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City council votes for Book Exchange After two-year battle, developers can move forward By Lily Hua Staff writer The College Park City Council conceded to the revised plan for a mixed-use development at the Maryland Book Exchange site last night. The council’s approval, which came with a 6-2 vote at yesterday’s meeting, culminated months of heated debate and disagreement between the city and developers, and the
presentation of revision after revision of the proposed apartment complex and Book Exchange. The final plan for the complex proved to be enough of an improvement for the majority of the city council members, who had argued the additional high-rise rental would be unnecessary and would clash with the historic scenery of the city’s neighborhoods. The county planning board approved the project See approval, Page 2
Univ. College Democrats, Republicans face off in presidential-style debate photo illustration by may wildman/the diamondback
jan kasoff, who worked as a cameraman for Saturday Night Live for 36 years, has been traveling the university lecture circuit to tell students his behind-the-scenes stories. Last night, students flocked to Knight Hall to listen to Kasoff talk about his fast-paced job. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
Former Saturday Night Live cameraman shares backstage stories with students By Laura Blasey Staff writer Over the course of 36 years, Jan Kasoff watched Saturday Night Live unfold every week from behind the camera, witnessing the show’s highs and lows, its best skits and most entertaining hosts. Since retiring, the former cameraman has been traveling the university lecture circuit, speaking about his experiences behind the scenes at the famous sketch comedy show. Students flocked to hear Kasoff speak in Knight Hall last night at
an event hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists. “For almost a year now we have been planning this event, so we’re really excited,” said Brandon Goldner, co-president of this university’s SPJ chapter. Back in 1975, when creator Lorne Michaels first pitched the show to NBC, the network was skeptical. Why would young people want to watch TV on Saturday nights? But Michaels was persistent, and NBC gave him six episodes to prove them wrong. See kasoff, Page 2
By Alex Kirshner For The Diamondback Just like President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s final debate Monday night, last night’s debate between this university’s College Democrats and Republicans highlighted the ideological divide separating the two parties — even if it wasn’t nearly as heated. Unlike the presidential debates, an atmosphere of cordiality overtook the Prince George’s Room in Stamp Student Union as the two groups debated for 90 minutes on fiscal and educational policy, foreign affairs, social issues and several state ballot initiatives. “We view it as an opportunity to inform students on the issues of this election,” said Tyler Grote, College Democrats president and one of
Helping with the ‘Smart Choice’ Students question Dining Services’ healthy menus
By Bradleigh Chance Staff writer Worried about gaining the freshman 15 with the dining halls’ vast array of cookies and fried foods? Dining Services’ Smart Choice menus hope to help combat that. But after a closer look at the menus, some students question how smart those choices really are. Students often pass through the dining halls not knowing how many calories are in their food or how to maintain a balanced diet, which is why Dining Services employs two students to craft the menus. Diners can find hard copies in the dining halls or print a week’s worth of menus off the department’s website to keep their calorie consumption under control. The menus are created based on what the dining halls are offering on a given day. For lunch today, the menu recommends a buffalo chicken sandwich (without dressing), a half cup of mixed vegetables, a half cup of peaches and 12 ounces of apple juice — a total of 757 calories. The student employees spend about 10 hours a week researching the nutritional value of the dining halls’ menu offerings to create meal plans, as well as writing monthly nutritional articles for Dining Services’ website. And the job isn’t without its perks: The student workers earn See menus, Page 3
alumnus mike mazzarella, who graduated in 2011, will be featured on tonight’s episode of Wheel of Fortune, on which he competed this summer. He was a Testudo at this university, which he said helped prepare him for the large crowd while taping the show. photo courtesy of mike mazzarella
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Former Testudo competes on tonight’s Wheel of Fortune By Laura Blasey Staff writer There is a large zero written on the board in Mike Mazzarella’s classroom at Annandale High School, in Annandale, Va. It’s the end of a countdown, and today is a big day — the day Mazzarella’s Wheel of Fortune episode airs. The 2011 graduate of this university and former Testudo got the chance to live out his childhood
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dream this summer and try his hand at spinning the wheel. “I’m used to being in front of large crowds, and I think Testudo is a large part of that,” Mazzarella said. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t nervous during taping. “You don’t get nervous at home sitting on your couch,” he said. “It’s very nerve-racking when you’re there and there’s actually thousands of dollars that you could possibly win.”
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the debate’s organizers. The evening’s topics were wide-ranging and largely similar to the ones discussed in this month’s Obama-Romney debates and other national races. Rather than delving into too much detail, the students debating stuck to the broader ideological platforms of the parties they represented. One Democratic debater, sophomore government and politics major Ben Kramer, said the choice in this debate — and the general election — is clear. It’s a decision between forward and backward, he said, between moving ahead and going back to unpopular Republican policies. “We can either go forward and continue the See debate, Page 3
He grew up watching the show with his family, and he’s always enjoyed solving puzzles, but he said he never expected to actually make it on air. Wheel of Fortune receives millions of applications each year, a pool that gets whittled down to fewer than 600 contestants through a rigorous audition process. Mazzarella decided to apply online on a whim but said he didn’t think much of it when he didn’t hear anything for seven or eight months. This summer, however, he received an unexpected invitation: He was being called for a private audition in Washington for the show. “Going into the audition, I told him that I had a really good feeling about him making the show,” said Nick Mazzarella, Mike’s brother and a freshman at Hofstra University. Producers pitted Mike Mazzarella and 50 other teachers and military personnel against one another, narrowing the pool with each stage of the audition. First, contestants were asked to introduce themselves and participate in low-pressure simulations to see how they would react on the show. Next, the prospective wheel-spinners took a written exam, which Mazzarella said was surprisingly difficult. And then there were eight: Mazzarella, two other teachers and five military personnel. He said they were told for the show’s Teacher Week — a week of shows featuring only teachers — one contestant had dropped out, and producers were seeking a replacement. Out of Mazzarella and his two opponents, one would receive a phone call that night, and that person needed to be prepared to fly to Los Angeles for an Aug. 10 filming. That night, Mazzarella’s phone rang. “Luckily, it was over the summer,” he said. “I had absolutely no plans that weekend.”
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THE DIAMONDBACK | NEWS | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012
DOTS encourages use of bike racks Students say spaces not near academic buildings; officials plan to add more By Bradleigh Chance Staff writer
MATTHEW POPKIN said he realized during an internship that his passion is crafting policy, and he has been influencing university initiatives through numerous organizations, including the University Senate and the Student Government Association. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
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shared that interest after taking a chemistry-related internship at a government agency. He quickly realized he cared more about the practice of crafting policies than formulas. “At t he t i me, one of my passions was also math and science — I thought that’s wh at I wou ld be pu rsu i ng when I got to college, and that radically changed,” he said. “I liked the creative nature of coming up with solutions – solving the puzzles.” After fi nishing his master’s degree next year, Popkin said he will most likely pursue a job related to energy or environmental policy, “but after that, I don’t know.” But for now, he works constantly to keep tabs on different initiatives working their ways through the pipelines, from the university’s goal to become carbon-neutral by 2050 to students’ push to extend the Good Samaritan Policy to include drugs. “He never sleeps,” said Cory Harrop, a member of the Terrapin Theatre Troupe. Recently, the Senate Executive Committee, on which he serves, soundly rejected an SGA proposal calling for greater transparency and accountability, with several members claiming its wording was offensive and its goals were unclear. Undeterred, Popk i n is work i ng to push each SGA recom mendation th rough, o n e b y o n e . A t t h e c o mmittee’s meeting last week, members approved of his first revision, agreeing to make their public meeting agendas available online. One of the weapons in his arsenal is his sense of humor, friends said. “If he wasn’t able to laugh at things, he wouldn’t be able to keep up with his busy lifestyle,” said Harrop, a senior criminology and criminal justice and philosophy major. His sarcasm complements his seriousness, said his roommate, senior electrical engineering major Daniel Silversmith. “W hen he is i nvolved i n serious things he can be very serious, but he does use his sarcasm to break the tension sometimes and get people to open up about serious issues,” Silversmith said. And though his responsibilities can be stressful, Popkin said, they give him a chance to see how much people care about the campus and this university. Just as he’s taken an interest in sustainability and safety, Popkin said he’s witnessed others equally dedicated to areas such as finance and student groups. “I think it’s an enormous service to the campus,” he said. “Just seeing this kind of commitment and dedication on a regular basis — daily, even — it just makes me proud to walk alongside them.”
