No. 12 women’s soccer faces Wake Forest at Ludwig Field
An Education provides an intriguing glance at post-feminism
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
THE DIAMONDBACK Our 100TH Year, No. 43
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Education school reshaping Budget cuts speed up consolidation seven departments down to three BY CARRIE WELLS Senior staff writer
DOTS Director David Allen discusses how his department is helping students with disabilities at a public forum held in McKeldin Library yesterday. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
At disabilities forum, students air broad range of complaints
The College of Education will merge seven departments into three next fall in a radical overhaul administrators hope will leave it better positioned to cope with budget cuts and prepare the next generation of teachers. While some colleges are scarcely changing in the face of dwindling state dollars, Educa-
tion Dean Donna Wiseman sees these lean times as an opportunity to help the college’s faculty communicate more effectively. She had started plans to consolidate the college while she served as interim dean last DONNA year, but recent WISEMAN budget cuts sped up EDUCATION DEAN
the process. “We’re not known for how quick we are to change as a campus,” she said. “We need to be more flexible in terms of what the state wants, what the students want.” Next fall, departments including teacher education, education policy, spe-
cial education, human development, education statistics, counseling and higher education administration will reemerge as three units. Students in underpopulated programs might see their majors cut, while other education students might not even notice the difference. Wiseman said students in
see EDUCATION, page 2
Administration blames lack of funds for delays in addressing issues BY NELLY DESMARATTES Staff writer
The university’s disabled population faces a range of issues every day, from what more than 30 students, faculty and staff members called “disrespectful” employees to an “apathetic” administration at the annual Campus Forum on Disability Issues yesterday. The hour-and-a-half-long discussion in McKeldin Library focused on everything from a lack of building access and transportation, to widespread insensitivity, to the frustrations the disabled community has with university administrators, to the length of time it takes to get changes made at the university. Administrators who attended the forum blamed a tight budget and lack of resources for the delays in addressing student concerns but emphasized that serving
the university’s disabled population is, and will continue to be, a top priority. Throughout the forum, students with disabilities brought up the difficulties they have experienced interacting with their professors. Several people called for mandatory sensitivity training for faculty and the inclusion of disabilities awareness programs for students. Anthony Byrd, a senior government and politics major with speech and physical impairments, spoke of his impression that two or three of his professors are not happy he is in their classes. He said he felt disrespected when a professor addressed an issue about him to the director of the Disabilities Support Service, Jo Ann Hutchinson, instead of contacting him directly. “I feel that some professors
see FORUM, page 3
More than 160 people learned to do the dance accompanying Michael Jackson’s 1982 No. 1 hit "Thriller" last night in Eppley Recreational Center. VINCE SALAMONE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Hordes of students freak out while learning classic dance BY ALLISON LYONS For The Diamondback
With Halloween a few days away, ghouls and zombies invaded the Eppley Recreation Center last night. Students dressed up in leather jackets, tight pants and other “Thriller”-inspired outfits for the third annual “Thriller” dance at the ERC. The dance attracted about 160 students, much more than a typical
dance class. The instructors said they hope this free class will inspire the students who came to attend more of the regularly scheduled dance classes. At the end of the night, instructors presented awards for the best dancer, best costume and the most energetic. “I put my all into this costume,”
see THRILLER, page 2
CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS | 2009
The legacy of Len
Old school councilmen face newcomer in Dist. 2
23 years after star basketball player’s death, Without Bias premiers at Hoff tonight BY JONAS SHAFFER Staff writer
In just 96 minutes tonight, filmmaker Kirk Fraser hopes he can bring closure to the story of a death he says has lingered untold for the past 23 years. Without Bias, Fraser’s documentary about the drug overdose death of former Terrapin men’s basketball star Len Bias, will make its world premiere
BY BRADY HOLT
tonight at the Hoff Theater before debuting on ESPN Tuesday as part of the network’s “30 for 30” film series. “It’s just an eye-opener in seeing that one mistake could cost you everything,” Fraser said. But until now, the tale of the Bias tragedy has mainly been told in newspapers and television retrospectives, rarely garnering
Senior staff writer
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Instructor Mona Javid, Jr. (center) taught the group how to do the “Thriller” dance. VINCE SALAMONE/THE DIAMONDBACK
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Voters in College Park’s rapidly transforming District 2 head to the polls Tuesday to decide who will oversee an everincreasing student population, choosing between the city’s longest-serving incumbents and a newcomer who moved to the city just two years ago. Bob Catlin and Jack Perry have each represented the district — central College Park, including most of the campus —
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for more than a decade, but challenger Bob Weber says it’s time for a fresh outlook as the area grapples with student rental homes spreading ever farther from campus and as new student housing complexes prepare to sprout up just along Route 1. But Catlin — who first joined the council in 1997 — said the city needs his experience and expertise to guide it through this transition. Someone unfamiliar
see DISTRICT 2, page 3
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THRILLER from page 1 said sophomore economics major Chelsea McKenzie, who won the costume award for her Michael Jackson imitation outfit. “I channeled my inner Michael.” Students took advantage of the opportunity to dress up a few days before Halloween and came decked out in Michael Jackson attire and zombie-like costumes. Sophomore hearing and speech science major Rachel Pomycala came wearing a torn flannel shirt with fishnet stockings and face paint. “There’s zombies in the ‘Thriller’ video, so we wanted to go with the video,” she said. Sophomore psychology major Lia Karvounis, who came with Pomycala, also wore a zombie outfit. “We ended up looking more like the joker,” Karvounis said, noting their bright face paint. Though the event was primarily a dance class, many of the participants did not have much dancing experience. But most students said it didn’t matter. “This is more for fun than real musical talent,” senior marketing major Sue O’Neill said. “It’s not that technically difficult.” Others, like sophomore journalism major Michaelle Bond, said it’s just not Halloween without “Thriller.”
EDUCATION from page 1 the soon-to-be-cut programs will be able to complete their degrees, and if their required classes are axed, the college will work to find substitutes. The college has not yet decided which programs will stay and which will go. The more efficient communication will also help the college manage with fewer professors or staff, as they have been unable to hire new ones when the old ones leave, Wiseman said. “You can see what will happen over time — when you put [departments] together, they might come up with new programs and eliminate the old,” she said. “That’s what I’m hoping for.” Wiseman said she would do everything she could to avoid layoffs. Instead, some faculty and staff might be reshuffled into new positions. The largest of the new departments, with nearly 50 faculty members, will house programs related to teaching and teacher education, special education and education policy. The second department will focus
A group of more than 160 students learned the "Thriller" dance at a special Halloween-themed dance class at Eppley Recreational Center last night. VINCE SALAMONE/THE DIAMONDBACK
“I’ve always wanted to know the dance. It’s quintessential Halloween to learn the dance,” Bond said. “We got a party to go to, so we definitely have to know the ‘Thriller,’” junior psychology major Robert Granville added. Some attendees had done the dance before, such as freshman letters and sciences major Carmen Alston, who said it has been years since she first learned the “Thriller” moves. “When I was little, I did two-stepping in front of the TV to this,” Alston said.
