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SGA to evaluate options for MaryPIRG By Sarah Tincher Staff writer A new SGA committee will explore alternative means of funding for MaryPIRG, after the student-run advocacy group lost its funding last spring. After a short debate Wednesday night, the Student Government Association voted 22 to 2 in favor of creating an ad hoc committee to examine MaryPIRG’s options. The chapter has no available resources for the spring semester, jeopardizing the group’s functionality. In the past, the SGA granted MaryPIRG about $43,000, funneled from undergraduate students’ mandatory student activities fee, which the group used to support two salaried positions. However, students voted down funding those salaries on last spring’s SGA elections ballot, and the group received only about $1,000. The Committee for the Exploration of MaryPIRG Funding Options will explore both long- and short-term possibilities for the organization, a student-directed, grassroots advocacy group. “There have obviously been problems in the past, and this is a way to look at the entire situation and see if there’s a way to fix it and make it better for everybody,” said Samantha Zwerling, SGA president. “Make it better for the SGA, make it better for the student groups and hopefully rework the system so this isn’t a problem in the future.” Last fall, MaryPIRG earned a $9,000 grant to reduce plastic water bottle consumption on the campus, according to MaryPIRG chapter chairwoman Lianne Berne, and last spring, it co-hosted a 400-person rally in See MARYPIRG, Page 3

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up, it’s time to buckle down and get down to business. The Crew, the men’s soccer team’s fan base, has one mission: intimidate the opposing team’s goalkeeper. Force the opponents to lose concentration. “They’re unbelievable,” said Terps defender Taylor Kemp before a game against UCLA earlier this season. “They’re the best fans in the country, and they

The Department of Resident Life will embark on a one-year pilot program to provide more gender-inclusive and mixed-gender housing options next fall, after a unanimous vote by the Residence Hall Association senate Tuesday night. The pilot calls for around 50 to 75 beds to serve as gender-inclusive rooms — in which students can share the same living space regardless of sex, gender or gender identity. In addition, the university will increase its mixed-gender housing — in which halls alternate rooms for men and women — to 350 to 375 beds, accounting for about 4 percent of spaces on the campus. Cambridge Community dorms, Oakland Hall and some semi-suites, suites and apartments will feature gender-inclusive rooms with private bathrooms, which could include private toilet stalls and showers with more changing room for privacy. Cambridge Community will also offer some mixedgender floors, and Resident Life officials are still in the process of negotiating whether to expand that format to other locations on North Hill. “We’re creating another option for students; we’re not really taking any options away,” said Amy Martin, Resident Life’s associate director. “This is a pretty narrow start and our longer-term

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the crew, the fan base for the men’s soccer team, has grown rapidly over the years and has inspired other schools’ fans to show similar support for their teams. At every home game, the group’s members jeer the other team’s goalkeepers to make them lose their focus before and during the game. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

through thick and thin Student fan group The Crew supports men’s soccer, cheers at all home games of the net, past the goalie’s outstretched hands. “Heh, heh, heh.” Virginia Tech volunteer assistant coach Chris Rich looked up and grinned at the fans who were counting the number of goals the goalies let in during warm-ups. “Clever,” he said. “I like it.” It’s a friendly atmosphere at first, with fans bantering with opposing players and watching the teams warm up — just like they do before every home game. But once the stands start to fill

By Jenny Hottle Staff writer While Kyle Renfro warmed up in goal Tuesday night at Ludwig Field, five Terrapins soccer fans made snide remarks as the Virginia Tech goalkeeper prepared for the upcoming game. “Corner,” said one, as Renfro deflected the ball over the crossbar. “Two goals,” said another as a player launched a ball into the back

Initiative seeks to improve city to attract homebuyers College Park hopes to see home ownership rate increase, officials say, as student rentals continue climbing By Nick Foley Staff writer A well-known saying plastered on a sign downtown, marking the city “A Livable Community,” will soon be no more. Replacing the sign is just one of several initiatives in the works as part of a citywide brand makeover, one which

officials hope will make potential residents see College Park as much more than simply “livable.” College Park City Council members hashed out ideas for a new slogan with marketing firm idfive at a work session Wednesday as part of an effort to improve the city’s image to potential homebuyers. At Wednesday’s meeting, idfive creative director Matt McDermott present-

ed four different logos with slogans to the council and asked for their input in reaching a final decision. Idfive also recently released the results of its crowdsourcing initiative to poll city residents and reveal what they think of different aspects of the community. The overall effort is intended to attract potential homebuyers to the city to balance out the soaring number of student rentals,

according to city economic coordinator Michael Stiefvater. “The city would like to see the homeownership rate increase,” Stiefvater said. “We want to make sure the College Park name is out there when people are looking to buy a house.” The four designs attempted to highlight several areas in which the city excels: education, affordable housing

and easy access to major cities. McDermott noted more than 80 percent of city residents have attended some college, and one in five has an advanced degree, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. The first option for a new slogan, “A smart place to live,” would emphasize the See makeover, Page 3

Loh among most popular univ. presidents nationally,survey shows By Sarah Tincher Staff writer Whether Wallace Loh is cheering on Terps athletes at Ludwig Field or student entrepreneurs in Cupid’s Cup, the university president’s presence is often met with a smile. He may even be one of the most popular university presidents in the country, according to a recent survey. Loh was ranked as one of the nation’s 10 most popular college presidents


and chancellors in a recent survey conducted by business and finance website Only three other university presidents, those of Yale, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania, received top marks from the survey, which asked university employees if they approve of the way their president is leading their institution. “He’s become involved with not only academics, but also sports — even with the social interface now with Twitter,” said sophomore fire protection engi-

neering major Tyler Pierce. “I feel like everyone’s kind of rallying around him, and I think that that’s very good to have in a university setting.” MORE ONLINE While that survey was conducted in For video of how September, Loh’s students feel about current rating on their president, check is at


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university president wallace loh was ranked one of the nation’s 10 most popular college presidents and chancellors in a recent survey. He attends many academic and sporting events and regularly tweets. file photo/the diamondback

