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University progresses on East Campus planning By Quinn Kelley Senior staff writer At long last this spring, the university should break ground on East Campus, a planned town center across from the campus. The project, which would include graduate student housing, restaurants, a hotel and retail, had been in discussions for about a decade before a budget crisis brought planning to a halt two years ago. Originally slated for completion in 2010, the East Campus project picked up speed last year when officials began relocating services to the Severn Building and other facilities . “Some days it seems like it’s not going as quickly as we all hoped, but the progress is measurable and each day we get a day closer,” Facilities Management Associate Vice President Carlo Colella said, who added

Students struggle to stay on top of private loan repayments By Jim Bach Senior staff writer

“The private sector is trying so hard to make income on whatever loans they make,” said finance professor Elinda Kiss. “They may not be forgiving of the fact that some students don’t have jobs or don’t have high-paying jobs and therefore cannot afford to make the payments on their loans immediately upon graduation when they’re due.” Unlike private loans, those issued by the Department of Education offer borrowers more options in deferring and postponing payments when they face financial hardship. But Gina Cairney, a recent journalism graduate who took out both private

In the midst of post-graduation life, many borrowers have to find ways to repay their student loans. But some relying on private banks have been confused and lost when it comes to staying on top of their debt. Nearly 3,000 recent borrowers have filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming private lenders provide bad service, confusing terms and unforgiving repayment options, according to a report released by the agency last week.

and federal student loans, said she felt her private lender gave her clear terms of repayment and noted she hasn’t had any problems so far. “I think my bank did a pretty good job when I applied for the loan,” Cairney said. “When I started getting closer to repayment, they sent me a letter two months in advance telling me, ‘Hey, your loans are going to go into repayment soon, this is what your estimated repayment will be.’” Despite the many complaints the CFPB has received, Cairney said the See loans, Page 3

- Government loans provide long-term benefits, including better preparing people for the workforce. - Private loans hold people more accountable in repayment. - The government is spending more money than it can afford on loans, fueling rising tuition prices and creating a perpetual cycle of increasing costs.

By Bradleigh Chance Staff writer Visitors unfamiliar with the campus may assume all Stamp Student Union has to offer in food and entertainment is right before their eyes as they enter — a coffee shop, a food court and a movie theater. Others venture a little farther. Tucked away on the bottom floor is TerpZone, complete with a necessary fueling station to support students’ billiards and bowling nights: Subway. While it’s hidden away in the depths of Stamp, the secluded center is bringing in more business than in past years from students looking for active fun and healthy food, officials said. “The smell of the bread baking brings people in,” said Joseph Mullineaux, Dining Services senior associate director. “It’s also a combination of it being a good value and a healthy choice — very popular among college demographics because everything is custom-made your way.” This semester, Subway expanded its

Section of $1.9 mil water line fails routine pressure test By Savannah Doane-Malotte Staff writer

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The report has illustrated a divide over whether students should use federal or private loans. The arguments include:

TerpZone sees increased business, students playing games more often

Officials retesting new pipes

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Borrowers have filed nearly 3,000 complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, citing poor service and confusing repayment terms, according to a report released last week.

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After newly installed pipes in a $1.9 million university water line project failed a routine pressure test, Facilities Management officials told the construction company overseeing the project to dig up and test the remaining pipes to bring them up to university standards. Replacing the century-old water main, running 1,300 feet from Fraternity Row, under Route 1 and up Chapel Drive toward Morrill Hall, has been in the works since July 2012. The extremely aged pipes were on the brink of bursting last year, leading the university to make the complete water line testing a top priority. According to Facilities Management Associate Vice President Carlo Colella, the water lines come in racks of 20 feet and are connected by bolts, which must be tightly secured to protect against leaks. When the contractors conducted a pressure test several weeks ago, they discovered a loose bolt in one of the joints. The contractor then attempted to troubleshoot the problem and tested the pipes a second time, where the bolts’ sturdiness failed again. Erring on the side of caution, Facilities Management demanded the company reinspect all of the boltage links, tighten them then retest the pipes, a process that was nearly complete by last week. “It’s the contractor’s responsibility to make sure the pipes pass these

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terpzone has brought in more business than in past years, said Joseph Mullineaux, Dining Services senior associate director. Subway expanded its options by offering breakfast on weekdays, and more students have been using bowling lanes and pool tables. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

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An unlikely solution University researchers work with UMB officials to develop brain tumor solution By Fatimah Waseem Staff writer After carrying out a frustrating brain surgery in January of 2008, neurosurgeon J. Marc Simard found himself sitting in a cafe, contemplating a problem. Deep-tumor brain surgeries were complex and unguided — some picked up too much brain material while others picked up too little, he thought. A few tables away from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, researcher sat two other scientists: university mechanical engineering professor Jaydev Desai and UMB diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine professor Rao Gullapalli.

They met, and over cups of coffee and the collision of two worlds — the medical-heavy UMB and this engineering-heavy university — they discussed potential solutions. “We needed something that we can prop into the brain and clean everything up — we needed a worm,” Gullapalli said. “He explained his problems; we had the solutions — this is how brilliant ideas come up in strange ways.” The idea for MINIR, the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Intracranial Robot, which is about as long as a Band-Aid, was born. Two years ago, the scientists began applying

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deep-tumor brain surgeries have posed a challenge for scientists, but university researchers teamed up with UMB officials to develop a minimally invasive robot that is as long as a Band-Aid. photo illustration by caroline amenabar/the diamondback

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THE DIAMONDBACK | NEWS | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

