she was very happy with the turnout and with Avirah’s beginning size. Katie Hamelburg, a freshman Jewish studies major, has been on board with Avirah since the summer. At first, she considered not attending the university because it didn’t have an Israeli dance group, but that void has now been filled. “Our dream with Avirah is to bring as much Israeli dancing to Maryland as possible,” she said. “Our dream is just to be able to dance.”
Glushakow-Smith took over as head of the club. However, his leadership position was short-lived; after failing to retain enough dancers a year later, Avirah could no longer function. The group never exceeded six members, Glushakow-Smith said, and members began to lose interest and leave the group. “There were five or six of us when we first got started,” Glushakow-Smith said. “I had no idea what dance really was.” Racheli Katz, a senior psychology major, met GlushakowSmith at a dance marathon in 2007 and began talking about a possible reprise of Avirah. Katz knew a group of incoming freshmen from her hometown who shared her love of Israeli dance. After Katz caught wind of even more girls she knew from old dance groups coming to the university as freshmen, she began formulating the group’s comeback last winter. By summer, Katz had five girls committed to the group and taking on leadership positions. Since she transferred to this university last year, Katz has driven a car full of students to Washington and Rockville to attend Israeli dance nights every Sunday. She also began teaching a biweekly Israeli dance class for university students. However, with the return of Avirah to the campus, she’s hoping to bring firstname.lastname@example.org
point, they had to get in touch with the owner of a multimillion-dollar company for access to a sensor, and the team lost all of its code 10 minutes before the competition ended. But in the last moments of the hackathon, Hashme’s teammates were able to write the code that took them 36 hours to build in time for the judges. The hacks ranged from a Google Glass app for people falling asleep while driving, to an app for summarizing movies and books, to a car model recognition app. Evan Wang, a junior computer science major, was a part of the team from this university who helped build the car app. Hearst Automotive awarded his team an honorable mention. “It didn’t go as smoothly as it could have,” Wang said of how time constraints affected the quality of their finished product. The winning team, which
was awarded the top prize of $6,000, created GreenCan, a sorting trash can. Based on the frequency of the sound of the trash as it hits inside, the device senses whether the item is recyclable and sorts it accordingly. The team, consisting entirely of students from this university, included sophomore computer engineering major Zachary Lawrence, sophomore computer engineering major Andres Toro and sophomore electrical engineering major Joshua Drubin. Wang said he enjoyed the event because of the low-pressure atmosphere. The sponsors at the event, including Facebook, Google and Amazon, came to scout the top talent in programming while sending engineers from their companies around to assist teams. They also provided merchandise for the hackers, including T-shirts, stickers and water bottles. “The event itself was chilling out with other hackers and coding what you’re working on, with a few hours of sleep,” he said. Hashme noted that the sponsors, especially the engineers, were very interested in
MHACKS at the University of Michigan attracted more than 1,200 students from 100 universities who built prototypes in the 36-hour competition. photo courtesy of harry hantman learning more about the projects students were working on, and many offered internships. Wang was accustomed to this environment, as he regularly attends events held by Terrapin Hackers, such as Wednesday hack nights, which Wang called “mini-hackathons.” Terrapin Hackers, which has an informal structure with no members or applications for admittance, organizes Maryland’s trip to hackathons and other events. “We learn how to make stuff with technology and hope people find that passion within them,” Hashme said. Computer science whizzes
can relive the madness of this past weekend with HackMIT, another hackathon taking place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. HackMIT is providing up to $200 per person in travel reimbursements. HackMIT will likely not beat the attendance record set by MHacks, Hashme said, but students that represented the school last weekend will hopefully keep up appearances once again. “I had the most fun just because of the crowd around me, your friends around you, hacking all night,” Wang said. email@example.com
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BRESLOw From PAGE 1 In 1970, eight years after his arrival from Harvard University’s graduate school, Breslow became involved in the university’s shared governance. But before Vietnam protests — riots, sit-ins, teach-ins and general disruptions — gripped the campus, Breslow said the University Senate was a toothless body. The senate only met twice per year, compared to eight or nine times now, and Breslow said it served mainly as an outlet for the university president to give policy addresses. “Mainly, it was there to hear the speech from the throne and then go home,” he said. But as the war dragged on and dissenting voices on the campus grew louder, Breslow said administrators started to listen more to the community and pay more attention to shared governing efforts such as the senate. From there, he said the senate in its current incarnation began. As the senate progressed, so did Breslow’s involvement. He led several senate committees over the years and was elected the chairman of the full senate for the 1997-1998 academic year. After retiring in 2000 and being named professor emeritus, he continued his involve-
ELECTRICITY From PAGE 1 with the ultimate goal of achieving 100 percent carbon neutrality. The school realized the first target last year by reducing its emissions 15 percent since 2005. The next targets are 25 percent by 2015 and 50 percent by 2020. “Every year, we’re increasing the percent [of energy] that comes from renewable sources,” said Mark Stewart, Office of Sustainability senior project manager. “But we don’t have an overarching strategy for achieving our 2020 goal.” Besides keeping campus growth carbon-neutral and implementing more conservation technology, Stewart said, eliminating nonrenewable energy sources is the only way to achieve that goal. As Gutin pushes his proposal over the coming weeks,
