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THE DIAMONDBACK Our 101ST Year, No. 29


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Law banning talking Univ. sees most diverse class yet point to rising rates of students, faculty of color as on cell phones while Administrators evidence that the university has made diversity a top priority driving takes effect BY LAUREN REDDING Senior staff writer

Some remain unsold on statutes’ ability to prevent car accidents BY KELLY FARRELL


Staff writer

Maryland joined eight other states and Washington Friday in banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. But while the law, which was passed in April, is meant to lower the rate of accidents and subsequent injuries, many still debate its effectiveness in preventing accidents. Many students said they feel banning only hand-held cell phones doesn’t get at the real problem: Having a conversation while driving can be distracting. “It’s not that talking while driving isn’t distracting,” senior journalism major Allie Prout said. “But to me, talking on the phone — with or without a headset — is no different than talking to the person in the car with me.” Talking on a hand-held phone while driving is a secondary of-

Using a hand-held cell phone while driving is now a secondary offense in the state of Maryland. Text messaging while driving remains a primary offense. You cannot be pulled over for using a hand-held cell phone alone; you must first be pulled over for a separate offense Officers can cite drivers solely for texting while driving

After a year of contention regarding diversity at the university, it seems the smoke may finally be clearing. The university hired 75 new faculty members this academic year, and the hires were the most diverse in the past decade, according to acting university President and Provost Nariman Farvardin. Faculty of color represent 44 percent of new hires — an increase from last year’s 24.4 percent. The diversity of new undergraduate

students also increased in the last year: Students of color account for 38 percent of the current freshman class, compared with 31.4 percent of last year’s freshman class. They also now represent 37 percent of all undergraduates enrolled at the university — an increase from the 34 percent recorded last year. Last fall, the story was very different. Student concerns about a lack of transparency and diversity at the university sparked a 600-person protest on the steps of the Main Administration Building when Cordell Black was removed from his position as associate provost for

equity and diversity, a position he filled for more than a decade. Farvardin, who found himself in a firestorm of controversy surrounding the incident, said diversity has always been in the university’s fabric, and these recent numbers prove it. “Our initiatives are not new things,” he said. “We planted the seed of a number of new initiatives, and they’ve now begun to bear fruit.” Farvardin said one of those initiatives was a concerted effort by the admissions

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Stink bug landing

fense in this state, meaning a driver must be pulled over for a different violation to be ticketed for cell phone use, giving some students a false sense of protection even while officials insist

see LAWS, page 3

Smelly creatures may turn to dorms for winter shelter BY CLAIRE SARAVIA Staff writer

They crawl. They fly. They smell. And they’re touching down on the campus to shack up for the winter. Stink bugs swarmed the Washington metropolitan area in unusually high numbers over the summer, terrorizing crops and bombarding people enjoying the warm weather. But with temperatures steadily dropping, the creepy critters are sneaking indoors to find shelter for the winter months, and some students have already noticed the unwelcome visitors. The bugs will likely find on-campus buildings and residence halls and off-campus houses to be prime real estate, instead of the outdoor hiding places where they usually take cover from the cold, entomology professor Mike Raupp said. “Here on the campus,

City of College Park Mayor Andy Fellows proposed changes to the city’s districting system at Tuesday’s council meeting. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

City official proposes redrawing districts Change would lump students into one district, add at-large members BY AMANDA PINO Staff writer

Mayor Andy Fellows proposed redrawing the city district lines to give students better representation in city affairs and to encourage the College Park City Council to think of the city as a united whole during the council’s weekly meeting Tuesday

night. The proposal was met with several reservations, however. Some feared these changes could make it more difficult for minorities, people from less-populated areas of College Park and those with more modest means to run for city council, as well as isolate and

Stink bugs have been a major problem inside dorms, classrooms and lecture halls this semester.

there aren’t a lot of rocks and logs, but there are a lot of big buildings,” Raupp said. “This presents a concern for a lot of people.” Raupp said stink bugs — which, true to their name, emit a foul-smelling odor when provoked or squished — have the ability to creep

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Nothing nice to say Students lament recent tragedies but feel helpless in the face of cyber bullying BY LANGAN DENHARD For The Diamondback

While suicide among young people subject to bullying has been broadcast far and wide by national media outlets in recent weeks, students at this university said the news is tragic but hardly surprising. “In today’s world, where Internet is a second nature to students, cyber bullying is sickeningly commonplace,” said Pride Alliance President Spencer Brennen, a junior

studio art major. “People feel safe behind computer screens.” Cyber bullying, which has existed for decades, has come under renewed scrutiny after Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, 18, jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge. Clementi was filmed, via webcam, having a sexual encounter with another male by his roommate Dharun Ravi, who broadcast the video on social networking sites. On Sept. 22, Clementi posted this Facebook status:

“Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” Despite the outrage many students at this university and across the country felt following Clementi’s suicide, they continue to flock to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, College Anonymous Confession Board and I Saw You Maryland, where cyber bullies





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DISTRICTS from page 1

To increase students’ convenience, SGA legislators hope to convert at least one of the North Campus Diner’s emergency exits, which are directly across from LaPlata Hall’s main steps, into a regular exit. ORLANDO URBINA/THE DIAMONDBACK

SGA hopes to open The Diner’s back door Legislators say opening emergency exits would mitigate crowding at front entrance, but Dining Services not yet consulted on proposal BY SARAH MEEHAN Staff writer

