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When senior communication and studio art major Eric Adams transferred to this university in 2011, he didn’t get into on-campus housing and struggled to make friends. He contemplated transferring again, but after getting pulled into a Leonardtown Community apartment, he not only decided to stay but also to become a resident assistant. He applied to the position in fall 2011 and was hired midway through the spring 2012 semester, but not every applicant is so fortunate. Since 2011, the resident assistant position has become increasingly sought-after. This semester, the job attracted 489 applicants — the largest number Laura Tan, the Department of Resident Life’s human resources assistant director, said she’s seen in several years. “Usually, we get in the high 300s, low 400s in terms of number of applicants,” Tan said. “And this year, we jumped up quite a bit.” It’s a competitive process to land a position as an RA. Of the applications submitted this semester, between 150 and 160 students will be selected to take a training course in the spring. This year, the department has 258 resident assistants. “Since my time as an RA, I’ve noticed more and more people are like, ‘Oh, you’d be a great candidate,’ and they don’t even make it to the second round,” said Chelsea Bradford, a senior mechanical engineering major and RA in La Plata Hall. “It’s definitely gotten more and more competitive over the years.” The application process begins with an online application, and
A male college student is believed to be the latest sexual assault victim of a suspected serial predator after the pair met at Looney’s Pub in College Park on Oct. 2, police said. Montgomery County Police believe Joey Poindexter, 38, of Gaithersburg, has assaulted at least 10 victims over the past 10 years. Police arrested Poindexter Oct. 9 after a college student reported being sexually assaulted at Poindexter’s home, according Joey poindexter to Montgomery Rape suspect
“You did what?!?,” an exhibit in McKeldin Library, shows how the university’s old policies about behavior affected the community. lena salzbank/the diamondback
Beginning in 1914, all incoming freshmen were required to wear beanie caps — three of which are on display in the exhibit — to brand them as new, inexperienced students. There was a short lapse in the tradition during the late 1940s when students returning from World War II on the GI Bill refused to wear the hats after having been through combat, Turkos said. The last photograph of a freshman wearing such a beanie on the campus was taken during the 1960s.
County Police. Assistant Chief Russ Hamill said Poindexter met the student at a beer pong tournament organized by the bar. The student became intoxicated and eventually went home with Poindexter. Montgomery County Police officials would not say whether the student attends this university. University Police spokeswoman Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas declined to comment because the investigation is under Montgomery County Police jurisdiction. However, it is important for the university community to know about the incident, Montgomery County Police Sgt. Michael Sugrue said, “given the proximity to the school.” The student is one of 10 victims — all college-aged men — shown in pictures found on Poindexter’s cellphone, Hamill said. Two of the victims contacted police about the incident; one may come forward soon and six remain unidentified, according to a Montgomery County Police Department news
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they did that! McKeldin Library exhibit showcases historic university behavior policies By Madeleine List @madeleine_list Staff writer
some of this university’s old policies through photos and artifacts from the archives. It was designed after students in the university libraries’ Imagine a time when staying out student advisory group requested that past 7 p.m. on a weeknight was re- more of the university’s history be bellious and smooching under an displayed in McKeldin, Turkos said. “Some of these rules are just so overpass was risque. During the early- to mid-20th wacky and crazy,” Turkos said. “We century, students at this university thought students would get a kick lived with rules that — by today’s stan- out of it.” The first part of the exhibit sits near dards — may seem a little ridiculous. “You Did What?!?,” a new exhibit the library’s entrance, next to the inforin McKeldin Library organized by mation desk. Glass cases hold decadesuniversity archivists Anne Turkos old items representing rules and tradiand Jason Speck, shows examples of tions that have since been put to rest.
1978 alumnus inducted to engineering Hall of Fame
Events honor university’s student-veterans Letter-writing, flag-planting campaigns part of annual Veterans Week By Darcy Costello @dctello Staff writer
Jerry Krill developed naval network system By Joe Antoshak @Mantoshak Staff writer University alumnus Jerry Krill was inducted into the engineering school’s Innovation Hall of Fame yesterday afternoon for his work in developing a naval networking system known as the Cooperative Engagement Capability. Scores of people crowded into the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building for the ceremony, in which Krill — who received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the university in 1978 — became the 30th recipient of the honor. “Working with the engineers on CEC has been an engineer’s dream and a defining moment in my career,” Krill said.
