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Colman McCarthy has taught peace for 30 years — and wouldn’t have it any other way

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Politicians and leaders have continuously emphasized the need to cut spending nearly everywhere to help the economy recover — and higher education has been no exception. Universities have had to grapple with reduced federal and state aid and rising tuition costs, but some experts said this isn’t solely because of the state of the economy — it’s also because of schools’ failures to cut their own expenses and curb inefficient and unnecessary spending. While the traditional mission statement of universities is to further education and research, Richard Vedder, an economics professor at Ohio University, said that aim is slowly fading with colleges boosting spending on new administrative positions, such as diversity officers,

The clock reads 7:45 a.m. on a dreary Thursday morning. Colman McCarthy, 74, has been teaching a class of seniors at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School for 20 minutes. It’s time to wake these kids up. “Want a quiz for $100?” he “they know the asks, pulling a crisp Benjamin men who broke Franklin from his wallet. “Today is a very famous person’s birthday.” the peace but The room lets out a collective not the women groan. This isn’t a new game. In who made the fact, McCarthy has been playing peace.” variations of it since he began teaching 30 years ago, then a COLMAN MCCARTHY mere side hobby while he wrote University Honors lecturer a nationally syndicated column for The Washington Post. He now teaches at six schools, including this university. In all those years, he has never lost the money. The students begin to guess. Joan Baez. Barbara Lee. Jeannette Rankin. Wait. Who? That’s the problem McCarthy tries to alleviate. The general population is familiar with names such as Napoleon and Julius Caesar — powerful crusaders who took over vast territories by evoking fear and demanding violence. But Baez, Lee and Rankin — all prominent female peace activists — are

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Men’s basketball forward arrested in June for alleged DWI By Fola Akinnibi Staff writer

Terrapins men’s basketball forward James Padgett will face trial this Friday for two charges stemming from a summer traffic incident. On June 16 at 3:28 a.m., University Police stopped the 21-year-old on Route 1 by Rossborough Lane after he was allegedly driving without headlights, according to the police report. The officer reportedly smelled alcohol and instructed Padgett to perform a field sobriety test, and when he allegedly performed poorly, police placed


colman mccarthy, who has taught peace courses at this university and several other schools over the past 30 years, said he strives to teach students about lesser-known leaders and women in history who accomplished their goals without force or violence. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

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Padgett under arrest, the report stated. At the University Police station, an Intoximeter test showed Padgett’s blood alcohol content to be .07, according to the police report.A blood alcohol concentration between .04 and .07 constitutes driving while impaired in this state,whereas a blood alcohol concentration higher than .08 constitutes driving under the influence. Police charged Padgett with driving while impaired by alcohol and failure to display two lighted front lamps when asked by police, according to court documents. Padgett was cooperative and police released him after completing the tests, which Limansky said is the department’s common practice. According to the university’s studentSee PADGETT, Page 3

By Quinn Kelley Senior staff writer With yesterday’s formal opening of a national weather and climate prediction center fewer than two miles from the campus, this university now boasts one of the largest earth science headquarters in the world. About $76.5 million in federal funds brought into being the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, a project that had been in the works since 1999, before employees started filling out the center in August. james padgett, a men’s basketball forward, was arrested in June after allegedly performing poorly on a field sobriety test. University Police pulled him over for driving without headlights. charlie deboyace/the diamondback


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FINANCE From PAGE 1 sustainability coordinators and public relations personnel. These departments have become overstaffed and expensive to maintain, Vedder said, without enhancing students’ educations. But this university and state have been taking steps to ensure all institutions are managing their budgets responsibly, said University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, noting the university has accrued more than $200 million in savings over the past five years. Tenured professors making six-figure salaries who are continually becoming more disengaged with students, however, aren’t helping the problem, Vedder said. The argument is “the faculty are a bunch of overprotected people, who have got jobs for life, who are arrogant as hell, who try to push off the dirty teaching — the freshman, sophomore classes — to grad students or adjunct faculty who are paid low amounts,” Vedder said. Faculty, he said, “have the good teaching life and they’re not really

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MCCARTHY From PAGE 1 virtually unknown. “They know the men who broke the peace but not the women who made the peace,” McCarthy says, shaking his head. No one in the class guesses the answer (St. Francis of Assisi, whose peace prayer is an important part of Catholicism).McCarthy stands at the back of the room, looking out at a sea of black. It’s only the traditional senior blackout day, but it symbolizes the negativity and ignorance McCarthy faces all the time, the people who see him as an uncompromising extremist when he rails against ROTC programs and the death penalty. The ones who likely think a vegan-pacifist-anarchist-marathon runner can’t change the narrative alone. These students aren’t those people. They’re some of the more than 10,000 who can say McCarthy taught them alternatives to violence. McCarthy’s father entered World War I as an officer. He left the battlefront as a pacifist — too many people killing each other, he said. Twenty years later, McCarthy was born. Although he had three older brothers, he said his father loved him best. “My brother used to say that I could burn the schoolhouse down, and Dad would still say, ‘Bless your little heart,’” McCarthy said. “It’s such a good foundation — to have love as a child. If not, there’s always a scar.” Despite the nurturing environment he found at home, McCarthy was bullied at school. His classmates mocked him for his perennial stutter, and he was terrified of being called on in class to read aloud. So he took up writing — a hobby that required eloquence from the brain, not the tongue. McCarthy wrote all through high school, when he left his home state of New York to study English at a Jesuit college in Mobile, Ala., called Spring Hill College. Yet he’d also become an accomplished golfer and mostly ignored his studies, preferring to “read more greens than books.” After he graduated in 1960, McCarthy was feeling lost and unfulfilled. He’d “wasted four years” of his life and wasn’t yet ready to face the real world. He needed the dose of discipline he’d never gotten from his father, who died of a heart attack at 66. In his search for both that purity and dedication, he found the monks of Conyers, Ga. McCarthy had grown up in a Catholic household. It makes sense he sought solace in a Trappist monastery — those who strictly follow the Rule of St. Benedict. But McCarthy only expected to spend a few days on the hallowed grounds of the picturesque complex. Five years ticked by, and he hadn’t left. The monks signed instead of speaking. They shunned all media. Wake-up call was at 2 a.m., followed by hours of manual labor, with a prompt 7 p.m. bedtime. McCarthy kept a vegetarian diet and spent his days milking Jersey cows and shoveling manure. In spare moments, he read voraciously, clocking about 1,000 words a day. Yet McCarthy couldn’t fully abandon his former rebellious self. He began to leave the grounds after 7 p.m., loading up a truck with excess vegetables to give to poor families who lived nearby. Once, another layman saw McCarthy sneaking out and blew on his finger, a sign


