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Xie vetoes bill on new grading scales
Body debates bill supporting policy change for more than an hour LEAH VILLANUEVA Senior staff writer
After more than an hour of debate, legislators narrowly passed an SGA resolution supporting the University Senate’s proposed plus or minus grading system. But that support was ultimately revoked when SGA President
Kaiyi Xie vetoed the bill. The Student Government Association resolution would have supported the policy — which the senate will consider Tuesday — on the condition that it only applies to incoming freshmen and transfer students who enter next fall. This clause drew opposition from Xie and sev-
eral legislators because under the new policy — which would equate grades of A and A plus with a 4.0, and grades of A minus with 3.7 — the average undergraduate grade point average could be reduced by up to three onehundredths of a point. Although the potential decrease would most likely
affect the highest-achieving students rather than those with lower GPAs, Xie called the SGA bill “blatantly unfair,” arguing that by applying the policy solely to incoming students, upperclassmen and freshmen who sit in the exact same class next year
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THE NET RESULT Terps’ Len eligible Ukranian freshman center Alex Len learned yesterday he will be eligible to play Dec. 28. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
to play in late Dec. Freshman center cleared to practice BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
After seasons of waiting, Swaim again leads No. 4 Terps in goal BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU Staff writer
Sitting on a wooden bench outside the public policy school Tuesday, Will Swaim’s mind began to wander. For the previous 20 minutes, the fifth-year Terrapins men’s soccer goalkeeper had been reflecting on the circuitous route his collegiate career had taken to
that point. Then he paused. He struggled to find the right words to explain his feelings heading into the No. 4 Terps’ senior night matchup tonight against Wake Forest. So he did what most poor graduate students do: He borrowed from a friend. “My high school coach says it all the time, and it’s kind of stuck in my mind:
Everything happens for a reason,” Swaim said. “And whether you believe it or not, it’s definitely a good motto to go by.” Swaim should know. After all, he’s had plenty of opportunities to question everything since arriving at this university four and a half years ago. First, it was starting as a true freshman. Then it was
sitting on the bench as a younger teammate led the Terps to a national championship. Then, last year, it was redshirting during what was supposed to be his final season. Swaim often calls his journey a “roller coaster.” But after riding out the many ups and downs of a career that’s
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After traveling more than 5,000 miles to play basketball only to be told it might not be possible, Alex Len finally has a day he can start calling Comcast Center home. In a boost to an undersized Terrapins men’s basketball team, the 7-foot-1 Ukrainian freshman center learned yesterday he will be eligible to play this season after sitting out 10 games. Len will be able to practice with the team before his likely debut at a Dec. 28 home game against Albany. “Alex has been working very hard to prepare himself for this opportunity,” coach Mark Turgeon stated in a release. “We look forward to having him on the court and to see how he’ll fit into what we want to do offensively
‘His life was music’ BY LEAH VILLANUEVA
Panelists said racism continues to be contentious Staff writer
In honor of the 50th anniversary of black integration into this university’s football team and the Washington Redskins, last night’s sixth annual Shirley Povich Symposium highlighted the history of racism in sports — a topic some experts in the field said continues to be contentious. About 400 students, faculty,
alumni and community members gathered in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center’s ballroom to listen to panelists discuss how race matters have transitioned into the 21st century. The seven panelists — university athletic director Kevin Anderson, former football players Darryl Hill and Bobby Mitchell, filmmaker Theresa Moore, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and ESPN broadcasters Scott
Van Pelt and Michael Wilbon — shared stories of their experiences where sports and race intersect. To start out the lecture, Moore, whose Third and Long documentary on the subject of football integration is slated to premiere next month on CBS, spoke about the history of African-Americans in the early-to mid-20th
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ROGER FOLSTROM: 1934-2011
Journalism college’s symposium examines integration of athletics BY MOLLY MARCOT
and defensively.” Before determining when it could clear Len to play at the collegiate level, the NCAA first had to investigate Len’s academic and amateur standing. Len played with a professional club overseas, and the NCAA’s lengthy evaluation of his eligibility left Turgeon visibly frustrated at times last month. The first-year coach had anxiously been awaiting a ruling on Len since the start of the semester, particularly hoping for one by the start of practice Oct. 14, but no such word came until yesterday. “We appreciate the NCAA’s cooperative review of Alex’s case,” Athletic Director Kevin Anderson stated in the release. “However, it has been a difficult
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Roger Folstrom worked in the university’s music department for 28 years. COURTESY OF THOMAS FUGATE
In his 28 years in the music department, Roger Folstrom not only inspired his students to learn — he inspired them to teach. “He was wonderful,” said Folstrom’s wife of 47 years, Jeanne. “He loved music. His life was music, his family and his church.” Folstrom, 77, a retired university music education professor who conducted the University Chorale for 20 years, died of a bone-