ment with the senate, serving as parliamentarian — a procedural guide and rules adviser for the senate — for the next 12 years. He stepped down prior to the start of this academic year, but he will stick around in the interim as an informal adviser. The parliamentarian is a critical role, said Vincent Novara, senate chairman. Breslow’s knowledge of the university’s and senate’s history, Novara said, was vital to the senate. “He has tremendous knowledge in his mind of the history of the senate and the University of Maryland,” Novara added. “He has been involved with it in so many different capacities that he’s basically seen it all. There’s nobody here who has the same level of deep knowledge that Marvin has.” Ken Holum, who replaced Breslow as parliamentarian, said Breslow’s array of experiences at the university and knowledge of senate rules and history makes his a hard act to follow. “It’ll take me some time to get up to speed, and to follow Marvin Breslow is probably more than you could ask anyone to accomplish,” Holum said. Since he’s been at this university, plenty has changed, including the evolution of the senate and the administrative structure of the university. In 1988, more than 25 years after Breslow’s arrival, the Universi-
ty System of Maryland formed, transforming this university from a more isolated state school to the flagship institution of 11 total colleges and universities. It was easier to work under the previous system, Breslow said. “The mission of so many of the schools are so very different that I don’t think it really works to everybody’s best effect,” he said. “But we’ve learned to live with it, and we’ve carried a lot of the burden of it, the help with the administering of the smaller schools and stuff like that.” Before that change, Breslow spearheaded a different sort of reform on the campus. In 1976, he chaired the senate committee that brought about the university’s first transition to a general education curriculum that mirrors the one in effect today. That work, he said, is one of his proudest accomplishments in 50 years at the university. A l o n gs i d e h i s wo rk i n the senate, Breslow spent his career teaching English history to several generations of students. The Lincoln, Neb., native attended the University of Nebraska before heading to Harvard for graduate school. But the expert on Tudor and Stuart England was drawn to this university in part by its proximity to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. “We talk about, ‘Gee, the
Washington area is a great attraction for those who want to do various kinds of Marvin Breslow Parliamentarian wo r k i n scholarship, research, stuff like that,’” Breslow said. “Well, the Folger Library was very important for me.” His intellect and experiences made him an asset to the classroom and in the history department’s planning room, Holum said. “He was one of the most gracious and intelligent colleagues in the department who inevitably had good judgment about the department and the way we ran things,” Holum said, “and was also a really excellent teacher and scholar.” Among his senate work, research and teaching, Breslow has spent his adult life working on the campus. To hear him tell it, he wouldn’t have it any other way. “This was my kind of involvement in the community of the university. It’s a community of many things and purposes, and I just have always been involved in that kind of thing,” he said. “There’s something very special about universities for me, as a way of life.”
Stewart said the next step is to dive into the details, such as where the clean energy would come from, how much it would cost and how much of it could come from projects within the University System of Maryland. This university gets at least half of its electricity and all of its heat from a universityowned natural gas power plant on Route 1. The school pays for the rest through various contracts to use the local power grid at about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, Stewart said. About 15 percent of the purchased energy already comes from clean sources, though Gutin would like to see that number become 100 percent by 2020. Such a change would have offset almost a quarter of the school’s total carbon footprint in 2012, Stewart said. Purchased energy was the second-largest contributor to the school’s carbon emissions last year, accounting for 64,335 metric tons
worth of carbon emissions out of the total 278,722. The campus power plant accounted for 45 percent of that total, with oncampus commuting and air travel making up most of the rest. The demand for purchased electricity has increased with on- and off-campus growth, according to the 2012 sustainability report. To meet the demand with clean energy, Stewart said there are two options. Some university system clean energy projects, such as the 16.1 megawatt solar array at Mount St. Mary’s University and the Roth Rock Wind Farm in western Maryland, have the potential to provides large amount of energy in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. Those projects already funnel one-third of the energy they produce to the university system. There are also a number of local, unaffiliated projects that could give the university clean
energy options. The limiting factor, Stewart said, is costs. “We want to go about this in a smart and strategic way so we get the most out of every dollar,” he said. “We want the most carbon bang for every buck.” As the sustainability office examines his proposal, Gutin plans to reach out to students, alumni and faculty. Carlo Colella, Facilities Management assistant vice president and University Sustainability Council chair, echoed the need for major change to stay on track for the 2050 goal. “We have harvested a lot of the low-hanging fruit, and it’s getting harder to get to that end goal without a game changer or bigger strategy,” Colella said. “We don’t have that at this time, but we are working to make that happen.”
