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Darrius Heyward-Bey hasn’t caught a pass in two games for the Terps

The Culinarian talks to the guy who makes the university’s frozen specialty






Hundreds of sophomores will lose rooms in fall


Tuition freeze unlikely next year With economy’s grim outlook, officials aim to slash budget further BY KEVIN ROBILLARD Senior staff writer

ANNAPOLIS — The state’s chief fiscal analyst yesterday gave state lawmakers a somber briefing on the state’s budget situation and suggested eliminating the tuition freeze as a possible solution.

Projected demand for on-campus housing similar to last year

Warren Deschenaux, the director of the Office of Policy Analysis, told members of four General Assembly budget committees that continuing to hold tuition at 2005 levels is one of several state policies that “need to be reexamined in light of a new fiscal reality.” The state is projecting a $195

million budget deficit for the current fiscal year and a $1.3 billion deficit next year. This year’s deficit has prompted Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to bring $300 million in cuts to the Board of Public Works, which will vote on them today. The $300 million is an increase over the previously planned $250

million in cuts. P.J. Hogan, the University System of Maryland’s lobbyist, said USM’s share of the cuts will increase from about $30 million to $35.4 million. Of the original $30 million, $12 million was planned to be cut from this university, but

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About 575 sophomores are not likely to get on-campus housing next year according to a projection released by the Department of Resident Life yesterday. The document, which Resident Life Director Deborah Grandner referred to as a “preliminary projection,” indicates that a little less than half of the 1,240 sophomores Resident Life expects to request housing will be turned away. The number of students denied housing, however, could be as low as 441 or as high as 893, according to the projection. The numbers are similar to last year’s, when Resident Life predicted that about 556 sophomores would be denied housing. Resident Life will again use the lottery system, which assigned housing numbers randomly to rising juniors last year, to determine who will be able to stay on the campus, Grandner said. Resident Life will look into converting some double apartments in University Courtyards

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Students take advantage of their final opportunity to register to vote while the "TerpsVote Boat" sits in the background. Yesterday was the final day to register to vote in the general election Nov. 4. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

A blitz for ballots

Graduation rates remain low for men’s basketball

Student groups ramp up voter registration efforts on final day BY BEN PENN AND ALLISON STICE Senior staff writers

Terps’ score improves from last year, but is still below Division 1 average BY JEFF AMOROS Senior staff writer

The Terrapin men’s basketball team scored a 10 out of 100 on the Graduation Success Rate report, a marked improvement from last year’s score of zero but still below the national average of 62, according to the NCAA GSR report released yesterday. The report, issued each fall, reflects graduation rates for all student-athletes who entered the university between 1998 and 2001 and received scholarship money. But it does not penalize schools for low scores like the Academic Progress Rate, which comes out each spring. Instead, the GSR is regarded as an early indicator for APR scores. This year’s score shows just one of the 10 men’s basketball players — Mike Grinnon, according to men’s basketball coach Gary Williams — who entered the university within that period earned a diploma during the six-year window set by the NCAA. Despite the low score, Senior Associate Athletics Director Kathy Worthington said there is reason for hope of higher scores in upcoming years. She cited the graduations of James Gist, Bambale Osby and Jason McAlpin — who doesn’t count on the GSR because he was not on scholarship — from

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MaryPIRG President Lauren Kim tries to convince students to register to vote.

Volunteers from the TerpsVote coalition, including members of MaryPIRG and the SGA, learned last week that they registered the second-highest number of voters among the 156 colleges and universities nationwide participating in PIRG’s New Voters Project this semester. But instead of settling with the tentative total of 1,783 voters they had registered as of Monday night, MaryPIRG’s campus organizer

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‘We need to strive for equal representation’ Leaders reflect as Hispanic Heritage Month concludes BY MARISSA LANG Staff writer

For Latino students, Hispanic Heritage Month is more than a chance to celebrate their culture. It is a chance to raise awareness about the big issues that continue to plague this small on-campus population. Attracting Latino students and providing meaningful support to those at the university are issues the population continues to struggle with while lacking official university support in its new strategic plan. “The goals of the university are changing from focusing on issues of race to focusing on becoming globalized citizens,” Latino Student Involvement and Advocacy Coordinator Pamela Hernandez said of the university’s strategic plan. “But it’s still a necessary conversation to have. This is not a color-blind soci-



ety, and Latinos cannot find themselves in this new discussion of diversity.” Because the strategic plan does not directly call for increased diversity among faculty and students, Latino students must find ways to do so on their own, a venture officials say the university should support. “When Latino students come here, they don’t necessarily see that many Latinos on campus, so they search for and create their own communities and groups,” Hernandez said. “Latinos will always look for that support, for that familia, and the campus as a whole needs to figure out how to be more welcoming and inviting to these students.” During the last five years, the number of undergraduate students who self-identify as Hispanic has stayed at about 6 percent, leading

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At first meeting, state task force looks to reduce predatory towing BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer

Have you ever felt Maryland’s towing companies are out of control? Well, the towing industry does. Towing company owners are among the members of a task force charged with bringing a recommendation to the state legislature outlining what, if any, towing regulations it should adopt. The task force, which also includes about two dozen police officers, state delegates, Motor Vehicle Administration officials, insurance company representatives and members of the public — met for the first time yesterday in College Park.

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BRIEFS Guards for Washington schools admit accepting bribes WASHINGTON – Two Maryland men who worked as special police officers for Washington public schools have pleaded guilty to taking bribes from someone who ran an illegal for-profit parking operation on the grounds of Eastern Senior High School. Shawn Armstead and Shawn Johnson, both 37 years old and from Laurel, pleaded guilty Tuesday. They face up to 15 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 5, but are likely to get more than two years in prison. Prosecutors say the security officers discovered the for-profit parking scheme in July. The parking operation was running for events both on and off school property. Records show the guards demanded bribes of at least $1,500 during two months to keep quiet and let the parking operation continue.

Md. bomb threats suspect surrenders to police ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County police say a 34-year-old man suspected of making bomb threats to the immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland has turned himself into authorities. Officials say Wesley James Queen II, of Pasadena, Md., was charged Tuesday with two counts of false statements and two counts of telephone misuse. Police believe Queen is responsible for making two calls in May to CASA in Silver Spring. In one, a male caller left a voicemail message threatening to blow up CASA. In the second, 10 minutes later, the caller threatened a CASA employee who answered, and again made bomb threats. Police say Queen turned himself into police at 10 a.m. Tuesday. He is being held on $250,000 bond.




