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U students largely avoid MDMA club drug Molly
Center to examine business criminals
Alcohol overshadows drug’s infrequent use
Business, criminology schools form C-BERC
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Because this article discusses the use of illicit substances, some last names have been withheld to protect privacy. Miley Cyrus is singing about it, Kanye West is rapping about it and newspaper headlines are buzzing about the club drug called Molly, known for its use at raves and its sometimes deadly consequences. But the drug, nominally the pure powder form of the chemical MDMA and also known as Ecstasy, has not made its way fully onto the scene at this university, where alcohol remains the drug of choice for many students. An increasing number of students are reporting their use of Molly to Healthy TERPS, a program at the University Health Center that provides alcohol screenings and substance abuse counseling for students, said coordinator Laura Place. Still, the drug is usually something students try a few times, whereas they tend to consume alcohol often and in excess, Place said. “Alcohol has always been the biggest problem here,” she said. “It’s the drug with the greatest impact, and it has the biggest public health consequences.” Nationally, an estimated 1,825 college students die each year from alcoholrelated injuries, and more than 150,000 develop alcohol-related health problems, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Drug overdoses also affect young people, and Molly was linked to the deaths of two young adults in August at the Electric Zoo music festival in New York City.
Similarly, the Terps as a whole have talked about their expectation of reaching the NCAA tournament. The team insisted throughout the preseason that last season’s inconsistencies that landed it in the NIT had been rectified.
This university will soon bring together researchers from different academic fields to scientifically analyze the prevalence of white-collar crime. The business school and the criminology and criminal justice department officially opened the new Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime on Friday. The kick-off event featured keynote speaker John Coffee Jr., a Columbia Law professor, and his presentation, “Missing in Action?: What Explains SEC Passivity.” C-BERC is the first initiative of its kind to formally pair business with criminology research and formed in response to the recent global fi nancial crisis — a consequence of whitecollar crime, said Sally Simpson, C-BERC director and criminology and criminal justice professor. “Now is the time to identify a common problem between different fields and to be able to bring our different expertise to the specific issues: how much of it is there, the incidence and prevalence of it, how to best control it, how to best prevent it,” Simpson said. C-BERC’s main goal, Simpson said, is to have evidence-based policy that reflects evaluation and assessment. The center has three ongoing projects: reviewing corporate crime deterrence strategies, building a database on the prevalence of whitecollar crime and studying public willingness to pay for white-collar crime control. “So much of what we get in the
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missed opportunity Terps fail to complete late comeback in season-opening loss at Barclays Center By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer
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For the past month and a half, Dez Wells has openly discussed his desire to leave a lasting legacy on the Terrapins men’s basketball team. It’s why the forward spends hours watching fi lm of former Terps All-Americans Len Bias and Juan Dixon, and it explains his decision to kiss the floor at historic Cole Field House during Maryland Madness in October.
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‘Walking the same path together’
Chinese students constitute international plurality at univ China’s economy, US programs spur exodus
Terrapin Trail Club has trekked since 1937
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By Madeleine List @madeleine_list Staff writer The oldest active club on the campus, the Terrapin Trail Club, has been hiking old trails and blazing new ones since 1937, providing an outlet for students to escape the stresses of college life and enjoy nature together. For 76 years, the club’s trip leaders have been guiding members on outdoor adventures: everything from day hikes, biking and kayaking to rock climbing, skiing and overnight camping trips. Some trips are planned on a whim, such as the 8-mile day hike along Ca-
terrapin trail club President Pat Hunley (standing, right) and trip leader Nick Ruiz (left) speak to members during a club meeting Nov. 4. The outdoor adventuring club is in its 77th year. james levin/the diamondback toctin Trail that Michael Chapman, a freshman mathematics major, led a few weekends ago. Others are Terrapin Trail Club traditions, such as the camping trip to Seneca Rocks, W.Va., one of the first trips of the fall semester to introduce new and old members. The group of 30 to 50 members also makes semesterly
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caving trips to what is known as the “Bat Ranch,” a cavern in Giles County, Va., around Halloween and Easter. And each winter break after finals, about 10 club members embark on the “Four States Challenge” — attempting to complete a roughly 45-mile hike
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Un d e r t h e a ro m a of Co c o Chanel perfume, a Converse All Star backpack lies on a purple carpet, a pair of red Beats headphones peeking out. The desk is blanketed by a marketing textbook open to page 129, and a joke is scrawled onto the dry-erase board of the mini fridge. It looks like a typical American dorm room, the kind in magazines, except the joke on the mini fridge is in Chinese characters. The room’s resident, Fanying Jiang, is a sophomore international student from Chengdu, China.