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reform From PAGE 1 Rouse said even conservatives, who typically have been less in favor of measures that support undocumented immigrants, are more sympathetic to the plight of the younger generation. “There’s a lot of support even among conservative Republicans in Congress,” Rouse said. And despite promises from liberals to address the issue on a comprehensive basis with strengthening border security, establishing a path to citizenship and streamlining the legal immigration process, Rouse said the current legislative climate doesn’t lend itself to a broader discussion. If lawmakers have time to address immigration reform at all, it will likely be on a piecemeal basis, Rouse said, which is likely to appeal more to Republicans anyway. It’s not a question of whether there’s support for immigration reform, Rouse said — it’s a question of whether legislation will make it to the discussion floor in time to capitalize on that support. “The reality is that probably nothing will come out of this Congress when it comes to immigration,” Rouse said. “If I was a betting person, I would say there’s very little chance something gets done because of where congressional priorities are right now.” Rouse added that while a federal DREAM Act could take as long as 10 to 15 years to pass and will require the Hispanic voting bloc to mobilize and turn their “numbers into political power,” she expects that legislation could be in the cards — if not during this Congress, then during the next. But tensions could mount over the current issues Congress faces, potentially jeopardizing the legislation’s future with votes tainted by unrelated partisan spats. Last week, prospects began to look even dimmer, as two Republicans dropped out of talks from an ever-shrinking bipartisan group tasked with discussing the issue, once known as the “Gang of Eight.” Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Sam Johnson (R-Texas) in a joint statement said the immigration bill would give President Obama an opportunity to play politics and give him too much authority, as they alleged was the case in several other presidential initiatives,
“If I was a betting person, I would say there’s very little chance something gets done.” STELLA ROUSE
Government and politics professor such as the Affordable Care Act and gun control. “It would be gravely irresponsible to further empower this administration by granting them additional authority or discretion with a new immigration system,” the statement said. “The bottom line is — the American people do not trust the president to enforce laws, and we don’t either.” The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill — which focuses on tighter border security and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, among other provisions — in June, although the same kind of bill has yet to be brought to vote in the House, in which a few conservative opponents have encouraged lawmakers to reject the legislation. Last week, however, in remarks to the Business Roundtable Headquarters in Washington, Obama emphasized to immigration reform as an important measure of economic growth, spotlighting an issue that has seemed to fade away at the federal level. Of all the issues currently stalled in Congress, he said, “immigration is the most obvious.” “We know that if we implement immigration reform, that that can add potentially a trillion dollars to our economy,” Obama said. “And that we will continue to attract the best and brightest talent around the world.” He added that the current call for legislation is being drowned out by the voices of a few who are stopping the issue from getting a vote. Capitol Hill has made promising moves to pass comprehensive reform before, Rouse said. There was a push for it during George W. Bush’s presidency, during which he supported a similar measure but was met with conservative backlash. “You had just a few very right-wing zealots who killed it, and they couldn’t get it done then,” Rouse said. “You have the same thing now.” firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY COUNCIL 2013 The full list of candidates running for the College Park City Council went public Monday. Elections take place Tuesday, Nov. 5, and incumbents are marked in bold text.
MAYOR Andrew M. Fellows Robert J. Mc Ceney
DISTRICT 1 COUNCILMEMBER: S.M. Fazlul Kabir Benjamin S. Mellman Patrick L . Wojahn
DISTRICT 2 COUNCILMEMBER: P. J. Brennan Monroe S. Dennis
DISTRICT 3 COUNCILMEMBER: Robert W. Day, Sr. Matthew E . Popkin Stephanie E . Stullich
DISTRICT 4 COUNCILMEMBER: Alan Y. Hew Denise C . Mitchell
CORRECTION Due to an editing error, the caption associated with the Thursday article, “Law minor to start in program next fall,” incorrectly identified the pictured building as Cumberland Hall. The building was Centreville Hall. Due to an editing error, John Hampton was incorrectly identified in the Monday article, “Saturday night with the police.” He is a master patrol officer.
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bscenely overpriced textbooks have been a point of contention between students and professors (or booksellers) for years now. Students refuse to accept the flimsy justification vendors perpetuate for the high cost and are constantly angry as teachers continue to require $300 textbooks — we all know the story. But there’s a way to take an easy step toward thwarting the costly system: Little Free Libraries. The idea originated four years ago in the Midwest, where entrepreneur Todd Bol created a small wooden schoolhouse-model box outside his home and filled it with books, according to The Washington Post. The idea is to create, in essence, a mini library where people in the community can borrow, take and leave books. It has become widely popular across the nation, with more than 10,000 Little Free Libraries constructed. The movement has even spread to Washington, D.C., with neighborhoods taking on the project of building the small structures all over the city. So h ow co u l d a p p ly i n g t h i s concept here help the university community? We are required to read some books for classes already — why would we want to add more reading to our workload, even if it’s just for fun? The beauty it could bring to students, though, is truly unparalleled. First and foremost, it could provide
a cheap option for students looking for textbooks. Often, students buy an incredibly expensive textbook to be told by the University Book Center or some other company that it will “buy it back” for only about $5. But think about it — if you don’t sell it for that $5, but rather choose to keep it in your own Little Free Library, you could give another student the chance to get the book for free, with your notes and insights helpfully included.
Little Free Libraries present an opportunity for the university community to share textbooks and novels for free. And it’s not just about giving to others. If the university embraces the idea of Little Free Libraries, you could find the books you need for next semester for free, too. So while initially you’re not getting paid back directly for the expensive book you bought, if everyone creates these small libraries, we could have a good chance of undermining the entire textbook system by simply trading books through the years. Additionally, it can often be hard to find a book you would really enjoy reading by simply walking into a
bookstore or looking on Amazon, because you can’t be sure that the recommendations in each of these retail options are sound and apply to college students. Little Free Libraries would provide students with reading material their peers recommend. Most of us would probably have a much better chance of enjoying something a neighbor recommends than something from a 60-year-old Amazon user who thinks it would be great to read a fictional book set in the Civil War era. Something along the lines of a Little Free Library exists on campus already. In the Footnotes Cafe inside of McKeldin Library, there is a shelf for people to take and leave novels. This is a great start, and we should capitalize on what already exists. We can also start to make more public libraries, like in the dorms or apartment complexes. Resident assistants, we’re looking at you here. Start a box with some old textbooks you have or novels you love. Before you know it, that box could grow into its own Little Free Library and give members of your floor a new, intellectual topic of conversation. College is where we can stay up late, experience adult revelry, make friends and have an all-around good time. We should find a way to include reading in this formula — or just use Little Free Libraries so students can use money they would have spent on textbooks to buy beer.
