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Task force picks Shootings’ lasting impact unclear 24 courses to Investigations continue, but debut as part of police say protocol was followed CORE overhaul BY KARA ESTELLE Staff writer

First set of “I”-series courses covers wide variety of topics BY DERBY COX Senior staff writer

Students interested in learning about social networking, the stock market or the threat of asteroid impacts will be able to starting in the spring thanks to 24 new general education courses that were unveiled to the university yesterday. The General Education Task Force, charged with overhauling the CORE system, selected the courses from more than 50 submitted earlier this month to pilot the “I” series of courses, which will form the centerpiece of a new general education curriculum that will take effect next year. The “I”-series courses — so called because they are intended to emphasize issues, imagination, intellect, investigation, inspiration and implementation — are designed to focus on “big” questions rather than the introductory material traditionally found in CORE courses. “I think this university has the IRA BERLIN opportunity to differentiate itself TASK FORCE CHAIRMAN from the rest of the world,” Provost Nariman Farvardin said to faculty during a short gathering to introduce the courses yesterday. The new “I”-series courses span topics ranging from Shakespeare to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem to homophobia. Instructors of the courses will challenge students to think, task force members said, rather than memorize material. In one course, students will examine how people share information. In another, they will investigate the physical activity of Baltimore residents. “If you can’t get excited about courses like this, I don’t know what you can get excited about,” task

After a violent weekend of police shootings in College Park, police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the two incidents that left two wounded and one dead. In a county where many residents consider officers to be too trigger-happy, Prince George's County Police officials insisted everything went by the book in two city shootings this weekend, emphasizing that the county has seen a decrease in officerinvolved shootings in recent years. So far this year, there have been 11 incidents where an officer fired a weapon, said Maj. Andrew Ellis, a spokesman for county police. Three of the 11 shots resulted in

fatalities, five resulted in injuries and three were non-contact shootings where the officer missed. By this time last year, there had been 17 police shootings, resulting in seven fatalities, three injuries and seven non-contact incidents, Ellis said. “Even though we’ve had this recent spate of police shootings in three days, we’re down from where we were this time last year,” Ellis said, adding it is “very rare” for three shootings involving police officers to happen in one weekend. As is standard procedure, all of the officers involved in the weekend’s events are under investigation, though Ellis said the county police department has no reason to

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Police had blocked off the scene after Sunday’s shooting outside the 7-Eleven on Route 1.

Students, businesses unfazed despite bloody weekend BY NICK RHODES Staff writer

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It’s business as usual in College Park. On Friday afternoon, students fretted when word of a shooting downtown ricocheted around the campus, and the rumor mill was fed by word-of-mouth with few details coming from officials. But four days and an additional officer-involved shooting later, students and business owners have seemingly put the two public, dramatic and bloody incidents behind them. Customers ambled in and out of the 7-Eleven on Route 1 with little pause yesterday, grabbing their morning paper and coffee. They didn’t seem to notice the large bloodstain in the parking lot. Less than 24 hours before, the convenience store was a death scene after a man charged at police officers with a knife. Six officers opened fire, killing the man. Stores and restaurants in the College Park

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The abundance of student rental homes in College Park dominated the discussion at recent forums for City Council candidates in Districts 2 and 4 as attendees bemoaned the transformation of their neighborhoods. As residents complained about late-night parties and overcrowded, poorly maintained properties at Thursday’s District 2 forum in Berwyn and a District 4 forum Sunday in College Park Woods, candidates pledged more student outreach and stricter noise code enforcement. But many candidates insisted problematic landlords are more of a worr y than individual student renters, making it the city’s responsibility to minimize the desirability of renting out homes in College Park. “We don’t want to drive all the students out of the neighborhoods, but we do want to change the market to not make it so financially lucrative to have a rental property,” unopposed mayoral candidate Andy Fellows said at the Berwyn forum. “It’s going to destroy single-family home ownership.” District 2 incumbent Jack Perry, who has lived in College Park for four decades and served on the council for two, said he expected to put up with some noise and partying in his neighborhood on football game days as the penalty for living in a college town

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At the same time the movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle became a cult classic, the tiny burgers that fueled the title characters’ munchie madness blasted onto the culinary scene. But Harold and Kumar’s burger fixation has apparently not caught on at The Diner, which only sells about six to seven slider trio meals a day, compared to the 600 to 700 burgers ordered on a typical weekday. “During March Madness last year, we just couldn’t serve the sliders fast enough,” Senior Executive Chef John FEATURES . . . . . .5 CLASSIFIED . . . . .6

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Gray said. “So when we put them on the gourmet burger menu, we thought they would be a huge hit — it turned out the opposite happened.” The gourmet burgers and sliders joined the diner menu at the beginning of the semester when they took over the Global Gourmet section. Now, Gray is working to develop three to four different types of sliders to go on the menu for the spring semester. “A main reason that the sliders aren’t selling may be that they don’t have toppings,” Gray said. “So we’re going to

