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THE DIAMONDBACK THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Monday, October 18, 2010
Our 101st Year, No. 36
Housing development meets new opposition Rosapepe joins Old Town residents in denouncing student housing proposal BY AMANDA PINO AND LEAH VILLANUEVA Staff writers
Non-student residents of southern College Park — including several city, county and state elected officials — are staunchly opposed to the idea of a student apartment building on the site of the Maryland Book Exchange. But the much-lambasted proj-
ect has a new ally: residents of the northern part of the city, who are just fine with students being concentrated farther south. Developers Ilya Zusin and Josef Mittlemann bought the 2.6-acre property downtown over the summer and are planning a five-story, 1,000-bed facility at the corner of Route 1 and College Avenue, targeting undergraduates. Residents of the adjacent Old
Town neighborhood — the homes between downtown and the Metrorail line — quickly began to protest that an influx of students would increase noise and traffic downtown and the problems would spill over to their own streets. They would favor housing for professionals or a hotel, which Zusin said wouldn’t be economically viable. State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-
Anne Arundel and Prince George’s), who lives on Patuxent Avenue just north of Old Town, said he agrees with residents’ objections and believes their case is strong enough to block the planned housing. Zusin said he’s not concerned because he’s complying with all zoning laws and will be adding
see HOUSING, page 3
Bars, small crowds feel liquor board crackdown
TAKING FLIGHT TAKING FLIGHT Williams, Terp basketball teams open new seasons with high-flying festivities at Maryland Madness BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
Sporting a Top Gun outfit with a 104 Fighter Squadron nameplate and patch sewn onto his jacket, Gary Williams stepped onto the Comcast Center court before about 10,000 people Friday. Highlighted with fog and bouncing red lights, Williams walked out in his uniform and shades, giving his trademark fist
pump before addressing the crowd. It was near the end of Maryland Madness, but Williams had a message for the official start of the Terrapin men’s basketball season. “We have a great group of players that have worked really hard,” Williams said. “They are you, and you are a part of us. We need you to be successful.”
see MADNESS, page 7
Thirsty Turtle bouncers were especially diligent in checking patrons’ IDs over the weekend. Saturday (pictured), few students turned out to the bar, patrons said. ORLANDO URBINA/THE DIAMONDBACK
Gary Williams gives his signature fist pump to the crowd during his introduction at Maryland Madness. PHOTOS BY JACLYN BOROWSKI/ THE DIAMONDBACK
Officials confiscate dozens of fake IDs over weekend BY AMANDA PINO Staff writer
The 15 liquor board inspectors who descended on downtown College Park Friday night took the life out of the weekend bar scene. Although they issued no citations to bars, inspectors from the Prince George’s County Liquor Board confiscated dozens of fake IDs and kept a close eye on the three downtown bars on Route 1. Outside the Thirsty Turtle alone, three inspectors reviewed suspicious-looking state licenses with an ID scanner and kept a clipboard handy for recording violations. Inside, the bar’s upper level was closed off, and only the dance floor was attracting significant crowds downstairs. Last week, Turtle came under public scrutiny after a man allegedly stabbed underage students early Tuesday in a brawl that police say began inside the bar. “I’m giving them two weeks before they close,” John Slaughter, a junior economics major, said of
see BARS, page 2
As election approaches, student groups register 1,500 voters BY SARAH MEEHAN Staff writer
Despite drenching rain, minimal support from the university and apathy about midterm elections, a collection of student groups successfully met its goal of registering 1,500 voters in two weeks earlier this month. MaryPIRG, the Student Government Association, the Residence Hall Association, College Democrats and College Republicans combined forces under the “TerpsVote” banner to sign up students in time for Election Day on Nov. 2. The coalition tabled outside McKeldin Library, spoke to classes and visited resi-
dence halls to register voters, reaching a total of 1,503 students. TerpsVote registered new voters and also re-registered others so they will be able to cast their vote at Stamp Student Union instead of trekking back to their home polling locations. “I thought that the best way of approaching this was actually working together,” said Summer Raza, chairwoman of the SGA’s governmental affairs committee. Joining the groups allowed them to maximize their efforts because they were attacking the same objective, she said. Jason Donofrio, MaryPIRG’s 22-year-old non-student campus organizer, also helped
see VOTE, page 2
Blood runs thicker Student locates birth parents after 21 years BY DIANA ELBASHA Staff writer
Arielle Schaffer holds a photograph taken when she first met her birth mother last month. MATTHEW CEGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
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This September, Arielle Schaffer found something she has spent years looking for but never thought she’d actually track down: her parents. The senior elementary education major was adopted at birth and never knew her biological mother or father. She didn’t even
see PARENTS, page 3
THE DIAMONDBACK | NEWS | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
SGA showcases less common academic programs at first-ever Hornbake fair Undecided students can explore majors and minors at event BY SARAH MEEHAN Staff writer
Officials and tour guides may boast of the 112 majors offered at the university, but for plenty of students, that number is more overwhelming than inspiring. With many students anxious about making career decisions while transitioning to college, three legislators said they want to address the issue. “BYOBooks: Choosing Your Major is No Minor Decision” is the first fair dedicated to showcasing the lesser-known majors, minors and other programs offered to students at this university. It will be held tomorrow on Hornbake Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student Government Association letters and sciences Legislators Jimmy Gray, Rob DiMauro and Ahmed Taha, who represent students who have not yet chosen a major, designed the event to expose undecided underclassmen to opportunities they may not have considered or even known existed. “I bet not too many kids know that you can major in terrorism studies or minor in [lesbian, gay, bisexual and
VOTE from page 1 coordinate the event. Though he has participated in other voter registration efforts in the past, he said this one was particularly effective because the groups set their differences aside in support of a common goal. “This was a 100 percent studentdriven initiative,” Donofrio said. Though Donofrio said he expected to encounter some tensions between various political parties, the group was totally cohesive and there was no trouble with party politics. “No one had a label on them,” he said. However, Donofrio said he was surprised so many students were unedu-
transgender] studies,” DiMauro said. Representatives from more than 20 programs, including international development and conflict management, special education and Israel studies, will pass out information and be ready to answer students’ questions. “We’re really trying to target underrepresented, specialized programs on this campus that students may not have the opportunity to hear about otherwise,” said SGA Vice President of Academic Affairs Lisa Crisalli. Although Gray, DiMauro and Taha all sophomores who plan to major in business, they said they have met many students in entry-level classes who have no idea what major to declare or what career path to pursue. They hope the fair will point letters and sciences students in a helpful direction and push them to explore various fields of study that don’t garner as much attention as the more popular programs that experience high enrollment. Even if students don’t leave the fair having decided on their majors or minors, Gray said he hopes it will invigorate them to appreciate the university’s diversity of learning opportunities.