jerry krill at his induction into the engineering school’s Hall of Fame. james levin/the diamondback Since 1974, Krill has played a crucial role in developing the CEC, which was first implemented by the Navy in the 1990s. The program enables ships, planes and land sensors to collect and share radar information. Military officials have praised the CEC for its ability to connect data to form one picture of the area. In 1991, Krill was charged with maintaining technical progress and guiding the CEC to meet congressional benchmarks. He helped prepare the See krill, Page 3
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While the wind whipped more than 800 tiny American flags in the grass outside Stamp Student Union into a patriotic frenzy, students inside gathered at tables in Stamp’s Atrium, colored with markers and sipped on hot chocolate as they penned cards to wounded veterans. Yesterday’s letter-writing event — held in collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project — made up part of the university’s Veterans Week, created to recognize veterans in the university community and thank them for their service. Nationally, less than 0.5 percent of the population takes the U.S. Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment and serves in the military, but at this university, about 831 students are veterans, said Brian Bertges, Veteran Student Life coordinator. “There’s a quote from Roberto Clemente; he says, ‘A nation without its heroes is nothing,’” Bertges said. “And even if veterans
american flags wave after students in ROTC and the Office of Veteran Student Life placed them in the grass outside Stamp Student Union to honor the students who serve in the U.S. military. james levin/the diamondback maybe don’t feel like they’re heroes, the fact is that without them, we wouldn’t have the liberties that we have today. Not recognizing them would be a disservice to their service.” In addition to the new letter-writing campaign and flag display, this year’s Veterans Week has featured several programs for veterans on the campus, including an LGBT luncheon, a reception before Saturday’s football game
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against Syracuse and a community service event and memorial service at Memorial Chapel on Veterans Day. Many of the social events are designed as opportunities for veterans to connect with one another, Bertges said. During the service day, for example, a group of about eight student-veterans worked with Team River Runner, See veterans, Page 2
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In another case, a sheet of yellowing paper shows a financial transaction — a student asking the university administration for money his parents sent him. The administration used to dole out students’ spending money, but only once it approved what the money would be used for, Turkos said. Being a female student came with even more rigid guidelines. Women had to sign in and out of their dorms, were required to return by 7 p.m. on weeknights and rarely could have male visitors. One case displays a letter from Adele Stamp, then-dean of women at this university, complaining about the repulsive behavior she witnessed between men and women, such as their “petting parties” and “unrestrained courtship.” The second part of the exhibit is located on the second floor in the Portico Room, a group-study space. Enlarged photographs hang around the room, many taken from old yearbooks, each reflecting on an aspect of the information on display downstairs, Turkos said. One image shows a young couple leaning in for a kiss inside the “kissing tunnel,” which passes under Regents Drive near the Memorial Chapel. Another shows a yo u n g wo m a n wea r i n g a beanie similar to the ones on display downstairs, with a sign around her neck that reads “I can’t help it I’m a freshman.” “We can leave that in the past,” said Carlos Moreno, a senior psychology major, laughing at the photograph. “It’s funny, though. I like seeing the throwback pictures.” Having the exhibit in the library makes the information accessible to all students, said Heather Foss, development director for the
a nonprofit organization that helps rehabilitate wounded veterans through kayaking. The students helped with construction and reorganization of supplies for the organization’s boat shed. While events like these provide a way for veterans to connect through community engagement, other parts of Veterans Week, such as the Wounded Warriors letterwriting, open the door for the entire campus community to honor the service of the nation’s veterans, and hundreds of students took advantage of the opportunity yesterday. “Take five minutes out of your schedule and say thank you to an American veteran,” Bertges called out to students passing through Stamp’s main entrance. While some students said they were too busy, or that
‘you did what?!?’, the University Archives’ new exhibit on display in McKeldin Library, showcases some ridiculous university policies of yore. lena salzbank/the diamondback university libraries. the campus community and talk “It gives an entire crop of about our history,” Turkos said. students the opportunity to T h e M c Ke l d i n ex h i b i t learn something new every makes it fun and easy for time they are in here,” she said. students to connect to their Organizing the exhibit was history, Speck wrote, and it no easy task and took archi- may also help them appreciate vists and collaborators all their present. summer to put together but “All students naturally has been well worth the effort, grumble about rules, but this Speck wrote in an email. exhibit places those complaints He and Turkos will teach in a historical context,” he HIST 429F: Special Topics in wrote. “Perhaps today’s rules History; MAC to Millennium: are less onerous or perhaps History of the University of not, but they certainly have Maryland, for this first time changed a great deal since the this spring, Turkos said. first classes in 1859.” “This will be another way that we’ll be able to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
they were meeting a friend, many stopped to grab some hot chocolate and a marker and thank the servicemen and women. “I saw them writing the letters, so I thought I would, too,” said Cecelia Kampsen, a junior dietetics major. “My dad was in the military for over 20 years, and I’ve lived on bases my entire life until now. Writing cards and taking the time to recognize them is actually important. It shows veterans that what they’re doing is appreciated. Not everyone has a family to appreciate their actions — it really makes a difference.” At another table, a pair of twins colored their own cards after Bertges asked if they were interested in contributing. “We were just coming to get lunch, but we’ve done stuff like this in high school for [National Honor Society], so we were definitely interested,” said Rachel Kim, a freshman chemistry and Spanish major. “A lot of times, there are politics going into wars,
and people neglect the recognition that servicemen and women deserve. It’s an incredible amount of strength and courage, and sometimes people forget to say thank you, but I really think they should.” While some students took a heartfelt, sentimental approach in their letters, others saw an opportunity for a different type of connection — through laughter. John Victor Pennell, who plans to be a Marine Corps officer, said he planned to draw a slightly inappropriate joke on the outside of his card and dedicate it to an injured Marine in need of a chuckle. “If it’s a funny card, it might put a smile on their face, and if they’re in the hospital or something, it could take their mind off their problems for just a little while,” the junior government and politics major said. “I don’t know about everybody else, but I just think that’s worth it.” email@example.com
