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Terps’ Howard to miss 10-12 weeks Broken foot leaves Turgeon with little depth BY CHRIS ECKARD
Hoyer continues to represent fifth congressional district, university
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BY JIM BACH Staff writer
While this university and the surrounding community’s representation on Capitol Hill remains unchanged through the recent redistricting process, both city and university officials came out in support of Rep. Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) continued representation of his alma mater. After the release of the Census Bureau’s data last year, the state was required to redraw its eight congressional district lines — a process that has sparked criticism from many state congressional Republicans and a select few Democrats. Last week Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed the new U.S. Congressional redistricting plan into law, but several officials said the bill serves Hoyer’s self-interest in this university, “disenfranchises political and ethnic minorities” and does not represent some areas well, according to state House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Calvert). Although the state’s fifth congressional district, which includes this university, remained mostly unchanged, Prince George’s County, city and university officials said the plan serves the interests of its constituents well. Yet the redrawn lines are subject to change, pending possible court challenges, said state Department of Planning spokesman Andrew Ratner. However, O’Donnell said continuing the inclusion of both parts of southern Maryland and the university’s surrounding areas in the fifth congressional district does not represent voters well, and it was included to continue allowing Hoyer to represent his alma mater. It is not compact and the constituency is sparse, he said. “We should not be redistricting based on the vanity of incumbent congressmen,” O’Donnell said. Hoyer has represented this
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With guard Pe’Shon Howard injured, the Terps have seven healthy players on scholarship for the upcoming season. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK
Terrapins men’s basketball sophomore guard Pe’Shon Howard will miss the next 10 to 12 weeks with a broken left foot, the team announced yesterday, in the latest blow to the already thin program. Howard, one of just three returning players who started a game last season, broke a sesamoid, a small bone under his toe. He had felt pain for the past week, but the team didn’t discover
the break until Wednesday. Coach Mark Turgeon had slated Howard to start at point guard for the team this year after an impressive freshman campaign in which he played in all of the team’s 33 games, had a game-winning basket and posted a 1.89 assist-to-turnover ratio. “I feel bad for Pe’Shon,” Turgeon said in a press release. “He worked so hard and had a great summer and early fall. He’s been practicing and
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Autumn wishes Students raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation BY ERIN EGAN Staff writer
When Kailin Hsu’s younger brother was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of bone cancer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him a request —
to go on an Alaskan cruise with his family. Because she’s seen the positive impact turning a simple wish into reality can have on a child sick with cancer, the senior physiology and neurobiology major said she wanted to
become more active in the university’s Maryland Wishes. The 4-year-old, student-run organization hosts events around the campus to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the
see WISHES, page 2
Senior bioengineering major Akshay Gandhi paints a pumpkin at yesterday’s event for Maryland Wishes. PHOTOS BY JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK
see REDISTRICTING, page 3
Two professors work to preserve Arctic ecosystems $5.6 million study could preserve coast of Alaska, wildlife
SGA supports collaboration with UMB in merger debate Body against a formal merger thus far
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As climate change and oil companies encroach on the Arctic Chukchi Sea, two university professors are joining a team of scientists to venture out to this isolated ecosystem and see what habitats may be in danger. Lee Cooper and Jackie Grebmeier of the university’s Center for Environmental Science have joined a five-year, $5.6 million study of the Chukchi Sea’s Hanna Shoal — a shallow, 30-mile-long area off the coast of northwestern Alaska. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management funded the study to determine how ecosystems in the area currently function and how environmental changes are impacting its biodiverse resources. Cooper said the Shell Oil Company plans to search for oil in offshore
University professors are working to preserve Arctic walruses, which are considered to be threatened due to melting ice. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEE COOPER
drilling sites close to the Hanna Shoal area — a zone that is a vital component for bowhead whales’ migration and walruses’ food sources — starting this summer. Bowhead whales are listed under the Endangered Species
Act and walruses are considered to be threatened due to the melting ice. According to Cooper, these ecosystems have been virtually untouched
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As state officials continue to debate merging this university and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, student governments from both campuses are questioning whether a full merger is the right choice for the institutions. Legislators from this university’s Student Government Association unanimously passed a bill Wednesday night supporting more collaboration between the two institutions, which have been studied for a possible merger for the last several months. While this resolution stopped short of either endorsing or opposing an actual merger between the campuses — as proposed by state Senate President Mike Miller in
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January — the University Student Government Association at UMB voted two weeks ago to oppose a formal merger, while strongly supporting further collaborations. According to this university’s SGA, the creation of new joint academic programs and research between the institutions will be positive, so long as these collaborations are appropriately funded by the state General Assembly and would not increase tuition to attend this university. But Andrew York, the USGA president at UMB, said his organization took its stance based on a long list of concerns about the potential impacts of a merger voiced by students on his campus. Among other concerns, York said
see MERGER, page 3
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WISHES from page 1 Mid-Atlantic, such as a Halloween-spirited pumpkin painting event yesterday afternoon. “Maryland Wishes is very near and dear to my heart,” said Hsu, the organization’s president. “This means a lot to me. I’ve seen the patient side when my brother was going through chemotherapy, so if we can help, even just a little, I
ARCTIC from page 1 by human hands until now. “It’s an area that’s understudied,” he said. “The tracking that people have done of both the bowheads and the walruses indicate that both of these animals spend a lot of time out in this area, so there was an interest.” And with climate changes melting more and more Arctic ice, environmental preservation groups have voiced concern that these habitats are dwindling. “The rate of ice loss over the past three years is accelerating and it is important that we understand the biological responses that are taking place,” the study’s lead investigator Ken Dunton, who is also a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote in an email. In August, Cooper and Grebmeier will embark on a 20-day summer expedition to collect data samples of water, animals and sediments. The research team is negotiating with the U.S. Coast Guard to
know we can brighten days.” Throughout the semester, the group of about 40 students organizes various events which consist of basketball and soccer tournaments and benefit concerts featuring university student musical, dancing and comedy groups, according to the group’s fundraising executive board member Tasmia Hussain. Maryland Wishes donated $3,250 last year to the Make-AWish Foundation and raised
more than $1,000 on a single basketball tournament last semester, Hsu said. “Our primary mission is to raise money for Make-A-Wish, but we’ve been trying to do more community service, too,” Hsu said, adding the group plans to visit the oncology ward of a children’s hospital this winter. However, Hussain, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said it can be challenging to get students to donate money to the cause. Yester-
secure its largest ship, the 420-foot Healy — a polar icebreaker built specifically for arctic research. Different members of the team will focus on various scientific endeavors, ranging from physics to biology. Grebmeier — who will serve as the team’s lead scientist on the expedition — will focus her research on buried food sources for walruses, gray whales and bearded seals while Cooper gathers information on the organic carbon content of sediments. Other researchers will interpret their data into geographic information systems maps, Grebmeier said. Cooper and Grebmeier said incorporating the local communities — within both Maryland and Alaska — was key for educational outreach. Cooper said an elementary school teacher from La Plata was able to join them on a previous cruise in 2010, and she was able to relay her findings to her class. In Alaska, the researchers are able to interact with the communities personally.