This semester, 2,305 Chinese international students make up 47 percent of the university’s international student population, said Susan Ellis Dougherty, international student and scholar services director in the international affairs office. Over the past few years, Dougherty has seen an increase in the number of Chinese students coming to the United States for education. She attributes this rise to improved fi nancial conditions in China and the reputation of higher education in the U.S. But Jiang’s love for America did not originate from a desire for higher education — it began with the NBA. At home in China, she would crawl out of bed at 6 or 7 a.m. to watch every game. Since coming to the U.S., Jiang requested that people call her Savannah — not because See chinese, Page 3
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the terrapin trail club , shown in 1964, is the oldest active student club at the university. Members have been going on outings since 1937, when the club formed as an outlet to escape the stress of college life. photo courtesy of university archives
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Guard Dez Wells had 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six turnovers against the Huskies on Friday. alik mcintosh/the diamondback
turn down another opportunity to add a game-winning shot to his resume. From PAGE 1 “I believe I can make that shot, and obviously Coach beIn Friday night’s seasonlieves in me because he wanted opening bout with No. 18 Connecticut, Wells and the the ball in my hands,” Wells Terps had their fi rst oppor- said. “We’ll get the next one.” Throughout the game, the tunity to begin validating those words. But Wells’ po- Terps struggled to contain tentially game-winning shot Connecticut’s veteran guards rimmed out, the Terps’ fren- Ryan Boatright and Shabazz zied comeback fell short and Napier, who combined for 27 the team lost, 78-77, before an points and 13 assists. The Terps also failed to find announced 12,867 at Barclays an offensive flow early. With Center. After the game, though, the Wells and freshman Roddy team insisted the expectations Peters handling the point for both Wells and the team guard duties in place of injured don’t need to be tempered starter Seth Allen, the team a f ter na rrowly m issi ng a had eight turnovers in the first half and 13 for the game. quality victory. “O f fe n s ive ly, we we re “We played at a pretty high horrible [in the first half],” level,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “If Dez’s shot goes in, ev- Turgeon said. “Just not very erybody’s talking about how good. Our execution was bad.” The Terps trailed 48-36 at good we are.” halftime, and the deficit grew Turgeon also said he was to 17 points eight minutes comfortable with Wells controlling the ball on the game’s i nto the second ha l f. But fina l possession. T hough suddenly, the team began to the forward-turned-point flash signs of the potential the guard couldn’t connect on players alluded to during the h is 1 2-foot pu l l-up ju mp preseason. The defense tightened, alshot with three seconds to play, Turgeon appears likely lowing 11 points in the fi nal 12 to turn to Wells if a similar minutes with Napier in foul situation presents itself in trouble, and the Terps’ offensive balance began to pay off. coming weeks. For the game, five different And Wells, who finished Terps scored in double figures, with 13 points and six assists to go with six turnovers, won’t and forwards Charles Mitch-
ell and Jake Layman — who were both quiet in the first 20 minutes — combined for 19 second-half points to lead the late charge. “Second half, we executed better,” Turgeon said. “Therefore, our defense was better because we were able to set our defense.” Wells’ performance unfolded in a similar manner as he committed four turnovers and shot 0-of-3 from the field in the first half before settling in. In the second half, Wells scored 10 points and domin ated cont rol of t he ba l l dow n the stretch. A s the Terps trailed 78-73 with less than two minutes to play, Wells got to the free-throw line and cut the deficit to three. Then, with 40 seconds left, he hit a short jump shot to trim the lead to one. His effort put the Terps in a situation to earn a key w i n, a nd it gave h i m t he chance to build his reputation, to further his legacy. But instead, he and the Terps left Brooklyn just short of a step toward legitimizing their aspirations. “It went in and out; it rolled around the rim,” Wells said. “It was a good look, but that’s going to happen. It comes with territory.”
on a trail through West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and this state in 24 hours. Drivers meet them along the way with food and water, Chapman said. Group members have traveled all over the country to get their fix of outdoor adventure, from mountaineering in Vermont to skiing in Colorado. During spri ng brea k i n Ma rch, about 10 club members took a camping trip to the Florida Keys, said Justin Turner, a senior mechanical engineering major who has been leading club trips for more than two years. T his winter, the club is considering going ice climbing, though the decision ultimately will depend on safety and skill level. Club members include b o t h m a l e a n d fe m a l e students, one of founding member Elinor Cody’s original goals. Cody decided to start the club at this university 76 years ago after transferring from another school where the hiking club only accepted male students. T r ip s genera l ly cos t between $3 and $10 to cover gas, but they can run up to $30 if other expenses such as campsite rental or special gear are involved, said Sarah Katz-Hyman, former club president and senior environmental science and policy and journalism major. For the club’s trip leaders, taking on their position involves coming up with ideas for trips and posting them
on the group’s online forum, organizing participants, estimating costs, mapping routes and planning transportation, Turner said. But becoming a trip leader doesn’t take any special training or require any certifications, just a general interest in and knowledge of the outdoors, said Pat Hunley, club president. “Basically, we tell the trip leaders to be safe and responsible,” said Hunley, a senior ecomonics and mathematics major. “We trust them to do what’s right.” While being responsible for a group of people in the wilderness can be nerve-racking, most of the trips the club takes aren’t particularly dangerous, said Chapman, who began leading trips as soon as he joined the club this semester. Before setting out, participants must sign a waiver saying they recognize the risks of whatever outdoor activity they’re signing up for, he said. “You need to know what you’re doing and know the implications of the trip you want to lead,” he said. Although trip leaders play an integral role, the Terrapin Trail Club operates more as a community than a hierarchy, Katz-Hyman said. “Everyone on the trip is looking out for each other and having a good time,” said Katz-Hyman, who has been a part of the group since she was a freshman. “We’re all out there walking the same path together.” K atz-Hy ma n a nd other senior members occasionally offer special workshops for group members to learn outdoor leadership skills. Though the workshops are
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LGBT community list grows yearly MOLLY Updated 2013 database includes 124 faculty, staff who identify as LGBT By Talia Richman @talirichman Staff writer A half-page advertisement in The Diamondback containing the names of 65 students, alumni, staff and faculty in the LGBT community ran on Oct. 11, 1994. “We’re not stereotypes,” the ad read. “We’re your fellow students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends … And we’re all out and proud.” Over the next 16 years, the ad ran annually on National Coming Out Day, quickly growing from half of a page to three-quarters and eventually to a two-page spread. When purchasing ad space became too much of a fi nancial burden in 2011, the list launched online. This year’s list, published in October, included 124 faculty and staff members who identified as LGBT — almost double the 1994 number. Luke Jensen, the director of the LGBT Equity Center, said the ideal next step would be to turn the list into a database where students can search for people instead of having to sort through the lengthy collection. Jensen’s name has been
listed since the beginning. During the ’90s and early 2000s, gay students would put t he ad on t hei r dorm room walls like a poster to remind them they weren’t alone, he said. “M ayb e a st udent w i l l never talk to their gay professor about being gay, but it’s helpful to know that people are there,” Jensen said. On the current “Faculty & Staff Out List,” there are professors of subjects ranging from biolog y to women’s stud ies. T here is a chaplain, a nurse practitioner, a librarian. “It’s important for [LGBT] faculty to be visible, especially for those students who might be questioning or still in the closet, and conversely for students who are already out of the closet, so that they know that there are allies in the classroom,” said Jeff McK inney, an openly gay communication professor. Jorge Bravo, a classics professor, agreed visibility is the main reason he wanted his name included on the list. Bravo remained in the closet until his last month of college, when he realized it was “causing more pain to hide it than to accept it.”