students make and decorate cards for wounded soldiers in Stamp Student Union on Tuesday afternoon with the Wounded Warrior Project. The event is part of a series of activities this week to commemorate veterans past and present. james levin/the diamondback
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ERC lounge caters to club sports teams University of Maryland Sports Clubs replaces Center for Health and Wellbeing By Holly Cuozzo @emperorcuozzco Staff writer A new lounge designed to give members of club sports teams a place to meet, relax and connect with students who play on different teams is taking shape in Eppley Recreation Center. Now labeled “University of Maryland Sports Clubs,” the lounge will replace the Center for Health and Wellbeing, a satellite office of the University Health Center that offered services such as diet analysis and massage training. Over the summer, directors of the health center and Campus Recreation Services decided the space would better serve students as a home for club sports team members. CRS serves 42 active sports clubs, with roughly 3,000 students involved, said Tiffanie Morgan, CRS sports club as-
sistant director. Morgan said she hopes the common space will promote unity among the large club sports community on the campus. “As the [club sports] program continues to expand and more students get involved, CRS as an organization recognized the need for a space to accommodate that and to better meet the needs of participants,” said Kate Maloney, CRS wellness communications coordinator. The room is intended to be a “one-stop shop for club sports,” Morgan said. It will be stocked with computers and printers, as well as a conference table and a television with an HDMI cord for use during club meetings. Morgan’s office is connected to the space, as is the office for a sports clubs director, a position that has not yet been filled. A l a rge b u l l e t i n b oa rd for displaying information about club teams’ events and achievements will also reside
in the lounge. The shared space hopefully will encourage clubs to become more involved with one another, Morgan said, and potentially travel to away games together or co-host fundraisers. “ I t’s o n e s te p towa rd s m a k i n g a m o re co h e s ive culture,” she said. Signed notes from all of the sports clubs pledging not to haze their members surround the bulletin board. Morgan is active in the university’s hazing prevention initiative, which includes representatives from club sports, Greek life and student affairs, and works to keep students informed about hazing and how to report it. As a whole, the space is supposed to be open, useful and friendly, Morgan said. CRS is proud of the accomplishments of its club teams, she said, and wants to recognize their efforts and achievements by filling the room with club sports trophies and pictures of the teams.
“IT’S ONE STEP TOWARDS MAKING A MORE COHESIVE CULTURE.” TIFFANIE MORGAN
Campus Recreation Services sports club assistant director Once the space feels more like a lounge than an office, Morgan plans to advertise it more so students will know they have a place to meet and relax. “I like the idea of getting the opportunity to meet people from other clubs, or even having a place to hang out and study other than my apartment or McKeldin,” said Cara Wagner, a senior special education major and the fundraising officer for the club swim team. Several students said the lounge will likely foster a sense of connection between teams that otherwise rarely interact. “Even though the individual club teams are a tight-knit
POST-IT NOTES on a bulletin board outside the new University of Maryland Sports Clubs lounge in Eppley Recreation Center represent clubs’ views. holly cuozzo/for the diamondback group, I can’t really say that for the entire club sport community, and the only reason for that is because we all practice or have games and there’s never been this kind of dedicated space specifically for clubs where we have a high chance of bumping into each other and becoming friends,” Paige Siegel, a soph-
omore enrolled in letters and sciences and the president of the women’s club soccer team, wrote in an email. “Now that we have this space I feel as though people will be encouraged to go and it’ll create friendships between club sports.” firstname.lastname@example.org
University researchers launch project to aid state legislature Maryland Equity Project seeks improved school enrollment By Jeremy Snow @thedbk For The Diamondback
JERRY KRILL, a university alumnus, stands in the engineering school’s Innovation Hall of Fame yesterday for his work in helping to develop a naval networking system known as the Cooperative Engagement Capability. james levin/the diamondback
krill From PAGE 1 system for its first military tests in 1994 and continued to work directly with the project through its fleet implementation throughout the decade. The Innovation Hall of Fame selection committee annually accepts nominees who are alumni, faculty or engineering school collaborators who are alumni of a University System of Maryland school. Chaired by Hall of Fame inductee and university alumnus Nathan Bluzer, who also spoke at the ceremony, the committee selects one recipient every year. Dean Darryll Pines said Krill, whom he estimated was chosen during the summer, is an excellent choice for recognition. Many innovators involved in
Applicants From PAGE 1 all students, even with the spike in applicants this semester, receive an individual interview with a resident director and current resident assistant. Students who advance in the process attend a group interview, in which all candidates are observed as they work together. “It’s kind of a series of different activities where you have to work together to achieve a certain goal,” said Adams. “So for that, they just wanted to see how you would work with other prospective RAs.” The candidates who make it through the interview process then take EDCP 470: Introduction to Student Personnel, in which they learn skills such as conflict resolution and leadership, Bradford said. Not everyone who takes the class will be hired immediately, Bradford said, but most students are offered a place-
government-related projects are overlooked because their names are not as available, he said. “It’s not like a commercial innovator, where the name is immediately apparent,” Pines said. “We want it to be very broadly swept, and in this case it was.” Krill received an informal call from the engineering school in September informing him of the induction, followed by an official call from Pines. “It was a surprise, and because I was well aware of the Hall of Fame,” Krill said. “I was honored because I knew a lot of people who were directly or indirectly in the Hall already.” After receiving a red-ribboned “Innovation” medal, Krill was presented with a plaque to hang in the Hall. “As I accept this honor, I also do so with sincere recog-
nition of all those who have helped me,” he said. Krill credits Leonard Taylor — a doctoral candidate in the mid-1970s who advised Krill on his dissertation — with diversifying his knowledge and paving the way for his later success with CEC. Taylor, however, argued that Krill made his job especially easy. “I considered him to be a freebie,” Taylor said. “He required so little of me. Definitely one of the top students I’ve ever advised.” Krill’s self-reliance was one of his distinguishing features, Taylor added. The two were reunited for the first time in 3 5 ye a rs a t t h e a wa rd s ceremony. “He’s aged very well,” Taylor said.