cated about the voting process. It was also somewhat harder to generate enthusiasm among students because this is a midterm election, not a presidential election, he said. Before the 2008 presidential election, MaryPIRG and the SGA teamed up to register voters, and both Donofrio and Raza said they hope to work with the RHA, College Democrats, College Republicans and other groups in the future since this past drive was so successful. Raza and Donofrio both emphasized that just because the TerpsVote registration effort is over, elections are Nov. 2 and students should take advantage of their right to voice their opinions. “You vote no matter what you do. If you stay home, you’re voting,”
“We hope that this will help people find their passion or at least broaden their perspectives.” LISA CRISALLI SGA VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
“We hope that this will help people find their passion or at least broaden their perspectives,” Crisalli said. BYOBooks is aimed primarily at underclassmen, DiMauro said, but some of the minors that will be showcased at the fair require as few as 21 credits, an attainable goal for upperclassmen if a particular program catches their interest. The legislators said that in the future, the SGA hopes to combine BYOBooks with Explore Your Major, a larger event geared toward students enrolled in more popular programs. They said merging the events will give students a broader view of the possibilities available at the university. firstname.lastname@example.org
“UMD students have an opportunity to draw attention to themselves ... and they can do that by casting their vote.” JASON DONOFRIO MARYPIRG CAMPUS ORGANIZER
Donofrio said. “UMD students have an opportunity to call attention to themselves ... and they can do that by casting their vote.” email@example.com
Students reported shorter lines at all bars this weekend, including last night at Cornerstone Grill and Loft. ORLANDO URBINA/THE DIAMONDBACK
BARS from page 1 Turtle. “It’s not looking good for them.” Following the knifing incident, officials said Turtle has long been well-known for serving underage patrons. University Police Chief David Mitchell said at a press conference Tuesday he’d like to “padlock the Thirsty Turtle tonight.” Turtle owner Alan Wanuck has declined to speak to reporters. His attorney, Linda Carter, said the criticism of the bar is overblown. “The owners of the establishment have always been concerned with making sure that young people, underage individuals, are not permitted inside,” Carter said in an interview yesterday. Mitchell had asked that the liquor board move up its scheduled Nov. 3 hearing on earlier underage drinking citations for Turtle, and while the request was denied, the board made sure it was represented this past weekend. “There’s so many of us because of all the activity that we’ve had down here,” said Al Fanelli, a liquor board inspector stationed outside of Turtle overnight Friday. Fanelli estimated that he had personally confiscated about 45 fake licenses by 2 a.m. Saturday and said there were 15 inspectors total in College Park that night — also armed with ID scanners — instead of the usual two. Students reported licenses being confiscated not just at Turtle but at both R.J. Bentley’s and Cornerstone Grill and Loft. In front of Turtle, when a bouncer doubted the validity of an ID, he would pull the person aside and a liquor board inspector would run the ID through a scanner. “They’re being too strict,” said Jason Benrimon, a senior business major. “I am 23, and my ID happens to be totally messed up. The cover is ripped off. So my ID looks like a fake ID even though I’m the oldest kid on
Loading up leftovers Students donate extra Dining Services food BY RACHEL ROUBEIN Staff writer
It was food-collection Friday, and Evan Ponchick cruised through the dining hall, reminding Dining Services employees — many of whom he knew by name — to save their leftovers. After writing a thesis on how to reapportion dining hall waste, Ponchick, a junior operations management major, decided to turn his ideas into reality. He, along with fellow members of the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, began collecting all of South Campus Dining Hall’s leftover food this semester and donating the extras to So Others Might Eat, a Washington-based
charity. About 900 meals have been given to the organization thus far. Every week, the group traipses into the dining hall, asking all employees to save the food that would normally be tossed into the trash for careful packaging. Once collected, the food is transported to SOME later in the evening. Ponchick asks employees to keep all items Dining Services won’t reuse — such as pizzas, rice, fried and baked chicken, hamburgers, broccoli and more. These tins of food are then carried into SOME, which is located in Northwest Washington. Ponchick first discussed his plan with Dining Services Director Colleen Wright-Riva and Chef John Gray, the
Students collect leftover meals from the South Campus Dining Hall to deliver to a Washington-based food kitchen. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Dining Services adviser to the project, last fall. The initiative, which officially began at the beginning of the semester, is now in its fifth week, and each Friday has donated between 100 and 300 meals. This Friday, the group received its
lowest number of meals — 100 — because Clucker’s, the food station that sells potatoes, macaroni and cheese and other sides, was closed that day. Despite last week’s setback, Gray said the results have been great so far and Dining Services hopes to see the project
the block. I had to get in a special line, like they’re the Gestapo. It was a little embarrassing.” Students speculated that Friday’s extra security scared off would-be underage bar-hoppers Saturday, when students again failed to pack the streets and dance floors with their usual force. No liquor board officials were seen on Saturday night, but bars continued to routinely deny entrance to students they suspected to be under 21. “There’s a lot less people out tonight because of the liquor board cracking down,” said freshman letters and sciences major Thomas DiFato on Saturday. “Some of my friends got IDs taken yesterday.” Police also boosted their presence along Route 1, periodically parking on either end of the block near Turtle and flashing the lights on their cruisers. “This is the first time I’ve seen this many cops on Route 1,” senior international business major Paul Jackson said. Even so, several students claimed to have successfully gotten into the bars even though they were underage, including one girl who said she had paid just $50 for her fake ID. Others said the sudden blowback Turtle received following the stabbings was unwarranted. “The stabbing has nothing to do with the bar,” senior journalism major Erika Walker said. “Honestly, I don’t know what’s going to happen to Turtle, but I don’t think the fight was the bar’s fault.” Walker added she felt the brouhaha would soon pass. “The liquor board inspectors come out every few weeks to try to intimidate people,” she said. Fanelli said it was “very possible” inspectors would return next weekend in similar numbers but couldn’t say what this meant for Turtle’s upcoming liquor board hearing. “That depends on the trial,” Fanelli said. “Anything can happen.” Staff writer Ben Present contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org