Towing industry representatives at the meeting blamed most predatory towing problems that trigger common complaints — such as overcharging and over-aggressive towing — on “gypsy towers” and “snatchand-grabbers” who call themselves towing companies simply because they own a tow truck. “Right now, anybody in this room can walk out and buy a tow truck and start towing cars,” said Fred Scheler, president of Towing and Recovery Professionals of Maryland. Towing representatives said these “rogue towers” — which they estimated to be up to 60 percent of the state’s towing companies — can be bad apples that spoil public trust in their more reputable competitors. State law already includes a few rules governing towing practices, but most are left up to county governments, some of which have no further rules or inconsistent enforcement. “The counties aren’t doing their jobs,” Scheler said. “The industry feels it would be good to have a set standard statewide.” Representatives from GEICO on the task force said they had seen bills of more than $1,000 for a towing job they said should have cost only a few hundred dollars at the most, as well as similar fees for a few days’ worth of storage. “It’s the insurance companies that end up paying these ran-

soms to get policy holders back to their cars,” and the policyholders who are stuck with the resulting increased premiums, said Tom Gross of the GEICO Special Investigations Unit. Scheler and others said they would like to see the state set price ceilings for towing and storage, and enforce the new laws with police rather than code enforcement officers. Another GEICO representative, Don Sigrist, said he was glad to see industry support for increased state regulation of towing. “It’s gotten to the point where certain towers are not responsible and need to be regulated,” Sigrist said. “Everyone seems to be in agreement on that.” Members of the task force also said standardization throughout the state makes it easier for consumers and intercounty towers to know what rules they’re operating under. But some members of the task force, like Baltimore County Police Cpl. Al Friedman, said police have more important things to do and that the state doesn’t have the resources to enforce towing regulations. “This is no rocket science. It’s towing. Let police do police work,” Friedman said. He added that regulation should remain mostly at the county level. The state law setting up the task force mandates recommendations by the end of the year.

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Md. election boards handle flood of registrations ANNAPOLIS – Voters who wanted to have a say in the presidential election and on a slots referendum faced a Tuesday deadline to register. Local elections boards were flooded with calls and registration applications in the days leading up to the deadline, deputy elections administrator Ross Goldstein said.

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Kimberly Bonner (right), a graduate assistant coordinator with the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program, helps sophomore communication major Doreen Wu plant a bulb in front of the survivor garden in front of the Health Center as part of domestic violence awareness month. JAMES B. HALE | THE DIAMONDBACK

Latino visibility on campus increases over the last year HERITAGE, from Page 1 to more Hispanic students at the university as overall enrollment grows. At the same time, the percentage of incoming freshmen who identify as Hispanic has decreased from 7.3 percent in 2006 to 6.7 percent this year, the discrepancy between the two statistics being caused by a number of factors including Hispanic students taking more than four years to graduate and therefore staying on campus longer. Community leaders cite a lack of outreach and institutionalized support as reasons for the drop in new students. “The university’s requirements for incoming freshmen are going up, and Latinos aren’t meeting these new requirements,” said Maryland alumnus Roberto Juarez, who now works for the community advocacy group CASA de Maryland. “It’s a huge issue. We can’t forget about these low-income immigrant communities because they’re right outside the university’s door.” According to the Digest of Education Statistics, nationwide only 25 percent of college-age Latinos are actually enrolled in college, compared with 42 percent of whites, 32 percent of African Americans and 60 percent of Asian/Pacific Islanders. Assistant Director of Marketing Technology for the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education Tunji Sawyer said offices like OMSE are working to level the

playing field and both attract and equip minority high school seniors for the challenges of college. “We need to strive for equal representation,” Sawyer said. “But we have to work to achieve that goal.” Latino students have taken on the lack of outreach by establishing advocacy groups and making demands of the university. Students and officials agree that Latino visibility on the campus has noticeably increased, a shift that is necessary to be heard and noticed. In just a year the number of active Latino student organizations has grown — the UMD Salsa Club was created last school year, and the Hispanic Heritage Coalition was revived this semester — the U.S. Latina/o Studies minor was approved, and the public vocalization of Latino concerns has taken a more serious tone — the Latino Student Union presented the administration with a manifesto of goals and demands last semester. “It’s so different than when I was an undergraduate,” said Social Chair for the Latino Graduate Student Association Maritza Gonzalez, who also attended the university as an undergraduate student. “All these groups have been reaching out to educate both Latino and non-Latino students and saying ‘We’re here to stay, and this is what we need.’ And administrators actually listen to their concerns — it’s impressive.” But leaders say listening is not enough.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is important, but it’s become tokenized,” Juarez said. “The university needs to recognize that Latinos need support and resources that aren’t there right now. They shouldn’t just wait for students to say ‘Hey, we need this.’ They should take it on themselves to create that atmosphere.”


Various assessments to test your health will be offered, ERC: West Gym, 5-8 p.m.

Hosting Congresswoman Donna Edwards, the first AfricanAmerican woman in Maryland’s Congressional Delegation, Nyumburu Center: Multipurpose Room, 4-5:15 p..m.


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Diagnosing depression Health Center Coordinator Carrie Martin talks college suicide BY MIRANDA RUSSELL For The Diamondback

With new classes every semester, living situations frequently changing and the demands of schoolwork, college can be a stressful time. But these stress overloads can sometimes cause students to despair. In 2007, the American College Health Association’s Health Assessment Survey found 6.8 percent of students at the university have seriously considered suicide at least once and 0.8 percent have attempted it. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and because October is National Depression Awareness Month, The Diamondback spoke with Carrie Martin, coordinator of the University Health Center’s Suicide Awareness, Health Education and Training Program, to gain a better understanding of depression and ways to help people who may be suffering. The Diamondback: Why are college students most at risk to suffer depression and suicide? Carrie Martin: Many mental health disorders begin to develop when a person turns 18. Other factors that put college students at risk are: greater academic demands, use of alcohol and drugs, issues of identity, being independent in a new environment, lack of adequate coping skills, financial responsibilities and preparing for life after graduation. DBK: What are the common symptoms of depression in college students? Martin: Common symptoms include loss of interest in hobbies or friends, change in sleep habits, low or irritable moods, change in

