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Puerto Rican students hesitant on statehood By Jim Bach Senior staff writer

president obama said he will prioritize negotiating an alternate budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, a set of tax hikes and drastic cuts that will go into effect at the start of the new year. file photo/the diamondback

When Yeralis Cabrero and her family first moved to the U.S., she couldn’t help but notice the country’s cultural melting pot. It was unlike anything the 12-yearold had seen when she lived in Puerto

Rico, which has a distinct national character, she said. But a majority of Puerto Rico’s voters hope to change that. On Nov. 6, voters overwhelmingly supported a status change from a U.S. territory to the 51st state — a move the sophomore kinesiology major is afraid could diminish the traditions thriving in her hometown.

“I feel like a lot would be lost and I feel like culture makes up a lot of what Puerto Rico stands for,” Cabrero said. “There’s a lot of history and sentimental value for our culture.” And experts said Puerto Rico, which is classified as a commonwealth, is See statehood, Page 3

Students anxious as gov’t begins discussing budget Univ. experts say compromise won’t be easy By Alex Kirshner Staff writer With his second and final campaign behind him, President Obama has shifted gears to lawmaking — and has already started talking about bold moves to get the economy back on track. Tomorrow, Obama and Congress will begin negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff, a series of deficit-reducing spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect at the start of the new year. Without a new bill to offset the cuts, the cliff could prove catastrophic for employment growth and throw the economy back into another recession, according to an October study by university economists. The study found the impending cliff has already begun

hurting the economy, and it’s a threat that has left many students anxious about graduating. “We’re going to be the ones to suffer because they refuse to work with each other,” said Jackson Molleur, a sophomore journalism major. “Clearly, people want different things, but they need to work together because otherwise nothing will get done.” In his first news conference since winning re-election, Obama maintained he would not extend Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthy — an indication of how lawmakers will need to compromise to craft a less detrimental budget deal. See budget, Page 3

SGA seeks to expand student role in colleges Hopes to establish councils to meet with deans By Sarah Tincher Staff writer In the hopes of students playing a more active role in shaping their academic colleges, the SGA is working to implement university-wide Deans’ Student Advisory Councils. While several colleges across the campus already have such groups and others are working toward implementing them, the Student Government Association hopes to expand these advisory bodies by meeting with deans and encouraging them to participate. The councils consult with the deans of the colleges on topics such as student concerns, student engagement and improving the academic experience. “DSACs have always been something that the SGA has kind of worked for, but I don’t think they’ve been very successful at getting it done,” said Ryan Heisinger, the SGA academic affairs vice president. “One person last year in the SGA got [the College of Computer,

Mathematical and Natural Sciences] to agree to move forward with the DSAC, and they’re just starting to implement it now. … Now we’re working very hard on following up on these things.” The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences began the trend in 2002 when a group of students who wanted to explore solutions to student issues in the college created the campus’ first DSAC, according to Katherine Beardsley, the college’s associate dean. “[The DSAC] is charged with the responsibility of advising the dean on various topics affecting students and their educational and social experiences at the University of Maryland,” Beardsley wrote in an email. Although the business school’s associate dean, Victor Mullins, is new to the university, he accepted and quickly followed through with

juan dixon, who helped lead the Terps’ basketball team to its first and only national title in 2002 and played in the NBA for eight years, is training with the university’s athletic staff in hopes of playing professionally in the U.S. again. He said he had to experience a rash of setbacks before fully appreciating the game. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

‘Through the storm’

Former basketball star Juan Dixon training with Terps’ athletic staff in hopes of NBA comeback By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer Juan Dixon couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic as he sat in a red Comcast Center seat late in October. The Terrapins men’s basketball icon had just spent the past 20 minutes discussing life after College

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Park. He had touched upon a failed drug test, the ups and downs of playing abroad and the NBA comeback attempt that ultimately landed him alongside the newest generation of Terps. Then he paused. A slight smile began to form on the 34-year-old shooting guard’s face as he glanced

at the rafters above him. “That’s possible,” Dixon said as he pointed at the 2002 national championship banner. “The reality is, not everybody can make it to the NBA. But that banner, that’s possible. Everybody on the team just has to See dixon, Page 2

Walking in style Student designs and sells custom-made Maryland-themed shoes By Meghan Hoffman For The Diamondback It all started with one pair of plain white shoes, a few tubes of paint and a burst of inspiration. Since the start of the semester, senior kinesiology major Lindsey Rodkey has been designing and selling her custom-made, Maryland-themed shoes to her friends and peers. So far she has made and sold 15 pairs and is currently


working on three or four more orders. She can crank out one pair, featuring painted designs of the state flag and a red cursive “Terps” on the heel, in an hour and a half. “It started last spring coming out of a basketball game,” Rodkey said. “I saw a girl wearing Maryland flag shoes, and I asked her where she got them. I guess she custom-made them off of Keds, but they were expensive when I looked them up.”

The discovery inspired Rodkey — who has always enjoyed arts and crafts — to try her hand at making some Old Line-themed shoes of her own. After creating and choosing between several different designs, she posted a photo to her Facebook page. The public reaction was instantaneous. “The shoes are really cool,” junior civil engineering major Meenu Singh


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maryland-themed shoes have become the heart of senior Lindsey Rodkey’s business. photo courtesy of cameron mackail

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Above, former terp Juan Dixon (center) talks with Gary Williams at Maryland Madness in 2010 as his son looks on. Dixon, who led the Terps basketball team to its sole national title in 2002, has returned to train at Comcast Center after playing in Europe. photos by charlie deboyace/the diamondback