Student patrons of the North Campus Diner may soon be relieved of the heavy traffic that plagues its main exit during peak hours if Dining Services agrees to sign on and implement a resolution the SGA passed last night. The Student Government Association voted unanimously to support the conversion of at least one of The Diner’s three emergency back exits into a regular oneway exit. Although Dining Services officials said they’ve heard nothing about the plan, student leaders said they hope to move the initiative along in the next few weeks. Kevin Roshdieh, chairman of the residential affairs committee and the computer, mathematical and natural sciences legislator, proposed the change after several students

approached him outside LaPlata Hall with a petition to open the emergency exits for regular use, he said. Roshdieh signed the petition and brought the issue to the SGA, he said. “It would help fix what is sometimes a bottleneck at the exit during prime time — dinner and lunch,” Roshdieh said. The bill does not specify exactly which door the SGA would like to see converted because the organization thought Dining Services could make that decision more appropriately, Roshdieh said. The door would be one of the three emergency exits on the side of The Diner that faces LaPlata. “I’m in favor because I live in LaPlata,” said sophomore biology and psychology major Roma Rajput. But some students, such as sophomore bioengineering major Nima Sarfaraz, ques-

tioned the necessity of another exit. Though he was not opposed to the idea, Sarfaraz said he had never experienced backups at the exits and that a new exit would only benefit students who live in LaPlata. The SGA has not yet contacted Dining Services about its plan, said Assistant Director for Dining Services Bart Hipple. Roshdieh said he hopes to meet with Director of Dining Services Colleen Wright-Riva soon to discuss the possibility of the new exit and create a plan to get the ball rolling. Roshdieh said he believes removing fire alarms and emergency exit signage are minor changes, so he does not expect the project to be too pricey. He hopes a new exit will be usable within about a month. “If it’s feasible, Dining Services can probably take care of it on their own, and if it

“If it does need support from the student side, I’m sure there’s more than enough.” KEVIN ROSHDIEH SGA RESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

does need support from the student side, I’m sure there’s more than enough,” Roshdieh said. The SGA proposed the existing door be a one-way exit to help avoid two-way traffic chaos in the front area of The Diner. “I guess one of the concerns would be people coming in the exit, since people live so close to it,” Rajput said.

marginalize the student voice. Fellows’ proposal would divide the city into five districts — including a district primarily made up of students — and create three at-large council members who would be free from districts and charged with representing the city overall. The change would allow all College Park residents to cast a ballot for their district representative as well as the at-large council members. Under the current system, which divides the city into four districts with two council members for each, the campus is split in two — on-campus students are registered to vote in either District 2 or 4, depending on location, while those living in fraternity or sorority houses vote in District 3. Partly due to this fragmentation of student voters, an undergraduate has never been elected to the council. Allowing students to vote in a unified bloc was one motivation for the idea of a fifth district. “A fifth district would be a district that is an almost entirely student-populated area,” Fellows said. “That’s only one way that the fifth district could be created, but that was one of the reasons I thought it might be a good idea.” The mayor’s proposal comes on the heels of discussion about lowering the minimum age to serve on the city council from 21 to 18, a motion put forward by District 4 Councilman Marcus Afzali. The council is set to vote on that measure in the coming weeks following a public hearing. But Nick Aragon, who ran for a District 4 council seat in 2007, said creating a fifth district encompassing most students might do them more harm than good. He noted that it takes more than one council member to push a proposal through the decision-making body, and students make up large parts of their current districts. Students could easily get more than one seat on the council if they turned out as a bloc to vote, Aragon said. “If students at some point in the future really started voting often and frequently [a fifth district] would definitely reduce their power,” he said. “But con-

sidering they don’t vote, it may be a way to increase their voice.” More important than redistricting is changing the university culture to make students more active, he said. Fellows also said having three at-large council members would encourage the council to consider the city as a whole more often than it does now, with each member pushing the interest of his or her own district. But some city officials pointed to nearby Greenbelt, where they said reducing the number of council members who represent each district and adding at-large representatives made it more difficult for minorities and residents living on the city’s peripheries to win seats. “Typically, the at-large would be the people most connected with the center of the city,” said District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn. “I’d be concerned about that happening here.” The additional cost and effort it would take to run for an at-large position was also not lost on council members. In College Park, the last competitive race for mayor occurred decades ago. “We are obviously having trouble finding a second person to run city-wide for mayor,” Afzali said. “How could we find four people to run for a city-wide office?” But at least one councilmember — District 3 Councilman Mark Cook — seemed to be on Fellows’ side. He agreed with Fellows that having at-large councilmembers would mean more, not fewer, people would be poised to run for mayor when the time comes. An elections committee appointed by the council after the release of census data with new population figures makes final recommendations about redistricting. Catlin said he expects this process to take too long for there to be any radical changes made before the next council election in 2011. “I have concerns doing a lot because I don’t think we’ll have data until spring next year,” Catlin said in an interview before the council meeting. “There will be some people who want to do some radically different things, but I don’t know how we’ll have a committee put together to analyze all these different things in time for the election.”


LAWS from page 1 the law will improve road safety. State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo said there is a clear correlation between distracted driving at the wheel and likelihood of a crash, and that distracted driving includes using one hand to hold a cell phone. “We’ve already figured out that many of our crashes are a result of distracted driving and poor attentiveness at the wheel,” Russo said. “This gives drivers a reason to keep both hands on the wheel.” But University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky said he is unsure whether targeting cell phone use is the way to go. “I think it could help people be less distracted, but they’ll still find other things to distract themselves,” Limansky said. “Talking on the phone is distracting by itself even if you’re on a hands-free [phone] — your brain is focusing on your conversation, and your driving is on autopilot.” Data collected in New Jersey, which has enforced a ban since 2004 on using hand-held cell phones while driving, showed people using hands-free cell phones while driving were almost as likely to be injured or killed when involved in a crash as those using a hand-held phone. Between 2006 and 2008, accident records from the New Jersey Department of Transportation show that crashes where drivers were using hand-held phones injured 2,317 people and killed 16 in a three-year span. Crashes involving handsfree phones injured 1,834 people and killed 10 statewide in that same time period. Limansky did note, however, that the law will “hopefully stop people from looking down and dialing, which takes people’s eyes off of the road.” Junior hearing and speech sciences major MichelleKeenan added even though she didn’t regularly use her phone while driving before the law was passed, now she will definitely be staying off it. “I don’t think I will be buying a headset because I really only drive short distances and can just not talk on it, but I think there will be an influx of headset sales for people in the working force who need to be on the phone for work even while driving,” Keenan said. Several students said the fact that it’s a secondary violation might not be enough of a deterrent.