He said he wants to help students who don’t know how to deal with their often-confusing feelings come to terms with being gay. “I’m very aware of that ex per ience,” Bravo sa id . “ I t w o u l d’ v e h e l p e d m e feel a little calmer to know there were other established people on campus who were already out.” Bravo was raised a devout Catholic and was taught that being gay was morally wrong. He didn’t think he had allies on the campus or resources such as the list. “There wasn’t any active accepta nce of LGBT students, from what I felt,” he said. “There was no active support I knew of on the university level. It wasn’t discussed much.” Bravo said he hopes having his name on the list will show students they are not alone. “I want to let students know it’s not a unique situation,” he said. “I’ve been through that period of transition of coming out and the pain that’s involved, but now I’m living a very happy and out life.” Ben Parks, College Park Scholars assistant director, said he hopes having his name on the list will let students
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Classics professor know he’s available to be a sounding board in regard to coming out to parents, recent developments in politics, relationship issues or any campus-related questions at all. “[The list] is about recog n izi ng that there a re people in our midst in all different aspects of campus and all different levels of campus that are LGBT,” Parks said. “When I was contemplating coming out myself, I would’ve loved to have been able to go on a website and see a long list of openly gay people who I run into in the rec center or the dining hall or Stamp. It gives students an added sense of, ‘I can do this.’” email@example.com
LOOKING FOR BLACK WOMEN ON SNL If there is an election, political scandal, a royal wedding, Miley Cyrus, a controversial award show, anything with Sarah Palin and so on, you can always count on Saturday Night Live to provide a skit. However, while SNL is usually the one to poke fun at other people’s issues, the comedy sketch show was in the news this week about its own. On Nov. 2, Scandal star Kerry Washington hosted the show and brought light to the fact that it has been more than fi ve years since SNL has had a black female cast member — Maya Rudolph. SNL has only had four black women on the show. Read more of Jessica Evans’ post on diamondbackonline.com.
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New York City where it seems like “everyone is a drug dealer.” Haily said she doesn’t worry too much about the risks associated with taking the drug, though she’s aware there are many — including dehydration, hyperthermia and increases in heart rate and blood pressure, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But the greatest danger of all comes from taking drugs that have been cut with other substances, Place said. “One of the biggest risks is whether or not you’re actually getting the drug you’re buying,” she said. “Just because something is a powder or looks a certain way doesn’t mean it hasn’t been adulterated.” Mol ly c a n b e c ut w it h other drugs like ketamine or methamphetamine, creating harmful hybrids that can cause seizures, heart failure and death, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And for those suffering from depression, drugs like Molly pose an extra risk because of the severe crash that can happen after the high, Place said. “If you take something that releases all your serotonin reserves at once, it could take a long time to build those back up,” she said. “If you go out to a party Saturday night and take Ecstasy, class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday may seem impossible to get to.” Students who are depressed should avoid taking Molly, Place said, and students who want to try the drug should research precautions to avoid some of the serious risks at websites like www.dancesafe.org, which provides information and tips on how to use drugs more safely. In the meantime, she said she hopes students at this university will continue to avoid Molly, and cautions students against succumbing to peer pressure and messages in the media. “This is the time of life when we’re particularly interested in what people think of us,” she said. “The thing about Molly or Ecstasy is that it’s just part of the picture.”
Students who take Molly say the recent headlines about the overdoses haven’t deterred them from taking the drug — it’s just too much fun. MDMA works by releasing large amounts of serotonin in the brain, stimulating the senses and creating a feeling of euphoria, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Once I got started, I never wanted to stop,” said Deanna, a sophomore enrolled in letters and sciences. She first tried Molly at Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando, Fla., last year. “I don’t care about anything but the music; it keeps me going through the night,” she said. Deanna said she likes to take Molly at electronic dance music shows because the sensations Molly stimulates go well with the heavy beats and spectacular light displays common at raves. She goes to shows at Washington venues such as Echostage about once a month. Although her friends prefer to drink and smoke marijuana, Haily, a sophomore psychology major, said she prefers the feeling Molly gives her. “I’d rather be rolling than drinking,” she said. “It makes me feel really good, it’s just a good time.” But she said she only takes Molly at electronic dance shows like Life in Color last September, where she tried the drug for the first time. It’s not a drug for a regular college party — Molly is something to do every once in a while, Haily said. She said she’s taken it about five or six times. Neither Deanna nor Haily said she had experienced any negative side effects of Molly, and they said they don’t feel they are addicted. “It’s not that I won’t be able to stop, but I have to stop soon,” Deanna said. “I have to grow up sometime.” Though most of her friends have tried the drug, Deanna said, Molly is extremely hard to find on the campus, especially compared to her home in firstname.lastname@example.org
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weaknesses?” Stephanie Yamini, a senior accounting and supply chain From PAGE 1 management major who atnews is politically driven. So, tended the lau nch event, regulation is good, regulation sees the center as a novel is bad. That’s too simplis- approach to addressing cortic,” Simpson said. “What porate crime. “I’ve thought about ethics we want to do is scientifically evaluate the success in business and in regulaof regulation. Is it achiev- tion, but I never thought to ing its goals, how is it achiev- combine it with criminology ing its goals, where are the or any other discipline, so I
think it’s more eye-opening,” she said. Accou nti ng g raduate student Janice Son said the center’s strength will be its interdisciplinary research. “This gives more diverse perspectives because it’s not limited to the business school,” she said. The center, which will have offices in Van Munching Hall beginning in the summer,
to walk over and say hello. “American people, they talk so fast. I heard other students talk in the hallway, and I think, ‘That’s crazy, how can you speak English that speed?’” Jiang said. “I think if I join, I will be strange. I don’t want others to know that my English is not cool.” The thought of walking into a room full of Americans still makes her anxious, even after studying here for almost a year and a half. This communication barrier broke her confidence and discouraged her from joining the extracurricular activities she’d yearned for in China. Clement sees this as a trend with international students and hopes the university can make clubs more accessible for these students. “T he integrating of the students into our existing student organizations and groups is still a challenge for us,” Clement said. “If you can create a sensitivity on the part of our students, maybe they will reach out more if there is an international student on their floor.” The university started a peer program in which international students are paired with American students to