The instructor, junior communication major Mona Javid, has taught the dance all three years at the ERC. “It comes kind of naturally,” Javid said. “It’s a really easy dance. You can just follow.” Due to the enthusiastic student response Javid gets every year, she said she intends to continue the “Thriller” tradition in the future. “As long as I’m here,” Javid said, the dancing will go on. Angela Fu, a graduate student and fitness instructor, helps with the pro-
gram in hopes that the unique theme would inspire people who don’t normally exercise to come out and try it. “I can’t think of a muscle you don’t use [doing the dance],” she said. “It’s a way to exercise and have fun.” Some of the students ended up having so much fun, they said they want to come back and try other dance classes. “This will be the catalyst to get me to go to more classes,” Bond said.
solely on research in educational psychology, assessment, statistics and human development. The third will deal with counseling, higher education, leadership and personnel services. Those two departments will have about 25 faculty members each. Other changes to the college include a greater emphasis on globalization and technology. To accomplish this, the college will develop programs with other colleges, such as the College of agriculture and natural resources college and the information studies college. “Despite all the rhetoric in the last presidential campaign, I don’t think on a day-to-day basis [people] like change,” said Linda Valli, the current chair of the large Curriculum and Instruction department. “But I and a lot of people saw it as an opportunity to break down the barriers of departments and work together.” But some faculty feel confused and left out of the process. One education professor, who asked not to be named so he could speak more openly, said a “significant” number of faculty aren’t welcoming the changes.
where these decisions are coming from. Is it the provost, the dean?” Professor Connie North said she was unsure of how the reorganization would turn out. “I think it holds promise because the current structure doesn’t make much sense,” she said. “But if you’re trying to be cost-efficient, how does the economy compromise this goal of excellence?” Wiseman also admitted she hadn’t sought much input from undergraduate students and that some graduate students were scared about their programs disappearing and what that would mean for them. Faculty and staff in committees have already voted on the changes, approving the three-department model instead of an alternative fourdepartment model. The changes must now be approved by Provost Nariman Farvardin, the University Senate and, for name changes, the University System Board of Regents.
New Education Departments: Teacher education, special education and education policy Research in educational psychology, assessment, statistics and human development Counseling, higher education, leadership and personnel services
SOURCE: Education Dean Donna Wiseman “People feel like they’re disenfranchised in the process and are less than comfortable with the final outcome,” the professor said. “There are some groups that don’t feel comfortable with who they’re being merged with. Many people weren’t informed in a timely manner. And it’s not clear
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DISTRICT 2 from page 1 with the city’s inner workings would lose valuable time getting up to speed, he said. Besides, he added, he doesn’t want to quit just as issues he has worked on over the years — including attracting more student housing to Route 1 — are about to become realities. “You get involved in things, and nothing can get done in three to four years,” said Catlin. “You get something started, and you want to be involved with it to see if finished. … It’s nice to see something that you’ve worked on for many years come to fruition.” Among Catlin’s efforts on the council was a rent stabilization ordinance that he introduced six years ago in the hope that capping rental homes’ profits would discourage speculators from buying single-family homes to convert them into student rental properties — an ultimately failed endeavor. Catlin voted against continuing rent stabilization this summer. However, he still clashes openly with landlords, calling them “greedy” and manipulative. But aside from landlords, Catlin has typically shied from controversy. A retired economist from the Federal Energy Regulator y Commission, Catlin, 55, says his 25 years with that office give him the attitude of a mild-mannered civil servant. “I always view myself as not a politician but more of a behind-the-scenes person, more of a policy wonk rather than the sort of person who would actually get elected to something,” he said. Rather, Catlin said his preferences lie with “facts and figures, which typically hasn’t appealed to a lot of the other council members.” Perr y, District 2’s other incumbent, says he also has a quality he feels his colleagues lack: a willingness to think for himself. He has served on the council longer than any other member and frequently casts the only dissenting vote on council action items. He’s also often the only member of the council to strike up debate on routine agenda items. Perry sees himself as thorough. Especially if he doesn’t know ever ything on a given bill, he’ll demand to hear a full explanation from someone who does. Mayor Steve Brayman, who likes his meetings to move
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“I always view myself as not a politician, but more of a behindthe-scenes person...” BOB CATLIN DISTRICT 2 COUNCILMAN
quickly, has a different opinion. Brayman once described Perry as “a completely rogue council member” during a public meeting when Perry spoke out of turn; Perry, in turn, has described his colleagues as Brayman’s “puppet council.” “I don’t have an agenda, okay? I just want to bring discussion,” Perry said about his two decade council tenure. Perry’s blunt statements have brought no shortage of controversy. The national blogosphere debated his failed proposal last year to make English the official language of College Park, and he has no patience for his noisy student neighbors. Perry, 69, comes to the council with a distinctly different background than most of his colleagues: He went straight from high school to the Coast Guard and subsequently held a variety of blue-collar jobs, most recently a self-employed auto parts recycler. He has been recently grappling with cancer, pegging his hopes on an experimental form of chemotherapy. He missed a number of council meetings earlier this year for treatment. Now, he says he is presently “vertical and receiving nourishment” and lacks any interest in rushing through the council’s agenda items. But Bob Weber said District 2 needs a fresh face. “I can bring a new perspective, a fresh approach, new ideas — that whole sort of
thing that they haven’t had in a while,” Weber said. Weber, a landlord who rents five College Park houses to students, said his interactions with his tenants give him a better understanding of the student population than the district incumbents. He added that the city has been “deteriorating” under the watch of Catlin and Perry. He admits he doesn’t yet know what he would do to reverse the negative trends he sees — particularly in public safety — but says that, if elected, he would learn the system and come up with recommendations. Weber’s other emphasis, he said, is taking residents’ views directly to the council and voting based on what he hears from constituents, rather than on his own opinions. He said his past experience as an air traffic controller has accustomed him to listening instead of talking, though he describes lengthy council meetings as “torture.” “There’s over a hundred people who work for the city, they all have jobs to do, and to me, a lot of the time and effort of the city council goes into micromanaging some very small aspect that a person on the staff could have done right from the start,” Weber said. Weber, 58, grew up in and around the city and eventually took over and expanded his father’s rental property business. Over the years, he said, he also flew helicopters in Vietnam and developed and patented a type of snowboard. The city council election will be held Nov. 3. Residents of District 2 — which stretches from Paint Branch Parkway to just north of University Boulevard on the east side of Route 1 and also includes most on-campus housing and the University View — vote at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. email@example.com
Members of the Student Government Association showed up to their Tuesday night meeting in costume. They also unanimously passed two bills on academic reform. VINCE SALAMONE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Academic reform bills pass Bills aimed at influencing decisions on final exam BY EMILIE OPENCHOWSKI Staff writer