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help us in every way during the games. They give us energy. They give us spirit. They’re unbelievable, and we’re so lucky to have them.” Through the entire 45-minute half, the packed student section sings and chants in unison, only growing louder when the opponent reacts to their jeers. At halftime, The Crew, led by president Adam “Stripes” Lauer, moves to the bleachers behind the other goal and begins again. It’s simple: Yell, switch sides and repeat. It’s been that way since Sept. 5, 2003, when a group of roommates went to the first home game of the season against UCLA, the then-reigning NCAA champions who knocked the Terps out of the championship game, said Mike “Stro” Mastrantuono, one of The Crew’s co-founders and a 2007 alumnus. They decided to stand in the bleachers behind the goals, where they made small talk with the Bruins goalkeeper — and kept him distracted into the game. “Some people liked what we were doing,” said Mastrantuono, “and the rest is history, as they say.” Initially, The Crew was composed of 30 members. Today, about 3,000 students call themselves The Crew, Lauer said. The group’s members and alumni tailgate before every home game and travel to at least two away games a season, Lauer said. A group of Crew members will be at tonight’s ACC semifinal game against Clemson in Germantown. “Every school has their own group of fans, but none provide the same experience as The Crew,” said Tim Bowen, a senior kinesiology major. “I’ve participated in The Crew’s road trip game every season, and none that I’ve seen come close.” At away games, they’re often

goals involve a lot of different options.” The expanded housing options will serve as a definite support to members of the LGBT community — in particular, students in the middle of their transition from one gender to another — said Luke Jensen, the LGBT Equity Center’s director. “I really applaud Resident Life and RHA for taking this step. … Everyone needs to have a place where it’s safe and comfortable, a place where they really feel at home,” Jensen said. “If you look at what other universities are doing, you almost want to say, ‘Why haven’t we been doing this already?’” Martin presented the pilot program to RHA last month, hoping to answer any questions about either option, as well as to provide the results of a survey conducted last spring that helped her team craft its plans moving forward. In the survey, Resident Life officials questioned students on their general preferences for the housing options available next fall — singlegender, mixed-gender and genderinclusive housing. In the results, 49 percent of respondents would choose to live in mixed-gender halls, 23 percent in gender-inclusive rooms and 28 percent in singlegender halls. In addition, 76 percent of respondents said they would be comfortable walking past rooms with members of a different gender to get to the bathroom, which may occur in a mixed-gender housing environment. Ninety percent of students said they would be comfortable sharing a living room and kitchen with anyone they lived with, regardless of their gender. Still, half of respondents said they would only be comfortable sharing a community bathroom in a traditional hall with someone of the same gender. Students responded they would not be considering gender-inclu-

MEmbers of THE CREW, who support the men’s soccer team, intimidate the opposing goalie during games. The Crew tailgates before home games and will travel to Germantown for tonight’s ACC semifinal game against Clemson. charlie deboyace/the diamondback hated — but respected — by opposing fans. They’ve learned to stick together, avoid interacting with other fans and just cheer on the Terps. Their cheers are more pro-Maryland than against the other team at away games, Lauer said. Even at home games, The Crew tries to keep cheers at an elementary-age appropriate level, said senior business major Eric Pass, avoiding profanity and ones that may be too offensive. “It’s a kid-friendly atmosphere, and that’s the great thing about The Crew,” said senior Scott Kornberg, a journalism major. “It’s different tha n basketba l l a nd football games, where people are profane, and The Crew recognizes that. They’re really out to making sure that we’re positive, upbeat and represent our university the right way.” That support and passion for the team has permeated the country, said men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski. Fans of teams across the country now fill the stands behind the opposing team’s goal — just like The Crew. “It’s very humbling to know that the student body commits that kind of time, energy and passion towards our players and

our team,” Cirovski said. “I think it’s a mutual love affair. We love them, and we would not be the same program without our Crew.” Even some goalkeepers — The Crew’s prime targets — seem to enjoy the atmosphere they bring to the game, Kornberg said. “There’s nothing like a game in college soccer like at Ludwig Field,” said Kornberg, who has announced games at other universities. “There’s people yelling, there’s people singing, and I think that some of the goalies actually appreciate that as soccer fans and athletes.” The past few weeks have been bittersweet for some of the Crew members who will graduate this May, Kornberg and Pass said. Tuesday’s ACC championship playoff game against Virginia Tech was the last time the Terps would play at Ludwig Field this year. “It hit me that Senior Night wasn’t just for the players. It was for me, too,” said Kornberg. “This university is so special to me, and a big part of that is The Crew. I have so many great memories of the games, but it’s not only the games — it’s about the people you meet, and it really is special. It’s a pretty emotional time for me.” But having that diploma in

hand doesn’t mean graduating Crew members are ready to stop any time soon. They plan to come back next year — albeit not as often — just like alumni members of The Crew often do, Pass said. “The fact that [alumni] still come back for college games is pretty cool,” he said. “People want to stick around and come back in the future because it’s such an enjoyable environment. I can see myself coming back. Maybe not being as loud and as rowdy.” Lauer, who joined The Crew in high school after attending a game with some players from his high school soccer team, will hand down the reins as president when this season ends. The selfp ro c l a i m e d f i rs t C re w member to ever buy season tickets has seen game attendance rise every season since he joined. “I really enjoy the atmosphere, and I’ve made some of my best friends in The Crew,” Lauer said. “I know as long as Sasho still coaches the program, I’ll come back as long as I’m in the area.”

sive housing for several reasons, including feeling they would have less privacy (50 percent) or would be uncomfortable (31 percent), or the option would conflict with personal values (18 percent). “It’s nice to have that opportunity to live with other genders if you want,” said senior biology major Atoussa Halary. “I don’t think it should be enforced, especially because of religious reasons.” While Resident Life works to craft a more inclusive campus, members noted gender-separate halls will always be available. In addition, Martin plans to reevaluate the success of the newly appropriated rooms with RHA’s help by this time next year. “We may expand beyond Cambridge Community and North Hill in following years,” Martin added. “For next year, we’re trying to make sure we’re not doing too much too fast.” The body has made preliminary plans for the second year of the program. Resident Life officials want to look into options with living-learning programs on the campus and Prince Frederick Hall. Officials hope to provide these options to freshmen entering the campus in fall 2014. “The more living options, the better,” senior English language and literature and sociology major Rebecca Krevat said. “I hope it does work out.” By enacting this pilot program, the university will be one of four University System of Maryland schools working to providing more living options. Towson, Frostburg and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have also been working since 2007 to expand gender-inclusive housing. “The fact that it is going to be a pilot program is really good to test the waters and see how it goes,” RHA President Sasha Azar said at Tuesday’s meeting. “It is a significant vote, and I think our senators handled it really well. They did a really good job with keeping an open mind and really trying to envision how this will look on campus.”