“We go into their schools to convey what the science is and address some of their local questions,” Grebmeier said. The small communities off the coast of Alaska, many of which rely on the Chukchi Ocean for food, are among those who are against the planned offshore drilling sites, which would include a pipeline that would run through their towns, Cooper said. “This is an area where if you go up there and visit some of these local communities, they don’t have supermarkets, and there aren’t even cars,” he said. However, Cooper said as scientists it was important for the researchers to not let political views skew their data reports. “I think one of the challenges is trying to remain objective about the science that we’re doing and allowing it to contribute to policy makers making decisions, while at the same time providing information that’s useful to help the government as well as local people,” he said. email@example.com
CORRECTIONS Due to a reporting error, yesterday’s article “SGA votes to increase student outreach” incorrectly stated the amount of money holding meetings in the Prince George’s room instead of the Benjamin Banneker room in Stamp Student Union would cost the Student Government Association. Because the Benjamin Banneker room is free, the body would pay a $75 fee each time it used the Prince George’s room for a meeting. Due to an editing error, yesterday’s caption for the feature art package “A Halloween kind of night” incorrectly identified SGA legislator Landon Greer’s title. He is the body’s legislative coordinator.
day’s event cost $5 to paint pumpkins, drink cider and eat cookies, and the $200 the group fundraised went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We know a lot of people won’t want to pay money to paint pumpkins,” Hussain, said. “But, it’s a really great cause. The main goal is to make money for the kids, and we just want people to get involved and help out.” Matthew Goldfinger, a senior neurophysiology and psy-
chology major who attended the event, said he’s been donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation since he was in elementary school. “I was going to walk right by, but when I heard it was for a good cause, I had to stop,” Goldfinger said. “Make-AWish is one of my favorite organizations, and I help raise money for it back home whenever I get the chance.” Additionally, the group acts as a support system for those
whose friends or family members have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease at a young age, Hsu said. Her 12-year-old brother is doing well and recovering from a surger y that amputated 9 inches of his leg to help rid his body of the disease. “It was tough getting through the school year,” Hsu said. “It’s hard for others to relate to what you’re experiencing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Students can expect that Congressman Hoyer will continue to support the institution and fight for funding for Pell Grants and efforts that make college more affordable.”
REDISTRICTING from page 1 university for 30 years, and Rae Grad — assistant to the president and director of federal relations for this university — said Hoyer has continued to be an advocate for this university on a national level. “He’s a strong supporter of the university and its programs,” she said. “It’s great to be in his district.” Mayor Andy Fellows said he is glad the plan keeps Hoyer’s representation within city limits. “Time and time again I’ve seen him be supportive of the city,” Fellows said. “We’ve been very pleased with his representation of us.” Maureen Beach — Hoyer’s spokeswoman — wrote in an email that Hoyer would continue his strong support of the student body at this university as well as the city of College Park. Beach added in the email that Hoyer has led efforts to fund Metro’s Green Line, which includes a stop in College Park, and has created jobs in the area by pushing for fed-
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Park residents can expect to have a Congressman who takes seriously their concerns and works in Washington to improve the local economy, strengthen our transpor tation network and protect our environment.” However, the redistricting plans have sparked debate over the county’s representation of its population. Rep. Donna Edwards (DMd.) of the fourth congressional district — which is made up of 75 percent county residents —stated in a press release that the plan “is not the best approach for minority voters.” However, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) said he supported the redistricting plan in an Oct. 17 press release. “The county executive believes Gov. O’Malley’s plan could be able to achieve better results for Prince George’s County,” said Scott Peterson, the county executive’s spokesman. “It allows the county to have more concentrated representation on the Hill.” email@example.com
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CMNS legislator David Lieb, who co-sponsored the merger resolution, called on SGA legislators to support further collaborations between UMB and this university. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK
MERGER from page 1 UMB students worry the university would lose both its unique identity and fair allocation of resources if a merger occurred. And because the logistics of a formal merger would not be determined until much further into the study process, York said the USGA decided to protect student interests by declaring opposition early on to make the Board of Regents aware of these issues. “We saw this as our opportunity to direct our concerns brought up by students,” he said. “A lot of the process happens kind of behind closed doors with limited opportunities to give feedback. If we’re just on the sidelines waiting to see what happens, we won’t be a real player in the conversation at all.” But SGA President Kaiyi Xie said because there is such limited information, it would be preemptive to endorse or oppose a formal merger at this point. “There are ways to make your concerns known without opposing the merger and if you don’t un-
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derstand it, you don’t have to take a stance before more information comes out,” Xie said. “And without that information, I would not feel confident to say, ‘We as the SGA say no to the merger or yes to the merger.’” For this reason, SGA legislators drafted their unanimously passed resolution to focus on what they said students on both campuses hope to achieve — new joint programs and partnerships between the undergraduate programs on this campus and the graduate programs at UMB. “I think there’s a lot to benefit from this,” CMNS legislator Godly Jack — who sponsored the bill — told legislators at Wednesday’s meeting. “We don’t want to get wrapped up with the logistics of if there is going to be a merger; I know there’s a lot of politics involved. We framed this so that whether there is a merger or not, we know what we want as students … more access to professional schools in Baltimore.” The Board of Regents has already hosted two open forums — one on this campus and one in Baltimore — for community members to voice concerns or