dixon From PAGE 1 know their role.” Much has changed for Dixon since he cemented his place in Terps history as the first — and so far, only — player to lead his hoops teammates to the program’s lone national title. He has two young sons, Corey and Carter. He is divorced and now shares his days with a woman he calls the “love of my life.” He is no longer the immature 23-yearold who often took his fame and talents for granted. A fter an eight-year NBA career and a European voyage that spanned three professional teams, Dixon has returned to the city humbled and motivated. He is training daily with the Terps’ staff in hopes of restarting his NBA career, using the untapped potential he believes is still remaining in his 6-foot-3 frame. “He’s different now,” said Cris Sanchez, Dixon’s longtime girlfriend and sole support system during his more than two-year trek through Europe. “You can see it in his eyes, in the way he goes about his business. He really wants it.” Getting to that point was no easy feat. He had to experience a rash of setbacks. Only then, Dixon said, could he fully appreciate the game and everything it meant to his life. The first blow arrived in October 2009. The Atlanta Hawks cut him days before their season opener, ending Dixon’s chance of catching on with his fi fth team in as many years. With few other options, Dixon signed with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki. Desperate for someone to help him navigate foreign waters, Dixon asked friends and relatives to make the move with him. But they had families and jobs they couldn’t leave behind. So Dixon asked Sanchez, whom he had only met a few months earlier and who had an adolescent son of her own. After careful consideration, Sanchez left her job running two restaurants and traveled to Thessaloniki with Dixon. “ Yo u w o u l d t h i n k t h a t because he’s Juan Dixon, he has a lot of support and people, which he does,” Sanchez said. “But on the same token, he’s a loner. I wasn’t going to leave him by himself.” Greece was trying. The valet parking and gourmet buffets Dixon had grown accustomed to after almost a decade in the NBA were nowhere to be found. Opposing fans threw fi recrackers at him during games. Security was minimal. The coach didn’t run an offense Dixon felt fit his skill set. So he left after less than two months and flew back home to Baltimore with Sanchez. A week later, his agent called. A team in Spain, Unicaja Málaga, was interested in his services. At first, life in Málaga felt like a dream. The team provided Dixon and Sanchez an apartment overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Dixon emerged as a Euroleague star, averaging about 18 points per game. The couple went on regular excursions through the quaint neighboring towns. It wasn’t the NBA, sure, but it worked.

That is, until Dixon received the letter that changed his life. “Everything was perfect in Spain,” Sanchez said. “And then he got suspended.” The news seemed surreal. Dixon had allegedly tested positive for steroids three months earlier in Greece. The International Basketball Federation, FIBA, was suspending him for a year. It didn’t make sense, Dixon thought. How could he be suspended when, he said, he had never taken steroids before? The only possible explanation he could fathom was that one of the vitamins or over-the-counter muscle supplements he was taking contained an ingredient that showed up on the test. The year suspension from playing stripped him of one of the few things in his life that gives him a sense of peace, an outlet from the stresses of adulthood that also happened to pay his bills. Dixon returned to this state and waited out the suspension. He trained daily, desperate to find a way back to the hardwood. When he regained his eligibility in February 2011, his agent’s phone rang again. It was a Turkish team. It had just lost its starting off guard to an injury and wanted to finish out the season with Dixon manning the backcourt. Then “the nightmare,” as Dixon loathingly calls it, began. W hen the couple arrived i n thei r new apa rtment i n Bandirma, Turkey, a city of about 100,000 in the country’s northwest corner, Dixon sat on the couch and broke down. “This is not where I’m supposed to be in my career,” he told Sanchez as tears streamed down his face. “This is not where I belong.” Dixon felt isolated and alone. Hardly anyone in Turkey spoke a word of English. Their house was a two-hour commute from the nearest mall. Dixon and Sanchez had to finagle their way onto a ferry if they wanted to visit a nice restaurant. Basketball and Sanchez’s support kept Dixon sane during those first weeks. When he stepped on the court, he felt calm. When he returned home, Sanchez often had a bag of cheeseburgers and an American movie cued up in the DVD player — something to make him feel at home. A nd then he got injured. Dixon’s left knee began swelling, and he thought the team doctors misdiagnosed the injury, Sanchez said. He was forced to struggle through the final weeks of the season on the bench before he could head back to the United States for surgery. Dixon struggled to grapple with his new reality. He was away from his 2- and 3-yearold sons with little to do besides reflect on his plight. Sometimes he’d fall asleep crying. He’d wake up, and Sanchez would be cleaning the apartment, doing the little things to make a trying time more bearable. “I don’t think I would’ve been able to survive three months in Turkey by myself,” Dixon said. “And that doesn’t make me any less of a man. [Sanchez] has really just been a bright spot in my life.” That support has helped him do far more than just survive,

however. It has allowed him to see life in a different light. S i n c e re t u r n i n g to t h e United States, Dixon has spent much of his time pondering life’s biggest questions with Sanchez: What really matters? Why am I here? He still doesn’t feel like he has a full grasp on the answers. What he does know, though, is he’s getting closer to finding them. “I’ve been through the storm and I’m still trekking through the storm today,” Dixon said. “But I’m working hard every day.” Every weekday, Dixon slaps his alarm clock at 5:45 a.m., makes the 45-minute drive from his Baltimore home and arrives at Comcast Center at 7. He then goes to physical therapy with Megan Rogers, the women’s basketball athletic trainer, rehabbing the bum knee that sidelined him last year.

From there, he runs through a litany of drills with David Adkins, the women’s basketball assistant coach, before fi nishing off the morning with weight training. Dixon usually leaves Comcast at about noon, ready to focus on a host of other endeavors — business opportunities, charity work, fatherhood. But during that five-hour stretch each day when Dixon is at Comcast, he said his mind is solely focused on the NBA. He forgets the regret. He forgets the what-ifs. Instead, he thinks about what resuming his playing career would mean to him on a personal level. He’d have the means to give back to the drugridden neighborhood where he developed his toughness. He wouldn’t ever need to fret over providing for his family. He’d have the opportunity to show

coaches and executives he’s no longer an immature 20-something, that he finally understands what it means to be a first-class professional. But what if he doesn’t make it back to the NBA? What if no franchise is willing to take a chance on a former bench player a year removed from meniscus surgery? He said he’ll be fine knowing he gave it his all. After a decade of highs and lows, Dixon has learned perspective. He realizes there’s only so much in life he can control. There’s no sense in letting others define his success or allowing them to take away his joy. “A lot has happened,” Dixon said. “Everybody wants to know what Juan Dixon is doing. Juan Dixon is learning how to become a man.” Dixon has shared some of that wisdom with coach Mark Tur-

geon’s Terps in recent weeks. He told them that they should be sleeping in the locker room and shooting jumpers whenever they get the chance. He told them to ignore the host of distractions that plague major Division-I athletes — the girls, the parties, the alcohol — and to concentrate on learning how they can contribute to the team. He told them to appreciate their time in college because it’s limited. And if they do all that, Dixon said, the Terps can be special. Who knows? Maybe they’ll add a banner to those rafters. “He took Maryland to the top, so he knows what it takes to get there,” Turgeon said. “He’s just been hanging out with the guys, talking to them and it’s been good. It’s been a really, really good thing for our guys.”

