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Thursday, November 10, 2011
THE DIAMONDBACK THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Our 102ND Year, No. 51
U. Senate approves new GPA standard
Funding for the swimming and diving teams could be cut. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK
Students oppose vote, but faculty win
Debt troubles may endanger other teams
BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Senior staff writer
The Terrapins men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are the probable first casualties of the athletics department’s budget crunch, but other programs may be in danger, as well. The water polo team has been told it will likely be cut, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation. In total, eight to 10 programs could be eliminated as the department looks to remedy its mounting debt crisis. “Hard decisions have to be made, and that decision fell under my watch,” University President Wallace Loh said yesterday at his State of the Campus address. “I will make them in a fair way according to careful considerations of all the issues and after listening to all the affected parties.” The financial considerations are obvious. The university supports a combined 32.9 scholarships between the fully funded swimming and diving and water polo programs, and their expenses for the most recent fiscal year totaled nearly $300,000, according to data provided to the U.S. Department of Education. Faced with slumping donations, reduced ticket sales and a rising budget shortfall in the athletics department, Loh charged a university commission with investigating and solving the department’s financial woes. For many, the
University President Wallace Loh spoke for nearly an hour without a written speech before the University Senate yesterday in his second State of the Campus. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
and create new opportunities for students. Loh said the merger — which is currently being reviewed by the Board of Regents for submission to the state General Assembly — is the biggest opportunity the university currently faces. “We will be able to paint ourselves as a global educational and research powerhouse situated to win the future because the competition is not with other universities in the system; the competition is with rising universities in Asia, in Brazil and in Europe,” Loh said. “That
Students will soon face a grading system that calculates grade point averages based on plus and minus grades, after the University Senate voted to implement such a system — to the outrage of many students — at its meeting yesterday. After nearly 45 minutes of debate, the body passed the motion 49 to 26 with two abstentions. Several undergraduate senators and Student Government Association President Kaiyi Xie adamantly spoke against the bill. The SGA voted overwhelmingly against the bill at a special session held Monday and at its meeting last night, but faculty senators said they supported the new policy because it was in line with the grading systems of this university’s peer institutions. The legislation will go into effect next fall and affect both incoming freshmen and students still attending the university. The current GPA scale gives students the same number of points for each variation of a letter grade, not taking pluses or minuses into consideration. Under the new system, students will be awarded an additional .3 points for a plus and .3 points fewer for a minus — although an A+ will only be worth a flat 4 points. Officials said because most graduate schools already recalculate GPAs based on this system, the policy change will help better prepare students for post-undergraduate life. “We ought to look at [the policy] for the rewarding it gives — for faculty to recognize the achievement of their students,” Provost Ann Wylie said at the meeting. “This new grading system will change behavior … because people have known for a long time that the B- is the same as the B, so why
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Water polo’s future likely among those in jeopardy BY JEREMY SCHNEIDER Senior staff writer
Loh pledges support for merger In second campus address, also announces new fund BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Senior staff writer
In his second State of the Campus address yesterday, university President Wallace Loh publicly pledged his support for a merger between this institution and the University of Maryland, Baltimore for the first time and announced a $10 million investment plan to reinvigorate the university. At last year’s State of the Campus address, Loh offered few specifics on plans, instead taking the opportunity to introduce the campus community to his philosophies for the first time. Yesterday’s speech was
markedly different, however, laying out concrete steps he hopes to take the university in the next year. Although Loh — who spoke for nearly an hour without a written speech — had never stated his opinion on the contested merger, he said for the first time yesterday that he supported merging the two institutions under one name, with each campus retaining its own president. Additionally, Loh said he was able to generate $10 million — from budget reallocations, increased tuition revenue and a small president’s reserve — to help fund the university’s new general education program
Newcomer wins District 1 seat over incumbent
Lobbying lessons Two student leaders travel to Capitol Hill to lobby congressmen
Kabir joins Wojahn on council, wins by two votes BY LAUREN KIRKWOOD Staff writer
Two ballots made all the difference for District 1 candidate Fazlul Kabir, who will be the third fresh face on the College Park City Council in December. Tuesday night’s ballot count left two-term incumbent Patrick Wojahn with 324 votes and the definitive lead in District 1. Incumbent Christine Nagle, 296 votes, and Kabir, 287 votes, were forced to wait for yesterday’s absentee ballot
Sen. Ron Wyden (center) and Sen. Ben Cardin (right) speaks to about 35 students yesterday lobbying for more affordable higher education and job creation for recent graduates. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHANNA PEREZ
As President Barack Obama called the “brutal recession” a continuing reality last week, two student representatives lobbied two congressmen yesterday to make college more affordable and to help create more jobs for recently graduated students. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) spoke to the group of about 35 students from differing universities as a part of the Young Invincibles program — a group that represents the interests of 18- to 34-year-olds and ensures their perspective is heard among politicians. Student Government Association Chief of Staff Steven Hershkowitz and MaryPIRG civic engagement campaign coordinator David Bransfield represented this university. The congressmen said the concerns the group of students brought forward yesterday were two of their primary goals. Hershkowitz said he looks forward to continuing efforts to ensure the politicians stick to their goals and to guarantee this issue is not swept under the rug. “They can make the whole process a lot more transparent to students,” he said. “They don’t see what they are paying for, and it’s just not fair.” —Text by Maria Romas
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ATHLETICS from page 1 prospect of downsizing the university’s offering of varsity sports is a sad reality. “For many years, [athletics directors] saw sports as being part of the overall opportunities that were presented at any university to enhance the education,” said Bob Groseth, the executive director the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. “I think that now, you’ve got a lot of people coming into those positions who are bottom-line, business-oriented people. … Their conclusion is that [nonrevenue sports] don’t have value. That’s why I think that rather than seeking other solutions, maintaining programs, it’s easier for them to eliminate them.” When Loh first examined the athletics depar tment’s budget as university president, he said it appeared to be balanced. However, the department’s figures proved largely irrele-
vant, having been reached only after borrowing from existing reser ves. “At some point, your savings will be depleted,” Loh said. “We can no longer delay taking action, and that’s why I formed the commission ... to look into it and to propose recommendations to raise revenue and reduce costs. I made it ver y clear that the welfare of our student-athletes is our No. 1 priority.” The commission is due to submit its final report to Loh on Tuesday, at which point he will consider all options. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson told the swimming and diving and water polo teams to hold letters-of-intent from prospective recruits, clouding the programs’ future until they know whether they have one. “It’s certainly a sad day for swimming,” Groseth said. “But when you consider that they’re considering eight to 10 programs, that’s a sad day for athletics.” email@example.com