Library storage facility in Greenbelt to hold documents, special collections University renovating portion of Severn Building with $6.6 mil in state funds By Savannah Doane-Malotte Staff writer Seldom-used documents from university libraries will have a new permanent home by 2015 with the opening of a $6.6 million storage facility on Greenbelt Road. The state-funded project will be located inside the universityowned Severn Building, which is a mile off the campus. The university will renovate 22,000 square feet within the building in order to transform it into a document conservation space, according to Bill Olen, capital projects director. “The facility will function for long-term storage, which means we will use utilities such as temperature control,” he said. “The books and documents will be preserved better than other places, where the temperature is not regulated

and people are touching them a lot of the time.” The project is still in its design stages, but is set to begin construction September 2014 and end September 2015, if the state funds are available at that time, Olen said. The project has been in Facilities Management’s Capital Projects budget for a few years but became a more pressing need once the university was no longer able to rent room for the volumes in Johns Hopkins University’s storage space, according to Facilities Management Associate Vice President Carlo Colella. Two years ago, when the u n iversity pu rchased the Severn Building in Greenbelt, the former site of the Washington Post Co. printing plant, there was fi nally space and means to build a Remote

Library Storage Facility. “The Severn Building is very well-suited for this function,” Colella said. “We saw an opportunity to build this facility near our campus, which in turn makes it less costly.” Moving the documents and archives will free up space in McKeldin and Hornbake libraries, creating more opportunities for student work and study spaces in an effort to modernize the campus’ libraries to “reflect the services that students need,” Libraries Dean Patricia Steele said. “T he natu re a nd use of l ibra ries have d rastica l ly changed,” she said. “Historically, libraries have been book depositories, but now the use of books and other resources has been decreasing.” Slated to hold more than two million documents, the facil-

“The nature and use of libraries have drastically changed.” PATRICIA STEELE

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ity will not be public, though students will have the ability to request needed documents a nd have them copied for their use. The space will have 35-feet-tall shelves to store books, archives, documents, journals and special collections, among others. “This will give a place for special collections — we won’t have to worry about where to put them anymore,” Steele said. “I think that in the future, special collections will be very unique and will define University of Maryland libraries.” newsumdbk@gmail.com

Pipes From PAGE 1 tests,” Colella said. “Before the university can use these pipes, testing is required to make sure they’ll work correctly.” There is no defi nitive completion date for the construction, according to Capital Projects Director Bill Olen, though he said the project is ahead of schedule despite the added inspections. Retesting the pipes is not a university expenditure, Colella said. Companies conduct pressure tests by filling the pipes with their maximum water supply and observing whether any of the joints in the system spring leaks. All projects concerning pipes must undergo this type of testing for the university to approve their use. The campus has recently experienced other pipe-related troubles, including the water line break in Denton Community Monday that left Denton and Elkton halls without water for about six hours and another break Tuesday that affected hot water

east From PAGE 1 the project will take up about 22 acres. The recent lull in updates on the project is not a result of another stand-still — Administrative Affairs Vice President Rob Specter said officials are continuing their work moving facilities from the East Campus site’s north side and expect plans to progress further within a year. “We’ll see dirt moving yet this year on East Campus,” Specter said. After the university wraps up negotiations with project developer Cordish Companies, which Specter said could happen in a matter of weeks, university officials will seek approval for the project from the Board of Regents. The university has so far committed millions of dollars to

construction on Water lines, a $1.9 million project to replace the water main running from Fraternity Row to the campus toward Morrill Hall, is ahead of schedule, despite requiring additional testing due to some sections failing routine pressure tests. charlie deboyace/the diamondback in Dorchester, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s and St. Mary’s halls. Facilities Management officials said there is no obvious relationship between all of the pipe fractures. According to Olen, defining the prevalence of these types of mistakes is difficult. “It’d be ha rd for me to say how often these things happen,” he said. “However, we do have procedures in place to review and make sure that

the work is acceptable.” Freshman business major Dale Park said the project is continually disruptive to students and staff alike on South Campus, as many sidewalks have been closed as a result of the construction. “The construction is definitely an inconvenience,” he said. “I have to leave at an earlier time for class so that I won’t be late, because finding an open sidewalk to use can be difficult.” Freshman government and

politics major Serena Doan agreed the construction is an inconvenience, but added students should trust the work of the university despite the recent pipe ruptures. “Personally, I’m confident in the university workers,” she said. “They’re the professionals, and I’m not. I don’t know what’s going on, but if there’s a problem, I’m sure they can take care of it.”

the project — at least $27 million to relocate facilities, along with $5 million from the state — but Specter said there have not been any further developments in securing funding. A public forum is scheduled for November, likely before Thanksgiving, to update faculty, staff and students, and administrators will present their progress to the College Park City Council in late fall or early winter. The last public forum on the project was in 2010. “I think it’s really important that we re-engage the students, faculty and staff,” Specter said. “I think it’s important that we reach out again.” Over the summer, the university moved the Shuttle-UM site to Paint Branch Drive, near the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, and relocated the campus mail facility, according to Colella. By

the end of the semester, motor transportation services will be relocated to two recently renovated areas, he added. Most facilities in the area should be in their new locations by April, with the exception of one smaller building whose function will move a few months later, Specter and Colella said, clearing up about 11 acres. University President Wallace Loh has said developing the area across from the campus is necessary to make the city a top-20 college town. But before College Park achieves that status, university and city officials will continue their push for other major initiatives, such as the addition of the Purple Line — a proposed $1.7 billion light-rail train that would connect Montgomery and Prince George’s counties — and the creation of the College Park Academy Public Charter School.

Prince George’s County District 3 Councilman Eric Olson said although he would have liked to see the project start sooner, the economic downturn delayed plans across the board. “Four years ago, we were in good shape to get things going, but then the economy soured,” he said, adding he is optimistic about officials’ pace. “Everything I’ve been told by the university is that they will be moving dirt in the spring, and so I believe that that will happen.” Colella said he was satisfied with the progress given the magnitude of the university’s undertaking. “I’d say that we’d hope it would go a little bit faster, but it’s moving steadily and I’m very optimistic that we’ll have a redeveloped East Campus in the near future,” he said.