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councils From PAGE 1 the idea of creating a DSAC in the business school after meeting with Heisinger this summer. “The notion of creating a governing board of students to work with me on helping to shape the Smith undergraduate experience is something that I wanted to do; it was actually part of my strategic plan,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly until Ryan [ Hei si n ger] met w it h ou r dean — Dean Anand — and he pitched the idea of creating DSACs across the campus.” Mu l l i n s sa id t he DS AC


members are working to get in touch with business students by prioritizing and breaking down issues into four categories: admissions and recruitment, engagement, community building and the academic experience. “The under-arching goal is to ensure that these 16 students represent the community — the 2,800 students, and that includes those 300 students who are at the Shady Grove campus as well,” he said. “This is one of the most important initiatives that I see; it’s assisting me in helping to create a very strong experience for Smith undergraduates.” In addition to BSOS and the


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Obama will have to prioritize the impending cuts and tax increases before visiting or revisiting any legislation, university experts said. “That’s something that’s going to force the president’s ha nd,” sa id Stel la Rouse, a government and politics professor. “Even if there are legislative priorities that he’d like to put forth [fi rst], that’s going to have to happen.” And yesterday, Obama indicated budget negotiations would come before all else during the lame-duck session. “I suspect [it] will have a big impact on the holiday shopping season, which in turn will have an impact on business planning and hiring, and we can go back into a recession,” Obama said. “It would be a bad thing. It is not necessary.” For st udents, t he fe a rs extend far beyond the coming months. “It’s my hope that Congress will work together to solve economic issues so that I can find a job after I graduate, along with my classmates,” said Taylor Golz, a freshman government and politics major. Republicans and Democrats have starkly different views about how to put the economy back on track. Obama has emphasized the need to make the rich “pay their fair share,” meaning Bush-era tax cuts wou ld be ex tended for a l l except those earning more than $250,000 per year. “They’ve both staked out positions on this one issue that are incompatible,” said university economist Phillip Swagel. “It’s not rea l ly a matter of right and wrong. It’s a matter of people’s preferences and values.” But, he noted, “Having high tax rates will hurt the economy.” Compromise, whether both parties want it or not, will continue to be a challenge, Rouse said. “T hey’re trying to split hairs on this,” she said. Oba m a , i n h i s op en i n g remarks yesterday, said he would address other challenges outside of the budget once the negotiations to avoid the fi scal cliff are over. “I won’t pretend that figuring out everything else will be easy, but I’m confident we can do it and I know we have to,” Obama said. “I know that that’s what the A merica n people want us to do.”

sa id. “I a m a huge fa n of Maryland apparel, and when Lindsey posted a picture of the shoes, I immediately wanted a pair, especially because they are hand-painted.” The shoes cost $25 a pair, a nd they come i n sizes 6 t h roug h 10 a s wel l as a l l half-sizes, except for size 9.5 . W h i le she cu r rent ly only creates women’s shoes, Rodkey said she is planning to branch into men’s shoes because male students have also expressed interest. The design is standard for every shoe, though Rodkey allows students to customize one blank section of the shoe with a requested color. She is a lso ca ref u l not to copy the exact Terps logo so she does not infringe on the trademark. “I feel like incorporating flag print into apparel has become so popular recently,

statehood From PAGE 1 considerably distinct from the nation’s states. “Puerto Rico is indeed a separate nation; it has a way of thinking, a way of doing things; it has a strong history,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Americas Director José Raúl Perales. “It has a sense of self that is very powerful.” The territory isn’t likely to become a state anytime soon. The referendum was nonbinding, meaning Congress isn’t obliged to act on the decision of the 61 percent of citizens who voted for it, and Washington likely won’t budge on a decision to bring it into the union. “In principle, this is an expression of a desire from voters to become a state,” said gov-

business school, the College of Arts and Humanities has a Dean’s Advisory Board that serves essentially the same purpose as a DSAC, and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences is working to implement one, Heisinger said. The business school’s DSAC will not only benefit the faculty and the students, members said, but also the university altogether by helping bring students’ concerns directly to faculty. “[Our goal is] finding key problems and coming up with key solutions to ma ke the school stronger and engaged with what the students are

I’m almost surprised someone hasn’t picked up on shoes yet,” Rodkey said. In just a few months, the designs have already drawn a lot of attention around the campus. “My favorite was when I was walking through Lot 1 one time and someone stopped their car and yelled across like two rows, ‘Where did you get those shoes?’” Rodkey said. “And I was like, ‘I made them!’” Singh, who works as a tour guide with Maryland Images, said she wears the shoes on her tours and has received plenty of compliments. The shoes are a great way to excite prospective students and families, she said. Rod key a lso created a “MD Flag Shoes” Facebook group in which students can post requests for a pair of her shoes, and she plans on setting up a Pinterest page over winter break to create a more legitimate site to sell and market her shoes. She sa id she a l so lo oke d i nto sel l i ng her shoe desig n to Route One Apparel but recon-

ernment and politics professor Ernesto Calvo. “It has no practical effect.” Even if the vote doesn’t translate into a concrete decision, it sends a clear message to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “I think it makes it a little ha rder for people here i n Wash ing ton to ignore the fact that there is a territory of the United States, populated by U.S. citizens, who are not feeling very happy about the political situation right now,” Perales said. Pera les sa id he doesn’t foresee Puerto Rico becoming a state because statehood requires exhaustive constitutional hurdles that would ultimately tie up the fi nal decision for years. Two-thirds of both chambers of Congress need to vote in favor of the measure, and it needs approval from three-fourths of

a dean’s student advisory council, new to the business school, meets Tuesday. The SGA is helping expand the creation of these groups. photo courtesy of victor mullins to seeing what benefits the DSAC organizations can bring as they increase in popularity across the campus. “If we can come up with one cohesive group DSAC centered in

every college experience, then I would think the overall University of Maryland experience is going to improve,” Mullins’ said.

Lindsey Rodkey, a senior kinesiology major, has been designing and painting Maryland flag shoes since the fall. photo courtesy of cameron mackail sidered because she would not receive a commission. When she fi rst started creating the shoes at the beginning of the semester, Rodkey was a little overambitious, she said — she underestimated

how much time each project would take and schoolwork started to pile up. But her customers were understanding and she’s now learned to strike a balance between class and her designs.