Despite starting the day a bit behind schedule, Matthew Popkin walks to his first class Wednesday morning — men’s chorus — smiling and already cracking jokes. “Matthew, can you take the solo this time around?” his professor directs, just moments before the ensemble takes its fi rst breath into the piece. “Sure,” Popkin says, before he sends his voice ringing across the room, straining his neck and sounding out each word with care. But Popkin, the Student Government Association’s speaker of the legislature, is not a music major. The senior is one year away from a master’s degree in public policy with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. “Chorus is just kind of my way to forget about everything that’s going on and focus on the musical present,” Popkin said. “It’s the only time I can relax and stop thinking about work.” So these mornings in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center are just for fun, before a long day of SGA office hours and University Senate and SGA meetings. So is refereeing high-school soccer from time to time and playing racquetball or tennis with his friends. “Matthew is really put together and really organized,” said Stephanie Helwig, a senior philosophy and psychology major and one of his friends since preschool. “He has like a thousand things going on, and he never complains and manages to get it all done.” Popkin is used to working his interests into a hectic schedule — the Rockville native grew up in a musical household. His mother is a member of a Jewish singing group, his dad is part of a jazz trio that frequently plays in downtown Bethesda, his younger brother was a member of the same a cappella group in high school and four members of Popkin’s extended family play jazz piano. “[It] k i nd of r u ns i n the family,” Popkin said. “I was always interested in following what they did.” He learned to play piano himself in the first grade, picked up clarinet in elementary school and started singing and acting in high school. The Terrapin Theatre Troupe formed on the campus in the second semester of his freshman year, and Popkin participated in five of the group’s cabarets and three of its musicals. Those pastimes are often f lanked in his schedule by academics and politics, as he prepares for meetings of the SGA and various senate bodies — including its most powerful committee — and works on promoting political, social and ecological initiatives on and off the campus. His dad also works in the government, but Popkin said he only learned he firstname.lastname@example.org
Some students rushing to class may not think twice about parking their bikes against fences, signs, railings and trees, but DOTS is taking steps to curb the practice. Officials are pushing the use of designated bike racks this semester, though many students said it’s necessary to resort to non-traditional parking because racks located nea r academ ic buildings are either nonexistent or fill up quickly. However, the Department of Transportation Services is working to combat the trend by making racks more visible and gaining student input ahead of installing additional racks. Parking bikes incorrectly not only jeopardizes the security of the bikes, DOTS officials said, but can also create other problems — for example, when students park their bikes on sidewalks and in front of entrances, they block the path for pedestrians, said DOTS Assistant Director Beverly Malone. In addition, locking a bike to a
tree for a long period of time can damage or kill the tree. “The objects students are locking their bikes to are meant to do other things,” Malone said. “The bike is preventing functionality.” However, students said they have to secure their bikes even if space in a rack is not available. “A lot of times, the bike racks are too congested, and a pole or fence is just easier,” said junior journalism major Max Grossfeld. “I don’t see how it could be dangerous.” There are 4,000 bike parking spaces on campus and about 2,000 registered bikes, while most universities provide bike spaces for only about 8 percent of their student populations, Malone said. Other universities with bigger bike programs levy parking fi nes for student and faculty riders who park their bikes incorrectly, she said. If parking becomes more of a problem on the campus, the university may decide to implement some of the same penalties, she added. But fining students for securing their property incorrectly seems impractical, junior individual studies major Reby Silverman said.
“Parking fines just aren’t fair for college students,” she said. “If there aren’t enough legal spaces to lock our bikes, students shouldn’t be penalized for locking their bikes in other, more creative places.” The main reason the university has not cracked down on bike riders is there are a limited number of people who can devote time and energy to walking around the campus handing out fines, Malone said. However, Grossfeld said, fines would not be an effective means of influencing bikers’ behavior — not every bike on campus is registered, so there’s often no way to identify the owner of one parked incorrectly. “It’s already hard enough to park a car conveniently on campus without getting fined,” he said. “Why would DOTS ticket bikes parked on trees and poles? It’s not hurting anything.” Because there are a limited number of spaces near building entrances, the department plans to put in new racks where they’re needed. Officials said they will seek student input and conduct a study to see which areas see the most biker traffic. DOTS has proposed two possibilities for creating
additional spots: adding small racks for individual buildings or large communal racks shared by three or four buildings. In the meantime, DOTS officials began posting pictures of incorrectly parked bikes on the BikeUMD Facebook page in the hope of deterring students from parking in unauthorized locations. Si lverma n sa id students have difficulty fi nding convenient spots, despite resources DOTS offers, such as allowing students to request additional racks and report ones in need of repairs online. “I would prefer small bike racks for each building,” she said. “Sometimes the big bike racks get too crowded, and I have trouble fi nding space for my bike.” However, senior government and politics major Maria Louzon said she hoped DOTS will settle on adding small racks close to each building to ease students’ difficulties. “I honestly only ride my bike to class when I’m late,” said Louzon. “The last thing I want to do is park it in some communal spot, which would even further delay me.” email@example.com
FORMER SNL CAMERAMAN Jan Kasoff spoke about his experiences on the set of the hit comedy show, which ranged from meeting celebrities like Alec Baldwin to witnessing the inevitable difficulties of pulling off a live show once a week. Kasoff, who worked on SNL for 36 years, said he wanted to be a cameraman since he was a child. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
KASOFF From PAGE 1 Saturday Night Live was an instant hit — now, people sleep on the street outside Rockefeller Plaza, praying to get standby tickets. To date, it’s still one of the only shows on television produced completely live. Kasoff said working on the show kept him on his toes at all times, because anything can happen. Kasoff recalled singer Sinead O’ Connor’s infamous 1992 performance of Bob Marley’s “War” on the show. Without warning, O’Connor pulled out a picture of Pope John Paul II and ripped it up to protest sexual abuse in the Catholic church. “I don’t have to tell you, the control room was silent,” Kasoff said. “The phones in control room lit up like Christmas trees.”
APPROVAL From PAGE 1 in February, and though opponents appealed that decision, oral arguments for that appeal wrapped up in July. If council members had decided to once again reject the project, they would have to file a lawsuit to prevent plans from moving forward. The developers will go before the District Council Oct. 30, according to project attorney Michele La Rocca. District 4 councilman Marcus Afzali said though he is personally against the project, those views were not consistent with the city’s well-being.
It’s all part of the stress of pulling off a live show that has been put together in a single week. During last night’s presentation, Kasoff showed video footage from behind the scenes, giving students a peek into the scramble that goes on in the control room during taping. When something goes wrong, there’s often a profanity-laced screaming match between the director and cameramen. “You can’t let your mind drift, you can’t start thinking, ‘what am I going to have for breakfast tomorrow?’” Kasoff said. Kasoff also did camera work for other NBC events — he covered the Watergate hearings, the Sydney and Salt Lake City Olympics, game shows, news broadcasts and soap operas, and he has won Emmys for his work. He knew from childhood he wanted to be a cameraman, and after graduating from New York University, he got a job doing just that for NBC in 1965.