ELECTION from page 1 count to determine who would officially take the district’s second slot. The 25 valid absentee ballots swung the election in favor of Kabir — who ran unsuccessfully last election for the same seat — by a count of 306 to 304. “Some of my residents told me they sent absentee ballots [for me], so I had a good feeling that I’d be getting 15 to 20 more [votes],” said Kabir, a university telecommunications instructor. “I didn’t expect this close [of a race]. It’s a lesson for us that every vote counts.” The council will now officially have three new members — Kabir in District 1; Monroe Dennis, who will fill the District 2 seat vacated by 14-term veteran Jack Perry; and Robert Day, who will take retiring two-term councilman Mark Cook’s District 3 seat. Mayor Andy Fellows said while Perr y and Cook both contributed significantly to the city during their tenure, having new faces join the table adds a new perspective to the council. “I think it’s always good when there’s a mixture of experienced council members and new blood,” he said. Kabir said he plans to start asking other council members for advice for his first term. He added he is already good friends
SENATE from page 1 bother to do A, B and C if it’s all the same?” But some students at yesterday’s meeting said it would negatively impact their GPAs and hinder their prospects in the job market. “If you ask any recruiter how they decide who to pick for jobs, the first filter is GPA,” undergraduate senator Rachel Ellis said. “Most students are going to be negatively impacted in the job market with this system. … I see more negative effects than positive effects with this implementation.” Many faculty senators, how-
University President Wallace Loh supports a merger between this university and the University of Maryland, Baltimore at his State of the Campus address. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
LOH from page 1
is the future. If we want to outeducate, out-innovate, outcompete, we have to have the resources to do that, and we have to be this global powerhouse.” Because merging the universities under one name will drastically improve both institutions in national rankings, Loh said it will also help attract the state and nation’s top students. “Rankings are important, but this is not just about prestige,” Loh said. “We will be able to attract a larger portion of the top students to the University of Maryland.” Loh also said it was important to invest in the university’s current students and provide them with the best facilities possible. Part of the $10 million reinvestment fund will be largely spent on funding the university’s new general education program, which will debut next fall. Additionally, the money will create more internship opportunities for students and offer more financial aid. An “innovation fund” will also be established to invest in interdiciplinar y research. Loh also announced that an additional $10 million will be designated each year to help maintain building repairs, as well as create new buildings on the campus. The campus currently grapples with a deferred maintenance backlog totaling $625 million. The investments, Loh said, will help the university continue to improve in the face of dwindling resources. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass,” Loh said of the economic climate. “It’s
“If we want to out-educate, out-innovate, out-compete, we have to have the resources to do that.” WALLACE LOH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
about dancing in the rain, and we will dance by investing so that we will at least be in a position to rise, and when this shall pass — and it will pass — we can emerge stronger.” Many senators said Loh’s second address provided more concrete details than his speech last year, during which he outlined broader goals and visions for the university. “I think it’s clear from what he says and his actions that he is committed to the university moving for ward and is putting his money where his mouth is,” faculty senator and journalism professor Carol Rogers said. “I think we’ve got some ver y positive things going for ward in a ver y difficult environment.” Faculty senator and English professor Martha Smith said she was glad Loh’s second address included specific plans for the upcoming year. “I thought his State of the Campus this year was much meatier; I have a much more clear sense of what directions he wants to take us in,” she said. “There’s a lot of possibility, and I like that he’s looking for ward rather than backward.” firstname.lastname@example.org
After elections officials counted all absentee ballots yesterday, Fazlul Kabir won a District 1 council member slot over incumbent Christine Nagle by two votes. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK
with several of the council members and is prepared for the work the position entails. “This is my first time on the council, so talking to them will be very important for me,” he said. The three new councilmen said they are ready to begin collaborating not only with their fellow council members
ever, said adopting this system was long overdue. The body initially passed the legislation in 2005, but because the university was undergoing a number of academic changes — including completely overhauling its general education program — the provost’s office delayed implementation. “There was a great failure of will at the university [in 2005],” Undergraduate Studies Dean Donna Hamilton said. “Many of us had lamented what we hadn’t done. It is very important that the university benchmark and align with its peers, that we act and don’t fall behind.” Xie, who vetoed a bill the SGA passed last week supporting such a policy, said the body should
but also with this university and its students. “I feel like [the university] is an island in a big ocean called College Park,” Kabir said. Day said improving relations between residents and students is just as important as fostering ties between the city and the university. “I definitely want to focus on
working with residents and students, making that link a little bit clearer,” he said, suggesting the city could work on creating more events that would cater to both groups and bring them together. Staff writer Jim Bach contributed to this report. email@example.com
NEW GPA WEIGHTS A+ = 4.0 B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 D+ = 1.3
A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0
A- = 3.7 B- = 2.7 C- = 1.7 D- = 0.7
F=0 have further discussed the issue. He said even though the legislation has been contested for several years, current students are not well informed about the issue. “I think [students] will respond quite negatively because there’s been no discussion about this,” Xie said in an inter-
view after the meeting. “I know [senators] made the point that it’s been years since this was first introduced, but students are only here for four years and that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve more input now.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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here wasn’t a whole lot of excitement about Tuesday’s College Park City from — on top of an overall low voter turnout that saw only 7.3 percent of the city’s Council elections, nor was it the ideal example of the democratic machine registered voters — it’s far too easy for the council to stagnate as members settle — the kind we all should want our local governments to resemble. Few into the “this is how it’s always been done” mindset. It’ll be up to Dennis, Day and Kabir to inject original ideas and fresh perspectives candidates ran, few people voted and few students noticed. Only two of the four districts — District 1, where few students live, and District 3, into the council’s collective conscious. Without circulating new goals or proposals, which includes a large chunk of off-campus student housing — were contested. Of the three newcomers face the danger of simply getting swallowed up by the other members’ established patterns. That kind of governmental the eight seats on the council, only three will be filled by newgridlock is never a good thing, but right now, it would be the comers. And one of those rookie victories wasn’t even cerkiss of death for College Park. tain until yesterday evening when officials announced uniThere’s been tremendous change recently within the versity professor Fazlul Kabir would win the District 1 seat. To prevent the College Park city and the university community. We’ve seen developAll the elected council members were announced TuesCity Council from stagnating ment to the downtown Route 1 corridor, significant day night, except for District 1, where the votes were so close election officials needed to wait until yesterday to under the incumbent majority, progress on long-standing initiatives such as the Purple Line, amped up efforts to enhance the sense of community count about 30 absentee ballots. Initially, it looked like incumbents Patrick Wojahn and Christine Nagle would win the three newcomers should be between the university and surrounding areas, a completely revamped administration and some innovative the district’s two seats over Kabir. But once the absentee especially vocal about their adaptations to a hostile economic environment. We need a votes were counted, it became clear exactly how close the reinvigorated city council that’s both eager and prepared race was — Kabir ultimately won by just two votes. ideas for the community. to continue in that direction. The other five council members have served various periAlthough it’s unclear exactly how many students voted in Tuesday’s city elecods of time; Marcus Afzali (District 4) was elected for his first term in 2009 as a graduate student, while Bob Catlin of District 