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Employees of the Engaged University got pink slips in a meeting last week with university officials, signaling an end to their seven-year effort to get students involved in community outreach. The Engaged University’s original contract with the university pledged that it would be self-sustainable by this year, but the university cut it from the budget because it isn’t yet independent. The program, run in conjunction with the agriculture and natural resources college, connects students with local community members through a series of programs that teach sustainable living techniques, such as growing food locally and using bicycles. Agriculture and natural resources college Dean Cheng-i Wei said the programs were “very valuable” and the university wants to keep them running in some form. The programs left uncut would be incorporated into other college initiatives rather than continuing as a part of a separate program. He said the current employees had to be let go for budget reasons, adding student volunteers and employees from other programs in the Maryland Cooperative Extension — the part of the college that runs programs like the Engaged University — would replace them. “There’s no reason to throw

SLIDER from page 1 upgrade them and see what happens, but I’m sure sales will go up once we upgrade them.” The new slider dishes, which will have unique toppings, are inspired by popular culinary trends, including the incorporation of Southwestern and Cajun flavors. “We’ll still have the regular cheese, but I’m working on a roasted red pepper and guacamole trio, one with blue cheese and French onions, and another

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away those programs,” Wei said. “It’s just that the players will change.” But senior environmental science and policy major Joanna Calabrese said firing the creators of the program would be extremely detrimental to the future of the Engaged University, regardless of its form. “The integrity of the program is jeopardized when you eliminate the founders of the programs,” said Calabrese, who is also the director of environmental affairs for the Student Government Association. “To say the programs will still run after you let the directors, the people who know how it all works, go, is just naïve.” Calabrese said she hopes to donate the $5,000 the university received for winning the America’s Greenest Campus challenge last week to the Engaged University. Director of the Engaged University Margaret Morgan-Hubbard said $5,000 wouldn’t be enough to keep them running, but the attention it would generate would likely attract other donors. Already, Calabrese said, her e-mail inbox has been flooded with inquiries from students and faculty asking how they can contribute. “Five thousand dollars is a blessing, and I’d never turn it away,” Morgan-Hubbard said. “People who donate just $5 or $10 are held dear to our hearts.” Morgan-Hubbard said advocates are looking into using the America’s Greenest Cam-

one with fried jalapeños, barbecue sauce and provolone cheese,” Gray said. While many students have not tried the sliders because they prefer their burgers with toppings, others buy burgers because they are a better value. A standard four-ounce hamburger costs $2.89, but the slider trio includes about five ounces of meat with no toppings for $4.89. “I don’t order sliders because you get less food per dollar when compared with the standard hamburgers,” freshman materials science and engineering

As part of their outreach goal, Engaged University started this communal garden which helps local community members learn how to grow certain foods . FILE PHOTO / THE DIAMONDBACK

pus money to turn the Engaged University into a nonprofit organization. “We’re tr ying to look at how we can keep this going,” Morgan-Hubbard said. “The university just glibly says, ‘We’re keeping the Engaged University open,’ but many of the things that excite students and the community are our creations.” Though it is still unclear whether a non-profit is a viable

option, Morgan-Hubbard stressed that she’d like the organization to be affiliated with the university on some level. Thursday, Wei and SGA President Steve Glickman are planning to meet to discuss possibilities for the future, including changing the way some of the programs are run and who runs them. Wei said the programs that are likely to remain at the facilities in Riverdale are the

ones that work with local kids on environmental issues, such as the community garden. The university will decide which programs of the Engaged University to keep based on demand. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Calabrese said. “I just hope students will be able to continue to use the programs, no matter what.”

“I’m not much of a slider eater. ... They just don’t serve them around my hometown.”

“I’ve never had sliders in my life, but this guy I know had them, and he said that the serving size just wasn’t satisfying enough,” McGovern said. “With the burgers, you can buy two, and it’s socially acceptable. With the sliders, you feel like a pig if you order two because you’re going to be eating six individual burgers.” Other students have never tried sliders and don’t intend to drift away from the more classic burgers. “I’m not much of a slider eater,” freshman music major

Ben Hofmann said. “They just don’t serve them around my hometown.” With the upgrade, dining services is also looking to make its burger service faster. “One problem with the sliders was self-sustaining: We wouldn’t start any on the grill because no one was ordering them,” Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple said. “So when people order them, they have to wait a few minutes longer to get their order.”

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major Owen McGovern said. And for hungry college students, the more food available for less money, the better, McGovern said.

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studies major Maggie Skuletich, described the shootings as “a wake-up call to be more aware.� Freshman journalism major Julia Carbonetti said she came to the university hearing rumors of high rates of crime but decided they weren’t true. And even the weekend’s events could not change her mind entirely. “I feel a little bit less safe because of how many [shootings] have happened in the last week,� she said. “I just hope the local police start to crack down.�

force chairman Ira Berlin said. The task force selected at least one course submitted by each of the 13 university colleges. Four marquee courses — science courses designed for non-science majors that inspired the “I�-series model — were also added to the list. The introduction of the “I� series was the first step in overhauling CORE, which the task force will continue to revamp in line with the Strategic Plan, the university’s 10year road-map to increasing its prominence, throughout the year. Earlier this month, Berlin said the committee would consider probable student interest the most important factor in selecting “I�-series courses, while also considering intellectual “weight� and opportunities for student involvement. “We turned down a lot of really good courses,� Berlin said, pointing to courses on Rwanda and metaphysics as examples of promising courses that didn’t make the final cut. Professors whose courses were selected said they were excited but also aware of the challenges ahead. “I really have to blow the students away with what they’re hearing about and who they’re hearing it from,� said engineering professor David Lovell, who will teach a course called “Engineering in the Developing World.� “I was excited and then immediately panicked by the amount of work I’m going to have to do to pull this off,� he said. “I’m really interested in seeing if the students can live up to the expectations of the class,� said urban forestr y professor Marla McIntosh, adding some students might become frustrated with her class, which focuses on environmental issues in urban environments, because it has no right answers. Professor Eric Wish said he is interested in teaching an “I�-series course because it gives him the opportunity to expand a course he has taught as an honors seminar. Students in his course, which he will teach with psychology professor Carl Lejuez, will manage a virtual $100,000 stock portfolio and learn about risk tolerance. Farvardin and faculty members in attendance said they thought all the courses sounded interesting and were excited to see them unfold. “I wish I had the time to attend ever y single one of these courses,� Far vardin said.