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The STudent Government Association, above in an October meeting, formed a committee this week to explore alternative methods for funding MaryPIRG. Students voted down funding the advocacy group’s two salaried positions last semester. elliott kim/for the diamondback

marypirg From PAGE 1 Annapolis to promote offshore wind energy in the state. This fall, the group geared its efforts toward getting out the vote, helping the TerpsVote coalition register more than 4,000 students on the campus. But without funded salaried positions, MaryPIRG is unable to carry out its purpose of campaigning for the environment and college affordability and against poverty and homelessness, Berne said. “I do believe that the current f u nd i ng system ca n not support the type of operation that MaryPIRG needs to run to continue to be as effective,” she said. “The thing that makes MaryPIRG so effective is that we hire a staff of organizers and advocates who research solutions to the problems we address, train students to effectively run these campaigns, and advocate full-time in Annapolis and D.C. on students’ behalf.” However, several representatives said they disagreed with the legislation.

Assigning the body’s resources to helping MaryPIRG survive would set a precedent for all student groups on the campus, said Ellicott Community representative Brandon DePalo; groups in need could reasonably expect the SGA to create an extensive plan to help them secure money. “W hy would we have a special group for MaryPIRG and no others?” DePalo said. “We can’t dedicate a special committee to every group. ... It’s a dangerous precedent to set.” Still, said behavioral and social sciences college representative Amna Farooqi, it’s important for the SGA to help groups find solutions to their problems. “This is not saying we’re going to give MaryPIRG the amount of money they wanted … it’s a committee to talk about it,” Farooqi said. The SGA committee must present a report of its findings no later than Dec. 5. At Wednesday’s meeting, the SGA also voted unanimously to encourage greater transparency from administrators regarding their work on the Climate Action Plan’s sustainability goals. Representatives plan to send a letter to university

President Wallace Loh with the signatures of nearly 30 student groups on the campus explaining the importance of providing students with more clarity on how they plan to meet the targets in reducing carbon emission. “We have a plan to encourage the administration to detail their plans for carbon reduction — it’s clear that we as students have a vested interest,” said BSOS representative Ryan Belcher. While officials said they expect to meet the plan’s 2012 goal of reducing carbon emissions by 15 percent, using a base figure from 2008, students and professors have expressed doubt as to whether enough work has been done to cut carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2015. Under the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, signed in May 2007, this university should become carbon neutral by 2050. “[Loh] cares about it — when Mote signed it, it wasn’t Dan Mote signing it as a person, it was on behalf of the university,” said Kate Richard, SGA’s sustainability director. “President Loh cares, and he’s not going to back out of this commitment.”

did a good job, but he also questioned, very respectfully, when he didn’t necessarily agree.” From PAGE 1 Bob Nichols, facilities and op96 percent, which retains his erations associate director for the place in the top 10. Ratings Department of Fraternity and for the other three univer- Sorority Life, said he is optimistic sity presidents who received Loh’s popularity will remain high 100 percent approval have as he has more time to develop his also dropped, with Yale at 96 goals for the university. “He has the advantage that percent, Stanford at 93 percent and the University of Pennsyl- he’s only finishing his second year, so there’s still that honeyvania at 96 percent. Several professors said they moon phase, but I think he’s done were unsurprised by the show of a great job establishing a new support for Loh. Business pro- vision for Maryland,” he said. Greek organizations have also fessor Rajshree Agarwal said she was impressed by his willing- continued to flourish under ness to listen to faculty and learn Loh’s helm, Nichols added. “He supports it in that we conabout the culture of the university after working with him on tinue to grow, thrive and operate, the Center for Innovation and and he continues to make the uniEntrepreneurship Committee. versity a better place,” he said. “He combined that with a “That means he makes it a better compelling vision of his own on place for the men and women that why he believed innovation and are in Greek organizations.” Loh said the survey reflects entrepreneurship are important,” she said. “I also enjoyed that in faculty and staff members’ satsmall group discussion, he gave isfaction with working at the everybody the respect that their university, rather than their opinions deserved. He was openly approval of him. “It is not because of me — the complimentary when someone

“[loh] gave everybody the respect that their opinions deserved.” RAJSHREE AGARWAL Business professor

president becomes the symbol of the institution,” he said. “I don’t know the vast majority of them, and they do not know me. ... There are lots of people here, staff, who have been here for a long, long time and been very loyal to the institution.” Loh’s emphasis on entrepreneurship, as well as increasing enrollment in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, has also helped improve his popularity on the campus, said Student Government Association President Samantha Zwerling. “I personally think that he’s doing a good job and that he’s really working to lead our university into the 21st century,” Zwerling said. “He really has a great vision for this university.”

makeover From PAGE 1 level of education in the city, McDermott said. The second, “Small city, big possibilities,” presents a more inspirational tone as a way to “bridge where we are with where we plan to be,” he said. The third choice, “Smart, naturally,” nods at both education and green initiatives, he said. The fourth option simply reads “College Park Maryland,” with the words split across three separate frames. District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn said he preferred “A smart place to live,” because it most succinctly references the city’s location in the center of bustling activity. “One of the major reasons

“A Livable Community” may no longer greet visitors to the city once officials settle on a new slogan as part of a campaign to make over the city’s image. file photo/the diamondback why we’re a smart place to live is because there are so many things that are accessible around College Park,” Wojahn said. “So many things t h at people ca n go to a nd experience.” But other city officials, such as District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich, expressed the need for the slogan to sound aspirational in light of the city’s ambitious goals. “I think even in 10 years if we achieve a lot of things that we had hoped to achieve, we will still be thinking of future possibilities,” she said. One of the biggest challenges the fi rm faced was the overall perception of the city, so designers worked toward creating a slogan that emphasizes its strengths to improve both residents’ and potential homebuyers’ attitudes toward the city, McDermott said. “I don’t feel like the reality of the situation aligns with how College Park is being viewed right now,” he said. “Particularly in terms of education, particularly in terms of crime.”