Two SGA bills aimed at influencing the University Senate’s position on key academic reforms passed the legislature unanimously last night. The senate is considering changing the current final exam policy to limit the maximum number of exams per day to two, and making the procedure for reviewing allegations of unfair grading more student-friendly. The two Student Government Association bills are meant to encourage the senate to adopt the proposed changes. While the SGA doesn’t have the power to actually change policy, the senate directly advises university President Dan Mote, and he rarely ignores their decisions. The first resolution encourages the university to lower the maximum number of final exams a student can take in a day from three to two. Business legislator Cindy Kim, a senior finance and accounting major who sponsored the legislation, said that in her first semester at the university, she had to take three exams in one day, an experience she called “quite traumatizing as a freshman.” “In the three years I’ve been at Maryland, I have heard various complaints from my classmates, peers [and] friends about how having even two exams on the same day is a strain,” Kim said. “But when it’s three, it’s just absolutely horrendous. … From my own experience, I
Council refuses to support overcrowding Mayor says giving one illegally-filled house the OK sets bad precedent BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer
A week after the College Park City Council expressed reser vations about a landlord’s request to legally house more students in his College Avenue rental home, council members unanimously voted Tuesday to write letters to the county opposing his plan. Landlord Steven Behr rents the house at 4618 College Ave. to nine students — nearly twice the legal maximum of five the property is zoned for — but said he only learned about the restriction after already buying the house in 2006 and has since been seeking a special exception from the county to continue housing at least seven of those tenants. “I’ve done everything legally. I’ve worked with the city. I’ve worked with the county,” Behr told the council. “I’m trying to make sure the students have a place to live and their lives are not impacted.” The house’s previous owner had assured him the modifications that had formed it into three apartments were legal, he added. But council members continued to resist the idea of recommending the county grant him an exception to rent a single family home to more than five tenants — especially after Behr’s attorney, Robb Longman, suggested the city offer amnesty to the landlords of all the city’s overcrowded homes. “You’re saying those houses that are now overcrowded to an illegal capacity, that we should take and
The College Park City Council does not support a landlord seeking to convert one single-family home at 4618 College Ave. into two rental units. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
“Don’t you see a fundamental problem with upsetting a zoning ordinance to say, ‘Hey if you commit any illegal act, we’ll change your zoning to be legal’?” STEVE BRAYMAN COLLEGE PARK MAYOR
endorse rezoning in order to allow them to comply?” Mayor Steve Brayman asked Longman. “Don’t you see a fundamental problem with upsetting a zoning ordinance to say, ‘Hey, if you commit any illegal act, we’ll change your zoning to be legal’?” Longman said by making it legal to house more than five unrelated tenants — as many houses in College Park do now illegally — the city would have better control of the residents’ safety. Residents at the house called the council’s objection to their home “ridiculous,” saying they had more space than in many legal rental homes. “I lived in a Knox Box and
paid the same to share an apartment with three people instead of one person,” said senior cell biology and genetics major James Welch, who lives in the house’s basement unit. “There’s no way that just five people can live in this house — it’s way too big.” Council members responded that high density tends to create noise and parking issues, and District 3 City Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich said while the city often has trouble identifying overcrowded properties, the status of this particular house is now out in the open. “I see you as a man of good intentions who has gotten himself into a difficult situa-
tion, but it’s also a difficult situation for the neighborhood,” Stullich said to Behr. “It sounds like you have a ver y strong case against the former owner, who clearly lied to many people, including to you and the city, and I wish you ever y success in that lawsuit.” Reached at his Gaithersburg catering business, former owner David Model declined to comment. The council voted to send letters opposing the special exception for Behr’s house to the county planning board and to the county Historic Preser vation Commission, because the house is in a historic district. The county agencies will have the final say on the property, as College Park does not have its own zoning authority. Inter viewed after the council meeting, Behr said he is hoping for better luck and “community support” when he goes before the county. firstname.lastname@example.org
agree.” Kim explained further that six hours of testing seemed too extreme to her, and she decided to investigate whether that was a reasonable number of exams per day. “Students may ver y well know the material but because of the physical and mental strain, they may be unable to clearly show their knowledge on the exams,” Kim said. “Even the SATs are only about four hours. Having to potentially sit for six hours of testing seems like an undue burden.” Kevin Ford, a junior English major and the South Hill legislator for the SGA, agreed the policy should be changed because having more than two exams in one day is unfair. “Exam week is already stressful enough,” Ford said. “We’re trying to make it the easiest and least stressful possible for students.” The SGA also endorsed changes to the system for reviewing alleged instances of “arbitrary and capricious grading.” The bill supports giving the committee charged with hearing complaints more power to change grades and allowing the committee to include students and faculty members from different departments. The current policy says committee members can instruct a professor to regrade or re-administer an exam after the committee conducts a fact-finding session to find “clear and convincing evidence” the allegation of unfair grading is true. However, it can’t force the professor to
change the student’s grade. “In general, we [the SGA] like to do things to make the academics of the school easier for the students,” BSOS legislator Shira Silver said. “Students’ academic records should fairly reflect their study habits, not the number of tests per day or any capricious grading.” The senate will begin to discuss changes to the policy at the next meeting of the Academics Procedures and Standards Committee on Nov. 18. Committee Chair Charles Delwiche said the policy needs to be changed because it is unfair as it is. “The problem that we have right now is that we have a policy that’s not workable,” Delwiche said. “So what we should try to do is solve one problem at a time. And the first problem we need to solve is to have a process that is functional. Once we get that process in place, we can tackle this issue of what the composition of the key committee should be.” Kevin Tervala, a student senator, said he thinks the SGA’s resolutions will carry “immense weight” in any future senate decisions. “This is a step in the right direction for those who want these changes passed,” Tervala said. “These are issues that affect the academic environment at the university, which is, in fact, why we’re in school.”
Aaron, who usually uses a wheelchair and has a visual disability, said accessing bathrooms in buildings like Holzapfel is often difficult, if not impossible. Signs designed to match the aesthetics of university buildings are often hard to see because they blend in easily, Aaron said, noting it is very difficult for him to discern which paths are accessible when he can’t see the signs. Earlier this semester, he fell out of his wheelchair because he was unable to tell the difference between a curb without curb cuts and one with, said Aaron. “It is extremely difficult to find curb cuts, which can lead to accidents like mine and potential liabilities for the university,” Aaron said. Leonard Azonobi, program planner for facilities management, walked around the campus with Aaron and his mother Tuesday in an attempt to better understand the difficulties some students with disabilities face. “Each individual is different and so are their needs,” Azonobi said. “We are trying to be accommodating to students and make the campus more accessible.” Lack of university initiative was a reoccurring accusation throughout the forum. Renovation delays on older buildings, inconsistencies in accessibility across the campus, a lack of professors with disabilities and a lack of programs designed to raise disabilities awareness were cited as examples of university unresponsiveness. “I don’t doubt the sincerity of the administration, but to me, the slow nature of their commitment is troubling,” Aaron said. Along with pushing for a change in the university’s slothlike pace in dealing with disabilities issues, students advocated for increased student awareness. Miles spoke of her struggle to start a disabilities student union. “There is an African American Student Union, Asian American Student Union, there is even a student group to celebrate high fives,” Miles said. “There needs to be a demand from the students or else the university will continue to give the same old tired excuses.”