support for a merger. The final forum will be today at 1 p.m. in the Stamp Student Union. The board will compose its report on whether or not to endorse a merger and present it to the General Assembly by Dec. 15. University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan declined to comment on the particulars of either SGA’s stance, but said their efforts are an important part of a process he said he believes will end in enhanced collaborations between both universities. “I’m pleased by how both student governments looked into this issue with real seriousness, and their input and advice will be taken very, very seriously and are very helpful to the Board and reaching the final conclusion,” Kirwan said. “I’m very sympathetic to the SGA’s feeling that there’s not enough information, because we don’t have that much information. It’s a work in progress. We’re still trying to understand what it would all mean. But there will be more information as we near the end of the process.” email@example.com
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Don’t blame the victim
epending on whom you ask, total student loan debt in this coun- Santa Claus.” For decades, education has been part of the American Dream. Children tr y may or may not exceed $1 trillion. Many media outlets reported the milestone passed this week, while others contend are raised to believe hard work and a college degree will earn them a wellthere are a couple months to go — but really, what’s a few billion paying job and comfortable lifestyle. But now, faced with a troubled economy and rough job market, students are returning to graduate school in when we’re talking about a 13-figure number? What’s certain is that there is now more outstanding student loan debt record numbers. As applicants with advanced degrees snag positions, those without graduate school find themselves working jobs than credit card debt in this countr y. Students today that shouldn’t require a degree — 12 percent of mailare borrowing twice as much as they were only five men are college-educated, for example — which, in years ago, and outstanding student loan debt has also doubled in the same span. The rising national student turn, makes finding work even more difficult for those with only a high school diploma. In 2007, only one college — George Washington loan debt is regrettable, but Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a meritocracy University — exceeded the $50,000 mark for annual full cost of attendance. Today, there are 111. Last year, students must demand more — those with the best education should get the best jobs. But modern college students are taking out loans the average in-state tuition and fees at public four-year options if excessive tuition to pay for much more than an education. Costs have colleges increased 8 percent. risen so dramatically in part because schools attract Put together, the current state of affairs paints a costs are to be addressed. students by outspending each other on amenities. At pretty bleak picture for students across the countr y, this university, we aren’t just paying for classes. We’re so it’s no surprise that President Barack Obama recently announced some changes to payback requirements for federal stu- paying for a gym membership, we’re paying for Dining Ser vices chefs hired dent loans. Under Obama’s proposal, graduates will have to dedicate less of away from the Ritz-Carlton and in 2010 we paid women’s basketball coach their discretionar y income — 10 percent versus 15 percent — toward loan Brenda Frese $957,523. Like all consumers, students want amenities. But the trillion dollars of repayment, and all remaining debt will be forgiven after 20 years, instead of loan debt indicates students can’t afford such luxurious surroundings. In the current 25. All in all, it’s great news for the up to 1.6 million students who may benefit most situations, consumers have options: If you can’t afford $150 sneakers, from the program. But there are 36 million student loan borrowers in the find some for $10 — or anywhere in between. Similarly, students can choose countr y, and private loans are not covered by Obama’s plan. Further, the to avoid private schools — perhaps the most egregious higher education proposal fails to address a fundamental problem that will continue to plague offenders — but even public schools spend too much and force taxpayers to foot part of the bill. students for generations: College is too expensive. Instead of dozens of price points, students have three: no college, an PayPal founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel made headlines earlier this year when he bemoaned what he sees as a higher education bubble. expensive public college, or a really expensive private college. If student Thiel — who predicted the dot-com Nasdaq bust and the housing market consumers start demanding more options — a great education without crash — said, “A true bubble is when something is over valued and intensely unnecessar y amenities, for example — perhaps we’ll find a way to tackle risbelieved. Education may be the only thing people still believe in the United ing tuition costs. Until that happens, Obama’s plan will do little to burst the bubble. States. To question it is really dangerous … like telling the world there’s no
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was disappointed with Jessica Jimenez’s approach in Wednesday’s column, “Halloween: Beware of the sketchily-clad,” which was uncritical and perpetuated victim-blaming. Sexual assault is the result of power imbalances, institutional tolerance and structural violence — not clothing. Girls have been the victims of sexual assault while wearing jeans and T-shirts, militar y uniforms and burkas — there is not necessarily a strong correlation between dress and rate of assault. Even if there were a strong connection, it wouldn’t mean girls shouldn’t have the freedom to dress how they please. It means that “scantily clad” girls are scapegoats who allow us to justify the behavior of misogynists. Instead of focusing on what girls are wearing, why not ask why guys are harassing and assaulting them? Participants in the recent anti-rape protests, called Slutwalks, asked, “Why are we teaching ‘don’t get raped’ rather than ‘don’t rape?’” Jimenez’s column would have been more powerful if, instead of lecturing girls on how to alter their dress to avoid assaults by “sketchy people,” she called out those same “sketchy people” for objectifying, dehumanizing and violating girls, or noted how tragic it is that girls have to modify their dress in order to feel safer. Regardless of what girls wear, where they go and what they do, they are not to blame for sexual assault. They certainly should not shoulder the burden for preventing it. MEGAN BAILEY GRADUATE STUDENT ANTHROPOLOGY
1 percent of people have all of the awesome