“I’ll probably still do them once I graduate,” she said. “If there’s still a demand for them, I’ll defi nitely still keep making them.”

the state legislatures. “It would need to have a very strong political commitment from Washington to move the process through,” Perales said. Puerto Rican statehood has garnered support from national lawmakers in years past, but at a time when the country is bitterly divided down party lines, there isn’t a political will for Congress to move on a decision of this magnitude. “You have the recipe for a very powerful political confrontation or debate within the United States,” Perales said, noting it’s a debate lawmakers don’t want to have in a time of economic uncertainty and partisan battles over the nation’s budget woes. And while the Republican Party, most notably former President George H. W. Bush, has historically favored Puerto Rican statehood, Perales said

the GOP would have trouble reconciling its past support with the realities of Puerto Rican voter demographics. “The funny thing is that Puerto Rico’s political class is overwhelmingly Democratic,” Perales said. While there’s no evidence that Puerto R ico would enter the union as a solid blue state because it doesn’t have the sa me two-pa r ty system as the U.S., Perales added, “There’s a strong suspicion that if Puerto Rico were to become a state, it would vote heavily Democratic.” P uerto R ico wou ld a lso become the first “Latino” state. “We don’t have a Latino state,” Perales said. “I think that raises a tremendous amount of questions and challenges.” As Washington battles over the country’s economic future, absorbing the territory into the union would only come at great

cost to the states. “Puerto Rico has a different poverty line, a different per capita income, per capita GDP, meaning that it’s half of the poorest state of the United States,” Perales said. “You can understand that that will carry consequences in terms of welfare policies and welfare budgets in the United States.” While it is a relatively poor territory when compared to the United States, Cabrero said she thinks her hometown could benefit economically if it were to become a state. However, it would be at the expense of the national pride, which she’s not willing to see abandoned. “In Puerto Rico, everybody lives by that culture,” she said. “The culture in Puerto Rico is very strong and defines a lot of who we are.”

Construction sites to recycle waste materials Several areas already greening demolition by recycling wood, steel, aluminum, other materials By Fatimah Waseem Staff writer Campus departments will be required to recycle heaps of construction and demolition waste from campus projects starting in early winter 2013. Although Facilities Manage-

ment began recycling some waste material from construction projects in June in conjunction with an initiative spearheaded by the Office of Sustainability, it will be required to recycle as much waste as possible in 2013, said Scott Lupin, Office of Sustainability director. Before the expansion of

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feeling,” said Hailey Thometz, the SGA’s business representative and a DSAC member. “Overall, it’s going to strengthen the school as a whole.” Mendel Zecher, a n SGA business representative and business DSAC member, said the group will focus some of its efforts on fostering a better connection with the Shady Grove campus. “Any school is going to have its issues relating faculty to its students,” he said, “so it’s a good opportunity to help bridge gaps in general or to help bring the students together to be more proactive.” Mullins, like the students in his school, is looking forward

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the project, which aims to bring the university closer to reaching its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, officials will determine on a project-to-project basis whether to recycle or dispose of construction waste products, such as wood, steel, aluminum, concrete and sheetrock. “This is a massive project with the potential of putting us on a stable path towards achieving our carbon neutrality goals,” Lupin said. Officials estimated campus construction will generate about 300 to 800 tons of recyclable waste a year, potentially increasing the university’s low waste diversion rate by anywhere from 3 to 7 percent and bringing it closer to next year’s 75-percent goal. The current rate stands at 64 percent, up just 1 percent from last year. Faci l it ies M a n a gement workers will collect construction and demolition waste materials and transport them to

different processors — some of which include ACE Recycling, PG Scrap and Ameriwaste — depending on the material type. This process would decrease the need for on-call contractors who previously disposed of waste at permitted sanitary landfills, said Bill Guididas, Building and Landscape Services’ recycling coordinator. The money to haul and dispose of the waste will come from individual project budgets, according to Lupin, although the cost breakdown was not provided. However, officials said the cost of recycling construction waste could be less than the cost of disposing it. “We anticipate that the overall cost to the university will be lower [than before] because the work is being performed in-house,” Lupin said. Other recycling initiatives have sprung up across the campus in the last year — composting debuted in Stamp Student Union in the fall — and this initiative has been in the works since the early

part of the year, when the Office of Sustainability teamed up with Facilities Management’s campus projects and buildings and landscape services departments to discuss its feasibility. Facilities Management will continue to provide the material transportation service for future expansion projects, Lupin said. However, finding space at construction project locations for roll-off waste containers — the containers construction workers fill with waste and which are then transported to be recycled — will be a challenge in already tight areas, Lupin said. Junior history and Spanish major Samantha Suplee said she was happy to see the university taking steps toward more sustainable construction practices. “Recycling is something beneficial, and I’m glad the university has adopted this policy in full form,” she said.






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Systemic failures in high school and college education NADAV KARASOV While taking an online class quiz several weeks ago, I was prompted with a world map and the question, “The U.S. is the third largest country in the world by population; where is it?” Granted, this was one question on one quiz in a class full of insightful material and some challenging assignments. I wouldn’t call myself an expert geographer — notwithstanding some solid Sporcle performances — but there’s no avoiding the obvious, Seth Meyers-esque question: Really, college? Really? You could call the task of finding the U.S. on a map free points; a more accurate description would be wasted tuition. Dumbed-down quizzes and easy points are symptoms of a broader problem: American universities offer an increasingly diluted product. Professors Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia illustrated this idea in their 2011 book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, in which they investigated college students’ skills in “critical thinking, analytical reasoning and written communication.” Their findings showed 45 percent of students “did not demonstrate any significant improvement” in any assessment of these basic college skills, and, on average, two years of college education had little to no effect on students’ achievement in those areas. For those juniors out there wishing to relive your freshman year, you’re in luck — in terms of your education, hardly anything has changed. Professors’ lowered expectations and less rigorous coursework have exacerbated, if not directly spurred, these depressing trends. Despite Arum and Roksa’s findings, college students’ GPAs have consistently risen by 0.1 to 0.2 percent each decade for the past 50 years. At Yale, for instance, the average GPA surged from 2.56 in 1963 to 3.51 in 2008. These GPAs are no indication of our generation’s academic superiority over our parents. No, there’s just never been an easier time to get an “A.” In 1961, students devoted 40 hours a week

VIEW Reform should start at the top, where a college education lacks the rigor and incentives students need to succeed. toward studying and coursework. By 2003, that number had plummeted to 27. Today, the average college student spends only about 15 hours a week studying, and 35 percent of students dedicate five hours or less a week toward studying. Honestly, you’d have to be high to call this higher education. Most students invest four years, tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of studying in their college educations. For all of the flaws you can find in America’s high schools, students in college willingly sign up for the supposed rigor of learning in a campus environment. The isolated nature of a college campus should offset high schools’ deficiencies and provide ample opportunity for professors to challenge students to the limits of their potential. Given the financial costs and various opportunity costs of college, selling students a diluted and ineffective education is not just bad policy — it’s robbing them of a good they deserve. When average college students graduate with more than $26,000 in debt, they better have the tools to climb out of that hole. Yes, you should have fun, live creatively and expose yourself to new people and ideas in college. By the time students graduate, you would hope they have the inspiration, enrichment and capacity to succeed in their future careers. But this growth requires a challenging academic environment. Coddling students is an affront to their futures. We need to raise the proverbial bar of college education: If a student can’t stack up, let them fail. Not doing so only increases students’ chances of failing later in life. If high school education has its faults, college is the last line of defense against a generation of unprepared and uneducated Americans. Right now, the line is broken. Nadav Karasov is a junior economics major. He can be reached at

VIEW High schools desperately need education reform and would benefit from project and merit-based learning.