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MORE ONLINE Food Day at Maryland Although Food Day— a national celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainable food — technically ended yesterday, this university decided to turn the festivities into a weeklong affair. “Food Day is supposed to be a celebration, and kind of a call to action for everybody on campus and across the nation about issues related to food,” said Allison Lilly, sustainability and wellness coordinator. To celebrate, university officials held a festival in conjunction with The Farmers Market at Maryland in front of Cole Field House yesterday, featuring three musical acts, including a harpist. Dining Services staff brought 100 boxed lunches containing jerk-spiced Alaskan Pollack soft tacos, which sold for $6.75 each. The dish, created by chef John Gray, contained butternut squash, red onions, honey, pico de gallo, corn, black beans, romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese and a Greek dressing. file photo/the diamondback

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TerpZone, located in Stamp’s basement, saw customers play 5,000 more bowling games and 6,000 more hours of billiards in 2011 than 2010, officials said. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

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a few hours before lunch to shoot pool. While he fi nds the billiard prices reasonable, he thinks most students just aren’t interested in playing. “Probably most people come here for Subway,” Payne said. “I don’t think I’ve seen anyone use the arcade ever and I’m here every day,” Payne said. According to Mullineaux, the most popular restaurant in Stamp is Chick-fil-A while Sushi by Panda Express lags behind as the least enticing to customers. The Subway line is often long enough to wrap around the kiosk’s corner, but several students said they think it would see even more business in the main food court. “I personally only come here for Subway,” senior biology major Rob Maurer said. “After I get a sandwich, sometimes I’ll sit and watch the TVs, but other than that I’ve never had a reason to come down here ... It would be a lot more convenient if it was upstairs.” For many students, the trek down to TerpZone is a daunting one. Sophomore environmental science major Sara Reedy said it’s a pain to get to the basement, which also holds the bottom floor of the University Book Center and the co-op. “I come here a lot, but only for Subway,” Reedy said. Most days, it seems like the majority of TerpZone occupants are just there for the food, Maurer said. “I don’t really feel it appeals to college kids,” he said. “Maybe billiards — there aren’t a lot of other options for that on campus. I’ve never seen anyone use the arcade.”

options to start opening for breakfast on weekdays, according to Mullineaux. And while students report they often see the pool tables and bowling lanes empty, Stamp officials said use has been on the rise. Last year, students spent 11,000 hours playing pool, more than double the 5,000 hours spent in 2010, according to student activities assistant director Joseph Calizo; As for bowling, there were 35,000 different games played, up from the 30,000 games played in 2010. Students pay $5 for an hour at a pool table and $5.50 for a game of bowling, including renting shoes. However, TerpZone prices are slashed with frequent specials, such as half-off Fridays. “Although bowling and billiards consistently have done well, there has been a gradual decrease in the use of the arcade area,” Calizo said. “Most tokens are purchased during private reservations and we have only started tracking that information this year.” Last year, the TerpZone sold 22,000 arcade tokens, each costing a quarter. And while TerpZone has become more popular, Stamp created a task force to assess its offerings and services, Calizo said. “Recommendations from the task force should be forthcoming at the end of this fall,” he added. For now, the student union’s offerings are good enough for freshman philosophy major Mike Payne, who comes down to the TerpZone every day for newsumdbk@gmail.com


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loans From PAGE 1 private bank provides a more user-friendly online service for her to check up on her repayment status. For her federal loans, she has to navigate a more puzzling online process. “The federal loans, they’re a little bit more confusing,” she said. “If I wanted to get access to a copy of my bill, I have to go through so many clicks before I can actually get to it, whereas [with] the pr ivate loa n t here’s a l i n k right away.” The CFPB report highlights the debate over which entity is more reliable for student loans: the federal government or the private sector. On one hand, proponents of government loans say the long-term economic benefits

of making it easier to pay for college outweigh the costs of issuing so many loans. But opponents argue the government is offering loans that are less likely to be repaid, and more money is being spent on loans than it can afford. With a surge of college students, there is more demand for higher education, fueling a vicious cycle of tuition hikes and graduates buried in debt, opponents say. “The only reason so much money is going to students is because the government is destroying the market,” said Michael Finger, principal at economic consulting fi rm Centinel Consulting. “If you look at any sector of the economy, the government isn’t helping as much — like computers or plastic surgery, costs come down. “People aren’t trying to rope

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“if you look at any sector of the economy, the government isn’t helping as much — like computers or plastic surgery, costs come down. people aren’t trying to rope people into computers they can’t afford.” MICHAEL FINGER Centinel Consulting principal people into computers they can’t afford,” Finger added. Despite criticism over the government’s expansive loan practices, Cairney said the rates are lower, and because of adjustments for income built into federal lending laws, she can more easily meet her repayment costs. newsumdbk@gmail.com

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communication students, experts gather for grunig Lecture It was a networking event — for networkers. Tuesday evening, about 180 communication students, alumni and local professionals gathered in Stamp Student Union’s Colony Ballroom to discuss current trends in public relations. For students, the fifth annual Grunig Lecture was an opportunity to hear stories of life in the field, which many experts say is rapidly evolving with the advent of the Internet and social networking. “It takes what you learn in your PR track classes and gives it a real-world appeal,” said senior communication major Ashley Freudenheim, who chaired the student committee that planned the event. The event also featured guest speaker Jack Martin, who grew up in a family of “farmers and ranchers” and ended up starting his own company and taking over as CEO of Hill & Knowlton Strategies, a global PR firm. “My father wanted me to be a large animal veterinarian, and I didn’t quite make it,” Martin said. For more of Annika McGinnis’ story, check out www.diamondbackonline.com.