ment eventually. “I didn’t realize how many people were really vying for this job,” Adams said. “Additionally, since I was offcampus my first semester, some people were saying, ‘Oh, they don’t take people who haven’t lived in the residence hall,’ so I felt probably self-conscious.” Kristen Klotz, a senior early childhood education major who has worked as an RA in the South Hill community for three semesters, said she feels the subjectivity of the selection process makes it difficult to determine if Resident Life is hiring the right students. “The process has the potential to weed out those that are not qualified, but I think the thing that’s difficult about positions like this is that one resident director or one person who’s hiring could have a very different opinion than another person who’s hiring,” said K lotz. “The process, I think, it’s flawed in that way.” But Tan said hired appli-
cants come from a diverse backg rou nd of academ ic majors, years and campus activity involvement. Students apply to become RAs for a variety of reasons. Adams wanted to become one to help others feel more w e l c o m e a n d c o m fo r table upon moving onto the campus. “By not getting that initia l ly when I ca me i n, it made me realize how much I wanted to give that back to other people,” Adams said. And increased competition leads to a better overall staff, he said. “The thing about Resident Life is that it is really seeing a boom over the last three years of people wanting to live on campus, so therefore, we need more RAs to accommodate that,” Adams said. “It’s a good thing that it’s becoming more competitive because, in that regard, you’re going to have a more solid group of Resident Life staff across campus.”
University researchers launched a project Tuesday that aims to make research more accessible to policymakers and to improve the quality of education in the state. The Maryland Equity Project is intended to offer the state legislature nonpartisan research on education to help lawmakers develop helpful political policies that improve schools and college enrollment in the state, said professor Robert Croninger. “Not only will the project make research more accessible to policymakers, but these policymakers will be more accessible to the students and will serve them more,” said Croninger, the faculty adviser with the program. Croninger started planning the Maryland Equity Project about a year ago with project director Gail Sunderman. Supported by the education college’s teaching and learning, policy and leadership department, the team spent the past year planning out the program and meeting with policymakers to figure out what lawmakers are looking for. The new program studies various data and statistics on education and sees how they are affected by social and economic variables. Using information on topics such as family income and school location, the team takes this research and analysis to recommend how lawmakers could make a better education easier to acquire, said Caroline Titan, a research
crime From PAGE 1 release. In the known assaults, Hamill said, Poindexter had nonconsensual sex with the victims. “In January, I’ll have been a cop for 30 years — I’ve never seen a ny th i ng l i ke th is,” Hamill said at a news conference Tuesday morning. In the Oct. 2 incident, Poindexter drove the student home the next morning, and the victim reported the incident to area patrol officers, police officials said. “To say it took tremendous courage for this young man to step forward and tell us what happened … is really to put it lightly,” Hamill said. The three victims who have come forward said they are
assistant for the project and a doctoral student in the education college. “There is a lot of focus on the standards and assessments in schools today, but those don’t give us the full story and don’t completely capture the middle class,” said Justin Dayhoff, a research assistant with the project and second-year doctoral student in the education policy studies program. The project uses sets of data gathered all over the nation, such as basic statistics or studies that have tracked children throughout school. With this information, the team creates briefings about certain issues for policymakers. The Maryland Equity Project team is researching the benefits of early education and preschool, trends in academic achievement and ways higher education impacts careers. Sunderman said she wants the program to create a better connection between public policy and academia. By studying and analyzing current issues, the team can use its information to impact legislation, she said. “By fostering a broader approach to policy and focus less on educational standards, we can look at what Maryland can do better and what our laws need to accomplish to have a more successful education system,” Sunderman said. To launch the program, the project held a seminar and discussion yesterday, in which Daniel Klasik, a research associate for the teaching and learning, policy and leadership department who works with the Maryland Equity Project, spoke to about
“THERE IS A LOT OF FOCUS ON THE STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENTS IN SCHOOLS TODAY, BUT THOSE DON’T GIVE US THE FULL STORY AND DON’T COMPLETELY CAPTURE THE MIDDLE CLASS.”
heterosexual and have never h ad con sen su a l sex w it h another man before, Hamill said. Police said they believe most of the assaults happened when the victims were either unconscious or significantly impaired by alcohol. Detect ives a re look i ng through Poindexter’s computer for more information, Hamill said. Poi ndex ter has recently traveled to New Jersey, Las Vegas, Dallas, Virginia Beach, Va., and Salt Lake City, Hamill said. His travels m a ke the i nvestigation a “national concern,” Hamill said. Authorities in those jurisdictions have been notified of the arrest. “It’s a horrific sexual assault case, and the fact that it is a male [victim] doesn’t make it any less horrific,” Hamill said.
“TO SAY IT TOOK TREMENDOUS COURAGE FOR THIS YOUNG MAN TO STEP FORWARD AND TELL US WHAT HAPPENED ... IS REALLY TO PUT IT LIGHTLY.”
Maryland Equity Project research assistant 50 people in the Juan Ramon Jimenéz Room in Stamp Student Union about the difficulties associated with college applications and ways lawmakers can reduce the obstacles students face. While many students aspire to go to college, Klasik said, many do not make it. Klasik and other academics who joined him later for discussion looked at the possible social and economic reasons for this, such as poor financial aid, a confusing application process and lack of support from guidance counselors. As the project grows, Croninger and Sunderman said they hope it will cultivate strong relationships with state legislators that will allow their research to influence lawmaking. Croninger said he sees a future in which the Maryland Equity Project can help university students secure internships with policymakers or have lawmakers speak at seminars. “Hopefully the project will create a good track record of credible, bipartisan research,” Croninger said. email@example.com
Montgomery County Police assistant chief Poindexter has also been attending events that target a younger demographic, such as BMX and skateboarding competitions, according to the news release. Detectives said they learned Poindexter has met several of his victims t h roug h ot her beer pong events in the greater Washington and Baltimore areas. firstname.lastname@example.org
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VIOLENCE IN SPORTS This football season has been full of ups and downs for the Terrapins, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins. But it has also ignited controversies about the role of violence and aggression in sports. A number of investigative reports — including a PBS Frontline special, “League of Denial” — have found disturbing trends in the long-term impact of concussions and other head injuries on football players. Along with these concerns about violence on the field, major questions have been raised about the NFL’s locker room culture. Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin plans to sit out the rest of the season, saying teammate Richie Incognito harassed and bullied him with personal attacks and racial slurs. In light of these controversies, our opinion columnists provide their perspectives on the role of violence and aggression in sports, at both the youth and professional levels.
Stranger than fiction: Watching real violence KEVIN HOGAN I enjoy watching violence. There’s a good chance you do too. Although I’m not the type to get excited about the latest slasher flick, I see scuffles and gunfights in the media all the time and can’t look away. I want to see how the heroes will fare against the villains, how each bullet and fist will affect the power structure of the dispute. My heart races and my palms sweat. I’m not a violent person, but I get a rush from this stuff, and I find myself coming back for more. A significant portion of the violence I witness is fictional. In this realm, despite ongoing debate about potential psychological effects, our society has decided that adults are allowed to see or hear just about anything. I think the discussion gets a bit thornier in the context of contact sports, where the violence that glues us to our seats is real. I generally consider sports to be great inventions. They provide athletes with a fun and civilized outlet for their primal urges to be competitive and aggressive. Participants learn discipline and perseverance as they work toward mastering their game of choice. Also, in team sports, players develop cohesion and camaraderie with others. In some of the sports we like to watch the most, though, the prevalence of violence raises serious ethical questions. One example of such a sport is professional ice hockey, in which spontaneous fighting between team “enforcers” is still considered an important facet of the game. A
more extreme example is mixed martial arts, which sometimes falls just shy of a no-holdsbarred brawl. While I have trouble stomaching a televised bout of MMA, I understand its appeal. Spectators get to see two of the world’s strongest wills pushed to their breaking points. The contest is pure, devoid of any nets, balls or goals that might be seen as arbitrary contaminants. And the best fighters become characters in a perpetual saga of triumphs and defeats that fans can follow. Are the athletes in the most brutal of combat sports so different from the gladiators of the Roman Empire? The obvious answer is yes: There are no weapons, athletes act on their own will, and fights are not intended to end in death. At the core of both the ancient and modern practices, though, is the principle that audiences enjoy watching people injure one another. I take no issue with aggressive plays in soccer or big hits in football. I even respect sports such as wrestling and judo, which reward technique and strength over damage to an opponent. But when a competition becomes a celebration of human propensity for violence, it no longer acts in the sportsmanlike ethic of athletics. The tradition of organized fighting has a long and rich history, but I think humanity is starting to get a little too mature for this silly quarreling. It’s time we stop selling out to our instinctual fascination with violent acts when those acts subject real people to real danger. If we really must scratch the itch, Hollywood will always have plenty to offer. Kevin Hogan is a senior computer engineering major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will rock you: Defending aggression LIAM CASEY Well America, we’re at it again. Violence in sports is back in the news. In the days since the public implosion of the Miami Dolphins’ locker room, questions about aggression and bullying in professional sports again have captured national interest. Are our sports too violent? And if so, should we change them? Two of America’s greatest sports, football and hockey, don’t just involve aggressive play, they’re absolutely dependent upon it. In the NFL, effort is synonymous with aggression. There’s a reason that last week, after a big loss to New England, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin threatened to bench any player who failed to display what is essentially the combative mentality expected in physical sports. The situation in Miami, like the bounty scandal with the New Orleans Saints last season, has highlighted the potential failings of coaches in professional sports. The coach is expected to lead by example. If he isn’t aggressive, why should his players be? Football and hockey are contact sports. To be good, players must be not only willing but also eager to play physically. Without the right mindset and without pressure from the coaching staff to push themselves — to tackle that 6-foot-4, 230-pound behemoth running the slant route through the defensive line, or to slam that defenseman into the Plexiglas, shake off the ice and power through to the puck — the players don’t just lose, they fail to play the sport as it’s designed. However, there’s a limit to what coaches should ask, and allow, of their players. It comes down to good leadership.
It might still be too early to pass judgment on Miami’s coaching staff. It’s too easy to lay the blame for the Martin-Incognito debacle on the shoulders of coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland, even if there is talk of them losing their jobs by the time this all calms down. As outsiders, we simply don’t know what’s acceptable in the Dolphins’ locker room, what counts as a joke and what crosses the line. In moments like these, the collective finger always seems to point toward a jaundiced NFL culture. There’s something to be said for that. Like many sports, football still operates under the stunted CroMagnon characteristic of “being a man.” You might suppose we’ve moved past this sort of thinking, but it continues to linger. Let’s be clear about one thing, though. There’s nothing about violence or bullying of any kind that makes a player better or a man tougher. Miami’s problems aren’t due to Incognito being aggressive or American sports encouraging a culture of violence. If anything, they exist because Incognito is an asshole. A good coach knows the difference. A good coach knows how to separate the field from the locker room and how to help players understand that separation, too. Encouraging aggressiveness on the field or in the rink is an integral part of the game, but it has to be kept there. This is a basic, essential aspect of healthy team sports and one that, when managed successfully, creates not only a team dynamic impossible to find anywhere off the field but also a place for players and fans alike to love their sports. Liam Casey is a junior English major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Kicking and screaming: The problem with youth sports The culture of angry coaches and parents must be transformed and replaced MARIA ROMAS I grew up fully immersed in sports. I played soccer and basketball and ran track — a sport for every season. And I loved it all. I wouldn’t trade my athletic experiences for anything. But the culture surrounding sports can be detrimental to kids because of its constant emphasis on violence, aggression and toughness. Looking at some of the most popular sports worldwide, it’s clear that violence and sports are virtually inseparable. One of football’s main components is players tackling each other — causing a trend of longterm, concussion-induced health issues for NFL players. Hockey fights are the norm — there are times when it seems like the referees simply sit and stare at fights before stepping in when players take it too far. In modern-day soccer, dives, slide tackles and yellow or red cards are common because players seem determined to hurt one another. And rugby is a game that essentially hinges on trying to destroy your opponents. But that’s all OK, for the most part. Obviously it’s not good when people actually get hurt. But this ty p e o f a g g re s s i o n i s u s u a l ly handled in a controlled environment. Coaches and referees are there to step in if things get too crazy. By and large, it can be good for young people (and, let’s face it, old people too) to have an outlet for this aggression. Plus, sports are a
lot of fun. The problem begins when players are surrounded by an angry environment — something that unfortunately seems typical. Our stereotypical picture of a coach is someone angrily screaming at players for losing games then enforcing physical repercussions, such as drills in which players are forced to “go hard” and fight one another. I once had a coach who made my teammates and me sumo wrestle one another. A football dad is one who yells at his son to toughen or man up, hitting him on the shoulder pads or helmet. A soccer mom sometimes runs up and down the field, screaming instructions at her child and yelling at the team to win. A team captain is often someone who lays down the law and forces his or her teammates to get riled up and be bloodthirsty for a win at any cost. These are real, representative figures whom players encounter far too frequently. With these unhealthy influences, players learn to relate losing to anger. And unfortunately, this anger can transform into violence. Because sports can encourage players to be strong and dominant, violence in social aspects is basically expected. But it doesn’t have to be this way. People who are strong and have dominant personalities do not need to have violent reactions to anger. People usually don’t like losing. It can be upsetting, disappointing and provocative. This is exactly why
we need to have members of the sports community — from players to parents to coaches — encouraging healthy habits of handling the pressure. I was blessed to have some truly awesome coaches growing up. Both my parents coached me in different sports and both were encouraging when it came to practice and games. If we lost, my dad would analyze what we could have done better and what we could work to improve. My mom would highlight the positive moments of the game and ensure that everyone was aware of what our bodies were telling us, understanding when we were dehydrated, injured or in need of a break. They represent one type of positive sports influence athletes need. My high school soccer coach, however, used completely different coaching methods but was just as positive and influential. He was a big yeller. If our team did something wrong during a game, we would be sure to hear him screaming on the sideline. And we knew the consequence would be a lot of running. But his yelling was never malicious or degrading. And I will never forget the visible love and care he felt for all of us. When he heard some of the girls were drinking in the backseat of another player’s car, he told us, with tears in his eyes, that he couldn’t stand the thought of something happening to one of us. That compassion was so brilliant, and it wasn’t at all shocking. We knew our coach cared, and that
EDITORIAL CARTOON by anna dottle/THE DIAMONDBACK contributed to our willingness to follow his rules. I also had my fair share of horrible coaches. One told me I was too weak to play soccer because I got a concussion when a girl kicked me in the head during a game. And one, when I was about 6 years old, told my team that we had “sucked” in our last game. This type of pervasive attitude in youth sports needs to change; it creates kids who turn to violence to
solve problems. There needs to be much more emphasis on building up the players and focusing their aggression on the field. Sports can be the best thing for kids’ development. Let’s work to make sure the environment around this therapeutic activity doesn’t end up irreparably damaging their lives. Maria Romas is a senior English m a j o r. S h e c a n b e re a c h e d a t firstname.lastname@example.org.
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review From PAGE 8 and leaving them with few quality wins. In those two conference losses, the Terps allowed goals off corners and scored once despite creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities, problems that plagued the Terps this season after an initial scoring outburst. As the Terps entered ACC play, a consistent complementary attacking option for forward Hayley Brock, the third-highest scorer in program history, never emerged. Brock’s 12 goals were double that of the Terps’ second-highest scorer, midfielder Ashley Spivey. After averaging three goals
per game in six nonconference matches, including a 9-0 rout of The Citadel in the season opener Aug. 23, the Terps scored 1.21 goals per game against conference opponents in the last 14 games. Injuries played a role. Brock and Spivey each missed two games because of injuries. Forward Gabby Galanti tore her ACL in the fifth match of the season, a 1-0 loss to Santa Clara. Midfielder Alex Reed missed the beginning of the season because of injury, meaning that the Terps’ top four returning scorers all missed multiple games because of injury. “We still had kids here that were talented,” Morgan said. “For whatever reason they didn’t mesh that well. Then Hayley and Ashley
start getting things tighter. … Then, when those two started to peak with one another, they didn’t get a chance to play together because of injuries.” The offense wasn’t the only area at fault for a disappointing season. Morgan said the Terps’ inability to defend corners, along with giveaways in the defensive half, belied a lack of discipline. The Terps allowed eight goals — 26 percent of their opponents’ scores — off corners. There was also a stretch of four games from Sept. 26 to Oct. 6, in which five of the nine goals the Terps allowed occurred because of miscues in the defensive half. “We aren’t a very disciplined team,” Morgan said. “We gave up a lot of goals
eagles From PAGE 8 W i t h 2 6 : 1 2 re m a i n i n g , defender Mikey Ambrose lofted a left-footed free kick from 40 yards toward the far post. Forward Patrick Mullins made a strong run on the ball but failed to put his header on goal. S e ve n m i n u te s l a te r, Mullins found Jane right of the goal on a long pass across the field. Jane settled in space but grounded his shot right to goalkeeper Alex Kapp, who made seven saves in the match. The Terps’ best chance of the half came with just less than eight minutes remaining. Endoh, who had entered for midfielder Mikias Eticha, connected on a cross from defender Jereme Raley, sending a strong header to the top right corner, but Kapp extended with one hand to knock the shot away. One minute later, midfielder David Kabelik, who replaced Jane, collected a deflection left of the goal and fired to the near post. Kapp was there again, though, making a diving save to preserve the scoreless tie heading into halftime. “I thought we were OK in
goalkeeper zach steffen led the top-seeded Terps to a shutout in their ACC tournament quarterfinal victory over eighth-seeded Boston College last night. rebecca rainey/the diamondback the first half, but we were a little predictable,” Cirovski said. “We played into their hands a little too much, and we didn’t really get behind them as much as we could have. We probably took one touch too many and allowed their backs to get into good spots.”
The Terps maintained possession in their offensive third of the field throughout the first five minutes of the second half. The pressure paid off in the 52nd minute when Eticha collected the ball at the top of the box and faked a pass right before pulling the ball back to
his left foot, taking one touch and striking a bullet into the top left corner to give the Terps a 1-0 lead. Kapp didn’t even move. “In the second half, they dropped off every time I got the ball,” Eticha said. “I had a lot of time.” Twenty minutes later, Endoh scored his third goal of the season. The Terps produced several more opportunities over the final 18 minutes of action but couldn’t convert on a third goal. “In the second half, we moved the ball much quicker,” Cirovski said. “We were more dynamic with our movement and really penetrated some areas behind and in between their back four. I think that was a big difference.” T h e Te r p s w i l l f a c e Clemson on Friday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex after the Tigers defeated North Carolina tonight at home. The forecast predicts temperatures in the 40s to 50s for the semifinal match, but the Terps aren’t focused on the weather. Their sole aim is to defend their conference title. “I don’t care if it’s 70 or if its 20,” Cirovski said. “At this time, the important thing is to be playing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Terps aim to take smarter attempts Turgeon emphasizes shot selection as Abilene Christian visits tonight By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer D u r i n g Fr i d ay n i g h t’s 78-77 season-opening loss to No. 19 Connecticut, Terrapins men’s basketball forward Evan Smotrycz noticed that many of the Terps’ possessions ended rather abruptly. “Almost every guy shot really quick,” Smotrycz said. “We forced it.” The Terps routinely rushed their decisions against the Huskies, struggled to find quality looks at the rim and allowed UConn to build a 17-point lead midway through the second half. So while preparing for tonight’s home opener against Abilene Christian at Comcast Center, coach Mark Turgeon stressed improved shot selection. For the past four days, Turgeon has gone over the game film with his team, assessed each possession and made a point of emphasizing improved decision-making during scrimmages in practice. Abilene Christian isn’t likely to pose the stiffest challenge — the Wildcats are transitioning from Division II into Division I this season — but tonight’s contest gives the Terps a chance to put their progress to the test. “Our decision-making on our shot selection wasn’t great in the first game,” Turgeon said. “Our decision-making in practice is better. Every day it’s better. Now we got to hope it’s carried over into the game.” The Terps’ smart choices didn’t translate onto the Barclays Center floor early in Friday’s tilt. The team often appeared unsettled on offense and committed several early turnovers, and many of their shots in the game’s first 10 minutes came when players were off balance or tightly guarded. Guard Nick Faust may have been the biggest culprit, shooting 5-of-18 from the field on the night. Faust did score a teamhigh 17 points, but he also took eight more shots than any other Terp and attempted 10 3-pointers, which accounted for more than half the team’s total. “He was just excited,” Turgeon said. “He hit a few, thought he needed to make some shots for us, and if he could take a few
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Failing to cash in on preseason promise Terps struggle against tough competition, miss NCAA tournament for first time in five years By Phillip Suitts @PhillipSuitts Staff writer
midfielder Mikias Eticha scored the Terps’ first goal in the 52nd minute of last night’s victory over Boston College. Midfielder Tsubasa Endoh, who came off the bench for the first time all season, scored an insurance goal 20 minutes later. marquise mckine/the diamondback
Terps shut out Boston College in ACC tournament quarterfinals By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Staff writer When the Terrapins men’s soccer team settled into its formation last night seconds before its ACC tournament quarterfinal matchup with Boston College was set to kick off, Tsubasa Endoh was on the sideline. Despite starting all 18 regular-season games, Endoh would come off the bench for the first time all season in the Terps’ first postseason game of 2013. B u t eve n i n l i m i te d minutes, the center attack-
ing midfielder still made an impact. With the No. 1-seed Terps leading by one goal in the 72nd minute, Endoh settled a cross from midfielder Michael Sauers, who also came off the bench, and blasted a half volley into the bottom right corner to add insurance in an eventual 2-0 victory over the No. 8-seed Eagles that secured a trip to conference semifinals in Germantown on Friday night. Midfielders Sunny Jane and Alex Shinsky replaced Sauers and Endoh in the starting lineup. Jane was making his first start since Oct. 19 and
Shinsky was making his first start since Sept. 1. “I think both Mikey and Tsubasa have done a really good job, but just like a lot of guys, I think their legs got a little heavy in the last couple games,” coach Sasho Cirovski said. “We just wanted to give them a fresh look and it worked.” With the changes, the Terps offense started slower than it has in recent contests, but the group improved in the final 30 minutes of the first half, producing several quality chances off balls in the air.
The Terrapins women’s soccer team entered this season poised for a deep postseason run. The Terps returned seven of 11 starters, including their leading scorer, from a team that advanced to the NCAA tournament second round. Coach Jonathan Morgan was entering his second season as head coach. The expectations only increased when the Terps started the season at No. 17 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. The Terps’ 4-0 start did nothing to dampen expectations. The early season promise, however, failed to endure, as the team experienced scoring woes and had trouble defending when the competition level rose. As a result, the Terps failed to make the 64-team NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, despite reaching the eight-team ACC tournament. “We have a lot of talent,” Morgan said Monday after the NCAA selection show. “We gave away too many games
The Terps began the season as the No. 17 team in the country, but they failed to reach the 64-team NCAA tournament for the first time in five seasons. file photo/the diamondback this year — games we had under control, games we were dominant in. … We let those games slip away.” The Terps, Morgan said, couldn’t finish out wins. The inexperience of nine starting underclassmen showed at times — what might have been close victories a year ago turned into narrow defeats. “This season’s been sort of frustrating because we’ve been playing well, but we just aren’t getting the results,” forward Alex Doody said after a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on
Oct. 31. “We try our absolutely hardest. Sometimes we are unlucky and don’t get the result we deserve.” Morgan specifically pointed to one-goal losses against S a n ta C l a ra , D u ke a n d Boston College as matches that should have gone differently. Despite dominating portions of the matches against the Blue Devils and Eagles, the Terps lost those crucial conferences matches, damaging their NCAA resume See review, Page 7
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