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The state legislature should enable grocery stores to easily acquire alcohol licenses p. 4

Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower doesn’t understand its own characters p. 6

No. 18-ranked women’s soccer routs No. 7 UVA, wins 3-1 in dominant showing p. 8

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Weiler reflects on Penn State scandal After 19 years at school, new university relations VP only looking ahead By Quinn Kelley and Rebecca Lurye Senior staff writers

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This season marks coach Sasho Cirovski’s 20th year with the Terrapins men’s soccer program. The Macedonia native took an unheralded team and built it into a powerhouse, winning two national championships.

After seven years at Penn State University, Peter Weiler received his first of three promotions on the path to holding the school’s top development position. The year was 1996, and little did Weiler know of the scandal that was brewing peter weiler on the campus, he said. VP of university relations From 1994 to 2008, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky carried out acts of sexual abuse of young boys through his nonprofit charity for at-risk youth, The Second Mile, which would later bring a grand jury investigation against him and result in his conviction on 45 of 48 counts related to the abuse. When the investigation became public last spring, those crimes perpetrated against at least five victims shattered the reputation of the university and its athletic program. Both Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were dismissed, and a shadow fell over the school and The Second Mile. About nine months before the story broke, the now-University Relations vice president received an email with a news story referencing Sandusky and an investigation, but he said he didn’t think anything of it. It wasn’t until the first Saturday in November, with a phone call from his son, that Weiler received the shock that Sandusky had been abusing young boys on the Penn State campus for many of the 19 years Weiler had called the university home. See weiler, Page 3

For an in-depth look at Cirovski’s life, his two decades with the Terps and his other accolades, check out the Sports section on page 8.

The daily grind Facilities Management’s John Malcolm knew from a young age his passion lay in construction By Savannah Doane-Malotte Staff writer The racket, dirt, dust and smells would deter a lot of people from a job in construction — but John Malcolm finds meaning in exactly that work on the campus. “To most people, my job seems extremely unappealing,” said Malcolm, an on-site construction representative. “But it’s also extremely gratifying. You’re making something out of nothing, or taking something old and making it new again, and that creates such a great satisfaction for me.” After working under the university’s Capital

Projects section of Facilities Management for 11 years, Malcolm said he still finds great fulfillment in his job: overseeing various construction projects, observing and documenting the work and ensuring all contracts are honored. He is on his appointed construction site practically daily, guaranteeing projects are going as planned. “John is the eyes and the ears of the field,”said Project ManagerDarwinFeuerstein.“Heisconstantlymonitoring the projects and is extremely dedicated to his work.” Malcolm’s passion and dedication to construction See malcolm, Page 3

john malcolm, a Facilities Management construction representative who graduated from this university, says he feels gratified after a day’s work, which includes overseeing construction projects, documenting work and making sure contracts are honored. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

City officials seek student input on rent stabilization Council members hope students choose apartments over rental homes, officials will form work group to craft plan By Lily Hua Staff writer City officials are revising their approach in motivating students to choose apartments over rental homes this year, by inviting students into their decisionmaking processes on rent stabilization.


Instead of simply renewing the city’s rent stabilization law this year, city officials will first form a work group to study how to best to encourage family housing in the area while still including students’ perspectives in the discussion. Within a few weeks, several student organizations will appoint liaisons to the work group, which will consider ways to eliminate


common issues between students and city residents, such as noise complaints. The rent stabilization law, which was passed in 2005 but not enforced until 2010, capped the rental rate on single-family homes and duplexes. Some said the law was enacted in an effort to discourage landlords from renting at all, thus attempting to drive students from

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MALCOLM From PAGE 1 began at a young age. His father was a general contractor and would take him to projects in the summer, embedding the excitement for building early on in his life. After attending this university, where he first majored in architecture, eventually switching over to business, Malcolm decided to explore the carpenter trade. He then moved up as a superinten-

WEILER From PAGE 1 His son said, “Dad, I think you better take a look at the story.” “It was pretty startling,” Weiler added. “Very disturbing.” While holding top university relations positions at Penn State, Weiler’s path naturally crossed that of many officials who have since faced substantial consequences for ignoring or covering up Sandusky’s crimes. He served as president of a development project called The Village at Penn State starting in 1998 — former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was a board member, and Penn State’s former senior finance and busi-

dent for a construction business and worked there for 15 years — eventually, he was “burned out” from the stress. “I didn’t want to start all over, but I wanted an occupation where I could use that knowledge I had gained from my old job without the headaches of actually coordinating projects.” He found that career at his alma mater after hearing from a former co-worker who had been hired recently at the university. Malcolm applied as soon as he was advised

of an opening — and he got the job. Malcolm has since worked on several projects, most recently on water lines and the renovation of the Pocomoke Building. He also contributed to the renovation of two sorority houses near Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane Garage, the largest concrete project ever at the university. “[Malcolm] has extreme attention to detail,” said Capital Projects Director Bill Olen. “He has a lot of general construction knowledge and uses that to his

advantage on the field.” Along with supervising construction, Malcolm’s job involves a great deal of communication with superiors, contractors and workers. He can’t change a project’s direction or physically fix problems himself but he must be aware of and report difficulties. “It is very easy to call John up and know that he will paint me a very accurate picture of the site and its deficiencies,” interim Assistant Director Brian Still said. Malcolm also spends a large