brain From PAGE 1 for funding from the National Institutes of Health and now the project, one of the first collaborations under the MPowering the State initiative, is well on its way to demonstrating the fruits of researchers’ problem solving, Gullapalli said. Earlier this month, the team gained a $2.1 million NIH grant to further develop their prototype. I nstead of open i ng the ent i re sk u l l a nd sea rching for the tumor based on images taken before surgery, the MINIR worms burrow t h ro u g h a t u b e c a l l e d a cannula, which is no wider than a centimeter. With magnetic resonance imaging as their guiding light, surgeons then “drive” the robot around the brain, burning cancerous tissue and removing debris with its “digits,” the equivalent of mini-robot fingers, jaydev desai, along with researchers at UMB, helped develop the concept for a tiny, minimally-invasive robot that can navigate through the brain. photo courtesy of jaydev desai Gullapalli said. “This technology has the potential to revolutionize the stage will explore customiz- “this work is a result of treatment and management ing the prototype’s digits, or exceptional collaboration of patients with difficult to “fi ngers,” and its overall size over the years, between reach intracranial tumors and based upon the area of cancerour two extraordinary to have a direct impact on im- ous tissue. Brain tumors are among institutions.” proving their quality of life,” Desai said in a news release. the most dangerous compliJAYDEV DESAI “This work is a result of ex- cations of cancer, occurring Mechanical engineering professor ceptional collaboration over in 20 percent to 40 percent of the years, between our two adult cancer patients, accordextraordinary institutions.” ing to the National Cancer In- George said he hopes to see But even with a pair of eyes stitute. Despite advances in more research collaboration — the MRI — and an extra detection, poor prognosis and like this, work that goes beyond hand — the multidigit robot low survival rates can often st rateg ic pl a n n i ng, u nder — the process is extremely mar the treatment of tumors. MPowering the State. complex: The brain can shift Developing successful tech“In 21st-century research, during probing and imprecise nologies not only saves lives, there are different sides to every groping, which can affect the Gullapalli said, but encour- research project — we need them ages future partnerships to all covered,” George said. patient’s cognitive abilities. Researchers hope to send craft other solutions. And it’s easier than ever to “If we start and prove that capitalize on the expertise of t he protot y p e for c l i n ical testing after the four- these collaborations work, medical researchers just an hour year period for fine-tuning, perhaps the once-promised away, Gullapalli said. which NIH mandates for all legislative money … will be “These opportunities for colprojects, after the two years pumped into these projects,” laboration are literally down the the team spent formulating Gullapalli said. road — why reach anywhere else?” Fourth-year bioengineertheir concept and gaining NIH approval. The clinical testing ing graduate student Elijah newsumdbk@gmail.com


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THE DIAMONDBACK | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

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Saturday, I got off of work late and ventured to R.J. Bentley’s, hoping to stand among the Terps who had come out of their shells to make the homecoming crowd the biggest, most ridiculous gathering of the year. Turns out I got what I went for, but I didn’t enjoy myself. Perhaps it was my lack of tailgating that day (and subsequent sobriety) or the 3 inches of Prometheus-like alien sludge that accumulated on the bar’s floor. Maybe it was the number of terrible tips I saw my fellow classmates dole out to the bartenders or a combination of all three — but I was not happy. What really cemented my curmudgeon status for the night was the paparazzi-level flashes I saw come from the digital cameras shackled to the wrists of the female Terps. Now, girls take large numbers of pictures in bars of their friends, families, feet, creeps, hilarious-in-the-moment-had-tobe-there shots; this is not a secret, nor is it anything new or shocking. It does, however, represent the annoying trend that is our apparent inability to experience anything interesting or exciting ever, at all, without documenting it. We live in a world where Instagram is an app most of us have ready to go on our phones, instant reviews of television episodes are all the rage and everyone and their mother live tweets or blogs the presidential debates. At some point, you’d think some of us would eventually say, “Enough is enough.” Nope. Our love for knee-jerk reactions has created a new normal. Overstimulation and perfunctory multi-tasking are here to stay. While girls snapping photos of one

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another in bars and at parties is not our most indicting example of overdocumentation (tweeting/texting/ emailing during a vacation/wedding/ birth comes to mind), it is the most prevalent. Whether the pictures are meant to be silly or to make them look good, the smiling girls who focus on the lens are focusing on the wrong thing. They are (on some level) thinking about the avalanche of Facebook comments they’ll get about that night instead of the night itself. They’re essentially holding out for the future, when the night is dead, and all that’s left to do is eulogize it with “likes” and “shares” and “tags.” I’m not saying girls who bring their cameras to the bar don’t have fun. I’m just saying they are prone to have less fun. Over-documenting our fun means we are inherently under-experiencing it. Obviously, the answer is to stop, put down the cameras and holster our Twitter apps when we’re out and about. But that’s much easier said than done, because there are very few aspects of the human condition stronger than the desire to keep the party going. And at their very cores, that’s what Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all about — filling the gaps in our fun continuum, linking last Friday night to this Friday night, when we’ll do it all again. This trend is without a doubt a remedy to a generational disease. As our attention spans shrink and our access to stimulation grows, an addiction (not unlike any other you’ve been warned about) is born. Pictures lead to more pictures. Tweets lead to more tweets. Beer leads to more beer. But, fun also leads to more fun — if you’d just let it.

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robably one of the worstkept secrets in Washington these days is Martin O’Malley hopes to run for president in 2016. It hasn’t been confirmed or denied, but pretty much everyone suspects the state governor has high aspirations and his sights set on the Oval Office. But the determination needed to make it to the White House seems to have held him back from fulfilling his obligations to the state, as a Washington Post poll showed O’Malley’s job approval rating is the lowest it’s been in a Post poll since he took office six years ago. Only 49 percent of registered state voters approve of the job O’Malley’s doing, when his approval rating has typically been in the low- to mid-50s, according to the Post. Not surprisingly, the national election and various other elections around the state and country have been so dominant in the news recently that even politicians who aren’t up for reelection — like O’Malley — have seemed to place more importance on putting themselves on the national stage than ensuring they fulfill their duty to their constituents. O’Malley has been no excep-

tion. In August, he showed up to the Republican National Convention and criticized Romney’s years at Bain Capital and his economic plan, which prompted Republican state delegates to quickly convene