2, the veteran of the group, is entering his 14th tion, officials have estimated it was much lower than two years ago. Many stuyear. In council elections, voters often see the same names on the ballot year after dents tend to forget the city is home to thousands of permanent residents who do take advantage of that civic right, including faculty and staff members. It’s very year. Even Kabir isn’t totally new to the scene — he ran (and lost to Nagel) in 2009. The two other new faces are Monroe Dennis, who ran unopposed in District 2, likely most students have taken the class of a professor who showed up to vote and Robert Day, who picked up a seat in District 3 alongside incumbent Stephanie Tuesday. He or she could have cast one of the ballots that whisked Kabir into Stullich. Because incumbents make up the majority of the body, the same voices of office instead of Nagle. Throughout Kabir’s tenure, it’s quite possible he will cast the determining vote the last two years have the possibility to dominate discussion and determine the outcomes of debates. This editorial board recognizes the wealth of knowledge on proposals with potential to directly affect everyone on this campus. Future incumbents bring with them — indeed, it’s often beneficial to have leaders who policies could look vastly different if those two people had not felt like going to the polls Tuesday morning. aren’t hindered by a learning curve. As the final tally last night proved, voting matters — but so does following But College Park is in the midst of substantial transition both on the campus and in the surrounding areas. Experience is great, but it’s even more crucial for there to through. Council members now have to prove they deserve their spots and can be forward-thinking council members with a vision that matches the university’s deliver on their campaign promises. It’s our job to hold them to it. The election results are in, but the real test is just beginning. current trajectory of improvement. With so few new candidates for voters to choose
Editorial cartoon: Joey Lockwood
his will be my last year on the College Park City Council. I have decided not to seek a third term because I believe new voices and fresh ideas are what keep our democracy vibrant. It is important for the vitality of our democracy and our community that there be space for new voices and perspectives in our public office. A small, select number of individuals have carried the burden of ser ving in local office and on our boards and commissions. That is why I am asking you to get involved and run for office so we can have a greater diversity of perspectives on the city council. It has been a great privilege serving on the city council. I have done my best to uphold the trust and confidence the voters have placed in me and have worked hard to represent the values and priorities of our community. During my tenure, I worked to be a responsible steward of your tax dollars, as well as a protector and promoter of our city, including: A fiscally conservative municipal budget Forcing banks to maintain foreclosed homes Increasing police patrols Making the city more inviting to businesses Promoting environmentally sensitive, smart growth Enforcing housing codes and noise restrictions Fighting for the proposed Purple Line light rail system Making the city a place that’s family-friendly and easier to age in. I will continue to work hard for the best interests of our state and countr y during the coming year. We need to get the economic engine restarted and put people back to work. We need to reform the education system so that our children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. Thank you, College Park, for the opportunity to ser ve on the city council. MARK COOK DISTRICT 3 COUNCILMAN
The different side of diversity
y 2011, most students would probably agree that diversity serves a significant purpose in secondary education and in life. At first, diversity of opinions, backgrounds and personalities thrusts young minds into so-called “cognitive disequilibrium” — forcing people to grapple with preconceived notions. But it ultimately feeds personal growth and learning. In this context, the diversity of experiences and perceptions matters more than just blanket ideas of race, ethnicity or religion. We recognize this, and in some capacity this knowledge probably influenced your decision to attend a large state school with an eclectic student body. Yet upon arrival at this melting pot, students frequently revert to old ways. The “high-schoolization” of secondary education could refer to many things, including declines in class rigor, the growing immaturity of students and the quality of our football team. But most prominently, it highlights the social bubbles that most students immerse themselves in — just as in high school. Like the sprawling nature of the cam-
KARASOV pus itself, the nooks and crannies of the social scene at this university comprise an ecosystem of clubs, organizations and ethnic groups that exist in an ignorant harmony: Humans vs. Zombies, the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House, the Parkside apartment building, the Help Center, Community Roots. To some people, these things radically influence their college lives, but to others, they don’t exist. During freshman year, the social experiments known as North Campus dorms and random roommate assignments force students to interact with people who may be very different from them. But from that moment on, students do everything in their power to leap out of this forced marriage and slowly develop the social niches and types of friends that will shape a uniquely
isolated experience at this university. You eventually start to see more of the same people and less of those quirky “GDIs” or fraternity brothers, foreigners or country boys, potheads or religious radicals. These individual characters fall in line with the people they are “supposed” to be friends with, and you ultimately find yourself remembering those people as strange relics of your different past. This is not a matter of guilt — the idea just represents a fact of life. Diversity gives way to homogeneity. The typical image of high school — with cliques of jocks, nerds, partiers, stoners and outcasts — represents not only the social reality in college but directly translates into what we will experience in our adult lives as well. All over the country and the world, people form their unique bubbles. The individuals who make up the hipster community in Brooklyn, the LGBTQA community in Minneapolis or the Muslim community in Dearborn, Mich., all gravitate toward each other and seemingly sacrifice some sort of diversity in the process. Individuals can always
change and redefine themselves, but the societal divisions and groupings seem to remain. However, I find it worthwhile to embrace this division. If niches fail to promote a broader sense of diversity, they succeed in providing tremendous benefits for individuals. A niche provides a community. People cannot afford to live in a completely diversified world, because without a sense of belonging — to something — they would lose the sense of community. So niches can exist, but they shouldn’t be alone. Diversity functions at its finest when, instead of breaking down niches, we allow them to feed off each other. To reap the benefits of diversity, we should encourage engagement between different social groups. Appreciation for what others care about matters most. As long as a broader sense of commonality exists between social groups, such as “we are all Terps,” “we are all Americans” or “we are all people,” harmony can exist between them. Nadav Karasov is a sophomore economics and psychology major. He can be reached
No brownie points for dining points
very time I walk into the North Campus Dining Hall, I see people everywhere grabbing everything. Last week, I saw a guy grab the value meal, a slice of pizza, fries and a drink. As I waited in line at the salad bar, I couldn’t help but imagine what it would have cost him. I came up with about $13.50. Keeping that in mind, I paid for my salad and bowl of fruit and checked how much it cost. Expecting a total of $8 at the most, I was stunned when I turned to look at the red electronic letters on the little cash register screen and saw it actually came out to $11.50. Before I could react, the screen proceeded to flash the total number of dining points I had left. Shoot. It was Oct. 28 and I only had $320 left. Always eating healthy sent my dining points plummeting to the ground even though I bought barely any food. Moreover, the standard Resi-
dent Dining Plan seemingly encourages students to spend about $15 a day when they are only alotted about $9 each day. This way, they will run out of money before the last day of class. My calculations above show this would not be possible to achieve eating more than one typical meal, maybe two. The results are as follows: Attempting to eat a relatively healthy diet — salad, soup, cereal, fruit and an occasional sub — would lead to either eating less than the suggested three meals per day or taking everything to go and rationing it throughout the day. Eating healthy normally and regularly would plunge you into a negative-point abyss well before the semester ends. Further, it seems the healthy foods at the dining halls are the ones that get weighed at the cash register. Consequently, the weighed food ends up being the priciest. Why is this so?