portion of his time dissecting the contracts associated with the building projects, from ensuring the department receives supply shipments to poring over every project requirement. “Reviewing these documents can be pretty tedious,” he said, but it’s essential work. Though he loves the atmosphere of the campus, Malcolm has found ways to fill the hours when he’s not working. For example, he’s been casually playing guitar at home off and on

for 40 years. He also owns two vintage cars he hopes to fix up in his retirement — a BMW Isetta, which dates back to the 1960s, and a Messerschmitt. But Malcolm doesn’t plan to leave the campus any time soon. “There is a real sense of cooperation here, and everyone has an interest in helping you succeed,” he said. “What we’re doing is truly for the greater good, and that makes me feel great.”

ness vice president Gary Schultz was the project’s treasurer. Both Paterno and Schultz testified before a grand jury that they had knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky in 2002 after graduate assistant Mike McQueary reported he had seen Sandusky acting inappropriately with a boy in the football team’s showers. That year, Weiler received a promotion from development and alumni relations associate vice president to senior associate vice president. In late December 2007, he accepted a new position at Ohio State University, a little more than a year before Sandusky disclosed to an official from The Second Mile that he was under investigation. University President Wallace

Loh said he had no concerns upon hiring Weiler and did his “due diligence” to ensure the university was gaining a strong candidate, with no connection to scandal. “I always begin with the assumption that we live in a very civil, respectful society and we don’t attribute guilt by association,” Loh said. “I made phone calls to people at Penn State. I made phone calls to people at Ohio State. Everything came out completely positive.” In addition, while The Second Mile’s reputation has since been tainted, Loh said board membership still speaks to charity and leadership. Weiler said he served on the board with about 50 other members and has been involved with various nonprofits.

“During that time as an organization, they did a lot of good for the youth of Pennsylvania,” Weiler said. “Everybody who was associated with it will tell you the same thing.” Search committee co-chairman Darryll Pines wrote in an email that he fully vetted all candidates to replace former University Relations Vice President Brodie Remington, including Weiler. Neither the timing of the positions Weiler held nor other connections to Penn State and The Second Mile were a consideration when the committee selected Weiler for the position, the engineering school dean wrote. “I don’t recall that there was any concern about Mr. Weiler’s association with Penn State.

As with any candidate’s background, we do a full due diligence to ensure the full integrity of the search process,” Pines wrote. Weiler said although he has connections to the organization and university that recently came under fire, he has not experienced any negative reactions since coming to this university. “People are curious about my reaction to events and my own personal perspective on it,” Weiler said, adding that he hasn’t worried about losing out on job opportunities because of people drawing conclusions from his association with Penn State. “I never t hou g ht ab out myself,” he said. “My worries really are for the people who are

involved and are completely innocent bystanders in all of this.” Knowing what he knows now, Weiler said he has tried to figure out if anything seemed strange during his time at Penn State. “I’ve thought hard about that. I’ve thought very hard about that,” he said. But nothing pointed to any warning signs or explanations, just like when there is “a horrendous crime being committed next door, and people go, ‘I just never knew,’” he said. “You never suspected that lovely person next door was a mass murderer.”


eryone involved could voice their concerns and hopefully come to a consensus on possible solutions, city officials said. “It will allow us to look at these issues we’ve been struggling with for a long time,” said District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn. The work group will be split into task forces to address issues ranging from landlord enforcement to neighbor relations. Members will represent a mix of stakeholders, including residents, landlords, faculty and students. Still, some students were mainly frustrated with the cost of living in highrises,which is not an issue the work group has plans to address. “A lot of off-campus places are outrageous and extremely hard to afford,” Frazier said. Public forums will be held in the coming weeks as an opportunity for residents to bring forth concerns and goals for the group. SGA and council members said they expect to determine their representatives by the end of next week.

because the law has not succeeded in moving students out of neighborhoods, the city postponed its annual renewal. “Students need to bring a lot to the table,” said Joshua Ratner, one of two SGA liaisons to the city confirmed during Tuesday’s meeting. A group composed of representatives from the Student Government Association, Graduate Student Government and Greek life, along with university administrators, landlords, and city residents and officials, will meet to address quality-of-life concerns that frequently crop up in neighborhood housing in the city. “The university is a big part of the city and should have a say [in city affairs],” said sophomore dietetics major Mollie Frazier. Although landlords, residents and councilmembers previously worked on proposals to address issues with rental homes, those concerns were put on hold so ev-

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any freshmen start their undergraduate careers eager to do big things; far fewer expect to have the university squander their aspirations. My freshman year turned out to be an extremely trying experience and a far cry from the party lifestyle I expected. I enrolled at this university mainly because of the Individual Studies Program, which enables students to create their own majors. After creating a four-year coursework plan for an entrepreneurship major, I took my curriculum to the Individual Studies Program office. Abruptly, I was denied; the major I wanted to create was “not diverse enough.” Even if it were, I would have to enroll in classes within the business school, which apparently is a big no-no for nonbusiness majors. To this day I still haven’t been assigned an adviser and have figured out every single issue of my schedule and fouryear plan, which include engineering, a minor and honors requirements, entirely by myself. But this university’s apathy toward student needs goes beyond academics. One October night, I was with a friend who, unbeknownst to me, had prior incidents with marijuana. After a few minutes, police knocked on his dorm door. I watched as the student was arrested for possession and taken to jail. I myself hadn’t done anything wrong and trusted the school to recognize that. I answered all questions honestly and even surrendered my university ID to the resident assistant who told me word for word, “Hey, you are going to be fine.” I was in no legal trouble whatsoever, but I ended up sitting through three condemnatory