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While it’s fine to entertain a future in the White House, Gov. O’Malley needs to prove he remains committed to his current constituents. and hold a news conference to slam O’Malley. It’s typical politics, but a lot of time and energy are being wasted on matters that aren’t directly pertinent to this state. And there’s more than enough to worry about within the state’s borders. Fortunately, the state has been doing relatively well compared to the rest of the country. It came as a relief earlier this month when the Department of Labor said the national unemployment rate had dipped below 8 percent for the first time in 43 months, but the state is doing significantly better than that. There were 9,800 jobs added and unemployment

was below 7 percent in September. Additionally, we’re thankful as college students O’Malley has prioritized college affordability and has kept tuition hikes low. While other states have seen double-digit tuition increases, state colleges’ tuition rates have only increased at a rate of 3 percent each of the last three years. Part of the dip in approval ratings may stem from the stances O’Malley has taken over the last several months. He’s thrown his support behind same-sex marriage and, most notably, advocated for allowing a casino to be built in Prince George’s County — an issue that has largely divided the state, regardless of party lines. But holding any political office means making tough decisions — one of the more notable polling numbers shows only 22 percent of registered voters believe O’Malley is fit for the White House, according to the Post. In a couple of weeks, the election craze will die down and the politicians will have to return to their constituents, no matter how mundane it may seem compared to the national spotlight. O’Malley still has two years left to serve this state — we’d like to see our governor and our legislature manage and fix the problems at home before planning for something a few years down the line.

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Realizing the dream of higher education

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n Nov. 6, we will have a unique opportunity to become the first state to pass the DREAM Act by popular vote. Last year, the state legislature passed the DREAM Act, but conservatives gathered enough signatures to stop the law’s implementation and put it to referendum. Now, it’s up to state residents to decide the fate of the Maryland DREAM Act with Question 4. This is our chance to show we live in a state of opportunity, progress and equality. The students known as “Dreamers” have faced incredible personal hardship as their families have immigrated to the U.S. They are your classmates, the kids who sat next to you in high school, the valedictorians, your teammates or maybe even your friends. They are not just Latino, but also come from countries around the world. Many of them were brought here at a young age and only know the U.S. as home. But unlike most of us, they cannot attend a university because of the expensive outof-state rates they would currently have to pay. The DREAM Act would allow them to attend a four-year university at in-state tuition rates after first receiving their high school diploma or another equivalent and attaining 60 credits from a community college. In addition, their parents must have paid three or more years of state income taxes. Taxpayers deserve equal access to education, and we believe passing the DREAM Act is the right thing to do for the state. If we vote yes on Question 4, these students will be able to continue to pursue their educations and become

the leaders of tomorrow — doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers or scientists. A recent University of Maryland, Baltimore County study projects passing the DREAM Act would raise $66 million for the state, as these students would gain better-paying jobs and better contribute to our communities and economy. As university President Wallace Loh wrote in his op-ed for The Washington Post in September, the state spends about $14,000 a year per student who is educated in public schools. It is a waste of the state’s investment and a waste of talent to prevent these students from continuing their educations at the college level. Stand with equality, stand with progress and support the DREAM Act. Be the change when you cast your vote because one’s immigration status should not determine his or her ability to get an education. Let’s remember we are a nation of immigrants and a nation of opportunity. So vote “yes” on Question 4 on Nov. 6 and join Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., our 22 amazing co-sponsors and the campus community as we host Sen. Ben Cardin, Delegates Heather Mizeur, Ana Sol Gutierrez and Joseline Peña-Melnyk and “Dreamers” to rally for the Maryland DREAM Act today at 4 p.m. in the Nyumburu Amphitheater. Paola Cabello-Henry is a senior government and politics major and a member of Lamda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. She can be reached at henryp09@gmail.com.

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Nobody seems to mind Mitt Romney’s racial insensitivity

ERIK SHELL Admittedly, it can be very difficult to remember all the things that make you mad during a presidential campaign. Between the lies, half-truths and past mistakes, it’s a miracle if you can remember how your least favorite candidate screwed up yesterday, let alone over the course of a month. Yet that’s exactly what we’ve done with one of the most racially-insensitive moments of this campaign. Just over a month ago, Republican nominee Mitt Romney appeared on Univision in front of a largely Latino audience — except something was a little different about Mittens since his event in California two days prior: He was brown. Let’s get the facts straight before we continue. First, check out those hands, ears and upper arms. We’ve all gotten enough sunburn to know ears don’t pale out after a nice campaign session. You could say he was in the sun — but wait, he wasn’t in the sun either, as his plane from Colorado was delayed by a crash, thus canceling his outside event. ABC asked his makeup artist, who

said he flip-flops between using an anti-glare powder and a light makeup, how he made up Romney that day. Obviously, they asked a man who wouldn’t want to lose his job of 25 years to such a scandal, so we can’t necessarily take his word to be truth. That aside, ABC posted two pictures of celebrities in the same shade without such a drastic result. So here we have a man asking our permission to be the representative of our nation, but instead of opening a compelling discussion on important issues for the Latino community, he tries to look like the Latino community. Imagine the political backlash if President Obama were to show up whiter than Rush Limbaugh for a Fox News interview to appeal to the Protestant vote — it’s the same circumstance, but would elicit much more of an outcry than Romney’s mistake did. I would like to say the makeup artist screwed up here. I’d also like to say the state of politics hasn’t sunken so low in this country that a party would resort to such a pathetic attempt to reach a voting bloc. I’d like to say those things. But they are just not true. If Obama had white-faced, we’d still be up in arms, and the election would be decided. So why have we forgotten about such a shocking event? They

are applying for the same job, right? Aren’t we still judging them by the same rules? One reason we forgot is because two days earlier, a video slipped out with Romney discussing how 47 percent of Americas thought they were entitled. That kind of political blunder would force even the best of us to apply our makeup hastily in the car on our way to a political event. Fo r t u n a te ly fo r M i t te n s, h e screwed up enough early on, so his lesser blunders can be overlooked. But the point is this isn’t a lesser blunder. It’s offensive on so many levels, and it’s being pushed aside because the television thinks you can handle only one tough decision at a time. After all, they are writing for a lower reading level than your average college student. Campaigns are built one brick at a time. The Romney of the primaries is the same as the Romney of today, and the same applies to Obama. The best advice this history major can give is that reminding yourself of the past will only benefit and enhance your future. E r i k S h e l l i s a so p h o m o re classical languages and literatures and history major. He can be reached at opinionumdbk@gmail.com.