killing themselves teaching.” Of the university’s $1.7 billion budget, just less than $1.1 billion goes to paying personnel, according to a 2013 budget report breakdown. But given the credentials of some staff members, university President Wallace Loh said the high salaries are worth the price tag, and the university would lose certain faculty members if it didn’t pay them enough. “Are there some very high salaries? Yes,” Loh said. “Given a university budget of $1.7 billion, to have a handful of high salaries ... is not the source of the diminution of per-student spending.” Professors are essentially taking a pay cut by choosing to teach instead of taking paid jobs in their fields, said associate provost for faculty affairs Juan Uriagereka. Professors don’t choose to teach because of the money and job security but for their passion for teaching, he said. “You have some of the best minds, not just in the country, but in the world here,” he said. “If they were trying to apply those minds just to make money … they would be making considerably more than as faculty.”

Salaries are ultimately determined by faculty members’ commitment to their craft. Uriagereka said tenure-track faculty members with six-figure salaries are generally those who teach and mentor, research creatively and provide a service for their field. Other faculty members devote their time solely to teaching or researching and generally won’t see the larger paychecks. Market demand for certain fields will also play a big role in how much professors make. For example, business and finance professors are typically paid more than arts and humanities professors, Uriagereka said. The highest-paid professors in each college all make six-figure salaries, according to the 2012 Diamondback Salary Guide, but salaries range between departments. Engineering professor Dan Mote, for example, who is also the former university president, makes the most of any professor with $387,166 a year; marketing professor Michel Wedel makes $340,350; education professor Kenneth Rubin, meanwhile, makes about $170,000 a year; and Brian Butler, the highestpaid faculty member from the informa-

tion studies college, makes $145,000. This university needs to receive more funding to meet state goals of increasing the percentage of the adult population with a degree to 55 percent, said Joe Vivona, the system’s administration and finance vice chancellor, and to this point he said the system has been “effective” and “efficient” in directing finances. “In the U.S. today, despite the tough fiscal times, companies and universities and the government are trying to figure out ways to do more with less,” Vivona said. “In the eyes of the state, I think the university system is considered a model of behavior for stretching what we got.” Salaries and wages haven’t risen in recent years, Kirwan said, demonstrating personnel costs aren’t straining finances and workers are not overpaid. “No one in the system has gotten a raise for … four or five years, and most of our faculty and staff have been subjected to furloughs,” Kirwan said.“Any thought that there’s been some big increase in compensation is just not consistent with the facts.” At this university, Budget Director Robert Platky said since 1999, the money spent on instruction as a percentage of

the university’s discretionary spending has remained steady, fluctuating between 30.3 percent in 2005 at its lowest and 31.9 percent at its highest last year. This indicates there have been no wild fluctuations in the university’s spending on instruction, he said. Vedder said unnecessary personnel could be cut from the payroll to protect university budgets and pass fewer costs onto students with tuition, all of which he said would not harm the school’s educational value. Of this and other universities, Vedder said, “I could redline 500 positions,” and “the basic academic enterprise would go on just as it was before. The teachers would still teach, the researchers would still research, and the university would save $50 to $70 million.” But the diverse makeup of the faculty is what helps distinguish this university and other top institutions, Loh said, and retaining those faculty members means paying them enough to keep them. “We have three Nobel prize winners,” he said.“Do you want us to cut their salaries?”

athlete charged with a DWI “shall be suspended from 10 percent … of his or her in-season competitive schedule.” In a statement, athletic officials said, “We’re aware of the situation

and have no further comment as this is a pending legal matter.” Padgett’s trial is set for 1:15 p.m. at Prince George’s County District Court in Hyattsville. Possible penalties for

driving while impaired include a sixmonth license suspension, a maximum $500 fine and a maximum two months in jail. Padgett started 27 of the Terps’

32 games last season. He averaged 8.8 points and led the team in rebounding.

meaning McCarthy would “burn in hell” for his transgressions. “I said, ‘Wow, this is bizarre,’” McCarthy said. “I’m feeding people; I’m feeding the hungry, but I’m going to spend eternity in hell. Something’s not quite right here. So I said, ‘Gee, I think I’m called to do other work.’” After his cloistered sojourn ended, McCarthy got on a bus. Soon, he’d arrived in the office of Eugene Patterson, then-editor of The Atlanta Constitution, later a Pulitzer Prize winner. Patterson had visited the monastery on a retreat a few weeks earlier, and he was the most relevant connection the abbot could offer a wannabe sports writer with a speech impediment. McCarthy came prepared with a few articles, but his first impression wasn’t professional. “He would labor and labor to get a sentence out,” Patterson said.“It became such a trial that I did an awful thing: I laughed.” That broke the ice, and Patterson quickly realized the talent this man possessed, going so far as to quote a Bible verse in describing McCarthy’s work as “apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Although his own sports editor refused to hire McCarthy, Patterson called up Roger Tatarian, the editor in chief of the United Press International wire service. After one interview, McCarthy became the “24th man in a 24-man sports department,” working from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. covering nighttime horse racing. From there, he became the speechwriter for Sargent Shriver, founding director of the Peace Corps and the “architect” of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” Shriver had read a piece McCarthy freelanced, criticizing Shriver’s programs. He was looking for a “no-man,” someone who would tell him the truth instead of pandering to his every whim. If there was anything McCarthy could do well, it was biting honesty. It was 1966. McCarthy was gaining fame and would be employed by The Washington Post within three years. But Shriver had something more to give him than experience. On Dec. 8 of that year, a mutual friend introduced McCarthy to a nurse named Mavourneen Deegan, who had just begun working for the War on Poverty. Deegan asked if he’d like to come to dinner. But McCarthy had other plans: slices of Velveeta cheese and some crackers, which he pulled out of his pocket as evidence. So, drinks, then. Deegan said that at the time gin and bourbon were common, even at dinner. McCarthy chose water instead. “I like water, too,” Deegan blurted. She was smitten, to say the least. He asked her out on two dates instead of one — church and then dinner — “because he was shy,” Deegan said. On Jan. 20, 1967, six weeks after they first met,they married. “The day before [we met], I wasn’t feeling very well, so I went to see a doctor,” McCarthy said. “He said, ‘You’re a sick man; you ought to be in bed with a nurse.’ So the next day, I met a nurse, I fell in love with her right there, and I’ve been in bed with her ever since. So I obeyed the doctor’s orders.” As his marriage and family flourished,so did his reputation. He talked to the people who were building the world on a platform of amity rather than discord, movers and shakers as well-known as Mother Teresa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Although he wrote about a variety of topics for the