From PAGE 1 it’s an American name, but because her favorite basketball player is LeBron James, and his wife is named Savannah. In China, Jiang attended boarding school for six years. Her classes began at 8 a.m. and ended at 10:10 p.m., with a two-hour break in the afternoon. Jiang used that opportunity to nap, while other students felt pressure to study even more. “Chinese students, they study,” Jiang said. “Their grades are so important that if you do anything like basketball, sports or social activities, your parents will think you spend a lot of times on meaningless things.” The NBA ignited Jiang’s desire to do more than just school. She wanted to have cu ltu ra l ex periences a nd participate in extracurricular activities. So she packed her belongings, left her family and traveled halfway across t he world to at te n d t h i s university. Linda Clement, student a ffa i rs v ice president, oversaw the International Underg radu ate Student
Task Force, launched two years ago. She wanted to fi nd out about the international student experience on the campus and how it could be improved. “It’s a really important thing for our students to have exposure to people from other countries and other cultures,” Clement said. “The idea that you can attract international undergraduate students that are in our classrooms and joining our organizations and living in our residence halls enriches everyone’s experiences.” However, once Jiang arrived at this university, the difficulty of mastering English heightened the academic rigor, and she spent all her extra time studying. “I did not understand every single class. I would think, ‘How would I deal with all the examinations and the papers?’” Jiang said. “I still feel like it’s so tough.” T he f i rst few weeks of the first semester, doors are usually left open, and people wa nder th roug hout thei r halls, popping their heads into their neighbors’ rooms and making new friends. Jiang said she watched all of this happen but was too nervous
will also serve as a tool to help busi nesses combat compliance issues and other challenges they may face. Through its graduate certificate program, students will receive interdisciplinary training in accounting, forensics and criminal investigation, business, law and ethics, Simpson said. There is no major or minor program for u ndergradu-
ates, but the center plans to include undergraduates in research projects. They might also have the opportunity to participate in center-sponsored events, Simpson said. For now, Simpson is encouraged by the fact that businesses now see the persistence of white-collar crime as a serious issue. “There’s a sense often in the business community that
they’ve been unfairly targeted. And when crime is discovered, or illegal conduct, it tends to damage the reputation of businesses, so they tr y to shy away f rom the problem,” she said. “Perhaps the most recent crises have made companies realize that this is a salient issue that needs to be addressed.” email@example.com
International students participate in a photo scavenger hunt during a fall 2013 orientation. photo courtesy of office of international affairs help with the adjustment, said Meredith Carpenter, human resources coordinator for the Department of Resident Life. “The idea of mentoring on campus is really important, whether for an international student or just an American student,” Carpenter said. “It’s important for students to feel like they have a personal connection to the university.” Although the language adjustment has been difficult, Jiang appreciates the help she has received from students and professors. Group projects have opened the doors of communication for Jiang because she is forced to converse and work with Americans. Jiang said it is Asian tradi-
tion to be quiet and respectful, and as a Chinese international student, she does not know American traditions and will choose to remain silent rather than be talkative. This is why many Chinese students are only friends with other Chinese students, she said. “It’s tradition. They grew up, parents told them you need to keep quiet and follow the rules,” Jiang said. “They don’t know the rules here.” Carpenter also assisted the International Undergraduate Student Task Force and noted the task force has hosted an international student ice cream social, put on a tailgate before the men’s soccer game against Duke and worked to improve
orientation programs. Jiang said she still has some adjusting to do and activities she wants to join, but with the kindness of the university and students, she has found her place at College Park. Terrapins athletics also excite Jiang, and now she loves football almost as much as she loves LeBron James. “I really miss [my family], but I know that they have a happy life in my hometown. I feel like now UMD is kind of my second home,” she said. “I have to study, but I plan to join some organizations. I want to be a volunteer. I plan to do that.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Working out work-study A 2012. But with sequestration-level funding still in effect and little in the way of bipartisan budget management on the horizon, depleted workstudy funding could prevent the university from meeting increased demand in the future. In 2012, more than 60 percent of students at this university applied for need-based financial aid, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university fully met the needs of about 38 percent of students; on average, each student was compensated for 80 percent of his or her demonstrated need.
Taking away students’ workstudy positions is not fair and leaves many in a bind when they counted on that money. Grants with fewer strings attached, such as Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, continue to constitute the majority of federal financial aid packages. But why, in a nation that has long prided itself on its work ethic, are work-study students receiving less than those who aren’t required to hold a job? The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for 2013-14 is $5,645, far more than any student could realistically earn with a work-study position paying minimum wage. The university’s funds clearly aren’t inexhaustible, but administrators have shown their commitment
to defraying the costs of college for students. Though this state’s public universities rank a middling 24th in in-state tuition and fees and 23rd in out-of-state costs, each full-time student receives an average of more than $7,500 in financial aid, good for 13th in the nation. At this state’s flagship university, that figure drops to less than $7,300. Given the institution’s size compared to the rest of the university system, that’s understandable. But allowing one of the university’s primary means of financial assistance to falter is not. Financing a college education is difficult, and balancing work and school can prove extremely challenging. But the Federal Work-Study program provides benefits to students beyond what nonuniversity jobs can offer. In work-study positions, supervisors understand the demands facing students and willingly work around them. Outside employers generally aren’t as disposed to tailor work schedules around individual needs. Because money earned from workstudy jobs doesn’t appear as income on federal financial aid applications, accepting work-study positions doesn’t affect students’ financial eligibility. For some, taking nonuniversity jobs could negatively impact their ability to collect other grants. With the availability and security of this university’s work-study positions in question, students may have to seek greener pastures. But with arguably their most desirable work options in flux, the question remains: Where will they go?