marrow disease in his Silver Spring home Oct. 17. Those who knew him said he will always be remembered for the knowledge and passion for music he imparted onto the hundreds of music teachers and choir members he mentored. “He had just such an impression on me at such a young age,” said 1985 university alumna Maria Forlenza, who was a four-year member of University
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Chorale under Folstrom’s direction and now teaches voice and directs her church choir in Boulder, Colo. “I just remember his artistry in picking the whole repertoire and his passion, and how much he loved great choral music and how much he really tried to draw the best efforts out of us,” Forlenza said. “I was motivated to do so out of his obvious passion.” Born Feb. 14, 1934 in Fargo, N.D., Folstrom received music education and master of music degrees from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and Northwestern University. After teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for eight years, Folstrom became chairman of its music education department in 1974 and stayed until he retired in 2002. Retired university music librarian Bruce Wilson, who worked as a music professor under Folstrom for almost 30 years, said Folstrom knew how to make faculty and staff members work together in harmony. “He was just a people’s person who excelled at getting people to work together,” Wilson said. “I look back on projects that were very important to me, and he was usually a part of those projects in helping them to be realized.” A highlight of Folstrom’s 28 years at the university was conducting the University Chorale from 1977 to 1998, when he took the group on 10 tours of Europe. Forlenza said she and other chorale members affectionately called him “Doc” or “the silver fox” for his shock of gray hair. Forlenza said she will never forget one night when the chorale stopped at a Vienna palace, and Folstrom suddenly took her by the hand and invited her to dance. “He showed me how to do the Viennese waltz in Vienna,”
she said. “He was the classiest man alive.” Wilson said Folstrom also made several trips to Lithuania during the 1990s to help establish music education reform. Virginia Flynn, Folstrom’s former student, never lost touch with her longtime mentor. The 1976 university alumna said Folstrom inspired her to become heavily involved in the Maryland Music Educators Association, where she is president — a position Folstrom held from 1993 to 1995 before his 2004 induction to the organization’s Hall of Fame. “I’m not kidding when I say the reason I’m still teaching today and for so many years is because of what he taught me. He really enjoyed music education, and he just instilled that love for music education in the rest of us,” Flynn said. “He was always smiling and always had a wonderful comment or joke. It was always great when Roger was in the room.” Jeanne Folstrom described her husband as a devoted man of faith and loving father to four children, one of whom, John Folstrom, died in 1989. Roger Folstrom also directed his church choir in Bethesda for two decades. “I just thought he was perfect,” Jeanne Folstrom said. “I can only hope he thought something similar about me.” Jeanne Folstrom said she was struck by how many choir members, colleagues and former students came to her husband’s funeral to celebrate his legacy through songs he taught them. “That many people came back to sing back beautiful music for him,” she said. Folstrom is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of Silver Spring; son James Folstrom of Fishers, Ind.; daughter Elizabeth Folstrom of Issaquah, Wash.; daughter Sarah Zamudio of Danbury, Conn.; three sisters; and six grandchildren.
POVICH from page 1 centur y. “There [was] this sentiment if a black player is out there, they must [have taken] the job of a white player,” she said. “And for 13 years, there were no black players in the sport of professional football.” Because owner George Preston Marshall’s wanted to keep many of his fans happy, the Redskins were the last team to integrate in the NFL, panel moderator Maur y Povich said. “He didn’t want to give up his southern franchise so that’s why he did not integrate — or that’s what he said,” Povich said. And Hill, who played for the Terps during the same time, said he could attest to the fans’ negative attitude toward integration. “The fans were terrible. They were spitting on you, throwing drinks on you,” he said. Hill, who was the first black player on this university’s football team, said his teammates were willing to stay in different integrated motels during away games in southern states, so that he could be included. “My team … voted unanimously — he don’t stay, we don’t stay,” Hill said. “They were in full support.” However, Mitchell — who was the first black to play for the Washington Redskins — said because he pre-judged his white teammates, he was not able to share that same camaraderie during his time as a player. “I never let them get close to me,” he said. “I thought they was George Preston Marshall.” While the racism in sports can be a point of contention,
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because just pointing out numbers I don’t think helps the cause,” he said. But several other students said the event helped them recognize that the issue of race in sports is far from over. “I thought it was really interesting to have so many different perspectives,” said freshman journalism major Dennis Ting. “But the same conclusion is that there is a problem, and as a society, we need to address it.” email@example.com
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it’s important these conversations continue to take place, according to Wilbon. “People are scared of race — they’re afraid to get into it,” he said. Although most panelists said sports were no longer segregated the way they once were, they said some sports journalists, coaching staff and team owners may still suffer from unequal opportunity. “Sports has been forced to deal with these things, journalism has not,” Wilbon said. “That’s why I don’t see the
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Freshman center Alex Len (right) can play after 10 games.