or the past year, I have scrounged a comfortable living working at the local Jimmy John’s. Aside from exposing myself to the dark side of College Park, the experience has been insightful. I learned how a late-night sandwich shop is profoundly affected when one of the largest bars in town is shuttered next door. I learned how to deal with all kinds of unreasonable customers — from the very drunk to the very cheap. And when there was downtime, my boss explained the numbers he was always poring over. Learning was my bonus, working was my job — because I’m an American. What are you? For my next job, I’m headed to a lawyer’s office, where my destiny is unknown. Maybe I’ll learn a lot. Maybe I’ll learn how to make coffee. But you know what? My resume is going to be looking spiffy. And that makes up for earning only half the money I did at Jimmy John’s. Obviously, there are times when we must humble ourselves for the promise of a better future. That’s what I had
GREG NASIF to do, and someday, you’ll get to do it too, if you ever hope to be as awesome as I am. If you can’t afford to do that, well, you’re a loser. So when I see the Facebook statuses of my fellow fraternity brothers bemoaning those “occupying” McKeldin Mall, the Baltimore Inner Harbor or Wall Street itself as “hippies” or “communists” and telling them to “get a job” I make a point of liking those statuses. Jobs are everywhere, you dust-bunnies. Stop pretending working the McDonald’s drive-thru can’t cover your student loans plus all your daily, weekly and monthly expenses. You’re wasting your time, because as we all know, protesting never makes a difference — ever. I bet you didn’t even ask your parents for money. Losers.
When it comes down to it, protesters are generally the kind of people you wouldn’t want to hang out with. Arrogant, demanding, loud and unreasonable, their image makes empathizing with their cause very difficult indeed. And it’s well-known that if you can’t befriend someone, you certainly can’t agree with them politically, and you must completely oppose everything they stand for. In this case, it means supporting the continuing corporate takeover of our country. Don’t listen to these occupiers. Their unemployment is their own fault: The sluggish economy is simply the result of workers trying to spite their masters — I mean, bosses/job creators — by sabotaging their companies. They should have prepared themselves for this financial disaster, which everybody saw coming. How do they do that? Easy — don’t pursue majors that focus on the hurting fields, like math, science, business, arts, government, teaching, accounting, economics or journalism. Did I mention you should have made these decisions when you
were 17? What’s that? You didn’t know what financial firms were planning in boardrooms? You were busy being a teenager? What are you, some kind of hippie? Show a little gratitude. These corporations made the shirts on your backs. And if you really have a problem with the way some of these industries pollute the air, stop breathing. After all, the financial industry could have stuck with destroying itself, but instead it took down the entire economy. At least they believe in equal justice for all. If I try really hard, I can kind of see where these hippies are coming from. Maybe these protests will raise the minimum wage enough that my law firm job will pay as much as Jimmy John’s. Maybe they’ll actually prevent the total implosion of our economy. If that’s the case, then “go protesters!” Just know that whether you’re for or against me, I’m not joining you. I’m busy sailing, and pretending there’s still a future for me. Greg Nasif is a senior history major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween: A collegiate case study
alloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I think many people share my feelings. I have so many great memories of Halloween — like my white Power Rangers costume and the time my friends and I were sure we were going to be murdered in an abandoned wheat field — I can’t even keep them all straight. But how can a holiday that differs so much in practice from childhood to adulthood consistently make people of all ages happy? Perhaps the beauty of Halloween stems from the freedom inherent in it. For kids, it is a night to run around in the dark, go up to as many strangers as you want and pig out on sugary goodness. When trick-or-treating stops being an option, it is about staying up all night with friends, watching horror movies and stuffing yourself with pizza. Then, in college, it signifies a weekend of partying, when red Solo cups are replaced with their
orange counterparts (in particularly spirited houses) and booze is preferred over “boos!” Costumes for girls range greatly, from the conservatively scandalous — which cover two square feet of their bodies — to scandalously conservative, which shamelessly shield a whole three feet. Boys can essentially wear whatever they want, as long as they can justify it with a few words. This works for everything: full suits and shades (“I’m a hitman!”), to bed sheets (“You like my toga?”) to plaid shirts with skinny jeans (“I’m a hipster. It’s ironic because, in real life, I’m also a hipster.”). A common critique of our society is that we often forget the significance or importance of a holiday when celebrating it. Giving thanks is rarely the focal point of Thanksgiving, and many see Christmas as either a day for exchanging presents or a musical genre. However, Halloween is unique among holidays in that it has no truly
RAJARSHI CHATTOPADHYAY significant historical or religious association. Though some believe it originated from the Christian All Saints Day and others claim it began with the Celtic festival of Samhain, these potential origins affect a very small number of people who celebrate the day. Instead, it is essentially a commercial holiday filled with pranks, friends, elaborate decorations and well thought out costumes (yet, inexplicably, you will see at least five Waldos and 10 crayons throughout the night). Even the notable social commentator Charlie Brown, who annually speaks out against the corruption of Christmas and the unfair societal pressures of Valentine’s Day, has no
criticisms of Halloween. Instead, he goes to the dance with the little redhaired girl, leaving Linus to wait for the Great Pumpkin. To Charlie Brown, there is no deeper significance to the holiday, and maybe that is what makes it so great. Instead of worrying about carrying out slightly archaic traditions or making sure nobody thinks you are celebrating it “wrong,” Halloween is a night to just do what you want. It is the one day in the year when no decoration is too elaborate, no costume is too offensive and nobody can tell you what you are doing is not in the spirit of the holiday. There are absolutely no Debbie Downers on Halloween to dampen the mood — in fact, Scrooge McPumpkin only exists as a horrible costume idea. Rajarshi Chattopadhyay is a sophomore aerospace engineering and history major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Walking slow for a reason