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meetings with school officials. In all of these, it was stated that I had no part in any rule breaking, but the university seemingly did not want to accept that I am a good kid. They kept pushing for extra meetings to reassess the situation and determine my punishment. This university takes marijuana seriously: If found guilty of any marijuana-related charges, students may face immediate housing termination, ineligibility to hold a position in any organization, drug testing at the expense of the student and likely suspension. During the final meeting, I was in a conference room and everything I said was recorded as if I was a criminal. The truth stood and I was acquitted, but it is easy to see how this series of events, lasting from October until the first week of finals of my very first college semester, was exceedingly stressful for me. Through this experience, I’ve learned this university does not seem to care much at all about its students. But I figured out ways to incorporate some business classes into my schedule and started teaching myself about entrepreneurship, finance and management, because if my school isn’t willing to facilitate my learning (even for some $30,000 a year), I’ll do it myself. The lack of support and care from this university made me tactful in achieving things I want, as well as much more self-motivated and willing. Take this story to heart and learn to take your college life into your own hands.

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y the beginning of next year, you could have the opportunity to find all of your weekly necessities in one place — your bananas, chips, paper towels, Franzia and Natty Lite could all be accessible at your College Park grocery store. College Park City Council members voted 6-0 in favor of a plan allowing more grocery stores in the city to receive liquor licenses, and providing the state legislature approves the measure when it reconvenes in January, your errand days could be cut short. In light of the vacant and rundown buildings that continue to line the streets surrounding this university, this initiative could open the door for new businesses and force established stores to improve their appeal. With more places for students and College Park residents to purchase alcohol, shops would run the risk of failing if they refused to become more competitive. On the surface, the decision seems to contradict the city’s broader efforts to limit alcohol abuse and underage drinking. Last year, University Police received a $30,000 grant to stem the flood of underage drinking, and the council dutifully revoked Thirsty Turtle’s liquor license after its notoriously sketchy age requirement enforcement. It may seem odd the City Council would encourage further distribution of alcohol. But as District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich pointed out, “People who are underage are already [drinking] currently. Making it available in

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grocery stores will not change that.” Students will find liquor anywhere and everywhere they can. Outside of closing every liquor store in a 10-mile radius, underage drinking will persist at some level on the campus. Viewing the distribution of alcohol as unwaveringly negative will only lead this city to lag economically and subvert efforts toward improving the city. Yes, downtown bars tend to be associated with underage drinking. But as this approval by the


Permitting more grocery stores to sell beer and wine could help the city image, and we hope the state legislature enables it. council members shows, not all alcoholrelated endeavors are created equal. This editorial board believes it’s important for College Park to progress in order for our university to appeal to prospective students (and their parents) and improve the atmosphere for everyone here now. Fortunately, if Tuesday’s College Park City Council vote is any indication, these signs of progress may soon turn into greater prosperity. Granting liquor licenses to grocery stores encourages greater competition among local businesses and will likely attract other shops to the area — representatives from Harris Teeter have already expressed interest in opening up a location, given it receives a license. With the closest grocery store more

than two miles away from the campus, a high-quality grocery option closer to students would have a tremendous impact. As the local economy continues to lack the vibrancy you would expect from a college town, removing barriers to entry for prospective businesses seems like a no-brainer. While a city with streets full of liquor stores can often be a sign of a financially-strained community, providing liquor licenses to quality grocery stores is essential if this city hopes to attract any high-end, community-friendly shops. Aligning the needs of the community with local businesses will allow both the city and stores to stay competitive. Not to mention, diverse and accessible food options will make this university more attractive for prospective students and faculty alike. We commend the progressive nature of this initiative and the council members who appear intent on being agents — rather than roadblocks — of future development in this instance. Making it easier for businesses to operate and facilitating the growth of local commerce should be one of the chief objectives of any city council, and we’re happy to see that this time, for College Park, it is. Hopefully, this trend continues and council members remain committed to these aims. The College Park City Council as a whole has displayed conservative sentiments about potential commercial projects — most recently with the plans for the Maryland Book Exchange development. Conservative sentiments are fine, as long as businesses still have the opportunity to succeed in this city. With this vote, grocery stores now have that chance.