LEN from page 1 situation in light of Alex’s educational pursuits. Alex and his family have been very patient and honest throughout this process, which speaks well of his character.” Len, who averaged 16 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.3 blocks in last year’s U-18 European Championships, had teammates and coaches raving at the start of the season about his potential. But he arrived in College Park with uncertainty swirling about whether he would even be able to play for
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the depth-starved Terps. “He’s one of those guys at the end of the year I think you’ll look and say he’s our most improved player because it’s all so new to him,” Turgeon said at the team’s Oct. 12 media day. “God gave him so much ability that he should improve at a pretty high rate.” “He’s unbelievable,” senior guard Sean Mosley said. “I’ve never seen a big man do the things that he does. He has a nice mid-range shot, he’s very young, but when you see him play, there’s another side to him.” Len should shore up some of the team’s depth issues once he’s eligible to play. With the depar-
ture of forward Jordan Williams to the NBA and forward Haukur Palsson to play professionally overseas compounding with the graduation of forward Dino Gregory, Turgeon had little to work with entering the season. Come late December, Len will share a frontcourt comprising largely inexperienced forwards Ashton Pankey and James Padgett and center Berend Weijs. “These big guys, you just never know,” Turgeon said Oct. 12. “We’re all anticipating him helping us. How much, we don’t know.” firstname.lastname@example.org
could receive different GPAs for the same grade. “Regardless of standing in a class … I should be graded and I should get the grade of someone else who tried equally as hard as I did,” Xie said when he vetoed the bill. “I think this is so overwhelmingly inconsistent I don’t think it even merits being implemented.” The bill’s sponsor and business legislator Elizabeth Moran, along with other legislators, argued that regardless, implementing the policy is “inherently unfair.” She noted that students taking a class next fall would have their grades calculated differently from students who took the same class the year before. “It’s unavoidable unless you want to go back and retroactively recalculate all the GPAs,” Moran said. “It’s an unavoidable discrepancy.” The bill initially passed in a 17 to 12 vote with one abstention — but Xie immediately moved to veto the bill. Under the SGA’s bylaws, the body would have to wait to consider overturning the veto until next week, but because the senate will vote on the policy next week, Moran called for legislators to immediately reconsider.
“If the majority of the body is in favor of the bill versus one person who’s not in favor of the bill … the students’ voice should take precedence,” Moran said. “It should take higher ground and that is what trumps the veto.” However, in a 15 to 10 vote, the body voted to uphold the veto. During debate, business legislator Ira Rickman presented a poll legislators took of 523 students, in which 30.59 percent said they were in favor of the policy and 69.41 percent were against it. Furthermore, 54.23 percent of respondents said they would be in favor of the policy if it only applied to incoming students. University senators and university Provost Ann Wylie said they decided to apply the policy to all students attending the university next fall because it would be consistent with the policies of peer institutions. Using different grading systems for students in different academic years would be too costly and incompatible with the university’s current grade-calculating software, they said. “We consulted with other schools that had switched, and they found no difficulty with the plan we recommended,” Wylie wrote in an email yesterday. “It is not reasonable to run two distinctive
grading systems.” However, several legislators noted that if a high-achieving student’s GPA falls after the policy is implemented, potential employers may not look favorably on the drop. “It may not seem like a lot, but when you’re out there looking for a job and putting out your résumés … it’s a big deal,” Rickman said. “These are our grades we’re talking about. This determines where we’re going after college. All of us work hard every single day to get the best possible grade that we can.” Behavioral and social sciences legislator Nina Calmenson questioned the validity of the polls, and Moran noted that graduate and professional schools usually recalculate most GPAs when students apply to post-graduate institutions. Moran also noted that when the senate overhauled general education, they voted to only apply the new requirements to next year’s incoming freshmen — a precedent she said should also be invoked in this situation. “This is putting everyone on equal playing fields in terms of the way they can achieve grades,” Moran said. “This implementation suggestion is most appropriate.” email@example.com
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et’s recap: 16 years of discussion, almost $2 billion in necessary funding, 16 However, various groups — including residents, environmental organizations and miles of planned construction and thousands of stakeholders. It’s indis- those primarily concerned about funding issues — still are not convinced. Indeed, many people at Tuesday’s forum weren’t shy about vocalizing their skepputable — the Purple Line is a big deal. However, until last month, when The Federal Transit Administration gave the go-ahead to begin the prelimi- ticism. At least one person disputed the idea that the rail would take 20,000 cars off the road. Others worried it could indirectly affect small businesses by increasing nary engineering phase, the proposed light rail was still very much up in the air. That seems to be changing now. After a stagnant period dominated by debates property rents along the alignment. As always, others brought up the question of funding: Will the state actually have enough money to see between this university and Metro Transit Administration the project all the way through? officials about where the proposed line would run through If all goes according to the ideal plan, the state would pay the campus, the project is once again gaining momentum. Officials are moving forward with design plans — including As design plans for the Purple half of the project’s $1.93 billion price tag and the federal government would cover the rest. The question remains, espedetailed outlines and timetables — and construction could begin as soon as 2015. There’s no guarantee of federal fund- Line progress, members of the cially with the economy still recovering, of how much taxpaywould end up footing the state’s share of the bill. In Januing, but the FTA’s recent approval shows this project is still on university community must ers ary, the General Assembly will consider a 15-cent gas-tax hike lawmakers’ minds, and these discussions will likely play a make sure their concerns that would