“I think it could help people be less distracted, but they’ll still find other things to distract themselves.” MARC LIMANSKY UNIVERSITY POLICE SPOKESMAN

“If it’s only a secondary offense I really don’t think it’ll stop that many people, especially students, because they think they won’t get pulled over or no one will notice,” Keenan said. But both Russo and Limansky agreed the crime’s secondar y-offense status will not prevent enforcement of the law. “When you’re so distracted because you’re eating, drinking or on a cell phone, your driving becomes an issue in terms of violating traffic safety,” Russo said. “If someone is weaving or negligently driving, they’ll get pulled over regardless.” Limansky said although primary offenses like speeding aren’t as common on the actual campus, he said University Police will still be able to enforce the law. “Primar y violations don’t stop at speeding,” Limansky said. “Anything from a headlight or brake light out or something dangling from your rearview mirror are all considered primar y offenses. If someone is talking on their phone and we notice any of those things, we will still be able to enforce it.” Limansky added that when the mandator y seatbelt law was introduced it was also a secondary violation, but University Police did not have trouble ensuring students followed it. Last year, the state made it illegal to type or send text messages while driving, which many students said is a more necessar y ban than the one on hand-held cell phones. “I never text when I drive,” Prout said. “It’s much more distracting and difficult than talking on a phone.” Carolyn Sandler, a junior fire protection engineering major, said being from Maryland, she’s grown accustomed to using her phone while driving, especially while on highways or at stop lights, but now she’ll think twice. “I never used it while doing anything more complicated like merging,” Sandler said. “But [the law] will stop me now because I always felt it was unsafe, I just did it anyway.”

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Mike Raupp, professor and extension specialist from the agriculture and natural resources college, has been studying the recent outbreak of stink bugs in the Washington area. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

bugs have been sneaking into his room through a tiny hole in the from page 1 window screen. “I woke up one day, and there into cracks in windows and doors, was one right next to me on my making it easier for them to slip bed,” Alexander said. “I flipped out into buildings even when occu- a little bit.” Some buildings on the campus pants keep entrances shut. “These bugs are diabolically might be more susceptible to the clever at getting into people’s little stinkers than others. Buildings with more energy-efficient houses,” Raupp said. There have already been a few windows will do a better job keepcalls this semester from students ing bugs out than buildings with complaining about the bugs in older windows that could use retheir dorm rooms, said Mike placing, Raupp said. Windows in most campus Hamilton, Residential Facilities’ buildings are in good enough conurban biology manager. “We’ve seen them on the out- dition to prevent an invasion, but side of buildings and have been Dave Cosner, director of operacalled to a few rooms,” he said. tions for Facilities Management, “I’m sure there are many more admitted some of the older build[students] out there who are see- ings could be a problem. “If a swarm [of stink bugs] is ing stink bugs and dealing with it forming near an older building, themselves.” Sophomore psychology major there might be a chance of an inEric Alexander, who lives on the trusion,” Cosner said, adding that first floor of Bel Air Hall, said stink Facilities Management would re-


BULLYING from page 1 can often have free reign. Many said they felt as if there is little they can do to prevent the bullying. “It’s easy to see why sites like that can be so harmful,” senior marketing major Alison Goldberg said. “When people can attack someone anonymously, they take it to the extreme because they are not held responsible.” Although the recent incidents did not happen in this state, university officials and students said they could happen anywhere. University Provost and acting President Nariman Farvardin sent an e-mail espousing tolerance to the university community Tuesday night. Pride Alliance officials are planning to hold a candlelight vigil Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. on McKeldin Mall in memory of Clementi and the four other teenage boys who killed themselves in the last three weeks. “Unfortunately, harassment of target groups happens everywhere, and there have been a few incidents on this campus in the past,” Farvardin wrote in a statement to The Diamondback. “I consider it a problem if even one person is the target of harassment on our campus.” Perpetrators of harassment

and bullying often use websites to spread their messages. The now-defunct Juicy Campus website was blocked on some sorority servers even before the site was shut down completely for fostering hateful and libelous messages, according to Goldberg, who is a member of a sorority. But similar sites such as College Anonymous Confession Board have begun to gain popularity at the university. The topics on the site range from discussions of where to get the best food on the campus to bashing of specific groups or individuals. Goldberg and many of her close friends avoid such sites, but she said knowledge of their content and existence makes her believe that harassment is a problem at the university. “They’ll attack anyone who they know won’t sweep it under the rug,” Goldberg said. “Any recognizable group or individuals. It boggles my mind. Who is taking the time to write these things?” Counseling Center Assistant Director Jonathan Kandell said the inescapable nature and often brutal language of cyber bullying makes it a very real concern. And even if a student does not display clear signs of being affected, bullying often has unseen effects that can outlast the tormenting itself, Kandell added.

spond to any complaints by sealing off problematic windows. Raupp said that because stink bugs tend to gather near trees or vegetation, some of the older offcampus houses, such as the ones across Route 1 in which many students live, might be more susceptible to a stink bug invasion. Also at risk are some of the high-rise dorms on the periphery of the campus, such as near the Wooded Hillock, he said. The brown marmorated stink bug originated in Asia but made accidental landfall in Allentown, Pa., sometime during the late 1990s, though no one knows exactly how, Raupp said. Since then, stink bugs have been spotted in 15 states nationwide but are most abundant in the Mid-Atlantic region. Though experts haven’t nailed an exact explanation for why stink bugs have been so prevalent during the past few months, Raupp

“Hateful comments and media exposure are round-the-clock events,” he said. The problem continues when words on a page influence others’ perceptions of certain students, said sophomore government and politics major Erin Weinblatt. “People base their views of other people off of the sites,” Weinblatt said. And the bullying, Brennen said, doesn’t stop there. “There have been times when I’ve been walking across campus in jeans and a T-shirt when people will stop, sometimes in a car on the street, and yell things like ‘f---ing faggot’ right out of the blue and keep walking, or driving, as if nothing was wrong.” Brennen said. “Harassment can be devastating, and all too often it happens when people stand by and don’t stand up for what is right.” But some students said they have often felt helpless to stop things others say. “I don’t think there is anything we can do,” Weinblatt said. “People are really ignorant.” Goldberg agreed. “When I hear college students say things that are racist and homophobic — it’s ridiculous,” she said. “It’s the year 2010 ... at this point, what can we really do?”

