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AlcoholEdu Police make arrest in M&T Bank heist finds risky drinking habits
Officers found suspect in a Virginia jail after being arrested for breaking and entering BY BEN PRESENT Staff writer
Data will be used to fight overconsumption BY LEYLA KORKUT
A Prince George’s County man was arrested Friday in connection with last month’s armed robber y of the Knox Road M&T Bank, police said. Detectives identified Antonio McClurkin, 25, of the 1300 block of Sulter Terrace in Oxon Hill as their prime suspect in the Sept. 16 bank robbery and took out a warrant for his arrest last Wednesday. Officers found McClurkin in Fairfax County, Va., jail two days later, after police there charged him with unrelated counts of breaking and
entering, Prince George’s County police said. In the midday robbery, a man police believe was McClurkin
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Police issued a warrant for Antonio McClurkin’s arrest after analyzing the above surveillance images captured at M&T Bank last month. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE
The Terps may not be at the top of ACC rankings in football, but when it comes to alcohol consumption, they’re number one, according to a recent survey of universities including five conference schools. The data, collected by the creators of AlcoholEdu earlier this semester in an effort to inform officials about problems related to students’ drinking habits, evaluated student behavior and compared their responses to those from students at other universities across the country. Overall, student-reported drinking rates at this university paralleled those of other schools, with the exception of the rate of high-risk drinking, which was found to be 7 percent higher than at the other ACC schools surveyed and 2 percent higher than at other schools in the state. In order to better address students’ needs, AlcoholEdu creators and university officials have added university-specific questions to the program. “There are many factors that could influence this, so there is no way to pinpoint the exact cause,” Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Coordinator Amanda Long wrote in an e-mail. “Some influential factors may be reflected in others areas of data, for instance, we exceed the national average for students who report drinking in bars. This may be due to the relative ease with which students are able to enter College Park bars.” The survey broke students’ drinking habits down into three categories: non-drinkers, moderate drinkers and
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Students spar with poor Internet connection throughout the campus Resident Life official advises residents to use Ethernet cords rather than wireless BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Staff writer
Quique Aviles, a Salvadoran immigrant, activist and performance artist, is performing a one-man show in Washington this week that incorporates oral histories collected by university students. PHOTO COURTESY OF QUIQUE AVILES
When histories come alive Students provide immigrants’ stories for performance BY DIANA ELBASHA Staff writer
In 1980, in the midst of a 13-year civil war, Quique Aviles fled his home country of El Salvador to live in the U.S. The 15-year-old immigrant settled in Washington, unaware that 30 years later, he would be retelling his experience on an Adams Morgan stage. Now a renowned activist, poet, and most notably, performer, Aviles celebrates and enlightens the district on
its three decades of Salvadoran presence through Los Treinta, or “The Thirty,” an ongoing one-man show largely influenced by students at this university. “The original idea was to throw kind of like a theater-poetry party,” he said of Los Treinta, which will run at the DCArts Center this week through Sunday. “But then, the project [was encouraged] to take a more in-depth look into Salvadoran presence.” That encouragement came from Ana Patricia Rodriguez, a Latino
studies professor at this university and close friend of Aviles. In a class she taught last semester about modern-day Latino society, Rodriguez challenged her students to interview people in the Washington area about their experiences living and working among Salvadorans. She sent the finished products to Aviles, who incorporated the diverse narratives into his performances. Rodriguez was not available for
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For students across the campus without an Internet connection, the age-old saying has proved to be true: “You don’t appreciate something until it’s gone.” Recently, students have grown increasingly frustrated with the spotty Internet connection across the campus in dorm rooms and lecture halls, prompting a flood of e-mails to the Department of Resident Life and the Office of Information Technology. Officials said that while they are working to rectify the situation, it’s still unclear what the source of the campus-wide problem is. “The wireless connection in general is more susceptible to interference because the radio waves hit the materials in the building, like concrete, which creates signal issues,” said Dai-An Tran, assistant director
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of information technology for Resident Life. “From what OIT explained, they have been trying to figure out where the dead spots are in our halls, and they’ve been active about seeing where the signals are weakest.” OIT spokeswoman Phyllis Dickerson Johnson was unavailable for comment yesterday. But many students — especially those without an Ethernet cord — said that it’s impossible to complete certain assignments without a continuous Internet signal and that doing homework efficiently is difficult. “I couldn’t do my homework today for a while because they’re web assignments, and I don’t have an Ethernet cord,” said freshman business major Michael Bierman, a North Campus resident. Even students with Ethernet
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Gemstone students in Team BREATHE have spent three years fighting algae in the Chesapeake Bay.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BREATHE
Making the bay less green Gemstone team fights harmful Chesapeake algal blooms BY CLAIRE SARAVIA Staff writer
It started with what senior biological sciences major Natasha Savranskaya called “a little spark of an idea” back in her freshman year — for a group of students to research solutions for harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. Three years later, her 10member project team in the university’s Gemstone program is watching an $880,000 federal grant put the students’ findings to work in bay restoration. The students, who called their group Bay Revitalization Efforts Against the Hypoxic Environment, or BREATHE, developed a mixture of local soil and a crab shell-based compound called chitosan that sinks algal blooms and prevents them from growing further. They have used their blend
to help restore underwater vegetation in some sections of the Chesapeake, and a research team called Mitigation of Microcystis in the Chesapeake will use the grant money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue BREATHE’s work. Algal blooms can be especially harmful to bodies of water such as the bay because they create a toxic environment for the fish and aquatic grasses that make such places special, said senior cell biology major and Gemstone student Rebecca Certner, who is part of the project team. Thick algal growth blocks sunlight, and bacteria that eat the algae when it sinks and decomposes use valuable oxygen. “One of the biggest problems of bloom is they create this area where nothing can live because there’s no oxy-
gen,” Certner said. Savranskaya said certain algal blooms can also emit a fatal toxin that causes liver failure when some animals — including humans — swallow the infested water. She added that because there is currently no method for controlling harmful algal blooms, they are dominating certain bay areas, including the Transquaking and Sassafras rivers, both of which are located on the Eastern Shore. Savranskaya said that in the summer when the conditions are right, harmful algal blooms can cover up to half of the Chesapeake Bay. “For 50 percent of the bay to be a dead zone is something we should really worry about,” Savranskaya said. Environmental science and technology professor Gary Felton, who isn’t involved in the research, said algal blooms are a
product of the larger excess nutrient problem in the bay. “I hate to use the word ‘big problem,’ but the big problem is nutrients, and that’s all there is to it,” Felton said. “It’s certainly a significant problem for the bay.” Allen Place, one of the researchers heading the MMIC group, said the goal is to get state approval so the students’ research can be put into action outside the lab in about a year. Although the student team is excited their research will get a second life, team members Savranskaya and Certner are hesitant to let go. “It’s almost like giving up a baby,” Certner said. “I’ve committed so much time to it,” Savranskaya added. “I feel like I’m going to be in tears when it’s over.” email@example.com
cords, which connect computers to the Internet using wires, said they still have had trouble with inconsistent Internet signals. “I couldn’t get on the Internet, and I even connected to an Ethernet cord and it still didn’t work,” freshman engineering major and North Campus resident Tiziana Antolino said. But the Internet isn’t malfunctioning for just North Campus residents — it has also extended to students on South Campus. “It’s terrible,” said Grace Boyle, a junior history major and South Campus Commons resident. “I tried to e-mail my professor a paper, and the Internet died. My grade went down because you lose a letter grade when it’s late.” “It sucks, and it’s really frustrating,” senior biology major and Commons resident Sara Eckert said. “It’s really unfortunate when you’re taking a quiz on ELMS and you can only take it once. It keeps happening, and I have to restart my computer every five minutes. It’s a huge pain.” Tran said OIT has been working in the dorms to improve connections. “They’ve worked a lot behind the scenes to improve residence halls’ wireless traffic,” he said. “They basically rerouted traffic around the back end to improve connectivity and performance, and they’ve upgraded connectivity to our Internet service provider to provide more bandwidth.”