Awesome atonement When we see our mistakes laid out before us, we decide either to punish ourselves or try unsuccessfully to ignore them

MATT RICE On Tuesday, a new set of Hebrew books in the pews of Memorial Chapel sparked my curiosity. I guessed they were for Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday that occurred Tuesday evening through Wednesday. I realized I knew next to nothing about this holiday (so take my observations with a grain of salt), so I began a quest to learn more. Maybe it’s due to Christianity’s Jewish roots — or maybe repentance is a characteristic of human nature that every religion must address — but everything I learned about this “Day of Atonement” seemed quite familiar. The process by which one repents, teshuva, especially resonated with me. I learned the first step of teshuva is regret. When we think about regret, an image of a miserable person wallowing in self-pity often comes to mind. To escape this suffocating form of regret, some people turn to relativism, which denies the existence of any universal truth. Instead, people design their own “truths,” conveniently circumventing sin and the accompanying regret. While it may sound tempting, the idea of multiple truths is simply not based in reality. Common sense tells us that ultimately, there can only be one truth. Relativism’s promise of freedom is empty because only the truth can set us free. To regret our sins does not mean beating ourselves up about them, but rather realizing the freeing truth: We all mess up. So what do we do with this knowledge? Suppose you are driving somewhere and realize you are going the wrong way — what do you do? Obviously, you turn the car around. Likewise, the only logical response to realizing our true guilt is the second step in teshuva: to stop sinning. This can be difficult as the flow of traffic

pushes us along, but even a brief pause at a stoplight can be enough to regain control and resolve to turn around. But simply turning isn’t enough; the third step of teshuva helps us put our mistakes behind us by confessing them verbally. During Yom Kippur, this is done with the Al Cheyt prayer, which asks forgiveness for a variety of sins. Christianity offers the same opportunity. Earlier this week at “Together,” Christians from many campus ministries joined in confessing to sinning in “thought, word, and deed,” a prayer quite similar to the “Confiteor” prayer recited at Catholic Mass. Communal confession prayers stress our fallible human nature and prompt improvement. Yet for Catholics, it doesn’t stop there. Like the day of atonement ceremony prescribed in the Old Testament — when the Jewish high priest whispers his sins to a sacrificial goat — Catholics are called to confess our sins verbally to Jesus (the unblemished Lamb of God) through his visible representation (a priest). Revealing our mistakes can be difficult, as the process tends to make them more real. However, when we see our failures for what they really are, it is clear that with God’s grace, they can be defeated. The final requirement for forgiveness is to resolve to not sin again. We all are bound to fall, but if we casually make the same mistakes, then we have learned nothing. This final step simply requires us to “firmly resolve, with the help of God’s grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.” Ever since reembracing confession last year, I’ve enjoyed striving for excellence and repenting for mistakes as needed (often). I’m convinced repenting, and therefore Yom Kippur, is awesome. I hope all our Jewish Terps had a good one. Matt Rice is a sophomore engineering and materials science major. He can be reached at

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Panda panic proves problematic Pay attention to larger issues, not just the trivial things JOSHUA DOWLING Like many others, I was saddened to learn of the death of the baby panda at the National Zoo over the weekend. Story after story in The Washington Post helped sate my need to read about baby pandas, and helped me make sense of the tragic loss. Status after status on Facebook mourned the passing, with one friend writing, “I hope mama panda will be ok :( ...I keep thinking about her over my homework!” I can’t help but worry for that friend’s homework — I know it’s impossible to get work done when you’re consumed with thoughts of pandas. After a half-hour or so of reading similar expressions of grief, I realized I was over it. If we’re being honest, I don’t know that I care about baby pandas. Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly depressing the baby panda died — especially considering the precarious nature of the world’s panda population —

but there are more important things going on in the world that we should think about, too. On Monday night, we saw a similar outpouring of passion and sadness on Facebook and Twitter as football fans struggled to understand just how NFL referees could suck so much. Presidents, would-be presidents and governors alike all had their moments in the sun, chastising the NFL for the referee foul-up. Piling on the referees was almost certainly the most popular thing Mitt Romney has ever done. (I would have joined him, but I don’t really understand football — or much of anything, really.) In all of this hullabaloo, we’re losing sight of what’s truly important. How many people, upon hearing of the baby panda, worried for the decline of the panda population, or for the extinction of any species? When discussing the referee scandal, how many of us pinned the referees’ struggle as a union issue? How many of us watch football with an actual concern for the health and well-being of those playing the sport, or those enforcing the rules? When did these things actually start to concern the whole country?

As a country, I think we’ve stopped prioritizing things that really matter. Instead of talking about important national issues such as education, the economy and poverty, we’re all too willing to abandon these serious discussions in favor of worrying ourselves too much about pandas and referees. As a nation in the midst of an election year, we’re facing a monumental choice in divergent ideas, candidates and visions for our future. How can we make such important decisions when we spend so much time fretting about pandas and referees? How many of the same people also go around saying, “I don’t know anything about politics; I’m not going to vote.” There are complex and critical problems facing our nation — and the world — and we’re never going to get closer to solving them if we can’t get past the Style and Sports sections of The Washington Post. We must try harder to understand why things matter, so we as a country can take action on what matters. Joshua Dowling is a senior government and politics and history major. He can be reached at

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orn today, you are a highly social individual, and when you are not working you can be found wherever people are gathered to talk, to play and to discover themselves. Indeed, this last is perhaps your single greatest motivator in life -- and it compels you to do almost everything you do: You are driven to explore and discover yourself anew with each and every opportunity and endeavor. You will never stop so long as you sense that there is another facet to your own personality that you do not understand fully. Of course, you must be prepared to be disappointed at times; not everyone is able to know everything about him or herself. You are attractive, sensitive and highly intelligent; others can often tell, just by looking at you, that you are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to intellectual pursuits. You know how to approach a problem from all different directions at once, and you’re rarely stumped by everyday mysteries. Also born on this date are: Hilary Duff, actress; Naomi Watts, actress; Mira Sorvino, actress; Janeane Garofalo, actress and comedian; Brigitte Bardot, actress and model; Marcello Mastroianni, actor; Al Capp, cartoonist; Ed Sullivan, variety show host. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.