ERIK SHELL Whether you loved or hated school growing up, it is near impossible to find anyone who will tell you our education system is working well. Our country functions under the premise that traditional values clash with progressive reforms, with the final result being a compromise of both. Typically, this leads to productive outcomes. Yet, with education, the process doesn’t seem to act as swiftly. In fact, many will argue the devastating effects of No Child Left Behind have set education back for almost two generations. Let’s start with the big issues: Kids are scoring low on standardized tests, standardized tests are still being used as accurate measurements of intelligence, seniority allows terrible public school teachers to keep their jobs, the crucial prekindergarten age receives little to no focus and, most important for you and I, college degrees carry significantly less weight in the job market than ever before. There are many potential solutions here, but I’m going to advocate for the most important: high school education. While early childhood education is invaluable, high school is the first time students think clearly about their future jobs and, if they’re lucky, careers. Jim Stigler, a psychology professor at UCLA, was recently featured on National Public Radio. In his interview, he explained the cultural divide between Eastern and Western forms of dealing with academic struggle. In more relatable terms, he focused on how people of different cultures react when feeling a problem is just beyond their knowledge. He explained Eastern cultures promote embracing that struggle and, in turn, when children are successful, emphasizing they did well because of their hard work. The West, on the other hand, believes there is an inherent intellectual ability built into “smart” kids some just don’t

have. Success is viewed as a trait, not the result of hard work. I shouldn’t have to point out the glaring issues with the West’s idea of struggle. This logic creates a crippling apathy in brilliant students who then fail, causing us to miss out on what could have been the next best minds of our generation. Let me put this aside, however, for another institutional failing. Have you ever wondered why video games or TV shows make the time fly and make you feel great, but homework drags on and leaves you exhausted? The answer is gratification. Completing a quest or seeing a storyline to completion makes us feel accomplished without having done much ourselves. Homework, specifically in high school, appears to serve no relevant purpose. I, for one, haven’t used my Chemistry II skills since early 2009, and the future doesn’t look any brighter. What, then, are the solutions? First, we need to drastically rethink how we relate cause and effect to our children. While a complete focus on presenting kids with struggle is a recipe for disaster, we need to hold children to a higher level of conscious accountability. Not doing so robs them of the credit they deserve for their hard work. Next, we need to move away from the old, World War II model of high school education geared toward preparing the baby boomers for semi-diverse office work. By destroying the stigmas of trade schools and adopting project-based learning — how to calculate a tip, file taxes, write coherently — we can finally match people with jobs they’d enjoy rather than imposing the now obligatory B.A. on everyone entering the workforce. Trust me, your inflated degrees will thank me. Erik Shell is a sophomore classical languages and literatures and history major. He can be reached at



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hat should we make of the dining plan spending cap? In Monday’s Diamondback column, “Spending cap: Show me the money,” David Oliver complained students have already paid for their dining plans and have the right to spend their money. Decrying the unfairness of a daily limit on students’ meal plan points, he wonders, “Where does that extraneous money go?” Imagine if the spending cap didn’t exist. Students would spend more total dining points, and Dining Services’ costs might go up. To compensate, Dining Services might raise the price of meals and enact other cost-cutting measures. The additional cost to students could be similar to the amount Dining Services would have saved with a spending cap. In other words, unused dining points pay for lower food costs for everyone throughout the semester. In the aggregate, no injustice occurs. Why is the spending cap preferable to a system with no cap and higher prices? While the cap harms individuals with too many dining points, students can minimize this harm by choosing a smaller dining plan and regularly keeping track of their point balances. On the other hand, the cap prevents a disastrous situation at the end of the semester. If people had no incentive to spend points evenly throughout the term and could spend hundreds of points in the last day or two, the dining halls would have a hard time stocking and distributing enough food. We already see people buying dozens of cookies and other snacks at the end of the semester. Without the cap, this rush to use points would make eating at the dining halls impossible for everyone. Dining Services may deserve some criticism, but we shouldn’t interpret the spending cap as theft.


he Office of Student Conduct: where students are sent when they get caught doing bad things on the campus. Whether you violated a rule of university housing, cheated on a test or want to appeal a parking ticket, this office, which promotes integrity, character and ethics, is where you end up. Students often have mixed feelings about the office. If you’re sent there for plagiarizing, you probably don’t remember your experience too fondly, but plenty of students are glad there is an on-campus resource for solving controversial disputes. As long as it’s not a criminal charge, University Police are off the hook for minor incidents (so they can potentially focus on larger dangers). And soon, thanks to Monday’s University Senate vote, students who engage in noncriminal misconduct off the campus could find themselves facing Student Conduct sanctions. Student Conduct Office Director Andrea Goodwin made the proposal and said it would give the office a better handle on incidents similar (but not limited) to hazing and violence in the surrounding area. The amendment to the Code of Student Conduct would increase the office’s ability to deal with incidents that threaten students’ safety as well as “substantially disruptive” activity within University Police jurisdiction.

Given sororities and fraternities have a reputation for hazing (though they’re not the only ones, of course), giving the Office of Student Conduct authority may be a better way to deal with these situations.