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from page 1 believe officers acted against protocol. “There is nothing in any of these incidents that would suggest there was any improper action on the part of the officers,� he said. On Friday, Officer First Class Jonathan Hill shot two suspected shoplifters in the parking lot of the College Park Shopping Center. Hill, who was wearing his county-issued uniform and armed when the shooting occurred, was off-duty and working part-time as a security guard for Rugged Wearhouse. Ellis said it did not matter that Hill was off-duty at the time of the incident because off-duty officers have the same authority as officers on duty, allowing them to carry their weapon and arrest suspects. Because of this legal authority, police officers are required to wear their uniforms when they work part-time somewhere else, as it readily identifies who they are and what they can do. In the second city shooting of the weekend, six police officers opened fire on a knife-wielding suspect at the 7Eleven on Route 1 Sunday afternoon. The man, who died shortly after he was shot, allegedly lunged at a policeman with two knives. It is unclear whether he died en route to or at a local hospital. As of press time, police had not yet released the names of the officers involved. Though investigations into the two shootings are ongoing, Ellis said, there is a certain procedure officers are supposed to follow when determining whether to use deadly force. Every time an officer fires a weapon, he said, an investigation must be conducted to make sure the officer in question followed all departmental guidelines and acted appropriately. In order for a Prince George’s County

REACTION from page 1 Shopping Center were similarly undisturbed. On Friday, the area was the scene of chaos. Dozens of officers descended on the center’s parking lot to investigate the shooting of two people who dragged an off-duty police officer with their vehicle after trapping his arm in the car window. The officer, who was working part-time as a security guard at Rugged Wearhouse, reached into the car to try to stop an alleged shoplifting. But all of the center’s stores were open and operating as normal yesterday. Owners and managers said the shooting had no impact on business over the homecoming weekend. “The only thing that affected business over the weekend was the Terps [football team] losing,� CVS Store Manager Kevin Kusiolek said. “[The shooting was] just an unfortunate situation.� Managers at Cold Stone Creamery and Boston Market agreed. Cora Dwyer, a shift manager at Cold Stone and a student at Montgomery College, said business stayed stable over the weekend, and doesn’t anticipate there

Police cars swarmed the College Park Shopping Center parking lot Friday afternoon after a police officer fired shots at two alleged shoplifters when he was dragged along by their car in an escape attempt. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

police officer to fire a weapon “there has to be an imminent threat of serious bodily harm to either an officer or an innocent person,� Ellis said. Police officers are also supposed to follow a “use-of-force continuum� — beginning with a verbal warning, followed by open hand techniques to guide the suspect. If the conflict escalates, the officer may move up the scale and use pepper spray or a taser if necessary, Ellis said. As the suspect becomes more violent, officers use more force, all the way up to using deadly force — a gun. Both officer-involved shootings in the city this weekend were handled by county police, but protocol for the University Police is similar. University Police officers can decide to fire their weapons “to defend

being any long-term impact. Representatives from Rugged Wearhouse, Jason’s Deli and Noodles & Company declined to comment. While many students have put the events of this weekend behind them, some were on edge as information — both accurate and inaccurate — trickled in. “When I heard about [the second shooting], it was just a couple girls talking,� senior communication major Eric Nathan said. “The girl said it was 7Eleven near Knox and she didn’t really know what happened, she was just talking. I heard so many rumors. I didn’t know what was going on.� Nathan said he thinks a crime alert should have been sent to students to quell the many rumors spreading around the campus. “I just think when there’s gunfire near campus, they should let us know,� he said. “I don’t think it’s up to them to decide what’s important enough.� University Police spokesman Paul Dillon said the crime alerts are used to warn students of potential dangers, not just to inform them about past events. In these cases, he said, police dealt with the situations swiftly and students were not in any

themselves or others when there is reasonable belief that there is imminent danger of death or serious physical injury,� police spokesman Paul Dillon said. He noted it is often a split-second decision. As for the officers being investigated, Ellis said they will be placed on administrative leave with pay, and will then be moved to administrative duties as the investigation continues. Once an initial decision is reached, officers may be able to resume full duties. Ellis said the State’s Attorney office works with county police to determine whether charges should be filed against an officer. Charges are only filed occasionally, he said, noting the

danger at the time. Other students were slightly shaken by the shootings but mostly understood that the police shootings may have been entirely necessary. Many said they would be more concerned about a criminal shooting a defenseless victim rather than police using force. Sophomore biology major Corey Phillips said police likely felt threatened by criminals and lauded their work. “In those kinds of situations, it makes me feel safer,� Phillips said, “The problem is that it happens in the first place.� Some students, like senior American