Before idfive moves forward with the next step in the marketing campaign, which includes spreading the message across social media, newsletters and brochures, the city must reach a consensus about which slogan it prefers, and may send out a survey to residents to gauge their opinions. The effort to move past the lackluster “A Livable Community” slogan would undoubtedly make the city more appealing, said junior journalism major Maddie Tallman. “[The current slogan] makes the city sound like it’s just okay,” Tallman said. “I would like to see a new one.” A nd wh i le a new sloga n could improve the city’s overall image, sophomore English major Alex Brake said getting long-term residents to actually move to College Park could prove far more difficult. “I feel like it’d be difficult for a family to settle down in a city full of college kids,” Brake said. “It’s a little bit of a different risk.”






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he news that President Obama will remain in the White House for the next four years spread like wildfire after the final determining states’ votes were tallied on election night. News stations broadcast scenes from major cities across the nation, and reactions ranged from tears of joy to sobs of disappointment (depending on the crowd). Many women were overjoyed about the expansion in female representation in the government. While diversity may have increased, it won’t help the situation we’re facing in Congress. With the Senate majority Democratic and the House of Representatives Republican, we’ll likely face another two years of gridlock between the two bodies. Now, for casual political observers, a lame-duck session of Congress seems as boring and unimportant as its name suggests. But the next month and a half of legislative action before we say our final farewell to the much-maligned 112th Congress will have a momentous effect on the global economy — and more directly, this state’s economic prospects. Ah yes, the fiscal cliff. Admittedly, it sounds like a convenient catchphrase for hyperbolizing political pundits looking for a juicy post-election story, but the reality is much simpler and more devastating. Unless Congress agrees on a budget plan by Dec. 31, a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases will go into effect and likely derail the economy. When Congress failed to negotiate a long-term budget plan during the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, it created these automatic spending cuts as a

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deterrent against future congressional gridlock. It was assumed the disastrous effects of this move would guarantee future compromise. Well, with less than two months’ time before New Year’s Eve, the situation remains painfully volatile. If no action is taken, the federal government will initiate the first wave of across-the-board $1.2 trillion spending


Members of Congress need to transfer the passion they channeled for elections toward fixing economic troubles. cuts — slashing funds for education, defense and Medicare, among other things — and $500 billion in tax increases for 2013. This editorial board is troubled by the debilitating effects such cuts would have on the state. According to the state’s Department of Legislative Services, going over the fiscal cliff would cost the state more than 110,000 jobs and almost $1 billion in revenue by June 30, 2014. It is absolutely unacceptable to let this scenario play out. Our representatives in Washington need to channel the same energy and determination they just displayed in their re-election campaigns to deliver an outcome worthy of our votes. This state (and the country) could face calamitous repercussions if

an agreement is not reached, and failing to compromise is not an option. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is in a unique position to help formulate a compromise with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republican leaders in the House. As one of the most influential Democrats in the House, Hoyer can have a significant impact in bridging the partisan divide. He needs to use that power, and all of our state and federal representatives need to follow suit. The country simply cannot sustain the devastating divides we’ve endured for the past few years. The crisis of putting off this decision will serve as a good litmus test for whether this past election — and voters’ desire for bipartisan cooperation — has affected the mentality of congressional leaders. Putting political allegiances over the common good helped make the 112th Congress the most unpopular session in U.S. history. It reached approval ratings as low as 9 percent in 2011. To revive public confidence, Congress needs to prove it’s willing to compromise for once. In coming to an agreement, it’s likely there will need to be both tax increases and spending cuts. These initiatives would be parts of a reasonable, long-term strategy for future fiscal balance — not just arbitrary stopgap measures. Hopefully we’ll be able to ring in the New Year as a celebration of effective bipartisanship and a more optimistic future. If we do manage to dive off the fiscal cliff, the modest optimism of this election will be all but forgotten.


Democrats have successfully disenfranchised any and all who disagree with them

MATT RICE As the results of Tuesday’s election became clear, my Facebook wall was overtaken by posts celebrating Maryland’s referendum choices. “So proud of my state right now,” they said, mostly due to voters’ decisions to uphold the DREAM Act and samesex marriage. But the unfortunate fact that Question 5, the new congressional district map, was upheld should quell this pride: Our state now officially has the most gerrymandered congressional districts in the nation. You only have to look at the newly redrawn map to realize how wrong it is. It’s obvious the map is designed to disenfranchise all rural areas, save the Eastern Shore, by including bits of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The 3rd District would be funny if it wasn’t so egregious. It looks more like a system of rivers and ponds than anything else, with minuscule lines connecting the patches lawmakers wanted to include to ensure Democratic victory while encompassing as many conservatives as possible. I often hear a few of my more liberal friends denigrate Texas mercilessly, framing it as a backward, ignorant, closed-minded state, in contrast to the enlightened states of the Northeast. It always had gerrymandered districts designed to put a few more Republicans in the House. However, with the passage of Question 5, Maryland has officially become the most closed-minded state in the union. What defines closed-mindedness is not which side of issues you end up on, but rather how you approach the issues. To be open-minded is to be willing to discuss the issues,

even if you have firmly held beliefs that aren’t likely to change, and to seek to understand the other side’s logic. In this election we saw plenty of closed-mindedness from both sides as issues were misrepresented or ignored completely in favor of promoting one candidate while discrediting the other. Any democracy faces the problem of leaders focusing on winning elections in addition to governing. When elections are conducted in a fair way that truly seeks to form a government for the people and by the people, the focus will rightly be on governing. Unfortunately, it seems our leaders habitually put winning firmly above governing, and we are forced to endure despicable attack ads and impossible promises throughout campaign season. Putting an ideology above representing the people is what led to the Watergate scandal, and less directly to all other scandals, where politicians hid the truth in order to get re-elected. We must avoid this tendency to focus on winning elections in their many forms, including gerrymandering. Gerrymandering districts only serves to make a state more red or more blue. Politicians ought to take the time to learn about their constituents and how they may be best represented, instead of dividing them in an attempt to promote their own ideologies. It is disappointing former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) lost his 6th District congressional seat, since it means the flawed system won: The unreasonable district map did the job our partisan leaders wanted it to do. Adopting a closed-minded, win-atall-costs philosophy will only increase the partisan politics in Washington we all despise. I hope in the future, we will resist the temptation to seek only to win elections and instead consider how to govern ourselves with more fairness and honesty. Matt Rice is a sophomore engineering and materials science major. He can be reached at