appetite, inability to concentrate, lack of motivation or energy, feelings of worthlessness or large amounts of guilt and thoughts of death or suicide. DBK: What can a student do if he knows he or she is suffering from depression? What are the first steps to take? Martin: In addition to getting treatment, letting someone know whom the person trusts — a friend, family member, adviser, professor. If the person is having suicidal thoughts and recognizes this, then it makes it more expedient for that person to get help right away. In addition to the University Counseling Center CARRIE MARTIN and University Health Cen- HEALTH CENTER COORDINATOR ter Mental Health Service, there are hotlines, such as the National Suicide Preven- myths is that by asking a pertion Lifeline, 800-273-TALK, son if they are suicidal might or the Help Center Hotline, a plant the seed for them to act peer-based service at UMD, on this impulse. The fact is 301-314-HELP. that asking a person if they DBK: How can students are suicidal actually opens help their friends see a coun- up conversation, is usually selor if they know he is suf- met with relief and lowers fering from depression? anxiety. If you are living in a Martin: One way is to talk dorm, tell your RA or call the with the friend in a very non- Counseling Center or health judgmental, open and center to talk about ways you empathic way about the can help your friend — changes they have seen in always make sure you are their friend’s behavior — getting the support you need, always use “I” statements. as well as for your friend. Also, you want to make sure You can also learn more you allow enough time for about how to help a friend by the conversation — have attending a Gatekeeper uninterrupted time to talk. Training. The Suicide After talking with your Awareness Health Education friend, you can then offer to and Training (SAHET) Progo to the counselor with gram offers these trainings, them, which will increase which teaches how to recogfeelings of support and nize signs of depression and acceptance. suicidality; what to say to DBK: What can students do someone who is depressed or if they know their friend is suicidal; how to persuade a person to get treatment and contemplating suicide? Martin: Be direct! If you refer them to professional think one of your friends is counseling. contemplating suicide, ask them. One of the greatest



Future of University View Visible on-campus reminders housing expansion passed aid last-minute registrants concerns with condition Developers to agree to city- requested students changes,won’t have to resubmit plans REGISTRATION, from Page 1

HOUSING, from Page 1 into quads to increase available beds, Grandner said. Grandner said she did not know how many spaces would be opened, but the number would be less than 100. There will be more spaces available in South Campus Commons and Courtyards this year, Grandner said, because fourthyear students will not be able to renew their leases for the following year. This regulation means that about 40 percent of the sophomore class will find spots in one of the apartment complexes, she said. Resident Life does not have any other plans to increase capacity for next school year, Grandner said. “If there were good things to do, we would have done them last year,” she said. While most students agreed that the situation had them worried for the future, they differed on how the situation should be handled. Proposed solutions ranged from lowering university enrollment to finding off-campus housing as early as sophomore year. Some students, such as freshman letters and sciences major Josh Tilton, felt that the crunch was unfair. “You can’t keep telling kids to come if you have nowhere to put them,” Tilton said. Others, like sophomore microbiology major Jhon B. Ramirez, were not fazed by the housing crunch. “I think that, if you really are serious about studying here, then you can find a place to live,” Ramirez said. Freshman biology major Jeff Blazar lamented the loss of the dorm bonding experience with the lack of available on-campus housing. “Dorms are really nice because they’re on campus; I meet people and I make friends that way too,” Blazar said. There are several housing projects slated for the future. The state Board of Public Works will review the proposal for Oakland Hall, a potential high-rise dorm in the Denton quad on North Campus, tomorrow, Grandner said. If approved, the dorm would bring 650 beds to the Denton Community. South Campus Commons seven is slated to open in January 2010, adding space for 368 more residents. For some, the long-term solution to the housing crunch is clear. “The housing crisis isn’t going away anytime soon,” ReLATe Committee chair Spiro Dimakas said. “The only way to deal with it is to build more housing.”

BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer

The College Park City Council last night unanimously approved a preliminary plan for a subdivision that would allow the owner of the University View to construct a second building on his property, resolving concerns that threatened to delay the student housing project. City planners wanted developers to make slight changes to Freshman Connection at University Outlook — a 13-story, 517-bed apartment building — but developers said the changes would require them to resubmit the construction plans. The developers agreed to testify to support the city’s requested changes, the most significant of which was shifting the prop-

erty line back about 18 inches to accommodate county rules, to the county planning board, thereby avoiding the lengthy process of re-submitting plans. Otis Warren, owner of the University View and the new Outlook project, said he hopes to break ground on the new building in three weeks. It is set to be built in the space between the View’s driveway and Route 1. District 2 Councilman Jack Perry, who formally motioned for the city to accept the Outlook’s plans, said he hoped the project could soon relieve the area’s student housing crunch. “Let’s go on and get those beds. I want those students gone from the neighborhoods,” Perry said.

RHA to look into student carpool parking permits Members also hear Mote present his views on the Amethyst Initiative BY DERBY COX Staff writer

The Residence Hall Association yesterday voted to look into creating parking permits for students who carpool. The resolution, which makes no specific recommendations, is designed to address an anticipated parking crunch in the coming years that could prevent freshmen and sophomores who live on the campus from parking at the university. It would also support the university’s environmental goals to reduce the number of cars on the campus by 3,400 within the next five years, RHA Transportation Advisory Committee chair Scott Shuffield said. The resolution comes weeks after Department of Transportation Services Director David Allen presented a carpooling permit plan to the Campus Transportation Advisory Committee. His proposal offered a 20 percent discount to students with the permit. RHA Student Groups Liaison Dan Leydorf, who is also a member of CTAC, said Allen’s proposal met with resistance. “Carpooling is very important to us, and if it drops, then there’s going to be no winners to that,” said Leydorf, who drafted the resolution. “If we don’t take this battle up as an organization, there’s a very good chance that it’s going to be

dropped.” The spots for carpoolers would come from the spaces of five percent of leaving faculty members. “The harder people to convince would be the faculty as opposed to the students,” Shuffield said. Leydorf, however, thought a few faculty parking sacrifices was not a big deal. “Is one faculty member’s convenience of parking more important than two or three students’ right to park on campus?” Leydorf said he didn’t think so. The resolution passed 36 to 3, with one abstention. ReLATe Committee chair Spiro Dimakas, who voted against the proposal, said he thought carpooling was a good idea, but questioned the RHA’s decision to examine the issue. “We’re an on-campus governing body,” Dimakas said. “We shouldn’t have to deal with commuters. ... I just think it’s a waste of resources.” Also at the meeting, university President Dan Mote presented the Amethyst Initiative, a proposal that calls for the discussion of alcohol laws. Mote said he was mainly interested in drinking laws from a health and safety standpoint and called for a “full and open dialogue.” The university will hold a day-long discussion on the issue Oct. 30 in the Stamp Student Union, he said.