from page 1 are very insensitive to students with disabilities,” Byrd said. “I can take criticism. The university needs to have a course that teaches them that they can talk to us like they talk to any other person.” Nan Kaufman, the mother of a junior with disabilities, agreed classes and training sessions are needed. She added that able-bodied people are uncomfortable around those with disabilities and that some professors have valid questions and but do not how or where to ask them. Two issues with transportation were also brought up repeatedly: Disabled students now have to pay for parking at the new pay stations, and handicap parking on the campus is limited. There is a difference between convenience and necessity, and for some with mobility issues, driving is a necessity, said women’s studies graduate student Angel Miles, who uses a wheelchair to get around. David Allen, director of the Department of Transportation Services, agreed there needs to be more handicap parking and said DOTS plans to add more. Allen also defended DOTS’ decision to require those with disabilities pay for parking, citing other universities and cities that enforce the same policy. It is a matter of fairness, Allen said. Gay Gullickson, chair of the President’s Commission on Disabilities Issues and forum moderator, told Allen she refuses to accept that argument. “It is the cost, not the accessibility to meters, that is the problem because driving is sometimes the only form of transportation available to [people with disabilities],” Gullickson said. Kaufman and her son, junior American studies major Aaron Kaufman, brought up inaccessible buildings and the lack of visible signs as problems Aaron has experienced on the campus. Nan said after learning Aaron’s wheelchair could not fit in Holzapfel Hall’s small elevator, she had to buy three walkers for Aaron before finding one that could.
Senior staff writer Derby Cox contributed to this report. email@example.com
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The committee is not ignorant of inclusion. They clearly state inclusion as one of iversity is not something that can be opposed. In modern America, no one — save bigots like Pat Robertson — opposes the concept of a the plan’s goals, and propose, for example, refining and expanding the Words of Engagement Inter-Group Dialogue program, in which diverse groups of students diverse and inclusive society. Instead, feelings about diversity range from apathetic to deeply pas- gather on a weekly basis to discuss divisive issues like race, gender and religion. sionate. Engaging the ambivalent majority is one of the central challenges that the They also propose the creation of a “Building Community” fund, which would be university faces as it crafts the diversity plan, and one the plan needs to go much fur- used to help create and sustain new projects and programs focusing on inclusion. There is also a vague mention of promoting more inter- and ther in addressing. intra-group dialogues. The university has one of the most diverse undergraduate To bolster the creation of an integrated university community, student bodies in the nation and has long placed an emphasis the plan should recommend increasing the number of minority on recruiting talented faculty and graduate students from The Diversity Strategic students in the living and learning programs. With more and underrepresented groups. Despite a drop in the number of more of the student body participating, more and more freshminority freshmen this year, the numbers largely bear this out. Plan makes some good are finding their friends for the next four years within these On paper, it may seem that a diversity plan is unnecessary. strides, but needs to focus men settings. The plan should also pay careful attention to the develBut people don’t live their lives on paper. The university more on inclusion. opment of a diversity requirement in the general education overwhere we study, work and live is one where the dining halls are haul to ensure it does more to actually bring students of different virtually self-segregated, where the vast majority of students enrolled in African American studies courses are black and where a largely white groups together to understand the necessity of diversity in a globalized world. The most prominent critics of the plan so far have been students and faculty, student body feels a disconnect from a largely black surrounding county. It could be said that the university does not have a diversity problem but rather largely from underrepresented groups, who claim not to be able to see themselves has an inclusion problem. But while the administration can create diversity, chang- in the plan. Committee members should take their opinions and thoughts in to ing the social tendencies of the university is infinitely harder. No one can force peo- account but perhaps should worry even more about those who aren’t complaining. We aren’t going to debate the degree to which various groups are marginalized ple to mingle with people from other groups, no one can force people to be welcoming and no one can instantly summon an environment in which everyone is com- in society. But if only the excluded care about inclusion, it’s hard to imagine the unifortable with everyone else. So while the 18-page draft of the diversity plan has versity making any progress. More than 30 people spoke at the diversity town hall Tuesday. Of those, a mere strong, clear methods to increase diversity, its attempts to create inclusion seem to three — Student Government Association President Steve Glickman and two promainly be cloudy platitudes. The diversity plan steering committee should be commended for many of their fessors — were what an academic might call “normal” — white, straight, abled and ideas and for crafting a solid outline. Those who criticize the plan for not presenting male. Many students, faculty and staff from this category hear the word “diversity,” enough real solutions are not giving it enough credit. The creation of a chief diver- and instantly think it doesn’t matter to them, or even worse, that it means someone sity officer to coordinate the university’s disparate efforts, setting aside special less qualified than them is going to take their job or spot in a graduate school class. If you want to create an inclusive community, everyone needs to see the merits of funds to hire academics who would improve the faculty’s diversity, expanding a summer program for talented, underrepresented high school males and assigning one and have a reason to care. The indifferent must be convinced. Diversity is only attainable though inclusion, and inclusion means nothing without diversity. a diversity-specific fundraiser are all wonderful steps.
Editorial cartoon: Jenna Brager
Cancer awareness: Celebrating the sack
’m going to get some angry emails for this column, I’m sure, but in the name of all men ages 15 to 34 nationwide, I think I have to stand up and finally say something. As many of you have now learned from the endless pink ribbons in grocery stores and restaurants or even just from watching the NFL players wearing those sweet pink gloves and other accessories, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Just so we’re clear here, I think a month dedicated to breast cancer awareness is awesome and will probably yield some really positive results. My problem with this, however, is its counterpart does not exist. Yes, folks, I’m writing a column about testicles. Sorry, Mom. Normally, I leave the whole research
DIMARCO thing to columnists who have real issues to talk about, but as someone who is quite passionate about his testicles, I thought it would be appropriate to dig a little into this issue. As I Googled around, I quickly discovered there is indeed no Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. In fact, all we have is one measly week in April (April 1 to 7 in case anyone’s interested). I just think fair is fair. October can stay pink; they’ve got a good thing going, so why ruin it, right?