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‘Maryland Welcomes You’ T JOSHUA DOWLING “No, I don’t believe in that,” one man said. A woman said, “Next, you’ll want me to marry my sister.” As I stood outside the College Park Community Center last week, begging people to vote for Question 6, I used the most personal refrain I could think of — “Please vote for 6 so I can get married in Maryland.” To have people point at me and say “no” after having asked for their vote was incredibly difficult and painful, but it was outweighed by sentiment from the mother who stopped, gave me a hug and showed me the blanket she was crocheting for her granddaughter — the child of two same-sex parents. The negativity was outweighed by the older man who looked at me and said, “Yes, you deserve the opportunity to be miserable just like the rest of us.” The “no” votes were outweighed by my friends and family who stood strong with me and cast ballots in favor of Question 6. But most importantly, the “no” votes were substantially outweighed on Election Day, when this state became the first below the Mason-Dixon Line to legalize marriage equality, and became the first

state in the nation to affirm a marriage equality law at the ballot box. As a gay Marylander who came out under the frightening environment surrounding Proposition 8, the changes between then and now could not be clearer. Four years ago, I sat alone in sadness as the results poured in. Tuesday, I was surrounded by my friends and loved ones, and felt an incredible sense of warmth and security as it became clear the people of this state had voted to make me a fuller, more equal citizen under the law. Both nights ended in tears, but as Tuesday night melted into Wednesday morning, I knew that “Maryland Welcomes You” was no longer just a slogan on our state highway signs, but a mantra Marylanders voted to uphold. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone who played a part in making this victory a reality. I’m grateful for my mother and father who voted for Question 6 because my dad “want[ed] the best world for [me].” I’m grateful for my aunts and uncles who voted for 6 because they wanted this state to move out of the “Stone Age.” I’m filled with gratitude for my friends who held signs, made calls and talked to voters about how important it was to vote for equality under the law. I’m thankful for all of

my loved ones who voted to make this moment a reality for me. This moment was a continuation of the openness and warmth shown to me in high school by my close friends and teachers. It was an extension of the love and kindness expressed to me by bosses and professors in college. But mostly, it was an affirmation of what I have always felt: Maryland is a safe place. The “Free State” is not just a nickname, and our instinct to help and support one another isn’t without value. I am so incredibly proud today to be the son of parents who voted to give their children a better tomorrow and to be the friends of people who worked tirelessly so I could one day marry in this state. I’m so incredibly proud to be someone who can one day marry the boy I love with the blessing of this state — and my fellow Marylanders. I will never be able to properly express my gratitude, but thank you all from the very bottom of my heart. And thank you for those who let me know from the very beginning that it’s okay to be who I am — David, John, Rachel, Hien, Sydney, Hannah, Randy and Elyse — this win is our win. Joshua Dowling is a senior government and politics and history major. He can be reached at

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he recent victories for recreational and medicinal marijuana use in Colorado, Washington and Massachusetts have many college students ablaze with excitement. As president of NORML Terps, I’d like to turn this tide of enthusiasm toward a seemingly small, but nonetheless incredibly crucial, policy change that can be made here on the campus. This university makes no distinction between prescribed medicinal possession and recreational possession of marijuana. Students caught in possession of any amount of marijuana or any other illicit substance can face a one-year suspension and immediate campus housing termination, a worrisome prospect for this university’s largely silent, secretive community of medicinal marijuana users. A glance at this policy points to a glaring inconsistency with a little-known, but extremely pertinent, state law. In 2003, then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich signed into law the Darrell Putman Compassionate Use Act, which allowed patients to use a doctor’s letter prescribing medicinal marijuana as an affirmative defense in court for up to an ounce. If the defense presented a convincing case, the patient was let off with a misdemeanor charge and a $100 fine. The 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions saw the stripping away of the misdemeanor charge and the fine as long as patients possess less than an ounce and don’t use marijuana in public, leaving them with only the threat of arrest due to being forced to purchase their medicine illegally. While not ideal,

this policy is far more sensible than the indiscriminate punishment standards set by this university. Having testified at nearly every medicinal marijuana hearing in this state since 2009, I can say with confidence that many of our legislators support a more robust medicinal marijuana program under which patients and doctors with a bona fide relationship can safely prescribe, use and purchase it. But fear of a federal government crackdown has barred our state from enacting a law with those provisions. I recognize a similar fear might suppress this university’s progress toward a more compassionate position on medicinal marijuana, but as a patient whose body is fraught with chronic pain and muscle spasms, I shouldn’t have to make a choice between relief from my symptoms and my diploma. The same can be said for my friends with Crohn’s disease, cancer and a multitude of other conditions. We’re not asking for a campus engulfed in a haze of pot smoke or the ability to light up in our dorm rooms; all we want is amnesty from university penalties if a court deems our medicinal use legitimate. Making this change may be a long process, and will most likely be met with opposition from university authorities, but we at NORML Terps — this university’s branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws — are prepared to have an earnest, open discussion with whomever is willing to listen. We hope that you’ll join us in the fight for our rights. Tyler Kutner is the president of NORML Terps. He can be reached at