State, university likely to face further budget cuts BUDGET, from Page 1 Hogan wasn’t sure if that number would increase with the new figures. The Board of Public Works, which controls the state’s budget when the General Assembly is out of session, consists of O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and Treasurer Nancy Kopp (D). Franchot, a political rival of O’Malley’s, announced yesterday he would support the governor’s proposed cuts, likely guaranteeing their passage. The state’s current fiscal crunch became apparent when revenue estimates were sharply decreased last month due to declining income and sales tax revenue. But that was before chaos began in the global financial and banking markets. Deschenaux said the Board of Revenue Estimates would reevaluate the economy in December, which may lead to even lower projected tax revenues and more potential budget cuts. “There’s a strong likelihood strong actions will need to be taken,” he said. Franchot predicted yesterday the Board would have a second round of budget cuts in December. The hearing was somber and dry, with Deschenaux and other analysts from the Department of Legislative Services — the state’s nonpartisan analysis agency — going over statistic after statistic indicating the state’s economy was

heading in the wrong direction. For example, the state’s unemployment has increased 1.1 percentage points to 4.5 percent in the five-month period between April to August — the rate is still lower than the national average of 6.1 — and economists now expect a recession that will last at least three financial quarters. “There were no real surprises,” Hogan said. “It’s bad. It’s very bad.” Hogan said the Board of Regents, USM’s governing body, doesn’t plan on having a mid-year tuition increase, which happened in 2002-2003 after the university suffered several mid-year budget cuts. Ross Stern, a lobbyist for the university, largely echoed Hogan. He said next year’s anticipated tuition freeze would depend on the December revenue estimates. He also predicted a hiring freeze recently implemented by the university would continue through at least the next fiscal year. In an interview Friday, university President Dan Mote was also pessimistic about continuing to cap tuition. “It’s a little difficult for me to see how we can continue a tuition freeze,” Mote said. Besides ending the threeyear tuition freeze, Deschenaux also suggested the state restructure employee and retiree benefits to make them comparable to the private sector, restrain recent expenditures such as a

Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort, and explore selling state assets such as roads to private companies. In-state tuition has been frozen for three years in a row after skyrocketing under former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R). The freeze has caused the state to drop from having the sixth-highest tuition for public schools in the country to the 16th. One solution to the state’s fiscal problems is the legalization of slots in the state, which the DLS says could eventually bring $600 million a year to the state. O’Malley has said slots are necessary to prevent future spending cuts and tax increases. But even with the money from slots, DLS still projects the state will have deficits of more than $1 billion for fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012 and deficits of close to that amount in 2013 and 2014. In addition, slots opponents have said legalizing them would create a host of social ills that would make them a net loser for the state financially. Last fall, O’Malley called a special session in which legislators raised numerous taxes and cut more than $2 billion in spending to avoid a $1.7 billion deficit predicted for this fiscal year that was largely created before his administration came into his office. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Greg Schwab said, student volunteers continued their aggressive push to sign up those last few procrastinating students. In the words of one volunteer organizer, yesterday was crunch day. TerpsVote set up tables at Stamp Student Union, outside of the North and South Campus Dining Halls and the McKeldin and Hornbake libraries yesterday, registering an additional 471 voters for an estimated total of 2,514 newly registered voters, including 260 university students who registered online, according to Schwab. “We’re trying to get everybody that fell through the cracks, get the stragglers and just be really visible, so students realize, ‘Oh, crap, it’s the last day,’ and register to vote,” said Lauren Kim, president of the university chapter of MaryPIRG, who estimated each volunteer collected an average of 30 registration forms per hour Tuesday. Kim said Monday’s oneday total of 125 new registrants had already been surpassed as of 1 p.m. yesterday. Mobs of students crowded the table at the Student Union in bursts, some who weren’t aware of the deadline, others who put if off until the last minute, and a rash of out-ofstate students who decided to change their address. Senior criminology and criminal justice and English major Katherine Garcia went out looking for registration tables today after a fellow sorority member reminded her of the deadline. “And I’m really happy about that, the reason being I live in Rockville and I didn’t want to go over there to vote on election day,” Garcia said. “Hopefully, everything works out with my paperwork.” Sophomore letters and sciences major Andrew Choi wasn’t aware of the deadline until he heard the echoes of

MaryPIRG interns yelling through makeshift megaphones of rolled-up paper. Schwab said he made a lastminute run to the Board of Elections office in Upper Marlboro “literally to make the 9 p.m. deadline” last night. Elsewhere on the campus, SGA President Jonathan Sachs tried to encourage student registration by speaking in three different government and politics lecture halls. “Today is the last day [ to register] to vote in the state of Maryland. How many of you are registered to vote?” Sachs asked, getting straight to the point in his brief address to the more than a hundred students packed into Shoemaker Hall’s lecture room. Nearly all the students signaled they were registered by raising their hands, but Sachs passed out registration forms and pens nonetheless and still walked away with a fresh stack of filled out forms five minutes later. “Going in and speaking to classes is powerful. There are 15 [additional] voter registration forms I have in my hand — 15 percent of the class. It’s really incredible,” he said. Standing nearby, by the front entrance of South Campus Dining Hall, MaryPIRG campus organizer senior government and politics major Dan Shults was finishing up the last half hour of his 1 to 3 p.m. shift, asking every student who passed if he or she still needed to register to vote. Shults said he had collected 20 forms in the first 90 minutes of his shift and had answered many students’ questions regarding changing their registered addresses. Shults’ work was appreciated by one passing student, geography doctoral candidate Leeann King, who stopped to change her address. King, who said MaryPIRG’s tabling allowed her to avoid a trip to Balti-

The first model of the "Terps Vote Boat" sits outside the Stamp Student Union to convince passersby to register to vote. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

more, felt fortunate to be a student. “It’s such a hassle for anyone who is not in the school system. What do people do who don’t have vehicles?” she asked. Yesterday marked the last day of an increasingly frenzied effort, as MaryPIRG interns said they’ve each put in between 10 and 20 hours over the past weeks. Last weekend, they canvassed offcampus housing, including University Town Center, Knox and Hartwick Towers and the University View. The interns and volunteers will be taking a break for a while before focusing their efforts on getting people who have registered to pledge to go to the polls Nov. 4. The Stamp table yesterday featured the first model of a cardboard “vote boat,” spray-painted red, white and blue, which will be waterproofed, outfitted with cannons and sent to float down the fountain on the Mall sometime in the next few weeks, Kim said.
