Rather Teach Peace, has a 4.9-outof-5-star rating on Amazon. He’s now sorting through more than 1,000 letters he’s received from students to create a compilation from their perspectives rather than his. Cathy Barks, associate director of the Honors College, said McCarthy resonates with students through his ability to give them the chance “to think about things they wouldn’t otherwise think about.” “He’s just a kindred spirit and always kind of inspires me to be my best self,” she said. “You know, you plan to do that all the time — be your best self — and then you’re just not.” Senior government and politics major Valerie Caplan took McCarthy’s Honors seminar, Journalism and Peace, during the first semester of her freshman year. After the class discussed animal cruelty one week, she became a vegetarian. “He simply presented two sides of an argument,” she said. “These are not the kind of issues you explore in school. You don’t ask yourself, ‘Why do you eat the way you do? Why do you live the way you do?’” When people ask them where they live, McCarthy’s neighbors, Elisa Free and Bill Nooter, say they live next to Colman McCarthy. The boy who couldn’t speak coherently has now become a landmark. An eccentric one, to be sure. Free said he once put out spinach instead of candy on Halloween. Deegan said she has to rumple the new clothes she buys for him and hide them among his current wardrobe, hoping he won’t notice. McCarthy said he’s run 18 marathons and commutes from his home in American University Park to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School daily on his bicycle. He doesn’t bike out to this university; that would be “suicidal.” And yet, that’s the point. Eat differently. Think differently. Live differently. You might like it. “Studying nonviolence is not for the faint or weak of heart, nor conformists or the close-minded,” McCarthy wrote in the syllabus for this semester’s Alternatives to Violence seminar. “Instead, it is for those who are intellectually brave, spiritually alive, socially engaged and lovers of long-shots.”

More than 100 people gathered at the 268,000-square-foot building yesterday afternoon for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the official beginning of NOAA operations, which will range from predicting hurricane seasons and storms to forecasting ocean currents and studying climate, according to a news release. The building will house the largest concentration of earth scientists in the country, if not the world, university President Wallace Loh said. “It’s of huge benefit to the university and College Park,” he said. The glass building houses more than 800 NOAA employees, and this university will partner with the center to provide opportunities to students with researchers at the center, according to the press release. In addition, the university approved a new undergraduate major in atmospheric and oceanic science in the spring, which will provide another avenue for students to access the weather center, said Robert Infantino, the computer, mathematical and natural sciences college associate dean. “It really gives us a big bench strength in terms of the number of scientists doing research … that are in walking distance to the campus,” he said. “Students will just have access to a lot more scientists that they will be able to work with directly.” Infantino estimated fewer than 20 students are enrolled in the new major. Because of the program’s size, he said it may not initially draw in many freshmen, but he hopes student interest will grow as opportunities do. “I do think as information about this major grows and, in particular, the opportunities that arise with NOAA and NASA Goddard, that this major here on this campus will be more attractive to incoming students,” he said. The opening of the center will not only provide students with opportunities, said CMNS Dean Jayanth Banavar, but will also be instrumental in solving larger environmental problems, such as addressing the threat of a species’ extinction. “What we will be able to do with the presence of the NOAA building is work together with our partners and really make a difference in the lives of people,” Banavar said. “It provides our students with an opportunity to really interact with the best and the brightest of the world.” The building contains sustainable features such as green roofs, daylight sensors, waterless urinals and an under-floor air distribution system. Officials will seek LEED gold certification for the building, said Dan Tangherlini, U.S. General Services Administration acting administrator. The ceremony featured National Weather Service acting Director Laura Furgione, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Department of Commerce Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Loh, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, and National Centers for Environmental Prediction Director Louis Uccellini. “This will be a game changer for the entire enterprise,” Uccellini said of the fields of weather and climate prediction. “We will be second to none.”

COLMAN MCCARTHY, an Honors lecturer, discusses animal rights with students packed into a small Ellicott Hall classroom during one of his courses, Alternatives to Violence. charlie deboyace/the diamondback Post, McCarthy always came back to peace — and its near absence in formal education. “We are not wired to be violent,” McCarthy said. “You have to learn how to be violent, and you have to learn how to be peaceful. We have the capacity to go either way.” So he became a peace spreader, like those he’d interviewed who came before him. Starting at the School Without Walls in 1982, McCarthy introduced his students to a new lifestyle, sidestepping homework and exams for discussion and analysis. By 1985, McCarthy had founded the Center for Teaching Peace, which works with schools to provide lectures, courses and literature on all things peace-making. He was progressing quickly. But in 1997, the Post dropped McCarthy’s column, apparently due to declining revenue. Patterson noted then-editorial page editor Philip Geyelin told him, “Colman was just a marvelous man, but he was so Catholic.” Perhaps the loss of money wasn’t the only tension that contributed to the breaking of ties. Yet now McCarthy says he can no longer identify as Catholic, the religion that has given so much to him in so many ways. “They believe in the just war theory. Catholic colleges have ROTC programs on their campuses; there’s never been a Catholic pope who forbids Catholics to serve in the military; the Catholic Church approves killing animals for food. So I wish I could still be a Catholic, but I can’t,” McCarthy said.“It’s a membership organization, and if you like the rules, stay in and be a good member. But if you don’t, don’t fake it.” By this point, McCarthy had already expanded his teaching schedule, adding Wilson High School, Georgetown University Law Center, American University, The Washington Center for Internships and, of course, this university, to his resume. Now that he had more free time after the termination of his column, he could even offer lessons to juvenile delinquents at the Oak Hill Youth Center. The prison has since closed, but his drive to educate the next generation — no matter their walk of life — remains. “Until the University of Maryland has a peace studies degree program, the students are not being well served,” he said. “Until there is a peace studies program that’s as well-funded as the football program, they’ll be even more ill-served. And until the chairman of the peace studies department is paid as much as the football coach and the basketball coach, students are being cheated.” McCarthy’s tale of these teachings, I’d