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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln does an excellent job making history feel real and vital — thanks in no small part to an excellent cast — but offers few surprises in doing so By Robert Gifford Senior staff writer Let’s get this out of the way: Lincoln is pure, uncut, no-holds-barred Oscar bait. Simply including the names Abraham Lincoln, Steven Spielberg (War Horse) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine) on a single movie poster is enough to earn a Best Picture nomination and then some. So, yes, there’s plenty of high-minded rhetoric about race and America delivered by an impassioned Day-Lewis, set to swelling John Williams (War Horse) strings, and no shortage of moments in which Spielberg frames his subject to remind you of his gravitas — as if it isn’t already apparent (No one who has been enshrined in marble 30 feet tall needs any help in the grandeur department, thank you very much). But it’s also a surprisingly intimate film that accomplishes the not-so-easy feat of making Lincoln seem, well, human. (The only other film to pull this off is John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln.) Day-Lewis captures the man’s rectitude and oratorical might, but he also finds the humanity beneath the iconography, painting a picture of the Great Emancipator as a warm but wounded man with a knack for storytelling and a soft, genial smile. Honest Abe is most definitely the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with. Spielberg lets his scenes breathe, building his portrait as much through an accumulation of minor but telling details as capital-I Important moments. He includes plenty of fullthroated speeches, but he also takes the time to show Lincoln building a fire between meetings and playing with his son. It’s a historical epic that doubles as an effective character study. Those two halves don’t always mesh well, however. Lincoln is as much at war with itself as the nation it portrays, and the smaller, human moments are infinitely more interesting than the big, prestigious picture elements. It’s a dichotomy neatly captured in the film’s opening scene. Lincoln speaks with two black soldiers who recount the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry. One begins to complain about the pay disparity

between white and black soldiers, while the other smiles and apologizes for his friend. Lincoln responds amicably, doing his best to appear sympathetic while not promising anything he doesn’t have the political capital to deliver. It’s a casual, understated scene, admirably penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe Tony Kushner (Munich), establishing three interesting characters (two of whom never appear again) in just a few moments, while introducing important thematic and historical issues at the same time. And then it takes a turn. Two white soldiers show up and, in an effort to impress their commander in chief, begin reciting the “Gettysburg Address” to him. They can’t remember the final few lines, however, and depart unsatisfied with their performance. And then — here’s the kicker — one of the black soldiers, smiling up at Lincoln as if he’s greeting the second coming of Christ, recites those final few lines as Williams’ sweepingly sentimental score pushes the movie firmly into Hallmark Hall of Fame-levels of unadulterated sap. It’s the kind of easy, rah-rah emotional appeal you would expect from an episode of Schoolhouse Rock!, not one of the preeminent filmmakers of his generation. That’s Lincoln in a nutshell: half nuanced character study, half hagiography. It’s at once a cynical deconstruction of the realities of politics and a flag-waving embrace of American moral authority. But that’s nothing new for Spielberg, who has always simultaneously indulged in and questioned a thoroughly square, idealized 1950s view of America, and he mostly sells it — if there’s ever been an American figure deserving of deification, it’s Lincoln. The extraordinarily gifted cast helps tremendously in this regard. Day-Lewis is every bit as good as expected, although Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs) might be even better as Thaddeus Stevens, leader of the Radical Republicans. Every role, minor and major, is filled by some accomplished thespian who manages to breathe life into his or her character, no

matter how insignificant. The only exception is James Spader (The Office), whose theatrical, broadly comical performance sticks out like a sore thumb in Lincoln’s sea of method realism. The film restricts its focus to the last few months of Lincoln’s presidency, centering on his efforts to balance peace negotiations with Richmond with his efforts to bludgeon the 13th Amendment through Congress. He’s tasked with uniting his own divided party behind passing the legislation, which would end slavery forever, while facing down a reactionary Democratic party firmly united in its opposition to anything he proposes. It’s a situation with more than a few parallels to the current political climate, but Spielberg wisely doesn’t overstate them — these aren’t issues exclusive to any one period. They have haunted the republic since its inception and will continue to do so until its demise. If there’s a crucial f law to Lincoln, it’s that it lacks the capacity to s u r pr i se. T hat may be a n u n avoidable problem w h e n t a c kling such a wellknown story, but it’s a problem nonetheless. There are a few moments when the film bucks the weight of expectation — such as a late-in-the-game revelation about Stevens’ personal life and a startlingly hostile argument between Abe and Mary Todd (Sally Field, The Amazing Spider-Man) — but, on the whole, Lincoln values being properly dignified over doing anything unexpected. Spielberg’s uncharacteristically flat visuals don’t help liven up the proceedings, either. If War Horse was an empty-headed crowd-pleaser redeemed by impressive style, Lincoln is a

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TIGERS From PAGE 8 second career start at quarterback i n hosti le Death Valley tomorrow. “I already know we’re going to go down there and it’s going to be a rough environment,” Petty said. “They’re going to be a tough team, and we’re just going to have to come on Saturday and play hard. If we don’t play hard, we can’t get the win. But we’re going to play hard either way.” Petty predictably struggled in his fi rst start, completing just nine of 18 passes for 115 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech last week. It won’t get any easier tomorrow. The Yellow Jackets’ pass defense ranked No. 8 in the league, while the Tigers enter the contest with the fifthranked unit. “I’m not really concerned about them right now. I’m just concerned about our offense coming together as one,” wide receiver Levern Jacobs said. “We struggled a little bit last game, but I think we’ll get it together this game.” Coming together tomorrow could be difficult, though. The team announced yesterday that starting running back Wes Brown and playmaker Stefon Diggs will both miss the team’s game against

Clemson (8-1, 5-1 ACC) with ankle injuries, leaving the Terps (4-5, 2-3) without two of their top offensive weapons. The team’s defense might also be without one of its most crucial pieces. Defensive end Joe Vellano is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, potentially hindering a unit coming off its worst performance of the season. The Terps allowed a season-high 33 points and 370 rushing yards last week. On Saturday, they face a Tigers offense that ranks near the top of the ACC in most categories. Running back Andre Ellington is second in the league with 780 rushing yards, DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins make up one of the most fearsome wide receiver duos in the nation and quarterback Tajh Boyd’s 2,680 passing yards top the conference. “He’s the one that runs that whole thing,” defensive end A.J. Francis said of Boyd. “If we make him uncomfortable, we have a great chance to win the game. If he’s back there comfortable, he’ll throw for 1,900 yards in the first half.” It’s clear the Terps aren’t entering tomorrow’s contest with the same confidence they had earlier in the season. And with the players and games they’ve lost over the past three weeks, who can blame them?