Tran also said the service provider isn’t entirely to blame. “Individuals’ laptops are sometimes a factor in what you may consider spotty,” he said. “The hardware or software can affect connectivity. There’s multiple aspects going on that affects a person’s experience with the wireless.” But for some students, the problem is following them out of the dorms and into the classrooms. “We had problems in our media literacy class, and we couldn’t get the Internet to work,” sophomore music major Sarah Balzer said. “Everyone was getting pretty annoyed. It’s pointless to go if the Internet isn’t working.” “It was really bad in my class today,” said junior elementary education major Laura Antonelli. “We had to pull up a worksheet off of the Internet, but no one could open them up. We all just sat there waiting for the Internet to work. It was a really unproductive class because of that.” Tran said Resident Life and OIT tried to encourage students over the summer to use wired Internet because it generally doesn’t have as many problems. But the facts remain: Students prefer wireless service, and officials are trying to meet the high demand. “We’re trying to figure out the current situation through OIT,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t know exactly why [the Internet isn’t working]. We have received a lot of calls about it, but I still don’t know the exact reason for that.” firstname.lastname@example.org
CORRECTION Yesterday’s story about the College Park parking garage incorrectly described city parking rates. All city lots, including the garage, cost 75 cents per hour.
CLARIFICATION In yesterday’s story about incoming university President Wallace Loh’s history on the alcohol policy, the minimum drinking age of 21 was referred to as a federal law. State law legally dictates the drinking age, but a 1984 federal law required states to raise the age to 21 or face reduced federal highway funding.
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Graduate students protest lecturer furloughs Despite student status, grad lecturers still considered university faculty and must take unpaid days off BY MARIA ROMAS Staff writer
Although a recent systemwide furlough plan exempts graduate assistants, many students who double as lecturers are speaking out against still being forced to take unpaid days off. The plan is geared toward faculty and staff members — graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants are exempt from being furloughed because they are not considered official university employees. But those who opt to serve as lecturers are considered university employees and will have to take the unpaid days off, a loophole that many graduate students say puts them at a disadvantage. The Furlough Plan for 2011 mandates all state-employed faculty and staff members will be required to take furlough days Dec. 23, during winter break, and March 24, during spring break. The plan was approved in June and follows guidelines set by the Board of Regents — a 17-member committee that oversees policy for all University System of Maryland colleges and universities. “I am being furloughed one day, as well as two campus closure days,” English graduate student Amy Karp wrote in an email. “The real issue with this is that the administration is claiming to not be furloughing graduate students because they are not recognizing that, at least in the humanities, many graduate students are having to enter into lectureships because we do not have enough time (due to teaching loads and school work loads) to finish our PhDs under our Teaching Assistantships.” Although there are many lecturers who are not graduate students, Jacqueline Orlando, Graduate Student Government
vice president of legislative affairs, said most lecturers in the English department are. Graduate school officials said having graduate students as employees enhances the university. “Many campus staff members are part-time graduate students, and those individuals who hold regular staff positions are not excluded from the furlough plan,” Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate School Dean Charles Caramello wrote in an e-mail. “Graduate students occupy many different positions: some are graduate assistants, some are lecturers, some are staff, some work off campus for other organizations. Many students are full-time, and many are parttime. This is part of the rich diversity of our campus.” But GSG President Anna Bedford said furloughs will put a greater strain on graduate students’ already tight wallets. “These lecturers are working on important issues, but now that they are not graduate assistants and named something else, the university changes its view on them,” she said. Some graduate students said being furloughed indicates that university system administrators don’t understand the financial burdens many graduate students face, such as having to pay for housing, health care and, in some cases, raising a family. “Being furloughed when I already do not make enough money to live on and must take out loans to subsist ... is simply demoralizing, particularly when I am teaching, in many cases, the same amount as full tenured professors for a fraction of the cost,” Karp wrote. “It again shows that the university administration ... is in denial that graduate students are also workers. At this point, they will
not recognize us as anything other than students, which is part of why we have been unable to unionize.” Others said the hardest part of being furloughed as lecturers is that the work never stops — even on days off, they are still trying to stay on top of being both a university employee and student. “A day off never happens, even on weekends,” Orlando said. “The expectation on a furlough day is that you don’t work and don’t get paid. But this is an impossible task in academia, especially for graduate students.” Most graduate students work as either teaching assistants, research assistants or lecturers to help pay their tuition. Assistantships are better for most students because the workload is lighter and the pay is relatively equal. Graduate student lecturers often did not receive assistantships or need more than the initially allotted time to complete their degrees and are left without assistantships. “If we are teaching a good portion of courses being offered, it seems to make sense to pay us a living wage, and if this is not possible, to at least not furlough us,” Karp wrote. “The university administration must deal with the fact that we have dual roles at the university as both students and instructors, and our needs in both arenas must be met. Perhaps they romantically imagine us as apprentices who are ‘paying our dues,’ but the state of the job market in the humanities, the fact that many of us are in major student loan debt, must disrupt this antiquated vision of the graduate student so that they can see we are suffering and have no union (aka voice) with which to speak.” email@example.com
A Los Treinta poster depicts the migration of Salvadorans to the U.S. over the last thirty years. PHOTO COURTESY OF QUIQUE AVILES
HISTORIES from page 1 comment on this article. Senior Spanish language and literature major Tara Cuneo inter viewed a Bolivian domestic worker living in the district for the project, an experience she said opened her eyes to the hardships of immigrants. “She had worked with quite a few Salvadorans throughout her time in the U.S., and she pretty much expressed that she felt excluded,” Cuneo said of her inter viewee. “Even though she shared certain aspects of culture with Salvadorans, she was not able to fully identify and assimilate into their culture.” Cuneo said hearing the inter views, recorded and dubbed “Oral histories,” revealed parallels in various cultures and thus achieved an important goal: to break down the stereotype that all immigrants from Latin America can be lumped into one group. Aviles said Washington is the only metropolitan area in which the majority of Latinos are Salvadoran, making it an excellent place for the students to conduct extensive inter views.