JESSICA JIMENEZ Why can’t the greasy, fried and baked food be the kind put on the scale? Another problem stemming from the relatively high prices of all of the dining hall food is that the expense encourages students to resort to stealing. In this instance, I can’t say I blame them. To create a happy medium that prevents stealing and encourages the student population to eat healthy, the university should consider dining systems used by other schools, such as Towson and Boston University. With the swipe system, a person is entitled to swipe their card at a dining facility “x” number of times per week.
The remarkable part is they can then take as much food as they want in that one sitting. At Towson, the most common meal plan contains 14 swipes per week. These swipes get you all-you-can-eat meals at three of their five dining halls. Although this costs a considerable amount more than our standard dining plan, eating at Towson would be the equivalent to 14 meals at 251 North per week. Change must occur in the dining halls. Students need to continue to exercise their normal eating habits, and the school should promote healthier food choices by offering them at better prices. The only other choice would be switching to the swipe system. Only then will students be encouraged to eat healthy. Jessica Jimenez is a freshman journalism major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
any years ago I lived on the campus while a student at this university. At first, I was assigned to Ellicott Hall while I was in overflow. I watched part of home Terps football games, because Byrd Stadium is located right across the street from the place where I temporarily stayed. Ever since, the Terps have been my favorite college football team. Overall, I am very disappointed with the team this season. There have been too many avoidable mistakes. For example, wide receiver Ronnie Tyler has dropped some passes while being wide open. Another example: The team would have had a better chance of beating Clemson if it kept the ball away from returner Sammy Watkins on kickoffs. I wish the football team well in its future endeavors. Happy holidays. ROBERT CANSON UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS
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War’s unspoken voices Aftermath addresses the struggles of Iraqi citizens BY ANDREW FREEDMAN Senior staff writer
The war in Iraq is a difficult subject. In the United States, opinions vary on our role in Iraq and how long we should be there. There is, however, a side to the story of the war in Iraq we rarely see — the story of the civilians living there. Playwrights (and husband and wife team) Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen wanted to reveal that untold story in a documentary play. They do so in Aftermath, which will be performed in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center tonight and tomorrow. It tells the stories of nine Iraqi civilians. To get this story, Blank and Jensen traveled to Jordan to interview civilians who fled from Iraq. “In the American theater, there has been some work done, created about this war from the point of view of the soldiers,” said Blank, who is also the director. “There has been some work done from the point of the view of the policy makers, but there was nothing at all that grappled at all to be an ordinary person.” The playwrights are adamant that Aftermath is not political but instead focuses on the human element of war.
Blank explained that sitting in the homes of Iraqis who had gone through war in their homeland allowed them to capture the human experience. “Our job as playwrights is to tell their stories as characters,” Blank said. “Our political opinions are so much less interesting and so much less compelling than the actual lived experience.” Blank and Jensen feel the stage is an extremely potent medium to tell these stories. While both have worked in film and television, they feel that those media distance viewers from what they are watching. Jensen said he and Blank aim to remove that feeling with Aftermath. Jensen pointed out that pictures of Arabs in the Middle East are often shown among destruction and sadness, and he said it “makes for good television, but not for a better understanding of our fellow man. “We’re put in the position of judging what we’re seeing rather than having an experience that will lead us to better judgment,” Jensen said of the media. Blank discussed the importance of the actors portraying the Iraqis and the audience sharing a space in the theater. She explained that a
shared experience among people would allow them to discuss and consider the stories of how humans cope and survive during war. Blank and Jensen are proud of Aftermath’s ability to tell a story that isn’t found elsewhere. They spoke highly of the Iraqis who allowed them into their homes and spoke about troubling times. The playwrights want to tell their stories to engage audiences. “You don’t hear these voices on the news,” Jensen said. “We had to go halfway across the world and do a lot of work.” While a play about coping during war might sound depressing, Jensen pointed out there is more to the story
Aftermath, a play conceived by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, tells the stories of Iraqi citizens. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOAN MARCUS
EDSALL from page 8
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than the horrors of war and that audiences will be able to connect and empathize with the stories on stage. “The play is actually very hopeful,” Jensen said. “I think that’s the thing I walked away with — the resilience and the inventiveness and the can-do aspect of the human spirit. I think that we think of that as uniquely American, but I think it’s uniquely human.” Aftermath will be performed at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Kay Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $35 for visitors, $9 for students.
before,” Ferrara added bluntly. “We weren’t pushed, we weren’t challenged, and now we are.” Both Ferrara and Dorsey admitted there were plenty of players with hang-ups over Edsall’s approach, especially early in his tenure. For some, Edsall’s willingness to play young players over veterans was frustrating.
For others, his high standards for the team off the field were seen as too restrictive. As the season continues its tailspin, however, it appears the Terps are still buying into a team-first approach. “I even told the freshmen under me, I said, ‘You know, if you’re better than me at receiver, then take the spot, run away with it, because I want this team to win and if I’m not the best person for this team, then, by all means, you should be there,’” Dorsey
said. “You obviously had a group of people who weren’t necessarily all the way in and another group that was, and things change over time and people change their mindsets now. It just sucks that it’s taken this long.” Many of the holdouts have since bought in. Some maintain their anti-Edsall sentiments. But with the Terps sitting at 2-7 in Edsall’s inaugural season, the majority of the team is simply looking to finish a disappointing season
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spring, Hastings’ classroom output rivals that of her performance on the field. “I don’t know how she does it,” Gibbons said. FINDING A BALANCE
Hastings’ unusual dichotomy began long ago as a kid in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where she first honed the skills that made her a good enough player to qualify for youth national team pools. Even as she dominated on the pitch, Hastings had another, more intellectual side. “When I was younger, I did the whole Legos, Erector Sets, the whole thing,” Hastings said. “I love to build and design. I’ve known I want to be an engineer since I was little. It’s a perfect fit.” Now a Division I athlete, Hastings has been able to maintain both passions through a meticulously crafted schedule. But with a credit load that includes classes such as ENCE 441: Foundation Design (“critical review of classical lateral earth pressure theories”) and ENCE 360: Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems (“systems approach and systems analysis in civil and environmental engineering”), balance is everything. “I know when I’m going to do my homework,” she said. “I know when everything’s due. It all comes down to scheduling and getting everything done so I don’t fall behind.” For Hastings, a typical Tuesday includes classes at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., all before a two-hour practice that starts at 3 p.m. And after all that, there’s the homework. “A lot of it’s pre-emptive stuff,” Hastings said. “I don’t really start homework right before the day it’s due.” Instead, she will often do half of her homework three or four days in advance before finishing the rest a day or two before the class so she doesn’t get behind in her work. Road trips provide another hurdle for Hastings to work through. When the Terps took a five-day trip to Florida in mid-October to take on
Florida State and Miami, she found herself with a test the day before the Terps left and tests on three consecutive days upon her return. “That was really rough,” Hastings said. “Away trips, it’s all about not chilling on the bus rides. Not doing a ton of work, but getting enough done that I won’t get really backed up later.” Dimitrios G. Goulias, Hastings’ adviser for civil engineering for the past two years, has helped a number of student-athletes manage their academic careers with their athletic aspirations at this university. And Hastings, Goulias said, has done all the right things to succeed in both. “They have to plan ahead,” said Goulias, who described Hastings as a “go-getter” in the classroom. “They cannot wait until the deadline to complete their work or study for the exams. Eventually, they have to have good time management and work ahead of the time in order to tr y to do meet both aspects of it.” IN THE CLASSROOM Now in her eighth semester at this university, Hastings has had time to tailor her schedule to fit her many needs — but it hasn’t always been so easy. “She’s had some tough semesters,” Pensky said. “And even this semester, she came out to a training session a month ago and she had a little bit of a stoic look on her face. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And she’s like, ‘I just got smacked with a ton of work in three different classes. I’m pulling allnighters.’ She was fearing she was going to hit a wall.” Yet despite the sleepless nights her major sometimes thrusts upon her, Hastings keeps going. Even for ward Jasmyne Spencer, a senior biology major who admitted the rigor of her own course load has made it a particularly stressful semester, said she can’t really complain. “Anytime you talk to someone that’s an engineering major, you can’t, by any means, compare your schoolwork and tr y and slack off when I know she’s in there doing probably ridiculous