A generation without any curse words DAVE STROH
offensive by those hearing or saying it, it seems fair to say it is no longer a curse word but is rather just a word. I can’t remember the last time I used a curse word within a conversation between people my age and had someone act or respond as if they were offended. This tells me these words have become so commonplace to us that they are no longer viewed as “bad words.” While the situation may be different for everybody, I know music is the main reason I became so accustomed to hearing profanity. With the exception of the occasional Will Smith song, it is difficult to find a rap song without some kind of profanity in the lyrics. I still don’t understand why radio stations insist on playing Lil Wayne songs. They have to silence so many profane words that you only end up hearing about half of the lyrics. Just for the record, I’m not blaming rap music. It’s not the only genre that uses heavy profanity; it’s just the type of music I listened to the most and it was popular when I was growing up. Anyone who listens to heavy metal knows profanity can be found in the lyrics of many songs. Even popular bands such as Maroon 5 have been known to curse in their songs. So all of this begs the question: If curse words no longer offend or shock, then what is the point of using them? It seems to me these words have made themselves obsolete. And what’s the point of using something that is obsolete? Would you go to Best Buy and ask where the VHS tapes are?
When I was growing up, I was taught not to use four-letter words. Those “dirty” words made my parents mad, offended those who heard them and inevitably got me into trouble. While I didn’t use those words often, they would occasionally slip out in a moment of anger or frustration. But in recent years, I noticed a surprising increase in the frequency I used these profane words. I found myself using them not just in anger or frustration, but also in normal situations when there was no need for such language. But more surprising than the frequency of these words was the general acceptance or apathy of those who heard me use the words. There was no change of expression or look of shock on their faces. No punishment or signs of offense. And it wasn’t just me. I noticed all of my friends using profanity like it was nothing special and I wasn’t reacting negatively. A normal sports conversation would be filled with enough F-bombs to fight a war. It has become apparent to me that our generation, and those after us, are generations without curse words. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a curse as “an offensive word that people say when they are angry.” This definition relies heavily on the term “offensive.” If Dave Stroh is a senior English major. He the curse word is not found to be can be reached at email@example.com.
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Smoking ban goes up in smoke TIFFANY BURBA For being a smoke-free campus, this university sure has a lot of cigarette butts lying around. After the Board of Regents, the 17member board that sets university system policy, voted unanimously in July 2012 to ban smoking on all campuses in the University System of Maryland, I thought I would be free of tobacco’s horrible odor and resulting lung irritation. Finally, I would be able to walk into McKeldin Library without wheezing. I would be free to leave my dorm windows open without the risk of secondhand smoke wafting in, and my eyes wouldn’t itch constantly as I walked to class. Clearly, this was only wishful thinking. If you attempt to walk anywhere on the campus, you will be promptly greeted by an ignorant rule breaker puffing rings of carcinogens into your face. Because who cares about laws when you have a disgusting nicotine addiction to feed? Your need to pour tar and formaldehyde into your lungs obviously outweighs others’ needs to breathe freely. And where are university officials during all of this? Why, they are busy putting up signs for designat-
ed smoking areas on a smoke-free campus. What’s worse is the complete lack of reprimand for people who choose to smoke elsewhere on the campus. I mean, I love a side of respiratory problems with my breakfast as much as the next gal, but someone needs to draw the line. This university is dealing with the issue of smoking on the campus through a series of addict-coddling failures. First, if the campus is truly “smoke-free,” there should be no designated smoking areas. Some argue that eliminating smoking areas will increase the risk of crime for students who must travel far off-campus at odd hours to smoke. If anything, this risk should simply serve as a deterrent to smoking in general. If not, why bother taking this new risk into account at all? If smokers are willing to risk mouth, throat and lung cancer through their actions, I am sure they can stomach the risk of being mugged on Route 1. Second, if one concedes that designated smoking areas are positive, why isn’t anyone punishing the students who simply ignore the rule? Is it really that hard to employ a few more police auxiliary members and have them issue a few citations at random? There was obviously no reason to draft this legislation if no one plans to uphold it. And smokers, stop leaving cigarette butts all over the place. Facilities Management didn’t spend the summer re-mulching
and edging sidewalks for them to be covered in trash by lazy people who can’t walk three steps to the ashtray (maybe if you stopped smoking, this activity wouldn’t seem so strenuous). Finally, why are we being so nice about the whole ordeal? We should be working toward deterrence, not accommodation of smokers. “Designated Smoking Areas” should be labeled more negatively. Consider using “Lung Cancer Contraction Zones,” “Nicotine Addict Areas” or “Spaces for Jerks Harming Themselves and Others” instead. With the Code of Student Conduct’s expansion, the university now has the ability to report all sorts of off-campus misconduct, yet for whatever reason, they are unable to enforce a simple cigarette ban on campus. These folks don’t quite qualify as stealthy secret agents; they literally walk around surrounded by a cloud of smoke. If that isn’t a good enough way to identify criminals, I’m not sure what is. Campus officials need to start addressing this policy with more consistency and resolve. A system-wide smoking ban shouldn’t just be a piece of paper — there should be tangible changes on the campus, and I am still waiting to see them. Tiffany Burba is a senior government and politics major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