Even the most solemn issues can be made funny

If you haven’t listened to Tig Notaro - Live, Notaro’s 30-minute special available for $5 on comedy messiah Louis CK’s website, do that before you read another sentence. If you’re reading this sentence, I can assume you’ve listened to it, and as such, I would like to congratulate you on being such a culturally astute scholar and lover of fine whiskey. I will also assume you have some background knowledge on her situation, because if you’ve tuned in, you heard her open with: “Hello, I have cancer! How are you?” She wasn’t kidding us, though it was absolutely funny. Virtually every joke directly related to her actual, real-life, recently diagnosed cancer. Her raw, hilarious performance where she laughed at, questioned and opened up about her recent life developments was impressive, and showcased what is probably the best attitude you could ever have. Tig’s comedy formula goes: tragedy + time = comedy. The fact that she was able to extract the funny after very little time shows her equation might belie the truth: Comedy is actually inherent in tragedy, and really every situation. The more pertinent factor is whether anyone is prepared to laugh. However, if every tragedy is really just a tragicomic situation, we’re better off letting ourselves laugh. One of the great things about emotions is there are so many of them. Sadness is one, sure, but even in the midst of a tragedy, there is no need to be only sad. Why not laugh too? (I know laughter isn’t exactly an emotion, but you get me, reader.)

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It’s not hard to get caught up thinking in terms of optimism versus pessimism; what Notaro is dealing in here is some healthy realism. She isn’t pretending she isn’t a little sad and definitely a little scared, but she also isn’t ascribing an arbitrary reverence to a situation that can be laughed about. She isn’t on stage asking, “Why me?” Her attitude and delivery almost throw it out there as an aside, as if to say, “Alright, I guess it’s me, but seriously come on now.” It’s just plain honest. It’s not often this type of behavior is observed. That could be because we feel no one should be laughing, because we feel we should be solemn. However, the reaction of the crowd when asked if they would prefer some jokes dealing with some slightly less grave subject matter is a telling one. They erupt. Everyone is loving it. It’s because we don’t get to hear this kind of comedy enough. Life is pretty funny. I’ve argued in The Diamondback before that the best comedy is just the most honest, that which fully recognizes this already existing humor, and Notaro provides a clear example. Her standup here, however, is definitely more than just observational humor — it gets pretty existential. (Disclaimer: It’s possible I just think everything is pretty existential.) In the face of uncertainty, disease and possibly death, she just gets up there and does her thing. Luckily for us, she is in the business of making us giggle, but even if none of us are professional comedians, we can still make light of the heavy with some well-placed humor. The fact is, people get sick, and everyone dies; the real tragedy would be living without laughter.


Safety is a two-way street


hen students complain about the high rate of crime in the area, University Police often say students think College Park is more dangerous than it actually is. In several interviews with The Diamondback over the past couple years, most of which relate to a specific crime or crime trend, police continually say the area is relatively safe, and students just have a higher perception of danger. In fact, in Friday’s article, “U. Police escort service sees 900 calls since last year,” University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky said the perception of crime on the campus is worse than the reality. But this editorial board finds it hard to agree with that statement — and we find it extremely misleading. Fairly regularly, someone is mugged or sexually assaulted. On occasion, someone is hit by a car or robbed — and these are just a few of the crimes. Students regularly receive crime alerts (which certainly shouldn’t stop, since it’s more important to know what’s going on, even if it’s disconcerting), and The Diamondback’s crime reporter is one of the most weathered staff members because of how often he or she has to cover crime in the area. College Park is a dangerous city — that’s no secret — and this university is right in the middle of it. Yes, university President Wallace Loh is trying to revitalize the city, and with some more cooperation from the

College Park City Council, it just may happen. But as of right now, while it’s nice to believe there’s less crime than students may think, it doesn’t change the fact students feel unsafe and likely will for the foreseeable future. In fact, this editorial board would even argue the opposite — students can be overly confident and walk alone at night, thinking they won’t be among those who will be part of the next crime alert. If students are left


University Police need to stop perpetuating the idea that College Park is more safe than it really is; students’ concerns are legitimate. alone at a party, and the only option is to wait 40 minutes for the Department of Transportation Services’ NITE Ride or walk alone, they generally choose to just risk the walk. But in this city, it’s better to be safe than sorry, or students may find themselves being the subject of a police report. Now, there’s a third option: Under the police escort system, students can call a University Police dispatcher and request an escort to walk them back to their residence hall or apartment. The escort’s job is to provide a comforting presence for students faced with an unsafe journey home.

That’s why we don’t understand the police’s concern with a “misuse” of the escort service. If students feel they need an escort to walk them home, and the police have the resources to provide one, there shouldn’t be a problem. The police are concerned and disheartened when students, who sometimes dislike the walking aspect of the escort, call them and NITE Ride at the same time. But if it’s a simple matter of reassuring student safety, is it really such a big deal? Granted, students shouldn’t expect the police to be a bus service for drunken nights. But previous Diamondback articles have shown NITE Ride is not adequately fulfilling students’ needs, so the solution the police seem to be striving for — students not calling for an escort because NITE Ride is an option — just isn’t logical. If DOTS’ services aren’t adequately addressing students’ needs and concerns, students have no option but to call the police escort service. The last thing we as a university community should want is more students walking home alone. If that means the police escort service is “abused,” so be it. If DOTS gets its act together and improves NITE Ride, maybe this won’t even be a problem. But the bottom line is students shouldn’t have to worry about whether their situation is dire enough to warrant a police escort system phone call. College Park is a dangerous city; students are right in believing so. They shouldn’t be criticized for taking some extra precautions.