expand to Wednesday nights within the next couple of weeks. Next year, Dining Services may work to implement the program in the North Campus Diner as well. “Dining Services has been very supportive of the effort,” Ponchick said, adding it has been a win-win endeavor for both the university and the charity. It holds the university accountable for minimizing waste while putting those unavoidable leftovers to use: They feed a small portion of the 20 percent of Washingtonians living below the poverty line. “I think it went really well, and I know the SOME people are ecstatic about the food they’ve been receiving,” Gray said. APO member Aaron Hamilton, a senior economics major, said in addition to benefiting the community, the project has also made him more aware of not wasting food in his own kitchen. Nicole Prentice, a sophomore sociology major, said she’s always been passionate about alleviating hunger and homelessness and is excited to be involved in this project. “I’m surprised we didn’t have something like this sooner,” she said. email@example.com
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PARENTS from page 1 know her father’s name. But last month, she received a response to a post she had made six weeks earlier on a site called CousinConnect.com — a family-finding tool that contains close to a quarter million genealogy queries — that identified her birth date, the hospital where she was born and her biological mother’s maiden name. “I have always wanted to know about my birth parents,” Schaffer said. “Thankfully, my parents have raised me to know I was adopted. But I’ve always been curious.” Mara Faulkner was 15 when she gave birth to Schaffer. In recent years, she had taken to regularly Googling her daughter’s birth date followed by the word “adopted.” Faulkner’s first hit was the CousinConnect post, which she found Sept. 21 — Schaffer’s 21st birthday. “You found her,” she wrote to her daughter. “I always thought that if she had been looking for me, she deserved answers,” Faulkner said. “I knew right away it was the one. It had the right date and my name on it.”
HOUSING from page 1 $250,000 a year in property taxes and 100 permanent jobs for College Park. He also said his tenants would be no more disruptive than students already living in Old Town, and officials shouldn’t send a message that they’re unfriendly toward developers. “What it comes down to is certain individuals don’t want undergraduates downtown. But the behavior of certain undergraduates downtown and the enforcement of that is a separate issue from this project,” Zusin said in an interview. “Stopping significant economic development is not the answer.” But these weren’t the arguments that resonated most when he spoke at Thursday night’s North College Park Citizens Association meeting. NCPCA President Mark Shroder said housing students near the campus keeps them out of his section of the city. “It will always be easy to find an excuse to vote against this stuff, but search your conscience before you do,” Shroder said to his neighbors at the meeting. “Are we going to get this stuff built or are we gonna keep having kids in our neighborhoods?”
Faulkner also called Howard Shanker, her ex-boyfriend who fathered Schaffer, and the three arranged a meeting. When they saw one another, Schaffer said, there was immediate comfort. “I was really nervous, and I didn’t know how I would feel,” she said of her first meeting with Faulkner, at Schaffer’s house. “But when I actually met her, I was surprisingly calm. It was like talking to myself; I felt instantly comfortable.” Faulkner said she couldn’t stop staring at her birth daughter. “I always just imagined that I’d never get to meet her,” she said. Schaffer said meeting her birth parents answered lifelong questions about her physical identity, such as
an unexplained speech impediment and her darker complexion than the rest of her family. Leigh Leslie, a therapist and family sciences professor at the university, said finding the answers to those types of questions is frequently why people search for their blood relatives. “For some, there’s a part of themselves they don’t quite understand fully and won’t without knowing their biological parents,” she said. “I think that’s probably a pretty common feeling for young adults.” Schaffer wasn’t the only one with that reaction. “She looks like me; she acts like me; she has the attitude that I had at that age,” Shanker said. “It’s incredible.” Schaffer’s boyfriend, DJ Walker, also noticed parallels: “It was a little bit of a surreal situation ... to see the similarities in the way they talked and acted,” he said. Walker, a graduate of Towson University who has been dating Schaffer for about 10 months, noted mild changes in her maturity following her experience. “To have the unexpected results so quickly I think made [Schaffer] more mature and willing to adapt to
At the meeting, northern College Park resident Mary Cook — a former District 4 councilwoman — opposed the project, calling for her neighbors to empathize with Old Town’s plight, describing what she saw there on a recent Friday night. “I’ve never seen anything so horrible in my life. There were just waves of students going out and drinking and partying in the neighborhoods,” she said. “Think about that. I would not want to be in that area ... it was like another world.” For its part, the university is staying neutral on the issue of the Book Exchange project. Vice President for Administrative Affairs Ann Wylie said she supports residents’ efforts to decrease the student population in Old Town to make College Park more “livable” for residents there. “We want to have a city that’s not just a whole bunch of group homes,” Wylie said. “We’d like our faculty and staff to live in College Park ... and students would live in designated areas for student housing.” The university has actively supported past student housing projects, such as the University View and The Varsity at College Park. For the Book Exchange site, it has only spoken out in favor of accommodations
for graduate students and professional adults. “With respect to undergraduate housing, we have been noncommittal about that,” Wylie said. “We’re not totally clear on whether we need additional private housing or not. We just think this is a matter that we’re not going to go in on.” Rosapepe said the lack of university support for Zusin’s plans might as well be outright opposition. “If you’re not for it, you’re against it,” Rosapepe said. As planned, the Book Exchange building and its parking lot would be replaced with four stories of LEED-certified apartment units over ground-floor retail that would house the bookstore, two lobbies and a coffeeshop. An underground garage would have 315 parking spaces, and residents would have free bicycle rentals. The Prince George’s County Council will have the final say on the project, taking into account the view of the College Park City Council — and, city planning director Terry Schum said, the informal clout of other elected officials such as Rosapepe. Eric Olson, who lives near Old Town and represents College Park on the county council, opposes undergraduate housing.