WILDCATS From PAGE 8 class that ranks No. 18 nationally, a much-improved Alex Len and a long-range threat — something they haven’t had since Eric Hayes graduated in 2010 — in Albany transfer Logan Aronhalt. And even with all of those assets, the Terps figured to be a fringe tournament team two days ago. They were picked to finish sixth in the ACC and were absent from most early NCAA tournament projections. That changed, though, when the NCA A g ra nted X av ier transfer Dez Wells immediate eligibility on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound swingman averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for a Sweet 16-bound Musketeers squad last season, starting 32 games and gracing multiple SportsCenter Top 10’s with

VITALE From PAGE 8 the Terps face the Wildcats at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in each team’s season opener — a nationally televised, prime-time matchup in a brand new arena. It’s a big night for the Terps.

awe-inspiring dunks. Wells, a sophomore, should bring instant f lexibility to an untested starting lineup tonight. The Terps now have a likely backcourt rotation of six players, and Turgeon can use Wells as an anchor when he chooses to go big or small. “I think the [expectations] have changed,” Turgeon said Wednesday. “We have experience and depth now. We were excited about the year anyway. We thought we had the chance to be pretty good. We thought we were a team that was going to get better and better. We expect to be good and be in some type of postseason.” Calipari knows all about raised expectations. The fasttalking Pennsylvanian has dealt with them in each of his three seasons in Lexington, Ky. And though this year’s squad scarcely resembles the group that captured the Wildcats’ eighth national champion-

ship in April, this season is no different. Calipari lost his top six scorers to June’s NBA Draft, forcing him to rebuild around yet another loaded freshman class. Kentucky could start as many as four rookies tonight, all of whom possess one-anddone talent. But talent doesn’t always translate to championships, and Calipari has spent recent months warning fans and reporters about the struggles he expects the Wildcats to endure this season. Last year’s group was special, he reasoned. It had freshmen who needed little time to acclimate themselves to the college game. It had underclassmen who played like skilled veterans. And, perhaps most importantly, the Wildcats were united. This year, Calipari anticipates more headaches and more teaching. The errant passes and defensive lapses that were absent during much

of last year’s 38-2 run should arrive in abundance during Kentucky’s fi rst few games. “Compa ri ng th is tea m to t h at te a m i n M a rc h i s not fair,” Calipari told CBS Sports. “They’re not going to be [that team]. We’re going to turn it over. We’re going to get pushed around.” Turgeon likely hopes that’ll be the case tonight. A primetime win over a top-3 opponent, after all, would be a significant boost for a program desperate to return to the national spotlight. But no matter how the Wildcats perform, Turgeon will be comfortable being the underdog. It’s a role he relishes. “We both knew that we were going to have young teams going in,” said Turgeon, who was a captain on Kansas’ 1986 Fi na l Fou r tea m. “We a re excited about the opportunity.”

Big enough that Dick Vitale will be on hand to witness the festivities. But the most significant outcome of the night won’t be how well the Terps play or who comes out on top. No, the significance of this game comes from the sheer magnitude of the stage. It’s a national spotlight, a chance for the Terps to showcase themselves to the rest of the country against the defending national champions. If they’re intent on raising their national profi le, tonight is the night to do it. “John [Calipari] could have

called anyone in the country, but he called me,” Turgeon said. “The publicity that we are going to get from playing in this game is big for our program, win or lose.” Unfortunately, it could very well be a loss. Kentucky has become an unquestioned national power under Calipari, and beating them will be no easy task, especially for a young and inexperienced Terps team. But, like Turgeon said, the results aren’t the most important aspect of the game. The Terps obviously want to win,

but a loss against a top-3 team to open the season would hardly be cause for disappointment. No, tonight is about getting the Terps’ name out there. The Wildcats are a team other programs strive to be compared to, and beating them on a national stage would go a long way to help Turgeon’s squad get to that level. And who knows? If everything goes well, maybe ESPN’s cameras will fi nd their way to College Park a little sooner than Turgeon expected.

Cirovski said he saw a refreshed team on the field. The fatigue he’d seen against Clemson and Wake Forest was absent, and the team was refocused. “I feel like it was kind of a wake-up call for everybody to say we have to take every game seriously and we stay concentrated on every play of every game,” forward Schillo Tshuma said. “It really helped us to get those kinds of games out of the way before the playoffs.” Tonight, the Terps will start their top backline for the fi rst time since Oct. 5, as they look to advance one step closer to the next goal on their checklist — the ACC tournament championship. And while Cirovski could direct his feelings, nega-

tive or not, toward Clemson and other opponents, he’s staying concentrated on his squad. “This is a team I believe in,” Cirovski said. “That’s the main thing.” TERPS NOTE: The ACC announced its postseason awards yesterday. Cirovski was named Coach of the Year and Mullins was named Offensive Player of the Year. Mullins and midfielder John Stertzer were named All-ACC First Team. Tshuma and defenders Mikey Ambrose, Taylor Kemp and London Woodberry were named All-ACC Second Team. Ambrose and Tshuma were named All-ACC Freshman Team.

ACC From PAGE 8 game (1.11) and sixth in goals against average (0.98). But Clemson poses certain challenges the Terps pick up on each time out. “I just think they’re a very tough team to play in general,” Mu l l i ns sa id. “T hey work very hard, probably one of the toughest teams that we’ve played against all year in terms of their work ethic.” T h roug h the d raw w ith Clemson and the Terps’ Nov. 1 loss at Wake Forest, the Terps faced the most adversity they had handled this season. But after defeating Virginia Tech on Tuesday,

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Clemson up next for Terps Diggs, Brown will not play vs. Tigers By Josh Vitale Senior staff writer