Jake DeVirgiliis is a senior government and politics major. He can be reached at

Are you hustling hard enough? Some pointers to make the best of college ANAND KUMAR GUPTA On average, if you’re an undergraduate at this university, you’re about 20 years old. You likely don’t have the responsibilities of a full-time job or of parenting. You may have student debt, but no worries — you won’t be harassed by loan sharks. Unlike when you’re employed, you don’t have to limit yourself to any one particular skill set yet. You can choose to train yourself in any of the roughly 90 majors offered here. Further, you can switch majors, change your class schedule, take a slew of electives and pursue different interests. And of course, there is a seemingly unlimited supply of alcohol, social networks and beautiful people to have sex with, all arguably crucial aspects of the selfdiscovery process. All in all, life probably isn’t too bad right now. Given all of this, how much are you really stretching your mind and experience? It’s easy to be a “B” or “C” player, in terms of your work ethic and quality, but are you really squeezing all the juice out of the fruit named college to become that “A” game player? I’m talking beyond joining clubs, taking elective classes or even excelling within your own major. All that is well and good. What I’m talking about is really doing something concrete and big through the medium of your club; not just for the sake of adding an overblown bullet point on your resume, but to really create value for the campus community. I’m talking about building relationships with professors, having a meal with them and picking their brains. I’m talking about going into Washington and attending seminars hosted by bureaucrats, politicians, lobbyists, scholars and entrepreneurs (all open to college

students). I’m talking about traveling within the Mid-Atlantic region and building relationships with college students from other prestigious universities. (There are numerous intercollegiate networks you can access.) I’m talking about studying abroad, and not just doing so in tourist mode, but really pushing yourself to learn about another culture. I’m talking about going beyond the norm. Let me illustrate one learning opportunity available to students at this university. Out of the more than 37,000 students here, roughly 27,000 are undergraduates, and the rest are masters and doctoral students. Think about the possibilities of collaboration with roughly 10,000 experienced, trained and matured minds. Imagine living with a doctoral candidate. This would mean dedicating one semester of your college career to living without your best friends. (If you’re not on friendly terms with your current roommates, all the better.) In the process, you would converse and debate with graduate students on a daily basis, absorbing their sense of discipline and perspective. These are future college professors, top bureaucrats and scientists — there is little to lose. If changing living situations doesn’t appeal to you, better yet, network with them, share ideas and possibly even start up an enterprise with them. Of course, I will admit it isn’t as easy as that, but I believe it’s worth trying. This is just one opportunity that college, a place of unadulterated learning, provides. With the space, freedom and opportunity at your disposal, it bears asking: Are you making the most of what you have? Anand Kumar Gupta is a junior environmental economics major. He can be reached at

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Free university education for all Instead of spending money on war, the U.S. should subsidize education

MARC PRIESTER The U.S. holds the hostile persuasion of the barrel of the gun over the humility of knowledge. It is the only conceivable way to justify spending $600 billion a year on our military budget while education is rolled back and universities suffer budgetary shortfalls. This country has committed abominable human rights violations and war crimes and has violated weapons of mass destruction treaties by using chemical weapons (as seen in Vietnam). With current military spending, the U.S. exercises hegemonic authoritarianism as we dictate world politics through coercion and violate the autonomy of other nations by invading them (such as in Iraq under George W. Bush) or bombing them with drones (such as in Pakistan under President Obama). Under the guise of security, we assault other nations and attempt to manipulate their governments and cultures in order to bend them toward our will. However, rebellious extremists become externalities of interventionism as they see their nations being pillaged by a foreign presence. So imagine: What if we as a nation said enough is enough, turned our backs on feeding an insatiable war machine and used

significant portions of military expenditures to subsidize undergraduate, public, college education — so it would be free for all students. With the reduction in the military budget for university education, we would be able to reduce the flagrant acts of unwarranted policing the U.S. attempts; moreover, because our military technology is unparalleled on the world stage, we can guarantee safety and security without the threat of an overzealous foreign policy. Most importantly, students who wish to attend public colleges and universities would now be able to attend, regardless of cost. Many prospective students in low-income areas never even consider the prospect of college because of an inability to pay. These students have less of an incentive to actually perform well in high school. In the new system, those same students would have the hope of college within reach and could take full advantage of it if they wanted to. This also extends to students who work in order to fund their university education. By allotting them the resources to attend for free, these students no longer must juggle homework, exams, extracurricular activities and internships with a parttime job, which takes away from the university experience by forcing the focus on working rather than selfactualizing as a student. Middle-class students will not be assuaged of the burden of student loans to foot the bill. Debt has obvious

economic consequences of reducing a debtor’s available capital to live comfortably. But as I discussed in another article, the unforeseen externalities that result from carrying loans are graduates delaying life goals, such as moving to another state, getting married and even having children. University education is fantastic in ensuring an individual is able to procure a job post-graduation and remain competitive on an international scale. But maybe as importantly, the college experience, including epiphanies analyzing Shakespeare for a class, riotous football games on Saturdays, intellectual debates on McKeldin Mall during the week and Friday nights you hazily remember, will be extended to everyone. These priceless experiences are part of the existential process of giving rise to the person you wish to become and achieving self-actualization. The American dream, for me, has nothing to do with the wealth I acquire but the wealth of others as well. These riches include not money, but experience and wisdom. This wealth must be equal in access for all those who wish to indulge, and if it is not, then to me, the American dream is dead. Or maybe it’s on life support, and subsidizing education is the first step to a speedy recovery. M a rc P r i e s t e r i s a s o p h o m o re economics and government and politics major. He can be reached at





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orn today, you enjoy doing things in a spontaneous manner, but you may find that this is not really all that possible until you have found your legs and have charted a course for yourself that allows you the freedom you need to do things. You have a number of remarkable talents, but they may all not interest you equally; thus, you will certainly favor one or two that are more dear to you -- and if you develop them with loving care, they will surely win you a great deal of success and notoriety. You’re not one to break the rules outright, but you will bend them to suit your needs and desires. You have a knack for communicating with all manner of individuals. People seem to listen to you in a way that they do not to others. Despite your talents and your successes, you tend to consider yourself ordinary -- and perhaps this is the secret of your communication success. Also born on this date are: Kellie Martin, actress; Flea, musician; Suzanne Somers, actress; Angela Lansbury, actress; Oscar Wilde, poet, playwright; Noah Webster, dictionary pioneer. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may receive instructions today

that are more difficult to wade through than the task you have been assigned. Be patient! SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You have set your sights very high, and you can reach your goal if you combine ambition with a realistic sense of what is possible. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Loved ones are likely to play an important role in your affairs, even indirectly and from a distance. They are ever-present! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You can avoid a major conflict with a competitor by disclosing your plans in a straightforward way -- but not all tension is unavoidable. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You are waiting for a clear sign from someone before you swing into action. What you have planned can take many by storm. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Work closely with others today to document the facts and figures that will impact your work. A direct correlation will be apparent. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -You may not be able to determine how the day will end, but you can surely apply yourself fully and

await the outcome patiently. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -You may find yourself in need of a little more support today -- either emotionally or psychologically. You’re not feeling up to snuff. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- A conflict that others have created needn’t affect you directly today. You can go about your business as if nothing at all is wrong. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Others are expecting you to back down for some reason, but you’ll have the opportunity to stand up and reaffirm your position. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You’re likely to find yourself before a surprisingly large and appreciative audience. You know just what to say -- and when to say it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -You may not be able to persuade others that you are in the right -but your behavior may sway them in a more organic fashion.