ideally funnel money toward the project, and some large role in the General Assembly’s upcoming session. legislators have indicated that proposal has a fair amount of As they move forward into the next phase of planning, aren’t drowned out. support in Annapolis. MTA officials appear to be making an effort to encourage The public generally funds mass-transit projects like this community input. They held an on-campus forum Tuesday in Stamp Student Union where dozens of community members aired their concerns rail because, theoretically, everyone benefits from them. Still, funding concerns have and asked project planners their questions directly. For the most part, this isn’t any- long plagued Purple Line discussions. As the project becomes more of a reality, MTA thing new. Officials have held similar forums for years and have provided regular officials can’t ignore them — even if that just means explaining to the public why tax updates to the community via the University Senate. But Tuesday’s forum — given increases are a fair solution. When university President Wallace Loh first arrived on the campus this time last that it was the first one held since the FTA’s endorsement — highlighted how imporyear and said we should advocate any alignment that would allow the project to move tant it is for officials to actually give these concerns enough weight. As articulated by College Park Mayor Andy Fellows, who said the engineering and forward, that’s exactly what happened. But as construction plans get underway, an design phase will “move forward as quickly as possible,” many officials are intensely increasing number of stakeholders will emerge, anxious to lobby MTA and state goveager to make progress. We hope that enthusiasm doesn’t manifest itself in the form ernment officials as the proposal becomes more concrete. But now, the university of hasty decision-making at the expense of stakeholders on this campus and in the community no longer dominates the discussion, even though people on this campus will be among those most affected. rest of the affected areas, whose input deserves adequate consideration. Because the Purple Line is integral to this university and vital to the priorities of Loh Proponents of the project typically go to great lengths to emphasize all the benefits it would have on surrounding communities. Expanding the public transportation sys- and his administration — such as progress on East Campus, increased collaboratem, they say, would decrease reliance on individual vehicles, connect major metro- tions with surrounding institutions and improvements to the downtown business politan cities with their suburbs — thereby increasing the markets for local busi- environment — the university community in particular has a reason to pay attention. nesses — and make the proposed East Campus development much more attractive. We have to ensure our voice is not drowned out as plans for the rail lurch forward.
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Stop keeping up with the Kardashians
t has been about 72 hours since the world learned about Kim Kardashian filing for divorce from husband-of-72-days Kris Humphries. From the moment she cited irreconcilable differences, it seems every news source known to man jumped on the story, and it has become impossible to engage the general public without at least someone “needing a minute” upon hearing the news. In the aftermath of Monday’s announcement, at least one man is suing Kardashian to stop her divorce, the inevitable “K”-consonance jokes have come pouring out and some people even claim to have fallen into depression over her decision. Did 2012 just prematurely arrive? America has become unhealthily and absurdly infatuated with Kardashian’s split, and I can’t remember the last time something this insignificant was so captivating to people. The amount of news coverage it’s getting is both unwarranted and disappointing. Her divorce didn’t trigger some atomic bomb or ungodly epidemic. In
BRITTANY CAMPBELL fact, unless you are her family member, friend or soon-to-be ex-husband (whom you had probably never heard of before he proposed), this literally affects you in no way. That said, the topics people actually care about never cease to amaze me. The federal government announced Tuesday that borrowers who faced foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 are being given the opportunity to have their cases thoroughly reviewed for potential transgressions and mistakes. More than 4 million Americans are finally seeing justice, but most of us overlooked that. People don’t even take the time to educate themselves about presidential candidates prior to voting, yet they spend an inane amount of time
dwelling on a meaningless public divorce. As Drew Pinsky (Dr. Drew) puts it, why do we buy into this charade? Kardashian is famous for three (give or take) reasons: Her father was a defense attorney for O.J. Simpson, she starred in a sex tape with R&B singer Ray J and she has notably large assets. A person with a normal moral compass would agree these are not applause-worthy or respectable reasons to cherish another’s life. Someone please enlighten me, because I will never understand the obsession. So what if Kardashian’s marriage was a hoax or she could have put the $18 million profit from televising her wedding toward charity? People need to stop being paralyzed by her personal business and channel that energy elsewhere by living up to the same expectations. You don’t need to be a millionaire to do some good in this world. Of course I was startled by Kardashian’s news — for all of an embarrassing five seconds. But despite
rumors of extraterrestrial qualities, Kardashian is human and her situation is hardly atypical. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce — who ever said she couldn’t get one? It’s almost comical that no matter how far celebrities deviate from typical society, people are still shocked time and time again when they act like the rest of us. My worthy troubles in life include questions such as how I’m going to pay for law school, where our economy will be in five years or how the hell we are going to fix the environment. A divorce of Kardashian proportions will never make my list. At the end of the day, week or month, this craziness will finally pass, and blessed be the day that happens. People will realize the world is not over and life is back to normal: Kim Kardashian is single again, and the McRib is back. Amen. Brittany Campbell is a junior philosophy and government and politics major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing up: Not growing old ’ve been pretending to be an adult quite a lot lately.” My roommate turned and spoke this strangely prolific sentence to me earlier this semester. It seems at some point in college we stop being kids, finally free from the adult authority in our lives, and start actually being adults. I’m not sure exactly when this transition takes place. I definitely don’t see an end anytime soon, considering the slew of photos from Halloween of me and my friends pretending to fight super-villain battles or my complete rationalization of my love for Taylor Swift. But it seems to be happening with or without our consent. This is the start of the rest of our lives. It felt like we were starting our lives when we left home at 18 and came to school, but we were still coddled by our parents, the Residence Hall Association and even our freshman-year professors. Little by little, we