Students involved in noncriminal misconduct off the campus will now face the Office of Student Conduct, which is for the best. At its lowest level, hazing is probably not criminal. Yes, it can be a bad thing, especially how it can embarrass students, but making police deal with every potential instance of “hazing” is a bit ridiculous. And when it comes to drugs and alcohol within the confines of hazing, it may just be easier to allow Student Conduct to deal with it, treating it like it’s students living in university housing. It doesn’t make sense to allow the office control over off-campus criminal offenses and no control over noncriminal. Currently, it has jurisdiction over off-campus conduct solely deemed criminal offenses. Why wouldn’t it have jurisdiction over mere disorderly conduct? University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Liman-

sky said he thinks the office should have jurisdiction wherever University Police do. Theoretically, this all makes sense — but it’s a problem determining where the line is drawn. Where exactly would the office’s authority end? This is exactly what’s worrying several senators. University Police have flexible jurisdiction, from areas on and around the campus, where students are heavily concentrated, to areas farther from the campus if Prince George’s County Police need assistance. Limansky also believes it would be an efficient way for students to be referred to the correct resources for, say, alcohol abuse education. If students can be helped in a way that’s not sending them straight through the legal system, this editorial board sees no fault in attempting to pursue this line of defense. Once there are more specific parameters for this new plan, we see no reason it should not be implemented. Giving the Office of Student Conduct a wider range of authority can only benefit all associated parties. The consequences will be less harsh for students, police will be able to focus on crimes on a larger scale and the office will have the ability to rehabilitate students after they do something wrong. The differences don’t seem to have any potential negative impact — we’ll just have to wait to see how well it’s implemented.


Sa m u e l So l t o f f i s a j u n i o r m a t h e m a t ics and physics major. He can be reached at

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Anthony Bourdain, host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations, is in the midst of a less-than-amicable split with the network as the show finishes its final season. The latest tiff centers on The Travel Channel recutting clips of Bourdain into ads for Cadillac without his permission. The rather annoyed Bourdain took to Twitter with faux-endorsements such as “There’s a dead prostitute in the trunk of my Cadillac” and “Cadillac: The blood and spooge wash right off!”


BLOODSUCKER’S BACKSTORY Tracing the evolution of vampires from feral, garlic-hating villains of the night to brooding and romantic sparkly-skinned teen heartthrobs

By Beena Raghavendran Staff writer Spoiler alert: The subject of this story has been entirely parodied, heckled and ridiculed over the past seven years, so you probably know it all by heart. Girl meets boy. Girl realizes boy is a vampire. Girl falls for said vampire. Vampire has a tough time restraining himself from eating girl (totally normal). Eventually, girl and vampire get married. Girl gets pregnant with vampire’s baby, and vampire turns girl into vampire. We’ll miss Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s estranged blank stares at each other for minutes at a time. We’ll miss the indie music somehow intertwined into every movie. We’ll miss the inconclusive Team Edward and Team Jacob fights. But the conclusion of the Twilight saga with the release of the fifth film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 is bigger than the end of a franchise — it marks a turning point in what has driven the evolution of the

bloodsucker from Dracula to Edward Cullen. Historically, vampires have been regarded in several cultures as mythic, frightening creatures. Bram Stoker’s Dracula,, published in 1897, broke ground as the first mainstream va mpi re novel w it h P rofessor Van Helsing battling Count D ra c u l a . G er m a n si le nt film Nosferatu was the first on-screen Dracula depiction, portraying a terrifying yet enthralling monster. That juxtaposition between fear and attraction impacted future vampire reincarnations, including television show Buff y the Vampire Slayer,, said Oliver Gaycken, a professor in the fi lm studies department. The fascination with vampires comes with their evolved sexuality and shifting social norms that make human-vampire relationships permitted, he added. “Monsters have become accepted as kind of normal,” Gaycken said. Then came Twilight – the first book in 2005, the first film in 2008. English professor Jonathan Auerbach,

who has taught classes on the novel Dracula and the film versions of the novel, wrote in an email that the menacing nature of the vampire se e n i n Nosfe rat u is mostly lost in Twilight movies, where the lead vampire is def i ned a s a hot crush. Sophomore English major Zoe DiGiorgio said Twilight’s m e s s a ge o f abstinence adds a layer of society’s w ills to the “romanticized monster” and sex uality of a l l va mpi re culture. “It’s a

culture where we desire open sexuality, but we can’t have it,” she said. Instead, the series has latched onto the universal female daydream: Bella Swan is the awkward girl to whom every teen can relate, said freshman psychology major Casey Patterson. Naturally, her relationship with Edward – who looks flawless and loves Bella indefinitely – is the fantasy of millions. The films have transformed the meaning of vampires in this generation from one of terror to one of sexuality, Patterson said. “W hen we were kids, it was always about Dracula,” he said. “Now, it’s about sparkling sex monsters.”


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Justin Ringle of indie-folk outfit Horse Feathers talks about standing out in a crowded folk scene and drawing inspiration from 2011’s numerous downers By Eric Bricker Staff writer Justin Ringle has spent the better part of a decade carving out a unique niche in the competitive, sometimes-cluttered world of bearded Oregon indie folk. Having combined bluegrass instrumentation with a soft-pop sensibility over the course of four r e c o r d s (s i n c e 2 0 0 6’s Wo r d s A r e D e a d ) , Horse Feat hers’ latest album, Cynic’s New Year, carries on the trend of blending lush, folksy orchestration with Ringle’s soft yet biting lyrics, which will be on display at the Black Cat in Washington tonight. Though it sounds distinctly like a Horse Feathers album, it’s darker than some of the band’s earlier efforts, Ringle said. For Ringle, 2011 was not a great year. “There was kind of this not ion t h at ever y t h i ng was going to hell in a hand basket,” he explained. Cynic’s New Year is very much a product of its time, Ringle said. The album in-

cludes songs about the fallout from the Japanese tsunami (“Pacific Bray”) and the dire state of the U.S. economy, which hit home hard for Ringle, who grew up in small-town Idaho. “Going home to see my family, the lo c a l e conomy had kind of dissipated pretty drastically,” he said. Besides global issues, the record offered a c h a n c e to c op e w it h friends goi ng th rough a divorce and his own “person a l problem s,” R i ng le said. Even the title, which was developed by the band, holds a special meaning for him. “It’s kind of a cautionary phrase. In a cynical sense, every day can end up being the same,” he said. “I didn’t really want the next year to end up being that way.” Like the rest of Horse Feathers’ records, Cynic’s New Year is more about quiet reflection than rock bombast. Because the group has a reputation for being “hushed,” the Feathers’ live show may take some people by surprise, Ringle said. “The band that we have is a little larger, a little more dynamic than what people would expect it to be,” he said. “We’re not quite as quiet as

THE SENSITIVE OREGON FOLKSTERS of Horse Feathers drew on dispiriting experiences both personal and global for their gloomy new album Cynic’s New Year, which, for better or for worse, remains relevant today. photos courtesy of and people would think.” And though Cynic’s New Year is an album about the past, Horse Feathers’ show still has a lot to say to an audience in 2012, Ringle said. “A lot of the themes, unfortunately, are still kind of ringing true,” he added. “It’s starting to become a more accurate premonition, in some ways.” Ringle pointed to songs like “Pacific Bray”: Although the ballad was written about radioactivity in Portland, Ore., the Japanese

tsunami provided a new way to interpret the lyrics. “We’ve been playing it a lot recently and suddenly there’s this hurricane,” Ringle said. “It seems to match in a weird way. “The social commentary is still applicable in terms of what’s happening,” he added. “But I feel a little more relieved today.” Horse Feathers plays the Black Cat tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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DRAKEFord From PAGE 8 Park, it’s Drakeford. “I’ve been watching DeMarcus Ware since he got there. T hey were showing me how you play by showing me DeMarcus Ware on fi lm,” Drakeford said in October. “That’s a person I look up to, so I’m pretty happy playing that position.” Wa re made a n i m med iate impact with the Cowboys after they drafted him No. 11 overall out of Troy University in 2005, averaging nearly 10 sacks a season. But when Stewart moved to Dallas as defensive coordinator after the 2006 season, the former Trojan quickly became one of the NFL’s elite defenders. Under Stewart’s tutelage, Ware notched 14 sacks in 2007 and a league-leading 20 in 2008 en route to being named NFC Defensive Player of the Year. W hen Stewa r t took t he same position in College Park this season, he needed to fi nd someone to fi ll that role on the

Terps’ defense. It didn’t take him long to settle on Drakeford. “I mentioned before that position has always been a pretty good guy,” Stewart said. “That guy has to be a guy who has some pass-rush ability, has to be tough because he’s going to be chipped by backs. Drakeford’s personality fits that perfectly. He’s done a great job.” T hat persona l ity comes from Drakeford’s upbringing. He spent his formative years in the rough areas around the nation’s capital, and Stewart said the linebacker is “a little quirky, but he’s tough as nails.” “How I grew up and where I grew up, you can’t be soft,” Drakeford said. “I’m a person who demands respect.” “If you had to walk into a bar fight,” Stewart said, “that would be one of the guys where you’d say, ‘Hey, Drakeford, you come with me.’” The Washington native has joined Stewart in that fight on defense this season. He hasn’t come too close to the lofty numbers his favorite NFL player posts year after year with the Cowboys, but that’s

MULLINS From PAGE 8 growth of a great player. He’s been given more responsibilities. He’s embraced it and accepted it.” It’s not lost on the Terps’ opponents this year. After Mullins scored the 84thminute equalizer against Clemson in the ACC semifinals Friday night, Tigers coach Mike Noonan was more than complimentary of Mullins’ skills and attitude.


to be expected. Ware stands 6-foot-4 and weighs more than 250 pounds, while Drakeford is listed at 6-foot-1, 240. “He’s fast a nd st rong,” Drakeford said of Ware. “Just looking at him and seeing all the things he did — pass rushing, how strong he is; to me, he’s just a freak athlete.” T h e l i n e b a c k e r, a f fe ctionately called “Drake” by his teammates, has made an impact, though. His 45 tackles rank fi fth on the team, his 9.5 tackles for loss rank second and his six sacks and two forced fumbles are both tied for the top mark this season. “You kind of expect that g uy to get a cha nce to do some th i ngs because he’s usually more athletic than the offensive tackle,” Stewart said. “That’s the matchup we want, and if they slide and try to bring a back to him, we still win that one. So not that we’re taking anything away from him — I think he’s done a great job — but those kinds of things are expected from that position.” Though his numbers could be

“Patrick Mullins does what he does because of the type of person he is,” Noonan said. “He’s a quality person who works incredibly hard and has special talents in front of the goal.” When Mullins entered the storied Terps program, he had the opportunity to play with former stalwarts like midfielder Matt Kassel, goalkeeper Zac MacMath and defender Greg Young. Instead of sticking around Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he was named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008 and his team

Forward Patrick MullinS’ only focus is on the Terps making the College Cup this season. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Linebacker Darin Drakeford is tied for the team lead with six sacks and two forced fumbles this season. charlie deboyace/the diamondback higher, Drakeford understands he’s far from the only playmaker on a Terps defense ranked No. 16 nationally. He plays on a front seven that also benefits from defensive ends A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano, and linebackers Kenneth Tate, Cole Farrand and — before he tore his ACL in

won two state championships, Mullins was observing the best college players in the best college program. “That was a big decision for me, obviously, leaving high school last semester senior year, but I never looked back and I had no regrets,” Mullins said yesterday. “I still have zero regrets for it, because I think it was a great opportunity for me to come in and learn from a lot of great older guys that were there my freshman year.” Despite being around some of the Terps’ recent greats, Mullins still went through the usual freshman growing pains. He wasn’t physically fit enough to play a full 90 minutes, Cirovski said. The leadership and attitude wasn’t quite there yet, and he had to get used to playing for one of the nation’s most visible programs. “He was a big star, sort of, on a small stage in Louisiana,” Cirovski said. “Slowly, he’s understood what it means to be a big star on a big stage. That’s what he is now.” It’s the development of a top player who not only believes in his own abilities, but also in the Terps as a whole. “He loves this program,” Cirovski said. “He bleeds Maryland.” Now, Mullins is tasked with leading his team back to college soccer’s biggest stage. He’s come up big for the Terps all season long — his equalizer against Clemson, his 88th minute game-winner against Lehigh on Oct. 23, his assist on forward Schillo Tshuma’s overtime winner against North Carolina on Oct. 19 — and his eyes are set on Hoover. “I know it would mean everything for us to get there,” Mullins said. “And I know it would mean everything to me.”

a Nov. 3 loss to Georgia Tech — Demetrius Hartsfield. Coach Randy Edsall has preached all season he wants his players to simply do their jobs. Drakeford has heeded that mantra, even if it keeps him from making a truly Ware-like impact on the Terps’ defense.

“I make the plays that come to me. We have a lot of people on this team, this defense, that make plays,” Drakeford said. “I’m not the only one. I don’t try to make plays. But the plays I can make, I make.”

forward james padgett scored nine points against Morehead State. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

NOTEBOOK From PAGE 8 me play, I was just very excited. With Maryland being so close to home, and so many people from my family, friends and high school coaches wanting me to go to Maryland, it was an easy decision,” Dodd said. “I like to make people happy, so that weighed into my decision, but most of all I knew Maryland was the right place for me.” Peters comes to College Park as the higher-ranked prospect. lists the Suitland native as a four-star recruit and ranks him as the No. 8 point guard and No. 45 overall player in the class of 2013. He chose the Terps over UCLA, Illinois, Rutgers and Xavier. The 6-foot-4, 190pound guard averaged 25 points and seven assists per game as a junior at Suitland High School. “The Terps practice and work hard; they are very disciplined on the court and I feel it will be a great fit,” Peters said. “Maryland basketball has great history and a rich tradition. I loved watching Steve Francis, Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez play. I am just excited to have the opportunity to continue playing basketball at the University of Maryland.” Dodd a nd Peters both played for former Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan’s AAU team, DC Assault, this summer. Their commitment gives the Terps the No. 21 recruiting class in the nation, according to “There’s a lot to like about Damonte Dodd. He has a big, strong body, is active on the defensive end and will lock down rebounds in his area,” National Analyst Evan Daniels said. “This is a nice pick up for Maryland and someone that can help them in the post down the road.” “Roddy Peters can do a lot of things well,” National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi said. “When you get a point guard with size, speed and clever with the ball, he’s going to help Maryland a lot.”