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REVIEW | SUNKEN CONDOS By Dean Essner Staff writer

BAT FOR LASHES tries to redefine its spooky bedroom-pop, but the final product ends up sounding a lot like what fans might expect. By Zachary Berman Senior staff writer In such a crowded musical landscape, it’s nearly impossible for a musician to create a truly distinctive sound. However, Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, has carved out a delightful little niche for herself, playing her own brand of melancholic, somewhat hallucinatory electronic chamber-pop. Even so, Khan has spent the majority of her career running away from comparisons — Bat for Lashes is like a 21st-century Kate Bush in Björk’s wardrobe. With her third record, The Haunted Man, Khan strips it all away — evidenced by the record’s much-talked-about semi-nude Ryan McGinley cover — in an apparent attempt to mature beyond the childhood nightmare imagery and themes of awakened sexuality permeating 2006’s Fur and Gold and 2009’s Two Suns. Khan wants The Haunted Man to be an evolutionary step forward for Bat for Lashes, raising the project to the next artistic level, but is it a success? While it’s by no means a bad record, it’s not a revolution either. Khan takes a few chances — there’s a bit more orchestration here and there than on previous records — but at its core, The Haunted Man sounds like a typical Bat for Lashes record. In a subtle way, this may have been all Khan really wanted, despite all of the record’s pre-release hype. Tracks such as “Lilies” sound like Bat for Lashes and not much else — a

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catchy, muted melody played out on synthesizers and orchestral arrangements, all swathed in heady atmospheric effects. The luscious “Oh Yeah” perfectly mixes trip-hop and indie-pop sensibilities, as Khan jam packs the track with every conceivable (and tasteful) splash of airy emotion, including twinkling piano arpeggios and a massive chorus of chanting men. The Haunted Man travels to many places, from the bombastic climax of the title track to the shifting, danceable rhythms of “All Your Gold” to the slow-burn electronica of “Marilyn.” Still, the record emerges atmospherically cohesive, even if the quality isn’t spectacular. Aurally, Bat for Lashes’ timbres and production are as powerful as ever, but, much like her previous records, the individual tracks (such as the not particularly memorable “Rest Your Head”) rarely stand out. The least memorable tracks suffer from having too much in common with everything else she has produced. If you’ve liked Bat for Lashes in the past, The Haunted Man should be a no-brainer. Since she can’t escape them anyway, I’ll offer one more flattering comparison: If you like Peter Gabriel’s first six solo albums, up through 1986’s So, then you should love this album. If you just want to hear someone who sounds unlike most of her peers, pick up a copy of The Haunted Man. It may not accomplish Khan’s intentions, but it is awash in wide-screen beauty nonetheless.

If you’ve lived most of your life believing you’re too cool for Steely Dan, I pity you. There may not be any band that better amalgamates the precision of jazz with the freewheeling universality of rock ‘n’ roll. This duality of the tight and the u n kempt, the rough a nd the smooth and the knotty and the basic made albums such as 1977’s Aja irreplaceable icons during a pivotal era in music history. Now, though, things feel a bit too hollow and nostalgic. Sunken Condos may be a new record by Steely Dan singer and pia n ist Dona ld Fagen, but you’d be hard pressed to figure out what truly is “new” here. It mostly radiates like reluctant deduction, the sound of an artist stuck in the past but not buoyed by his peers and bandmates in the present. Gone is the boogie-oogie bass playing of Walter Becker. Gone is the velvet noodling of indispensable guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. Gone are the cool-cat samba touches from drummer Jeff Porcaro. There’s only Fagen and frail cardboard cutouts of his prior musical counterparts. Take opening track “Slinky Thing.” It has all the hallmark

elements of a Steely Dan song: jazzy piano, weather-channel guitar, gratuitous usage of the word “dude,” Fagen’s recognizable brandy croon, a chorus of female backup singers — except something is undeniably missing. In other places, Fagen invokes specific Steely Dan songs of the past. “Miss Marlene” has that bluesy “Pretzel Logic” strut, but it lacks the lyrical imagery of its older counterpart. And “Good Stuff” shimmies like a bleached version of the much d i r tier “ N i g h t B y N i g h t ,” but Fagen comes across like the antithesis of slimy here. If there’s anything positive to say ab out Sunken Condos, it’s t hat Fagen’s voice sounds pristine. On standout first single “I’m Not the Same Without You,” it barely seems as though Fagen’s aged a day, which is comforting to us Steely Dan aficionados. Yet everything else, from the overly dull instrumentals that feel like stock settings on a vintage Casio keyboard to the lyrics themselves, is a massive disappointment. On the bright side, we’ll always have the classics. But Sunken Condos proves Fagen, at 64, may be creatively out of gas once and for all.