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Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is a maddening piece of emotionally dishonest hackwork By Dean Essner Staff writer Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an epic poem of demeaning, highfalutin BS. In an attempt to sympathize with the thinkers, dreamers and helpless romantics, he ends up throwing them all a pity party, glibly explaining their precious pursuits as petty figments of aftershock. In Chbosky’s world, we must be hindered by serious personal trauma in order to trudge forward through a life of stupid, hollow counterculture. And love? Chbosky takes relationships, both platonic and affectionate, and sucks the realism from them until they’re bone-dry slabs of unbridled idealism. In the worldview of Perks,

adolescent love is the greatest thing we can aspire to, and if we don’t achieve it, then we should just wallow in solitude or melt away. Adapted from the novel of the same name, Perks (directed and written by original author Chbosky) tells the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman, The Three Musketeers), who feels alienated from the physical world during the beginning of ninth grade. However, it doesn’t take long for him to find friends in step-siblings Sam (the lovely Emma Watson, My Week With Marilyn) and Patrick (Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin), who share his passion for art, literature and music. Unlike our main character, though, Sam and Patrick are boisterous socialites with a small but

close-knit circle of nonconformists. The disparity among the three makes their blossoming relationship all the more unbelievable. Sam and Patrick are extroverts with no issue exposing their eccentricities in a hostile high school environment, we discover in a wonderful little scene in which the duo performs a series of choreographed dance moves to “Come On Eileen” at a class formal. Charlie, in contrast, is a pensive introvert, and in this very scene we find him slumped against the gymnasium wall, taken aback by Sam and Patrick’s unapologetic nature. Later in the film, Charlie falls for Sam, chronicled through lots of great, relevant music. But instead of using songs for genuine expressive-

ness and creative connections to the story, Chbosky uses them superficially. For instance, we don’t know why Charlie loves “Asleep” by The Smiths, but we do know that it exists on a mixtape he made for Sam. The same can be said about literature featured in the film, which is given to Charlie by his English teacher, Bill (the underused Paul Rudd, Wanderlust). Once again, we don’t know why Bill introduces him to Fitzgerald and Kerouac, but we know it predominantly fuels their friendship that is, unfortunately, never fleshed out. By the end of the movie, we learn that Charlie’s childhood was shaped by a n abusive, sex ua l relationship with his Aunt Helen (Melanie Lynskey, Seeking a Friend for the

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Cirovski From PAGE 8 work is an everyday thing. Excelling is an everyday thing. It’s the expected thing.”

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Cirovski doesn’t have an inch of free wall space in his Comcast Center office. Two large framed plaques commemorating his national championship wins occupy the wall next to his desk, and a flat-screen TV fills the space across from it. It’s not just all soccer, though. There’s a tri-paned frame in a corner featuring each of his daughters. A picture of his wife, Shannon HigginsCirovski, is on a crowded bulletin board. On the windowsill sits a decorative sculpture of the word “Father.” As he sits and talks, Cirovski doesn’t make much of his surroundings. He occasionally looks around as if to reaffirm he actually is there while reminiscing on the past. But he does make sure to highlight one thing. Sitting on a bookshelf behind his desk is a framed black and white photo from about 1969 featuring a 7-yearold Sasho, his mother Ljubica, and his siblings, Vancho and Diana, standing on rocky ground in their native former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. When the topic turns to building the Terps’ program, Cirovski makes sure to emphasize the photograph. “I think our program is known to have sort of a white-collar talent w ith a blue-collar work eth ic. I take a great deal of pride in that,” Cirovski said as he reached back to pick up the photograph. “I think we try to maintain a sense of humility, so I keep this here every day. I want to remember my youth and I want to remember the game of soccer requires, at its core, a blue-collar work ethic and a sense of values that transcend success across the board.” Cirovski grew up in the mountain village of Vratnica in northwest Macedonia, close to the Kosovo region of Serbia. Ljubica and Trpemir, his father, had fourth-grade educations. It was there, in Vratnica, that Cirovski found the game that would come to define him. “Looking back, we had nothing, but we didn’t know any better,” Cirovski said. “I just remember every free minute we had, we were outside. Whenever we could fi nd anything to play soccer with, we would. I just fell in love with the game there.” Cirovski estimated the village had about 30 to 40 children within four to six years of his age. They would play soccer against each other before walking to the neighboring village to play a game. After that, it was on to the next village. And while he played soccer, his parents were focused on building a new life for their family. They wanted their children to advance beyond the mountainside community, to experience a world of new opportunities. So they moved. After his father explored options in France and Germany, the family trekked to America in 1970. Cirovski was 8 years old. “We didn’t even know that America consisted of Canada and Mexico,” Cirovski said. “There’s a North and South America, so we had no idea. We ended up in Windsor, Ontario,

Coach Sasho Cirovski is in his 20th season at the helm of the Terps, a once-unheralded program he’s built into one of the nation’s best. charlie deboyace/the diamondback and I quickly joined the soccer team.”