“We gained some hands-on experience by taking advantage of the fact that UMD is right next to D.C.,” said senior American studies major Jose Centeno, who took Rodriguez’s course last semester. “The assignment was long, but all the students seemed excited and enthusiastic about it.” Junior letters and sciences major and former student of the class Anne Wells said the project was unlike any other assignment she’s had. “I was especially excited to help Quique create a piece that represented his life as a Salvadorian refugee in the U.S.,” she said. “I’ve never gotten the opportunity to directly be a part of someone else’s work. She said the issue directly resonated with her, having visited El Salvador several times. “Quique came into our class ... before we got started, and I was immediately both moved and inspired to get a great stor y,” she said. Centeno said that through the inter views, like the one he recorded with his immigrant stepfather, students were documenting histor y that had not yet been written. He attended a July preview of the Los Treinta perform-
“We are a people of survival. The fact that so many of us are alive is testament to our resilience.” QUIQUE AVILES SALVADORAN PERFORMER
ances, which he described as exciting, upbeat and emotional. “Aviles makes the point that Salvadorians didn’t voluntarily leave El Salvador but were forced to flee to escape the human rights abuses,” Centeno said of the performances. Aviles said local Salvadorans’ strength and contributions to society make them worthy of celebration. “We have enriched the region with our presence, our culture and our food,” he said, adding that his Salvadoran neighbors are engineers, lawyers, painters and musicians. “We are a people of survival,” he said. “The fact that so many of us are alive is testament to our resilience.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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On whose side?
A great day for athletics
n many ways, it is fitting that Gov. Martin O’Malley kicked off the final leg of ing, what is more disturbing to us is O’Malley has not been forthcoming with this his re-election campaign — the “On Your Side” tour — at the Stamp Student information on the campaign trail. Instead, he admitted it only when questioned Union on Monday. Because if anyone has been on students’ side during the point-blank by a reporter. For a man riding in the “On Your Side Express,” it seems disquieting that O’Mallast four years, it has been him. As governor, O’Malley increased state student financial aid by $95 million and helped create the state’s first fund dedicated solely to ley wouldn’t level with students and their families about tuition as we enter one of the higher education. And perhaps the most celebrated action of his term, O’Malley most contentious election cycles in recent memory. No one likes tuition increases, and promising parents and students that they’ll be froze in-state undergraduate tuition for three straight years — a move that helped paying more next fall — especially in an economic climate as uncertain as today’s — make the dream of a college degree a reality for hundreds of students. is not the best strategy for earning votes. Last year, when the However, O’Malley’s campaign rhetoric about higher edutuition freeze ended with a modest three percent increase to cation is largely focused on his past accomplishments rather in-state undergraduate tuition, many were displeased. The than on the things that he plans to do if re-elected. Indeed, his speeches, his television advertisements and Gov. O’Malley needs to look Student Government Association, the student representative on the university system’s Board of Regents and counteven his website dedicated to higher education provide scant to the future of higher ed less other students and parents expressed their disapproval. information to voters as to his future higher education goals. instead of trumpeting his But in some cases, raising tuition is a necessary evil to Instead, these campaign materials largely focus on trumpetensure the quality of the state’s institutions of higher learning O’Malley’s higher education accomplishments and compast accomplishments. ing. In times of economic hardship — the state faces an paring them to those of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who approximate $1.1 billion shortfall in next year’s budget — raised in-state undergraduate tuition by 40 percent during his everyone must make sacrifices. Faculty, staff and even some graduate students are tenure four years ago. Perhaps one of the reasons for the curious silence on future initiatives is that the being furloughed; nonessential positions have been cut; offices have been elimireality facing higher education in this state is much less politically appealing than nated. If this university hopes to continue to grow and improve, modest increases in tuition are not only reasonable, but essential. O’Malley’s past accomplishments are. Instead of hiding behind the impressive laundry list of accomplishments from his Indeed, as reported yesterday by TBD, a local news website, in-state undergraduates in the University System of Maryland may soon be facing another tuition previous term and boasting about the three year tuition freeze that is no longer in increase. After Monday’s kick-off, O’Malley told TBD reporter and former Dia- effect, O’Malley should be straightforward with students and with the electorate. He mondback editor in chief Kevin Robillard that he may have to include “very modest should trust voters to recognize that his heart has been, and will likely continue to be, in the right place when it comes to higher education. That is what true leadership inflationary increases” to in-state undergraduate tuition if he is re-elected. And though many may find the very likely possibility of a tuition increase disturb- is. And that is what it means to be truly on our side.
Editorial cartoon: Ian Rodenhouse
Crime: Maybe you deserve it
think I might be the only person in the entire world who actually reads the crime alerts. And while I don’t make it a habit to write opinion columns about them, the most recent one was too golden an opportunity to pass up. The first e-mail described the suspects as “three white males,” and the second included an “updated suspect description” that changed it to “three black males.” Oh, boy. Here we go again. Every time a crime is reported in The Diamondback, there are about a billion online comments expressing something like, “Black suspects, what a surprise; why do they even bother with the descriptions?” Changing the suspect description highlighted the race of the suspects even more than usual — they were white. Oh, wait no, of course, they were black. It’s not racist to describe a suspect, but it sure as heck doesn’t do much for race relations. I guess the real question is: Why do
BETHANY WYNN they bother with the descriptions? Not because there’s an inherent expectation of what the suspect will look like, but because it’s not like any suspect has ever been caught or apprehended after being described as a black male who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Am I supposed to perform a citizen’s arrest every time I see a black man near that height? All the descriptions do is reinforce racial stereotypes and, apparently, create awkward, public typos. It’s not just our crime alerts; it’s the media in general. Unless the description will be in any way useful, why just throw out a bland “black male”? That’s not helpful. It just creates an aura of negativity around all black men.