Too much technology in classes LAUREN NURSE Last week, I was taking a “study break” to check Facebook when a post from the urban photography blog Humans of New York appeared on my news feed. The post featured a photo of a normal-looking guy standing behind his bike with a captioned quote about how his job as a teacher was becoming more difficult because “it’s hard to instill the importance of memorization when information is so freely and instantly available.” Renewed focus on finding innovative, modern solutions to today’s education problems have focused primarily on integrating technology into the classroom. Because today’s children are spending more time with iPads, smartphones and the Internet than ever before, school systems have been frantically pumping money into high-tech, high-cost electronic resources, hoping to bridge the gap between Generation X policymakers and Generation Y students. I remember entering Mr. Wehr’s eighth-grade geometry class that first morning back after summer break and staring at the mammoth SMART Board screwed into the middle of the dry-erase board. Montgomery County paid millions of dollars to install these boards, which essentially became glorified projectors, in schools across the county. Teachers couldn’t navigate the complex web of options, and students saw little change in classroom
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degree is expensive. That’s an unfortunate reality that won’t change soon, if ever. For the 2013-14 school year, about 20,000 in-state students at this university will be billed $9,162 for tuition and fees. For out-of-state students, that figure more than triples to $28,348. Factor in university-provided room and board, and students will see additional costs of more than $10,000. With grants and scholarships, many won’t need to pay all of it. On the national level, only about one-third of full-time students pay full tuition costs without any financial aid, according to a 2013 College Board report. Between need-based aid packages and scholarships, a large portion of students receive some form of financial assistance, whether from the university, the federal government or third parties. What is concerning, however, is that one of the nation’s most prolific financial aid programs has been dealt a serious blow, one affecting a significant group of this university’s students. Recent federal spending cuts have sliced funding for the Federal WorkStudy program, reducing students’ paychecks and, in some cases, costing them their jobs entirely. Students have complained of pay lowered without explanation and jobs terminated with minimal notification. Demand for work-study positions has grown at this university. In 2013, the number of students who accepted work-study jobs increased to more than 1,100, up from about 800 in
setup. Teachers still were lecturing, and students still were sitting in desks for hours on end, only this time, they were all staring at a screen instead of a dry-erase board. The same monotonous classroom simply had been made more expensive and disguised as something innovative. I see a fundamental problem in incorporating excessive technology into today’s classrooms that leaves a void for another kind of progressive education. A generation that indulges in screen time at home is being rewarded with more at school? Haven’t you ever sat in a class on a beautiful day, gazing out the window and waiting for the minutes to tick by so you can escape the dungeon of any given basement lecture hall? Bringing education outside can help increase student participation by addressing a wider range of learning styles and needs, and it’s time this university adapt some more nontraditional approaches to learning. Outdoor learning is less a technical term and more a general concept. The idea of a professional outdoor recreation industry is a relatively new phenomenon that has been evolving since the 1970s. On the surface, it may appear to be an overgrowth of the tourism or hospitality industries, which perhaps improve our overall quality of life but aren’t critical to our growth and development as a society. Yet some of the biggest learning moments in my life, even before I became involved with the Maryland Adventure Program in college, happened not in a classroom
but on a soccer field or at summer camp. Recreation unites strangers and forces them to achieve a common purpose through various physical, logistical and social challenges. The result can be greater self-esteem, sense of purpose and enhanced peer relationships while aligning with mandatory state expectations for curriculum and testing. From Thursday to yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education national conference. What amazed me most about this group of the nation’s most passionate outdoor educators, other than a slew of impressive facial hair, was its commitment to designing programs that reach all students, not just those who perform well on tests. They recognize learning is a complex and continuous process that shouldn’t be limited to paper and pencil. If you’re bored of the traditional classroom and looking for ways to incorporate the philosophy of outdoor education into your life, there are many ways to get started without spending money. Do your homework outside in the fresh air. Ask your living-learning community to sponsor a workshop at the Challenge Course behind Eppley Recreation Center. With the weather getting colder, this may all seem irrelevant or untimely, but now is the time to adjust learning routines to shake up the monotony of a long upcoming winter.
Big ideas just don’t fit into small spaces are the seats full, but the ground is too. Students are lined up shoulder to shoulder, elbow to face, all along the ridged shadows of the seatbacks. Now, admittedly, writers reading isn’t exactly a must-see show, but wouldn’t you at least want to look at the person you’ve come to see? The problem is the audience can’t. There isn’t room. The walls are full, too. From what I’ve heard, students have sometimes had to sit on the stage for lack of space. Insert whatever claustrophobic metaphor you want here — the place is packed. In the interest of preserving your ability to empathize, I’ll avoid preaching about the demoralizing treatment of the arts, because really, outside my small community of painters and book lovers, I’m not sure many people care. Instead, I’ll point out the obvious issue here — cramming that amount of people into Ulrich Recital Hall is dangerous. These events draw a crowd, and the room simply isn’t big enough to safely accommodate the number of people who want to be there. I get that there’s some charm in a crowded room, but that charm can die when you get unintentionally familiar with the stranger breathing heavily behind you over the course of an hour. And those trying to leave because of an emergency had better be expert gymnasts if they plan to make it over the tangled mass of skinny jeans and iPhones. The thought of what might happen in a real emergency is disturbing. Writers Here and Now is an important cultural event — one that deserves room for a bigger audience. If moving to a larger space requires advertising more around the campus, then so be it. Right now, Ulrich, for all its well-lit charm, just isn’t doing the trick.
Last week, behind the double doors of Ulrich Recital Hall, the English department continued its tradition of Writers Here and Now, an event hosted three times a semester. It was my first time at one of these events, in which writers are invited to come and read from their work and, if we’re lucky, answer questions about the meaning of life and shifting market liquidity. (OK, I might be making that last part up.) Now, if you’re an English major like me — and I certainly hope you aren’t, because there are only so many shitty adjunct faculty positions out there — attending Writers Here and Now is just sort of expected of you. As a commuter, I’d worked my magic to avoid them until Oct. 30. After arriving a fashionable 10 minutes late and stepping through the double doors, I realized pretty quickly that everything I’d heard about Ulrich was true — the place is tiny. I’ve been in dorm rooms that feel bigger. If it’s a hall, then my apartment is a palace. Let me set the scene for you. Through Ulrich’s doors, you step into a small outer room (at the other end of which is another set of doors pinned back against the wall by the withered strength of plastic blocks and the relaxed weight of human bodies), which you’re not wholly unsurprised to find cramped with people, one or two of whom will shoot you a “How dare you be late” look from the corners of their eyes (and which you, in turn, will give to the next person who comes in after you). Beyond this immediate mass Liam Casey is a junior English major. He of people, you see that not only can be reached at email@example.com. EDITORIAL CARTOON
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Women’s sports should garner same support as men’s DAVE STROH At this university, sports are important for athletes and nonathletes alike. From tailgate parties to early morning lineups for seats, Terrapins sports fans go all-out to watch and support their teams. But these celebrations of school spirit are largely exclusive to men’s sports. Despite the success of many of this university’s women’s programs, students seem uninterested and unsupportive of these teams. The men’s basketball team has not
met expectations for the past several years, yet has students lined up for hours to get seats close to the court. The team failed to make the NCAA tournament the past three years and still has more hype surrounding it this year than in recent memory. I understand this university is a “basketball school,” but the men aren’t the only ones on the court in Comcast Center. Women’s basketball has made the NCAA tournament every year since 2011 and has only missed the tournament once since 2004. The team enters this season ranked eighth in the nation. But nobody is camping out for front-row seats at its games.