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said the record-breaking heat this summer might be to blame. “When temperatures are warmer, bugs can do better,” he said. “Bugs are cold-blooded and dependent on temperature, so they’re more active in the warm weather.” Instead of taking aim at the stink bugs with a shoe or rolled-up magazine, Raupp advised students take a less violent — and less smelly — approach by vacuuming them up and disposing of them in bags outside to avoid the unpleasant smell. Whatever method students take, Raupp said the stink bugs are destroying the ecosystem by eating important plants and encouraged students to take action when they spot them. “Usually I have a live and let live policy,” Raupp said. “But with these guys, you might want to smack them down.”

DIVERSITY from page 1 office to recruit minority students. University representatives were deployed to high schools with high percentages of minorities. Admissions officers called promising students at home to make sure they turned their applications in on time. Once they were admitted, Farvardin said the office launched a sequence of efforts to make sure they accepted, resulting in the most diverse freshman class in the recent history of the university. Farvardin added that such rigorous recruitment of students of color is now an integral part of the duties of the admissions office, and officials expect this trend to continue. Similar tenacity earned the university a diverse pool of faculty as well. Officials cited last spring’s recruitment of Stephen Thomas, director of the public health school’s Center for Health Equity, and his team of researchers as one of the best examples. In what officials called a recruitment coup for the university, Thomas, who is black, and his team of four professors were brought from the University of Pittsburgh as a cluster hire, university spokesman Millree Williams said. Thomas began serving as director of the Center for Health Equity this fall, and Williams said his appointment was an example of not looking to hire faculty of color but seeking the best in their respective fields. Thomas and his team were highly soughtafter by universities across the country, he added. And while recruits like Thomas and his team enrich the university further, Farvardin said more strides still need to be made. He cited the recruitment of Asian American students as one such priority. Compared to some of the university’s peer institutions, such as the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles and the University of California-Berkeley, this university has fewer Asian American students but more black students. Although these statistics are partly due to each school’s location, Larry Shinagawa, director of the Asian-American studies program, said recruitment of Asian American students should still be a priority. Martha Nell Smith, an English and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies professor, said while these figures are encouraging, more can always be done to ensure this university is an ever-evolving multicultural institution. “I think diversity is something that is greatly valued at this institution,” she said. “We need to be very mindful diversity is not just race or just sexuality or just gender or just class. It’s all of those things. ... It’s very healthy when people live and work together side by side.”















Staff editorial

Freedom from oppression H

ornbake Plaza seems to be the go-to place for controversial events. ing the deaths of American soldiers to God’s punishment for the nation’s Last month, the Genocide Awareness Project, hosted by Terps for acceptance of homosexuality. Its members have protested outside soldiers’ Life, descended on the plaza with a display that turned more than a funerals across the country, holding signs reading “Thank God for Dead Solfew heads. Walking near the plaza, passers-by were confronted with diers” and “God Hates Fags.” The Westboro Baptist Church and the Phelps family have been denounced by signs warning of graphic content around the corner. Anti-abortion protesters had erected large and brutally graphic signs that compared abortion to genocide. countless groups from across the political and religious spectrum. Their hateful and Black-and-white photos of stacked emaciated bodies from the Holocaust were vitriolic displays are viewed by many as a perverse interpretation of the Bible and a butted against the bloody images of aborted fetuses in a display many found to be stain on American sensibility. Yet however much we’d like to see their abhorrent displays torn down and their disgustingly cruel voices disturbing and offensive. silenced, the First Amendment protects all forms of speech And earlier this week, the Clothesline Project, sponsored — even hate speech. No matter how venomous its underby the university’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, No matter what the message , tones, the church’s right is one that should be supported by anyone who values his or her ability to express ideas freely. strung T-shirts with messages from student victims of sexual all people have the Students at this university and across the countr y assault and domestic violence around the plaza. On the Tfundamental right to express use their right to speech on a nearly constant basis. On shirts were handwritten messages that ranged from offering this editorial page, in protests, demonstrations and hope and encouraging awareness to explicitly naming inditheir opinion. panel discussions such as one that recently addressed viduals (by their first or last name) or specific fraternities. Islamophobia, students of all persuasions express popBoth events were controversial in their own right. The abortion display was met with criticism from those who found the comparison to the ular and unpopular views. Although displays such as the abortion-genocide Holocaust offensive. And during Tuesday’s event, members of the Clothesline Pro- comparison and the Clothesline Project may evoke negative sentiments, they ject were forced to call the police after three people began acting out near the display. are each linked to our once-revolutionar y right to speech. That is a liberty These sorts of demonstrations are looking to elicit a reaction. By startling onlook- that should never be taken away in this country, no matter the cause and no ers with disturbing images and words, event organizers are able to strike more matter the reaction it elicits. The Snyder family’s pain is no doubt insurmountable, and the actions of the deeply than if they simply held a bake sale by Stamp Student Union. The ability to be controversial or inflammatory is as much a right to those supporting sexual assault Westboro Baptist Church needlessly amplify it on levels few can comprehend. But even though students can easily be caught up in injustices and angered by awareness as it is to those protesting abortion. the hateful, the Westboro Baptist Church, as well as any other controversial But all that could soon change. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard the opening arguments of Snyder v. group, deserves our support when it comes to its right to expression. Shouting down, attacking or using government mandates to silence them Phelps, a case that directly challenges freedom of speech in the United States. The Snyder family, of this state, sued the Kansas-based Westboro is no less spiteful. Their messages may be wrong and infused with hostility, Baptist Church after a group of fringe fundamentalists protested at the but the Phelps family has the right to express them. A denial of that right funeral of their son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, in 2006. The may invoke an initial round of applause, but it would soon be followed by an church, led by Fred Phelps and his family, has become notorious for attribut- encore of oppression.