A NEW WORLD It wasn’t a smooth transition for the Cirovskis. They often didn’t eat on Wednesdays or Thursdays while waiting for Friday paychecks to arrive, and Cirovski’s parents were unemployed for a 26-month stretch that started when he was 12. “My parents both have hearts of gold,” Cirovski said. “Just incredible people. The most selfless people I have ever met in my life. They would skip three meals a day to make sure we had one. That’s the kind of people they were.” And they always made sure Cirovski had athletics. He played soccer — which was on the rise in Canada at the time — along with football, basketball and tennis at W.D. Lowe High School in Windsor. The competition drew him in, and he couldn’t get enough of it. “I was the gym rat in the whole city,” Cirovski said. “I would go play everywhere. I’d get my homework done. I must have played [soccer] a couple times a day, seven days a week.” Cirovski’s father established a line of credit at the local convenience store and would borrow money to fund his youngest son’s playing career. No matter how far Cirovski had to travel for soccer, his family would find a way to get him there — even if it was for him to coach. While playing for an under-18 travel team, Cirovski also coached Windsor’s under-16 travel team. He knew he had a knack for inspiring people, that he could help others understand their potential. But where did he see himself? He appreciated everything his parents did to help him throughout his adolescence, and he wanted to provide that same support for his own loved ones someday. The easiest way for him to do that was to attend college.

FINDING HIS PATH Cirovski’s pit stop at WisconsinMilwaukee had its share of struggles. His steely determination was out of place in a loose program. He became disillusioned, so much so that he called Ferguson after his freshman year to ask for another tryout with Aberdeen. And although Ferguson agreed, Cirovski’s family couldn’t afford the $1,200 plane ticket. So he stayed in Milwaukee and

trudged through two more years in a listless program. When Gansler took over the Panthers in the spring of Cirovski’s junior year, the new coach changed the program’s culture. Cirovski, who captained the team his senior year, had a mentor. It wasn’t easy at first, though. Cirovski had a reputation of being hotheaded early in his college career, earning yellow and red cards with regularity. Gansler gave Cirovski an ultimatum the first time they sat down together: If he got a card, no matter the color, he was going to sit. Cirovski resisted initially, but Gansler never relented. “We had that on the table from the outset and, you know what, he never got a card his senior year,” Gansler said. “Not only is he emotional, he is disciplined. He has drive, but he’s also got restraint.” After graduating in 1985, Cirovski embarked on a soccer odyssey. He played for the Milwaukee Wave in an indoor soccer league, and became player-coach for the North York Rockets — a Toronto-based team in the Canadian Soccer League — as a 24-year-old. Nothing was ever quite professional enough for him, though. He struggled to find people who could match his determination, his drive. Dissatisfied with his playing career, Cirovski returned to Gansler and Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988 as a volunteer assistant. He earned his master’s in business a year later and garnered lucrative job offers in the business sector. No matter. Cirovski was committed to soccer. “If he wa nted to be,” Ga nsler said, “he had the wherewithal to be a great coach.”

MAKING CONNECTIONS After three seasons back in Milwaukee and two as head coach at the University of Hartford, Cirovski made his way to College Park. He couldn’t find a program or pamphlet on the Terps to research his new roster. He couldn’t fi nd the field on the campus. He saw only potential. After the Terps stumbled to a 3-14-1 record in his first year, Cirovski began establishing the foundation of a powerhouse. He started to look beyond the campus’ boundaries to try expanding the sport nationwide. In 2004, Cirovski and then-assistant coach Brian Pensky flew to Los

Angeles on a recruiting trip. They met with executives from the Fox Soccer Channel, and Cirovski pitched his idea for the network to air a game of the week throughout the college season. The NSCAA College Game of the Week is now in its eighth season. “His hunger was so strong, yet at the same time, he’s thinking about growing college soccer with the College Game of the Week,” Pensky said. “It wasn’t just to serve Maryland or serve Sasho. It was to serve the sport.” While Cirovski is intensely involved with the college game on the macro level — he’s been the chairman of the Division I men’s college coaches for 10 years — he still manages to focus on the Terps’ day-to-day operations. “When we’re getting ready for practice and we’re getting ready for that week’s training ahead of us, the only thing we’re thinking and talking about is that next game,” defender Taylor Kemp said. “I defi nitely think that [the media] see a little bit more of his grand scheme focus than we might even see.” Cirovski, for all his ambitions, has never lost sight of why he started coaching in the fi rst place. He makes sure to know all of his players’ stories, taking time each day to ask about their relationships and studies. He rarely offers up his story all at once, though. He prefers to share tidbits, to tell players part of his upbringing hoping to help them find their own path. “From his nature, he’s nurtured the gifts that he’s been given that have led to his opportunities,” said Rob Kehoe, NSCAA collegiate programs director and Cirovski’s longtime friend. “He’s connected himself well to his people that he could learn from in order to provide guidance as he’s gone through his journey.” Cirovski knows time isn’t an unlimited commodity. His father died at 52. Trpemir Cirovski never saw his youngest son coach the Terps. He never met Sasho’s wife. “[My parents] had the courage to dream big and find a better life for us,” Cirovski said. “I always felt like what they did was really incredible. … It’s been important to me to remember all that. That’s why I always know there’s something more we can always be doing.”