I’m not accusing anyone of racism. In fact, I’d say we all strive to be politically correct — oftentimes to the point of absurdity. There is definitely a perception about black men ingrained in American society that often results in a “guilty until proven innocent” mentality regardless of whether blacks are actually more likely to commit crimes. We’re constantly told about the “black males” committing crimes, which is harmful not just to the perception non-blacks have of others but to the perception black people have of themselves. If all the crime alerts said was “white female, 5 feet 7 inches, wearing jeans,” would people cross the street when I walked by in my now-threatening jeans, despite my own personal actions in everyday life? Would I feel as if no matter how I acted, it was hopeless because society had already deemed me most likely to punch you in the face and steal your iPhone? It seems to me that suspect descriptions are just a dead weight around the
necks of the young black men who aren’t committing crimes. Race has nothing to do with crimes committed. In England, the popular belief is that the primary perpetrators of crime are white “chavs,” who wear a very specific uniform — track suits, fake gold jewelry and gelled hair become something to be feared after dark. In New Zealand, people have the same attitude toward the native Maori. If that sounds ridiculous, that’s because prejudice is relevant in context to culture. Race in itself can be thrown out as an indicator of criminal behavior, but it is circumstance that causes criminal behavior. If you were a privileged college student walking around College Park alone at night with an expensive phone and a wallet full of $20 bills, maybe I’d smack you over the head, too. Bethany Wynn is a senior sociology major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Terp fans: It’s about the passion, stupid
s I prepared to attend the men’s soccer and football games this weekend against our hated rival, Duke, it was impossible to keep sportsmanship-gate from running through my mind. I wondered, is the sportsmanship of university students really a serious issue warranting a special committee? Or are we just a bunch of rowdy students having fun and cheering for our team? After a great weekend of games, I have learned two things: My fellow students and I are doing just fine, and Duke sucks. Since the intense basketball rivalry between this university and Duke has made them our most hated ACC rival, I naturally expected my fellow Terps to be on their worst behavior this weekend. And to some extent they were. The extreme use of profanity which started the controversy over sportsmanship in September was still rampant. And while some would say the deafening boos which met Duke teams as they walked on the fields reflected poorly on our fans, I disagree. The excitement of the fans is the reason playing at home offers
teams an advantage — fan support helps keep them motivated. That support can exhibit itself in numerous ways, but at its core, it is all about the team. That’s what cheering — whether it is appropriate or not — is all about. For all the adolescent cursing that occurred, there were many clever and original comments. For instance, at the soccer game Friday night, one well-read fan heckled Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw by yelling: “James, I am getting rather hungry, I could really use a bite of your giant peach.” Roald Dahl references aside, it is clear from this weekend that students are excited about our teams, even if they are not always the most well behaved or well informed (One fan yelled “go back to Virginia” as Duke took the field Friday night). It is important to recognize these were significant games for our teams. The No. 8 men’s soccer team soundly defeated the No. 9 Blue Devils 2-0, while football’s 21-16 comeback win Saturday was a thrilling beginning to ACC play. The administration should want students to be passionate about these games. And
ROB RIKER while both games had great student support, the university was still e-mailing students Thursday saying tickets were available for Saturday’s game. So parents don’t want their children subjected to drunkenness, cursing and Duke. Fair enough. But the behavior of our students is far from unique in our society. Just last weekend in the NFL, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was caught on camera flipping the bird to an official. The unfortunate truth is that we live in a loud, obnoxious and crude world — just ask Glenn Beck. And while student behavior may keep some fans away, many others seemed to have a great time. The kid in the homemade Testudo costume during the football game sure seemed to enjoy walking around the field. And person-
ally, miniature mascots get me more pumped up than booing Duke, so why can’t there be both? So, to answer the question, is it really so bad? Did James Belshaw go home and cry himself to sleep Friday night? Well, probably yes, but it was because he allowed two goals and lost the game, not because of the taunting of a bunch of students. It is clear sportsmanship is not the thing keeping us from being a world-class university, and the behavior of our students is not so different from students at UCLA, Michigan or Duke. Terp fans come from many walks of life; from retired alumni to students to children, each group celebrates the team differently and should continue to do so. Any effort to solve the “issue” of sportsmanship must remember to let fans be fans. In the meantime, we will continue to let our opponents know: Hey, you suck! Rob Riker is a senior government and politics and history major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
lthough I have only been on the job for a few days, it is already clear to me that being the athletic director at this university is not just a good job, it is a great job. In fact, even before I accepted the position, I knew it to be a great job at a great university with a great athletics department. I knew all this, mostly, because that’s what people all across the country told me. There is no denying that, as incoming university President Wallace Loh has recently stated, intercollegiate athletics is the front porch of the university. Fairly or unfairly, due to the growing national and global exposure of college sports, often times it is a school’s successes or failures in the athletic arenas that come to define the university: its students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters. Fortunately, we as Terrapins have been remarkably successful in athletic competition in the last decade. This has allowed our greatness as a university to shine brightly from our front porch. The passion and pride so many members of Terrapin Nation take in this success and demonstrate at our events is rightful, deserved and appreciated. So thank you for helping making our university, our athletics and my job great. Now, we must all realize that each of us is clearly visible from our front porch. Our actions, words and behaviors are all accessible for the state, the nation and the world to see, hear and judge. In that regard, each of us is responsible for the image, reputation and greatness of the university and our athletics department. Damage to image, reputation and greatness happens much faster than it is undone. Further, damage done under our watch is our responsibility and will impact all of us either immediately or over the years. I urge everyone to consider how our actions, voices and behaviors impact fellow members of Terrapin Nation. As a proud new member of the Terp family, I ask you to assist me in keeping our front porch strong and bright. We need each and every one of you to succeed. Certainly, as a proud American and the former athletic director at the U.S. Military Academy, I cherish and value the rights we enjoy and protect in this country. We will never aim to infringe on those rights. Of course, as a loving father, I truly hope that I, along with all of our coaches and staff, will find our athletic venues to be passionate — yet respectful and appropriate — places to celebrate, cheer and take pride in Terp athletics with our youngest sons and daughters and entire families at our side. Truly, the Terrapin Nation will be at its best and strongest if we all stand as one on our front porch. Yes, we have some real issues to deal during my initial days as athletics director, but protecting the school’s image, reputation and greatness is certainly a priority for me. I hope you will join me in protecting all of these things, while recognizing our freedoms of expression are certainly important to all of us. Trust me, I just spent several years with many of the men and women who are charged with protecting the freedoms that we are entrusted to enjoy civilly in the United States. So I know firsthand that the country is in good hands, as is, I trust, Terrapin Nation. Thank you, and go Terps. Kevin Anderson is the university’s athletics director.