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on the campus or at bars. “It is a changed community: So many houses have turned into rentals, I don’t believe the amount of people that drive down or walk down my street. I don’t know where they’re going, and I don’t know who the hell they are,� Perry said. “There are so many houses today [in which] I don’t have the slightest idea who lives there.� Although most discussion of student rental homes at

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last time he remembers criminal charges being filed against an officer was a few years ago. That case was against Keith Washington, an officer who was convicted of shooting two furniture deliverymen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; injuring one and killing the other. Washington is now in jail. But cases like Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are rare, Ellis emphasized, adding every situation is unique. He said the bad reputation Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County Police have is unjustified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; response depends on the action of the suspect, and we have to look at each incident individually,â&#x20AC;? Ellis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Police officers do what they have to do to protect public safety.â&#x20AC;?

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both forums focused on complaints, some of the candidates also offered proposals to reverse the growing number of off-campus rental homes. District 4 candidate Marcus Afzali, a university graduate student, said the city should extend the period in which repeat noise violations lead to higher fines from six months to two years. Last year, District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich backed off an attempt to increase it to one year after student outcr y. Afzali also said the city should strengthen its rent-control policies, which would both help existing renters and discourage single-family homes from being converted into rentals. Both incumbents in District 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karen Hampton and Mary Cook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unsuccessfully opposed a rent control measure over the summer. At Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forum, Hampton proposed making it easier to pull a landlordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license for renting to troublesome students as an alternative to rent control. Meanwhile, District 2 candidate Bob Weber, a landlord, said the best way to change the makeup of a neighborhood wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be to punish owners who rent out their properties but to provide financial incentives to landlords to sell off their properties to long-term residents. Many candidates also prioritized increased outreach to students, arguing it could help them better understand city rules and engage them in the community. Cook said she would seek to expand the city staff to include a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mediator,â&#x20AC;? who would have the role of settling disputes without involving city code enforcement officers and hefty fines. Jonathan Sachs, the Student Government Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s city council liaison and the only student outside of

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campus media to attend either forum, said much of the discussion at the District 4 forum took for granted that students are undesirable neighbors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;completely unfairâ&#x20AC;? generalization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that the students who make the most noise stick out and become the rule for ever yone,â&#x20AC;? Sachs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ever yone has good neighbors and bad neighbors, and students are living on their own for the first time, and I think the residents of College Park should give us the benefit of the doubt and help us be good neighbors.â&#x20AC;? Candidates at the two forums also stressed the issue of public safety. Weber and District 4 candidate Denise Mitchell both recalled living in College Park as children without having to worr y about crime, contrasting that with too-frequent burglaries in their neighborhoods today. Candidates also suggested working with the university to expand the area patrolled by campus police in studentheavy neighborhoods and strengthening volunteer neighborhood watch groups. But unlike in a District 1 forum held earlier this month, no candidate called for adding a police force to the city. bholt@umdbk.com


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wo-thirds of college students graduate with more than $23,000 of debt, successful, extending the program to flagship institutions like this university. The four-year track is so much the standard in American academia that nothing and many spend about $100,000 over four years on their college educations. While Congress has passed legislation to increase student aid, else is considered. As freshmen, students here are asked to make four-year plans. even the gargantuan federal budget isn’t enough to pay for every deserv- Very few of them realize that there is nothing stopping them from only taking ing student to go to college. Some critics have been proposing a different solution: three to graduate. This is not a nefarious plot — just a simple reality. But there are a variety of reasons why this reality could change. More and more offering three-year bachelor degrees. The idea isn’t an entirely new one, but in the students are considering graduate programs, and finishing their undergraduate context of the “Great Recession,” it has been gaining momentum. degrees a year early could help them get a jump-start on the Hartwick College in New York state enrolled 16 first-year lengthy doctoral process. If students only took three years to students and 4 second-year students this fall in a three-year matriculate, more of them could be educated. And of course, it program. Those students will save 25 percent on tuition comwould help lessen the load of those pesky student loans. pared to their four-year classmates. They will take 40 credits a Providing a three-year At the same time, the appeal of great universities like this year instead of 30 while still keeping their summers free for track is a good idea one is being more than pummeled by classes and studying 60 career advancement opportunities. However, some other universities offering a similar three-year program require sumfinancially, but students hours a week until you get the magical 120 credits. College is about extracurricular activities, living in the dorms, going to mer classes to make up the credit difference. No professors would lose out on sporting events and parties, and talking with friends late at are being forced to teach more courses than they already are. valuable experiences. night. Those summers off provide invaluable opportunities to Beyond Hartwick, colleges in Maine, Indiana and Alabama go home, complete internships and travel. An intense course offer similar programs. Rhode Island’s legislature is expected to soon pass legislation requiring all state schools to offer three-year degree pro- of study would force students to forfeit some of these experiences. And what if stugrams. In a recent Newsweek article, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) endorsed dents change majors mid-stream, as they increasingly do? There is no way undethe concept. Alexander has true higher education credentials: He was secretary cided students could graduate in three years. This mix of benefits and costs leads to one conclusion: Make it an option. On the of education under former President George H.W. Bush and was president of the state level, some colleges and universities should start offering specifically University of Tennessee. These programs are a fine example of American innovation and efficiency. If a designed three-year programs for interested prospective students. At this universtudent knows exactly what they want to do and has the motivation to complete sity, advisers and professors should let students know that they can graduate in such a rigorous program, they shouldn’t be forced to take a more expensive, three years without pushing the concept on them. The students who are ready for lengthier path to a degree. The University System of Maryland should take a cau- three-year programs will flock to them. The rest of us can take our sweet time tious approach, piloting three-year programs in some of its smaller colleges and, if while we’re on the way to a degree.