lose the laundry rooms in our buildings, the lectures without attendance policies and the monthly allowance from our parents. One day, we turn around and have our own tiny houses or apartments, our own stoves and fridges, our own faulty lights that flicker like a horror film and our own outlets that pop off the wall. Maybe it’s because we’re starting a whole new transition — college to the real world. Maybe it’s because we’re not so terrified of what our parents will say anymore. Maybe it’s because we finally understand why people over 21 don’t find bars filled with underage kids amusing. Or maybe it’s because we fully realize how much trouble sneaking into Byrd Stadium can actually get you in after we hear a friend relay a tale of being chased by the police after trespassing. For whatever reason, we’re starting to truly grow up. Warning: geek moment approach-
LAURA FROST ing. One of my favorite XKCD comics has a quote that perfectly describes the good news of this whole growing up scenario. The girl in the comic has filled her apartment with playpen balls and when a boy asks for an explanation she tells him: “Because we’re grown-ups now and it’s our turn to decide what that means.” Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we have to grow old. So, don’t let the world tell you that just because you have to start acting more like an adult means you have to get rid of all the fun. Ride the shopping cart to your car (OK no, not at Shoppers because then you can never
get it back up through those gate things without walking it the whole way around). Run out into the snow just to let snowflakes melt on your face (even if the first snowfall is in October, ridiculously). Make pancakes at 1 a.m. and call your friend for an emergency syrup delivery. Dance around to the song “Fifteen” even though you are at least four years older than its intended audience. Life is short. Don’t live in fear of what comes next. Don’t paralyze yourself in the face of progress. Just learn to find the joy in every minute of your slightly more responsible existence. Decide what being grown up means for you. Maybe even try out the playpen balls — and let me know how it goes. I’ve been looking to do some redecorating. Laura Frost is a junior journalism and government and politics major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
hile Lauren Mendelsohn’s Oct. 31 column “Be war y of the corporate media” is probably a good portrait of the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ mindset, her narrative has some serious flaws. Most crucially, her central allegation that “the media” has been censoring stories related to the Occupy movement is completely false. Essentially ever y U.S. news outlet of note has been publishing Occupy-related material nonstop for quite some time now. Of the news outlets she listed as being owned by “the Big Six,” three had an article about the Occupy protests on the front page of its website at the time of this writing, and essentially all of them (and many others) have published material about the protests within the past day. This sure is a curious censorship; one that constantly speaks about that which it is covering up. Mendelsohn’s criticisms are also inconsistent. On one hand, she criticizes the mainstream media’s coverage of the movement for focusing too much on the “negative” side of the protests — such as the arrests of protesters — but on the other hand she lambastes the media for not addressing cases of alleged police brutality (which, by the way, have been covered extensively). Which is it — should the media talk about negative events at the protests, or shouldn’t they? Furthermore, if they’re not going to talk about the arrests, their demands or the impact they have on neighborhoods, what are they going to talk about? Once you’ve covered what’s happening, why it’s happening and who is being affected by it, there isn’t much left to say. Finally, Mendelsohn commits the same error she accuses the media of: misrepresenting her opponents. The problem critics have with the Occupy movement isn’t that they can’t understand why people are protesting; it’s that through the movement’s rejection of “normal” politics and leadership structures it’s condemned itself to impotence. The movement’s critics believe Occupy has been organized around a set of goals — ending corporate influence, eliminating inequality and taking money out of politics, among others — but that the group has no sense of how to actually achieve those goals. A successful social movement does more than just shout about problems — it also provides concrete proposals directed at solving them. Making those proposals, advocating for them and pushing them through Congress requires leadership and a sense of ideological discipline — particularly at the ballot box. That’s true whether you’re a group of grassroots protesters or a gigantic corporation. Of course, leadership is exactly what Occupy lacks, as the protesters have been resolute in their insistence on a leaderless, consensus-based structure. There has been no indication whatsoever that the movement has any consensus on solutions to the problems they are so obviously passionate about. Without a consensus, and the discipline necessar y to maintain it over time, it’s impossible to effectively influence anyone with the power to solve their problems. If politicians aren’t afraid the movement will take them out of office, and if they don’t know how to maintain the movement’s support, then they simply aren’t going to take any action on the movement’s behalf. That’s not the result of corruption, it’s the way democracy works — and that’s the way it would work even if there were no large corporations. If the Occupy movement can find some leaders and start pushing for specific reforms, the criticisms of the movement as incoherent will be baseless. Until then, it is hard to blame the media’s characterization of the movement as an ineffective nuisance, because that is exactly what it is.
David Fox is a senior government and politics major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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orn today, you are not the kind to hold a grudge, but neither are you the kind to forgive and forget. What does that mean to you, your life and the people in it? You remember almost everything that happens to you, and you use whatever you can about it to learn, to evolve, to grow and to prepare yourself for what comes — even if it is something you cannot accurately foresee in any detail. You have a good head for names, faces, facts, figures and dates, and you’re not the kind to let an appointment slip by.