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CLOUD ATLAS, from the Wachowskis (of The Matrix fame), is one of innumerable recent blockbusters desperately in need of some trimming. Clocking in at 172 minutes, it’s an endurance test for the human bladder — and it could use some editing. photo courtesy of aceshowbiz.com

despite taking nearly 10 hours to watch all three films, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy remains a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Duration is an artistic decision just like any other and it should be OK for a director to tell a long story. photo courtesy of myexposition.files.wordpress.com

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Alfred Hitchcock once said, “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” It’s a quote peppered with deadpan disdain for cinema audiences and their petty, materialistic problems, but he’s got a point. While there’s some merit in the occasional overlong epic a la Peter Jackson, it’s the movies that are able to stay gripping and compelling without wandering too far beyond the 90minute benchmark that deserve the most credit. There is no creative exercise more intrepid than trimming the excess fat from a precious work. The new film Cloud Atlas, adapted from the award-winning science fiction novel by David Mitchell, is an obvious, recent scapegoat that proves my theory. Standing plump with its monstrous runtime of 172 minutes, preconceptions about

thematic pomp and genuine ridiculousness are inevitable. I remember going out of my way to drink a giant coffee right before the lights dimmed at the screening to brace myself for what was to come. Whether or not the movie itself proved its worth is irrelevant. The real, overarching question is this: How can we condense narratives to the point where they are both artistically faithful to the initial vision of the director and engaging for the audience as well? The answer to this lies in production con fi nes. T he Wachowskis, along with colleagues Christopher Nolan and James Cameron, have the kind of budgets that give them free reign to make the biggest, brashest, loudest movies they can. It may yield a pleasing sensory experience, but where is the artistic restraint? If a school or work assignment requires us to stop writing after five pages or 1000 words, then

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Pushing for shorter, 90minute feature films is not a movement espoused by filmmakers. It’s an idea promoted by producers, studio executives and theater exhibitors as a means to jam more showings in a day and thereby increase the opportunity for revenue. That’s why we hear more stor ies about a rg u ments between the director and the studio over the length of a film, most recently with David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Contracts are signed before a movie enters production, limiting the maximum run time of a movie. It just seems wrong for these decisions to be made before a single frame gets shot. The standard metric of one script page a minute doesn’t account for all the changes a film endures during production and editing. Contracts drawn

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Forward Sunny Jane and the Terps’ offense struggled Tuesday. Jane took four shots, but only one was on goal. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

OFFENSE From PAGE 8 technique and with our final runs, passes, etc.” Since notching a 3-2 win at College of Charleston on Sept. 29, though, the Terps haven’t scored more than two goals in a game. The season’s ea rly pace was u nsusta i nable through a rigorous ACC schedule, but players still expected the same results. “I don’t think the efficiency was there and our finishing,” defender London Woodberry said. “When you play a team that likes to drop off and play a lot of guys behind

dissatisfied From PAGE 8 notched a match-high 16 digs in her first career start. Hrebenach, a middle blocker, had played in just three matches before notching three kills and adding three assisted blocks against the Eagles. “Amy’s been working hard all year long, and we were happy to see her do so well,” setter Remy McBain said. “Kelsey hadn’t seen much playing time, but

“I just don’t think we did a good enough job with being patient and putting our chances away.” LONDON WOODBERRY

Terrapins men’s soccer defender the ball, it’s difficult to score goals. I just don’t think we did a good enough job with being patient and putting our chances away.” Cirovski gave the team yesterday off in an effort to allow his players a chance to relax and renew their concentration for Saturday night’s home finale against Clemson. A break from the grind of practice, Cirovski said, might help the team’s championship pursuit. It may be difficult to find f laws in a 14-0-1 team that

matched the best start in the program’s illustrious 66-year history. But Mullins and the Terps aren’t concerned with what they’ve already accomplished. They’re preparing for late November and early December — the time of year the Terps have come up short the past three seasons. “Obviously, we have scored enough goals to keep winning,” Mullins said. “But it’s not good enough for what we want to do.”

she came in and played really, really well. It’s good to see their hard work paying off.” T he tea m is a lso deep at setter, where McBain and freshman Mackenzie Dagostino each have more than 400 assists. The return of Cushman and Emily Fraik from concussions has i mproved the depth at outside hitter as well. And it’s giving the Terps some optimism they’ll be able to improve upon last year’s 4-16 league record. “Knowing that we broke the [six-match losing] streak and that

we’re getting healthy is great,” McBain said. “We’re a different team this year, and we’re focusing on moving forward.” That focus on the future has tempered the team’s enthusiasm after the long-awaited victory over the Eagles. And it has heightened expectations for its nine remaining conference games. “We’ve got to clean some things up,” coach Tim Horsmon said. “But I think our best volleyball’s in front of us.”

took me awhile to get my head right, get something I wanted to concentrate on.” So far, Brown has focused most of his attention on earning his communication degree in December. But when he arrives at Gossett Team House every day, his concentration immediately turns to football. The junior is there twice a day for treatment sessions, one at 7 a.m. and another during the team’s afternoon practice session. They’re working, too. The Terps’ training staff likes how Brown’s rehab is progressing, and Brown thinks he’s ahead of where he needs to be. “I’m just trying to keep a positive attitude and work my tail off. This is my football season right here,” said Brown, who hasn’t been to practice yet this season. “When I can get out on the field and help those guys, I’m going to do that. But when I’m in the training room, that’s my practice.” Brown’s season took another unexpected turn Saturday. Quarterback Perry Hills, who started seven games in place of Brown, tore his ACL in the Terps’ 20-18 loss to N.C. State, forcing the team to dig all the way down to No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart. And since Brown is dealing with the same injury, he knows he can help the freshman through it — even if it does take a little time. “When it happens, you really don’t want to talk about it. You know you want your space away, so I haven’t really been on him or anything like that,” Brown said. “But we’re going to be in it together. It’s just an unfortunate process.” Part of that process has involved Brown assisting the coaches in mentoring the remaining quarterbacks. He has already sat