“She looks like me; she acts like me; she has the attitude that I had at that age. It’s incredible.” HOWARD SHANKER STUDENT’S BIOLOGICAL FATHER
a changing situation,” he said. “That takes a lot of courage and a strongwilled person to go head-first into this.” Other close friends, though aware of her ongoing search, said they were surprised by the outcome. “Since I’ve known Arielle, she’s been searching for her birth mom,” said senior English major Katie Taylor, Schaffer’s former roommate. “So it was kind of crazy to finally get to watch it happen.” Schaffer said she felt no hesitation about meeting her birth parents in person, but her adoptive mother, who is a private investigator, had some reservations. “I had to protect my daughter,” Torri Schaffer said. She administered the DNA tests to prove relation between Faulkner and her daughter and said the 99.2 percent match eased her skepticism. She was otherwise thrilled about the reunion, she said, and didn’t feel at all undermined by Faulkner becoming a part of their life. “Everybody is extremely warm, welcoming and loving,” Torri Schaffer said. “It’s like we have a whole new extended family. It’s like a fairy tale.” Faulkner expressed gratitude to
the Schaffers for doing a “phenomenal job” of raising Arielle, who she said she was too young to handle 21 years ago. “The first thing Arielle said to me was, ‘I’ve had a great life, one that no 15-year-old could have provided,’” Faulkner said. Leslie said such situations can sometimes lead to tension but both of Schaffer’s families treated it well. “It’s not a good situation when someone feels they have to choose between or move away from one family,” she said, “I’ve certainly seen some families where the adoptive parents are ner vous and it feels like a threat.” Arielle Schaffer said she now talks to Faulkner — who she calls her “new best friend” — at least three times a day and has dinner with her weekly. Shanker lives a few hours away, she said, but they keep in regular contact and have plans to spend holidays together. “She’s happy, you can tell,” Taylor said. “It’s almost as though she feels some sense of being complete, instead of always wondering, ‘What if?’” firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilya Zusin, who hopes to build a student apartment building downtown on the site of the Maryland Book Exchange, explains his plans to the North College Park Citizens Association on Thursday. JACLYN BOROWSKI/ THE DIAMONDBACK
Students seemed to welcome the new project so close to the campus. “I think it’s a great location,” junior economics major Phil Dunkle said. “It’ll build up downtown College Park. Right now it’s a little run-down. A new high rise would have a positive effect.” But Michael Shaffer, a senior mechanical engineering major, said there
were too many apartment buildings already coming in for College Park to need another. “It’s unnecessary. Years from now, they’re going to have way too much housing,” he said. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Practice what you preach
Standing for justice
nd so it continues. Last year, calls for increased transparency amendment narrowly passed, the overall bill ultimately failed in a 53 to 49 vote. This issue is anything but silly. Indeed, it is an issue of transparency and accountresounded throughout the university, coming from displeased students, faculty and staff who felt that the administration was not ability. And the attitude with which faculty and administrators met the proposal at being as open and honest about its decision-making processes as it Wednesday’s senate meeting can be described as little less than hypocritical. The senate is the most powerful voting body at this university. It is tasked should be. In forums, in letters, in this newspaper and even in protests, diverse members of the university community called for more open and hon- with advising the university president on policies that touch on almost every est communication between administrators and other university constituen- conceivable issue — from budgetary matters to educational standards and everything in between. And it is through voting that the cies. However, though these calls seemed honest and senate makes its recommendations, which have historheartfelt last year, in light of a recent University Senate ically been enacted by the president with little opposidecision, these previous calls for transparency can only be described as ironic. The University Senate must tion because the senate’s decision is viewed as the of the university community. During his 12-year Last week, the senate attempted to revise its voting adopt new voting procedures voice tenure as university president, Dan Mote only vetoed procedures to make them more transparent. For the — ones that records the votes one senate recommendation. past year, the senate has relied upon electronic clickers Yet as it stands, no one, not even the chairwoman or — the kind used in many lecture classes — to tally of individual senators — the executive director of the senate, know anything votes. Although this system, which was adopted last to increase transparency and more about vote counts other than their results. And for fall, allowed senate officials to record a more accurate a representative body that claims to promote “open and vote count, it also introduced anonymity to the proceedaccountability. honest communication amongst all constituents,” this is ings, as there was no way to determine which senator simply unacceptable. cast which vote or if they cast a vote at all. As elected representatives charged with protecting and promoting the At the meeting, a proposal that would require senators to raise their hands while voting with their electronic clickers was introduced as a compromise interests of all constituencies at this university — undergraduates, graduate intended to negotiate the issues of transparency and accuracy. During students, faculty and staff — university senators are charged with representdebate, the proposal was amended at the request of undergraduate senator ing the interests of those who elected them. And unless votes are tallied and Lisa Crisalli so each senator would be assigned a specific clicker number — a recorded, elected officials can never be fully held accountable for their system that would allow senate officials to record and post votes taken by actions or inactions as members of the senate. Without vote counts for individual senators, how are members of the university community supposed to each individual senator, akin to how professors track their pupils. Faculty and administrative senators seemed outraged by the proposal. Several know if their interests are being represented? Without a voting history, how faculty senators said that votes could lead to reprisal from their supervisors and can voters decide whether to reelect their representatives? They can’t. So, as the senate continues to determine how best to handle voting procethat they were uncomfortable making their positions known. And James Harris, the dean of the arts and humanities college, even went so far as to question why dures, this editorial board encourages them to not only practice the transparency anyone would care about demographic breakdown of votes, stating that this issue and accountability that they preach, but to also keep in mind all the rights and was “one of the silliest things [the senate] ha[d] ever done.” And although the responsibilities that come with being elected officials at this university.