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Sexism in the workplace: No more boys’ club [Editor’s note: This is part one of a twopart column.] t’s not easy being green. Or female, as it turns out. Sexism in college life — in everyday life — is bad enough. But ladies? We ain’t seen nothing yet. The workplace brings sexism to a whole new level. To earn respect, you’re going to have to work harder, smarter, faster and better, and do it all wearing heels and a pencil skirt. And guess what? All your hard work earns you a fraction of what your male counterparts would net. Oh yes, that’s right: It’s been documented that for each dollar male employees earn, their comparable female colleagues are paid a measly 78 cents. With similar positions, experience and education, women’s only notable differences are sex and salary. The average woman is deprived of $700,000 over her lifetime as a result. Studies have found that this wage gap is due to lingering perceptions of

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OFFUTT inferiority and to elevated consumer trust in white males as opposed to females or minorities. Researchers also point to employers’ misgivings about female employees, and after all, who knows when they’ll have to take a couple weeks off for maternity leave to have a child? Procreation is such a pain in the ass — apparently the survival of the human race puts a crimp in companies’ quarterly plans. Never mind that while women do traditionally take off extra time when they have a baby, men have higher rates of substance abuse, shorter life expectancies, higher likelihood of suicide and increased risk for numerous other health conditions, all of which affect

work performance and longevity — it’s women they’re worried about. But sex doesn’t just limit how much you make; it also limits how far you go. Ever heard of a little thing called the “glass ceiling”? If you haven’t, you will. Many college women who move on to the working world will find that performance doesn’t necessarily determine pay or promotions. Too often, the upper echelon of business is a female-free zone. In the past decade, females have outnumbered males as graduates with a business degree, but there are still only 15 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. The executive suite might as well have a hand-painted sign on it saying “No Girls Allowed.” Even women who make it to the top are paid on average $40,000 less per year than men in similar positions. The fact is there’s a higher demand for male employees and especially male executives because of perceived, not actual, qualifications and advantages over females. Is there a basis for imbalance in the

boardroom? Sometimes. Historically, men were better educated and more career-oriented than women, accounting for discrepancies as recent as 20 years ago. But now, the tables have turned, and women are leaving the home for college and careers, surpassing men in college enrollment and college-age labor force participation. It’s time for a change, and it’s time for equality. I’m not a raging feminist, but I’m also not blind. The reality is sexism is just as ingrained in our psyches and cultures as racism or other types of discrimination, and it’s just as unacceptable. How do we go about combating such persistent discrimination? Well, research has found that the secret is — wait, hold that thought. Time to fetch my boss’ coffee and dry cleaning. Back next week. Bethany Offutt is a sophomore criminology and criminal justice and psychology major. She can be reached at offutt@umdbk.com.

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ou know, sometimes — sometimes — I have a point. Like in my May 12 column, “Fear the Turtle: More like ‘Fear the Gindes,’” I saw this whole slogan changing business coming, and I made physical threats toward university officials on behalf of my mother if this crap went through. Well, here we are a scant five months later, and the news breaks: The university spent $250,000 — a full-ride, fouryear, out-of-state scholarship plus another $100 grand — to re-brand. And what did we get for all that? “Unstoppable starts here.” Un ... stoppable ... starts ... here. $250,000. I need to collect myself for a second. What the hell? Seriously, what the hell? What the hell?!?!?! This is a joke, right? We’re cutting costs across the board, student fees are

increasing 156,000 percent (inexact estimate), and last time I checked, we were still in the midst of a financial crunch that introduced fun words such as “furlough” into the vernacular. But we dropped a quarter of a million dollars to come up with an awful slogan that no one’s going to care about? This actually happened? Where do I start? On one hand, there are the “university officials” who came up with the whole idea to re-brand and supplant a well liked slogan that few people really had a problem with. They spent money we surely don’t have and outsourced the job to Pennsylvania for absolutely no reason, as we have thousands of students here who would have come up with a new slogan for free. I can only assume the oft-used “university officials” phrase means they’re a contingent of evil robots built by university President Dan Mote to make awful

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GINDES decisions for all of us. Well, university officials/robots: You’re idiots. Idiots. On the other hand, we’ve got the people who came up with the slogan. What the hell were you thinking? God forbid we had a slogan that was unique and novel, so thanks for the additional bland, vague and meaningless “Unstoppable starts here.” What does that even mean? Unstoppable doesn’t start here. I stop all the time. I stop at stop signs or stoplights. What’s so unstoppable about this school? There are plenty of good reasons to

stop. Haven’t you heard the saying, “Stop and smell the roses”? The other day, I stopped and flipped over a penny that was tails-up on the ground (creating luck for the next person). Stopping is great. Can you imagine the chaos in a world without stopping? I don’t want to live in that kind of world. This paragraph was a long and roundabout way to develop the following point: This new slogan sucks. Here’s the rub, like I said in May: All this serves to do is give the university bad publicity. People who would otherwise give money here will now step back and ask, “Is this where my contribution is going? To this horseshit?” And it’s a valid question. There’s a slogan for you: Unintelligible starts here. Rob Gindes is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at gindes@umdbk.com.

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would like to respond to the Oct. 12 staff editorial “Book ’em” and to present an alternative view. The University Book Center receives no student fees. In fact, the book center pays $1.6 million a year in rent to Stamp Student Union. The income from this payment supports the maintenance of the student union and many student services and activities, as well as a portion of The Diamondback’s utility bill. The book center offers discounts to students, graduate students, faculty and staff. In fact, effective this fall, all students now receive a 5 percent discount on textbooks. In addition, the book center has been a great partner with many university and student organizations offering cash contributions, free merchandise and co-sponsorship of special events. The book center is an important member of the university community. It is the only bookstore that provides every single title requested by university faculty members. Its shelves not only contain general biology books but also required books, such as Nucleic Acids: Structures, Properties, and Functions, a textbook you will probably not find on the shelves of other area bookstores. The Diamondback is correct in its observation that the student union requested an increase in student fees to offset a change in the amount of rent paid to the union by the book center. Over the past year and a half, the university was required to rebid the contract for the operator of the bookstore, and much was written as we went through the process. In the end, the rent payments proposed in all of the bids made by potential bookstore operators were much lower than the student union had received in the past. We had expected and budgeted for some decrease, but because of a significant decrease in textbook sales, all of the bids for operation of the book center came in much lower than expected. The student union requested an increase in fees to ensure that popular programs and services previously funded by the book center’s income from rent would be continued for students. Book center operators have worked hard over the tenure of their contract to be good partners with the university’s academic enterprise. They have enthusiastically collaborated with the provost’s office to increase the availability of used textbooks and undertaken other initiatives to hold down textbook costs for our students. As previously mentioned, the book center is required to stock all textbooks regardless of the profitability of a specific course’s requirements. Independent and online book stores, on the other hand, have the luxury of stocking only books that will have the greatest sales potential. The book center is required to maximize the use of used textbooks in order to reduce book costs to students. It also coordinates the textbook adoption process that ensures textbook information is posted on Testudo, providing otherwise proprietary information to area bookstores and online bookstores in order to assure the best price. Finally, I want to assure you the book center has not met its “demise.” It will continue to do as thousands of other businesses have done over the past 10 years: reevaluate its business plan, cut costs when possible and change profit margins whenever appropriate and in the best interests of the university and its students. The book center should not be painted as the enemy — in fact, it is an important and contributing part of our university community. Gretchen Metzelaars is the director of the Stamp Student Union. She can be reached at gmetzela@umd.edu.

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After two heartbreaking ties, women’s soccer turns the table on N.C. State

Erin Henderson at Virginia more than three years ago. Brown’s system is a complex one, featuring a wide variety of personnel groups and blitzing and coverage from all over the field. In its first test at the FBS level — Brown was previously the head coach at FCS-level Massachusetts — the defense was stumped by California. Players missed assignments and were slow to react to the ball, leading to a 52-13 rout. With each week, the unit has improved. Aside from an ugly 35-point first half against Wake Forest two games ago, defenders have stayed with their assignments and the pass rush has improved tremendously. Saturday, in wet conditions that slowed both offenses down quite a bit, the Terps produced a season-high five sacks. They knocked Sewell out of the game near the end of the third quarter with a sprained ankle. The only offensive touchdown the Cavaliers could muster was on a two-yard drive after a Terp turnover on downs. But the Terp defense forced

BY CHRIS ECKARD Staff writer

By scoring two goals in the late minutes of Sunday’s match against N.C. State, the Terrapin women’s soccer team pushed the game into overtime and eventually pulled out an improbable win. For the No. 13 Terps (11-2-2, 3-2-2 ACC) the thrilling finish was almost second nature. Of their past four games, three have gone to overtime. In all three of those matches, a game-tying goal was scored in the final seven minutes of regulation. Although the numbers seem startling, coach Brian Pensky believes the overtimes are just part of the ACC’s parity and it was more unusual for the team to coast through the first 11 games without an overtime contest. “When the conference is filled with such talented teams and so many attacking personalities on these teams, it’s tough to protect a lead,” Pensky said. Of the three overtime matches, two found the Terps on their heels and giving up a late lead. Virginia scored its gametying goal against the Terps in the final second of their Oct. 8 meeting. A week later, Boston Col-

lege scored its equalizer in the 84th minute. In terms of finishing games, Pensky believes there is a lot of work to be done. “We have to earn and gain the confidence to kill games off,” Pensky said. “We have to be compact and have numbers behind the ball and not allow any space for them to play through us.” In both games, the Terps were in a position to win, but both resulted in a tie. It could have been worse. The Cavaliers and the Eagles sucked out all the Terps’ energy and were driving for the game-winner in the overtime sessions. But the Terps were resilient. In Sunday’s match against the Wolfpack, their work paid off. This time, they were the ones on the offensive, tying the game with less than three minutes remaining. “I mean, we would prefer no overtime,” forward Ashley Grove said. “But if we got overtime, it’s definitely our time.” The Terps have yet to lose in overtime, currently holding a 1-0-2 record. But in more than 45 minutes of overtime play, the team has yet to score a goal. N.C. State surrendered an own goal in Sunday’s match. “It takes a toll on our body,” Grove said. “It was really unexpected [against N.C. State]

Forward Ashley Grove scored the Terps’ first goal in the team’s 3-2 comeback win Sunday. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

because we really have a problem scoring in overtime.” Pensky believes the team just needs to keep plugging away, and the goals will come. Against the Wolfpack, he kept the attack-heavy 3-4-3 formation that scored the two goals in regulation to tie the score. Eight of the 11 players on the field for the Terps had scored a goal this season. Pensky’s argument that the league’s parity is the source of the close games has merit.