clothes on our backs and the roofs over our heads. So no, we’re not independent — we can be egotistical assholes with the intelligence of brain-dead monkies. Of course, we find more people just as stupid and narcissistic as we are and call them “friends.” But they come and go. And they should — we can all be difficult to deal with sometimes. But family, for whatever reason, stays. No matter how much we “debate,” no matter how many times we screw up, no matter how many times we fall, they pick us back up. But the process of creating a “functioning” family is honestly a group effort. It takes a grandmother threatening to hit you with a skillet if you keep being stupid (only because she loves you), a grandfather who offers spectacular wisdom when he’s not sleeping, an older sibling who teaches us how to deal with the blessings of both success and failure and younger siblings to test your patience to mold us into better people. Even our wild aunts and cousins teach a moral lesson — I haven’t thought of one yet, but I swear I will. But at the end of the day, parents are the fulcrum for everything, the heart and soul of the unit. I’m honestly flabbergasted by the amount of selflessness, compassion and tolerance it takes to be a parent. The father who became your real father when the biological one refused to take care of you. The mother who has to find a way to bridge the generational and gender gap to raise a boy to be a man. The moral framework exemplified by parents definitely one-ups anything Plato, Mill or Kant ever wrote. And of course, the love is unconditional — which is dope because we are all unworthy. At the end of the day, there’s no way you can pay them back, but the plan is to make them understand: They are appreciated.
Arguably, the greatest invention homo sapiens have conceived in more than 100,000 years of evolution has been family. As much as I hate to admit it, conservatives are correct when they cite the familial unit as the central cornerstone of American strength. While I disagree with them regarding who ought to form these bonds, this is not the column for a redundant debate — this is simply an ode to the ones we love the most. If we could plot the progression of my feelings toward family on a curve with age on the x-axis and a scale of frustration-to-love on the y-axis, it would be a wild graph with more ups and downs than U2’s career. I think we all share a similar experience and sentiment. When we are young and prepubescent, our worship of family is unchallenged. Without someone to kiss our booboos and subsidize our irrational infatuation with anime, we would drown in our own ineptitude. We love them, strive to be like them — “Hey mom, what is your work like? I want to be like you!” (Of course, since my mom works for the NSA, the answer was always, “If I tell you, I would have to kill you.” But I digress.) Then, of course, the dark clouds of the dreaded teenage years descend in a perfect storm of arrogance, Ayn Rand levels of selfishness and hormones. We yell, we argue, we “rebel” because we are so very smart. Also, why are our parents so obnoxious and intrusive? We can take care of ourselves; we’re, like, adults! Of course, we’re too stupid to Marc Priester is a junior economics and realize our parents are the ones paying government and politics major. He can for the food in your stomachs, the be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Matt Schnabel @dbkdiversions For The Diamondback It’s an inescapable truth that all good things come to an end. I’ve been confronted by that sentiment often throughout the past week: Breaking Bad’s rapidly approaching denouement, the end of the university’s schedule adjustment period, the steadily vanishing carton of Goldfish crackers I’ve been munching on while writing this review. In the face of such world-shaking transience, holding on to something more enduring can bring a great deal of comfort. At this weekend’s Virgin Mobile Freefest, I was fortunate enough to attend a set that restored some of my lost sense of security. Though clocking in at just an hour, electropop trio CHVRCHES’ show reaffirmed the young band’s surprising, near-timeless promise. Startlingly polished tracks, belied by a refreshing onstage innocence, fostered hope for the band’s permanence. It was a truly impressive show, especially from a barely 2-year-old group whose longevity seemed in question just a matter of weeks ago. The Glasgow, Scotland-based trio premiered its first song, “Lies,” in May 2012 to perhaps the year’s largest outpouring of industry praise over a rising act. One year later, buoyed by a remarkable run of singles and an entire music press’ adoration, the band nonetheless seemed poised to suffer the consequences of sky-high expectations. In today’s bedroom music industry of SoundCloud and one-off releases, inordinate hype combined with a swift rise based on sparse material can prove a doubleedged sword for bands that lack the chops to cut it at the international level. Such were the worries surrounding CHVRCHES’ first full-length, The Bones Of What You Believe. Could the band’s penchant for gorgeous pop singles trans-
late to a 12-song album? What kind of depth did it have up its sleeve? But with its North American arrival today, The Bones Of What You Believe shows those concerns were unfounded. A shimmering, glorious debut that’s sure to be counted among the year’s best, the record isn’t quite pop perfection — but it’s pretty damn close. Along with up-and-comers Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira, among others, CHVRCHES has proven itself capable of crafting substantial, radio-friendly songs that mark a fresh wave of meaningful yet accessible — and above all, fun — music. The singles that predicated the band’s rise are all present: “Lies,” the breakthrough “The Mother We Share,” this summer’s supremely danceable“Gun” and festival crowd favorite “Recover.” They’re fantastic, of course; equally apt to draw on iconic ’80s stars like Prince and Cher as they are the best of EDM’s current offerings. However, the real surprise comes with the album’s previously unreleased tracks, which highlight CHVRCHES’ striking capacity for penning anthemic choruses. “We Sink” and “Night Sky” provide the strongest examples. On the latter, front woman Lauren Mayberry belts out her most confident vocals, blanketing a steady backbeat and soaring synth. On the former, sing-along lyrics like “I’ll be a thorn in your side/ Till you die” read like another diary entry from the same disenchanted lover in “Gun.” Such disillusionment composes much of the album’s lyrical content. In fact, The Bones Of What You Believe seems almost a concept album for the loveweary — those coming to terms with the imminent end of a rocky relationship or those simply confused with the direction in which it’s heading. The lyrics are poignant — often somewhat enigmatic — but not overdone. On “Tether,” one of the strongest previously unreleased songs, Mayberry deli-