But if breasts deserve a whole month, then maybe so do our boys. So what month should we claim as ours? Well, October is out, and no one wants to talk testes during the holidays, so that nixes November and December. February is Black History Month and the Irish — or just anyone who likes to drink — celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in March. April is already home to our awareness week, but do we really want testicular cancer to put a damper on 4/20? I think not. As far as the summer months go, we’ll all be too busy trying to kill brain cells at the beach to support a cause, so they’re definitely no good. And out of respect to the Jewish community, we should probably leave out September. That leaves us with January, and that just might work. The NFL playoffs will
give it plenty of national attention, and because January is the month during which most couples break up, those socalled “January blues” will be all the more appropriate. So men, boys and ladies alike, join me this coming January to support man’s most crucial appendage. I realize that testicular cancer is relatively minor on the cancer Richter Scale and has one of the highest survival rates of any form of cancer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth our attention. So keep cheering for pink this month, and I’ll get to work on some blue ribbons we can all wear in January. Everyone gets two. Mike DiMarco is a senior English major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There’s a cute girl in one of my classes who sits behind me. It’s a large class so she probably wouldn’t even recognize me. What’s a good way to start up a conversation without seeming creepy?
Unless you spit game with the best in the business, it’s not a good idea to just waltz up to her saying “Did it hurt?” or worse, an, “Umm, you look really familiar. Did we sit at adjacent tables in the South Campus Dining Hall once last semester?” I think you’re wise to assume you probably will appear creepy or desperate if you approach the situation incorrectly, but there is hope for you yet. Without knowing what either one of you looks like, I’m going to go ahead and throw out a rule in relationships that is correct only about 2.9 percent of the time but always
useful. The rule is this: Any guy can get any girl. Everyone knows by this point that confidence is some sort of huge turn-on for girls — just like singing while playing the acoustic guitar or the ability to down a beer bong full of whiskey. Girls just can’t be around that stuff without melting into a puddle of giggling and hair twirling. Myself included. Give me some Kentucky Gentleman dribbling down the front of your shirt and some “Freebird” unplugged and I’ll ... I’m getting distracted. In any case, if you didn’t know confidence is highly attractive in guys, you’re probably not destined to succeed with women, similar to how the Washington Redskins aren’t destined to succeed with football (BURN). Somehow, when a confident guy puts the moves on a girl, it’s cute and exciting, and she can’t wait to tell all of her friends how hilariously attractive everyone finds her. The same
FRISCHLING words from a less suave version of the same person could result in her telling her friends how hilariously unattractive you are. If you approach this situation knowing without a doubt that you are going to get some serious ass, your actual chances improve drastically. Once you have the right mindset, you still need some tactics to break the ice. Seeing as you already know you’re going to get with this girl in the near future, you can certainly start to relax around her. Suddenly, imagining her naked in class changes from awkward and creepy to fun and clairvoyant. Your next step has to be an obvious
here are five days left until the College Park City Council elections, and if this year is like any other, chances are not many students would be voting. Traditionally, student turnout in these elections has been abysmally low: In 2007, fewer than 50 students at a university of tens of thousands took the time to cast their votes in the elections. But this semester can be different. UMD for Clean Energy has been working on a campaign called Green for College Park. In light of the many developing or recently passed state and federal laws mandating renewable energy portfolios, energy consumption reduction standards and greenhouse gas reduction targets, we feel the near future is going to bring unprecedented levels of investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-carbon technology. The regions that stand to benefit the most from this investment will be those with policies and programs in place to encourage it. We feel with the right leadership there is no reason why College Park cannot be a leader on these issues and a model for the county and the state. The first step in this direction is to elect a city council that will make these issues a priority, and that is where we, the students, can do our part. In order to gauge where each of the candidates stands on sustainability issues, UMD for Clean Energy has put together a platform of policies and programs that we have presented to each of the candidates for the city council. The platform includes, among other suggestions, a revolving loan fund to help College Park residents finance energy efficiency improvements for their homes, tax cuts to attract green businesses to the city and encourage existing businesses to decrease their environmental impacts, white roofs and LEED certification for new buildings and development projects, further development of biking infrastructure and better recycling practices. After meeting with all the candidates and hearing their positions on the platform, we have decided to endorse the seven who we believe to be outstanding on these issues and will do the best job of making College Park a leader. They support most — if not all — of the ideas on our platform, and many have a history of interest and advocacy in this area. We have posted complete information from our meetings with all of the candidates on our website (www.umdforcleanenergy.com) that I encourage everyone to explore, but the names are as follows: Mayoral candidate Andy Fellows; District 1 candidates Patrick Wojahn and Fazlul Kabir; District 3 candidates Stephanie Stullich and Mark Cook; and District 4 candidates Mary Cook and Marcus Afzali. We are not endorsing any District 2 candidates. I implore you, if you are registered in College Park, take the time to vote next Tuesday. Voting in these elections for candidates who are strong advocates for sustainability gives us a chance to invest in the future of not just the community around us but one small piece of our society at large. We’ll be having a rally at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the sundial on McKeldin Mall to distribute information about where the candidates stand on our platform, and then we’ll be marching down to City Hall to vote. Please join us and cast your vote. Together let’s make this the year that counts.
Hilary Staver is the political liaison for the student group UMD for Clean Energy. She can be reached at email@example.com. indication of interest. Keep in mind: You are the man. Considering it’s a big lecture, try coming a bit early and sitting near where she usually sits. Once you’re close enough, do something to pique her interest. Whether it is a totally awesome doodle, the crossword or a bag of gummy bears, you need to have some way to spark conversation that won’t be, “Uh ... come here often?” In situations like this, it’s tricky because even if you put on your best show, she might be in a relationship, just not into you or a lesbian. But in the end, what’s the worst that can happen? It’s not like your rejection will be on national television. I can only hope if things don’t go well and end in an epic Tila Tequila-style ousting, it’ll be in one of my classes on the one day I decide to attend. But good luck, man. Esti Frischling is a senior English major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When it comes to love, you may find yourself buffeted this way and that by your affections, and you may only settle down with that one perfect someone relatively late in life. You are both attractive and easily attracted to others; you sometimes wear your heart squarely on your sleeve. Also born on this date are Winona Ryder, actress; Finola Hughes, actress; Fanny Brice, comedienne; Melba Moore, singer; Kate Jackson, actress; Richard Dreyfuss, actor; Bill Mauldin, political and military cartoonist. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.