Staff Editorial

Guest Column

Keep the message clear

Get going across the campus


Georgia Institute of Technology professor’s study has raised ques- what if this happened during a shooting? Or a dangerous natural disaster? The moral of the story boils down to the fact that we can’t rely solely on tions about the campus’s No. 1 safety blanket since the shootings at Virginia Tech. As Jessica Bauer reported in the Oct. 14 issue of The emergency text alerts. This is another point University Police understand Diamondback, the study revealed the text message emergency and stated in Bauer’s story yesterday, but amid the university’s advertising alerts are often unreliable with slow delivery times and an even more trou- blitz to enroll students in the texting program, it should be doing more to bling possibility that a massive emergency text send-off could clog cell lines communicate to students about the other emergency response options already in place. For instance, remember in high school, when the teachers and block 911 calls. explained the emergency response plans on the first day of University Police say they’re already aware of the texschool? Why not do the same here? Why not have resident ting system’s limitations. The problem is the campus at assistants explain plans for their dorms or apartment large isn’t. For now, the texting system offers university buildings? If the general public isn’t well-versed in the uniofficials a compelling option to communicate with the camA recent study has raised versity’s other emergency response options, the texting pus in the case of an emergency, and we applaud the unitroubling questions about system fosters no more than a false sense of security. University for acting quickly to learn from the lesson of Virginia Tech. But if the general public doesn’t understand the university’s emergency versity Police have a lot of other options in place — in the event of an emergency, they set off sirens, send out e-mails the system’s drawbacks, it has the potential to create mass text message system. and send messages over all university speakerphones. Why panic. not remind students of these other messages in the same An example: Patrick Traynor, the Georgia Tech professor who authored the study, cites an instance at his university last year advertisements that promote the texts? The university’s emergency response proposal isn’t a problem in planwhen a chemical spill broke out and officials thought the campus at-large was threatened. A text message alert was sent out telling people to evacuate ning, but a shortfall in communication. One study isn’t enough to make us the campus. Soon after, when officials learned the spill was not as drastic as lose faith in the texting program, but it’s findings can’t be ignored. The idea they feared, they sent out a second message saying to ignore the first. that the texting system can’t cause any harm is flawed, and we hope officials Because of the delay in sending the texts, some students reported getting are thinking up alternatives and back-ups. Most importantly, we hope they the second message before the first. In this case, no harm was done. But keep us updated with all of their options along the way.

Our View

Editorial Cartoon: Shai Goller

Van Munching Mall: An unutilized student space


’ve really taken to Washington Quad, the lush new green space on South Campus between Knox Road and the Memorial Chapel. It’s exciting to see how successful this formerly unused space has become. Everything happens on Washington Quad: volleyball, picnics, clandestine hookah-smoking, post-bar yelling, walks of shame. Indeed, it’s become the new place to see and be seen. But you won’t find anyone taking the walk of shame in another new space on South Campus that opened this summer. We’ll call it Van Munching Mall, in a nod to the gigantic business school that lines most of this new lawn near Mowatt Lane Garage. Is it pretty? Of course. Those trees look like they’ve been there for decades, and the brick sidewalks are cleaned so often you wonder if it’s just to give somebody a job to do. Everything’s there — that is, everything except for people.


REED It’s not like people never walk through Van Munching Mall. You’ve got one of the university’s biggest schools fronting the space, not to mention a large parking garage and several dorms. Just a little farther away are the Art/Sociology Building, South Campus Commons Buildings and Hillel, whose services draw many, many people across this mall every Friday night. So why aren’t people sticking around? Let’s compare this space to McKeldin Mall, which is, of course, considered to be the largest academic mall in the nation, a full six inches longer than

that of runner-up University of Virginia. It’s a lot bigger and a lot busier than Van Munching Mall, but it’s a good example of what a college quad should look like. For starters, McKeldin Mall has the sundial, a central focal point that’s a popular place for people to meet. Van Munching’s clock tower hangs off the end of the space, like an exclamation point for the business school. No one would meet there because walking there would take you out of your way. Also, there’s just one door to the business school, and it’s down there by the clock tower. Business majors, by far the largest potential contributor of life to this space, don’t have to enter the mall to go to class. What would make Van Munching Mall more active? Barbecue grills and a volleyball court might be inappropriate for an academic quad, but putting out more benches and even tables would

draw people into the space. Direct entrances from the adjacent dorms and another entrance from Van Munching Hall will encourage people who’d otherwise be too lazy to walk around the building to come outside. And programmed events in the space — such as performances, demonstrations or even a Frisbee tournament — would give people a solid reason to come by. The success of Washington Quad shows how bad South Campus needs more open space, and useful open space, at that. Pretty as it may be, Van Munching Mall and the buildings that surround it prevent people from spending any meaningful time there. But with a few minor improvements, there might be life on the new mall when the weather gets nice again. Dan Reed is a senior architecture and English major. He can be reached at

School spirit: The true walk of shame


ood news, campus whores! There’s a new walk of shame. Your one-shoed treks from the fraternity houses to your apartments are taking a backseat to something even more disgusting, and with Maryland Madness coming up, it’s time to take a stand. Make the walk to Comcast Center during a basketball game this season and you’ll see the phenomenon. You’ll pass dozens — if not hundreds — of your peers walking in the wrong direction. Where are all of these people going? Don’t they know there’s some quality basketball being played in the other direction? Oh, they know. They know damn well. They’re just the ticket scanners — the worst people ever. They’ve had what they deem to be an intellectual breakthrough, and it goes as such:

1. Wow, basketball tickets at the university are free! What a superwonderful place! 2. The tickets are based on a lottery system where I get a better chance to get a ticket to a Duke or North Carolina game if I go to the games against non-conference, cupcake teams no one wants to see. 3. What’s that you say, my friend? All I need to do is show up, get my ticket scanned and then turn around and go home for a busy night of Rock of Love: Charm School instead of watching an actual basketball game? 4. I’m enough of an entitled asshole that I think I deserve to get credit for things I don’t actually do. 5. Ticket scanning, it is! I like to stare at these people as they pass me on their way back to their hovels and caves, I and really try to get


GINDES some insight as to what makes them think they’re better than everyone else. Look, we’ve all been there. We’ve all had a test or a study group come up, and we didn’t want to get penalized, so we scanned and ran. But some people are making an art out of it. If you want to have a better chance to get a ticket to a big basketball game, then you should be a good fan and show up to support the team during the games against the teams no one cares about. If you don’t want to, then

don’t complain when you don’t get a Duke ticket. You didn’t deserve it. Anyone who thinks they’re outsmarting the system by showing up to basketball games, scanning their tickets and leaving needs to know that they’re cheapening the hell out of the experience of being a Maryland fan. When the Princeton Review ranked us No. 2 in the country for “Students pack the stadiums,” I was embarrassed because I knew the truth: There’s a huge difference in the number of students who reserve tickets and the number who actually show up for the game. Congrats, ticket-scanners, you are all big, stupid phonies. Rob Gindes is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at