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from page 1 entered the bank at the intersection of Knox Road and Yale Avenue at 12:14 p.m. wearing a blue polo shirt and red baseball cap, pretending to be a customer. The man threatened a teller with a handgun and stuffed his pockets with handfuls of cash before leaving on foot. Witnesses told police they saw smoke coming from his pockets as he left the bank, which police believe meant a dye pack hidden in the money exploded in his pants. Police spokesman Maj. Andy Ellis would not say how police identified McClurkin, who has not been charged because he has not yet been extradited from Virginia, but Ellis said it undoubtedly helped that the bank was able to give investigators more than 50 photos from its security cameras. “The sur veillance photos we received in this bank robber y were excellent quality,” Ellis said. “High-quality photos like that do help us with our investigations because they provide information that citizens can use to provide us with information about the identity of the suspect.” Some students were initially surprised that someone got away with robbing a bank in downtown College Park, especially considering his attire, but others lauded police for closing the case in three weeks. “I thought this was decently fast,” sophomore sociology major Brett Tozzi said. “I mean, usually things like this usually don’t even get solved.” Senior Jewish studies major Scott Raileanu echoed Tozzi’s sentiment. “You hear about the crime warnings all the time through the e-mails,” senior Jewish studies major Scott Raileanu said. “But it’s about time you hear that someone gets caught.” But Raileanu said he would have liked police to move faster. “It’s definitely discouraging that it took this long to catch him,” Raileanu said. “But I’m glad that they got him.” In general, students seemed to agree on one thing: An arrest was likely in this case. It was only a matter of when. “I mean, it was blatant,” Tozzi said. “He didn’t even tr y to cover it up. It was in the middle of the day; he didn’t cover his face at all; of course he was going to get caught.” McClurkin has previously faced charges of drug possession with intent to distribute in Washington and for allegedly crashing a rental car and, over the summer, leaving an accident scene in Charles County, court records show. He was extradited to Virginia from jail in Washington in 2005 for an unspecified offense, according to D.C. court records. Virginia records are unavailable.
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The city-university partnership has been a forum for College Park and university officials to work together for over a decade, but the organization hasn’t always been as transparent as some council members and city residents would like. Members of the corporation who attended last night’s College Park City Council meeting pledged that will change, promising to share the times of their meetings and to report on what they discussed. They added that with a new university president, the organization should become more effective. The city-university partnership is a private corporation created to provide a place for officials from both bodies to talk about ways they could help encourage development on Route 1 or otherwise improve the community, and it receives funding from both bodies. But some council members complained the meeting times are not publicized and the feedback from the meetings often doesn’t get back to the council
and the public. Former Mayor Steve Brayman, who is a member of the partnership, said the body met just two weeks ago to discuss the proposed student apartment building planned for the site of the Maryland Book Exchange downtown. Many members of the council weren’t aware the meeting had occurred, despite the fact that the property has been a hot topic since a developer purchased the site over the summer. Brayman said university officials at the meeting insisted they would never support undergraduate housing on the site. State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (DPrince George’s and Anne Arundel), who is also a member of the committee, said council members could show up to the meeting or ask for information at any time, though the meetings are not formally open to the public. Rosapepe also stressed the body had no power to enact any of their proposals without dual city and university approval. But District 1 Councilwoman Christine Nagle, who is not in the partnership, was particularly adamant that the organization has
operated in a secretive manner and things weren’t that simple, especially since the meeting schedule is not currently publicized. “There’s an intention to keep residents away from the information,” she said. “Every time I’ve asked for information, both as a resident and even as a council member, I’ve been told, ‘No, you can’t have it; the partnership is not subject to the open meeting; it’s a private corporation.’” The corporation was created in part to let the university and city meet in private despite being public institutions, said Richard Wagner, a partnership member and College Park resident. Robert Levan, another partnership member, said a meeting might be closed to the public to discuss sensitive development information. “I think that we have to draw a fine line with regard to corporate matters which are properly kept within the partnership and matters of public information which should be made open,” Levan said. Current partnership initiatives include the live-work program, in which people who work in Col-
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AWARENESS from page 1 they see the shirts,” said family therapy graduate student Stephanie Rivero, who serves as coordinator for the Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Program’s peer educators. “Sometimes people get angry.” Yesterday, participants in the event called police about three people who were “acting disorderly,” though they left before officers responded, University Police Capt. Carolyn Consoli said. She could not provide details regarding their behavior yesterday evening. This misconduct wasn’t the first controversy in the event’s history. In October 2007, University Health Center Director Sacared Bodison banned students from naming alleged attackers on their T-shirts; students are allowed to use a perpetrator’s first or last name, but not both. The pain of bearing this abuse from a loved one was echoed on many T-shirts: “Daddy’s girl, your ‘love hurt,’” “1st gr. to 6th gr. you hurt me. Now I hurt forever. I called you my brother” and “Just because you were my boyfriend doesn’t give you the right to take what you wanted.” Since August, 15 percent of SARPP clients have cited relationship violence as their reason for seeking support, Bennett said, which is fairly consistent with data from the past five years — since 2005, the number has varied from 14 to 18 percent, with the exception of the 2006-2007 academic year. But statistics show that dozens more students who fall victim to domestic violence and sexual assault will not report the incidents. For this reason, the Clothesline Project, which was sponsored by SARPP, attempts to give voice to