cately croons over languid guitar chords before the song dissolves into dance floor bliss. It’s demonstrative of CHVRCHES’ appeal: full-bodied synth overlaid by Mayberry’s often vulnerable voice and resonant lyrics, neatly packaged into pop rivaling that of Top 40 regulars. Understandably, that method of songwriting has merited CHVRCHES comparisons to 2012’s flavor of the week, Purity Ring. While the duo is female-fronted and indeed produces electropop, the parallels don’t seem to go any further. Where Purity Ring experiments with complex, layered melodies, CHVRCHES’ hooks are more immediate with less cryptic messages. Though the album’s and the media’s attentions undeniably center on Mayberry, bandmate Martin Doherty takes over the album’s vocal duties on several occasions for a surprisingly enjoyable experience. After a largely disappointing performance on Recover EP’s “ZVVL,”“Under the Tide” delivers a vastly improved look at Doherty in the role of front man. On album closer “You Caught the Light,” he offers an atmospheric five-minute look at another facet of CHVRCHES, one far removed from their usual aesthetic. A skillfully crafted debut, The Bones Of What You Believe isn’t without its miscues. At times, its powerful synthdriven choruses threaten to overwhelm Mayberry’s more ephemeral vocals. Typically sweet, on “Lungs,” those vocals approach something almost cloying. All told, however, these missteps can be chalked up to growing pains — remember, the 2-yearold CHVRCHES is still in its infancy. Overall, The Bones Of What You Believe proves anything but skeletal, dismissing notions of CHVRCHES’ lack of creative depth. The band has managed to craft a winning debut bursting with pop bangers both sophisticated and accessible. Hopefully, it’s a combination that will ensure CHVRCHES’ longevity. email@example.com
By Danielle Ohl @dbkdiversions For The Diamondback The sons of the South are back — but did you even notice they were gone? The Kings of Leon have been AWOL for two years following front man Caleb Followill’s 2011 onstage meltdown and the band’s subsequent tour cancellation. In the meantime, every alternative radio station across the country has shoved “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” down our throats so aggressively that the hiatus was over before we even had time to swallow. Two years removed from the band’s beach-ready album Come Around Sundown, the Nashville quartet hasn’t lost touch with their Bible Belt good-ole-boy roots. At the same time, Mechanical Bull, the band’s sixth studio album, is a far cry from the greasy, youthful drawls of debut work Youth & Young Manhood. The four are all married, and some have children. This latest installment is indicative of the band’s new maturity. Don’t worry — the Followill boys might have short hair and wedding bands now, but the music still echoes that bluesy, anthemic rock ‘n’ roll fans have come to expect. Surprisingly, age flatters Kings of Leon. Though they are older, their songs have surprisingly youthful themes. The album revs up with “Supersoaker,” a hard-hitting, guitar-driven romp that stays true to the band’s down-south roots. The album’s first single,
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can’t simply rely on upperclassmen for leadership. He expects sophomores to give guidance as well. “We need some more production out of Ashley [Spivey] right now; we need some more production out of Riley Barger, our attacking mid,” Morgan said Thursday. “These are kids that carried some weight last year, and we need them to carry some weight this year even more so.” Spivey, a sophomore who alternates between midfield and forward, did not start Sunday’s 1-0 win over thenNo. 6 Wake Forest — the first time in her Terps career she began a game on the bench. She was s ubsti t uted in midway through the first half and helped set up numerous chances for the offense. After the victory, Morgan wa s e n co u ra ge d by h i s players’ efforts to become better leaders. “I thought Megan Gibbons did a better job with the team today,” Morgan said. “Holding people accountable, giving them positive encouragement when they
American football, there was a bit of a learning curve for him, and both of his parents. He had to adjust to place kicking instead of punting while simultaneously learning all of the rules of a sometimes intricate game. He said his parents watch his games, but Craddock pointed out that for his father, the one who was there from the start, there are distinct differences between watching a game on TV or the Internet and discussing it. Craddock, who spent the summer working with former Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover, had plenty of new skills to show his parents. “It’s taken them a bit to learn, I guess, because it’s a completely different sport,” Craddock said. “I know Mum, when we first started learning, was a bit frazzled, but now she’s getting the hang of it. She’s really enjoying it.” The love of American football has also spread to the rest of Craddock’s family and even his friends back home. His friends gathered at his house to watch the Terps’ 32-21 win at Connecticut on Sept. 14 — Craddock was 3-of-4 on field goal attempts — and his grandparents have joined what Craddock called the “bandwagon” back in Australia. Growing interest in Craddock’s new sport has been hand-in-hand with his success. His freshman year — and first in American football — was full of successes and failures. He kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal on Oct. 6 against Wake Forest, but two weeks later, he banged a potential game-winning attempt against N.C. State off the left upright and crumpled to the ground in disbelief. He finished the season 10-of-16 on field goals and 23-of-25 on extra points.