“They say if you like what you do, you never work a day in your life,” he said. “I’m lucky — I never worked a day in my life.” Kasoff said his favorite SNL host is Alec Baldwin — and not just because he thinks Baldwin is funny. Before his SNL days, Kasoff worked on the set of a soap opera starring Baldwin. When the show needed a female baby for a part, Kasoff volunteered his daughter, who went on to play Baldwin’s niece for three years. For years, “Uncle Alec” always made sure to ask about Kasoff’s daughter whenever he was on the SNL set. Another time, Paul McCartney stuck around after a dress rehearsal and played Beatles songs with his band, Kasoff said. Some memories from his SNL days are more sober. Kasoff said he remembers losing fellow cast members, such as Gilda Radnor, Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. He especially remembers the
death of John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982. “I remember saying, ‘see you in September, John,’ and the next thing I hear, he’s gone,” he said. Several students said they were inspired by the details of Kasoff’s eventful career. “Because I’m an aspiring comedian and getting to SNL is one of my highest goals, when I heard about the event through a journalism major friend, I had to go,” said sophomore studio art major Reed Bjorntvedt. Sophomore journalism major Emma Atlas said because she is still deciding what career path to take, Kasoff’s presentation helped open her eyes to possibilities she otherwise may not have known about. “It was a really good opportunity, because I hear a lot in school about writing, but you don’t hear a lot about being a cameraman,” she said.
“It is in the best interest for the city to support this due to the consequences if we don’t,” he said. One of those consequences, council members said, is fostering the perception it’s difficult to gain approval to build within city limits. T he rev i sed pl a n R &J Compa ny proposed last Tuesday by surprised many College Park residents, who had not expected the developers to make any changes the Prince George’s Cou nty Plan n ing Board approved the original plan last month. While District 3 councilwoman Stephanie Stullich said she recognizes there is a need for more student housing and the developers were working
to compromise, she ultimately voted against the proposal. “I still believe this development is wrong for the community and wrong for College Park,” she said. According to the revisions, the complex would discard the original two-story slanted roof design in exchange for a more traditional flat roof, and more brick would replace metal material throughout the six-story front end of the building, facing Route 1 and Yale Avenue. As the building steps back toward residential areas, it will scale down to five stories before dropping down to three stories. Despite some residents yielding to the new revisions at the public city council meeting two weeks ago, many in attendance
last night still disapproved of the complex. As he left the room, area resident Bob Schnabel said he was “disgusted” with the results of the council’s vote. T he Old Town Civic Association of College Park also stated its intent to continue to fight against the complex. The group’s president, Kathy Bryant, said the apartment complex may double the size of Old Town, flooding it with college students and out-of-hand underage drinking, and would stick out from its surroundings. “T he revisions make the complex ‘less bad ,’ but it remains out of place in a lowrise community,” said Bryant.
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mike mazzarella, an alumnus who will be featured on Wheel of Fortune tonight, stands with students he teaches at Annandale High School in Annandale, Va. Mazzarella, who was a Testudo mascot as a student, applied to the show on a whim and can’t reveal the results until it airs. photo courtesy of mike mazzarella
mazzarella From PAGE 1 There are lots of things people don’t know about filming a game show. For example, Wheel of Fortune shoots an entire week of shows in one day and each episode only takes an hour to shoot. Contestants and their families are called into the studio at 7 a.m. Mazzarella said the studio is surprisingly small — especially the puzzle board. He had to read over and sign contracts saying he wouldn’t reveal the results of the show before it aired and that he wouldn’t cheat. Contestants were also briefed on the official show rules before filming. “They put so much makeup on us, I must have had at least four layers of makeup on me,” he said. The famous wheel itself was the biggest surprise of all. Contestants on
the show make spinning it look easy, but it weighs more than two tons. “I gave my full strength for a spin, and it went three-quarters of the way around,” Mazzarella said. The behind-the-scenes look at the show didn’t disappoint his inner child. Rather, he said, it was intriguing to see what goes into production. It almost made it even more exciting. “Just seeing him up there with a huge smile on his face was just awesome,” Nick Mazzarella said. Even more excited than Mazzarella and his friends and family were Mazzarella’s algebra II students. Mazzarella has kept a countdown to the show’s airdate, and his students have been making guesses at how much money he won. Even students at this university who haven’t met Mazzarella are curious about how the former Terp fared. “I haven’t seen Wheel of Fortune in
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years,” sophomore biology major Natalie Flanagan said. “But it’s exciting that someone from our school is going to be on it.” Mazzarella’s gotten guesses ranging from $0 to $1 million. So how much did he really win? He’s not at liberty to say, yet. He’s contractually obligated to keep his lips sealed until the episode airs tonight. “All I can say is, you’ll have to watch the show,” he said.
$8.25 per hour and a meal during every four-hour shift. But students who consult the menus don’t feel they’re balanced. Bryann Baker, a freshman enrolled in letters and sciences, said she questions whether the menu is the best way to eat healthy. “Some meals look unhealthier than others, like the French toast brunch versus the eggs and toast brunch,” Baker said. “As for lunch, only two-fourths of the options on this week’s menu look particularly healthy.” The employees’ responsibilities don’t stop with creating the menus, though. They also respond with preapproved answers to students with dining-related questions and have all of their Smart Choice menus reviewed by Maureen Schrimpe, the department’s certified dietitian. Nadine Sahyoun, professor and director of the nutrition and food science graduate program, took a closer look at the menus and noted while the caloric intake is the right amount for most college students, the nutritional content isn’t as balanced as it should be. For a more balanced diet, the menu should include more whole grains and fiber, along with salads from the diner’s expansive salad bar, Sahyoun said. “I see that the menu contains the minimum recommended intake of fruits and vegetables,” she said. “I would encourage cutting down on the size of the fruit juice drinks, and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and water instead. “The total calories are about 1,500, which is fine for two meals, with the understanding that breakfast and, for some individuals, snacks, should contribute the rest of the needed calories,” Sahyoun said. “The calorie counts are pretty consistent and average,” Baker added. “But the actual nutritional value of the food in some meals seems questionable.”
Sarah Frazier, a freshman dietetics major, noted the menus include a lot of meat products, leaving her concerned the menu plans have too much cholesterol and not enough of other vital nutrients. Frazier also noticed problems with the drink selections and fruits and vegetables included on the menus. “They are confusing veggies that are ‘biological veggies’ with ‘nutritional veggies.’ Yes, a potato is a veggie, but when you put it into your body, it acts as a carb,” Frazier said. “If you don’t know that, you will be eating things like corn, potatoes and lima beans without giving it a second thought. “They have a flavored drink built into every meal — sometimes your body just needs water,” Frazier added. “Flavored drinks are just empty calories that could be used on better things that will fuel your activity better and make your body healthier in the long run.” Langan Denhard, a junior behavioral and community health major, said some of the calories allotted in the menus could be going toward other, healthier foods. “They are wasting a lot of calories with the juice,” Denhard said. “Juices are high in sugar and don’t really have any health benefits.” However, Denhard said she liked the variety of foods the menu suggests. Sahyoun said having a variety of options while keeping a relatively low calorie count is important in any diet plan. “Probably the menu was required to provide a certain number of calories per meal,” she said. “It had to be appealing to people with a wide range of eating habits.” Dining Services stresses the options on the Smart Choice menus are merely suggestions for healthy eating. “It’s more of a guide than a strict rule book,” Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple said. “The idea is to get people looking at portion sizes and help understand that they can eat from any part of the dining hall healthily.” firstname.lastname@example.org
To prepare for the day, veteran baker Robert Guy arrives at Bagel Place at 2 a.m.
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Making a hole in one Bagel Place baker serves up a local staple By Teddy Amenabar Staff writer
Two groups, College Democrats and College Republicans, debated for 90 minutes on fiscal and educational policy, foreign affairs, social issues and several state ballot initiatives in the Prince George’s Room in Stamp Student Union yesterday, at an event hosted by the Student Government Association. christian jenkins/for the diamondback
debate From PAGE 1 policies that, while they haven’t gotten us on the path to economic growth we want at this point, have definitely moved us forward,” Kramer said. “Or we can follow the Romney-Ryan plan, which is almost entirely a repeat exercise of the past eight years under George W. Bush.” The Republican team offered a decidedly different appraisal of the race. Josh Stonko, a sophomore economics major, said his side wanted to give philosophical conservatism a strong voice in the debate. “We’re trying to bring a conservative, philosophical ideology argument to the debate. We believe the government’s going in the wrong direction, and we believe it’s time for reform in both the state and federal government.” Endorsing Obama’s re-election in his closing statement, Kramer said, “We’re presented with a pretty clear choice. We can either move forward or elect a candidate whose policies got us into the mess we’re already in.” The Republican team said the choice
was between two actions: “to progress or regress.” Not surprisingly, the GOP debaters associated Romney with forward momentum and Obama with unacceptable regression. The two sides were pitted against each other on nearly every issue, but there was one exception: redistricting. The Democrats admitted partisan gerrymandering hurts the state, and both sides agreed the implementation of “independent redistricting commissions,” free of political influence, would help solve the problem. Question 5 on the state ballot will let voters decide whether to move forward with a new redistricting plan. Republicans are a political minority in this state, but it was hardly evident at last night’s debate. One College Republican in the crowd, Kerry Ophelien, a senior political science major at University of Maryland University College, said both sides offered “great ideas” and made convincing cases. “Overall, I think both sides did a fantastic job and I would say it was a tie,” he said, but noted the Republican contingent made a more fact-based, numerological argument he sometimes found preferable.
Liberals in the audience offered similar appraisals. J.T. Stanley, a freshman SGA representative, thought there were “fallacies” in the Republican argument but did say the conservatives “made some strong points.” He gave the edge to the Democrats. But the event organizers did not focus much on assigning winners and losers of the debate itself. There were no “instant reaction” polls like the ones taken after national debates, no spin room interviews to sway public perception of the debaters’ efforts. Senior Allison Agazzi, president of College Republicans at this university, said her group’s ultimate goal — along with the College Democrats — in the two weeks before Election Day is to encourage students to vote. “The most important thing, which I guess is a bipartisan thing, is to vote no matter who you’re voting for,” Agazzi said. “You can’t complain about who’s in office if you don’t vote.” email@example.com
Robert Guy takes a while to make a bagel-and-cream-cheese breakfast — about four and a half hours from the moment he steps into the kitchen. Around 2 a.m., Guy drives into the city and unlocks the doors of Bagel Place to start making all 18 varieties of the bagels craved by students and College Park residents alike. According to Guy, there is one secret weapon to withstanding the early-hour shifts four days a week. “Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee,” he said with a laugh. Guy took over as the baker eight years ago after working almost every other position at Bagel Place, receiving only a single day of training for the job. Blasting music ranging from 1940s jazz to Metallica, he prepares most of the shop’s bagels before the sun rises. “I get to come in and listen to music as loud as I want and be by myself for the first four hours — so it’s not half bad,” Guy said. “The hardest part is probably efficiency; training yourself to be time efficient more than anything.” Bagel Place, which opened in 1983, has had at least three owners, according to manager Sean McQuiston. And while being a small business in a college town can be difficult, McQuiston said they have the help of a beloved product. “We have good bagels and that’s something to be proud of,” said McQuiston, who’s been with Bagel Place for more than a decade. “There’s multiple burger places, there’s multiple burrito places, we’re the only bagel shop,” he said. And for a city staple like the weekend breakfast spot, success can rest on the shoulders of the baker behind the bagels. “You have to be really busy the months that the students are around in order to get by the months that
they’re not,” McQuiston said. For Guy, working at Bagel Place was a welcome chance to settle down. He’d previously been moving to Southern Maryland for a few months a year to work construction “in the middle of nowhere.” He later fell into the College Park corner store, with its stacked-up burlap sacks of flour and tables squeezed into every corner, and decided to stay. “I think that we do a little better on service than the big corporate chains,” Guy said. “We try and take care of people, especially regulars that we see every day.” And even coming from work sites, Guy said a major benefit of his job is its casual setting, for example, not having to wear a uniform every day and being able to negotiate personally with his bosses. “I like the more relaxed rules,” said Guy, wearing jeans and a T-shirt. “The ability to actually, you know, sit down and talk to the manager or the owner and try to do a compromise.” While Guy still has a soft spot for everything bagels, he said his love of the meals has waned after preparing them day in and day out for years. The trick, he said, is variety. “I really liked the choices,” said freshman English major Jillian Gaulding, “[It was] a lot different than I expected, not like regular bagels.” Sophomore journalism major Tyler Williams said he has a favorite meal but finds some of the other options lacking. “The Bagel Place is not bad, right, but I wouldn’t say that it’s the best bagel place,” Williams said. “Plain bagels with cream cheese, amazing. Sandwich bagels, blah.” But for some students, the storefront’s location right across from the campus is enough of a draw. “It’s a lot better than diner food,” freshman aerospace engineering major Abraham Converse said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Time to read up and decide on the referendums
onday night marked the end of the presidential debates, meaning President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have to rely solely on stump speeches and ads to win over voters with less than two weeks until Election Day. But many students probably know — and have known — who they’re voting for come Nov. 6. For anyone voting in this state, there’s far more work to be done than deciding who will live in Washington for the next four years. This year’s state ballot is a historic one, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The state’s DREAM Act became the first piece of legislation in 20 years to be successfully petitioned and put to referendum for voters to decide
whether it will be upheld, and samesex marriage followed closely after. But those are only two of the seven questions voters will have to decide on. Full disclosure: This editorial board isn’t ready to state where we stand on all of these issues, which also include a state redistricting plan and allowing a casino to be built in Prince George’s County — we know we need to research and fully understand the issues before taking a stance. And we’re calling on all students and state voters to do the same. If you take a walk outside Stamp Student Union or McKeldin Library, you can see student activists in full swing. If you turn on your TV or listen to the radio, you know legislators and people who are directly affected by
the outcome of these measures are sweating and working furiously to sway voters in their direction. Polls
With seven issues on the state ball, voters need to educate themselves before Election Day, rather than buying into ads. This year’s ballot is momentous and shouldn’t be taken lightly. show residents are largely divided on many of the issues, and the last thing we’d want is for someone to be faced
with one of the questions for the first time in the polls and vote based on the last ad they saw or the confusing wording of a question. Results may very well hinge on a handful of votes, and it’s unfair to people who feel so passionately either way for careless voters to have made a decision based on little more than the 30 seconds they spent watching a commercial or the sign they saw on their way to work. Additionally, it’s important to look at who’s funding the numerous ads, rather than believing them or letting the last one you see help you decide how to vote. By now, you’ve probably seen at least one “Vote against Question 7” ad — the question that would decide whether a casino can be built in Prince George’s County. Many of
the ads argue that the money made from an additional casino wouldn’t go to education, as many politicians have stated, and that it wouldn’t actually benefit the state. But the millions of dollars spent on these ads come from casino owners who don’t want to face competition from Maryland — not people looking out for the well-being of the state. Redistricting and table games may not be at the forefront of most people’s minds, but whether students are interested or not, they will have to vote on these issues in less than two weeks. If you’re going to be faced with the questions when you enter the polling booth anyway, why not know a thing or two before casting your decision?
Privatized solutions to political problems MARIA ROMAS Why does the government get to decide if one man can marry another? Is it reasonable to give a percentage of the population (granted, a percentage that is supposed to represent the whole) the power to decide if a woman can choose to have an abortion? Isn’t affirmative action just holding back different minorities from becoming full, accepted members of society? Social issues have plagued politicians’ rhetoric, election after election. In fact, many voters decide who to vote for based on the candidate’s ideas on these “hot button” topics. But what’s flooring is just how much worth we put into what these politicians think — and subsequently how much power we give them to decide what happens. Imagine if Planned Parenthood were a private company. The government then wouldn’t be able to decide if it’s a venture worth funding. Perhaps Warren Buffett or Oprah Winfrey believe in women’s reproductive health, and would be willing to fund it. Only about one-third of current funding is from the federal government. There are enough people in the U.S. who believe in the value and purpose of Planned Parenthood, and I’d be willing to bet a fair few are rich. But what if there aren’t? Well then, there would be other companies to rival Planned Parenthood. If it were to become a private company, up-andcoming entrepreneurs wouldn’t let it hold a monopoly. Different companies would sprout up, which would ensure prices stayed low. Planned Parenthood (and any potential companies with the same aims) is a plausibly sustainable business idea. Why do we give the government the power to cut funds for the service? Shouldn’t we have more control over what happens with such an essential part of American culture, especially because politicians have proven their ineptitude at doing what’s right? Now, there are, of course, things like abortion and same-sex marriage that are constantly challenged on a constitutional basis. From U.S. Supreme Court cases to state constitutional bans, these issues are often at the forefront of people’s minds when they think “elec-
tion.” But again, why does any part of the government get to decide whether these are allowed? The arguments are often based on a moral or religious basis; at what point do we stop the government from deciding our lives? I’m not saying I agree or disagree with the reasoning behind abortion — but women are just going to find some way to do it anyway. It should be done safely, so that women don’t hurt themselves. As far as same-sex marriage goes: I know my church probably won’t marry two men or two women. But if there’s a church or a court or an Internet reverend that will marry them, why shouldn’t that marriage be recognized? Yes, that recognition has to be granted by the government, but it really shouldn’t be up to the government to decide if that recognition is warranted. The rule should be that if you’re married, you get the benefits. Period. Then we have the issue of affirmative action. I’m a self-proclaimed feminist, and I believe I should have just as much a chance at a job as the man sitting next to me. But I also believe making a company take into consideration the fact that I’m a woman when looking to hire me infringes on my ability to overcome the past oppression of women. The same goes for minority groups. We are all established equal under current laws and amendments — we don’t need more statutes that re-establish our worth. If a boss is discriminatory, but would have to hire you under affirmative action, it’s probably better you don’t work for that boss anyway. There is a plethora of different matters the separation between social issues and state applies to; these are just a few examples. A recent Huffington Post article reported people are considering these social factors as much or more than the state of the economy. When looking to vote this November, take into consideration how you would pick if social matters weren’t a part of the mix — think about what should be a priority in the current climate of our country. Maybe someday we can extract social issues from politics and make politicians focus on what the government is meant to do. Maria Romas is a junior English and journalism major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Reclassifying marijuana LAUREN MENDELSOHN Last week, marijuana activists faced off with a federal agency in a lawsuit that could loosen restrictions imposed upon use of the cannabis plant. This particular hearing at the United States Court of Appeals in Washington was the result of a challenge brought against the Drug Enforcement Agency by Americans for Safe Access, an influential organization that advocates freeing cannabis for legal research and safe medical use, and focused on marijuana’s classification status under the Controlled Substances Act. Before discussing the current case, I must share some background on the Controlled Substances Act. ThenPresident Richard Nixon signed the CSA into law in 1970 as an effort to “get drugs off the street,” but also as a means of increasing federal power through new agencies and commissions. The act stated the government must regulate certain substances and created five “schedules” to classify them based on relative harm, medical uses and likelihood for dependence. The Department of Health and Human Services or the Food and Drug Administration may influence scheduling decisions, but in general the DEA has the final say on clas-
sification assignments. Even when an outside party or agency wishes to change a substance’s schedule, the DEA conducts the investigation, which seems like a conflict of interest to me. The CSA lists requirements for each schedule. According to the act, substances in Schedule I, which includes marijuana, have high potential for abuse, no accepted medical value and a lack of evidence of safe supervised use. (Clearly, this is not an apt fit for the cannabis plant; I’ll return to this later.) Schedule II substances still have the potential for abuse and risk for dependency but have safe and accepted medical uses; this class includes cocaine, many ADD medications and several opiates, such as morphine. Schedule III substances have a less, though still existent, risk of addiction, and are also accepted in medical settings; anabolic steroids, ketamine and many painkillers are listed in Schedule III. Schedules IV and V contain even less harmful and addictive substances, which are usually prescribed by doctors or purchased over the counter. The goal of last week’s hearing, from the perspective of cannabis activists, was to reclassify the drug from Schedule I to Schedule III, which would allow for safer and easier access. They reason that marijuana has been shown to be less addictive and harmful than substances in even looser categories and can provide legitimate health benefits when used under medical supervision. Moreover, the psychoactive compound
in marijuana, THC, is technically already in Schedule III — it’s the main ingredient of Marinol, a medication approved by the FDA. There is no logic in holding the natural form of a substance to a more restrictive standard than the laboratoryproduced version. Earlier attempts to reschedule have been unsuccessful, as federal judges believed the DEA was an expert on scientific reasoning for drug scheduling. Meanwhile, the DEA has maintained a dubious and circular position on marijuana, citing that it is the most widelyused drug in America as evidence it is habit-forming, and ignoring that their own federally-funded and biased studies have failed to find the same results concerning marijuana that independent researchers have found. This time, however, prospects for rescheduling marijuana to a more appropriate class are higher; a combination of recent medical findings, strong in-court performances from the prosecutor and plaintiff and a shifting national view on cannabis should all play in ASA’s favor. Though an official ruling won’t come for months or more, it seems as though the public is beginning to see through the government’s inconsistent drug policy stance. Lauren Mendelsohn is a senior psychology major and former president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at this university. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meaning of the ‘8%’ for Teach for America
his week, you may have seen posters and chalking all around the campus with one simple figure: “8%.” I’d like to tell you what that figure means, and why you should care about it. Only 8 percent of children who have grown up in low-income communities graduate from college. This is partly because college is more expensive every year, and fewer students from low-income backgrounds can afford it — even with loans. But more importantly, it’s because students from poor areas are being robbed of quality education. Even if they’re lucky enough to attend college, many don’t have the basic skills needed to succeed once there.
Meanwhile, 82 percent of young adults from high-income families graduate from college. This disparity is incredibly problematic considering college graduates with bachelor’s degrees outearn their high school diploma-earning peers by about $1 million and high school dropouts by about $1.3 million. The outcomes are clear, and the reality is heartbreaking: Even in 2012, your home zip code can determine your life prospects in this country. Despite what political candidates and news pundits say, America is not the “land of equal opportunity.” But it can be. Poverty and educational inequity are massive, systemic issues. As college stu-
dents, it’s easy to feel like these issues are out of our control or are not our responsibility. But I assure you this is not the case. So, what exactly can you do? Teach For America is an organization on the forefront of the fight to end educational inequity. It recruits highly qualified college graduates to commit two years to teaching in a lowperforming school district in one of 46 regions across the country. It accepts all majors and academic backgrounds, and it’s not a volunteer program. Corps members earn a full salary and benefits, get loan forbearance, a grant to pay off previous college debt or fund future education and have access to several
perks, such as scholarships and benefits from graduate school and employers. In return, Teach For America expects corps members won’t just teach, but will be agents of transformational change in their students’ lives. I applied to Teach For America because the fight to end educational inequity is the civil rights issue of our generation. I know this is something our kids are going to read about in their history textbooks. Don’t you want to be able to say you were a part of it? For seniors, Teach For America’s next application deadline is Nov. 2. The application is available at teachforamerica. org. For non-seniors, there are plenty of
other ways to get involved. For more information about the application or a list of related student groups on the campus, visit the Facebook page at facebook. com /TerpsTFA. As you walk around the campus this week, whenever you see an “8%,” think about the students who deserve better. Think about what you can do to ensure one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Ryan Heisinger is a senior English and history major and campus campaign coordinator for Teach for America. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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orn today, you know how to navigate all manner of situations, and can adapt yourself to change in a way that gives you the advantage over most other individuals you encounter. Some may say that you are rootless, flighty and lacking a solid foundation; others recognize that your ability to be almost anything you choose is derived directly from a core that is solid as a rock and virtually unchangeable. You never worry that others may misunderstand you. What is most important to you is that you understand yourself, and that you are able to function productively in even the most difficult of situations. You are independent yet sociable, strong-willed yet able to do what you are told when it serves your needs. You never feel compelled to rebel just for the sake of it. You can fit in well, and choose to do so in most situations. You are not an erratic individual. Also born on this date are: Kevin Kline, actor; F. Murray Abraham, actor; Moss Hart, playwright. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -You may have to engage in some practices that might otherwise be avoided because they are very near the boundaries of acceptability.
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SPOTLIGHT | TAKOMA ARTS SCENE
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From the woman who’s trying to start a local radio station to the concert venue that features local folk artists and music workshops, Takoma proves that it knows how to foster community By Kelsey Hughes Staff writer “My name is Little Miss Muffet, and I’ll be bringing out the hidden surprises in my LP collection.” Marika Partridge passed the iPhone to a man seated to her right with an encouraging smile. The rules were simple: State your DJ name and a description of your show. No skipped introductions allowed. The man identified himself as DJ Rocket Johnson, and the phone continued around the table, finally reaching the woman to Partridge’s left, at the end of the group of people. “This is DJ OJ, coming atcha every morning for your morning’s fresh squeeze,” the woman said in her best low and smooth radio voice. This exercise — of average citizens adopting DJ personas — was just a sample of a larger project Partridge is leading called “Takoma Radio.” Her goal? To get a hyperlocal, low-power FM radio station on the air in Takoma Park and put DJ power in the hands of the residents. “We want something new for us,” she said. “Not the same kind of voice you hear on the radio.” Low-power FM, or LPFM, broadcasts in a much smaller radius than commercial radio, with about
By Kelsey Hughes Staff writer In the cozy Takoma concert venue known as the Electric Maid, worn couches are placed around the 80-person capacity room. Art lines the walls. On its website, it’s described as a “community living room.” Spend an hour at an open mic event at the venue and you’ll see why. The Oct. 18 lineup featured folk songwriters, a rap/funk trio, one-man a cappella and impromptu vocal solos over drum beats. One band — composed of a percussionist, a cello banjo, an Irish acoustic string instrument and a harmonica — played an award-winning children’s song they wrote about eating snakes (“The Snake Song”) that has more than 40,000 hits on YouTube. The nonprofit venue was created in 2001 as a project of Friends of Old Takoma, a neighborhood organization designed to fight gentrification and
a three- to five-mile range. In 2011, President Obama officially signed the Local Community Radio Act. This legislation allowed for an increased number of LPFM stations across the country, according to the website for the Prometheus Radio Project, an organization which has been helping Partridge through the process of getting a station. The Federal Communications Commission only takes applications for these stations during a certain short window of time and has not announced when the next dates for filing will be, but Prometheus expects that window to be open in the spring of 2013, given past FCC trends. Partridge plans to be ready. She got her start in community radio while living in Alaska. Her father was in the Navy, and her family traveled all over the world, eventually moving to Juneau. In 1982, Partridge helped found a community radio station in Sitka called Raven Radio, which reached an audience of about 5,000 to 7,000 people. She later moved to Takoma Park to work for NPR. In 2001, she left the station, but her passion for radio remained alive. In June 2011, Partridge was at a cocktail party at the Silver Spring civic center when a fellow partygoer told her about LPFM opportunities.
Partridge decided to try to establish a Takoma show, and just one month later, she began monthly community meetings. More than a year has passed since Partridge began preparing. Takoma Radio has partnered with Art For the People, a Takoma-based non-profit organization, and raised almost $4,500. Though applying for a show is free of charge, Takoma Radio will need at least Marika partridgE’S former radio station in Sitka, Alaska, celebrated its 30-year anniversary $10,000 to pay for equipin July, with a parade where staff thanked all their supporters. Photo courtesy of marika partridge m e nt, e n g i n e e rs a nd rental fees for a studio the meeting, she talked about starting projand antenna, among other things. ects for the Takoma Radio website by having On Oct. 1, Partridge held her monthly meeting volunteer DJs go out and interview citizens, with a small group of volunteers who have been asking questions like, “What’s your first involved in the project and discussed new ways memory of Takoma Park?” of fundraising, including events at local venues But she’s also about having fun. She said she’d and restaurants. The youngest two in the group love to get her parakeet on the air. hail from nearby Montgomery Blair High School. “We all need a little silly in our lives,” she said. Pa rtridge pla ns to get as ma ny loca l voices as possible on the air as she can. In firstname.lastname@example.org
promote local business in the Takoma area, according to Jamie Gordon, outreach and development coordinator for the Electric Maid. Located just across the street from the Takoma Metro station, the space has featured a wide range of programs that appeal to the whole community, despite problems with funding over the years. In keeping with the goals of its parent organization, Gordon said the Electric Maid, which is entirely volunteer-run, is involved with holding community meetings and workshops for empowerment and activism. Gordon said the volunteers try to provide as much variety as possible, both in programs and in the bands they feature in the space. “We have some bands that are regulars here, but we actually kind of pride ourselves on the fact that we are always putting on different bands,” he said. “We can be a place for a lot of bands to get their first concert experience.” Over the years, the Electric Maid’s involve-
ment in the Takoma music scene has evolved, Gordon said. Especially at their Thursday night open mics — sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington — there is a large presence of folk singers from Takoma Park, which was once a folk music hub and still garners popular artists in that genre. Gordon said the venue previously saw plenty of Washington hardcore as well. In the future, he hopes to include more hip-hop acts. Electric Maid has also held art shows, music workshops and clothing exchanges among other things, according to booking volunteer and open mic host Joel Pomerantz. The biggest challenge facing the venue, which is funded through concession and ticket sales and donations from concert attendees, is earning money and widening the audience, Pomerantz said. “The music scene, in terms of getting audience for anything, is very, very challenging,” he said. “It’s an uphill struggle.”
Gordon said part of the reason the Electric Maid doesn’t make as much money as it could is that it doesn’t sell alcohol, in an attempt to make the venue an all-ages space. “When you go downtown to the Black Cat or someplace like that, they don’t make money on the shows; they make money on the beer,” he said. Pomerantz said the most significant goal is to get more community input. “We just want to [be] some place where the community can come together and see their goals brought to fruition,” he said. Washington native Novian Haynes, 21, who performs onstage under the name Supernova, said he’s been coming to the Electric Maid since he was 14. He said he likes being involved with the venue “just to see the way the space has changed.” “It’s got everything from go-go to drum circles,” he said. email@example.com
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HAWKS From PAGE 8 Woodberry sa id. “T hey get one chance, and they put it away. That’s what happens when you’re taking 30 shots and only getting two goals. That’s unacceptable.” With the Terps (14-0-1) leading 1-0 in the 59th minute, Lehigh forward James Meyerkord stole the ball from Woodberry near midfield and streaked down the field with Woodberry and defender Kyle Roach in pursuit. Goalkeeper Jordan Tatum came out to challenge, but Meyerkord put it past the redshirt freshman and into the back right corner of the net. The next 30 minutes were filled with near misses, saves from Lehigh goalkeeper Taylor Sulmonetti — who entered the game at halftime — and missed connections in the box. At various points, the Mountain Hawks (4-12-0) had four defenders flanking Sulmonetti and they recorded three team saves in the game. “I wouldn’t even say they were the frustrating part,” Mullins said. “It was more ourselves and the lack of concentration and enjoying what we do best, which is scoring goals.” After being pushed to the brink against one of the nation’s top teams
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in North Carolina just days ago, a repeat seemed improbable — especially against a team that started the season 0-7. Mullins continued to stake his claim as the ACC’s most dynamic playmaker and recorded his ninth goal of the year in the 12th minute. Defender Mikey Ambrose played a ball into the box to midfielder Tsubasa Endoh, who crossed the ball to Mullins at the far post. With Lehigh goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent pulled to the near post, Mullins had a wide-open net. The Terps appeared headed for another result like the 6-0 rout of California on Sept. 2 or the 4-0 triumph at Boston College five days later. But after 45 minutes of play and a 12-1 shot advantage, the Terps’ lead was still just 1-0 at halftime. “It’s tedious in a way because these guys are nobodies pretty much, and it’s annoying because we didn’t come out the way we wanted to play,” Woodberry said. “It turned into a dogfight at the end of the day. It makes the game not fun when you have to play a low-quality opponent and not be efficient in your job.” Once Lehigh tied the game, it brought the defense back and forced the Terps to try to pick their spots to score. Forward Schillo Tshuma put three shots on goal but came up empty. In the flurry before Mullins’
Defender London Woodberry said after the game, “We let the team, the worst team we played all year, hang around for far too long.” 10th goal of the year and sixth gamewinner, a Lehigh defender saved midfielder John Stertzer’s header off the goal line in the 86th minute. The Terps’ dissatisfaction with their performance was obvious as they silently huddled around Cirovski
following their post-game stretching regiment. If the Terps have similar showings in the next two games against Clemson and Wake Forest, the end of a seemingly charmed season could be nearing. “It was frustrating. I think it was
HAYES From PAGE 8 perfect situation for me.” Coach Mark Turgeon offered him the position after Hayes, who re-enrolled at the university over the summer to pursue a master’s degree in education, asked if he could join the coaching staff. After two stints playing overseas, the 25-year-old wasn’t ready to leave the hardwood. “I’m so glad that he is here,” Turgeon said at media day earlier this month. “From day one, Eric bought into me being here even though he played for Coach [Gary] Williams. ... I am in a position to help him become a better instructor, and he will decide over these next two years as he is in graduate school if coaching is something he really wants to pursue.” A typical coaching day for Hayes consists of responding to any team requests, or as he calls it, being the “yes man.” That includes looking over film, aiding in drills, attending practice early or staying late
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frustrating for the players. It was frustrating for the coaches,” Cirovski said. “I think it was going to be a concentration challenge tonight from the beginning, and we didn’t meet it.” email@example.com
to help players work on their shooting or passing. Those skills were widely regarded as Hayes’ specialty. The Woodbridge, Va., native scored 1,201 points over his four-year Terps career and fi nished with the sixth-most assists in program history. Hayes attributes those stats to the same person responsible for getting him interested in coaching: his father, Kendall. “Everything I know from basketball really came from him,” Hayes said. “From a young age he was teaching me the proper fundamentals [like] how to shoot, how to pass [and] how to dribble. I really learned everything from him and whenever I have a question, that’s who I go to fi rst.” Not only did Kendall teach Hayes the game as a child, but he also coached him at Potomac High School in Dumfries, Va. Kendall helmed the boys varsity team for 21 years, leading the Panthers to four state championship appearances and one Group AAA title before stepping down in 2006 to attend his son’s college games.
“He taught me how to be a man,” Hayes said. “He lived the right way, he’s a devoted Christian and so am I. I’ve just learned that lifestyle from him, just to be a good person.” Kendall Hayes returned to Potomac in 2009 and started coaching his daughter Hannah’s girls varsity team. He stepped down in July 2011, less than a year before Hayes began his own coaching career. “For right now, I’ve taken reins over the coaching in the family,” the younger Hayes said, “but he’ll always be the best coach in the family in my view.” Hayes still m isses his playing days, though. After playing professionally in Spain and Lithuania and a brief stint in the NBA D-League, he considers himself retired. “[College] was the best four years in my life and the best four years of basketball of my life,” Hayes said. “So I’ll always miss it, but I’m happy to be back here and be a part of it in a different way.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Running back Wes Brown rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 25 carries in a 20-18 loss to N.C. State. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
NOTEBOOK From PAGE 8 game-winning field goal attempt. “We have full confidence in Devin and Caleb,” defensive end A.J. Francis said. “Hopefully, they can stay healthy.”
BROWN TO START Edsall and Wes Brown didn’t quite see eyeto-eye this week. Three days removed from the freshman running back’s 121-yard, one-touchdown showing against N.C. State, Brown learned yesterday Edsall had named him the team’s starter for Saturday’s matchup at Boston College. Brown called the news “surprising.” After all, he felt sick over a fourth-quarter fumble that cost the Terps precious minutes in the 20-18 loss to the Wolfpack. To him, the blunder overshadowed the heroics behind the Terps’ first 100-yard rushing performance this season. It didn’t matter that he was nursing a torn labrum and was listed as questionable against N.C. State. It didn’t matter that he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line. “No,” Brown said when asked if he earned the start for the following week at Boston College. “Not at all.” Edsall didn’t agree. After reviewing Brown’s
EAGLES From PAGE 8 winning the back-and-forth set, 25-20. “We probably shouldn’t have been in that position [d o w n 0 -6] ,” c o a c h T i m Horsmon said. “American’s a great team, they’re always well coached, so they’re going to get some of those points. We need to play a little bit cleaner
full body of work this season — he leads the Terps with 4.7 yards per carry — he reached the seemingly logical conclusion that the Good Counsel High School product had earned his fi rst collegiate start. “Coming off that injury, Saturday’s game, it just allowed us to get him some more work,” Edsall said. “Sometimes it’s going to open up where the running back or the quarterback will benefit, based on the defense. Wes can have that kind of production with Devin or without Devin.”
CREATING DEPTH With only two healthy quarterbacks remaining on the active roster, the Terps will begin working out other players at quarterback in case an emergency arises. Freshman linebacker Shawn Petty and freshman tight end Brian McMahon — two former high school quarterbacks — will be the fi rst Terps to get that opportunity. Petty earned fi rst-team All-Met honors at Greenbelt’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School last year, while McMahon threw for 1,289 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season at Atholton High School in Columbia. “You always have to have a plan for the ‘what ifs,’” Edsall said. “You work with what you have to go out and win the game.” email@example.com
at the beginning of that set.” The Terps took care of those issues in the third set, though, committing just four errors in a 25-21 victory. Through it all, Crutcher was the key. She was particularly efficient throughout the match, committing just two errors and compiling a .400 hitting percentage en route to her 14 kills. But unlike in most of the team’s previous six losses, Crutcher had some help last night.
Outside hitter Mary Cushman notched 10 kills in her second contest back after missing seven straight matches with a concussion. Freshman defensive specialist Amy Dion, who has played sparingly this season, moved to libero last night and contributed a matchhigh 16 digs. “It’s a big change from not playing to getting this chance,” Dion said. “It’s a huge opportunity to be on the court and I love it.”
BROCK From PAGE 8 Collins said. “Missing Hayley up top really was a struggle.” Freshmen Gabby Galanti — who started the game — and Alexis Prior-Brown fi lled the empty forward spot Sunday, but neit her h a s t he sa me amount of experience as Brock. The two rookies have combined to play just 903 minutes this season — Brock has played 1,036 — and they have only two goals between them. “We have some talented kids,” Morgan said. “We have some kids that are capable of replacing her, and now they have to step up and grow up. I feel like Gabby went for it today, but we still need to get more out of her.” Despite their talent, the forwards’ relative inexperience was evident in the Terps’ performance. Galanti and PriorBrown played a combined 90 minutes in the contest, but
neither recorded a shot. “ E x p e r i e n c e i s e v e r ything,” defender Domenica Hod a k sa id. “It’s a whole different game when we only have two sen iors, me a nd [midfielder Olivia Wagner], on the field.” Brock ranks fifth in both goals and points and seventh in assists in the ACC, and she leads the Terps in each of those
categories. Without her help Sunday, though, the team will have to fi nd someone to fi ll the void on offense. “Hayley is always a threat,” Morga n sa id . “ W henever she touches the ball, she’s a threat to score goals. Now, especially this weekend, we just need to adjust.”