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Jenny from the block BY VAMAN MUPPALA Senior staff writer
Maybe it’s too early to call it for sure, but early indications are that 2009 is the year of indie estrogen. Whether it be the boy-consuming succubus in Jennifer’s Body; the spunky, rebellious roller derby girl in Whip It; or even the Amelia Earhart biopic, those of the fairer sex have been taking charge, changing lives and asserting themselves on screens across the country. Yet, a more thoughtful dimension remainsº in those stories, namely the painful realization that any gain for women as a whole comes through halting, exacting work by an individual. The ver y American Whip It and the newly released, ver y British An Education are vastly different films, but they do share this essential realization. Consequently, one can now safely list them among the best of the thoughtful, post-feminist films so prevalent this year. There’s a reason parents
warn their children not to talk to strangers, and the rule should apply doubly to strangers who look like Peter Sarsgaard (Orphan). His handsome features never quite hide the disembodied quality he brings to every performance — an attribute used to great effect when he starred as the child kidnapping villain in Flightplan. Nevertheless, his charm outweighs any fear of his predatory nature when his character, David, begins to enchant a suburb-dwelling but city-dreaming 16-year-old school girl, Jenny (Carey Mulligan, The Greatest). She likes to think she’s different: more mature, intelligent and elegant than her nattering classmates who have to make do with awkward teenage boys and lower scores on their Latin exams. David, knowing full well the mix of romantic fantasizing and dreary school work which predicates the life of a 1960s teenager who wants to “read English” at Oxford, conjures up the perfect story. He plays the role of the consummate play-
Carey Mulligan, left, and Peter Sarsgaard play a pay of unlikely lovers in An Education. COURTESY OF MOVIEWEB.COM
boy with Jenny, offering her rides in his sports car, trips to exotic locales and high-class classical music concerts. Based on Lynn Barber’s memoir, the story was adapted for the screen by popular British novelist Nick Hornby, who has a singular talent for creating protagonists defined by an obsession they need to conquer. In An Education, Hornby appears to reverse his formula a bit, creating a teenage girl whose love for art and ever ything else high and cultured is her ticket out of the
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drear y middle class — not something holding her back. Mulligan is winning enough as an actress to exclaim, “I love the Pre-Raphaelites!” with gobs of enthusiasm and no traces of pretension. Even when David spends an absurd amount of money to buy her a piece of artwork, Jenny is too enchanted by his myth to ask any questions. The truth does come out, partially at least, but all is forgiven as David whisks Jenny away to the bright lights and famed shopping districts of Paris. Jenny’s life, related to
her classmates through coy hints, becomes something out of a novel — exactly the way she wants it. Director Lone Scherfig’s (Just Like Home) talents are exceptional in the Paris sequence. Dressing Mulligan up in a pair of Chanel sunglasses and a fur coat, Scherfig conjures up the ghost of Audrey Hepburn and forces the audience to forget about how disturbing the whole affair is. We know something’s wrong when Jenny ambivalently voices the following thought about losing her virginity to David: “I suppose it will be with David, won’t it?” The magic of the film is the viewer almost wishes for this improbable and frowned upon encounter between a middleaged man and a 16-year-old school girl to work. In a bleak moment of clarity, she sees no occupation in post-World War II England for a woman with her intelligence and skills.
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Of course, post-war feminism did not originate from one girl’s story, and there really is no resolution as to how Jenny deals with the societal forces lined up against her success. The unraveling and burning of the grand myth she and David live in, however, is treated with excruciating detail. Mulligan can transform instantly from a girl wise beyond her years to a scared teenager whose window into the world is rapidly closing. Even a happy ascendancy in Jenny’s life at the end of the film is not without rewards. The most jaded of viewers still should prove unable to resist this well-told chronicle of a remarkable young woman. It is very possible to make a film with a developed, teenage female lead and inspire while being fully immunized against the dreaded label of “chick flick” — perhaps that is the real lesson in An Education.
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win against Wake Forest (12-3-2, 4-2-2) or North from page 8 Carolina Sunday would solidify the Terpsâ€™ rĂŠsumĂŠ Carolina entered as the No. as one of the top teams in the countr y. 1 seed. â€œThereâ€™s a ton on the line But the Terps could easily do the exact opposite â€” this weekend, and we look finish with two more losses forward to the challenge,â€? Pensky said. and the No. 8 seed. With a week off from Despite the implications, coach Brian Pensky feels their last game, a 3-0 victhe next two games against tory at Clemson, the Terps No. 11 Wake Forest and No. are well rested for the first 6 North Carolina are more time in a month. They will also end the important in terms of the NCAA Tournament, rather regular season at Ludwig Field where they havenâ€™t than conference seeding. â€œItâ€™s amazing that we lost all season. Wake Forcould finish as high as one est will be the fourth or as low as eight,â€? Pensky ranked opponent to play in said about the ACC Tourna- College Park. The Terps will need to ment seeding. â€œBut no matan experienced ter where we finish, we stop know weâ€™re going to have a Demon Deacon attack. bear of a game on Wednes- Their senior trio of Jill day, whether that be the Hutchinson, Kaley FounNo. 8 seed or No. 1 seed or tain and Allie Sadow has combined for 24 goals and someone in between.â€? The Terps (12-2-2, 4-2-2 13 assists this season. â€œThey have a front three ACC) are fifth in the conference standings and tied with that is as good as any in the the Demon Deacons, their conference and in the opponent tonight. Only two countr y,â€? Pensky said. points separate the current â€œWeâ€™re going to continue second-place team, Boston playing how we have all College, from the Terps and season. Thatâ€™s not stubbornness, but because Demon Deacons. But, as Pensky said, the weâ€™ve been so effective.â€? Terps are looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament. A email@example.com
DETWEILER from page 8 If Campbell had to miss much more time, itâ€™s a good bet he wouldâ€™ve had to push true freshmen Nick Klemm or Pete DeSouza into action along the line. And for a line thatâ€™s allowed an average of three sacks per game and garnered just 2.8 yards per rush, even more youth would not be a good thing. Thatâ€™s led Campbell, who says his mother, Rita, wouldnâ€™t buy the talk that her son isnâ€™t â€œa complainer,â€? to push himself to his limits. Heâ€™s managed to be in uniform for five of the Terpsâ€™ eight games. â€œSunday is a sleep day for Bruce,â€? Campbell said matter-of-factly. Linemate Paul Pinegar knows Campbell isnâ€™t anywhere near as menacing as
his imposing demeanor and physique would indicate. He sees Campbell struggling, even if itâ€™s just a facial expression in the huddle or a ginger movement in practice. Pinegar has asked Campbell if he wants to switch off the left side and take a break from the important job of protecting quarterback Chris Turnerâ€™s blind side from tenacious pass rushers. But the grit and determination Campbell has shown on the field this season has led the 6-foot4, 290-pound former walk-on to a conclusion most would make at first glance. â€œI think if I were ever to have to get in the ring with him, Iâ€™d probably have to throw in the towel after a round or two,â€? Pinegar said. Campbell has relished the past few days as a chance to be a normal student and get some well-deserved rest. The
NOTEBOOK from page 8 Friedgen has said he did not plan to use this many true freshmen this season, but injuries at several positions have forced him to dip into his freshman reserve. With four games left to play, Friedgen said yesterday he will attempt to find a balance the rest of the season between developing young talent for the future while still trying to win. The Terps (2-6, 1-3 ACC) need to win all of their remaining games to qualify for a bowl game, but Friedgen hopes continuing to play as many young players as he already has may benefit the team in the long run. â€œWeâ€™d obviously like to look at some kids that we think can help us win, and they may have a future,â€? Friedgen said. â€œTo me if itâ€™s close or even, Iâ€™m going to play the younger guy to try and get better. But Iâ€™m still trying to win football games too.â€?