MONARCHS From PAGE 8 Suli Dainkeh with veteran defender Dakota Edwards. After the lineup changes, the Terps erased a one-goal deficit and escaped Chapel Hill, N.C., with a draw after a tremendous defensive second half. Cirovski opted for the same lineup — including Edwards in the backline — Saturday night and saw a very similar result. Metzger, Raley and left midfielder Sunny Jane played
MIDFIELDER LAUREN BERMAn recorded an assist on the only goal of the Terps’ 1-0 victory over then-No. 6 Wake Forest on Sunday. rebecca rainey/for the diamondback needed positive encouragement, making some pretty big-time plays herself.” Gibbons’ throw-in to midfielder Lauren Berman early Sunday set up Brock for the fourth-minute goal, earning the redshirt senior an assist. Brock, the only forward in the starting lineup for the Terps on Sunday, now has team highs in goals (eight) and points (19). Morgan praised the vocal presence of the Acton, Mass., native, who he said previously led only by example. “ H a y l e y ’s a l l a b o u t leading with her actions and how hard she works,
her effort,” Morgan said. “Today, we heard a little bit out of her, and that’s a huge step forward for us. She has instant respect with our team, so we need to hear a little bit more from her.” Brock and Gibbons showed improvement Sunday, but Morgan still wants to see more out of his team before declaring the leadership problem solved. “[Leadership] is still an issue,” Morgan said. “We’re trying to find it, and kids are trying to step up and be that person.”
cohesively on both sides of the ball and enabled a complete defensive effort from the Terps. “We’ve got some interchangeable pieces,” Cirovski said. “But Clemson is a team with strong attacking midfielders, and we needed Metzger, Raley and Sunny Jane tracking back. They all did a great job of that.” Above everything else, however, the Terps have finally played significant time together as a unit. T h e yo u n g p l aye rs — namely goalkeeper Zack
Steffen and defenders Chris Odoi-Atsem and Alex Crognale — appear more comfortable than they did in the season’s opening weekend. And Cirovski said that comfort has allowed the Terps to play unified. “We’ve addressed a number of issues as far as support play and spacing and timing and ideas,” Cirovski said. “I also think we’ve played probably the hardest six games of anybody in the country. And it’s made us better.”
KICKER BRAD CRADDOCK, a native of Australia, leads the nation in field goals this season and is on pace for a Terps program-record 141 points. christian jenkins/the diamondback Edsall wanted more constant production out of the Terps’ kicker, and Craddock competed with sophomore Brendan Magistro, who replaced him at times in 2012, and walk-on Adam Greene for the job in fall camp. “They know the incumbents, and it’s their jobs to lose,” Edsall said of Craddock and punter Nate Renfro at media day in August. “They know what the expectations are; we need more consistency out of both of them. We weren’t as consistent as we needed to be. They’re two young men who are smart, are conscientious. They know that they didn’t perform up to the level that we need them to perform at a year ago.” Craddock gave credit to Stover for his improvement this season, and he said during media day that his goal is to make 80 percent of his kicks this season. He revamped his technique with Stover, whose career statistics rank fifth in the NFL in points and 13th in field goal percentage. “He more changed my whole way of kicking,” Craddock said. “There was a lot I learned from him, a lot I had to change and just about body position, hip movement and a lot about my upper body you wouldn’t think was important as a kicker, but that’s just as important as your swing. If your left arm’s slower than your right leg, you’re going to miss. It’s just making everything one.” The key to learning from Stover was repetition. With so many moving parts on his
body during a kick, Craddock had to get everything right, and that meant doing it continuously. “It’s just repetitive, like over and over again, doing the right things, practicing the right things all the time,” Craddock said. “If you practice a lot [and] you’re practicing the wrong things, you’re still going to miss.” The results have been easy to see. Despite the conditions in Baltimore on Saturday, he was 3-of-3 with makes from 30, 36 and 50 yards. Edsall said the 50-yarder could have been good from 60 yards. “I like Brad’s approach to what he’s doing,” Edsall said. “You can see there’s a lot more focus, a lot more confidence in what he’s doing.” Craddock said his parents were heading to Florida for a while and will attend the rest of the Terps’ games through Oct. 26’s matchup against Clemson. After that, they return to Australia, and Craddock will finish out the season. And if the first four games of the season are any indication, Craddock could be in for a monster year. He’s currently on pace for 141 points, which would shatter Nick Novak’s program record of 125. He just has to be consistent. “It felt good,” Craddock said. “It felt pretty smooth. I’ve just got to keep slowing myself down, keeping my tempo right, coming through the ball. It felt good today and hopefully keeps going like that.” email@example.com
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Fluid attack keys win over Tigers Terps have improved possession entering tonight’s ODU matchup By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Staff writer
KICKER BRAD CRADDOCK played in front of his parents, who are visiting from Australia, in the Terps’ 37-0 win over West Virginia on Saturday. christian jenkins/the diamondback
GETTING HIS KICKS
More consistent Craddock, though far from home, delivers early in season for Terps By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer
BALTIMORE — Randy Edsall watched Brad Craddock toe the soaked M&T Bank Stadium turf at the West Virginia 32-yard line Saturday with rain pouring around the sophomore kicker. Craddock was facing a 50-yard attempt toward the west end zone. Before the game, he told his coach he thought the maximum distance he could make a field goal from facing that end zone was 47 or 48 yards. Craddock put his arms out by his side, shrugged and waited. Holder Michael Tart fielded long snapper Greg Parcher’s snap cleanly and placed the ball on the turf. Craddock took three steps, swung
his right leg and split the uprights to give the Terps a 17-0 lead in their eventual 37-0 win over the Mountaineers. While the 50-yard make wasn’t Craddock’s career long, it still marked another touchstone in his season. After a freshman year marred by inconsistency, Craddock is 10-of-11 on field goal attempts, and his 10 makes lead the nation. “Brad’s been getting a lot better,” Edsall said. “He nailed that one.” Plus, Craddock did it all in front of his parents, Raymond and Leonie Craddock, who are visiting from Australia for the next six weeks. Craddock said he hadn’t seen them in eight or nine months. They arrived late last week, and Craddock spent time with them Thursday, watching film before falling asleep on his couch.
An Adelaide, Australia, native, Craddock grew up playing Australian Rules football. He was rated as the top Australian kicker in the class of 2012 and also received recruiting interest from Texas Tech and Boston College. Most of that success is thanks to Raymond, who also played Australian Rules football. “He taught me how to punt when I was little, like how to kick,” Craddock said. “Growing up, he was teaching me that stuff. He’s pretty clue-y I guess when it comes to that. “As a kid, your dad teaches you how to kick, as your dad teaches you how to throw here,” he added. But when Craddock switched to See craddock, Page 7
From the opening whistle Saturday night at Clemson, the Terrapins men’s soccer team approached their offensive possessions with a sense of urgency. The ball moved from sideline to sideline and throughout the 11-man formation with fluidity and connectivity. The attack was tenacious. The possession game was relentless. And it was one of the first times this season — the exception being the team’s home victory over Duke on Sept. 6 — the No. 17 Terps had a purpose with the ball at their feet. The result? A convincing 3-1 victory over the No. 13 Tigers and another sign of improvement for coach Sasho Cirovski’s young, yet talented, squad. “We’re getting better at keeping the ball,” said Cirovski, whose Terps will kick off a four-game home stand tonight against Old Dominion. “There’s times where we have made too many unforced turnovers. But we’re playing with a little bit more composure and poise and quality.”
C i r o v s k i a l s o n o te d keeping possession relieves some of the pressure put on his backline. The Terps will have more scoring chances if they can maintain longer and cleaner possessions. But more importantly, the longer they have the ball, the fewer opportunities their opponents have to attack a young group of defenders — the team’s primary weakness all season. “We’re attacking with a bit more malice,” Cirovski said. “And that’s good to see because that’s a part of our identity. But we’re also getting better on the defensive side of the ball.” The key in the Terps’ possession game, though, has been improved play from the midfield — a group Cirovski made changes to midway through the team’s 2-2 draw at then-No. 2 North Carolina on Sept. 13. T h e 2 1 s t -yea r coa c h moved Dan Metzger, who has started every game so far on the right side, to holding midfield in place of Helge Leikvang, and brought Jereme Raley to replace Metzger at right midfield. He also replaced centerback See MONARCHS, Page 7
defender megan gibbons is one of the Terps coach Jonathan Morgan is expecting a larger leadership role from. christian jenkins/the diamondback
Morgan looks to fill young Terps’ void in leadership
Coach notes improved play in Sunday afternoon’s win By Phillip Suitts @PhillipSuitts Staff writer Nine games into the season, Jonathan Morgan is still searching for a leader to fill the void left by the departure of six seniors, including four starters, from last year’s Terrapins women’s soccer team. But the coach was impressed by the progress he saw in Sunday’s 1-0 upset victory over Wake Forest after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Virginia Tech on Thursday night that led him to question the leadership exhibited by this year’s team.
“We have a lot of kids that are coming back that have a lot of experience, but they [Virginia Tech] just played better than us,” Morgan said Thursday. “If there’s anything that we’re missing right now, it’s probably our leadership, and it’s hard having to dig ourselves out of this. That’s really what kind of separates us right now.” Seniors are usually expected to encourage teammates and provide a stable presence in the locker room, but for Morgan and his young team, finding older leaders is complicated simply because many of the returning
players are sophomores. Last year, the Terps started the season with more freshmen (16) than sophomores, juniors and seniors combined (15). And this year, the Terps still retain a youthful look. Only nine of the 27 players are upperclassmen, including five seniors. And while last year’s Terps had four seniors who started 13 games or more, forward Hayley Brock and defender Megan Gibbons are the only seniors who have started more than two games this fall. So Morgan understands he See leaders, Page 7
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