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RUSHING From PAGE 8 the run, see our mistakes,” Hills said. “Run game, pass game, we all made mistakes out there. We just need to correct them.” If Pickett had averaged his normal 2.1 yards per carry, he would have rushed for about 30 yards on Saturday. But 11 of his 15 carries went for 0 yards or fewer, and eight were stopped behind the line of scrimmage. Backup Albert Reid didn’t fare much better, rushing for minus-1 yards on two carries. “We as coaches got to do more. You know, we’ve got to do more to help the guys. We will do it. And I know they’ll do it,” Edsall said. “Believe me, we’re

STERTZER From PAGE 8 become the first Terps senior class since 1997 never to make the College Cup. It’s given the slight 6-footer motivation to push himself and his teammates more than ever, even if he’s had to change his tone a bit. “This year, aside from last

CABRERA From PAGE 8 shocked me a little, but I knew I had to be ready. And I was ready.” Her play in the cage proved it. Cabrera shut out the Aggies in her first career start, helping lead the No. 6 Terps to a 7-0 victory — their most lopsided win of the season. She played 63 minutes, 33 seconds before Meharg pulled her from the lineup, choosing to practice extra-player situations to fi nish off a blowout. When she was on the field,

working really, really hard.” Brown’s absence surely didn’t help the team’s seemingly inept rushing attack, but the team wasn’t without reinforcements. Brandon Ross, who started each of the Terps’ previous two games, never got into the game despite being healthy and available. “We had a plan going in that we wanted to play Justus and Albert,” Edsall said. “Again, it’s really hard to get four guys reps. We made a decision when we knew Wes wasn’t going to play that we were really going to go with Justus and Albert.” Maybe they shouldn’t have. Edsall is used to having a strong run game — his Connecticut teams consistently fi nished in the top 50 nationally, and star Huskies running back Donald


Brown led the FBS in rushing in 2008 — but he’s found very little success on the ground this season. The Terps’ 71.33 rush yards per game rank No. 118 out of 120 and they’re averaging fewer than two yards per carry. Despite receiving minimal help from their rushing attack, the Terps are the only undefeated team in ACC play and are two wins away from bowl eligibility. If the team hopes to improve upon its 4-2 start, it will likely need to kickstart its ground attack. “I’ve won some ugly games. All anyone is going to look at tomorrow is that we won,” Edsall said. “But we’ve got to get better in the run game. There’s no doubt about it.”

MCBAIN From PAGE 8 the veteran has made sure to help the rookie adjust to the college game. “Me and her are really close. We go out to dinner every week just to get that connection going,” McBain said. “Being at the same position, we kind of need to have that.” When McBain offers direction, Dagostino has reason to listen. McBain has led the team with more than 1,000 assists each of the past two years, fi nishing more than 900 assists ahead of the closest Terp. Dagostino finally tightened that gap, however, with standout performances in losses to Miami and Florida State over the weekend. With three outside hitters nursing injuries, McBain has been forced to be more aggressive — a transition made easier with Dagostino seamlessly filling in as the team’s primary passer. “Remy’s attacking much better,” coach

Tim Horsmon said. “We’re having to set her more than we’ve ever had to set her.” The result? McBain added a career-high 14 kills and Dagostino notched a career-high 43 assists as the Terps tested the Seminoles on Sunday. Dagostino’s efficient play at setter even helped the Terps snap Florida State’s 13-set winning streak. “Mackenzie was one of the best setters in the country coming out of high school,” Horsmon said. “She knows how to play the game and set.” McBain, meanwhile, knows when to adjust. Her 3,034 career assists have certainly made the Terps better over the past four years. Her willingness to change positions, help Dagostino fi nd success at setter and lead a team through a rash of injuries could make the program better over the next four. “That’s probably the biggest thing I want,” McBain said, “is to know that I left this program and that they’re going to do something great.”

year, has been so much more positive from his part,” goalkeeper Keith Cardona said. “Last year, he was one of the vocal guys, but it wasn’t always in a positive way, and he’s really kept his emotions under wraps this year and not let his anger get the best of him on the pitch sometimes.” Cirovski said Stertzer had to learn how to inspire his teammates with his drive and

“hypercompetitive” nature. The 20th-year coach has seen the change in the captain, too, even if it slightly overwhelmed Stertzer at first. The midfielder suffered a four-game points drought earlier this season before finally snapping it last week with a goal against Duke and two assists against Rutgers. “He had to fine-tune his energies in the right way,”

Cirovski said. “He was maybe overly concerned with that in the fi rst half of the season. I asked him to relax because now he’s got all the eyes and ears of the whole team on him. He can concentrate on playing and not worry as much because he’s earned all their respect.” Stertzer has found a mentor in Cirovski to guide him through his growth. He knows Cirovs-

ki’s story and said Cirovski’s tutelage has helped on and off the field. When thinking about going pro after last season, he thought of Cirovski. “Sash has done so much for me here at this program,” Stertzer said. “I think to return the favor, I should be here four years and play for him four years.” During the offseason, Stertzer knew the next step in

his growth wasn’t the professional ranks. It was coming back to College Park to make one last run at a College Cup with Cirovski. It was becoming a leader. “He’s been Sasho’s baby almost, and he’s come into his own,” Cardona said. “He’s the man of this team.”

though, Cabrera was impenetrable. Aided by a defense that allowed just five shots on the afternoon, Cabrera notched four saves and kept UC Davis off the scoreboard. Her nearly 64 minutes in goal were by far the most of her career. The move was somewhat surprising, as Hunter, a junior, compiled extensive experience in her fi rst two years on the team playing alongside former goalie Melissa Vassalotti — she played in 10 games and started five last year as the Terps made a run to their second straight national title.

Cabrera, who was recruited in the same class as Hunter, redshirted in 2010 and never saw game action last season. “What’s really exciting for us is that both of our goalies are ready to be on the field at any time,” Meharg said. “Before the game, we had to scramble to make the decision.” That decision has become increasingly difficult lately, though. Hunter has the experience, but Cabrera has been t he stat i st ica l ly super ior option this season. Hunter has allowed 18 goals compared to Cabrera’s one,

and even when the pair’s stark minute differential is taken into account — Hunter has played nearly 508 more minutes in goal this season — Cabrera’s save percentage (0.938) and goals allowed average (0.29) are better than Hunter’s (0.654 and 1.69, respectively). Cabrera showed what she was capable of in a Sept. 30 win over Temple, recording a career-high six saves in the second half of the Terps’ 6-0 victory. “When we have Brooke in the goal, it makes us really comfortable out there,” forward Alyssa Parker said. “It doesn’t

make you nervous at all.” How could it? Cabrera saved 80 percent of the Aggies’ shots Sunday and played an integral part in the shutout victory. It might have been her fi rst official start, but for Cabrera, it was just another strong performance in a season she’s been working two years to get ready for. Cabrera doesn’t know if it will be her or Hunter in goal to

start tonight’s contest against Towson, a team they’ve never lost to in 29 tries. But if it is her, she’ll be ready. “I thought it might be different starting the game, but I stepped out, and it was the same exact atmosphere and feeling,” she said after the game. “I knew we were going to stay positive and do well today.”