There are times, of course, in which you may prove quite vengeful — not so much when you have been hurt or offended, but when someone you love has been the victim of an affront, be it intentional or otherwise. In such a case you may swing into action and exact some kind of revenge — in the name of that person who was wronged. Also born on this date are: Gemma Ward, supermodel; Dolph Lundgren, actor; Adam Ant, singer; Kate Capshaw, actress; Dennis Miller, actor and comedian; John Barry, film composer; Ken Berry, actor; Michael Dukakis, politician; Charles Bronson, actor. 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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THE DIAMONDBACK | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
PREVIEW | SCRATCH ACID
THIS IS BLISS A reunited Scratch Acid hits the 9:30 Club tomorrow — expect noise, punk and nudity BY REESE HIGGINS Senior staff writer
As a music-consuming culture, we may have reached the point of reunion oversaturation. With every passing year, the trend seems to grow. Each of the festivals run by London-based music promoter All Tomorrow’s Parties surely mean at least three reunions. Any number of classic album reissue campaigns bring old songwriters out of the woodwork to take their record’s newest packaging on tour, acting more as merchant than artist. Without a doubt, this familiar cycle of artist regroupings has spoiled audiences and even artists themselves. A long-defunct band’s reformation may not seem as special as it did in previous decades, and the aura of special, fuzzy feelings surrounding such events has decreased,
though not entirely diminished. Scratch Acid is a recently reunited group deserving of your attention, however. The influential punk band is back for a tour booked before an appearance at next year’s ATP Festival in the United Kingdom, curated by Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum. The Austin, Texas quartet will play at the 9:30 Club in Washington tomorrow. During its initial run from 1982 to 1987, the noisy punk group became known for its high-energy performances, which revolved around the band’s aurally assaulting music and the frantic onstage hijinks of singer David Yow. Members of Scratch Acid went on to play in other notable punk and noise bands, including The Jesus Lizard and Rapeman. The Jesus Lizard, featuring Yow and Scratch Acid bassist David Williams Sims, broke up in 1999
but reunited in 2008 for a year of concerts. Scratch Acid also briefly reunited for three shows in 2006. Considering this, Yow’s take on Scratch Acid’s reunion is not surprising — after all, he said, everybody’s doing it. Scratch Acid is also getting back together because Mangum asked for the band’s presence at his upcoming ATP event, Yow said. “We kind of figured it might be fun and so we said, ‘Yeah,’” Yow said. “And we figured if we were going to go to all the trouble of practicing for that, we should do a whole tour.” In recent years, Yow has been working on his acting career. He has a small role in the 2010 Insane Clown Posse film Big Money Rustlas. For anyone familiar with Yow’s captivating stage presence — he has a penchant for nudity, unconventional outfits
and stage diving — acting may seem like a logical extension of his onstage persona. But Yow says his antics as a frontman represent him and not a character. “Whenever I’m playing with Scratch Acid or The Jesus Lizard, the simple fact that I act like some kind of retarded monkey — although I feel like I’m being honest with myself and the audience — that doesn’t mean I’m like that when I’m sitting, having dinner with somebody or walking on the street, going to a store or something,” Yow said. “I don’t behave that way when I’m not onstage doing rock shows. So, actually, in my regular life, I feel I’m not necessarily reserved, but polite and well behaved and stuff like that. “There’s a definite appeal to being allowed to just let go and kind of make a fool of myself,”
Scratch Acid is no stranger to the noise and punk scenes — this photo was taken in 1984. PHOTO COURTESY OF NILES J. FULLER
he added. As for getting back together with his old band for live dates, Yow had no qualms with the idea when it was proposed. In fact, he said, it was quite a flattering request to receive. “I don’t remember being apprehensive, but I think surprised, mostly,” Yow said. “With both bands, after we broke up, I
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011 | SPORTS | THE DIAMONDBACK
SWAIM from page 1 been defined by the men ahead of him in goal, the 22-year-old master’s candidate is ready to leave behind a championship legacy he can call his own. “I get goosebumps thinking about that,” Swaim said. “It’d be a hell of an ending.”