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RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION It’s 3 p.m. and you just got back from a long day of classes. You’re too exhausted to start homework, and instead decide you need some time to relax. But let’s face it: there’s nothing good on TV yet, and stalking people on Facebook can get a little old. Why not try something new? The Residence Hall Association will be launching the university’s first Go-Cross-Campus game Saturday. The game will last about two months, and all students are encouraged to take advantage of the pure, addictive fun the game will no doubt provide. Go-Cross-Campus is a massive online university-wide and teambased game, kind of like Risk but made specifically for college campuses. The goal of the game is to conquer the most territories on the custom-made campus map while expelling all other teams. The great draw to the game is that, rather than having just one person per team, there are teams comprising entire housing communities, in addition to an off-campus team, battling against one another to take over the territories students interact in every day. The beauty of Go-Cross-Campus lies in the fact that students can decide how much, or how little, time to put into it. There are no real commitments. The game does have tons of cool features for those who do become particularly engaged in the battle, such as the ability to nominate or impeach a commander, catch a spy and engage in team chats, to name a few. RHA members are extremely excited about launching the university’s first Go-Cross-Campus game and cannot wait to see what it does for this university. Go-Cross-Campus prides itself on the game’s ability to build school spirit and to create a sense of community — two things the RHA is very serious about. We see Go-Cross-Campus as a great way to start a university-wide tradition that has the ability to excite students about interacting with one another and uniting around a common goal. What’s even more exciting is the prize the winning team will receive!.The RHA will provide the victorious team with a pizza party as a way to reward those team members for their dedication to the university’s first game. The party will serve as a chance to interact in person with teammates and celebrate the success of the game. So why not be a part of this monumental event? There is no pressure and no time commitment in order to be involved. The game has already been widely successful at Yale, Harvard, Boston College, Ithaca College, the University of Massachusetts and so on. This is a great way to take part in an event that will no doubt become widely known at the university. To join the game, go to d/ Oct. 20 and create an account. The game is completely free and completely fun. For more specific questions, feel free to e-mail the RHA at or visit our website at Our blog, located at, will be discussing the game as well, so stay posted! Alicia Hartlove is the RHA’s public relations officer. She can be reached at

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ow it feels to be led into the university’s ice cream room echoes the curiosity Charlie must have felt as he entered Willy Wonka’s factory. But instead of a gaggle of Oompa Loompas scurrying about with various ingredients, there is only Jeff Russo, the head bakery chef in charge of ice cream production, and his assistant, Nora Garcia. The two work tirelessly to crank out the 25,000 gallons of ice cream the university goes through every year, all of which comes from a single restaurant-size ice cream maker. To create the massive volume needed, the machine runs seven hours a day, five days a week, Russo said. Ice cream production is a lengthy tradition on the campus, dating back to 1924, when the university’s dairy also made milk, butter and cottage cheese, according to a university press release. The frozen treat was the best-selling item, and that legacy lives on today, something Russo is proud of. “When people say, ‘Who made ice cream on campus?’ there’s only so many,” Russo said. “So I’m one in that line, which is nice to know.” While there have been changes along the way — such as when the original 78-year-old machine broke down in April 2007, prompting a replacement with a newer, more high-tech version — the process has remained largely the same during the last 84 years, except for the expanding flavor variety. “We’ve increased the flavors on a regular basis by 10,” he said. “The flavors are more in-depth.” Russo, whose family’s chef ancestry dates back to the 1880s, started working at family-owned restaurants when he was 14 years old. He has worked at the university for the last 12 years but didn’t start producing ice cream here until about four years ago. Yet he’s had lots of experience — Russo said he’s been making ice cream since the 1980s at previous pastry chef jobs. But ice cream only composes a fraction of his job as part of the bakery — Dining Services also makes the baked ingredients you find in many ice cream fla-

vors, such as brownie bites or cake pieces. Though inspiration for those flavors can come from a variety of sources, they aren’t always easy to work with. “I may see something in a magazine, like a fruit. ... There’s no rhyme or reason, I just get a thought,” Russo said. “The hardest thing is to take a Philadelphia-style ice cream and making it taste like gelato, since there’s no egg in it. ... That takes a lot of practice and experience to figure out how to do that — the flavoring and how you layer [the ingredients]. There’s a lot of factors involved.” The inspirations spark flavor tests about twice a week, and Russo tries to find comfort food flavors that students will enjoy, he said. But don’t expect flurries of new flavors to come pouring into The Dairy. “It may never make it into production if it’s a little too off-the-wall,” he said. “I made something with brioche [a sweet bread often served as pastry] I made like a bread ice cream. I thought it was great, but for the common crowd, it’s a little too esoteric for them. ... It tasted like bread pudding.” As for that persistent rumor about the ice cream’s lack of FDA approval for its outrageous fat content, it’s simply not true, Russo said. “It’s 14 percent fat,” he said. “If someone actually thought about that statement, the FDA does not approve ice cream. Secondly, if you understand how dairy works, there’s only so high you can go, percentagewise, with fat. So it would debunk the whole thing.” But university students have been hearing that myth for a very long time. “It’s been going on since Associate Director Joe Mullineaux, when he was a student, in the ’70s,” he said. “It’s been around all that time. It’s a myth, so let it keep going.”

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Athletics satisfied with recent progress in men’s basketball GSR, from Page 1 last year’s team. Worthington added Dave Neal, the only senior on this year’s team, is on track to graduate in May. Three of the five scholarship seniors graduated from the 2006-2007 squad. “Our numbers are definitely going to improve, but since it’s not a real-time snapshot, we’re looking at people who went here seven years ago,” Worthington said. Worthington said the Athletics Department has focused on making sure men’s basketball players are fewer than 12 credits from graduating in their last semester of eligibility. The goal is to reduce the amount of work the Terps need to do that semester, when the lure of professional basketball contracts often distracts players from their academics, Worthington said. Nine of the 10 players measured in this year’s report went on to play professional basketball, she said. Williams criticized the GSR as a measuring stick for real-world success because of the need for players to maximize their earnings when they are young. “There’s nothing you can do about players leaving early,” Williams said. “Guys like Chris Wilcox — he left when he was 19. He’s probably made $50 million. Wouldn’t you like to do that by the time you’re 25?” Williams added that players at other universities benefit from taking online courses, which are limited at this university. He said one of the players counted in the report who hasn’t graduated, 2002 national championship team member Drew Nicholas, is taking courses online while playing for the Greek team, Panathinaikos. “In the NBA, until you reach a certain level, you’re