down with linebacker Shawn Petty and tight end Brian McMahon — two players Edsall plans to use as emergency quarterbacks — and he hopes to continue helping quarterbacks Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe from the sideline during games. “I’m on the headset, I’m communicating with them if they ask me questions or stuff like that,” Brown said. “When Perry or Devin or Caleb come off the field and I see something I can help them with what I’ve seen in the past. I’ll voice my opinion and say, ‘Hey, look, try this or be aware of this.’” “We’ve kept him involved, that’s the way Randy likes to do things,” offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said. “As quickly as he’s been able to get off the crutches from a safety standpoint, he’s been out there. Taking coin tosses, on the sideline, on the headsets, so it’s been invaluable having a guy like him.” Brown is completely off his crutches now, and he said his knee feels good. He knows it’s not quite strong enough to begin training on it again — he’s only working out his upper body right now — but he said it “just feels great to be able to walk again.” Brown still has one year of eligibility remaining, and he could get a second if he pursues a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. Right now, though, that’s not his concern. He wants to earn his degree, and he wants to stay involved with the Terps. A nd when t he tea m’s fou r capta i ns walk out to midfield for the pregame coin toss? Brown wants to walk right alongside his teammates. “They asked me fi rst game if I wanted to do it and I said, ‘Heck yeah, I’ll crutch out to the 50,’” Brown said. “I wouldn’t give that up for the world.” sportsdbk@gmail.com

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go with her 12.0 points. In an 86-58 victory over Wake Forest on Jan. 19, the Clinton native notched a programrecord 24 rebounds, breaking a mark that had stood for almost 35 years. Frese highlighted the low post development of center Alicia DeVaughn and the impact she expects freshman center Malina Howard to have. DeVaughn averaged 5.6 rebounds in 36 games (35 starts) last season, while Howard enters the team as the nation’s top-rated low-post player. Throw in Thomas’ eight rebounds per game, and DeVaughn said the team’s inside presence can only get better. “We rebound very hard,” the junior said. “We feel that rebounding and our defense will be a lot different this year and a lot more aggressive.”

From PAGE 8 two-player rotation between Moseley and Mincy, any number of players — from Mincy to forwards Alyssa Thomas and Tierney Pfirman — could see time at point guard. “[Moseley’s injury] obviously impacts us from a depth end,” coach Brenda Frese said. “It’ll be point guard by committee in terms of what we’re looking for.” The ACL tear in Moseley’s left knee marks the second such injury of her career, as she tore her right ACL at Paint Branch High School and missed her senior year. Last season, Moseley averaged 6.9 points and 2.7 assists in 36 games off the bench for the Elite Eight-bound Terps. Moseley took to her Tumblr yesterday to write a letter to Terps fans and thank them for their support in the wake of her injury. “What I found interesting about any love or support I received from anyone was the amount of sympathy and regret some people had for me,” Moseley wrote. “I think people are taking this harder than I am, but I just look at how much I grew my last surgery and I am ready to attack the task at hand.” The injury leaves the Terps with 10 healthy players on their roster for a season that includes 18 ACC games and road contests at Nebraska, Connecticut and Delaware as part of a 29-game regular season slate. Moseley was vital off the bench in key spots for the Terps last season. In a 63-61 win over Duke on Feb. 19, she played the fi nal 6:27 of the game in relief of Anjale Barrett and made a game-tying 3-pointer with six minutes left. When the Terps erased deficits of 18 and 11 points in the Sweet 16 against defending champion Texas A&M, Moseley played 28 minutes, scoring seven points and dishing six assists.

BITTER RIVALS

Forward Alyssa Thomas was part of a Terps’ rebounding effort that ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 12.9 boards per game advantage last year. charlie deboyace/the diamondback But despite her prolonged absence, the Terps aren’t worried about their depth. “You might think we’re thin, but I don’t think we’re thin because we all have all-around games,” guard Katie Rutan said. “The chemistry is great. It’s not about the number. It’s about the quality of people you’re around.” A nd in her letter addressed to “Terp Nation,” Moseley echoed Rutan’s sentiment while also sending a message to anyone who might be doubting her team. “If you think this team is a point guard short, you are sadly mistaken,”

Moseley wrote. “What makes this team so special is our reaction to adversity and I can’t imagine being surrounded by a better group of women. You can go ahead and doubt this team if you want, but I guarantee you will regret it.”

ON THE GLASS Last season, the Terps were one of the top rebou nd i ng tea ms i n the nation. Their 12.9 boards per game advantage ranked No. 2 in the country, and they finished a near-

flawless 31-2 when they outrebounded an opponent. They’re already among the country’s best squads on the glass. And this season, Frese said the Terps are only going to get better. “We expect to continue to be a dominant rebounding team,” Frese said. “That’s been our identity for a long time. We expect to be top five in the nation. That’s something we take a lot of pride in.” The Terps return forward Tianna Hawkins, who led the team with 9.1 rebounds per game last season to

When the ACC’s preseason poll c a m e o ut l a s t we e k , t he Te r p s found themselves in a position they would rather not finish in: second behind Duke, the defending regular season champion. The Terps split their season series with the Blue Devils, falling 80-72 in Durham, N.C., on Jan. 22, and getting the win in the Feb. 19 matchup. This season, the teams are scheduled to meet Feb. 11 at Duke and then 13 days later at Comcast Center. Still, Frese doesn’t put much stock in her team responding to preseason polls. The Terps still have a bad taste from falling in the Elite Eight. Duke is just another team standing in the way of a national championship. “I think our team would be motivated regardless, wherever they pick us,” Frese said. “Two great teams. Duke won the regular season. We won the ACC Tournament. I think the biggest thing that we try to stay focused on is just us and the process and the day in and day out. Your team can change quickly.” sportsdbk@gmail.com


BIG NUMBER

6

YEARS SINCE A TERPS QB HAS STARTED every game

No Terps quarterback has started from season opener to finale since Sam Hollenbach started 13 games in 2006. Perry Hills’ torn ACL extended that streak this season.