Due to an editing error, Monday’s article, “ODU falls in rematch with Terps,” incorrectly stated the number of goals Maxine Fluharty had scored and how many of the team’s remaining opponents are unranked. Fluharty’s first goal against ODU was her first of the game, not season, and only three of the Terps’ remaining opponents are unranked.

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In run game, Terps fall fl at

Team rushes for negative yardage in win at Virginia By Josh Vitale Senior staff writer

Entering Saturday’s game at Virginia, Wes Brown was the Terrapins football team’s top running back. His 150 rush yards on 33 carries ranked first on the team, 13 yards better than what twogame starter Justus Pickett had totaled on 46 carries through five games. But a shoulder injury forced Brown to miss the Terps’ 27-20 win over the Cavaliers — the second game this season in which he didn’t record any rushing yards. Pickett got the start and received a teamhigh 15 carries. And after the game, the sophomore no longer trailed Brown by 13 yards in the team’s rushing hierarchy. He trailed by 21. In what was easily their worst rushing performance of the season, the Terps carried the ball 29 times and totaled minus-2 yards on the ground — nearly 50 yards fewer than their previous low of 46. Pickett was a key contributor to that mark, fi nishing the game with an inconceivable minus-8 yards. When asked after the game why his team’s run game never got going, coach Randy Edsall simply said, “That’s putting it nicely.” It probably was the most sensitive way to phrase it. After all, quarterback Perry Hills led the team with 7 yards rushing on seven carries, and the only two players on the team who averaged more than 1 yard per rush were wide receiver Stefon Diggs and backup quarterback Devin Burns, who each carried the ball one time for 3 yards. “I’m sure we’ll work on that. We’re watching tape, see what we can do with See RUSHING, Page 7

Running back Justus Pickett (No. 44) rushed for a season-low minus-8 yards on 15 carries in the Terps’ 27-20 win at Virginia on Saturday. The team finished the game with minus-2 rushing yards. charlie deboyace/the diamondback




McBain has role reversed

Cabrera gets a chance to start in goal

Setter moves to attack after rash of injuries

Sophomore makes first start in 7-0 win Sunday

By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer

By Nicholas Munson Staff writer Brooke Cabrera had rarely experienced any change in her role on the Terrapins field hockey team. The goalkeeper had been nothing more than a late-game substitute this season, stepping onto the field only to replace starter Natalie Hunter after halftime. The Greenwich, Conn., native had proven a reliable asset in that role. Though she had yet to step on the field in the first half through the Terps’ first 13 games, Cabrera, a redshirt sophomore, came on to start the second half in place of Hunter five times this season, surrendering just one goal and saving 11 shots in 175 minutes of play. But Sunday, Cabrera got the chance she was waiting for. As the Terps warmed up for their meeting with UC Davis, coach Missy Meharg gave the young goalkeeper some unexpected news. “Right before the warmup I was told I would be starting,” Cabrera said. “It See CABRERA, Page 7

Goalkeeper Brooke Cabrera made four saves in her first career start for the Terps on Sunday. file photo/the diamondback

Midfielder John Stertzer passed up a chance to enter last year’s MLS SuperDraft to return for his senior season with the Terps. file photo/the diamondback

Rising above the rest

Stertzer uses relationship with Cirovski to elevate his game By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer It seemed like the next logical step in John Stertzer’s growth. The Terrapins soccer midfielder broke out last season, finishing second on the team with 14 goals. He earned first team All-ACC and NSCAA third team All-America honors. Stertzer’s MLS SuperDraft stock had risen, and pundits projected him as a late first-round pick. H i s s to c k m ay h ave b e e n peaking, so why not use a stellar junior campaign as a springboard for a professional career? That question was hardly on the forefront of his mind. The chatter — the projections, the scouting reports, the awards — was simply outsiders’ impressions of Stertzer’s performance. The Oakton, Va., native saw things differently.

He saw room left to grow. “[Declaring for the MLS SuperDraft] really wasn’t in my head as much as everyone makes it out to be,” Stertzer said yesterday. “It was in my mind, but at the end of day, I think I’d always stay here.” While Stertzer’s stat totals for the Terps this season aren’t as gaudy as a year ago — he has five goals through the Terps’ 12 games this season after tallying nine in the same span in 2011 — his command of the midfield has helped organize the nation’s No. 1 team, which hosts Colgate tonight at Ludwig Field. It’s all been part of Stertzer’s maturation. He arrived in 2009 as a two-time Washington Post All-Met First Team member and the 2007 All-Met Virginia Player of the Year at Flint Hill High School, where he scored 105 goals. But Stertzer totaled just two goals

in 16 games as a freshman, a year in which coach Sasho Cirovski said inconsistencies plagued his game. “We saw glimpses of his talent in his first year, but midway through his second year, the light turned on,” Cirovski said. “Right about this time in his sophomore year, it sort of clicked. You could see he was going to be a real force at that point.” Stertzer scored twice for 2010’s 19-3-1 squad that fell in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and increased that number to 14 last season. The hard work from the offseason was starting to carry over into the games, and Stertzer was becoming a legitimate threat on offense. T his season became about Stertzer’s leadership. He, along with defenders Taylor Kemp and London Woodberry, could See STERTZER, Page 7

Remy McBain has experienced just about everything the sport of volleyball has to offer. The Terrapins volleyball setter won a gold medal with the junior USA team at the High Performance Championship, an annual camp recognizing the nation’s top high school talent. She endured a 15-game ACC losing streak last season, and she’s totaled the fifth most assists in school history. But during Sunday’s loss to No. 12 Florida State, the senior experienced something unfamiliar. For the first time in three years, McBain lost her spot as the Terps’ assists leader. With outside hitters Mary Cushman, Kamrin Gold and Emily Fraik sidelined with injuries, McBain has been forced into an attacking role, while freshman Mackenzie Dagostino has taken over the setter position. McBain tallies additional kills in a more limited role, and Dagostino focuses on setting up her teammates. And even as Dagostino surpassed McBain with 428 assists this season, See MCBAIN, Page 7

Setter Remy McBain usually leads the Terps in assists, but played more attack this weekend. file photo/the diamondback

October 16, 2012  

The Diamondback, October 16, 2012

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