Editorial cartoon: Shai Goller
Improving College Park: The case for a student voice
he College Park City Council will be considering legislation Oct. 26 on whether to lower the minimum candidate age for city council office from 21 to 18 years old. Last year, I was very active in the city elections with the student group UMD for Clean Energy. Although we didn’t run any student candidates, we had an active role in raising awareness of environmental issues facing the city that candidates should address. Based on this experience, I have some insights on why I think lowering the age limit to 18 would be great for College Park. You might think of College Park politics as limited to serving on the city council, but I consider it being involved in the community and having a stake in the neighborhood. Despite all that College Park has to offer, citizen participation often leaves city officials wanting, as it is very difficult to find not only candidates to run for office but also more members to sit on advisory committees. Student participation especially is
MATT DERNOGA almost nonexistent. As a result, most students don’t care about the well-being of College Park. When you’re not involved in your community, you’re more likely to disrespect it. Indeed, I’ve heard city residents rightfully complain about noise violations, a lack of cooperation in combating crime and hundreds of beer bottles, cans and cups left in parts of Old Town after parties. When a large part of the population is completely disengaged from its community, College Park hurts. Development and transportation issues could badly use student involvement. If residents aren’t talking to students, they often have to deal with whatever the university administration
decides it wants. Engaged students serve as a check on university actions that impact the city. As new projects such as the East Campus redevelopment, the Purple Line and additional student housing are shaped, students need to play a role. UMD for Clean Energy met with city council candidates on these kinds of issues last year, and many of those candidates welcomed student input and were pleased to find we had common ground. Lowering the age limit to 18 will draw more students running for office. However, candidates who stand a chance at winning elections will not be stereotypical college students filing their papers and then walking over to Thirsty Turtle with a fake ID. They’ll be ambitious, politically motivated young people who were involved in Young Democrats or Young Republicans in high school, interned for a politician or ran for a position in the Student Government Association. To stand a prospect at winning, they’ll have to go to civic association meetings, knock on doors, develop a platform and genuinely
build a connection with city residents. These will be the students who are more likely to stay involved in the city after they run because of their newfound connection with the community, as are their student supporters. Some may end up living here. What if a student wins? They’re probably very smart and talented for their age if they can pull it off. All people are different, and most students aren’t interested or qualified, but there are exceptional 18 to 20 year olds who are mature beyond their years and would be effective on the city council. Lowering the running age will mean greater involvement in bettering College Park, which is something that should make every member of the city council smile and vote yes. Matt Dernoga is a graduate student in public policy and is the son of Tom Dernoga, chairman of the Prince George’s County Council. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Palin’s politics: Research before you vote
ot once since he was elected have I thought to compare President Barack Obama with former President George W. Bush. That is, not until I saw a recent statistic that, to me, was staggering. According to a recent CNN poll that asked, among other things, which president is preferred, Obama had just a 2 percent lead in terms of approval over Bush, and 45 percent of Americans said they think Bush did a better job in office than Obama has done in his 21 months at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I began to wonder whether these surprising results mean that Americans would rather have Republicans run the country. If they were serious about liking bumbling Bush more than eloquent Obama, maybe someone like Sarah Palin would be a good fit. Not every president needs to read a newspaper every morning. Jokes aside, it’s not entirely out of the question. Lately, Palin has been on the news endorsing tea party candidates and acting like a presump-
tive front-runner for the 2012 presidential ticket. I can’t say I know for sure what all the hype is about (but I’m sure her supporters say the same thing about Obama). The thing about Palin is she knows how to play the game of politics. She may not be a wizard with a dictionary or a national newspaper connoisseur, but she’s a great politician. She knows how to stoop just low enough so that she can instill doubt about her fellow competitors, but she can’t be scolded for being one of those dirty politicians. There’s no doubt she offers another option for those who think Obama is an anti-American Muslim secretly plotting to run our country into the ground. But she’ll never win over the people who believe government intervention is a necessary part of our democracy that prevents inequality and injustice. So the auto industry is failing and people are losing their livelihoods left and right? It’s not the government’s job to fix that. What’s the big deal if no one has health-care coverage? It’s not the government’s job to provide that. Who cares if we never
free ourselves from the dirty oil industry? Drill, baby, drill! People like the students at this university who want state colleges to continue to receive state funding so tuition doesn’t skyrocket should pay attention to her logic and what the tea party stands for. If she got her way and the government stopped intervening in public affairs, students across America, including many who attend this university, wouldn’t be able to afford college. Although the tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students that had been in place for four years in the University System of Maryland was lifted this year, the four years of government intervention helped an untold number of students in this state afford to attend and stay in school.
So the question we need to ask ourselves is, do we really want to bring another person into the White House who invents words and never admits she’s wrong? Is hunting moose with big rifles and relating to Joe Six-Pack really a good predictor for a successful presidency? Right now, the answer to that question is, for most Americans, hell no! According to a recent Bloomberg News national poll, 51 percent said they’d vote for Obama, compared to 35 percent for Palin, if they were running against one another in 2012. But when you think about it, 35 percent is pretty high. That’s a whole lot of people and a whole lot of votes. And before you “refudiate” Obama’s administration by electing tea partiers in November, first find out whether you’ve been “misunderestimating” Palin’s message. Then go vote!
sraeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s job is to make Israel look good, regardless of the truth. And when the United States is giving Israel about $3 billion in military aid every year, it is in Oren’s best interest to make this relationship seem special and mutually beneficial. While Oren spoke at the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies’ event, “Getting Perspective on the US-Israel Relationship,” UMD Students for Justice in Palestine and other students felt it was our job to present a different perspective — one that is not only essential to acknowledge but that is consistently and systematically silenced in this country, even at this university. This is the Palestinian perspective, or the perspective of those who are disadvantaged because of our special relationship with Israel. I would like to address Diamondback columnist Andrew Steinberg’s assertion (from his Oct. 11 column, “Stand with Israel: Our indispensable ally”) that “Israel is one of America’s indispensable allies and one of its most valuable strategic assets.” The truth is our relationship of unconditional military support with Israel is unacceptable. For one thing, it is not truly in America’s best interest to offer unconditional support to any country with such blatant human rights violations as Israel has been accused of. The U.S. Foreign Assistance Act states that aid will not be provided to any country that grossly violates internationally recognized human rights. Israel was accused of such violations by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch during the Gaza assault of January 2009 and in past attacks. More recently, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council endorsed a report that accused Israeli commandos of executing six passengers aboard an aid flotilla this past May, including an American citizen. No amount of contributions to U.S. jobs or new technology can justify our being accomplices to such actions — legally or morally. In fact, when Israel attacks Palestinians, its instruments of destruction are U.S. weapons, including white phosphorus. When people around the world protest such atrocities, they are well aware of our connection to Israel’s actions, and it harms the United States’ image abroad. Gen. David Petraeus even testified on Capitol Hill in March that “The conflict foments anti-American sentiment due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel.” More important, however, than how our relationship with Israel affects us is how it affects justice. The United States and we as individuals should not stand with any country unconditionally. Instead, we should dedicate ourselves to standing for justice, even when that means questioning our own government. In his article, Steinberg compares Israel’s values to those of the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Let me remind you that for all the things the founders accomplished, they were still slaveholders who limited suffrage to white male landowners. Our nation did not progress because of people who stood blindly with those in power; it progressed because of those who dissented, those who criticized, those who were uncompromising in demanding justice. While a country may say it stands for equality, democracy and freedom, that does not mean it will actually act on these values. We must act on those values. So whether your concern is for the well-being of Israel, Palestine, the United States or just basic human rights, I urge you not to stand blindly with a country but rather to hold your leaders accountable for their actions by standing with justice.