am writing in response to Sam Spiegelman’s article “Pedestrians: Saving pace” in Tuesday’s issue of The Diamondback. I too used to be enraged, annoyed, inconvenienced and generally stressed out by slow-walkers. In my undergrad years, I think I was even in a Facebook group with a title something to the effect of “I want to punch slow-walkers in the back of the head.” So I get it, I really do. But today, just before reading Spiegelman’s article, I noticed while walking to McKeldin Librar y that I had become a slowwalker myself. I watched, horrified, as harried students came up quickly behind me, then passed if they could. Since becoming pregnant, I have developed Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), which basically means walking hurts, taking the stairs hurts — heck, even sitting still hurts. If you saw me on the campus, you might not notice I’m pregnant, especially if I am wearing a bulky sweater or coat. You might assume I am a dreaded slowwalker, put in front of you just to make your life difficult. But instead, just like other people with “invisible” diseases, disorders, injuries or disabilities, I have a reason to walk slowly. You really have no way of knowing if that slow-walker in front of you is suffering from SPD, a broken coccyx, a sprained lumbar, severe asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, neuropathy or any of a host of conditions that can and do affect those around you. Yes, even young, fit-looking college students. Not all physical ailments are visible. While our physical discomforts surely don’t make us any less annoying if you are stuck following, hopefully keeping this point in mind can help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by the “slow but steady death sentence” we condemn you to. MEGHAN SOMMERS GRADUATE STUDENT MUSICOLOGY
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REVIEW | IN TIME
Money isn’t everything In Time fails in concept and execution Weis (Amanda Seyfried, Red Riding Hood) hostage and make a daring escape back in ghetto-ville. During this lovely little jaunt, Will In Time doesn’t feel like the work of explains to Sylvia his newly conwriter-director Andrew Niccol (Lord cocted wealth (remember, time is of War). money) redistribution/bank heist No, In Time feels like what would scheme, and the two set off to right happen if James Bond watched wrongs, make love and defeat capiLogan’s Run and Soylent Green talism, or something. whilst high on crack-cocaine and In Time is a master class in bad then decided to make a sci-fi reintermovie writing and logic. For instance, pretation of Robin Hood: Men in Tights how and why Sylvia turned from panwith a healthy dash of Upton Sinclair’s icked hostage victim to Will’s love interest The Jungle. is unclear. Also, the mechanics for the whole This metaphor, of course, assumes that in this alternate universe James Bond believes making time-is-money system doesn’t hold to scrutiny — puns off of the word and concept of time was the the proletarians in this universe must be profoundly stupid to not realize the egregious harm this system height of comedic wit. Lame puns might be acceptable in lame chil- imposes on their economic strata. Taken as a vague allegory for the current ecodren’s movies (see: Dolphin Tale), but they are totally out of place in a high-concept science fiction nomic crisis, yeah, In Time kind of loosely works, mediation on the evils of capitalism. They under- but the goofiness of the concept and the dialogue mine the very serious underpinnings of In Time, in really overwhelms any of the movie’s thought-provoking properties. addition to making the movie feel disjointed. The script’s atrocious, pun- and expositionIn Time charts the socialist awakening of Will laden dialogue drags all princiSalas (Justin Timberlake, pal cast members down with it Friends with Benefits), a downV E R D I C T : into an abyss of stiff, wooden trodden proletarian living in a In Time is a tedious, overlong and emoting, with the exception of futuristic world where folks unfocused allegory that, despite Cillian Murphy’s (Retreat) stop aging when they reach 25, having Olivia Wilde star as Justin delightfully arrogant take on a and must earn additional years Timberlake’s mother, fails by-the-books cop. of life through working, i.e., spectacularly on several levels. On a more positive note, Nictime is money. col does show some talent at Will has his eyes opened by a mysterious and suicidal rich man who, before directing the good, if unoriginal, action sequences donating all of his time (remember, time is money) and car chases. He and cinematographer Roger to Will and killing himself, gives a monologue expli- Deakins also deserve credit for shooting the most film-like digital footage I have ever seen. cating certain fairly obvious economic concepts. Niccol also must be given mad props for engiAll, however, is not rosy, as the fuzz are now in hot pursuit of Will on the basis of security camera neering a scenario in which Olivia Wilde (Cowboys footage placing him at the scene of the death. So, a & Aliens) plays Timberlake’s mother. But while Murphy’s performance and Deakin’s rich (remember, time is money) Will strolls on into the rich gated community to avoid the cops and photography are quite good, there just isn’t enough time in the day for me to recommend screw the wealthy (figuratively and literally). Eventually, he stumbles into a party held at a very watching In Time. wealthy banker’s house when the coppers arrive. He’s forced to take the well-endowed heiress Sylvia firstname.lastname@example.org BY WARREN ZHANG Staff writer
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and then go out, and so I was just really relieved it went in. Then, I was really excited. Senior night’s the best gift to give the seniors and just a great way to end the regular season.” Eleven Terps were honored before the game for their contributions to a team that went from an ACC also-ran to one of the top pro-
grams in the country during their time in College Park. The seniors knew they might not ever take the field again in their collegiate careers unless they did what they needed to last night. Now, after officially extending their season, the Terps will play at Virginia on Sunday in the first round of the ACC Tournament. “This game was huge for our confidence, for our team, for our whole aura,” said forward Ashley Grove, a senior. “It was huge. We couldn’t have asked for a better result. There’s no better feeling than winning on senior night, no less beating UNC in overtime, so climactic like that. Beautiful, beautiful crowd. It was an awesome moment.” And while relief and joy washed over the Terps after Kaplan’s golden goal, the result was in doubt for the majority of the game. North Carolina (11-4-1, 6-3-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute after midfielder Amber Brooks served a ball in to forward Courtney Jones on a free kick. Jones headed the ball past Terps goalkeeper Yewande Balogun, who dived and had the ball squirt out of her hands and across the goal line. From there, the Tar Heels didn’t slow down, outshooting the Terps 11-4 in the first and 18-13 for the game.