amounts of work just to keep her grades up,” Spencer said. “I definitely think about her when I’m like, ‘Ugh, class.’ L ydia’s going to class, so I’ve got to, too.” IN FLUX A constant at practice and in the classroom, Hastings has ironically seen the most radical changes of her four years in College Park happen on the soccer field. When she was originally recruited out of Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., Hastings joined the Terps in January 2008 as a forward. After a spring’s worth of practices as an early enrollee, Hastings scored two goals in her collegiate debut against George Mason. She finished the 2008 season as the Terps’ second-leading scorer with five goals and led the team with 14 points. Hastings moved to the midfield the following season, where she endured a 22-game goal-less streak. Still, she finished second on the team with five assists in 2009 and recorded 12 points (four goals, four assists) the following year. This season, Hastings was on the move again, taking over at left back for graduated defender Caitlin McDowell. An attacking presence in the backline, Hastings hasn’t produced flashy numbers on the stat sheet (one goal, two assists), but she’s played a key role in a Terps defense that set a program record for consecutive shutouts to start the year. “I just tr y to stay positive,” she said. “I keep coming back to just trying to help the team any way possible. I think my sophomore year where I didn’t score at all, I had a bunch of assists so I helped the team in that way. That’s all it comes down to.” A FUTURE FIELD On a Terps team that has gone through a season that Spencer called “kind of rocky,” Hastings has provided an unwavering, if quiet, leadership. “Lydia’s not one to be like ‘rah’ in your face,” said Gibbons, who plays opposite Hast-
ings on the Terps’ backline. “She does a very good job with that, being motivational without going all out and crazy. She’s always really motivational and helpful and supportive.” One defining moment this year for Hastings came after the Terps’ 3-1 loss to Duke on Oct. 23, a game in which they allowed three second-half goals after an early Hastings score provided a 1-0 lead. After the game, Pensky openly questioned whether his team could handle itself in tr ying moments against the nation’s elite, whether it would shrink in the face of its biggest challenges. The Terps needed a result four days later against North Carolina to secure their spot in the ACC Tournament and boost their NCAA Tournament résumé, and Hastings saw an opportunity to remind them they could. “When we got back, I took them aside and was really positive and said we have the talent to beat any team in this countr y — we’ve shown that we can,” Hastings said. “I just kept being really positive, trying to get the morale up. … It showed, I guess, against UNC [in a 2-1 win].” Hastings’ career as a Terp has seen the program transform from an ACC also-ran to a national contender. Tomorrow, she starts her final run at a national championship at Ludwig Field as the Terps host La Salle. Whether she plays her final moments in a Terps uniform this weekend or in the College Cup at KSU Soccer Stadium in early December, Hastings knows that both the sweat spent on the North Campus practice field and the sleepless nights buried in civil engineering homework will pay off. She just doesn’t have the “when” part scheduled yet. “I plan to go pro, but after that, obviously, I have to fall back on engineering, which helps,” Hastings said. “It’s kind of a good fallback, I guess.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Midfielder Sunny Jane, center, and the Terps fell to Boston College, 2-1, on Tuesday night. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK
REVERSE from page 8 goals Cirovski had set in the preseason — ACC regularseason title, ACC Tournament title, national title — seemed well within their reach. But then something happened: They lost their first game. The Terps’ frustrations started shortly after that 2-1 defeat at Virginia on Oct. 7. Over the course of their next two outings, two starters received red cards and were forced to sit out one game each. It also didn’t help that defender Alex Lee, a senior captain, suffered a thigh injury against North Carolina on Oct. 21. Lee was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Terps lost to an unranked Clemson squad a week later. That same injury flared up in the first half of Tuesday’s game, forcing him to sit out the final 77 minutes. “We’ve had some things not go our way, but the bottom line is we’ve taken our foot off the accelerator,” defender Taylor Kemp said after the loss to the Tigers. “Going forward, we’ve got to do the little things to get back on track.” But getting back to their
early-season form won’t be a simple matter. Midfielder John Stertzer, who leads the Terps in goals, was unavailable against Boston College after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season Nov. 3 against Wake Forest. His absence only highlighted the Terps’ recent offensive struggles. Before their winless stretch, the team averaged more than two and a half goals a game. In their past four games, the Terps haven’t managed a multi-goal game once. “That’s on us,” Mullins said last week. “That’s on Casey [Townsend] and me, and all the guys in the attacking third. That’s something we need to get right.” After Tuesday’s loss extinguished the Terps’ hopes of capturing a second straight ACC Tournament title, that need has never been greater. They’ve already come up short on two of their three preseason goals. They’ll have less than two weeks to prepare before chasing the third. “I’ll sacrifice the ACC Tournament for a chance to go to Alabama [for the College Cup],” Cirovski said. “So all of our focus now is about getting to Alabama.” email@example.com
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Terps say things are ‘different’ with Edsall
Ferrara, Dorsey back coach as team slides BY CONOR WALSH Senior staff writer
In the face of mounting criticism lodged at his Terrapins football team’s seeming regression this season, coach Randy Edsall’s hard-line approach has never wavered. He has spoken regularly of “the process” — of taking over a new program, of turning the Terps into the team he wants them to be. Given the Terps’ 2-7 start, it’s obvious that process hasn’t been fully realized on the field. But just one day after Edsall said his team is “winning in a lot of areas … just not winning on the field right now,” at least two Terps agree they are seeing a program-wide transformation as they approach Saturday’s tilt with Notre Dame. “Opposed to last year, things are different, and in my opinion in a better way,” said kicker Nick Ferrara, who was one of three players chosen by the team to speak to the media yesterday. “Academically, our team has never been this good, and we’re not getting in trouble nearly as much as we did. I know everybody looks at it as wins and losses, and that’s how it works, but to me, there’s a lot more than that.” Ferrara, who said even his parents have noticed and commended his personal evolution, added that he has bought into Edsall’s no-nonsense philosophy “100 percent.” The same can’t be said for the entire locker room, though. Ferrara said dissent has begun to permeate parts of the team, even if it hasn’t infected the locker room. “The guys that aren’t buying in are clumping together,” Ferrara said. “If they don’t want to be here, then see you later. I don’t feel any sadness toward that. I don’t care if they’re the starter or the worst person on the team. I’m agreeing with Edsall: I want the best people here that want to play and want to be here. “You don’t need cancers on the team.” If it indeed has happened, it certainly took time for Edsall to win over the locker room. Many of the Terps, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey said yesterday, had quite simply grown accustomed to the status quo under former coach Ralph Friedgen. Edsall was no easy adjustment. “People just take longer to adjust than other people,” Dorsey said. “People may have been complacent or used to the [old standards], and I think that’s where you get naysayers.” “We didn’t have high expectations
see EDSALL, page 6
Considering he was hired only months ago, coach Mark Turgeon said the Terps’ three-person class “was pretty good.” CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Eyes on the future Turgeon hopes to usher in new era with signing of three recruits from class of 2012 BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
With just one nine-man recruiting class, Mark Turgeon took the Jacksonville State men’s basketball team in 1999 from the Ohio Valley Conference’s worst to two points from first. Now in College Park, Turgeon has the opportunity for a similar overhaul — at least in terms of numbers. And he got his start yesterday by adding another three hand-picked recruits from the high school class of 2012 to a Terps roster that has just eight scholarship players set to return next season. “Whenever you’re adding to a team, you’re trying to add a piece you don’t have,” Turgeon said. “We added three different pieces to add to what we have and that hopefully will make us a better team.” The trio comprises Seth Allen, a 6foot-2 guard from Fredericksburg, Va.; Shaquille Cleare, a 6-foot-9 center from Houston; and Jake Layman, a 6-foot-8 forward from Wrentham, Mass. All signed their national letters-of-intent yesterday to play in College Park next season.
Cleare headlines the class, which ESPN ranked No. 17 nationally. The center, who was on Turgeon’s radar even before the coach bolted from Texas A&M in May, is one of the biggest players in the 2012 class and the highest-ranked Terps signee across all recruiting websites. “He’s a great pickup because he’ll be ready to play from day one and he will likely be there for more than one year,” said Jerry Meyer, a recruiting expert for www.rivals.com. “He has the physicality and the strength to come in right away and give you something strong and sturdy.” Layman, the Terps’ other highly coveted signee, ranks among the top swingmen in the country after a breakout summer on the AAU circuit. ESPN slotted him No. 53 overall, and Layman said being part of Turgeon’s first true recruiting class was “special.” “Jake has all three phases in his game with the ability to knock down the 3, shoot the mid-range, plus get all the way to the basket,” Turgeon said. “He is also a tremendous defender with great anticipation.” Allen became the first recruit to
join the class, verbally committing less than a week after Turgeon took the coaching position in May. The combo guard said he hopes to play point guard next season, possibly helping to ease the burden on guards Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard. The class, according to several recruiting experts, marks a solid start to the new era of Terps basketball under Turgeon. “I think it’s positive,” Meyer said. “Mark Turgeon is known as a very good recruiter and he has a very good staff. Typically, it doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a grind. Recruiting is a process. You usually don’t come in right away and snag players.” “Turgeon is from the Roy Williams school of recruiting,” said Dave Telep, a recruiting expert for ESPN. “You’re supposed to outwork everyone you possibly can. I would say he’s one of the most active coaches in the ACC.” With just five months to work with before yesterday’s fall signing period opened, Turgeon said he was thrilled with the recruiting results of his coaching staff. As prospects commit increasingly early in the
recruiting process, most new coaches tend to need a few seasons to develop relationships with the nation’s top talents. “The first year you do what you can and the second year is usually your foundation class,” Telep said. “If that happens for Maryland, if next year’s class is even better than this one, then they’re going to be pretty good.” “Recruiting is hard,” Turgeon said. “You have to really work at it, you have to be lucky and you have to get in early. For us to get the job in May and secure this class was pretty good.” But Turgeon said the Terps likely aren’t finished. He hinted at the possibility of signing another two players — if he had his way, a power forward and guard. Either way, the trio he’s already collected bring high expectations. “Our recruiting class is big,” Allen said. “He wants to bring another championship to Maryland.” Said Nick Faust at the team’s media day last month: “We’re definitely going to be a contender for a ‘natty’ in the future.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Built to last
Cirovski concerned as issues continue
Terps’ Hastings balances soccer and engineering
Terps’ year has taken ‘reverse’ path
BY DANIEL GALLEN BY CONNOR LETOURNEAU
As the shadow of the Byrd Stadium grandstand crept over the soccer practice field on North Campus last Thursday, Megan Gibbons looked out at the nearly empty expanse before her. The Terrapins women’s soccer team had finished practice almost 15 minutes before, and the players had made their daily retreat to the Varsity Team House to complete their post-practice routines of stretching, icing and ice baths. As Gibbons spoke with a reporter, a solitary figure remained on the field almost 100 yards away, kicking a soccer ball off a wall as she wove her way through a maze of footwork and quickness exercises. Lydia Hastings’ work ethic has become a staple of the No. 18 Terps over her four years in College Park. Coach Brian Pensky described her as a “consummate pro,” a player willing to come to practice early and stay late. Yet in the throes of midterms, soccer’s
Defender Lydia Hastings, right, and the unseeded Terps host La Salle in their firstround NCAA Tournament match tomorrow night. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
probably not even the Terps co-captain’s biggest time commitment. When she’s not refining the backline’s schemes for shutting down some of the nation’s top offensive players, Hastings is learning
how to reinforce concrete and build foundations for buildings. A civil engineering major expecting to graduate in the
see HASTINGS, page 7
Sasho Cirovski is no alarmist. The Terrapins men’s soccer coach prides himself on his ability to maintain perspective. No matter the stakes, he enters each practice and every game with a measured approach. So when a reporter asked Cirovski how he felt about his team’s early exit from the ACC Tournament on Tuesday, it was clear the former NSCAA National Coach of the Year meant what he had to say. “I’m very concerned,” Cirovski said shortly after the No. 2 seed Terps suffered a 2-1 loss to No. 7 seed Boston College in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. “We haven’t really had our same lineup for a while. So yeah, I’m very concerned right now.”