Men’s soccer is known as one of the best programs in the nation. That trend continues this year, as the team recently claimed a share of the ACC regular-season title. Students pack the seats behind the nets to cheer for the team and help distract the opponents’ keeper. Women’s soccer has also been consistently successful. Despite an uncharacteristically subpar season this year, the program is still considered among the best in the nation. But go to a women’s game, and the net seats are empty. No chants, no cheers, no giant flags. The program doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. The football team has drawn
national attention in the past several years, but not because it went to national championship games or beat Alabama. The team is popular because it is flashy and shows future promise. Tailgate parties cover the campus on game day, and the student section of Byrd Stadium seems ready to fill up with each exciting matchup. Field hockey has won five national championships since 2005. It is the second-most successful program in college field hockey history, yet few go to the games to support it. If the football team won five national championships in less than 10 years, there would be parties, parades and
celebrations for days. But when was the last time you got invited to a field hockey victory party? School spirit and appreciation of athletic talent should be gender-neutral, especially on such a diverse campus. Whether men or women, we are all Terps, and as such, we should all be supportive and excited when one of our teams does well or needs to be cheered on. If our women’s teams are this good without much student support, imagine how great they could be with a student section on their side. Dave Stroh is a senior English major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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these changes ain’t changing me The Killers release a greatest hits album, and gospel singer Mavis Staples performs at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, serving as a reminder that certain acts are timeless LASTING IMPACT | THE KILLERS By Zoë DiGiorgio @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback
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I never used to like bands. Sure, I liked music. I liked individual songs and collected soundtracks and compilation albums, but I had little allegiance to any particular artist. After hearing the soaring synth opening and catchy-yet-silly lyrics of “Somebody Told Me” by new wave-revival group The Killers, however, I finally found a group with which I connected. It’s difficult to believe that moment was nearly a decade ago, but today, The Killers are celebrating their 10th anniversary with Direct Hits, a greatest hits album with a strong set list chronicling the transformation of the Las Vegas-based band from a faux-British ensemble to a fresh slice of Americana. Somewhere between the classic ode to envy “Mr. Brightside” and the lamentations in “Miss Atomic Bomb,” The Killers changed my perspective on what a band can do. Before there was FreeFest, there was Virgin Fest at Pimlico Race Course. It was my first music festival, and at 13 years old, I was one
of the youngest people in the crowd. That didn’t stop me from grabbing my dad’s hand and pushing forward as far as I could to see The Killers during their set. At the show, The Killers debuted tracks from their sophomore album, Sam’s Town. It was a marked departure from the electronic beats of Hot Fuss to a more down-home rock style. Rather than being put off by the change, I was enchanted by the new, less restrained sound. Their next studio album, Day & Age, returned to the synth-driven sound of Hot Fuss. The poppy album told a series of stories, from the surreal (“Spaceman”) to the tragic (“A Dustland Fairytale”). I saw those stories brought to life at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia my junior year of high school. The show was vibrant, colorful and oddly spiritual. Like a synth-playing pied piper, frontman Brandon Flowers made sure you were out of your seat and dancing. Though The Killers’ last album, Battle Born, took some time to grow on me, it has become one of my favorites. The nuanced songs are carefully layered with all the things I love about the band’s past albums; some tracks are dancey, some are urgent, some are playful and some are lullabies,
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REVIEW | MAVIS STAPLES By Dean Essner @daesayingstuff Senior staff writer I’ve never been to church, but I can only assume Mavis Staples’ Friday night performance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre — as part of the Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation series — was representative of the experience: cathartic and uplifting, imperfect but beautiful and pure. “We came this evening to bring you joy, happiness, inspiration and positive vibration,” she said. She wasn’t kidding. Staples, who’s been belting
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It’s Worth.” A woman sitting next to me even seemed to be carrying on a private conversation with Staples through the show, responding midsong to some of her more rousing lyrical pleas. “I won’t turn around,” sang Staples. “Don’t turn around,” responded the woman. Toward the end of the show, Staples left her perch in front of the microphone to sit in the back corner while one of the center’s employees wrapped her in a shawl and gave her a drink. She looked exhausted. As the rest of the band played on — improvising a jazz piece to pass the time — she suddenly seemed every bit as old as her 74 years. Moments
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team, and I think Maryland used all 10 all the time.” In an effort to make up the late deficit, the Tar Heels played with an empty net for the final 13 minutes. The adjustment helped North Carolina generate more chances, as they took five shots after adding the extra field player. Forward Emma Rissinger picked up a yellow card in the 62nd minute, forcing the Terps to play down a player while the Tar Heels desperately searched for a goal. But the defense didn’t crack. Attacking players sprinted back to assist the team’s effort, slowing down North Carolina’s ball movement and moving in front of shots to hold the lead. The Terps outlasted the Tar Heels’ pressure and became the second team to shut out North Carolina this season. Goalkeeper Natalie Hunter made two saves, as the team’s defensive structure helped seal the result. “The doubling down and layer effect that came from the forwards to the middies and the middies to the defense was excellent,” Meharg said. “It’s not possible for one or two people to break through a village. In that regard, Maryland was a village today.” The defense, combined with offensive efficiency, helped the Terps to a memorable victory. Despite the history behind the win, the Terps are still working toward a larger, more significant goal. With their ACC campaign officially over, they can look forward to contending for another national championship. “It feels great, but we got to put this behind us,” Witmer said. “NCAAs is a whole new tournament, and we got to go in there, forgetting about ACCs, and just going and giving it our all.”
straight turnovers, and Brown threw two interceptions deep in Syracuse territory. But neither team could use the opportunities to separate, and Syracuse’s only points off turnovers in the first half came on a field goal in the final seconds to take a 10-0 lead into the intermission. “It’s definitely frustrating,” Kilgo said. “When we have as many turnovers as we did, it’s hard to win a game. As a defense, all we could do is go out there and keep playing and
KASINITZ From PAGE 8 seasons as Terps coach doesn’t inspire confidence. “ I t’s a to u g h p o s i tion to be in, but the best thing we can do is stay prepared, stay positive,” defensive lineman Darius Kilgo said. “All we can do is move forward from here.” The Terps have now suffered three straight double-digit defeats, and they could fall short of reaching a bowl game, something that seemed inconceivable after the 37-0 win over West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium clinched a 4-0 start. With the cause of their struggles still uncertain, it’d be natural for the Terps to start trying a little too hard for the sixth win and get a little anxious. “ I d o n ’t k n ow why anybody should be pressing,” Edsall said. “Because alls you need to do is go out and do the job that the coaches are asking you to do.” Either the players aren’t executing the game plan or the Terps are being outcoached by their opponents. Maybe it’s a little of both.
trying to get even more turnovers to give the offense a chance. That’s the only thing we could do at that point in time.” The turnovers continued in the second half, as Brown mishandled a snap from center Sal Conaboy on the Terps’ first possession, and Syracuse turned the fumble into a 13-0 lead. It was the Terps’ fourth straight offensive possession that ended in a miscue, and with the Orange defense holding the Terps to 2.2 yards per carry and sacking Brown three times, the Terps couldn’t establish their offense. “It’s hard to win games when that happens,” Conaboy said. “It’s hard to
Regardless, the Terps’ lack of positive results over the past month-and-ahalf has left a once-upbeat locker room in shambles. “Obviously, when you lose three games in a row, it’s not going to be the same,” center Sal Conaboy said. “We just got to get back to what we were doing at the beginning of the season.” Conaboy was asked if he could put his finger on exactly why things changed from earlier in the year — why the team had struggled so much lately. I certainly wanted to know the answer. I was interested to see if Conaboy could pinpoint how I could have predicted a turnover and how the team could appear so confounded against a mediocre Syracuse team. But Conaboy shook his head, waited several seconds and delivered an answer that echoed his coach’s sentiment. “I can’t,” Conaboy said. Until the Terps can uncover some answers, a promising season will continue to spiral out of control. firstname.lastname@example.org
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win games when you don’t do your job up front, and that’s what happened today.” The Terps got on the board late in the third quarter on a Craddock field goal after a drive aided by four Syracuse penalties that accounted for 50 yards. But early in the fourth quarter, Smith, who had 28 carries for 118 yards, scored from 21 yards out for the game’s final score, sealing the Terps’ fate. Despite getting back some key pieces, the offense still struggled, as Brown was 21-of-40 for 211 yards and two interceptions. Running back Brandon Ross, also playing for the first time since Oct. 19, gained 54 yards
GALLEN From PAGE 8 instead of an 0-1 mark is distinctly different. But in the long run, Friday night revealed more about the Terps than media day platitudes, open scrimmages or its exhibition against a Division III team. “I learned a lot about my team tonight,” Turgeon said. “I was proud of them.” Point guard play was a big question entering the season after Seth Allen’s injury, and Wells struggled in his first official game at the position, turning the ball over six times to go with his 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Turgeon, however, quashed any uncertainty about the position by reiterating that Wells will be the Terps’ point guard until Allen returns, with freshman Roddy Peters as the backup. “It’s my first full game playing the point position, so I’m sorry if anyone felt like I was going to come into the point guard position and, you know, be [Utah Jazz guard] Trey Burke or a natural point guard,” Wells said. “That’s not me.” The Terps aren’t likely to face a team with a combination of players like UConn
on 15 carries. Wide receiver Levern Jacobs, who posted a career game against Clemson, caught six passes for only 25 yards. And while the defense was able to force turnovers and keep the game in reach for most of the evening, the offense’s inconsistency ultimately allowed Syracuse to earn the victory and extend the Terps’ late-season struggles. “Our guys, they were ready to play, there was no doubt about that,” Edsall said. “We just didn’t do the things we needed to do in order to win.” firstname.lastname@example.org
guards Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier again. The pair harassed Wells in the backcourt, and at one point, Wells had the ball stolen from him under the basket right after an inbounds play. So as time goes on, the competition changes and Wells gets more comfortable, improvement shouldn’t be far behind. “Dez will be our point,” Turgeon said. “Roddy will be our backup. I don’t know if we’ll play a team with guards like this again. I’m sure there’s some really good guards team we’ll play, there’s Ohio State or somebody, but those two guards are pretty spectacular. So that’ll help as we go forward.” Additionally, the Terps showcased a balanced attack, with five players scoring at least 12 points, and each of them took over the game at times as the Terps worked to claw back from their deficit. In the game’s opening minutes, it was forward Evan Smotrycz hitting back-toback 3-pointers after UConn opened up a lead. In the second half, forward Charles Mitchell cleaned up on the interior after a slow start to the game, and forward Jake Layman scored nine points in a two-minute span, shrinking the deficit from 17 to six.
And in the end, the Terps confirmed what they had been saying during the preseason: Wells is the unquestioned leader of the team, so when the game’s on the line, it’s going to be his shot. He scored eight points in the final 6:26 and took two potential game-winning shots in the final 30 seconds. “It just comes with the territory,” Wells said. “You are going to take last-second shots; people are going to say what they want to say about you. It just comes with the territory. You get used to it, you have to accept this role on the team. It is what it is: I missed the shot. I believe I can make that shot; obviously Coach believes in me because he wanted the ball in my hands in the last second.” While it’s easy to focus on a last-second loss, the process of the comeback and the adjustments the Terps made have more far-reaching implications. Wells will settle down at point guard. The Terps have enough balance and options to make up almost any deficit. They’ll be OK. So when looking at the Terps’ meager 0-1 record after a loss under the bright lights in Brooklyn, it’s important not to get too blinded. email@example.com
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QUARTERBACK C.J. BROWN (center) passed for 211 yards and rushed for 5 in his first game since Oct. 19 at Wake Forest. Brown also threw two interceptions deep in Syracuse territory as the Terps lost for the third time in as many games. christian jenkins/the diamondback
Mistake-ridden Terps fall for fourth time in five games as Orange pull away late for 20-3 defeat By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer Late in the fourth quarter Saturday, long after most of the announced 37,213 at Byrd Stadium had left, long after the sun set in dazzling fashion over the Terrapins and Syracuse football teams and long after the result seemingly had been decided, C.J. Brown dropped back to pass on fourth down, saw no one open and broke off an 11-yard scramble up the middle. Only the quarterback needed 13 yards for the first down, so the Terps ended up turning the ball over to the Orange yet again. Such was the case for most of Saturday. A series of miscues offset any Terps momentum, and Syracuse’s defense bailed out a sometimes-ineffective offense in the Orange’s 20-3 victory. It was the Terps’ fourth defeat in five games, the third straight by at least 13 points and the 16th in 16 games after Oct. 13 in coach Randy Edsall’s career with the Terps. After a 4-0 start, the Terps faltered in their third straight attempt at clinching a sixth win and their first bowl eligibility since 2010.
Edsall, Terps have no answers for performance after turnover-marred loss to Syracuse
“There’s no doubt in my mind we should have won that game,” nose tackle Darius Kilgo said. “But the thing we can do is just come back next week, prepare better to get a win against Virginia Tech.” Syracuse marched down the field to open the game, driving 80 yards on 16 plays and milking eight minutes off the clock. Running back Jerome Smith bowled through the Terps defense eight times for 30 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Terrel Hunt was 6-of-6 for 49 yards on the drive, and the Orange offense appeared poised to roll through Byrd Stadium. But the Terps defense stiffened. On its next five drives, Syracuse punted three times and turn the ball over twice. The Terps offense, which returned three starters who missed the loss to Clemson two weeks ago with injuries, couldn’t take advantage. Three of the Terps’ first-half drives ended with turnovers, two ended with punts and another ended when kicker Brad Craddock pushed a 42-yard field goal attempt wide left. At one point, both teams combined for five See ORANGE, Page 7
AARON KASINITZ I’ve never in my life legitimately expected a drive to end in a turnover. Even the sloppiest football teams rarely end possessions with giveaways, so it seems silly to assume at any point that one is imminent. Yet when the Terrapins football team took control of the ball with 1:26 remaining in the second quarter Saturday afternoon, I had an eerie feeling — one I likely shared with many of the announced 37,213 spectators at Byrd Stadium — that they’d somehow cough it up. The Terps had turned the ball over on their previous two possessions, and though they trailed just 7-0, the team looked disconnected and beaten down. Sure enough, quarterback C.J. Brown completed a pass across the middle to wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, who turned upfield, got hit and fumbled. The Orange recovered, kicked a field goal just before halftime and eventually dropped the Terps, 20-3. That’s just how the past several weeks have unfolded for the Terps, as they have followed a
4-0 start with four losses in five games. Their play has forced fans to expect the worst, and the team often provides exactly that. Maybe the scariest part of it all? Coach Randy Edsall and his players can’t quite figure out what’s going wrong. “I thought we came out ready to play, but the mistakes, that was the thing,” Edsall said. “For whatever reason, we just didn’t have the guys make the plays when we needed to make plays.” So the key, of course, is to uncover the reasons for the rash of mistakes, something rather unexpected for a team on the brink of bowl eligibility. If they can do that, there’s still potential for the Terps to find success this season. They’ve already posted the highest win total since Edsall arrived in College Park in 2011, and they have three chances against unranked teams to get their sixth win and clinch a bowl appearance for the first time since 2010. But the Terps’ lackluster performances, coupled with demoralizing injuries, have left the team without any answers. And Edsall’s 0-16 record in games after Oct. 13 in all three See KASINITZ, Page 7
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Program wins 10th ACC championship By Paul Pierre-Louis @PaulPierreLouis Staff writer Three years ago, the Terrapins field hockey team won its third straight ACC Championship after beating North Carolina. That was the last time the Terps won the conference title. But as the team leaves the ACC next year to compete in the Big Ten, it will do so as ACC champions. A pair of second-half goals lifted the top-seeded Terps to a 2-0 win over No. 3-seed North Carolina and their 10th conference championship in program history yesterday in Newton, Mass. “For most of our players, our freshmen, sophomores and juniors, they hadn’t won an ACC championship,” coach Missy Meharg said. “So for them and for this staff, to win the final ACC field hockey championship will go down in history.” The two teams were locked in a cagey affair during the first period. The Tar Heels won a penalty corner early in the game but couldn’t convert. The Terps (20-1, 6-0 ACC) tried to generate scoring opportunities from the wings, but the Tar Heels defense got in the way
of their crosses and shots. The team still outshot the Tar Heels, 6-2, in the first half, as the Terps defense prevented North Carolina (16-5, 3-3 ACC) from getting many opportunities as well. Though the first half ended scoreless, the Terps remained optimistic. “We were following the game plan,” forward Jill Witmer said. “It was just a matter of time before we were going to finish one and put one in.” At the start of the second half, the Terps took control through their ball movement. The team had six shots in the first nine minutes of the half and prevented the Tar Heels from getting a shot on goal during that time. Witmer, who was named tournament MVP, slotted in a cross from midfielder Hayley Turner in the 40th minute for the Terps’ first goal, and midfielder Anna Dessoye scored four minutes later off a penalty corner rebound to double the team’s lead. “After we settled in and started really playing in the midfield and passing, it was evident we were in control of the game,” Meharg said. “There’s 10 field players for each See acc, Page 7
Friday’s loss was close, but it’s how the Terps got there that matters DANIEL GALLEN BROOKYLN, N.Y. — When Dez Wells’ shot in the waning seconds rimmed out of the basket Friday night, it sealed the second straight time a Terrapins men’s basketball team’s furious comeback attempt in a season opener at Barclays Center would fall short. No. 18 Connecticut took advantage of shaky play early, and the Terps couldn’t quite make it up after falling into a 17point hole midway through the second half of their 78-77 loss. It was a razor-thin defeat, and the Terps had plenty of opportunities in the final moments to clinch a signature win on a national stage to open their season. With a friendlier bounce or roll, the entire scope of the game could have been changed. “The difference between one point is unbelievable,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “Highs and lows of sports.” So when evaluating the Terps’ performance Friday, it’s important to separate the result from the process. Would a 79-78 victory change the Terps’ outlook that much? Would 25-of-57 shooting night be that much different than 24-of-57? Obviously, the short answer is yes. Leaving Brooklyn with a 1-0 record See GALLEN, Page 7
COACH MARK TURGEON (left) said Dez Wells will remain the Terps’ starting point guard despite the team’s 78-77 loss to Connecticut on Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. alik mcintosh/the diamondback