Balogun, however, made seven saves and denied North Carolina any chance of extending its lead. “I know we’re a good team,” Pensky said after the Terps secured their second victory in program history against the Tar Heels. “We’ve been saying it all season long. But it’s tough as a coach and as a leader to continue to say, ‘Come on, we just have to believe. Come on, it’s going to come. Come on. Believe. Just keep fighting through it.’ You need to hang your hat on a result. You need to see something tangible.” Pensky said that going forward, his team needs to stay grounded in order to avoid a result such as last Sunday’s 3-1 loss at Duke, where the Terps were dominated in the second half and didn’t record a shot in the final 45 minutes. The Terps lost, 4-1, at the Cavaliers on Sept. 15, a result Grove said has stayed with the team the entire season. “I can speak for the whole team when I say we’re super excited,” Grove said. “We know Virginia wasn’t us. Who showed up that game, I don’t know. We’re super excited to play that game. We have momentum back. We have confidence back. We have everything and I’m ecstatic to play Virginia.”
or sophomore guard Mychal Parker could make a move into the starting lineup. However he splits up the rotation, Turgeon won’t have much experience to rely on this season. If he were to split up the 200 minutes per game equally among the team’s seven scholarship players, each would average more than 28 per game. Only departed forwards Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory averaged more than that a year ago, and only Stoglin played for that long in any single game last year. Parker, forwards James Padgett and Ashton Pankey and center Berend Weijs combined for just 23.1 minutes per game a year ago. Each of them could surpass that individu-
ally this season. The lack of depth already has Turgeon worried. “Terrell can’t play 40 minutes ever y game,” Turgeon told The Washington Post yesterday. “That’s where the big problem is, so we’ll do it by committee. If there’s good timing, it’s good that it happened at this time in the year. I felt like we were really practicing well — Pe’Shon, especially.” If the sophomore heals according to the current timetable, he would return to the team in mid-January, in time for the start of the Terps’ ACC schedule. At the team’s media day earlier this month, Howard spoke of his excitement to pick up from where he finished last year.
Over the summer, he played with several NBA stars, including Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Carmelo Anthony and John Wall in games through the Goodman League, a basketball league in Southeast Washington consisting of athletes ranging from high schoolers to professionals. Howard said he expected to play a big role in his second year in College Park. “I’m trying to be a leader,” Howard said. “Even though I’m a sophomore, I’m one of the veterans on the team.” Instead, he’ll be stuck cheering from the sidelines.
too. We’ve seen long throws in situations that call for runs, draws on third and long, back-shoulder fades at the goal line and screen passes. Oh, the screen passes. The only thing the Terps have more of than uniform combinations are screen passes. But the screen passes aren’t working. And neither is the offense. Even so, Edsall isn’t pointing any fingers at Crowton. “Gary Crowton is a good coordinator. And Gary Crowton is very capable of doing a job. And I think if you look at his resume, it proves that out,” Edsall said. “Gary Crowton is doing a good job and is going to continue to do a good job.” Crowton has a checkered past, featuring stops at several major college programs and even a job in the NFL. He coached highly ranked offenses at BYU, and he even won a national championship with LSU in 2007. But fans have been happy to see him leave at most of those spots after offensive issues. It would be great to talk to Crowton himself about the offense, ask him what he’s trying to do, what he sees in the two quarterbacks and evaluate the year. But he’s been off limits to the media since the summer, which isn’t helping matters. And asking Edsall for information on the offense is like trying to get missile codes from a CIA agent. After all, as Edsall has pointed out, he’s not calling the plays. Crowton is. “I like our scheme. I like what we’re doing. And it’s only going to get better. And again, I think the biggest thing is that there’s just been inconsistency,” Edsall said. “I mean, take a look at the Miami game. Take a look at the Clemson, you take a look at the second half of West Virginia. “That’s the thing. You see progress. Is it as much progress as I would have liked to see so far? No, there’s been too much inconsistency. And that’s my job, to figure out and keep working on handling those inconsistencies.” Some have speculated that Crowton’s offense is simply too complicated for the college game. There’s no questioning the success he’s had in the past, and even at times this year. But it’s fair to wonder how much of the offensive struggles fall at his feet. Even if Crowton is a fine offensive coordinator, his style simply doesn’t fit here. Not yet, anyway. Maybe in a few years, the team will have the type of players needed to run a spread offense. But they don’t now, and maybe that should have been considered before he was brought to College Park.