And unlike what happened i n t h e i r s i x-g a m e l o s i n g streak — where injuries forced Horsmon to feature makeshift lineups — Dion’s emergence and Cushman’s return gave the team flexibility. Dion’s presence gave starti ng l ibero Sa ra h Ha rper a chance to move around the floor and shore up a defense that pressured the Eagles into 18 total errors, and Cushman’s contributions allowed setter
Remy McBain (21 assists) to return to her role as the team’s primary passer. “It’s good to get some of these girls back on the court and to get in a little bit of a groove,” Horsmon said. “There were some good things in there.” Still, no player on the court matched Crutcher’s performance. Through 23 matches, the sophomore’s 3.60 kills per set rank No. 3 in the ACC and have kept the Terps afloat while
dealing with injuries and inconsistent play. And with Crutcher taking the lead last night, the team fi nally pieced together its fi rst victory-worthy performance of the month. “We were taking care of some little points, which killed us a little in past games,” Crutcher said. “It feels really good to get some confidence back.”
Forward Hayley Brock, whom the ACC suspended for two games for her role in a fight against Miami on Thursday, leads the Terps with 10 goals this season. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
STATLINE Terps men’s soccer forward Patrick Mullins’ performance in a 2-1 win vs. Lehigh last night
Shots on goal
“It’s like the old mule that fell in the old well with no water in it. The farmer doesn’t know how to get him out of there, so he figures he’ll just cover the hole up. ... he starts throwing dirt down there ... and before you know it, there’s enough dirt and he’s at the top.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY Randy Edsall Terps football coach
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Edsall still undecided at QB Brown to start at running back; Terps create depth on offense By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer Randy Edsall has spent much of his second season with the Terrapins football team discussing the importance of being ready to play. When a rash of injuries plagued his young squad throughout the early part of the schedule, the plainspoken coach simply leaned on his next-man-up philosophy. He viewed it as an opportunity for players to prove their worth, for an inexperienced group to unite amid mounting adversity. So when freshman Perry Hills
starter after Thursday’s practice, but is uncertain whether he’ll make his decision public before facing the Eagles. “They are both guys I trust, our guys trust and our players trust to be able to do the job and do it effectively,” Edsall said. “We’ll put a plan together knowing either one of those guys could go in the game and play at any given time.” The Terps’ plan will likely depend on the team’s needs throughout the game. Burns, a former wide receiver who volunteered to switch to his high school position when C.J. Brown went down in August, is the better runner
became the Terps’ second starting quarterback Saturday to suffer a season-ending ACL tear this year, the coach did what he’s done all season. He moved down the depth chart. “I’m not panicked, I’m not upset, I’m not frustrated,” Edsall said yesterday. “You just roll with the punches.” Exactly what that means remains unclear, however. Edsall listed sophomore Devin Burns and freshman Caleb Rowe as co-starters at quarterback on the team’s depth chart on Monday, and has yet to provide any indication of who will start at Boston College on Saturday. He said he hopes to know the
Quarterbacks Caleb Rowe (left) and Devin Burns will compete to start at quarterback for the Terps at Boston College on Saturday. Edsall said he likely wouldn’t name the starter until at least Thursday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback of the pair. The Columbus, Ga., native used his speed to help the team total 165 of its 206 rush yards in the second half against N.C. State. Rowe, whom Edsall had previously hoped to redshirt this year, will likely
be used when the Terps want to open up the passing game. In the first four snaps of his collegiate career Saturday, he did his part to set up a potential See NOTEBOOK, Page 7
Crutcher helps end loss streak Soph. totals 14 kills as Terps beat American By Aaron Kasinitz Staff Writer
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you didn’t want to have.” Staring at a 30-6 shot advantage and 12-3 advantage in corner kicks, the Terps felt like they came up empty. “We let the team, the worst team we played all year, hang around for far too long,” defender London
high in the air early in last night’s match, swung her right arm forward and punished the ball over the net for a kill, clinching a first-set victory for the Terrapins volleyball team. The moment the outside hitter landed on the floor, she screamed, turned to her bench and shot an exuberant grin toward her celebrating teammates. That smile didn’t leave the sophomore’s face all night. It never had to. Crutcher tallied a match-high 14 kills last night as the Terps finally put together a complete showing, ending their sixmatch losing streak with a 3-0 victory at American. “Today we really worked hard, we played together, played for each other, and it defi nitely showed on the court,” Crutcher said. “It feels really good.” The win is the Terps’ (11-12) first since Sept. 30, but the Eagles (15-9) didn’t make it easy. After Crutcher’s kill ended the fi rst set with a comfortable win for the Terps, American scored the fi rst six points of the second frame. But the Terps responded. They went on a 7-0 run of their own, eventually
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Forward Patrick Mullins celebrates after scoring his first goal in the Terps’ 2-1 win over Lehigh at Ludwig Field last night. He also notched the game-winning tally late in the second half. charlie deboyace/the diamondback
mullins plays hero in victory Despite surprisingly stingy Lehigh defense, forward notches two goals to lead Terps in 2-1 win
By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer As an unseasonably warm evening at Ludwig Field cooled last night, the vast green expanse in front of the Lehigh goal shrank and shrank. Soon enough, the Terrapins men’s soccer team wasn’t facing a green penalty box anymore. It was brown
with Mountain Hawks players cramming the front of the goal, desperately trying to make the trek back to Bethlehem, Pa., with a draw against the nation’s top team. But as the No. 1 Terps did Friday night against then-No. 2 North Carolina, Oct. 12 at Duke and Oct. 9 against Rutgers, they found a way to win. Forward Patrick Mullins
scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 88th minute, to power the Terps to a 2-1 victory over Lehigh and match their best start in program history. “We’ve seen a lot of this,” coach Sasho Cirovski said. “You get everybody’s best shot. We rose to the occasion Friday in a big way, and I just think this was the hangover that
Brock’s suspension leaves hole in lineup Terps will play ACC quarterfinals without star By Erin Egan Senior staff writer Hayley Brock was in no hurry to leave Ludwig Field Thursday night. It didn’t matter that she had just been part of a brawl against opposing Miami. It didn’t matter that the referees had given her a red card and ejected her from the game. And it didn’t matter that the Terrapins women’s soccer team’s bench was pleading for her to get off the pitch. Brock just wanted to keep playing. But after what happened Thursday, she knows she can’t. The ACC suspended the forward for two games, so Brock won’t be able to play again until Nov. 2. She already missed the team’s 1-0 loss to No. 1 Florida State on Sunday. Now, the No. 9 Terps will have to prepare for Sunday’s conference tournament opener knowing they’ll
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be without their top offensive threat. “It’s certainly a loss,” coach Jonathan Morgan said Sunday. “Hayley brings experience. She brings pace and physicality and a work ethic that’s hard to replace.” The junior also brings a penchant for making plays on offense. Brock’s 42 shots, 10 goals and six assists are all team highs for the Terps, and she leads an attack that ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring. The team felt her absence Sunday. With Brock out of the lineup, the Terps struggled to make any headway on offense. They totaled just six shots on the afternoon, losing their second consecutive game for the first time all season. “I think missing a key player like Hayley, you can tell your team chemistry was off,” defender Shannon See BROCK, Page 7
Back where he belongs By Eric Garland For The Diamondback Eric Hayes set foot on Gary Williams Court wearing his Terrapins men’s basketball gear for one of the first times in more than two years Saturday. But rather than hitting his trademark threepoint shots, Hayes sat on the bench and watched the Terps scrimmage. It’s part of his new job as a graduate assistant coach. Much has changed in College Park since Hayes helped lead the Terps to a share of the 2010 ACC regular-season title his senior year. There’s a new coach, a new athletic director and even a new team logo. Yet it’s still the same university where he developed lifelong friendships, the same school he grew up rooting for as a child. “I love it,” Hayes said of his new role. “It’s the
Former guard Eric Hayes returned to the Terps this season as a graduate assistant coach. He’s also pursuing a master’s degree in education. file photo/the diamondback
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