high-risk drinkers. Habits classified as high risk include binge drinking, which according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is any consumption of alcohol that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration up to 0.08 percent or above. This usually occurs when women consume four or more drinks in two hours and when men consume five or more drinks in the same amount of time. However, the poll included all men and women who reported having this many drinks in one sitting as high-risk drinkers, which is not necessarily in agreement with the NIAAA classification. More than 36 percent of respondents from this university were classified as high-risk drinkers, compared to 17 percent of students who are moderate drinkers and 47 percent of students who do not drink. Prior to coming to the university, 25 percent of freshmen admitted to high-risk drinking behavior. That number increased to 36 percent when freshmen reevaluated their drinking habits in the second installment of AlcoholEdu. The number of non-drinkers decreased from 62 percent to 47 percent after students spent about six weeks in college, largely due to what Long called the “college effect” — a trend that typically happens when students change their drinking habits after being exposed to the college culture. There was a smaller difference between the pre-college and post-college numbers among the other ACC institutions. Although Long said she can’t pinpoint the exact reason why high-risk drinking at this university trumps the averages of other ACC and state colleges, she attributed it to the accessibility of alcohol in College Park. Additionally, many in-state students may enter the university already knowing upperclassmen who can legally purchase alcohol for them, she said. In order to increase awareness about the possible ramifications of binge drinking, the university is tailoring its AlcoholEdu program to become more institution-
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specific by adding eight survey questions related to wellness, how to recognize signs of alcohol poisoning and relevant university policies like the Responsible Action Protocol, Long said. But many students doubt AlcoholEdu’s effectiveness. “It’s a good idea to just put it out there,” environmental science and policy major Ginni LaRosa said. “But people who do use it, a lot of times, people will remember basic concepts but not details.” Although some students conceded that it contained some educational material and should continue to be offered by the university, most said the program’s impact on students is shortlived. Few were able to recall specific facts about alcohol consumption that had been presented to them in the online course. “I think they learn from it,” sophomore letters and sciences major Bethany Wagemann said. “But they don’t take it into consideration when they’re actually drinking. In most cases, kids drink to get drunk, not social drinking.” John Zacker, the director of the Office of Student Conduct, said in the first weeks of September, the university saw up to eight students go to the hospital in alcohol-related incidents per weekend. He faulted students’ easy access to College Park bars for the overconsumption. “The prime purveyor of alcohol is Thirsty Turtle,” he said. “When you ask students where they got it, a lot of them say they were at Turtle.” email@example.com
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those who may not otherwise seek help or discuss the abuse, organizers said. “It happens. It’s not something that’s talked about, but it does happen,” Rivero said, adding that when an abuser is a close friend or relative, it makes the violence harder to talk about. Domestic violence — which includes physical, emotional and verbal abuse — and sexual assault often occurs with someone the victim knows and is generally a campaign for power in the relationship,
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Bennett said. Because abusers usually don’t reveal their belligerent tendencies at the beginning of a relationship, Bennett added, it’s common for the victim to believe they are at fault when the relationship sours. The T-shirts offered similar advice to victims of domestic violence: “Love yourself and know it was not your fault.” Along with blaming oneself, victims can also experience deep feelings of shame and fear, as the impact of constant abuse shatters self-
esteem, Bennett said. She also added a victim may feel that seeking help will put them in graver danger. Bennett said it’s important to offer support to a survivor of domestic violence. Yesterday, encouragement came in the form of big, bold letters on cotton. “So many women share your pain,” read one shirt. Another put it simply: “What you did to me is NOT going to change my life.”
University of Maryland College Park studentreported drinking rates for 2009-2010: Before coming to the university: Non-drinkers: 62 percent Moderate drinkers: 14 percent High-risk drinkers: 25 percent After coming to the university: Non-drinkers: 47 percent Moderate drinkers: 17 percent High-risk drinkers: 36 percent Source: AlcoholEdu survey data
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It’s Britney, bitch After Glee, is the pop songstress still worth defending? BY KYLE LUCAS Staff writer
I was talking to a friend a few weeks back about the then-upcoming Britney Spears episode of Fox’s Glee, which aired Sept. 28. I said something along the lines of: “I get that they want theme episodes, but why Britney Spears?” You’d have thought I asked why Joseph Stalin has such a negative reputation. But this is something that seriously confuses me and has done so for a few years now. Why do people — in particular, women in our age bracket — still defend Spears so adamantly? It’s not that I don’t understand some of the nostalgia toward her. When … Baby One More Time was released (in 1999, believe it or not), I was in fifth grade, which puts most people at this university anywhere from second to sixth grade. It’s basically the same reason why most people at this school look back fondly on TV shows such as Hey Arnold! — we were young, and it’s a nice memory. I also understand that, unlike a TV show, Spears kind of grew up with us. She released subsequent albums in 2000, 2001 and 2003, which were prime years for our age group to do
nothing but hang out in malls and listen to shitty music. So she owns a part of a many people’s youth that way as well. But then, in 2004, well, she started going downhill. She met and married Kevin Federline, had a couple kids and then divorced the dude seemingly as fast as she met him. And then, of course, 2007 brought upon us the infamous head-shaving incident. That’s when she lost a lot of people. She wasn’t making music either, alienating fans who actually liked listening to her. It was also during this time that she started pulling an Oprah by gaining and losing weight frequently and, honestly, alienating many of her heterosexual male fans. Sure, she put out Blackout in 2007 and Circus in 2008, but that was clearly not her best music, even with the aid of heavy Auto-Tune on her voice. And during that time — and as she still continues to do — Spears continued her crazy streak. Pictures of her questionable parenting style, seeming disdain of bras and constant hiring and engaging of new security guards are all off-putting. I would think it must be disconcerting to her fans, who would have easy access to all this information. So why? What is it about Spears
that makes her so appealing to people our age? And just so we’re all clear, I write this not to make people angry. I’m not just being a dick (for once), nor am I trying to forward my hidden agenda to make you all listen to The Gaslight Anthem instead of fading pop stars. I ask because I honestly don’t have an answer. I’ve thought about this for weeks, and I cannot for the life of me figure it out. What about Christina Aguilera? Why is she not still this popular? I’m not saying I think she’s a better musician or anything, but let’s break it down. Aguilera made almost the exact same music for almost an identical amount of time; Aguilera was the more talented singer; Aguilera is still attractive all the time, and most importantly, she’s not crazy. Or what about the Spice Girls? I would understand the Spice Girls. They were big when we were at the correct age, and they even went away for a while, which could have whet our appetite for a Spice World 2 or something. A woman my age defending them would make sense to me. Yet it’s still Spears who gets time on the airwaves and on TMZ. I like what Todd VanDerWerff, of The A.V. Club website, wrote when
In 2007, pop star Britney Spears attacked an SUV outside of Kevin Federline’s home with an umbrella. PHOTO COURTESY OF MANHUNTDAILY.COM