Only four points separate the conference leader, North Carolina, and the sixth-place team, the Terps. Six conference teams currently have 11 or more wins. “In the N.C. State game we learned we have enough talent and resilience to get two goals late,” Pensky said. “We can’t rest on our laurels. It’s certainly an area we have to sort out.” eckard@umdbk.com

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SOCCER from page 8 netting a hat trick against Duquesne, and has made only cameo appearances in games since. One week after Townsend went down, midfielder Doug Rodkey broke the metatarsal bone in his foot against North Carolina, adding another degree of offensive difficulty for a team that had seemed well on its way to figuring out a blueprint for scoring. Recently, midfielder Matt Kassel and defender Kevin Tangney have been hamstrung by various leg injuries as well. Off-the-field obstacles have also beset the Terps’ progress. On Oct. 10, an inexperienced defense got even greener when Terp defender Alex Lee was struck by a car while crossing a street in Washington, forcing him out of action indefinitely. Still, today the team sits in a very similar position recordwise to last year’s championship squad. The Terps are 93-1 this season. One year ago today, they were 11-3-0. “Everyone’s finally starting to really understand their roles and where we have to be,” forward Jason Herrick said. “I don’t think we’ve played

just one turnover. Meanwhile, the offense handed Virginia the ball four times. “We gotta eliminate the big plays on offense and make more plays on defense, like getting more turnovers and stuff like that,” Moten said. “When we don’t make mistakes and bring the whole game together on offense, defense and special teams, I think you’ll see a different outcome.” Still, as defensive players repeated the mantra of overall improvement, there was little question they had played well enough to win. Several offensive players admitted so after the game. Linebacker Alex Wujciak stopped short of turning on his team’s offense, but the Terps’ leading tackler was clearly frustrated in watching his unit put up its best effort of the season to no avail. “It’s a shame. This game, we deserved to win this game from a defensive side of the ball,” Wujciak said. “Giving up two field goals and a touchdown that started on the oneyard line. It’s frustrating to practice hard all week and play so well and not get any results.” ajoseph@umdbk.com

our best soccer yet,” Cirovski added. “I think we’ve gone through some tough times over the last three weeks both on and off the field, and I think we’re getting better.” The complications have necessitated the surfacing of stand-ins like Young and Torres. Young was one of the team’s most impressive defenders this offseason, but injuries kept him from the field early this fall. Torres was a well-regarded local recruit who struggled in adjusting to the rigors and speed of the college game. Tonight, both will be counted on to ensure that the team’s assorted speed bumps are in the rearview mirror. The Pirates (46-3) have struggled in the competitive Big East, but the same type of injury woes that factored into losses against George Mason and Duke remain painfully present for the Terps. But even with all their ailments, the Terps are building depth and winning games, which should serve them well when they get healthy. “We’re far from the finished product,” Cirovski said, “but we’re making progress to a good-looking team.” shaffer@umdbk.com

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64 career assists, seven away from the program and ACC record. “We feed off of that with each other,” Muracco said. “And I think that just moves all the way up the field.” But points are not the only thing the speedy movement provides. Even if the attack can’t get off a shot on the breakaway, by simply moving inside the opponents’ 25-yard line, the Terps have the opportunity to set up plays and create other opportunities in the circle — and they avoid trading possession in the midfield. Underclassman forwards Puckett, Janessa Pope, Kirstie Dennig and Brigitte Strother help Muracco and O’Donnell speed downfield and throw opponents’ backfields off balance. The Terps can then get chances against otherwise stalwart defenses and goalkeepers, as they did this weekend. Old Dominion’s Kelly Driscoll and Delaware’s Noelle Diana each recorded 10 saves. The Terp forwards try to always stay aware of their surroundings and who has the ball so they are ready to take off, Pope said. But forwards are not the only ones who use their quickness to help the team move up the field. Midfielders and backs also grab opportunities or breakaways and provide outlet passes up the sidelines to the forwards. O’Donnell wants to keep perfecting this movement so the team can speed to the

Forward Katie O’Donnell has recorded 18 goals and 21 assists thanks to the Terps’ fast-paced offensive style . ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

cage even more smoothly. “We have a good connection between the backs and the mids, and the mids and the forwards,” she said. “But now we need to put it together from the back to the front.” The Terps will have to put their fast breaks to use against the dominant backfield of No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday, which allows an average of just .26 goals per game. But Muracco sees no reason the Terps’ game plan would change. “We’re going to keep coming out every day and playing like we know how we can play,” Muracco said. kyanchulis@umdbk.com

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Defensive frustration growing Ivey: “That’s how they won the game — they scored on defense” BY ADI JOSEPH Senior staff writer