Sports

“Tackling is more attitude than anything. It’s 90 percent want-to and 10 percent technique.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY Brian Stewart Terps defensive coordinator

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

FOOTBALL

Lending a helping hand

Despite injury, C.J. Brown still valuable asset for Terps

By Josh Vitale Senior staff writer When C.J. Brown tore his ACL during a preseason drill a little more than two months ago, Terrapins football coach Randy Edsall wasted little time pulling his quarterback aside to talk to him. He wanted the redshirt junior to know he was still a captain, he was still a part of the team. Brown took those words to heart. His chances to play in 2012 may be extinguished, but that hardly means he has stopped impacting the Terps. Brown still attends all the team meetings, still joins in on film sessions and still takes opportunities to voice his opinion. It took him some time to adjust to his new role, but after nearly eight weeks of daily treatment and rehabilitation, Brown believes he’s finally where he needs to be. “It’s not an experience I want to remember, but it will be with me the rest of my life,” Brown said yesterday. “It Quarterback C.J. Brown, despite being out for the season with a torn ACL, still helps the Terps’ offense. He goes to meetings, sits in on film sessions and mentors the younger quarterbacks. file photo/the diamondback

VOLLEYBALL

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | NOTEBOOK

Terps not satisfied Even in 3-0 victory at American on Tuesday, team not content moving forward in season By Aaron Kasinitz Staff writer The Terrapins volleyball team could have hardly been blamed for feeling satisfied with Tuesday night’s performance at American University. The Terps did, after all, cruise to a 3-0 victory over the Eagles after winning just three combined sets during their first six matches in October. They posted an impressive .279 hitting percentage and received contributions from a deep bench in the much-needed win. But the Terps didn’t celebrate on the Bender Arena floor after outside hitter Mary Cushman ended the match — and the squad’s six-match losing streak — with a thundering kill. They weren’t overjoyed at practice the next day. And they certainly aren’t content moving forward. “It was mixed feelings after the game. It was really good that we finally got that win that we needed,” middle blocker Catie Coyle said. “But I don’t think we showed the team what we really are. That will come out against better competition.” That attitude is likely a reflection of last year’s struggles. After starting the

2011 season with a 3-1 record in ACC play, the Terps dropped 15 straight contests, limping to a 4-16 fi nish in the conference. Prior to the victory over American, this season had been following a similar pattern. In both cases, the Terps suffered key injuries, turning promising starts into lengthy losing streaks. The squad’s win against the Eagles hurt that comparison, however. C o y l e s a i d t h e k e y d i f fe r e n c e between last year’s team and this season’s squad is depth. “We just have a lot more competition on this team as far as amongst ourselves in practice and at certain positions,” she said. “I think that pushed us over the edge, unlike last year, where we had some injuries to a smaller team.” T hat depth was on d isplay at American. Freshmen Amy Dion and Kelsey Hrebenach, who had zero combined starts entering Tuesday’s match, made major contributions in the Terps’ win. Dion, a defensive specialist, took over for Sarah Harper at libero and See DissatisfieD, Page 7

Guard Brene Moseley (right), playing during Maryland Madness on Oct. 12, will miss the Terps’ season after tearing her ACL on Sunday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Moseley out for season

Rebounding emphasized again; Terps picked No. 2 in ACC By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer During its media day Monday, the status of a key cog of the Terrapins women’s basketball team’s offense hung in the balance. During a Sunday scrimmage, guard Brene Moseley — the team’s

projected starting point guard — suffered a knee injury. Later Monday, it was confi rmed to be a torn ACL in her left knee, and the sophomore was ruled out for the rest of the season. When Moseley returns next season, she’ll be a redshirt sophomore. “We just want to keep working hard for her,” guard Laurin Mincy

said Monday. “She’s been with us here working hard. We’re all in like our motto for the season and we’re just going to play and work hard for her in practice.” The injury throws the position into flux. Instead of the expected See NOTEBOOK, Page 7

MEN’S SOCCER

Offense struggles in narrow win Terps total 30 shots, 11 shots on goal, but only score twice vs. Lehigh By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

Forward Patrick Mullins and the Terps mustered just two goals on 30 shots Tuesday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

With arms spread wide like an airplane and a smile on his face, Patrick Mullins celebrated by himself next to Lehigh’s goal after scoring in the 12th minute of the Terrapins men’s soccer team’s Tuesday night game. Immediately, teammates swarmed him, and they jogged back to midfield with a 1-0 lead over the visiting Mountain Hawks. After an epic, rain-soaked overtime battle four days earlier against then-No. 2 North Carolina, it seemed as if the Terps weren’t in for a repeat performance. Mullins’ goal was certainly a sign of things to come at Ludwig Field. But the No. 1 Terps’ flurry of shots never turned into the expected avalanche of goals. When Mullins finally

tallied the game-winner almost 76 minutes later, the team’s celebration after the 2-1 victory wasn’t so much jubilation as relief. “Ton ight wasn’t as f u n as we wanted it to be,” Mullins said Tuesday. “We didn’t put enough goals in the net as we wanted to, but we’re going to get back to that.” The Terps launched a season-high 30 shots and put 11 of those shots on goal, tying their highest total of the season in that category. In those shots, the Terps found just about everything but the back of the net. Lehigh goalkeepers Ciaran Nugent and Taylor Sulmonetti combined for six saves. A number of shots hit the post. Lehigh defenders crowding the goal recorded three team saves, making it nearly impossible for the Terps to fi nish. “The final pieces are not connecting

right now and to be fair, we’re maybe overworking in practice,” coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Maybe we’re overthinking. We just got to find a way to get them relaxed a little bit but be more concentrated.” It’s not like Tuesday’s game was symptomatic of an anemic Terps offense, either. The Terps entered the week with the nation’s most potent offense, averaging 2.71 goals per game, and they’ve been near the top of the offensive rankings all season long. This is the same team that scored at least three goals in seven of its fi rst nine games. “We’re getting good spots,” Cirovski said. “The goals were coming so easily and so plentiful that I think we’re taking some shortcuts with our See OFfENSE, Page 7

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