required to be there over the summer to work out,” Williams said. “We’ve worked with the university to try to make it easier by taking courses online. You hope they come back and get their degree.” While Williams’ former players have been successful in moving through the professional ranks, their early departures led to the Terps ranking last in the ACC again this year, 19 points behind Clemson, and 20 behind one of the university’s peer institutions — the University of California at Berkeley scored 30. It marks the fourth-consecutive year the Terps have finished last in the ACC on the GSR. But Anton Goff, associate athletic director of academic support and career development, said the department doesn’t expect the low score on the GSR for men’s basketball to continue. Goff, who oversees the tutoring and academic counseling athletes receive, said his department has moved resources in the past to focus on the team and to improve both its GSR and APR numbers. “What we’re doing right now, we’re happy with,” Goff said. “We expect those numbers to improve.” On the whole, Terp sports teams scored an average of 79 on the GSR, a one-point increase from last year, and 11 teams finished above the national average for their sports, including football. Of the other sports, only men’s tennis finished significantly below the national average. Goff attributed the men’s tennis team’s score of 43 — 40 points below the average for the sport — to the small sample size involved since the university did not give out scholarships to members of the team for part of the period measured.

Terp coach Sasho Cirovski took a bow for his fans as they wished him a happy 46th birthday last night.


Terps failed to execute on man-up LEHIGH, from Page 10 as he did in last Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime win against Charlotte. All it took for Lehigh to take the 1-0 lead was one defensive error, a dropped cross from goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the 53rd minute. Lehigh’s Patrick Cucci got to the loose ball and easily tapped it into the net. “We gave up a soft goal again,” Cirovski said. “Then we had to grind it out again. I really like the character of this team. Sometimes, I’m a little frustrated with their killer instinct, or lack thereof.” While the Terps continued to head crosses over the net and Lehigh defenders packed the penalty box and deflected shots, frustration started to build.

When the referee issued a red card to Lehigh’s Daniel Odenwelder with 25 minutes remaining for pushing a Terp to the ground while waiting to head a goal kick, it looked like the Terps’ job would be easier. But it was a while until their advantage resulted in a goal. Nydell saved a penalty shot form Terp midfielder Jeremy Hall, adding to the Terps’ frustration, after midfielder Drew Yates was taken down in the box with 16:11 remaining. “Especially being a man up at that point, we were getting a lot of opportunities, and sometimes it seems like it’s not gonna go your way,” midfielder Doug Rodkey said. “I think we’re constantly getting better. We played the ball around really well

in the game. Sometimes you get a little unlucky when it comes to the opportunities.” After the game, Cirovski, who turned 46 yesterday, was relieved. Before the game, a member of The Crew, the student fan group that attends all home soccer games, presented Cirovski with a shirt and birthday card signed by all of its members. Thanks to his team’s late comeback, Cirovski was able to celebrate. But the result could have easily been the opposite. “One of our sayings is we play every play,” Cirovski said. “We’re gonna fight down to the last whistle, and thankfully, tonight we were able to raise our game.”

Defender Rich Costanzo and the Terps allowed just one goal last night. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK



Muracco pushes No. 2 field hockey to 5-0 win Three returning Terps outshined by junior forward’s high-scoring night today. She’s just such an unselfish player.” Davies’ impact anchored With three starters return- the defense in front of Grater. ing from a week-long hiatus With defensive stalwart Susie at the Junior Pan American Rowe taking playing a more Games, the Terrapin field aggressive role in the offense hockey team expected to this season, Davies provides a bounce back after a rare loss rock on the back line. Today, she was also a over the weekend. But leading the way for the weapon in the Terps’ counterattack. Terps were a pair of “Bri had a great players who had pass to me off a been here all along. restart that led to a Nicole Muracco goal,” said Muracco, tallied four goals in a FIELD HOCKEY 5-0 win against No. No. 2 TERPS . . . . . . . . . 5 lauding the senior’s 12 Princeton (9-2). No. 12 Princeton . . . . . 0 heady play. “It’s something simple, Alicia Grater made nine saves for the No. 2 Terps but something like that can (12-2), including seven in the obviously be very important.” With the team back at full second half to stonewall any strength, Meharg was once potential comeback. “[Grater] leads well ver- again pleased with the prodbally and of course she has uct displayed on the field. great technique,” coach The Terps authoritative peragainst yet Missy Meharg said. formance “[Muracco] was just incredi- another top-20 team helps erase the memory of the ble, she had a great day.” The standout days were weekend setback. “The combination of the aided by the support of the returning teammates. For- team attack was nice to see,” ward Katie O’Donnell, mid- Meharg said. “We know we fielder Alexis Pappas and can score on penalty corners, back Brianna Davies made but today we were scoring their long-awaited returns to goals within the game play as well. The whole flow of the the Terp lineup. O’Donnell infused energy offense was on for us.” Perhaps most important, into an offense that struggled in a loss to then-No. 9 Duke on the Terps are back together as a team. It’s something the Saturday. Her ability to set up team- players agreed help invigormates or take it herself kept ate the team. “Just having everyone back the Tigers (9-2) on their toes. Tuesday, she played the dis- puts us in a great spot,” tributor, assisting on two of Meharg said. “We came out with fresh legs, fresh minds. Muracco’s four scores. “[O’Donnell’s] incredible, We were energized from the the way she draws defenders start and it showed.” and dishes,” Muracco said. “Her passes were incredible BY MICHAEL KATZ Staff writer

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Terps going for a fun approach 2008



In the middle of a six-game losing streak with just one conference win on its resumé, the Terrapin volleyball team is focusing on having fun. The solution may seem unorthodox, but the Terps (5-14, 1-6 ACC) believe that bringing fun to their team will help them build off of Sunday’s narrow loss to a strong Miami team in what first-year coach Tim Horsmon called one of their strongest games yet. “The players had more fun Sunday because they competed,” Horsmon said. “I think for someone watching us play, I’m guessing they haven’t been much fun to watch, and they haven’t had a whole lot of fun playing so far. The top of our pyramid now is having fun, and we’re figuring out how to get there.” The team is moving forward with this in mind and hopes it will make the difference that will turn the season around. Even after a practice that lasted a half-hour longer than the set ending time, players and coaches alike were more positive and upbeat after the practice than they had been in previous weeks. “We have a lot more energy. We’re finally starting to play together,” right side Brittney Grove said. “The system just clicked.” Horsmon was optimistic that this will pay dividends later in the season as long as players put in the effort and work on their performance. “I want to see them enjoy playing volleyball,” Horsmon said. “I want to see them playing hard and being passionate about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. I think if they’re able to do that, then this whole thing will be a great experience. But, like I said, they’ve got to execute now.” Before the Miami match, the team suffered from inconsistency

Middle blocker Lisa Scott and the Terps progressed as a team even in a loss at Miami last Sunday. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

and sloppiness that extended into Friday’s 1-3 loss to Florida State. But the Terps won the first set against the Hurricanes, and though they dropped the next three sets, they managed to stay close throughout. Miami’s widest margin of victory in a set was three points. “Against FSU, we came out hard in the first game, but we died throughout the match,” Grove said. “We didn’t make the little plays and our intensity died down. We came back with Miami, and it was a big step for us because we played the match in its entirety.” The Terps equaled the Hurricanes in kills with 64, had no blocking errors in the match and had standout performances from freshman hitter Maddi Lee, who had a career-high 18 kills, and middle blocker Katie Usher, who hit .357. The only problem the Terps had against Miami was pulling through in momentum-changing moments. “We had opportunities, but we didn’t execute in the big points as much as should have,” Horsmon said. “We have to play cleaner and execute and have a couple more great individual performances and hopefully that will allow us to win.”