reviewing Glee’s Britney episode after it aired: “I don’t have the fascination with [Spears’] music and her public persona that so many others in my generation do. She’s just a pop star who had a hellish road for much of the last decade, then inexplicably became culturally relevant again.” This is exactly how I feel. I remember when Spears was cool, when she
was a sex symbol and when her being at the MTV Video Music Awards was a big deal. I just know that now I’m somehow in the minority for thinking that Spears is way past the days when people should care about what she does. Because I sure as hell don’t. email@example.com
INTERVIEW | IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
Jumping the cuckoo’s nest BY DREW WALDO Staff writer
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In a lot of his work, Zach Galifianakis does not seem approachable, despite looking kind of like an adorable Teddy Graham. His Funny Or Die series, “Between Two Ferns,” has him staging fake interviews with A-list celebrities as a quietly enraged journalist. In his breakout role in The Hangover, he goes the extra mile to be off-putting. But in a conference call with The Diamondback to promote his upcoming film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Galifianakis, joined by costar Keir Gilchrist and writer-director duo Anna
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Boden and Ryan Fleck, was essentially a nicer version of his on-screen persona. He has reasons to be friendly, as his sudden mainstream success has come with very little change to his approach to comedy. Now in its second season, HBO’s excellent program Bored to Death casts Galifianakis as Ray. And, most recently, Galifianakis has his first serious feature role with It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Galifianakis plays Bobby, the R.P. McMurphy of the psych ward, though Galifianakis notes he intentionally avoided watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
before filming specifically to avoid comparisons to Jack Nicholson’s character. Instead, Galifianakis headed to New Mexico to research mental facilities. What appears on the film is Galifianakis’ interest in “people who function on the outside but are ver y fragile [within],” he said. For Boden and Fleck, the film’s stor y about a 16-yearold from Brooklyn, N.Y., coming to terms with his place in life fits right in with the rest of their filmography. As they did in 2008’s Sugar and 2006’s Half Nelson, the filmmakers explore the lives of characters in transition. The duo reiterated that
they are not a couple; instead, they just work well enough together to write and direct three featurelength films. With this newest movie, they are also proving adept at getting unexpected performances out of actors. Gilchrist (The United States of Tara) comes across on screen as the polar opposite of Galifianakis. Reser ved and professional, Gilchrist said his involvement with the film was the standard process of getting a script from an agent, liking the movie and filming it. Still, Gilchrist said the role was not difficult to relate to because, like Craig, he deals
with a lot of his own stress as an actor. The commiseration continued — Galifianakis recalls the stress he had around Craig’s age and in college as “more pressure than any other time in my life.” His advice to students, he said, is to chill out. Then he whispered: “I’m chilling out too much.” Reluctance to give school advice aside, Galifianakis said he hopes to do more dramatic roles in the future. Anything specific? “A movie where I have my shirt off the entire time,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 | SPORTS | THE DIAMONDBACK
OFFENSE from page 10 plays they’ve needed much of this season. Last season, the Terps scored touchdowns of at least 40 yards or more only eight times. This season, it took just three games for the Terps to eclipse that mark. Against West Virginia, quarterback Jamarr Robinson threw 60and 80-yard touchdown passes to wide receiver Torrey Smith. Against Florida International, four of the Terps’ six touchdowns came from at least 56 yards away. But the new big-play offense saved its best for when it needed it most Saturday. After managing just 142 yards and seven points in the first half of Saturday’s game against Duke, the Terps used an 84-yard punt return from Tony Logan and a 71-yard catch-and-run from running back Da’Rel Scott to take and hold the lead for good in their ACC opener. “Special teams scores and big plays like [Logan’s touchdown] in the game are always huge momentum shifts,” safety Kenny Tate said.
HUSKIES from page 10 Connecticut defenders, it bounced straight to Mullins. The freshman headed home the first, and only, goal of the night for the Terps (6-2-1). “The ball kind of got a little scuffled up, and I just tapped it and put it away,” Mullins said. “[Defender] Gordon [Murie] was joking around, saying it was the softest header he’s ever seen. I was just in the right spot.” Of his three goals this season, two have come off headers, and the third came off a rebound. His play this week has helped the Terps knock off back-to-back top-10 opponents after falling to No. 3 North Carolina on Sept. 24. “Our front four exerts a lot out of the backline, and when Patrick comes in he sometimes finds gaps and holes,” Cirovski
Tony Logan’s, center, punt return touchdown Saturday against Duke was his second this year. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
“It’s just a quick-score answer.” Logan, whose return against Duke came just one week after he returned a punt 85 yards for a score in the first half against FIU, has been an especially welcome addition to the Terps’ often anemic offensive production. Logan was injured for most of last season, and as a result, Terp punt returners gained just 168 yards on
said. “He’s been terrific at the finishing end.” Despite enrolling in the spring, the New Orleans native still is adjusting to the rigors of college soccer. “[The college game] takes a lot out of you, but I’m definitely getting there,” Mullins said. “When I first came in, I was a long ways from where I am now, but it’s good to get back into the flow.” With Mullins providing the only score of the evening, the Terp defense displayed another gritty performance against a top scoring team. Entering last night, the Huskies had scored in every match and averaged 2.89 goals per game. After also shutting out No. 19 Duke Friday night, the Terp backline continued its emergence as perhaps the team’s dominant unit. “Our individual and small-group defending had to be very good,” Cirovski said. “We had to
26 chances. Logan already has more than doubled that number, with 415 yards on 15 returns. “Teams should know by now,” Tate said. “Keep kicking it to Tony, and he’s going to keep showing you why he is the best in the nation.” Still, the Terps know they can’t continue to rely on Logan and other singular efforts from their receivers and backs to carry the
offensive load. The offense, at times, has shown flashes of an ability to sustain long, time-consuming drives. Already trailing 9-0 on Saturday, quarterback Danny O’Brien led an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped off by running back Davin Meggett’s plunge into the end zone from three yards out. The key to producing methodical scoring drives continues to be a consistent running game. While both Scott and Davin Meggett have more than 250 yards rushing on the season, against Duke, the duo managed a paltry 3.4 yards per carry. The team’s longest run all game went for nine yards. The problem starts up front, with an inexperienced and bangedup offensive line. Since left tackle Justin Gilbert tore his ACL against West Virginia, the Terps’ running game simply hasn’t been the same. “We’ve got to get more consistent,” Franklin said. “It’s clearly obvious that when we want to run the ball, and everyone in the stadium knows we are going to run the ball, we still aren’t doing it.”