Virginia’s win assures ACC Tournament spot before Kaplan clinches OT win vs. UNC BY DANIEL GALLEN Staff writer
With time winding down in last night’s game and the Terrapins women’s soccer team trailing 1-0, forward Hayley Brock gained possession of the ball 20 yards from North Carolina’s goal, skirted past three defenders and put the ball in the bottom right corner, past a diving Anna Sieloff into the North Carolina goal. But as the No. 16 Terps pulled even with the No. 11 Tar Heels, another scene was unfolding 130 miles away in Charlottesville, Va.; No. 9 Virginia had scored two goals in the final 11 minutes of play to beat Miami, 2-0, guaranteeing the Terps’ place in the ACC Tournament. Terps coach Brian Pensky knew this. His team didn’t. And he kept it that way as they prepared for overtime, not wanting to back into the postseason on a three-game losing streak. Seven minutes later, midfielder Becky Kaplan took a pass from forward Sade Ayinde on the left side and put a shot by Sieloff, tucking it inside the far post to give the Terps (10-4-4, 4-4-2, ACC) not only a 2-1 senior night win but also the No. 7 seed in the ACC Tournament. “First reaction was, ‘Thank God I didn’t hit the post,’” Kaplan said. “It looked like it was going to hit the post
HOWARD from page 1 playing well for us. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot better by the time Pe’Shon joins the team later this year.” The loss has put the first-year coach in an even more difficult position. He lost forward Haukur Palsson to a professional career overseas this season, and without Howard, Turgeon has just seven healthy, eligible scholarship players to open the season. The Terps still haven’t received word from the NCAA regarding the status of freshman center Alex Len. Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin is expected to shift to point guard, while freshman guard Nick Faust
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The Terps celebrate midfielder Becky Kaplan’s game-winning goal last night against North Carolina. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK
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Boston College Eagles
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1-6 (0-4 ACC)
WHEN: Tomorrow, 3:00 p.m. WHERE: Byrd Stadium TV: Comcast SportsNet LINE: Terps by 7.5 DATA: In addition to star running back Montel Harris, Boston College has been without top wideout Ifeanyi Momah for much of this year.
TERPSTRACKER 2011 TEAM STATS TERPS Passing (YPG) Rushing (YPG) Total (YPG) Points per game Opponents’ PPG Avg. Time of Possession
215.0 168.3 383.3 25.0 31.4 25:40
BC 197.0 114.3 311.3 18.7 26.3 29:20
FRESH LEAK With Terrapins football starting wide receiver Kevin Dorsey still out with an injury, coach Randy Edsall will start true freshman Marcus Leak for a second consecutive week tomorrow. Leak became the first true freshman wideout to start for the Terps in six years, and quickly showed his worth against Florida State last week. He finished with a career high in catches (eight) and yards (61), along with a late touchdown. “I thought Marcus played well for his first start,” Edsall said. “There are some things that we still need to work on with him technically, but I think Marcus will get better with the more that he plays.” “I think he’s going to be a big-time player for us,” quar terback C.J. Brown said.
Despite losing three games in a row, coach Randy Edsall said of his Terps program: “I have the mindset that I want to try to recruit better and better every year. … If I wasn’t doing that, then they should fire me, they should get rid of me.” CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
TERPS’ TOUGH SELL Edsall, team looks to recapture attention of programs, fans amid downward spiral BY CONOR WALSH
HARTSFIELD BACK While the depleted Terps defense received some bad news this week when the team announced linebacker Kenny Tate would not return to the field this season, the team can at least take solace in the return of middle linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. The physical junior was not listed on the team’s injury report last night. Hartsfield, right, who hasn’t played since leaving in the third quarter of the Terps’ Oct. 8 loss to Georgia Tech with an apparent leg injury, averaged 10 tackles over the first five games of the season and should help take some pressure off a defensive corps that relied on three freshmen two weeks ago. “The thing we’re going to have to be able to do defensively is stop the run game and play action game of Boston College, a ball-control game,” coach Randy Edsall said yesterday. “We’re going to have to stand in there and play good, sound, fundamental football and be physical.”
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In a break from his normally evenkeeled form, Randy Edsall made a rare admission after last weekend’s 41-16 drubbing by Florida State. “We just don’t match up with the speed and athleticism of Clemson and Florida State,” the Terrapins football coach said, “and that’s what we’re going to have to do from a recruiting standpoint.” It may sound obvious, especially after he saw the Terps get physically manhandled by the Tigers and the Seminoles in consecutive weeks. And though Edsall made one thing clear — to compete with the best, you need the best talent — the problem for the first-year coach now becomes just how to sell a program that may well be on its way to missing a bowl for the second time in three seasons. “To me, this is a great institution academically and you can come in here and get an education and a degree that has meaning to it,” Edsall said. “You can come here and play in an offense that’s going to work to get the ball to its playmakers in space and
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TERPS RB DAVIN MEGGETT VS. BC LB LUKE KUECHLY Just two players have eclipsed the century mark in tackles this season. One of them — Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly — will be suited up in Byrd Stadium tomorrow. The junior not only leads the country in tackles, he has 18 more than the nexthighest player. This season, Kuechly has averaged more than 16 per game and had a game-high 19 against Virginia Tech last week. Although the Eagles sit at the bottom of the ACC this season, Kuechly is arguably the conference’s top defensive playmaker. He’s also one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker. He’ll look to stop Terps running back Davin Meggett, who hasn’t enjoyed quite the senior season he was hoping for. In seven games this season, he has 526 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Meggett, right, ran for just 44 yards last week at Florida State as the Terps turned to their passing game early to try and make up an early deficit.
you’re going to play on a defense that’s going to be aggressive, and you’re going to have opportunities because whoever’s the best guys are going to play.” Still, it’s no secret: The easiest way to sell a program is with wins. With the Terps in a downward spiral after three consecutive losses, tomorrow’s game against a scuffling Boston College squad presents them with an opportunity to get back on track. They do have the advantage of sporting Under Armour’s newest threads and the impending construction of a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility. But considering the fact that any push the Terps’ attention-grabbing Labor Day victory over Miami gave them in recruiting has since dwindled to next to nothing, Edsall and the Terps must now find a way to reignite some excitement around a program that hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 2008 or competed for an ACC Championship in a decade. “You see that young guys are playing early, and we haven’t really hit where we can be yet,” said quarterback Danny O’Brien, who’s been
or yet another week, the starting quarterback for the Terrapins football team is in question. When Boston College rolls into town for tomorrow’s matchup, we still won’t know who will be under center: the passer, Danny O’Brien, or the scrambler, C.J. Brown. All right, more quarterback controversy! Just what a team in turmoil needs. As much fun as it is to try and squeeze an answer out of coach Randy Edsall every week, the quarterback position isn’t the biggest question surrounding this team. The bigger cloud hovering over this team is, Just what exactly are the Terps trying to do on offense? When Edsall was hired, fans expected a prostyle, grind-it-out offensive attack. That’s what he did at Connecticut, and the pieces were in place here with a pocket-passer quarterback, a
stable of physical running backs and an experienced offensive line. But Edsall diverted from his previous styles to hire Gary Crowton as offensive coordinator, an acolyte of the spread offense, in a move that looks more and more questionable by the week. Even though the offense looked stellar on the season’s opening night, a sobering truth surfaced in the weeks following: The Terps don’t really have the personnel for Crowton’s type of offense. The offensive line isn’t athletic enough. The receivers aren’t fast enough. The best quarterback on the roster is a pocket passer. Yes, Brown is a good fit for the spread. He’s fast enough to make plays with his legs. But he wasn’t supposed to be this team’s quarterback; O’Brien was. Edsall knew this when he took the job, and still tried to stick him in an offense that wasn’t conducive to success. Not only does it seem like a mismatch from a personnel standpoint, but the play calling has been highly questionable,
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heavily involved in recruiting, including the recruitment of freshman running back Justus Pickett. “Once we do that, it’ll be a lot easier to sell. You’ve got to win to get good recruits, there’s no secret to that. “We just want to win, and all that stuff will take care of itself. Winning programs get better players and are seen in a more positive light than losing teams. That’s just kind of the reality of sports, in general.” The Eagles, on paper, should give the Terps that opportunity. With their best player, running back Montel Harris, sidelined for the season, the Eagles are averaging an ACC-worst 18.7 points per game. And while their defense is, as usual, physical — Luke Kuechly, one of the nation’s best linebackers, leads the way — the Eagles (1-6, 0-4 ACC) have yet to beat an FCS opponent this season. But as the Terps (2-5, 1-3) proved in an embarrassing 38-7 loss to Temple earlier this season, they simply aren’t talented enough to take any opponent for granted. “You can only look at Boston College,” quarterback C.J. Brown said. “We only have one more win than
they do, so there’s not too much we can look past.” The first seven games of this season have been far from what Edsall would have hoped for in his first season in College Park, and the Terps’ preseason goal of an Orange Bowl appearance has come and gone. Bowl eligibility still remains plenty attainable for the Terps, but the rest of this season may have further-reaching implications down the road. If they’re able to win now, it could help thrust them into the ACC’s upper echelon in the coming years. “Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program,” Edsall said. “I think what all these people have to understand is, just like in any profession, any business, every year, you’re trying to upgrade your business or your organization. “So, every year, I have the mindset that I want to try to recruit better and better every year. And that’s not a knock on anybody that’s here, because if I wasn’t doing that, then they should fire me, they should get rid of me.” email@example.com
Despite a possible twoperson platoon at quarterback this week, the Terps still offer much more offensively than the Eagles. Boston College is without star running back Montel Harris, who had knee surgery at the beginning of the season. It also doesn’t have a consistent backup or prolific passing attack.
The Terps haven’t been very good, but somehow the Eagles have been worse this season. Boston College has allowed 27 or more points in all but two of its games this season and hasn’t been able to stop the run (165.6 yards per game allowed) or the pass (262.7 yards per game allowed).
The Terps are still struggling on special teams, as made evident at Florida State last Saturday. Boston College kicker Nate Freese has connected on nine of 12 field goal attempts this season, while Terps kicker Nick Ferrara is 8-for-11.
Neither Terps coach Randy Edsall nor Eagles coach Frank Spaziani has had the type of season he likely envisioned back in September. The two coaches have won just three of their 11 combined games this season.
The Terps have lost five of their past six games and are still in the middle of a quarterback controversy. But if any ACC program is in worse shape right now, it has to be Boston College. Aside from linebacker Luke Kuechly, there aren’t many Eagles worth watching.
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