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is averaging 25.6 yards every time he touches the ball this year.


Heyward-Bey double-covered often RECEIVER, from Page 10 touch average. “The other defensive coordinators and coaches in the league aren’t stupid, and they’ve realized that, in most games, Darrius has had huge plays that have swung the momentum,” Franklin said. “So their whole defensive plans are to say, ‘Look, let’s take Darrius out of the game and force the other players to beat us.’” Heyward-Bey just wants to continue to do his job. He’s not interested in the cause of his struggles. He’s not worried about the opponents’ game plans that have stuck him with double- and sometimes triple-coverage. “What I can control is what I do, which is run routes and catch the ball,” Heyward-Bey said. “That’s the description of a wide receiver. I have no control over what the coaches think, what the quarterback thinks [or] what the O-line does. All I can worry about is the receivers and what I do. I don’t look for answers.” After the win at Clemson in which Heyward-Bey dropped a pair of passes, he apologized to his teammates for

letting them down with his poor play. “I felt they deserved to know that,” Heyward-Bey said. “I’m the type of guy who’s very hard on myself because I want to be the best. When I’m messing up, I know how to look in the mirror and know that I’m messing up.” After the Terps’ poor performance in Charlottesville, there was no such apology. But the embarrassing loss made his insignificance in the Terp offense even tougher for him to take. Tuesday, Friedgen defended his wide receiver, saying he expects the former freshman All-American to “blossom” to his full potential soon. “I have no question about his work ethic,” Friedgen said. “I thought he’s worked extremely hard. Darrius knows what he needs to work on, and he’ll continue to do it.” For Heyward-Bey, that means learning to deal with adversity for the first time in his Terp career. In his first two seasons, Heyward-Bey had just two games without a catch. Receivers coach Lee Hull said Heyward-Bey has stayed positive in recent weeks. While receivers Ronnie Tyler and Danny Oquendo have risen to take

some of the pressure off Heyward-Bey, Hull said the Terp star has focused on staying consistent. “He’s understanding if he’s going to get double teamed or have coverage roll his way, he’s got to be more detail oriented to get open,” Hull said. After suffering their first shutout in four years, the Terps need their playmaker to regain his early-season rhythm soon. He’ll have a chance this weekend against Wake Forest in a match-up with Demon Deacon cornerback Alphonso Smith, who led the nation with eight interceptions last season. Heyward-Bey said he’s feeling fresh after the time off and excitedp for the final six games of the season. He’s not ready to hit the panic button yet. “I’m not out there screaming, telling people I want the ball,” Heyward-Bey said. “That’s not my job. I just want to go out there and do my best to help us win.” Staff writer Jeff Newman contributed to this report.




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Heyward-Bey mired in slump Terps’ top receiver has no receptions in last two games

2008 FOOTBALL BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

Darrius Heyward-Bey didn’t spend the Terrapin football team’s bye week fretting over his recent lack of touches. Practice was business as usual for the junior wide receiver as he tried to improve his route-running and timing with quarterback Chris Turner. Over the weekend, Heyward-Bey relaxed at home watching college football. Despite not catching a pass for the second straight week in a 31-0 loss at Virginia on Oct. 4, Heyward-Bey didn’t overthink his decreased production. “I just went out there and ran each route as hard as I could,” Heyward-Bey said. “Balls went other ways, and that’s just the way football goes.” Heyward-Bey appeared poised for a career year through the first four games after grabbing 12 passes for 250 yards and three scores while rushing five times for 110 yards and another touchdown. ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks the lightning-quick HeywardBey as the third-best junior wide receiver in the nation. But the fourth-year player has not reached the end zone in his last two games and has touched the ball just twice — a game-changing 76-yard run in a win against Clemson Sept. 27 and a meaningless 25-yard pickup as part of a hook-and-ladder play to end the first half against Virginia. Coach Ralph Friedgen has said the plays have been called to get Heyward-Bey the ball, and it is up to the speedster to get open. Offensive coordinator James Franklin said there is still a package of 15 to 20 plays designed to go to Heyward-Bey and take advantage of his 25.6 yards per

Freshman forward Casey Townsend scored the Terps’ game-winning overtime goal for the second straight Tuesday. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

Terps clip Mountain Hawks in overtime Townsend scores game-winner in 97th minute Jonathan Nydell with 21 shots in regulation and getting a penalty shot opportunity in the second Eventually, the Terrapin men’s half, the Terps (10-3-0) simply soccer team might not be able to could not convert chances. Finally, defender Omar Gonzakeep grinding out wins if it can’t lez came through with a booming finish scoring opportunities. But in last night’s 2-1 overtime shot more than 30 yards from goal. The ball deflected win against Lehigh at off of a Lehigh defender Ludwig Field, the No. 6 and past Nydell into the Terps again escaped with net, tying the game. a victory even after trailMEN’S SOCCER “Of course a game like ing 1-0 with a little more Lehigh. .............1 than five minutes No. 6 TERPS . . . . . . . . . 2 that is always going to be frustrating,” Gonzalez remaining in regulation. said. “But some games “Not as we planned it,” coach Sasho Cirovski said of the are just gonna be like that. So I game. “The midfield play was had the chance, and I took it upon exceptional. But then, we really myself to at least try a shot and it didn’t have the malice in our worked out for the best.” In the 97th minute, midfielder attack that we’ve had recently.” Despite playing with a man Jeremy Hall found forward Casey advantage after a Lehigh red card Townsend for the golden goal, just in the middle of second half, peppering Lehigh goalkeeper Please See LEHIGH, Page 10 BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is explosive with the ball in his hands, but hasn’t had it as often as the Terps would like lately. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

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