think that next day at school, I wore a Maryland shirt. And everyone’s like, ‘Why’re you wearing that?’ I’m like, ‘No big deal, no big deal. They just started calling me.’ So yeah, I was definitely very excited.” Swaim had been offered a scholarship from his dream school to play the sport he loved. Everything seemed perfect. THE CHALLENGER
AN UNLIKELY START Like many kids growing up in Ellicott City, just a 40-minute drive up Interstate 95, Swaim was a lifelong Terps fan. He attended a handful of coach Sasho Cirovski’s summer camps and was well aware of the Terps’ impressive soccer tradition. He went on to star at Howard High, earning second-team allstate honors during his senior year. But the Terps initially passed on the local prospect, content with their goalkeeping situation. Chris Seitz, the 2006 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, was just a sophomore and seemed poised to man the goal for at least one more season. Then Seitz began to garner major attention from MLS scouts, and it soon became clear the allure of a professional career was too much to pass up. Cirovski knew Seitz’s impending departure would leave the Terps uncomfortably thin at goalkeeper, so he gave his former camper a call. “It was incredibly exciting,” said Swaim, who had been mulling over offers from several Big Ten schools at the time. “I
REDEMPTION from page 8 this: They made a tremendous comeback,” defensive tackle Maurice Hampton said. “They didn’t complain, they didn’t moan, they didn’t just mope around. They picked their
And for at least a little while, it was. Swaim split time with fellow freshman Thorne Holder for the majority of the season, but he made a favorable enough impression to start throughout the ACC Tournament and the Terps’ two NCAA Tournament games. In his 12 starts that year, he allowed less than a goal a game. Seeking a guarantee to start full-time, Holder transferred the following year. Swaim seemed the logical starter in goal. And then, once again, Swaim’s phone rang. It was Cirovski. He’d just signed Zac MacMath, the nation’s top goalkeeping recruit. For the second time in two years, there would be an open competition in goal. “When I came to Maryland, I came knowing that we already had good players in goal,” MacMath said. “Sasho straight-up told me, ‘We’re not going to hand you the spot.’” Swaim fended off the under20 men’s national team member throughout the summer and preseason, and he started six of the Terps’ first 10 games that year. But he played inconsistently, and after surrendering
heads up, they were put on the scout team and they just ran. They ran, they caught, they flew across the air. “They worked hard, and I saw them. Didn’t say a thing to them the whole time. Nobody said anything to them the whole time, but they worked their tails off to get back on the team, so I
Will Swaim is second in the ACC in goals allowed. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
pick our brains about his options, and we talked a bit about him leaving.” But when it came time for Swaim to make a decision, he realized he never really had a choice in the first place. His love for his teammates, his program and his state superseded his desire for playing time anywhere else. “I think that my family brought me up in a way that when you fall in love with something,” Swaim said, “regardless of the negative things that may come with it, you always have to see the glass half full.” MORE WAITING
three goals in an eventual 5-3 loss to an unranked Clemson squad on the road, MacMath became the full-time starter midway through the regular season. With MacMath between the posts, the Terps went on a 16game winning streak en route to the program’s third national title. “It was a really tough situation,” MacMath said. “Because obviously I wanted to play, but it really sucked to take away opportunities from Will. Will’s such a great guy, and I know that was tough for him.” Swaim said he understood why MacMath was starting, but he wasn’t exactly content, either. Naturally, he began to wonder whether this university was still the right fit for him. He looked into transferring and leaned on friends and family for guidance. “He’d call us and just kind of vent about everything,” said Bill Swaim, Will’s father. “He’d
Even with that philosophy already imbued, Swaim was initially apprehensive when Cirovski approached him during the spring of his junior year about the possibility of redshirting his coming senior season. He understood the logic. MacMath was a projected top-10 pick in January’s 2011 MLS draft, and through gaining an extra year of eligibility, the Terps — who, precariously, didn’t have a third goalkeeper on the roster — wouldn’t be forced to start a newcomer in goal the following year upon MacMath’s departure. But Swaim was tired. He’d already ridden an emotional roller coaster for three years, and he was beginning to imagine a life without soccer. “My first reaction was, I’ve been here for a while,” Swaim said. “This experience, despite all the positives, and the great things that have happened to me
think they deserve it.” Their return hasn’t had the effect many expected. The Terps’ offense was out of sync in their absence, and it hasn’t found its opening-game rhythm since their reinstatement Sept. 25. As the offense continues to sputter, their numbers have
been far off the pace they set against Miami. Tyler has made just seven grabs in the past five games and dropped several passes. And outside of a ninecatch, 177-yard performance against Florida State, McCree has just 49 receiving yards since his return. McCree’s standout perform-
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in my four years here, it’s also been taxing. I haven’t really experienced anything else in my life besides soccer, school and Maryland. At that time in my life, I was definitely ready to explore different things.” It was a slow-developing process. Swaim contemplated the possibility of redshirting for a full six months before finally committing to it that summer, at the end of the 2010 preseason. And even when he did, the anxiety didn’t stop there. Swaim recalled at least one instance during a game last season when MacMath went down with an apparent injury. Cirovski hustled over to Swaim, who was casually sitting on the bench, and ordered him to warm up. “I’m like, ‘All right, you need to calm down,’” Swaim said with a chuckle. “I think I went over to the sideline, and I just sat there. I was just like, ‘I’m going to hide behind one of the players here. As long as he doesn’t see me, it never happened.’” THE NEXT CHAPTER Fortunately for Swaim and his teammates, none of the spills were serious enough to warrant burning his redshirt. And after MacMath’s exit to MLS, Swaim entered this season as the only goalkeeper among the three on the team’s roster with any game experience. Still, Cirovski maintained the starting spot wouldn’t be given. Just like everything else in Swaim’s career, he’d have to earn it. “We didn’t know he was going
ance against the Seminoles — “That was my favorite team growing up, so to be able to have a big game there, that’s going to be a big, big memory for me,” he said — proved symbolic of the pair’s uphill battle to turn back the clock. “Those guys come to work every day,” defensive tackle and co-captain Joe Vellano said. “Just working hard and doing the right things pays off. Coach Edsall always says that once you get in trouble, ‘That was then, move on, we don’t have time for all that extra stuff.’ Those guys got a second chance and made the best of it.” Neither McCree nor Tyler knows what the future holds. Each harbors hopes of a career in the NFL some day, but they’re mindful of other options. Tyler said he’d like to work
to be the starter,” Cirovski said. “He won the position in the preseason. He knew we had two talented young guys coming in, and he had to perform. And he did perform. He won the position through his work — not only last spring, but in the summer and in the preseason.” Swaim has made the most of the opportunity. With one game still remaining in the regular season, he’s already notched career highs in saves (40), shutouts (five) and wins (12). He’s allowed the second-fewest goals of any goalkeeper in the ACC this season, surrendering just two more than North Carolina goalkeeper Scott Goodwin. Brian Boussy, the former high-school soccer coach who gave Swaim the phrase that’s helped guide him the past four and a half years, isn’t too concerned with the numbers. Just like his ex-player, he understands Swaim’s experiences at this university will extend far beyond the goal box. “To me, the path he’s taken is more important than anything he could do soccer-wise,” Boussy said. So when Swaim steps onto Ludwig Field tonight for his final regular-season matchup as a Terp, his mind will stop wandering. It’ll be at peace, knowing everything that’s happened to him at this university, good and bad, had led him to this point. “Thank God I did that,” he said, recalling his decision to ride out the ups and downs. “Thank God I did that.” firstname.lastname@example.org
with inner-city youth, something he’s done in Washington during his time in College Park, and McCree plans to one day open his own business — “like a Krispy Kreme donut shop somewhere,” he said. Before all of that, though, they’ll have four more games to round out their long, up-anddown careers together. “It’s been wild … but here we are,” Tyler said. “It’s taught us to appreciate the game. You just don’t know how much you love it until it’s not there anymore and you have no clue when you’ll be able to play it again. It brought us closer. We kept each other up. It’s a blessing to be back now. “Every snap I take, every time I put on the jersey, I’m grateful.” email@example.com
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Redemption in return for duo Tyler, McCree back after suspension BY CONOR WALSH Senior staff writer
It was a dream scenario for the pair of wide receivers who had been best friends and roommates since their arrival in College Park. Only a quarter had passed in the first game of their senior seasons with the Terrapins football team, and Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree had already begun their emergence from the shadows they had stood in under biggername wideouts in years past. Tyler capped off an impressive first drive with a touchdown. McCree caught four passes himself. And by the time a season-opening win against Miami had finished, they’d combined for 13 total. “We didn’t think we were going to lose a game, truth be told,” Tyler said of the team’s mindset after the primetime victory. The duo’s personal path immediately following that Labor Day win, though, mirrored that of their team. On Sept. 16, two days before the Terps were set to host rival West Virginia, Tyler and McCree were suspended indefinitely for their involvement in an off-campus altercation the night before that led to Tyler’s arrest and subsequent charge of second-degree assault. In a season that seems to worsen
each time the Terps step on the field, the wide receiver tandem has found redemption. When the two play at Byrd Stadium for the final time Saturday, they’re hoping to lead a win over rival Virginia so that, unlike 2009’s 2-10 campaign, this season isn’t remembered for all the wrong reasons. “I got four games left,” McCree said. “For sure, I’m not going to finish like that. I don’t care if it’s 3-9; I’m going to finish with more wins than we did that season. I don’t want to be like that because that’s the worst team in Maryland history. I just don’t want to finish like that.” The pair clicked immediately upon meeting at Virginia’s Hargrave Military Academy, where they spent a postgraduate year together in 2006. It was an unlikely friendship — McCree, the so-called “city boy” from Prince George’s County, and Tyler, the converted running back who grew up in Wagener, S.C., a town so small it had just 21 players on its high-school football team. “Our relationship is different,” Tyler said with a laugh. “It’s different and it’s strange, but he’s funny and I think I’m pretty well-rounded and down to earth. Quintin’s like Chris Tucker and a mixture of Dave Chappelle.” Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that the
Starting wide receivers Ronnie Tyler (not pictured) and Quintin McCree were suspended just days before the Terps hosted West Virginia in mid-September. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
pair that’s been inseparable over the past five years was once again together on that fateful night in September. They were in front of 7-Eleven on Knox Road after their 11 p.m. curfew when Tyler became involved in an altercation with a non-student that ended with him striking the 33-yearold man and fleeing from police before being arrested on the campus. When Edsall announced the following day that the pair would be suspended indefinitely, Tyler admitted they worried their careers in College Park may be over. “When it first happened, I thought I
was done,” Tyler said. “I’m grateful he gave me another opportunity to play. Of course, I [have my regrets]. The main regret is [Edsall] had a curfew set for us every night … and I was out after 11. To a certain extent, I knew I let my teammates down. I feel like I disrespected the reputation of a Maryland player and I apologize for that, but mistakes are mistakes.” Said McCree: “You just have to make the right decisions, that’s it. That’s what I learned from it. That was probably the turning point of the decisions in my life. You’ve got to really control your actions and what you do
and since then, everything’s been straight for me.” Rather than sulk, the pair got to work. They took to their new role on the scout team in the first practice after their suspension with no idea of when or whether they’d be able to step foot on the field again. All Edsall had told them was that, with hard work, they could earn a second chance. After watching their team get blown out by Temple on Sept. 24, McCree and Tyler were reinstated. “The two of them, I will give them
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