Linebacker Alex Wujciak (No. 33) expressed frustration at the Terps’ loss Saturday, despite the defense’s stellar effort. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

The Terrapin football team’s defense provided an effort Saturday good enough to win. Players from both sides of the ball said as much, and given Virginia’s inability to move the ball down field throughout the game, the defenders clearly worked hard to earn that praise. The problem, then, came with the Terps’ offensive output, or lack thereof. Simply put, the offense played poorly enough to lose in spite of the defense’s accomplishments. The result was a 20-9 loss to Virginia on homecoming, dropping the Terps to 2-5 (1-2 ACC). After the game, defenders were left to wonder what more they could have done to ensure victory. In the players’ voices and state-

For No. 1 field hockey, it all starts up top

Linebacker Adrian Moten had two sacks, one of which resulted in a fumble, in Saturday’s 20-9 loss to Virginia. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

forced, but even that play should have been better, Ivey said. The 325-pound lineman fell onto the ball after linebacker Adrian Moten knocked it out of Sewell’s clutches. But Ivey said, in retrospect, had he known how few Cavaliers were in the vicinity, he would

have attempted to scoop the fumble up and run for a touchdown. It’s been 40 games since the Terps last scored a defensive touchdown, which came on a 45-yard interception return by former standout

see DEFENSE, page 7

Despite rash of key injuries, Lee’s accident, Terps progressing nicely Seldom-used players stepping up for No. 9 men’s soccer

Terps’ speedy forward duo creating goals, opportunities

BY JONAS SHAFFER Staff writer

BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer

As soon as the Terrapin field hockey team took possession of the ball, the Terp forwards took off. Katie O’Donnell and Nicole Muracco reached the circle first, leaving many of their defenders in the dust, and after a quick pass from O’Donnell, Muracco buried the ball in the cage. The No. 1 Terps (16-0, 4-0 ACC) scored that goal in their 4-0 victory at No. 17 Delaware on Sunday. But the fast-break setup has been a part of most of this season’s matches, whether it leads to a goal, a shot opportunity or even a penalty corner if an opponent would rather foul than face the Terp attack in open play. “Our forwards are just so quick and so opportunistic,” coach Missy Meharg said. “When they’re moving up the field, we can count on them to make things happen.” The same quick strikes were evident in Friday’s 6-3 win over No. 20 Old Dominion. The Terps scored their

ments, mounting frustration is more and more evident. The defense has been forced to play with little margin for error this season, but Saturday, that margin was nearly invisible. As a result, the Terp defense, even as it has begun to hit stride under first-year coordinator Don Brown, has refused to settle for anything less than perfect. “When your offense is struggling, you can score on defense, too,” defensive tackle Travis Ivey said. “Sometimes, we can take the pressure off them. And we need to do that because other teams are scoring on defense on us. That’s how they won the game — they scored on defense.” Ivey landed on a fumble by Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell early in the second quarter. It was the only turnover the defense

Forwards Katie O’Donnell (No. 16) and Nicole Muracco celebrate after a goal during the team’s 3-2 overtime win against Princeton on Oct. 7. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

first goal on nearly the same fast-break connection, but this time O’Donnell received an assist from Muracco. Less than five minutes later, Muracco scored another breakaway goal off a pass from forward Lindsey Puckett. It should come as no surprise, then, that this weekend Muracco and O'Donnell, the attack’s leading speedsters, moved up the program’s alltime record lists in goals and assists, respectively.

Muracco became the Terps’ career leader in goals with her two scores against the Lady Monarchs on Friday. Now at 76 goals, she surpassed Carla Tagliente's 73 goal career record, set from 1997 to 2000. With three assists against the Blue Hens, including her fast-break flip to Muracco, O’Donnell tied Rachel Hiskins for second place with

see HOCKEY, page 7

More than a month ago, the rout was on at Ludwig Field. With each passing goal from the Terrapin men’s soccer team, the Terps’ batch of second-stringers cleared off the bench. Among those substitutes were midfielder Paul Torres and defender Greg Young, who would venture onto the pitch against Duquesne with the last of the team. Neither registered a shot on goal or a foul in their combined 42 minutes on the field during the team’s 7-0 drubbing of the Dukes. Since then, things have changed. Last Tuesday, Young played the entirety of the second half of the Terps’ 2-1 win at Georgetown after defender Kevin Tangney suffered a leg injury. Friday, he finished the first half in place of defender Kwame Darko in the team’s fourth straight victory, a 1-0 win at Clemson. That same day, Torres got his fourth straight start, and his 70 minutes of action contributed toward a result that kept the Terps atop the conference standings. How far each has come is a story in and of itself, but the duo’s emergence perhaps more significantly points toward the transformation the team has undergone this season. With three weeks until postseason

Forward Casey Townsend is among a group of Terps whose injuries have opened up spots for backups. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

play begins and a clash with Big East foe Seton Hall on their plate tonight, the No. 9 Terps now find themselves battered physically and scarred emotionally — yet winning frequently. “I think with the bull’s-eye on our back and with some of the challenges we’ve had this year, we’re becoming hardened,” Cirovski said. “We’re chipping away and sculpting away into the makings of a pretty good team.” The Terps aren’t alone in their injury issues, but the circumstances of their setbacks have been unique. Forward Casey Townsend injured his left ankle days after

see SOCCER, page 7

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