BYE WEEK INJURIES
The Terps were forced to use more defensive backs than usual against Dukeâ€™s pass-happy attack. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
junior said his body feels refreshed and he fully expects to play the last four games no matter how much pain he has to endure. Beyond that, Campbell, who will be four years removed from high school by NFL Draft time thanks to a prep year at Hargrave Military Academy, is not sure what the future holds. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Campbell as the third-best tackle in the 2011 Draft Class and a possible first-round pick â€” something that no Terp offensive tackle has ever achieved. But, for a freakish athlete whoâ€™s sure to wow with his NFL Combine numbers, leaving early is definitely worth considering. Campbell hopes being back on the field two weeks after a toe injury that normally takes four to six weeks for recovery will show
pro scouts he is a quick healer. â€œIâ€™m going to put myself in the best situation,â€? Campbell said. â€œIâ€™m not going to want to try to screw myself over.â€? Either way, the Terps go back to work next week, hoping to shake their inconsistent play, which has been more annoyingly painful than Campbellâ€™s right big toe. â€œWeâ€™re at the point where we just trying to break through the wall,â€? Campbell said. â€œWeâ€™re just trying to get one good hit â€” Pow! â€” the wall crumbles and weâ€™re running again.â€? If thatâ€™s all the Terps need, itâ€™d be hard to think of someone better to be leading that charge than Campbell. And they better enjoy their hardnosed, mammoth of a weapon while they still have a chance. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friedgen discussed the injury situations of four key players yesterday and lamented the latest injury to defensive tackle A.J. Francis as the most recent bout of bad luck to hit the Terps this season.
GRATER from page 8 start earlier in her career. But she chose the Terps. Looking back, she has no regrets. â€œI learned you have to wait your turn,â€? she said. â€œI learned that itâ€™s about making your teammates better and challenging them every day. I knew Kat was going to play over me, with good reason, but it was about coming out and doing that not only for myself but for my team.â€? Her patience paid off. Last season, she took over as the starting goalkeeper and allowed an average of just 1.24 goals per game and recorded four shutouts. And after spending two national title seasons mainly on the bench in 2005 and 2006, she helped lead the Terps to another, garnering third-team All-American and All-ACC honors for her efforts. This year, her play has only improved, with a 0.77 goalsagainst average, fifth in the nation, and the team has recorded six shutouts so far. She stopped 12 of 13 shots on goal in Saturdayâ€™s 4-1 win against the No. 2 Tar Heels, her career-high save total, to earn the Co-ACC Player of the Week award. â€œYou can always depend on Ali G. back there,â€? midfielder Alexis Pappas said. â€œShe was
Francis was walking to class yesterday when he attempted to dodge a bicyclist. He sprained his ankle, and after trying to practice yesterday afternoon he left the workout early on a cart and went inside for treatment. Friedgen said he doesnâ€™t know how serious the injury is but hopes Francis will be back at practice next week. â€œItâ€™s been one of those years,â€? Friedgen said. Friedgen also said offensive guard Bennett Fulper had an MRI on his injured shoulder, but team doctors are still evaluating the results. Friedgen said, â€œfrom what I see, theyâ€™re probably going to end up operating on it.â€? Running back Daâ€™Rel Scott is still on track to return in time for the Terpsâ€™ game against Florida State on Nov. 21. Scott broke his wrist Oct. 3 against Clemson, and Friedgen said his only concern is whether the training staff can engineer a pad Scott can wear without it inhibiting his ability to hold on to the ball. Backup running back Gary Douglas, who missed the Duke game after spraining the AC joint in his shoulder against Virginia, practiced in a non-contact jersey yesterday. email@example.com
diving all over the place. We really rely on her back there, and she always pulls through.â€? Grater can be heard directing from the cage during ever y game. She said the talking is for her own benefit, to help her stay in the match. But Meharg says her communication ripples all the way up the field and is as important to the team as her tangible statistics. The coaches place so much trust in Grater that she often leads the defense in drills during practices. Off the field, her presence is felt just as much. She helps organize the team on road trips, and she listens and counsels â€” perhaps encouraged by her status as an elementary education major. People often call her the â€œteam mom.â€? But now, after five years, Graterâ€™s career as a Terp is coming to a close. And she wants to make the most of ever y opportunity she has left, not only by winning in the postseason but also by helping her teammates and providing extra tidbits of advice. â€œI just want to watch over everyone,â€? Grater said. â€œItâ€™s just I care about everyone so much and I just want them to have the best experience possible. I guess â€˜team momâ€™ is probably about right.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Goalie Grater finishes strong
Tonight’s Wake game vital to ACC positioning Terps need 2 wins and help for ACC’s No. 1 seed
Senior leader inspires Terps
BY CHRIS ECKARD Staff writer
BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer
A few weeks ago, Terrapin field hockey captain Alicia Grater decided to send an e-mail to some of her younger teammates. A redshirt senior whose time as a Terp is winding down, Grater wanted to ensure they would never take their stint on the team for granted. “Every practice counts. Every ball counts. You don’t think about it now, but four years from now you’re going to wish that you’d scheduled those individual workouts with the coaches. You’re going to wish that you worked at that skill,” she wrote.
Terp goalie Alicia Grater, a second-year starter, made a career-high 12 saves in the No. 1 field hockey team’s 4-1 win against No. 2 North Carolina Saturday. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
The message was not a generic pep talk but wisdom reaped from Grater’s own experiences during her five years with the No. 1 Terps. The two-year starting goalkeeper has been with the program longer than any other current player, and she is the only player who was on all three Terp National Championship squads in the last four seasons. “I think sometimes we get blinded by the fact that we’re coming off the bench or that we’re not
going to play in a game or that that we’re redshirting,” Grater said. “But really, that’s the time that is so critical, and it’s the time to keep developing yourself.” When she first came to this university in 2005, the Terps had their starting goalkeeper in then-sophomore Kathryn Masson, now a volunteer assistant coach. Grater sat out the season. “She sacrificed, redshirting her freshman year and watching from the sidelines,” coach Missy
Meharg said. “Then she went back and forth with Kat — but really played behind Kat — for the next two years.” Grater played in just 14 games total in her first three seasons. Some of the top field hockey programs in the country recruited the Pottstown, Pa., native, including ACC opponent North Carolina, and another school could have provided Grater the opportunity to
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Campbell soldiers onward ERIC
thin scar runs down the back of Bruce Campbell’s massive neck. It’s the result of a brain surgery the Terrapin left tackle had his sophomore year of high school. Campbell’s not clear on the details — something about draining fluid, relieving pressure and his body growing too fast for his bones. He doesn’t really remember, and it’s not important anymore. The pain wasn’t too bad, and he just had to deal with a stiff neck for a few days. In fact, Campbell compares the surgery recovery to the sprained MCL that kept him out of action against Wake Forest earlier this month. And it was nothing compared to the turf toe that shelved him for two games and still bothers him daily. “I didn’t get back into a sneaker for almost two weeks,” said Campbell, who sustained the injury in the Terps’ seasonopening loss at California. “I couldn’t wear a sneaker. I couldn’t wear a cleat. I could barely wear flip-flops. It’s by far the worst injury I’ve ever had, to tell you the truth.” Welcome to Campbell’s world. It’s a place where you may be more gigantic and ripped than any other life-form you encounter, but this year especially, it’s not easy. With seven days a week of pre-8 a.m. treatment, painful Sundays after forcing his way through games on Saturday fueled solely by adrenaline and a lousy 2-6 record to show for it, it’s hard to imagine how — and why — the 6-foot-7, 310-pounder does it. The player, who was the top recruit out of Connecticut in 2006, freely — and inexplicably — blames himself for the Terps’ lack of success this season. While finally getting a chance to rest his ailing body during the Terps’ bye week, Campbell is trying to remain focused on the final four games of a lost season — and ignore the allure of an NFL career sure to come when it’s finished. “I think he’s a trooper,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “A lot of guys wouldn’t be playing, but Bruce is. I appreciate that.” It’s no surprise that Friedgen is grateful.