Our View

Editorial cartoon: Ian McDermott

The friend zone: Maybe not that bad


ex and relationships in college can be inherently confusing, as I think was demonstrated very well by the “Sex in College Park” insert that appeared Tuesday. But in addition to the issues of sexuality, STDs and long-distance relationships that are covered in the insert, there were some other issues not covered — most notably, how people hear and remember things related to sex and relationships. You’d think this would be fairly straightforward. But apparently it isn’t because many people have issues with hearing and memory loss when it comes to sex. Like the boy in need of a hearing check at the killer Knox Box Snowpocalypse (or was it during Snowmageddon?) party last year who definitely heard my best friend shout over the music that yes, the blonde he was hanging onto had a boyfriend. Or the super-sweet Midshipman I’ve known for years who leaned in to ask for a kiss when he knew the blue-

LAURA FROST eyed girl he was talking to was taken. Or even the senior I met this year who sweetly flirted his way into and out of my life before he even got the chance to get to know the girl behind the boyfriend. These boys, and unfortunately many other college students, hear only what they want to and remember what they like. When you speak to some of these college boys, it’s like that story in the Bible where all the people are speaking in tongues, just without the fiery miracle part. You say one thing, they hear another — even in the dreaded and most awful of circumstances when that well-known, but apparently not well-known enough, phrase “no means no” is uttered. You say, “I have

a boyfriend,” or your best friend says it because you’re too busy staring at the snow outside — or were you staring at the boy stealing every Chips Ahoy snack pack in sight? — and they hear “I’m breaking up with my boyfriend!” You say, “I’m freezing,” and they hear, “Quick, give me your sweatshirt, your hand and you to keep me warm!” I’ve always been the type to proclaim that women see relationships as a challenge to overcome in order to get to “their guy.” Men, on the other hand, see relationships as a “game over” sign. I used to think that guys just made friends with girls in place of continually trying to get them away from their boyfriends, but now I’m not so sure. It seems the game of any kind of a relationship, platonic or otherwise, with a girl you could at some point find pretty is shot as soon you find out you can’t have her right now (and by that I mean tonight). And that is my biggest confusion. I get the whole trying-to-hook-up-at-a-

party scene. But if you are genuinely interested in dating someone, what is the harm in tr ying to get to know them — taken or other wise — before you immediately jump into bed with them? I don’t know many successful relationships that have reversed that process. But maybe it’s just the chase. You know you can’t have someone who’s taken, at least not without sneaking around and feeling guilty about it. You know it’ll be a lot harder to get them to fall for you in the first place. But what happens if that person actually ends things with their beau and then your chase is finished and the challenge is over? Call up the Vicomte de Valmont and the Madame de Tourvel from Dangerous Liaisons and ask how well that went for the two of them. Maybe the friend zone isn’t so bad after all. Laura Frost is a sophomore government and politics major. She can be reached at

Lessons from the young: Appreciate our weirdness


esterday afternoon, a large contingent of middle-school students invaded our university. Armed with only their hormones and a few tubes of acne cream, these kids proved to be a most formidable foe. They ran around aimlessly. They screamed at one another for no reason. They applied large amounts of acne cream. And then they called us weird. I was walking near McKeldin Library when I saw two members of the brat brigade standing in front of Testudo. They were having what can charitably be described as the dumbest conversation of all time: “Turtles are weird,” said the first one, his pubescent voice splitting the afternoon sky. “I know, dude. Turtles are really weird,” said the other, pulling a large tube of acne cream from his pocket and rubbing it all over his face. “Why would you have a turtle as

your mascot? That’s weird.” “Yeah, dude, this school is weird because turtles are weird.” These are the future college students of America, folks, and they hate us. They think we’re weird. They want nothing to do with us. Good. I honestly think that this university is the greatest school in the country. We’ve got the best professors, the best teachers, the best sports teams, the best students and the best opinion columnist. We’re the best. So why not be the weirdest, too? That’s why I’m declaring today, Oct. 7, the first “Appreciate our weirdness” day. Get excited. I’m tired of everyone pretending like this place is normal. It’s not. It’s the furthest thing from normal. And that’s fine. It’s time to share our collective strangeness with the rest of the world. That’s what today is about.


SANDERS Really flaunt it, guys. Rub the shit out of Testudo’s nose. It was weird before — now it’s just wrong. If you see a hapless little freshman walking toward the Point of Failure near LeFrak Hall, scream at the top of your lungs and push him away from it. In the real world, harboring strange superstitions makes you a freak. But this isn’t the real world. This is the University of Maryland. In the summer, a man was found defecating on a bathroom floor in McKeldin. Call everyone you know and tell them the good news. This is the best day of your life. If you’re feeling especially brave,

venture out into College Park at night and get stabbed by a total stranger. It’s weird; it’s painful; it’s “Appreciate our weirdness” day 2K10. These memories will last forever. So will the scars. I wrote a column about all this stuff during the summer. But there’s nothing weirder than a man who repeats himself. Don’t doubt me right now. This is my holiday, too. According to Wikipedia, a large group of turtles is referred to as a “bale.” Really? That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard. This stuff is everywhere, guys. It’s time to show these middle school dweebs that they can’t mess with us. “Appreciate our weirdness day” is about banding together as brothers. Let’s do this. Bale up. Mike Sanders is a senior history major. He can be reached at