DYNASTY Cirovski’s goal was simple when he

CAVALIERS From PAGE 8 “We had been fighting and fighting and fighting and we went a goal down but that wasn’t a reflection of what was going on in the game.” The Terps’ win came after

GULICK From PAGE 8 will temporarily leave behind a Terps team that’s fi nally beginning to reform. Forward Katie Gerzabek, midfielder Maxine Fluharty and defender Ali McEvoy will all make their return to the turf tonight after missing nearly three weeks as a group competing for the Under21 U.S. National Team in the Junior Pan-American Games in Mexico. But the No. 4 Terps (7-1, 2-0 ACC) will be whole for tonight’s

started his second decade with the Terps: make the next 10 years better than the fi rst 10. The numbers speak for themselves. From 2002 to 2011, the Terps won two national championships, made five College Cup appearances and reached the sweet 16 every year. No other program in the country can match that success. Most importantly, though, he achieved his ultimate goal in 2005 and 2008. He came to College Park to put the Terps on the national stage and won championships in front of the entire country. “He’s always trying to do bigger and better,” said Michael Dello-Russo, a captain on the 2005 team and current assistant coach. “He’s created a team here that’s been the most successful team in the country the last 10 years by far. He’s not going to settle for that. That’s not good enough.” Dello-Russo said seeing Cirovski’s face after the 2005 national championship game was unforgettable. It was the validation of everything he’d worked for the previous 13 years. But for those closest to Cirovski, it was clear he was already concocting ways to stay there. “I think he took a little bit of time to enjoy them, and then he went right back to work on the process of winning the next one,” HigginsCirovski said. “He quickly moved on to the next one.”

NEVER SATISFIED Given his nature, Cirovski is far from content with his Terps legacy. Before the 2012 season started, he said his Terps aim was to win ACC and NCAA championships this year. After they accomplish that, Cirovski will focus on winning more titles and building a new stadium within the next five years. “My legacy at Maryland will not be complete until we build a stadium,” Cirovski said. “To me, the most important thing of my entire existence here is to leave an imprint on this campus forever that soccer is important and we’re going to have something to honor the past and ensure the future.” Those around Cirovski are confident it will happen. Sure, the athletic department budget doesn’t have the money for it. And sure, he would have to do most of the work himself. But when has that ever stopped him before? He grew up in Macedonia with nothing. He pursued a professional playing career with nothing. And he built the current “temporary” setup at Ludwig Field out of nothing. Cirovski, who turns 50 in two weeks, can surely build a stadium. “He doesn’t understand the word ‘no,’” Dello-Russo said. “He understands he’ll get it occasionally, but he knows that that just means there’s a different way to go about it to get a ‘yes.’” In many ways, Cirovski has found that “yes.” It’s given him the life he could only dream of growing up, the life he cherishes daily. The boy who grew up with nothing now has everything. But that hardly means he’s satisfied. “I want to grab every ounce of energy out of my day, out of my life,” Cirovski said. “I want the most out of every day, every experience, every job. That’s just the way I am.”

victories over No. 13 North Carolina and No. 15 Wake Forest and a tie with No. 4 Duke. “We go in as underdogs every single game and people underestimate us,” Wagner said. “We’ve come together so well as a team, and we can only get better.” The Terps will have a chance to continue dethroning top

competition when they face No. 16 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Sunday night. “This game gives us belief going into our next game,” Hubka said. “If we get down again, we know that we can do it and we can pull it out.”

contest. Gulick and the trio of national-team returnees will all be on the field tonight against the Cavaliers (9-2, 1-0), who have yet to lose in Charlottesville this season and have a combined four wins over ranked teams. Gulick won’t be present for Sunday’s game, though, when the Terps host a Temple team that, while struggling to fi nd consistency, has pulled out three straight victories. A nd even if it’s just one game, Gulick’s absence can’t be understated. “Knowing that she always has my back is something important

— when I’m behind her, she’s always able to step up,” said defender Ali McEvoy. “She’s really good at communicating to everyone where she wants them.” But for Gulick, missing one game is just a means to an end. She has said she plans to give up field hockey following graduation to focus on cycling, and Sunday’s race should give her a chance to truly kickstart that career. “I’m always hoping for the best,” Gulick said, “and in this way, I can bring a different kind of title back to Maryland.”