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BIAS from page 1 the attention and spotlight of tonight’s on-campus premiere. Terrapin men’s basketball coach Gary Williams and Bias’ coach, Lefty Driesell, had been rumored to be attending tonight’s event. Driesell will likely be unable to attend due to health reasons, according to his son and current men’s basketball assistant coach Chuck Driesell. “Obviously, the university hasn’t taken upon itself to talk about Len Bias, because it is a tragic story,” said Kevin Blackistone, a sports columnist and professor in the university’s journalism school. “It’s a cautionary tale, and I understand why people really close to it would not want to revisit it.” Before he signed on as a production assistant with Fraser’s film crew, Cecil Clarke, a junior American studies major, knew only the basic outline of Bias’ death. After taking a semester off last spring to research Bias’ life, play his highlight reel and interview the people who knew him best,
Riding a six-game unbeaten streak and sporting a No. 12 national ranking, the Terrapin women’s soccer team is poised to make an impact in next week’s ACC Tournament. The problem is the Terps have no idea where they are going to wind up in the seeding. With two games against top-15 ranked conference opponents looming, the Terps have a lot hanging in the balance. Two wins coupled with a few losses around the ACC would mean the Terps could travel down to Cary, N.C., on Wednesday as the No. 1 seed. Only three times in the 22-year history of the conference tournament has a team other than North
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WHAT MUST HAPPEN The following must occur for the Terrapin women’s soccer team to earn the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C.: The Terps must win both remaining games — tonight vs. Wake Forest and Sunday vs. North Carolina. Florida State, currently in first place, must lose both their remaining games vs. Virginia and Virginia Tech. Boston College must lose one of their two remaining matches, or tie in both. Virginia Tech must lose to or tie Miami and beat Florida State.
TERRAPIN FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Friedgen tries to manage redshirts; Francis sprains ankle BY GREG SCHIMMEL Senior staff writer
When medical staff carried safety Antwine Perez off the field on a stretcher Saturday, the Terrapin football team’s coaching staff was forced to burn another redshirt. Against Duke’s pass-happy offense, which featured predominantly four-and-five wide receiver sets, the Terps were often forced to play four safeties. True freshman Eric Franklin was next on the depth chart. The Terps had been trying to hold the talented Franklin’s redshirt all season — even after starter Jamari McCollough injured his ankle in the season opener against California — but now coach Ralph Friedgen and defensive coordinator Don Brown’s hands were tied. “Unfortunately, we were in a bunch of serious packages that we were using which required four safeties on the field,” Brown said. “When [Perez] got hurt we had no choice.” Perez’s injury is not serious, and he should be able to play in the Terps’ next game on Nov. 7 against N.C. State. But Franklin still became the 10th true freshman to play for the Terps this season — the most Friedgen has used during his nine-year tenure. Friedgen and Brown both said Franklin played well in his half-dozen snaps Saturday, and he collected his first career sack. And now that he has used up his redshirt, he should play extensively on special teams the rest of the season. Terp left tackle and NFL prospect Bruce Campbell is an imposing figure, standing at 6foot-7 and weighing in at 310 pounds. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
Clarke said he bore witness to Bias’ unique skills and character. “He was just a dream come true,” said Clarke. “People who don’t know [about Bias] will know and realize how important his life was.” On June 17, 1986, Bias was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft by the reigning champion Boston Celtics. He’d just completed his senior season at the university, in which he’d earned AllAmerican honors and lofty comparisons to Michael Jordan. On June 18, a day after the draft, he visited College Park to celebrate. Bias and several friends returned to his dorm in Washington Hall at about 3 a.m., at which point they began to snort cocaine. Media reports later indicated that Bias snorted nearly five grams of cocaine that night in the dorm, a quantity far in excess of the typical recreational amount. He collapsed some time after 6 a.m. while talking with a teammate, and was unconscious and not breathing when ambulance attendants arrived at 6:36 a.m. Two hours later,Bias, 22, was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest. “In life, [Bias] served a purpose of
coming here, shocking the world of how great of an athlete he is, and then shocking the world in saying, ‘Hey, these are the dangerous things in life as well,’” Fraser said. The implications of Bias’ death reverberated throughout this university’s administration. Revelations of poor academic performances from student-athletes and an ongoing NCAA investigation prompted Athletics Director Dick Dull to resign in early October of that year. Three weeks later, Lefty Driesell accepted a reassignment to assistant athletics director after 17 seasons and 348 wins as coach. “With a tragic death like that, as a society we have to find someone that’s responsible,” Fraser said. “That’s just how life works.” “Of a single event, the university’s probably never suffered repercussions any greater,” Blackistone said. The university slipped into what Fraser called its “dark days.” Chancellor John B. Slaughter resigned less than two years after Bias’ death, and men’s basketball coach Bob Wade resigned three years after he was hired to replace Lefty Driesell amid allegations of improper contact
with players and recruits. With Bias’ memory still lingering, the university revamped its entire approach to managing its student-athletes — changes that last to this day. The drug-testing program underwent massive upgrades. The admissions office established qualifying academic baselines for incoming recruits. The size of the Athletics Department’s academic support staff tripled immediately afterward. “Everyone was under a microscope in terms of what are they doing at the university — not their involvement in Len Bias’ death, but what they are doing for the university?” Fraser said. “His death changed a lot with the school.” Tonight, Fraser’s documentary, which includes interviews with Brian Tribble, the man who was cleared of involvement in Bias’ death, will further examine that story. “It’s almost like a reunion,” Clarke said. “Everybody’s coming together under one roof not to focus on the negative aspect of Len Bias, just to celebrate his life, celebrate this great person.” email@example.com
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Len Bias finishes a reverse dunk against Duke during his career with the Terps. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES