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District 3 council incumbents, mayor re-elected Unofficial results keep incumbents in office By Teddy Amenabar @teddyamen Staff writer Despite two contested districts and the first competitive mayoral race since 1989, the unofficial results for the College Park mayor and City Council election favored the incumbents. It was a disheartening loss for District 3 candidate Matthew Popkin,
an interest from students, and we need to take advantage of that,” Day added. Stullich said she wants to move past what some may have seen as a university graduate student, who lost to incumbent council members oppositional relationship between Robert Day and Stephanie Stullich. residents and students during this “Certainly myself and everyone on year’s campaign. “I know I want to move beyond the campaign was fairly disappointed that,” Stullich said. with the results,” Popkin said. In the next two years, Stullich said Both Day and Stullich said Popkin’s campaign addressed a need to she wants to continue work with bridge the gap between students and the Neighborhood Stabilization and permanent residents. mayor andy fellows (center-left) was re-elected alongside District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich (center“Matthew showed there is very much See COUNCIL, Page 3 right) in yesterday’s city elections. Student Matthew Popkin (left) lost in District 3. james levin/the diamondback
Mobile app club creates finals tool SGA helps Mobile App Developers Club make central scheduling hub By Josh Logue @jmlogue Staff writer
PANELISTS such as Athletic Director Kevin Anderson (fourth from left) and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany (fifth) discuss the university’s athletics during last night’s Shirley Povich Symposium. lena salzbank/the diamondback
Charting a B1G future Shirley Povich Symposium panelists discuss university’s future amid move to Big Ten conference By Ellie Silverman @esilverman11 Staff writer While the university’s move from the ACC to the Big Ten athletic conference has prompted backlash, speakers at last night’s Shirley Povich Symposium said the move could be a step toward reinvigorating the university’s fan base. T he panelists at the annual event, this year titled “Maryland to the Big Ten: Charting the Future; Remembering the Past,” included
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany; Athletic Director Kevin Anderson; university alumna Bonnie Bernstein of sports network Campus Insiders; university alumnus Tom McMillen, chairman and CEO of Timios National Corporation and University System of Maryland regent; and Scott Van Pelt, university alumnus and ESPN commentator and reporter. “Your father’s Big Ten is not going to be your children’s Big Ten,” Delany said. “People understand that the need to change, the need
to expand, the need to associate with peer institutions, the need to build, outweighs the memories of the past. I think we’ve gained more than we’ve given up.” Born and raised a Terps fan, freshman journalism major Michael Errigo said he was saddened by the university’s decision to move to the Big Ten, and he attended the symposium seeking an explanation. “I’m hoping to get something that is satisfying and makes sense and isn’t just, ‘We wanted more money,’” Errigo said. “I kind of
want them to appeal to the fans that care about tradition and loyalty to your school, loyalty to your conference, loyalty to the East Coast.” As a 1992 alumna, Bernstein said she could relate to students like Errigo who love the tradition of Terps sports and thought the move to the Big Ten seemed to neglect that rich history. “It’s hard to get rid of how much we despise Duke,” she said. “Who am I going to hate in the Big Ten as See POVICH, Page 2
Information for finals schedules and activities is scattered across multiple websites and organizations, but a new app could help stressed students plan their days in one place. With the Student Government Association-sponsored mobile application Finals App UMD, users will be able to input course titles to find the date, time and room of exams while also scheduling downtime with activities such as the popular Puppy Palooza. “Students need a centralized place to fi nd all the resources available to them during finals week,” said Meenu Singh, SGA academic affairs vice president. “Ultimately, not having all this information in a centralized place takes time away from students.” See MAD, Page 3
Vehicle lab to develop hybrid technologies
App in development will use hot spots to share content
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Students make Hotdrop app using Startup Shell
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By Darcy Costello @dctello Staff writer Spies and secret agents have used the “dead drop” for years. Roll up a little note, then stick it in the ground for another person to pick up. Essentially, hide the message in plain sight to share information with desired respondents — the idea is nothing new. Combine that with a mobile hot spot, though, and it’s something unique: a Hotdrop. Forget leaving a note for someone;
hotdrop co-founders (from left) and university students Dan Gillespie, Jeff Hilnbrand and Richard Higgins sit in Startup Shell. The Hotdrop could see a beta release sometime next year. kelsey hughes/the diamondback the mobile application — set to pre- a photo or message, for later passmiere next year — will allow users ersby who walk through the same to leave a piece of content, such as area, said Jeff Hilnbrand, Hotdrop
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co-founder and junior mechanical engineering major. “With the app, users can make connections through spaces,” Hilnbrand said. “Anything from messages for a pickup basketball game, scavenger hunts or event invites for students in a certain location — it’s a way of allowing people to communicate based on where they are in the world.” Hilnbrand and two other university students, Richard Higgins and Daniel Gillespie, came up with the idea at the University of Pennsylvania’s PennApps hackathon in early September. Since
By next fall, students may get the chance to work in one of the nation’s first educational labs focused on hybrid electric and plug-in electric vehicles. With the help of the National Science Foundation and the university’s sustainability fund, electrical and computer engineering professor Alireza Khaligh is creating the lab to educate students about electric vehicles and prepare them to work in the industry. “The auto industry is going through
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Rapper and actor Ice Cube visits campus for a Q&A after a pre-screening of his new film, Ride Along, in Hoff Theater last night P. 6
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McMillen acknowledged the advantages of the move but said increased travel for studentathletes could be an issue. “We’re putting these conferences in Minneapolis, Iowa City [Iowa], and this is tough,” McMillen said. “If I wanted to be a doctor, I couldn’t be an athlete and do this today. … We, as universities, have to look around and say what are we all about.” Wendy Bersbach, a 1972 alumna wearing a red Terps shirt, said her family history at this university is linked to its allegiance to the ACC, making the move to the Big Ten a difficult adjustment. “It is really hard for me to think about not being in the ACC,” Bersbach said. “The old rivalries were special. Any opportunity to beat Duke brings joy to my life.” However, Van Pelt said the Big Ten move will bring fresh vigor to Terps sports. “On my radio show, I said I can’t summon sadness to hold a funeral that for something — in my opinion, the ACC really died in 2004. Things changed drastically then,” Van Pelt said. “I’ll always remember fondly what the ACC was, but I’m optimistic about what the future is.”
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hybrid From PAGE 1 a h u ge i n f r a s t r u c t u r e cha nge,” K ha l ig h sa id. “T hey a re i n d i re need for electrical engineers … because most of the people who have been trained in the auto industry were mechanical engineers.” Although the lab has not yet been built, Khaligh has a plan for setting it up for use nex t fa l l. Students w i l l work w it h veh icle components but not with the actual cars, Khaligh said, because the vehicles have too much power and voltage to be secure in a laboratory setting. “They will have the energy storage system, the electric machine,” he said. “It’s going to be a smaller, scaled-down version of a car.” During hands-on labo-
ratory experiments, students will learn how battery chargers are incorporated into vehicles, and work with energy storage in the vehicles and regenerative braking, or testing the brakes without a loss of energy, Khaligh said. A potential experiment, he said, could involve students emulating typical drive cycles while studying the average number of times the driver uses the brakes, along with how often the vehicle accelerates. “The main objective is to train students, either for the industry or for academia,” Khaligh said. Initially, the NSF grant Khaligh received was to be used in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology and IIT professor Umamaheshwar Krishnamurthy. Instead, Khaligh, a former IIT professor, decided to bring his plans for the lab to this university, along with some
of the NSF funding and an application to the sustainability fund, so each institution will have its own lab. Electric vehicles, which don’t produce greenhouse gas emissions like other cars, are a “huge market for the auto i ndu st r y,” K h a l ig h sa id . Several students said the opportunity to learn more about them in a lab setting would be a valuable experience. “I think a lab like that would be amazing, and I would be highly interested,” said Seung Choe, a sophomore chemical engineering major. Choe, who is m i nori ng in sustainability studies, said the creation of an educational lab like Khaligh’s would mark an important step toward teaching about “responsible” engineering. W h i l e m a ny u n ive rs ities have educational labs, all the elements of Khaligh’s will essentially be built from
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already developed early alpha prototypes of the application, nearly identical. Wake Forest this game, so I feel confident and they plan to make a “private (13-4-3, 6-3-1 ACC)From andPAGE the1 in our group for Friday night.” From PAGE 1 alpha” version available to fellow Terps (12-5-2, 6-3-1) each That’s why the Terps spent From PAGE 8 then, they’ve founded the students at Startup Shell in the The SGA is working with finished the regular season time this week practicing Hotdrop company and have next week. They expect to release the Mobile App Developers with 19 points, and they rank penalty kicks. The winner of With a one-goal victory, they been developing the mobile a public beta version to the uniclub, a student group that Nos. 4 and 5 in the confer- tomorrow’s game will face will now face No. 2-seed Virginia application. builds smartphone apps for versity community by 2014. ence, respectively, in goals either No. 1-seed Florida State in tomorrow’s semifinal round. The concept stemmed from university students. MAD is “That’s the interesting thing a l lowed th is season. T he or No. 5-seed Virginia in the Frazer broke the early deadthe idea of a “local chat” — a about app development — you tackling the programming Terps defeated the Demon fi nals Sunday, and, based on lock with a backhanded goal way to communicate with can create something you side of the project, and the Deacons, 2-1, in their only the Terps’ history with Wake from the top of the circle in the people nearby in real time, think is awesome, and everySGA polled students about meeting of the year. Forest, they might need a ninth minute. The Terps (15-4, whether at a riot, protest or one might hate it,” Hilnbrand the information they want It’s that likeness that could shootout to get there. 3-2 ACC) dominated possesother large gathering. The said. “We’re building and during finals and organized create the need for just what “I think we have a great opsion throughout the half, not startup snowballed from there, setting parameters for what donations from Bagel Place Bean la nds a nd her tea m- portunity to win the title, and allowing No. 6-seed Duke transforming into the idea of we think is best, but we’re and Pizza Kingdom for the mates were practicing earlier there are six or seven girls I feel (7-11, 0-5) to register a shot “dead drops” and “hot spots” definitely excited to get more hackers during a marathon this week. confident in for taking penalty until the 30th minute. for social purposes. A user could opinions from people outside day of coding. “We are the higher seed and shots,” Morgan said. “There But Cabrera, the secondleave a picture of a place from of our team.” Consolidating information is we were able to beat Wake are four teams in the semifinal, string goalkeeper behind 10 years ago or construct someIn the spirit of the Shell, only one of the app’s core feaForest before, but this is the and we’ve beaten two, so I feel Natalie Hunter, was hit with thing silly revolving around the Hotdrop hopes to make its app tures, Singh said. It will also ACC,” Morgan said. “These great about our chances, but an onslaught of attempts in the space, Hilnbrand said. collaborative and organic. The come with finals week disgames really can go either we have to take it one game at last five minutes of the half. The The team has “Hotdrop team plans to open an application counts — Bagel Place and Pizza way. You’re always at risk, a time and we need to get past Blue Devils shot five times in that time” three nights a week in programming interface, which Kingdom have agreed to give a but I do like the way our team Wake Forest fi rst.” span, three of them on target, and the university’s Startup Shell, would allow programmers to discount to students who have is playing. I like our motivaCabrera stood firm to maintain a student-run innovation space build on Hotdrop’s platform. the app, and Singh is working tion and our excitement for firstname.lastname@example.org a precarious one-goal advantage that offers technological and reto involve as many local res“Let’s say someone wants sources to entrepreneurial stu- to use our code and make it taurants and shops as possible. dents. And though members set so every time someone walks MAD is hoping to make a their meetings from 6 to 10 p.m., through a space, they email@example.com version of the app available this the team will often stay until mediately call their parents,” Mike Locklsey praised the Terps’ “T hey a re doi ng a l l the the early morning, sometimes Hilnbrand said. “They could improvement in the screen game things that we are asking them until 4 a.m. to iron out kinks and program off of it and make the to do,” Edsall said after losing From PAGE 8 From PAGE 8 and, without the benefit of a develop the project.From PAGE 8 app different and better than downfield passing game, could to the Eagles. Hotdrop is one of about to City Hall to do his part as challenger Robert McCeney, candidates failed to present what we could think of.” make a concerted effort to get This week has been no different. thought we were in control of the match and played well.” Brown tomorrow. entered the fourth quarter of a 30 active startups in the Shell, a middle school teacher and a citizen, he said after voting. clear platforms. Working together to improve That momentum would come to a halt in the Brown has established himself the ball in the hands of playmakSept. 1 season opener against The Terps have rallied around their Hilnbrand said. Other active plans and bounce ideas off one “I’d like to do as much as I doctoral candidate at George “I h ave to say t h at I second half. Wake Forest’s three-goal effort started as the team’s only real feature ing wide receiver Stefon Diggs. lowly William & Mary down, latest answer under center, freshFrom PAGE 1 Washington groups revolve around en- another is nothing new to Hilncan,” Sharp said. “If you’re wasn’t completely aware University. “It’s always great when you when Tomaselli beat a diving goalkeeper Keith back over the past two weeks. 6-0, they didn’t simply crumble man Shawn Petty, since they sat tertainment installations, a brand and the rest of the Startup goi ng to compl a i n about In District 1, council members of their stand on some of Quality of Life Committee, Cardona, and forward Luca Gimenez gathered a He rushed for a career-high 121 can count on having a guy back under the pressure of a poten- slack-jawed during a team meeting collaborative music app, an Shell members. The space is an which was formed in Sep- Fazlul Kabir and Patrick Wojahn [politics], you might as well the issues,” she said. long cross from defender Chris Duvall three minutes yards in a 20-18 loss to N.C. there that has the ability to make tially embarrassing home loss. and learned they were suddenly educational app for entrepre- incubator for ideas and an ideal do something to change it.” defeated Benjamin Mellman, a With so many incumtember to address issues in after Woodberry’s red card. Reserve defender Danny State two weeks ago and he was something out of nothing,” They strung together a touch- without a scholarship quarterback. neurship and new hardware for collaboration space, said Brent Sharp’s roommate, fresh- bents projected to return senior aerospace engineering residential areas. The four sidelined signal callers Wenzel iced the game for the Demon Deacons (11-3the only running back to record Locksley said. down drive, and escaped with the 3-D printing technology. man computer engineering and mechanical engineering to their seats, Fellows said Bovenzi,a member of the student “We are really looking at Even if the Terps do throw, it have helped reintroduce Petty to a 4, 4-1-3) in the 77th minute, beating Cardona on a a carry in the Terps’ 20-17 loss to narrow victory. The Hotdrop team developed team that focuses on areas of opthese issues in a much more major at this university. Unoffi- major Frank Pogoda, said this there will be less of a learning won’t be a lot. With the Pettypenalty kick after Cyrus committed a foul in the box. Boston College last week. Heck, even in losses the Terps side of the ball that, up until two an early version of its app at the eration within the Shell. creative and collaborative cial results listed Kabir with 472 was the first election in which curve when the new council The four goals were the most the Terps had given “He’s a beast. I love blocking led offense taking on Georgia have shown they’re a far cry from weeks ago, he thought he was University of Pennsylvania’s votes, Wojahn with 443 votes he was eligible to vote. begins sessions in January way,” she said. “It’s a place where you want up all season. In their first 16 games, they had allowed for him,” center Evan Mulrooney Tech’s triple-option attack, the disenchanted group that stag- done with completely. Defenhackathon with a fourth team to go to work on something — “I wanted to exercise my and Mellman with 125 votes. 2014. In return, the council Though the student candidate two goals four times. The Demon Deacons also said. “It’s just really great to see tomorrow’s contest is bound to gered through a 2-10 nightmare sive players have kept tabs on the member, Evan Wang, and chose maybe on a project, maybe on Speaking in front of a crowd right as a member of the voting members will be able to work in District 3 lost, Day — who was offense, making sure practices are outshot the Terps, 13-11, marking the first time the a young guy step up to the plate stick close to the ground. last season. to continue to develop it follow- a company — and other people supported by the Student Gov- at City Hall last night, Wojahn electorate,” Pogoda said. “I efficiently on new developIt’s someth ing the Terps Terps had been outshot this season. like he has.” There was that Sept. 22 matchup running smoothly. And, falling in ing the competition after receiv- are, as well. That in itself, ment projects, quality of life ernment Association — said stu- said he was humbled to be re- was excited to do it.” But while it was an uncharacteristic performance Edsall wouldn’t go into any haven’t been accustomed to this at unforgiving West Virginia when line with Diggs’ Sunday soliloquy, ing positive feedback from cor- having feedback from others Berwyn resident and eduelected and was excited to conissues and economic develdents’ voices must be heard. And for the Terps, Cirovski tried to keep perspective. specifics on the game plan, but season. But with four quarterthe Terps arrived four-touchdown the Terps have expressed support porate sponsors and developers. immediately, makes everyresidents are realizing that stu- tinue developing the city’s re- cation psychology doctoral opment around the city. “Our goal was never to go undefeated during the it looks as though the Terps — backs out for the season because underdogs, and tested the then- and unity via Twitter. “Location services and mes- thing better,” said Bovenzi, a candidate Lily Fountain said lationship with the university. “We kind of want to acdents are trying to get involved “Everything that we want is regular season,” Cirovski said. “We accomplished like the Yellow Jackets — will of injury and a converted lineNo. 8 Mountaineers until the latter saging have been around, but junior electrical engineering “There’s a lot that we can she has never missed an elec- celerate what we’re doing,” in community issues, he said. still in front of us,” wide receiver our first goal and now we’re focused on our second feature the run game heavily. backer starting under center, the stages of the second half. combining them in a usable and government and politics In the mayoral race, early build on,” Wojahn said. Sopho- tion. But despite attempts to Fellows said. goal, which is the ACC tournament.” Petty averaged fewer than 20 unexpected has become comThere was also last week, when Nigel King said Wednesday. “We way would really be an avenue major. “It’s different skills keep updated with local news, more government and politics unofficial results showed throws a game in high school monplace in College Park. the Rowe-led Terps managed to can’t worry about the past.” TERPS NOTE: Defender Taylor Kemp subbed into to new experiences,” Hilnbrand coming to the same space Mayor Andy Fellows ahead of major Alexander Sharp came Fountain said she believes the firstname.lastname@example.org “It will be a little bit different,” Diggs is right. No matter what and likely won’t top that number climb out of a 13-0 third-quarter the game after Woodberry’s ejection. It was the said. “I won’t say we aren’t tin- and contributing their own Edsall said. “It will give everyone tomorrow. deficit. Freshman miscues ultimate- happens on the field tomorrow, fi rst time he had played since being sidelined Oct. kering and playing around with strengths to every project.” CORRECTION And when he does take to the something to talk about.” ly resulted in a 20-17 heartbreaker, this team has bought in. 5 with a sports hernia. other projects, though.” The reporter of Tuesday’s article, “Student group offers custom incorrectly identified. The reporter was Joelle Lang. but the air,3-D theprinting, passesdesign,” shouldwas be short statement had already been The team members have email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org ones. Offensive coordinator email@example.com made: This team is unfazed. firstname.lastname@example.org
semester, said Bori Oludemi, one of the development group’s entering the locker room. co-founders. Finals dates and “It was a little nerve-racklocations, changes in dining ing to know that I was going and library hours and the local in against [an ACC team] discounts are the priorities. because I haven’t been put up Eventually, the app will have against those teams before,” a calendar function so students the redshirt sophomore said. can schedule study time around “But after I made those saves, events such as Puppy Palooza I felt really good about it. My or a free massage, as well as a confidence definitely built up.” reminder feature that would go The squad tried to remain off before the exam time. composed after Gagliardi scored. Singh said they also plan Duke was now putting together to include information about longer possessions, and the health and wellness services Terps’ offensive sets were breakthat are available, including ing down. But right when things the hours and contact inlooked bleak, defender Harriet formation for the University Tibble fed the ball straight into Health Center, and a transthe circle, where Witmer deposportation section that would ited the go-ahead score. explain changes to bus routes “T here wa s no t i me to and hours. Other ideas include think – just collect it and shoot a motivational page, possibly it,” Meharg said. “I was telling connected with Twitter, where them to dig deeper, work hard, students can share experiences play more disciplined and finish. and tips or commiserate with one another, she said. “We know finals week is a really stressful time,” Singh
club also released an informational app about MAD in February. Both trivia apps were released in September. Fromto PAGE 8 “We’re just trying make life easier on campus Hodak and forward Danielle with apps,” Oludemi said. Hubka — played in that game, Nikida Levy, a senior kiand although Jonathan Morgan nesiology major, said having will show his players the tape, all the relevant information it’s not something he wants his in one place would be a plus seniors dwelling on. for finals week. “The majority of these kids “During finals week, I’m didn’t play in that match, so cooped up somewhere, so I those revenge feelings don’t have no idea what’s going really carry over,” the firston,” Levy said. “I feel like year coach said. “But this is a that info isn’t provided for tournament, and if it goes to you unless you actually go PKs, you want to be prepared look for it.” for it. We haven’t put a lot of Levy suggested the infortime into them in the past, and mation be available in one I think we put a little more of place online, such as the an emphasis on PKs this week MyUM portal, as not everybecause the level of each team one has a phone compatible is so similar and going into a with the two working verPK shootout is pretty likely.” sions of the app. On paper, the teams are “The screen on my phone is kind of sucky,” she added.
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his university prides itself on innovation, technological advances and its increasing embrace of online education. But its digital infrastructure is feeble. With class registration opening this week, thousands of students will be flocking to the Office of the Registrar’s website, Testudo. And what they find will likely mirror the experience of the thousands before them. Fr u s t ra t i o n , c o n f u s i o n a n d general discouragement. The site boasts “interactive Web services,” and “find it fast” in capitalized, italicized letters above all else. But the words carry more irony than truth. Seven of the 11 links along the site’s left margin take users to unfamiliar new layouts without the same navigation tools. Some still use Testudo’s old look — one that screamed 1990s basic HTML. We’re glad that one is being phased out. Click on the left links on the old Testudo sites, and a wacky redirect process flashes pages before your eyes as it leads you to the new version of, say, “Schedule of Classes.” Some open new tabs, others don’t. The one link everyone is going to be looking for — “Registration (Drop/Add)” — is in small
Online registration should be simple. Instead, students deal with a disjointed array of conflicting websites. font, at the bottom of a box in the body of the site. Additionally, half of Testudo’s services are not available during many students’ most productive hours: the late-night grind. Students hoping simply to view their schedules or transcripts are not able to do so after 11 p.m. on any given night. Consider the frustrations of the many students who apply for internships or jobs that require unofficial or official transcripts, sometimes at odd hours because, well, college students do things at odd hours. While the price tag for adding hours might be higher, it’s hard to see a legitimate reason class registration can’t be open 24 hours a day when services such as community assistants and the 24 Shop are. And the problems don’t end with Testudo. The office offers an innovative “24-hour” service, Venus, in which students can plug in all of their intended courses
and view their scheduling options. It’s simple and certainly should be promoted outside of the main Testudo page. But students looking to find Venus using their address bars won’t find it under a logical URL: not www.venus.umd.edu or even www.testudo.umd.edu /venus. Instead, Venus is hidden at the following URL: www.sis.umd.edu / bin /venus. Naturally. A d d t h a t to T E R P m a i l , t h e new ELMS — run by educational technology company Canvas — separate sites for South Campus Commons and Courtyards residents, the athletic department’s ticket service site and the confusingly titled MyUM, and living on our digital campus becomes even less appealing. The 2013-14 Student Government Association presidential candidate Noah Robinson and his Time Party had a plank in their platform in the spring regarding consolidation of the university’s online services. And though Robinson didn’t get the position, we can’t help but agree that such consolidation is a good idea, one that SGA President Samantha Zwerling should look into. The group’s outstanding social media initiative, WTF UMD, has
Punkin Chunkin: A rural ritual
s November rears its ugly head, it’s all too easy to get lost in our routines. Our minds drum the beat of: “Go to class, attend club meetings, study.” The weekends offer a brief respite but not variety. Sure, apartment parties and bars are fun, but an occasional change-up would be nice. It was with this in mind that I agreed this past weekend to go to Punkin Chunkin, a rural ritual complete with beer, pickup trucks and really large cannons. As a New Jersey suburbanite with a taste for Abercrombie and Express, I’m not exactly familiar with the country scene. In cushy Manalapan, N.J., after all, Volkswagen Jettas and Toyota Priuses are far more common than Ford F-150s. But as we ventured deeper and deeper into Delmarva, the roads became clogged with these formidable vehicles. Approaching our campsite, I grew concerned that I just wouldn’t fit in. What was with all of those camouflage jackets, anyway?
After laughing off a few campsite malfunctions, though, I started to enjoy myself and get assimilated into the local scene. I curiously watched a game of stump, a risky contest involving a hammer and nails that my Jewish mother certainly wouldn’t approve of. Beers firmly in hand, we made our way to the main attraction and watched small orange dots being fired from long-range cannons yards away. I didn’t understand the whole pumpkin thing when this was first described to me two weeks earlier, but now it all made sense. As day turned to evening, we decided to head back to our campsite. But before night festivities got underway, I needed to undergo the ultimate rite of passage and buy a camouflage hat. With my new country swag, I was now a certified redneck. Campfires and more beer into the early morning confirmed that yes, this was awesome, and I needed to return next year. Maybe I would even shake things up and buy a camouflage jacket. Or I could at least try to work
on my Southern twang. For now, though, it’s back to the good ol’ routine. I’ll tackle a slew of problem sets in the next few days and finish off the week at Cornerstone Grill and Loft. Routines like this are crucial for a sense of stability and well-being, but it’s also important to get outside of one’s comfort zone. If you’re always looking for a conventional experience that involves a bar or club, then a rural festival like Punkin Chunkin is not the place to be. But if you’re in the mood to try something new every once in a while, what could be better than campfires and drunken hillbillies? If you’re a prep like me, go to Punkin next year. If you’re a hillbilly, go to New York City and enjoy some pretentious beers with hipsters. Meet new friends, explore new places and try more brews. I dare you. Ro ss M a rc h a n d i s a s e n i o r economics and government and politics major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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EZRA FISHMAN By now, most of my friends know I’m a columnist for The Diamondback. And whenever I’m asking for help, whether it’s because I have a deadline coming up and no inspiration or while having a casual conversation with them, they’ll often offer me ideas for column topics. Very often, these will be excellent ideas that would make excellent columns. And yet I almost never write about them. I would love to write every one of those suggestions. I would love to work for a paper that publishes columns with a wide range of views on every topic that would interest a college student. But I can’t. Even among the 17 of us who are columnists, we don’t have a wide enough range of views and opinions to do that. There’s just too much to write about and not enough of us. So, when I get these great ideas that I can’t write about, I always ask my friends, “Why don’t you write about it?” Sometimes they will. But most of the time, they’ll just shrug, say they don’t have enough time or skill, and change the subject. And then, a few days later, they’ll
complain about how The Diamondback won’t cover topics they feel are important or that a columnist said something they disagree with. Usually, they’ll also add that they wish The Diamondback was more representative of their interests as college students, instead of just the interests of a few columnists who always say the same things. The thing is, they’re right. The Diamondback as it stands does not represent most Terps’ interests. It is just a collection of a few people’s opinions — and it has to be, because no one ever writes in. We publish guest columns whenever we can, but we don’t get many of them — and so the guest column slots get filled with extra submissions from the staff columnists (like the extra column I wrote for Monday’s edition). This is relatively easy to fix, though. All it takes is a few people with opinions actually writing in. If we received just a few more guest columns every week, The Diamondback’s diversity of opinions would balloon. It’s that simple. You, the person reading this column, are probably someone with an opinion about something. If you aren’t, then you probably have at least one friend who is. Between the two of you, you can easily sit down
and figure out 500 to 600 words to say about that topic. If you make it interesting and show you care, we will publish it. If you really don’t feel confident in your writing, you can go to the Writing Center in Tawes Hall; they’ll be thrilled to help you. If everyone starts doing this, The Diamondback will stop being a collection of a few people (like me) talking a lot. If you’re an avid reader, you’ll know by now exactly how each of us feels about any given topic — so help us change things up. The Diamondback is intended to be this university’s student body’s newspaper; the only way we’ll ever live up to that is if the student body actually contributes. So the next time you see something in The Diamondback you don’t like, or have a strong opinion and want everyone to know about it, write us a guest column at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’ll save me the extra work, impress your friends and loved ones and, most importantly, make The Diamondback a better paper. Ezra Fishman is a senior accounting and finance major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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seen complaints on these subjects and should seek ways to enhance students’ experiences. It seems as if MyUM was once an attempt to offer such a consolidated service for students. But the site, which has been “experiencing some technical difficulties” for more than a week now, is one
that quickly fades from students’ memories after enrollment and orientation. To b e g i n to m a ke s t u d e n ts ’ digital experiences at this university match their physical experiences, consolidating and improving these sites by any degree would go a long way.
Early onset Christmas fever An unfortunate holiday tradition TIFFANY BURBA
scarves to the fullest. Fall is not the time to yearn for frigid weather, snow and gingerbread houses. I don’t want to think about peppermint mochas when ordering a pumpkin spice latte to start the season, and I don’t want to be reminded of nippy winter days when fall is showing us its best weather in weeks. There are many clearly egregious problems associated with early onset Christmas fever. The neutral, matte tones of fall simply do not match the frosted tinsel tones of winter. Turkeys are underappreciated thanks to their flying antlered counterparts. Decorative spider webs get mixed with cotton snow and terrible confusion ensues. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the home goods section of any department store assaults your nose with the horrific hybrid of pumpkin spice and winter evergreen candles. These belong in entirely separate spheres. This problem is much more than just the face-value issue of pumpkins clashing with reindeer — it may reflect our society’s tendency to live in the future rather than enjoy the present. In nearly all aspects of life, we are pushed to think about the future and look toward the next stage. While keeping our long-term goals in mind is important in decision-making, we often get too caught up in next week or next year to appreciate truly our ordinary experiences each day. In 10 years, I want to remember enjoying my time at this university. I don’t want my memories to be full of waiting, anticipating or hoping for the next day to come. So the next time you’re walking around the mall and get a bout of early onset Christmas fever, take some time to smell the pumpkins — or perhaps the turkey — before you begin your quest for the perfect Christmas accessory. Enjoy fall while it lasts.
Christmas decorations have been displayed in stores since I went Halloween costume shopping in early October. For those Christmas enthusiasts who listen to holiday jingles all year long and keep outdoor lights up until June, this isn’t a problem. However, for those who promote careful seasonal segregation, these Christmas displays step on Halloween’s toes and completely overshadow Thanksgiving. Turkeys are no match fo r 12-foot conifers, and Santa would take The Great Pumpkin in any gifting competition. Regardless, autumn holidays deserve more than 15 minutes of fame and should not be subject to the tyranny of Christmas materialism. Of course, many families who celebrate Christmas do so extensively. Gifts are planned and purchased months ahead of time to guarantee their arrival by Christmas morning. Wrapping paper starts flying off the shelves in November to ensure that the perfect seasonal print will adorn the presents. Ornaments and outdoor decorations are often a five-year commitment and must be researched accordingly. Halloween, by contrast, requires less planning. Even costume shopping can be completed one day before a Halloween party without compromising the entire experience. However, this does not give Christmas the right to unduly influence the atmosphere of fall. For students, autumn is a time to reflect on new beginnings at school and happy endings as the leaves slowly change colors and fall to Tiffany Burba is a senior government make way for winter. Fall is a time and politics major. She can be reached to celebrate leggings, boots and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COVERAGE | RIDE ALONG STAR ICE CUBE COMES TO THE CAMPUS
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Ice Cube promotes his new movie, Ride Along and discusses his experiences in both film and music during a pre-screening interview and a Q-and-A session
ice cube autographs posters before the screening of his new movie, Ride Along, which played in a nearly full Hoff Theater last night (left). He and the film’s producer, Will Packer, visited the campus to publicize the film and answer questions (right). photos by sung-min kim/the diamondback By Beena Raghavendran @thebeenster Senior staff writer Ice Cube sat on the Hoff Theater stage in Stamp Student Union yesterday at about 9:30 p.m., sporting a Los Angeles Dodgers hat and sunglasses. He’s done rap. He’s done movies. So how, asked Will Packer, the producer of his new movie Ride Along, has he managed to stay relevant in both mediums? Ice Cube was ready with an answer. “It’s just really about you being true to yourself, having confidence in yourself,” he said. “The people have blessed me with longevity because they can sense I’m not just throwing out trash.” “That’s real,” Packer replied, and the audience applauded. Throughout the day, smatterings of whispers were heard in hallways across the campus: Did you hear Ice Cube is going to be here tonight? He was visiting this university alongside Packer to promote their new comedy film Ride Along in a screening and questionand-answer session sponsored by Student Entertainment Events. The line for the screening stretched past the Baltimore Room at about 6:50 p.m. when SEE started letting people into the theater — 20 minutes after the scheduled door opening at 6:30 p.m. Shadia Weeks, SEE
public relations director, said doors opened late for the screening because SEE wanted to ensure the meet-and-greet winners had time with Ice Cube, who was running late because of traffic. The Q-and-A session was fairly short, with the audience asking questions including what was it like for Ice Cube to work with actor Laurence Fishburne in Ride Along after their work in Boyz n the Hood, Ice Cube’s first film appearance, and about how to make it in the entertainment field today. The movie itself follows protagonist Ben (Kevin Hart, This Is The End) as he tries to prove himself a worthy match for Angela, the sister of Ice Cube’s character, James. But t h e re ’s a t w i s t — James is a cop, so Ben tags along on a patrol of Atlanta. Ride Along speaks to college students by addressing relationships in a humorous fashion, Packer said. He added that there’s also a great dynamic between Ice Cube and Hart. “I think movies at their best are escapism and they allow you to come in, put your worries aside and have fun for an hour and a half, two hours,” Packer said in a pre-
screening interview held at WMUC. Music and film make up Ice Cube’s resume, which originated in West Coast gangsta rap in the 1980s and 1990s. Since his tenure in landmark group N.W.A. and a stint as a solo act, he’s starred in several movies, most notably Boyz n the Hood in 1991, the Friday series from the ’90s and 2000s, 2005’s Are We There Yet? and Are We Done Yet?, its 2007 sequel. More recently, Ice Cube had a role opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street and plans to reprise it for the sequel, 22 Jump Street. “I’m a better producer and actor and a better storyteller than I was back then.” he said in the pre-screening interview, referring to his earlier films. “Hopefully I have a lot of room to grow in all aspects.” “It’s really about getting better,” he continued. “Once you think you’re the best and you’ve made it, you’re probably on your way back down to earth. So I think it’s always having that hunger to be better than I was last time. It’s kept me here for all these years.” When senior communication major Mark Watson was growing up in California, everyone listened to Ice Cube, he said while waiting in line for the screening. “He’s definitely one of the top — if not
the most — influential West Coast rappers,” Watson said. Ice Cube’s music discusses issues of race, class and society, so his raps are easily relatable, said Miles Blount, a senior criminology and criminal justice major also waiting in line for the screening. “It’s raw,” he said. “It’s just real. You can connect to it.” Thomas Jahanbakhsh-Tehran, a senior Persian studies major also in line, said that while Ice Cube’s music isn’t his favorite, he appreciates its boldness. Ice Cube’s style contrasted with those of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., Jahanbakhsh-Tehran said, because Ice Cube was freer with his content. Ice Cube will soon team up with Friday director F. Gary Gray for an N.W.A. biopic “that’s worthy of the world’s most dangerous group,” he said. He said his album Everythang’s Corrupt will be released sometime after the Ride Along frenzy settles. In the pre-screening interview, Ice Cube talked about the overlap between movies and music and asserted that “film makes you more creative”; while music is an internal process, film is about reaching out and working on a vision with a team. “There’s no bigger stage for artists — no bigger canvas for artists — than a motion picture,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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HARPER From PAGE 8 school a few hours away. As a child, Harper frequently attended her older sister’s volleyball tournaments. Soon enough, she declared her desire to play college volleyball, preferably in the ACC. She obsessively dedicated herself to the sport. At times, her mother would catch her bouncing a ball against the house late into the night, the porch light illuminating the dark night sky. But Harper still had her doubters. “I hate to say this,” Jack Harper said. “You can quote me. As short as she is, I never thought she’d be [playing] volleyball.” Fast-forward past that day in her family’s kitchen to the present. Sarah Harper has achieved her goal of playing in the ACC and is on the verge of accomplishing more than she ever imagined. She originally joined the team as a walk-on, and this university’s tuition nearly forced her to leave. She likely could have committed to a less prestigious program, but she wanted to play in the ACC. Now the Terps’ unquestioned leader, Harper is on pace to break the program’s ca re e r d i gs re c o rd t h i s weekend when the team plays Duke and Wake Forest, as she sits 42 digs behind Nicole Lantagne on the all-time list. “She’s just a kid that never gives up,” Swartz said.
LATE NIGHTS When most teenagers get in trouble with their parents, it’s because they threw a house party or earned poor grades. Sarah Harper was frequently sent to her room by her mother, but she wasn’t guilty of either of those transgressions. She just played too much volleyball. Harper spent countless nights in front of her home, volleyball in hand. Tucked b e twe e n h e r b e d ro o m
window and the front door was a perfect spot for Harper to practice her serves. She’d sneak outside, thinking her mother couldn’t hear her. A few times, Swartz found her bouncing the ball as late as 11 p.m. “Thank gosh we have a brick house,” Swartz said. “I don’t think she broke any windows. I said, ‘If you break a window, that’s it.’” Harper added, “I hit a couple windows. She probably wasn’t very happy about it.” Inspired by her older sister and her teammates, Harper would perform drills inside the house. One routine called for her to jump as high as she could and touch the top of the net. Her family didn’t have a net, though, so the tops of doorways had to suffice. “ I wo u l d b e j u m p i n g through the house, touching all the doorways,” Harper said. “There was dirt all above the top of the doorways.”
RISING UP Despite her athletic ability and passion for the sport, it appeared Harper wouldn’t be able to continue playing volleyball at a high level after high school. Her high school coach, who placed Harper on varsity when she was in the eighth grade, suggested that because of Harper’s size, she would be a good fit at a Division II or Division III program. “Absolutely not,” she said. “My dream had been Division I. When I heard that, I was just like ‘I’ll prove you wrong.’” Harper’s late nights hitting volleyballs against her house finally paid off when she got asked to play for U-TURN after her junior year of high school. U-TURN is a club team based in Richmond, Va., that receives national exposure and has a reputation for churning out high-level college players. Donald Gresham, the club’s director of volleyball, first saw Harper when his team played her lower-level club team. “We were wondering who in the world that child was,” Gresham said. “We found out
libero sarah harper knew she wanted to attend this university when she first visited. After her freshman season, she was awarded a scholarship. file photo/the diamondback and went and got her.” So in the summer before her senior year, Harper would drive an hour from Charlottesville to Gresham’s gym in Richmond five days a week after her shift at a local coffee shop. She spent five hours each day training with Gresham. There, Gresham’s staff “remade her volleyball game.” They worked on her defensive passing style, swing, serve and conditioning. G re s h a m sa i d H a r p e r gained five or six inches on her vertical leap. “Sarah’s a rabbit anyway,” Gresham said. “If Sarah Harper was 6 feet tall, she’d be on the Olympic team. She’s fast. If you look at the way she’s built, she’s got heavy legs, heavy thighs and a jumper’s butt, and her arms are really, really quick.” Despite the improvements, Gresham tried to temper Harper’s expectations of playing Division I. Still, Harper’s aspirations didn’t budge. “I’ve been doing this 35 years. I’ve coached a whole bunch of high school AllAmericans, a bunch of college All-Americans,” Gresham said. “I have never met a child who was more determined to play Division I college volleyball in my life.”
TEARS OF JOY One of U-TURN’s graduates, Brittney Grove, was a junior middle blocker for the Terps four years ago. When Grove came back to visit one
day, she noticed the 5-foot-4 outside hitter with the tireless work ethic. Grove told Terps coach Tim Horsmon about Harper, so Horsmon told an assistant coach to scout her. And the Terps’ staff agreed that Harper would be a good fit in College Park. Upon visiting, Harper was set on attending this university. “If we can work it out for me to be walk-on the first year,” Harper told her mother, “then I’ll work as hard as I can to get a scholarship.” Harper joined the Terps as a walk-on in 2010. While she wasn’t a regular starter, Harper made an impact for the Terps in her rookie campaign as a defensive specialist. She ranked fifth in the ACC with 0.29 service aces per set, and she was named to the Villanova Classic All-Tournament team after securing 32 digs over three matches. “I was like ‘I’d just love to be able to travel,’” Harper said. “Like practice the whole time. I was thinking I was going to be shagging balls.” Still, the thought of earning a scholarship to help her family loomed large in her mind. Finally, during the Terps’ annual summer camp in 2011, Harper was sitting i n t h e ca m p s to re w i t h Horsmon when the coach delivered the news Harper never thought she’d hear. “So, I found you a scholarship,” Horsmon said. Harper started crying and
immediately called her mother. “ S h e wa s sq u ea l i n g ,” Swartz said with a chuckle. Still, the scholarship would only pay for Harper’s sophomore and senior seasons. But in her first scholarship season, the then-sophomore played, started and recorded 569 digs, breaking the program’s single-season record. Horsmon and the university rewarded Harper by extending her scholarship to cover her junior season. “[Leaving] would have been horrible,” Harper said. “Luckily, everything happens for a reason.”
BYE From PAGE 8 post a 22-13 record. Down the stretch, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Boston College and N.C. State are a combined 17-16 with a 7-12 conference mark. The Hokies are the Terps’ lone remaining opponent with a winning record.
“I DON’T THINK THIS BYE WEEK COULD COME AT A BETTER TIME TO KIND OF GET US REJUVENATED FROM THE INJURIES WE’VE HAD AND STUFF LIKE THAT.”
From sneaking out past her bedtime to practice serves to spending the summer before her senior year of high school driving to Richmond, Harper has worked at her sport. That mentality has carried over to College Park. “If there’s a ball going towards to the bleachers, she’s going to dive into the bleachers,” outside hitter Mary Cushman said. “She’s the one diving into walls. She changes shirts pretty much every practice because she’s sweating so much.” Harper will soon gather her belongings from Comcast Pavilion, clear her locker and stash her jersey for safekeeping. The match against North Carolina on Nov. 24 will be the last time she dons her No. 1 Terps jersey at home and steps onto the court where she transformed into a leader. But if she records 42 more digs this year, her name will be etched into the Terps’ history books forever. “You’ve got to understand, all the odds are stacked against her,” Gresham said. “Every last thing is stacked against her — her size, where she came from, the high school she came out of, her family’s economic situation. And this kid succeeds even though all this stuff that’s pushing in the opposite direction. She wants it bad.”
Bowl eligibility and the opportunity to move up in the ACC standings are there for the Terps. They know they just need to rebound from two consecutive losses and regain their early season form. “The last four games we went 1-3,” Riser said. “So once you do get that break you’re like, ‘OK, now that section of the schedule is over.’ I think it gives us, like, a fresh start.” The significance and placement of the two bye weeks isn’t lost on the Terps. In the past two years, they had to play eight and 11 games in a row to finish out their seasons. The Terps now just look to string together a series of performances similar to those at the beginning of the season when they were rolling through opponents. The conference slate is still difficult, but the Terps can clinch bowl eligibility and elevate themselves in the conference. They’re set up for it. “Having three four-game seasons, I think it’s ideal,” Brown said. “Being our last year in the ACC, to look at it, I think they helped us out a little bit — which is surprising — but to have three four-game seasons, play four, have a bye week, play another four, have a bye, it’s set us up well.”
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After bye week, Terps ready for ‘third season’ Healthier team looks to rebound down final stretch By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer
LIBERO SARAH HARPER began her Terps career as a walk-on and is now 42 digs shy of the school’s all-time record. file photo/the diamondback
coming up big 5-foot-4 Harper defies odds, nears program’s digs records
By Joshua Needelman @JoshNeedelman Staff writer Sarah Harper desperately wanted to be a few inches taller. She was 15 years old when she was at the kitchen table in her Charlottesville, Va., home seven years ago and let loose on her mother, Becky Swartz. “Why couldn’t you and Dad [have] been taller?” Harper screamed. Her father, Jack Harper, is 6 feet tall, her mother is 5-feet-2 and Harper is just 5-feet-4. While Harper’s work ethic and talent
had landed her a spot as an outside hitter on Western Albemarle High School’s varsity volleyball team when she was in the eighth grade, her relatively diminutive height had seemingly cast her as unworthy of playing in college. Before Harper became a standout libero for the Terrapins volleyball team, she idly watched as her peers committed to Division I colleges before they began their junior year of high school, but her coach said she likely wouldn’t fit in a Division I school and that perhaps she should call Ferrum College, a Division III
As the Terrapins football team filed out of Byrd Stadium more than a week ago after a 40-27 loss to thenNo. 9 Clemson, it closed the second third of the season, a four-game stretch that dramatically altered the outlook on the team’s season. After a 4-0 start, the Terps dropped three of their next four — including blowout losses at Florida State and Wake Forest — leaving the team still on the edge of bowl eligibility. But after their second bye week, the Terps said they’ve reset and filed everything away. The final third of the season not only lends the team the opportunity to clinch a bowl appearance but also a better bowl, as each win the rest of the way could thrust them further up the postseason pecking order. “Whenever I first came here, I saw we basically had three four-week seasons,” defensive end Zeke Riser said. “I didn’t know how it was going to play out exactly, but going from 4-0 to 1-3 the next section, I don’t think this bye week could come at a better time to kind of get us rejuvenated from the injuries we’ve
Running back albert reid and the Terps are coming off their second bye week of the season. After a 4-0 start, they went 1-3 between bye weeks. james levin/the diamondback had and stuff like that.” After a generally healthy and undefeated first third of the season — the only key players to suffer significant injuries were cornerbacks Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle — injuries riddled the Terps through their past four games. Quarterback C.J. Brown started only two games in the stretch and didn’t finish either. The Terps took the field against Clemson without five key starters on offense. But Brown is now healthy after a trunk injury sidelined him against the Tigers, and the Terps have the opportunity to start fresh Saturday against Syracuse. “It came at a good time,”
coach Randy Edsall said. “You’re fortunate. Usually you don’t get two byes in a season, but we did, so we tried to use it to get as healthy as we could, but then also take some time. We took time to practice some things that we need to get better at that we thought we’d have to do here in the stretch run as we get into the final third of the season.” The Terps’ final third looks drastically different from the previous four games, too. No. 3 Florida State, No. 7 Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia have combined to See bye, Page 7
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