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National stage, high-ranking opponent give Terps chance to prove themselves in season opener JOSH VITALE For the past few weeks, ESPN’s All-Access has had its cameras rolling in Lexington, Ky. It’s there to document No. 3 Kentucky as it prepares for the 2012-13 season, capturing coach John Calipari as he readies the Wildcats to defend their national title. It’s no surprise ESPN chose them. Kentucky has been the pinnacle of college basketball since Calipari arrived on the campus three years ago. It has reached two consecutive Final Fours, won a national championship and had 11 players taken in the fi rst round of the NBA Draft. That’s the exact type of program Mark Turgeon hopes to build in College Park. The second-year coach wants his Terrapins men’s basketball team mentioned among the game’s elite, and he wants it to become highprofile enough that ESPN might one day decide to bring its All-Access cameras to Comcast Center. But if the Terps are going to reach

those heights, Turgeon said there’s one thing they must do fi rst: They have to be good. “If we get a show like that, it means we had some pretty good years,” Turgeon said Wednesday. “I’d welcome it, if we’re that good.” Turgeon signed a 2012 freshman class that ranks No. 18 in the nation, brought in sought-after transfers Dez Wells, Evan Smotrycz and Logan Aronhalt and landed two more fourstar recruits for next season. Couple that with returning guard Nick Faust and up-and-coming center Alex Len, and the Terps have the pieces in place to be that good. Now, it’s just about getting there. That process starts tonight when See VITALE, Page 7



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Turgeon in familiar underdog role when he meets old friend Calipari, Kentucky at Barclays Center

By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer John Calipari still remembers meeting Mark Turgeon. It was 1983 and Calipari, then a graduate assistant at Kansas, was eating breakfast with Jayhawks coach Larry Brown. Turgeon, a senior at Topeka’s Hayden High School, approached their table and calmly told the coaches he was better than any point guard Kansas had. It was a brash statement from the ultimate underdog. At 5-foot-6 and 145 pounds, Turgeon was far from the blue-chip recruit the Jayhawks typically targeted. Much has changed since that brazen introduction. Turgeon’s playing days are long over, and

WHEN Tonight, 8:30 p.m. WHERE Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. TV ESPN LINE Wildcats by 16.5 DATA Kentucky won its eighth NCAA Championship last season, defeating Kansas, 67-59, in New Orleans.

Calipari is now at the helm of a defending national champion. But when the Terrapins men’s b a s k e t b a l l t e a m f a c e s N o. 3 Kentucky at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., tonight, it may as well be 1983 all over again. T u rge o n , wh o s e Te r p s a re favored to lose by 16.5 points, will be the unquestioned underdog. Calipari, meanwhile, will be asking the same question about the Terps he asked about Turgeon 29 years ago: Who are these guys? The Terps hardly resemble the squad that finished a middling 17-15 (6-10 ACC) in Turgeon’s rookie campaign last season. They return just four scholarship players and have been forced to move forward without last year’s two top scorers: guards Terrell Stoglin and Sean Mosley. “We’re a totally new team this year,” guard Nick Faust said last month. “Everything’s different.” Still, Turgeon expects the Terps to be better this season. T hey boast a four-member freshman See WILDCATS, Page 7


Despite ACC success, Tigers pose tough test Cirovski looks for win No. 300 with Terps By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

Coach Sasho CirovskI’s Terps have won three ACC titles in his tenure, but they are just 12-14-1 against Clemson during his 20 years at the helm. file photo/the diamondback

Sasho Cirovski has had an unprecedented level of success during his 20-year tenure at the helm of the Terrapins men’s soccer program. Entering tonight’s ACC tournament semifi nal matchup with Clemson at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Cirovski boasts 299 wins, two national titles and three ACC crowns. Since building a once-moribund program into a national power, little has been difficult for the No. 2 Terps. But tonight’s foe, No. 4-seed Clemson, has presented a distinct challenge for Cirovski and his No. 1-seed Terps. The legendary coach went winless in his first six tries against the Tigers and holds an underwhelming 12-14-1 record against the southern foe. Just fewer than two weeks ago, the Tigers snapped a 13-game Terps winnimg streak after staging a dramatic comeback. Despite all that, though, Cirovski won’t

aim to avenge past defeats when he faces the Tigers tonight. “I think right now the ACC semifinal match stands alone as a pretty big opportunity,” Cirovski said. “I think revenge is the furthest thing on our minds. We just want to play well and give ourselves a chance.” Even if the team isn’t explicitly out for payback, the motivation for the Terps is there. After all, Clemson (6-8-5) erased a two-goal deficit in the second half Oct. 27 and outmuscled the Terps (15-1-2) en route to the draw. “I think we’re very highly motivated,” forward Patrick Mullins said. “We didn’t play our best soccer last time out against them. They’re a great team. They definitely deserve to be where they are in the semifinal. We’re looking forward to playing against them and highly motivated to hopefully get a win tomorrow.” Statistically, Clemson is a middling ACC team. The Tigers rank seventh in goals per See ACC, Page 7

The mood inside Gossett Team House remained positive through the first nine games of the Terrapins football team’s season. Despite copious injuries and mounting losses, the Terps seemed upbeat. Even through all the unfortunate circumstances that have plagued its campaign, coach Randy Edsall’s squad had remained unfazed. But entering a Week 11 matchup at No. 10 Clemson tomorrow, the mood didn’t quite feel the same. For the first time all year, it seemed as if the season’s misfortune was starting to catch up with the Terps. “We’ve got a tremendous challenge in front of us this weekend, going down and playing Clemson, a top-10 team that is playing extremely well,” Edsall said Tuesday. “So to go down there in that environment, we are going to have to have a really good week of practice and preparation.” Midway through October, the Terps were a 4-2 team fighting for bowl eligibility. A month later, they’re a 4-5 team with seemingly no chance of tasting the postseason. They lost quarterbacks Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe, wide receiver Marcus Leak and top linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield to season-ending injuries in that span, and converted linebacker Shawn Petty will make his See TIGERS, Page 7

Quarterback Shawn Petty will make his second career start tomorrow at Clemson. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

WEEKEND AHEAD There are five more Terps sports teams in action this weekend. Here’s the schedule: Women’s soccer NCAA tournament first round Tomorrow vs. Stony Brook

FIELD HOCKEY NCAA tournament first round Tomorrow vs. Lafayette

Women’s BASKETBALL Tonight vs. Mount St. Mary’s Sunday at Loyola

VOLLEYBALL Tonight at Virginia Tomorrow at Virginia Tech

WRESTLING Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic, East Stroudsburg Open, Wolfpack Open For more, visit

November 9, 2012  

The Diamondback, November 9, 2012