Natalia Cuadra-Saez is a senior classics and history major and is the president of Students for Justice in Palestine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TERRAPIN PULSE Do you think local police are doing enough to combat the recent uptick in crime near the campus? YES
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orn today, you are one of the most passionate individuals born under your sign, and though you may at times be a slave to your emotions, you are also quite adept at using them to serve your professional endeavors — and most of the time, it is an advantage to you in your work that you feel so strongly about even the smallest details. You are always one to follow the rules, but more important, you always seem to know what rules to make; in other words, you can lay down the law for others in such a way that you promote their endeavors without in any way impinging on their freedom or inspiration.
You’re not the kind to turn the other cheek when you have been wronged — again, that passionate nature of yours makes this impossible. Still, you were best not to engage in a full-fledged fight when given the chance, for you are not always the best equipped to prevail in such a contest. Also born on this date are Pam Dawber, actress; Melina Mercouri, actress; Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor; George C. Scott, actor; Jesse Helms, U.S. senator; Chuck Berry, rocker; Peter Boyle, actor.
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Getting started should not be a problem at all, but stopping when the time comes may prove quite a challenge.
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REVIEW | JACKASS 3-D
Three dimensions of pain and stupidity BY ZACHARY BERMAN Staff writer
Life — and the pain therein — has always existed in three dimensions. When a man gets punched in the face, he feels it: length, width, height and all. So then the recent trend in filmmaking toward hokey 3-D imagery is a bit of a conundrum — often more of a post-production gimmick than an actually necessary visual effect. In its opening four minutes alone, Jackass 3-D single-handedly puts every 3-D film ever made to shame with a slow-motion, high-definition extravaganza of epic proportions. A startling return, Johnny Knoxville (Father of Invention) and the gang’s third motion picture venture is not only the best in the series, but for all intents and purposes, the greatest major 3-D film made to date. Of course, it seems silly to say that of all the possible films someone could choose from, somehow a movie from the Jackass canon could rise to the top. Yet there’s something just so charming about Knoxville, Steve-O (TV: The Movie), Bam Margera (Minghags), Chris Pontius (Somewhere), Jason Acuña (TV: The Movie) and the rest this time around. Every single stunt and prank perpetrated by the Jackass crew in this film incites a laugh, from small 30-second clips, such as of Pontius using his penis as a baseball bat for a ping-pong ball, to longer episodes, including Steve-O’s terrifying bungee cord ride inside of a dog poo-filled portable toilet. Yes, these moments sound gross on paper, but the sheer joy in the eyes of these idiots as they profit from their own pain and destitution gives the film a decidedly light-hearted tone. This time around, there aren’t any downright uncomfortable moments like the infamous “Paper-
cuts” segment from Jackass: The Movie. Obviously, watching a man willingly get kicked in the balls by a donkey is uncomfortable, but again, the film’s sweet tone takes away the sourness of the incident and leaves the audience with only uproarious laughter. In a way, the film becomes physically tiring after a while, as each and every scene is so welldevised and painstakingly set up, but it’s hard not to enjoy the insane situations the creators come up with. Looking back, the original Jackass television show did a lot to change the modern culture. Humanity is now inundated with viral videos and “How Did I Survive”style television shows, all stemming back to the reality TV revolution of the early 2000s. Acceptably, Jackass is and always has been a documentary, one of the most real reality television shows — a simple document of the lengths a group of oddballs and drunks go to kill themselves while sack-tapping one another. What removes Jackass from the supposedly adrenaline filled freeway-pile-up footage often compacted into half-hour segments of human suffering, caught on tape for our viewing pleasure, is
the fact that the show has recurring characters. These people come back again and again to be covered in shit and
thrown 60 feet to the ground from the top of a massive tree. As an audience, viewers can’t look away, and over time, many have grown to appreciate each jackass’ contribution to the group’s slim dish of collective morals. For those who don’t know the team, the third
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The night’s festivities finally ceded to a 10-minute team scrimmage, giving fans a glimpse of the Terps’ newcomers and old faces. Freshman Pe’Shon Howard impressed with his no-look passes, while guard Sean Mosley showed his offensive prowess with a game-high nine points. Everyone but freshman forward Ashton Pankey scored in an exhibition highlighted by heaps of alley-oops and dunks and little regard for defense. “For the players, it’s a great way to enjoy themselves because practice gets pretty tough for them,” Williams said. An alumni game kicked the night off, as Terp fans welcomed back former AllAmericans Juan Dixon and Keith Booth and fan favorite Dave Neal. Then came the dancing. The women’s basketball team, decked out in ripped black T-shirts, jeans and painted faces, went first with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s famed “Thriller” dance. Shortly after, Williams appeared on the overhead screen and delivered one of his patented pep talks to the Terps. In the brief look-in, the 22nd-year coach preached three things: style, passion and, of course, swag. “We’ve been working hard every day,” guard Adrian Bowie said shortly before the team traded dunks for dance moves. “We’ve put in a lot of hours. I think we could be professional dancers after this.” Sporting black jackets over their seldom-used black jerseys, the Terps finally entered, dancing to “Jump On It,” “Tootsie Roll” and other dance hits as they sought to one-up their
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female counterparts. “We just have a little bit more swag than them; they get a little shy and all,” forward Cliff Tucker said. Added Bowie: “We have more personality, more flair.” After a performance by the alwayspopular Gymkana Troupe, the women’s basketball team and coach Brenda Frese again took the floor, where Frese followed a well-received introduction — “Breathe if you hate Duke” — with praise for her well-conditioned team. After the women’s team’s five-minute scrimmage, the men’s team entered from the concourse level onto the floor, collecting high-fives before they punctuated their entrance with a dunk or layup. Only Bowie, who tried to alley-oop the ball to himself off the backboard, missed his attempt. “I remember [former Terp guard]
Mike Jones, when he missed his three or four years ago,” Bowie said. “You miss the dunk and you never, ever hear the end of it.” While the team could have practiced earlier Friday according to NCAA rules, Williams knew the importance of the event that started in College Park decades ago under former coach Lefty Driesell. “We’ve got to keep the tradition going,” Williams said after ward. “This is like a thank you to the fans for what they did the last 22 years for me. For the players, it’s a great chance to enjoy themselves. This is a good night for them.” “We’re done with preseason, and now we’re getting to play,” Bowie said. “I’m really excited. I might not go to sleep tonight.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Herrick’s late answer averts disaster against Tigers Forward’s game-winner helps Terps stave off late Clemson comeback and collect 5th straight win, 3-2 BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