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Celebrate the city’s diversity


s students at this university, we tend to forget that we are part of a greater community, one that extends beyond the boundaries of our campus. In addition to roommates, we have neighbors — families who occupy houses surrounding our college bubble. Our city is comprised of a diverse combination of people from varying backgrounds, races and cultures. Here in College Park, the city has spent the past few months planning a day to celebrate the diversity in our community, one that showcases different cultures and encourages different people to interact with one another. This Saturday is College Park Day. From 1 to 5 p.m., there will be events that celebrate the people, art, history and culture our city has to offer. We too often hear about issue after issue arising between students and their neighbors in the community. College Park Day will provide an opportunity for members of the university community to interact with other local residents in a casual environment free from past conflict. The event is run entirely by community volunteers, including students from this university. Indeed, many fraternity and sorority chapters will be contributing their time and effort to make the day a success. The idea behind College Park Day is that bringing local residents together with students will foster an unprecedented sense of community. Several student groups will provide entertainment as well. The Treblemakers will perform a capella music, the Quidditch Club will teach attendees how to play the magical sport and the 4-H Club will even show people how to make “gloop.” Best of all, there will be food. In addition to the food vendors from College Park’s different ethnic communities that will be selling their delicacies, College Park restaurants have graciously donated free food and drinks. Now what true college student could pass that up? It is a sad truth that we often forget to be tourists in our own backyard. College Park is home to the College Park Airport (the oldest continuously operated airport in the world), the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, the nation’s Museum of Language and the university that many of us call home. History abounds here, and College Park Day will help us celebrate all of it. This is the time to go and learn about where we live and collect some fun facts to impress your friends. The Student Government Association will be providing free shuttles between Stamp Student Union and the event. It should be an easy, fun and stress-free way to spend your Saturday. And, as of now, meteorologists are predicting beautiful weather for the weekend, which will make the day that much more enjoyable. In a time when the nation is becoming more and more polarized by politics, our city is creating a tradition of bringing different — and sometimes opposing — groups together. That is really something profound worth celebrating. As Mayor Andy Fellows said: “A diverse community is a strong community.” Rebecca Lurie is the student liaison to the College Park City Council for the Student Government Association. She can be reached at

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You can think creatively about things that others view in a more structured, traditional fashion — in other words, out of the box. You are likely to develop your own work methods that are unique and inimitable; not for you the kind of daily repetition that can be so mind numbing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — The status quo may prove somewhat frustrating to you at this time. Even a minute change can have a dramatic effect on your overall attitude.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You’re likely to run into someone again and again — and though you may not think so, there’s more than coincidence at work here.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A haunting of sorts may have you reconsidering decisions you have made in the past. A key relationship is worth careful reexamination. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Someone is looking out for you, but you may come perilously close to making an error that even he or she cannot avoid — or fix. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Though you may be telling others that it is all in the past, the truth is that certain issues continue to rise to your consciousness. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Talk is cheap, and you’re after something more from someone who is a new arrival in your life. Take care, however; don’t move too quickly.

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Let’s get it out of the way: No matter what happens within its 90 minutes, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a Hollywood production about clinical depression. Depression is a condition that, when handled smartly, could stretch the Hollywood formula to something approaching real life. At worst, it could be infuriating. Luckily, It’s Kind of a Funny Story at least works really hard to be in the former category. Billed as a John Hughes-style film in which teenage crushes are the focus against a backdrop of more serious issues, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is inspired by a book by Ned Vizzini and adapted and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Sugar). As in most Focus Features films, indieisms abound: Craig (Keir Gilchrist, The United States of Tara), the 16-yearold protagonist, narrates his story from the

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NOTEBOOK from page 8 requiring season-ending knee surgery, and Will Yeatman sat out the first two weeks of the season with a broken finger. Yeatman has seen limited action the

DEFENSE from page 8 back, he’s moved to center right back after an injury to defender Greg Young. With Young’s injury, White moved from right to left center back and is still adjusting to clearing the ball from a different side of the field. Woodberry played forward in high school, even scoring 38 goals as a junior, but Cirovski foresaw the Texas native playing right back instead. Much like Woodberry, Kemp, who did not regularly start in a defensive position until his senior year of high school, also came in with an attacker’s mindset but a defender’s role. “He had to learn to change his paradigm of thinking to being a defender first,” Cirovski said of Kemp. “To be fair, all of them have really had to learn the nuances of defending, both individually and organizationally, and it’s something they’ve gotten better and better at.”

past few weeks while playing with a cast on his hand, limiting his impact in the Terps’ passing game. “Yeatman had his cast taken off today,” Friedgen said. “Now that he’s got the cast off, he’s a very good receiver. The biggest thing is he’s been making mental mistakes, and

Given the group’s inexperience, Cirovski has used exhaustive amounts of film to help guide the foursome. But more importantly, the Terps feel their communication has been key to the defense’s maturation. Their ease on the field is grounded in their offfield relationships. Lee played two years of club soccer with White, and White, Kemp and Woodberry all entered in the same recruiting class. “I live with Alex,” Woodberry said. “So me and Alex have a really good bond together on the field and off of it. We’re going to have a really good partnership in the future.” Since Young’s injury, the Terps have allowed just three goals in five matches and compiled back-to-back shutout wins for the first time in more than a year. “I think our backline is really coming together,” Cirovski said. “You can see the partnership with Ethan and Alex is getting better and better. Taylor is getting better


that’s the last thing we need.” ROBINSON RECOVERED? Even with the loss of Stinebaugh, other players are slowly making their way back onto the field for the Terps. Quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who started the first three games