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SATISFIED “I want to grab every ounce of energy out of my day, out of my life. I want the most out of every day, every experience, every job. That’s just the way I am.” photo illustration by charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Relying on an unrelenting work ethic, Sasho Cirovski went from a Macedonian mountainside to the top of college soccer By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer For the boy who grew up with nothing, it could have been everything. It could have been a quick way out of poverty. It could have meant not skipping meals during the week while living Friday paycheck to Friday paycheck. It could have been exactly what he’d spent his teenage years working toward. But for Sasho Cirovski, the risk was too great. When Cirovski was 17 years old, Alex Ferguson — the now-famed manager of Manchester United — offered him a contract to

play for Aberdeen F.C., a Scottish soccer team that would rise to international prominence just several years later. But instead of going overseas to play on one of the world’s biggest stages, he made the trek west to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He wanted to achieve a different kind of dream. He wanted to earn a degree, and he wanted to play Division I soccer. The Terrapins men’s soccer coach may joke about it now — “I’m probably the only person in the history of the world to ever turn [Ferguson] down for a professional contract,” he said Wednesday — but it was an agonizing decision at the time. People thought he was

good enough. He impressed in the tryout and was a star on the travel circuit in Windsor, Ontario. But the question remained: What if he didn’t make it? It wasn’t a question of doubting himself — people close to Cirovski would say he’s always been one of the most confident people they know — it was about doing what he thought he needed to do to advance himself beyond his humble upbringing. Now in the midst of his 20th season in College Park, Cirovski is preparing to coach the No. 1 team in the nation at College of Charleston tomorrow night. He’s built a dormant Terps program into a


national powerhouse. He’s helped push college soccer onto the national stage. And, above all, he’s shaped the lives of the more than 200 players who have come through his program. It’s easy to see he’s a success. The goalposts at Ludwig Field representing his two national championships (2005 and 2008) prove as much. But what isn’t so easy to see is what made Cirovski the person he is today. “It’s his drive,” said Bob Gansler, Cirovski’s college coach and mentor. “It comes back to his upbringing. It comes back to being an immigrant. It takes looking at his parents. Hard See CIROVSKI, Page 7


Going for a ride

Balancing cycling and field hockey, Gulick to miss Sunday’s game for race in Colo. By Nicholas Munson Staff writer

Midfielder Olivia Wagner (center) hugs forward Alex Reed after scoring her first of two goals in the Terps’ 3-1 victory over No. 7 Virginia at Ludwig Field last night. After trailing the Cavaliers, 1-0, late in the second half, the Terps scored three goals in less than 15 minutes to mount a comeback. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Terps surge past Virginia, 3-1 By Erin Egan Senior staff writer The Terrapins women’s soccer team dogpiled midfielder Danielle Hubka with just three minutes left in their game against Virginia last night. Hubka had just scored an insurance goal, sealing the Terps’ 3-1 victory over the Cavaliers at Ludwig Field. “It hurt a little bit,” Hubka said of the impromptu celebration, “but I was just too happy to pay attention to it.” The victory helped pad the No. 18 Terps’ ACC lead and avenge the two losses they suffered against the

Cavaliers last season. “This was a grudge match,” midfielder Olivia Wagner said. “For us to win on Ludwig is a huge deal on any night. But to beat Virginia, which is kind of our rivals, it’s even bigger.” Wagner proved critical to securing that win. The Terps (8-2-2, 4-0-1 ACC) were down, 1-0, for 33 minutes until Wagner netted two back-toback goals to give her team the lead. Her fi rst goal came off a free kick from 35 yards away from the net after Virginia (9-2-1, 2-1-1) committed a handball violation in the 74th minute. Her kick connected with the

head of a Cavaliers defender, who sent the ball into her own net. “Our confidence just jumped probably 10 different levels higher once we scored that goal,” coach Jonathan Morgan said. “Regardless of how it was scored, it was a great boost of confidence for our team.” In the 85th minute, Wagner netted another free kick goal. The senior bent the ball around the Cavaliers’ wall of defenders into the left corner of the net. “It was awesome,” Wagner said. See Cavaliers, Page 7

Tonight, the Terrapins field hockey team will be 130 miles away from home, facing No. 7 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. On Sunday, the Terps will return to College Park to host Temple. But Colleen Gulick won’t be with them Sunday. Instead, the defender will be 1,800 miles away from home, facing a challenge much different than the one the Owls will present at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. A professional cyclist in the USA Criterium Series, Gulick will be racing in the final circuit of the 2012 championship series, the Tour of Vail in Vail, Colo., on Sunday. It’s no ordinary race, either — sitting in first place in the Under-25 division and ranking second in the nation overall, Gulick has a shot at making her cycling dream come true. “It’s the last race to determine the best rider in the nation, and it will obviously be the toughest one for me,” she said. “It will be hard and I have a lot to prove, but I would love to win it.” Gulick finished No. 21 in a field of more than 200 riders in the 2011 series, but she has made great strides since then. Participating in races everywhere from Idaho to Georgia, she has consistently placed near the top of the pack — she finished eighth in the Delray Beach Twilight race in Florida on March 10 and third in the Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix in Tucson, Ariz., on March 17.

Defender Colleen Gulick will miss Sunday’s game for a cycling race in Vail, Colo. charlie deboyace/the diamondback For Gulick, it’s simply the culmination of years and years of practice. “I’ve gotten three national championships, 30 national medals — I’ve had a good time,” she said. “I’ve been doing well so far this year, and there’s a lot farther that I want to go.” Sunday, though, is what Gulick has been working toward all along. The Tour of Vail serves as the conclusion of the championship series, and the Terps defender has her sights set on adding a cycling title to her two NCAA championships. “I’m defi nitely going for the win,” Gulick said. “I want to go out with a big bang this year.” It’s not all positive, though. Gulick See GULICK, Page 7

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