State and North Carolina, the Terps have continued to improve on both ends, while Mullins continues to get fitter. “We kind of had to convince ourselves that we are a contender,” Mullins said, “not just a pretender.” email@example.com
Terps are in the right position that Cirovski had hoped for midway through the season. “Connecticut is obviously a great team,” Cirovski said. “It wasn’t the prettiest game, but it’s a great win.” After several early letdowns against Michigan
from page 10 Casey — a center back at the time — in at goal, and the rest was history. “You could say it was frustrating,” Balogun said. “But it’s about doing what’s best for the team.” With Casey’s graduation, however, Balogun was thrust back into the starting role this season on a team with ACC title aspirations. And after an admittedly slow start, Balogun feels that she is starting to come into her own again. “I think that throughout the beginning of the season, I was a bit shaky,” Balogun said. “I was a bit nervous, but I’ve gained a lot of confidence throughout the season.” Goalkeeping, perhaps more than any other position in soccer, is an art form. And after two years removed from action — after losing the job to Casey, Balogun sat out as a redshirt last year — rust was to be expected. “She went two years, essentially, without getting many games,” Pensky said. “And goalkeepers need games.” Balogun’s early trouble with transitioning back into the starting role has hardly cost the No. 8 Terps, who jumped out of the gate with a 10-game unbeaten streak that was snapped with Sunday’s loss at Virginia Tech. After averaging 1.25 saves per game in nonconference play, Balogun has risen to the challenge of conference play, posting 4.33 saves through the Terps’ first three league games. The timing couldn’t be better. The Terps opened conference play with two ranked opponents before playing the Hokies and now face perhaps their toughest opponent yet in No. 4 Boston College tomorrow. “Since our ACC season has started, we’ve seen her confidence rise a little bit,” Pensky said. “The more she has swagger and belief in herself, the more we’re able to have faith in her.” “As a goalkeeper, you start making saves, you get into a rhythm,” goalkeeprs coach Laurie George said. “Yewande has been demonstrating that she’s stepping up to the occasion with ACC games.” A steady goalkeeper is of particular importance for a team like the Terps. With one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, the Terps spend a majority of their games on the attack. With this, however, they leave themselves vulnerable to counterattacking opportunities from opponents. To reap the rewards of worry-free attacking, confidence in Balogun is pivotal. “Especially the last few games, she’s really proved that she can make big-time saves,” defender Caitlin McDowell said of Balogun. “You have to have that reliability that your keeper is there to back you up.” Balogun’s biggest save of the year may have come in the 85th minute of last Thursday’s 3-2 win over No. 9 Virginia, when she was able to deflect a rocket from outside the penalty box off the crossbar and out of bounds that all but wrapped up the Terps’ lone conference win of the season thus far. She will almost certainly need a similar performance against Boston College, as the Eagles have the eighthbest scoring offense in the country. Striker Victoria DiMartino leads the Boston College attack as arguably the nation’s best striker, averaging a goal per game. While solid goalkeeping will be of particular importance tomorrow, it will be a necessity for the Terps to make noise in the NCAA Tournament in November. “I really think we have the capability to beat any team,” Balogun said. “We’re excited to get back onto the field.”
Midfielder Patrick Mullins, center, who coach Sasho Cirovski labeled a “super sub,” has three goals for the Terps this season. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
be compact against Connecticut. They can spread you out. ... I thought we handled it very well.” “Every game,” defender Alex Lee said, “I feel that our backline is getting more connected.” With two of the biggest wins of the season in a span of five days, the
THE DIAMONDBACK | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
Kassel wins weekly honor Terrapin men’s soccer midfielder Matt Kassel was named the ACC Player of the Week for his play in a 2-0 win against Duke. Get more at TerrapinTrail.com.
Mullins’ goal lifts Terps over UConn BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
Midfielder Patrick Mullins helped hand Connecticut its first loss all season yesterday. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
If it wasn’t for that whole running part of soccer, Terrapin men’s soccer midfielder Patrick Mullins would probably find himself in the Terps’ starting lineup, scoring more goals and making a bigger impact. The freshman has shown the
burst to frustrate backlines and the leg to zoom shots past goalkeepers, but his endurance hasn’t translated from high school just yet, leaving coach Sasho Cirovski with no choice but to play Mullins in a somewhat limited fashion. But even in small doses, he’s made a big impact. Mullins’ 35th-minute goal made the dif-
ference last night, helping the No. 6 Terps hand No. 2 Connecticut (7-1-2) its first loss of the season at Ludwig Field, 1-0. “He’s a ‘super sub’ and gives us a lot of life in there, and he has a great nose for the goal,” Cirovski said. “He comes in at the right time right now. He’s just got to get fitter so we can give him some more minutes.”
For the second straight game, the freshman found the back of the net. And while he’s shown a wicked left foot and savvy dribbling skills, Mullins has benefited largely from his smart positioning. After midfielder Paul Torres’ cross knocked off several
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Big plays buoy Terps
In ACC action, Balogun steps up for Terps
Scott’s, Logan’s scores latest installments for inconsistent offense
BY CONOR WALSH Staff writer
Mary Casey was the type of goalkeeper that coaches dream about. An All-ACC goalkeeper in 2008 and the Terrapin women’s soccer team’s emotional leader last season, the former Terp combined talent with passion to help catapult the Terps to their best season since 2004 last year. Standing in her wake was Yewande Balogun. Balogun joined the Terps in 2007 as one of the nation’s top goalkeeper recruits and did not disappoint early, posting five shutouts and allowing less than a goal per game in a rookie season that earned her a spot on the ACC’s All-Freshman team. But after stumbling at the start of her sophomore season, coach Brian Pensky had to make a change. He plugged
BY MICHAEL LEMAIRE Senior staff writer
After taking his first touch of the game 84 yards to pay dirt, Terrapin football punt returner Tony Logan got a little too excited. He pegged the football at the Gossett Football Team House, earning a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the process. But coach Ralph Friedgen was willing to overlook a little showmanship for some scoring. “To be honest with you, I wouldn’t have cared if he had knocked the whole building down,” Friedgen said. “We needed that touchdown.” In a big way, the Terps have gotten the big
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Running back Da’Rel Scott’s 71-yard touchdown reception Saturday against Duke gave the Terps a 21-9 lead and helped lift a struggling offense largely reliant on big plays. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
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