“They are valuing shutting teams down more and more every day.” SASHO CIROVSKI TERRAPIN MEN’S SOCCER COACH

every game, and right now he has been one of our best players over the past four or five games. London is settling in [to his starting job].” As the defense continues to gel, the Terps are moving past their early season slipups. Since allowing four goals to No. 18 Michigan State on Sept. 3, the Terps have allowed just four goals in eight matches. “This young, talented backline is coming together, and that’s given us a lot of confidence,” Cirovski said. “They’re all fierce competitors, and they are valuing shutting teams down more and more every day.”

before a shoulder injury sidelined him and moved Danny O’Brien into the starting spot, looked “100 percent” for the first time since his injury against West Virginia on Sept. 18, according to Friedgen. True freshman linebacker David Mackall also returned to practice yesterday after suffering a concussion while dishing out a hard hit against Florida International two weeks ago, Friedgen said. Safety Desmond Kearse likely will be able to play against Clemson next weekend after hurting his knee and ankle against the Golden Panthers. While Friedgen remains optimistic about the recovery of most of the Terps’ walking wounded, many active players are using the bye week as a chance to get some wellneeded rest. Wide receiver Torrey Smith and linebackers Adrian Moten and Alex Wujciak did not practice yesterday after all suffered various bumps and bruises in the past few weeks. The team wants them in peak form moving into the meat of the Terps’ schedule. “We got some guys banged up, and we need to get them healthy,” center Paul Pinegar said. BALTZ STILL NO. 1 Kicker Nick Ferrara had a chance

MEHARG from page 8 preparation is finished, she hands over the reins to her players. “She’s exceptional in situational leadership, meaning she can let go when she needs to, and she can be strict when she needs to be, and I think that works very well for this team,” said Herwaarden, in his sixth year as a Terp assistant. “She trusts the players. ... As soon as you show calmness as a coaching staff, that translates back onto the field.” Forward Katie O’Donnell said Meharg’s coaching was one of the main reasons she came to this university, explaining that her coach’s peaceful presence on the sideline helps her stay focused during the game. O’Donnell is one of the Terps’ all-time greats, and her name sits near the top of almost every statistical category in Terp field hockey history. She also holds the ACC career points record with 242. The senior co-captain believes that her success can be traced back to Meharg, who

to reclaim his spot as the Terps’ field goal kicker at practice yesterday, but he couldn’t seal the deal. Punter Travis Baltz took over placekicking duties for an injured Ferrara in the preseason and has kept the job since with a series of solid performances. While Ferrara has resumed his kickoff duties, Baltz remains the Terps’ go-to option for field goals and extra points. But for the first time at practice, Baltz had one of his extra point attempts partially blocked. Though it still sailed through the uprights, Friedgen pulled Baltz and gave Ferrara a turn. After nailing a kick from 22 yards out, Ferrara missed a 29-yard chip shot. “Missing from the 12-yard line, to me, is inexcusable,” Friedgen said. So the coach called on Baltz again, and the punter made every kick through the rest of the practice. “[Ferrara has] got to win the job; he’s got to come out and do it,” Friedgen said, stressing the importance of shared duties between the two in special teams. “There’s no question that he’s got a strong leg. But until I’m pretty convinced that he’s pretty consistent, I’ll probably stay with the other guy. He’s only missed one.”

O’Donnell said affects players’ lives both on and off the field. “It’s way more than field hockey,” O’Donnell said. “Field hockey is just a quarter of what she coaches you on. Her reach stems way beyond the field. “Just to be a coach for that many years and to be a part of that many winning seasons is incredible,” O’Donnell added, referring to Meharg’s 400 career wins. “The number alone stands for itself.” Meharg’s list of accolades is seemingly endless: seven-time Division I coach of the year, the Terps’ all-time winningest coach, 83 All-America selections, eight ACC Tournament championships, five national championships — just to name a few. In 23 years as coach, Meharg never has suffered a losing record and has missed the NCAA Tournament only twice. Yet despite all the awards and recognition, Meharg manages to stay humble. She said 400 wins is just a number and wondered when its greater significance would sink in. But for now, she’s just focusing on the Terps’ next game: a

Saturday afternoon showdown with No. 14 Duke (6-6, 0-3 ACC). “I have to be honest, I’ve never really thought about it,” Meharg said. “I’ve always loved to win. ... The possibility of a record really never crossed my mind. I know that Maryland wants to win championships, so I guess I’m fortunate to have always worked for a program with a winning expectation.” Even after more than two decades in College Park, Meharg said she isn’t close to ending her coaching career. She said that as long as she can have a positive effect on her players’ lives, she’ll stay on as coach. And with her serene and calm attitude on the Terps’ sideline, in addition to her mentoring on and off the field, it seems that moment won’t arrive for many years to come. “That’s something that you gain with winning: confidence, trust in yourself and trust in your players,” Meharg said. “If I can continue to impact their lives through this great game, then I’ll keep doing it.”




Herrick earns finalist honor Terrapin men’s soccer forward Jason Herrick was named one of 10 finalists for the sport’s Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Get more at


Stinebaugh will miss 6 weeks; Robinson looks ‘100 percent’ BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer

Terrapin football tight end Dave Stinebaugh likely will be out six weeks with a knee injury, coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday, becoming the latest victim of the injury bug that has plagued the Terps’ tight ends. Stinebaugh, who was elevated to the team’s backup tight end after a string of injuries to

those ahead of him on the depth chart, suffered an MCL injury against Duke on Saturday. Playing behind starter Matt Furstenburg, the redshirt freshman amassed four catches for 42 yards this season. But with Stinebaugh now out, the Terps are counting on his still-recovering teammates at the position to make a comeback. “It’s like the rotating tight ends,” Friedgen said.

Devonte Campbell, who began the season as the starter before injuring his right knee during the preseason, has yet to make an appearance but has made strides in recent weeks in practice. Coaches expect him to be healthy when the Terps head to Clemson on Oct. 16. Top backup Lansford Watson tore his MCL in the preseason,

see NOTEBOOK, page 7

Coach Ralph Friedgen and the Terps took another blow to their ailing corps of tight ends when Dave Stinebaugh suffered an MCL injury Saturday. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK



Terps looking to cash in on ‘free game’ BC poses stiff test BY CONOR WALSH Staff writer

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Moves back help Terps go forward With stalwart White, trio of converted forwards have solidified Terps’ budding backline BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer

Sitting together, the starting Terrapin men’s soccer backline hunkered down in the varsity team house before practice yesterday and sat in front of a television. The scene was familiar. Even after shutting out the nation’s top offense Tuesday night, coach Sasho Cirovski still had the unit — defenders Taylor Kemp, Alex Lee, Ethan White and London Woodberry and goalkeeper Zac MacMath — dissect its performance on film, as it has tirelessly for the past month, searching for tendencies, strengths and weaknesses of both itself and the Terps’ next opponent. This week, it was more important than ever. In a span of five days, the Terps welcomed two of the nation’s

Taylor Kemp holds the Terps’ left back spot. MATTHEW

Alex Lee played as a forward two years ago. ORLANDO

Ethan White had to switch positions this year. MATTHEW




most dynamic scorers to College Park. Still, the Terps found a way to hold both Duke forward Ryan Finley and Connecticut midfielder Tony Cascio scoreless in convincing wins.

At the season’s midpoint, the defense’s efforts have become the driving force behind the resurgent No. 6 Terps (6-2-1). Its renewed focus on watching film and bonding both during and

after practices has transformed a group rife with potential into one feared by opposing offenses. “They’ve watched probably more soccer video than they have ever seen in their

life,” Cirovski said. “They’re all very good friends, and I think it’s taken a little bit of time to just get comfortable in their roles.” Their acclimation has shown on the field. No. 2 Connecticut — the nation’s highest-scoring team — failed to register a single goal Tuesday. “We can just see plays, tendencies and how they play,” Lee said. “It’s just easy to see what they’re going to do.” The current combination of Kemp, Lee, White and Woodberry wasn’t one many envisioned on the backline when the four came to College Park. Lee played his freshman season with the Terps as a striker before moving to the back as a sophomore. After starting the season at right

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No. 400 not stopping Meharg Terp coach still looking for more after milestone win BY JAKOB ENGELKE Senior staff writer

As Old Dominion coach Beth Anders ran up and down the sideline barking instructions to her players during a Sept. 3 matchup against the Terrapin field hockey team, her counterpar t, Missy Meharg, stood quietly. Anders’ intense façade, a staple of her coaching profile, made Meharg’s calm demeanor only that much more visible. Instead of yelling at the Terps on the field, the longtime coach simply walked over to assistant coach Tjerk van Her-

waarden to talk tactics. Both coaches’ styles have worked throughout their respective careers. Anders has 517 career wins and was the first Division I coach to cross both the 400and 500-win plateaus. Meharg, meanwhile, won her 400th game last weekend, when the Terps (101, 3-0 ACC) topped No. 15 Michigan, 4-3. Meharg, who took over the program in 1988, is the 10th coach in NCAA history to win 400 games, and her career record of 400-102-9 is good for the second-highest winning percentage among active NCAA

coaches, second only to Anders. “Old Dominion has been one of the programs that has consistently set my markers,” Meharg said. “They create a level of competitiveness among the entire team, and that’s what I love about their program.” Meharg’s ever-present poise comes from a high level of trust she has established with her players and staff. The veteran coach, in her 23rd year at the helm, treats field hockey as a player’s game. On game day, after her own tireless

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Missy Meharg won her 400th game Sunday. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

The No. 8 Terrapin women’s soccer team hasn’t had to deal with much adversity this season. Before Sunday, the Terps were unbeaten through ten games to start the season, outscoring opponents by an average of more than two goals per game. But their surprising loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday puts the Terps in an entirely new situation when they take the field tonight at No. 4 Boston College. Even though it won’t be easy, they have to prove they can bounce back. “We’re going to remember that feeling that we had after that loss and not let it happen again,” co-captain Caitlin McDowell said. It will be no small task for the Terps (9-1-1, 1-1-1 ACC) to erase the memory of Sunday’s loss. The Eagles, before losing to No. 9 Virginia on Sunday, were also undefeated, having knocked off defending national champion No. 3 North Carolina and tied No. 1 Stanford. And the Eagles, like the Terps, have their first chance to get back on track tonight. “It’s a great opportunity for us,” coach Brian Pensky said. “It’s a high[Ratings Percentage Index] team at their place. In some ways, to be honest with you, it’s a free game for us.” While a victory would be big for the Terps, Pensky said, a loss would not damage their resumé. That absence of pressure could help allow the Terps to go to Chestnut Hill, Mass., and knock off the Eagles (9-1-1, 2-1-0) for the first time in program history. To do so, however, they must first find a way to contain Boston College’s dominant attack, which starts with striker Victoria DiMartino. The Terps have proved they can score. Forwards Ashley Grove and Sade Ayinde both rank in the conference’s top 10 in points, and the Terps have scored two or more goals in nine of their 11 games this year. But their defense has been shaky at times, surrendering a goal per game and appearing prone to occasional lapses in performance. DiMartino, whose goal-per-game average leads the ACC and ranks fourth in the nation, will be particularly dangerous. “We’re not going to change what we do,” Pensky said. “We just absolutely always have to know where [DiMartino] is.” DiMartino isn’t the only Boston College forward with scoring potential. Talented attackers Brooke Knowlton and Kristen Mewis each have scored at least five goals this season and might also hurt the Terps. “Every player on Boston College is going to be good,” McDowell said. Even in a “free game,” a win tonight would be substantial for the Terps. Despite being ranked as high as No. 5 in some national polls, the team ranks 28th in the RPI. The Eagles, on the other hand, check in with the nation’s No. 4 RPI. A victory over the Eagles would prove to the country what the Terps already think: They belong in the ACC title conversation. “We’ll definitely pay attention,” McDowell said, “and handle it like we’d handle any other game.”


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