Given the Terps’ recent performance, no one can blame him. The Terps are struggling through a four-game winless streak, and they haven’t won in more than three weeks, their longest such stretch since 2004. It’s been quite the collapse for a team that topped three separate weekly coaches polls this season. “We’ve done it in reverse,” Cirovski said. “We were much better in September than I thought we’d be, and now we’re going through the growing pains.” Less than two months ago, the Terps were enjoying their best start in more than 40 years. They were riding a seven-game win streak and had outscored their opponents, 23-6. All of the
see REVERSE, page 7
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TERRAPINS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Little in life has stopped Mark Turgeon. But can he restart a struggling Terps program? PAGE 2 Story by Chris Eckard | Photograph by Charlie DeBoyace
THE DIAMONDBACK | TERRAPINS BASKETBALL PREVIEW | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
The challenger Turgeon enters season same way he has most — with a burning desire to prove the critics wrong BY CHRIS ECKARD
Senior staff writer
Writhing in pain on the floor of a Topeka, Kan., basketball court, Mark Turgeon grabbed his wrist, clenched his teeth and slowly got back to his feet. After jumping for an overthrown pass, the sixth-grader had been undercut by an opponent, and he fell to the ground awkwardly. But the Capital City Youth Basketball League championship game meant too much for him to leave. So, broken wrist and all, Turgeon played the rest of the game, leading his team to a championship victory. Growing up, no one questioned Turgeon’s desire. The competitive fire, absolute confidence and borderline cockiness that fueled him as a youngster in the basketball-crazed state of Kansas set him apart even when his slight frame and small stature suggested he’d get lost in the crowd. Not much has changed in the decades since. Entering his first season at the helm of the Terrapins men’s basketball program, Turgeon has the utmost confidence in himself. He has no doubt he can accomplish what he set out to when he started coaching as a graduate assistant at Kansas in 1987. It doesn’t faze him that he follows a legend in Gary Williams and inherits a roster barren of much experience or talent. Turgeon’s been told time after time what he could and couldn’t do. Reclining in his seat one late September afternoon and looking around his office in Comcast Center, surrounded by reminders of Terps basketball history as he remembered his own, the basketball lifer cracked a wry grin. “I’m going to be Mark Turgeon, and it’s been good enough all my life,” he said. “All I needed was an opportunity at a great school, and now I have it.”
Somewhere in suburban Topeka sits a basketball court with green-painted backboards, a decades-old refuge for neighborhood kids with an affinity for the game. Turgeon spent countless hours lofting shot after shot toward those rusty rims. After all, the court did rest in his backyard. And when winter came, he and his friends would shovel snow off the pavement to play pickup games in the freezing cold. Even as a young kid, Turgeon hated to lose. As a fourthgrader, he once spent all night on that court practicing his shot after missing a potential gamewinning free throw. In the eight years following that missed game winner, Turgeon’s teams lost 10 games, including just three as a high school point guard. In a family of five, including an older brother and two younger sisters, basketball was life for the scrawny kid. Ben Meseke, Turgeon’s basketball coach at Hayden High School, still remembers the moment he first learned of the young player. Picking up the Saturday edition of the hometown newspaper, Meseke noticed a photo of the high school basketball team sitting on the bench listening to their coach during a timeout. Just a row behind, a young boy peered as far into the huddle as possible, hanging on the coach’s every word. “He’s leaning so far in that his head is actually in the huddle with those guys,” Meseke recalled. “All his friends are up there in the balcony, throwing popcorn and chasing the girls — the things that third- and fourth-graders do.” “He was a kid that just lived for that,” said Bob Turgeon, Mark’s father. “He didn’t have the physical talent, but he understood the game when so
many kids never got it. There’s a big difference there.” Despite measuring in at a skinny 5 feet, 6 inches — “He looked like a toothpick out there on the floor,” Meseke said — Turgeon led Hayden to two state championships and an undefeated record his senior season. Meseke had never seen a player so confident in himself. When his team faced a twopoint deficit with two seconds remaining during that final year, Turgeon walked into the huddle and coolly said, “This is ours.” It was. “He really toes the line between confidence and cockiness,” Meseke said, “but he doesn’t cross it.” “He had a confidence about him, and he just knew he could play,” said Mark’s older brother, Jim. “Mark’s never failed at anything in his life.” A NEW PATH Within months of taking the head coaching position at Kansas in 1983, Larry Brown went out for ice cream with that same brash high school player and his coach. His prep career over, Turgeon was hoping to walk on at the school of his dreams. Brown, Turgeon remembered, didn’t think he had a chance. “What makes you think you can play for the University of Kansas?” Brown asked him. “It’s because I’m better than any guard you got right now,” Turgeon responded, his confident tone belying the fact not even smaller, local programs had thought much of him. “I was very cocky,” Turgeon said. “I wanted to be a player at Kansas so bad, no one was going to stop it.” Brown gave Turgeon his wish — a one-year scholarship offer to prove himself. He didn’t need very long. In his freshman
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First-year coach Mark Turgeon and his unheralded Terps team open the regular season Sunday night against UNC Wilmington at Comcast Center. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
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Coach Brenda Frese’s Terps team was picked third in the ACC.
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For Terps, a lofty reclamation project Team hoping to replicate success of ’06 title team BY JOSH VITALE Staff writer
After a standout freshman campaign, forward Alyssa Thomas will be expected to help lead the Terps deep into the NCAA Tournament this season. JEREMY KIM/THE DIAMONDBACK
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Brenda Frese knows as well as anyone what a championship team looks like. Having captured the program’s first and only national title in 2006, the 10th-year Terrapins women’s basketball coach understands exactly what it takes to elevate a team to that elite level. But after seeing each of her five starters move on in the years following their title season, the coach’s prized program experienced a five-year fall from grace capped off by a WNIT appearance two years ago and an NCAA Tournament second-round exit last season. For years, the Terps have fallen short of the lofty heights Frese had brought them to in 2006. But the Terps aren’t dwelling on what’s happened in years past. This season, the team is focused solely on a return to national prominence. Now six years removed from the program’s proudest achievement, Frese believes
she finally has another team ready to aspire to the sport’s upper echelon. And when the Terps’ regular season begins tomorrow against Loyola, Frese said she’ll see shades of the 2006 title team on the floor. “The qualities and characteristics are eerily similar,” Frese said. “In terms of team chemistry, they look out for each other like sisters. And then the work ethic, the amount of time they put in their work; they’re really coachable kids. This team aims to please. … Those are keys to being successful not only on the court, but in life, and the team has really taken to that.” It’s not just Frese who sees greatness in this season’s Terps team, however. The Terps were ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press preseason poll and picked to finish third in the ACC, signs the Terps have begun to rise back toward the top. “We’re really happy with 11, but we know we can do a lot better than that,” forward
Alyssa Thomas said last week. “We’re just going to work our hardest to try to move up. “It’s kind of scary to think where we’ll be this year at the end of the season.” The expectations are lofty for a team still brimming with youth. While seniors Lynetta Kizer and Anjale Barrett and junior Tianna Hawkins make up a portion of the Terps’ projected starting lineup, the team will count on significant contributions from six underclassmen, including starters Laurin Mincy and Thomas, the team’s leading scorer last season. Though the Terps gained valuable experience over the course of last year, their inexperience remains a factor for a team attempting to cement itself among the nation’s best. If star center Kizer — who was suspended before the Terps’ first exhibition game Nov. 1 for a violation of team rules — misses significant time, it won’t be any easier. “This team hasn’t been there yet,” Frese said. “They’ve got to get themselves to sustain and be at this level and continue to understand what it means to play at this highest level. I think it’s motivation.” Perhaps nothing exemplifies the team’s reliance on its young players more than two of the Terps’ most prominent backcourt players: Mincy and true freshman point guard Brene Moseley. Though short on time at the collegiate level, both will be counted on heavily, along with Barrett, to steady the team’s guard play. Mincy played in all but one game for the Terps last season but had only a minimal impact, averaging just 4.9 points per game as she slowly worked her way back from an ACL injury suffered in high school. Now fully healthy, the sophomore said she’s ready to be an offensive force for the Terps. “I’m trying to be aggressive all around, whether it’s the defensive side or the offensive side,” Mincy said after the team’s first exhibition game against Messiah, where she scored a team-high 17 points. “If I’m open to take a shot, I’m going to.” Moseley — who Frese said gives the team a “true point guard scorer, which we haven’t had since Kristi Toliver” — and Mincy are the perimeter talents the Terps lacked last year, and their presence on the floor this season should open up plenty of new space for vaunted frontcourt options Thomas, Kizer and Hawkins to work with. “It gives us an inside-outside game. Last year teams packed it in on us and we saw a lot of zones,” Frese said. “With Laurin’s and Brene’s ability to shoot from the perimeter, then you got to pick your poison in terms of how you’re going to defend us. … We’ll go as far as our backcourt takes us.” It’s been more than five years since the Terps called themselves national champions, but with much of last year’s tournament team returning, Frese said her No. 11 Terps could finally have the pieces they need to reclaim their spot among the nation’s elite teams. But with high praise comes equally intense pressure. “It isn’t just snap your fingers and it happens,” Frese said. “The target will always be there, whether we’re trying to prove something wrong or have people coming after us.” email@example.com
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season, Turgeon started 18 games, leading the team with 138 assists and helping the Jayhawks to their first winning record in three years. “The Surgeon,” as he came to be known during his playing days, didn’t have the physical tools to play in the NBA, but Brown quickly recognized his potential as a coach. He sat the point guard down after his freshman season and broke the news that he would never play professionally. Turgeon, who said he would’ve scoffed at the notion had anyone else told him, listened. For the next three years, he soaked up everything he could from Brown on the sidelines. After a four-year career at Kansas, Turgeon spurned offers from local semi-pro teams to become a graduate assistant under Brown. During his first season on the staff, the Jayhawks won a national championship. THE ‘FIREBALL’
Ten years later, in the months leading up to his first career game in charge of a Division I basketball program, Mark Turgeon was spent. He’d expended all the energy he could muster on recruiting, training and coaching his downtrodden Jacksonville State program. But hours before his introduction at his first game as Gamecocks coach, he saw he’d forgotten one important thing: new uniforms. So, Meseke recalled, Turgeon taped numbers on the back of his team’s practice jerseys. No matter how hard he tried, coaching almost never seemed to come easy at the start for Turgeon, who was an assistant for Oregon and the Philadelphia 76ers before taking the Jacksonville State job. His frustrations showed on the court in his two years with the Gamecocks and his early years at Wichita State. After a loss in 2001, his debut season with the Shockers, the fiery coach unraveled after yet another technical foul, sounding off on players, the fans, the program and the referees. “I’m going to be the [hottest] fireball on this damn sideline that I can be,” Turgeon said afterward, according to a report in The Wichita Eagle. “If I get thrown out of every damn game, I’ll get thrown out of every damn game. I’m getting things changed around here.” Said Andrew Darko, a former player under Turgeon at Texas A&M: “He just gets so into the game. We used to make fun of him because he would mark up the floor with his shoes stomping.” The 46-year-old said he’s since toned down his tirades. “I’ve always had an edge to me,” Turgeon said. “I’ve mellowed as I’ve gotten older, but I just hide it better. It burns inside.” When the energy he exhausted tirelessly building two relatively unknown programs at Jacksonville State and Wichita State finally started to pay off, those frustrations began to disappear. After his first two years with the Shockers, Turgeon guided the school to five straight winning seasons. In 2006, his squad stunned the country with a run to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. Just a year later, he had Wichita State on the cusp of a top-25 ranking at the start of the season. “He’s never lost at any place he’s gone,” Bob Turgeon said. LEAVING HOME Turgeon’s dream to climb to
“He told me he was going to play for the University of Kansas, and he did. He told me he wanted to be a Division I coach by the time he was 35 years old, and he did.” BEN MESEKE TURGEON’S FORMER COACH
the top of the coaching profession never left. Despite all his accomplishments in Wichita, he wanted more. “He’s just got this burning desire to be the best,” Bob Turgeon said. So he bolted from his hometown state for a position at Texas A&M in 2007. As he fought to both captivate a football-crazed and largely apathetic fan base and remake a team set in its own ways, heartbreak struck. In his second season, Derrick Roland, a senior guard and the vocal leader of the team, broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a gruesome fall near the end of a game. Coach Mark Turgeon observes as the Terps practice last month inside Comcast Center. Just months later, the first recruit Turgeon ever had contact with at Texas A&M — Tobi Oyedeji, a 6-foot-9 forward — died in a car accident. “It was such an ugly deal,” Bob Turgeon said. “To keep those kids together, that could have totally ruined the year.” It’s those moments, Darko said, that make Turgeon truly stand out as a coach. “I remember there were times when my family was going through stuff and I would go into his office and just talk to him about it,” Darko said. “He has an opendoor policy, and you can just go talk to him about anything.” “Like the kids say, ‘He keeps it real,’” Jim Turgeon said. “He’s a straight shooter.”
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MR. RELIABLE Turgeon will tell you himself that he’s a competitor, that he was born that way. But Texas A&M never offered the atmosphere he craved and came to know growing up in Kansas. He won at least 24 games in each of his four seasons with the Aggies and guided the program to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and it hardly seemed to matter. Friends said Turgeon slowly became disenchanted with the direction of his basketball program, one that was largely overshadowed by the football team and saw Reed Arena filled to the rafters only against the Big 12’s Turgeon celebrates during a game at Kansas, where he played premier opponents. under coach Larry Brown. PHOTO COURTESY OF PATRICK MACFEE That, Turgeon said, is why he’s in College Park, a place that puts basketball above all else. With him comes the competitive fire and cockiness that has resonated his entire life. Another thing, too: a clear goal to win a national championship. After a life spent defying expectations, Pub, Fine Dining, Light Fare nothing else will do. A Maryland Tradition Since 1963 “He told me when he was a freshman in high school that we were going to win a state Thurs & Sat at 9 PM championship, and we did,” Fri & Sat 10PM – 3AM Meseke said. “He told me he was going to play for the Uni7 Days a Week 4–7 PM versity of Kansas, and he did. Pizza, Burgers, Vegetarian & Vegan He told me he wanted to be a Division I coach by the time Named COLLEGE PARK’S HIDDEN GEM by The Diamondback he was 35 years old, and he did. 301-864-5220 • www.calverthouseinn.com “Everything he has said, he 6211 Baltimore Ave. Riverdale University Meal Deal card has backed up.” Rt. 1 & Rt. 410 • Free Parking accepted here!
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