Terrapin men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski knew better than to write off Clemson before Saturday night’s match despite its winless conference record, five freshman starters and new coach. He knew the history between the teams all too well, including a come-from-behind Clemson win in 2008 during which the Tigers scored three goals in a span of one minute, 23 seconds to stun the eventual national champion Terps. So when his No. 4 Terps took a two-goal lead into halftime, he knew they weren’t safe. And after the Tigers scored two goals in the second half to tie the game and stun Ludwig Field, Cirovski stayed calm. He had confidence that his Terps would find a way to win. And, despite a drama-filled second half, they did, beating the Tigers, 3-2, for a fifth straight victory. “They’re a much better team than their record,” Cirovski said. “They’ve been in almost every single game, they’ve only given up 11 goals this year, they outplayed a couple of top ranked teams, and this was not going to be an easy game. We knew that.” The game wasn’t decided until the final play of the
match, when Clemson (3-7-2, 0-3-2 ACC) midfielder Riley Sumpter’s free kick from the edge of the penalty box sailed just over the crossbar as time expired. “These are ACC games, as we’re reminded in spite of team’s records; these are going to be dogfights,” Cirovski said. “We made it more difficult than it could’ve been, but Clemson made it very difficult for us.” For the majority of the first half, the Terps (9-2-1, 4-1-1) played inconsistently, not scoring until Cirovski had reached into his bench for a spark. It finally came in the 39th minute, when midfielder Sunny Jane scored his third goal in two games with a leftfooted strike from eight yards out after a header from defender Ethan White. Just moments later, defender London Woodberry slid around a Clemson defender and sent in a cross to a diving Paul Torres, who headed the ball past Clemson goalkeeper Cody Mizell for the Terps’ second goal in less than two minutes. Entering halftime with a twogoal lead and a defense that hadn’t surrendered a goal in four contests, the Terps seemed ready to settle into cruise control. But when they suddenly
Forward Casey Townsend, center, helped lead a Terp attack that scored three or more goals for the third straight game in a 3-2 win against Clemson on Saturday. The Terps next face Colgate tomorrow. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
couldn’t find the back of the net, the Tigers started to. In the 55th minute, Clemson forward Austin Savage sprung a counterattack past a surprised Terp defense and scored with ease. “They say [a 2-0 lead is] the most dangerous lead in soccer, and I felt pretty confident we were going to get another one, and we didn’t,” Torres said. “We let them back into the game with a couple mistakes.” The Terps once again attacked the Tiger defense in hopes of grabbing another
goal, but a breakaway by forward Casey Townsend and an open shot from forward Matt Oduruan sailed off path. The Tigers soon capitalized, sending forward Nick Burton down the left side of the field with some space. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath came off his line to challenge Burton, who dumped a pass off to the right to midfielder Tommy Drake for the empty-net equalizer. “We relaxed a little too much,” defender Ethan White said. Still, the goal didn’t faze the
Terps. Midfielder Matt Kassel gathered possession just past the center circle a minute later and sent in a ball to Jason Herrick. The streaking senior calmly headed home the tiebreaker and eventual game-winner. With the lead back in hand, the Terps fought through the final 15 minutes against a Clemson team that wouldn’t quite go away. In light of their past success, Saturday night’s game served as a wake-up call. “The other games have
been blowouts, and we want to stay humble,” Torres said. “Clemson is a good team, and it doesn’t matter what their record is, every team has the potential to win.” “I was very confident throughout the game,” Cirovski said. “I was confident when we weren’t playing well that we would find a way to win. This team is made of a championship mettle, and tonight was another step forward.” email@example.com
THE DIAMONDBACK | MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
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7 31 FRESH ROADKILL Terps can’t overcome costly, self-inflicted errors against Tigers in 10th straight road loss BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer
The Terrapin football team’s trip to Clemson wasn’t supposed to end like this. It would be the breakthrough performance, players proclaimed, that would validate the Terps’ strong start. It would serve not as a testament to the weaknesses of their opponents but to their own strengths. Saturday, little besides disappointment materialized. The Terps fell victim to their own costly errors in a 31-7 loss to the Tigers, leaving coach Ralph Friedgen visibly discouraged and frustrated with a team that has yet to win a road game in two years. “To go out and not play our best is frustrating, very frustrating,” Friedgen said in an animated post-game press conference. “It’s us that are causing the mistakes, things we can control. Until we can learn how to do that, we’re going to always be mediocre — at best.” The stat sheet clearly favored the Terps. The Terps (4-2, 1-1 ACC) outgained the Tigers 350-213, the first time they topped a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in total yards this season. A sound defense, meanwhile, limited touted Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker to seven completions and held the Tigers (3-3, 1-2) to less than 100 yards rushing. But in special teams and turnovers — two areas that had been critical in the Terps’ four victories this season — a series of blunders cost them any chance at their first road victory since their last trip to Death Valley in 2008. Saturday’s defeat extended the Terps’ road losing streak to 10 games. “We have to win on the road,” Friedgen said. “I think sometimes that our guys think we’re on an amusement trip or something. We’re on a business trip to win football games. We have to learn how to do that if we’re going to be the team we want to be.” When the Terps took a lead early in the second quarter, they appeared well on their way to becoming that team. They capped a successful drive with running back Da’Rel Scott’s unexpected touchdown strike to quarterback Danny O’Brien for a 7-3 advantage. But on the ensuing kickoff, Clemson’s Andre Ellington broke an 87yard return for a touchdown, grabbing the lead and momentum. The Terps never scored again. Special teams did the Terps no favors. After Ellington’s kickoff return, the Terps drove to Clemson’s 7-yard line and appeared poised to answer the return with another touchdown. But O’Brien was sacked on third-and1, pushing the team back 9 yards. A 33yard kick by punter Travis Baltz, who has served as field goal kicker all season, sailed wide right, not even threatening the uprights. Mistakes accounted for the majority of Clemson’s 31 points. Besides an 80yard touchdown drive and a first-quarter field goal, the Tiger offense did little. Of the three other touchdowns, one came on Ellington’s return. Another
Cornerback Trenton Hughes falls on his head during the Terps’ 31-7 loss to Clemson on Saturday.
was set up by a 41-yard punt return deep into Terp territory in the third quarter. And the final one came on a 61-yard interception return by cornerback Xavier Brewer. Before throwing the pick-six, O’Brien already had surpassed his career high in yardage. The redshirt freshman impressed to begin his first road start, completing 13 of 18 passes for 159 yards by halftime. On the Terps’ lone touchdown drive, O’Brien slipped out of what looked like a sure sack for Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, scrambled and
pulled up to toss a 20-yard pass to tight end Will Yeatman. On the next play, he again avoided pressure to get off an 11yard pass to Yeatman. But O’Brien could only sidestep the Tigers’ incessant pass rush for so long. In the second half, when the Terps were forced to rely on the passing game to make up the deficit, the redshirt freshman quarterback completed just 11 of 27 passes and threw three fourth-quarter interceptions. “You can’t do that,” Friedgen said. “I know we were in passing situations, but I’d rather have an incompletion or
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a sack than an interception.” Part of the problem was the offensive line’s inability to contain Bowers. The top NFL prospect had a careerhigh three sacks and pressured and hurried O’Brien on many more plays. The line’s struggles also disrupted the running game, forcing the Terps to the air to compensate for the scoreboard’s staggering deficit and their own stagnant ground attack. O’Brien passed 45 times Saturday against a defense largely unthreatened by the run. “You have to get a running game going,” Friedgen said. “You can’t let
these guys get going and just tee off and come after you.” Running backs Scott and Davin Meggett combined for just 47 rushing yards. Fittingly, the Terps’ net rushing total was even less, pushed back by myriad problems on a day full of them. “We’re young, and I can make all the rationalizations, but it’s really a matter of getting it done. We’re not getting it done,” Friedgen said. “I’m going to start holding people’s feet to the fire because they have to get it done.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Special set of problems hurts Terps Missed field goal, coverage breakdowns cripple chances vs. Tigers BY MICHAEL LEMAIRE Senior staff writer
A missed 33-yard field goal from Travis Baltz, shown here kicking in an Oct. 2 game against Duke, cost the Terps crucial momentum and points Saturday against Clemson. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
Five games into the season, Terrapin football coach Ralph Friedgen was so displeased with the Terps’ special-teams performance on kick returns — and so content with all other facets on the unit — that he admitted to having worked almost exclusively on returns in the weeks leading up to the team’s game Saturday at Clemson. “It is probably the only team on special teams that hasn’t played the way we expected it to play,” Friedgen said last week. “During the week off, we gave that a lot of work. In fact, that’s pretty much all we worked on in special teams.” After a 31-7 loss to the Tigers highlighted failures across the entire unit, Friedgen’s to-do list for special teams is considerably longer. The extra practice didn’t help the kick-return unit, which averaged just 19 yards
Get more online For a breakdown of just what went wrong against Clemson, check out TerrapinTrail.com. on five returns. But that was the least of Friedgen’s concerns with a unit that, before Saturday, had been instrumental in the team’s 4-1 start. The first mistake came when Tiger running back Andre Ellington returned a kick 87 yards for a touchdown moments after the Terps had taken a 7-3 lead. Placekicker Travis Baltz compounded the problem on the Terps’ next drive when he badly missed a 33-yard field goal that would have tied the game. Then, with the Terps losing by just 10 and hoping to regain momentum early in the second half, Clemson’s Jaron Brown returned a punt 41 yards to the Terps’ 21-yard line. Five plays later, when Ellington
plunged into the end zone from one yard out, the game was effectively out of reach. “[Ellington’s return touchdown] was a huge momentum-stopper because things were going good for us,” Friedgen said. “That whole sequence was a major issue for us. Then they get the punt return down pretty good in our territory ... those were key elements that had a factor on us.” The missed field goal was only the second of the season for Baltz, but it also was a microcosm of what has become a major source of frustration for Friedgen. In his teleconference yesterday, Friedgen said he hoped that primary placekicker Nick Ferrara would
eventually be able to win back the job from Baltz. Ferrara has the stronger leg, and Friedgen said his ascension to a starting role would help relieve pressure from Baltz, in turn helping him focus on punting. But to this point, it simply hasn’t happened. Although Ferrara is finally healthy, he hasn’t yet been able to displace Baltz. “Right now, [Ferrara] just isn’t making them,” Friedgen said. “They look pretty, but they don’t go through the uprights, and that’s the problem.” Friedgen also made sure to express his displeasure with Baltz’s miss. Friedgen said he understood Baltz has been forced to perform double duty this season but stressed it isn’t an excuse when the team needs points on the road. “When I put him out there, I expect him to make it,” Friedgen said, “especially when it’s a chip shot.” email@example.com