CLEARE EMERGES Shaquille Cleare entered the season as the most hyped recruit of Turgeon’s first Terps freshman class. Pundits figured the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Baha-

“Maryland basketball has great history and a rich tradition. I loved watching Steve Francis, Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez play.” RODDY PETERS

Terrapins men’s basketball Class of 2013 mian big man, who was ESPN. com’s No. 30-ranked prospect nationally, was destined to make an immediate impact in the team’s frontcourt. After the Terps’ exhibition and regular-season opener, however, the hype seemed a bit overblown. Cleare totaled two points and four rebounds over a combined 22 minutes in an exhibition win over Indiana (Pa.) and a season-opening loss to No. 3 Kentucky. Less-heralded rookie Charles Mitchell overshadowed Cleare, totaling 25 boards in the two contests. B ut on Mond ay, Cle a re finally showed the potential that made him a fan favorite in the offseason. He finished with eight points, five rebounds and three blocks in 18 minutes in a 67-45 blowout win over Morehead State. He posted up the smaller Eagles post players at will, racking up eight freethrow attempts. “Shaq was great tonight and he didn’t play that well in the other games,” Turgeon said Monday. “He just needed the opportunities.”

PADGETT EFFECTIVE Cleare wasn’t the only Terps big man to have an effective outing against Morehead State’s undersized frontcourt. Turgeon singled out forward James Padgett after the game despite the forward logging only 13 minutes. The senior captain had nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, helping take some pressure off center Alex Len. Fresh off a 23-point, 12-rebound performance against Kentucky, Len consistently drew Eagles double teams Monday. That paved the way for Padgett to assert his low-post presence and tally a couple early buckets in the Terps’ eventual rout. “He played 13 minutes, but he played 13 really good minutes,” Turgeon said. “That allowed me to play Shaq more.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY Mike Locksley Terps offensive coordinator

“I’d venture to say we haven’t been very creative with what we’ve done. We’re trying to do what our quarterback can get accomplished.”




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“The plays I can make, I make.”

Ware-ing them down

– Darin Drakeford

Playing same role as Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware, Drakeford makes impact By Josh Vitale Senior staff writer Growing up in Washington, Darin Drakeford has spent most of his life in the heart of Redskins country. But even though he played high school football less than 13 miles away from FedEx Field, Drakeford doesn’t have any loyalty to the burgundy and gold. Instead, Drakeford finds his allegiance with the Redskins’ most hated rival: the Dallas Cowboys. So when the Terrapins football linebacker spoke with fi rst-year defensive coordinator Brian Stewart before the start of his senior season, he had to be a bit excited. Before stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and the University of Houston, Stewart spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator for Drakeford’s beloved Cowboys. Stewart runs an aggressive 3-4 defense, a scheme that relies heavily on the production it gets from a playmaking outside linebacker. In Dallas, that player was now-six-time Pro-Bowler DeMarcus Ware. In College See DRAKEFORD, Page 7 photo ilustration by charlie deboyace/the diamondback



Recruits officially sign LOIs Cleare breaks out; Padgett consistent By Connor Letourneau and Josh Vitale Senior staff writers

forward Patrick Mullins notched a conference-high 13 goals and a team-high eight assists for the Terps this season, and was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC tournament MVP. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

A natural progression

Mark Turgeon has known for a while now that Damonte Dodd and Roddy Peters would someday don Terrapins men’s basketball jerseys. Now, it’s official. The second-year coach announced yesterday that Dodd and Peters signed their national letters of intent, securing their places in the Terps’ 2013 recruiting class. “Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside. He plays extremely hard and he strives to get better every day,” Turgeon said in a news release. “Roddy loves Maryland and we recruit that — kids that love it here and really want to be here. He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He’s an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.” Dodd, who committed to the Terps in February before deciding to attend Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., this season, stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 240 pounds. lists him as a four-star prospect and ranks him as the No. 13 center and the No. 99 player overall. The Centreville native averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks in his senior season at Queen Anne’s County High School. “When the coaching staff came to see See NOTEBOOK, Page 7

Mullins makes transition from highly touted newcomer to team’s most prolific scorer during Terps career By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer Patrick Mullins’ Terrapins men’s soccer career got off to a fast start. Passing up his final season and semester of high school soccer, Mullins enrolled early with the Terps to jumpstart his college career. In his first collegiate action in March 2010, he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 spring-season win over Wake Forest. That fall, he scored five goals and dished three assists en route to ACC Freshman of the Year honors, an ACC Championship and an NCAA tournament quarterfinal run. He seemed destined

to become the next star in coach Sasho Cirovski’s lineage of offensive weapons. But last season, after scoring three goals through the Terps’ first five games, Mullins scored just once more the rest of the way as the Terps stumbled to an early postseason exit. This year has yielded drastically different results. His start wasn’t as blistering — his first five goals came in the Terps’ first eight games — but his scoring has continued deep into the season. Mullins has a league-high 13 goals, an ACC Offensive Player of the Year award and an ACC tournament MVP award for the nation’s No. 2 team. But none of that matters to Mullins. All the forward cares about is winning the College Cup

in Hoover, Ala., next month. “I’d rather have team awards than individual awards, and that’s just how I am,” Mullins said last week after being named the conference’s top offensive player. “Obviously, it’s a great honor, and I’m sure I’ll look back on it, but not right now.” While Mullins has keyed a prolific Terps attack this season — the junior leads the ACC in points and goals, and is second in assists — his on-field presence has extended beyond scoring goals and setting up teammates. “His overall leadership skill set is much better,” Cirovski said. “You’re just seeing the natural See MULLINS, Page 7

Center Damonte Dodd, a class of 2013 Terps recruit, signed his national letter of intent yesterday. file photo/the diamondback

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